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Sassy Celebrity Author Beth Albright
Returns for ‘Bama Football, Signing & Matters of the Heart

“The Sassy Belles” Series Shows Passion for the Crimson Tide

San Francisco, CA—You can take the girl out of Tuscaloosa but you can’t take Tuscaloosa out of the girl—or, in this case, nationally bestselling author Beth Albright.

The native daughter, who graduated from the University of Alabama’s School of Journalism in 1985 and went on to act in TV soap “Days of Our Lives,” returns to Tuscaloosa Friday, September 27, for four days of local appearances—and to celebrate the birthday of her mom, Betty Spavins, during the Ole Miss game Saturday.

How will they celebrate?  By tail-gating on the quad Saturday, of course. Then on Sunday, Albright will greet her fans and sign her three 2013 novels from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Midtown Shopping Center, 1800 McFarland Road. The latest novel in that series:  Sleigh Belles, which goes on sale Tuesday nationwide.

Albright broke into the highly competitive world of book publishing in May with The Sassy Belles, the launch book in her southern women’s fiction series for MIRA Books. The three stories show her love for Tuscaloosa and the Crimson Tide and her ability to make readers laugh at the antics of a colorful circle of friends with a sassy Southern attitude. One is a Tuscaloosa TV news journalist.  And another?  The Voice of the Crimson Tide!

Albright comes by her passion for ‘Bama football honestly. Her grandfather, Frank Bruce, was the Voice of the Crimson Tide in the 1950s.

Now living in San Francisco, Albright is married to another ’85 U of A graduate, Ted Ishler, who is promotions director for the PAC 12 Athletic Conference.  Local residents will remember Beth as a talk
show host for WAPI radio and WTTO-TV, while her husband reported for Birmingham’s WBMG-TV. Their wedding in the ‘80s was quite the media event.

Albright will donate copies of her Sassy Belles books to the Tuscaloosa Public Library and DCH Regional Medical Center Monday. The hospital’s birthing center is the opening scene of Sleigh Belles, the tale of colorful TV journalist Dallas Dubois, who is recruited by her boss to direct the children’s Christmas pageant. The only problem: she isn’t all that fond of children, and directing the play will keep her from competing for the prime time news anchor position she’s desperate to land.  But a lonely little orphaned girl with the voice of an angel and former Crimson Tide football standout, Cal Hollingsworth, have yet to work their magic on her hardened heart.  You see, miracles do happen in Tuscaloosa, even between the covers of a book.

Barnes & Noble has named Sleigh Belles a Top Pick read for September. Book two in the series, Albright’s August release, Wedding Belles, has been nominated for the Gold Seal of Excellence by RT Book Reviews magazine.  The Sassy Belles, book one, was just honored as a finalist in the Book Junkie Choice Awards for Best Debut Novel.

Before she has to say farewell to her beloved home state, Albright will hop over to Birmingham on Tuesday, October 1, to donate books to the UAB Women’s Cancer Pavilion, in honor of her childhood best friend, who is undergoing treatment there. She will also guest at a meeting of the Pearls of Wisdom Book Club at the Cypress Inn the evening of Monday the 30th.
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For a review copy of Sleigh Belles, or to arrange an interview with the author, contact Nancy Berland, 800-308-3169, or  One thing we’ll guarantee: the interview won’t be boring.