I am a freelance writer and I have written book reviews for the News Enterprise and I am the Kentucky Literacy reporter for Examiner.com. I have been a judge in the Laural and Maggie Romance reader Awards for the last two years and judge for Writer's Digest self published books awards for the last five years. I have been published in "Echo", a college poetry publication, and I am the author of a short story that was printed in a News Enterprise writing competition, for which I won honorable mention. I am a published writer with the Yahoo Contributor Network (aka Associated Content) and also write book reviews for Our Novel Notions web site.
I am a native of Hodgenville, Ky. I have coordinated a number of public service programs, such as: Back To Work (a series of programs designed to aid displaced workers in finding employment), Credit Repair Classes, "MOMs" (a program to aid young mothers), the annual Summer Reading Program Hardin Co. Library for eight wonderful years, and the "Written Word" (a group for aspiring writers).
I have also served or am currently serving on the following agency boards: CASA, Spring Haven Domestic Violence Shelter for the Radcliff Area, Radcliff Women's Club (as vice-president), Ky.St.Poetry Society President Elect 2009-2010 and Community Alternatives of Kentucky Board.
I hold an Associate's Degree in Human Services, and a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and graduated from Western Kentucky University, a member of Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, and hold a National Golden Key Honor award. I hold a Para-professional Certificate in Library Science.
I am a champion for literacy, being an avid reader myself.
on Feb. 26, 2013 :
A black Cadillac hearse pulls into a small quiet community. Within just a few hours, the lone occupant of the vehicle becomes the talk of the town. He has a mission to accomplish but doesn’t quite know who, what when or where. His occupation - Death.
Mary Daugherty masterfully crafts a story around the occupants of a small sleepy town named Calgary from the local gossip queen to the diners in the greasy spoon to the ultimate object of the loner’s attention. The author’s descriptive style of writing holds the reader’s attention and gives a little twist to the plot that is unexpected but welcomed.
A Death in Calgary is well worth the time to read and may possibly give you something to think about for a while after you finish the book.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
on Oct. 01, 2011 :
A Death in Calgary by M.B. Daugherty
A Death in Calgary is a novella that is not only very enjoyable, but it can make you think about your own life and the way you live it.
Set in a small town where everybody knows you and your business, a stranger drives into town. It's instant gossip, especially when the stranger is driving a 1964 black Cadillac hearse. Who is he and what is he doing in Calgary?
Little do the townspeople know that driving the hearse is death himself, and that the town will never be the same. Going by the name of Logan, death follows, no matter where he travels. Calgary is no exception. The town doesn't connect the higher than average death rate to the stranger, even if being around him does give them the feeling that something isn't quite right.
Logan has been hunting for something during all his years of travel. Little did he know he would find the answer in the small town of Calgary with the local handyman, Sam.
But along with the answer that Logan seeks comes a life and death dilemma that only Sam can solve.
Written with an insight to human nature that many rarely find, vivid characters and settings make this novella a definite plus to any reading library. I highly recommend it and eagerly await much more of M.B. Daughtery's work.
(reviewed 62 days after purchase)
on Aug. 19, 2011 :
A well written short story dealing with life and death. A stranger comes to town and death seems to be following him but nobody suspects he might have a hand in it. Interesting twist near the end of the story dealing with a dilemma. The author describes the small town so fittingly I could see it being in Oklahoma or Texas with those very people she described. A thought provoking story.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)