Author Janie Dempsey Watts of Ringgold recently released her third book and will soon hold signing events in the community.

Watt's new book, a collection of short stories titled "Mothers, Sons, Beloveds, and Other Strangers," features 15 short stories set in the South, California, and Europe.

"Some of the stories are humorous, some are romantic, while others are edgy," Watts said. "All are literary fiction."

Watts has also authored two novels, "Moon Over Taylor's Ridge," and "Return to Taylor's Crossing," both set in a fictional Catoosa County town.

"Moon Over Taylor's Ridge" was chosen for Catoosa County's 2013 One Book, One Community literacy program, while the second novel was honored with an Indie (Book Appreciation Group) Medallion, won third place in the Frank Yerby Literary Competition, and was first place winner of the Knoxville Writers Guild Novel Excerpt Contest.

Watts currently has two signings scheduled over the summer. The first will be held Sunday, June 4, from 2-4 p.m. at The Vintage Gathering antique store on Nashville Street in Ringgold; the second is planned for Saturday, June 10, at Barnes and Noble at Hamilton Place Mall in Chattanooga from 2-4 p.m.

The new book can be found online at barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com.

More information about Watts and her work can be found at her website, janiewatts.com.

Adam Cook is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He has been a reporter since 2009. He can be reached at The Catoosa County News office at 706-935-2621 and by email at acook@npco.com.