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Book: Calling the Dead (Tempe Crabtree Mystery) by Marilyn Meredith
Tempe Crabtree is the resident deputy of Bear Creek, a small mountain community in the southern Sierra. Her continuing interest in the spiritual side of her heritage often causes unrest in her marriage to her minister husband. In Calling the Dead, Deputy Tempe Crabtree investigates a murder that looks like death from natural causes, and a suicide that looks like murder. Putting her job on the [...]
 
Book: Seldom Traveled - Tempe Crabtree Mystery Series by Marilyn Meredith
Deputy Tempe Crabtree is called upon to find a missing person--who turns out to be a murder victim. Before she can finish helping with the investigation, a wild fire breaks out and she's given the job of alerting those in the mountains to evacuate. While doing so, she encounters a missing fugitive. Right after the book was published we actually had a bit fire in the mountains where I live--was an [...]
 
Book: The Grass Sweeper God by Doug Howery
In the 1950s Appalachia coal fields of Solitude, VA... Smiley Hanlon is placed in the "Mentally Retarded" Class... Because he is different... Being different in America has never been easy; being born different and in the wrong body in Solitude, Virginia in the 1950's, is brutal. Smiley Hanlon lives day to day trapped in a Coal Miners town, buffeted by the Appalachian's and generations of hate [...]
 
Book: Southern Fried Women by Pamela King Cable
Pamela King Cable has woven together the music, the language, the religions, and the traditions of the South. The result is Southern Fried Women, a collection of nine short stories about Southern women, and a few men, struggling to find answers to unanswerable questions, hoping for forgiveness, seeking righteousness, and questioning the existence of God in their lives. Cable writes Southern [...]
 
Book: A Southern Season - Stories from a Front Porch Swing by Eva Marie Everson, Linda Yezak, Claire Fullerton and Ane Mulligan
Four seasons. Four stories. Each one set in the enchanting world of the South. These are the kinds of stories your grandmother told you from a front porch swing. Ice Melts in Spring by Linda W. Yezak When Kerry Graham's boss forces her to return to the Gulf of Mexico where her husband drowned years ago, she feels only spring's chill and not the warmth of the Texas sun. Can the joy of a reclusive [...]
 
Book: Hillbilly Tales from the Smoky Mountains - And Other Homespun Remedies, Proverbs, and Poetry by Patricia Leigh Graham
Hillbilly Tales from the Smoky Mountains includes several short stories based on the folklore of the Appalachian Mountains. Before the time of cell-phones, computers and television, family members would gather on the front porch and offer up stories through simple oral traditions. These stories were to provide simple forms of entertainment to their children. With each generation, the stories [...]
 
Book: End of Summer by Michael Potts
A young boy. An old man. And a journey of the heart. A middle aged man, Jeffrey Conley, has obsessive interests, including a fascination with death and the process of dying and a fetish for the sound of a woman's heartbeat. His wife, Lisa, encourages him to get help. His psychologist diagnoses him as having Asperger's Syndrome, a mild condition on the Autism spectrum. When his granny dies, [...]
 
Book: Southern Mystical Moments by Patricia Leigh Graham
Mystical Tales of the South is comprised of a collection of myths, legends, and folklore situated in Western North Carolina. This is Patricia's 3rd collection of short stories. Learn about the traditions and local myths of Fontana Lake's man-eating monster, the Boojum of Swain County, or the Healer of Tuckasegee, and much more. Discover the mystery behind the Brown Mountain Lights, the [...]
 
Book: The Sanctum by Pamela King Cable
Selah Awards Finalist "Pamela King Cable has created an unforgettable heroine in Neeley McPherson, a remarkable young woman of such courage and spunk that she dares to stand against unspeakable abuse and injustice not only for herself but also for her beloved caretaker, Gideon. Fleeing a horrendous life, Neeley discovers the true meaning of family, forgiveness, and love in a wolf sanctuary, which [...]
 
Book: Mica Highways by William Elliott Hazelgrove
"Sleeping with a black man in the South is punishable by death in 1968." A hypnotic tale of terror and temptation, Bestselling author William Elliott Hazelgrove's Mica Highways is an emotion-packed novel that deftly captures the unique landscape of the American South. With its fierce vision of love, violence, and redemption, this powerfully haunting work recalls the intensity and passion of To [...]
 
Book: Drums (Southern Seas Series) by Gwendoline Ewins
Drums: Historical Saga. Sensual, intended for 17-plus readers: "absolutely enchanting", "amazing book" 1825, Polynesia. Amelia Yorke is a destitute teacher with a petunia in a flower pot outside her dingy cottage in Sydneytown. Guy Richmond is a botanist seeking orchids in the rainforest and heir to vast lands in New South Wales.Tragedy has touched both of them. Amelia and Guy are from different [...]
 
Book: Televenge - The Beginning by Pamela King Cable
This is the first 165 pages of a fast-paced novel about a woman fighting to save her family from the dark side of Televangelism, not the complete novel. You can buy the complete book here, too, in Kindle or paperback formats. Andie Oliver is a faithful woman to God, to her handsome husband Joe, and to televangelist Reverend Calvin Artury, a Godfather in a Mafia of holy men. Raised in the 1970's [...]
 
Book: Mothers, Sons, Beloveds, and Other Strangers - A collection of short stories by Janie Dempsey Watts
Fifteen short stories by novelist Janie Dempsey Watts including "Erice," William Faulkner-William Wisdom finalist. Set in the South, California, and Europe, these stories feature characters facing inner and outer journeys that often do not go as expected. Why did Sadie's mother run away? And when will she return? Must a teenage girl learn the truth about her daddy the hard way? Why must a bride's [...]
 
Book: Chapel Springs Cookbook by Ane Mulligan
Good cooks surround me, and that's purely divine intervention. You see, my culinary expertise maxes out at Jell-O Jigglers. It's a good thing my hubby, Joel, loves to cook. Otherwise our kids would have gotten pretty tired of PB&J sandwiches and salad. We all have our talents, but God didn't give me a culinary gene. A number of Chapel Springs Revival readers asked me for my favorite recipes which [...]
 
Book: Obedience - a novel by Michael Potts
It is a lazy summer day in the Appalachian foothills of Tennessee; much like the day before, and the day before that. Everything seems normal - at least on the surface; like an idyllic, pastoral painting; the sky dyed with pastels of blue and white, the ground carpeted with dark green fescue and bluegrass, a clapboard farmhouse resting on top of a hill, sugar maples, oaks and Eastern red cedars [...]
 
Book: Which One Am I? - Multiple Personalities and Deep Southern Secrets by Thomas S. Smith, James Darrell Williams
There are at least 16 personalities inside James Darrell Williams. But who is he really? And why? "Which One Am I?" is a singular story about universal truths, horrors and grace. Setting their work apart from other memoirs, the authors explore the nature of family and how Darrell - and all of us -- are shaped by culture, history and geography. After two years of research, Darrell and his partner [...]
 
Book: Becalmed: A Carolina Coast Novel (Carolina Coast Stories Book 1) by Normandie Fischer
Heart of Excellence finalist - Selah Awards Finalist When a Southern woman with a broken heart finds herself falling for a widower with a broken boat, it's anything but smooth sailing. With her days chock full designing jewelry for the shop she co-owns with her best friend, sailing her sharpie, and hanging out with girlfriends Tadie Longworth barely notices she's morphing into the town's maiden [...]
 
Book: Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar - A Senior Cozy Mystery Novel by Carol Heilman
Nominated as a Pat Conroy Southern Beach Music Mystery Summer's steamy haze coats North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains, but feisty Agnes Marie Hopper discovers the heat isn't the only thing causing her blood to boil. After a kitchen fire destroys her home, Agnes moves in with her daughter, Betty Jo. Three months later they come to an understanding: neither can tolerate living with the other. So [...]
 
Book: In The Shadow of Evil (The Evil Series Book 3) by Robin Caroll
Informed by the real-life fallout of the U.S. economy and devastation caused by multiple hurricanes along the southern coast, In the Shadow of Evil tells a modern day story involving the exposure of a building rebound scam. Amidst the layers of unethical practices, supply shortages, and excess murders, a top Louisiana homicide detective loses his heart to a charitable contractor while uncovering [...]
 
Book: Desdinova by Shayla Kwiatkowski
All roads lead to Louisiana... Dana Ricks never knew her mother, but her father was legend in the trucking world. She spends her life following down his tales driving her own rig down those same dark roads. Until her world is rendered by nationwide terrorism and she rises to the challenge, just as her father would have done. "If your daddy was alive, maybe you'd have figured out what kind of man [...]
 
Book: Trove by David McGukin
Sixty-five year old Luna Belle Black's coming-of-age story is an artfully woven mixture of Southern comedy, tragedy, and love. When the widow of Blackbeard's heir finds herself unprepared to deal with his three hundred year old estate, ancient trusts quickly unravel, leaving her exposed with nothing but a haunting curse and a band of mutineers intent on her demise. In her world of vast riches, [...]
 
Book: Where the Maypop Grows by Mary Gregory Dillard
Myra Bartram's husband Daniel crashes his plane on a mountainside. He rescues a child and attempts to save its mother, but the wreckage topples off the cliff. Myra's devastated by her loss and at his graveside, she loses him again-this time to his legal wife. Bordering on the edge of insanity, she flees Baton Rouge and smashes head-on into a life of uncertainty in Atlanta. By coincidence, she [...]
 
Book: Death Cheater by Danielle Thorne
Athena Gray lives vicariously through her sister because people in general avoid her. Whether it's strange things like dead butterflies fluttering to life, or the time she saved her dying grandpapa just by willing him to live, Athena knows that she is different. The only person who doesn't seem to think so is Dan, the most popular boy on Omega High School's baseball team. But even Dan can't [...]
 
Book: A perfect wife for Peregrine Winthop (Southern Seas Series) by Gwendoline Ewins
Historical fiction: a psychological tale of bitter regret and ultimate redemption, intended for 17+ readers and to be read in one short sitting. 1857, Little Chormsby in the South of England. Peregrine's wedding night is a nightmare. He discovers how very foolish he was to rely on others to find him the perfect helpmate to accompany him across the world. Those others will not have to live with [...]
 
Book: Who Is He? (The Southern Seas Series) by Gwendoline Ewins
Regency Romantic Comedy, sensual, intended for 17+ readers. London, 1806: "I have a cabin booked on the 'Cambray' bound for the Southern Seas," he announces mere hours before they are to be joined as one in the sight of God and Mama and Papa and her very best friend Deborah. Hester had fallen in love with him at first sight, before she knew his true character. Now his ridiculous prank has forced [...]
 
Book: Murder & Mayhem in Goose Pimple Junction by Amy Metz
When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she's learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle. A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the [...]
 
Book: Catfish Trailer Park by Roger Harrison
"Catfish Trailer Park And Other Southern Tales" is a book of three original stories from Mississippi Author Roger Harrison. "Catfish Trailer Park" is the story of four women who live in Wiggins, Mississippi in a trailer park and work at a Diner in the outskirts of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The story tells what happens when a new waitress is hired and of some of their adventures. "The Dark Seam' [...]
 
Book: A Dream for Lani (Beneath Southern Skies Book 2) by Tricia McGill
Cosseted all her life, Lani Moore inherits a fortune, but yearns for a loving family. The chance to grab that arrives when two youngsters talk her into taking a flat in their house. Their father, Ryan, is enchanted by the air of intriguing melancholy about his new tenant. Will Lani's lonely heart find the love she wants above all else? (Previously published as "A Lonely Heart") Reviews: "I [...]
 
Book: Tupelo Honey by Lis Anna-Langston
Publishers Weekly has this to say about TUPELO HONEY. A humorous, unconventional family yarn about a young girl navigating a hardscrabble upbringing in northern Mississippi. Meet Tupelo Honey. She divinely lays out the framework and quirky intricacies of growing up in a house only "slightly better than an orphanage," her days spent chattering with imaginary friend Moochi, and navigating [...]
 
Book: Gold Fever by Joan Donaldson-Yarmey
Boni Baldwin is taken out of the city and thrust into an environment she dislikes-- camping. Her mother, Elsie Wiggins, is on a quest to find information on her father who disappeared fifty-five years ago in the mountains of southern British Columbia and Boni is the only one of her children who is able, but reluctant, to accompany her. The first person they meet is Rick, a mountain man who has a [...]
 
Book: Guilty-Self Defense - Justice or Revenge? by Winford Wallace
Crime, suspense, courtroom drama - Nothing ever happens in the sleepy cotton town of Colette, Arkansas, until a sequence of events triggers the homicide of a city marshal/constable. An easy conviction looms for Hank Carter, the toughest prosecutor in the state, on his way to becoming the Democrat candidate for governor. All that stands between Hank and a quick guilty verdict is a hasty defense [...]
 
Book: Shadows Burned In by Chris Pourteau
***winner of the 2015 eLit Book Awards Gold Medal for Literary Fiction*** David Jackson leaves a successful law practice in the big city to return to the hometown he fled long ago. At its center stands Old Suzie's house, a grand home once the elegant jewel of a bygone era. Now abandoned, the house stands decaying, simmering in the town's tortured past. David thought he'd buried his childhood [...]
 
Book: You Won't Remember This by Kate Blackwell
The twelve stories in Kate Blackwell's debut collection illuminate the lives of men and women who appear as unremarkable as your next-door-neighbor until their lives explode quietly on the page. Her wry, often darkly funny voice describes the repressed underside of a range of middle-class characters living in the South. Blackwell's focus is elemental on marriage, birth, death, and the [...]
 
Book: Blood on the Roses by Robert Hays
In 1955, at the height of alarm over the Emmett Till murder in Mississippi and after the Supreme Court ruling against school segregation, AP reporter Rachel Feigen is sent to Tennessee on a missing person case. She quickly finds herself caught up in problems of her own when three local extremists decide to teach her not to poke around in things that are none of her business. This frank and honest [...]
 
Book: Our Time to Love by Mary Tate Engels
Gwyn has plans for getting ahead in life and they don't include falling in love with a backwoods doctor in Appalachia. She is a time and motion specialist and she can whip this place into shape in no time. Getting back to work and family and the joys of being in the middle of holiday activities, especially at this Christmas season, is what she wants most. But the birth of twins, a little girl's [...]
 
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