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The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden: Book Review & Giveaway

Events
the wedding gift

When I saw The Wedding Gift by Marlen Suyapa Bodden, I welcomed a novel about slavery from an African American point of view because so many novels about the pre-Civil War era are written by Caucasian women. Don’t get me wrong – a lot of those novels have been excellent. Still, I’ve always felt they […]

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The Tilted World by Tom Franklin & Beth Ann Fennelly: Review/Giveaway

Crime Story
The Tilted World

I became familiar with bestselling author Tom Franklin’s work through an LA Times Festival of Books author panel (link below review). His wife, Beth Ann Fennelly, is an award-winning poet. Because Tom spoke that day about their working together, I’ve been anxious to read a novel they collaborated on ever since. I was thrilled to […]

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Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain: Book Review & Giveaway

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necessary lies

I loved the book cover for Necessary Lies by award-winning author Diane Chamberlain. It made me think of carefree country summers and innocence, although the title made me think things couldn’t be as serene as they looked. Being endlessly curious, I had to learn more and what I learned made me want to read it […]

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The Storycatcher by Ann Hite: Southern Gothic Fiction at Its Best

Fiction
the storycatcher

I grew up in the North Carolina mountains, so it’s probably not a surprise that I’m interested in stories that resonate with that area and its history. That said, when I saw the book cover for The Storycatcher by award-winning author Ann Hite, it reminded me of the South Carolina/Georgia Lowcountry where I also lived […]

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The Rockin’ Chair by Steven Manchester: Book Tour Review & Giveaway

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the rockin' chair

When I was approached about participating in the virtual book tour for The Rockin’ Chair by bestselling author Steven Manchester, I hadn’t moved away from Southern California yet but I was considering it. The book cover brought back memories of log cabins I saw in the Appalachian Mountains when I was growing up. Those cabins […]

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The Returned by Jason Mott: What If Someone You Loved Came Back?

Fantasy & Supernatural
the returned

I kept seeing the book cover for The Returned and puzzling over it. Why was everything upside down? It snagged a childhood memory of leaning over the sofa and wondering what it would be like if the ceiling were the floor. Anyway, I couldn’t resist when I got the opportunity to snag a copy and […]

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