southern fiction

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich: Southern Mountain Moonshine Clan Saga

Crime Story
Bull Mountain

I can never resist novels about the people in the Appalachian Mountains, probably because I grew up at the foot of those mountains. Maybe it’s the strong Scots-Irish heritage but, as my grandfather would say, nothing beats mountain folk for sheer ornery cussedness. And they have a strong distrust of government of any kind. One […]

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Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews: Vacation Book Review & Giveaway

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Beach Town

Since I’ve spent the last couple of years (has it been that long?) living in a tiny beach town that time seems to have forgotten, how could I resist Beach Town, a novel about that kind of sleepy beach town by bestselling author Mary Kay Andrews? Doh. Of course I couldn’t. I’m betting you won’t […]

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In Wilderness by Diane Thomas: Psych Thriller Book Review & Giveaway

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In Wilderness

I grew up in the Appalachian Mountains, so I’m drawn to novels about that area. At the same time, I feel badly for authors who write about that area because I’m intent on ensuring the area is portrayed accurately. To me, the Appalachians, along with the Rocky Mountains and the Cascade Mountains, are among the […]

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Children’s Book Week Middle School Mania Multi-Book Giveaway

Children
The Loch Ness Punster

For our Week #3 Pop-Up Book Giveaway, and in honor of Childrens Book Week, we’re giving away a great selection of middle school books, thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing’s generosity. These are not YA novels but instead are intended for readers from grades three through eight who are ready to read a novel format […]

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The Marauders by Tom Cooper: Book Review & Giveaway

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The Marauders

Today is Fat Tuesday, so it seems appropriate to feature a novel about the Louisiana bayou country. Even if it’s not about Mardi Gras, it is about pirate treasure among other things. I think that qualifies, don’t you? The Marauders by Tom Cooper is a classic Southern novel in many ways, featuring a cast of […]

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Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell

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Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League

First of all, happy birthday to Miss Rosa Parks and thank you for taking a stand or, rather, keeping your seat. If you ever doubted the power of one person to make a difference then all you have to do is look at Rosa Parks and the courage it took for her to stay in […]

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