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Serena by Ron Rash

SYNOPSIS ON GOODREADS

The year is 1929, and newlyweds George and Serena Pemberton travel from Boston to the North Carolina mountains where they plan to create a timber empire. 577 more words

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Bloggers’ Opinions Must Not Be Bought: A Cautionary Tale

I’m leery of accepting self-published work for review. If this is prejudice on my part, it’s not unjustified: I’ve reviewed hundreds of self-published books during my four years of freelance work for Kirkus, Foreword, BlueInk, Publishers Weekly, and The Bookbag, and although I do find the very occasional gem that could hold its own in a traditional market, the overall quality is poor. 946 more words

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MONSTERS IN APPALACHIA: a compelling contemporary take on Southern Gothic desire, temptation, and elusive salvation

Monsters in Appalachia: Stories

By Sheryl Monks

Vandalia Press/West Virginia University Press

$16.99, 168 pages

As someone who has lived in California for all but two years of his life and feels a powerful attachment to this place — its weather, light, ocean, mountains, valleys, flora, and fauna – I am fascinated by writing that conveys the power of other places. 736 more words

Book Reviews

Serena by: Ron Rash

As my husband and sister will tell you, I am naturally drawn to “woman on the cover, looking off into the distance” books. They aren’t wrong, but I’m making a conscious effort to steer away from this unless there is a real reason I am pulled into the novel.  608 more words

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Jennifer Lawrence: Hunter, Mutant and Change Agent

Jennifer Lawrence knows how to skin squirrels, chop wood, fight, and shoot a bow. Some actors and actresses show extreme dedication to their careers, and Jennifer is one of those notable few. 1,578 more words

Behind the Mic: The Risen

AudioFile goes Behind the Mic to talk with Richard Ferrone. We knew that Richard’s gravelly voice and keen sense for haunting suspense would be perfect for Ron Rash’s… 113 more words

Behind The Mic