Valentine’s Gifts for Readers and Writers

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Valentine’s Day. A time for hearts and touching gifts. And sheer panic when you have no idea what to get the reader or writer in your life. Books? Pens? Journals? But they already have so many of those. And you need not only a gift, but a thoughtful gift. One that shows how much you […]

Twenty-Two Southern Books for 2022

This post began as “Five Southern Books to Start the New Year With.” But the wonderful thing about Southern literature is the breadth of variety we have. Simply, there were too many good books for me to choose from. About This List: Where possible, I gave preference first to our many wonderful diverse writers. Second, […]

A Bookworm’s Dream Christmas Wishlist

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Love a bookworm? While you can never go wrong just setting your reader free for a buying frenzy in your local indie bookstore, if you’re looking for bookish Christmas and Holiday gifts that go, well, beyond books, I’ve got you covered. This winter, take care of your book lover with gifts that will really flip […]

Girls Day Out In: Cleveland, Mississippi

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Nuts About You, the first book in the Midnight Bluff series, is set in a fictional small town outside of Cleveland, Mississippi. With edits approaching this, of course, called for a road trip. Cleveland is home to my mom’s alma mater Delta State University, so she was just as eager to get reacquainted with the […]

Unraveling and Defining Southern Literature

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“As the South goes, so goes the nation… Stories set in the South should be recognized not as stories about a particular place and time, but as microcosms of the great crucible in which all Americans now labor in our ongoing struggle over the future of our country’s divided soul.” -Ed Tarkington Southern literature is […]