in a Southern Landscape
| A Creole beauty. Eccentric sisters and a
black rose. One granny woman and a red button. Church
B suppers and bingo nights. A poet out of his element. Dreams
of Mexico. The shadow world of thoroughbred horseracing. A
shapeshifting trickster. If the Creek
Don't Rise is a
collection of hard-used characters, tangled relationships,
and family angst. Step into the Deep South and the lives of
folk who offer nothing except grit- and, sometimes, love- as
their currency.Available through Pen-L Publishing, Amazon, Nightbird Books, and independent bookstores via Ingram.
Set between 1950 and 1980, each vignette stares at an
individual in the southern landscape. Old Leroy Jackson’s
passion leads him to unexpected insight when he enters a
coon hunting contest with a boy and runt hound in “Last
Love.” Annually, a gathering of women and girls bake “More
Than Fruitcake” for the holidays and pass on a tradition
that holds dear the good and weak. Lester Groh, “The
Stooper,” lives along racing’s underbelly. Billman and Sissy
make a choice “The Day the Snake Got Killed” and learn about
the ripple effect of actions. “The Fig Trees” touches the
ripeness and desire of a mother, a woman friend, and her own
daughter. Sarah lives in her sister’s shadow in “The Cane
Grinding” until she realizes the power of choice. Lisa
Dell’s river baptism washes away her innocence and gives her
independence in the title story, “Washed in the Water.” You
can find Washed in the Water at Amazon,
Books, and through independent booksellers across the country.
“The Bull and the Kitten,” Seven Hills Review 2015,
looks eyeball-to-eyeball at the meaning of endurance.
Available through Amazon.com
Set in Palo Duro Canyon of Texas, “A Matter of Respect” is a
tale of racism and injustice. Look for Rough Country Volume
1 at High
Does a tree have soul? Perhaps. Read “The White Oak’s Tale”
in The Best of Frontier Tales Volume 1 at Pen-L
Publishing and Amazon.
First published in Echoes of the Ozarks VI by High
Hill Press, my short story, “The Cane Grinding” is about the
power of choice. Available at Amazon.com.
Cactus Country Volume 1, an anthology of 39
tales, includes “Racing the Kentucky Mare.” Available from High Hill Press.
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