Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for A Southern Season: Four Stories From a Front Porch Swing by Eva Marie Everson, Claire Fullerton, Linda W. Yezak, and Ane Mulligan, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Pull up a front porch swing and enjoy learning more about this collection from 4 great authors 🙂
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: A Southern Season: Four Stories From a Front Porch Swing
Authors: Eva Marie Everson, Claire Fullerton, Linda W. Yezak, Ane Mulligan
Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Southern/Women’s Fiction
Four seasons. Four stories. Each one set in the enchanting world of the South. These are the kinds of stories your grandmother told you from a front porch swing.
Ice Melts in Spring by Linda W. Yezak
When Kerry Graham’s boss forces her to return to the Gulf of Mexico where her husband drowned years ago, she feels only spring’s chill and not the warmth of the Texas sun. Can the joy of a reclusive author and the compassion of a shrimp-boat preacher thaw Kerry’s frigid heart?
Lillie Beth in Summer by Eva Marie Everson
With the untimely death of his wife, Dr. James Gillespie believes God has abandoned him. He also believes he’s never met anyone like the young widow Lillie Beth, whose beloved Granny lies dying at home, and who sees a God who sweeps hope through a farmhouse window. Can a young woman whose husband died in Vietnam restore a faith that is all but dead.
Through an Autumn Window by Claire Fullerton
Because her larger than life mother Daphne Goodwyn is dead, forty-year-old Cate returns to Memphis with one thought in mind: something always goes wrong at a Southern funeral. But surrounded by the well-mannered society that raised her, the nostalgic rites of a three-day, autumn mourning bring the unexpected gift of the end of sibling rivalry.
A Magnolia Blooms in Winter by Ane Mulligan
With Broadway stardom within her reach, Morgan James returns home in winter to help an old friend. Maybe it s just nostalgia, but when she sees him again, an old flame rekindles. When she’s called back to NYC to take the lead in a new musical, will fame be worth losing the man she loves?
Excerpt From Through An Autumn Window by Claire Fullerton
My mother’s party for Eric and me took place in two ground-floor rooms of the Memphis Country Club. The setting could best be likened to a beehive of my mother’s Southern-to-the-bone, over-the-top friends. Many of my friends were there that night, and it was gratifying to have so many of them assembled in one place at one time to meet Eric.
All, of course, loved meeting my husband, but my mother’s friends set upon Eric like queen bees upon honey. To this day, I’m not convinced Eric’s fully recovered from his forced indoctrination into my mother’s gregarious side of the South. Because, you see, being born to my mother’s Memphis, I was bestowed with a particular walk of life, and along it my mother’s friends flit like fireflies carrying keys to the kingdom.
In the lounge overlooking the south side of the Memphis Country Club’s golf course, Eric and I didn’t move from our stationary positions in front of the heavy mahogany bar for three hours because we couldn’t. We stood side by side like statues at the head of a receiving line as one after another my mother’s spectacular friends floated up to the jangle of jewelry, wearing stockings and heels and clouds of perfume, wanting a good look at the outsider who had married Daphne’s daughter.
“Now tell me, where is it you’re from?” one of them asked, gushing with I’m so thrilled to meet you enthusiasm that verged on the flirtatious.
“I’m from Boston,” Eric said, then fifteen minutes later, as the line flowed like river rapids, another glittering woman stepped forward, her ecstatic face an inspecting inch before Eric’s startled eyes.
Grabbing Eric’s hands, she exclaimed, “I understand you’re a Yankee from Boston!” It went on this way for the entirety of the party and gave Eric a good dose of the fact that he hadn’t just married me, he’d married into a network spurred by the engine of Southern social graces, where everyone had to have the facts on everybody.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Eva Marie Everson (Lillie Beth in Summer) is a multiple award-winning author and speaker. She is the president of Word Weavers International and the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference & North Georgia Christian Writers Conference.
Claire Fullerton (Through an Autumn Window) is the author of Mourning Dove, Dancing to an Irish Reel, and A Portal in Time. She is a transplanted Southerner from Memphis now living in Malibu, California.
Ane Mulligan (A Magnolia Blooms in Winter) writes Southern-fried fiction served with a tall, sweet iced tea. She’s an award-winning, multi-published novelist and playwright, who believes chocolate and coffee are two of the four major food groups.
Linda W. Yezak (Ice Melts in Spring) lives with her husband and PB, the original scaredy cat, in a forest in Deep East Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. Author of several novels, novellas, and short stories, she is best known for her award-winning Circle Bar Ranch series.
(1) winner will receive a print copy of A Southern Season, signed by all 4 authors! (US only)
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