Archives for July 2013

“Confession,” by Richard Freis

Reviewed by Donna Meredith Confession could just as easily have been titled Obsession, although that name has been snapped up by numerous other books and a popular perfume. This debut novel by Richard Freis is the first person tale of 55-year-old George Burden’s fixation on a woman much younger than his wife—even younger than his […]

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Announces Parapalooza

A new movement is afoot.  Now that sentence should be read aloud.  And Parapalooza is just the place to do it.  When was the last time you read something so good you wanted to read it aloud to the person sitting next to you just to share it? The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) wants […]

“Spare Change,” by Bette Lee Crosby

Reviewed by Patricia O’Sullivan Award-winning author Bette Lee Crosby is a prolific writer who has penned six novels in the last six years. Her latest work of fiction is Spare Change, the story of a troubled orphan and an independent older woman. Susanna Doyle dreams of becoming a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in […]

“Keep No Secrets,” by Julie Compton

Reviewed by Donna Meredith Keep No Secrets, Julie Compton’s powerful sequel to Tell No Lies, is guaranteed to keep readers turning pages into the wee hours of the morning. Both of Compton’s courtroom thrillers are set in St. Louis, Missouri, where she grew up. Like Jodi Picoult’s best works, Compton’s novels sizzle with all the […]

“Leaving Tuscaloosa,” by Walter Bennett

Reviewed by Amy Susan Wilson In his novel Leaving Tuscaloosa, Walter Bennett creates a haunting fictional world steeped in a gripping story that raises questions regarding our moral obligations to human communities. The novel is set in the Deep South of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, in 1962. This is the year before Bull Connor turned his fire […]

Amy Susan Wilson

Amy Susan Wilson has recently published in Southern Women’s Review, Fried Chicken and Coffee, This Land, Cybersoleil, Dead Mule, Crosstimbers, Red River Review, Red Dirt Review, The Literary Lawyer, and in other similar publications. Amy Susan’s poetry book,  Honk If You Love Billy Ray, is forthcoming from Dead Mule Press; she is the Founder and Publisher […]

July Read of the Month: “Suite for Three Voices,” by Derek Furr

Reviewed by Cameron Williams In “Starting from Error,” the prelude to Suite for Three Voices (a piece also nominated for the Pushcart Prize), Derek Furr muses, “What if there were an ‘h’ in ‘went,’ as there so often was in my students’ writing? When is involved in went, time rolled up in the past tense, […]