Rhett DeVane Interviews Lynne Bryant, Author of “Alligator Lake”

  RD:  You choose to show both the good and bad sides of life in the Deep South. How do you find this balance in your fiction? Do you feel as if your novels make any statements about the South? LB:  For every racist or bigoted person I’ve ever encountered, I’ve met an open-minded, loving […]

“Alligator Lake” by Lynne Bryant

Review by Rhett DeVane Lugging painful emotional baggage is difficult enough, but carting that baggage back to a small Mississippi town after ten years takes courage. When twenty-eight-year-old Avery Pritchett returns home to Greendale—“a place where racism reaches as deep and dark as the bottom of Alligator Lake”—for her brother’s wedding, she has more to […]

Meet Stephen Wetta, Author of October Read of the Month: If Jack’s in Love

     EXCITEMENT!!! That’s what we feel about Jack Wetta’s debut novel, If Jack’s in Love, and we are certain that after you read the following interview by SLR contributor Rhett DeVane, you’ll be laughing so hysterically you will order this Read of the Month immediately.              SLR: Is there an intended message in If […]

October Read of the Month, If Jack’s in Love by Stephen Wetta

Click to Buy  If Jack’s in Love by Stephen Wetta Reviewed by Rhett DeVane        The transition between tormented boyhood and teenage angst is difficult enough for young genius Jack Witchner. Add in a shiftless redneck father, a bullying dope-smoking older brother, a meek homely mother, and a family home that is an eyesore […]

Meet Lynne Bryant, Author of Catfish Alley

       At SLR, we like to cover both new releases and old. Every now and then, a good one slips through the cracks. This summer, we’ve spent a little time working our way through the Slush Pile..and look what we found! A can’t-miss read by debut novelist, Lynne Bryant.      Recently, SLR contributor Rhett DeVane had the […]

Catfish Alley, by Lynne Bryant

Click to Buy   Catfish Alley  by Lynne Bryant Reviewed by Rhett DeVane      Far too often, novels set in the South settle for clichéd one-dimensional characters: vapid belles, ignorant or radical African-Americans, belligerent white males incapable of change. This is not the case with Lynne Bryant’s Catfish Alley. From the first page, the author […]

What Southern Female Author Most Influenced Rhett DeVane?

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’ve asked our contributors to recognize Southern female authors who have had the greatest influence on their lives. “I have to go with Fannie Flagg,” says SLR contributor Rhett DeVane. “I know there are so many classics, but Fried Green Tomatoes and Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven are two of […]

Mama’s Comfort Food, by Rhett DeVane

Mama’s Comfort Food By Rhett DeVane Reviewed by Peggy Kassees Click to Buy      “The secret to outliving cancer is positive living . . . I didn’t mean to think positive; I meant to live in a positive way.”  That’s an excerpt from Mama’s Comfort Food, by Rhett DeVane.      Smooth as whipped butter, sweet […]