July Read of the Month: “Parade of Horribles,” by Rhett DeVane

Reviewed by Donna Meredith Once again, Rhett DeVane captures the essence of life in a small southern town in Parade of Horribles, the seventh installment in her beloved Chattahoochee series. DeVane mines the debilitating nature of fear and the need to forgive in this deeply appealing novel. Jake Witherspoon, familiar to readers of DeVane’s earlier […]

“Secondhand Sister,” by Rhett DeVane

Reviewed by Donna Meredith In Rhett’s DeVane’s latest novel, Secondhand Sister, Mary-Esther Sloat may be down on her luck, but that’s about to change when she flees hurricane-ravaged New Orleans for a new life and sanctuary in North Florida. The hospitality of newfound friends and family soon envelops her—and this sixth novel in the beloved […]

“Cathead Crazy” by Rhett DeVane

Review by Peggy Kassees Take a small Southern town. Add a mental institute for the criminally insane, one of the most beautiful rivers in Florida, and characters so vibrant they stay in the reader’s heart and mind like longtime friends and family. Then throw in Rhett DeVane’s exquisite sense of humor and finely tuned writing. […]

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 […]