Meet the Editors

Publisher and Executive Editor Philip K. Jason is the author or editor of several books. From 1973 to 2001, he taught English and Creative Writing at United States Naval Academy. Allen Mendenhall is associate dean at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Donna Meredith is the widely acclaimed author of several books, and a distinguished journalist and reviewer. RIGHT: Photographs by VanessaK Photography, LLC.

“The Devil’s Bones,” by Carolyn Haines

Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro Best-selling, award-winning author Carolyn Haines writes wickedly entertaining, intelligent, and consistently compelling books, some dark, some cozy, some spiritual, and some just plain fun. In her prolific and diverse writing career, she has authored more than eighty books, including several series and one nonfiction publication. Inducted into the Alabama Writers’ […]

“Secrets of the Devil Vine,” by Faith Kaiser

Reviewed by Heather Newcomb Secrets of the Devil Vine is a homecoming narrative, but the home here is built on greed, secrets and abuse. The main character, Abigail Stewart—whose keen point of view drives the plot—returns home to coastal Alabama to seek answers to difficult questions from her childhood. Abby’s search takes readers on a […]

Heather Newcomb

Heather Newcomb is a professional writer and communications consultant who has published short fiction, articles and myriad print and digital content in her 25-year career. Her stories, reviews and articles have been published in various news and feature media, and she has studied journalism and creative writing at Rutgers University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Southern Festival of Books Announces Virtual Event

SOUTHERN FESTIVAL OF BOOKS ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL EVENT   Free Online Event Featuring 100+ Authors – October 1-11, 2020 The Southern Festival of Books: A Celebration of the Written Word announced that its 32nd annual event will take place October 1-11, 2020 online and free-of-charge. Humanities Tennessee, the organizer of the state’s largest literary event, will transition […]

“The Guests on South Battery,” by Karen White

Reviewed by Laura Aluise “There is no escaping the dead. On the slender peninsula that is Charleston, we cannot help being surrounded by them, packed as they are into ancient cemeteries behind ornate iron fencing, beneath our streets, under our homes, and parking garages. Most residents of the Holy City are blissfully unaware of its […]

Laura Aluise

Laura Aluise is a preschool special needs itinerant teacher currently working on a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction at Marshall University. She is married with a one-year old daughter who keeps her on her toes. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exercising, baking, and spending time with her family.

July Read of the Month: “The Archive of Alternative Endings,” by Lindsey Drager

Reviewed by Donna Meredith How to describe it? Exquisite. Literary. Experimental. Perfect in its own unique way, The Archive of Alternative Endings is unlike any other novel I’ve ever read. It’s different. Really different. It doesn’t have a plot, not in the usual sense. The characters don’t invite you to crawl into their skin, walk […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Jodie Sinclair, Author of “Love Behind Bars”

AM:  Jodie, so glad to interview you about this important book and subject, and I’m happy that our mutual friend, Joyce Corrington, introduced us. Your new book is Love Behind Bars, bearing the subtitle “The True Story of An American Prisoner’s Wife.” This is a memoir about the criminal justice system and the fight to […]