Thursday, January 11, 2018

Just Between Us - Spotlight

Four suburban mothers conspire to cover up a deadly crime in Just Between Us, a heart-stopping novel of suspense by Rebecca Drake.
Alison, Julie, Sarah, Heather. Four friends living the suburban ideal. Their jobs are steady, their kids are healthy. They’re as beautiful as their houses. But each of them has a dirty little secret, and hidden behind the veneer of their perfect lives is a crime and a mystery that will consume them all.
Everything starts to unravel when Alison spots a nasty bruise on Heather’s wrist. She shares her suspicions with Julie and Sarah, compelling all three to investigate what looks like an increasingly violent marriage. As mysterious injuries and erratic behavior mount, Heather can no longer deny the abuse, but she refuses to leave her husband. Desperate to save her, Alison and the others dread the phone call telling them that she’s been killed. But when that call finally comes, it’s not Heather who’s dead. In a moment they’ll come to regret, the women must decide what lengths they’ll go to in order to help a friend.
Just Between Us is a thrilling glimpse into the underbelly of suburbia, where not all neighbors can be trusted, and even the closest friends keep dangerous secrets. You never really know what goes on in another person’s mind, or in their marriage.

About the Author
Rebecca Drake is the author of the novels Don’t Be Afraid, The Next Killing, The Dead Place, which was an IMBA bestseller, and Only Ever You, as well as the short story “Loaded,” which was featured in Pittsburgh Noir. A graduate of Penn State University and former journalist, she is currently an instructor in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction M.F.A. program. Rebecca lives in Pittsburgh, PA, with her husband and two children.

Thy Brother's Blood - Spotlight

By Paul H. Yarbrough

Louisiana’s rich history weaves throughout the lives
of the McKinzie brothers, Travis and Forrest.

Their great-grandpa McKinzie left his Louisiana sugar cane plantation to fight and die in the War Between the States. When the war ended, reconstruction, taxes and floods whittled the three- thousand-acre family farm down to almost nothing.

After the mysterious drowning of their daddy and younger brother in the swamp, the two boys turn to their remaining father figures, Paw Paw and the Judge. Now, with the onset of economic depression, Travis and Forrest McKinzie struggle to maintain what’s left of their land and their culture as the industrialized world encroaches onto their agrarian roots.

Covering three generations of the McKinzie family, amidst conflict over civil rights, land usage and foreign wars that take the best of Southern blood, Travis and Forrest cling to their rich heritage as it is stripped from them.

The brothers are people of the land; people who love the land; people who understand the land. And in opposition to outside control and corruption, they are willing to give their lives to the protection of their families and the continuation of their Southern culture.

Genre: Historical Fiction

Print Price: 16.95

Page Count: 281

ISBN: 978-1-937178-98-7


Paul H. Yarbrough is originally from Jackson, Mississippi. For the past forty years, he has lived in Houston, Texas, where he has worked for two oil companies and been an independent consultant in the oil business, mostly as a landman. He is a widower with one grown son who lives in Log Cabin, Louisiana. Paul has published a handful of
short stories, flash fiction and essays in a variety of forums. His first novel, Mississippi Cotton, was published by Wido Publishing in 2011.

His second novel, A Mississippi Whisper, came out from WiDo in December 2014. His new book, Thy Brother’s Blood was just released December 2017. Order your copy at:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

American Stranger - Spotlight

A Novel
By David Plante

Brought up in a secularized Jewish household on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, Nancy Green knows little about her parents’ past. She knows they were World War II Jewish refugees who were able to escape Germany with precious family heirlooms that are constant reminders of a lost life and a world about which Nancy knows very little.

In David Plante’s novel, AMERICAN STRANGER  (Delphinium Books; January 9, 2018) the longing Nancy has for some kind of spiritual connection first leads her into an encounter with a Hasidic Jewish man who, unable to find meaning in his own religion, has taken vows to become a monk. She then becomes romantically involved with Yvon, a Catholic college student in Boston where she is studying for her master’s degree in English literature. Yvon, trying to escape the clutches of Catholicism and his overbearing mother, finds temporary refuge in Nancy and sees her as an escape from the insular enclave of Franco-Americans where he has spent most of his life. Their highly erotic, tempestuous relationship frightens both of them until a tragedy in Yvon’s life eventually pulls them apart.

Devastated by the breakup, Nancy ends up marrying a Jewish man from London, hoping to find herself with a man of her own religion. However, her new relationship pales in comparison to her deep emotional connection with Yvon and, sadly, ends, inspiring Nancy to go back to Boston to track down the man who, she realizes, is the great love of her life.

David Plante grew up in Providence, Rhode Island, within a French-Canadian parish that was palisaded by its language, a French that dated from the time of the first French colonists in the early 17th Century to what was then most of North America, la Nouvelle France. His background was very similar to that of Jack Kerouac, who was brought up in a French speaking parish in Lowell, Massachusetts. Plante has been inspired to write novels rooted in La Nouvelle France, most notably in The Family, a contender for the National Book Award. As a young man, Plante moved to London, where he lived for some fifty years, years in part accounted for in his memoirs Becoming a Londoner and Worlds Apart and in The Pure Lover, an elegy to his forty-year relationship with Nikos Stangos. He has published a number of novels, some referring back to his parish but also expanding into European and Russian settings. He has been a regular contributor to the New Yorker with short stories and profiles of people he knew, including the painter Francis Bacon, the aesthete Harold Acton, and the historian Steven Runciman. His renowned book, Difficult Women, a non-fiction work that profiled Jean Rhys, Sonia Orwell and Germaine Greer is being reissued by The New York Review of Books Press in 2017. He has dual nationality, American and British, but lives in Lucca, Italy, and Athens, Greece.

A Novel
By David Plante
Delphinium Books: January 9, 2018
$24.95 Hardcover; 256 pages
ISBN: 978-1-88-328573-9

Friday, January 5, 2018

Blue Moon Series - Romance Reads Filled with Humor

I always say that to enjoy a good romance book, it needs to have humor in it.  Angst and hot sex on a desk shouldn't be the only content.  Those books tend to lose my interest quickly.

I came upon the first book in this series and decided to give it a read.  When I found myself laughing out loud in public in the middle of the story, I immediately grabbed the other 4 books in the series.

These stories have two strong selling points for me.  One is the humor that overflows through the story, these characters are not afraid to show their human side.  The other is how the characters - all of them - stay intertwined throughout the series.  Some of them actually continue to grow in the books that they are not the stars of. They remain a very tight knit group of people who I would very much enjoy being friends with.

I really felt as if I were just reading one large book that had certain sections center on particular characters.

If you enjoy romance books and you want some humor included, I definitely recommend this series. 

PS - Book 2 is actually my favorite - you'll love "Bucket".

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Lost Season of Love and Snow - Spotlight

About the Book

Laam steps outside of the Romanov comfort zone and tells the unforgettable story of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin and his beautiful wife Natalya.
At the age of sixteen, Natalya Goncharova is stunningly beautiful and intellectually curious. But while she finds joy in French translations and a history of Russian poetry, her family is more concerned with her marriage prospects. It is only fitting that during the Christmas of 1828 at her first public ball in her hometown of Moscow she attracts the romantic attention of Russia’s most lauded rebel poet: Alexander Pushkin.

Enchanted at first sight, Natalya is already a devoted reader of Alexander’s serialized novel in verse, Evgeny Onegin. The most recently published chapter ends in a duel, and she is dying to learn what happens next. Finding herself deeply attracted to Alexander’s intensity and joie de vivre, Natalya hopes to see him again as soon as possible.

What follows is a courtship and later marriage full of equal parts passion and domestic bliss but also destructive jealousies. When vicious court gossip leads to Alexander dying from injuries earned defending his honor as well as Natalya’s in a duel, Natalya finds herself reviled for her alleged role in his death. With beautiful writing and understanding, Jennifer Laam, and her compelling new novel, The Lost Season of Love and Snow, help Natalya tell her side of the story—the story of her greatest love and her inner struggle to create a fulfilling life despite the dangerous intrigues of a glamorous imperial Court

St. Martin'sGriffin
January 2, 2018

Monday, January 1, 2018

New Year, New Challenges

I cannot believe that another year for The Dew has been achieved, that time is flying quite so fast.  I started The Dew in 2005 and it's evolved into a slightly different animal several times, finally settling into book reviews and news only, where it has stayed for the last several years.

I have had quite a few challenges with it over the years, mainly too many books received to properly review and the ever-hated "reading slumps" that occur with all of us.

When I combine 30 books on my table at a shot and a painfully apparent complete disinterest in reading....those are the times the challenge became simply continuing to move forward in the review world.
I will take sabbaticals now and again but the fear is always that the publishers will quickly drop you from their lists should you not accommodate them quickly enough or say no too many times. Once dropped from a review stable, it can be difficult to get back on the list.

When I have these times of struggle with moving forward in this book world, that's when you, the readers and authors, help me move forward again.  The readers let me know that my book recommendations were enjoyed and appreciated, and an author will write a book that drags me deep into it's pages and revives the reading spark in me. I have authors who will readily introduce me to other writer's books that I might not have come across yet, opening yet more reading possibilities to me.  I have even had a few authors read and review books for me when I have been overwhelmed.

So I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone in the book world that keeps that spark alive in me and the Dew heading into it's 13th year!

HAPPY 2018!!


Friday, December 29, 2017

Don't miss Southern Voices Festival 2018!

Don't miss Southern Voices Festival 2018!

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 5!
8 am - 10 am online & phone sales only!

To purchase online
Beginning Friday, January 5 at 8 am, click the Buy Tickets Now button below! Buttons will be active at 8 am on Friday, January 5.
To purchase by phoneBeginning Friday, January 5 at 8 am, call the Library Theatre Box Office at 205-444-7888.

Please purchase your tickets early, as we expect to sell out. If any tickets remain, they will be available during regular Box Office hours M - F, 10 am - 6 pm.

Visit for more information!
An Evening with Steve Berry
Former trial lawyer and Southern Voices alumnus, Steve Berry is the New York Times #1 internationally best-selling author of more than 15 novels and four e-book originals.  Known for his historical thrillers, Berry’s latest is no exception. The Lost Order, the 12th Cotton Malone novel, tells the story of the Knights of the Golden Circle and is described by Barnes & Noble as an “expert melding of nail-biting political intrigue and fascinating historical mystery.” 
$35 • Limit 4 tickets
The Library Theatre Fri., Feb. 23, 7:30 pm
Reception follows on the Library Plaza.

Author Conference
Featuring Taylor Brown, Kelly Grey Carlisle, Andrew Gross, Lisa Ko, Paula McLain, Daren Wang, Stephanie Powell Watts and Lisa Wingate. Book sales and signings will follow the afternoon session.  
RESERVED SEATING in The Library Theatre
GENERAL ADMISSION in The Library Plaza
Sat., Feb. 24, 9 am - 4 pm
Lunch on your own.

Visit for more information!
An Evening with Steve Berry
Friday February 23, 2018 Former trial lawyer and Southern Voices alumnus, Steve Berry is the New York Times #1 internationally best-selling author of more than 15 novels and four e-book originals. Berry was named spokesperson for the Alabama Library Association's National Preservation Week in 2012 and 2013. In 2017, Berry was honored as the Writer of the Year by the Florida Writers Association and was named a Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Book Festival. His next Cotton Malone novel, The Bishop's Pawn, is due out in April 2018.

Author Conference Venue: THEATRE
Saturday February 24, 2018 The 2018 Southern Voices Author Conference features Taylor Brown, Kelly Grey Carlisle, Andrew Gross, Lisa Ko, Paula McLain, Darren Wang, Stephanie Powell Watts and Lisa Wingate. Conference: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Book sales and signings will follow the afternoon session. Lunch on your own. Tickets to this event are specific to THE LIBRARY THEATRE venue and are RESERVED SEATING.

Author Conference Venue: PLAZA
Saturday February 24, 2018 The 2018 Southern Voices Author Conference features Taylor Brown, Kelly Grey Carlisle, Andrew Gross, Lisa Ko, Paula McLain, Darren Wang, Stephanie Powell Watts and Lisa Wingate. Conference: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Book sales and signings will follow the afternoon session. Lunch on your own. Tickets to this event are specific to THE LIBRARY PLAZA venue and are GENERAL ADMISSION SEATING.

The Library Theatre uses Vendini for ticketing, marketing, and box office management.

The Library Theatre - 200 Municipal Drive, Hoover, AL, 35216, (205) 444-7888