Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Beach House Reunion - Spotlight and Author Interview

Click HERE to read an interview on how this series was ten years in the making. 

Whisking you back to the shores of her bestselling Beach House series, Mary Alice Monroe weaves together a tale of the struggles and triumphs of the historic Rutledge family of Charleston, South Carolina. Beautifully wrought and rich with keen insight, this is an illuminating tale of new beginnings, resilience, and one family’s enduring love.

Cara Rutledge returns to her Southern home on the idyllic Isle of Palms. Everything is comfortingly the same, yet each detail is rife with painful memories. Only through reconnecting with family, friends, and the rhythms of the lowcountry can Cara release the hold of the past and open herself to the possibility of a new love, career, and hope for the future.

Meanwhile, her niece Linnea, a recent college graduate who doesn’t know where her life will take her, leaves her historic home in Charleston, with all its entitlement and expectations, and heads to her aunt’s beach house. On the island, she is part of the freer, natural ocean lifestyle she loves, rejoining the turtle team, learning to surf, and falling in love. Remembering the lessons of her beloved grandmother, Lovie, the original “turtle lady,” Linnea rediscovers a meaningful purpose to her life and finds the courage she needs to break from tradition.

In this heartwarming novel, three generations of the Rutledge family gather together to find the strength, love, and commitment to break destructive family patterns and to forge new bonds that will endure long beyond one summer reunion.

  • Gallery Books | 
  • 400 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781501193293 | 
  • May 2018

List Price $26.00 (price may vary by retailer)
Ships on or around May 22, 2018

Monday, May 14, 2018

Damselfly - Review and Trailer

Idgie Says:
An updated retelling of Lord of the Flies, with today's trends and attitudes showing in the character's personalities.  An easy read which can capture a reader quickly and keep them involved. Good understanding of how teens think and feel in today's world. 



Damselfly by  Chandra Prasad (Scholastic Press, March 27, 2018) Grade Level 7 - 12

Their survival is in their own hands...

Samantha Mishra opens her eyes and discovers she's alone and injured in the thick of a jungle. She has no idea where she is, or what happened to the plane taking her and the rest of the Drake Rosemont fencing team across the Pacific for a tournament. Once Sam connects with her best friend, Mel, and they find the others, they set up shelter and hope for rescue. But as the days pass, the teens realize they're on their own, stranded on an island with a mysterious presence that taunts and threatens them. Soon Sam and her companions discover they need to survive more than the jungle... they need to survive each other.

This taut novel, with a setting evocative of Lord of the Flies, is by turns cinematic and intimate, and always thought-provoking.

About the Author

Chandra Prasad is the originator and editor of Mixed, an anthology of short stories on the multiracial experience. She is also the author of several critically acclaimed novels for adults, including On Borrowed WingsDamselfly is her YA debut. A graduate of Yale, Chandra lives and works in Connecticut. To find out more, visit her online at chandraprasad.com.

Friday, May 11, 2018

What is a Writer?

What is a Writer? 

This has always been a bone of contention between people with opinions.

Many believe that true writers sweat over their words, feel deep angst over every sentence. That they are only viable writers if they have no other interests, careers and nearly starve to death tapping out 2,000 words a day. The words must be deep, meaningful, full of mystery and knowledge.

This of course drives inexperienced writers to back off and and feel that they'll never be considered to be worthy of reading.

To this I say, "Bull."

Writing is pure enjoyment. It's expressions, dreams, memories, humor, desires and fears. It's free flowing thinking on paper. No writing should be labeled as too mundane, silly, odd or dumb.

We need our great historical novels, our short humor books, our love stories, our poems, our 3 paragraph stories.

All writing is important to someone, maybe a lot of someones. I personally wrote for years and really enjoyed those simple emails that came my way - "You made me laugh", "You made me cry", etc. No one ever said that I solved a mystery in life or wrote a great historical tome that would last for eons - but those simple notes made my day.

This is why I started the Dew, beyond having a positive showing of the South - to encourage writers from all experiences and levels of advancement to feel comfortable sharing their work.
I think novelists should be able to throw out a pithy, humour filled page long story if they want. I think someone that has never sent any writing out for publication before should listen to their adult child who says they write good stuff. I think a 20 year old who thinks they might just have something should give it a shot.

The Dew is here for everyone, including myself, and I hope to hear from all of you!


New Fiction from Mercer University Press

Idgie Says:
Here are two new books from Mercer that stand on opposite sides of the track.  One is gritty and mean-hearted while the other is a collection of stories based on optimism. The writing is strong in each book, and the stories grab your attention immediately.

Both perfectly sized for the beach or pool this Summer! I suggest you start with Easter Weekend and finish up with Dixie Luck.

Books are available for purchase now.


Easter Weekend
David Bottoms

Easter weekend in Macon, Georgia: Connie Hotlzclaw is a good-hearted ex-boxer and small-time loser who can't keep out of trouble. He dreams of carrying his girlfriend, Rita Estes, a pretty Waffle House waitress, away to a ranch in Montana and a new start, away from the hamburger grease and petty hoods. His brother, Carl, though, has other ideas.

He wants a big score, and he convinces pliable Connie to join in a kidnapping--an easy mark, a sure thing, a rich local college kid whose mother, of course, will do anything to get him back. All goes well, the boy's mother waits in a nearby hotel with the ransom money, and for a moment it seems Connie may get his dream of Rita and a Montana ranch.

That's when the local mob muscles in on the job. Tommy, a murderous gangster and crazy as only a pure American product can be, brings in a couple of his strong boys to up the stakes, and a final showdown over the ransom money develops at Rose Hill Cemetery--for Connie a place of violence, death, and maybe a new beginning.

In this gritty novel of loss, violence, and redemption, a distinguished American poet explores the dark world last seen in the novels of James M. Cain, where death lurks everywhere and a new beginning is always just out of reach.


Dixie Luck
Andy Plattner

DIXIE LUCK features stories about hardy gamblers, look-on-the-bright-side salesmen, and other brands of optimistic Southerners.

The stories are set in locales from Hot Springs, Arkansas, to the Atlantic Coast; each city or town seems to hold its own version of good fortune.

The collection also includes the Faulkner Award-winning novella TERMINAL, a tale that finds a husband and wife reuniting in hopes of finding one final cash-out at the windows.

The stories are literary--they study characters who try to stay honest and upbeat in the face of stacked odds. In "Valdosta," a salesman tries to look at the bright side of a product promotion that deals with disaster preparation. "Confetti" is a story about a gambler who cannot find the right words to say to a woman he loves; he takes a good day at the racetrack as a sign he is still heading in the right direction with her. In another story, "Resort Life," the narrator escapes his troubled family life by focusing on his work as a hotel manager. He believes a life of complication will not find him there.