It's with nail-biting trepidation that I announce the release of mine and mom's latest novel THE SECRET SONG OF THE DITCH LILIES. This one has been a long time coming! This is the novel that I haven't been able to let go of for a few years.
Anytime I undergo the process of developing characters and getting to know them, I become attached. I'm always a little sad every time I finish a novel because I know that I'll miss the association with those characters. This go around, those feelings intensified, and I wasn't ready to let go of it. I think that's part of the reason we've held onto it for so long. (This one is my baby.)
Realizing that I couldn't hold onto it forever, Mom and I started planning it's release. We decided to do something we've never done before--and that is to release it in parts I & II. Because the story is told through the alternating points of view of a mother and daughter, it's lengthy. Dividing it into parts helps make it more palpable for our readers.
The next step was to find the perfect covers. We wanted something that would accurately represent the book--something that would be intriguing--something that would draw the readers in. After considering several options, my husband, Patrick, whose background is marketing, ultimately designed the covers. When I first saw them, I cried tears of joy. They are perfect!!
"What the heck?" you're probably thinking. "Is that Jennifer on the cover?" Yes, I was the original model for the picture, but the image facial features have been manipulated to represent Delia, one of the main characters.
Here's the link for part 1 Get your copy here
Here's the link for part 2 Get your copy here
A description of the book:
What if the one thing you wanted most was the one thing you could never have? What If you’d done something so terrible that you could never go back?
Delia Reynolds is not trailer trash, and she has spent a lifetime trying to prove it. She has it all—money, social status, a husband that loves her, then why is she so miserable? Why is she haunted by her past?
Delia tries to mold her daughter, Sybil, into her debutante life, but it’s like trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. When Sybil’s husband abandons her for another woman, she flees the fast-paced life of Atlanta and takes her daughter to, of all places, Delia’s hometown, nearly sending Delia over the edge. Faced with the trauma of losing her daughter to the place she spent a lifetime trying to escape, Delia is forced to relive the horrors of the past—horrors that began when her younger sister fell for the son of a snake handler.
Sybil chooses the town because of its tranquil setting, and because her mother took her there when she was a child. She doesn’t realize the town is warring over the possibility of a chemical company moving there. She takes a job at the real estate office that is negotiating the sale of the property to the chemical company and becomes entangled in an explosive battle that escalates to murder.
Sybil becomes involved in a tempestuous relationship with Kade Langston, a police officer who is bitterly opposed to the chemical company. He’s everything she ever wanted in a man and more. She starts to suspect that there may be more to him than meets the eye when one of the partners in the real estate group turns up dead.
The horrors of the past refuse to stay buried, and there are those waiting in the shadows to exact revenge. The past and present collide in a blood-curdling climax as the poisonous serpents make their way to the surface once more.