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The River of Kings by Taylor Brown

St. Martin's Press
$25.99, hardcover / $12.99, e-book
ISBN: 9781250111753
Fiction
March, 2017
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

“The most exciting literary adventure fiction I've read since Deliverance.”
—Howard Frank Mosher, author of God's Kingdom

''Captures the essence of an enchanting place with a story combining adventure, family drama, and local history.''
Publishers Weekly

''Like a great body of water itself, The River of Kings is one moment grace and serenity, and the next moment hazard and threat, shifting in wonderfully unexpected ways, yet always in possession of a natural beauty you cannot help but admire."
—Michael Farris Smith, author of Desperation Road and Rivers

The Altamaha River, Georgia's Little Amazon, has been named one of the seventy-five Last Great Places in the World. Crossed by roads only five times in its 137-mile length, the blackwater river is home to thousand-year-old virgin cypress, descendants of 18th-century Highland warriors, and a motley cast of rare and endangered species. The Altamaha has even been rumored to harbor its own river monster, as well as traces of the most ancient European fort in North America.

Brothers Hunter and Lawton Loggins set off to kayak the river, bearing their father's ashes toward the sea. Hunter is a college student, Lawton a Navy SEAL on leave; both young men were raised by an angry, enigmatic shrimper who loved the river, and whose death remains a mystery that his sons hope to resolve. As the brothers proceed downriver, their story is interwoven with that of Jacques Le Moyne, an artist who accompanied the 1564 expedition to found a French settlement at the river's mouth, which began as a search for riches and ended in a bloody confrontation with Spanish conquistadors and native tribes. In The River of Kings, SIBA-bestselling author Taylor Brown artfully weaves three narrative strands the brothers journey, their father's past, and the dramatic history of the river's earliest people to evoke a legendary place and its powerful hold on the human imagination.

Taylor Brown was born on the Georgia coast. He is the author of a short story collection, In the Season of Blood and Gold, as well as two novels: Fallen Land and The River of Kings (St. Martin's Press). He is the recipient of a Montana Prize in Fiction, and a finalist for the Press 53 Open Awards, Machigonne Fiction Contest, and Doris Betts Fiction Prize. His work has been short-listed for Best American Mystery Stories, and his short fiction has appeared in The Rumpus, Chautuaqua, Southwest Review, and many others. He lives in Wilmington, where he edits the cafe racer blog www.BikeBound.com. You can find him at www.taylorbrownfiction.com.

Rosa's Shell by Joan Leotta

TheaQ
$12.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1681890333
February, 2017
Children's: Picture Book
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Rosa and her family are on vacation at the beach. Rosa wants to look for shells as the sun comes up! Her dad agrees to go with her and together they find shells until the ocean tries to take them back.

Will Dad be able to rescue the shell from the wave's tight grip? Rosa hopes he can, but most of all she wants her dad to stay safe!

Joan Leotta has been playing with words on page and stage since childhood. You can find her walking the beach or online at www.joanleotta.wordpress.com. She is a journalist, poet, fiction author, and performer. Her poetry and essays appear or are forthcoming in Gnarled Oak, Red Wolf, A Quiet Courage, A-3 Review, Silver Birch, Postcard Poems, and Prose among others. Joan's picture books from Theaqllc, Whoosh!, Summer in a Bowl, and Rosa and the Red Apron and Rosa's Shell celebrate food and family. Joan's first poetry chapbook, Languid Lusciousness with Lemon, came out in March, 2017, from Finishing Line. Her performances include folklore presentations and one-woman shows of historical figures.

 
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