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How Sweet The Sound

How Sweet The Sound

By Ann TonnellPublisher: Desert Palm PressISBN: 9781954213340Genre: Lesbian Romance Price: $18.50 paperback; $7.50 E-book

How Sweet the Sound merges an energetic love story with one of fulfilled dreams and a rural community’s hope. Val Scott, a retired RN, envisions a way to improve the lives of an economically depressed area of Georgia through an initially hush-hush project—a non-profit casino.

Ann Tonnell is the pseudonym of NCWN member, Annelle Beall. She lives in the North Georgia Mountains, only a short stroll from the Appalachian Trail. She graduated from Western Carolina University (BA Sociology), Athens Technical College (ADN, RN program), and Walden University (MSN, Leadership/Management). Her manuscript for her second (and soon to be published) novel, Not Sorry, landed her a mentorship with author Nat Burns through the Golden Crown Literary Society’s Cate Culpepper Mentorship Program.


Giving a boost to this debut author who, in her novel, manages to bring characters to such life that you almost expect to run into them out there in the real world. At least I did just yesterday when the death of my dryer’s heating element necessitated an unexpected run to a laundromat ; ) A book of love, lust, and loss, and all of their challenging aftermaths, readers will be anxious to find out what”ll happen once the casino is up and running – and – whether Val and Nicki’s relationship will last. Kudos to Ann Tonnell!

Toni Draper, author of Back in the Saddle, Cinco de Die-O: A Paige Turner – Bobbi Garza Mystery, and Wildfire: A Novel

A beautifully written book! Total page turner, didn’t want to put it down. I loved the diversity of the characters throughout the whole book. I hope there will be a sequel.

Nilaya Palmer

I read How Sweet the Sound in a day. I won Ann’s book in a contest, but had I known how good it is, I would have bought it first. The music woven into it was a plus, the characters were real, and a 501(c)3 casino that’s solar powered! Move over, I’m donating to the non-profit through the slots. You need to meet Nicki and Val

Catherine Murphy