Cora Anne Halloway has a history degree and a plan: avoid her own past—despite being wait-listed for graduate school. Then her beloved grandmother request—and her dispassionate mother insists—that she spend the summer at Still Waters, the family cottage on Edisto Beach, South Carolina.
Despite its picturesque setting, Still Waters haunts Cora Anne with loss. At Still Waters her grandfather died, her parents’ marriage disintegrated, and as a child, she caused a tragic drowning. But lingering among the oak canopies and gentle tides, this place also tempts her with forgiveness—especially since Nan hired Tennessee Watson to oversee cottage repairs. A local contractor, but dedicated to the island’s preservation from development, Tennessee offers her friendship and more, if she can move beyond her guilt.
When a family reunion reveals Nan’s failing health, Cora Anne discovers how far Tennessee will go to protect her—and Edisto—from more desolation. Will Cora Anne choose between a life driven by guilt, or one washed clean by the tides of grace?
“Basham weaves a unique tale sure to please the romantic at heart.”Denise Hunter, bestselling author of Married ’til Monday
Will a wager against her future steal her chance at true love?
Dr. Adelina Roseland has worked ten years in research as an accent reduction specialist to attain her dream job. But a secret wager to transform Appalachian cattle farmer Reese Mitchell into corporate material challenges Adelina in ways she never expected, threatening her new position.
For one, Adelina didn’t plan for the faith and friction of Reese, or the unexpected influence of his chaotic family. Now, drawn into a culture she’d tried to forget, Adelina finds the warmth of family, the hope of faith, and the joy of love melting away the deep wounds of her past.
But when Reese discovers that he’s a pawn in her climb up the academic ladder, will he forgive Adelina s deceit or will their miscommunication end in two broken lives? Love does not have an accent …
Bookvana Awards Winner & Selah Finalist
Maybe she was his good luck charm. An angel beneath his wheels.
Beneath his playboy façade, NASCAR driver Luke Brandt yearns for family. Rachel Tate, an inventive, purity-ring-wearing mechanical engineer, wants to prove herself in a male dominated industry. When Luke outbids Rachel on the only muscle cars she could use to test her new vapor-fueled engine, she writes him off, but Luke’s gentle ways and country charm eventually win her over.
As Rachel begins to touch Luke’s heart, he’s haunted by memories of the mother who abandoned him as a boy. But with an intense trust that God will lead her on life’s journey, Rachel perseveres, and her innocence and grace breach Luke’s defenses. As they join forces to bring her remarkable invention to market, their love and lives are threatened by the iron-tight grip that Big Oil holds over the auto industry. Will Rachel hold on to her values? And will Luke realize his final happiness must come through faith, in the One who has always loved him … and always will?
After ten years of marriage to the only man she’s ever loved, why is Angelina so unhappy?
As a wealthy yet lonely wife, Angelina Rousseau pours all her emotions into her paintings. She’s so desperate for affection and attention, she finds herself willing to do almost anything to feel loved.
Her husband Nick is determined to provide everything Angie could possibly want, including finally giving her what she’s asked for most—time with him. When what seems to be the perfect investment turns sour, he’s arrested for real estate fraud, and then learns that being accused of multiple felonies is the least of his worries.
Mere days away from realizing her lifelong dream of singing professionally, Julie Matthews awakes in a hospital room unable to speak. Since childhood, she has felt closest to God when singing. Now her dreams and God suddenly seem distant.
Rick Matthews supports his ambitious wife, but has no solution for the constant tension between them. As Julie slowly recovers her voice, their marriage undergoes a wonderful change — one that allows Julie and Rick to rediscover each other and their love.
But as her voice grows stronger, the years of unhealthy habits and patterns from eight years of marriage begin to pull them apart. On the cusp of reaching her dream — their dream — Julie and Rick are forced to reevaluate their feelings for each other and consider how their hurtful words have affected their children.
Sticks and stones may break bones, but words can crush the spirit of love.
“This book is excellent. As a Christian Counselor I am always looking … “~ Amazon review
“At once beautiful and haunting … a story you won’t soon forget.” ~ Ann Tatlock, Award-winning author
Laurie Crane is happily married, yet she aches to have a child. During her husband’s moments of quiet sadness she senses a void she believes only a child can fill. Pierce wants a child, too, and has spent years praying alongside his wife.
But he has no idea that a “yes” from God will unearth long-buried memories and bring their marriage to the brink of catastrophe. What happens when “happily-ever-after” becomes more than you can bear?
Florida’s alligator-infested swamps and flat landscapes fail to impress Ella Dessa McKnapp. She longs to abandon their journey and return to the beautiful Georgia Mountains, and when her husband’s two younger brothers ride away — heading for a village called Tampa — the fear of a Seminole Indian attack is ever present.
Ella Dessa and her husband must continue the journey alone, not realizing a tragedy will place her and their two children at the mercy of Indians and a runaway slave. Only the shelter of a deserted cabin and the return of her husband’s youngest brother bring the hope of peace. But will the hurricane of 1848 rip away that hope?
Ella Dessa’s dreams included the hope Jim McKnapp might realize she is no longer a child and fall in love with her. But it is his younger brother, Samuel, who learns her ways, loves her laugh, and slowly wins her heart. Their friendship forges a bond both can count on during stressful times.
Then, at a church picnic, a wounded man rides a horse into Beckler’s Cove. Josh Ragget brings with him a bag of gold nuggets and one goal in mind — to make Ella Dessa his wife. In a fit of rage, Josh kidnaps her, forcing her down a mountain trail.
Throwing aside his own feelings, Jim goes after Ella Dessa, vowing to return the girl he loves into the arms of his brother.
Within the candle’s glow there is warmth and light, but also pain for those who come too close.
Ella Dessa Huskey bears ugly scars from a young mountain lion’s attack. After her mama’s death, the disfigurement symbolizes her pa’s rejection and his selfish decision to abandon her in a rugged cabin on the mountain. His rejection and her scars convince Ella Dessa she’ll never be worthy of love. When two brothers show concern for her safety and urge her to leave the cabin, she finds herself thrilled. But she’s even more self-conscious of her blemishes.
At the foot of the mountain, in Beckler’s Cove, Ella Dessa finds shelter. She moves in with a pregnant woman whose gold-seeking husband has abandoned her. The overburdened woman needs help with her household of five children, and Ella Dessa is eager to repay her for a place of shelter. She finds afternoon work at the only store in the cove and jumps at the chance to attend school.
God’s grace brings friendship, even love. But will Ella Dessa ever be cherished for the inner beauty blossoming beneath her scars?
Selah Awards Finalist
“This inspirational tale thrills with a tight plot, lyrical scene descriptions, and complex characters. Pamela Cable leaves readers aching for more.” ~ Julie Cantrell, New York Times bestselling author.
On a November day in 1951 Neeley McPherson turned five … and accidentally killed her parents. Thrown into the care of her scheming and alcoholic grandfather, she survives by her quick wit, and the watchful eye of an elderly black man, Gideon. In 1959, as equal rights heats up the South, authorities accuse Gideon of stealing a watch and using a Whites Only restroom. Neeley, now thirteen, determines to break him out of jail.
When the infamous Catfish Cole, Ku Klux Klan Grand Dragon of the Carolinas, discovers their courageous escape, he pursues Neeley and Gideon into the frozen Blue Ridge Mountains to a wolf sanctuary. But will Neeley’s actions lead to tragedy again? Or will she finally find the love of family she lost as a child?
“Jeter’s novel considers the problems that might follow a sudden windfall.”~ Publishers Weekly
Tray Dunaway, an ordinary teenager from a poor Southern family, longs to become part of the popular clique at school. Her mother, Evelyn, lies in bed most days with her bipolar tendency toward extreme highs or desperate lows. Meanwhile, Tray’s grandmother Ginny, still grieving over the loss of her husband, would love to move out and find a place of her own. Maybe even a bit of romance to replace the loss she feels. But given the sorry state of the family’s finances that’s not possible.
Then the Dunaways’ luck changes. Or so it seems.
Tray’s father drives a down-and-out friend of the family, Pee Wee Johnson, to Hazard, Illinois, so Johnson can buy lottery tickets. As a gesture of thanks, Johnson gives a ticket to Tray’s father. And what do you know? The Dunaways’ are suddenly rich.
When Johnson demands his cut of the winnings, Tray’s dad refuses. As Evelyn’s illness spirals toward madness, Johnson threatens the family. Out of time, Tray makes one poor decision after another until what initially seemed like a stroke of good fortune quickly becomes a dangerous game of life and death for the Dunaways.
“One would be hard-pressed not to root for the likable protagonist and hope that her story eventually ends with a happy ending.” ~RT Book Reviews – 4 Stars!
Southern fiction is about story, driven by characters who are distinctly southern and/or characters who move to southern settings (which are also characters). Southern characters fall into several categories and should not be stereotyped.
Writers of Southern fiction understand the diversity of the foods of the South. They understand that Southerners—even those without strong religious tendencies—will often “rest” in the South’s religion, which for FSF’s purposes is conservative, evangelical Christianity.
Writers of Southern fiction should have a grasp on how characters within Southern Fiction novels might play, sing, and dance to the music of the South. Writers under the FSF banner should understand the politics of the South—the history of it and the way it changed and stayed the same. They should understand that Southerners can be called an “aristocrat” or “old money,” a “redneck,” or described as being “back woods,” and “good ol’ folks.” Southerners—and therefore writers of Southern fiction—know the difference between a good good ol’ boy and a bad good ol’ boy, and they never fall into turning their characters into a cliché. Writers of Southern fiction understand that Southern characters may think nothing of the sometimes/oftentimes bizarre behavior of her people and their deeply-rooted superstitions, even within the church. Southern characters in FSF novels know the landscapes of the South and the cultural and language differences that lay within her various regions. This is not to say that every character will hold every quality; there should be diversity in the author’s portrayal of their characters.
The Civil War is featured, overtly or as the source of attitudes and ideals, in nearly all Southern fiction because, somehow, those four years affected everything that came before and continues to affect events today. Many Southerners still refer to it as the War of Northern Aggression. Southern fiction within the Firefly Southern Fiction line should understand the causes of the war, slavery, how the South’s defeat affected the region and her people, Jim Crow laws and their ramifications on Southern blacks, the Civil Rights Movement, the Klan, and desegregation. But writers should never attempt to justify any poor behavioral choices made during those eras which, in the light of history, were misguided and cruel.
Southern fiction is strong in faith and religion. Even without it being mentioned out loud, Southerners have a solid and personal sense of God (see the above reference to Southerners and religion).
Southern fiction is strong in family, family history, and family values. Her characters include people as well as small towns, big cities, houses with wrap-around porches, plantations, farmhouses, and shanties. Landscape is as important to story as plot and character.
Southern fiction can be as deep in angst as it is in humor. It can be as haunting as it is hilarious. Within its pages one is likely to find the “big house” and the “outhouse.” The faith, family dynamics, tragedies, and triumphs of Firefly Southern Fiction characters must ring true to life.
As most Southerners know, dialect changes from location to location in the South. Those who live in the Appalachians do not speak in the same dialect or with the same idioms as those who live in the Low Country of South Carolina and Georgia. Dialect within region should ring true and should never fall within stereotype. The flow of dialect and, therefore, dialogue, should come naturally from character to character, location to location.
Southern locations include those states commonly called “Dixie” (North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas), and may include Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, Kentucky, and Virginia. Southern locations sometimes includes West Virginia and Missouri.