My July Reading List

11 Jul

It’s Summer: the perfect time to wiggle your toes into the sand and lay back in a lawn chair while reading a good book. I don’t know about you, but July is passing too quickly. There are so many books, and so little time. So let’s get to it. Here are my summer read suggestions.


authornewslettersummerFrom Erika Marks, It comes in waves:Y’all know how much I loved Erika’s book, Little Gale Gumbo, well now she’s written about Folly Beach! ESPN invites Claire back to Folly Beach for a documentary on women in surfing, Claire decides it might be the chance she needs to regain control of her life and reacquaint herself with the unsinkable young woman she once was. But not everything in Folly Beach is as Claire remembers it, most especially her ex-best friend, Jill, who is now widowed and raising her and Foster’s teenage son. An unexpected reunion with Claire will uncover a guilt that Jill has worked hard to bury—and bring to the surface years of unspoken blame. Visit Erika’s website to learn more and follow links to buy a copy of her book.




From Mary Alice Monroe, The Summer Wind: If you ever have the opportunity to meet MAM, take it. After penning 16 books, and pursuing her passion for the environment, she has earned a place in my heart. She loves Monarch Butterflies, Baby Turtles, and although I have never witnessed it, I bet she has physically hugged a tree just to say thank you for providing me shade. She writes about the South and its people like none other. Pick up a copy of any of her books. You’ll be glad you did.authornewslettersummer3









authornewslettersummer2For those on a Staycation: Meet Grant Jerkins and Eula Shook: Listen up, because this is important. If you’re stuck at the pool with the kids. If you’ve just started a new job and you don’t have a vacation planned, and if you like a short story that is flawlessly written, drop everything and download a copy of Eula Shook right now. Then, you’ll do what everyone else has done, snatch up the phone, call your bookseller, and reserve a copy of Grant’s other books. What else is Grant working on? Something wonderful….of course. Visit his website to find out.





Don’t Talk to Strangers by Amanda Kyle Williams: For those who like a little tension and intrigue in their books, let me introduce Amanda Kyle Williams. Merciful heavens, take a look at the Book Trailer. Need I say more? You don’t have time reading what I have to say about this book, want to dive into Don’t Talk to Stranger. Available everywhere books are sold.authornewslettersummer1









FarmingcvrAnd finally, about me:I am counting the days until the release of Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches. I am happy to release the cover to you first, before Facebook fans get a peek. The book will launch in September. However, you may preorder by clicking this link. While the website says Farming is “backordered” what that really means is printing hasn’t started. Preordering will guarantee that you receive a copy of Farming as soon as it comes off the press. Shipping is always free at Mercer University Press. For Amazon customers, I recommend ordering directly from the publisher. For those, like me, who are loyal to the brick and mortar buildings, all booksellers will  be able to order a copy of Farming. I am planning several events in Georgia and North Carolina, keep an eye on my website and do come see me.

Note: My selection process is one of personal taste. The authors chosen do not know of my selection and I do not receive compensation.

Renea Winchester is the award-winning author of Mountain Memories: True Stories and Half-Truths from Appalachia. Her first book, In the Garden with Billy: Lessons About Life, Love & Tomatoes earned her a SIBA and GAYA nomination. In September of 2014, Mercer University Press will release her next book titled Farming, Friends, & Fried Bologna Sandwiches. Email her through her website at She welcomes new friends on Facebook. Follow her on Twitter Here.

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