We’re FIVE weeks away from the release of THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER! Check out what a couple of the trades are saying!

“Rousing…movingly explores Jessie’s struggle with her eating disorder, viscerally describing her twin desires for nourishment and purging in relation to a deep need to define herself…Everhart’s story of self-discovery, rife with colorful characters and a satisfying twist, will thrill readers.”- Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW

“This riveting novel set in the 1960s will have readers, especially those who enjoy Kaye Gibbons and Anna Jean Mayhew, captivated from the first page.” – Booklist STARRED REVIEW


I hope those who celebrate Thanksgiving had a wonderful visit with family, and friends, and PLENTY of good eating! I’m still recovering. As many of you know, this was my first holiday without my mother. The picture below is of our gathering last year, and there she is, right in the middle of it all, (fuschia top) loading up her plate, seemingly healthy. Less than two months would pass and we would learn the devastating news of her cancer. The best way to remember loved ones who are no longer with us, is to recall them in their happiest, healthiest moments, which is what I did yesterday, remembering her laughter, her demand, “where’s my glass of wine???” and all of the other ways she had about her that made her uniquely her.

As mentioned in last week’s post, I want to have a special giveaway to extend my gratefulness to all of you out here!

This week, I’m giving away copies of my other three books as well as the ARC of THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER. That means one lucky reader will get all of these books! 

One lucky reader!

For as long as I can remember, (we’re now talking decades) my mother and I chose a Saturday in early December to bake Christmas cookies. I am grateful we did it last year on a VERY reduced scale (we only made sugar cookies) because little did I know it would be the last time. In this picture are my mom, daughter, and you can barely see her, my granddaughter, Abigail working together in my kitchen. What I regret is there was no one there to snap a photo of all four of us, four generations sharing a tradition that’s as old as I am.

How to win the book stack this week?  Tell me about a favorite holiday tradition you shared with your mother, or another close relative – could be your dad, an uncle, a brother or a sister, or a friend. Winner will be chosen on Monday! 

Onto the sentence for this week!

Coming December 31, 2019 from Kensington Publishing, Inc.


One of my favorite resources for research are thesis papers. In one, written in 2009, I read about the secret back roads, and paths used by bootleggers when they hauled their goods. Sometimes they had a deal worked out with the owner of the land, where they’d give them some of their product, or they’d pay them. Sometimes they traveled roads used by by the general population, but because of the speed of their cars, plus knowing a few shortcuts here and there, unless the revenuer knew the region as well as they did, they were likely to get lost. And did quite often.

From the flap copy, we know the Sassers have kept a journal with everything they’ve ever done with regard to moonshining and bootlegging, but, this sentence, what is meant here? Stolen journal? What has happened?

Ah, but, you’ll have to read the book to find out. 🙂

Chapter 30

It was a private road, a route identified in the stolen journal, a new path I wasn’t used to yet, but remembered because there’d been a note saying it was a shortcut around Shine Mountain and just off Lore Mountain Road.


The Goodreads giveaway finishes today! CLICK HERE TO ENTER!

Below are ways you can support me:

  1. Pre-order a copy –> here. Included is the chance to win a truly lovely leather -bound journal like the Sassers use.
  2. Add THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER to your Goodreads To Be Read list!

Do you know why doing both of these is important? It gauges early interest in the book which can attract the attention of industry influencers. Thank you ever so much! 

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