Yikes. Had a little snafu with the post, but, good morning everyone!

We are officially less than eight weeks away from the release of THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER! Each year when I do this, and you all follow along week by week, I am always encouraged by the enthusiasm shown by you, the ever faithful reader. It won’t be long now and the book will sit on shelves in stores. (pinching myself for the fourth time – ha) I can’t wait for everyone to get a chance to read Jessie’s story!


Donna Everhart's newest book MOONSHINERS DAUGHTER

Coming December 31, 2019 from Kensington Publishing, Inc.


Here’s a question for you. Have you ever been in jail, or prison? No? Okay. Maybe you went to visit, or had to post bail for a family member or friend? Or, maybe being in or around one is part of your job. I’ll answer the questions, no, yes, and you already KNOW it’s part of my job – research (!!!), but no, I didn’t visit one – my imagination works really well! 🙂

Either way, if you ever been to a jail or prison, I would have to imagine you’d think the same as me; I will never do anything that could ever put me in a place like this. The way I did the research (aside from the ever present Google searches) was to pay close attention to shows on TV that included prisons, or jails. There was one show, 60 Days In, I watched a couple of times, and while the time frame was current, it still gave me the sense of the utilitarian environment these places have, and likely have always had. If anything, sixty years or so ago, it was probably worse. There are tons of other shows (48 hours for example) along with YouTube videos that give enough information to intelligently form scenes for a story, plus common sense in knowing it’s not going to be like a day spa.

As I researched about mountain families running shine, and subsequently getting caught by revenuers working for the ATU (Alcohol Tax Unit – not the ATF yet), I discovered how pragmatic they were when it came to a loved one going to jail, or, as they put it, getting “penitentiaried.” The family and the one caught were generally stoic, they’d do their time, and then when they got out, they’d go right back to making or running ‘shine. Why? They didn’t believe what they were doing was wrong.


Chapter 27

At the jail, I was led to the same room, and told to wait.



One giveaway has ended on Goodreads, but another one starts November 10th! Mark your calendars and go here to enter!


The winner of THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER ARC will be announced Monday morning!

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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