Exciting things are happening. The novel I've been working on is finished and it's due out on Amazon and in some bookstores on or about January 3, 2014. You can't believe how incredibly happy I am to have it finished. This is a preview of the front and back cover design - it will be a little more polished in publication, but it's nice to have a sneak peak!
There's just something about front porches and rocking chairs in charming little Southern towns that create the perfect setting for whiling away the afternoons sharing large pitchers of iced tea and idle gossip among friends. Note: My friends Terry and Genie Graham in our small community graciously allowed me to take photos for the cover on the front porch of The Ivy Place, their home and venue for weddings and other events.
SWEET AND SOUTHERN GRACE
by: Glenda Manus
Park Place, South Carolina is an idyllic, sleepy little town inhabited by folks dripping with Southern charm and hospitality. Then suddenly, an auto accident on the interstate highway thrusts both mystery and intrigue into its midst. The accident leaves a young woman , Holly Spencer, in a coma and her five year old daughter under the guardianship of the Reverend Rockford Williford Clark who’s trying his best to track down Holly's family members to make some medical decisions, but he hits a dead end - they seem to have no family. That doesn’t stop the persistent young preacher from digging deep and covering all bases, even when it gets him into trouble.
Affectionately dubbed Rev Rock by his congregation, this forty-something, almost meddlesome, unmarried Presbyterian preacher runs himself ragged in the day-to-day tending of his flock. He calls himself “unlucky in love”, but his friendship with Liz, the widow next door, is beginning to grow into something deeper which frightens him out of his wits and causes him to do some backpedaling. Patience may be a virtue, but Liz has grown weary of it and retreats to her cabin in the mountains. Will Rock be still long enough to listen for God’s direction? Or will he once again let love slip through his fingers?
Glenda Manus lives in Van Wyck, South Carolina with her husband, Henry, and their cat, Theo. It's a small Southern community much like the fictional town of Park Place in this, her first novel. “It's a little slice of Heaven”, she says. “Everyone should have the opportunity to experience small-town Southern life – if not through a real visit, then a virtual visit through the eyes and words of an author who's lived there.”
Give it a try! It's lighthearted reading and I think you'll like it!