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Friday is the day to buy this unique Kindle novel

On Sale for 99₵

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DescriptionTorreya, a small 1950s Florida Panhandle town, is losing its men. They disappear on nights with no moon and no witnesses. Foreclosure signs appear in their yards the following day while thugs associated with the Klan take everything of value from inside treasured homes that will soon be torn down. The police won’t investigate, and the church keeps its distance from all social and political discord. Conjure woman Eulalie Jenkins, her shamanistic cat, Lena, and neighbor Willie Tate discover that the new “whites only” policy at the once friendly mercantile and the creation of a plantation-style subdivision are linked to corrupt city fathers, the disappearing men, rigged numbers gambling, and a powerful hoodoo man named Washerwoman.

Review: “Despite the foundation of blatant inequality and disregard for human life this story centers around, Campbell has managed to infuse hope and humor into the reality of life. Authentic dialect spoken by the characters adds an additional layer of reality to the piece, embedding the reader directly into the danger and the action. This is without a doubt a unique and necessary blend of history and magic, delivered through a unique style of storytelling that will not disappoint.” – Elspeth Senz in Book Expo Review, June 2017, Issue #3.

Enjoy the novel!

–Malcolm

BOOKS: New, On Sale, and Free

New from Smoky Zeidel

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It’s the early twentieth century, and the tragic deaths of her mother and two younger siblings have left Grace Harmon responsible for raising her sister Miriam and protecting her from their abusive father Luther, a zealot preacher with a penchant for speaking in Biblical verse who is on a downward spiral toward insanity.

In the midst of his delusions, Luther believes God has abandoned him and devises a plan to get back into His good graces—a plan that puts both his daughters’ lives in danger and unleashes a frenzy of events that threaten to destroy the entire family.

Will Luther succeed in carrying out his crazed plot against his daughters, or will an unlikely hero step in to rescue them all?

On Sale for 99 cents January 20th from Thomas-Jacob Publishing

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  • History of my Body: Few of the eccentric inhabitants of her father’s Main Line, Philadelphia estate have much time for Fleur Robins, an awkward child with a devotion to her ailing grandfather, a penchant for flapping and whirling, and a preoccupation with God and the void. While her mother spends much of her time with her hand curled around a wine glass and her abusive father congratulates himself for rescuing babies from “the devil abortionists,” Fleur mourns the fallen petals of a rose and savors the patterns of light rippling across the pool. When she fails to save a baby bird abandoned in her garden, a series of events unfold that change everything.
  • Appalachian Justice: Billy May Platte is a half Irish, half Cherokee Appalachian woman who learned the hard way that 1940s West Virginia was no place to be different. As Billy May explains, “We was sheltered in them hills. We didn’t know much of nothin’ about life outside of them mountains. I did not know the word lesbian; to us, gay meant havin’ fun and queer meant somethin’ strange.”
  • Conjure Woman’s CatLena, a shamanistic cat, and her conjure woman Eulalie live in a small town near the Apalachicola River in Florida’s lightly populated Liberty County, where longleaf pines own the world. In Eulalie’s time, women of color look after white children in the homes of white families and are respected, even loved, but distrusted and kept separated as a group. A palpable gloss, sweeter than the state’s prized tupelo honey, holds their worlds firmly apart. When that gloss fails, the Klan restores its own brand of order.

Free on Kindle January 18-20

willingspiritsWhen a high school student named Prudence waits until the last minute to write a book report, she finds help from an unlikely source: the dead author. What could possibly go wrong?

The author in question is the famed Patience Worth, the spirit who wrote books and spoke to St. Louis over a century ago through a  Ouija board via medium Pearl Curran until Curran died in 1937. Patience’s voice and her pen have been silent for a long time, waiting for someone who will listen.

 

 

 

Free – three books for three days

It’s time for a late August giveaway set for August 28 through August 30 on Amazon for the Kindle editions of The Sun Singer, The Lady of the Blue Hour, and Carrying Snakes into Eden.

Here are the links:

The Sun Singer

"The Sun Singer" is gloriously convoluted, with threads that turn on themselves and lyrical prose on which you can float down the mysterious, sun-shaded channels of this charmingly liquid story. - Diana Gabaldon, Outlander Series

Robert Adams is a normal teenager who raises tropical fish, makes money shoveling snow off his neighbors’ sidewalks, gets stuck washing the breakfast dishes, dreads trying to ask girls out on dates and enjoys listening to his grandfather’s tall tales about magic and the western mountains. Yet, Robert is cursed by a raw talent his parents refuse to talk to him about: his dreams show him what others cannot see.

When the family plans a vacation to the Montana high country, Grandfather Elliott tells Robert there’s more to the trip than his parents’ suspect. The mountains hide a hidden world where people the ailing old man no longer remembers need help and dangerous tasks remain unfinished. Thinking that he and his grandfather will visit that world together, Robert promises to help.

On the shore of a mountain lake, Robert steps alone through a doorway into a world at war where magic runs deeper than the glacier-fed rivers. Grandfather Elliott meant to return to this world before his health failed him and now Robert must resurrect a long-suppressed gift to fulfill his promises, uncover old secrets, undo the deeds of his grandfather’s foul betrayer, subdue brutal enemy soldiers in battle, and survive the trip home.

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Short Story. When Kenneth arrives home from a high school band trip with exciting news, he finds the house empty. His parents appear to gone to a hospital in a hurry. At twilight, a strange woman appears on the street, and she might be looking for him. No doubt, there’s magic afoot.

Grandfather Elliott, from “The Sun Singer” is one of the characters in this story which takes place in a quiet neighborhood of old homes in a Midwestern city. That made the story especially fun to write.

Carrying Snakes Into Eden

Always free on Kindle Unlimited

Always free on Kindle Unlimited

In this tongue-in-cheek 1960s-era short story with a dash of magic, two students skip church, pick up a hobo with a sack of snakes, and realize there may be long-term consequences.

This tale is one of a series of short stories set in Florida’s notorious Tate’s Hell Swamp on the Gulf Coast. I loved this swamp when I was growing up in the Florida Panhandle. The Garden of Eden mentioned in the story refers to a one-time tourist attraction that the owners claimed was the site of the original Garden of Eden. All that remains of the attraction, near the town of Bristol, is a “Garden of Eden Trail” maintained by the Nature Conservancy. The rare and endangered Torreya tree can be seen along this trail.

I hope you enjoy the books.

–Malcolm

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January 6th Book Sale – ‘Conjure Woman’s Cat’

If the King Curio Catalog were still published today, perhaps it would feature Conjure Woman’s Cat, a curious but hard hitting novella about a north Florida conjure woman who uses spells and tricks to fight the KKK. The Kindle edition is on sale January 6th.

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January 6th is variously known as Epiphany, Twelfth Night and Three Kings Day. Odd as it may seem, there is a strong connection between conjure and Christianity, with practitioners featuring Psalms and Saints in their work alongside spells and charms.

On Three Kings Day, conjure women would be protecting their houses with Three Kings Water and by writing the initials (C+M+B) of the kings in chalk on their doorsteps. They might also be making Three Kings Oil and Three Kings Incense.

I grew up in north Florida during the 1950s where this story is set and have tried very hard to convey the times, the racial turmoils, and the belief in folk magic in this story as closely as possible to the realities I saw. If you download the novella on Three Kings Day, you’ll save $3.00.

Then, lose yourself in another world for only 99 cents.

Malcolm

 

Spring Book Sale: ‘Conjure Woman’s Cat’

Spring, Supermoon, Solar Eclipse

To celebrate, Conjure Woman’s Cat is on sale on Kindle today and tomorrow.

KIndle cover 200x300Eulalie claims she’s older than dirt. Her cat Lena reasons that since there’s always been dirt, there’s always been Eulalie.

While they might prefer sitting on the back porch and drinking moonshine out of a Mason jar, the cat and the woman have things to do. In the story, set in the Jim Crow Florida Panhandle of the 1950s, the police aren’t inclined to investigate a crime against a black girl named Mattie because the police and the KKK are pretty much the same.

Even the church is willing to let things be.

Can Eulalie and Lena take on the Klan in the piney woods and bring justice after what happened to Mattie behind the sawmill? If so, though Eulalie will have to sort out the mistakes of her past before she can conjure solutions for the here and now.

Early Praise for Conjure Woman’s Cat

  • “I dearly loved Eulalie and Willie, I could easily have been friends with them both. The more I read the name Eulalie the more I adored it. It has a beautiful rhythm and made me smile every time I read it. Eulalie was a wise woman and deserved the respect she was given. Kudos to Malcolm R. Campbell for a story well told.” –  BigAl’s Books & Pals

 

  • “The book is narrated by Lena, cat and spirit companion to Eulalie, Conjure Woman and human being extraordinaire. Eulalie (don’t you just love that name?) has an innate goodness that can’t be denied, but she’s no saint. She’s devout and dedicated to doing God’s work, and has a willingness to confront what others refuse to acknowledge. Her determination to set straight the injustices in her world, combined with her resilience and wisdom, made this reader fall in love with her.” – Word Nerd Amazon Reader Review

 

  • “When any book is narrated by an animal, readers have to suspend their disbelief from the get-go. I didn’t find that difficult with this book. I was quickly drawn in by Lena’s unique voice, and by the mysterious goings-on around her and Eulalie. I loved the way Campbell made magic part of the fabric of the place…Readers of magic realism will appreciate Conjure Woman’s Cat. Highly recommended.” –  Lynne Cantwell, hearth/myth – Rursday Reads
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