We’re so thrilled to tell you about a new novel, THE RIVER WIDOW (LakeUnionPublishing) written by one of our favorite authors, Ann Howard Creel.
After years of brutal beatings, Adah Branch has her chance to kill her husband, Lester in self-defense. But her troubles are just beginning, when she’s swept away by the swollen Ohio River. She barely survives and finds herself with the opportunity to leave his vulgar family behind, but she can’t leave her step-daughter, Daisy to be raised by such a notoriously cruel bunch. She returns to the Branch farm, and a new chapter of hell begins.
The Branch family doesn’t believe her story about how Lester died, especially after his body is found with his head smashed in. Adah finds herself up against a family that tortures her by keeping Daisy from her. But Adah is determined to escape the farm with Daisy.
I love the character of Adah. She has something terrible happening to her at every turn, but she’s strong, determined and won’t let anyone keep her down.
Ann Howard Creel writes historical novels about strong female characters facing seemingly impossible obstacles and having to make life-changing decisions. In an earlier novel, THE WHISKEY SEA, a fierce young woman becomes one of the only female rumrunners on the Atlantic Coast during Prohibition. And in WHILE YOU WERE MINE, a New York City nurse must give up the child she has raised as her own during World War II.
When asked where she gets her ideas, Ann answers, “From history.” She doesn’t know when the muse will strike, but often while reading about history, she sees an image in her mind. The spark for THE RIVER WIDOW came while learning about The Great Flood of 1937 along the Ohio River. Ann immediately saw a woman dragging her abusive husband’s body to the river to let floodwaters take it away. Rather strange, she knows.
In the works are new novels about an American horsewoman joining an all-female group of doctors, nurses, and ambulance drivers during World War I and a tale of an American teacher needing an escape who inherits a Paris nightclub just as Europe is steadily marching toward war.
Besides writing, Ann’s other interests include old houses, new yoga routines, red wine, and all things cat. For book clubs, Ann will visit you via Skype. Contact her through her
THE RIVER WIDOW will be published December 1st, so pre-order your copy now. It’s great for an author to accumulate pre-order sales, and you might just get it at a discounted price. Go on-line or to your favorite local independent bookstore.
Thanks to Ann we have one signed copy of THE RIVER WIDOW to giveaway. Just tell us which of Ann’s novels is your favorite. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
GIVEAWAY: USA only please.