Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Spotlight/Review + Tour GIVEAWAY: A Southern Season: Four Stories from a Front Porch Swing


Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for A Southern Season: Four Stories From a Front Porch Swing by Eva Marie Everson, Claire Fullerton, Linda W. Yezak, and Ane Mulligan, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Pull up a front porch swing and enjoy learning more about this collection from 4 great authors :)


a southern season Title: A Southern Season: Four Stories From a Front Porch Swing
Authors: Eva Marie Everson, Claire Fullerton, Linda W. Yezak, Ane Mulligan 
Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction 
Release Date: November 1, 2018 
Genre: Inspirational Southern/Women's Fiction Four seasons. 

Four stories. Each one set in the enchanting world of the South. These are the kinds of stories your grandmother told you from a front porch swing.  

Ice Melts in Spring by Linda W. Yezak
When Kerry Graham's boss forces her to return to the Gulf of Mexico where her husband drowned years ago, she feels only spring's chill and not the warmth of the Texas sun. Can the joy of a reclusive author and the compassion of a shrimp-boat preacher thaw Kerry's frigid heart?  

Lillie Beth in Summer by Eva Marie Everson
With the untimely death of his wife, Dr. James Gillespie believes God has abandoned him. He also believes he's never met anyone like the young widow Lillie Beth, whose beloved Granny lies dying at home, and who sees a God who sweeps hope through a farmhouse window. Can a young woman whose husband died in Vietnam restore a faith that is all but dead.  

Through an Autumn Window by Claire Fullerton
Because her larger than life mother Daphne Goodwyn is dead, forty-year-old Cate returns to Memphis with one thought in mind: something always goes wrong at a Southern funeral. But surrounded by the well-mannered society that raised her, the nostalgic rites of a three-day, autumn mourning bring the unexpected gift of the end of sibling rivalry.  

A Magnolia Blooms in Winter by Ane Mulligan
With Broadway stardom within her reach, Morgan James returns home in winter to help an old friend. Maybe it s just nostalgia, but when she sees him again, an old flame rekindles. When she's called back to NYC to take the lead in a new musical, will fame be worth losing the man she loves?  

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EXCERPT from Ice Melts in Spring by Linda W. Yezak...

      He studied her for a moment, and she raised her chin. She would not squirm under the scrutiny of the local preacher. He had no clue what she’d gone through, no inkling of how cold that Being he worshiped could be.
      “You know your Bible,” he said. “You should know that He promised He’d never leave you or forsake you. Doesn’t matter if a person is faithless to Him, He remains faithful. He can’t go back on His promises.”
      Oh, but He could, and He had, and she’d given up waiting for Him to offer some measure of comfort.


A Southern Season is a creative and delightfully entertaining collection of southern inspiration. Each story is pure delight! I’m a southern girl, so this collection hits close to home. It amazes me how the stories – encompassing the four seasons and traveling from Memphis, to the Texas Gulf Coast, to my home state of Georgia – can be so different, yet convey the essence of southern charm in their own way. I can’t pick a favorite, for they all ministered to me.

      -- Ice Melts in Spring by Linda W. Yezak – Anyone who has experienced heartbreak and doubted God’s presence will see themselves in Kerry. I was inspired by the honest faith of Mrs. Marino, the famous author Kerry worked for, and loved the bond of friendship between them.
      -- Lillie Beth in Summer by Eva Marie Everson – Another great story of faith during difficult times. And traditional south to the core! If I didn’t know better, I’d think that Everson knew a few of my ancestors. So entertaining and inspirational.
      -- Through an Autumn Window by Claire Fullerton – I recently read Fullerton’s excellent novel, Mourning Dove, so I eagerly anticipated this story. The main character, Daphne Goodwyn, is seen through the eyes of her family gathered in Memphis for her funeral. This is a wonderful relationship drama infused with some delightful southern humor.
      -- A Magnolia Blooms in Winter by Ane Mulligan – Small-town life and sweet romance in Sugar Hill, Georgia. I loved the reminder, through Morgan’s experience, that God’s plans for us are better than anything we could ever imagine.

A Southern Season is a great inspirational collection and I hope for many more stories like these.

I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


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Eva Marie Everson (Lillie Beth in Summer) is a multiple award-winning author and speaker. She is the president of Word Weavers International and the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference & North Georgia Christian Writers Conference.  

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Claire Fullerton (Through an Autumn Window) is the author of Mourning Dove, Dancing to an Irish Reel, and A Portal in Time. She is a transplanted Southerner from Memphis now living in Malibu, California.

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Ane Mulligan (A Magnolia Blooms in Winter) writes Southern-fried fiction served with a tall, sweet iced tea. She's an award-winning, multi-published novelist and playwright, who believes chocolate and coffee are two of the four major food groups.

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Linda Yezak

Linda W. Yezak (Ice Melts in Spring) lives with her husband and PB, the original scaredy cat, in a forest in Deep East Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. Author of several novels, novellas, and short stories, she is best known for her award-winning Circle Bar Ranch series.  

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a southern season giveaway


(1) winner will receive a print copy of A Southern Season, signed by all 4 authors! (US only)  

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight October 30, 2018 and last through 11:59pm November 5, 2018. US only. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

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  1. A Southern Season sounds charming! I'm excited about reading it!

    1. This collection really is charming, Susie. Each story has a different flavor or style, but all are equally entertaining. Best wishes in the giveaway!

  2. thank you, Carole! Great review :)

    1. Thank you, Carrie. I'm so glad JustRead toured this book!

  3. This is the best time to be talking about seasons. I know I'll enjoy reading these stories since I also live in the south.

  4. I'm looking forward to reading this book! Thank you for sharing!