Meet the characters of How Sweet the Sound: Jed Manon

All this month, I’m introducing various characters from my novel, How Sweet the Sound. Today I’m introducing Jed Manon, the unlikely friend of the protagonist. 

Order a copy of How Sweet the Sound today to learn more about Jed and all the characters in this lower Alabama story. Available at this link and wherever your favorite books are sold.

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A rebel.

Maybe he has a cause.

Maybe he doesn’t.

Maybe his role in the story is to find one.

Unannounced and unexpected, Jed Manon arrives bigger than life in Bay Spring, Alabama, bringing with him secrets of his own.

Will he and Anniston face the dangers lurking in Jed’s life, a life markedly different from her own?

Together, what will they learn about trust?

Pain?

Even, and perhaps, love?

If you’ve read How Sweet the Sound, what did you think of Jed? Share your thoughts below (without giving away any plot secrets, of course!)

*Photo credit: Boy rolling a cigarette. Kentucky, 1964. William Gedney Photographs and Writings Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library. http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/gedney/

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How Sweet the Sound: A Novel

Available now at your favorite online, national, or local bookstore.

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Meet the characters of How Sweet the Sound: Princella Harlan

All this month, I’m introducing various characters from my novel, How Sweet the Sound. Today I’m introducing the colorful Princella Harlan, matriarch of the Harlan family.

Order a copy of How Sweet the Sound today to learn more about her and all the characters in this lower Alabama story. Available at this link and wherever your favorite books are sold.


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Life has its rules.

Rules made to be kept and not broken.

Family rules.

Society rules.

Rules of nature which, like the sureness that the sun, rise and beckon the scrawny limbs and chartreuse leaves of the pecan trees to lengthen and unfurl.

Rules which hold things together, like the earth which pulls and keeps the ivory orb of the moon from flying off into space.

Rules meant to keep secrets in, and never let them out.

As matriarch of three generations of the Harlan family, Princella Harlan has rules, and she makes sure everyone keeps them.

Until one day, the wind blows.

The cradle rocks.

Boughs break.

Hell breaks loose in Bay Spring, Alabama, where the Harlan name is etched in on the town water tower, and everyone within a stone’s throw can see it flaking and fading away.

Can Princella’s hardened heart be redeemed?

Will her rules save her?

Or will something–or someone–set her free?

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If you’ve read How Sweet the Sound, what did you think about Princella? Share your thoughts below (without giving away any plot secrets, of course!).

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Enter to win a How Sweet the Sound book club prize package! 

In just a couple of weeks, How Sweet the Sound is hitting shelves!

To celebrate, I’m offering BOOK CLUBS who select the book a chance to win a special PRIZE package full of goodies for all the members!

The prize package will include:

1) A sampler of candied pecans from B & B Pecan Farm

2) Friendship bracelets for every member

3) A rustic sign hand-painted by the author, similar to the one in this photo.

Here are the TWO simple steps to enter your book club for a chance to win. Deadline to enter is September 1:

1) Post the following link, https://www.tyndale.com/p/how-sweet-the-sound/9781496426130, to Facebook and Twitter, along with this hash tag: #HSTSBookClubPrize

NOTE: make sure you select the PUBLIC option on Facebook when you post so I can see the entry!

2) Post a picture of your book club to Instagram indicating your intent to select How Sweet the Sound as your book club read, and tag five of your Instagram friends along with it. Again, make sure to use the hash tag: #HSTSBookClubPrize

Please note this is for book clubs only, not individuals. Hope to see your entry soon!