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Dancy Wilder and her sister Marla are navigating childhood successfully in spite of their father’s crazy romantic encounters ~ a spiritualistic grass-smoking hippie, a double-D cup kleptomaniac known over the CB airwaves as Hot Ginger, and an olive-skinned Greek goddess, just to name a few.

Dancy and Marla’s father, Everett is raising his two girls alone. A perpetual bachelor and successful lady’s man, Everett can have just about any woman he wants. Problem is he wants them all ~ and likes them all a little crazy.

Follow Dancy and Marla as they grow into strong, capable, common sense women who have taken something of benefit from each of their father’s many love interests, including their Momma Lou, a biker chick, who

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House of Cleaving, a novel by Melissa Newman

 

 

Annie Cleaving watched her young son take his last breath trapped inside the mangled wreckage of her car.

The drunk driver walked away without a scratch. A year later breast cancer took Annie’s mother, a tender and genteel woman.

As a means to escape painful memories Annie attempts to sell the old Cleaving house, leaving the only home she has ever known.

Only then she discovers the botched deed and her only choice, to find her mother’s siblings and convince each to release their claims.

From crazy Aunt Veda, who thinks a televangelist is sending her secret love messages, to Uncle Asher who has given up his Wall Street career and joined a hippie commune, Annie is thrust into a bizarre new world where it seems the Cleaving family history has been altered.

Her journey reveals the many secrets woven throughout the Cleaving family, including a murder, involve her mother.

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Eighty-seven year old Viola Garland has secrets that have tormented her for over sixty years. She kept these secrets because she believed her family would be protected. When a skeleton is discovered at a Rayes County building site, the choice she made as a young woman threatens to come to light. She knows the lie has kept the family disjointed but she is sure the truth will destroy it. Set in 1936 rural Kentucky and Northern Ohio, Sister Blackberry is a story about women — friends, sisters, mothers, daughters and granddaughters, and how their relationships are affected by secrets and lies of the past. When the truth surfaces, these women learn things about themselves and the family matriarch that shake each woman’s idea of who she is and how she fits into the only family she’s ever known.

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Author-signed copies of Sister Blackberry and House of Cleaving can be purchased at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington, Kentucky. If you cannot go to this location, please e-mail melissa@melissanewman.net and request an author-signed copy.

House of Cleaving, a novel by Melissa Newman
Sister Blackberry