October 26, 2015

For more information, contact:
Mary-Lee Smith
Phone: 501-773-4490
marylee.smith@riversedgemedia.com 

River’s Edge Media Launches The Mullet Manifesto by Roger Pinckney

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Oct. 26, 2015) — Award-winning journalist, author and Lowcountry legend Roger Pinckney recently launched his newest book, The Mullet Manifesto, during an event at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GA.

THE STORY

It’s the last of the free and wild days and Yancey, Grayson, and Little Rip lay claim to a scrubby little island along a deserted stretch of beach. They hunt and fish and roam the woods but the world comes hammering at their cabin door.  Prince Faisal, heir to the Saudi throne, is looking for a secure anchorage for his sea-going yacht and the boys’ fish camp is square in the way of a fat real estate deal. The boys will not back down, and after parties unknown torch their camp, they plot an unlikely but deadly revenge, the assassination of a Saudi royal.

ADVANCE PRAISE

“Roger knows more than he should about white and black magic…about good mojo and bad and how to mix potions for the pain of unrequited love.”— William Price Fox, author

“Pinckney writes of decent people trying to stay that way in a damned indecent world.”
— James Babb, editor Gray’s Sporting Journal

ABOUT ROGER PINCKNEY
Novelist and essayist Roger Pinckney was born and raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry, educated at the University of South Carolina and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is an award-winning journalist (two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Prize and the Orion Magazine Writer’s Circle Award) and the author of nine books of fiction and non-fiction. He is a staff writer at Sporting Classics Magazine, Senior Editor at Double Gun Journal, and a regular contributor to Garden & Gun, Orion, Shooting Sportsman, and Gray’s Sporting Journal, where excerpts from The Mullet Manifesto have previously appeared. The Mullet Manifesto is his fourth novel. Roger lives on Daufuskie Island, South Carolina—remote, lovely, and sparsely settled.

The Mullet Manifesto is available from Ingram Content Group and from River’s Edge Media. For additional information please visit www.riversedgemedia.com or email us at info@riversedgemedia.com.
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September 10, 2015

For more information, contact:

Patricia J Pickett

317.501.8275

pat@pickettandassociates.com

 

Renewed Hope, Redemption Found in “The Salvage Man”

River’s Edge Media Publishes Second Book by local author Kurt Meyer

Indianapolis, Ind., (Sept. 10, 2015) ­– Noblesville, Ind. resident and author Kurt Meyer has released his second novel, The Salvage Man. Published by River’s Edge Media, The Salvage Man tells the story of two souls thrown together by unlikely circumstances and raw desperation. Both bound by personal loss, they find redemption together amid the destruction of everything they love.

A native Hoosier and father of four, Meyer calls on his personal experiences in restoring Victorian-area homes. He is a Realtor specializing in marketing historic properties. He has been a newspaper columnist and is co-founder of an annual literary journal called the Polk Street Review.

THE STORY
Dan Reynolds is stripping the architectural detail from a Civil War-era farmhouse slated for demolition. In the past decade, Dan’s own life has gone through a slow-motion demolition: his job, his marriage, and his place in the community have all been stripped away.

Then, while salvaging ornate woodwork, cast-iron hardware and hand-made doors, all to be sold in antique stores, Dan has an unnerving encounter with a mysterious woman. As a new housing development bears down on the old farmstead, their friendship cracks open his armored heart and gives him hope of renewed purpose and redemption.

ADVANCE PRAISE
“Set in a rapidly changing small town, The Salvage Man is an introspective journey into learning when to let go. Meyer delivers his tale with vivid imagery and evocative detail, lending such a strong sense of place and time you’ll believe you’ve actually walked in his main character’s shoes.”

Susan Crandall, winner of the 2004 RITA Award for Best First Book and author of Whistling Past the Graveyard

The Salvage Man is available from Ingram Content Group and from River’s Edge Media. For additional information please visit www.riversedgemedia.com or email us at info@riversedgemedia.com.

 

June 1, 2015

For more information, contact:
Sara Massana
Phone: 501-940-5177
sara.massana@riversedgemedia.com

 River’s Edge Media Launches High School Runner (Freshman) by Bill Kenley

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 1, 2015) — Bill Kenley shows us just how far running can take a teenage boy in High School Runner (Freshman), a coming-of-age novel from River’s Edge Media. High School Runner (Freshman) is the first in a four-book young adult series from Kenley, a veteran runner, coach and high school teacher, and first-time author.

 

THE STORY

Meet Sherman Leopold Kindle, or K1, a freshman beginning his high school journey as an initially apprehensive member of the cross-country team. Over the course of the season, he learns to rise to the challenge. His often hilarious, sometimes pathetic and ultimately inspirational coach mentors all of the runners — veteran or rookie, braggart or slacker, star or dud — in less-than-conventional fashion.

 

As his life falls completely apart, Coach Viddstein molds his team and inspires them to their greatest success. As Sherman learns to conquer his own limitations, he discovers that Viddstein’s lessons are essential to understanding his conflicting feelings for his family, teammates, classmates and the grueling sport that has chosen him.

 

With splendid details and incisive, humorous writing, Bill Kenley brings High School Runner (Freshman) to the finish line. 

 

 

ADVANCE PRAISE

“Funny, inspiring, distinct of character, and rich in detail, High School Runner (Freshman) rightly belongs in the canon of other fine tales of the track. Kenley more than lived up to my standard with such books: it made me want to go out and run — fast.” — Neal Bascomb, author of national bestseller The Perfect Mile

  

“When ninth-grader Sherman Kindle joins the cross-country track team at Pennsgap High School in rural Indiana, he has many more questions than answers. … Set in an era when mullets and big hair ruled, the story often sparkles with the unique humor of adolescent life. … Kindle matures as a character as a result of weathering conflicts, and just as his character arc rises as the plot unwinds, the coach’s falls in counterpoint. In the end, Kindle, the team, and their coach share a well-earned moment of grace that readers will feel they deserve. A solid debut set in the demanding world of high school distance runners, lit with pathos and humor.” — Kirkus Reviews

 

 “If you’re a runner, this story is a must-read. If you’re not, read it anyway. Very funny.” — Mark Hentemann, executive producer/writer Family Guy

 

ABOUT BILL KENLEY

Kenley is an award-winning high school and college-level creative writing teacher in Noblesville, Ind., a three-time Boston marathoner with a 2:47 marathon personal best, and has a 50-miler under his belt. Twice voted the most influential and inspiring teacher in his high school, Kenley knows what makes a young adult audience tick. High School Runner (Freshman) is his fictional love letter to high school cross-country.

 

High School Runner (Freshman) is available from Ingram Content Group and from River’s Edge Media. For additional information please visit www.riversedgemedia.com or email us at info@riversedgemedia.com.

November 30, 2014

For more information, contact:

Mary-Lee Smith

Phone: 501-773-4490

marylee.smith@riversedgemedia.com

River’s Edge Media Launches Half-Thunk Thoughts and Half-Fast Drawings by J.D. Crowe

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov. 30, 2014) — River’s Edge Media today announced the launch of Half-Thunk Thoughts and Half-Fast Drawings by J.D. Crowe. Fast with his dry wit, Alabama political cartoonist Crowe’s book compiles his southern cartoons, quips and laughs that draw a reader in with one glance.

Half-Thunk Thoughts and Half-Fast Drawings began as random thoughts and musings that became the perfect fodder for Crowe’s newest audience – his twitter feed. Crowe has developed a strong following on Twitter with his notorious humor to his many fans he refers to as his “tweeple.” Any readers that are fans of satire, southern humor, and dry wit should enjoy this book.

Crowe, a native to Alabama, is the political cartoonist and a columnist for the Alabama Media Group. He spends his time drawing cartoons, writing columns and blogging about political and social issues. His work is currently published online at al.com and in print with the Press-Register, the Birmingham News and the Huntsville Times.

Half-Thunk Thoughts and Half-Fast Drawings is available from Ingram Content Group and from Rivers Edge Media. For additional information please email us at info@riversedgemedia.com.

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November 30, 2014

 

For more information, contact:

Mary-Lee Smith

Phone: 501-773-4490

marylee.smith@riversedgemedia.com

River’s Edge Media Launches I Am A Town by Shari Smith

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Nov. 30, 2014) — In her first nonfiction book, writer and blogger Shari Smith takes us to the small town of Claremont, N.C., where we meet characters so vivid and unforgettable that you’d swear they stepped straight out of a novel.

Smith chronicles the lives and adventures of the Great Margaret Garrison; Russell Boggs; the boys of the Back Table at The Café; Raymond, who lives in a storage unit by the highway; her dog “retired dog” Cannonball Kate and many more. If you’ve lived in the South, or in a small town, you know all these types — if by different names.

Upon moving to Claremont years ago, it was Smith’s intention to hide, feeling a need to be “very, very alone.” But the town had other ideas. And soon Smith was embraced by the good people of Claremont. In turn, she embraced them. Now she tells their stories with a sense of compassion, understanding and place in a style that’s as easy and honest as a country-and-western song. “I am afraid to disappoint Claremont,” Smith said in a recent interview. “To let them down would crush me. I feel a responsibility to make certain they are not clichés, not someone’s version of rural Southerners. I hope that I write so that people see what I see and I rarely write about anyone I don’t love.”

Shari Smith has been published in Thicket Magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina, Western North Carolina Magazine, O. Henry Magazine, Pinestraw Magazine and Abilene Living; and she also has written for BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated). Smith authors the blog Gunpowder, Cowboy Boots and Mascara.

I Am a Town is available from Ingram Content Group and from River’s Edge Media. For additional information please email us at info@riversedgemedia.com.

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July 31, 2014

 

For more information, contact:

Mary-Lee Smith

Phone: 501-773-4490

marylee.smith@riversedgemedia.com

Indiana native Kurt A. Meyer’s Noblesville

launched by River’s Edge Media

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 31, 2014) — The first novel from lifelong Hoosier Kurt A. Meyer takes place in his hometown of Noblesville, Ind., in 1893 and more than a century later. But his book is about more than rediscovering home.

Noblesville tells the story of schoolteacher David Henry, who believes that everything wrong with life in small-town America has been cured by a century of progress, while everything that was right about it has been destroyed. His assumptions are tested when a mysterious electronic beam provides him passage to 1893, where he faces his town’s past and falls in love with a beautiful young woman also struggling to find her place in time. Noblesville is “about what’s been gained and lost over a century,” Meyer said in a recent interview. “My love story is a sugarcoated thread pulling you through some unpleasant realities, but it’s also a metaphor for the larger message of loss.”

Meyer, a father of four and resident of Noblesville, has been a newspaper columnist, a Realtor specializing in historic properties, and a restorer of multiple Victorian-era homes. He is the co-founder of an annual literary journal called the Polk Street Review and author of the blog “The Hoosier Contrarian.” His second book, The Salvage Man, is soon to be published by River’s Edge.

“Meyer turns the pages of history with gentle care and a warm heart, creating a story I’ll remember forever,” said Susan Crandall, author of Whistling Past the Graveyard. “Thank you Kurt Meyer for opening a door to my beloved town’s past and allowing me to travel the streets and meet the people of Noblesville 1893.”

River’s Edge Media is committed to publishing quality works from talented writers. Visit riversedgemedia.com to purchase this work and others. For wholesale orders, please email us at info@riversedgemedia.com.

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May 31, 2014

 

For more information, contact:

Mary-Lee Smith

Phone: 501-773-4490

marylee.smith@riversedgemedia.com

River’s Edge Media Launches Thelonious Rising by Judith Richards

Best-selling Author Sets Latest Novel

In post-Katrina New Orleans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 31, 2014) — Set in the Lower Ninth Ward and French Quarter of New Orleans, Thelonious Rising, written by best-selling author Judith Richards, tells the suspenseful story of nine-year-old Thelonious “Monk” DeCay. His mother dead and his father missing, Monk lives with his grandmother in the Lower Ninth. He busks the streets of the Quarter, saving his money in his determination to one day set out and find his father.

With their harmonicas and bottle-cap taps, Monk and his best friend entertain the tourists in Jackson Square under the watchful eyes of eccentric historian Quinton Toussaint, an old friend of Monk’s mysteriously missing father, a once-legendary local jazz musician.

Hurricane Katrina changes everything. Monk is left homeless and alone after the storm. He befriends a deranged man and survives by sneaking across the rooftops and courtyards of the French Quarter, stealing food and supplies while hiding from both a murderer and the police. As both Monk and New Orleans struggle to survive the storm and its aftermath, a woman Monk has never met appears in the city with answers to his questions about his long-lost father.

According to a recent Kirkus Review, “Richards is sly with posing mysteries to keep readers hanging and pages turning, and they’re answered just as the narrative requires. A bittersweet, sobering urban adventure story of realistic love and redemption.”

“I’m wondering just how long it will take for someone (Oprah? Spielberg?) to take this story to the big screen,” writes a reviewer for The Discriminating Reader. “I’ll bet the soundtrack will be dynamite, too.”

Thelonious Rising is available from Ingram Content Group and from River’s Edge Media. For additional information please email us at info@riversedgemedia.com.

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May 31, 2014

 

For more information, contact:

Mary-Lee Smith

Phone: 501-773-4490

marylee.smith@riversedgemedia.com

River’s Edge Media Launches Thelonious Rising by Judith Richards

Best-selling Author Sets Latest Novel

In post-Katrina New Orleans

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 31, 2014) — Set in the Lower Ninth Ward and French Quarter of New Orleans, Thelonious Rising, written by best-selling author Judith Richards, tells the suspenseful story of nine-year-old Thelonious “Monk” DeCay. His mother dead and his father missing, Monk lives with his grandmother in the Lower Ninth. He busks the streets of the Quarter, saving his money in his determination to one day set out and find his father.

With their harmonicas and bottle-cap taps, Monk and his best friend entertain the tourists in Jackson Square under the watchful eyes of eccentric historian Quinton Toussaint, an old friend of Monk’s mysteriously missing father, a once-legendary local jazz musician.

Hurricane Katrina changes everything. Monk is left homeless and alone after the storm. He befriends a deranged man and survives by sneaking across the rooftops and courtyards of the French Quarter, stealing food and supplies while hiding from both a murderer and the police. As both Monk and New Orleans struggle to survive the storm and its aftermath, a woman Monk has never met appears in the city with answers to his questions about his long-lost father.

According to a recent Kirkus Review, “Richards is sly with posing mysteries to keep readers hanging and pages turning, and they’re answered just as the narrative requires. A bittersweet, sobering urban adventure story of realistic love and redemption.”

“I’m wondering just how long it will take for someone (Oprah? Spielberg?) to take this story to the big screen,” writes a reviewer for The Discriminating Reader. “I’ll bet the soundtrack will be dynamite, too.”

Thelonious Rising is available from Ingram Content Group and from River’s Edge Media. For additional information please email us at info@riversedgemedia.com.

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April 30, 2014

For more information, contact:

Mary-Lee Smith

Phone: 501-773-4490

marylee.smith@riversedgemedia.com

River’s Edge Media Launches Waffle House Rules by Joe Formichella

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Apr. 30, 2014) — Fairhope, Alabama, author Joe Formichella’s first novel, Waffle House Rules, explores small-town life in the South through the eyes of patrons of the local Waffle House. Published by River’s Edge Media, Waffle House Rules loosely centers around the life of Dr. Jimmy Ryan as he struggles to cope with the tragedy that has shadowed him for years. Ryan dedicates himself to bringing people back from the brink, driven by his own guiding principle: “Ain’t Dead Yet.” But Ryan is only one of a memorable cast of characters whose lives intersect in unexpected ways.

“I was fascinated with the notion — a John Irving kind of notion, ‘What if?’ — of lives that probably wouldn’t ever expect to collide or overlap but do at a central ‘neutral’ location, like a local café, or a Waffle House,” Formichella said in an interview. “How would that alter their story, push it forward or detour it?”

You’ll want to find out, says Bev Marshall, author of Walking through Shadows, Right as Rain, and Hot Fudge Sundae Blues. “Balancing hilarious comedy with dramatic pathos, Waffle House Rules is chock full of charming, eccentric characters,” Marshall says. “Formichella explores the absurdities of life and death as perceived by the lovable inhabitants of Fairhope and Penelope, Alabama, with great sensitivity and intelligence. This book reminded me of why I love to read.”

Formichella recently edited The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul, also published by River’s Edge Media. He is the prize-winning author of three nonfiction works: Here’s to you, Jackie Robinson, The Ben Jobe Story, and Murder Creek. His previous novel is The Wreck of the Twilight Limited. Formichella currently lives on the Waterhole Branch near Fairhope, Alabama.

River’s Edge Media is committed to promising writers, those established or yet to be discovered, to bringing their stories to the page, and those pages into the hands of readers. For wholesale orders, please email us at info@riversedgemedia.com.

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Oct. 31, 2013

For more information, contact:
Mary-Lee Smith
Phone: 501-773-4490
marylee.smith@riversedgemedia.com

 

“The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul” to be Performed
This Saturday at the 10th Annual Louisiana Book Festival

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., (Oct. 31, 2013) – “The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul” live performance will debut at this Saturday’s Louisiana Book Festival taking place in downtown Baton Rouge. “The Shoe Burnin’” is a multimedia anthology of southern stories and songs about life in the south written by 24 authors and singer-songwriters, nine of whom will be performing these works at noon on Saturday in the Capitol Park Museum auditorium.

Show creator Shari Smith said, “When you have the best talent in the South assembled and get to pick from their material to piece together this musical work of literature and perform it on a stage, you don’t not do that … those Southern literary gods would never have forgiven me for that sin. This show tells the story of how the artists involved in this project feel about each other, how close we are and how much we respect one another’s work.”

The first Shoe Burnin’ originated when a group of writers found themselves in a cabin with no firewood — only a box full of old shoes. As each shoe was thrown into the fire, they made up stories about it. Over time, this became a tradition that this anthology and show now celebrate.
“This ‘Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul’ show is going to be a one-of-a-kind, something-like-you’ve- never-in-your-life-seen-before event,” said contributing musician Chuck Jones. “What do you get when you mix A-list Southern authors with A-list Southern songwriters and storytellers? Pure magic, that’s what!”

Performers include Chuck Cannon, Chris Clifton, Cliff Cody, Harold Floyd, Joe Formichella, Michael Reno Harrell, Ericson Holt, Suzanne Hudson, Chuck Jones, Dann Sherrill, Shari Smith and Lari White.