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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROL McCLAIN
Saturday, June 22, 2019 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK:  A New York Yankee on Stinking Creek

AUTHOR:  Carol McClain

GENRE:  Women's Fiction

PUBLISHER: Hummingbird Hill Press

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand alone

TARGET AGE: 30+ women

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR CAROL McCLAIN TO PATTI’S PORCH. CAROL SHARES SOME PERSONAL HISTORY THAT LED TO THE CREATION OF HER LATEST NOVEL.

 

 

CAROL IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR WINNER’S CHOICE OF A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OF A NEW YORK YANKEE ON STINKING CREEK.

 

 

 

 

ASSUMING THE WORST: FINDING THE BEST

 

I would leave New York after living there my entire life. As a thoroughbred Yankee, I understood the vast differences moving to Tennessee would involve. After all, as a young child, I yearned to ride with the freedom riders. They lived in the South. Tennessee’s coordinates placed it in the South.

 

As a hippie, I watched Easy Rider. Back then, I couldn’t dream of leaving the progressive North.

 

Then I saw Deliverance. Need I say more?

 

However, with maturity (we don’t say advancing age), moving to Tennessee became advisable and desirable. My writing friend Cathy became excited about my relocation and writing a novel exploring the vast differences between the North and the South. Her idea had merit.

 

Then I moved here.

 

My notions dissipated like the smoke from a barbeque. The people here were kind and liked New Yorkers. No one saw me as an intruder. They shopped at the same stores and attended churches similar to mine back in the northern latitudes. They served on Habitat for Humanity or the Lions’ Club. They wrote books, gardened and helped their neighbors. I visited schools as a clinical supervisor and found progressive, dedicated teachers, and students who learned advanced curriculum.

 

Except for the hill dialect, cornbread and a culture of Christianity as opposed to a culture of agnosticism, no differences existed. I had no story.

 

Still, Cathy nagged. “Write the book.”

 

While I ignored her command, I explored our area.

 

A quaint town with a horrid name lay a few miles to the north of my new home. Friends took me to Stinking Creek, a quiet hamlet of doublewides and stone houses. We drove down back roads where no homes existed and the theme of my book took root.

 

Assumptions.

 

They never tell the truth.

 

With a theme established, my story always develops.

 

A New York Yankee on Stinking Creek depicts two women with diametrically opposed philosophies. They are each other’s only neighbors and only help. One, an atheist abstract artist is wrenched from Manhattan. The other, a staunch conservative, never left Stinking Creek.

 

Both assume the worst of the other.

 

And we all know assumptions lie.

 

Nothing’s as it seems on Stinking Creek.

 

And if we judge and never check the facts, we will live a lie.

 

Paul, in Romans 2:1-3 says, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?” (NIV)

 

As humans, it’s easiest to see the speck in our neighbor’s eye and not the log in ours. Let us be like my two characters and learn assumptions make fools of us.

 

 

 

NOTHING GOOD COMES FROM STINKING CREEK

Alone, again, after the death of her fiancé, abstract artist Kiara Rafferty finds herself on Stinking Creek, Tennessee. She wants out of this hillbilly backwater, where hicks speak an unknown language masquerading as English. Isolated, if she doesn’t count the snakes and termites infesting her cabin, only a one-way ticket home to Manhattan would solve her problems.

Alone in a demanding crowd, Delia Mae McGuffrey lives for God, her husband, her family, and the congregation of her husband’s church. Stifled by rules, this pastor’s wife walks a fine line of perfection, trying to please them all. Now an atheist Yankee, who moved in across the road, needs her, too.

Two women. Two problems. Each holds the key to the other’s freedom.

 

Buy Links:

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DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A PRINT OR EBOOK COPY OF A NEW YORK YANKEE ON STINKING CREEK BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, JULY 2ND AT MIDNIGHT MDT. (US residents only eligible for print copy).

BY LEAVING A COMMENT, YOU GRANT PERMISSION FOR YOUR EMAIL TO BE REVEALED TO THE AUTHOR IF YOU ARE THE WINNER TO FACILITATE RECEIPT OF YOUR BOOK.

 

Author Carol McClain is an eclectic artist and author of four books. Her interests vary as much as the Tennessee weather—running, bassoons, jazz, stained glass and, of course, writing. She’s a transplant from New York who now lives in the hills of East Tennessee with her husband and overactive Springer spaniel.

She is the president of ACFW Knoxville and the secretary of the Authors’ Guild of Tennessee.

In her “free time” she teaches life skills in the local jail and supervises student teachers for WGU.

 

 

 


Comments

Donna Beard From Clayton, NC At 9/11/2019 6:03:03 AM

My grandparents lived on Stinking Creek & we were there a lot. My parents & youngest brother lived there a few years, too. Just put the book on my Kindle & ordered for Dad & both brothers. Looking forward to reading a novel set in the community that will always be "home" to all my family.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Donna. Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us! The more I hear about people who are familiar with Stinking Creek, the more I feel a need to visit there one of these days.

Jo Ellen Valdez From Poquoson VA At 6/30/2019 4:36:48 PM

This looks like an intriguing book. We have lived in Virginia for many years now after living a decade in Texas. Since my husband was in the military we’ve lived up north too. I can relate to both points of view.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Jo Ellen. Thank you for stopping by and contributing to the discussion.

Carol McClain From TN At 6/27/2019 9:30:58 AM

Thank you all. Stinking Creek is beautiful, and I love being a Tennessean. I know y'all will love this book, and I thank you for stopping by and checking out what I had to say.

Katie Gick From Caryville, Tennessee At 6/23/2019 2:51:32 AM

I’ve been coming to Stinking Creek all my life. Born in Indiana my mother was born on Stinking Creek and my father in Tazewell. Six years ago I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. I was being treated in Chicago and bought a house online sight unseen. What a leap of faith! One of the best decisions

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Katie. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing with us. May God bless you with continued healing and optimum health.

Melissa Davis From Caryville , Tn. At 6/22/2019 5:03:16 PM

I cant wait to read this book . I've lived in these parts all my life and have family and friends in Stinking Creek . ??

Reply by: Patti Shene

Wow, Melissa. Glad you saw the post and shared with us! Thank you for coming by.

Carol McClain From TN At 6/22/2019 3:32:39 PM

Thank you, Vivian. It was a lot of fun to write. And the people on Stinking Creek gave me a great book launch last night. I know you'd enjoy this book.

Stella Potts From Mesa AZ At 6/22/2019 12:59:29 PM

This book sounds wonderful. Having roots in the south, born in Kentucky and raised in southern Indiana, I know I will enjoy this book tremendously. The plot sounds great.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Sheila. Thank you so much for stopping by and letting us know you were here.

Regina White From Duff, TN At 6/22/2019 12:27:27 PM

I highly recommend this book. The characters are believable their situations are relatable. My family are Stinking Creek natives, and the setting was very much on point.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Thank you so much for sharing, Regina. Glad you stopped by.

Vivian Furbay From CO At 6/22/2019 6:27:58 AM

What an interesting story! I would enjoy reading this to see how two extremely different women need each other.

Reply by: Patti Shene

This story does sound intriguing, Vivian. Thank you for stopping by.

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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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BREAKING THE RULES
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WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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Accountability in the Extreme
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Welcome Home!
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GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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