A New Southern Novel
A humorous, light read that invokes the charm of the south and exposes secrets long hidden.
LYNN HAVEN, FL, OCTOBER 8, 2014—Tolar Miles knows how to entertain readers with a nostalgic look at the charm of the south.
Miles’ debut novel, Mud Marbles, a southern novel about two affluent families from the fictitious town of Cotton Tree, Alabama, has been called a cross between The Help and The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya- Sisterhood, minus the issues of civil rights and political views.
In the novel, the reader meets Marilyn and Kathryn, sisters and neighbors whose favorite pastime is sipping martinis from mason jars on Marilyn’s front porch in the gulf front town of Orange Beach, Alabama, as they reminisce about family and the times they visited Cotton Tree.
Miss Mincy is the girls’ source of stability and has given the entire family advice and inspiration throughout the years. While some could misconstrue Mincy’s presence, she is not a maid. She is a member of the Chandler-Drake household in Cotton Tree.
Then there’s Delta, a distant cousin of the Drake family who comes to visit Cotton Tree from Savannah, Georgia for most family gatherings. Cousin Delta does not shy away from confrontation and will speak her mind even to the pastor of the First Baptist Church. She loves her bourbon and cola and livens up the atmosphere of every social event she attends.
In all, Mud Marbles revisits a web of memories from sorority sisters shelling peas, to charity bake sales, and finding confederate gold in a hidden ballroom, while invoking the charm of the south and exposing long-buried secrets.
“It’s a nice, relaxing read that can be enjoyed with or without a cocktail,” says TouchPoint Press publisher Sheri Williams. “But for those who prefer to enjoy a nice drink while reading, the author has an added perk—the real Mud Marbles recipe is included at the end of the book.”
The sister’s favorite drink includes Tito’s Handmade Vodka—a real brand the company (TitosVodka.com) permitted to be used in the book. After all, there’s just something about a nice cocktail that invokes southern hospitality and gets the stories flowing like sweet Tupelo honey. And boy do these sisters have some stories to tell!
Mud Marbles releases in paperback and as an ebook October 20, 2014 and will be available through major retailers including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-Million, iTunes, and more.
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To be released by TouchPoint Press, October 20th, 2014
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About the author:
Tolar Miles is a freelance writer who grew up in the south on Florida’s gulf coast. She studied creative writing at Florida State University. Tolar is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has written many short stories and has a published children’s book. Tolar’s upbringing and love for everything about the south inspired her to write the southern novel “Mud Marbles”.
Colbie Myles, Media Liaison