Monday, January 28, 2013

That Summer by Jo Huddleston

The Great Depression brings devastation to the Southern Appalachians but love’s triangle survives.

To escape his poppa’s physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim flees to an imagined prosperous city life where he can make his own choices, ignoring God patiently knocking on his heart’s door. Settled in town, Jim strays from God and the way of faith his momma taught him. He meets a girl and loses his heart … and meets another girl and loses his willpower. Jim wrestles with social and moral dilemmas as he makes a choice beside Caney Creek that will alter the lives of five people.

About the Author

After three traditionally published nonfiction books, Jo Huddleston's debut novel, That Summer, released in December 2012 as the first book in The Caney Creek Series. Books 2 and 3 in the series are scheduled to release in April 2013 and September 2013, respectively. Her more than 200 articles and short stories have appeared in over fifty different Christian and general publications and she is a contributing online writer for Christian Devotions Ministries (

Professional membership: American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Huddleston holds a B.A. degree with honors from Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and is a member of their Literary Hall of Fame. She earned a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University.



Chapter 1 
Sanford County, Tennessee 
August, 1928 

    The back of Poppa’s big hand smacked across Jim’s face and flung him against the splintered timbers of the barn wall. "What're you doin’ outside when you ain’t finished your chores?"
    "Uh . . . me and The Twins was just foolin’ around, Poppa."
    Poppa scowled at his son. "Well, you best get that hay pitched down for the mules. The Twins need to draw water for the animals and shuck corn to feed the hogs."
    Jim stood and tried not to think about how much his face hurt. "They’re comin’. We’ll get to it all, Poppa. We’ll finish before dark."
    John Lee Callaway’s hand curled into a fist at his side. "You’ll do it now! Don't you sass me."
    Jim watched Poppa’s temper build. His face flushed. His dark eyes withdrew beneath heavy brows and his fury spewed out misdirected or unmerited. When Jim saw the storm rise in his poppa’s dark eyes, he knew he’d better get the chores done or feel the sting of Poppa’s backhand again.
    "No time for loafin’." Poppa glared at Jim. "Loafin’ won’t pay the rent. Quit shunnin’ your work, or you won’t never amount to nothin’."
    "Yes sir, Poppa. I promise I’ll do better." Jim obliged Poppa with words he wanted to hear. Jim grabbed the hay rake. He’d had about all of this he could take. No matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t please Poppa.
    He rubbed his stinging cheek. He would’ve thought he’d been used to this by now, but he wasn’t. His face still hurt, but it hurt a lot worse on the inside. Not that he’s ever let his father see that side of him. The crops hadn’t brought in what Poppa had counted on, and Poppa always took it out on him. But better him than his younger brothers. He lived for the day he could leave all this behind and make his own decisions. Make his own way.

That Summer is available in paperback and eBook online at AmazonBarnes&, and publisher's website: Any bookstore can order the book for you.

Jo Huddleston is giving away a copy of That SummerTo be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Anonymous said...

I am so ready to read Jo's book and share with my daughters. I know it's going to be good.
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Judy said...

This is a book I'd love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!


ann said...

Sounds like it is a book I would enjoy reading.
thanks for the giveaway
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HomePlace Gatherings said...

I just spent 12 years in the Southern Appalachians and would love to read this!

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Teela said...

I live in Nashville so am close to the appal. mtns. and can so vividly see Jim as he''s getting smacked by his dad. Jo, I'd love to read your book. Thanks for the giveaway.

KayM said...

Congratulations, Jo, on your first published novel! It sounds like one that I'd really enjoy. I am putting it on my wish list.

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Sharon A. Lavy said...

Love that car on the cover. Would love to own it!!!

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