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THE BOOK: Witch Ball
PUBLISHED IN: 2014
THE AUTHOR: Adele Elliott
THE EDITOR: David Ross
THE PUBLISHER: Open Books
SUMMARY: A kooky transvestite aunt, a shocking murder, and three generations of family secrets collide to make a high school girl’s summer anything but boring.
Gertrude (Truly) Moore is at loose ends during a sweltering summer in Columbus, Mississippi. Her crush on college boy, Eric, meets surprising resistance from her parents, Kay and Tommy, and her Grandfather Hyrum. Their motives for objecting to Eric are as bewildering as the two-headed snake that Hyrum once owned.
“Witch Ball” exposes the prejudices and long standing emotional wounds of a small southern town. Complex relationships are intertwined in this mystery of a witch hunt, leading to psychic healing. This novel is true “Southern Gothic”, touched with magic. It is Flannery O’Connor meets Fannie Flagg, humorous, tragic, and a bit absurd.
THE BACK STORY: Kay and Tommy harbor a long-standing bitterness against Eric’s parents that is rooted in high-school heartbreak. But, there was something else. Ruby (Eric’s mother) was raised by Clementine, a black cleaning-lady who had worked in Kay’s childhood home. Races do not mix well in Columbus. Although, Ruby was perceived as being white, adopted as an infant, the stigma of her black “mother” was a source of prejudice.
WHY THIS TITLE: A witch ball is a charm to attract good spirits to a home. Aunt Fleur creates these.
WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: There are two themes to the book. One is the idea that we can create our own reality, and our identity. Aunt Fleur altered her gender and her persona. She helps her great-niece to evolve from Gertrude into Truly.
There is a more important cautionary message advising us to be careful who we deify, or vilify. Demons may not have pointy horns and tails, and angels may not have wings.
REVIEW COMMENTS: By traveler2 on May 2, 2014
“I just finished reading Elliott’s WITCH BALL and would like to recommend it without reservation for a thoroughly entertaining, easy read. I’m generally a slow reader but gobbled this one up in less than a day. It’s definitely not heavy literature, and if that’s what you need, then go read one of the classics. But if you want to be entertained by believable characters from a small Southern city, read WITCH BALL. This is Elliott’s second book in less than six months, and I think that she’s on a roll. In this story, Truly (Gertrude) Moore becomes involved in the life of a “tranny aunt” who is despised by a city full of Baptists who don’t tolerate those who are not like themselves. “Who’s yo mama and where do they go to church…?” A good, quick read with important lessons.
By Bridget Figenshu on July 1, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
“Loved it. Can’t wait for her next book. Great read. Couldn’t put it down. Characters were so colorful and interesting.”
By Maria on June 10, 2014
“Character Development and Plot: In some ways, this story reminds me of To Kill a Mockingbird. It has discrimination, a trial, and a young girl’s view of the events. However, it revolves around a different discrimination – transgender and transvestites. Truly is a fifteen year old girl on summer break in the South. She adores her aunt and seeks advice from her. At the beginning of the book, Truly has a crush on Eric, a college boy who works at the local library. Things turn upside down with a death of a local boy and then the murder of the track coach. Secrets come out not only in the community but also in Truly’s own family. The book focuses on sexual orientation and discrimination within the South. Truly grows up during the summer. She must learn to stand up and go against the crowd. She forms her own opinions on what is considered right or wrong. She also learns about forgiveness. In today’s world where gay rights are on the news more often, this book focuses on how society is hard to change their views. It lightly brings in religion – specifically Baptists – as well as the law.”
AUTHOR PROFILE: Adele Elliott is a painter, a psychic, and a designer of fantasy tiaras. She is a New Orleans native who has been exiled in Mississippi since her home, and most of her sanity, were blown away by an evil wind named Katrina. In this alternate reality she proudly wears the title of “Poster Girl for Liberals”.
Adele’s first novel, Friendship Cemetery, was released in 2013. Her second novel, Witch Ball, was released in 2014. She has published numerous short stories, has written an opinion column for The Commercial Dispatch, and is a frequent contributor to Catfish Alley Magazine.
Dovie, Adele’s third novel will be released in spring 2017.
Adele lives in a big purple, green and gold house with her wonderful husband, Chris Hannon, and three “children”, Charlotte Russe (the wild dingo dog), Freda Jolie (lady dog), and Loa (a magical boy-cat).
AUTHOR COMMENTS: “I am so flattered and excited to be invited to post in this group of readers and writers. I send you all my best wishes for peace and much success in this new year.”
SAMPLE CHAPTER: http://adeleelliott.com/witch-ball-excerpt/
WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon.com
PRICE: Paperback – 15.95 new, Kindle 2.99
CONTACT THE AUTHOR: firstname.lastname@example.org