Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Pen Name Publishing
Publication Date: June 13, 2017
The year is 1947. The war is over, Jackie Robinson has just integrated baseball, and Frank Sinatra breezes in over the fuzzy airwaves. A sense of relief is finally sweeping the nation…everywhere except Tobaccoville, North Carolina.
Beyond the rural fields that are pregnant with decades of secrets, a mysterious Hollywood pin-up is jailed for murder while her facially birthmarked half-sister may hold the answers as to why.
The two girls, estranged for years, share a haunting past, a shell-shocked love interest, and maybe even a cruel destiny. Through mountains of lies, the truth that inevitably comes pouring out of the tobacco leaves will come to light. Will this light reveal the path to the siblings’ foreordained destruction, or their long-awaited deliverance? Will they realize they each hold the power to set the other free before it’s too late?
A story of heritage, hurt, and somehow, hope; Tobacco Sun keeps you on the edge of your seat while you find yourself rooting for redemption.
Book Excerpt/Teaser Quote:
I’m not haunted by the person who died, but by the image of the actual death. A ghost would almost be better to contend with. At least I could argue with him, say things to him, encourage him to leave, pray him away maybe. Instead, I’m left with the image of this quiet, inanimate thing that always has to be carried. It’s the heaviest picture known to man, and I am its handler. I think it weighs 300 pounds, and spends most of its time sitting just north of my belly-button, though it’s been known to vacation in the back of my throat where the whiskey stings me now…but clearly not enough. – Sydra on seeing the murder and carrying the secret.
Lorna Hollifield was born in Asheville, North Carolina, but now enjoys the island life outside of Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Kimsey, and two mutts, Scarlet and Daisy.
She’s been an author from the time she could speak, always spinning yarns for anyone who would listen. She began her professional writing journey as a tourism and travel blogger, before finally deciding to pursue her dream of publishing fiction. Tobacco Sun is her first novel, and she’s delighted to share it with the world!