A few years ago, the tiny village of Grafton, Illinois, nestled along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, was almost destroyed by flood. Rather than pull up stakes and move elsewhere, many of the residents vowed to rebuild their hometown, making it bigger and better than ever. One of these residents was Mac Coalson, the eldest son of Hank and Ginny Coalson, Mac, together with his parents and his six brothers, set about the arduous task of clearing, cleaning, and repairing what could be saved.
But not everyone was happy to be rebuilding the town. When vandals strike the new construction, it’s up to Mac and his brothers to catch the culprit before anyone is hurt. While laying a trap, Mac thought he had captured the criminal. Instead, he finds sassy spitfire, Dixie Harris, has stolen his heart. When the vandal turns to arson, Mac finds it may be too late to save his brothers.
Targeted Age Group: 18+
What was your inspiration for this book?
Real life events influenced this series set in my hometown of Grafton, Illinois. Our tiny village is nestled at the confluence of the Mississippi and the Missouri Rivers. When the Great Flood of 1993 hit, it devastated the town, wiping away centuries old homesteads and businesses. When it finally subsided, the residents not only had to deal with cleanup, but the human snakes and sharks that threatened to turn the village into a quagmire of drugs, gambling and prostitution.
Why did you decide to produce an audiobook?
Whistlin' Dixie was my debut novel and it hit the top 100 in it's first week on Amazon. I knew I had a hit then so I began searching for ways to turn it into audio.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
Audible.com had a user friendly site that allowed me to send a sample to those I thought might capture dixie's southern charm and Mac's stubbornness. Each narrator has a sample reading as their resume so I could match my voices with ease.
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