A! Magazine for the Arts

Local author releases new books

November 25, 2015

Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc., of Johnson City, Tennessee, announces the release of two new books from North Tazewell, Virginia author Linda Hudson Hoagland. This award winning author is simultaneously releasing her latest books, "Missing Sammy" and "Onward and Upward."

Hoagland says readers will quickly understand the logic behind the dual release, as there are some common themes between the two novels, and if you enjoy reading one, you will most definitely enjoying reading the other.

"Missing Sammy" chronicles the struggle of widow, Ella Hutchins, as she works to get her life back after years of care taking for her husband. After his death, Ella realizes she has pushed everyone away and no longer has a network of friends, or family to support her as she heals. Ella has to dig deep, relying upon the strong Appalachian stock from which she comes, to regain what she has lost.

In "Onward and Upward," we meet another strong Appalachian woman, Molly Thompson, also a widow, who stays busy on the road selling her crocheted angels. Molly comes to believe she has been "put under a spell" by the handcrafted angels she creates and before readers finish the book, they may just feel the same. In each book, Hoagland's respect for Appalachian heroines shines through.

Jan-Carol Publishing includes the imprints Mountain Girl Press, Little Creek Books, Express Editions, RoseHeart Publishing, and DigiStyle. Each imprint specializes in a particular genre-from Appalachian stories to children's books and more.