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Working with each of them has been a life lesson and a high honor. Seeing them enjoy the sale of a book pleases me just as much as me seeing one of my own sold.

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That is what the Read Local Book fair does for me and my fellow authors. It gives us a moment to shine and allow us to fulfill our dreams by pitching our stories to those who still enjoy a true gift: reading a book. My thanks to the Macon County Public Library for asking to write this post. They blamed him for his foolhardiness, as they were sure the ghosts would kill him, as they had killed so many before.

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His wife tried to dissuade him from the rash undertaking; but in vain. He said he would die in any case; but there was some chance of his escaping, and of thus becoming independent for life. Accordingly one hour after sundown, the Brahman set out. He went to the outskirts of the village without the slightest fear as far as a certain vakula-tree Mimusops Elengi , from which the haunted tree was about one rope distant.

Murder on Haint Branch by Eva McCall

He began to quake with fear, and the heaving of his heart was like the upward and downward motion of the paddy-husking pedal. I am a Brahmadaitya. But my courage is 1 2 The ghost of a Brahman who dies unmarried. A bigha is about the third part of an acre. I shall thank you very much for helping me. But the moment the first stroke was given, a great many ghosts rushed towards the Brahman, who would have been torn to pieces but for the interference of the Brahmadaitya. This is a poor Brahman. He wishes to get a branch of this tree which will be of great use to him.

It is my will that you let him cut a branch. At thy bidding we are ready to do anything. Let not the Brahman take the trouble of cutting; we ourselves will cut a branch for him. Being thus satisfied, the zemindar ordered a deed to be drawn up, by which he gave to the Brahman for ever one hundred bighas of rent-free land. Thus in one night the Brahman became a rich man.

It so happened that the fields, of which the Brahman became the owner, were covered with ripe paddy, ready for the sickle. But the Brahman had not the means to reap the golden harvest. He had not a pice in his pocket for paying the wages of the reapers. What was the Brahman to do? Through your kindness I got the rent-free land all covered with ripe paddy. But I have not the means of cutting the paddy, as I am a poor man. What shall I do? Only you do one thing.

Borrow from men in the village one hundred sickles, and put them all at the foot of this tree at night. Prepare also the exact spot on which the grain and the straw are to be stored up. He easily got a hundred sickles, as the husbandmen of the village, knowing that he had become rich, readily lent him what he wanted. At sunset he took the hundred sickles and put them beneath the vakula-tree.

He also selected a spot of ground near his hut for his magazine of paddy and for his ricks of straw; and washed the spot with a solution of cow-dung and water. After making these preparations he went to sleep. The hundred bighas of land which he has got from the zemindar are all covered with standing ripe corn. From the moment the sheriff tells Eula Sanders that her son, Charlie, has been shot, until the last few pages where we find out why Charlie died, the reader is given a glimpse into the way life really was for the Appalachian People in the early forties.

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May 11, Carla rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. I loved the character of Ollie, matter-of-fact young girl on a quest for the truth in 's NC. The use of dialect brings the characters to life. This is a story of love, loss, and growing up.

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I highly recommend this one. Fantastic Read Fantastic Read so excited that I found this author. I laughed, I cried and enjoyed every page. Did not want the story to end. Love this author.


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When you're all growed up. I gotta say I enjoyed this Hillbilly murder mystery a whole dang lot. This yarn is as much about a yungun growing up and coming of age and of self discovery as it is a murder mystery.

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The 13 year old Ollie needs to solve a few problems. First of which is who killed her uncle Charlie. Then there is the need to "fix her Granny" stop her from her non stop rocking. While doing this she needs to find out who her Mom is.

All while going through a difficult puberty. As I said, When you're all growed up. As I said, I did enjoy this story, though I did expect Bo Radley to come out from behind the elm tree at any moment.