Bio: Melissa Newman is an award-winning journalist and writer, having spent 20 years in the newspaper industry. She has called Southeastern Kentucky home most of her life and truly embraces the title of southern writer, bestowed upon her by loyal readers. Newman has won many journalism awards, seized the opportunity to write for various news magazines and had several stories published by the Associated Press. Although she enjoyed life in print media, she felt something was missing. Her focus had gradually shifted to a concentration of the bottom line instead of what she loved most about newspapering, the written word. Newman now works as Alumni Relations Director at her alma mater. This new career allows for more focus not only on writing but also on the type of writing she adores, fiction. Newman lives in Kentucky with her husband Frank, who is an attorney. They have two grown daughters.

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House of Cleaving
Annie Cleaving watched her young son take his last breath trapped inside the mangled wreckage of her car. The drunk driver walked away without a scratch. A year later breast cancer took Annie's mother, a tender and genteel woman.As a means to escape painful memories Annie attempts to sell the old Cleaving house, leaving the only home she has ever known. Only then she discovers the botched deed and her only choice, to find her mother's siblings and convince each to release their claims.From crazy... more info>>
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Sister Blackberry
Eighty-seven year old Viola Garland has secrets that have tormented her for over sixty years. She kept these secrets because she believed her family would be protected. When a skeleton is discovered at a Rayes County building site, the choice she made as a young woman threatens to come to light. She knows the lie has kept the family disjointed but she is sure the truth will destroy it. Set in 1936 rural Kentucky and Northern Ohio, Sister Blackberry is a story about women--friends, sisters, mothe... more info>>
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