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GoodReads Choice Awards: Please vote!

I have a big, huge (but very quick) favor to ask... Would you please visit GoodReads and vote for my book? I'm honored and thrilled that What Stands in a Storm was nominated for the GoodReads Choice Awards (Science & Technology) for best books of 2015. It's the only major book award decided by readers. 

The voting takes place in three rounds. If you vote now, you can help me make it to the semifinals. If I make it, I may be begging you to vote again...) I have nothing to win beyond bragging rights, but it could help raise awareness for a book that needs help getting on the national radar (<—Ha. See what I did there? I'm a sucker for double entendres.)


Opening Round  Nov. 3 - 8

Semifinal Round  Nov. 10 - 15

Final Round  Nov. 17 - 23


On the Radio*

Andrew Yeager from NPR member station WBHM did a wonderful interview piece that ran on Friday, April 24. Take a listen here. Thanks for all the great feedback on this!

Also, top Alabama literary critic Don Noble reviewed my book for Alabama Public Radio / NPR member station WUAL in this radio spot that ran on March 16. 

(*If you heard Donna Summers singing when you read the title of this post, bonus points for you!)

Early Reviews: Memphis Commercial-Appeal,, Tennessean, Clarion-Ledger

" entertainment and beautifully-reported reality."
— Memphis Commercial-Appeal / Chapter 16 

"...the culmination of more than a year of research, hours of interviews and phone calls and video, hundreds of pages of Facebook posts and texts and chat room messages..."

"The book wasn’t merely about three days of storms, it was about the redemption that followed."
The Tennessean

"...a well-researched work that serves as both a reporter's factual account of a tragic and historic weather event and a storyteller's chronicle that conveys the emotional and personal tolls it took on Alabama."