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JESS MONTGOMERY is the author of the Kinship Historical Mystery series, inspired by a true-life 1920s female sheriff in Appalachia. You can find out more about her books at www.jessmontgomeryauthor.com, or on Facebook @JessMontgomeryAuthor.

Under Jess's given name, she is a columnist for Writer's Digest, "Level Up Your Writing (Life)," and for the Dayton Daily News, focusing on the literary life, authors and events of her native Dayton, Ohio.

Her first novel in the Kinship Historical Mystery series, THE WIDOWS, won the Readers' Choice in Fiction for the 2019 Ohioana Awards. Jess is a three-time recipient of the Individual Excellence Award in Literary Arts from the Ohio Arts Council, and has been a John E. Nance Writer in Residence at Thurber
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Jess Montgomery Thank you so much! It means so much that you're reading my books, and that you loved THE WIDOWS. Yes, more books are forthcoming in the Kinship Histor…moreThank you so much! It means so much that you're reading my books, and that you loved THE WIDOWS. Yes, more books are forthcoming in the Kinship Historical Mystery Series. I'm actually contracted to write two more! The third one (which I'm writing now) will be out in January 2021.
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Jess Montgomery Good afternoon, Cathy! I'm so glad you've asked! The next novel, THE HOLLOWS, will be published by Minotaur Books in 2020. It moves ahead in time to f…moreGood afternoon, Cathy! I'm so glad you've asked! The next novel, THE HOLLOWS, will be published by Minotaur Books in 2020. It moves ahead in time to fall 1926, when Lily is running for re-election as sheriff in her own right, and dealing with the murder of an anonymous elderly woman. The murder has ramifications in the lives of several individuals as well as in the community of Kinship. Coal mining does have a thread in the plot. Marvena is in the novel, but this one is narrated by Lily and another character--I can't say who just yet, as I'm still working on the novel, and this aspect may change! I hope there will be many books in the series. I have another three planned out. It just depends on how well THE WIDOWS and THE HOLLOWS do with readers and in the marketplace! Thanks again for asking, and have a great day!(less)
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“Mama,” Lily says. “This is more than I can bear.” She longs to weep, but her tears remain stubbornly locked in her heart. Mama kisses the top of Lily’s head, keeps rocking her, says, “No, child. This is just more than you should have to bear.”
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“Week before last, cold shooed warmth into a wish and a memory, then rattled tree limbs to leaflessness with one gnarly hand, while gripping the earth with the other.”
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“Life is hard. Have tea.”
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“Soon so many people are packed standing-room-only in the tiny church that their body heat brings forth the smell of their lives from deep within their own flesh; their body heat coaxes from wooden pews and leather Bibles smells of other sinners and mourners who've gathered there time and again.”
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“The stiff night smells like the promise of coming rain, though its scent is doused by the strong odor of corn mash fermenting with yeast. Afar off a coyote howls, then a bit later a screech owl, and in between shivers and sighs of smaller night creatures.”
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