Set in the Deep South during a period of civil unrest, Red Clay and Roses is a fictional account of a true story. The discovery of an old ledger opens a window into life in a time when women were supposed to keep quiet and serve, abortion was illegal, adoption difficult, and racism rampant.
Mystery, rape, murder, drama, and forbidden love meld as the origin of the ledger unfolds. Sybil reveals that she was an unconventional, independent, high spirited young white woman in the 1950s-60s in a world that belonged to the white man.
Sybil defies the norm to open her own business. She becomes the love interest of Nathan, an African-American man, in a summer romance that leaves her mournful. Nathan is a medical student whose father is employed as handyman to The Good Doctor. Nathan’s sister is missing. He cannot know why.
Nathan becomes directly involved in the Civil Rights Movement and Sybil is torn between living the mundane life of her peers or a life that involves fastening herself to a taboo relationship. The seeds of prejudice have been sown by a society that seethed with bigotry.
“Nicholls has a distinct and powerful voice…steeped in history this novel deeply penetrates the surface of a complex era providing a rich and full-bodied reading experience.”
~ Sammie Vittoria, Library Media Specialist
“This is no ordinary fluffy romance novel. This book has substance.”
~ Roseendhar Dasilma, R.N., BSN
There is also a paperback print on demand version on the way! I am very excited about it. It can’t happen fast enough for me:
Susan Koone Nicholls is an R.N. who lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, Greg. She was born, raised and educated in Georgia, where she also raised her family. She has three children, a step-son, and two grandchildren. Orphaned from her mother at an early age, she spent time in foster care and in a children’s group home in the North Georgia Mountains, The Ethyl Harpst Home.
AVAILABLE FROM YOUR FAVORITE EBOOKSELLER: Amazon, iTunes,Barnes and Noble, etc…, or you may purchase a copy on smashwords for $2.99 in a variety of formats, including ePub for your reader, Kindle, and a pdf version for your computer if you don’t have an ereader device; (a free sample is available). While the old cover is still up the book will remain at $2.99, and when the new cover goes up it will change to $4.99. The paperback POD will be available from Amazon for $14.99. The book is currently in review with The Atlanta Journal and I am excited about that as well! We shall see!