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Shadowed Summer: a book recommendation

17 Jun

by Susan Dennard


(Note: this is a repost from my personal blog–this book is just too good to not spread around!)

Don’t judge this book by its cover. 😉

No really–we have to be honest: it’s not the most eye-catching cover ever made.  Ignore that because Saundra Mitchell’s Shadowed Summer IS one of the most entertaining ghost stories I’ve ever read. Ever.

Iris is ready for another hot, routine summer in her small Louisiana town, hanging around the Red Stripe grocery with her best friend, Collette, and traipsing through the cemetery telling each other spooky stories and pretending to cast spells. Except this summer, Iris doesn’t have to make up a story. This summer, one falls right in her lap.

Years ago, before Iris was born, a local boy named Elijah Landry disappeared. All that remained of him were whispers and hushed gossip in the church pews. Until this summer. A ghost begins to haunt Iris, and she’s certain it’s the ghost of Elijah. What really happened to him? And why, of all people, has he chosen Iris to come back to?

There are two things that make this novel strong–two things that pulled me in so deeply, I didn’t want the story to end.

1) Iris’s voice. She is Southern America at it’s finest, and the twang on those pages stayed in my head for days! The accent just slides off the page, and I felt like I was back home in Georgia. On top of that, Iris is such a likable heroine. She’s tough, but uncertain. She’s new to boys, but curious. She’s worried to learn the truth, but she’ll do whatever it takes to do the right thing.

2) The setting. Oh man, did rural Louisiana come to life for me! I could feel the humidity, hear the cicadas, imagine the cold sodas and boiling sweat. Maybe it was so vivid since that’s what I grew up with (well, no sodas…darn parents), but I really think Mitchell is also just an incredibly deft storyteller.

So, if you’re looking for a non-romance paranormal YA, a quick and absorbing read, or just something set in the South, don’t miss Shadowed Summer!

Have you read this? Have you read anything else by Saundra Mitchell?


Susan Dennard is a writer, reader, lover of animals, and eater of cookies. She is repped by Sara Kendall of NCLit, and her debut, SOMETHING STRANGE AND DEADLY, will be available from Harper Children’s in 2012. You can learn more about her on her blog or twitter.

Winner of the Book Cover Contest!

15 May

Today we are pleased to announce the winner of the Book Cover Contest.

Earlier this week we asked our readers to help us make a decision through voting by poll. A clear winner emerged with almost 30% of the votes, and so we are incredibly excited to let everyone know that Victoria Dixon’s MOURN THEIR COURAGE is our winner!

Victoria will receive either a critique of a Query Letter, a critique of the first 3 chapters of a novel, or a critique of a short story.

Congratulations Victoria, and thank you to everyone who participated!

Book Cover Contest!

16 Apr

In honor of our most recent post about our favorite book covers, we decided to launch a Book Cover Contest!

The Rules:

  1. You can make a book cover for your own book, an existing book, or one of our books!
  2. You can include whatever text you want (quotes, mini-reviews, etc.), but the only text that you MUST include is the title of the book and the author’s name.
  3. You must credit the source of any artwork you use.
  4. All entries must be received by May 1st. We will announce the winners on Tuesday, May 11th.
  5. Please format your entry as either a .jpeg or .png.
  6. All entries must be emailed to our gmail address: letthewordsflowblog@gmail.com
  7. We will judge based on composition, originality, and quality of artwork!

The Prizes!

We are offering either a critique of a Query Letter, a critique of the first 3 chapters of your story, or a critique of a short story.


And that’s it! If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below.

Our Comedy Contest is also still in effect, and the deadline for that is also May 1st!

QOTW Week: Book Covers

16 Apr

Hey all, just a quick reminder, we are still having a Comedy Contest, the deadline for which is May 1st. We’ve got a few entries already and they look pretty solid, so whip out your banana peels and make some funny!


Right now we’re doing a Question of the Week Week to alleviate our backlog of Questions. Today’s question is from June:

90. Because I’m curious…and I’m not sure if this question has been asked yet… What are some of your favorite book covers?

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