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  • The River Witch

    " Kimberly Brock has an amazing voice and a huge heart; The River Witch welcomes the reader to a haunted landscape, authentically Southern, where the tragedies of the past and the most fragile, gorgeous kind of love-soaked hope are equally alive. This is one debut that you absolutely should not

    ~~ Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Backseat Saints

  • Georgia Author of the Year 2013
    The River Witch is available wherever books are sold

Join the Feast! Good Fiction, Friends and Food! Share your recipes for a Damascus Feast and Win Copies of The River Witch for your Book Club…

So many good things have been happening since the launch of THE RIVER WITCH! The book has garnered 21Five Star Reviews on Amazon! And been mentioned TWICE in Huffington Post, making their Summer’s Sizzling Southern Fiction list!

Currently it is this month’s read for She Reads national online book club AND..became an official selection for the PULPWOOD QUEEN BOOK CLUB this year!!

So… in that spirit, I wanted to give a shout out to all book clubs and invite you to consider reading THE RIVER WITCH with your group! I’d love to hear from you, visit your meetings or Skype with you. Talking to readers is one of my favorite parts of this journey!

I had to share this picture of my visit with the first book club to invite me to a meeting after reading the novel. We ate and talked and stayed way too late, enjoying the company and the lively discussion. I don’t know when I’ve enjoyed myself more!

Lucky me with the lovely ladies of this book club from Gainesville & Dahlonega, Georgia!

It was such a great experience that it made me want to share a recipe from the book and ask if you’d like to do the same! Post your recipe as a comment and… YOUR BOOK CLUB WILL WIN THREE COPIES of the book!

I’ll share the winner in my next post!

** ALL recipes will be added to the DAMASCUS FEAST on the Book Club page on my site!

Damascus Feast!


Is your club planning a Damascus feast, attending a Sacred Harp singing with dinner on the grounds, or discovering the secrets inside your own harvest? Please share!

All photos of book clubs reading The River Witch are welcome. Please give permission to use on this site when you send.

June 21, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Christine Glover - Oh, what a great idea!! I’m going to suggest this to my book club and make a Damascus Feast happen for sure!!

I’m so happy for you, Kimberly. I hope you can come visit our group in the autumn.


June 21, 2012 - 3:16 pm

Karen White - I am sharing a recipe from my food blog for GRILLED POUNDCAKE WITH BLACKBERRIES as its perfect for the summer!
Looking forward to reading this book!

June 21, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Karen Waskewich - The most delicious onion dip ever!

Sweet Onion Dip
Ingredients (Makes 2 cups)

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 Vidalia onions (1 pound total), finely chopped
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 cup sour cream
2 ounces bar cream cheese, room temperature
1 1/2 teaspoons white-wine vinegar
1/4 cup finely chopped chives
Potato chips, for serving


1.In a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Add onions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.

2.In a medium bowl, combine onions, sour cream, cream cheese, vinegar, and chives; season with salt and pepper. Chill dip until slightly thickened, about 1 hour; or cover and refrigerate up to 2 days. Serve with chips.

July 9, 2012 - 4:09 pm

admin - I would LOVE to come to your Damascus Feast this autumn! Let’s work on the date!

July 9, 2012 - 4:09 pm

admin - I am trying this recipe this week, Karen! Yum!!

July 9, 2012 - 4:11 pm

admin - Hi, Karen! Congrats! You win three copies of The River Witch for your book club!! Thanks for the recipe! I’ll put the books in the mail to you this week if you can shoot me your mailing address at! xoxo

July 9, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Jolina Petersheim - I love how interactive your book tour has become, Kim. Such a wonderful idea to connect writer with reader. Brilliant! XXOO

JUNE is She Reads month for The River Witch

Here it is! June is my month to celebrate and share THE RIVER WITCH with readers at SHE READS online book club!


I hope you’ll join us for plenty of discussion about the book, writing, a little about me…

Photo by Julie Bloemeke


…and lots of chances to win some really special ***giveaways!***


Just click here: SHE READS   And hop over to their site for all the big announcements! JOIN THE PARTY!!


Most exciting news for The River Witch book tour!!


You know, if you’ve been reading interviews or the novel, that music plays an enormous role in this book. Last week I was putting together a blog about my playlist and folks, boy, did I get lucky! I’m going to let my friend share the details below by reposting her latest blog…

But FIRST…   I’d like to introduce you all to Anna Kline and the Grits and Soul Band!!

They’ll be touring with me for signings and readings on select dates! (TO BE ANNOUNCED) So,keep checking my New/Appearances page to find out if we’ll be near you sometime soon! And if you’d like to have us at your local indie bookstore, shoot me a message and maybe call the store to let them know.

We’re so excited about this collaboration, bringing story and song together in such a powerful way!

Here’s a video of Anna and the band, discussing the song that really got my attention while I was working on the final draft of the manuscript. I think you’ll see why…

And now, in Anna’s words…Here’s what’s up!



Hey friends!

This has been a big week and it started out all subtle-like, you know?  Very deceiving to say the least but what a bang of fireworks it turned out to be!

You know how, as you get a little older and wiser, it’s easier to say no to things that don’t fit in your life and that decision makes space for something even bigger and better that’s just supposed to be there?  These past few years have been one lesson after another for me in that regard.  Events this week just drove the point on home.

So, I was able to put one particular time  & energy drain down the tubes this week – much to my relief – and isn’t it funny when I was given that gift, another one came just a day later!  I’m currently awestruck.

My friend, Erin, runs the online Deep South Magazine which is an it’s-all-about-the-South arts and culture zine.  She emailed me Thursday and said she had an author friend, Kimberly Brock, who is promoting her new book, The River Witch, and that she was interested in finding out more about getting on Thacker Mountain Radio.  Could I please help her with some info since we were on the radio show in November?  Of course! I said, and sent her an email.

In the meantime, Kimberly checked out our music. She wrote me back and told me how much she loved our sound, and in particular, our song “Flood Waters.” I said, Thanks so much – I really appreciate it to which she responded:

“I am not just blowing smoke at you when I say that your music makes my toes curl. I am super excited to have been introduced to you and your band!  The MUSIC is the heart of the story. It haunts and heals and drives everything. When I listen to you, I HEAR this book! I can’t tell you how excited that makes me!!”

Sounds amazing, huh?  (The book, I mean)

So, one thing led to another and about 50 e-mails later, Grits & Soul is teaming up with Kimberly for some special appearances on her book tour this summer and fall!  We are absolutely thrilled that she wants to include us!  She asked us to accompany her for some of her book readings to perform a few of our songs and also some that inspired the book.  Are you thinking what I’m thinking?


Not only that, but The River Witch was chosen as the featured selection on She Reads national online book club for the month of June!

Kimberly has built a recommended play list of music that inspired and compliments the book and that list will accompany her blog post about the book…and  guess what!?!  We’re included! We are over the moon. My copy of the book is on its way – I can’t wait!!

We are still setting up dates so once they are confirmed, I will plaster them all over the place.  We’re going to be in Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and maybe Tennessee.  It looks like there will also be some music giveaways on the She Reads and Deep South Magazine as well so keep checking back for that.

Kimberly is enjoying quite a bit of momentum and success!  We are so excited for her!!  You can read the first two chapters of the book right here on her website.  Isn’t that great?!  She definitely has a gift and what’s more, she is one helluva stellar Southern woman!  I can stand behind that.

Congrats to Kimberly and what an honor for us to be included in this special time in her book’s life! WOW. Thank you, Erin, for introducing us and thank you, Kimberly, for your support!! We’re thrilled to support you right back.

May 28, 2012 - 3:34 pm

Melissa Crytzer Fry - I LOVE when serendipitous things like this happen; how AWESOME that you’ll have a band with you at signings, Kim. And the music … SO wonderful.

June 3, 2012 - 3:10 am

Karen Babb - Thanks so much for being a part of my daughter’s journey. She called me with the news and was soooo excited she could hardly get the words out fast enough!! Thank you for supporting her!

Karen Babb (Kim’s Mom)

June 4, 2012 - 7:19 pm

Jolina Petersheim - You are the woman, Kimberly. You are going after this with everything you’ve got and teaching me SO MUCH along the way. Thank you!

June 15, 2012 - 10:45 pm

anna - Mrs. Babb – You have no idea how excited *we* are! I am honored to be a part of this journey with her…it’s going to be quite a ride!

And yes, serendipitous, for sure!

June 20, 2012 - 2:26 pm

admin - Anna, I’M the one who’s honored! And can’t wait for Malaprop’s!!

Nothing Says I Love You Like Flaming Batons

A very acclaimed author said to me just this morning, “We need to help each other. This business is sometimes very lonely.”

How many times have I heard that? It’s disheartening, really. We work so hard to write our stories because we want to share them. The flip side of that is how isolated writers often feel. We chose to spend a lot of our time alone and then, we creep out into the light to offer our hard work up for gut-wrenching evaluation from critics and fans, peers and strangers. We hope that the words that we have dredged up from the very center of our souls will ring true and powerful and bring meaning to how we experience life.

And then…we wait. Alone. Because no matter how many people pat us on the back to say they loved the work, read the work, shared the work — or even those who were disappointed in the work — the influence and reach of a book is hard to measure. Numbers lie. Time sometimes doesn’t tell. And so, we don’t really know what we’ve accomplished except that we’ve followed our hearts, had some glorious moments and some heartache, and hope somewhere, somebody has picked up the book, turned the page, and discovered what we intended.

I started to write this post about how we should support each other, not just as writers, but as human beings. It went something like this:

If we have the opportunity to sing someone’s praises, we should take it. If we’re offered a ride, we should scoot over and make room for one more. If we can’t find common ground, we should get out our shovels and dig til we’ve built it for ourselves.

But it sounded too much like a sermon or a scene out of Pollyanna. And then I was inspired, as I ALWAYS am, by another writer and the indomitable DIXIE CARTER, who would have been 73 years old today.

I think she says it all right here. I hope I’ll always support the people in my life with flaming batons



May 25, 2012 - 1:38 pm

Cathleen Holst - Dixie lives!! One of my favorite scenes from that show.

You’re so right, Kim. We are not in this alone. It takes a village. We are, after all, a family.

Great post!

C xx

May 25, 2012 - 2:24 pm

Katherine - Amen, Kim! You are so right. Everybody deserves a leg up onto the dream horse. Thanks for posting this: it’s a great reminder of how to walk through this business.

And how I miss Designing Women! There just aren’t any shows on TV about fabulous Southern women (I’d had high hopes for GCB, especially with the fabulous Annie Potts on board, but they cancelled it).

May 25, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Melissa Crytzer Fry - Such an important message, Kim. So, yes, get up on the pulpit and scream it: “If we have the opportunity to sing someone’s praises, we should take it. If we’re offered a ride, we should scoot over and make room for one more”!

May 25, 2012 - 4:31 pm

L.G.C. Smith - Oh, what a lovely post, Kim. I love “Designing Women.” I think I might like to be an honorary Southern woman. I couldn’t agree more, and I love to toss flaming batons into power lines on behalf of my writer friends and favorite authors.

May 25, 2012 - 5:30 pm

Girl Parker - Amen to the Flaming Baton Sisterhood and the fiesty spirit behind it. Well said, Kim! Oh Dixie Carter, how I love your moxie.

SHE READS national online book club CHOOSES THE RIVER WITCH for JUNE!!

I’m soooo excited!!! HUGE announcement!!!
The national online book club SHE READS has chosen THE RIVER WITCH as their June read!!!!
They’ll make the official announcement JUNE 1st.
This is wonderful news in the effort to bring this little book to more readers! I’m so honored and grateful and convinced that only a divine hand could have brought about such a blessing!
If you’ve ever wanted to participate in a book club, here’s your chance! Go check them out and join me! I’ll be featured for the full month of June, chatting about The River Witch, writing, and loads more! PLUS, there are several wonderful GIVEAWAYS in the works!!
May 23, 2012 - 1:46 pm

Jean Willett - WOW!! Wonderful news! Time to celebrate :)


May 23, 2012 - 2:38 pm

Jessica McCann (@JMcCannWriter) - What great news! June is going to be an exciting month for you. Congratulations, Kim!!

May 23, 2012 - 4:35 pm

admin - I’m over the moon, Jean!! Hope you’ll join the discussion in June! xoxoxo

May 23, 2012 - 4:35 pm

admin - Can you believe???? I must have one overworked little angel some place. ;)

May 23, 2012 - 7:03 pm

Katherine - This is fabulous news! Congratulations, Kimberly!

May 25, 2012 - 8:31 am

Laura Kay - Congratulations, Kimberly! So excited for you and the readers–they’ll LOVE The River Witch!

P r a i s e
  • " The River Witch welcomes the reader to a haunted landscape, authentically Southern, where the tragedies of the past and the most fragile, gorgeous kind of love-soaked hope are equally alive. This is one debut that you absolutely should not

    ~~ Joshilyn Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of Backseat Saints

    "Kimberly Brock’s The River Witch achieves what splendid writing ought to achieve – story and character that linger in the reader’s consciousness. Tender and intriguing, often dazzling in its prose, this is a mature work of fiction worthy of the celebration of praise."

    ~~ Terry Kay, Honored Georgia author of To Dance With the White Dog

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  • "There is magic and wonder in The River Witch, but the real enchantment here is the strength of the characters Roslyn and Damascus. Their voices are the current that carries the reader along in this compelling tale of healing and discovery."

    ~~ Sharyn McCrumb, New York Times bestselling author of The Ballad of Tom Dooley.

    "With lyrical prose, Kimberly Brock explores the hidden places of the heart. The River Witch is a magical and bewitching story that, like a river, winds its way through the soul. In the voices of her wounded characters, Brock takes us through both the breaking and the healing of a life."

    ~~ Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Driftwood Summer