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  • The River Witch

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    " 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
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Lucky Seven

I love the idea of sneak preview or an excerpt or anything that gives me a first glance at something…I love a mystery, a moment, just a blink, that makes me ponder and question and imagine…

So of course, I loved this opportunity to give you just that!

I’ve been tagged by Jessica Khoury for this seven thing. Goes like this:

1. Go to the seventh of 77th page of the WIP or latest book
2. Count down seven lines.
3. Copy the 7 sentences that follow and post them.
4. Tag 7 other authors.

So here are my 7 lines from page 77 of The River Witch:


“I’m just making the rest up as I go and that’s all it is at Sunrise Hills. Probably I’ll give them all strokes. People will think I’m a washed up lunatic selling snake oil miracles.”

I saw his teeth flash white in the gloomy evening light. He swatted at a mosquito. “Then you ain’t got nothing to lose with that plan. Best I can tell, people already think that.”


And here are my 7 lucky authors:

1. Melissa Crytzer Fry

2. Erika Marks

3. Eleanor Brown

4. Erika Robuck

5. Hallie Sawyer

6. Robin O’Bryant

7. Sarah McCoy


Ready, set, go! And let me know when your lines are up because I WANT TO READ YOUR POSTS!

April 10, 2012 - 12:41 am

Melissa Crytzer Fry - Humbled and honored, my dear!

April 10, 2012 - 1:02 am

Erika Marks - How excited–and honored!–am I?! Answer: Very! Thanks for thinking of me, doll!

April 12, 2012 - 5:04 pm

Girl Parker - “Best I can tell…” Man, with that one line, I could totally hear his voice. That’s fabulous. I did this challenge last week, but I skipped the tagging others. Hope you like it.

April 13, 2012 - 11:45 am

admin - LOVED your seven lines!! And thanks for the kind words about mine. Hope you’ll enjoy the book!

April 29, 2012 - 9:03 pm

Christine.m.Grote - I love this idea. I’m following as many of these 7 posts as I can. I saw that Julia Munroe Martin gave your book high marks on Goodreads, so I was happy to run across your link at Melissa Crytzer Frys.

I put your book on my to-read list.

April 30, 2012 - 2:08 pm

admin - I’m so glad you like the post! Lots of writers are previewing some of their works this way and I love getting a peek, just like you. Julia and Melissa have come alongside me and this debut novel like angels and their support and enthusiasm has really been a lifesaver for my spirit and my confidence. I can’t say enough good things about them! Or the other wonderful online friendships with writers (and birders), like you! Thank you so much and I hope you’ll love the book! (There’s an owl in it, of course!) xoxo

Cover Art Reveal for THE RIVER WITCH

At long last, I wanted to share the official cover art for my novel, THE RIVER WITCH. Can’t wait to hear what you think!!

April 2, 2012 - 5:42 pm

Amy Sue Nathan - Well – that was worth the wait, wasn’t it? It’s beautiful! xo

April 2, 2012 - 5:44 pm

Melissa Crytzer Fry - I LOVE it. So intriguing and haunting.

April 2, 2012 - 5:47 pm

admin - I’m soooo nervous to hear how people respond to it! Crazy-making, these reveals!! But I think it’s beautiful, too. ;) Thanks, Amy.

April 2, 2012 - 5:47 pm

admin - Yay! I love the green. :)

April 2, 2012 - 5:53 pm

Anne Riley - SO BEAUTIFUL! *throws confetti*

April 2, 2012 - 5:57 pm

Emily Gatlin - LOVE IT! Congratulations!!!!!

April 2, 2012 - 6:02 pm

admin - Thanks, Anne! I’m all over your manuscript. :)

April 2, 2012 - 6:03 pm

admin - WHEW! Thanks, Emily. Don’t you love the water??

April 2, 2012 - 6:05 pm

Hallie Sawyer - Ooooh, provocative, soothing, beautiful, and intriguing all came to mind when I opened this.

Almost a month away!! xo

April 2, 2012 - 6:09 pm

admin - Oh, your words are wonderful, Hallie! I’ve been so blessed to have wonderful authors blurb this novel — Terry Kay, Sharyn McCrumb, Patti Callahan Henry, and Joshilyn Jackson! The cover art is just beautiful, sweet icing!!

April 2, 2012 - 6:21 pm

Erika Marks - At last! So excited for you, my friend–I love the lettering, and the movement of the image and the water…

April 2, 2012 - 6:23 pm

admin - Thanks, E!! I like the image of surrender and the peace that comes with that. :) I’m taking a lesson. lol

April 2, 2012 - 6:35 pm

Julia Munroe Martin - Beautiful and I agree with Melissa — intriguing!

April 2, 2012 - 6:36 pm

Darcy Crowder - Provocative! Just what I was thinking….and so peaceful. I’m jumping up and down for you. This cover will sell!!

April 2, 2012 - 6:52 pm

Julie Kibler - Love it, Kimberly! Congratulations!

April 2, 2012 - 6:55 pm

Jessica McCann (@JMcCannWriter) - Wow, Kim, it’s gorgeous. I love the colors and the contrast and the fonts… I love it all. Congrats!

April 2, 2012 - 7:45 pm

admin - Really??? I wondered what you would think, Jessica. It makes me want to go lie down and float on cool water. Wait…I always want to do that. lol

April 2, 2012 - 7:45 pm

admin - Thanks, Julie!! So sweet of you. I’m so nervous and excited. :)

April 2, 2012 - 7:47 pm

admin - Did I mention there are blurbs from Terry Kay, Sharyn McCrumb, Patti Callahan Henry AND Joshilyn Jackson??!! I hope you love the story, Darcy!

April 2, 2012 - 7:48 pm

admin - Let’s hope it intrigues its way into all sorts of hearts!! XO

April 2, 2012 - 9:27 pm

carole lawton - The cover is perfect! Those cheekbones look like yours…are you floating in that water or just on air!!!

April 2, 2012 - 9:45 pm

admin - We’ll leave that up to your imagination, Carole! lol I need to email you about making a trip your way and visiting those Roman ladies!

April 4, 2012 - 12:07 am

jolinapetersheim - I love everything about it, Kim–down to the white dress and her touch of sunburn. Very alluring!

April 4, 2012 - 3:14 am

admin - Jolina, I can’t wait to share this story with you!! I hope you’ll love it. XOXO

Winner of The Taker Fan Pack Giveaway!!

Drum roll, please!!

Dawn Hagan, you’re the winner of The Taker Fan Pack. Expect your goodies in the mail and CONGRATS!!

And if you love the novel and want to support Alma Katsu, The Taker is available in paperback now so go grab a copy — or grab several!



March 28, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Alma Katsu - Woo! Dawn, your stuff will be in the mail shortly! I’m waiting on my next boxload of bright, shiny new paperbacks and it should be here any day…

Kimberly, thank you so much for helping to get the word out.


The Breadth and Width of Our Stories

A few months ago, I was included in something called The Seven Links Challenge. (You can read those blog posts here.) I loved how it allowed me to share my favorite blog posts and also to introduce others to some of the blogs that I’m following. It seemed to suddenly connect me to others, to some giant root system that I’d not been aware of before.

This weekend I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude and humility. I’ve been making lists of the many people who have come alongside to support me since I began this blog and have cheered me on during my road to publication. So many of those people are friends I’ve made online through this blog or other social media and I’m really surprised by the very personal connections being made every day in such unexpected ways. Except, I think the connections we make through telling our stories are always personal because they’re from the heart. They’re connections made between souls. They remind us we are not alone, that our stories come from a human source that binds us together.

And that made me start to think…

In that spirit, I challenge you to share your seven favorite links! To discover new voices we might never have stumbled upon without one another.

So, I hope this week you’ll share your favorite links in a comment – from your blog or a blog you admire – and I’ll share them here over the next few weeks. I’m prepared to be amazed…


March 22, 2012 - 5:40 pm

Jessica McCann (@JMcCannWriter) - Hey Kim! I don’t blog, per se, but I’m kind of excited about a recent guest post about sharing books at the ReadLearnWrite blog.

Coincidentally, I came across this post that also addresses the idea of giving one’s books away. I thought they tied together rather nicely. :)

March 27, 2012 - 8:20 pm

Jolina Petersheim - It was since the Seven Links Challenge that I got to know you, and I am so grateful I did! Kim, you are a blessing to the writing world!

The Review Copy Arrives

I had to share with those of you who are waiting along with me for the publication of my first novel. Today the review copies arrived in the mail. Well, maybe I slightly accosted the UPS man. Maybe I even waited at the window and watched with great angst as he passed my house and pulled up my neighbor’s drive. Perhaps, I waited for a brief second before hurtling myself out my front door, across my lawn, through an ACTUAL blackberry briar patch, and onto my neighbor’s drive. I’m not saying that I believe I might have frightened the delivery guy with my wild eyes and unhinged laughter and lame excuses for peering into the open door of his truck.

I will say this. He handed me this very heavy box, real quick.

And I am happy.

**Not the actual cover, this is a mock-up. But oh, so sweet to finally see this story in print!!

March 14, 2012 - 7:47 pm

Julia Munroe Martin - I’m pretty sure I’d have behaved in exactly the same way — isn’t there a rule for proper etiquette when you’re waiting for the review copies, that the UPS driver looks at you askance at the very least? ;-) Congrats again, Kimberly!

March 14, 2012 - 7:49 pm

Denise - That is sooo exciting! Now that I have read the teaser chapters, I can’t wait to read the whole thing. Probably in one sitting. :)

March 14, 2012 - 7:57 pm

admin - Thanks, Denise! That made my day! XOXO

March 14, 2012 - 7:58 pm

Candace - Amazing! I would have done the same thing, it’s hard to remain composed when you’re so excited! Congratulations!!! Can’t wait to see it for myself!

March 14, 2012 - 7:58 pm

admin - Maybe they ought to include a special section on ‘Confronting the Frantic, Housebound Author’ in the UPS handbook. ;)

March 14, 2012 - 9:13 pm

Caroline - Good for you! Someday it’ll be my turn….

March 14, 2012 - 9:33 pm

admin - You know it will, Caroline! I’ll be cheering!!

March 14, 2012 - 10:26 pm

carole lawton - Ohhh, Birthing a baby has such sweet rewards! This one has many legs and I’ll bet those corners hurt a bit but on the bliss! Oh proud of and for you!

March 14, 2012 - 11:07 pm

Karen Babb - I knew from the moment you first pushed yourself into the world two months early that you were going to do great things! My only concern was that you’d marry some wierdo who would prevent that! My prayers were answered when Daniel Brock ask you to be his wife, even though the first words out of my mouth didn’t exactly say that! :-) You have always been a blessing to me. Almost a soul mate. You seem to always understand, or at least try to understand when my brain went on vacation or ran away screaming for awhile. And no need for me to mention the constant buying of the exact same things right down to birthday cards. You have lived my dream for me!! I am so proud of you Kimmie! Always have been even when we had to do things like fight fruit flies fighting over rotten oranges :-) I probably could go on and on, but I won’t :-) That’s not fair for a Mom to do! I’ll wait until you’re on something like NBC or ABC or CBS and they ask me for “just a few background stories” :-) Can’t wait to watch your star rise higher and higher. Me and Dad will be there to cheer you on, even if Daddy has to sit in a room full of blue haired ladies again having tea during an Atlanta afternoon of poetry reading. hehe

March 15, 2012 - 12:10 am

Jessica McCann (@JMcCannWriter) - I’m laughing out loud at this visual, Kim. So funny, and so perfect. I did pretty much the same thing, except I had to get through the front door without letting my two large, “killer” dogs escape in the process. My UPS guy is not fond of the dogs, you know. So he looked a little peeved that I didn’t wait until he made it safely back to his truck to retrieve my prize the way I usually do. He got over it, and so will your guy. That big box only comes ONCE in a lifetime!

March 15, 2012 - 2:13 am

Melissa Crytzer Fry - LOVED this story… and I’m afraid I would have been an even “scarier” character for your poor UPS guy. ha ha. You must STILL be beaming, even though I’m late to the party. Congratulations on the birth of your book baby! You deserve to be this happy, woman.

March 15, 2012 - 5:21 am

Hallie Sawyer - You are entitled to do whatever the hell you want. Tackle the guy next time! He’ll know next time to make sure he gets the right house. :)

Love ya and so happy that you are one step closer to publication day! Woo hoo!

March 15, 2012 - 1:09 pm

Erika Marks - Oh, babycakes–what a sight! We are so proud of you and The River Witch! (And I SO love that you hurled yourself at that man–no briar can come between a woman and her ARCs!!!)

March 15, 2012 - 1:48 pm

Audra - I can completely appreciate the excitement — such a thrill. Congrats, congrats!

March 15, 2012 - 7:53 pm

Girl Parker - Unhinged laughter. hahhaha! I’d have done the same thing. Congratulations!!! Too bad that’s not the real cover. I love the wrap-around style of it. Hope you’re spinning in your chair or sliding down the hall in your socks. =)

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