Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Charlie's Girl Press Release


4/10/2012 –- Peoria, AZ –- Husband and wife writers Mary-Helen and Daniel Foxx announce the release of their new book, Charlie’s Girl, now available online for pre-publication orders at amazon.com and other online booksellers, and in bookstores on May 8th. 

Set in the 1960s in South Carolina where the authors first met and married, Dan describes the time as moving at a slower pace. “Charlie’s Girl is the story of fourteen-year-old Rosalind Matthews who had been a foster girl all her life until she is sent to live with her estranged grandmother, Grace Matthews, in a house filled with memories—and secrets.”

Mary-Helen writes, “As Rosalind searches for belonging and connections, she finds she must first earn her place in her father’s hometown and in her grandmother’s heart. When a family history assignment pairs Rosalind and her new friend, Emily, she learns that there’s more to find than just names and dates, as they uncover a mystery to which only Grace holds the key.”

Dan and Mary-Helen concluded by sharing what they hope readers will gain from their book.  “We’ve all struggled with coming of age: trying to fit in, the hurts and betrayal of our peers-- and family-- finding out who we are and what we stand for. Written for young adult and adult audiences, this story has a unique voice, taking place in a small Southern town at a time when classism and bigotry were prevalent, lingering prejudices that we hope readers will want to root out for themselves.” 

To read an excerpt visit the Foxxes blogs, http://ourwaywithwords.blogspot.com, or http://daniellfoxx.blogspot.com.   

About the Foxxes

Mary-Helen earned a BA in History from Limestone College and did graduate work in Library Science at Brigham Young University.  Certified in History and English, she recently retired after twenty years with the Peoria Unified School District where she began as Audio-Visual Specialist at Ironwood High School and then operated the Media Resource Center for the district. An avid genealogist, she has researched and authored five books on her family’s history in Georgia and was a contributing editor to the Georgia Genealogical Magazine. The mother of four sons and grandmother of twelve, she is now indulging her interest in writing.

Daniel is professor of history emeritus at Ottawa University in Phoenix and held history teaching appointments at East Carolina University and Glendale Community College.  He is the author of I Only Laugh When It Hurts (Pelican Pub. 2009) and coauthor of Nathan Bedford Forrest: In Search of the Enigma (Pelican Pub. 2007) that won the Arizona Book Award for biography and was a finalist in the National Benjamin Franklin Book Awards.

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