The road to Sewerville.

Friends: I would be honored if you’d click on one of the images below and preview (sans cover) the first two chapters of my upcoming book Sewerville: A Southern Gangster Novel.   It’s well-established that the two hallmarks of any “gangster” book are familial relationships and criminal activity, and without question those two themes wind throughout  every word of this story.

Sewerville is set in that lonely corner where so many of us were born and raised, just beyond the fingertips of prosperous America.  It tells the story of a man trying to break free from a stark and violent world of crime and political corruption, from meth dealers and prescription drug abuse.  I set out to write something thought-provoking, compassionate, and honest above all, and my hope is that I’ve fashioned a literary novel for a forgotten corner under siege far too long — something that peers into difficult shadows but ultimately offers a message of hope for those troubled souls we all know too well.

Come the Fall of 2012, Sewerville will be available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book versions, and I look forward to sharing the whole story with you at that time.  A few of you have already graciously taken a look at the finished version, and I am forever grateful for your thoughts and criticism.  You helped me get to the finish line!

For the rest of you, here… we… go.

Regards, Aaron

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By the way

Just a reminder:  In advance of Sewerville‘s publication, my (unrelated) short story “The Sweet Smell of Pine Needles” is currently available for e-readers on Amazon.com.  Get it here.  It’s only $0.99, and all proceeds support Powell County (KY) Cops for Kids, a Christmas charity from Back Home.

If you don’t want to front the dollar, you can read it for free at Crack the Spine, an online literary magazine that I highly recommend.  “The Sweet Smell of Pine Needles” leads off Issue 38, but there is plenty of other good work there.