Callie Kinser of Brush Creek



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2015 FINALIST  NATIONAL INDIE  EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR ADULT FICTION

Callie Kinser of Brush Creek:
Callie and Corbit Kinser eagerly climb “The Hill” overlooking their farmhouse to celebrate the first day of summer vacation in their Tennessee mountain community. Beyond the hill lies the meandering creek where they and their friends splash from a rope swing, fish and experience the magic of youth. Their younger sister, Maggie, sometimes tags along but always carrying her treasured banjo. Maggie has a curious talent for getting out of chores, along with her real talent as a musician. Callie resents both, and has no idea how dangerous that simmering resentment will become until it boils over into a life-changing calamity.
This summer, the Kinsers also meet Willow Branch, an angelic-looking girl whose face belies her past, and later her brother Thorny, a mysterious loner who tries to protect Willow from their vicious father. Callie and Corbit’s friendliness draws Willow in at last, and she sees for the first time a loving, caring family—the polar opposite of her own bleak and bitter home life. She is tormented by her father, who forces her to submit to his drunken perversions, giving her a new dress each time and telling her to be grateful. His twisted mind wants her pretty and desirable, while beating and starving the rest of the family. Degraded and numbed, Willow carries another secret, too, one so abominable that it will drive her to do the unthinkable.
The summer of 1945 would transform the lives of Callie, Corbit, Maggie, Willow and Thorny, as they experience life in a new and profound way. A murder at a revival meeting, a well-hidden moonshine still, a near-drowning, Corbit’s brilliant idea that would save the crops from a devastating drought, and the climactic unfolding of Willow’s and Thorny’s stories, make this a captivating read, centered in the warm authenticity of its mountain setting and people.

With Callie Kinser of Brush Creek, Ron Miller has penned a dark and complex novel of good and evil set in the mountainous country of east Tennessee in the 1940s, a tale of simple joy and complex sadness played out by unforgettable characters of a bygone era.  With incisive writing and sharp character development, the author draws the reader into the twists and turns of his plot: of innocence and sin, abiding love and loathsome deeds, vile acts and ultimate redemption.  An excellent read!
          William Rawling, author of A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff 

It is at the end of WWII that we find the beginning of Ron Miler's debut novel entitled Callie. It is the story of two families, each moving in different directions that eventually will collide as the summer of 1945 unfolds. Callie Kinser, a teenager is angry at the world in a way most young girls are as they fight the coming of adulthood. She battles her younger sister, Maggie, a musical prodigy whose talent with a banjo will lead her to never before dreamed of possibilities. But before such dreams can come true, darkness will invade McMinn County, Tennessee as Willow Branch arrives and slowly reveals the evil that resides within her father, Moss. Ron Miller has written a novel that will draw you into a simpler time before suddenly shifting expectations of story toward a darker study of rural Tennessee at a moment when the country was poised on the brink of post-war recovery. It is a stark reminder of where evil resides and how human compassion and love will in the end triumph. It is a novel to be read, if you are willing to look at life as whole cloth.
          Jack Riggs, author of When the Finch Rises and The Fireman’s Wife

Ron, I just wanted to thank you for your novel. It was the best I have ever read. I finished it in 3 days while working my job, etc. I could not wait to read the next chapter and longed for more to read at the end.  I identified so much with it as that is exactly the era and language we used in Shady Grove Florida where I grew up. I never laughed so hard as I did with the description of the pianist at the revival. I experienced the same kind of revival as a kid. I cried my heart out for Willow and family as I know what she experienced. I lost my breath when I thought Maggie had drowned and shared the joy that Callie found at seeing Maggie on stage. Wow!!! Your mother is quite a Saint.   Really it touched every emotion I had as I relived my own childhood. I loved  it!!! I am certain you will win many awards for this great work. 
Congratulations for a wonderful novel. You are quite a remarkable author. Can't wait to read the next one. 
Sincerely,
Trish

"Loved it! Great character development and great story. I felt as if I was right there in the middle of it all. Mr. Miller's wonderful southern writing style takes the reader back in time. I couldn't put it down. More please"!
Susan Steger, former Mayor of Fernandina Beach, FL.


"Really enjoyed the story. Ron Miller paints a picture with his words, you feel you are back in time seeing everything as it happens."
Audrey Smith