The Last Great American Magic

The Last Great American Magic

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By the late eighteenth century, the lush river valley of the Ohio Country is the last stronghold of the Shawnee Indians, a deeply religious tribe whose medicine men practice the blackest and most potent magical arts. The Last Great American Magic reimagines the legend of Tecumseh, a physically gifted warrior, groomed from birth to one day lead, and his twin brother Rattle, a wickedly smart but lazy prophet with blossoming supernatural gifts. Growing up, the boys are rivals, but in adulthood they reconcile in hopes of assembling a confederacy of Native American tribes to drive back the ruthless advance of white settlers and reclaim the land they once called home.

If you think you know the legend of Tecumseh, think again.

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“Magic” in Publisher’s Weekly

January 20, 2017

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It’s quite an honor for Booklife, which covers indy publishing for Publisher’s Weekly, to have chosen to review my latest novel, The Last Great American Magic: “Tecumseh’s Shawnee descendants may well tell his story differently but this works adequately as a piece of fiction.” If there’s no such thing as bad press, I’ll certainly take […]

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“Magic” on Ten Best List

January 2, 2017

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My new novel, The Last Great American Magic, was named one of the Top 10 “Most Fantastical Local Books of 2016” by Indy Week: The Durham author weaves magic, myth, and history to retell the story of the Shawnee warrior Tecumseh, struggling to preserve his tribe’s way of life against encroaching Europeans at the end […]

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5-Star Review for Last Great American Magic

December 16, 2016

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Underground Book Reviews has given my new novel, The Last Great American Magic, a Five-Star Review, which makes the book a Top Pick, eligible for The Novel of the Year Award. “Any agent or publishing house that passed this one up made a big mistake….The Last Great American Magic is a worthy read and holds […]

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New Essay at Good Men Project

November 1, 2016

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I have a new essay in The Good Men Project, “Death: A Father’s Lesson about Being a Warrior.” It’s always nice to land a publication in something I read weekly anyway! “Because ignoring the death of a child doesn’t mean the child hasn’t died.”

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New Review for The Last Great American Magic

August 11, 2016

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Donna Meredith of the Southern Literary Review posted a fantastic review of my new novel, The Last Great American Magic, today. “With thundering force, all the touchstones of a good story roll together in The Last Great American Magic. Three brothers with wildly different personalities create conflict. Forbidden romance and vicious battles add the spice […]

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Video from Letters Bookshop

May 18, 2016

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Video of my reading at Letters Bookshop in Durham. I’m reading the opening of my forthcoming novel, The Last Great American Magic (August, 2016). It was Star Wars Day (May 4), hence the Boba Fett hat! I was lucky enough to open for Miriam Herin, who gave a fantastic reading. You can watch several minutes […]

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“In Limbo” Published in The Ottawa Object

August 1, 2015

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My short story “In Limbo”—a hashing out of the afterlife, or part of it—appears in the inaugural issue of The Ottawa Object from Threwline Books. It’s a real thrill to see “Volume I: Issue I” on the front cover, and for my story to be included. I’m excited for the future of this rag.

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