Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Top 5 Notable Quotables & Giveaway: SLANTED LIGHT

SLANTED LIGHT
Jackson's Pond, Texas Series, Book 2
by
Teddy Jones

Genre: Literary Fiction / Family Saga / Western Women / Rural Fiction  
Publisher: Midtown Publishing 
Publication Date: August 21, 2020 
Number of Pages: 275

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Teddy Jones’s earlier novel, Jackson’s Pond, Texas, began the saga of the Jackson family. Now, Slanted Light continues their tale. 

Claire Havlicek’s late night call brings her brother Chris Banks from his home in New Mexico back to the town that bears their family name, Jackson’s Pond. She’s collapsed under the weight of threats to her thirteen-year marriage that have undermined her confidence and her will. Her husband, J. D., responds to seduction by a woman in need; theft and the threat of a forced buyout jeopardize Claire’s two medical clinics; drought imperils their ranch and cattle business; a teenage daughter turns to bulimia. 

When Claire admits her limits, her grandmother, Willa Jackson, and the other members of her family help her learn that being human, weaknesses and all, can be a source of strength and joy.



Top Five Notable Quotables 

from Slanted Light by Teddy Jones

 In Slanted Light, Willa Jackson, as the “wise elder” in the story, is the source of some of my favorite quotes. Here are a few:

1. “What’s wrong is seldom one thing; it’s one more thing.” —Willa, speaking of her granddaughter Claire’s collapse under the pressure of several problems (page 153)

2. “You know how it is with people from Texas. We all eventually come home, one way or another.” —Willa, when asked if she’s leaving Taos and has come back to Texas to stay (page 157)

3. “A full explanation could take a long time. The short version is this. False pride makes a person do all they can to make things appear perfect when they aren’t. That leads to being unwilling to ask for or receive help.” —Willa, explaining to her granddaughter what had made her decide to return to Jackson’s Pond (page 181)

4. “Don’t look so stricken. It may never kill me. After all, I’ve made it to eighty-three. For years now I’ve considered each day a gift without a guarantee.” —Willa, explaining to her family that she has a degenerative neurological condition (page 219)

5. “He felt the same way. It’s one thing to gamble, but it’s another to let someone else hold your cards.” —Willa, discussing the possibility of using the cattle for collateral in order to keep the ranch solvent (page 267) 





Teddy Jones is the author of three other published novels, Halfwide, Jackson’s Pond, Texas, and Well Tended, as well as a collection of short stories, Nowhere Near. Her short fiction received the Gold Medal First Prize in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition in 2015. Jackson’s Pond, Texas was a finalist for the 2014 Willa Award in contemporary fiction from Women Writing the West. Her as-yet-unpublished novel, Making It Home, was a finalist in the Faulkner-Wisdom competition in 2017 and "A Good Family" was named a finalist in that contest in 2018. 

Jones grew up in Iowas Park, a small Texas town. She has worked as a nurse, a nurse educator, a nursing-college administrator, and as a nurse practitioner in Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico. For the past twenty years, she and her husband have lived in the rural West Texas Panhandle, where he farms and she writes.

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GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
THREE WINNERS!  First Winner Signed copies of both Jackson's Pond, Texas Series books + $25 Amazon gift card Second and Third Winners Signed copy of Slanted Light 
AUGUST 25-SEPTEMBER 4, 2020 
(US ONLY)
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