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As a teen in Mobile, AL, Jodie Cain Smith listened as her grandmother told her the gripping story of an adolescence spent in 1930’s rural Alabama, the rumors surrounding her parents, and the murder trial that would alter her life. The tale took root in Jodie’s memory until at last it became The Woods at Barlow Bend.
While attending the University of South Alabama, where Jodie earned a BFA in Theatre Arts, she met her husband Jay. They began their life on the Army road in 2001 and have not stopped moving since. As an Army Wife, she has lived in six different states spanning from the extreme heat of Texas to the blizzards of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where she earned a MAE in School Counseling at Northern Michigan University, to most recently landing in South Carolina.
Jodie Cain Smith’s feature articles and columns have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Military Spouse’s Soul, The Petigru Review, The Savannah Morning News, and the Fort Hood Sentinel.
The Woods at Barlow Bend
Published by Deer Hawk Publications
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A true story about death, loss, and redemption during one of the most tumultuous times in U.S. History, this book follows Hattie from the time she learns of her mother’s horrible death and the murder trial of her father, through her adulthood. Hattie learns of a strength she never knew she had, and that loving someone means forgiving them as well.
One shot fired deep in the pine forests of her youth was all it took to change Hattie’s life forever. At the age of fourteen, Hattie learns that her mother, Addie, is dead, and her father, Hubbard, stands accused of Addie’s murder, along with countless other shocking betrayals. Overnight, Hattie becomes mother to her three siblings while still very much a child herself. The life she had dreamt of now seems impossible to achieve. How will Hattie break away from the father who prevents her from living the life she desperately wants? Will her heart ever be able to heal in the height of The Great Depression?
Jubilee Bells (available for acquisition)
Every human being faces loss. Every family is vulnerable. Every nation could crumble. What matters is the aftermath.
In the aftermath of a catastrophic cyber terrorism attack on the United States, Jules Martin Jones is left a widow. Forced to evacuate the home she had shared with her husband Jacob, she retreats to her childhood home in Bellefountaine, Alabama, on the shores of Mobile Bay. Alongside her family, she becomes caught in the growing war between a powerful militia and a weakened U.S. Army. Surrounded by devastation and immersed in grief, Jules meets the person who could make her whole again. Will she recognize the love she needs? Will she be able to save her family before everything and everyone she loves is destroyed?
For those who do not believe this could happen, all it would take is a major cyber-attack or a solar flare to decimate our security and bring us to our knees. This link talks about how to prepare for such an event. Family Survival Techniques
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