Friday, July 27, 2012

Sharing my Book Review for "Deal with the Devil" with Gerald Costlow

Book Review for: Deal with the Devil
Written by: Gerald Costlow
Publishing by Rebecca J. Vickery
ISBN: 978-1476033082
Avail: ebook only
5 Stars

"A Sweet Entertaining Story."

Costlow pens an entertaining, sweet romance with this paranormal short. Seth and Jolene are in love. Does the deal their fathers made years ago with the devil threaten their future?

Set in the Appalachian Mountains in the 1920's, Chad Morgan and Jeb Smith have a deal with the devil to provide him with moonshine. When Chad finds religion, he stops making the homemade brew. When Mr. Scratch shows up to collect his due, will Jeb and Chad's children have their happiness "snatched" from them?

Costlow's writing is clever and witty. I really enjoyed his writing style and found myself chuckling at how Seth, Jolene, and their fathers danced around the devil. The descriptions never lingered, but let the reader easily picture the setting.

The characters were interesting. Each had their own individual quirks. Seth may be poor, but he's got courage to spare. Jolene knows her mind. What I enjoyed most was the undercurrent of sweet emotion behind all the characters actions.

I read "Deal with the Devil" in one setting. The romance is sweet with Seth and Jolene sharing a kiss or two. I highly recommend this delightful romp through the Appalachia.

Gerald would like to give away 3 copies of his story today. All you have to do is leave a comment along with your email. If Gerald selects you, he'll send you a Smashwords coupon for the book.

Question: Remember the song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia?" Who is the band who plays it? Where were you the first time you heard it?

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  1. Thanks so much for the kind words and I'm glad you enjoyed the story.

    I'm going to let the folks know on facebook and other groups that I have several free copies of the ebook to give away, if they post a comment here and I have some way of contacting them.

  2. Gerald thanks so much for visiting. I went ahead and updated the blog entry. It's a great story and I know readers will enjoy it!


  3. Charlie Daniels fiddles his way through The Devil Went Down to Georgia. It's been way many years since I first heard it and my memory of exactly when has been shoved out of my mental hard drive. I did, however, here the Charlie Daniels Band play live about 10 years ago.
    A very lovely review of Deal With the Devil, Steph. The 1920's are my favorite historical era and the Appalacian Mountains are one of my state of North Carolina's most beautiful places. The story sounds like sweet fun.
    I wish you all the best, Gerald.

  4. Sarah, you would LOVE this story. It's the 1920s, Appalacian Mountains... and it's fun.


  5. I'm intrigued. This story sounds like a great read.

    The Devil Went Down to Georgia" is a song written and performed by the Charlie Daniels Band and released on their 1979. I was at home when I first heard it. On Saturdays, we cleaned house and my mother let us blast the radio with tunes to help pass the time as we dusted and such...

    I loved this song.
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  6. Again, thanks to Steph for the great review and hope a continuing series of stories in the Appalachia world catches on.