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Okra Picks

Welcome to SIBA’s Galley Giveaway—our MONTHLY alert of review copies available to booksellers. To help you harvest a great crop of Southern literature, SIBA and participating publishers are giving away the galleys below to southern indie booksellers on a first-come, first serve basis. If you are interested in any of the books below simply email the publisher to request a copy. Supplies are limited, so act quickly!

Liked what you read? Let everyone know!
for the next season of SIBA's Okra Picks!

N.B. These are review copies only, and not for resale.
--Your friends at SIBA


Coming Up for AirComing Up for Air by Patti Callahan Henry
St. Martin's Press
US SRP: $ 24.99 US 
Binding: Hardcover
Street Date: August 16, 2011

New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry delivers a remarkably moving novel that explores how revisiting the secrets from our past can breathe new life into the present.

On the coast of Alabama, there is a house cloaked in mystery, a place that reveals the truth and changes lives...

Ellie is in a dying marriage. She knows this. After her controlling mother, Lillian, passes away, Ellie’s world is turned upside down when she discovers that her ex-boyfriend, Hutch, is in charge of a documentary that involved Lillian before her death.

When Hutch shows up at her mother’s funeral, Ellie’s closed heart opens to the past. Fighting their feelings, Ellie and Hutch set out together to dig into Lillian’s history. Using both a diary Ellie finds and a trip to the Summer House, a mysterious and seductive bayside home, Hutch and Ellie gamble that they can work together and not fall in love again. But in piecing together Lillian’s unrequited-love story, they just might uncover the secrets in their own hearts.

In her debut with St. Martin’s Press, Patti Callahan Henry shines as a true tour de force. Praised over and over for her lyricism and uncanny ability to transport readers to other places and times, she has outdone herself with this heart-whispering breakout.

“In Coming Up for Air, Patti Callahan Henry writes with piercing reality, grace and breathtaking insights.  Every book Henry writes is a must-read for me, and this one rises to the top!” – Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of The Butterfly’s Daughter

To request a review copy, email

Iron HouseIron House by John Hart
Thomas Dunne Books 
US SRP: $ 25.99 US 
Binding: Hardcover
Street Date: July 12, 2011

"If you crave thrillers that are vividly beautiful, graphic, will make you bleed, try John Hart." -- Patricia Cornwell

A New York Times-bestselling author delivers his most devastating novel yet--the remarkable story of two orphaned brothers separated by violence at an early age. When a boy is brutally murdered in their orphanage, one brother runs and takes the blame with him. Twenty years later--a seasoned killer--he returns to North Carolina.

To request a review copy, email

Iron HouseMurder on Music Row by Stuart Dill
John F. Blair, Publisher
Pub Date: October 2011
Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-89587-565-5
Hardcover price: $24.95
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-89587-566-2
Paperback price: $14.95
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5
Pages: 344
Subject: Fiction/Mystery

Email Angela Harwood at to request an advanced reading copy.

Advance Praise

“The facades, the egos, the naivete. Perfect. I loved how the hidden agendas were brought to light—an unfortunate reality on Music Row. The twists and turns kept me hanging on. It was an awesome read.”
—Jo Dee Messina, CMA and ACM award-winning multi-platinum recording artist

Murder on Music Row has more twists and turns than a spring tornado in Tennessee. This book will have you diving under the covers—with a flashlight, of course. A terrific read.”
—Marshall Chapman, critically acclaimed musician and author of They Came to Nashville


Not unlike John Grisham’s legal thrillers and Michael Crichton’s science-based whodunits, Stuart Dill’s “music industry thriller” can now be added to the literary lexicon. Murder on Music Row leads readers through a maze of twists and turns that connect Nashville, New York, Los Angeles, and London in a behind-the-scenes look at today’s music industry. With glimpses into the real-life country-music scene, Murder on Music Row explores an industry where there are no limits in the pursuit of money, power, and fame.

Author Bio

Stuart Dill, a 26-year veteran of Nashville’s country-music scene, has served as a personal manager for Minnie Pearl, Dwight Yoakam, Freddy Fender, Michael Martin Murphey, The Wreckers, Jo Dee Messina, Point of Grace, Laura Bell Bundy, and Billy Ray Cyrus, among others. Dill is a longtime member of Leadership Music and is a member of the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. Murder on Music Row is his first novel.

Iron HouseThe New Southern-Latino Table: Recipes That Bring Together the Bold and Beloved Flavors of Latin America and the American South
Sandra A. Gutierrez
University of North Carolina Press
September 12, 2011

In this splendid cookbook, bicultural cook Sandra Gutierrez blends ingredients, traditions, and culinary techniques, creatively marrying the diverse and delicious cuisines of more than twenty Latin American countries with the beloved food of the American South. The book has beautiful illustrations plus it features 150 original, tasty recipes, a handy glossary, a section on how to navigate a Latin tienda, and a guide to ingredient sources.
9780807834947, $30.00, Hardcover
320 pp., 7.625 x 8.375, 16 color illus., bibl., index
Pub Date: September 12, 2011

For a galley please contact Michael Donatelli at

Iron HouseThe Sport of Selling: Highlight Reel by Jeffrey J. Plucker
Boutique of Quality Books Publishing Company
May 2011
ISBN 978-0-9828689-5-9
Retail Price: $18.99
Paperback, 282 pages


Story Summary

Selling is competition. Like your playbook from your athletic days, The Sport of Selling: Highlight Reel is filled with facts and statistics. But this gem of a book is also filled with quotes and information from the world of sports, plus ideas and hints that use knowledge gained in the sports arena to help you succeed in business. It’s educational, practical, and motivational.

The Sport of Selling: Highlight Reel is a perfect read for anyone involved in sales, management,  business ownership, or who just loves sports in general.

About the Author

Jeffrey Plucker has always had a love of sports and writing. Growing up, he loved to play any sport he could. A natural leader on the field, Jeff learned many lessons through sports that have helped him in his adult life and the business world. A graduate of Auburn University where he played a year with the Mean’s Club Soccer Team, Jeff has held positions of Director of Sales and Regional Sales Director. He has pitched over 50,000 businesses and well over 100,000 customers. Throughout the years he has always related sales and sports; selling, after all, is competition. Since most people have competed or watched sports sometimes in their lives, Jeff soon realized that using sports stories and statistics was a great way to help communicate ideas on how to be a better sales person or manager. He started jotting down notes of these conversations and the idea for The Sport of Selling: Highlight Reel was born.

To request a review copy, email


Yankee Doodle DixieYankee Doodle Dixie by Lisa Patton
St. Martin's Press
US SRP: $ 24.99 US 
Binding: Hardcover
Street Date: September 13, 2011

A charmingly funny testament to second chances in life and love from the acclaimed author of Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter

Lisa Patton won the hearts of readers last year, her book Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter became a sleeper-success. Building on a smashing debut, Lisa’s poised to go to the next level—because whether in Vermont snow or in Memphis heat, Dixie heroine Leelee Satterfield is never too far from misadventure, calamity...and ultimately, love.

Having watched her life turn into a nor’easter, 34-year-old Leelee Satterfield is back home in the South, ready to pick back up where she left off. But that’s a task easier said then done…Leelee’s a single mom, still dreaming of the Vermonter who stole her heart, and accompanied by her three best friends who pepper her with advice, nudging and peach daiquiris, Leelee opens another restaurant and learns she has to prove herself yet again. Filled with heart and humor, women’s fiction fans will delight in this novel.

“Southern to the core…funny to the bone.  In Lisa Patton’s new novel she proves that we can go home again, and in many cases we should.”  --Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café

 Not a beat missed when we head below the Mason-Dixon Line and pick up with Southern belle LeeLee Satterfield on her ofttimes riotous but always touching quest for home, friendship and love.  In this charming sequel to Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'Easter, Lisa Patton's voice leaves us laughing, crying, and definitely wanting more!--Susan Gregg Gilmore, bestselling author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen 

Yankee Doodle Dixie oozes Southern charm.  From the delightfully witty dialogue and captivating characters, Ms. Patton's writing shines in this story about home, friendship, and second chances.  Leelee Satterfield is a winning combination of smarts and steel magnolia fortitude, making her a heroine you can root for as she fights her way out of disaster to find true happiness.

Reading this book is like sipping a peach daiquiri on your best friend's porch.  So pull up a chair and stay a while. --New York Times bestselling author, Karen White

To request a review copy, email 

Thank you for your interest in SIBA,

Wanda Jewell, Executive Director
Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance
3806 Yale Avenue, Columbia, SC 29205
Fax: 309.410.0211

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