Southern Strife: Free eBook for Kindle

A must-read for those interested in the Civil Rights era.

The pain and rage of clashing cultural landscapes explode in this provocative and sobering look of America’s south during the mid-1960’s. Twelve-year-old Joy Bradford moves with her mother Jessica from their white Connecticut suburb to the racially divided town of Willets Point, Florida. Her friendship with Clay, a mixed-race boy and also a newcomer in town, sends shockwaves through her family and the community, increasing the growing racial tension that already exists.

Clay’s well-educated, African-American father Clytus attempts to open a clothing store in the white section of downtown Willets Point. This prompts Jessica’s new lawyer cum boyfriend and leader of the local Klan chapter, Bill McKendrick, to join with other white citizens in driving the family out of town. This forceful demand sets off an explosive confrontation that will change them all forever.

An absorbing and suspenseful coming-of-age story set against the tumultuous backdrop of racial tensions in mid-1960’s America, Southern Strife is a spellbinding journey full of insight and intensity.

WARNING: This book has content that may be disturbing if not absorbed within the context of the time in which the story is told.

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This book is free 10/28-10/30.

Valerie Stocking


Valerie started writing when she was five-years old, and won a short story contest in Jack and Jill Magazine when she was eight. At ten, her mother bought her a typewriter.

Valerie worked as an editor for audio books for six years.

“A Touch of Murder” was her first published novel, and is the first in the Samantha Kern series. Her second book, “Southern Strife” deals with an adolescent’s coming of age in the deep South during 1966-67. Valerie is currently working on 2 more Samantha Kern novels, after which she plans to write a supernatural thriller.


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