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Beth Tashery Shannon’s Novel TANGLEVINE now on sale!

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Kentucky Poet Laureate, Gurney Norman, says: “Tanglevine comes from Shannon’s ancient imagination, an original place where Kentucky dreams a dream of itself.”

Demoted war hero Jihan arrives in the Bluegrass to extend the Domed City’s power and salvage his family’s reputation. When a fellow official disappears, he commandeers a horseback caravan as backup and rides to the remote village of Tanglevine to investigate. Windland, the caravan leader, guides him through bewildering woods to a blighted village where only the locals’ respect for Windland shields them from resentment. The savage killing of a young woman and her child provokes Jihan to vow justice, but deceived by the villagers, targeted by a hostile witch and seduced, then betrayed by an elusive dancer, he begins to suspect that Windland has an agenda of his own. Gradually Jihan realizes that instead of a hunter pursuing a murderer, he is the prey of a hunter far more ancient than he. If he cannot believe in the impossible, the woman he loves will be destroyed.

Beth Tashery Shannon, a native of Kentucky, holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Oregon, has taught college courses in creative writing and literature, and has edited fiction for publishers. Under the pseudonym Elizabeth Adair she is the author of The Sun and Stars, a mystery novel set in the court of Henry VIII (BearCat Press, 2012). Under her own name she has published short fiction in Pushcart Prize III and IX, Chicago Review, TriQuarterly Review and Pleasures: Women Write Erotica (Doubleday), and an essay on Salome in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Oscar Wilde (MLA Press). Also holding an MA in ancient art history, she has worked on the staff of the Egypt Exploration Society excavations at el-Amarna and contributed to Amarna Reports IV (Egypt Exploration Society) and symposia of the American Research Center in Egypt. She lives in Georgetown Kentucky where she writes, designs books, and is a volunteer tour guide and researcher with Old Friends, a retirement facility for Thoroughbred horses.

Look for the TANGLEVINE link in the BearCat Store.