First Rule PR Presents: Vine: An Urban Legend

Vine: An Urban LegendTitle:  Vine: An Urban Legend
Author:  Michael Williams
Length:  192 pages
Format:  Print 
Publisher:  Black Wyrm 

Amateur theatre director Stephen Thorne plots a sensational production of a Greek tragedy in order to ruffle feathers in the small city where he lives. Accompanied by an eccentric and fly-by-night cast and crew, he prepares for opening night, unaware that as he unleashes the play, he has drawn the attention of ancient and powerful forces.

Michael Williams' Vine weds Greek Tragedy and urban legend with dangerous intoxication, as the drama rushes to its dark and inevitable conclusion.


 My Thoughts
This is a book that defies description.  It is part retelling of  The Bacchae, part urban legend, the line between the two  often blurring in this mind-bending read.
Written in the style of a Greek play, this work may look a little foreign to the eye of the average reader; who in most cases, has not seen such since high school or college.  Don't let the arrangement of the text deter you from what is truly a wonderful story.

At it's heart, this is a story that shows what can happen when the works of man inspire the interest of long quiet gods.  I would not go so far as to label this work a morality play as such, although it does show how one's failings can lead to one's downfall in both the realm of the divine and the mortal.

Michael Williams was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Much of his childhood was spent in the south central part of the state, amid red dirt, tobacco farms, and murky legends of Confederate guerillas. He has spent a dozen years in various parts of the world, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Wisconsin, with stopovers in Ireland and England, and emerged from the experience surprisingly unscathed.

Upon returning to the Ohio River Valley, he has published a series of novels of increasing oddness,combinations of what he characterizes as “gothic/historical fiction/fantasy/sf/redneck magical realism” beginning with Weasel’s Luck (1988) and Galen Beknighted (1990), the critically acclaimed Arcady (1996) and Allamanda (1997), and, most recently, Trajan’s Arch (2010). His new novel Vine will be released this summer.

He lives in Corydon, Indiana with his wife, Rhonda, and a clowder of cats.

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Vine: An Urban Legend Tour Dates:
12/1 – I Smell Sheep – Review
12/3 – From the Bootheel Cotton Patch – Excerpt
12/3 – Book in the Bag – Review
12/4 – Lost Inside the Covers – Review
12/4 – Come Selahway With Me – Interview
12/5 – Unabridged Chick – Review
12/6 – Sheila Deeth – Guest Post
12/6 – AO Bibliophile – Excerpt
12/7 – Window on the World – Review
12/8 – Wholly Books – Review
12/8 – Beth’s Book Reviews – Character Interview
12/10 – AO Bibliophile – Review
12/10 – I’m a Book Shark – Guest Post
12/11 – Workaday Reads – Review
12/12 – Alexx Momcat’s Gateway Book Blog – Guest Post
12/13 – My Chaotic Ramblings – Guest Post
12/13 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Guest Post
12/14 – Azure Dwarf Horde of SciFi & Fantasy – Review
12/15 – Night Owl Reads – Guest Post
12/16 – Miraculous! – Guest Post
12/17 – The Book Diva’s Reads – Guest Post
12/18 – WTF Are You Reading? – Review
12/20 Once Upon a Time – Interview
12/21 – Darlene’s Book Nook – Guest Post
12/23 – The Independent Review – Review
12/25 – Jess Resides Here – Interview
12/26 The FlipSide of Julianne – Interview
12/27 – Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – Guest Post (Top 10’s List)
12/28 – Fighting Monkey Press – Review
12/29 – SpecMusicMuse – Review
12/29 – Free Book Dude -Review
12/30 – Bee’s Knees Reviews -Review
12/31 – Celtic Lady reviews -Review
1/1 – Full Moon Bites –Interview
1/1 – Read2Review – Review

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from First Rule Publicity from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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