Monday, July 15, 2013
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Please join Jo-Ann Costa as she tours virtually for The Bequest of Big Daddy from August 12 – 27.
Ratio Janson is the crusty patriarch with an infamous background and a hair-trigger temper, reverently referred to as Big Daddy by his family clan. His feisty great-granddaughter, Jo-Dee, overhears shocking gossip at Big Daddy’s funeral and is determined to plumb his murky past, spanning the Civil War, Reconstruction and forging head-on into the twentieth century.
From a vast turpentine industry to the ruins of a decaying plantation with its feudal order a memory, Jo-Dee explores the complex nature of family and self, only to make a startling discovery. Will she betray her great-grandfather and disgrace the family name, or will she preserve his shameful secret? And on the ancient grounds of the family mansion destroyed in the Civil War, will Big Daddy’s spirit claim her even from the grave?
Praise for The Bequest of Big Daddy
“Costa’s expressive voice effortlessly guides the compelling story… Costa’s debut novel tells the engaging story of a man whose tumultuous life provides an even greater tale than the grand myths that surround him.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Anyone who enjoys Southern fiction or picaresque novels will love this one!” — Lisa Alther, Author of four New York Times bestsellers
“All families have secrets, some darker than others. In her richly imagined debut novel, Jo-Ann Costa explores the impact of one family’s secret down through the decades and generations. The Bequest of Big Daddy marks the arrival of a fresh new voice in Southern literature.” — Will Allison, Author of the New York Times bestseller Long Drive Home.
“Ms. Costa writes like she was born to the craft. Wonderful storytelling and memorable characters you won’t soon forget. Big Daddy is not just any character—he gets into your head and refuses to budge.” — Hillel Black, former Publishing Executive and Editor of twenty New York Times bestsellers
Jo-Ann Costa’s Bequest is part gothic, part adventure, part mystery and wholly satisfying. Move over Tennessee Williams, there is a new Big Daddy in town.” — Claire Matturro, Award-winning author of three bestsellers
“Costa is a skilled storyteller who draws the reader into the Southern world.” — The Durango Herald
Jo-Ann Costa studied her craft at the knees of her clannish Alabama kin, who are among the most accomplished at fabricating outlandish tales. Thus trained as a storyteller, Ms. Costa honed her compelling voice while serving in executive roles for a mega-corporation founded by the late Howard Hughes.
Along with the wildlife, Ms. Costa now makes her home at the edge of Colorado’s Weminuche wilderness, where she writes historical fiction and mysteries. She is a graduate of California State University, the University of Southern California’s Managerial Policy Institute, Leadership Southern California and the Public Affairs Institute. She also studied at the UCLA Writers’ Extension Program.
The Bequest of Big Daddy is the first book in her epic saga, Longleaf Legacy.
Virtual Book Tour Schedule
Monday, August 12
Review at The Most Happy Reader
Tuesday, August 13
Guest Post at HF Connection
Wednesday, August 14
Review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
Thursday, August 15
Interview at The Most Happy Reader
Monday, August 19
Guest Post at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, August 21
Review at From L.A. to LA
Thursday, August 22
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Tuesday, August 27
Interview at Bibliophilic Book Blog