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The Hollows

Book 2 in the Kinship series

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Jess Montgomery showcases her skills as a storyteller in the second in her Kinship mystery series. The Hollows is a powerful, big-hearted and exquisitely written follow-up to her acclaimed debut The Widows.

Ohio, 1926: For many years, the railroad track in Moonvale Tunnel has been used as a short cut through the Appalachian hills. When an elderly woman is killed walking along the tracks, the brakeman tells tales of seeing a ghostly female figure dressed all in white.

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The Widows

Book 1 in the Kinship series

Available in hardcover, trade paperback and ebook

Set in 1920s’ Ohio against the backdrop of coal mining, prohibition and women’s rights, The Widows is about two women whose lives collide when the man they both love is murdered. Inspired by the true stories of two historical figures.

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About Jess

Jess writes the Kinship series set in 1920s’ Appalachian Ohio. She has won awards for her writing from the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District (Ohio) and the Ohio Arts Council. Jess also directs a writers’ workshop, teaches creative writing, and speaks frequently at writers’ workshops and conferences. To get to know Jess a bit better, read her letter to readers or her official bio.

A few Jess facts:

  • Enjoys hiking; has absolutely no sense of direction.
  • Finds bats adorable; is terrified of mice.
  • Loves tacos; allergic to avocados and thus guacamole.
  • Is not in the least afraid of public speaking; terrified of (besides mice) rip tides, swinging bridges, and open-air heights in general.
  • Favorite beverages: coffee, sweet tea, and occasionally whiskey on the rocks or an Old Fashioned
  • Once flew a plane without any formal training.
  • Makes pies for family and friends.
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The Hollows was released in hardcover, ebook and audiobook on January 14, 2020.

The Widows was named a Sun Sentinel Best Mystery Book of 2019.

The Widows was named one of Aunt Agatha’s Best Books of 2019.

The Widows was selected as the One Book, Many Communities for 22 libraries in Northwest, Ohio.

The Widows was selected as part of Minotaur’s Signature Edition trade paperback program, and will be released in trade paperback, with a new introductory essay, on January 7, 2020.

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