Followers of the changing plots of romance, murder, and mayhem in local author Renee Kumor’s series of books called the River Bend Chronicles will be delighted with the newest volume, due for release in December. Season of Revenge gives a typical Kumor twist to holiday-season events unfolding in the lives of River Bend characters her readers have come to know. The latest volume – the seventh in the series – is due for release in December through her publisher, Absolutely Amazing eBooks, for download on e-Readers or in paperback. Visit www.reneekumor.com for more information.
A unique backdrop theme in the lives of Kumor’s characters is the world of nonprofit organizations. For example, a rape occurs in Season of Revenge, and the board of directors of River Bend’s rape crisis center is called upon to assist the victim. All seven books are set in an imaginary town called River Bend, and readers are acquainted with the characters and storyline that thread across each volume. Such personalities as Lynn Hoefler Powers, widowed executive director of River Bend Philanthropies; Jim Hoefler, Lynn’s father, a retired attorney and former DA and judge; Piper Llewellyn Zubov, principal of Rathborn Elementary; Dusty Reid, chief investigator of the James County/River Bend Joint Investigation Unit, and so many more, surface frequently in each new volume. The complicated and consistent intrigues, surprises, romances, family feuds, and personal issues keep Kumor’s readers coming back for the next installment.
Born and raised in a rural Ohio community, Kumor has lived most of her life in small towns, including Hendersonville, her home of nearly 40 years. She and her husband raised four children. And she has been involved in local politics, writing columns for local newspapers, and always supporting local nonprofit organizations, which she says provide the cultural and supportive backbone to every community, large or small. River Bend, the small town in which her stories unfold, is created from Kumor’s own life story.
“I incorporate the subtle connections and smoldering intrigue of small-town life into the evolution of the plot. I like my characters to have dimension. I want readers to know them,” she said.
Season of Revenge follows in sequence to the previous chronicles: Small Town Secrets; Taking a Chance; ‘tis the Season; An Act of Charity; Someone Cares; and Forever, Sonny. All are published through Absolutely Amazing eBooks, a virtual book publishing company specializing in affordable electronic books, both fiction and non-fiction, that are downloadable for most major eReader devices. The books are also available in paperback through print-on-demand. Headquartered in Key West, Florida, the company principals of Absolutely Amazing eBooks are writer and critic Shirrel Rhoades and entertainment attorney Albert L. Kelley.
“This is storytelling at its finest,” observes AAeB publisher Shirrel Rhoades, who hand-picks the authors he has in his stable. “You come to think of these characters as if they’re people you actually know, people you care about, neighbors in a small town.”