Next book in Renee Kumor’s River Bend Series comes out in May

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Next book in Renee Kumor’s River Bend Series comes out in May

The next book in Renee Kumor’s popular River Bend Series of romance/mystery — An Act of Charity — is due for release in May. Kumor has created a following with her series, which revolves around characters, plots, romances, nonprofit-organization intrigue, murder, and, frequently, mayhem. Set in a small town called River Bend, the characters and storyline thread across each volume. Readers meet and get to know 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 Hanby, principal of Rathborn Elementary; Dusty Reid, chief investigator of the James County/River Bend Joint Investigation Unit … and so many more.

The upcoming volume promises to carry the cliff-hanger storyline forward into new territory. It follows in sequence to the previous chronicles: Small Town Secrets, Taking a Chance, and ‘tis the Season. Kumor published the first volume, Small Town Secrets, and the two sequels last year 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 principles of Absolutely Amazing eBooks are writer and critic Shirrel Rhoades and entertainment attorney Albert L. Kelley.

Kumor lives in Hendersonville, a small town in Western North Carolina, and grew up in a rural, close-knit community in northeastern Ohio. She and her husband raised four children and have lived a life not unfamiliar to the characters in River Bend. Over the years, Kumor has been a columnist for the local newspaper, served as a county commissioner, was regularly on local nonprofit boards, and constantly observed how in a small American town each person plays many roles. She has created in her River Bend Chronicles the sort of people one would meet in a small town and has embellished their intricate lives and relationships into murder mysteries and occasional romances.

“I have at least eight more books cooking in my brain right now,” Kumor said. “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. And I give my characters the freedom to tell me and my readers who they are.”

One can begin reading the chronicles with the newest volume, An Act of Charity, and be able to pick up on the plot and characters rather easily. However, like watching Downton Abbey, the popular drama series on public television, each episode is enriched if you have watched previous episodes and have met the characters. The same with Kumor’s River Bend Chronicles … don’t worry where you jump into the series, but jump in you must. Life without meeting the folks in River Bend will be less somehow.

“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.”

Kumor is scheduling interviews and readings in the coming months to introduce An Act of Charity. Visit her website for the schedule or to contact her. Order and/or preview all Kumor’s books or from her website.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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