Kindle Edition of Tallahatchie .99 Cents NOW 4 DAYS ONLY

Special Notification for My Friends Only

This is the new cover for the Tallahatchie 2nd Edition

The Kindle Edition of my southern novel Tallahatchie is on sale for the almost giveaway price of $ .99 cents NOW for four days only, MARCH 14 through the 17th. I promise you will laugh, and maybe even cry a little while reading this story which takes a look into the modern world of rural southerners in the Mississippi Delta.

Have you ever wondered what happened to the progeny of Faulkner’s or O’conners, or perhaps Callwell’s characters? This book may answer that question for you. Read it. It’s available on Amazon.

And if you like it, go back and write a review. Tell others why they might like it as well.

Hardcovers Editions of Tallahatchie and Rawlins, No Longer Young

Novel Bookstore in Memphis, DeSoto Arts Council Gallery, or Contact me to find the new hardcover editions. Paperback editions can be ordered through your favorite bookstore and Kindle editions can be found at

This is the new cover for the Tallahatchie 2nd Edition.

Rawlins, No Longer hardcover edition.

Novel Bookstore, located at 387 Perkins Avenue-extended in Memphis, now has available hardcover editions of Tallahatchie and Rawlins, No Longer Young. The 2nd Edition of Tallahatchie not only has the new hardcover but some interior changes as well. These hardcovers are also available at the DeSoto Arts Council Gallery, in Hernando, Mississippi. And, not to worry, if you do not live in the Memphis area and wish to get the hardcover, send a note to me via this website link: Tell me what you want and I will do my best to get it to you.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch: I am up to manuscript page #102 on the second Rawlins Series book: Rawlins, Into Montana. I am writing almost every day, and it is flowing well. Stay tuned. I may actually beat my fall delivery goal—hopefully by a bunch. And with that said…..

I will begin writing Book #5 in my Vietnam War Series sometime late this summer or early fall. I don’t want to give away the story too soon, but it will be a different group of men in this one, but that’s all I’ll say for now.

And then there’s this: I may soon run a Kindle count-down deal on the Kindle editions of Tallahatchie and Melody Hill. If you own an ereader device and want one of these for—not sure yet, but no more than $ .99 cents—watch my blog posts. It will be in the next week or so.

Valley of the Purple Hearts is Out!

Valley of the Purple Hearts

Book #4 in the Vietnam War series, is now available in both print and Kindle e-reader formats on at Classified as historical military fiction, Valley of the Purple Hearts is a story about a squad of paratroopers with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam in the months following the 1968 Tet Offensive. Buck Marino, a naive boy fresh off the farm, quickly finds his yearning for adventure becomes a struggle for survival as he faces the horrific realities of war.

Valley of the Purple Hearts, The 101st Airborne in Vietnam

The story of an infantry squad in Vietnam.

I have addressed the inevitable cliches of such a story through the deeper development of the characters, their psyches, and relationships. And, as with Book #3 in the series, Raeford’s MVP, Valley of the Purple Hearts explores the aftermath of war and its effects on the individual combat veteran. Be sure to read the review comments by Army Brigadier General (retired) Robert Enzenauer, a paratrooper surgeon who served two tours in Afghanistan with the 19th Special Forces Group. Not even officially recognized by the military until 1981, “Post Traumatic Stress is,” as Doctor Enzenauer explained, “not a disorder, but a very normal human reaction.” Great effort was taken to embed this reality within the story.

There is also included in the story a strong underpinning of the “Vietnam experience” depicted through both allegorical and direct reference to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, primarily as seen through the eyes of squad leader Sergeant Rolley Zwyrkowski. I feel this helps a reader better understand the bizarre nature of what was the Vietnam War, its lack of coherent strategy and the actions of the military leaders during that time. It also adds a certain much needed comic relief to the story.

Because of its current relevance, Valley of the Purple Hearts is not a light read, but I have taken care to make it a rewarding one. As with my other novels, Valley of the Purple Hearts has a strong female secondary protagonist represented by Army nurse Janie Jorgensen. And, as it seems to be my unavoidable nature, I have written a romantic thread into the story. After all, where would any veteran be without the strong support of a mate?

For those of you who have read this far into this blog post, I am also making a special offer effective through Saturday, August 5th, 2017. Anyone who will commit to writing and posting an honest review of Valley of the Purple Hearts on Amazon and can receive a free copy of the Kindle e-reader edition of the book. Simply send me your email address via the “contact” screen on the website. I will purchase a copy (not even I get them for free) and have it emailed from Amazon to you or your Kindle device. Amazon also offers free downloadable e-reader apps for other devices, including cell phones, thus enabling Kindle books to be read in virtually any format.

 Valley of the Purple Hearts

Best Wishes,

Rick DeStefanis

You may also enjoy: Melody Hill and Rawlins: No Longer Young