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Coming Soon: Ditch Weed


A Novel by Rhett DeVane

Scheduled for release June 15, 2024

ISBN #978-1-940189-33-8
Paperback – 312 Pages

Eighteen year-old Danae Gray hasn’t seen her older sister in eleven years. But there she is, just across the street, in this small North Florida town where Danae has only just arrived. Has fate finally brought them back together? Is it really even her?
Mevlyn Jenson, the feisty octogenarian owner of the Wash-Away Laundromat, can see Danae is lost, alone, and troubled. But Mevlyn needs help as much as Danae does, and the two quickly form an alliance. In exchange for room, board, and Mevlyn’s freely bestowed advice, Danae begins to help Mevlyn care for her terminally ill husband.
As Danae unravels the tragic secret surrounding her older sister’s disappearance, and Mevlyn comes to terms with the losses in her own life, Danae and Mevlyn create a new heart-family, filled with love and renewed hope.


Congratulations Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison, who has been a friend and supporter of Twisted Road Publications since its inception, is the 2024 recipient of The Publishing Triangle’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award celebrates the recipient’s lifetime of work and commitment to fostering queer culture. She is the author of a number of books, including Bastard Out of Carolina, which was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Our favorite writing from Dorothy comes from the introduction to Walking the Edge: A Southern Gothic Anthology (Twisted Road Publications, 2016). The anthology was created from a Twisted Road short story contest, which she judged. Here is what she said in the introduction to the finished book:

“These stories will take you places you may never have imagined before, but in every case the wonder of the narratives will allow you to see over the walls of ignorance and indifference to the heart’s core.

Here you will find the exceptional, a bit of the absurd, and a lot of the unique, but all in all people who are bluntly making their way in a difficult world as stubbornly as anyone you might meet in a truck stop on the highway headed south.”

If you haven’t read Walking the Edge, including the full introduction by Dorothy Allison, we encourage you to take a look. And while you’re at it, browse our all-new online bookstore!

Launch Event – Birdhouse Jesus

Please join us for the launch of Terri Chastain’s Novel, Birdhouse Jesus

When: Saturday, January 20th  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Where: Cocina 214, 151 E Welbourne Ave, Winter Park, FL

There will be food, good company, and
readings from the novel

The book will be available for purchase

We hope to see you there. If you know of others who would like to be there, you are welcome to share this invitation.