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They’re all lost: a teenage girl from the wrong side of the sand, a grieving father with a chip in his shoulder, a ne’er-do-well mother addicted to men, and most literally, a six-year-old girl last seen happily swinging her red sand bucket.

Folly Beach is a barrier island near Charleston, South Carolina made famous for making people disappear. Legends of sunken ships, war-time burial grounds, and lost Indian tribes have nicknamed the town Coffin Island. However, much of the folklore has been entombed by colorful beach shops, greasy crab shacks, and bustling sunbathers. That is until the summer of 2019 when young fossil-hunter, Teal McHone, becomes the last person to lay eyes on a child who was snatched from the shoreline on a hot July evening. Suddenly the small beach town once again lives up to its dark reputation, and the kidnapping ignites a chain of sinister events along the SC coast. Will Teal realize just what she saw in time to save the girl? Or will she lose sight of what’s wrong and right, intrigued in equal parts suspicion and adoration with the missing child’s father? Can Teal discover the truth in time? Can she discover herself in time?

This coming-of-age, romantic thriller will keep the pages turning as Teal fights to unearth all that’s hidden underneath both the sands and souls in this tiny southern beach. The pull of the ocean tempers the pace of her awakening, as well as the fates of all caught up in its enigmatic motion. The question is this: Will the strengthening tide, governed by the moon, pull the lost further out to sea, or finally deliver them safely back to shore?

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The year is 1947. The war is over, Jackie Robinson has just integrated baseball, and Frank Sinatra breezes in over the fuzzy airwaves. A sense of relief is finally sweeping the nation…everywhere except Tobaccoville, North Carolina.

Beyond the rural fields that are pregnant with decades of secrets, a mysterious Hollywood pin-up is jailed for murder while her facially birthmarked half-sister may hold the answers as to why. 

The two girls, estranged for years, share a haunting past, a shell-shocked love interest, and maybe even a cruel destiny. Through mountains of lies, the truth that inevitably comes pouring out of the tobacco leaves will come to light. Will this light reveal the path to the siblings’ foreordained destruction, or their long-awaited deliverance? Will they realize they each hold the power to set the other free before it’s too late?

A story of heritage, hurt, and somehow, hope; Tobacco Sun keeps you on the edge of your seat while you find yourself rooting for redemption.