Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Coal Black Lies by Cindy K. Sproles

Posted June 18, 2024 by meezcarrie in Christian, Cindy K. Sproles, giveaway, historical, Kentucky / 13 Comments

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Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Coal Black Lies by Cindy K. Sproles, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! Keep reading for an excerpt!

Coal Black Lies

COAL BLACK LIES by Cindy K. Sproles
GENRE: Historical Fiction (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Kregel Publications
RELEASE DATE: June 18, 2024
PAGES: 288

Believing the bitter lies you tell yourself leaves little room for the sweetness of truth

Coal miner Joshua Morgan managed to do the impossible–he broke away from the stranglehold of the iron-fisted Barton family and the Company Store, to whom all the miners in the Appalachian Mountains are indebted. But it cost him the life of his young daughter, who was run down by a posse led by Thomas Barton while coming to collect Joshua’s payment to the store.

Five years later, a sweet but slow-witted young girl lands on his doorstep, and Joshua’s desire to protect her from the clutches of the Bartons increases his thirst for vengeance. Joshua sets out to discover where the girl came from in order to take down the Barton family once and for all.

His journey leads him to the truth about the day his daughter died, a reality he finds hard to accept. But when confronted by Thomas Barton himself, Joshua is forced to rethink the dark lies brewing in his heart. If he broke away, could Thomas have also? Despite his misgivings, can Joshua join forces with a man he once despised to free the miners from the tyrannical Barton family and forge a future of peace for both the young girl and himself?

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The music left Raney’s soul when Anna died, and her mouth grew parched and tight. She rarely spoke unless she had to, and she’d smile from time to time. But when she turned away, the smile left and her face returned to pinched and painful. Raney never recovered, and I could never give her another child—the one thing she lived to have.

I wanted my life back. I wanted my wife back, and I wanted my daughter. If a body could have a wish, I’d wish that day away.

All me and Raney had done was bury the pain. Instead of us grieving together, we hid the pain deep to protect each other. It was senseless because we still wallowed in the sadness—only alone. When you suffer alone, things fall apart. You draw away from one another, and that’s what we’d done. We’d grown apart instead of looking to each other for comfort.

I slid the coin between my fingers. The longer I held it in my hand, the more determined I was to make a change.

“It ends today, Anna. I’m gonna do my best to let this guilt go.”

Cindy Sproles

Cindy K. Sproles is the author of devotions published in newspapers across the country and a teacher at Christian writers conferences. She spent her formative years showing off her beloved Appalachian Mountains to others, and she and her family still live in the mountains of East Tennessee.

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13 responses to “Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Coal Black Lies by Cindy K. Sproles

  1. Jay Gummer

    My library is purchasing a copy of this book, due to my recommendation. If I do not win the giveaway, I can take it out from the library. If it is a really good book, I will purchase my own copy. It is a story told from a male perspective, and it takes place in a region I call home: Appalachia.

  2. Sonnetta Jones

    This statement made me want to add this book to my TBR.

    ‘’ Believing the bitter lies you tell yourself leaves little room for the sweetness of truth.”

  3. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for being part of the JustRead Publicity Tours blog tour for “Coal Black Lies” by Cindy K. Sproles.

    Love this authors books! You finish one and wait with great expectation for the next. Love the way she seamlessly works a fabulous thread of faith into her stories.

  4. Roxanne C.

    It has been a long time since I read a book written in male first person POV. It sounds so intriguing.

  5. Joy

    I have read a few of the authors books and loved them. I love the cover and the blurb. Also the fact she is from my neck of the woods, and I got to meet her a couple months back. She is an amazing author.

  6. Debra Pruss

    I finished this book last night. It is fabulous. Congratulations to whomever wins this contest.

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