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Author Releases Debut Novel "Delaney's People" to Critical Success

Beth Duke's book, "Delaney's People," is her "love letter to Alabama." A native of Anniston, she became disenchanted with traditional media portrayals of her home state and penned a novel to introduce the world to the real South.

Delta, AL, May 23, 2012 --( “There are diamonds in the red clay of northeast Alabama. Delaney is one of them.”
-"Delaney's People"

When you meet Delaney Robinson, she is a two-year-old with a serious attachment to her wonderful great-grandmother, who guides her through life with the wisdom of a nonagenarian. Margaret's reminiscences, along with the rest you will read, tell the story of how this adorable little girl came to be.

There is murder, mayhem, humor, romance—and a bit of heartbreak. The stories are about her parents, grandparents, distant ancestors and family friends, from Delaney’s Irish forbearers and how they settled in Alabama to a chapter written entirely from the point of view of a Confederate battle sword hanging on her grandfather’s wall.

Beth Dial Duke was born in Anniston, Alabama and lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida for many years. She is married to Jay and the proud mother of Jason and Savannah.

The author of several prize-winning short stories, her work has been featured in Pearl: A Literary Magazine and included in the British anthology The Possibility of Bears.

After a successful career in marketing, she is pursuing her first love: writing. Happily located in the scenic mountains of her home state, she lives with her family and eleven loyal chickens, two lovable dogs and a randomly affectionate cat.

As a copyrighted jewelry designer and former vintage jewelry dealer, she is uniquely qualified to pen her book's opener, Jewels. It was her first work of fiction in 2008 and won second place in a national competition. In addition to song parodies, pithy letters and sometimes scathing news commentary, she writes a somewhat regular blog about anything and everything at

She loves baking elaborate cupcakes, long walks to the nearby lake, sparkly things, great shoes, and will travel at the drop of a hat.

"Delaney's People" is her debut novel, and she hopes it brings you joy.

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