My new novel on the American Revolution War is out. "A Passel of Trouble - The Saga of Loyalist Partisan David Fanning." is a fact-based story about one of the most extraordinary characters who fought in the Carolinas.
During the first three years of the war, he was captured fourteen times in South Carolina. He went to North Carolina in late 1780, was commissioned a colonel by the British Army and created havoc in the central part of the state. Among his most notable raids…Continue
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Joe Epley recently was elected to Board of Directors of the Military Writers Society of America. The MWSA has around 700 members around the country. Details on the website: http://www.mwsadispatches.com. ; The organization's purpose is to help military service members, veterans, their families, supporters of the military,and historians record history and the complexities of military life--and encourage writing as therapy. The…Continue
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I have a busy September talking about the American Revolutionary War and signing books.
8 Sep - Sons of the American Revolution - Kings Mountain, NC
13- Sep - Broad River Genealogical Society - Shelby, NC
17 Sep -Sons of the American Revolution - Bluffton, SC
23-24 Oct - Francis Marion Symposium - Manning, SC
The Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) awarded a Silver Medal to my historical novel “A Passel of Hate” at the Society’s annual awards dinner in Dayton, Ohio. MWSA medal awards are judged by a panel of peers and based on various factors including content, style, visual appearance, and technical use of language.
“A Passel of Hate” is my first novel and describes the events in North and South Carolina leading up to and including the Battle of Kings Mountain. The focus of the…Continue
Historical novelist Jeff Shaara helped Charlotte, NC, celebrate the anniversary of the signing of Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence back on May 20, 1775. He held his audience spellbound as he talked at length about his research and writing style in producing numerous books about the American Revolution, the Civil War and World War II. Jeff didn't start writing until in his 40s and after his father, Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Shaara died.
The senior Shaara won…Continue
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The review of "A Passel of Hate" from the Historical Novel Review reads in part:
"Epley does a thrillingly effective job fleshing out his many characters (there are no one-dimensional heroes—or villains—here), and he lavishes attention on the kinds of real-world details too many historical novelists gloss over—readers will learn as much about trail rations and camp organization as about higher political ideology, and Epley’s undemonstratively evocative prose and tightly…
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"A Passel of Hate" captured the true essence of the war in the backcountry during the Revolutionary War. The main character, Jacob Godley, was treat. "A Passel of Hate" ranks right up there with any of Allen Eckert's or Kenneth Roberts historical novels. Every arm-chair historian should have "A Passel of Hate" in their library.
Captain, South Carolina Independent Rangers
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"A Passel of Hate" is a choice read with plenty to consider, highly recommended for historical fiction collections."
THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW -- January 2012 edition
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Revolution in Western North Carolina is focus of "A Passel of Hate"
A civil war raged through the western Carolinas 231 years ago when brother fought brother and neighbor fought neighbor in a struggle for national independence. In a newly published historical novel of the 1780 Kings Mountain campaign, Polk County resident Joe Epley brings that era to life.
Much of the book’s action takes place locally and details events…Continue
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