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Debut novel from SMN writer

Smoky Mountain News writer Holly Kays has introduced her new novel, Shadows of Flowers.

Set amid the windswept prairies of Wyoming and the rounded mountains of Southwest Virginia, Shadows follows the story of Dana Stullman, whose world turns upside down when her boyfriend dies in a car accident.

At 22, she finds herself moving across the country to escape reminders of the tragedy and the life that preceded it. Becoming lonelier than she could have imagined, Stullman finds solace in an unexpected friendship, but her life remains paralyzed until a crisis in the wind-swept Wyoming wilderness forces her to confront the past and choose her path into the future.

The book retails for $12 and is available at Blue Ridge Books and The Smoky Mountain News, both located in Waynesville, and directly through the author. Online orders can be made at, with $16 covering shipping. Blue Ridge Books is now in its new location at 428 Hazelwood Avenue.