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The San Francisco Review of Books takes a look at Scarred

Book Review: ‘Scarred’ by Michael Kenneth Smith Author and master storyteller Michael Kenneth Smith trained as a mechanical engineer, owned and operated a successful auto parts business, and after twenty years, retired to fish, golf, cook, playing bridge, and become

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Scarred Receives the National Indie Excellence Award for Military Fiction

SCARRED: A Civil War Novel of Redemption was recently announced as an NIEA Award winner in the Military Fiction category! This award, open to all English language printed books available for sale, including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, and self-published

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eLit Book Awards: Scarred takes Silver in Historical Fiction

I am delighted to share that SCARRED: A Civil War Novel of Redemption has been awarded a Silver medal for Historical Fiction in the eighth annual eLit Awards—”a global awards program committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English

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Reviewers Choice Award: Honorable Mention for Scarred


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Women of the Civil War: Martha Kavandish

{Excerpted from SCARRED A Civil War Novel of Redemption wherein our protagonist, Zach, comes face-to-face with the wife and child of the man he shot.} Near Milledgeville, Georgia, 1864 The farmhouse was nestled in a copse of cottonwoods midway between

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The Doug Dahlgren Show Features Michael Kenneth Smith

What a terrific way to spend my Friday morning! I thoroughly enjoyed discussing HOME AGAIN, SCARRED, and the Civil War with Doug Dahlgren of The Doug Dahlgren Show. Listen in. . .

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Gift an Audible Audiobook in Six Simple Steps

What do you get the person who has “everything?” How do you show your appreciation this time of year to the people who make your life easier? How do you survive a road trip to see far-away family with too many

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Excerpted from SCARRED: A Civil War Novel of Redemption

In which we meet Zach, as he sets forth on his journey toward redemption. . . . Chapter 3 Late Fall 1863 A reddish-orange sun rose above the heavily-treed mountains to Zach’s right as he rode away from Knoxville. His

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The Writer’s Dig with Novel Writing Advice: How to Write Battle Scenes

A battle scene in a novel can be a very powerful and important element that, if done correctly, will define your protagonist—which is why we all need novel writing advice on how to adequately accomplish write one. Your protagonist might

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The Quivering Pen: My First Time with Michael Kenneth Smith

My First Time is a regular feature in which writers talk about virgin experiences in their writing and publishing careers, ranging from their first rejection to the moment of holding their first published book in their hands. Today’s guest is

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