Murder For Hire, Pollution, Bank Fraud and Conspiracy Rock a Small N.C. Town: North Carolina Author Spins Darkly Humorous Suspense Novel Drawn From Current Events

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North Carolina author Ashley Memory announces the release of her debut novel, Naked and Hungry, which has been published by Ingalls Publishing Group of Boone, N.C.

An entertaining and twisting first novel with a storyline pulled from today’s headlines. With shades of Richard Russo, Memory's characters are quirky and funny and often a little dangerous. And her sense of place—small town N.C.—is vividly rendered.

What happens when a former loan officer—yet another victim of the nationwide mortgage crisis—rejects materialism and moves to a one-room cabin in the woods? In the case of H.T. McMullen, the protagonist of Naked and Hungry, the debut novel of Pittsboro writer and Asheboro native Ashley Memory, he finds his pristine retreat tainted by dangerous pollutants. And when he dares to complain, he becomes the target of a deadly game of intimidation by the high-powered villains.

Naked and Hungry was published by Ingalls Publishing Group of Boone, N.C. and released on November 1. Recommended as one of the season’s most promising debut novels by The Library Journal in their 2011 Fall Fundamentals issue, Naked and Hungry is just one of five novels written by North Carolina authors to make the bi-annual list.

Justin Catanoso, author of My Cousin the Saint and executive editor of The Triad Business Journal, said: "In Naked and Hungry, Ashley Memory has written an entertaining and twisting first novel with a storyline pulled from today's headlines. Bank loans gone bad, pollution for profit, unchecked law enforcement, reluctant heroes. With shades of Richard Russo, Memory's characters are quirky and funny and often a little dangerous. And her sense of place—small town North Carolina—is vividly rendered."

“Memory’s poignant prose on the environmental crisis at hand in a southern community is dead-on. She develops her characters with humor and style, and references to local landmarks add even more color. A fun, light read that also drives home very real issues.” —Lynne Dardanell, North Carolina land trust community

“A motley cast of contemporary North Carolina characters who scheme, fight and love with all their Southern passion. Propelled by laugh-aloud satire and a page-turning plot, this novel left me with hope that even good guys with a weakness for mean dogs can prevail over ignorance and corporate greed.” — Mary Lambeth Moore, author of Sleeping with Patty Hearst

“Fasten your seatbelt for a nail-biting and utterly unforgettable ride through Yatesville, N.C., which is filled with vivid, funny and well-drawn characters. Memory is an astute and witty judge of character. She has her own literary voice, and it’s wonderful, but if I had to compare, I’d say she’s a supremely enjoyable hybrid of Larry McMurtry and Carl Hiaasen.” — Randall Rigsbee, The Chatham News

Naked and Hungry, which was named a finalist in the 2009 James Jones First Novel Fellowship sponsored by Wilkes University, is available through local bookstores and all online booksellers.

Memory's work has been published in state, regional and national publications. She is a two-time winner of the Doris Betts Fiction Prize sponsored by the N.C. Writers' Network. She is a native of Asheboro, N.C. and currently lives in Pittsboro.

Upcoming Readings/Appearances
December 1: High Point Rotary Club, High Point Country Club, noon
December 1: Park Road Books, Charlotte, N.C., 7 p.m.
December 8: Asheboro/Randolph County Public Library, Happy Bookers Club, 6 p.m

For more, see http://ashley-memory.com

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