Click BUY BOOKS on our menu to order! Use discount code MOJAVEKISS at checkout (takes a buck off!) from either the Mojave Press & Review Facebook page or at our alt.storefront. Save even more when you purchase our Spring Bundle of fiction and prose poetry: Leesa Cross-Smith’s Every Kiss a War and Daniel Romo’s When Kerosene’s Involved.
The sun shines a bit brighter, the birds sing a little sweeter… and Leesa Cross-Smith's much anticipated book, Every Kiss a War, arrives right along with spring’s inclinations toward love. What a perfect time for such a beautiful book! To the lovely souls who have already pre-ordered, thank you for supporting Leesa and Mojave River Press— your books will begin shipping the week of April 21st. Enjoy our ravishing book trailer for Every Kiss a War in the meantime.
The twenty-seven stories in Leesa Cross-Smith’s debut short story collection Every Kiss a War are set to the sounds of “frogs and crickets out back, steam-pulsing like a machine” and “a sad country song that hasn’t been written yet.” Men and women love and leave over cigarettes and shots of kitchen table whiskey. She takes us down Kentucky roads in the back of a pickup truck to both truculent and delicate women and rough, rambling men edged with gentleness. A finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Short Fiction Award and the Iowa Short Fiction Award, this collection is a ravishing war of characters laid bare as they look for the glow and fight to stay in the light. As affecting as they are sexy and romantic, these stories burn with sweetness like firecrackers and honey as you throw them back and holler for another round.
Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker, living and writing in Kentucky. She and her husband run a literary magazine called WhiskeyPaper. Her work appears in dozens of journals and magazines. Find more at LeesaCrossSmith.com