Coming in April…

Stories Not to Tell by Bob Strother
Sequel to Shug’s Place

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When an Army buddy’s twelve-year-old daughter goes missing, Vietnam veteran Shug Barnes enlists a cadre of old friends and new acquaintances to track down the kidnappers. His newly formed posse, a unique mix of men and women on both sides of the law, go to great lengths to rescue the young girl—and still keep their own secrets intact. To do so, they will challenge a force seething with racial hatred, more insidious than Waco’s Koresh and just as lethal.

Gary V. Powell: This book reminds us that, beneath the surface of a bland, homogenous, white-collar American landscape lies a rich, blue-collar, black market underbelly. Bankers and politicians walk the streets in broad daylight, but hustlers and grifters ply the darkness. Yet, in that darkness, an old school code of honor is at play, a code of honor that feels solid and reassuring in these uncertain times.

Nancy McFarlane: A cast of the most unlikely characters come together in this action-packed crime thriller… colorful characters whose lives are intertwined in an unputdownable quest…

Susan Reichert: An excellent read…

David Burnsworth: Bob Strother really knows how to write a page turner! In Stories Not to Tell, he exposes the dark side of an already dark world. Shug Barnes is the cunning lead man in a tale that starts in Detroit, stops off in South Carolina, and ends up in a place we should all be afraid exists. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to Bob’s next.

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Submissions Closed for next moonShine review

Thank you to those who submitted to the Spring/Summer issue of moonShine review. We are currently in the process of reading and choosing for the next issue. We will be in touch later in April and will announce the issue’s anticipated release date then.

Best and good luck to all,

Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor & Publisher

Next Deadline: March 15th

We’re now accepting submissions of creative fiction and nonfiction prose for the Spring/Summer issue of moonShine review. Please note our deadline is March 15th.

There is NO theme set for the upcoming issue. We just ask that you read the submissions guidelines tab on this website for our submission preferences.

And it never hurts to read out “About moonShine” page, too!

If, after reading the submissions guidelines, you still have questions, feel free to email me at

Thank you all in advance!
Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor and Publisher

Congratulations to moonShine’s 15th anniversary contributors!

moonShine review 15th
Anniversary Edition

To celebrate our fifteen-year anniversary as a publication, we invited folks to submit pieces about “politics.” When I encouraged creativity in interpreting this theme, I didn’t foresee the diversity with which our authors and artists could adopt and adapt—without ever digressing to dogma or becoming trite.

Settings range from factories to offices, restaurants to remote country roads. Characters diverge from sisters to robots, couples to criminals. Yet, we correlate the local sheriff ’s ethical issues with the state senator’s moral quandary. We find ties between a physical wall that creates discord between a husband and wife and an emotional wall erected by a rape victim to block the pain. Whether satirical or serious, these words and images distinguish the human condition as one driven by experience over nature, illustrated by the choices—right and wrong—characters make.

In the history of moonShine, I never set a theme until now, and I thought this would be the one exception. But I may rethink this, considering the tremendous response in submissions. It’s a positive dilemma to have too many good stories from which to choose, and I thank every one of you who submitted. As well, I applaud the gifted photographers who gave us a staggering number of stunning photos to grace our pages.

Special thanks to the following contributors to this issue:

Photographers: Julie Ann Cook, Lisa J. Ellis, Wendy H. Gill,
Jeanne Julian, Nick Romeo

Authors: Les Brown, Julie Ann Cook, Steve Cushman,
Barbara V. Evers, LJ Hippler, David Morris, David E. Poston,
Gary V. Powell, Leslie M. Rupracht, Jane Shlensky, Bob Strother,
Nancy Young

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Thank you again—we value the opportunity to read and view all the submissions and appreciate the continued support!

Keep Writing ~ Keep Sharing
Anne M. Kaylor
Executive Editor & Publisher

Theme for next moonShine review: Politics (whatever THAT means…)

For 15 years, I have held fast to the idea that moonShine review would not have a set theme in advance. Yet the stories and photography submitted always set a theme anyway. So, I’m more than a touch surprised we haven’t had an issue these past four years that focused on politics in some manner.

Since I like to mix it up any time a moonShine anniversary comes around, we’re breaking the rules (just this once) and inviting folks to submit stories about “politics.” But what definition of politics or kind of politics is completely up to you. If you visit the dictionary, you’ll find an array of possible meanings. My favorite definition appears pretty far down the list: “use of intrigue or strategy in obtaining any position of power or control, as in business, university, etc.” I can imagine a piece about the politics of hummingbirds as easily as one focused on government. And, given the current political climate of our nation, I’m guessing opinions will run the gambit and likely be both spirited and contentious. Good. That’s what we want.

Above all, we want your creativity and talent, so think beyond political treatises, please. Aristotle already covered it.

As always, we accept creative prose, fiction and nonfiction. And, as with other anniversary issues, we will feature more than one photographer, so we invite all past photographers, as well as new, to submit. Specific guidelines for submitting remain the same, so please visit our Submission Guidelines page on our website before sending your work. (Photography Exception: You should submit no more than 20 photographs.)

Feel free to direct questions to (after you’ve read through our guidelines).

The deadline for submitting is extended to September 30th, so get going!

Keep writing, keep sharing,
Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor & Publisher

Special Offerings to Celebrate a Special Year at moonShine review

It’s time to bookmark, because we are gearing up for a special year of celebration! Our Spring/Summer issue’s due out next week, and we have big plans for the 15-year anniversary issue in the fall. (Hint: For the first time in moonShine’s publication history, we WILL have a theme!)

Meanwhile, we’ll be offering different deals and discounts every month—on past and current issues. Check out “May Potluck: BOGO on past issues” to see our current offer.

We’re also working on getting those out-of-print issues into an online reader format for download, so you’ll want to stay tuned in each month!

Keep writing, keep sharing!

Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor and Publisher

moonShine review Contributors Chosen for Spring/Summer Issue

MR-15-1 FRONT CoverThanks to all who submitted to our
next issue of moonShine review, and congratulations to the following contributors:

Featured Photographer: Wendy H. Gill

Featured Authors: Elizabeth B. Watson, Bob Strother, Allen D. Stevenson,
Duncan Richardson, Jeff Nazzaro,
Kimberly Lynne, BD Little, Olaf Kroneman, Charles Israel, Jr., Jayne Padgett Bowers, Gary Bolick, and Claire Armstrong

Our next issue is due out in late May. Pre-order your copy today and get free shipping! Just click on the cover image above to check out through PayPal. (This is a limited-time offer!)

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Thank you for your support!
Anne Kaylor
Executive Editor & Publisher