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Mud Marbles

Meet Marilyn and Kathryn, sisters and neighbors whose favorite pastime is sipping martinis from mason jars on Marilyn’s front porch in the gulf-front town of Orange Beach, Alabama. They reminisce about family and the times they’ve visited Cotton Tree.

Miss Mincy is the girls’ source of stability and has given the entire family advice and inspiration throughout the years. While some could misconstrue Mincy’s presence, she is not a maid, she is a member of the Chandler-Drake household in Cotton Tree.
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Tolar Miles

Tolar Miles is a freelance writer and author who grew up along Florida’s gulf coast. She studied creative writing at Florida State University. Tolar is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has written several children’s short stories for children’s magazines and has published a children’s book.

Tolar’s Southern novel “Mud Marbles” was released in October of 2014. Her second Southern novel “Delta” was released in October of 2015 by TouchPoint Press.


Readers of Mud Marbles will remember Delta, a distant cousin of the Drake family who comes to visit Cotton Tree from Savannah, Georgia. As soon as Delta hears of a possible murder, the memorable road trips begin. Like most Southern households, hospitality abounds. Delta’s hospitality extends beyond the cocktail shaker. She has help with her hospitality as she frequents the famous River Street Sweets® of Savannah, Georgia.