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Southern historical fiction
"A strong novel from the busy brain of a born storyteller - Southern Fiction at its truest." 
-Jenniey Tallman, author of We Are Persistence Runners

"The protagonist's voice was so unique, vivid and 'real' that I found I wanted to know her story... I loved the world I found myself in."
-Nhys Glover, romance author

Nora Cravis, a quirky and curious young woman, experiences life in Granville County, North Carolina, with her family. Unable to conform to the expectations of an early twentieth century woman, Nora struggles to maintain a meaningful relationship with her parents after her younger sister, Shailene, disappears. While trying to reconcile the devastation of her loss and care for an ailing husband, clues soon emerge, leading Nora down a murky path of family secrets to a lover's betrayal.

Had you asked me before I married Rathe, before she left us, what the world was like, I would have said God shaped the moon in the likeness of Shailene's full cheeks. I would have been careless not to mention the delicate touch of her fingers on the material she so often sewed with Momma in the glorious light of the front window. How her giggle pulled a shadow of a smile from our daddy when I said something terrible under my breath. 

Shailene and I spent our nights counting stars, wishing on the ones we thought went most overlooked. And when the world flipped inside out, it stole Shailene and all the stars, leaving me in a frightful darkness. I became a different person without a moon for balance. 

I became a different person when the truth found me.

Read an excerpt from 'Tin Moon':

We ran outside to the front lawn as my daddy and brothers rode up. The dust the horses riled up was almost suffocating this early, when the soft aroma of the morning dew was still fresh.
"What is it, Daddy?"
It felt like everything was frozen in time. Nobody spoke. They looked practically too scared to move. All except Daddy. He was the only one to dismount.
I asked, "Where did you find her?" He closed the distance between us until he was standing directly in front of me. "You did find her." I didn't know if I was saying it as a question or an order.
His lip trembled.
I began shaking my head. "No. You wouldn't stop looking if you didn't find her, Daddy. Tell me you found her."
He grabbed me into his arms so I couldn't see the shame in his eyes.
"We found her satchel. By the pond. The deep one."
I tried to keep my tone neutral. "That don't mean nothing."
"James found one of her shoes along the bank."
I began shaking my head frantically. "No."
When he spoke next, I heard it. I heard his worst fear coming to life when he said, tight-jawed, "Looks to be she fell in."
"No!" I wailed into his shoulder. "No!"
He refused to let go, squeezing as my body convulsed with grief.
"She can swim," I promised over and over again.
"Not like you and your brothers." He held me by my shoulders and looked me in the eyes. "You do understand, don't you? You know what I'm telling you, don't you, Nora?"
I tore from his grip. Through gritted teeth, I raised my head and stared right through him. "You're telling me lies. You're a liar."
Before he could finish saying, "I ain't," I sprinted through the yard, hopping the fence, and ran to my mare, Brownie.
A fire ripped through my mind, burning every part of who I was. Possessed by rage, I screamed, "Liars!"
Before anyone could stop me, Brownie jumped the fence and we sped down the road faster than I'd ever ridden. Things passed by like flashes of lightning. The wind ripped at my eyes. And when I heard voices screaming behind me, it only made us take off so fast I thought we'd start flying any second.

Purchase Souled Out
New adult paranormal novel

"SOULED OUT is a dark tale of betrayal at the deepest level."                                                         
-The Reading Cafe

"Souled Out is a page-turner and a quick, entertaining read."

"[Ell Clyne's] life is thrown away and we see her defending her position as the Cypher, in a fire, trying to kill someone, running from the evilest creatures, rescuing her friend and trying to stay in one piece... She feels real and loveable." 
-Reading... Dreaming

Ell Clyne is lost living someone else’s life. But reading souls to save the fate of a loved one seemed like a fair trade. At first. Ell Clyne reads souls for a living. When the secret escapes that she has been living a lie -all be it to save someone she loves- the vampires want answers. In a world of enemies, Ell must discover who sold her out and why before she permanently loses her soul, her life, and her family forever.

Purchase Frayed
Urban fantasy
"I loved the laugh-out-loud, witty dialogue, intricate plot, and fully actualized multicultural cast of characters." 
-Angie Sandro, author of the Dark Paradise series   

"There was mystery, horror, and fast-paced action. The dialogue was simply brilliant... When someone can actually make my cold heart ache, then I have to applaud them for a job well done."  -Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance
"I admit I am a big fan of novellas... I think it's a true test of an author's skill to communicate all we need to know and successfully deliver a story that resonates with us. Blakely Chorpenning is one of those skilled authors."
-Smitten By Bad Boy Heroes

"[T]he reader can see the growth in the main character. Fray starts out at Point A and at the end of the book she’s at Point D, and you can see Points B and C along the way. She’s still a kick-ass, no bull-shit character at the end of the book, but she ends up with a different view-point and a new purpose in life."

"There are parts of this book that will make you smirk, and some will make you throw your fist in the air. And there are some that will heat you up, and some that will break you down. You will get angry and scared and you will want to know how such horrible creatures can exist. [Blakely Chorpenning] doesn't hold back at all, and I think the story will definitely speak for itself." 
-Fictional Candy

Fray loves being a semi-pro fighter and free spirit. However, when a deadly faction begins abducting supernatural teens in the Blue Hills of North Carolina for excruciating experiments, she quickly learns there is more to life than glitzy opponents and late night trysts. Fray and a crew of unlikely allies must rescue the children before they are dissected alive. Being a leopard shapeshifter helps. Confronting personal prejudice and traversing feelings for a tempestuous ex do not mix. But Fray is willing to go all the way to stop her world from changing. That is, until the ultimate sacrifice forces her to realize just how overdue change is.

Her most shocking discovery: Everyone’s human. At least a little…