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I'm thrilled to announce that the third book in the Redneck Series is due to be released in the fall of 2014. 
Following in the footsteps of Redneck P.I. and Kick Assitude is Backwoods Boogie.

Redneck P.I. Twila Taunton is forced to work for Jimmie-Ray, the man she despises more than anyone else in the world. The problem is, she can't allow Pam Taylor to be convicted of a murder she clearly did not commit.
Twila elicits the help of Gasser Cunha, master hacker, and when she stumbles upon an illegal puppy mill where several dogs are being abused, she calls on her long-distance boyfriend, Harland O'Connor to help rescue them. Great Aunt Essie and Lamercy Howard go Goth, and a biker gang also get involved.

What Exactly is a Redneck?

What is a redneck, anyway? The term has been used to describe different groups in different time periods. 


In the mid-seventeenth century, residents of Scotland known as "Covenanters" who rejected the Church of England in favor of Presbyterianism, often wore red cloths around their necks to show their support for the movement. They were known as rednecks.


Many of the Scots and Scots-Irish who settled in Appalachia and rural areas of the southern United States were also referred to as rednecks, perhaps because many of them were Presbyterians, or it could be because they had their skin burned red by the sun, which was apparently most noticeable on the back of their necks.


Neither of these is to be confused with the South African term "Rooineck" (redneck), used by settlers of Dutch descent as a derogative term for the British, because of the way the sun burned the skin on the back of their necks, which were not accustomed to the harsh African sun.


The term has also been used in the Midwest and western United States to describe Irish Catholics. Apparently it was difficult for some to tell the difference between the Scots and the Irish.


The official description from Wikipedia is …"a person who is stereotypically Caucasian and of lower socio-economic status in the USA and Canada, particularly referring to those living in rural areas. Originally limited to the Southern United States and then to Appalachia, the term has become widely used throughout North America."


The American Heritage Dictionary of Cultural Literacy says it is "…a slang term, usually for a rural white southerner who is politically conservative, racist, and a religious fundamentalist. This term is generally considered offensive. It originated in reference to agricultural workers, alluding to how the back of a person's neck will be burned by the sun if he works long hours in the fields."


Today the term redneck is often used by city dwellers to scoff at their rural counterparts.


Rednecks themselves view the term with a certain amount of smugness, in that it indicates a counterculture of members who are not afraid to buck current trends, and openly thumb their noses to political correctness and its subterfuge of double standards. Rednecks like trucks, beer, NASCAR, country music, the second amendment, shooting, fishing, hunting, wrestling, are staunchly patriotic, and are proud of their uninhibited lack of sophistication.


Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, with his "You might be a Redneck If…" humor has changed the connotation of the term almost to one of endearment, and has illustrated that there is really no clear definition or dividing line.


Y'all know who you are.