New Southern Gothic Novel. Free on Kindle April 14, 15, and 16.

Posted: April 10, 2020 in World On The Edge

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I’m offering YOU my new novel, Absence, FREE ON KINDLE (April 14 -16). And I’m offering it FREE for one reason: YOUR REVIEW. Please download it and after you’ve read it, please leave a short, honest review on Amazon. Reviews are an author’s life-blood–so important to a book she has spent years writing. So I thank you for taking the time to leave a few words.

Already,  there is much-appreciated praise for ABSENCE from two highly respected authors.

~Those who have read Kaye Park Hinckley’s earlier novels will know that she is one of the most exciting and gifted writers of contemporary faith-inspired fiction. This latest offering does not disappoint. Absence will further establish Mrs. Hinckley’s hard-earned reputation as a teller of gritty and gripping stories infused with subtle hints of the redemptive power of grace.   — Joseph Pearce, the author of numerous literary works.  Visit his website at

~Hinckley does it again. Absence put me in mind of Faulkner as a generation-transcending saga set in the South. But unlike Faulkner, Hinckley does not leave the reader feeling burdened by the tragic consequences of the sins of the fathers visited upon their children. Instead, Hinckley enlightens, revealing the indissolubility of love and truth, and restoring love and life. A terrific read. — Dena Hunt, author of award-winning novels, Treason and The Lion’s Heart

ABSENCE is a Southern Gothic  novel and a mystery in the deepest sense of the word, about marriage, about fathers and sons, mothers and daughters,and brothers and sisters; all backed into corners and at odds with each other as they struggle with their human nature and their dependence upon the Nature of Earth.

Excerpt from ABSENCE. Page 96. James confronts his son, William.

“Nature betrays us, boy! It turns on us, and sometimes it takes what we love. But I won’t sit down for that. I’ll fight against it every time. I won’t let it destroy us, no matter what I have to do!”

“What can you do? You’re a man—one man. You can’t tame a river, and you can’t stop a storm.”

“Don’t tell me what I can’t do, boy. I can do it because I’m part of it. I have a nature, too. The nature of a man. And it’s made me mean and strong, just as mean and strong as those floods and droughts. I ain’t no a whiner. I ain’t showing no weakness. Show weakness to your enemy, he’ll put a knife in your side, slice you up and down, and leave you for dead.”

“An enemy? You talk like Nature’s a person.”

“Oh, it ain’t a person. No, not a person! Nature’s bigger than that. It’s the biggest of big things. It’s the Daddy of all we got, but if it tries to steal something from us, we got to be nasty enough to fight against it. We’re men, and that’s what we’re put here to do.”

ABSENCE is my ninth book of fiction. A first draft of the novel was a William Faulkner/ William Wisdom Competition Finalist, as are several of my other novels.

Other Writing Awards include:

2018 Independent Press Award Winner for “The Wind that Shakes the Corn: Memoirs of a Scots Irish Woman

2019 Independent Press Award Winner for “The Ghosts of Faithful”

2019 NYC Big Book Award, “The Ghosts of Faithful”

2019 American Fiction Award Finalist, “The Ghosts of Faithful.”


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