“Carole Townsend’s Blood in the Soil is a gritty, gut-wrenching true account of a serial killer who killed again and again and attempted to murder two prominent men, publisher Larry Flynt and civil rights activist Vernon Jordan Jr. There are many people to root for in the book, all heroes, but Townsend is the real hero. She has shed light into the dark corners of this story, taking us on the journey so we might better understand the story behind the story. An important book. A very important book.”  —STACY ALLEN, AUTHOR OF EXPEDITION INDIGO

“Whether you are a fan of true crime stories or just enjoy an extremely well-written tale, you aren’t going to put Blood in the Soil down any time soon. Townsend’s characters, both likable and downright scary, jump off the page, making a thirty-year-old crime as real as today’s headlines. A truly good show!”  —GREGG LOOMIS, AUTHOR OF THE PEGASUS SECRET, THE CATHAR SECRET, AND THE NASSAU SECRET

“With Blood in the Soil, Carole Townsend has penned the riveting tale of a serial killer, Joseph Paul Franklin. Written from the perspectives of both the murderer and those in law enforcement who sought to bring him to justice . . . a fascinating tale of lies, deception, and death.”  —WILLIAM RAWLINGS, AUTHOR OF A KILLING ON RING JAW BLUFF AND THE SECOND COMING OF THE INVISIBLE EMPIRE: THE KU KLUX KLAN OF THE 1920s

“Townsend reminds us that some memories and people, like Joseph Paul Franklin, take a long time to die. She pumps life into the monster that was Franklin through the recollections of the Southern lawman who could never forget. In this taste of Southern true crime, the blood cries out from the soil reminding us of our troubled past here in the Deep South.” —JOSEPH SCOTT MORGAN, DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR OF APPLIED FORENSICS, JACKSONVILLE STATE UNIVERSITY; HLN/CNN FORENSIC ANALYST

“Superb storytelling inserted into a true tale. Carole Townsend took reality and gifted it with remarkable prose, turning some pretty gruesome scenes into a fluid, gripping story. Joseph Franklin had me. Then Detective Cowart. The author shows talent, making me fall into each character, regardless how forthright or ruthless, to the point I could deeply relate to the killer or the cop. Then with the added hint of noir, Townsend flavored the storytelling even more, like a dash more garlic to an already rich stew, just to reward the appetite of the person who appreciates more.”  – C. HOPE CLARK,  JUDGE, 2017 GEORGIA AUTHOR OF THE YEAR AWARDS


“The book is a great read for any die-hard fan, or the new fan with an interest in NASCAR.” —DAVID RAGAN, WINNER, AARON’S 499 AT TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY, 2013

“Townsend’s venture into the male-dominated sport of NASCAR is immensely entertaining and informative.” —GREGG LOOMIS, FORMER RACE CAR DRIVER AND AUTHOR OF THE LANE REILLY THILLERS


“Love the book! It brought back so many mother/daughter memories. Red Lipstick and Clean Underwear had us laughing, reminiscing and reveling in our womanhood.”
–Vikki Locke, Host, B985 morning radio show Atlanta, GA.

“I love Red Lipstick and Clean Underwear! It’s like a how-to guide on how to age gracefully. Or, a preview of coming attractions and, uh, un-attractions! I will refer to it for advice and reassurance as I enter the next few decades. This is a must-read for women at any age. A dose of advice, with a side of sass!”
–Valerie Calhoun. Anchor, Good Morning Memphis WHBQ TV FOX-13

“My advice after reading Red Lipstick and Clean Underwear – put it on your Christmas wish list and pick up a copy for your mother and your daughters while you’re at it. I intend to give a copy to my daughter this Christmas.”
–Sharon Swanepoel, Patch News Sites

“Definitely a book club must-read! “Red Lipstick & Clean Underwear will not only spark an honest (and fun) discussion about women, but it is sure to foster genuine conversation as women look at where we’ve been, where we are and where we go from here.”
–Tana Suggs, Editor, Suwanee Magazine

“Fantastic fodder for book clubs everywhere. Women will love the blunt, funny honesty about the journey from girl to woman to matriarch.”
–Shane Blatt, Atlanta Journal Constitution