"Herbert Metoyer’s new historic novel,
Small Fires in the Sun, is a wonderful, engaging, historical
and well-crafted novel that is essential and important to understanding
the history and struggles of the deep south and America. This
well-written novel is a page turner filled with toil, humanity, love and
war. If the Academy Award nominated film, Beasts of the Southern
Wild, peeked your interest in Louisiana, Mr. Metoyer’s epic
novel will fill in the history of the why and how. Small Fires is
a stunning achievement for a first novel by a very talented American
writer." — M.L. Liebler, Professor, Wayne State University,
Detroit Poet and Editor of Working Words: Punching the Clock
and Kicking Out the Jams. St. Clair Shores, MI.
"This book must have been a work of passion
on behalf of the author. This is evident considering the amount of
research it must have taken to develop such an intriguing and pulsating
story about the cultures that evolved during colonial Louisiana.
Informative and easy to read." — Robert Williams, New Orleans,
"Get ready for a thrilling ride through an
explosive period of history! With heartfelt sensitivity and a touch of
humor, Metoyer unveils the winding tale of a Louisiana family’s love,
passion, and tortured past. Skillfully mixing fact with fiction, he pens
a vivid description of a bloody uprising aboard a slave ship crossing
the Atlantic Ocean, the family’s early ties to a powerful Natchez tribal
community, and their aspirations while serving as house slaves on a
plantation ruled by a French slave master. The journey that unfolds is
both compelling and shocking. This book is a must read!" — Denise
Crittendon, Publisher and Editor, Esteem Multi-Media,
"This book is educational, intriguing, and
even jolting at times. A very good read!" — D’Anna Savage,
Ladies Literary Society Book Club, Southfield, MI.
"This book is an emotional roller-coaster
ride. How the author was able to blend such believable and true-to-life
characters into one story is a testament to his abilities as a
first-time author. It was an easy task for us to identify with all of
his characters and share in their aspirations and disappointments. Like
us, I am sure you will laugh and cry right along with them. As a bonus,
we also learned a lot about the colonial history of Louisiana. Very
interesting." — Dr. D. B. Walker and Prof. Diane M. Lockett,
President and Vice-President, Detroit Writers’ Guild, Detroit, MI.
"After reading this book, I am now a
believer in the term that — ‘Life is stranger than fiction.’
I salute Herbert Metoyer for the masterful manner in which he took
actual historical events and wove them into such an awesome and
intricate plot. You will not be able to put this book down!" — Hattie
Jean Holmes, Ft. Worth, TX.
"For some reason, I always examine a new
book by reading the ending first. In this case, I started with the
epilogue. By the end of the first page, I was hooked." — Tammy Mason,
"When I first read a draft of Small
Fires in the Sun, I knew it had the ingredients of a best
seller. Also, its colorful characters and the way it is constructed
makes it a great candidate for an action-packed movie." — Linda S.
Manuel, School Teacher, Retired, Gahanna, OH.
"Undeniably compelling and rewarding. This novel is
supremely rich in language and uniquely blessed with genuine
originality." — D. Marlene Thomas, TMC Consulting, Ft.
"Fantastic! I was emotionally involved from the beginning
to the end. And… the words in the note penned by Emanuelle to her
beloved husband, St. Denis, upon his death, touched my heart and spirit.
It should serve as a reminder to lovers everywhere to tuck a smile away
today, and learn to appreciate that bumps in the road can be made smooth
tomorrow."—Zelda E. Irby, Federal Government, Retired,