Award Winning Author


August 2016

Walmart picks up Clemenceau’s Daughters!

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Forget Cloud 9!  I’ve been over the moon since getting the great news last night that Little Debbie Ballard gets to hang out at  What’s so cool about being an author is the tremendous thrill and feeling of validation that comes when a major company decides to carry your work.  It’s so hard to believe that it’s been right at a year since the awesome folks at SYP Publishing decided to give Clemenceau’s Daughters a shot. From the getgo, they have been consummate professionals and I am so thankful that I found exactly the right publisher to make a lifelong dream into reality.

As any good Southern girl knows, if Walmart doesn’t have it you don’t really need it.  My book’s at Walmart, y’all!  Clemenceau’s Daughters  has arrived!

Down Home on the Farm…A Peek Behind the Making of Clemenceau’s Daughters


Click on the link below to see this video!

Contact Dusty Cole, RE/MAX of Orange Beach AL for all your area real estate needs.  Be sure to visit his website at or give him a call 251-213-8504

The coolest part of this story is that I taught Dusty back when he was just a cute little 7th grader and then again in high school.  It is so awesome to see “my kids” come back home to Baldwin County and build their own successful careers.  The videographer, Zack Santa Cruz, is another one of my former students!


Rocky’s Calendar

Rocky is pleased to speak at area book clubs and civic meetings.  During the school year (August-May), Rocky is available for late afternoon or evening book clubs/meetings.  Summertime is more flexible!  Contact Rocky at to schedule a visit.



21-22:  FAPA Board of Directors Retreat  Lake Placid, FL


18:  Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards Ceremony  Miami, FL


3, 4, 5, 6, 7:  St. George Island Writers’ Retreat  St. George Island, FL



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The Ballards live in the shadow of July Mountain.  They are one step shy of overcoming the taint of poverty dogging the family since the Great Depression.  During the excess of the modern 1980s, the Tennessee Valley still harbors a passing respect for the unexplainable and superstition.  Roots cling to family trees like tendrils that tangle and tear to claim, not just birthrights, but bloodrights.

Folks tend to die around Little Debbie Ballard.  She struggles to make sense of a world where the unspoken past and prejudice collide, where truth is no longer as simple as Daddy’s word, and cruel intentions transcend generations.  Debbie must face the insidious legacy that haunts the women of her family, one by one.

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Clemenceau’s Daughters Wins Multiple Awards


Lake Buena Vista FL—On  August 5, the Florida Authors & Publishers Association (FAPA) gave out its prestigious annual President’s Awards for outstanding books by authors and publishers in Florida and throughout the United States.  FAPA recognized books in forty-seven categories.

Clemenceau’s Daughters, Rocky Porch Moore’s southern-flavored horror novel, won medals for excellence in three categories:  GOLD in Adult Fiction-Horror; SILVER in Adult Fiction-Contemporary/Literary;  and SILVER in Adult Fiction-General.

“The 2016 award winners exemplify excellence in publishing both regionally and nationally.  The awards continue to command the attention of industry professionals and readers, ” said Terri Gerrell, FAPA President.

The competition employed sixty-five judges from across the United States including librarians, educators, and publishing professionals.  All recipients of a FAPA President’s Book Award will have the opportunity to have their book displayed at BookExpo America 2017, the #1 book event for the book industry in the US.  BookExpo America 2017 will be in New York City May 31-June 2, 2017.

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