New from Down & Out Books: PORCELAIN MOTHS by Joe Ricker

TAMPA, Fla. - March 22, 2021 - PRLog -- Down & Out Books is pleased to announce that PORCELAIN MOTHS by Joe Ricker has been published on March 22, 2021 in trade paperback and ebook formats.


Maggie Remick has a secret.

Maggie has spent nearly twenty years struggling to give her life meaning. When she meets a much younger man who shows promise for all of that to change, and a chance for her to reclaim some part of her youth, her son Harley returns home from serving a two-year sentence for arson.

Harley takes a job as a janitor at his former high school and distances himself from Maggie by accepting a living arrangement with a former high school mentor. Harley also tries desperately to win the affection of a young woman who has more than her fair share of struggles. But things begin to unravel as his affections are rejected, and the mentor's darker motives for helping Harley are revealed.

Maggie's romantic relationship begins to deteriorate when she reveals to her new lover that she's pregnant with his child. Things start to spiral into chaos for both Maggie and Harley, and as Harley tries fervently to keep his impulses contained, the secret Maggie has been keeping from him is brought to light, and Harley's response is nothing short of apocalyptic.

Meet the author…

Joe Ricker is a former bartender for Southern literary legends Barry Hannah and Larry Brown. He has also worked as a cab driver, innkeeper, acquisitions specialist, professor, and in the Maine timber industry. He currently lives in Reno, Nevada, and spends much of his free time walking uphill.

In its eleventh year as an independent publisher of award-winning literary and crime fiction, Down & Out Books ( is based in Tampa, Florida. For more information about the book, to request a review copy of the book, or to inquire about an interview with the author, contact

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