Congratulations to Marlene Ratledge Buchanan! Marlene has been named Georgia Independent Author of the Year for her mystery, A Place with a Past.

Marlene240Marlene Ratledge Buchanan
A Place with a Past 
is a southern cozy mystery, complete with a love story and a couple of ghosts. An unexpected inheritance leads a school teacher to find two ghosts living in the family home place. One demands she leave, and the other asks for protection. A little love, a little laughter, and a great deal of southern charm leads the reader into a book of hidden family secrets.

Marlene writes the Hey Y’all column for Gwinnett Citizen ( Please follow her on Facebook and through her website

Her first book Life is Hard. Soften It with Laughter received the GIAYA for 2020.Marlene’s books are available at,