A stunning debut with a narrative voice so strong, you’ll feel the swamp breathing down your neck. Eerie and very moving.

Tim McGregor, author of Eynhallow and Wasps in the Ice Cream

Undertaker Books is proud to announce the upcoming release of Elizabeth Broadbent’s debut novella, Ink Vine. The book is scheduled for release on April 12, 2024, and will be available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited, as well as paperback and hardcover through all major retailers. 

Ink Vine tells the story of bisexual stripper Emmy, who has lived her whole life in a small Southern town with a few rules: Listen to your mama; don’t kiss girls; and stay the hell out of the swamp. Sick of all three, she sneaks under the dark tree-canopy behind her family trailer, where she meets Zara—mysterious, elusive, tattooed Zara, the first girl she dares to kiss. 

But the small-town South hates a woman who dares to dance instead of plucking chickens for minimum wage, and as Emmy’s life falls apart, her relationship with Zara grows more tangled and bizarre. Zara’s offering something beautiful. But while Emmy’s slowly strangling, its price may be more than she’s willing to pay. 

Ink Vine is a lush and deliciously queer Southern Gothic romance about desire and the things we will do to sate it. Broadbent’s richly drawn characters and smart, evocative prose gives new meaning to the phrase ‘blossoming love.’ Emerald’s longing—for acceptance, for love, for something more—haunts every word and sets the stage for a beautiful narrative about acceptance, self-discovery, and the power of connection.

Jolie Toomajan, editor of Aseptic and Faintly Sadistic

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