Playing Guy

With a name like Guy Olivier Rhett Butts and two movie-obsessed parents, it is no surprise that he becomes a Hollywood actor. Yet, when he returns to his hometown of Wynee, S.C., for a celebration in his honor, he is thrust into a real-life drama that forces him to look at what he left behind and how he will proceed ahead.

This is a story about a childhood friendship that is forced to grow up.


Deena Bouknight truly knows how to capture the life and charm of low-country South Carolina and bring its characters to life.
The telling of Playing Guy is so complete you feel like the people and the landscape are enmeshed and each one completes the other.
From the opening scene of a dramatic car crash, the rekindling and retelling of an unlikely childhood friendship, to the tragic unfolding of the climax, you won't be able to wait to find out how the events of the story finally come together. You won't be disappointed when redemption finally comes, but it won't be what you expected! SANDRA MCMURTRY

I am a fan of this author. Like her previous book, Broken Shells, the setting and characters in this new book are realistically and quirkily southern. As a native of the south, I almost feel as if she is telling me a story about a place and people that I know. In fact, I am sure that she must know or have heard of some of the eccentric and wonderful characters in low country South Carolina! Bouknight is able to capture the essence and beauty of a place I call home. Unlike so much of what I have read and reviewed in my experience as a librarian and avid reader, her story also resonates with unconditional love and the hope that must surely follow. Well done! JENNI WILSON

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About Deena C Bouknight

Deena C. Bouknight writes for national and international consumer and trade magazines, as well as for general interest and regional magazines.

She has completed two literary novels, Broken Shells and Playing Guy. Broken Shells was published in August 2013; Playing Guy in June 2016. Deena has published one children’s book, Our Wintry Day Walk (Trafford), and was a contributor for Portraits of Grace: North Carolina Churches (Our State Books), Humor for a Sister’s Heart (Howard Publishing), and The Big Book of Christmas Joy (Howard Publishing).

She teaches writing and literature at a private school and for workshops.

She has a degree in English and Journalism from High Point University and a Certificate of Literature from Cambridge University in England.

She is a mentor for underprivileged children and a board member of Haiti Under God (HUG), a missions organization.

Deena resides in Columbia, S.C., with her husband and two children.

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