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A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice: A Memoir in Four Meditations by Christine Hale

Apprentice House
$16.99, paperback
ISBN: 978-1627201018
July, 2016
Nonfiction: Memoir
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"Christine Hale’s evocation of the bewildering complexities of life as a mother, daughter, wife (and ex-wife), and student of Buddhism is both a poem and a letter to those she has worked so long and hard to understand. On a journey that takes her through emotional and actual hurricanes, love and cruelty, urgent losses, and painful gains, she climbs to sometimes unnervingly high altitudes as she experiences 'the joy and the sorrow of samsara.' In beautiful, clear language, Hale explores the wounds life gives us, the wounds we give ourselves, and the long process of healing."
—Sarah Stone, author of The True Sources of the Nile

"When St. John of the Cross first penned Dark Night of the Soul in the 1sixteenth century, he clarified the halting and stumbling steps of a spiritual journey. Christine Hale’s A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice takes this classic form and brings it into the twenty-first century, looking through the lens of loss, childhood trauma, Buddhism, and natural disasters, with tattoos and the author’s love for her children front and center. Her narrative illuminates the experience of stepping through the chilly and often frightening darkness into a hoped-for new dawn in the company of a generous friend and trusty guide who’s one step ahead."
—Bernadette Murphy, author of Harley & Me: Embracing Risk on the Road to a More Authentic Life

In this layered collage of memory within memory, Christine Hale recreates for readers her kaleidoscopic experience of a decades-long journey to acceptance and insight. Writer, prodigal daughter, single parent, Buddhist disciple, and, late in midlife, a newlywed, she is transformed through an unconventional relationship with a female spiritual teacher and an odd ritual of repeated tattooing with her two young adult children.

Christine Hale’s prose has appeared in Hippocampus, Arts & Letters, Prime Number, Shadowgraph, and The Sun, among other literary journals. Her debut novel Basil’s Dream (Livingston Press, 2009) received honorable mention in the 2010 Library of Virginia Literary Awards. A fellow of MacDowell, Ucross, Hedgebrook, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ms. Hale has been a finalist for the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers and the Rona Jaffee Foundation Writers’ Award. She earned her MFA from Warren Wilson College, and teaches in the Antioch University-Los Angeles Low-Residency MFA Program as well as the Great Smokies Writing Program. Her new book, A Piece of Sky, A Grain of Rice: A Memoir in Four Meditations (forthcoming from Apprentice House, July 2016) is set in the southern Appalachian Mountains, where she and her parents grew up. She lives in Asheville, where she is director of operations for Urban Dharma, a Buddhist temple and community center.

Afton: A Novel by Ellen LaConte

CreateSpace Publishing Platform
$15.25, paperback / $9.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-515343653
October, 2015
Fiction: Literary
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"It is perhaps the best new novel I have read in twenty years."
—Miles Frieden, Former Executive Director, Key West Literary Seminar

"...the writing is remarkably vivid. And that is very rare."
—Susan Shreve, author of A Student of Living Things and Board Co-Chairman of the Pen/Faulkner Foundation

It’s 1991 and greed is God. Money men are dreaming big, few bigger than Trump-competitor Rawden Darien. The Manhattan developer has investors, architects, and builders lined up to turn the breathtakingly beautiful Afton River delta and saltmarsh—located conveniently on Connecticut’s Gold Coast between big spenders in New York and Boston—into an upscale resort, condo, and retail complex. He’s confident Braeton Mills’ cash-strapped town fathers will see green, eagerly sell off “the swamp” to rake in new taxes, reap jobs, and win re-election. It’s a win-win.

But for bewildered, soon-to-be-widowed Hannah Walker, retiring landscape artist, Leslie Willoes, beloved children’s book author Jane Howard, and covert environmental activist Annabella Wedgwood, the destruction of the marshland is inconceivable. The Afton Marches are a singular place of solace, solitude, self-discovery and healing, rich with wild life and history. For Leslie Willoes they offer an opening into “designs grander than our own.” As spring yields to summer, they and their friends and opponents, including their friend, the only locally-born child of mill-workers, are an accidental community caught up in the fate of the Afton. They will suffer betrayals, disappointments, and losses. They will also discover gifts, strengths, and second chances. At its heart this is the story of one woman’s journey from psychological abuse and self-deprecation to finding her true self, her calling and, perhaps her passion. But, in reality, no one’s life will be unchanged by one man’s ambition to own the Afton.

Deemed a "stylish debut" by Kirkus reviews, Afton is by turns poignant, sad, funny, mesmerizing, evocative, and all too real.

A freelance writer, stringer, and editor of nonfiction—newsletters, magazines, newspapers, and memoirs—and dabbler in short stories for over forty years, Ellen LaConte's widely-endorsed Life Rules: Nature's Blueprint for Surviving Economic and Environmental Collapse was published by New Society Publishers in 2012.

Dimestore: A Writer's Life by Lee Smith

Algonquin Books
$24.95, hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-616205027
March, 2016
Nonfiction: Memoir
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"Here's Lee Smith at her best. Dimestore is personal nonfiction, where her brilliance shines. Her wide warmth blesses everything funny about life and—here especially—everything moving and deep."
—Annie Dillard

“In Lee Smith’s memoir, Dimestore, readers will gladly join her, finding her writing with the same lively spirit that has always informed her fiction. She never turns away from her Appalachian roots, revealing that remote region with discerning affection.”
—North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Elizabeth Spencer, author of Starting Over

“In her first work of nonfiction, novelist Smith explores how deep her Appalachian roots go, in this entertaining and poignant collection of Southern memories.”
Publishers Weekly

For the inimitable Lee Smith, place is paramount. For forty-five years, her fiction has lived and breathed with the rhythms and people of the Appalachian South. But never before has she written her own story.

Set deep in the mountains of Virginia, the Grundy of Lee Smith’s youth was a place of coal miners, tent revivals, mountain music, drive-in theaters, and her daddy’s dimestore. It was in that dimestore--listening to customers and inventing adventures for the store’s dolls--that she became a storyteller. Even when she was sent off to college to earn some “culture,” she understood that perhaps the richest culture she might ever know was the one she was driving away from--and it’s a place that she never left behind.

Dimestore’s fifteen essays are crushingly honest, wise and perceptive, and superbly entertaining. Smith has created both a moving personal portrait and a testament to embracing one’s heritage. It’s also an inspiring story of the birth of a writer and a poignant look at a way of life that has all but vanished.

North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Lee Smith has published thirteen novels and four collections of short stories, including the bestselling novels Fair and Tender Ladies and The Last Girls, winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Her new book is Dimestore: A Writer’s Life, a work of nonfiction. She is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She lives in Hillsborough.

Elegies for Small Game by ​Shelby Stephenson

Press 53
$14.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-941209-41-7
Apri, 2016
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"In these poems Shelby Stephenson continues his celebration of place, family, and memory. But here there is a new eloquence and authority of rhyme and ballad form, with laments for those who have gone on, and odes to hunting dogs, songs for game like possums and rabbits, a gallery of portraits of people and loved pets, and even imaginary pets of childhood. In poem after poem Stephenson catches the exuberance of childhood, the romance of hot-rods, the delight of barnyard basketball, and the poignant poetry of birdlife in the countryside. In dialogue and hymn, this singer and laureate meditates on issues of race, history, and the bonds of abiding love."
—Robert Morgan, North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee and author of Dark Energy

Beaver Damn Swamp

I will get up and walk out to the plankhouse,
And take in the health and sickness of the past
And turn my craft to verse for the mouse
Scrambling toward the crack in the window-sash.

Peace shall come and sit down for a long spell
On the porch where my father’s hunter-stool sits,
Empty, his gun in the modern house, well
In the corner-closet, silent in the clock-ticks.

I will stand on the high plank-porch and see as far as I can
Into sacrifices my ancestors made for the road,
Their low way through and round, the traces, the land—
Oh the faces on the wall—voices—my tongue’s load.

Shelby Stephenson has published many collections of poems, plus the poetic documentary Plankhouse (with photos by Roger Manley). Shelby is former editor of Pembroke Magazine. His Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl won the 2008 Bellday Poetry Prize, judged by Allen Grossman. He is the current North Carolina Poet Laureate, and a 2014 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Shelby's website is www.shelbystephenson.com

The Libertarian Attack Against Liberty by Joseph W. Burrell

Algora Publishing
$23.00, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-672894-147-0
November, 2015
Nonfiction: Libertarian / Republican Party / Capitalism
Available from www.Amazon.com

This book describes the corporatist nature of the libertarian movement and its influence on the Republican Party. It attempts to refute the false belief by almost everyone that American capitalism is freedom loving and shows that capitalism is not and cannot be democratic. It also says that the Republican Party and the conservative and libertarian movements are trying to obliterate the revolutionary changes wrought by the New Deal by advancing a destructive "free market" ideology being pushed on the whole world through a globalist system of austerity for working people and deceptive propaganda aimed at consumers and ordinary citizens. It also discusses religion and the various challenges to fundamentalist belief by nonbelievers and secularists as well as aggressive American militarism and various social issues.

Joseph W. Burrell grew up in Western North Carolina, Lynchburg, Virginia, Detroit, Michigan, and Washington, DC. He served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean War and then earned a degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He taught school briefly in Washington, and then worked for the US Department of Justice. At last, he returned to the North Carolina mountains and began writing books. Algora Publishing in New York has published three of his nonfiction books, the last one in novemberr 2015. He has also written two novels, Child of Darkness and Man of Light, but so far neither has been published.

Jasper: Rainforest Friends and Family by Sharon C. Williams

Fountain Blue Publishing
$7.99, paperback / $2.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-628681291
October, 2015
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Life in the jungle is never boring. It’s a lesson Jasper knows well. When someone is in need, he’ll gladly offer a helping hand. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for those he loves. The jungle is a dangerous place. One must tread carefully if they’re to survive. Though Jasper does his best to follow his mother’s every rule, he still marches to the beat of his own drum. New boundaries must be explored and new friends must be made. With so many new sights out there, it’s hard to let go of the curiosity that grows within Jasper at every turn.

Sharon C. Williams is a native of New England, raised in Northern Maine. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son. She is also owned by a flock of seven rescued birds. She has a B.S. degree in Chemistry. She loves to read, sketch,take pictures, walk, exercise, go to the movies, and listen to music. She is a budding bird watcher and knits on the side. Sharon is a huge sports fan of baseball, basketball, hockey, football, and MMA.

Two of her short stories were published in the anthology Cassandra’s Roadhouse and two in Dragons in the Attic , which was written by her writing group The Wonder Chicks. Her children’s chapter book, Jasper, Amazon Parrot:A Rainforest Adventure was released in September of 2013. Volume two, Jasper: Amazon Friends and Family was just released in October of 2015.

She writes in other genres such as nonfiction, YA, and adult.

Hundred-Year Wave by Rachel Richardson

Carnegie-Mellon University Press
$15.95, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-887486104
February, 2016
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

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"Reading Hundred-Year Wave I kept thinking of that moment in Moby-Dick when Ishmael, having taken a Nantucket sleigh ride into the heart of a megapod of sperm whales, leans over the gunwales, looks down, sees 'suspended in those watery vaults' mothers and newborn calves, a cetacean nursery, and notes the resemblance between the harpoon line and the umbilicus. Hundred-Year Wave is full of, makes music of, such furtive similitudes. Following a 'great pulse and signal,' Richardson has gone diving into the twilight zones of language and metaphor, history and story, eros and grief, motherhood and marriage, and resurfaced with poems that, one almost feels, could light lamps."
—Donovan Hohn, author of Moby-Duck

"Immaculately yet organically structured, Rachel Richardson’s Hundred-Year Wave dives and sails and swims from the cosmic to the personal, accounting for the epical, sublime and tragic, and the lyrical, hymnal and elegiac. The sea is the book’s domain and the source of energy, its grief and solace; and in wave after wave of remarkable poetry bearing wit and grit and tenderness it heralds the arrival of a poet of great poise and prodigious lyrical gifts."
—Khaled Mattawa

"Rachel Richardson’s Hundred-Year Wave is a gorgeous book that borrows its vast subject matter from new parenthood, marriage, the ocean, whales, and Sylvia Plath. The poet knits each poem with such care—stitch by stitch, loop by loop, word after word into an effortless collection of quiet yet haunting music lush with texture and feeling. Her gifts are wide and deep like the ocean, as she shows us that 'we are not lost/in the vast expanse of lostness.'”
—Victoria Chang

In Rachel Richardson’s second collection of poems, she juxtaposes the grand quests of Ahab and Melville with the quotidian journeys of contemporary life. Hundred-Year Wave launches stories of marriage and motherhood over the currents of a nearly mythological ancestry: women and men who built their possessions out of iron and flour and whalebone and wool. If reaching back into the past is akin to plumbing a depth, then Richardson exhibits the rare abilities of craft to build, from our language, vessels light enough to travel on that element, but sturdy enough to weather the storms we are likely to find there.

Rachel Richardson has published poems in the New England Review, Slate, Southern Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan and an MA in Folklore from the University of North Carolina. Her awards include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a Hopwood Award, and scholarships to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers' Conferences. She has taught in several prisons, public schools, and universities, and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Stumbling Toward Enlightenment: A Wife's Thirty-year Journey with Her Green Beret by Polly B. Davis

Old Mountain Press
$15.00, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-931575-88-1
October, 2015
Nonfiction: Memoir
Available from www.Amazon.com

"Polly Brown Davis’ warm and wonderful Stumbling Toward Enlightenment reads like a charm. It is first a love story, full of energy and accomplishment, a rare combination of experiences: parachuting, mothering, going to graduate school while her husband goes off to Vietnam, confronting realities of health. Polly Brown Davis is a survivor, a beautiful one, as this memoir attests."
—Shelby Stephenson, North Carolina Poet Laureate

"An independent southern girl who copes, challenges, survives, and thrives as a career soldier’s wife (and much more), Polly Davis writes with grace, wry humor, poignant honesty—I was with her all the way."
—Celia Miles, author/editor

"You might think you know what it takes to be a US Special Forces Green Beret soldier during a time of war. But very few understand what it takes to remain his wife and constant companion for over forty years. Polly Davis does. With courage and wit and a heart too big to fail, Davis’ memoir is at once an adventure tale, an enduring love story, and an unwitting case study of true grace under pressure."
—Brian Knopp Author, Private Investigator and adjunct professor, UNC-Asheville

Married to a Special Forces soldier during the height of the Vietnam War, Polly B. Davis was a soldier’s wife with a difference: she often led, always followed, and sometimes fought alongside her Green Beret. Whether leaping out of airplanes, SCUBA diving off the coast of Massachusetts, hauling her family and their dogs over two continents, or battling a life-threatening disease, Davis’ life story is superbly rich with courage, compassion, and a sly humor that overcomes all obstacles. Failure is not an option with this warm and enticing tale.

Polly B. Davis did something she thought she never would do: marry a soldier. A Green Beret even!

Polly started out as a military wife with a BS Degree from the University of Georgia, and over the next thirty years, raised two children, numerous dogs and cats, and attained a Masters and a Doctorate. All while tramping the world with her soldier husband. Often alone in strange and uncertain circumstances, she not only rose to the occasion, she excelled in everything she ever did.

She has taught at every level from pre-school to college, served as the head of the English Department and Director of Research and Planning for Fayetteville Technical Community College. She was the first woman to join and the first woman to be president of the Kiwanis Club of the Cape Fear, President of the Cumberland County Library and Information Center, President of the Friends of the Cumberland County Library and Information Center, and Program/Speaker chair of the Cumberland County Library and Information Center for which we drew authors from all over the area and beyond. She was also the President of the North Carolina Community College Council of Teachers of English.

Khayal by Cristel Orrand

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
$11.99, paperback / $4.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1519127839
November, 2015
Fiction: Historical
Available from www.Amazon.com

“She moves as stealthily as the darkness for which she was named—Khayal.”

Against the crisp backdrop of the Jordanian desert, the Dead Sea, and the living paradise of Aqaba, twenty-seven-year-old medic and secret operative, Khayal, lives in the shadows, submerged in a criminal underworld, where lies aren’t just the things you tell yourself to sleep at night; they’re the things that keep you alive.

On her mission, Khayal is joined by Ibrahim, who speaks in riddles; Yasmin who knows where all the bodies are buried; Anya, the angry humanitarian; the orphaned teenager Mohammed; Huzzaq, her handler, who is either an evil mastermind or redeemer; and Ibrahim’s grandson Nur, who is her namesake, and the target who infiltrates her dreams. Unbeknownst to Khayal, they are all indelibly bound by the same man and the same decades-old secrets.

This second novel by award-nominated writer Cristel Orrand is an action-driven, fast-paced adventure through the Holy Land, through darkness and light, and the hefty gulf between legality and morality. Khayal is a kind of women's literary spy fiction and a tale of the indomitable human spirit, love, and friendship.

Cristel Orrand is the author of two published cross-genre novels, The Amalgamist and Khayal, as well as poetry, nonfiction, and short stories. She’s currently working on a series of biographies and Southern historical fiction. With an archivist’s passion for preservation and detail, she tells the stories of the voiceless and of the past. Cristel grew up in a military family, moving back and forth across the US, and living in such exotic locations as Turkey, Jordan, France, and Fort Riley, Kansas. She blends her love of history, people, and place in such a way that the settings are often their own characters in her work. She’s a mom, a consultant, a bibliophile, a writer, an historian, a cook, a critic, a gardener, a storyteller, a cancer survivor, a caretaker, a scavenger, and a pugilist, of a sort. Cristel lives in Raleigh, NC, with her artist husband, pixie power twins, and rescue pups.

101 Reasons to Love Running by Tyler Moore

Lulu Press
$7.95 paperback / $7.55 e-book
ISBN: 978-1-4834-3848-1
December, 2015
Nonfiction: Inspirational / Motivational / Health
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

This book summarizes 101 reasons why we love running so much. Author Tyler Moore hopes this book serves as extra inspiration and motivation to meet and exceed running and racing goals. For beginner runners, or people that don't run as often as they should, maybe these reasons can be a wake-up call to be more active.

Captain (Ret) Tyler Moore is the author of 101 Reasons to Love Running, an inspirational and motivational book for runners of all ages, beginner runners, and lifelong runners.

Tyler enlisted the United States Air Force as an airman and retired as a captain after twenty-three years of service. He specialized in Communications and Intelligence, Information Technology, Satellite Networks, Plans and Programs, Equal Opportunity (EO), Logistics, and Academic Operations. His tours of duty include the Middle East, Korea, the Philippines, Maryland, New Mexico, Virginia, and Washington, DC. He has served as a Detachment Commander, Watch Officer, EO Director, and Deputy Operations Chief. In addition to the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and Squadron Officer School, he has completed the Basic and Advanced Communications Officer Training School and Joint Information Operations School.

Originally from Birmingham, AL, Tyler relocated to the Triangle in 2013 after retiring from active duty in Washington, DC. He graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and has an MBA from Grantham University. He currently lives in Garner, and works at Siemens Healthcare.

Tyler began writing nonfiction, and later published his first novel in 2008, a collection of letters from students called Dear Captain Moore: Letters to a Service Member in the Middle East. From 2007-2009, Tyler served as a guest columnist in Cannon Connections, the base newspaper at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico.

As a lifelong runner and three-time marathoner, Tyler has written two books about running. His first book was The Power Within: A Spiritual Guide for Runners (2010), a book that contains Biblical passages and scriptures and their relation to running, races, perseverance, and victory.

Contact him through his website, http://tymoore11.wixsite.com/tylermoore; on Twitter (@101Reasons2); and e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Henry IV by Luigi Pirandello
Translated by Martha Witt & Mary Ann Frese Witt

Italica Press
$35.00, hardcover / $20.00, paperback / $9.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-59910-292-4
January, 2016
Plays: Translation
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"After the brilliant translation of Six Characters in Search of an Author, Mary Ann Witt and Martha Witt return to Pirandello with yet a bigger challenge: translating the complex play Henry IV and placing it next to The License, a much less performed work. The insightful and original introduction well supports this coupling, which is based on the theme of madness, so central in Pirandello’s production. An absolute must-read for understanding Pirandello’s work."
— Daniela Bini, University of Texas at Austin

"At once elegant and absorbing, subversive and vibrant, this superb translation of Pirandello’s story of the bankruptcy of reason and of the seeming pointlessness of life, is truly one ripping good read. Catching the humor of a desperately moving journey of self-invention and unpredictability, the translators skillfully succeed in bringing out Pirandello’s bleak and yet life-affirming creation of alternative worlds in a drama that — just like the short one-act play that accompanies it — tells us much about the human condition and society’s role in policing it."
— Valeria Finucci, Duke University

Luigi Pirandello’s Henry IV opened to general acclaim at the Teatro Manzoni in Milan on February 24, 1922, less than a year after his revolutionary theatrical achievement, Six Characters in Search of an Author. The title of the later play suggests a historical drama, recalling Shakespeare’s great history plays. Yet Henry IV is instead anti-historical in that it “plays with” history, presenting historical events not as sequential and true, but as simultaneous and as an imaginary refuge. Henry IV (whose real name is not given) lives in a fake medieval castle where everyone must wear the costume of a historical figure. He is a twentieth-century Italian aristocrat whose madness traps him in the role of the Holy Roman Emperor, the German Henry IV, who reigned from 1056 until 1105.

Numerous comparisons have been made between Pirandello’s Henry IV and Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The affinities between their protagonists include madness, along with the pretense of madness, involving a consummate theatricality. Like other “mad” Pirandello characters, the man consumed by the role of Emperor Henry IV has been judged to be insane by a society that he judges to be insane. Madness, for Pirandello, can reveal a particular lucidity that gives access to truths not evident to “normal” people.

Pirandello’s one-act play The License (La Patente, 1918), displays an earlier version of this theme. Its main character, Rosario Chiarchiaro, may be mad or pretending to be mad as he also dons a costume and prepares to play a role for the rest of his life, the role of a purveyor of the “evil eye” — his means of self-defense against a society consumed by hypocrisy and superstition.

Martha Witt is an Associate Professor of English and Creative Writing at William Paterson University. She is the author of the novel, Broken as Things Are (Holt, 2004/Picador, 2005). Her translations and short fiction have appeared in multiple anthologies and international literary journals.

What Comes Around: An Allison Parker Mystery by Adair Sanders

$12.50, paperback / $2.99 Kindle
ISBN: 978-1518835056
December, 2015
Fiction: Mystery/Detective/Women Sleuths
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Follow attorney Allison Parker in Book Two of this exciting mystery series as she, P.I. Frank Martin, and F.B.I. agent Jake Cleveland track a serial killer.

Who is the woman whose dismembered body has been discovered in a field outside Ft. Charles, Alabama? When fingerprints identify the dead woman as a New Orleans prostitute, Sheriff Trowbridge hires P.I. Frank Martin and attorney Allison Parker to assist in the subsequent investigation. After a second murder occurs, and authorities fear a serial killer, Allison calls on her F.B.I. contact Jake Cleveland for assistance.

While Allison, Frank, and an F.B.I. task force search for the identity of a possible serial killer, Allison’s law partner David Jackson takes on an odd new client who has come to Ft. Charles around the time of the first murder. Something about Jefferson Boudreaux makes David Parker uncomfortable, but how could there be a connection between this well-to-do client and the recent murders? Before this question is answered, Allison once again finds her life increasingly entangled in mystery, intrigue and the gravest danger in this page-turning thriller.

Adair Sanders was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. After spending thirty-two years as a trial attorney, both as a special assistant US attorney and in private practice, she turned her attention to writing. Her first book, Biologically Bankrupt, explored generational dysfunction and was a 2012 EVVY Awards finalist. Her next book, As Sick As Our Secrets, is the first of the Allison Parker mystery series, followed by What Comes Around.

She resides in Brevard, North Carolina, where she is a member of the Brevard Authors Guild and the North Carolina Writers Network.

The Family in the Mirror by Drew Bridges

$23.95, hardcover / $14.95, paperback / $3.99, e-book
December, 2015
Fiction: Psychological Drama / Mystery
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

The Family in the Mirror unfolds a story of hidden identity and survival.

An abused child named Melinda is taken by child welfare services to a mental health clinic.

Despite the best intentions of the clinic director, John Randt, Melinda does not get the help she needs and returns to a cult-like existence.

More than a decade later, adult Melinda comes back into the life of John Randt. But this time she is not alone; she is guided by a mysterious woman who offers Melinda a way out the prison that is her father's home. In the plan, someone must die.

John Randt is now a troubled man, battered by loss and circumstance, emotionally alone and vulnerable. He falls into a relationship with Melinda and finds himself presented with the option of killing or dying. His only escape is to recognize the true identity of those who offer his life as a sacrifice so Melinda can be free.

Drew Bridges is a retired psychiatrist who writes works of fiction and memoir that are informed by his forty years as a clinician. Originally an English major who lost his nerve about earning a living with writing or teaching, he received his medical school and psychiatry specialty training at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He practiced in a combination of public and private practice settings and eased into retirement by opening a bookstore in the town of Wake Forest, where he lives with his wife Lauren. He ran the bookstore for seven years, using it as an "internship" to again return to being an English major. Now he reads, writes, and teaches storytelling and creative writing at the Senior Center of Wake Forest.

Hats Off! to Alli Marshall, an editor and writer at the local weekly paper Mountain Xpress and the author of the novel How To Talk To Rockstars, as well as the NCWN regional rep for the Asheville area, who put together an "Asheville playlist" for NPR's World Cafe. Alli says Asheville residents approach music, crafts, arts, architecture, and even beer with a reverent desire to keep the city their own.


Hats Off! to Pam Van Dyk who has a short story in the anthology Juxtaposition: Short Fiction from the Maine Review, edited by Katherine Mayfield.


Hats Off! to Kim Church whose essay “Exactly What To Say” appears in the April issue of The Sun.


Hats Off! to Brenda Kay Ledford whose poem "Holy Ground" is forthcoming in the Spring, 2016 issue of Artifact Nouveau published by San Joaquin Delta College. Also, her poem "Patchwork Memories" appeared in the Spring, 2016 issue of West End Poets Newsletter published by the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department.


Hats Off! to David Payne who was interviewed by Charlie Rose on The Charlie Rose Show on PBS. David is the author of the memoir Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother's Story, which was an Amazon Best Book of 2015 and a Kirkus Reviews’ Best Book of 2015.


Hats Off! to Ben A. Sharpton who has signed two different contracts with two different publishers for two different books in two different genres. Camp Fear, a YA/NA thriller, will be published by Solstice Publishing, and 2nd Sight, a thriller for adults, will be published by Limitless Publishing. Both books are slated for release this summer.


Hats Off! to Joan Leotta whose work will appear in both the Drive and Mane anthologies forthcoming from Silver Birch Press. Also, "Dancing Under the Moon," a collection of six moon poems, has been accepted by Origami Poems. Finally, she has signed contracts for three additional picture books from THEAQ, who published her first picture book, WHOOSH! Intended for ages 3 to 9, the new books will feature Rosa in the garden, collecting seashells, and learning to help her mother with chores.


Hats Off! to Ben Sharpton who reviews movies on his website, BenSharpton.com. While he doesn't "use stars, popcorns, tomatoes, or thumbs up/down," he does offer opinions, often about flicks that don't get much attention. Recent reviews include Secret in Their Eyes and The Martian.


Hats Off! to Maryrose Carroll who has been in San Francisco working on a documentary of her late husband, poet Paul Carroll. There, she met Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and read hm one of Paul's poems, "Song after Making Love," which was published in Maryrose's memoir Beats Me: Love, Poetry, Censorship, from Chicago to Appalachia (2015): "Shadows of birds between the bones / blood feels sweet as if moving in maple trees / a part of me is grass."


Hats Off! to Joseph Terrell who was featured in Set in Paris, "Our own very modern-day Hemingway."


Hats Off! to C. David Gelly whose short story "The Alley" appeared in the Sunday edition of Camel City Dispatch.


Hats Off! to Danny Johnson who has been invited to appear at WORD Fest in Charlotte on October 15, 2016. This event is sponsored by Baker & Taylor, one of the oldest book distributors in America. Danny's new book, The Last Road Home, will be published in August. The book launch will happen at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham on August 4.


Hats Off! to Blaine Paxton Hall who writes the My View column for Raleigh's The News & Observer. His most recent column is "Cicadas and other Cycles."


Hats Off! to Bob Grove, a Network-West prose critique facilitator from Brasstown, who has had double success with poetry and prose submissions. His poem "Homage," a tribute to an abandoned homestead near Murphy, has been accepted for publication by Write City Magazine, and Adventure in Ecuador, an account of his exploration of Inca burial mounds in South America, has been accepted by Old Mountain Press. Bob’s writings have earned several gold medals in the North Carolina Silver Arts literature competition, and his public performance readings are well attended.


Hats Off! to Cindy Brookshire who wrote a guest blog for "Suite T" at Southern Writers Magazine. Her post, "How to Start a Writers Group and Help it Thrive," examines her experiences founding Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. In 2015, the chapter sponsored “In the Company of Laureates” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, and a 2016 project, "Windy Knolls Writers Workshop," in Nokesville, in October. Since moving to North Carolina in 2014, Cindy has been an active member of the Johnston County Writers Group, which meets the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at the Selma Public Library in Selma. Led by facilitator Gary Ridout, the group has hosted such guest speakers as former Piedmont Laureate Carrie Knowles and current North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson.


Hats Off! to Joan Leotta whose poem "On the Platform" appears in Verse Virtual. Another poem, "Hearts," is forthcoming in the Origami anthology on Kindness, and her poem "Peaches and Dares" will be in the third annual "Love" issue of Walk Write Up. Her essay "The Golden Triangle" is in this month's issue of Sasee.


Hats Off! to Asheville's Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafè, The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, and Greensboro's Scuppernong Books, all of which cracked Southern Living magazine's list of Top 19 bookshops in the South. Malaprop's, clocking in at number twelve, aims to be “a place where the best reads, the best company, and the best coffee complete the picture.” Ranked thirteenth, The Regulator thrives with "its well-curated collection of new and used inventory and stellar magazine section." And Scuppernong, at fourteenth, "features a large children’s section and a heavy dose of poetry and general interest titles. Within the store, a book-themed café offers everything from coffee and sandwiches to wine and beer."


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