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Bayou My Love by Lauren Faulkenberry

Velvet Morning Press
$11.99, paperback / $3.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-692556238
March, 2016
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"Read it for the mystery, read it for the fire, read it for the magic."
—Katie Rose Guest Pryal, author of Entanglement

"I loved this book. It has so many different dimensions that you will literally be glued to the pages....There is mystery, intrigue, and some unexpected pieces to the story... PICK UP THIS BOOK. It's a MUST READ."
Pretty Little Book Review

"From the moment Jack spoke in that French/Creole drawl he and Faulkenberry had me hook, line and sinker. I was a goner, and I didn't surface until the novel's end. I may be in love."
—Page One Books

Romance, fire, suspense... Louisiana's about to get a whole lot hotter!

Thirty-year-old Enza Parker is at a crossroads. To prove to her overbearing father she can flip a house on her own, she takes on an ambitious project and it puts her in the path of the most alluring man she's ever met.

Enza plans to flip the house she inherited from her estranged grandmother, Vergie, in Bayou Sabine, Louisiana. As a child, she spent summers there until the day her mother—Vergie's daughter—inexplicably left. Since then, Enza hasn't let anyone get close to her.

Arriving in Bayou Sabine, Enza finds her house occupied by bedeviling firefighter Jack Mayronne. Enza has no intention of being a landlord, but Jack convinces her to let him stay in exchange for helping her with repairs. With only six weeks to fix the house and sell, she's determined to prove her father wrong, but she didn't count on all the delicious ways Jack could distract her.

When Enza's fling with Jack intensifies, she finds herself entangled with a vengeful arsonist from Jack's past. As she reaches her breaking point, she must decide: Should she sell the house and leave her past in Bayou Sabine behind for good, or can she overcome her fears and build a new life there with Jack?

If you like the heart & story of novels by Emily Giffin such as The One & Only, but also enjoy the steam of Bella Andre and Melissa Foster’s romance novels, this sexy Southern romance is for you!

Lauren Faulkenberry is author of the novel Bayou My Love (Velvet Morning Press, 2016), the novella Back to Bayou Sabine, and the children's book What Do Animals Do on the Weekend?

Lauren divides her time between writing, teaching, and making artist books. Originally from South Carolina, she has worked as an archaeologist, an English teacher, and a ranger for the National Park Service. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Georgia College & State University, where she attended on fellowship, and earned her MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama. She was a finalist for the Novello Festival Press First Novel Award, won the Family Circle short fiction contest for her story "Beneath Our Skin," and was nominated for an AWP Intro Award.

She currently lives in western NC, where she is at work on her next novel in the Bayou series.

Website: www.laurenfaulkenberry.com.

Strange Goings on at Mother Natures by David R. Tanis

Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC
$13.99, paperback / $6.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-937327-87-3
March, 2016
Fiction: Mystery
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"...the emphasis is on unique and shady characters. You feel like you are very familiar with the town of Pine Ridge and the strange denizens who make it come alive and intriguing."
—Joseph L.S. Terrell, author of the Outer Banks Harrison Weaver Mystery Series

"...vivid characters...fast paced and often hilarious tale of murder and mayhem. Once you start reading it you will not want to put it down or stop laughing."
—Thomas Keith, District Attorney (ret.), Forsyth County, NC

When Patrolman Wayland North finds a homeless man rifling the already empty pockets of a corpse in an alley, luckless local lawyer Hamish O'Halloran is appointed to represent him. The strange saga that follows portrays the squalid underbelly of the idyllic little town of Pine Ridge, North Carolina, as two more corpses are discovered. O'Halloran becomes dangerously involved as Detective Crouse and Frank X. Farrell work with little evidence to connect the murders and uncover the nefarious secrets of Mother Natures, a restaurant/bar cum brothel, whose subliminal connection to the murders is exposed. A satirical parody rife with vignettes of pitiable and pathetic courtroom characters as O'Halloran plies his profession, this highly amusing story, characterized by pathos and bathos, is a delightful follow up to the first Hamish O'Halloran mystery, Just Add Water.

Tanis attended Lehigh University on a basketball grant. After graduating, he entered the US Army, became an officer, qualified as a paratrooper, and was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group. Tanis retired from the Army as a Captain after being seriously wounded in combat in Viet Nam. After recuperating, he attended graduate school in political science at East Carolina University and law school at Wake Forest University, where he was the Chief Justice of the Moot Court Board. Thereafter, he spent over thirty years as a prosecutor, trial attorney, and District Court Judge. He served as president of the County Criminal Trial Lawyers, Chairman of the North Carolina Viet Nam Veterans Leadership Association, coached basketball and baseball, and served on many boards. He lives on North Carolina's Outer Banks with his wife. This is his second book.

600 Letters Home by Cindy Horrell Ramsey

Loggerhead Press
$19.95, paperback / $7.95, e-book
ISBN-13: 978-0-692639627
April, 2016
Fiction: Historical
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Immediately following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, eighteen-year-old Georgia farm boy Roy Harrison joins the Navy, leaving behind his family and seventeen-year-old girlfriend, Evelyn. For almost four years—except for one brief trip home in the summer of 1944—letters are their only means of communication.

For the first seven months, the correspondence is exciting and informative. Roy tells Evelyn about boot camp, being assigned to a ship, traveling up and down the east coast, and seeing sights they both had only dreamed of seeing—like the Statue of Liberty and New York City. But in July, 1942, Roy’s battleship, the USS NORTH CAROLINA, enters the war in the Pacific—first stop being a ravaged Pearl Harbor. After seeing sunken battleships, oil and debris still floating in the water, and a glimpse of what he believes to be body parts, Roy is thrust into the realities of war.

An uncertain future and government censorship take their toll on Roy’s letters. He cannot tell Evelyn where his ship is or anything about the battles, death, and destruction he witnesses and experiences. He begins writing a forbidden diary trying to purge the truths of war from his mind before he writes home.

When Evelyn graduates from high school and takes a government job that moves her from Georgia to Washington, DC, to New York City, and finally to a secret place in Tennessee, she cannot tell Roy anything about her job and little about where she lives. Their epic love story unfolds in the midst of war and secrets.

Cindy Horrell Ramsey is the author of the nonfiction narrative, Boys of the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA. She lives with her husband in southeastern North Carolina where they grew up, married, and raised a family. After all their children were grown, Cindy attended the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she earned a BA in English and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. She is published in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and is a regular contributor to Wrightsville Beach Magazine. In addition to being a published author, Cindy has worked in newspaper and magazine publishing and education administration. She now spends her time writing, enjoying retirement, and being Mimi to four beautiful granddaughters.

Sultana Awaits by Paul Andrews

$2.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-311260260
April, 2016
Fiction: Historical
Available from www.Amazon.com

The Civil War had ended, but not their sacrifice. Robert E. Lee had surrendered and Abraham Lincoln was dead.

Jacob and Jeremiah Winslow, parolees of the worst Confederate prison camps, are finally heading home. Their last step, a journey north on the Mississippi, on a riverboat name SULTANA. But that journey will be the end for one, and a transformation for the other. For in the dead of night, just north of Memphis, the Sultana's boiler will explode!

Paul Andrews of Durham is the author of historical thrillers, mysteries, and more. Sultana Awaits, two years in the making, joins his other historical novels and novellas: Firebrands, Swept Away, and The Man Who Would Not Die.

The Osprey's View by Lucia Peel Powe

Wisdom House Books
$12.99, paperback
ISBN: 978-0-692-56194-2
April, 2016
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

A ten-foot wooden motorboat swerved around, negotiating with difficulty the rapidly-racing current of the Roanoke River, when the shortest of three men crowded in lost his footing and, thereby, control of his tiller. The second man was flung into the bottom of the boat, and the third man, the tallest, was thrown backward, slamming into the gunwale before sliding broken-backed into the swift, cold water. How in hell did this happen? Did the boat crash into a submerged rock? Did it collide with an underwater cypress stump?

What does an osprey diving for fish and causing an awful boating accident on the Roanoke River have to do with a romance years later in Richmond and Milan? Follow the sly stylings of Lucia Peel Powe in her novella The Osprey’s View, watch closely as she reveals many keen observations of life and love, of surprises and reversals, in the World War II-era South, and be nicely rewarded indeed!

Lucia Powe earned her BFA in speech and drama at Wesleyan Conservatory in Macon, Georgia, and later attended UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke and East Carolina University for graduate work. Eastern North Carolinians remember her as “Miss Lucia” on the syndicated program, Romper Room, produced in Greenville, NC. Over the years she has taught creative writing, speech, drama, music and art history at both college and high school levels. Along with her first husband, Judge Elbert “Junie” Peel, of Williamston, Lucia reared four daughters (Lucia Claire Peel, Mimi Peel Roughton, Sydney Peel Woodside, and Elizabeth Peel), one horse, and several dogs and cats. Widowed for ten years, she married another attorney, E.K. Powe, of Durham, the father of three daughters.

Haw: The Second Penny Weaver Mystery by Judy Hogan

Hoganvillaea Books
$2.99, e-book
May, 2016
Fiction: Mystery
Available from www.Amazon.com

"Haw is a testimony to how jealousy and anger can propel an average person to murder.

"Penny often wonders what kind of mother could have raised such immature, impulsive, careless young men as both Curt and his twin brother Sy. Through her conversation with Kenneth, there is interesting social commentary on modern child rearing. Chrissy's behavior provides point and counterpoint to Penny's speculations.

"There are other pairs in the book as well and more social commentary. Penny and Kenneth's romance is 'old love.' Their relationship is a foil for that of Penny's daughter Sarah and her husband Ed. Theirs is new, young love. Penny's ability to hold her own in the relationship is contrasted with Sarah's clingy dependence on her husband.

"Ms. Hogan seems to be saying through her characters that a good marriage is indeed possible, but that it must be based on respect, as well as a mutual desire to allow the other person to be the best that he or she can be. Haw is a wonderful old school 'Who Done It?' and a masterful social commentary on marriage and children. I loved it!!!"
–Mary Susan Heath, writer in Goldsboro

Penny Weaver, living in a shared house to save money, finds her unsavory, sex-obsessed landlord dead the day after Christmas. An unusual snow storm, a housemate undeterred by detective orders from moving his inordinately large number of possessions, certified and uncertified maniac suspects, which include her housemates, the neighbors, and both the landlord’s wives, make it difficult for Penny and her Welsh lover to find love-making time, much less solve the mystery. Despite the Sheriff’s detectives arresting two innocent people, while keeping Penny in the dark, she collects the key information, and stops the killer when he finally panics.

Judy Hogan writes mystery novels, poetry, autobiographical books, reviews, and articles. Her Hoganvillaea Farm provides about half her food. She sells eggs and figs. Her newest book, The Sands of Gower: The First Penny Weaver Mystery came out December 1, 2015. Last year, This River: An Epic Poem, came out from Wild Embers Press in December, 2014. Her mystery Killer Frost was published by Mainly Murder Press on September 1, 2012. Julia Spencer-Fleming rated it "A stellar debut!" Farm Fresh and Fatal was published October 1,2013 and is still in print. Mystery Scene Mag called it "fascinating." Judy is a founder and was the first president of the North Carolina Writers' Network.


Some Wonder: Poems by Eric Nelson

Gival Press
$15.00, paperback / $7.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-940724-02-7
October, 2015
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Winner of the 2015 London Book Festival Award for Poetry and the 2015 New England Book Festival Award for Poetry!

"I love the voice in these poems, so accessible, so conversational, yet frequently able to extract from the ordinary places and everyday moments of our lives a kind of holy instant, of joy, of tenderness, of wonder, of insight that is 'crisp as snapped fingers.' Eric Nelson's poems are peopled with chickens, guns and lovers, poets and writers, mountains and dogwoods and camellias, and lots of birds. Plus more than a couple of dogs. And his poems have something of the genius of dogs about them, knowing when and exactly how to roll around in dead and earthy things, and consistently sniffing out the 'loamy aroma of love.'"
—Paul Hostovsky, author of The Bad Guys and Selected Poems

"Reading these new poems by Eric Nelson, some may wonder that his work is not more widely known. Interweaving fertility and mortality, the poems brim with a reverential incredulity. With its signature tenderness for human vulnerability, an expansive sense of place, and crystalline language threaded with wit, Some Wonder is a collection that appeals on every page."
—A. E. Stringer, author of Late Breaking and Human Costume

"Eric Nelson is a barker in a language bazaar, and Some Wonder is, well, some wonder of lyric and imagistic intensity… Some Wonder is filled with poems that take risks, ‘like a circus tent in flames,’ where we ‘begin to look for the alarm we missed.’ Don’t miss reading this terrific book of poems."
—Seth Brady Tucker, judge and author of We Deserve the Gods We Ask For

Whether writing about backyard chickens, dead friends, bodily odors, dog walking, punctuation marks, or the ordinary joys and sorrows of family life, the poems in Some Wonder show that there is nothing more wondrous, finally, than ordinary life passing through the lens of a rich imagination.

Eric Nelson’s five previous poetry collections include The Twins, winner of the Split Oak Press Chapbook Award; Terrestrials, winner of the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Award; and The Interpretation of Waking Life, winner of the Arkansas Poetry Award. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Cincinnati Review, Southern Poetry Review, The Oxford American, The Sun, and many other venues. He taught creative writing at Georgia Southern University for twenty-six years. He and his wife, Stephanie Tames, moved to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2015.

Low Country, High Water by Sally Stewart Mohney

Texas Review Press
$8,95, paperback
ISBN: 978-1-68003-067-9
April, 2016
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Winner, Texas Review Press Breakthrough Poetry Prize: North Carolina!

"Inhabiting myriad landscapes, including the marshes, rivers, and sounds of the North Carolina foothills, as well as gulfs, floodplains, and the overflowing banks of the Chattahoochee, Sally Stewart Mohney’s Low Country, High Water consists of delicate, often minimal explorations of family, mortality, nature, and the world behind perception. Often dreamlike and painterly, these poems brim with a lyrical and imagistic power, a contemplative force that ignites the imagination. With a Dickinsonian penchant for portraying states of mind through telescoped metaphors, Mohney crafts poetry that proves insightful, compassionate, and subtle. Even as this work conveys the transitory nature of our world and the people and places that construct our lives, this poetry glows with mystery, vitality, and timelessness."
—William Wright

"Sally Stewart Mohney is a keen observer of estuary and ocean, landscape and flower, birds and weather. She translates her landscapes, waterscapes, and interiors ('Her Mother’s Kitchen' being one of the gems) into connections with family, loss, and beauty, creating small, delicate patterns that intrigue and charm. A child’s going away, a father’s jigsaw sky, a mother’s loss to Parkinson’s, and the wide world in which all things live—here is the physical and the spiritual at once, touchable and fine."
—North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee, Betty Adcock

"Sally Stewart Mohney takes us into a world of remarkable beauty and threatening terrain. Her weather is indeed unsettled whether the locale is coastal Carolina storms—detritus flies past: 'hair, wind, sock/ bits of tainted bitten heart/ to the river Seine' where she scatters ashes from a Paris footbridge. Mohney’s water—marshes to ocean, carry us to the natural world and all its inhabitants in lyrical and scenic ways. Family stories flow and ebb as does Mohney’s own deeply felt and beautifully told story. Digging in her garden, she finds her son’s old toys—'my shoulders folded like napkins, / knees baptized /.' Her delicate lines fall like snow in winter, the silence in just the right spaces, the subtle, soft build of each poem until we are swept along, so completely, we forget ourselves, the magical place where every reader hopes to dwell."
—Diana Pinckney


Salvation can finally come
as simply as lighting heat
in an early kitchen.

You enter, chilly in slippers,
start several small fires
to find your way.

Coffee, chimney,
bacon, then toast.

Setting out white cups
bowls, plates—a creamer
pewter spoons.

Light pours in, as

pale blue mercy

A native of Charlotte, Sally Stewart Mohney’s publications include pale blue mercy, as part of Main Street Rag Publishing Author’s Choice Series, and A Piece of Calm, from Finishing Line Press. Her work has appeared in The Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Broad River Review, Cortland Review, Iodine Review, San Pedro River Review and Town Creek Poetry, among others. She has published in anthologies such as Stone, River, Sky: An Anthology of Georgia Poems, The Reach of Song, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VII: North Carolina. She is the recipient of the First Prize Award in Excellence from the Georgia Poetry Society and of the Jesse Rehder Writing Prize from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Facsimile by Vicki L. Weavil

$14.99, paperback / $3.99, e-book
March, 2016
Fiction: Young Adult / Sci-Fi
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

"Not only did I love Facsimile for its unbelievably creative settings and plot lines, but I also became strongly attached to all of the characters. Weavil truly built a new universe full of love, conflict and deep personal connectivity. After turning the last page of the novel (metaphorically since I read it as an e-book) I felt a sort of sadness—the kind of sadness you get when you have to leave your high school friends behind before going to college. I only hope that Weavil will write a sequel soon since I can't wait to be reunited with Ann, Dace, and the rest of the Facsimile family. Facsimile is truly a book for dreamers. It is a book for people who are ready to look beyond the confines of earth and towards bigger and better things. Happy reading!"
—TeenReads.com, reviewed by Aliza M., Teen Board Member

"Which leads me on to one of two big wins for this book: positive feminist messages. Unlike in other books, where seventeen-year-olds are looking for their happily ever afters and soulmates, Facsimile showed teenagers as teenagers. Ann and Emie (her bestie) did not slut-shame each other or force each other to choose a guy. They had each other’s backs and wanted the best for each other. Plus, they stood up for and loved themselves! WOO! And let’s not forget that Emie is apprenticing to be the local IT girl. High five to all my techie ladies!!!

"The other win is Diversity! Ann’s paternal grandparents were originally from South America, and she speaks Spanish with them and her father. Raid was of Mongolian descent, while Dace was born in Mumbai to an Indian mother and an absent Caucasian father....

"Overall, Facsimile was an engaging YA sci-fi with a hint of realistic romance, and I recommend it to anyone looking for diverse characters and positive messages about women and sexuality."
Dani Reviews Things blog

"Now how should I put my feelings about this book into an informative and honest review? Well, for starters this book was freaking phenomenal! I could not put this book down for the life of me. AND! I could not stop swooning at this gorgeous book cover!

"This book encompassed everything my Bookish Self needed. It had the perfect amount of Science Fiction, Otherworldly, Space Adventure, kickass fun perfectly woven throughout it. And let's just say that the Main Character was on point! Ann was totally someone who was just the right amount of relatable and badass to make me root for her the whole book.

"The descriptiveness of the author (Vicki L Weavil) was wonderful and kept me whole-heartedly engaged into the story. The writing flowed very smoothly and was very easy to read and in so very quick to enjoy. I just wanted to jump into this book and live in it!

"When's book two coming out?! I need it now please!"
Robin the MockingjayLives! blog

For a ticket to Earth, seventeen-year-old Anna-Maria “Ann” Solano is ready to jettison her birth planet, best friend, and the boy who loves her. Her mission is easy: escort Dace Keeling, a young naturalist, through the wilderness of the partially terraformed planet Eco. Ann's determination to escape the limitations of her small, frontier colony never falters, until Dace’s expeditions uncover three secrets. One offers riches, one shatters Ann’s perceptions of herself, and one reveals that the humans stranded on Eco are not its only inhabitants. This is the story of a girl who must choose between fulfilling the dream that has always sustained her or saving the planet she’s never considered home.

Vicki L. Weavil is an author of YA and adult Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Vicki's debut novel, Crown of Ice—a YA retelling of H. C. Andersen's "The Snow Queen"—was published by Month9Books in 2014. It is Book One in the Snow Queen Saga. Book Two, Scepter of Fire—a mashup retelling of "The Ugly Duckling" and "the Steadfast Tin Soldier"—will be published in Fall, 2016. Book Three, Orb of Light—a retelling of "The Little Match Girl"—will be released in 2017.

Vicki's YA Sci-Fi, Fascimile, was published by Month9Books in March 2016. Its sequel, Derivation, will release in 2017.

Vicki is a member of SCBWI. She is represented by Frances Black at Literary Counsel, NY, NY. She lives in Winston-Salem and is the Director of Library Services for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Terror's Identity by Sarah Maury Swan

Sable Books
$12.95, paperback / $4.95, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-9968036-3-2
January, 2016
Fiction: Young Adult
Available from www.Amazon.com

"Once I picked this up I couldn't put it down. Terror's Identity is a thought-provoking, well-timed, and emotionally gripping coming-of-age story that leads to discoveries about oneself, friendship, love, and family. Swan has chosen a massive and urgent topic in her debut novel, dynamic and insightful."
—Ann Eisenstein, author of Hiding Carly and Fallen Prey, from the Sean Gray Junior Special Agent Mystery Series

"From Maze Runner to Hunger Games, Mortal Instruments to Divergent, stories that can hold interest, empower the reader, and provide a satisfying ending or intense cliffhanger are not only guaranteed to sell (and often secure a film deal) but they serve a much more important purpose: in the age of cyber-tech and video gaming (often the same thing), they keep traditional book-based storytelling alive. Terror’s Identity, by Sarah Maury Swan, delivers the best of YA in all the right ways."
—Joey Madia, founding editor of www.newmystics.com

Sixteen-year-old Aidan Knox's life turns upside down when he, his sister, and his mother enter a witness protection program and begin a dangerous new life because of his father's work investigating a terrorist organization operating in the U.S. How will he remember the details of his new life with a new name and a made-up past? And will he be able to settle in to a new school and all that entails? Whom can he trust and can he keep his mother and sister safe?

Terror's Identity will keep you urging Aidan to succeed and empathize with his having to make new friends in a new school and new town.

Sarah Maury Swan and her husband transplanted themselves from Maryland a little more than five years ago from a horse farm. Their new roots have slipped deep into Carolina's fertile artistic soil, and Sarah enjoys letting the welcoming, fertile atmosphere nourish her writer's soul. Terror's Identity is her first published novel, but certainly not her first published piece of writing. She is an active member and past president of Carteret Writers. She also belongs to the Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators-Carolinas Chapter. She is a frequent winner in the Carteret Writers' annual contest and took Honorable Mention for nonfiction in this year's Pamlico Writers' annual contest.

A Shadow All of Light by Fred Chappell

Tor Books
$27.99, hardcover / $14.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-765379122
April, 2016
Fiction: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Humorous
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Fred Chappell's A Shadow All of Light, a stylish, episodic fantasy novel, follows the exploits of Falco, a young man from the country, who arrives in the port city of Tardocco with the ambition of becoming an apprentice to a master shadow thief. Maestro Astolfo, whose mysterious powers of observation would rival those of Sherlock Holmes, sees Falco's potential and puts him through a grueling series of physical lessons and intellectual tests.

Falco's adventures coalesce into one overarching story of con men, monsters, ingenious detection, cats, and pirates. A wry humor leavens this fantastical concoction, and the style is as rich and textured as one would hope for from Chappell, a distinguished poet as well as a World Fantasy Award-winning fantasy writer.

Fred Chappell is the award-winning author of more than twenty books of poetry and fiction, including I Am One of You Forever, Brighten the Corner Where You Are, and Look Back All the Green Valley. He has received many major prizes, including the Bollingen Prize in Poetry from Yale University and the Award in Literature from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He is an inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. He lives with his wife, Susan in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Fate Ball: a Novel by Adam W. Jones

Wisdom House Books
$19.99, hardcover / $13.99, paperback / $3.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0-692-57830-8
January, 2016
Fiction: Romance / Coming of Age
Available from your local bookstore or www.Amazon.com

Fate Ball recounts the love story between Able Curren and Ava Dubose. Able is entranced by the beautiful Ava's devil-may-care spirit, and the two become inseparable. The characters' lives take them through Charleston, Savannah, Atlanta, the beaches of GA and SC, and worlds away to Los Angeles, but their love guides them and ties them through geographic and emotional travels.

As their story unfolds, however, it becomes apparent that Ava's spirit includes a destructive and addictive side that injects a tortured element into their relationship. What starts as a youthful love story becomes Able's determined quest to save his first love from herself. Fate Ball tells the all-important story of the many sides of an intense and enduring love.

Adam W. Jones was born in Raleigh and is one of five siblings who all were brought up to be free-thinkers. After a year-long sojourn across Europe after high school, he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After finishing with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, he worked for fifteen years in advertising and marketing before starting his own real estate firm in 2002. Adam has had children's and travel stories published in a variety of local and regional magazines throughout the years.

Hats Off! to NCWN Central Foothills regional rep Scott Owens: this year's edition of Pinesong, the annual anthology of contest-winning poems published by the North Carolina Poetry Society, will be dedicated to Scott, a "prolific poet and dedicated organizer of literary events" who has given many years of service to the poetry community of North Carolina.


Hats Off! to Alida Woods whose poetry has appeared recently in Amsterdam Quarterly, The Great Smokies Review, and The Avocet.


Hats Off! to Blaine Paxton Hall whose editorial "At Home in Our Common Humanity" appeared in Raleigh's The News & Observer.


Hats Off! to Sandra Ann Winters whose poetry collection The Place Where I Left You was reviewed by Susan Laughter Meyers in the North Carolina Literary Review Online 2016. “In her poems, Sandra Ann Winters works to clear away the busy world to get to the depth and core of one individual life. Her poems move toward a singular, up-close focus, as befits one who settles into a rural life in the midst of nature, and the poems gain intimacy for that.” “There is nothing gimmicky or pyrotechnic about these poems. They are forthright and grounded in clarity, with enviable variety in both language and syntax.”


Hats Off! to June Guralnick whose new full-length play, Birds of a Feather: A Comedy about De-Extinction, is a 2016 winner in the Festival51 national competition and will be performed in Providence, Rhode Island, in July, 2016.


Hats Off! to Robert Golden and Dana Stone whose poems, "The Call" and "Dance Interrupted," respectively, were chosen for production by Music for the Prose, a podcast that sets original musical scores to poetry or verse. These poems were selected from the first open submission period ever held by Music for the Prose, and should be available to listen and download in July.


Hats Off! to Margaret A. Harrell who attended the 2016 Gonzo Fest in Louisville, Kentucky. There, she had a private dinner in the luxurious Brown Hotel with Hunter Thompson's son, Juan Thompson (Stories I Tell Myself). Together, they looked over some of Hunter S. Thompson's letters to Margaret. She also met, for the first time, Laila Naibulsi, the producer of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, among other films, and more, including Douglas Brinkley, the Literary Executor. Afterwards, a Gonzo Today writer interviewed her extensively by e-mail for a Gonzo Today story on Margaret's new book, Keep This Quiet! IV, which should be out this week. She was also interviewed by a local Louisville reporter. Click here for photos.


Hats Off! to Jeanne Julian whose poems placed First, Second, and Third in the Poetry category of the 2016 Carteret Writers 25th Annual Writing Contest. A clean sweep! Her poems were "Cocky," "Recitative," and "Capital."


Hats Off! to Jennifer Weiss whose story "Juan and the Eagle" won First Place in the Children's Picture Book category of the 2015 Seven Hills Literary Contest and was published in the 2016 Seven Hills Review.


Hats Off! to Kim Church whose piece “M Train by Patti Smith, a Partial Index” appears in The Believer Logger.


Hats Off! to Vickie Blackwell Morrow who won Second Place in the Tortoise and Finch Productions “On Courage” Nonfiction Writing Contest. “He Keeps On Truckin’” tells of the struggles of a father of eight who was “on the road” for over seventy years. It reveals how his truck became his solace and a source of strength and comfort during difficult and turbulent times.


Hats Off! to Tony Wayne Brown whose "Reunion Passed" will be published in the Spring 2016 issue of Greensilk Journal, scheduled for the first week of May. It is at least his sixty-sixth publication.


Hats Off! to Sandra Ann Winters whose poem "The Clock Tower" has been included in the newly published anthology Even The Daybreak by Salmon Press (Ireland), celebrating thirty-five years of Salmon poets.


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