says North Carolina has always been her real home, even though
she grew up in Virginia. Her grandmother lived in the small
North Carolina community called Scuppernong, and even as a child
she always saw visits there as coming home. The year of 2012
saw her come home to Scuppernong in a brand new way.
2012, Ginger had no idea that within a year she would add author
to her resume and be nominated with other female NC writers for
a Mothervine award. Her journey into being published began at
the 2012 Book Em event. Today she is the author of the
Carolina Wine Country Cooking
series which is all about cooking with wine from the Carolina
vines. The books include recipes using the famous North
Carolina Muscadine as well as European varietals produced in the
western part of the state. She also is a contributor to her
publisher’s holiday anthologies, for example
which is a compilation of holiday short stories and authors
recipes, released in November 2012.
She is a contributor with other
food writers from around the globe and the World Food Travel
Association on a culinary travel guide titled
Have Fork Will Travel.
Also look for her writings in regional NC magazines across the
links to her blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds.
Ms. Land began writing
in the mid 90’s with the goal of completing one book. She has
since written and published an additional ten novels. In 2005
she and business partner David Shaffer formed Alabaster Book
Publishing. To date they have published 80 books for thirty-four
authors. Dixie’s books have received favorable reviews from
Our State Magazine, Writer’s Digest and she has
appeared on TV several times to discuss her books as well as the
is an entrepreneur who lives in NC. She is a native of the
Lumbee tribe. Her passion for her native people inspired her to
write about the ways of their culture.
Jessie Cole is
a Lumbee woman in her thirties with dreams of finding her prince
and getting married in a big white beautiful church. She grew up
in a rural area of Robeson County, raised by her Grandpa and
colorful Aunt Candy Mary. Her Grandpa falls ill and his dying
wish is for Jessie to find her soul-mate.
unfold quite like he intended, though, as Jessie embarks on a
seven year season of courting all manner of ill-suited
prospects: liars, cheaters, drunks, pot-heads, and prejudiced
fools. Hoping to find her prince charming, she instead surveys a
pond full of frogs. Jessie turns to her Aunt Candy Mary,
neighbors, and a childhood friend to help mend her broken heart.
Will Jessie ever find her prince? Or will she settle for a pond
full of frogs?
Seven Seasons of Black & White
presents an Indian’s woman’s search for love as she attempts to
strike a balance between her thick native roots and the trials
of modern day life.
is a wife, mother, and grandmother, an author, a master
gardener, and a retired mental health professional. Knowledge of
children's developmental issues as well as her gardening
experience informs her stories. Nancy Lorraine's extensive
backyard butterfly garden and her 7 year old granddaughter
inspired her to write The Butterfly
Adventure. It is her hope that the stories about
the insects and flowers that live in a backyard garden will
encourage children to explore and enjoy the natural world in
their own backyards.
A bonus is
that the illustrations in The
Butterfly Adventure are original watercolors by
Dorothy Heron. It is a beautiful book, worthy of the
designation of an "art book" as well as a children's book. The
book is as enjoyable to adults as it is to children from ages 4
Richard Lutman has a
MFA in Writing from Vermont College. He teaches short story
classes as part of Coastal Carolina University's Lifelong
Learning program. His fiction has appeared in publications
including Epiphany Magazine, The Bethlehem Writers
Roundtable and Prick of the Spindle. He
has also won awards for his short stories, nonfiction, and
screenplays. He was a 2008 Pushcart nominee in fiction and the
recipient of national awards for his non-fiction, short stories
Butterfly” short listed 2012 Santa Fe Writers Project
2008 Pushcart nominee
Finalist 2006 Write Movies International Writing competition
Mention 2003 Writer’s Digest Television/Movie Script
Write Movies International Writing competition (Script)
2001 Rhode Island Film Festival screenplay competition
mention, 1989, 1990 and 1993, 1996, and 1998 Writer's Digest
fiction and Feature Writing competition.
place--National Writers Club short story contest, 1987.
Runner up in
Rhode Island State Council of the Arts Individual Artists
(fiction), 1984, 1987. Finalist, 1991.
Poetry Medal, 1965.
"Without question, Hawk is one of the most gifted
and imaginative writers I have had the pleasure to represent,"
states Barbara Casey, president of the Barbara Casey Literary
Agency. "His reading fans will have something special to look
forward to in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. Intrigue,
murder, deception and conspiracy—take Hawk's main character,
retired Navy SEAL/part-time private investigator Craige Ingram,
from his South Carolina ancestral home of Moccasin Hollow to the
dirty backrooms of the nation's capital and across Europe and
the Middle East."
During his service as a Navy Commander was a
full-time postgraduate faculty with two postgraduate degrees,
majors in languages and history, and taught postgraduate studies
at several stateside universities and at Hadasseh Medical School
Moccasin Trace was nominated for the
prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War
Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award. A historical romance,
Moccasin Trace is the family background for the serial
protagonist in the “Craige Ingram Mystery Series”.
Secrets, the 1st book in his "Ingram Mystery
Series," received national attention.
2010 and Blood and Gold, 2011 are the 2nd and
3rd books in the mystery series. Two 2012 works…a 4th
title in the Ingram Series, The Lady of Corpsewood Manor,
and Volume I of his Sci-Fi, The Cairns of Sainctuarie,
Bleikovat Event. Both 2012 releases were nominated for the
Chautauqua Prize and the Hoffer Award. His next mystery-thriller
is due out in 2013.
2013 Yerby Award for
Augusta Literary Festival
A man without arms
from Chapel Hill who chainsaws trees with his feet; a
101-year-old woman from Southern Pines whose homemade snake oil
cures every ailment; a Johnston County tinkerer whose
floor-to-ceiling paper chain swallows half his living room; a
Sunset Beach mailbox perched in a sand dune; and a Jackson
County rock carved by a giant. These are stories Scott Mason has
reported for WRAL-TV in Raleigh and which he's written about in
his book, Tar Heel Traveler:
Journeys Across North Carolina (Globe Pequot
The book is a blend of
oral history and memoir with a good dose of quirky humor. It
takes its name from his feature series on WRAL. He is the TV
reporter—the Tar Heel Traveler—who journeys across North
Carolina profiling colorful characters and out-of-the-way
Readers will come to know people they’ve never met, travel
places they’ve never visited, and learn things they didn’t know.
And they’ll laugh a lot along the way!
More than 100
Journalism Awards including:
National Edward R.
The Gabriel Award
The National Headliner
Two North Carolina TV
Reporter of the Year Awards
Place, Writer’s Digest National Writing Competition
Place, Writer’s Digest National Writing Competition
is a technical writer and the owner of Carolina Souvenirs, a
company developing original souvenirs for the North and South
Carolina tourist markets. She has a bachelor’s degree in
English from the University of Alabama. Karen is married and has
one son and four step-children, all of whom are now grown. She
lives with her husband, Richard, on a small farm in Sanford,
The Legend of Lizard Lick is Karen
Matthew’s first book. It is a whimsical illustrated children’s
book starring a charming cast of frogs and lizards in a tale
about how the community of Lizard Lick, North Carolina got its
The Legend of Lizard Lick is illustrated by
award-winning Chapel Hill artist, Josh Taylor. His work has
appeared in magazines, billboards, books, and a feature film.
The Legend of Lizard Lick
is filled with 26 full-color illustrations depicting the frogs
and lizards resolving their differences over sharing the scare
water in Sweetwater Pond during a drought. It teaches children
about preserving natural resources, playing outdoors, getting
along with neighbors, and settling conflicts in a peaceful way.
New York Times
New York Times
has over 50 books published. He has sold over five million
books and is in demand as a team-building, life-change, and
leadership speaker and consultant.
Bob graduated from West Point and
served in the military as a Special Forces A-Team leader and a
teacher at the JFK Special Warfare Center & School. He teaches
novel writing and improving the author via his Write It Forward
He is the CEO of
Publishing, which has grown to a seven figure business
in just two years, and is one of the bestselling indie authors
in the United States.
Jan is a retired high school
teacher and freelance newspaper columnist, now writing
mysteries. These are lighthearted, character driven plots with
quirky, lovable characters who somehow, in their middle age, get
involved in solving crimes. The stories are centered in a
fictional, coastal NC town called Beryl's Cove, a fishing and
tourist mecca, rich in state history. Addictive is the word most
frequently used to describe the 6 books in the
Beryl's Cove mystery
series, and every book has found itself on the local best seller
Jan's other book is
a compilation of her most humorous newspaper columns and
magazine articles during a ten year period. Great fun and a
laugh a minute. Entitled Wyatt Earp,
GAP Pickles and Thoughts of Home, it's a must
read for the lover of humor stories, a great many of them about
The Mother Vine awarded for
Best Short Stories to Wyatt Earp,
GAP Pickles and Thoughts of Home, April of 2013.
Want to know
about the role women played during the American Civil War in
N.C.? Two non-fiction books, Blood
and War at My Doorstep: North Carolina Civilians in the War
Between the States,
Volume I and Volume
II, describe in detail how civilians coped with
slavery, secession, the blockade, deserters, conscription,
starvation, the enemy, death, and the struggle to survive which
led to riots, stealing, and prostitution. Shortages caused by
the blockade made life difficult but in spite of this N.C. women
stepped up to support the troops in various ways.
These two volumes encompass many endnotes,
footnotes, appendix, and peoples’ names so it is a bonus for
genealogists. As yet no book is as complete a history on the
home front as this one.
Parker Peace Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians
for Blood and War at My Doorstep,
grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, the daughter of the editor of
the horse racing magazine,
She likes to say that writing is in her blood. Her cousin,
Stephen Ambrose wrote many historical military books including
Band of Brothers.
She has three published books, a memoir,
The Eleventh Summer,
a literary fiction,
Until the Wind Changes
and The Secret Diary
of Sarah Chamberlain, a YA historical
latest book, The Secret Diary of
Sarah Chamberlain, the protagonist,
Emily Grace discovers a diary under a floorboard in the attic of
an old house and is unknowingly whisked back in time 150 years
to prevent a murder. Shocked to find herself in a nineteenth
century parlor, she accidentally trips and hits her head. When
she awakens she has no memory of herself or the people around
her. Can she retrieve her memory in time to stop the death of
an innocent man?
The Toppled Pawn
unfolds like a master’s chess match. The story matches wits
between newly appointed South Station Chief of Police, Kristi
Christopher, and the international masterminds orchestrating a
grand conspiracy designed to take over a local pharmaceutical
When Kristi investigates a failed assassination attempt on Jeff
Westerfield, grandson of the town’s leading citizen, she
discovers the attack is linked to a mysterious financial
organization called the Painter Group. Joseph, the elder
Westerfield, believes the group’s hidden objective is
reestablishing Bayer, a company banned for war crimes, back into
the US market. Kristi’s ability to anticipate the conspirator’s
plans creates a fun read, a novel that’s hard to put down.
The “David vs Goliath” plot features murder, industrial
sabotage, and offshore banking to create a suspenseful tale
sprinkled with humor and history. It explores the extremes of
courage and greed as a small group of dedicated people battle
the ruthless opportunists that are trying to control our
The Toppled Pawn
will appeal to audiences of all ages, especially
those that suspect powerful forces, working behind the scenes,
control events that shape the future.
O’Brien, a former owner of Ruppert, O’Brien, and
Drake, an advertising agency located in Indiana. His main client
was, Miles Laboratory, a company acquired by BayerAG five years
after the timetable for this story. BayerAG is the heir of the
dismantled war profiteer, I.G. FarbenindustrieAG.