Posts Tagged ‘North Carolina’

Presley is still determined to save his life, even as Landon’s death-date looms

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

 

Catina worked her way through college as a TV reporter and a dating game show host. She’s a sucker for Young Adult romance stories (both real and make-believe). She has a panache for match-making and loves that many of her “set-ups” have resulted in marriages. 
 
After spending most of her adult life in Las Vegas, Catina traded in tumbleweeds for earthquakes and now lives with her husband and four children near San Diego, California. If she’s not home, chances are you can find her at the beach, Disneyland or In-N-Out Burger. 

Angela Larkin writes clean teen romance and is a big fan of kissing (in life and in books). She’s been a gold miner, a pool cleaner, a mannequin dresser, and a teacher. She’s lived a true romance: meeting her husband in a case of mistaken identity. They recently moved with their four children from the sparkling city of Las Vegas to the shade of the North Carolina Pines. Chances are, she’s reading past bedtime.
 
True love doesn’t always mean a happy ending. Presley and Landon finally have a chance at a real relationship when they travel back in time, but their leap backward to two months before his accident has altered reality: Landon has no memory of Presley. 
 
Hurt and lonely, Presley is still determined to save his life, even as Landon’s death-date looms. He’s alive for now, but nothing is like it was . . . Before.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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“Why don’t we just start from the
beginning, bud,” my mom says. “But before we do, I just want to say that your
dad and I are worried that the pressure is getting to you. You’ve just come off
the X Games. The Olympics are around the corner. Nobody would blame you if you
need a break. You’re more important to us than any of this.”
          My dad cuts in, “Son, we want you to
be happy, so if you want out, we can pull the plug today.”
          A lump swells in my throat. I know
how much my career has meant to my dad. He got me my first set of skis when I
was two. All of the months and years we’ve spent on the slopes. All the places
we’ve traveled. Sacrifices he’s made to make my dreams happen. And now, just
like that, he’s willing to let it all go because he’s worried about me.

 

          Could it be the pressure? Could the
stress be causing me to imagine things that aren’t real or forget things that
are? That doesn’t feel right.
 

 

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No. Can’t think of them now. They’re gone, and I can’t change it

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

 

William C. Tracy is a North Carolina native and a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy. He has a master’s in mechanical engineering, and has both designed and operated heavy construction machinery. He has also trained in Wado-Ryu karate since 2003, and runs his own dojo. He is an avid video and board gamer, a reader, and of course, a writer.

 


In his spare time, he wrangles three cats. He and his wife enjoy putting their pets in cute little costumes and making them cosplay for the annual Christmas card.
You can visit him at williamctracy.com.

On a bright August day, the sun disappears.
 
Sam van Oen barely escapes freezing to death in his house, as his watch stops and fire ceases to burn. He is pulled into the Nether—a nexus between ten diverse alien cultures—where he meets two maji who can control the musical foundation of the universe. While coping with anxiety attacks prompted by his new surroundings, Sam must learn to hear and change the Symphony, and thus reality, in order to discover what happened to his home.Sam is surrounded by aliens, both strange and familiar. Soon, he meets sister and brother twins, also new to the Nether, who support him during his anxiety attacks. Sam finds he is attracted to both of them, and does not want to choose.

But more freezing voids like the one that started his journey are appearing, and Sam’s chances of getting back are fading. The Assembly of Species is threatening to dissolve and the maji are being attacked by those they protect, while rumors grow of an ancient, shape-changing species of assassins, returning to wage war.

The Dissolution is coming.

 

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Sam was reading when the sun dimmed.
As he looked up from his book, he caught the sky outside his window shading into twilight. Overhead, the light blinked off, then on and the music playing on his laptop—Beethoven’s 7th—croaked a discordant jumble of notes before the screen went black. A breath of cold air left goosebumps on his arms.
“What the—” Sam pushed up from the chair as the overhead light faded again. His breath caught in his throat, like he had swallowed a lump of ice. His room was not large, made smaller by the piles of boxes making up his collection, and now shadows rose between stacks of waist-high containers. He wormed through them in the dim light, heart racing. Was this really happening, or was he having an attack? Why now? It took two tries to pick up his grandfather’s pocket watch from where it rested on an end table beside his bed. His hands shook, and the thump of his heartbeat nearly overpowered the rhythmic ticking transmitted through his palm. He focused on the mechanical beat—let it inform his body with the regular beat of time.
Calm down. Stillness evaded him, left him unsteady. Everything is going dark in the middle of the day. At least the watch was working. He made sure to keep it wound, and kept it safe in his room.
While watching the darkened sky, his other hand fingered the lid of a small shoebox. His collection of boxes contained grass clippings, shells, sand, and other things, bought by friends and customers of his aunt. They reminded him of favorite sights and smells. However, the shoebox contained things more precious than the rest: half a belt, stiff from water damage, and the heel of a woman’s left shoe, sheared off cleanly.
No. Can’t think of them now. They’re gone, and I can’t change it. He shivered at another gust of cold air. His room felt like late January instead of August. He eyed the window, but the thought of opening it—letting in the places he didn’t know—made his hands sweat. His hand left the box, moving to the windowpane. He hissed and shook his fingers. The window was colder than the house, which meant outside must be too. He breathed out and raised his watch to his ear, listening to the steady beat.
Is this all in my head? He hadn’t heard a transformer blow, and there was no storm. It was so quiet his rough breathing was like a train. He rubbed his arms, and a quick touch on his laptop’s case nearly numbed his finger. His cellphone was powered down and wouldn’t restart.
Aunt Martha will know what to do. Get to safety. Sam weaved through the precise stacks of boxes, trembling. She would be in her sewing shop. Sam wiped sweaty hands on his shorts before pulling a coat from the closet and socks from a drawer. He dropped his watch in a pocket of the coat, but kept one hand on it. If the power outage kept up, he couldn’t log in for his shift in technical support. What will they think? Will they fire me? He couldn’t get his ethics essay done either, and he had to email it in by tomorrow night for the ethical theories class at his online community college.
The chill air in the hall made him regret the shorts, but he shrugged his coat on, then leaned against the wall, pulling his socks on carefully. If the seams were going the wrong way, they’d just distract him, and there was too much going on already. He closed his eyes. Don’t shut down. Keep moving.
The dark wood-paneled hallway was cold even through his socks, and Sam made a detour to the front door to get his sneakers, adjusting his feet in them, making sure the laces were the same length. It took two tries with his shaking hands. The dark was deepening outside, and by the time he got to the other end of the house, he was using his sense of touch more than sight to navigate.
He met Aunt Martha coming from the small one-room addition that served as her workshop. She held a flickering beeswax candle in her hand. It’s not just in my head.

 

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Just when Dee Dee’s world is about to turn into a fairy tale, a tragic accident rips it all away

Sunday, February 25th, 2018
Wading
Through Shallow Water
by
Toni Morrow Wyatt
Genre:
Paranormal Romantic Suspense
 
Bookstore
owner, Dee Dee Montgomery, was born with a gift. Not only does she
possess magical powers, she is able to tell the history of an object
by touching it. Fiercely independent, the last thing Dee Dee is
looking for is love.
When
author, Alex Winter, loses his wife to cancer shortly after the birth
of their son, writing becomes his therapy. His book, Moving Past the
Hurt, spurs a book signing tour, which leads him to Dee Dee’s
bookstore.
Just
when Dee Dee’s world is about to turn into a fairy tale, a tragic
accident rips it all away.
Kate
Waterhouse, Alex’s ex-sister-in-law, pops into town as things are
falling apart, bringing her handsome, arrogant brother, Blake.
Determined
to claim what she believes is rightfully hers, Kate must locate her
family’s Book of Shadows. As Kate’s evil plot unfolds, leaving lives
on the line, Dee Dee must face the Waterhouse siblings or risk losing
everyone she loves.
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Toni
Morrow Wyatt grew up in a small town in Illinois. Her love of reading
and writing was the greatest gift her mother gave her. In later
years, she opened her own independent book business named, Kindred
Books. In 2006, she folded the business and moved to the San
Antonio/Boerne, Texas area, where she lived for three years. Her
newest novel, Wading Through Shallow Water is set there. 

 

Her
flash fiction piece, “A Knock of Chance” was published in From
the Depths literary journal in 2012. Her first novel, Return to Rocky
Gap quickly followed. Her award winning short story, Spuds Dawson Has
His Day was published in the Belle Reve Literary Journal. Her young
adult suspense/mystery, A Killing Among Friends, was released in
2015. You can also find it in Twisted: A Thriller Collection. Last
year, she released A Walk Between the Winds, which was co-authored
with her mother, Margaret Chism Morrow.
When not
writing, she devotes her time to her family, reading as much as she
possibly can, and research. She currently lives in North Carolina
with her husband and two sons.

 

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Amethyst is a secret team of genetically enhanced humans

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
Winter’s Kiss
Amethyst Chronicles Book 1
by K.G. Stutts
Genre: SciFi Romance
Amethyst is a secret team of genetically enhanced humans which is Earth’s
greatest defensive weapon. Leading the team of super soldiers is
Ember Wilson, a tough woman with a huge chip on her shoulder. The
team gets their name from the after effect of the Genesis Project
which turned their eyes and even their blood purple.

 

For decades, Earth has been ravaged by unpredictable weather which began
to cause crops to fail. Most of the planet’s food sources have
deteriorated. Dr. Clayton Rudo has proclaimed he has the means to
save the soil. He has created a weather machine to regulate and help
replenish. But Ember knew the truth. He didn’t want to save the
planet. He wanted to control it. Amethyst destroyed the machine, but
was placed in stasis. Two years later, Rudo recreated the device and
has frozen Washington, DC and the west coast of the United
States.


 

General Tom Blanchard brought Amethyst out of stasis to work with an elite
Air Force team, led by Major Liam Ross. Tensions between Ember and
Liam rise as they butt heads. Can they work together before Earth is
completely under ice?


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Poison
Amethyst
Chronicles Book 2
Ember lost it all when she lost Amethyst.

 

Now, as she recovers physically she must come to terms with her new
reality. The struggle to find herself again will push those who care
the most away even the men who love her.


 

In time, an opportunity to recreate her transformation presents itself.
Will she risk herself to find what she had? Is it worth her team? Her
heart?…


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Past
Reflections
Amethyst
Chronicles Book 3
 
An accident has sent Ember Wilson one thousand years into the past!
Suddenly face to face with Drs. Madison Brooks and Mackenzie Rhodes,
two women who are legends in her time and the foundation of what will
be her world and their families. Ember is surprised to find that she
connects with the fabled group, especially with Logan Brooks, a
strong, handsome man who she can’t get out of her head. At first she
is content to kick back and enjoy her time before the brilliant
women can restore the timeline until she learns the storied
team needs her help to ensure the future happens.
With the future now riding on her, Ember faces a challenge that will test
even her abilities and skills. Will she make it back to her time?
Destiny intervenes as the future becomes entangled in the past in a
showdown for any decade.
**Coming
in September! **
 
 
 
K.G. Stutts is the author of several sci-fi romance series as well as a
few romance stories. She has a degree in massage therapy. As a
contributor to Independent Writers Association (IWA) her insights can
be seen regularly there and on her own blog at kgstutts.blogspot.com
and her website at kgstutts.com

 

 


When she’s not weaving words, she enjoys reading, playing RPGs, hockey,
wrestling, and football, and is a big sci-fi nerd. Currently she
resides in North Carolina, USA with her husband, Brad.

 

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The Fortune Teller’s Secret and a dead man on a Ferris wheel

Friday, March 24th, 2017
The
Fortune Teller’s Secret
A
Cavendish Brown Paranormal Mystery Book 2
by
Ron D. Voigts
Genre:
Paranormal Mystery
A
dead man on a Ferris wheel and a cold-case murder take Cavendish
Brown into a world of carnival freaks, ghosts, and killers.

 

The
annual carnival comes to Maiden Falls, a small town in the West
Virginia Mountains, but everything is not merry.


The
ghost of a woman appears to Cavendish Brown, a carnival worker lies
dead aboard a car on the Ferris wheel, and a bullied teenager plots
to kill people at the carnival with a homemade bomb. More
complications arise. Cavendish again butts heads with the local
sheriff, Clinton Pike.

 

Marbella
Wellingway, owner of the newspaper where Cavendish works, receives a
visit from the Angel of Death. And a Fortune Teller at the carnival
knows something that could forever change Cavendish’s life.

 

With
the aid of Jane, a disturbed psychic, and Alexandra, a Goth witch, he
must find the killer, help the mystery woman, and risk his life to
prevent more deaths.
 
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Witch’s Daughter

 

A
Cavndish Brown Paranormal Mystery Book 1
 
Investigative
reporter and recent widower, Cavendish Brown, is unemployed and
floundering. Coerced into returning to his childhood home by the
town’s eccentric matriarch, Cavendish finds himself involved in
murder, deceit, and a not-so-subtle attempt at matchmaking. Joined by
Jane, a disturbed psychic, and Alexandra, a young Goth woman with
uncanny abilities, they follow leads into the hills of West Virginia
to catch the killer. A sheriff who shoots first and asks questions
later makes solving the case difficult for the trio. Adding further
complications is an ex-girlfriend with a mob hitman on her trail who
seeks Cavendish’s help.
Immersed
in a never-ending spiral of clues and secrets, he must unlock the
darkness that surrounds the enigmatic Jane, stay ahead of the law,
and come to terms with his own grief.
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How to Make a Hero

By Ron D. Voigts

 

Developing the main character for a novel is probably the most difficult task.  In The Witch’s Daughter, I wrestled with myself to come up with just the right mix of a good guy, human being, and flawed character.  I feel that many writers project themselves into the protagonist of the story.  Let’s face it–most of us lead pretty bland lives with respect to the characters in our books.

For some reason, the name came to me first. Cavendish Brown.  I liked the sound.  My brain saw a superhero type guy, thriller material, spy like, able to leap tall building in a single bound. But as I developed him I saw a need to bring him back to reality, mess up his life a bit, and have him wrestle with the person he has become.

At the beginning of The Witch’s Daughter, he has lost his wife to cancer and descended into depression which he expressed mostly as anger and drinking too much.  His rescuer is Marbella Wellingway who offers him the job of taking over the town newspaper.  Of course, she has other ideas which include matchmaking with her daughter Alexandra. In Book 1, he faces his inner demons and comes to grips with the reality that life goes on after you lose a loved one.

In Book 2, The Fortune Teller’s Secret, he is still mourning his dead wife while trying to continue his life.  He knows he has to keep living, but it’s hard. Most important in this second book is finding himself and a purpose in his life.  Does he stop drinking? Well, not quite.  Will he be less moody? Probably not.  Does he have a lot more growing to do? Absolutely.

I would like to share a one paragraph note I keep handy to remind me about who Cavendish Brown is.

Cavendish is the reluctant hero.  He is reclusive, a loner.  Introvert. He keeps to himself, keeping his feelings private. But when he must put on his “red cape,” he will come to the rescue to right wrong, defend the downtrodden, and protect the innocent. Unfortunately, he can get carried away once he turns on the magic.  He landed a guy name Freddie in the hospital because of the way the jerk treated his girlfriend.  He beat up another man who he though was stealing his girlfriend Nikki. He sucker punches a bullie who picked on Jane. Most times he tries to keep his temper in check. Not losing it means not hurting someone. 

I named Book 2 not for the murder but for something important told to Cavendish Brown by the Fortune Teller.  In “A Cavendish Brown Paranormal Mystery” series, each of the main characters will discover things about themselves taking them to their destiny.  Rosalie, the fortune teller, tells to Cavendish a detail about himself that will change his life.  What is it? You got to read The Fortune Teller’s Secret to find out.

 

Ron
D. Voigts lives in Raleigh, North Carolina and sometimes somewhere
else. When back in Raleigh, he enjoys time with his family, watches
old movies and shoots lots of pool. He has his own private writer’s
retreat in La Vale, MD where he spends lots of time working on his
next novel while enjoying the mountains and eating ice cream.
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A family curse… the women of her family, kill the men they love

Monday, February 13th, 2017


      Jan would rather write than eat or sleep, which is handy for authors—not so much for husbands. Her research as a nutritionist inspired an unusual murder weapon for Heir of Deceit. Favorite writing moment: meeting famous moonshiner Popcorn Sutton while during research in Asheville, North Carolina for Heir of Deceit. She has won national contests for her comedic poetry on subjects such as Black Friday and her messy kitchen. Some are included in her humor book My Word, That’s Absurd! along with her prize-winning children’s story, Miss Mousie and Mrs. McGreggor’s Closet.
Jan’s quirky sense of humor could classify her as eccentric, but she prefers the term “crazy.” She is the author of two novels, Heir of Deceit and Impressions of Innocence and a non-fiction humor book, My Word, That’s Absurd! She’s going nuts deciding which of seven book ideas she wants to work on next.
She loves cactus flowers, road runners, horned toads (and people). She enjoys cooking, teaching, and learning. The day she stops learning will be the day she stops breathing. She and her husband are the parents of six children.
Jan wrote for a local newspaper at age 11. She worked for her high school and college journalism departments, and as a case worker, tobacco prevention coordinator, and nutritionist. In addition, she has taught religion classes to high school students for more than 31 years as a volunteer.
Visit her web site at: http://janmar916.wix.com/janmmartin
P.S. If you enjoy her books, she’ll love you forever if you leave a 5-star review on Amazon about them.

Praise for Heir of Deceit: “A plot that is full of questions to keep readers turning pages–secrets, lies and drama. Good Stuff!” –Bethany Miller Cole (writing as Bethany Michaels) Judge at Romance Writers of America

“This is part love story, part genealogical mystery, a little bit about redemption and quite a lot of fun for the reader.” –Jonesy, Amazon Reviewer

“A love story that . . . offers a satisfying mix of intrigue and idealistic love.” –Kirkus
Reviews

“It’s captivating and it really keeps you guessing.” –Lord of the Books Reviews

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On the eve of her wedding, Lacey uncovers a problem too large for love to conquer: a family curse which causes the women to kill the men they love, and puts her fiancé, Evs, in danger. Lacey vows to uncover the secrets of her lineage, even if it requires her ultimate sacrifice–the loss of her marriage to her beloved Evs.

Her search leads to the Smoky Mountain backwoods, where the shotgun is more respected than the law, and family may not be what is expected. HEIR OF DECEIT is set in an area, where, even today, hands of tobacco are used as currency, and moonshine stills explode.

Heir of Deceit is a clean Romantic Mystery suitable for teens and adults.

 

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Snippet:
We traveled back from Cherokee in a silent and reflective mood. Despite the late hour, the trip ended too soon.
Tsali walked me to my motel room door and lingered in the hallway. “Lacey, I have to tell you something before I burst.”
I looked up at him, but found that I could say nothing.
“After our experiences together tonight, I feel so close to you. I’m afraid I am falling horribly, desperately in love with you.”
“Tsali . . .”
“I know. Friends. I promised you.
But this beating drum in my chest won’t stop what it feels. Are you the sacrifice I must give for a strong and proud people?”
“Or is Evs the sacrifice I must give to join a strong and a proud people?” I placed my hand on his arm. He seemed so tall, so powerful at that moment, I needed the touch to balance my unsteady body and my teetering heart.
Tsali lifted my chin upward as he bent toward my lips.
“Please, Tsali, I can’t.” My lips trembled and my stomach leapt in a confusion of joy and pain. “I feel it too, each time I’m around you. Then to have the Spirit of Tsali allow me to see him—to share that with you—maybe it’s a sign. But I can’t. Not until I learn where my own life will go.”
He held his face so very close to mine that I could feel his words. “Lacey, as the original Tsali honored his
wife at the peril of his life, I will honor your wishes, and my promise to you.
However long it takes, I promise you.”
I could feel the warmth of his skin through the space between us like a connecting current. I wondered if he could feel it, too. “I will always treasure this night,” I said, “and what you have told me, even if we never speak of it again.”
 
 
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Official Book Tour: A Carolina Christmas

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
 

 

The Pamlico Writers
Group is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of our 2016 anthology of
short stories and poems written by our members with a section of award winning
prose and poetry from our 2015 and 2016 competition winners.
            A
Carolina Christmas
isn’t your traditional holiday feast of tinsel and sugar
plums. While there is still a smattering of stars sprinkled through the pages
and a little glitter and artificial snow lighting up a few plastic Santas,
these stories are filled with more than ornaments and figgy pudding. From
broken hearts to hopeful reunions, holiday anxiety to joyful tidings, the
truest gift of Christmas is still found to be family, faith and friendship. But
these stories are not fairy tales and every holiday is not Peace on Earth.
            “Readers are in for a holiday treat
with the 2016 Pamlico Writers Anthology with its Christmas theme.” ~Marni
Graff, award-winning author of The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy
Genova Manhattan Mysteries
            “A Carolina Christmas establishes itself as a holiday classic, a must read.
The journey isn’t your typical holiday adventure.” ~Angela Beach Silverthorne,
author of Depression Cookies, 
two-time silver medalist in Women’s Fiction and Chick Lit for Readers’ Favorite
and Cries of Innocence, a five-star Contemporary Christian Fiction.
Author/Poets & Titles
Suzannah Lynn Cockerille: How I Can Be So Sure Santa is
Real
 
(creative non-fiction)
Jonathan Clayborne: Winter Finds the Cardinal (poem)
Jerry Cuthrell: Unsolicited (poem), Candles (poem)
Nancy Eure
Cordano: Misfits of Christmas Eve
Anne Blyth Davis: Orbit (2015
High School Competition ~ Poetry First Place)
Pam Desloges: Christmas
Chaos
 (poem)
Deborah H.
Doolittle: My Mother’s Rocky Road to Dublin (#1), Here
I am Laughing with Bears 
(#2), Elizabeth Bishop Attends to the
Amarilli 
(#3)–(2016 Adult Poetry Competion~ First Place)
Diane de
Echeandia: Christmas Cards-Bah Humbug! (poem), Spring
Melt 
(2015 Adult Poetry Competition~First Place)  
Polly Frank: My
Christmas Tree
 (prose)
Sarah Haglund: Pray
For Her 
(2016 High School Competition~ First Place Poetry)
Ted Harrison: In The
Same Country (recreation of Biblical story)
Sherri
Lupton-Hollister: Lexie and Ethel, Season of Hope, and Three
Dresses 
(fiction)
Jeanne Julian: Allison’s
Adventures on Christmas Eve, Holiday Flotillia 
(poem)
 James Keen: Christmas
Stocking Conversation
 (creative non-fiction)
Richard Knowles: Long,
Cold Road 
(2016 Adult Competion First Place Non-Fiction)
James Lupton: Christmas
Adventures
 (creative non-fiction)
Michaela
Rappleyea: Rolling in Her Grave (2016 High School
Competition~First Place Prose)
Doris Schneider: Innocence
on Holiday 
(creative non-fiction), The Gift (creative
non-fiction),  and Christmas Confession (fiction)
Merry Simmons: The
Naming of Things 
(2016 Adult Competition First Place Fiction)
Millie Johnson
Sparks: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Courtney Staton: A Letter From a Gifted Kid (2015
High School Competition ~ Prose First Place)
Allison Stuart: The Combination (2015 Adult
Competition First Place Fiction)
K D Wilson: Forgetful Adjustments (fiction)

 

Michael Worthington: Ayden Racial Unrest (2015
Adult Competition First Place Non-Fiction)

 

 

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The Pamlico Writers Group is from the Innerbanks of North Carolina, where the Tar and the Pamlico
rivers meet in the town of little Washington. They’re housed just off the river
in the old Turnage Theater, the oldest still-standing Burlesque Theater House
still standing in North Carolina and home of the Arts of the Pamlico. The
Pamlico Writers are a non-profit group and we affiliated with the Arts of the
Pamlico.
The Turnage Theater stands on Main Street just one street over
from the waterfront. The town of Washington is on the Inner Banks of North
Carolina, where the Tar and Pamlico Rivers meet, just down the sound from the
Atlantic Ocean. Forestry, watermen, and Military history are abundant in
Washington and Beaufort County.
The Pamlico Writers Group hopes to use the funds generated by this
anthology to assist in this, our fifth annual Pamlico Writers Conference March
17 and 18, 2017 with Keynote speaker Zelda Lockhart.

 

 Pamlico Writers Group
Officers/anthology organizers:
PWG chairperson: Sherri
Lupton-Hollister in charge of planning, theme and media
Financial Director:
James “Jim” Keen in charge of formatting anthology and setting up Submittable
and Drop-Box
Programming Director:
Kay Wilson assisted with all aspects of planning and media
Conference Director:
Doris Schneider in charge of editing and cover planning
Member: Jeanne Julian
assisted with editing
Member: Marni Graff
marketing
 2016 Pamlico Writers Competition Winners
(L to R) James Kelley, Michaela Rappleyea, Michael Worthington,
Merry Simmons, Marty Silverthorne (in front), Richard Knowles, Sarah Swan,
Deborah Doolittle, Jack Fay.2016 Winners of the Pamlico Writers Competition
photo taken at the back of the Turnage Theater after the 2016 Pamlico Writers
Conference.  Photo taken by Sherri
Lupton-Hollister

2015 Pamlico
Writers Group Competition

Pamlico
Writers Competition is an annual juried writing contest featuring adult and
student authors. Started in 2013, the current event featured adult contests in
Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and student contests in Prose and Poetry.  First, Second, and Honorary Mention Cash
Prizes were awarded in the Adult competition while a cash student scholarship
was awarded in each student contest.
(L to R) Nancy
Clark, Alison Stuart, Kayla Wyrick, Courtney
Staton, Polly Frank, Diane De Echeandia, Debra Kornegay,  Michael Worthington, Anne Blythe Davis.

Heather Bell Adams and Lane Schroeder were not present.
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Jeanne’s chapbook, Blossom
and Loss, 
was published by Longleaf Press in 2015. Her poems have
appeared in many journals, including Naugatuck River Review, Poetry
Quarterly, Kakalak, Earth’s Daughters, 
and Spank the
Carp, 
and are forthcoming two anthologies: The Well-Versed
Reader
 and The Lascaux Prize 2016 Anthology. Her work
also has won awards in competitions sponsored by The Comstock
Review, 
The North Carolina Poetry Society, The Lanier Library, and the
Asheville Writers’ Workshop. She was the featured photographer in moonShine
review
, Summer 2015. A graduate of Allegheny College, she has an MFA from
the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a member of the Neuse River
Writers’ Group. 
www.jeannejulian.com
Facebook.com/Jeanne.julian
Assistant Editor for A Carolina Christmas Jeanne met her publisher, Longleaf Press at the 2014 Pamlico Writers Conference Pitch to the Publisher event.
A Pamlico Writers Group member since 2008, Jim served as the
second PWG Chairman. He wrote two newspaper columns chronicling his sailing adventures: “Nautical Musings,” a weekly column about coastal family adventures; and “In the Loop,” a bi-weekly column about circumnavigating the eastern United States on America’s 6,300-mile Great Loop. Jim’s book Trinidad
Express
 is the story of his 5,300-mile doublehanded South
Africa-to-Trinidad Atlantic Ocean sailboat crossing. His ebook, Log of S/V Irish Mist, chronicles his singlehanded 13-month trip on America’s Great Loop. Nautical Musings I and II are ebook anthologies of Jim’s newspaper articles.
Facebook.com/james.keen
Visit his author page at
www.pamlicowritersgroup.org
Assistant Director of
the Pamlico Writers Conference Steering Committee
Financial Director of
the Pamlico Writers Group and Conference
Millie joined the
Pamlico Writers Group in 2016.  She is a part-time writer and a full-time
librarian at Pitt Community College in Winterville, NC.
 
 
 
 
Kay
Wilson

Kay Wilson wrote simple poetry before her best friend pushed her, kicking
and screaming, into a mystery writing class at the local community college.
From there she was hooked, learning all she could about the craft. She is an
actress and has played numerous roles in community theatre productions (Encore
Theatre – Elizabeth City; College of the Albemarle Coast Players – Elizabeth
City; and Pamlico Playhouse – Washington), and believes it’s helped her see
characters and their stories better. Ms Wilson is a member of two writer’s
groups (North Carolina Writers’ Read – Belhaven and Pamlico Writers Group –
Washington) both encourage and challenge her to improve her skills. She writes
and manages a blog for the Pamlico Writers Group. She’s also written several
short stories and two novels which are in different stages of completion. K D
Wilson writes Women’s Fiction (Domestic & Romantic Suspense) and as yet has
not been published.
Kay is
the Programming Coordinator for the Pamlico Writers Group, she is also a member
of the Pamlico Writers Conference Steering committee, writes the blog “Writing
on the Pamlico” pamlicowritersgroup.wordpress.com, Facebook.com/writerkay
Michael Worthington
Thirty-year veteran of the education system, retired. Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina. Michael now writes full-time with his pug asleep on the footrest of his recliner.
His HI/Lo books are designed for reluctant young adult readers with high interest and low reading difficulty. You can find Michael’s books at Goodreads and Amazon.

 

 

 

 

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Monday, January 18th, 2016

Kevin, well us where you were born and where do you live now. 

I was born in Lehi, Utah and currently live within a stone’s throw of where I was born.  However, that current residence came by way of Arizona, North Carolina, and Brazil before coming back to Lehi, Utah again.

Kevin L Nielsen

What makes you passionate about writing? 

Coming up with new and interesting worlds, ideas, and creations is what keeps me passionate about writing.  I’ve been writing novels since I was 11 years old and it is the one thing I still do now, 16 years later, that I did then.  Writing fuels my passion for writing, which in turn fuels more writing.  It’s one of the reasons why I have so many different projects going at any one time.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 

The first draft of my most recent manuscript, STORMS, was written in 72 days.  Its predecessor, SANDS, which is the first book in the Sharani Series, was written in about 96 days, if I remember correctly.

Who or What inspired you to write this book? 

Two things.  The first were two people at the LTUE (Life, the Universe, and Everything) Symposium on 2014.  Johnny Worthen and Shallee MacArthur.  They talked about (more…)