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REMINDER: Mary Alice Monroe Signing Tomorrow, Friday, June 23rd

Pelican Bookstore Signing Mary Alice Monroe
 

Mary Alice Monroe will be joining us Friday, June 23rd from 5 pm to 7 pm at Silver Coast Winery, and she will read and sign copies of her newest book Beach House for Rent.

Admission is $7.50 and includes a glass of wine. Silver Coast Winery is located at 6680 Barbeque Rd NW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469. (Map below)

About Beach House for Rent:

Two women. One summer. One very special house.

Two women from different generations are bound together by a beloved beach house. Cara Rutledge, 50, rents her quaint beach house on Isle of Palms to Heather Wyatt, 26, for the summer. Heather’s anxiety keeps her indoors with her caged canaries until the shorebirds–and a man who rescues them–lure her out to the beach. As the summer progresses and Heather’s heart opens to the rhythms of the island, Cara’s life reels with sudden tragedy. When their worlds shift like the sand under their feet these two very different women come together to discover their common bonds and unique strengths. So at summer’s end they, like the migrating shorebirds that come to the island every summer, too, can take flight.

Mary-Alice-Monroe-Author-Photo-271x300About Mary Alice Monroe:

New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Her experiences living in the midst of a habitat that was quickly changing gave her a strong and important focus for her novels.

Mary Alice Monroe writes richly textured books that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life. Monroe’s novels are published worldwide. With the same heart of conservation, Monroe has written two children’s picture books as well.

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REMINDER: Lisa Wingate Signing Friday, June 9th

Pelican Bookstore Signing Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate will be joining us Friday, June 9th from 5 pm to 7 pm at Silver Coast Winery, and she will read and sign copies of her newest book Before We Were Yours.

Admission is $7.50 and includes a glass of wine. Silver Coast Winery is located at 6680 Barbeque Rd NW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469. (Map below)

About Before We Were Yours:

This masterful, harrowing and ultimately redemptive novel uncovers and brilliantly fictionalizes a devastating slice of little-known American history… and tells a story of a family torn apart by a shocking betrayal.

Memphis, Tennessee, 1936. Docked aboard the family’s shantyboat, the Arcadia, the five Foss children find their lives changed forever when their parents leave them alone one stormy night. Rill Foss, just twelve years old, must shepherd her four younger siblings as they are wrenched from their boat on the Mississippi and thrown into the care of The Tennessee Children’s Home Society, a notorious system of orphanages ultimately deemed responsible for the kidnapping and selling thousands of children in illegal adoptions.

South Carolina, Present Day. Born into a world of wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all. A loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, with her own ambitious career as an assistant D.A. and a handsome fiancé waiting for her in Baltimore, she has lived an admittedly charmed life. But when Avery returns to Aiken to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with May Crandall, an elderly woman she’s never met before, leaves Avery deeply shaken. Avery’s decision to learn more about May’s life will take her on a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, illuminating what’s at the very center of Avery’s story and buried deep within her own heart.­

Based on first hand accounts of the true stories behind the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and the infamously cruel Georgia Tann, who ran the orphanage largely unchecked thanks to friends with deep pockets and far-reaching political power, Wingate has created an incredibly riveting, heart-wrenching read.

Lisa WingateAbout Lisa Wingate:

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, The Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Booklovers Reviewer’s Choice Award.

The group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with six others as recipients of the National Civics Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. Booklist summed up her work by saying, “Lisa Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller.”

 

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Pelican Bookstore Presents: Lisa Wingate “Before We Were Yours” Signing June 9th

Pelican Bookstore Signing Lisa Wingate

Lisa Wingate will be joining us Friday, June 9th from 5 pm to 7 pm at Silver Coast Winery, and she will read and sign copies of her newest book Before We Were Yours.

Admission is $7.50 and includes a glass of wine. Silver Coast Winery is located at 6680 Barbeque Rd NW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469. (Map below)

About Before We Were Yours:

This masterful, harrowing and ultimately redemptive novel uncovers and brilliantly fictionalizes a devastating slice of little-known American history… and tells a story of a family torn apart by a shocking betrayal.

Memphis, Tennessee, 1936. Docked aboard the family’s shantyboat, the Arcadia, the five Foss children find their lives changed forever when their parents leave them alone one stormy night. Rill Foss, just twelve years old, must shepherd her four younger siblings as they are wrenched from their boat on the Mississippi and thrown into the care of The Tennessee Children’s Home Society, a notorious system of orphanages ultimately deemed responsible for the kidnapping and selling thousands of children in illegal adoptions.

South Carolina, Present Day. Born into a world of wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all. A loving daughter to her father, a U.S. Senator, with her own ambitious career as an assistant D.A. and a handsome fiancé waiting for her in Baltimore, she has lived an admittedly charmed life. But when Avery returns to Aiken to help her father weather a health crisis and a political attack, a chance encounter with May Crandall, an elderly woman she’s never met before, leaves Avery deeply shaken. Avery’s decision to learn more about May’s life will take her on a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, illuminating what’s at the very center of Avery’s story and buried deep within her own heart.­

Based on first hand accounts of the true stories behind the Tennessee Children’s Home Society and the infamously cruel Georgia Tann, who ran the orphanage largely unchecked thanks to friends with deep pockets and far-reaching political power, Wingate has created an incredibly riveting, heart-wrenching read.

Lisa WingateAbout Lisa Wingate:

Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Utah Library Award, The Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Booklovers Reviewer’s Choice Award.

The group Americans for More Civility, a kindness watchdog organization, selected Lisa along with six others as recipients of the National Civics Award, which celebrates public figures who work to promote greater kindness and civility in American life. Booklist summed up her work by saying, “Lisa Wingate is, quite simply, a master storyteller.”

 

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Jenny’s Two Pennies: The Night The Lights Went Out by Karen White

Jennys Two PenniesThe Night The Lights Went Out by Karen WhiteTrue to form, Karen White offers magnetic characters that draw you into this sweet, southern romp.  The setting is Sweet Apple, Georgia (I mean, how southern can you get).

The characters include Merilee Talbot Dunlap, a recently divorced mother with two children, Sugar Prescott, town matriarch, who knows everyone in town and serves the best sweet tea, and wealthy, beautiful, and popular Heather Blackford. who knows how to throw an impressive party.  Each woman is hiding secrets that they hope are never revealed.

How well do you know your friends?  How well do these women know each other?  You can expect to shed a few tears, laugh out loud, and the suspenseful ending will leave you breathless.

For a great summer read. this one is perfect-settle in with a tall glass of sweet tea and enjoy.

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Pelican Bookstore Presents: Donna Everhart’s The Education of Dixie Dupree Signing May 21st

Pelican Bookstore Signing Donna everheartThis Sunday, May 21st author Donna Everhart will be reading from and signing her book The Education of Dixie Dupree at Silver Coast Winery on from 3 pm to 5pm.

Admission is $7.50 and includes a glass of wine. Silver Coast Winery is located at 6680 Barbeque Rd NW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469. (Map below)

About The Education of Dixie Dupree:

In 1969, Dixie Dupree is eleven years old and already an expert liar. Sometimes the lies are for her mama, Evie’s sake—to explain away a bruise brought on by her quick-as-lightning temper. And sometimes the lies are to spite Evie, who longs to leave her unhappy marriage in Perry County, Alabama, and return to her beloved New Hampshire. But for Dixie and her brother, Alabama is home, a place of pine-scented breezes and hot, languid afternoons.

Though Dixie is learning that the family she once believed was happy has deep fractures, even her vivid imagination couldn’t concoct the events about to unfold. Dixie records everything in her diary—her parents’ fights, her father’s drinking and his unexplained departure, and the arrival of Uncle Ray. Only when Dixie desperately needs help and is met with disbelief does she realize how much damage her past lies have done. But she has courage and a spirit that may yet prevail, forcing secrets into the open and allowing her to forgive and become whole again.

Narrated by her young heroine in a voice as sure and resonant as The Secret Life of Bees ’ Lily or Bastard Out of Carolina ’s Bone, Donna Everhart’s remarkable debut is a story about mothers and daughters, the guilt and pain that pass between generations, and the truths that are impossible to hide, especially from ourselves.

Donna EverhartAbout Donna Everhart:

Donna Everhart grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and has lived close to her hometown for most of her life. For several years she worked for high tech companies, specializing in project management and product introduction. She carries a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and Women’s Fiction Writers Association.

She lives in Dunn, North Carolina with her husband, and a tiny, heart stealing Yorkshire terrier, named Mister. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, and when she’s not reading she’s running. Sometimes she remembers to eat.

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REMINDER: Author Wendy Wax Tonight May 6th at Silver Coast Winery

One Good Thing Wendy Wax Pelican Bookstore

Don’t miss author Wendy Wax tonight, May 6th, from 5pm to 7pm at Silver Coast Winery! She’ll be speaking and signing copies of her new book One Good Thing. We’ll have copies for sale there at the event!

Admission is $7.50 and includes a glass of wine. Silver Coast Winery is located at 6680 Barbeque Rd NW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469. (Map below)

About One Good Thing

From the USA Today bestselling author of Sunshine Beach, a story of four women trying to rebuild more than their lives…

Before you can fix it up, you might have to tear it down…

Embroiled in a battle to regain control of their renovation-turned-reality TV show, Do Over, Maddie, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships.

Maddie must face the realities of dating a rock star once again topping the charts and deal with her hapless ex-husband, while Avery is caught up in family drama even as she attempts to transform a tiny cottage into a home for the newly impoverished heiress who helped bankroll their last renovation. Put on bedrest, a hugely pregnant Nikki can’t quite believe love can last, or trust in her own maternal instinct. And Kyra, who has secretly put Bella Flora at risk in an attempt to salvage Do Over, must decide whether to accept a desperately needed bail out from her son’s famous father that comes with far too many strings attached…

But friendship is made for times like these, to keep each other—and their dreams—from crumbling.

About Wendy Wax

One Good Thing and While We Were Watching Downton Abbey novelist Wendy Wax is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary women’s fiction.

Her fiction explores friendship, loyalty, self-discovery and the seemingly insurmountable challenges life sometimes presents. Born in St. Petersburg, Florida, she grew up on St. Pete Beach within spitting distance of the Gulf of Mexico.  Appropriately enough, Wendy attended Sunshine Elementary School where recess and art class sometimes took place on the beach, and the highlight of every school year was the annual fish broil. Not surprisingly, some of her favorite Florida beaches were destined to become settings for her best-selling fiction, including her bestselling Ten Beach Road novels.

It’s hard to be a type-A personality when you grow up in such a laid-back environment, but somehow Wendy managed. Convinced that you were expected to know how to read before you showed up for school, at the age of five she forced a neighbor friend to teach her.  She’s been devouring the written word ever since. Books, one of Wendy’s greatest treasures and best forms of escape, have had a major impact on her life and on her decision to create stories about women, friendship, family, and triumph over adversity leavened with her trademark honesty and humor.

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Jenny’s Two Pennies: The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff

Jennys Two PenniesThe-Orphans-Tale Pam Jenoff
I read numerous book genres including historical fiction, a personal favorite. What draws me to them is the unlimited historical subjects. One particular era always delivers interesting, emotional tales. World War II is such an important part of our world history that there is no end to the stories to be told and remembered. In Pam Jenoff’s latest book, The Orphan’s Tale, I was introduced to a part of that history I was not aware of-the German traveling circuses. This engrossing tale is about two women whose only intent is to survive the Holocaust. Astrid is the circus aerialist, a master at her craft. Noa, shamed and ostracized by her family to give up her newborn baby, she takes a job cleaning the local train station. Deciding that there had to be a better way to live, she leaves town after rescuing an infant from a train car filled with Jewish babies, forced from their mother’s arms and destined for sure death. She ultimately joins the traveling circus with the lie that the infant is her brother. Survival is difficult, secrets are kept by both women, but eventually friendships are formed. What follows is a heart pounding train ride to freedom or ultimate destruction.
 

Pam Jenoff is a NY Times best selling author of numerous novels, beloved by her followers. Her books are meticulously researched and admired by historical fiction fans and fellow writers. I highly recommend this book as well as her other books.

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