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Summer Author Signings Calendar Posted!

Pelican Calendar


Our Event Calendar with our of our Summer author signings and readings is up on our website! Visit our site to see when your favorite authors are coming for 2018!

We’ve got some great authors lined up for you including Mary Alice Monroe, Karen White, Donna Everheart, Loretta Chase, Ann B. Ross, and Susan Boyer. Most will be held at Silver Coast Winery, but one will be at the Bookstore, so make sure to read the details of each event!

It’s going to be a fantastic season and we hope to see you there!

Click Here to see the Full Schedule




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Jenny’s Two Pennies: One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain


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 One Good Mama Bone by Bren McClain

Sometimes I discover a new book that leaves an imprint on my heart. I never would have thought that a story about a mama cow (Mama Red) and her calf (Lucky) would touch me so deeply. Mama Red and Lucky teach a human mother unconditional love, perseverance, bravery and bittersweet sacrifice for those we love. It’s about never giving up.
The author writes with a poetic hand causing you to pause and savor her descriptive prose.
The setting is rural countryside where nothing fancy exists but it is the simplicity that speaks volumes in this tale.

I took my time reading this one like you do when you savor your favorite dessert, not wanting to finish it, letting the words settle in my mind. I won’t soon forget the sweetness of this story. Bren McClain has written a jewel of a debut. Southern fiction at its finest.


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Author A.J. Tata & Pelican bookstore host signing at Ironclad Brewery

AJ Tata Direct Fire Book signing

Wednesday, January 31st, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., A.J. Tata will be giving a talk and signing his new book “Direct Fire” at Ironclad Brewery in downtown Wilmington. Pelican Bookstore will be handling the sales. We’d love to see you there!

Ironclad Brewery
115 N. 2nd Street
Wilmington, NC 28401


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Jenny’s Two Pennies: The Bookshop At Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry

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The Bookshop At Water's End Patti Callahan Henry

My latest book for review has been a pleasure to read. When reading The Bookshop At Water’s End, you can almost smell the ocean, see the Spanish moss in the live oaks swaying in the breeze and feel the warm sunshine on your shoulders.

The author writes with such poetic prose that you find yourself pausing after reading one of her descriptive passages, wanting to remember the words.

This is a book about enduring friendships-the kind that lasts forever; the kind that holds secrets and even holds grudges. It’s about love and profound loss and finding answers to questions that you may not really want to know. It’s also about redemption and forgiveness.

With endearing characters set in a small shore town, this one just may be the author’s best book yet, and that’s saying a lot.

Patti Callahan Henry does southern fiction divine justice.


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Jenny’s Two Pennies: The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman

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The Life She Was Given-Ellen Marie Wiseman

This is the latest book by popular author Ellen Marie Wiseman.  It is a historical fiction not to be missed.  The author has outdone herself with this one.

This book takes you to the circus where lions, tigers, and elephants steal the show.  Lilly is ten years old, shunned by her family, she becomes part of the circus’ freak show.  Feeling unloved she longs for just one friend.

There are deeply rooted family secrets that drastically change her life.   What follows is a riveting story of deception and survival against all odds.  It will keep you turning the pages late into the night with your heart in your throat.  It is a story you won’t soon forget.  You just might become another fan of her books.

Other books by the author include:  The Plum Tree, What She Left Behind, and Coal River.  I personally recommend any of her books




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Jenny’s Two Pennies: Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe

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Jenny's Two Pennies Beach House for Rent by Mary Alice Monroe


I have been a long time fan of Mary Alice Monroe’s books. From Beach House to Skyward to Time Is A River, and then her Lowcountry Summer Series, I have savored her love of the Lowcountry of South Carolina. I have learned about sea turtles and their habits, their amazing journeys to and from the ocean. I have witnessed through her words the survival of seabirds and their habitats, how we all play a part in the conservation of the flora and fauna native to the area and the importance of doing no harm.

Sprinkle in the sand dunes, sea oats, wildflowers and the perfect beach cottage and you have the makings of the perfect beach story- Beach House For Rent. This is the same beach cottage that belonged to Lovie, the matriarch of the family. Daughter Cara rents the cottage to a young woman looking for direction and solitude while she begins to paint seabirds, commissioned to be images on postage stamps. Cara and her husband run an eco-tourism boat business. Tragedy strikes Cara’s ideal life and the two women are destined to become supporters of each other in surprising ways.

Will both women learn how to cope, how to share compassion and empathy, how to move forward and reach their destiny?

In true form, the author gifts us with the beauty of the location and with endearing characters, she once again mesmerizes us with her words, telling us of the magic of the sea and all it offers, if only we listen. Don’t miss this one. This is my honest and unsolicited review.



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Jenny’s Two Pennies: The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

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The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle

Greetings Fellow Readers. Today I review the riveting new fiction novel The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle.

How well do you know your spouse? Perfectly titled, this is the story of Iris and Will, a young married couple with a promising future together.

From the first page, you will be quickly drawn into what appears to be a happily-ever-after. Or so it seems. Suddenly Iris is facing an unbelievable dilemma. Where is Will? What is happening? Who can she trust? Filled with twists and turns, you won’t be able to put this book down until you find out all the answers. Will Iris have the future she planned on having? Will she find her answers? You might be surprised.

I highly recommend this book to those readers that enjoy a true page turner. It is simply unforgettable.



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