Thursday, 18 January 2018

Pre-Meditated Murder

Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. 

Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The third book in her series, Karma's a Killer, will released January, 2016 by Midnight Ink.

Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house.

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If Kate Doesn’t Act Fast, the Only “I Do” in Michael’s Future Will Be at His Trial

Yoga instructor Kate Davidson is ready to marry her boyfriend Michael, so she’s disappointed when a special dinner doesn’t end with a proposal. But disappointment turns to dismay and outrage as she learns the real problem: Michael is already married and his estranged wife is blackmailing him.

When his wife’s body is found―by Kate and her dog, no less―Michael is strangely unable to remember where he was the night she died. Since Michael has no alibi, Kate steps up to uncover what happened. What she walks into is a tangled web of deceit, obsession, and immigration fraud . . . with Michael trapped in the middle.


Bella stopped lunging and whipped toward the child. The ecstatic toddler bee-lined it toward Bella, across the busy parking lot. The blue Chevy Malibu (driven by the male teenager that had been making out earlier) sped toward him, seemingly unaware that a child was careening toward his front bumper.

“Stop!” I yelled.

In a freeze-framed moment of gut-wrenching clarity, the teenager’s face twisted in horror. He slammed on the brakes and the car flew into a skid. I dropped Bella’s leash and dove for the child, praying that Bella wouldn’t go after Gabriella again. Tires screeched on pavement. Burning rubber stung my nostrils. My knee scraped painfully against the sidewalk, but I grasped hold of the child and yanked him toward me.


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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Tarragon, Key Keeper

Karlie Lucas is a preschool teacher by day and a writer/artist by night.

A graduate of Southern Utah University, Karlie received a B.A. in Creative Writing, with a minor in art. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, The International English Honor Society, as well as ANWA, the American Night Writers Association.

Karlie is interested in all things magical and mysterious, especially elves and dragons. She is an avid fan of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.

When not writing, Karlie can often be found drawing, baking, watching her favorite old school shows, or just spending time with her family.

She currently resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband and a cat named Kally

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For hundreds of years, the gates of Tarragon have been sealed from the outside. Prophecy speaks of the day the last Key Keeper will return and wake the dragons from their spell-cast slumber, returning them to their rightful home.

Seeking to fulfill her father's dying wish, Anwen Porter travels to the Drakonii Mountains where she meets Tyler, a mysterious local with a secret. With his help, she learns more about her clouded past and her own abilities. But when Courtney, a lovesick mage, tries to insert herself into their plans, things begin to go horribly wrong.

With death threatening at every turn, Anwen must learn to rely on her newfound friends to survive. But how can she unravel the mystery of her heritage when everything is trying to kill her?


'The Mountains rise majestically all around,'” he began to quote. “'The sapphire blue waters of Lake Wyvern shimmer across the way, keeping sentinel over the Sacred Island.'
Anwen almost stopped breathing, refusing to move any closer as she stood in shock. “How did you know that,” she breathed. “No one could know that. No one.” Unless he’d somehow snuck into her room while she wasn’t looking and read her great grandmother’s diary.

Tyler looked at her as he dropped her hand, one foot still in the boat, sensing her confusion and fear. “'Across the shore. Down the Consecrated Hall. Past the tombs of the immortals, lies the gateway to the Stone City, home to those who dwell with us. And further still, the Gates of Eternity that lead to Tarragon, home of all dragonkind,' from A History of the Keepers.”

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Sweet Indulgence


Debbie currently lives in northern California where the beautiful landscapes are often the settings in her books. The jagged coastline, the rolling hills with vineyards and the redwood forest make wonderful sceneries for her romance novellas.

When Debbie isn’t writing or traveling to a book signing, she’s visiting her family on the east coast, traveling to other places on her bucket list, enjoying her backyard, hiking with her husband and riding on the back of their motorcycle.

As an avid animal lover and parent to two rescue dogs, Debbie donates a portion of her proceeds to animal rescue organizations. When you purchase one of her books, you’re also helping a furry pet with shelter, food and ultimately a new home!

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Real Men Eat Cupcakes

Annie McPherson has had it with all the blind dates her grandmother and auntie set her up with. She just wants to be left alone to run the Sweet Indulgence cupcake bakery – even if it means she’ll remain single forever.

Jack’s just been through a gut-wrenching break-up, and women are the last thing on his mind. Now he’s on a mission to pick up cupcakes for his niece’s birthday party—not a mission to fall in love. Pulled in by Annie’s good looks and witty charm, though, temptation proves too sweet.

But will Annie’s pesky grandmother and auntie welcome Jack as Annie’s choice or will they have him jumping through hoops to prove he’s the one?

Fans of Debbie Macomber, Sherryl Woods, and Susan Wiggs are sure to love Sweet Indulgence, the first sweet romance novel in the Charleston Harbor series.

This book is too sweet to pass up! Scroll down to the buy links below and begin your indulgence today!

Q & A With The Author:

1.    Describe yourself in 50 words or less.

a.     I’m a very compassionate and kind person. Probably to a fault. I can’t say no hardly ever and then become stress over too many things on my list to accomplish. I’m an avid animal lover and I donate a percentage of all book sales to animal rescue.

2.    What do you love most in the world?
a.     My family – the humankind and my furbabies.

3.    What do you fear most?

a.     Just that the world has gotten a bit scary and I worry about my granddaughters. I worry about drugs, crime and overall the mean tone of our world. I have hope that we’ll turn it around. We need to.

4.    What is the hardest thing you've ever done?

a.     Watch my mom die before my eyes as I held her hand.

5.    Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's yours. What's your story?

a.     I was sicker than a dog a few days back. I’m pretty dramatic so I was convinced I was dying. I wasn’t, I was just sick. And I was sick and tired of being sick. My hubby of 41 years stayed home from work to help take care of me. He made me toast, hot tea and even cleaned up after I sort of made a mess. Now, that’s a man worth keeping and might make a good book boyfriend, what do you think? Lol.

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Friday, 12 January 2018

Reflections Anthology

With a love for poetic words and their meaning, a well respected business owner  and native of Beaufort County had a vision. He wanted others to experience and feel the powerful meaning of words. The birth of the Pamlico Writers Group by Jerry Cuthrell in the late 70's has made that dream what it is today.

Since its inception, the Pamlico Writers Group has helped many authors achieve their dreams. Some have written and published books of their own. Others have been inspired to resurrect works long forgotten. Many have come and gone, but the Pamlico Writers Group stands as a beacon of hope to future writers and their dreams.

The Pamlico Writers Group's mission is to help other aspiring writers accomplish their goal in writing. We achieve this through our local critique group meetings, online critique groups, and by offering as an incentive to our young people, a High School Scholarship fund. We're honored to be a co-sponsor of the Pamlico Writers Conference that helps make funding possible for this scholarship. Our visions, help shape the minds of the future.

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Reflections: Images and Memories, is a collection of exemplary writing by our members and future members. The prose and poetry in this volume represent a collage of work by published authors and emerging writers. Pamlico Writers’ Group is particularly honored to include prose and poetry from high school students—young emerging writers to whom we entrust our future. Each writer whose work is included in the anthology has expertly crafted a piece around his or her own interpretation of this year’s theme—Reflections: Images and Memories. The collection is the culmination of hard work and truly affirms the group’s commitment to its mission. With this anthology, The Pamlico Writers’ Group is proud to deliver its finest product to date.

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Meet Half of The Authors:

 Playwright Beverly Horvath found a passion for films and stageplays while living in Los Angeles and has participated in many small theatre productions. Beverly now resides in Aurora, NC, and has been writing for screen and stage since 2001. She has written original screenplays, book adaptations for screen and two musical stage-plays while collaborating with talented musicians/lyricists. Her musical play “Whiskey Flats” has been produced in New Bern, North Carolina.
Christina Ruotolo is a published author and freelance writer. She works in newspaper Advertising, is a Hot Dish food writer, a bookseller at Barnes & Noble and an adjunct creative writing instructor at a community college. She is the author the poetry collection, The Butterfly Net, and co-author of the nonfiction book, The Day The Earth Moved Haiti. She has a BA in Communications and Literature and a Master's degree in creative nonfiction from East Carolina University. She has won writing awards through Wildacres Writers Retreat, Carrie McCray Awards for poetry, and has published poetry, nonfiction and photography in past editions of The Petigru Review.

C. Inathe Marshall received an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach, in 2011. She was poetry editor for ARTLIFE Magazine and her poems have appeared in Convergence, 2004, ArtLife, 24th Anniversary Issue, 2004, Verdad Magazine, 2009, Spillway, 2010, RipRap, 2011, The Packinghouse Review, 2012, Beyond the Lyric Moment: Poetry Inspired by Workshops with David St. John, 2014, ELKE, 2016 and Redheaded Stepchild Magazine. She was the December 2016 Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts Writer-In-Residence and attended the 2017 Sewanee Writer’s Conference. 

Denis Listerman-Vierling: I am a former social studies teacher and retired Greek Orthodox priest. My wife and I moved from California to Washington, North Carolina in June of 2017. My hobbies include puppetry, gardening and writing. The only published writings have been limited to parish histories and family genealogy books. However I have written a number of fiction stories in my spare time. Now that I am semi-retired, I hope to devote more time to writing.
Dennis Sinar has been a listener nearly all his life. Working as a physician, listening was essential to making an accurate diagnosis and so stories about people provided ample material.   He has published two short story collections about the fictional characters that live in Marsden NC. These are stories told by people you would meet on the street in any Southern town and describe their highs and lows with life, love, and family. Roger and Patrice, a retired couple from Boston, link the stories as they struggle to understand the ways of the South.

    Diane de Echeandia is a native North Carolinian, born in Wilmington, NC.  She writes poetry, short stories and creative non-fiction.  Diane has won awards in competitions sponsored by Christopher Newport University, the North Carolina Writers' Workshop in Asheville, NC, and the Pamlico Writers' Conference. Her poetry has appeared in SUNY Delhi's publication, Agate; Art Inspires Poetry: An Anthology of Ekphrastic Poetry 2015, 2016; A Carolina Christmas Anthology 2016; Skinny Poetry 8/16; and online magazines Eskimopi, and Bindweed February 2017. Diane has enjoyed teaching ESL to college students, and refugees.  She lives in New Bern, NC.

Deborah Dolttle has lived in lots of different places but now calls North Carolina home. She has a BA from the University of Colorado, an MA from George Washington University, an MFA from San Diego State University, and now teaches at Coastal Carolina Community College.   Two chapbooks, No Crazy Notions and That Echo, have won the Mary Belle Campbell and Long Leaf Press Award, respectively.  She has had more than 350 poems published in literary magazines, with some most recently having appeared or will soon appear in Atlanta Review, Bear Creek Haiku, Edge, Oberon, Pinyon, Seems and TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics.  An avid print-maker, she has put together a small collection of hand-made limited edition book art. Married to a retired Marine, she has a son and a daughter and three grandchildren.   When not teaching or writing, she volunteers as a Wildlife Rehabilitator.  She and her husband currently share their house with four cats and a backyard full of birds.

Doris Schneider was born in Texas, and lived all over the U.S. and Canada. After thirty-three years of teaching theatre at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and North Carolina Central University in Durham, Doris retired to little Washington where she paints, designs jewelry, plays violin and writes.   Doris has published two novels: Borrowed Things and By Way of Water and has short stories in the anthology, A Carolina Christmas. She is currently seeking publication for her novella, Drummer Girl. Her time is divided between the NC coast and the mountains, where her husband Jim Coke raises wildflowers.
Hallo! I would like to introduce myself as Dylan Fink, an aspiring writer. One of my favorite pastimes is reading, and I always loved to do so. Books created a gateway for my own imagination to blossom into something more than just a simple thought. With my imagination, I could create mass expanses of terrain, huge worlds where people of all types could live. Deep space battles, magical beings, gods fighting over the planet. I want to inspire other people to use their imagination in writing and in reading. That is my goal in writing, and I hope you enjoy.

Eileen Lettick is a former elementary classroom teacher and staff developer. After 30 years in the classroom, she continued her mission in literacy—changing readers into writers. Eileen has presented literacy workshops to teachers and administrators on the east coast from New Hampshire to Florida. She maintains her literacy resource website for parents, teachers, and students-- Her own writing, whether fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, often develops through the eyes of strong female characters.
Eileen won the 2017 award for nonfiction at the Pamlico Writers’ Conference for her memoir, The Poetry Lesson. Her middle grade time travel novel, Sarah the Bold, as yet unpublished, placed as a finalist for the 2012 Tassy Walden New Voices in Children’s Literature Book Award. Eileen has published poems in The Teacher’s Anthology of Creative Communications and in the July 2017 issue of Wallingford Magazine. Her article, May the Road Rise up to Meet You appeared in the 2013 July Challenge Magazine. She is presently completing a young adult novel, My Life on Roller Skates.

My name is Elizabeth White and I have always been interested in the arts. My interests have evolved from drawing to expressing myself in poetry, but I’ve always found comfort in creativity. About two a year and a half ago is when I got into poetry; in a way, it brought me back to life in a time when I was not doing well. I intend to collect all the poetry I’ve written and put it in a book and hopefully publish it.

EM Slatterley, The author, that's me to the left, was born on Long Island, New York, which by the way, happens to be the setting for my second historical novel, Nowhere to Go. My wife, Cathy, and I are currently retired and living in North Carolina, close to the Atlantic coast. We have three grown children and three grandchildren. How did I get into writing? Well, I've always been interested in writing and I've written a few things in the past, but now I have the opportunity and more time to share my talent with new friends and faithful readers. 

Hello, my name is Emani Dunning and I am 18 years old. I am from Greenville, NC, where I attended and recently graduated from South Central High School .  I love to spend time with my family and friends, eat, help others and smile! I am now a freshman at Winston-Salem State University with a major in Biology, to have a successful career as a neonatologist or pediatrician and with writing being something I do well, I also plan to become an author. I would like to thank my supportive family, and Mrs. Painter for giving me this opportunity, and also the Pamlico Writers for granting me this title! God bless! 

Jonathan Clayborne is the author of “Ten Dollars and a Zippo,” a poetry collection he published in 2017. Clayborne is writing a southern-gothic novel, which he hopes to publish in 2018. He sometimes writes under the pseudonym S. Kruger, and is a director, co-founder and screenwriter for Haunted Pamlico, a Halloween-centered organization that makes short horror films. An award-winning print journalist, he left the newspaper field in 2012. He is an entrepreneur focusing on creative writing and other ventures. His contribution to this anthology is an excerpt from his tentatively titled “Garden Journal,” a soon-to-be-published series of reflections and photographs spanning more than 30 years of his gardening life. 

Gloria Loftin: I have been writing since I was five years old. That is my first love.  I am also a voracious reader.  I live in Grimesland, NC. We moved here in 2005 from Northern Virginia. I missed out on college when I was younger.  My parents had four children to support. My parents could not afford to send me to college at that time.
I had my chance when I asked my mom and dad if they would pay for me to go to college at the age of 6, and they said yes.  I missed out when I was younger, but I believe that I appreciated it more at that age.  Now I just love to learn, something I did not care for as a teenager.
I am unpublished, but hope to remedy that soon.  I have found a wonderful group of people who support and encourage every chance they get.
Thank you for the time to get to know me a little better.

Janine Sellers, homemaker, wife and daughter in a historic section of New Bern, has been writing poetry since she was sixteen. With wordsmithing as part of her DNA, she has been the editor and cover designer of two successfully published books. The portals to Janine’s world include book stores, libraries and yard sales. She loves people, especially first person storytellers. An excessive note-taker and memoirist, Janine strongly believes in getting things down on paper. She is happily retired from a professional career in association management.

   Jo Ann Steger Hoffman is a writer, editor, and former corporate communications director whose publications include a children’s book, short fiction and a variety of poems in literary journals, including The Merton Quarterly, Pinesong, Fall Lines and New Verse News. She has received recent contest awards from the Pamlico Writers and the Palm Beach Poetry Festival.  Her 2010 non-fiction book, Angels Wear Black, recounts the only technology executive kidnapping to occur in California’s Silicon Valley. A native of Toledo, Ohio, she and her husband now live in Cary and Beaufort, North Carolina.

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