Folly Beach Wine & Sign
Saturday, April 26, 2014 10 a.m. – 6 p.m
Locklear’s Beach City Grill,
Avondale Wine & Cheese,
Folly Beach Parks & Recreation,
Folly Beach Wine & Sign
Have fun in the sun on the stunning Folly Beach Pier, Folly Beach, South Carolina. Sip a glass of wine, talk and meet some wonderful authors and artists. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of sandy beaches, cool ocean breezes, and views of the great Atlantic Ocean.
Guest Authors Meet the Authors
I am a writer who loves to travel with my husband and write about whatever touches my heart. I have a full time day-to-day job that takes up a lot of my time, but it does involve reading so that is a big benefit; I review medical records and make sure the information is accurate.
Writing is one of my biggest passions and I am enjoying it every step of the way. My stories can be anything from Inspirational Faith-based fiction, children's stories, to self-help/how-to guides, and not limited to any one genre. I lie awake at night struggling with my thoughts about what to add to my current work in progress, the future works my mind tells me to start, and how to get what I have written “out there” for the world to read.
I started writing poems when I was just a little girl and short stories. I never did much with anything I wrote other than read it a few times and then put it away. Over the years, everything I had written was lost or destroyed, but the memories I had still lingered on in my mind. I eventually went on to advance my knowledge in literature, as I have always been fascinated by words and the meaning they have.
My inspiration to write comes from life and everything it has thrown at me over the past 40+ years. We all struggle with things deep within us and outside of us that intrigues our senses enough to want to tell the world about it; why not share what stimulates us and sparks our emotions through a book.
My list of books and stories includes:
"Poetry by TL Bliss" (Inspirational Faith-based poetry) is a compilation of 20 personal, soul bearing, and heartfelt poems.
"Grace" (Inspirational Faith-based fiction with poetry) is a story that captures history with a sense of style. Reliving a past while enlightening a future. Poetry written to capture stories from the headlines, from life, poetry vulnerable to the heart.
"Juice With Me - A Beginner's Guide" (Self-Help/How-To) was written from TL Bliss' own journey with juicing. She compiled the information into this one single book to help get you started.
"The Magic Diary" (YA/Tween Fiction) is a short story that you are sure to like as it lightens the heart and makes you realize things are not always as they seem.
"The Magic Diary - Its Personal" (YA/Tween Fiction) is book two in the Magic Diary series and is a personal diary, complete with bookmarks to highlight your favorite entries.
"The Magic Diary - The Bully" (YA/Tween Fiction) is book three in the Magic Diary series that shows how kids can work together to help a bully become a friend.
"The Magic Diary - Building Self-Esteem" (YA/Tween Fiction) is book five in the Magic Diary series. An assembly is held at the school, after the principal and Becky’s teacher agree to help spread a list of ways to build self-esteem throughout the town.
"The Magic Diary - Good Manners" (YA/Tween Fiction) is book four in the Magic Diary series. Alex and Becky work together with one of their friends to build a list of good manners to share with the students at school.
"The Magic Diary - The Series in One Book"(YA/Tween Fiction) contains the short stories from the Magic Diary series titled The Magic Diary/The Magic Diary - The Bully/The Magic Diary - Building Self-Esteem/The Magic Diary - Good Manners all in one book.
"The Magic Diary - Its Personal for One Month"(YA/Tween Fiction) is a personal diary, complete with bookmarks to highlight your favorite entries for one month.
I hope you enjoy reading each of my books as much as I have enjoyed writing them. Have a wonderful day and thank you for taking the time to read my stories.
I am bringing these books with me… “Grace”, “Broken Circle of Life”, “Poetry by TL Bliss”, & “Juice With Me”
Author Bio: Deanna Anderson
Anderson has several titles both non-fiction and fiction. She is married and her and her husband have two teenage daughters. In addition to publishing books she also write regularly for the local magazine "Lakeside" and for the national magazine "Circle Sanctuary." She enjoys hiking, camping, taking pictures of wildflowers, and learning about different cultures and spiritual beliefs. To find out more about Anderson or her titles visit http://andersondeanna.weebly.com
"365 Tarot Activities"--(released January 2014) A comprehensive titled filled with over three hundred activities, journal prompts, discussion prompts, group activities, and methods and instructions for learning to read Tarot cards.
"Of the Seven: Sinner or Saint" (expected re-release date March 2014)
With fourteen short stories based on the concept of the Seven Deadly Sins, and the Seven Heavenly Virtues, when you have reached the last page of "Of the Seven" you will have to ask yourself the ultimate question: Are you a Sinner, or are you a Saint?
Deborah Jo Brooks-Langford (poet, novelist, and writer) was born in Gastonia, NC July 1951 (a military brat so-to-speak). She was the oldest of eight children. Her Father, Floyd, was a soldier in the US ARMY. His people were from Cherokee Hills, NC; the Cherokee Indians. Her mother’s people came from England. Deborah went to High School, in Columbia, SC. They lived in Germany and Spain and Turkey. Her father's side of the family comes from Cherokee North Carolina and her mother's families are English.
Deborah has been writing poems all her life. When she was in school she would write instead of listen—but instead dream of different poems and stories. Her passion is poetry. She loves to write—writing and poetry and stories are her life.
Deborah says she dedicates everything she does in the memory of her wonderful, sweet mother and to Jesus Christ—Lord and Savior.
Here are several books that Deborah has written over the years:
- “My Heart I Give”
- “Silenced Hearts
- “Break of a New Dawn”
- “One Day Soon”
- “The Trilogy”
- “Cooking, The World Over”
- “Poets Recipes From the Heart”
- “Christmas Delights”
- “Madison and Zusie the Zebra”
- “Aaron’s Monkey World”
Deborah is working on more children’s books as well—nine in all. She says she loves working for our country, and veterans, and is very passionate about it. Her father was a veteran from “Pork Chop Hill” in the Korean War and did two tours in Vietnam. She married her high school sweetheart, who is now retired from the Navy. https://www.facebook.com/ChildrensbooksbyDeborahBrooksLangford
About the author Kim Poovey
Kim Poovey has traveled the southeast for more than 18 years regaling audiences with tales of days gone by. Donned in period attire she portrays such famous characters as Jane Austen and Scarlett O' Hara, as well as the main character of her own novel, Truer Words. In addition, she presents on various topics of the 19th century such as the mourning practices of the civil war and the wardrobe of Victorian ladies. In 2011 she portrayed Mrs. Stanton, wife of Secretary of War Stanton (Kevin Kline) in the Robert Redford film The Conspirator. Her novel Truer Words was released by Tate Publishing in 2012.
About the book...
Truer Words is a novel about Emma Victoria Brown, a woman born in the Lowcountry of South Carolina during the Victorian era. Growing up on a wealthy plantation Emma is headstrong and independent but her family holds a secret that could cost them their lives. Share in Emma's childhood antics, love, sorrows, Civil War experience, and life ambitions.
Meet author Ken Burger www.kenburger.com
Ken Burger spent almost 40 years writing for two South Carolina newspapers, a career that included stints covering sports, business, politics and life in the Palmetto State.
While writing sports for The Post and Courier in Charleston, Burger won numerous statewide writing awards and was named one of the nation’s best sports columnists three times. He also was named S.C. Journalist of the Year in 1996.
Burger topped off his journalism career by writing a popular metro column for the Charleston paper before retiring in 2011.
His first novel, “Swallow Savannah,” was published in 2008. His second novel, “Sister Santee,” came out in 2010. Both novels were touted as among the best in Southern fiction by the Independent Publishers Association. In retirement, Ken entertains himself and others with a blog at www.kenburger.com.
Born and raised in Allendale, S.C., Burger graduated dead last in his class at the University of Georgia, has been married five times, is a gratefully recovering alcoholic, a cancer survivor, and a happy man.
Meet author Virginia Lori Jennings:
Virginia Jennings is a speculative fiction author of two books as well as an illustrator with PDMI Publishing LLC. Jack of all trades, master of none she is a die hard tinkerer; she enjoys working at something until she gets it right. Whether it is ideas for her next novel, or trying to understand how the human brain works, she loves to research stuff.
Virginia lives in South Carolina with her husband and three kids. When she is not writing she enjoys watching science fiction or action adventure movies with her family. She also enjoys watching Star Trek, Dr. Who, Walking Dead, and House though not necessarily in that order! You can find out more about Virginia at www.virginialorijennings.com
Roger Pinckney was born and raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry. He graduated from University of South Carolina and earned an MFA through the Iowa Writers Workshop. Pinckney farmed, taught school, and wrote award-winning features for Minnesota and North Dakota newspapers.
His first successful book was Blue Roots, a history of South Carolina voodoo. Since then, he’s produced several collections of essays and his novel, Little Glory has been purchased by a Hollywood independent film maker. Pinckney is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and Orion Writing Circle Award.
Roger lives on Daufuskie Island, one of the last free and wild barrier islands, where he writes and works diligently to preserve land and culture.
J. C. Fewell is the pen name of Joan C. Harris. Having graduated from Beaufort High School and Clemson University, she returned to the Low Country in 2001. She spent many years as a Special Education teacher in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She taught fictional writing/short story/novel at the Prince George’s County Community College in Largo, Maryland. A long-time classroom story teller, she finally found her genre in tales of her beloved Beaufort, South Carolina. She published her first story, Uncle Sugar’s Finest, in 1990.
She also has taught writing classes at Technical College of the Low Country and for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She is an expert in telling a short story long and lists her major accomplishment as having survived Hurricane Gracie in 1959.
Abstract Alexandra a 21st century American Abstract Expressionist Artist. A four year old girl sits in a yellow chair while her mother sketches the scene. Many times I sat for my mom as she painted. My connection to these paintings and watching the process of them being created set the stage for a lifetime of loving and creating art.
I enjoy creating expressive works of art. While studying the work of the original abstract expressionists such as; Lee Krasner, William Baziotes and Mark Rothko, I was captivated. The struggles these artists faced and how hard they fought for legitimacy, which is still very prevalent for artists today.
Stratton Lawrence's book, Images of America - Folly Beach, was published in April 2013 and features over 200 photographs and pictures of the island, including the Civil War era and the early days of tourism in the 1920s. Stratton writes for the Post and Courier, Charleston Magazine, the Charleston City Paper, and Zagat, and lives with his wife, Hunter, on Folly Beach.
Hi everyone, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Diann Shaddox and I'm the author of A FADED COTTAGE, a SC love story; FAMILY FAVORITES, a cookbook; & WHISPERING FOG, a time travel romance. I’m a member of the Wyandotte Nation and I have Essential Tremors. I also have a collection of Native American children’s tales that I’m working on for future books.
I grew up in southwest Arkansas, in a rural town, where Main Street has diagonal parking, old brick buildings containing a bank, old fashion pharmacy, and even a Dime Store. The small town of Nashville is surrounded by farms and rolling countryside and is a modest, but quaint southern town where football still reigns supreme. A town that brought my imagination to life, hot summer evenings catching fireflies, riding bikes all over the small town and swimming in creeks and lakes.
My southern roots emerge in my first published novel, A Faded Cottage. A Faded Cottage’ is a South Carolina love story, about a man with Essential Tremor and is a perfect beach read, with a powerful story blending fact and fiction. ‘A Faded Cottage’ is a story about a famous artist whose life is turned upside down when he learns he has ET and begins to shake uncontrollably. He leaves his life in New York and buys a faded cottage on the beach of South Carolina discovering his teenage love after thirty years. This is his journal of only two weeks, a story of endless love, his tale of living with ET, and the strength and power of love. A portion of the proceeds from each book sold of “A Faded Cottage” will be donated to the International Essential Tremor Foundation to help find a cure. Essential tremor (ET) is a progressive neurological condition that causes a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, voice, legs, or trunk. An estimated 10 million Americans have ET and race, age, and gender isn’t a factor in developing ET. Not only am I promoting my novel, but I’m also promoting and working to bring awareness to Essential Tremor and all neurological disorders like Dystonia, and PD.
Come join me on my new adventure of creating FAMILY FAVORITES a cookbook blending recipes from around the world, go to http://www.diannshaddox.com/family-favorites-around-the-world.html and summit a recipe.
My next book, ‘Whispering Fog’ a time travel romance is scheduled to be released late spring 2014. http://www.diannshaddox.com/whispering-fog.html
I love early morning watching the sunrise, music, playing golf, gardening, crafts, writing, and I enjoy quiet dinners in candle lit rooms. I love meeting new people; we all have our own stories to tell in our books of life and I look forward to hearing from you. Diann Shaddox
We are Jack Gannon and Cyndi Williams-Barnier, a.k.a, "J&C Wordsmiths"! We are authors based in Beautiful Beaufort By The Sea, Twenty-Three Miles From Yemassee! Or, just a couple islands south of the great folks in Folly Beach, for y'all not familiar with this wonderful Lowcountry...
We were best friends in Beaufort High School back in the 1970s with aspirations of becoming writers and authors after graduation. Unfortunately, we instead went separate ways following high school and lost track of each other for over three decades......until one fortuitous day when Cyndi found Jack online through a mutual Facebook friend. They reunited in person almost 32 years to the day from the last time they saw each other and picked up where they left off, as if no time had passed. Jack had talked about some characters in high school, even drawing pictures of them to show Cyndi his vision, and they returned to those characters to start a new series of stories built around "The Task Force Division", with a team of former-military agents, each with a specialized talent. They spent a year writing their first novel, "Murder In Twos and Threes", pitting their heroes against a serial killer with a penchant for explosive murders in groups of three every two years. Since its debut, "Murder" has maintained a five-star rating on Amazon.com. They followed up their first novel with short stories "Mother's Coffin" and "Ancient Footsteps" published direct to Amazon Kindle, as well as the second Task Force story, "Trail of The Talon". They are currently editing the third book in the series, "The Latrodectus Murders", with several other short stories of mixed genres written and awaiting editing and rewrites.
Following high school graduation, Jack attended the University of South Carolina-Beaufort for two years before completing his studies at Winthrop College (now University) in Rock Hill. He returned to Beaufort and began a career in management at The Beaufort Gazette. In 2002 he transferred to sister paper The Island Packet to the end of his career in 2011. He is married and has a seven-year-old Pomeranian. Cyndi, also went to the University of South Carolina-Beaufort, but never crossed paths with Jack. She went on to a career with Beaufort County Emergency Management until her own retirement in 2010. She is married and has four cats to keep her warm during cold nights. In comparing notes recently, they were surprised to learn how many times over the years they were often only feet away from each other and never knew it!
With the support of their other halves, Cyndi and Jack are working hard to turn writing into a new second career, along with founding the new Annual "Novel" Wine Tasting and Literary Festival at September Oaks Vineyards in Ridgeland, S.C., this year held on Saturday, October 25.
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Meet author Jim Henry Jim has been writing fiction ever since he learned to read in second grade. He completed his first "book" - a 65-page hand-written story titled "Time Warp" when he was in seventh grade. He continued to write story after story all through his teenage years, before going to college to study broadcasting and journalism. Through his 20s and into his 30s, Jim was busy writing things other people wanted him to write. He worked for eight years as a daily newspaper reporter for newspapers in Maine, Massachusetts and Connecticut. In between jobs, he attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he received an M.A. degree in journalism history.
When Jim was 34, he was seriously injured, and it was during his recovery that he learned of the ancient form of eastern medicine known as Reiki. While he was receiving an energy healing treatment, Jim had a vision of a man dressed entirely in black, with his arms outstretched, standing before the Atlantic Ocean. In Jim's vision, the man conjured the largest tsunami in recorded history, inundating the entire east coast. Every city from Portland, Maine to Key West, Florida was devastated. Jim opened his eyes with a look of fear and shock on his face, prompting the energy therapist to ask what was wrong. He told her of the vision, and she responded, "You have got to write about this." That scene, featuring a villain whom Jim named Leviathan Avalon, became the opening scene of the first book in the Universal Life Force Series, titled, "Antiquity Calais: Standing at Armageddon."
Jim has subsequently published the second book in the series, titled "Antiquity Calais Ascending Olympus," and the third book, “Antiquity Calais & the Children of Light.” Additionally, he published a spin-off novella titled, “Antiquity Calais & the Legend of the Ice Queen.” Previously, he tried his hand writing a children's story, “Antiquity Calais Christmas: How the Liberator Saved Christmas.” The next book in the series, which he is presently writing, is “Antiquity Calais & the Wrath of the Cryptids.”
While Scifi/Fantasy is where he got his start publishing, there is another more humorous side to Jim, and he has two more light-hearted series of titles as well. The first is known as The World According to Crash Series, and so far he has published “Miscellaneous Stuff & Stuff,” “Even More Stuff,” and the newest release “Politics, Money & Stuff.”
The other humorous series is known as Stories from the Trunk, featuring Felix the Talking Cat and his loyal sidekick Xanorax the Talking Sword. These are shorter titles, but they are tall on laughs. Read about Felix and Xanorax in “Breaking All Thy Rules,” “The Coffee Conundrum,” and “The Quest for Eggnog.” Jim is always thinking up new ideas and he loves to write about them, so this list is certainly bound to grow!
Carl T. Smith was born in Chicago, Illinois, but moved south at age two and considers himself a born southerner. Carl attended The Richmond Professional Institute of The College of William& Mary where he earned a BFA degree in Theatre and English. During this time one of his best college friends was Tom Robbins, author of Even the Cowgirls Get the Blues and a number of other novels. This meeting stimulated his interest in writing.
After spending years in professional music, theatre and education at the high school and college level and creating an entertainment management firm in Philadelphia, Robbins convinced him he should get back to writing, which he had started in college. In 1995 he moved to South Carolina where he wrote his first novel, Nothin’ Left to Lose, which received excellent reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and ForeWord magazine and was listed as one of the Top 10 Books by South Carolina Authors for that year.
Living on Fripp Island, where he received advice and encouragement from author Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides and Beach Music, Carl wrote the first Sam Larkin novel, Lowcountry Boil, which won an IPPY award for suspense, was nominated for the Southern Independent Bookseller’s “Book of the Year” and The Southern Critics Circle Award for “Book of the Year”. Lowcountry Boil has been optioned for film four times.
Smith followed that success with the second Sam Larkin novel, Louisiana Burn, which also won IPPY and SIBA awards.
After leaving Fripp Island, Carl settled in Greenville, SC where he completed his third Larkin novel, Carolina Fire, which his publisher released as an eBook prior to its print release.
He has also completed an additional novel, A Season For Killing and is working on another. All of Carl’s books are now available as eBooks. Lowcountry Boil, Louisiana Burn and Nothin’ Left To Lose are also available in print additions.
The fourth book in the Sam Larkin series, Matthew’s Island, A Novel of Retribution, will be released in February 2014.
Some writers are fortunate in the fact that they recognize a great story while it is still taking place. Thus they are able to procure all the moments, conversations and other portions of life that will help formulate their masterpiece. It’s also no surprise that when it comes to family stories, the origins often take place in a kitchen, where food and fellowship are vehicles for communication.
Local author Lornabelle Gethers is a native of Mount Pleasant and the author of “Honey Bea’s Everlasting Gift,” a story about family, culture and growing up in East Cooper. The book covers six different generations of women in Gethers’ family – from her many-times great grandmother to her own children.
“It’s mainly about my mother and her ancestors,” said Gethers. “My mother just passed away last year. She told a lot of stories.”
Gethers grew up on Mathis Ferry Road and views her book as an opportunity to discuss being African-American in Mount Pleasant. Her family was among the first to move to her neighborhood, and Gethers enjoyed the chance to roam the Old Village, visit friends and gain knowledge through long hours in the Old Village Library.
“My aunt was my first grade teacher and was best friends with my mother,” she said. “I would walk to my aunt’s house and to the library and read everything. I was addicted to books. I always wanted to have a big library in my house when I grew up.”
Like a lot of young readers, Gethers soon discovered the power of words. She wrote poems throughout childhood and even a song when she was just 11. As a teenager, she would take notes of her grandmother telling family stories with the help of a voice recorder. Gethers lost the tape years later – she suspects it might have been in Hurricane Hugo’s upheaval – but she did manage to use it as a source for a paper in college.
“If I had that recording today, I may have written more,” she said with a chuckle. “But it’s a quite lengthy book even so!”
One of the things that makes “Honey Bea’s Everlasting Gift” an interesting book as well as a cultural achievement for Gethers and family is the fact that a portion is written in Gullah. For readers who are unfamiliar, there is an interpretive appendix included in the back of the book as well. While Gethers speaks the language of her ancestors, she said it happened naturally – she didn’t make a point to learn it.
“My sisters attended Moultrie High School but I went to Laing, where a lot of the kids were from the country and thus, spoke Gullah,” she explained. “I was exposed to it.”
Gethers looks forward to her next book, which, she says, will be more about her own story rather than the story of her family. Her future plans also include collaborating with family members to write a play. It’s a certainty that Gethers holds family history to a high value and is grateful for the opportunity to use writing as a way to share it with her readers.
“One person out of a generation preserves history,” she said.
DEE PHELPS is an alumnus of The University of Pittsburgh and Wharton School of Nursing. Her family passed down, through generations, tales of life on a Lowcountry cotton and indigo plantation, once owning a Plantation near Beaufort, South Carolina. From those fascinating and sometimes harrowing stories, Dee wrote The Disappointment Room. She is the author of the children’s book, The Flower in the Thickets written under the pen name, Marcella Miller, has written numerous International travel articles for National magazines and was a surgical nurse for over twenty five years. She lives in Beaufort, South Carolina near her three grown sons and five grandchildren. http://deephelps.com