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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Camping in High Heels by Miki Bennett-Book Blitz and Giveaway

With a passion for wholesome adventure, Miki Bennett is the author of two contemporary women's fiction series - A Florida Keys Romance and Camping In High Heels. A deep love of the beach and life-long experience in the RV and camping world led her to write romance novels that bring humor and paradise to readers' finger tips.

Beyond her beautiful writing skills, she is an artist and craftswoman, and has earned numerous awards for such. Her stories touch the hearts of not only beach lovers and RVers, but those in the arts community and the crafts community.

Her talents and experiences truly run wide and deep. From being the self-called, resident family tech geek to her painting, crocheting and photogrpahy abilities to living with a chronic illness to having grown up and worked in a family business to becoming an author, Miki Bennett never has a dull moment.

She lives in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and their little dog Emma. They are a blended family with three grown children thus consider themselves empty nesters.

Miki also lives with a rare, incurable, invisible illness called Mastocytosis in which patients can have life threatening allergic type reactions to the simplest of things. She is also a cancer survivor after undergoing treatment for Uterine Cancer in 2002. She is now on a mission to help others who deal with “invisible diseases”: the patient looks fine to the outside world but can be dealing with debilitating symptoms - something that can be very stress producing for the patient both mentally and physically. Miki believes it is her creativity through writing and art that helps her deal with a chronic illness in a positive, uplifting way.

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How does a first-class, five-star, travel blogger widen her horizons? With a few words from one of her loyal readers.

Kate has always loved writing about the best in food, nightlife, and accommodations around the world. In fact, she’s never had to “rough it” in her vast array of travels. But that changes when she’s publicly challenged into hitting the road just like an average person.

Though terrified of everything she doesn’t know about camping, things become brighter when she bumps into fellow camper, Brandon. Seeming to run into one another at each campground, it gets harder for Kate to ignore the sparks between them.

As Kate travels west in her motor home, she experiences a brand new kind of adventure: tackling bathhouses, tarantulas, and even bats! But as she learns to appreciate the great outdoors, Kate starts to wonder if this might also be an adventure of the heart.


“I’m glad to see that you have confidence in yourself.  That is always a good thing when you are learning something new.  And I can tell that you have never own an RV or probably even slept in a tent,” Brandon said as he fell in step beside her.
     “Why does everyone keep saying that? I feel like I’m display or something.”  Kate was now feeling embarrassed once more.
     “Hey, at some point all of us were in your shoes.  Well, maybe not your high heels.”
     Kate felt the color drain from her face.  He saw her last night.  Her wobbly, awkward walk to her camper. “What are you talking about?” she said feigning innocence.
     “Last night I thought you were pretty drunk till I saw you all dressed up with those heels on.  It’s a wonder you didn’t sprain your ankle the way you were walking last night.  It seemed like you must have hit every piece of gravel on the road.”  Brandon chuckled once more and Kate blushed now as they continued their walk toward the store.

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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Cowboys & Calico 5-Book Collection-Blitz and Giveaway with featured authors Kirsten Osbourne, Amelia C. Adams,Cassie Hayes, Kristin Holt, & Margery Scott,

"Five bestselling Western romance authors come together to bring you one collection of all-new stories that will sweep you off your feet!"

Kirsten Osbourne, USA Today bestselling author, knows how to write romance. Each book is an experience that transplants the reader, indulging them in decadence, intense emotion and sweeping love.
Hailing from the state of Wisconsin, she has lived in Texas for over thirty years as a mother, writer, and wife. Married to the love of her life for more than fifteen years, she knows that true love exists and shares that vision with the world. 
She writes contemporary and historical romance as well and also ventures into the realm of paranormal romance. She invites you to join her in her world of fantasy, love, and make believe, no matter the location, where there is always a happily ever after at the end.

Amelia C. Adams is a wife, a mother, and a novelist. She spends her days dreaming up stories and her nights writing them down. Her biggest hero is her husband, and you might just see bits and pieces of him as you read her novels.

She loves all things historical and enjoys learning about days gone by, but she's glad she was born more recently (she won't say how recently or not recently) because the Internet is awesome, and she's glad she doesn't have to wash her clothes by hand in a galvanized tub. She has hit Amazon bestseller status twice, once for A Clean Slate and once for A Clear Hope.
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Cassie Hayes, Bestselling author, grew up pretending she was Laura Ingalls (before that pesky Almanzo arrived on the scene) in the middle of Oregon farm country. She writes sweet stories about love and adventure in the Old West and lives with her husband and cat on the Pacific Ocean. 

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Kristin Holt, USA Today Bestselling Author, writes Sweet Romances (G- and PG-rated) set in the Victorian American West. While secular in nature, her titles are "Appropriate for All Audiences" and appeal to selective readers and fans of Christian historical romance.

Readers are welcome to contact Kristin on her website ( with questions, feedback, comments, or just to say hello. She enjoys connecting with readers and replies to every (reasonable) email. Her site offers links to social media, previews of upcoming releases, book lists, an ever-growing cache of articles about all things "Old West", and more!


Margery Scott is the author of more than twenty romance novels, novellas and short stories. She lives on a lake in Canada with her husband, and spends as much time as possible travelling in search of the perfect setting for her next book. When she’s not writing, you can usually find her wielding a pair of knitting needles or a pool cue. She loves to hear from readers. 

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MAIL ORDER MIDWIFE by Kirsten Osbourne - Widowed midwife Patsy Lawrence spent too much time working and not enough with her young daughter. She knew Emily's childhood would be over before she realized it, so she responded to an ad for a mail-order bride, hoping for a better future for them both.
Dr. Wesley Hardy needed a wife to complete him, so he sent a letter to a mail-order bride agency back East, hoping to find someone compatible. When he received a letter from a widow with a young daughter, he was thrilled with everything but her profession. Could he live with the fact that his new bride was a midwife? Or would they be destined to live without love for the rest of their days?

A BROKEN WING by Amelia C. Adams - Bored beyond all reason while riding a train from Missouri to Colorado, Trinity Scott amuses herself by imagining things about the passengers around her, including the handsome man sitting across the aisle. With his dark curly hair and warm brown eyes, he’s certainly intriguing, and the fact that his arm is in a sling makes him all the more a curiosity.
But when three dangerous men board the train, her desire for adventure and excitement takes a sinister turn, and she must call on her inner strength to do what’s needed to survive.

THE MARSHAL’S REBELLIOUS BRIDE by Cassie Hayes - U.S. Marshal Curtis ‘Griff’ Griffith is on the trail of a wanted man. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by the newest resident of the Dalton Brothers Ranch. So why does he keep returning? It’s certainly not to see the beautiful-but-bullheaded Catherine James.
Catherine has no interest in men or marriage, but there aren’t many choices for single ladies to earn a living on a remote Texas ranch. When she discovers that she holds the key to capturing the outlaw — and collecting some of the reward — she doesn’t hesitate to force Griff’s hand.
Will they kill each other before they find the murderer, or will they risk their damaged hearts for a shot at a new life?

COURTING MISS CARTWRIGHT by Kristin Holt - Courtship, by the book, is supposed to be easy…
As the daughter of an unwed mother, Felicity Percival is accustomed to rejection. Her mother was her only family ... until she is summoned to the reading of her father's will. To learn he was a married preacher with a second daughter horrifies her. The stipulations attached to her inheritance infuriate her. The last thing she expects is the emergence of truths that destroy her life-long beliefs. The last thing she wants is to feel the blush of first love for a man she can't have.
The road to Happily Ever After should not be rocky, especially for level-headed, rule-following Rocky Gideon. His courtship of the minister’s daughter is successful and on track, surviving everything life throws at them … except the appearance of the preacher’s other daughter. Felicity asks too many questions, forces him to evaluate his carefully constructed plan, and somehow steals his heart.
Rocky desperately needs a solid marriage that will go the distance … so why does he yearn for the wrong sister?

WANTED: THE PERFECT HUSBAND by Margery Scott - Sybil Franklin needs a husband—fast! In order to keep her ranch, she must be married within thirteen days. Devin McGregor meets all her requirements and comes highly recommended, but he has no interest in marriage.
Devin McGregor had a ranch once, a fiancĂ©e, a future. He made a mistake, and it cost him everything. Now, even though he’d love to own his own land again, he’s afraid to risk failure.
Sybil decides to post an advertisement for the perfect husband. As Devin tries to protect her from being taken advantage of, his feelings for her grow, but his fear of failing her won’t let him accept her proposal.

Interview With Author Kirsten Osbourne

1. Describe yourself in 50 words or less.  I'm a forty-something mom of a crazy twelve year old boy, who loves to write above all else. I like to laugh and make others laugh, so my books all have some element of humor.
2. What do you love most in the world?  My family.
3. What do you fear most? Slowly losing my mind.
4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?  I want to go to England. To get there, I write many many books.
5. What is the hardest thing you've ever done? The hardest thing I've ever done is share my writing with the world. It's also the best thing I've ever done.
6. 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?  I went to an aquarium with my son and husband last week. There was a behind the scenes penguin excursion, and my family and I decided to try it, because I've always been a huge penguin fan. The people working at the aquarium warned us over and over not to make any sudden moves or be too loud. I followed every rule to a T. I kept my eye on the only baby penguin in the room, because he kept opening his mouth and lunging toward me. I would just carefully shift my legs out of his way. Finally, my son asked the caretaker some questions, and I was paying rapt attention to her answer, when I felt something chomp down on my right knee. I jumped and heard my husband shouting at the same time. I was bitten by a baby penguin. I don't know anyone else in the world who can say that, so I feel very special to have been the chosen snack of the day.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Coffee, Tea or Me by Rich Amooi-Book Blast and $100 Giveaway


Coffee, Tea or Me by Rich Amooi  
Susie opens a tea shop next to Jack’s coffee shop and the war begins. Jack Robbins has a booming coffee business, an eighty-year old customer who can’t keep his clothes on, and a rescue Chihuahua named Chimichanga that likes to kiss on the mouth. Life is good until the new business next door takes a bite out of his sales. Susie McKenna has the new tea shop everyone is talking about, an over-protective brother, and a stubborn, good-looking neighbor who is trying to steal her customers. Things really start to percolate when Jack and Susie both volunteer to help plan the downtown festival. They have to work together and soon Jack won't be able to get by without his daily fix of Susie. But can a coffee lover and a tea devotee put their competition aside to get their happily ever after? 

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 Praise for Coffee, Tea or Me "Fun, fun, and more fun!" "Sweet, heartwarming and good for the soul!" "Always funny, always entertaining." "A sweet romantic comedy."   rich 
Meet: Author Rich Amooi
Rich Amooi is a former Silicon Valley radio personality and wedding DJ who now writes romantic comedies full-time. He is happily married to a kiss monster imported from Spain. Rich believes in public displays of affection, silliness, infinite possibilities, donuts, gratitude, laughter, and happily ever after.
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Love in an Elevator: A Romantic Comedy Anthology-Book Blast and $50 Blast Giveaway

 Love in an Elevator: A Romantic Comedy Anthology Laugh, swoon, and escape with this romantic comedy anthology! Will an elevator ride change her life? In HOLD THE LIFT by Aven Ellis, Sierra Crawford ends up meeting sexy British hockey player Jude Parker after their elevator sticks. Sierra finds herself getting to know Jude—and she likes what she sees. But he wouldn’t be interested in a food-obsessed assistant editor right? Sierra knows she’s quirky—her fondness of Magic 8 Balls is proof of that—so there’s no way he could look her way. Or can he? 

In DOWN, THEN UP by Beth Labonte, Lauren Oswald never expected to see her college love, Jamie, again. Not after the way things ended. She certainly doesn’t expect to see him ten years later at a bachelorette party in Vegas, waiting inside a hotel elevator. Slightly older. Different haircut. No wedding ring. Same eyes. As the pair embark on a late night errand, Lauren is flooded with memories of how Jamie became the one that got away—and she realizes that this one night could be their last chance to make things right. 

In GOING UP? by Whitney Dineen, Fiona Kitchen had a dream when she moved to New York and it wasn’t taking a job as an elevator operator in a posh, West Side, apartment building. She also didn’t expect to meet a hot handyman, a Columbian drug lord and a notorious mob boss and then fall for one of them in a big way. Life in the Big Apple isn’t quite turning out the way she planned, but who said that was a bad thing? 

In Becky Monson’s TAKING A CHANCE, Liza Parker has a fear of heights, crowds and small spaces. So what’s a girl like her doing on a crowded elevator going to the top of the Empire State Building? Freaking out, that’s what she’s doing. Enter Jay Sanders, a tourist who thinks he might be able to help Liza face her fears, but she has to be willing to spend the day with a complete stranger. Maybe taking a chance on Jay is just what Liza needs. 

In HAPPY TO BE STUCK WITH YOU by Rich Amooi, Becca has had an office crush on Daniel—Mr. Delicious—for over a year. Getting stuck in an elevator with him was the last thing she expected. If only she can control her claustrophobia. To make matters worse, they're also stuck with an eighty-year-old man who has a weak bladder, and a penchant for playing cupid. But life is unpredictable. Sometimes, getting stuck is the best thing that can happen. Computer genius Maisy Potter crosses an ocean to take her dream vacation at an English country estate … where the winsome Mark Prebys works below stairs. With him, Maisy discovers a carefree happiness she's never known. But will the troubles dogging her from back home, a secret or two whispered behind the parlour curtains, and misunderstandings to beat the band extinguish the magic they think they've found in each other? And if not, what happens when Maisy's enchanting holiday ends? Find out in UPSTAIRS, DOWNSTAIRS … AND THE LIFT IN BETWEEN by Geralyn Corcillo. 

In THE ONLY WAY IS UP by Lindy Dale, Meet Bailey Burns: hottest thing on the literary circuit. And the most reluctant. After fainting in a lift and regaining consciousness to find herself kissing a stranger, Bailey thinks her week can’t get much worse. But it can. Much worse. Bailey is about to be proposed to by a crazed fan wearing a vampire costume. She’s about to discover she’s in relationship with the guy she kissed. Not only that, but said guy happens to be her new PR manager. Oh dear! 

In OUT OF ORDER, by Dee Ernst, Grace has sworn off good-looking men. As soon as she starts dating one of them, she transforms from a mature, confident woman to a needy teen-aged girl. So when she meets Seth, the best-looking man she’s ever seen, she makes the right choice — forget all about him. But a neurotic golden retriever and a broken elevator keep bringing them together. Is the world working against her… or maybe the gods are finally smiling?

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson by William Hazelgrove-Book Blast and Giveaway

Madam President
Madam President: The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson by William Hazelgrove 
  After President Woodrow Wilson suffered a paralyzing stroke in the fall of 1919, his wife, First Lady Edith Wilson, began to handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Executive Office. Mrs. Wilson had had little formal education and had only been married to President Wilson for four years; yet, in the tenuous peace following the end of World War I, Mrs. Wilson dedicated herself to managing the office of the President, reading all correspondence intended for her bedridden husband. Though her Oval Office authority was acknowledged in Washington, D.C. circles at the time--one senator called her "the Presidentress who had fulfilled the dream of suffragettes by changing her title from First Lady to Acting First Man"--her legacy as "First Woman President" is now largely forgotten. William Hazelgrove's Madam President is a vivid, engaging portrait of the woman who became the acting President of the United States in 1919, months before women officially won the right to vote.
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Praise: William Hazelgrove's riveting style lets us into the backrooms of the White House to see how a woman who had only two years formal education was able to pull it off and do it for two years! A great read and ride! ~Robin Hutton New York Times Bestselling Author of Sgt Reckless  
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Excerpt - Chapter One
 The Cover-Up President Woodrow Wilson lay with his mouth drooping, unconscious, having suffered a thrombosis on October 2, 1919, that left him paralyzed on his left side and barely able to speak. The doctors believed the president’s best chance for survival was in the only known remedy for a stroke at the time: a rest cure consisting of total isolation from the world. His wife of four years, Edith Bolling Wilson, asked how a country could function with no chief executive. Dr. Dercum, the attending physician, leaned over and gave Edith her charge: “Madam, it is a grave situation, but I think you can solve it. Have everything come to you; weigh the importance of each matter: and see if it is possible by consultation with the respective heads of the Departments to solve them without the guidance of your husband.” From there, Edith Wilson would act as the president’s proxy and run the White House and, by extension, the country, by controlling access to the president, signing documents, pushing bills through Congress, issuing vetoes, isolating advisors, crafting State of the Union addresses, disposing of or censoring correspondence, and filling positions. She would analyze every problem and decide which ones to bring to the president’s attention and which to solve on her own through her own devices. All the while she had to keep the fact that the country was no longer being run by President Woodrow Wilson a guarded secret.  

hazelgroveMeet Author William Hazelgove
William Elliott Hazelgrove is the best-selling author of thirteen novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks, Mica Highways, Rocket Man, The Pitcher, Real Santa, Jackpine and The Pitcher 2. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly and Booklist, Book of the Month Selections, Junior Library Guild Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway's birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications. He has been the subject of interviews in NPR's All Things Considered along with features in The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Richmond Times Dispatch, USA Today, People, Channel 11, NBC, WBEZ, WGN. The Pitcher is a Junior Library Guild Selection and was chosen Book of the Year by Books and Authors. net. His next book Jackpine will be out Spring 2014 with Koehler Books. A follow up novel Real Santa will be out fall of 2014. Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson will be out Fall 2016. Storyline optioned the movie rights. Forging a President How the West Created Teddy Roosevelt will be out May 2017.
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Cover Reveal and Giveaway for Kavan by Kristen Clark-Frost

Not only is this a great Cover Reveal today, but in a twist of surprise - the author has decided to release the book today as well!! You can pick it up right now - go grab your copy and leave a comment congratulating the author on her new release!

Paranormal romance author, Kristen Clark-Frost,
lives in New Hampshire with her family.
A die hard metalhead, you’ll find her at her computer,
headphones blasting, while pounding away at the keyboard.
Her cat, who believes he’s trans species
and really a vicious canine, sleeping by her side.

An avid reader with a voracious appetite for the written word,
Kristen made a bold move and changed careers to chase her dream;
creating spectacular new worlds for others to enjoy.

Previously working and advocating for children and adults
with developmental disabilities,
Kristen spent many hours introducing others
to the power and magic of the written word.
When opportunity arose, she dove headfirst into writing full time.

Kavan is the first book in the Drelatta Wolves Series.

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Ashlyn wasn't looking looking for a man. She had books, her best friend, and a job she loved. Unless she found a man like the ones in her books, she was happy being single. Until she met Kavan.
                Working with his family, Kavan kept the human’s safe from what lurked in the shadows. He wasn't looking for his mate, wasn't ready to settle down. Until he found Ashlyn.
                Can Ashlyn accept Kavan and the life he offers. Can Kavan keep Ashlyn safe from the monsters hunting her?








I love the simplicity of it and so much intrigue!

Congratulations Author Kristen Clark-Frost!

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

A Carolina Christmas By The Pamlico Writers-Book Tour and Giveaway

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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Pam grew up in the mountains of New Hampshire and spent much time on the rugged coast of Maine. After retiring from a small New England college, she lost interest in shoveling snow. She now lives in New Bern, NC, with her husband, Max. She has been published in the anthology Art Inspires Poetry, the blog Polly’s Tea Kettle, and a magazine for dog lovers, Sniff & Barkens. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network, the Pamlico Writers Group, and is a founding member of the Neuse River Writers’ Group.  Find her work at:

Deborah 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.
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Diane writes poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. She has won awards in competitions sponsored by Christopher Newport University's 30th Annual Writers' Conference, the North Carolina Writers’ Workshop in Asheville, and the Pamlico Writers Group. Diane lives in New Bern, NC, with her husband and basset hound. Diane can be found on or follow her blog

Polly grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Duke University. She won a prize in the first writing contest she entered for her personal essay “The Small ‘c’.” Several careers, including nonprofit executive director and business owner, inform her writing. During 2014-2015 she wrote a weekly blog, Polly’s Tea Kettle, and her work has appeared in the anthology Art Inspires Poetry. She belongs to the Neuse River Writers’ Group, the Pamlico Writers Group, and the North Carolina Writers Network. She lives with her husband in eastern North Carolina, where they enjoy a vibrant arts community.

Sarah Haglund
My name is Sarah Haglund. I love Jesus, music, running and writing poetry, short story's and music :)
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Ted’s work has been published by the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Main Street Rag Publishing and what he calls “some very small magazines”. After more than thirty years in television news as producer, anchor and correspondent, he considerers himself semi-retired.  He has been a bookseller, public affairs director and worked on a telephone hotline.

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