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 2020 AUTHORS 


Susan AbulhawaAgainst The Loveless World

Written with Susan Abulhawa’s distinctive prose, this powerful novel presents a searing, darkly funny, and wholly unique portrait of a Palestinian woman who refuses to be a victim.

Susan Abulhawa is international bestselling author of Mornings in Jenin (2009), which has been translated into thirty languages, and The Blue Between Sky and Water (2015).  Against the Loveless World is shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards 2020. Abulhawa resides in Philadelphia.


Donna Keel Armer: Solo In Salento

Donna Keel Armer’s first trip to Italy in 1995 led to a 25 year love affair. Solo in Salento is Donna’s love letter to Italy, to herself, and anyone searching for joy and adventure.

Donna Keel Armer completed undergraduate studies at Mississippi University for Women. Her previous publications include magazine articles and photography. She resides in Beaufort, SC and is a docent at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Italy is her “heart” place.


Bob Clary: The Henry Johnson Motel

The Henry Johnson Motel and owner Henry Johnson have seen better days. When a willing and able buyer shows up with intentions of turning the property into a casino, the improbable becomes more and more probable. Strong and memorable offbeat characters move the plot smoothly with wit, love, and luck—exactly the luck that shrouds a casino. 

Bob Clary is a career writer, with stops in journalism, education, advertising, public relations, and consultation. More currently, there’s unique pride in adding “novelist” or “author” to the resume.  Buy the book.


Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published, is the go-to book on the subject, and contains all the information you’ll ever need, taking you through the entire process of conceiving, writing, selling, marketing and promoting your book.

Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry have appeared everywhere from NPR’s Morning Edition to The New York Times to The Wall Street Journal to USA Today. They have taught everywhere from Stanford University to the Miami Book Festival to the granddaddy of American bookstores, Strand Books in New York City.


Sara Fitzgerald: The Poet’s Girl buy the book

The Poet’s Girl is a novel based on the life of Emily Hale, the earliest love and longtime muse of the Nobel-Prize-winning poet T.S. Eliot. Eliot’s 1,131 letters to Hale were opened last January after a 50-year embargo.

Sara Fitzgerald is retired from a career that

included 15 years at The Washington Post. She

is an award-winning author of fiction, biography

and non-fiction.

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Estelle Ford-Williamson: Seed of South Sudan: Memoir of a 'Lost Boy'

Seed of South Sudan: Memoir of a 'Lost Boy' Refugee is a story co-written with Majok Marier, one of the former Lost Boys of Sudan. It details his walking across three countries looking for refuge from the Sudanese Civil War in the 80s, the airlift that brought him and 3,800 other young people to the US, and the many helpers, including the NBA's Manute Bol, who assisted along the way.

Estelle Ford-Williamson is a novelist and memoirist who lives on Saint Helena Island, SC. Her most recent books are Seed of South Sudan: Memoir of a 'Lost Boy' Refugee, written with Majok Marier, and a story, "Between, Georgia," appearing in Short Story America VI, an excerpt from her forthcoming novel, Rising Fawn.  (


Mary T. JacobsBig Daddy and Friends on Fripp Island

Big Daddy and Friends on Fripp Island is a story about animals and humans meeting each other. They travel around the island and end their day by going to the famous Fripp Sundown to share friendship and music.

Mary T. Jacobs has written a total of seven books. One was a leadership book and the other six are children’s books. Mary’s books focus on positive qualities and include Big Daddy facts about the location.


Wanda E. Jerideau: The Land of Beautiful People

Mia a nurse chronicles the journeys of 7 patients. She takes a snapshot of their journeys and gives the reader a good perspective of how hospice should work, forming forever bonds with clients and families along the way. She embraces the Gullah culture.

Wanda E. Jerideau, is an innovative writer of detailed medical Fiction very neatly built on reality, intended to bring light to the detailed work of Nurses. She also writes, suspense, drama, and dystopian. Her work is creative, and captivating yet thoughtful and compassionate. She resides in S.C. and embraces her Gullah heritage. He hobbies are art, gardening, and poetry.


Edward P. Jones

Edward P. Jones, the New York Times bestselling author, has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, for fiction, the National Book Critics Circle award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Lannan Literary Award for The Known 


Known World; he also received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2004. His

first collection of stories, Lost in the City, won the PEN/Hemingway Award and was short listed for the National Book Award. His second collection, All Aunt Hagar’s Children, was a finalist for the Pen/Faulkner Award. He has been an instructor of fiction writing at a range of universities, including Princeton. He lives in Washington, D.C.


Eriq La SalleLaws of Wrath

Eriq La Salle is an Actor, Director, Producer, and Award-winning Author. He is best known to worldwide television audiences for his portrayal of the commanding Dr. Peter Benton in the award-winning, critically acclaimed medical drama, 'ER'. La Salle has maintained a prolific acting career while  working steadily as a director on top-rated NBC, Fox, and CBS television network shows. He is currently Executive Producer of NBC’s ‘Chicago P.D.’ and also directs many of the episodes. He has published two novels and a novella in his Martyr Maker thriller series: Laws of Innocence, Laws of Depravity, and Laws of Wrath. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


David LauderdalePrince of Scribes

David Lauderdale won many awards for his columns and editorials during a long career with The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette. His works have been published in “Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy” and “State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love.”


Ann LillyScoots Savannah Rescue

In Scoot’s Savannah Rescue, Scoot encounters a bully and discovers the power of forgiveness and friendship. Illustrations depict familiar local scenes and landmarks.


Hilton Head Children’s Author, Ann Lilly, writes beautifully

illustrated books about Scoot, a happy little boat who learns

life lessons while cruising the waters of the Lowcountry.


Tara Luebbe: Operation Photobomb

When Monkey finds a camera, Chameleon discovers that he loves to photobomb and drives the other animals bananas. Can they find a way to stop his wild antics?

Tara Luebbe is a picture book author who co-writes with her sister, Becky Cattie. She lives in Fort Mill, SC with her husband and three boys.


Veronica R. Lynch: Undocumented 

One Woman’s Traumas and Triumphs in Becoming a Documented

United States Citizen, chronicles the author’s journey as a young teen

escaping her Caribbean Island hometown in search of safety and freedom in America.


Dr. Veronica R. Lynch, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker,

Psychotherapist and an Integrative Health Coach who works proactively

with people from all walks of life to help them rise above adversity and

unlock their truest potential to find happiness and fulfillment in life.


John MacIIroy: Not Exactly Rocket Scientists

Now we didn't set out to make a mess of things, and at heart we were good kids. But like boys everywhere, we engaged our small world in haphazard and zany confusion. We weren't uncaring, just careless. We weren't dumb, just clueless.We weren't irresponsible. Well, maybe a little bit.

Co-written with Gilbert E. "Bud" Shill, Jr. and Robert D. "Rob" Hamilton, III


James Patterson/KwameAlexander

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author. The creator of Max Einstein and Middle School, he founded JIMMY Patterson to publish books that young readers will love. He lives in Florida with his family.


Kwame Alexander is the Innovator-in-Residence at the American School of London, and the New York Times Bestselling author of 37 books, including Caldecott-Medal and Newbery-Honor winning

picture book THE UNDEFEATED, HOW TO READ A BOOK, SWING, REBOUND, which was shortlisted for prestigious Carnegie Medal, and, his NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. As the host of the new kid’s television program, WordPlay, and Founding Editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt he aims to Change the World One Word at a Time.


Ivy Pochoda: These Women 

In West Adams, a rapidly changing part of South Los Angeles, they’re referred to as “these women.” These women on the corner … These women in the club … These women who won’t stop asking questions … These women who got what they deserved … 

Ivy Pochoda is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Wonder Valley, Visitation Street and These Women


Kim Poovey: Dickens Mice, The Tails behind the Tale

A heartwarming story about camaraderie, hope, and helping our fellow man, or mouse. Follow these long tailed friends as they lend a paw to a famous author.

Kim Poovey is a Victorian

reenactress and author of Truer

Words, Through Button Eyes;

Memoirs of an Edwardian Teddy

Bear, and Dickens Mice; the

Tails Behind the Tale. Kim resides in a haunted 1890s Victorian cottage in the SC Lowcountry with her husband, Darryl, and their furry children.


Monica Quinones: Instant Single Mom

What do you do when 'til death do us part' comes much earlier than anticipated? I have written this book to share my story-a dream that was not to be had. I fell in love, had children, worked on my marriage, and settled in for the long haul; knowing we could get through anything together. Then life through us a curve ball, and the unimaginable happened.

Monica P. Quinones, M.B.A. is an Author, Speaker, Certified Coach and Founder of Poised Success. Poised Success is a consultancy that empowers and transforms entrepreneurs and leaders in the areas of lifestyle, entrepreneurship, leadership and real estate.  


Dana Ridenour: Below The Radar

A shattered FBI agent is assigned a dangerous international undercover mission with a new partner who may or may not have her best interest in mind.


Dana Ridenour is the award-winning author

of Behind The Mask, Beyond The Cabin, and

Below The Radar. She is a retired FBI agent

who spent most of her career working as an

FBI undercover operative.


Kathryn SherryThe Adventures Of Alexander Eliot

Swashbuckling sea captains, courageous conquerors, mysterious wonders of the world... he loves to read about them all. He especially enjoys finding adventure, just like the characters in his favorite stories. With his dog, Duke, by his side there is no adventure too big for

Alexander Elliott!   

Connecticut native, Kathryn Sherry, resides in

Charlotte, North Carolina. Her passion for

children's literature and writing led to working

in publishing in New York and later a return to

school to obtain a Masters in Elementary

Education. Now in her tenth year of teaching, Kathryn nurtures her students’ imagination and love of reading every day. 


Wayne Stinnett: Rising Warrior

Decades of abandonment have left an unfinished development in ruins, with almost no sign of life. The swamp inexorably reclaims everything. But there is a sign of death, as Jesse stumbles upon the burial sight of a long dead serial killer--the patriarch of a ruthless family of smug drugglers.

Wayne Stinnett Is an American novelist and Marine Corps Veteran. Between those careers, he’s worked as a commercial fisherman, divemaster, and truck driver, among other things. He grew up in Melbourne, Florida and has lived in the Florida Keys, the Bahamas, and Cozumel, Mexico. 


John WarleyThe Home Guard

Historical fiction set in Beaufort during the Civil War, a coming-of-age love story.  

 John Warley is the award-winning author of five novels and one non-fiction history of his alma mater, The Citadel.


(M. Z. Thwaite) Martha WeeksTidewater Hit

Abbey Taylor Bunn jump-starts Tidewater Hit with the rescue of a boating hit-and-run victim and keeps the action rolling and entertaining until the last page.


M. Z. Thwaite is the author of two novels, Tidewater Rip and Tidewater Hit, with the third in the series due to be published June 2021. A native Georgian she lives with her husband in Beaufort, SC.


Helen WilburYou are Mine, Porcupine

A mama porcupine reminds her little one of all the wonderful physical characteristics that make him unique, as he explores his world.

Helen writes award-winning children's books Her twelfth and most recent is You are Mine, Porcupine published by Sleeping Bear Press.  Helen lives on Hilton Head Island.


Susan Beckham Zurenda: Bells For Eli

First cousins Delia and Eli's relationship and the lives around them are shaped by Eli's childhood accident in Bells for Eli, a tender and engaging Coming of Age novel set in the small-town South of the 1960s-70s.

Susan Beckham Zurenda, author of the award-winning Southern literary novel, Bells for Eli, is also a recipient of numerous awards for her short fiction. 


Kevin & Connor Garrett: Spellbound Under The Spanish Moss

Gareth Greyfin must find a way to save his father Edward after he is bitten by a one-eyed snake. With little time before the venom will reach his father's heart, Gareth has no choice but to follow his dad's instructions to bring him to the tiny house in the swamps outside of Savannah, Georgia - the home of a witch with a fearsome reputation, who offers Gareth his only hope of saving the elder Greyfin. 


Kevin is an award-winning advertising and lifestyle photographer, who has shot for clients that include: Audi, Dodge, The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald's, Neiman Marcus, Google, Westin, The Ritz-Carlton Company, Marriott's Autograph Collection, the states of Georgia and New Mexico, Norwegian Cruise Lines, The Home Depot, Stihl, and Georgia-Pacific.

Connor Judson Garrett, recipient of the 2017 Edward Readicker-Henderson Travel Classics Award, honed his craft as an advertising copywriter in Los Angeles. Born in New York City and a native of Atlanta, Georgia, Garrett is the author of three poetry books: Become The Fool, Life in Lyrics, and a third to be released in Fall of 2020; a novel Falling Up in The City of Angels, which is a 2020 Pulpwood Queens' Book Club pick.


Lorisa Bates: Benita Renee Jenkins: Diva Secret Agent is an action-packed page turner about a young Brooklyn hairstylist who is set up for a crime she didn’t commit. She must choose between jail or espionage to take down criminals in some of Brooklyn’s toughest neighborhoods.

Lorisa Bates has spent many years developing and curating content for major television networks.  She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. 


Don't Bungee Jump Naked And Other Important Stuff This “Grandma Gone Viral” shares some of her classics and introduces new ones. This collection of hilarious stories is a reminder that humor is all around - we simply need to look for it!

Award-winning speaker Jeanne Robertson is an expert in humor, whether regaling audiences with her experiences as a 6'2" Miss Congeniality winner in the Miss America Pageant or outlining the steps to developing a sense of humor. Jeanne has been awarded every top honor in the speaking profession.

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