Rob Berls is an associate professor at UNC Asheville that teaches humanities and theatre. Originally from Kansas, he has grown fond of the culture, traditions and beauty of the Asheville
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A USA Today Bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author, Susan stages a wonderfully perplexing mystery in her new work, Lowcountry Boneyard. Please consider telling your readers about this absorbing read and [...]
A USA Today Bestselling and Agatha Award-winning author, Susan stages a wonderfully perplexing mystery in her new work, Lowcountry Boneyard. Please consider telling your readers about this absorbing read and engaging author’s “Brown Bag and Listen to event at Fountainhead Books in Hendersonville on May 22 at 7:00 pm.
The third in Susan Boyer’s series of Liz Talbot mysteries, Lowcountry Boneyard (Henery Press, April 2015) explores the disappearance of Kent Heyward, a young woman and only child of wealthy and eccentric Charlestonians. Hired by Kent’s father Colton, private investigator Liz and her partner in love and crime, Nate, pore over a bemusing cast of suspects, each with a compelling motive for “doing away” with Kent. And the more Liz learns, the more treacherous the case becomes. Who among the cast wants Liz dead? Throughout, Susan Boyer plays a well-turned game, divulging family secrets only to create more and keep the reader wondering.
One of the best parts of this delightful mystery is Liz herself, a woman savvy in her ability to escape a poisonous snake delivered to her house and confront her frightening discovery in the murky marsh skirting Magnolia Cemetery, yet unsettled in her relationship with Nate. As Liz struggles to balance business with love and preserve her independence in the face of Nate’s protectiveness, she emerges as a genuine and endearing character. Readers will connect quickly to this perceptive and spirited PI, and find themselves longing for her next case.
(Friday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Fountainhead Bookstore,408 N Main St.Hendersonville, NC, 28792
I am pleased to introduce you to New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe's final novel in her charming and environmentally illuminating Lowcountry Summer Trilogy. Like the first two [...]
I am pleased to introduce you to New York Times best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe’s final novel in her charming and environmentally illuminating Lowcountry Summer Trilogy. Like the first two best-selling novels in the trilogy, The Summer’s End (May 2015, Gallery Books) delves into complexities of the relationships among three half sisters and their beloved grandmother who must sell her cherished home at Sullivan’s Island where the girls meet in this final summer.
On May 27 at 7:30 pm, Mary Alice will speak and sign at Malaprops in Asheville.
Each book in the trilogy emphasizes one of the three archetypical sisters (named by their father for famous Southern writers) as they face the inscrutable power governing life’s choices and its unforeseen effects. Middle child Carson, at the center of The Summer Girls, must learn to function without the aid of alcohol, believe in herself, and connect to others. Oldest sister Dora, overwhelmed with the trials of raising an autistic son and enduring an unhappy marriage, discovers how to trust others and love again in The Summer Wind. And in The Summer’s End, youngest sister Harper strives for the courage to determine her own life without the tyrannical influence of her wealthy mother. Through the multifaceted interactions with her sisters, grandmother, and a wounded warrior, Harper grows into a young woman able to release her insecurities and develop her independence
As in most of her novels, a strong environmental theme runs throughout The Summer’s End and the trilogy as a whole. Delphine, an Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin whom Carson befriends and who becomes damaged after tangling in a fishing line, is not only a parallel in varying aspects for the lives of all three sisters but also an illustration of the troubling circumstances for dolphins in the Atlantic. As the sisters’ lives are influenced by Delphine, so are readers’ lives affected by this charming and vulnerable being.
(Wednesday) 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Malaprops, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, NC
An evening of offering gifts of healing, hope and love to those suffering with mental, emotional and spiritual distresses. May is mental health awareness month and the Partnership for Pastoral [...]
An evening of offering gifts of healing, hope and love to those suffering with mental, emotional and spiritual distresses. May is mental health awareness month and the Partnership for Pastoral Counseling is hosting it’s first annual Spring into Action Social on May 30, 2015. All proceeds will be used to help low income and uninsured people of WNC have access to professional counseling services.
Mental Health affects people from all walks of life, no one is immune and many are vulnerable. The Partnership can offer counseling services to help people end their silent suffering.
The event will be a reception with live music, raffle games, and a silent auction! Many ways to offer gifts to help those that will otherwise continue to suffer in silence due to not being able to pay for counseling.
Tickets are $60 per person
(Saturday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church
60 Church Street Asheville, NC 28801