Mattie's Girl: An Appalachian Childhood

Celia H. Miles - 2002
     In stories deeply rooted in 1940s Appalachia, June chronicles the years between meeting the irrepressible PeeDee and losing her. She struggles to understand her mother's indifference, her father's divided love, her grandmother's sudden death, her grandfather's being institutionalized. Three years later, PeeDee, riding the rails west, brings a final gift and the truth about Cade's murder. In this world forever gone, June survives and triumphs through the grace of family and friendship. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Celia H. Miles, a native of Jackson County in western North Carolina, now lives in Asheville. She attended Brevard College and Berea College and has graduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). She taught at Brevard College and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. A long-time instructor of English, she now spends her time writing, photographing old mills and stone circles, and traveling. She has co-authored a college textbook, has published romance novels, historical and contemporary novels, along with stories and poems in various markets, and co-edited three women’s writing anthologies. Some of this material has been published in modified form in the following: “The Big Sycamore” in Cricket (October 2000) “Selling the Grit” in Yesterday’s Magazette (July-October 1998) “Backsliding” in Victoria Press (2000) “Going to the Dentist” in Victoria Press (1999)

Outer Banks Mysteries and Seaside Stories

Charles Harry Whedbee - 1978
    The continuing popularity of these books stems from the author's intimate knowledge of the places, people, and events of which he writes. He gathers the mysteries, tales, legends, and lore that have been handed down for generations on the North Carolina coast and recounts them with a sensitivity for tradition that makes him a master at what he does.For decades, the folk tales of Charles Harry Whedbee have been available wherever you care to look on the Outer Banks. Their popularity has transcended Whedbee's loyal readership among North Carolinians and visitors from the Northeast and the Midwest.Charles Harry Whedbee was an elected judge in his native Greenville, North Carolina, for thirty-plus years, but his favorite place was the Outer Banks, Nags Head in particular. Whedbee was the author of five folklore collections. He died in 1990.

Works by David Sedaris: Naked, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

Books LLC - 2010
    Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Naked, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Holidays on Ice, Santaland Diaries, Barrel Fever. Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: Naked, published in 1997, is a collection of essays by American humorist David Sedaris. The book details Sedaris life, from his unusual upbringing in the suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina, to his booze-and-drug-ridden college years, to his Kerouacian wandering as a young adult. The book became a best-seller and was acclaimed for its wit, dark humor and irreverent tackling of tragic events, including the death of Sedaris mother. Prior to publication, several of the essays were read by the author on the NPR program This American Life. About the early life of the Sedaris family, and David's hopes to one day be rich and famous. It is revealed that the family is actually middle class. A description of Sedaris' obsessive-compulsive and Tourettic tendencies as a child. His behavior quirks include licking light switches and kissing newspapers, and they frequently land him in trouble at school. These tendencies are abandoned when he begins smoking at college. An account of Sedaris' elderly (and slightly senile) grandmother, known as Ya-Ya. After suffering an injury she is forced to live with his family, resulting in tension for all. Eventually, at the urging of Sedaris' mom (who was against Ya-Ya moving in with the family in the first place), she is put into a low-grade nursing home. When she dies, only his father seems to mourn. A description of events regarding a pornographic book that Sedaris finds when he is a child. The book is passed between his siblings, and eventually confiscated by his mother, who in turn reads it. A description of...More: http: //

A Far Justice

Richard Herman - 2010
     Nearly two decades later, he is accused of war crimes committed on the infamous Highway of Death in 1991. Disgraced, he is put on trial before the International Criminal Court in The Hague. With the world watching, he is a man under a microscope, trapped in a geopolitical storm. Faced with a powerful and relentless prosecutor and an international press that declares his guilt before the opening arguments are made, Tyler’s fate seems certain. But Tyler’s lawyer and his son Jason refuse to give up. Can Tyler defend his name and defy the court? To do so he will have to seek justice in the wild and lawless slaughterhouse of the Southern Sudan. ‘A Far Justice’ is an action-packed novel from a master writer of aviation thrillers. Praise for the author: “One of the best adventure writers around.” - Clive Cussler “Too many of today’s geopolitical thrillers ring false, but not Herman’s.” - San Francisco Examiner “Herman shines when he describes combat tactics… But it’s his characters that carry the story.” - Air & Space “Simply great characters… His descriptions of the political posturing in Washington and an the international scene ring true.” - Chicago Tribune “A skilled storyteller… Richard Herman knows how to describe the pressure and unpredictability of battle… He has a sure command of what it takes to hold the reader.” - Sacramento Bee “Herman is a master.” - Florida Times-Union “Intricately woven…solid entertainment… Herman deftly negotiates murderous chicanery, political hanky-panky, gripping air combat, and steamy sex in a sweeping political epic of post-Cold War power struggles.” - Publisher’s Weekly “Suspenseful…well-drawn characters…an action-packed plot.” - Norfolk Virginian-Pilot Richard Herman is a retired Air Force officer who flew C-130s and F-4s. While on active duty, he logged over 240 combat missions. He also taught at the Air Force Academy and served as an operations plans officer. After retiring, he turned to writing about the aircraft he loves, and is the author of fourteen novels – including critically acclaimed ‘The Warbirds’ and ‘Force of Eagles’. Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

Delayed but Not Denied

Teresa B. Howell - 2019
    They married and created a picture-perfect family. But, after only a few years of love and happiness, Selina discovers a horrible secret about her Mr. Right's past. It was hidden in the most unexpected place, his Bible.

Murder in Caney Fork

Wally Avett - 2014
    Taught to shoot in the rough logging camps of the North Carolina swamps, Wes Ross remembers his lessons well. Dodging hostile gunfire with dozens of other young Marines, he storms a remote Pacific island as one of Carlson's Raiders in the first commando-style attack of World War II. He blasts several Japanese snipers from their palm-tree hideouts with buckshot before an enemy bullet sends him home. The Carolina homefront includes a new girlfriend and a new occupation, learning to be a rural lawyer in his uncle's law office, including courtroom intrigue and what goes on behind the scenes. Wes, like his uncles, is a good man, the kind who takes up for the poor and downtrodden, looking out for those who are easy prey for bullies. Frog Cutshaw is the storekeeper in the Caney Fork backwoods, a swaggering ex-moonshiner who is deadly with his ever-present .45 auto pistol. Frog's daylight rape of a married woman and the brutal killing of her husband bring on Bible Belt vigilante justice, an eye for an eye, a life for a life. Wally Avett is a retired newspaperman. He lives in North Carolina.

The Truth About You, Me and Us

Kate Field - 2017
    Wealthy, glamorous and bored, she longed for something more.Now a talented artist with a small business, Helen creates crazy patchwork crafts to support her young daughter, Megan. Penniless, content and single, she is almost unrecognisable.But when her past unexpectedly collides with her new life, Helen finds herself torn. She knows what the easiest choice is, but is it what she wants?

Shirley F'N Lyle: VIVA the REVOLUTION

Clayton Lindemuth - 2019
    She’s a big girl who keeps her profile low. But when a drug lord and his son toss her trailer, she adds a couple letters to her name. Now she’s killed the drug lord’s son and two meth zombies. Fed up, ready to set fire to her past, her job—and her trailer—she’s dragged back into the role she’s forsworn by a man who presses her buttons with a hammer. Shirley realizes she’ll never be more than a four hundred pound hooker. But when her partner-in-revolution, Ulyana the Ukrainian stripper disappears, her car empty and bullet holes in the glass, Shirley reaches deep, finds her sass, puts flame to fuse. Who took Ulyana? The Russian mob? The man who beat Shirley down? The 83 year old drug lord who refuses to die? When all your life you’ve been one thing, but your survival—and your friend’s—demand you be the hero… You put on the F’N cape.

Return to the Outer Banks House

Diann Ducharme - 2014
    When we last saw Abigail Sinclair and Ben Whimble at the close of "The Outer Banks House," they'd overcome their differences in life stations and defied convention to begin their new life together.But now it's seven years later, and "Return to the Outer Banks House" finds the couple married and in hard times-riddled by poverty, miscarriages, and weakened family ties. The strong bonds that once held them together have eroded over time, and their marriage threatens to unravel, particularly when relationships from the past and ambitions for the future find their way into the mismatched couple's present predicament.Can their love survive? Or are the challenges they face insurmountable? "Return to the Outer Banks House" carries readers back to 1875 to answer these questions and explore the ebb and flow of a rocky marriage set against the enchanting North Carolina shoreline. Replete with history, intrigue, and plenty of maritime drama, it's an evocative tale of struggle in the Reconstruction-era South.

Unexplained Encounters: Ridiculous True Stories of The Unusual, Creepy and Just Plain Strange (Unexplained Phenomena Book 1)

Max Mason Hunter - 2017
    And there are people who have claimed to have directly encountered this world of mystery. From stories of people who see strange lights in the sky, to those that have actually claimed to have visited other times, dimensions and worlds completely unknown to life’s average traveler. These brave sojourners have found themselves face to face with humanities worst fears, darkest questions, and most confounding confusions and (most) have lived to tell the tale.These are the stories that are sometimes frightening, sometimes creepy, always unusual, and often enough, downright ridiculous. We will never know everything that exists in the unknown bandwidths of life, but it’s entertaining to try nonetheless. So sit back, relax, and get ready for some mind blowing excursions into the unknown... Here Is A Preview Of What's Inside... Unexplained Encounters: Excursions Into the Unknown Unexplained Encounters: Deadly Encounters at Dyatlov Pass Unexplained Encounters: Encounters with Angelic Aliens Unexplained Encounters: A Bit Of Inter-dimensional Thievery Unexplained Encounters: The Mothman Unexplained Encounters: Dr. Eben’s Unexplained Encounter with God Much, much more! Grab this book today!

Forever's Team

John Feinstein - 1989
    The coaches and players of Duke University's 1977-78 team, who ended an otherwise successful season with their NCAA championship loss to Kentucky, are traced from their time on the squad to their present occupations.


Margaret Maron - 2012
    The story itself was inspired by a real New Year’s Eve bonfire here on the farm when a cousin tried to burn some overly wet wood. I was tickled when my brother said, “Never saw gasoline so wet it wouldn't burn,” and knew I’d use that sentence in a story sometime. They really did try to chase some lovers out of that lane and yes, they really did get mired down to the axle.

A Question of Mercy

Elizabeth Cox - 2016
    When he is found dead in the French Broad River of rural North Carolina, his teenaged stepsister, Jess, is sought for questioning by their family and the police.Jess's odyssey of escape across four states leads into dark territories of life-and-death moral choices where compassion and grace offer faint illumination but few answers. A Question of Mercy, set in a vivid landscape of the mid-twentieth-century South, is the fifth novel from Robert Penn Warren Award–winning writer Elizabeth Cox. As she challenges notions of individual freedom and responsibility against a backdrop of questionable practices governing treatment of the mentally disabled, she also stretches the breadth and limitations of the human heart to love and to forgive.Jess Booker, on the run and alone, leaves the comfort of her home near Asheville, recklessly trekking through woods and hitchhiking her way to a boarding house in tiny Lula, Alabama, a perceived safe haven she once visited with her late mother. Pursued by a mysterious car with a faded "I Like Ike" sticker, Jess is also haunted by memories of her mother's early death, her father's distressing marriage to Adam's mother, the loving bond she was able to form with Adam despite her initial resistance, and her boyfriend Sam's troubling letters from the thick of combat in the Korean War. In Lula, Jess finds, if only briefly, a respite among a curious surrogate family of fellow displaced outsiders banded together under one roof, and there she finds the strength to heed the call homeward to face the questions she cannot answer about her stepbrother's death.Through her vibrant depictions of characters in crisis and of the lush, natural landscapes of her southern settings, Cox brings to the fore the moral, ethical, and seemingly unnatural decisions people face when caring for society's weakest members. Grappling with the powerful bonds of love and family, A Question of Mercy recognizes the countless ways people come to help one another and the poor choices they can make because of love?choices that challenge the boundaries of human decency and social justice but also choices that can defy what is legal in the course of seeking what is right.

Play to Win

A.C. Arthur - 2020
    Returning to their hometown where they’d been branded the “bad boys” wasn’t part of their plan, but now that they’re back, they’re determined to prove everyone in town wrong. For Ethan, that means making amends with the girl who’s heart he’d unintentionally broken during high school.Portia Merin left Providence and the awkward life she’d led there behind long ago. After a messy breakup and her retaliation leads to her unintended stardom as a sex instructor on YouTube, she decided to roll with it—despite her lack of actual experience on the subject—and is now on tour to promote her first instructional book. Life’s looking pretty good for Portia right now, until the weather and the sale of her godmother's house leave her stranded in Providence and her old high school crush shows up with a copy of her book.