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Parker Francis Book Signing of Hurricane Island

Parker Francis Book Signing of Hurricane IslandAuthor Parker Francis visits historic Fernandina Beach for signing of new thriller Hurricane Island.

Mystery author Parker Francis recently released Hurricane Island, the third installment of the award-winning Quint Mitchell Mystery series. Francis will be signing copies of his new book at The Book Loft in Fernandina Beach on Saturday, May 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

In Hurricane Island, Francis sends his private investigator to the fishing village of Cedar Key, Florida, where a relaxing visit with an old friend turns deadly. Quint and his girlfriend accept Woody Carpenter’s invitation for a weekend of fishing and relaxation, but they soon become embroiled in murder and kidnapping while Hurricane Freda bears down on Florida’s Gulf Coast. All of the action takes place in 24 hours in this fast-paced thriller.

Parker Francis is the pen name of award-winning author Victor DiGenti of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Known for his Windrusher adventure-fantasy novels featuring a feline protagonist, DiGenti made the leap to the hard-boiled suspense field with his first Quint Mitchell Mystery, Matanzas Bay, which won two major awards as an unpublished manuscript. Bring Down the Furies was the second in the series, and that book won the top prize in the 2013 Florida Authors & Publishers Associations President Awards Competition in the Mystery/Thriller category.

Early reviewers have praised Hurricane Island. Paul Levine, the John D. MacDonald Award-winning author of legal thrillers called the book, “A rip-roaring thriller and tightly wound mystery wrapped in one. Can a killer storm – or a flesh-and-blood killer – stop Quint Mitchell? The pages will race by as you find out.”

And Shamus Award-winning author Michael Wiley had this to say: “Hurricane Island will blow you away. With a murder, a double kidnapping, rising winds, and a pocketful of alligator teeth, this is a perfect storm of a mystery.”

Hurricane Island is available as a trade paperback and an eBook for Kindle from Amazon.com.

Visit the author at www.parkerfrancis.com.

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Save My Place – A Book Signing and Reception

Save My Place - A Book Signing and ReceptionA love story set in the South during the 1960s and 70s against the backdrop of the Vietnam war, Save My Place is the story of Elisabeth’s meeting and marrying her beloved Kincaid, and the evolution of their married life. Even as difficulties arise in their lives. Elisabeth’s jaunty voice lifts us, along with herself and Kincaid, through seemingly unbearable situations. Upon meeting her, Kincaid exclaims, “You strike me as a very entertaining person.” Indeed, Elisabeth’s ability to find humor and joy amid sorrows, such as Kincaid’s deployment to fight in the Vietnam War, enlightens us about a powerful source of resiliency.

Still, Elisabeth is a realist. Though she wishes to abide in Peter Pan’s Neverland existence, and has a “magic door inside… that kept all the ills of the world at bay,” the door comes ajar. Yet, even when their child is diagnosed with leukemia, her indomitable spirit eventually allows her to engage in life and assist her husband in doing the same.

Olivia DeBelle Byrd has created an admiral character for readers to appreciate in Save My Place.

Olivia will be at The Book Loft September 30th, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, signing her books at a wine and cheese reception.

About Olivia
Olivia deBelle Byrd is a self-proclaimed Southern Belle who resides in Panama City, Florida, with her husband, Tommy, and is the proud mother of Tommy Jr. and Elizabeth. She is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and a Kappa Delta. Like many Southerners, Olivia has a penchant for turning ordinary happenings into entertainment. The result is her first collection of humorous essays, Miss Hildreth Wore Brown-Anecdotes of a Southern Belle.

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More About Mary Alice Monroe

More About Mary Alice MonroeThe Summer Wind, set for release in June 2014, follows the best-selling first installment of the series, The Summer Girls. The second novel continues the complex relationships of three estranged sisters who come together at their grandmother’s request to her summer home on Sullivan’s Island, SC. In their eventful summer, they struggle to find direction and rediscover their connections to one another. While all the sisters are major characters in both novels, one sister emerges as the main focus in each novel. The oldest sister, Dora, is the center of Summer Wind.

Like the beloved dolphin Delphine who has been sent to Florida to heal from injuries incurred after she becomes entangled in fishing line on the dock, Dora has been trapped in a wounding marriage. Also like Delphine who lacks spirit and will until the humans she most loves (Dora’s son and her sister Carson) visit her during her recuperation, Dora’s sorrows cause her to retreat inwardly. Not until Dora, too, embraces love from her sisters and grandmother as well as the admiration of Delvin, a man from her past, does she begin to welcome life.

As in most of her novels, Mary Alice creates important environmental significance in The Summer Wind. Through her development of parallel plots and emotions with animal and human characters, she draws our attention to the troubling circumstances surrounding Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. Approximately 50% of these dolphins are ill (in part from the morbillivirus), and Mary Alice’s sensitive and absorbing presentation of Delphine creates a sincere empathy in the reader for these beautiful and brilliant creatures.

Mary Alice Monroe’s Biography
Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels, two children’s books, and nonfiction. Mary Alice writes richly textured books that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life.

Monroe’s novels are published worldwide. She has achieved many lists, including the New York Times, USA Today and SIBA. She has received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and was featured at the National Festival of the Book. The Butterfly’s Daughter won the International Book Award for Green Fiction.

Mary Alice is an active conservationist and serves on the Board of the South Carolina Aquarium, The Leatherback Trust, and Charleston Volunteers for Literacy. She is a frequent speaker at book festivals, conferences, and private events. Monroe is also a frequent contributor to magazines and online blogs.

Mary Alice Monroe is currently published by Gallery Books, Simon & Schuster. Her agents are Robert Gottlieb and Kimberly Whalen at Trident Media Group.

Monroe lives with her family on a barrier island off Charleston, South Carolina where she is currently writing. For information, videos, podcasts, and more, go to www.maryalicemonroe.com and Facebook.

Novels
THE SUMMER’S END (June 2015)
THE SUMMER WIND
THE SUMMER GIRLS
BEACH HOUSE MEMORIES
THE BEACH HOUSE
SWIMMING LESSONS
THE BUTTERFLY’S DAUGHTER
LAST LIGHT OVER CAROLINA
TIME IS A RIVER
SWEETGRASS
SKYWARD
THE FOUR SEASONS
THE BOOK CLUB
GIRL IN THE MIRROR
THE LONG ROAD HOME
SECOND STAR TO THE RIGHT
ONE SUMMER’S NIGHT

Children’s Books
TURTLE SUMMER: A Journal for my Daughter
A BUTTERFLY CALLED HOPE
JAX, A Survivor’s Tale (in production)

Audiobooks
THE SUMMER WIND (read by author)
THE SUMMER GIRLS (read by author)
BEACH HOUSE MEMORIES (read by author)
THE BUTTERFLY’S DAUGHTER (read by author)
LAST LIGHT OVER CAROLINA
TIME IS A RIVER (read by author)
SWIMMING LESSONS (read by author)
THE BEACH HOUSE (read by author)
SWEETGRASS
THE BOOK CLUB
THE FOUR SEASONS
THE LONG ROAD HOME
GIRL IN THE MIRROR
A BUTTERFLY CALLED HOPE (read by author)
TURTLE SUMMER (read by author)

Nonfiction
REFLECTIONS of South Carolina, Robert Clark, Tom Poland, Forward by MAM.
LITERARY DOGS and their South Carolina Writers, “Forgiving Ruedi.”
STATE OF THE HEART, “Sea Turtle Summer.”
THE SOLITARY SWIMMER; Sea Turtles in South Carolina (in production)

Mary Alice Monroe will be in Fernandina Beach for a book signing on July 1, 2014, at the Book Loft on Centre Street, beginning at 4:00 pm.

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Mary Alice Monroe awakens readers in “The Summer Wind”

Mary Alice Monroe awakens readers in "The Summer Wind"It’s not unusual for an animal to be mixed among the cast of characters in a Mary Alice Monroe novel. It’s become part of her trademark—captivating readers’ hearts with memorable characters and at the same time awakening people to an important environmental issue.

Described as the canary in the coal mine, the New York Times bestselling author’s convictions give her a deeper sense of purpose and serve to add richness and meaning to her novels. “I wanted to write a novel about the dolphin because we connect with that knowing, beguiling smile,” Monroe stated, whose novels often focus on the connection between humans and nature. “But the impetus for me to write this series now is the hard fact that 48 to 52 percent of the wild dolphins in South Carolina and Florida are sick. Coupled with the morbillivirus striking along the coast, it’s an alarming situation.”

Monroe uses the plight of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin as the undercurrent in her Lowcountry Summer Trilogy, with the perilous life of one wild dolphin as the trilogy’s keystone. While Monroe’s novels are set against issues facing our physical landscape, her stories explore the emotional landscape of contemporary human and moral issues through her characters. “I’m a story teller. I don’t tell or teach as much as create a story world that establishes a meaningful relationship with nature to make readers aware through the power of story.”

In book one, The Summer Girls, Monroe introduced readers to the complex relationships among three estranged half-sisters who return to the family’s historic home, “Sea Breeze,” before it is sold and their grandmother, “Mamaw” moves to a retirement community. “The Summer Girls is a perfect beach read and anyone who enjoys such fine southern voices as Pat Conroy will add the talented Monroe to their list of favorites”.

The Summer Wind (June 17, 2014 release) is the much anticipated follow-up to her New York Times bestseller The Summer Girls. Monroe draws readers back to the unspoiled beauty of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina for the second installment in an emotional trilogy about sisterhood, second chances, and lifelong bonds.

The Summer’s End concludes the Lowcountry Summer Trilogy and is set for release in 2015. “My greatest hope is that readers become involved with my characters and enjoy a great story. Then, when they close the book, realize that they’ve learned a lot about this important sentinel species.”

The trilogy is timely. The morbillivirus that killed a record number of dolphins along the Mid-Atlantic coast last summer is spreading southward as dolphins migrate down the coast. This measles-like virus killed 1000 dolphins in 2013 from New York to Florida. More than 10,000 dolphins are thought to roam the Southeast, and the numbers in South Carolina-Georgia are estimated between 6,000 and 7,000.

Currently there is nothing that can be done to prevent the infection spreading or prevent animals that get infected from having severe clinical disease.

Marine mammal scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Florida Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, and nationwide are studying dolphins in Florida and South Carolina looking for signs of emerging diseases and heavy chemical body burdens that may be making the dolphins sick. Scientists also will test for diseases more common to people, but becoming more prominent in dolphins.

Dolphins are a sentinel species. “If dolphins are not doing well, it says something about what humans may be exposed to,” stated Dr. Pat Fair of NOAA.

Monroe participated in the Charleston study with Dr. Fair on a floating “doctor’s clinic” that ran a battery of medical tests on dolphins. This is modus operandi for Monroe, who goes beyond academic research and interviews. She immerses herself in the subject by rolling up her sleeves as a volunteer to work shoulder-to-shoulder with professionals. For the Lowcountry Summer Trilogy (The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind, The Summer’s End), Dr. Fair served as a mentor for Monroe. Mary Alice also is a volunteer at the Dolphin Research Center in Florida and works with dolphin programs designed for special needs children and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Mary Alice Monroe’s efforts to re-connect human nature with the natural world resonate with her readers. Monroe is a bestselling author of sixteen novels and two children’s books. She has achieved many lists, including the New York Times, USA Today and SIBA. She has received numerous awards, including RT Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing and was featured at the National Festival of the Book. The Butterfly’s Daughter won the International Book Award for Green Fiction. Mary Alice is an active conservationist and serves on the Board of the South Carolina Aquarium, The Leatherback Trust, and Charleston Volunteers for Literacy. She is a frequent speaker at book festivals, conferences, and private events. Monroe is also a frequent contributor to magazines and online blogs.

“Mary Alice Monroe has become the premier nature writer among southern novelists… In The Summer Girls she sings a song of praise to the bottlenose dolphins that bring so much joy to the men and women who gaze at the creeks and rivers of the lowcountry each evening. Like all her books, The Summer Girls is a call to arms.” – New York Times bestselling author Pat Conroy.

To learn more about The Summer Wind and other Mary Alice Monroe books, visit her on Facebook and at www.maryalicemonroe.com.

Mary Alice Monroe will be in Fernandina Beach for a book signing on July 1, 2014, at the Book Loft on Centre Street, beginning at 4:00 pm.

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