In times past if a woman found herself suddenly on her ownthere were very few options for her to make her way in the world. Widowhood abandonment and other circumstances often forced women to turn to one of the only respectable avenues of income available to them - opening a boarding house. In this unique volume Alice Sink and Nickie Doyal tell the stories of resourceful women across North Carolina who opened their homes to strangers out of necessity and in the process created a kind of family for peoplewho were of no blood relations. Featuring boarding houses from the colonial period through modern times stretching across the entire state it’s North Carolina history from a new and different perspective Illustrated with great pictures and recipes that would have graced the boarding house table.
Join the Peppertree Retirement Village residents as they experience lives unlike the stereotyped views often associate with senior living. Meet Legree who falls head over heels for a young handsome never-do-well. Laugh with horoscope buff Joanna Stadwick and her elderly father as they cross paths with the Beufort County water meter reader. Share Miss Constance’s dignity and self-consciousness as she convinces herself that in a former life she definitely was a maid in Charles Dickens’ 1836 London home. Laugh with Lavoris Darrell Waltrip race car fan as she serves customers in the Island café. Be introduced to the Green Brothers Curtis and Franklin who know what everybody is doing where and when. Cheer on the managers of Peppertree Irene and Lee and the maid Viola they have hired. Last but certainly not least become acquainted with four-year-old Brandi Camero and two spoiled kitty cats Pessy Mae-Mae and Puddy-Cat. Now put members of this eccentric group together as they travel to Charleston for visits to the Gibes Art Gallery Charleston Fine Arts Museum and the Market area. As they are forced by circumstances to interact during the trip they come to terms with the reality that no [wo]man Is an Island.
Quite unexpectedly circumstances have led to an eclectic blending of Lowcountry neighbors the pastors and congregation of Palmetto Church of the Brethren and the girls next door at the Pink Alligator Strip Club. Shortly after spring storms ravage the existing Braxton South Carolina church sanctuary the members are forced to move to the only space in the area large enough to accommodate them an empty warehouse outside the city. Sharing to the dismay of many in the congregation the same parking lot with “the girls next door.” Meet Felicia Stedman middle-school teacher by day and stripper by night. Fall in love with robust middle-aged red-headed house mom Gertie. Get an inside bird’s eye view of the strippers’ nightly routines their pride as well as their gripes and concerns in their chosen profession. Laugh and cry over the crude antics and often misguided mentality of the men who frequent the Pink ‘Gator. Also meet Reverend Thomas Hunter the young handsome pastor of Palmetto Church of the Brethren his two assistant pastors and various members of his Reconciling Congregation open and affirming of Gay Lesbian Bi-Sexual Transgendered and Straight people. Their motto is “Open minds open hearts and open doors.” Identify with Miss Estelle Sprinkle octogenarian church member whose wisdom astonishes all. Become immersed in the mysterious disappearance of Braxton entrepreneur and church leader John Jay Grimes.
This book is the result of a dream author Daniel Winklosky experienced in 1984 while in Kyoto, Japan. One night as he slept, he saw the words Self, Love, Goodness, Knowledge, and Oneness, emblazoned across a brilliant rainbow. From the moment he woke, he has searched for meaning and confirmation for those five words, which he feels define the stages of all our lives. He used many resource guides, attended lectures and classes as well as the Bible in his journey for knowledge and enlightenment. Each stage lasts 12 years. The focus for each stage is the maturing process of love, which defines one of our five levels of consciousness. At the highest level of love is spiritual consciousness; as we experience joy and unconditional love. This is our national destiny and promise. Do you accept the challenge to attain spiritual enlightenment?
Andy McBride marries the girl of his dreams and they both go to work for the Raleigh News-Sentinel. Amanda McBride becomes a too-effective investigative reporter which leads to three deaths. Devastated, Andy leaves the newspaper and accepts a job offer as skipper of a sport fishing yacht, where fishing off the North Carolina coast sets the scene for a fast paced sequence of events involving drug smuggling and murder. Andy’s former college roommate, a retired professional football player and multi-millionaire, uses his extensive resources to resolve the issues but not before seven more die. The story thinly disguises several North Carolina politicians and political issues of the recent past.
“Rocks in My Pocket and Mud on My Boots” is a collection of mostly first person short stories recounting people encountered in a geology career, events that shaped that career, and memorable adventures. Although autobiographical, it is not an autobiography. It does not address any of the author’s scientific accomplishments or failures, but are anecdotes of impacts on the life and times of the author. Some names have been changed to avoid identifying characters.
The book does include some of the author’s philosophy, thoughts, and rationale. It also lists some of the most important people who positively influenced his career. As he has said, “I had the most interesting, challenging, and sometimes exciting career
I could ever have imagined for a country farm kid who grew up milking cows.”
This is the best action GeoSuspense adventure novel since Arthur C. Clarke’s posthumous Richter 10. Lee Gerhard is not just a successful petroleum geologist and great professor, he is a master storyteller, and this is one of his best.
In this third book in the New York Chief of Detectives Series, Gary Hastings takes us inside a major NYPD homicide investigation. Chief of Detectives Pat O’Connor sends an investigative team of crack New York City Detectives to rural Stokes County, North Carolina, where a body of a teenage girl, reported missing from New York City, is found buried in Hanging Rock State Park.
This investigation, being conducted by the Stokes County Sheriff and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, becomes complicated as jurisdictional issues and egos clash. Pat O’Connor is forced to navigate the challenges of a multi-jurisdictional investigation without compromising the integrity of their on-going efforts. The team searches for the identity of a suspect, who may be a serial killer, posing a serious threat to the streets of New York.
You are given a front row seat in this exciting investigation, as detectives seek to determine THE CAROLINA CONNECTION!
George McBain continued his examination of the body and noticed a silver chain around the victim’s neck. It was covered in a plastic tube for comfort. George had seen these chains before and he could feel his heart pounding in his chest. He gently pulled out the chain and his fears were instantly realized. The chain was attached to a square leather case. On the front was an all- too-familiar sunburst gold shield lettered ‘City of New York Police Detective.’ George turned it over and read the NYPD identification identifying the victim as Detective Second Grade Anthony P. Rodriguez. NYPD Chief of Detectives Pat O’Connor leads a hand-selected team of veteran detectives in the investigation of the murder of one of their own a New York City Police Detective. Using his skill and powerful resources he negotiates the red tape and politics of New York City while refusing to compromise his relentless pursuit of the killer. New York Chief of Detectives puts you in the front seat of this major criminal investigation.
Gary Hastings takes us to the popular North Carolina coast for a non-stop novel of the Secret Service. Special Agent Frank Nolan is a veteran agent assigned to the Wilmington office. Following a lead from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Frank launches an investigation that leads to violent confrontations in Carolina Beach and beyond. You will find yourself in the front seat of an international investigation that reaches to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as Nolan and the men and women of the United States Secret Service try to prevent an assassination of the President of the United States.
In this novel, he focuses on his concerns and those of the late Congressman Bill Young and an influential General at Fort Detrick. Both men were acutely aware that dust could be used as a carrier of bioweapons. The characters in his scary book are based on real people from his research team and others he has known throughout his outstanding career. The reader may have trouble sleeping after reading this book. As the General from Fort Detrick, where US bioweapons were once developed, advised him, “this could happen.”
Ranch life is infused with western history and hard work which underline the stories, as well as creative imagination of conversations and activities invented by a childhood lined with free time while wandering the hills with a cat or dog at my heels.
The Whistle Creek stories ‘just came to be’ as I played with memories of Wyoming, adding a bit of imagination as I went along. Like all oral history, some details changed as years passed and memories evolved. In particular The Other Tales include a couple of memories from my childhood, ‘Without My Microwave’ and ‘The Christmas Comforter’. I have to admit that some of the Blue Bordello was influenced by information gathered for my previous non-fiction book, Frontier Madam, The Life of Dell Burke, Lady of Lusk. Events and memories from friends provided the foundation for some of the other ‘tales’ involving life in the west, especially Wyoming.
Study Questions have been provided with The Man and The Boy novella, offering an opportunity for readers to explore economic, technological, as well as cultural changes and differences between 1946 and today.
Ellie Ralston, former CIA operative, is now in her mid-80‘s and recovering from a stroke suffered at her estate in Majorca, Spain.
Shortly before her stroke, she engaged a biographer to write her life story.
After recovering, she meets with the writer and begins relaying the details of her adventurous life, starting with the first of her alias’, Julie Stewart, which she used while running from an agency operative intending to do her serious harm.
After fleeing the agency following an assignment gone terribly wrong, and fearing for her life, she undergoes reconstructive surgery and moves to a remote lake town in the foothills of North Carolina.
There she begins writing a novel, and after settling in, quickly finds her life anything but isolated and serene, as well as her soul mate and the love of her life.
Seventeen-year-old, Ali Tay struggles to face fears lingering from her early childhood. While spending the summer at the North Carolina Coast with her grandparents, she learns who she can trust as she matures over a summer riddled with violent storms and fire. She harbors feelings of abandonment after her parents’ bitter divorce when she was five. Her cold, self-centered mother treats Ali as if her feelings aren’t important. Her talented, elusive father tests and controls her life from afar. She is his secret.
Nineteen-year-old Trevor Markham, certified swim instructor and college undergraduate, reluctantly accepts a summer job as Ali’s swim coach. Growing up in foster-care with two other young men has given him resolve and determination and, as his friendship with Ali strengthens, he mentors her in facing her insecurities.
An unexpected invitation to visit Charleston, South Carolina exposes a sordid past to Ali and Trevor. They reveal their feelings for each other while caught in the eye of hurricane Irene on coastal North Carolina.
In the dark, clandestine heart of Washington D.C, a top-secret file containing a list of names has been hacked by a fanatical terrorist. The Killer’s List is the exciting sequel to, Guilty Until Proven Innocent, and the escapades of a band of Special Forces soldiers who surreptitiously entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses. Taliban leader, Abdul, is intent on seeking revenge against these soldiers for the death of his family. With the list of names, he travels to Boston to join forces with his terrorist brothers. Together they cross the country to kill those on the list. Josh Baker, a Special Forces officers, meets and falls in love with beautiful, Jennifer O’Neill, a state trooper from Swansboro, North Carolina. The two team up with the Special Forces soldiers to formulate a plan, and find themselves surrounded by the terrorists.
In the dark, clandestine heart of Washington D.C, a top-secret file containing a list of names has been hacked by a fanatical terrorist. The Killer’s List is the exciting sequel to, Guilty Until Proven Innocent, and the escapades of a band of Special Forces soldiers who surreptitiously entered Afghanistan following 9/11 and rode to war on horses.