Our Writers and Their Books

We publish our books as both print and ebooks and you'll find them available from online booksellers or through your favorite independent bookstores. See our favorites listed to the right. You will also find a "buy now" link for each book. 

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Novelist Mary Ann Claud explored the Blue Ridge Mountains and wrote about the people, places and adventures she found. She has collected her columns in a lovely new book, Blue Ridge Pilgrimage. You may be inspired to follow her path from your armchair or to get out discover your own. Either way, it's a wonderful trip.




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During the mid-twentieth century, adoptions were less common than they are today and parents had fewer resources to guide them through the complicated circumstances of such a

childhood. As Carole Stice's memoir unfolds, she wonders who she really is, hungers for a sense of belonging, seeks answers to her questions, seeks her biological roots, and explores the meaning and importance of family in her life. Her story speaks to every person who has ever felt, even for a moment, like an outcast among the people they love the most.

C.F. Stice's new book, Always Yours: Memoir of an Adopted Child, explores all these issues with good writing and compelling story-telling.

To buy Always Yours, please use this link. https://www.createspace.com/7192074


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In her collection of essays, Peace Like a Monkey, Marya Plotkin brings her experience living and working in Tanzania home to the U.S. Her humor, empathy, tenderness, and insight bring East Africa to life for readers. Her visit to a nail salon turns into a lesson in the challenges of delivering health care in an impoverished country then into a story about the importance of personal connection. She and colleagues disregard the cynical wisdom that the person who appears to be injured by the side of the road may be a robber waiting for a sympathetic passer-by, and prove that the urge to be kind should prevail. She loses a valued book, only to find it months later, far from the place it went missing, and spins a tale of its travels that illustrates the flow of things and people in a world that values connection above all else. And then there is the monkey.

Readers will come away from this book wiser and with their better angels nurtured.

To buy Peace Like a Monkey, please use this link. https://www.createspace.com/7197936

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Mary Ann Claud's trilogy follows the generations of a legendary southern textile family. The third novel, Alex Dances, will appear in 2018.



In the first book, The Dancin' Man, a young man from a modest background marries into a powerful and wealthy southern family. Is it a blessing, or a curse? 

 


Whirlygig: The Dancin' Man's Daughter: It’s 1999. Volly Brunson comes home to Parkersburg, SC, determined to resurrect the family’s failing textile business and to assume the responsibilities she has run away from for the past ten years. In her early thirties, with a failed relationship behind her and an MBA in hand, Volly faces an aging business, a dysfunctional family, and the entrenched attitudes of a typical Southern town. But she’s smart and she’s ready. Or so she thinks.  

To buy Mary Ann's books, please use these links.
https://www.createspace.com/6290308 (The Dancin' Man) 
https://www.createspace.com/6288019 (Whirlygig: The Dancin' Man's Daughter)


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Ellen Rogers writes great mysteries full of North Carolina locales and themes. Every time the bells over Lanie Montgomery's shop door ring, the reader looks up to see who has come in. It’s always someone interesting, funny, and sometimes dangerous.




Southern Pines, NC, horse country. Peaceful, beautiful. Deadly.  

Deadly Trust is a fine who-done-it, well-plotted with good characters you will to be happy to see again in the sequel. Well, some of them are in jail now and some of them are dead, but Lanie Montgomery, her dogs and friends in their new adventures will be a treat.

https://www.createspace.com/6265135




Lanie Montgomery knows everyone in horse-centric Pinehurst, from the pony-clubbers to the trainers to the grande dames. When wealthy philanthropist, Anne DeKeyser, summons her to the exclusive Bald Head Island, Lanie goes—just in time for the discovery of Ted DeKeyser’s body. Lanie cannot walk away from a mystery, and Ted’s death is one. To solve it, Lanie must peel back layer upon layer of the DeKeyser family’s history. The closer she gets to center, the more she becomes a threat to someone who has already killed once to keep that history secret.

Meanwhile, Lanie’s own life takes on new complications, an attack-cat named Charlotte, the ongoing heart versus head tug-of-war involving SBI agent Michael Donovan, and whoever keeps sending her orange roses.

https://www.createspace.com/6265135

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Linda Hardister Rodriguez has published two novels with us, each based on a story she knows well from life.



On January 8, 1959, the triumphant Fidel Castro leads his forces through the streets of Havana. Thousands of Cubans celebrate, cheer him on, and dream of a better life. The corrupt dictator Batista is gone and democracy is here in the form of this savior, Fidel.

No one is more excited than 14-year-old Francisco. He makes his way through the crowd to come face-to-face with his new hero.

A short 20 months later, Francisco fears for his life as Castro’s government forces him to leave his family, his country, and his culture.

Fleeing the Sharks: A Cuban Family Story tells of a revolution’s broken promises, of shattered families driven from their homes, and of a nation betrayed. For years, author Linda Hardister Rodriguez listened to her husband’s Cuban family story and it caught hold of her imagination. The result is a story that places the reader in the shoes of a boy coming of age while one of the 20th Century’s most formative events destroys the world as he has known it. https://www.createspace.com/6249238



Linda's first novel, Up From the River, tells a very American story.

Imagine.  You are a small town southern factory worker--disabled on the job--and you believe what your boss, your surgeon, and the government bureaucracy tell you.  Everything will be fine.  All you have to do is wait.  You will return to your middle class  life.  Imagine people lying to you. Linda Hardister Rodriguez explores the fragile edges of middle class American life in her novel, Up from the River. 

https://www.createspace.com/4580679











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Jasmine Kumalah is a brilliant young writer. We are proud to publish her first book. 



Three young men are brutally murdered in a city where people are struggling to recover from a tragic civil war. Detective Alu is given the job of finding out who killed them, and why. 

Holding Demons in Small Jars by Jasmine Kumalah is powerful story in which the biggest mysteries are those of the human heart. 






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Landis Wade's Courtroom Adventure Series combines legal expertise and gentle humor. You'll want to read all three. 





The Christmas Heist: A Courtroom Adventure has been called a mash-up of the Grinch and Miracle on 34th Street with dialog as crisp and funny as that of My Cousin Vinny. This book is destined to be a new tradition. 

https://www.createspace.com/5734522





In The Legally Binding ChristmasAttorney Thad Raker represents an eccentric client living in a house with a Christmas secret. When the county goes to court to take the client’s property, Raker must battle conspiring adversaries, a cantankerous judge and his own personal feelings and doubts. What's at stake? The future of Christmas itself. 



The Christmas Redemption brings Thad Raker back into the courtroom to save Christmas yet again. This time, the North Pole itself is in danger of sinking beneath the rising seas. Thad has to battle the U.S. Government, an unbelieving judge, and his old nemesis from the first two trials.


The third book completes the Courtroom Adventure Series with the humor and warmth you expect for Landis Wade. 







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Mother and daughter, Leslie and Lindsay Bigoness, combine their talents to write a delightful children's book, illustrated with Susanne Frueh's beautiful art. 

Remember watching out the window for snow to start falling? Remember hoping for a snow day? Sea Snow by Leslie and Lindsay Bigoness will stir all of those memories. You'll share a day of adventure with their characters, Bailey and Skye. The illustrations by Susanne Frueh will further transport you. Share this book with a child, or curl up on your own to dream with it. 



Sea Snow is available as a beautiful limited-edition book. For information about ordering, email seasnowbook@gmail.com or lystrabooks@gmail.com.  


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Douglas Beye Lorie explores Brazil in the time of colonialism, when European fortune-seekers clashed with the indigenous culture.


Acaju blends Brazil in the 1700s was a land of mystery for explorers, of potential wealth for exploiters, of converts for the Catholic church. And it was home to indigenous people with their own rich culture. In magical prose, Acaju tells the story of what happens when all these visions and histories converge to become the future.

https://www.createspace.com/4818466



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In After the Race, Michael B. Jones has written a father and son drama to rival The Great Santini in intensity.  





















https://www.createspace.com/4704463

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Nora Gaskin is the founder of Lystra Books & Literary Services. Her new novel, The Worst Thing, will appear in 2018. Please read her first novel and the non-fiction book that is related to it.

Time of Death by Nora Gaskin.


A murder 1963 on Christmas Eve began a long search for justice. The search ended with justice half-served. And innocent man was exonerated, but a murderer went free, too. This true story contains the seeds that became Nora's novel, Until Proven. 

Until Proven: A Mystery in 2 Parts by Nora Gaskin.

Until Proven: A Mystery in 2 Parts
Two young women are murdered in their homes, forty years apart. Their deaths have the it-can't-happen-here horror that tears into the heart of a community, in this case, the small Southern town of Piedmont, North Carolina. Their deaths have the it-can’t-happen-here horror that tears into the heart of a community, in this case, the small Southern town of Piedmont, North Carolina.

The two families aggrieved by the first murder suffer again with the second—and find that four decades are not enough for healing. When the old scars are torn off by the second murder, the pain of each is magnified.

Until Proven is a mystery, a family saga, and an examination of how a community changes--or doesn't.




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Tim Keim is an accomplished and talented yoga teacher.


Dynamic Dozen: 12 Accessible Yoga Poses for Bone Density, Strength, and Balance by Tim Keim provides the knowledge you need for health and healing. Watch for Tim, reading and teaching. http://timkeim.wordpress.com/




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