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The Moveable Feast Welcomes Julia Franks in Myrtle Beach area event

  Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants
The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. On occasion, an author’s book tour schedule is accommodated with a mid-week or even a Saturday Moveable Feast. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books for those unable to participate in the feast. Each feast is $25 (occasionally more when the book is included); books are available at a 10% discount from Litchfield Books. For schedules and reservations, call 843-235-9600 or www.classatpawleys.com.
 July 22 – Julia Franks (Over the Plain House) at Carefree Catering It’s 1939, and the federal government has sent USDA agent Virginia Furman into the North Carolina mountains to instruct families on modernizing their homes and farms. There she meets farm wife Irenie Lambey, who is immediately drawn to the lady agent’s self-possession. Already, cracks are emerging in Irenie’s fragile marriage to Brodis, an ex-logger turned fundamentalist preacher: She has taken to night ramblings through the woods to escape her husband’s bed, storing strange keepsakes in a mountain cavern. To Brodis, these are all the signs that Irenie – tiptoeing through the dark in her billowing white nightshirt – is practicing black magic. When Irenie slips back into bed with a kind of supernatural stealth, Brodis senses that a certain evil has entered his life, linked to the lady agent, or perhaps to other, more sinister forces. Working in the stylistic terrain of Amy Greene and Bonnie Jo Campbell, this mesmerizing debut by Julia Franks is the story of a woman intrigued by the possibility of change, escape, and reproductive choice – stalked by a Bible-haunted man who fears his government and stakes his integrity upon an older way of life. As Brodis chases his demons, he brings about a final act of violence that shakes the entire valley. In this spellbinding Southern story, Franks bares the myths and mysteries that modernity can’t quite dispel.

The Moveable Feast in Myrtle Beach for July 2016

Mostly Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $25 each Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants
The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. On occasion, an author’s book tour schedule is accommodated with a mid-week Moveable Feast. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books for those unable to participate in the feast. Each feast is $25 (occasionally more); books are available at a 10% discount from Litchfield Books. For schedules and reservations, call 843-235-9600 or www.classatpawleys.com.Bronwen Dickey
July 1 – Bronwen Dickey (Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon) at Carefree Catering With unfailing thoughtfulness, compassion and a firm grasp of scientific fact, the daughter of James and sister of Christopher explores how a popular breed of dog became the most demonized and supposedly the most dangerous of dogs – and what role humans have played in the transformation. When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed – beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and Hollywood’s “Little Rascals” – come to be known as a brutal fighter? Her search for answers takes her from 19th century New York City dogfighting pits to early 20th century movie sets, from the battlefields of Gettysburg and the Marne, to desolate urban neighborhoods, culminating in a clear-eyed portrait of this extraordinary breed and an insightful view of Americans’ relationship with their dogs.   July 8 – Beatriz Williams (A Certain Age) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw We last met New York Times bestselling author of A Hundred Summers when she trio-ed with Karen White, and here she brings the Roaring Twenties brilliantly to life in an enchanting and compulsively readable tale of intrigue, romance, and scandal in New York Society, brimming with lush atmosphere, striking characters, and irresistible charm. As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. An intense and deeply honorable man, Octavian is devoted to the beautiful socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her. While times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her generous and well-respected philanderer husband. Full of the glamour, wit and delicious twists that are the hallmarks of Beatriz Williams’ fiction, A Certain Age is a beguiling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss’s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, set against the sweeping decadence of Gatsby’s New York.   TUESDAY, July 12 – Charles Joyner, Orville Vernon Burton, Eldred E. “Wink” Prince, Jr. (Becoming Southern Writers: Essays in Honor of Charles Joyner) at Ocean Club, Grande Dunes Nearly thirty exceptional writers of fact, fiction and poetry pay tribute to South Carolinian Charles Joyner’s fifty-year career as a Southern historian, folklorist and social activist. These exceptional writers – a veritable Who’s Who of Southern writers – are among Joyner’s many friends, admirers and colleagues, as well as those to whom Joyner has served as a mentor. The contributors describe how they came to write about the South and the manner they came to write about it, as well as offering reflections on the humanistic tradition of scholarship as lived experience. Diverse in theme and style, these writings represent each author’s personal reflections on experiences living in and writing about the South while touching on topics that surfaced in Joyner’s own works, such as race, family, culture, and place. Whether based on personal or historical events, each one speaks to Joyner’s theme that “all history is local history, somewhere.”   July 15 – Emily Edwards (Bars, Blues, and Booze) at Inlet Affairs True accounts from musicians, bar owners, and regulars at the crossroads of good times and despair. Bars, Blues, and Booze collects lively bar tales from the intersection of black and white musical cultures in the South. Many of these stories do not seem dignified, decent, or filled with uplifting euphoria, but they are real narratives of people who worked hard with their hands during the week to celebrate the weekend with music and mind-altering substances. These are stories of musicians who may not be famous celebrities but are men and women deeply occupied with their craft – professional musicians stuck with a day job. The author is a professor of media studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is also an independent filmmaker, whose work includes the documentary “Deadheads: An America Subculture, “which is distributed nationally on PBS stations, and two feature films with blues music scores, “Root Doctor” and “Bone Creek.”   July 22 – Julia Franks (Over the Plain House) at Carefree Catering It’s 1939, and the federal government has sent USDA agent Virginia Furman into the North Carolina mountains to instruct families on modernizing their homes and farms. There she meets farm wife Irenie Lambey, who is immediately drawn to the lady agent’s self-possession. Already, cracks are emerging in Irenie’s fragile marriage to Brodis, an ex-logger turned fundamentalist preacher: She has taken to night ramblings through the woods to escape her husband’s bed, storing strange keepsakes in a mountain cavern. To Brodis, these are all the signs that Irenie – tiptoeing through the dark in her billowing white nightshirt – is practicing black magic. When Irenie slips back into bed with a kind of supernatural stealth, Brodis senses that a certain evil has entered his life, linked to the lady agent, or perhaps to other, more sinister forces. Working in the stylistic terrain of Amy Greene and Bonnie Jo Campbell, this mesmerizing debut by Julia Franks is the story of a woman intrigued by the possibility of change, escape, and reproductive choice – stalked by a Bible-haunted man who fears his government and stakes his integrity upon an older way of life. As Brodis chases his demons, he brings about a final act of violence that shakes the entire valley. In this spellbinding Southern story, Franks bares the myths and mysteries that modernity can’t quite dispel.   July 29 – West Fraser (Painting the Southern Coast) at Pawleys Plantation This stunning collection of the works of West Fraser, one of the nation’s most respected painters of representational art. A mastery of his medium and the scope of work ensure his place in Southern art history. A true son of the lowcountry, Fraser has dedicated much of his career to capturing the lush, primordial beauty of the Southeast’s coastal regions that have been altered by man and time. The 260 works in this book are representative of the sketches, studies, and finished paintings he has generated over his nearly forty-year career, works that depict coastal locales from Winyah Bay, South Carolina, to St. Augustine, Florida, and include Charleston, Hilton Head, Savannah, and the islands of the lowcountry through the Golden Isles of Georgia.  

The Moveable Feast in Myrtle Beach for June 2016

Mostly Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $25 each Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants
The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. On occasion, an author’s book tour schedule is accommodated with a mid-week Moveable Feast. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books for those unable to participate in the feast. Each feast is $25 (occasionally more); books are available at a 10% discount from Litchfield Books. For schedules and reservations, call 843-235-9600 or www.classatpawleys.com.
Karen White

Karen White

June 3 – Karen White (Flight Patterns) at Pawleys Plantation The New York Times bestselling author tells the story of a woman coming home to the family she left behind – and to the woman she always wanted to be... Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert of fine china – especially of Limoges – requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit... It’s been thirteen years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed, except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled. Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing – and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life – mistakes and all – she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep...   June 10 – Amber Brock (A Fine Imitation) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw Vera Bellington’s life at the top of society in New York City in 1923 is everything she was groomed for in her youth. She has the money, the influential (if distant) husband, and the social cachet. But her pedigree and privilege can’t protect her from the upheaval her relationship with a talented and handsome muralist brings. More troubling are the artist’s secrets, and confronting them eventually forces Vera to make a choice similar to one she made ten years earlier, in a friendship that nearly ruined her.       TUESDAY, June 14 – Leila Meacham (Titans) at Pawleys Plantation Texas in the early 1900s, its inhabitants still traveling by horseback and barely familiar with the telephone, was on the cusp of an oil boom that, unbeknownst to its residents, would spark a period of dramatic changes and economic growth. In the midst of this transformative time in Southern history, two unforgettable characters emerge and find their fates irrevocably intertwined: Samantha Gordon, the privileged heiress to the sprawling Las Tres Lomas cattle ranch near Fort Worth, and Nathan Holloway, a sweet-natured and charming farm boy from far north Texas. As changes sweep the rustic countryside, Samantha and Nathan's connection drives this narrative compulsively forward as they love, lose, and betray. In this grand yet intimate novel, Meacham once again delivers a heartfelt, big-canvas story full of surprising twists and deep emotional resonance.   TUESDAY, June 21 – Elin Hilderbrand (Here’s To Us) at Pine Lakes Country Club, Myrtle Beach In her 17th novel New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand writes about a grieving family that finds solace where they least expect it. Celebrity chef Deacon Thorpe has always been a force of nature with an insatiable appetite for life. But after that appetite contributes to Deacon’s shocking death in his favorite place on earth, a ramshackle Nantucket summer cottage, his (messy, complicated) family is reeling. Now Deacon’s three wives, his children, and his best friend gather on the island he loved to say farewell. As they slowly let go of the resentments they’ve held onto for years and remember the good times, secrets are revealed, confidences are shared, and improbable bonds are formed as this unlikely family says goodbye to the man who brought them all together, for better or worse.   June 24 – Wendy Wax (Sunshine Beach) at Inlet Affairs

USA Today bestselling author Wendy Wax brings back the women (Maddie, Avery and Nikki) of Ten Beach Road and hands them an irresistible new challenge – bringing a historic seaside hotel back to life while fighting with the rest of the cast and crew of Do Over to take back control of the show. There’s nothing that a fresh coat of paint and a few glasses of wine can’t fix…

 

Mystery writer Troy D. Nooe to speak at Calabash gallery’s Coffee With the Authors

author_troy_nooe Myrtle Beach, SC mystery author Troy D. Nooe is scheduled to speak at Sunset River Marketplace as part of the Calabash, NC gallery’s Coffee With the Authors lecture series, owner Ginny Lassiter has announced. The event, which runs from 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, is free to the public.  However, due to limited seating, reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.   Nooe will be discussing  “Long-Legged Rosie,” third in his series of Frankie McKellor  murder mysteries set in 1950’s Myrtle Beach. Nooe’s hero, Baltimore gumshoe Frank McKellor, has now relocated to the beach as head of security for the infamous Ocean Forest Hotel. He meets up with former lady friend Rosie, and the trouble begins.   Originally from Baltimore himself, Nooe has lived in the Grand Strand area for close to 20 years. The father of three is a former paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. He is the author of “The Ocean Forest,” which was a top five finalist for a national Shamus Award, and “Damn Yankee,” the second in Nooe’s Frankie McKellor murder mysteries.   After Nooe’s presentation, the gallery’s lecture series is on hiatus until Sept. 8 when the schedule picks up with Jen Purcell, author of “The Nurse Whisperer” and “The Dirty Mermaid.” On the evening of Oct. 13, the gallery will hold a launch party for Dr. Debra Reble’s new book, “Being Love.”  The Nov. 10 presentation will be made by Jane Dill, author of “Flora’s Wreath,” and Eleanor Selph, author of “Hamburger & Milkshake: Amazing Journey of a Southern Belle,” will speak on Dec. 8.   Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of art work in virtually every genre. Custom framing, painting and pottery classes and art workshops are also offered through the gallery. Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has supported not only the visual arts, but literary and performing arts, as well. It has become a popular community center and art hub for both NC’s Brunswick County and nearby Horry County, SC.   Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: www. sunsetrivermarketplace.com. For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s Facebook page.  

The Moveable Feast in Myrtle Beach for May 2016

Mostly Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., $25 each Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants
The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. On occasion, an author’s book tour schedule is accommodated with a mid-week Moveable Feast. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books for those unable to participate in the feast. Each feast is $25 (occasionally more); books are available at a 10% discount from Litchfield Books. For schedules and reservations, call 843-235-9600 or www.classatpawleys.com.
  May 6 – Mary Alice Monroe (A Lowcountry Wedding) at Pawleys Plantation Following the trilogy of the Lowcountry Summer series, nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding – or two! – in Charleston’s fabled lowcountry. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a storied ballroom, a sand dune at sunset… Yet when a stranger arrives, a long held family secret could silence the bells ringing for the Muir sisters. Scandals surface, family bonds are questioned, and promises are broken and renewed. In A Lowcountry Wedding, Monroe delves into the heart of marriage, commitment, and family ties. Huffington Post calls the Lowcountry Summer series “the perfect beach read and a whole lot more.” (Mary Alice has something up her sleeve for this Moveable Feast, so just a tip: If you have a favorite summer wedding hat, you might just want to don it!)   FULL! May 13 – John Hart (Redemption Road) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw After a five-year hiatus, the only author to win back-to-back Edgars for best novel raises the bar for the classic thriller, deftly blending tension, pacing and suspense with characters so richly drawn and prose so elegant as to be worthy of being called literature. David Baldacci blurbs, “The prologue is heart-wrenching and the chapters thereafter pull you in like matter to a black hole.” Harlan Coben raves, “Big, bold, and impossible to put down, Redemption Road had me from page one.” But we knew all that – John Hart has been a Moveable Feast treasured guest since his first novel in 2006 and for each successive bestseller.   TUESDAY, May 17 – Martha Hall Kelly (Lilac Girls) at Sea View Inn, Pawleys Island Inspired by the life of a real World War II heroine, this powerful debut novel reveals an incredible story of love, redemption, and terrible secrets that were hidden for decades. The lives of three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and one is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents – from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland – as two strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten. In Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly has crafted a remarkable novel of unsung women and their quest for love, freedom, and second chances. It is a story that will keep readers bonded with the characters, searching for the truth, until the final pages.   May 20 – Jennie Holton Fant (The Travelers’ Charleston) at Carefree Catering The Travelers' Charleston is an innovative collection of firsthand narratives that document the history of the South Carolina lowcountry region, specifically the Charleston area, from 1666 until the start of the Civil War. Jennie Holton Fant has compiled and edited a rich and comprehensive history as seen through the eyes of writers from outside the South. She provides a selection of unique texts that include the travelogues, travel narratives, letters, and memoirs of a diverse array of travelers who described the region over time. Further Fant has mined her material not only for validity but to identify any people her travelers encounter or events they describe. She augments her resources with detailed annotations and provides a wealth of information that enhances the significance of the texts.   May 27 – Mary Kay Andrews (The Weekenders) at Pawleys Plantation Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends – and it’s something they look forward to all week long. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband to arrive at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed. To make matters worse, her husband is nowhere to be found. She turns to her island friends for help and support, but each of them has their own secrets and the clock is ticking as the mystery deepens. Cocktail parties and crab boil aside, Riley must find a way to investigate the secrets of Belle Island, the husband she might not really know, and the summer that could change everything.   FULL! *TUESDAY, May 31 – Dorothea Benton Frank (All Summer Long) at Ocean Club, Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach All Summer Long follows one charming New York couple – glamorous interior designer Olivia Ritchie and her husband Nicholas, a true southern gentleman from Charleston – as they are swept up into the world of the ultra-rich and travel the globe with a cast of zany eccentrics over one tumultuous, hot summer, and find themselves pondering the next step of their lives. This is a story of how plans evolve and lives change in unexpected ways, how even those who have everything are looking for something more to fulfill them and even the most successful can often struggle to get things together. It asks the ultimate question: can money buy happiness? From Sullivans Island to Necker Island to the beaches of Southern Spain, we'll come to recognize the face of true love, the kind that deepens and endures but only because one woman makes a tremendous leap of faith. And that leap changes them all. *This special Moveable Feast, featuring the ever-popular Dottie Frank, is dedicated to Pat Conroy, with book and feast proceeds benefitting pancreatic cancer research. The fee is $55 and includes the book.

Sunset River to feature Jeanne Maxon and therapy dog Lady at Coffee With the Authors March 10

Jeanne Maxon & Lady-188 Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC will feature Jeanne Maxon and her therapy dog, Lady,  Thursday, March 10, from 10 to 11 a.m.at the year’s first Coffee With the Authors event. Coffee, tea and breakfast treats will be provided, and there is no charge to the public. Seating is limited, however, so reservations are required. Call 910.575.5999 to reserve seating or visit the gallery’s website and select News/Blog/Coffee With the Authors. maxon_BecomingLadyMaxon’s book is titled “Becoming Lady: A Rescued Golden’s Journey From Lonely to Loved.” She is the founder of the Therapy Dog Program for Canine Angels, Inc., a nonprofit that rescues shelter dogs and trains them as service dogs for disable veterans. Since Maxon started the therapy program, more than 30 handlers and their dogs have been certified as Canine Angel Therapy Teams. According to Maxon, she and Lady share sunrise beach walks, a king-sized bed, an aging Subaru, and their hearts with a second Golden Retriever named Bode. The three-pack lives in Ocean Isle Beach, NC.
Sunset River Marketplace art gallery is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy 179), Calabash, NC. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily. Reach the gallery by telephone at 910.575.5999.
Upcoming events at the gallery include:
Creativity Unleashed
March 19, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free
Full day of live art demonstrations (pottery; oil, pastel, acrylic and watercolor painting; fabric art; wood carving) and live music (Rick Strickland and Lesa Hudson will perform tracks from Strickland's  New Beginning CD)
Coffee With the Authors
Thursday, April 14, 10 - 11 a.m.Free
DianeDeVaughn Stokes (Floating On Air: A Broadcasting Love Affair)
Coffee With the Authors
Thursday, May 12, 10 - 11 a.m. Free
Troy D. Nooe (Long-Legged Rosie: Murder In Myrtle Beach)

Author of “HOA Wars” to speak at Sunset River Marketplace May 7

stern_hoa_wars (1) Robert Stern, author of “HOA Wars: What Happens in Vegas Can Happen Anywhere,” is scheduled to speak at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, N.C. on Thursday, May 7 as part of the gallery’s ongoing Coffee With the Authors series. The event will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. and is free to the public. Seating is limited, however, so reservations are requested. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999. Stern is a successful financial executive and CPA. With homes in Henderson, Nev. And Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., he is one of more than 63 million Americans living under the jurisdiction of homeowner associations, even serving on his Henderson HOA board of directors, which, he says, did not protect him from lawsuits. The mandatory homeowner association is one of the fastest growing forms of residential housing in the country. In his book, Stern relates his own experiences of HOA boards gone astray, fighting for homeowner rights, recovering $1.2 million for his fellow homeowners, and navigating a range of issues that arise. About Sunset River Marketplace Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has been an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 200 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s complimentary Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional authors. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. The gallery’s framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design for artwork, family heirlooms and other memorabilia. Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive (Hwy. 179) in the historic fishing village of Calabash, N.C. just north of the S.C. state line. Winter hours (January through March) are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about exhibitions, art classes, onsite framing or any other gallery events, call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com. The gallery’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/sunsetrivermarketplace) also lists special events, new artists and other happenings.

Calabash gallery offers talk by popular local author Jack DeGroot on April 9

Jacqueline Degroot Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. will present Sunset Beach, N.C. author Jacqueline “Jack” DeGroot as part of its Coffee With the Authors series on Thursday, April 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. The event is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. DeGroot is the author of 21 novels and local interest books. The catalyst for her writing career was driving her daughter to school in Wilmington, 50-plus miles awayß. Rather than make the trip twice a day or spend her time and money shopping, DeGroot bought a used laptop from a friend and went to work on a story that had been building in her head for over 20 years. Two years later, she finished her first novel, “Climax.” Submitting it to agents proved futile (too racy, too long), so she began the process of self-publishing. She has been her own publisher, publicist and marketing department ever since. In 2004, DeGroot, along with several other students from a creative writing class at Brunswick Community College, founded a writers critique group called Writers Bloc. This past December, they celebrated ten years of fun, fellowship and fine writing. Currently, Jack is working on four projects: a local history book with Miller Pope on Ocean Isle Beach compiled from interviews with locals; the third in her Cemetery Kids series; a follow-up on her latest historical, “The Earl’s Wet Nurse,” and a contemporary in the style of “Flash Drive, “ which has become known as Fifty Shades of Brunswick County. CBS News came to interview her in both her home and on Bird Island in connection with her six-year secret undertaking of helping to collect and replace journals for The Kindred Spirit Mailbox on Bird Island in Sunset Beach. This year two of her books became “audibles” when Alex Hyde-White of Punch Audio out of Santa Monica, California, saw her on the show and asked her to allow his company to produce a few of her books for Amazon.com During the Sunset River Marketplace event, DeGroot will speak about her Cemetery Kids series as well as her experiences as an author and her involvement with the Kindred Spirit Mailbox. For reservations or more information about the gallery, call 910.575.5999. Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has been an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 200 North and South Carolina artists. Its on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists. The gallery’s complimentary Coffee With the Authors programs feature presentations by local and regional authors. A Paint & Party series provides a fun after-work experience for those with no previous art background. The gallery’s framing department offers full-service, on-site custom frame design for artwork, family heirlooms and other memorabilia.

Yoga Holidays Worldwide

Yoga Holidays Worldwide is a new app for iPhones and iPads by journalist and experienced yoga practitioner, Sue White. The author, a regular contributor to Australian Yoga Journaland the Sydney Morning Herald, has brought together over 140 of the best yoga breaks on the planet. With listings from Brazil to Bermuda to Bali and back again, you’ll find luxury resorts where the yoga is an optional (but welcome) addition to a restorative vacation; jungle lodges where you can do tree pose with the toucans; and Italian Villas where a drop of wine or two accompanies your home-cooked meals. Yoga Holidays Worldwide also contains over 1500 photos, filters for price and location, and categories including child friendly, yoga festivals, yoga towns and teachers who travel.  $2.99 from the App Store.

Lowcountry in your Pocket

The South Carolina Lowcountry is in your phone.  Things to see and do throughout Beaufort County are covered in our app Hilton Head Essentials, published by Sutro Media this month. It's available for download from the iTunes app store for iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch devices.

More than 800 images with 130 items showcase the coastal area.

It includes a Google map for each entry; one-touch phone calling to each business; one-touch access to the individual website; immediate access to selected YouTube or user reviews; relevant hours and pricing information. Categories include where to stay, where to eat, shopping, attractions, selected upcoming events plus a bit of history and local culture throughout Hilton Head, Bluffton, Beaufort and the neighboring rural areas and towns.

Authors Liz and Charlie Mitchell, long-time South Carolina coastal residents, created the app in partnership with Sutro Media. Their first app Myrtle Beach’s Best was launched in December with a new version published in January.

Updates of Hilton Head Essentials are planned for additional golf and event coverage. Local businesses are invited to follow the authors on Twitter or the Hilton Head Essentials Facebook page or contact the authors via their website.  Event schedules and updated information may be considered for inclusion in future versions. Businesses do not pay to be listed, and the authors base choices on personal experiences and availability of quality content.

The Mitchells also co-authored two travel books published by Channel Lake in the 2010 Tourist Town series. The books available from major booksellers and from Amazon are Hilton Head: A Guide to the South Carolina Lowcountry and Myrtle Beach: A Guide to South Carolina’s Grand Strand. Both books are sold at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash where the authors appear for periodic special events. The Hilton Head guidebook also is available in Beaufort at Cuthbert House Inn and at the Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce and in Bluffton at Rose Hill Mansion.