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Sway of the SirenLaurie McCall’s “Sway of the Siren”
“Sway of the Siren” is a Lowcountry blend of Gullah/Geechee culture and language that only someone who has spent many years in coastal South Carolina could achieve. In this first novel, when the body of a white woman who appears to have been beaten to death is discovered in the middle of a sweet potato patch, fear and suspicion grip Goethe Island. This fictional untouched Gullah community off the coast of Beaufort bears a strong resemblance to Daufuskie. The cause of Maya Indigo’s death remains a mystery until the end, as those closest to the dead woman recount their connection to her.

Beach House for Rent“Beach House for Rent”
New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. In this novel, two women from different generations are bound together by a beloved beach house. Cara Rutledge, 50, rents her quaint beach house in South Carolina to Heather Wyatt, 26, for the summer. When their worlds shift like the sand under their feet these two very different women come together to discover their common bonds and unique strengths.

Gullah Native“Stories & Poems of a Gullah Native”
Elijah Heyward Jr.’s stories and poems are filled with scenes from his youth in the 1960s in Beaufort, during the Civil Rights Era. His poems are a loving read that one doesn’t want to gorge on in a couple of sittings. It was an era that birthed a greater sense of self-identity and awareness for black youths. Serving as a bridge from the past to the present, Elijah Heyward, Jr. has written about trailblazers, noble personalities and historical events, in prose and verse.


Union Hero“Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls’ Escape from Slavery to Union Hero”
Cate Lineberry’s account details how Beaufort native Robert Smalls overtook his captors during the Civil War, went on to fight for the Union Army and finally became the country’s first black Congressman. On a May morning in 1862 in Charleston, South Carolina, Smalls, a twenty-three-year old slave, boldly seized a Confederate streamer. He delivered the valuable vessel and the massive guns it carried to nearby Union forces. Smalls’ heroism during the Civil War helped convince Abraham Lincoln and the country that African Americans deserved their freedom.

to Be Here“What It Means to Be Here: Palmetto Bluff, the Lowcountry, and Beyond.”
Photographer Marge Agin compiled photos and essays about Palmetto Bluff in her third published work. This amazing place is the subject of reflections by Bluffton Mayor Lisa Sulka and Palmetto Bluff’s vice president of marketing Courtney Hampson. In a lush coffee table book, Agin’s images showcase the lush landscape, many waterways, and exuberant nature that characterize “the Bluff.” 

No Regrets“No Regrets”
Hindsight may improve vision, but in this helpful guide to mindful living, Robin Bertram reveals how to live each day intentionally and spiritually. This joyful perspective on making important decisions stresses living in the moment with God’s help. Bertram is a motivational speaker, television host and author who lives in Bluffton. She is vice president of the Christian Women in Media Association.