In sixteen remarkable stories, the award-winning author of Elizabeth’s Field and other books captures the flavor of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. While her characters are tied to the reality of the moment, their stories are about the secret life of the heart’s yearning.
Barbara Lockhart is known for her ability to mine the rich ore of Eastern Shore history and culture. Her Read More
by William A. Schiemann
Fufilled! addresses the broad issue of life fulfillment—an enduring quality that includes both daily happiness and, more important, a long-term, sustainable sense of achieving all one can be. The author defines life fulfillment as achieving your dreams and creating a lifestyle that brings exceptional happiness and inner peace.
This book addresses some of the key factors that enable Read More
by Charles McRaven
A bitter feud spirals out of control, bringing suspicion, accusations, and violent assault to members of two neighboring families in the Ozark Mountains.
When a stand of oak trees is felled for their timber, questions of property lines come into play. A struggling family of hardscrabble farmers – consisting of an attractive young divorcée, Andy Millard; her ne’er do Read More
By Susan Yaruta-Young
Crossing The Bridge from Downeast Maine onto Deer Isle is more than traveling up, up, up, then down, down, down, 2,000 feet over the salty waves of Eggemoggin Reach. Many people claim it is a journey back in time into a world where the past lives beside the present, where winds through trees whisper the future.
August 12, 1985, Read More
By Ken Brigham
At fifteen, Blanche Nero watches the electrocution of her Italian immigrant father, punishment for the inexplicable brutal murder of his recently acquired friend Old Man Flaherty. She resolves to do something with her life that values humanity over justice, mercy over sacrifice. But she is forever haunted by the mystery of her father. She is also drawn irresistibly Read More
By Charles McRaven
Theo MacBain is known from coast to coast as a stonemason’s mason, master of the art of finding just the right rock at the right time. Word of mouth alone guarantees him all the high-end stonework he can handle. His face is weathered, his craftsman’s arms sinewed.Stones are easy, but people are hard. The pieces of Theo’s life Read More
By Ann Hymes
Several generations of one family have lived, loved, and lied at Whimsy Towers, a unique oceanfront house in Chatham, Massachusetts. Strong women who refuse to be suffocated by marriage have found excitement and refuge in this house filled with artists and parties. Love surfaces in unexpected ways.
The newest owner, Theresa Alston Crandall, has just inherited the property and Read More
‘Any effort at health care reform must first understand the essential role of public hospitals, which is what makes A Spirit of Charity required reading for policy makers and health advocates alike.’ – Otis Brawley, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society; former director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta
Most Americans have Read More
Award-winning outdoor writer Bruce Ingram and his wife Elaine have authored a new book explaining how they have enjoyed a healthy diet and lifestyle for many years by hunting, fishing, raising heritage chickens, growing fruits and vegetables, and foraging in the forests around their Southwest Virginia home.
The word “Locavore” combines the Latin roots for local and devour, referring to a Read More
Praise for Hard-Boiled Anxiety
Named one of the Indie Best Books of the Month, August 2016, by Kirkus Reviews.
“Curl up on the analyst’s couch with all your favorite mystery scribes, as Karen Huston Karydes sleuths out the neurotic, personal threads that make up the warp and the weft of their greatest fictions. A dark, yet illuminating read.”
— Kim Cooper, author of Read More
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Four Hundred Years of History
Secant Publishing was founded to honor and deepen the rich heritage of literature from, of, and about the Eastern Shore of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia — often called Delmarva — that fat apostrophe of land that both separates and connects Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Virginia Capes.
Known best by many for its idyllic beaches and coves, oysters and blue crabs, the Eastern Shore is also a fertile hatchery for great books. It has nurtured and inspired four centuries’ worth of literature, from the 17th century travel chronicles of Captain John Smith to 20th century works by John Barth, Katherine Paterson, Christopher Tilghman, Marguerite Henry, James Michener, Helen Chappell, and William Warner, among many others who might be named.
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