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When Will It Happen?

When Will It Happen?

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

The Life and Deaths of Blanche Nero

The Life and Deaths of Blanche Nero

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

Build Me a Tower

Build Me a Tower

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

Shadow of Whimsy

Shadow of Whimsy

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

A Spirit of Charity

A Spirit of Charity

‘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

New book shows how to live off the land and enjoy a healthy lifestyle

New book shows how to live off the land and enjoy a healthy lifestyle

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

Hard-Boiled Anxiety

Hard-Boiled Anxiety

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

Mission Boy

Mission Boy

Mission Boy tells a little known, true story of early American history. Nearly forty years before the English founded their first permanent colony in the New World, at Jamestown, a small group of Jesuit missionaries sailed north from Havana, Cuba to virtually the same location. Guided by a Native American convert to Christianity whom they called Don Luis, the Jesuits Read More

The Chesapeake Bay Oyster Cookbook

The Chesapeake Bay Oyster Cookbook

In his ninth book, Whitey Schmidt – the man dubbed the Blue Crab Guru by Chesapeake Bay Magazine – delivers pleasure on the half shell. His unique take on popular Bay country oyster dishes like stew, oysters Rockefeller and fritters will electrify your palate and delight your guests. Join Whitey as he explores not only great recipes, but the vibrant Read More

The Lord's Oysters

The Lord's Oysters

The Lord’s Oysters was nationally acclaimed when first published in 1957 by Atlantic/Little, Brown. While presented as a novel, it captures with vivid fidelity the life of the Chesapeake watermen and their families in the early 20th century.

“This is literally a wonderful book. The wonder is that of a boy, Noah Marlin, growing up along the Chester River near the Read More

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    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 lifestyle choice in which people obtain as much of their diet from local sources as possible. The Ingrams live on 38 acres near Troutville, in ...more

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    An eye-opening analysis of three famous mystery novelists and the way they used their fictional detectives to grapple with personal traumas and conflicts has been named a #1 “hot new release” in the mystery & detective literary criticism category on Amazon. The book is the debut publication of Eastern Shore author Karen Huston Karydes, acquisitions librarian in the Talbot County Free Library in Easton. See http://amzn.to/1R34mNN . Karydes’s book is based on her PhD thesis in English literature at the University of Maryland, College Park, which she ...more


Around Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay

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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