“A Spirit of Charity” collects two national awards

A Spirit of Charity: Restoring the Bond Between America and Its Public Hospitals, by veteran Atlanta journalist Mike King, has been recognized with two national awards by leading organizations of independent book publishers. King’s study of venerable – and vulnerable — public safety net hospitals in Atlanta and four other American cities was awarded a silver medal in the 2017 IPPY Awards competition by Independent Publisher. The book also won a silver Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association, which recognized it for telling “the remarkable story of public hospitals and how they make a life-and-death difference to many Americans at a time of rapidly changing health policy.” A Spirit of Charity will be exhibited along with other IPPY and IBPA award winners at BookExpo, the nation’s largest trade publishing convention, to be held May 31-June 2 at the Javits Center in New York City. Both awards were …

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Secant Publishing author event at Barnes & Noble

Five outstanding Eastern Shore authors whose books have been published by Secant Publishing will meet and greet their readers and sign books at the Salisbury Barnes & Noble, Sunday, March 5, 2-4 pm. The authors are Ann Hymes, from St. Michaels (Shadow of Whimsy), Karen Huston Karydes, from Easton (Hard-Boiled Anxiety), Barbara Lockhart, from Rhodesdale (The Night Is Young), Don Parks, from St. Michaels (Chesapeake People), and William Peak, from Easton (The Oblate’s Confession). See you there! For more information see: https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780061849447-0

Award-winning author publishes new book of short stories

November 18, 2016 Book signings to be held at The News Center, Easton, on Saturday, November 26; and Sundial Books, Chincoteague, on Saturday, December 3  Award-winning novelist and short story writer Barbara Lockhart will release a new collection of short stories and sketches, The Night Is Young, this month. She has scheduled book signings for Saturday, November 26, from 10 am – 2 pm, at The News Center in Easton; and Saturday, December 3, at Sundial Books in Chincoteague, from 11 am – 1 pm. Suffused with lyricism and sensitive to the human condition, many of Lockhart’s stories capture the flavor of small town and rural 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. In First Green Shoots, an elderly woman decides to return to her love of painting to try to capture the …

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Heritage craftsman releases first two novels

October 6, 2016 CONTACT:                   Ron Sauder, editor@secantpublishing.com,  (410) 845-3193 Charles McRaven, charlesmcraven@mindspring.com  Editors and Producers: Photos, jacket images and review copies are available on request. At an age when most people are easing into well-deserved retirement, Charles “Mac” McRaven, 81, is shifting into high gear on a new career – that of novelist. On Saturday, October 15, the nationally renowned heritage craftsman and nonfiction author will read from and sign his first two published novels in an 11 am appearance at New Dominion Bookshop in Charlottesville. McRaven, who teaches and gives workshops in stonemasonry, blacksmithing and log cabin construction, also serves part-time as a Presbyterian pastor. Writing fiction has been a quiet calling for McRaven during much of his adult life, accumulating manuscript after manuscript that had not seen the light of day until this year when his first books were accepted by Secant Publishing of Salisbury, Maryland, a small …

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Launch of debut novel, “Shadow of Whimsy,” set for July 14 in St. Michaels

St. Michaels, MD — Local author Ann Hymes has written her debut novel on the challenging issues of a struggling marriage, unfulfilled needs, and buried family secrets in Chatham, Massachusetts.  Theresa Alston Crandall is suffocating in her marriage when she receives an unexpected inheritance of a bizarre oceanfront house called Whimsy Towers. Leaving Virginia with her dog and her beloved father’s ashes, she sets out to unravel family stories about her mother’s tragic death at sea and her dead grandmother’s strange house filled with art, romance, and secrets.  And she hopes a brief separation from her husband will give clarity about the future of their marriage. Theresa meets three men who offer unexpected insights about relationships and self-worth, and being at Whimsy Towers enables her to make decisions on how best to move forward through temptation and predictability. Hymes, a retired real estate broker who has published creative nonfiction and earned a master’s degree …

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Why we should care about our great public hospitals

Two weeks ahead of the book’s public launch at The Carter Center in Atlanta, veteran journalist and debut author Mike King discusses “A Spirit of Charity: Restoring the Bond between America and Its Public Hospitals,” on WABE FM – Atlanta’s NPR affiliate. Click on http://news.wabe.org/post/closer-look-profiling-americas-public-hospitals-and-more.      

“The Coaching Solution” is named a winner in the 2016 Small Business Book Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Cleveland, OH, May 16, 2016 – The Coaching Solution: How to Drive Talent Development, Organizational Change, and Business Results, by Renée Robertson, has been named a Community Choice Winner in the 2016 Small Business Book Awards in the category of Management. The Coaching Solution was published in 2015 by Secant Publishing of Salisbury, MD, a small independent press devoted to discovering and promoting books of enduring quality in both fiction and nonfiction. Robertson is the founder and CEO of Trilogy Development, a boutique learning and consulting firm with a proven track record in designing and implementing internal coaching programs, sales force performance initiatives, and talent development solutions. A veteran Fortune 500 executive, she has served as a trusted advisor and coach to many top business leaders. The Small Business Book Awards celebrate the best business books that appeal to entrepreneurs, small business owners, CEOs, managers and their employees. …

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Maryland librarian’s book is a ‘hot new release’ on Amazon

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 wrote after the age of 60 to take advantage of a free tuition program offered to senior citizens by the state of Maryland. “Hard-Boiled Anxiety: The Freudian Desires of Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ross Macdonald and Their Detectives,” has attracted rave reviews from early readers and reviewers. For fans of these three iconic novelists, Karydes provides a new and unsettling reading of the …

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Posthumously published novel by Gilbert Byron tells story of early Spanish exploration

A 49-year-old novel stored in the archives of Chesapeake College will be published on December 1, marking yet the latest book to issue from the fertile imagination of Eastern Shore author Gilbert Byron. Byron, who died in 1991 at the age of 87, was sometimes called the “Voice of the Chesapeake” because of his lifelong commitment to writing about the history and heritage of the Bay and those who worked its waters. Byron’s previously unpublished book, Mission Boy, tells the story of a Spanish Jesuit missionary expedition to the Chesapeake Bay (called by the Spanish, the Bay of Santa Maria) in 1570. The doomed mission was guided by a Native American convert to Christianity whom the Spanish knew as Don Luis. Soon after the missionaries’ landing, believed to be on the same Virginia Peninsula where Jamestown was to be founded 37 years later by the English, Don Luis slipped away …

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Eastern Shore mystery for young readers is honored by Mom’s Choice Awards®

The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named The Great Snapping Turtle Adventure: A Mystery Story for Young Teens, by Susan Yaruta-Young, as among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. The MCA evaluation process uses a proprietary methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost. “We are thrilled to earn the Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence Seal of Approval,” says Ron Sauder, publisher. “This is well deserved recognition for a beautifully written novel that has been acclaimed for its positive portrayal of stepfathers and family relationships, as well as the lyrical way it depicts the Chesapeake Bay and its wildlife.” To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five (5) identical samples for testing. Entries are matched to evaluators in the MCA database. Evaluators are bound by a strict code of ethics not only …

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