2019 Featured Authors and Books

Natasha Boyd

Natasha Boyd is a USA Today, internationally bestselling, and award-winning author of contemporary romantic Southern fiction, romantic comedy and historical fiction.

Eversea, her debut novel, was a finalist for Contemporary Romance in the 2013 Winter Rose Contest and won the 2014 Digital Book Award for Adult Fiction.

Her novel Deep Blue Eternity won a Chatelaine First Place, Best Book Award for Romantic Fiction in the New Adult Category. Her historical fiction novel, The Indigo Girl, takes on the true story of young Eliza Lucas Pinckney and the indigo trade in the 1700’s, and was long listed for the Southern Book Prize. Natasha is a member of Romance Writers of America, Georgia Romance Writers and Island Writer’s Network in coastal South Carolina. Her work is available in English, Italian, Turkish, German, French and Indonesian and she lives in Atlanta with her husband, two sons, and a Yorkie named Truffle. She drinks English Breakfast tea before 11 am, is obsessed with honey, and once played the part of Dorothy in a school production of The Wizard of Oz.

 

The Indigo Girl

An incredible story of dangerous and hidden friendships, ambition, betrayal, and sacrifice. Based on historical documents, including Eliza’s letters, this is a historical fiction account of how a teenage girl produced indigo dye, which became one of the largest exports out of South Carolina, an export that laid the foundation for the incredible wealth of several Southern families who still live on today. Although largely overlooked by historians, the accomplishments of Eliza Lucas influenced the course of US history. When she passed away in 1793, President George Washington served as a pallbearer at her funeral.

This book is set between 1739 and 1744, with romance, intrigue, forbidden friendships, and political and financial threats weaving together to form the story of a remarkable young woman whose actions were before their time: the story of the indigo girl.

 

Michele Moore

Michele Moore has served as a fellow in the English Department at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. She was a 2006 finalist for the Bellwether Prize for Literature. Her creative nonfiction has been broadcast on Georgia Public Radio and published in the Louisville Review, Habersham Review, ACM (Another Chicago Magazine), Groundwater, and O, Georgia. She has also won awards and grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters.

Acclaimed author Pat Conroy has described Michele’s work as courageous and transcendent. The Historical Novels Society Review described The Cigar Factory “the best historical fiction.”

 

The Cigar Factory

“The sun leaned for down bringing shade to the waterfront,” begins Michele Moore’s entrancing novel, set in the time when the fishermen of the Mosquito Fleet rowed miles offshore for their daily catch and street vendors sold she-crab and porgy. The Cigar Factory tells the story of two entwined families, both devout Catholics-the Irish American McGonegals and the African American Ravenels.

This exceptional novel of Charleston celebrates the poetry of the Gullah-Geechee language and the birth of “We Shall Overcome” as a song of protest and promise during the 1945 Tobacco Workers Strike.

 

The Southerner’s Cookbook: Recipes, Wisdom, and Stories by Garden & Gun

From Garden & Gun—the magazine that features the best of Southern cooking, dining, cocktails, and customs—comes an heirloom-quality guide to the traditions and innovations that define today’s Southern food culture, with more than 100 recipes and 4-color photography throughout.

From well-loved classics like biscuits and fried chicken to uniquely regional dishes such as sonker (Piedmont, North Carolina’s take on cobbler) or Minorcan chowder (Florida’s version of clam chowder), each recipe in The Southerner’s Cookbook tells a story about Southern food and its origins. With contributions from some of the South’s finest chefs, a glossary of cooking terms, and essays from many of the magazine’s most beloved writers, The Southerner’s Cookbook is much more than simply a collection of recipes: it is a true reflection of the South’s culinary past, present, and future.

Welcome Kate Francies of Garden & Gun

Suzanne Detar

Suzanne Detar is an award-winning writer, athlete, and newspaper publisher in Charleston, South Carolina.

Don’t Lose the Ball in the Lights and Other Life Lessons from Sports is the first in Sue’s Home Grown Wisdom Series. The next book in the series, Be Goofy, has a planned 2019 release.

Sue graduated from Temple University School of Law in 1991, where she served on the editorial staff of the Law Review.

Although she maintains her law licenses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and South Carolina, Sue retired from the practice of law in 1997. She served as an adjunct professor of political science at Charleston Southern University from 2002 to 2003. In 2003, she birthed a weekly newspaper on Daniel Island, SC – a developing new urban community in Charleston. Now in its 14th year, The Daniel Island News continues to thrive, winning many writing, photography, advertising and design awards each year.

On the sports front, Sue earned eight Division I varsity letters from Lafayette College in field hockey and lacrosse. She was instrumental in starting two successful youth sports programs in her community – a swim team and a middle school basketball program. She is currently involved in bringing field hockey to the lowcountry.

You can write to Sue at SueDetar33@gmail.com.

 

Don’t Lose the Ball in the Lights and other Life Lessons from Sports

In Don’t Lose the Ball in the Lights, Detar takes us on a storytelling journey, reminding us that the world of sports, beyond raw entertainment, lays claim to life’s most powerful lessons. As the reader glides through the wonderful and poignant stories, Detar’s vibrant message comes clear: through training, practice, focus and commitment, we each hold the power to make positive changes in our lives, to form new habits, rebound from missteps, acquire new traits, build resilience and hone our skills. Don’t Lose the Ball in the Lights is a masterful piece of work, teaching us, above all, that nurture, not nature, is the most powerful force on earth.