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Please check the “About” section of this blog for information on the scope of this project.  If we have missed something, please let us know.

The blog will be updated as the North Carolina Collection acquires new titles, and we welcome suggestions of books to add to our list. If you’ve published, written, or read any good North Carolina novels lately, we would love to hear about them.

Please post your comments to the blog, or contact: Eileen McGrath at levon@unc.edu or 919.962.1172.

82 Responses to Contact Us

  1. Carla Corless

    I was wondering if Wanda Canada was going to write any more GREAT stories with Carroll Davenport? I have been checking regularly with my book store in Charlotte, but they have not seen anything as of yet. I really enjoyed both of her novels and even was lucky enough to received signed copies from the little book store.

    Thank you,

    Carla

  2. Jenny McElroy

    While I’m not sure about Ms. Canada’s plans for her next book, I do know that this Monday (July 21) she was the guest-speaker for the Clueless Mystery Book Club at the Wake County East Regional Public Library in Knightdale. The contact for that event was listed as Janet Morley (jmorley@co.wake.nc.us) and she might know more.
    If you find out that a new book is coming, please let us know!
    –Jenny

  3. Hi
    I love this site! I noticed the reviews of Sugar Queen. Author Sarah Addison Allen will have a novella coming out this fall from my company, BelleBooks, in audio and ebook. IN MY DREAMS is about the everyday magic of life in a small NC town. I can provide a review copy of the print manuscript if you’d like. All best, Deb Smith, Editorial, BB Audio

  4. Sydney Phillips

    I am looking for NC literature for 4th grade Social Studies that can be intergrated into Language Arts.

  5. I read a wonderful novel set in the Outer Banks. I cannot remember the author or title. Three high school friends come to terms with the death of another friend twenty years after graduation. The deceased woman’s mother has cancer and is a pastor’s wife. It bothers me to no end that I can’t remember it. I fell in love with the Carolinas with my son and daughter in law stationed at Parris Island and living in Beaufort. Dorothea Bention Frank, Nicholas Sparks and Anne Rivers Siddon, to name just a few favorite authors. Could you help me with the name or the author, please?

  6. Jenny McElroy

    The old-friends-at-the-beach theme is a very common one in North Carolina fiction. With that in mind, I’m not sure if I know exactly which book you are thinking of, but you might take a look at these: Last of Something by Susan Kelly, Circle of Grace by Penelope Stokes, and Outer Banks by Anne Rice Siddons.
    Does anyone else have any ideas for Cheryl?
    -Jenny

  7. Hell Swamp, the third Logan Hunter mystery, will be released on February 21st by L&L Dreamspell. Please add this to the North Carolina list. It is set along Black River in the south eastern part of the state. Thanks!

  8. I love Wanda Canada books as well.

  9. Eileen McGrath

    Thank you for the information on the new Logan Hunter novel. We will order it this week. We don’t post a summary until we have the book in hand, so watch this blog in March.

  10. Thank you for featuring my book, A Perfect Escape, on your site. What a nice surprise to find it in a Google Alert this week. I wanted to let you know that I have a couple of other books set in North Carolina, on the Outer Banks. The series is The Legend of Blackbeard’s Chalice, and book one is titled The Curse, book two, The Cult. The Quest is coming this spring (although the time-travel series started on the Outer Banks, this third book is actually set in Ohio, but still has the Blackbeard premise running through it). I’d love to speak more with you about this series if you are interested. Thanks so much.

    maddie james
    maddie.james@insightbb.com

  11. Eileen McGrath

    Thank you for your comment, Ms. James. I am the person who makes book purchases for the North Carolina Collection. I will follow up the series and be back in touch if I need more information.
    Eileen McGrath

  12. I am a UNC-CH alum from North Carolina and I published my first novel, Sunday Morning Secrets last year. It is the story of Jonathan Pierce, pastor of King’s Chapel, a prominent church in (fictional) Lovette, NC. He is torn between protecting his church and keeping his wife’s abominable secret – a secret that eventually leads to murder. Visit the website for more info and the venues where the book is available for purchase. I would love to have it included on this site.

  13. Eileen McGrath

    Thank you for your messages, Ms. McFarland. We will order your book for the North Carolina Collection. Once we have the book in hand, we will add it to this site. Check back around Memorial Day.

  14. Lori Special

    For the children and YA section the Maggie Valley Trilogy by Kerry Madden needs to be included.

    The three books in the series take place in the Haywood County town of Maggie Valley in the 1960s. Gentle’s Holler is the first book, Louisianna’s Song is book two and Jessie’s Mountain is number three.

    Thanks for the wonderful site and I’m recommending it to the youth services staff in public libraries across the state.

  15. I am looking for a second book from an author I just read in april or may about… The series starts (first book) about a witch who moves from north carolina to canada to take over her grandmothers “curio” shop that is filled with magic items… The remaining family in North Carolina is controlled by women who are also the loca “red hat ladies” club in the north carolina area I think near asheville… Men can have magical powers but get out of control and become animalistic.. The book involved dragons, elves, and other Fae fighting in this “plane” and in their own and I cant remember the author or the book name and I have had no luck finding it… I know that it has a north carolina connection in that the family is from there so I though I would try to contact you all…

    Help

  16. Eileen McGrath

    Matthew,
    This is not a book that we know, but we will see if we can find out about it.

  17. Lucy Peaden

    Matthew,
    We conducted a search to try to find a book that fits your description and came across Shirley Damsgaard’s “Ophelia and Abby Mysteries.” In the seventh novel of that series, The Seventh Witch, Damsgaard brings the witch duo to the Blue Ridge Mountains from Iowa where they encounter family members with magical powers. Please see the series and novel entries for more information, and thank you for bringing this title to our attention.

    Although a few elements from your description are not found in the Damsgaard’s series, we think that these novels are close to what you describe. Another series that you might try is the “Women of the Otherworld” by Kelley Armstrong. Although there is a minimal connection to North Carolina, these books seem to be a close match because of the Canadian setting and the focus on the supernatural in the form of werewolves.

  18. Tom

    Shirley Damsgaard’s “Ophelia and Abby Mysteries.
    What a delight-ful book the seventh installment of the series is. I can’t help thinking that this series has improved with each new book. In this adventure, the whole family travel to the mountains for great Aunt Mary’s 100th birthday party. Many secrets about Ophelia’s ancestry are revealed which gives the reader a clearer picture of both Abby and Ophelia. I bought the kindle edition and read it in one go and enjoyed it immensely. I recommend it highly!

  19. Cheers, thanks for this post. It reminded me of a fet things, just a sec I will share my thoughts cuz I`m a bit busy now :).

  20. You have most of the other authors published by McBryde listed. How can I get my books listed as well? Thanks, Skip Crayton…”Remember When” and “The Letter Sweater.”

  21. Eileen McGrath

    The posts in this blog cover only novels set in North Carolina. We try to create a posting for each newly-published novel that we get; in general, we don’t have the time to blog about novels published before the blog began in 2008. If you have published any novels set in the state, please email the ordering information for them to: levon@unc.edu.

  22. jarret lobb

    I will be traveling to North Carolinatwice in the next few months. I would like ot read some books set in North Carolina and like your site. I am legally blind and would like to confine my search to books available on CD/DVD (not Kindle). Is there a way to search for NC books (novels or histories / non-fiction) in CDDVD format.

    Thanks for developing this site.
    Jarret

  23. Lucy Peaden

    Dear Mr. Lobb,

    We are happy to help you search for North Carolina audio books. To search for titles using the UNC Libraries webpage:
    1) go to the “Advanced Search” page of the library catalog (http://search.lib.unc.edu/search.jsp?tab=advanced).
    2) on the fifth line on the left side of the screen (the entry marked “Words in Subject Heading”), enter the phrase “North Carolina — fiction.”
    3) on the third line on the right side of the screen (the entry marked “Formats”), use the drop-down menu to select “Audio.”
    4) click on “Search” on the bottom left side of the screen.
    This will give you a list of novels held by the UNC Libraries that fall into the North Carolina fiction category. You mentioned that you are also interested in histories and non-fiction titles as well as in DVDs. You can use the steps above to modify your search, such as by entering other terms (i.e. “North Carolina — History”) or selecting different formats (i.e. “Videos and DVDs”), for a different list.

    This method can also be followed using most library catalogs, likely including your home public library. Your local librarian can also help you, especially if a title that you are interested in is available only through Inter-Library Loan.

    You may also consult your state library, which may offer services for the visually handicapped. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/nls/index.html) provides audio books to libraries throughout the United States. To search for a local library that carries this free service, you can search for your state at the following link: http://www.loc.gov/nls/find.html.

    If you are interested in purchasing audio books, we suggest trying Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Audiobooks-Books/b/ref=sa_menu_ab8?ie=UTF8&node=368395011). On the top search bar, make sure that “Audiobooks” is selected from the drop-down menu. Enter your search terms, and click “Go.”

    We appreciate your comment, and we will use it to enhance the blog. In the next few weeks, we will begin adding an “Audio” category and additional catalog link to entries for which the NCC has an audio copy.

    Thank you for your kind words, and we hope that you have wonderful trips to North Carolina!

  24. Diane Straightiff

    I am searching for a murder mystery where a body is found in a restaurant in the Outer Banks, NC. This is all the info I have. Anyone have any ideas?

  25. Lucy Peaden

    Ms. Straightiff,
    Could you be thinking of Wendy Howell Mills’ “Callie McKinley – Outer Banks Mystery” series? Her two novels, ‘Callie & the Dealer & a Dog Named Jake’ (2001) and ‘Death of a Mermaid’ (2002), feature Callie McKinley as a restaurant manager on the Outer Banks. Murder is involved in both books, and a body is found in the restaurant’s freezer in the first.
    Other possible stories include Ellery Adams’ ‘A Deadly Cliché’ (2001), which features a restaurateur in the (fictional) coastal town of Oyster Bay. B.J. Mountford has mystery series set in the Outer Banks. Other authors have mystery novels set on the North Carolina coast, although they are not set in the Outer Banks. Margaret Maron’s “Judge Deborah Knott Mysteries” series features two seaside settings: ‘Shooting at Loons’ (1995) is set in Harker’s Island, and ‘Sand Sharks’ (2009) is set in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. Wanda Canada and T. Lynn Ocean also have mysteries set in Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach.
    Do any of these sound right? Thank you for your inquiry!

  26. Diane Straightiff

    Thank you so much. The one does sound exactly like what I was describing. I also appreciate the other suggestions as I love beach setting books, especially Outer Banks. I have read some of Margaret Maron’s and liked them. The only thing better is being there! I love this site, being able to find suggestion for books and communicate with others. I’m anxious to get out there and find some of these.

  27. I would like to submit my 3rd book and first novel, Strays, to North Carolina Novels. Set in the Smoky Mountains, it’s the story of a young woman caught in the chaos of a life she didnt’ want. What follows is a look at the human quest for purpose and meaning through the eyes of nature. If plants and animals could speak they would probably share the brand of simple and practical wisdom that the diverse cast of characters offers to the protagonist of Strays.
    Published by Personhood Press June 1, 2011, Strays, is nationally distributed by IPG, Baker & Taylor and Ingram. I am a resident of Franklin in Western N.C. and would love to have it reviewed and added to the list of North Carolina titles.
    If there is anything else required to submit my book, you can reach me at the email above. Thank you so much!

  28. Eileen McGrath

    We have your book on order and will include it in this blog when it comes in and is cataloged. If you check back in a month or so, it should be here.

  29. Sondra,Wood

    I have family on St James Island and alway go into SouthPort,that is where
    I found Wanda Canada books with Carol Davenport land I love to read and
    I love her two books. I’m from Marion Indiana and I can’t find her books
    here I’m hope you can tell me if she has any or will have any new books
    coming out, I would love to order them on line
    Sondra

  30. Eileen McGrath

    Ms. Canada’s third Carroll Davenport novel, Beach Murders, is finished, but she has not yet found a suitable publisher for it. She is currently at work on a young adult novel with the working title Annie Dove.

  31. I thought this link, which was featured on Valentine’s Day on Huffington Post, might be of interest to you and members of your list, since an early (and pivotal) scene in the nonfiction manuscript it is based on takes place in the Library’s Carolina Collection:
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-i-pinsky/phantom-valentine-nancy-morgan_b_1268916.html
    I am the author of three previous books (“The Gospel According to The Simpsons,” “The Gospel According to Disney” and “A Jew Among the Evangelicals”).
    My new book, “Amazing Gifts: Stories of Faith, Disability and Inclusion, launches this week.
    The manuscript does not yet have a publisher, but is represented by the NYC literary agent Gail Hochman, of Brandt & Hochman. I’m not averse to smaller houses/university presses, or trade paper or mass market originals. Feel free to pass this along.
    Mark I. Pinsky
    osopinsky@aol.com

  32. Cathie

    I wonder if you can help me with a title and author of a book I read, but cannot remember? The setting is Cherokee, NC. The storyline involves stolen artifacts (from a museum in NYC?) which reappear in the Cherokee area. It is a murder mystery and also a romance (between the FBI agent and the forensic archeaologist who works at a museum in Cherokee.)

  33. Eileen McGrath

    Cathie,
    Sounds like a good book. Let us work on this. We’ll try to get back to you in a few days.

  34. Eileen McGrath

    I think this may be the book: Before Sunrise, by Diana Palmer. It was first published in 2005, and it’s been reprinted this year by HQN Books. Here’s some of the description from Amazon.com:

    Jeremiah Cortez thought he’d left the past behind him—especially the part of his past concerning Phoebe Keller. Once she had stirred his world-weary soul. Now, years later, seeing the blond beauty again sparks dormant desires. But he has to push his emotions aside—he has new ties that can’t be broken.
    Phoebe thought her feelings for Cortez were buried as deep as the artifacts she studies in her museum. An expert in Native American culture, she has her doubts when an anthropologist claims to have discovered a Neanderthal skeleton on a nearby reservation. But before Phoebe can pursue the matter, the professor in question turns up dead—and the FBI sends Cortez to investigate.

  35. My name is Sandra Carrington-Smith, and I am the author of Killer in Sight (A Tom Lackey Mystery), a murder mystery entirely set in Raleigh, NC.

    I am also the author of Housekeeping for the Soul, a nonfiction self-help, and The Book of Obeah, a paranormal thriller also partially set in North Carolina, which you have reviewed last year.

    Should you wish to review Killer in Sight, please e-mail me or the publisher for a review copy at crossroadsbooks223@gmail.com

    Thank you so much for your time.

    Best regards,

    Sandra Carrington-Smith

  36. Eileen McGrath

    Thank you, Ms. Carrington-Smith, for this information. I will follow up on it.

  37. Tina Arnette

    I am so excited to have found this website. Thank you!!!!! I love to read about our state and all the wonderful counties. We just need some good ol fashion humor in all of us. I love that this is dedicated to NC writers. I have started a list of books to read. God gave us each a talent, yours may be writing, mine is making people laugh.

  38. Cathie

    Thanks, Eileen! Before Sunrise is definitely the book. And because I had so much trouble remembering it later, I started a notebook of all the books I have read on my Nook. This title is going in the notebook right now! (Sorry that it took me so long to get back to the blogpost and tell you that you found it. What a great service!)

  39. JoAnn

    About 10 years ago I read several books that were set in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I know the author was a woman, the books were novels — not mystery, not romance, just great story telling. For the life of me I cannot remember her name. I just returned from my visit to the Outer Banks and would love to re-read these books and any more from her. Any ideas?

  40. Elizabeth DeBold

    Hi JoAnn,

    Do you remember anything else about the books? I do know that Diane Chamberlain wrote some novels set on the Outer Banks in the early 2000s that have since been reissued, Kiss River and Keeper of the Light being a couple examples. You can find descriptions of all of her novels in our online catalog: http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?Ntt=chamberlain%2C+diane%2C+1950&Ntk=Author&Nty=1. Does that help? If these aren’t the books you’re looking for and you remember any other specifics, please let us know. You might also want to check our “Coast” tag (found on the right-hand side of the blog’s home page under “Novels by Region”). Hope this helped, and thanks for reading!

  41. Lynne

    I wonder if you have a further break-down of these novels; I’m looking for ones set in/about Asheville.
    Thanks so much.

  42. Elizabeth DeBold

    Hi Lynne,

    I think the closest we have to a break-down by city is either searching the city in our search box on our homepage (you can find the keyword search box by scrolling a little ways down the homepage and looking on your right under the tags), or narrowing by county, found also along the right-hand side of the home page. In this case, you would check under Buncombe County to find Asheville. We currently have 51 novels tagged as being set in Buncombe, and I can think of more than a few that are set in Asheville! Let us know if you need more help, and thanks for reading!

  43. Hi Eileen,

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has two of my novels. I am inquiring as to being included on your list. The titles of the two they have are Ghosts of the North Carolina Shores and Moonlight on the Nantahala.

    My publisher, Schiffer Publishing LTD will be releasing my newest one Nov. 28th. It’s title is Appalachia Mountain Folklore. This book entails stories from Western North Carolina.
    http://www.schifferbooks.com/newschiffer/book_template.php?isbn=9780764340062

    Thank you,
    Micheal Rivers

  44. My name is Brenda Tetreault, and I’m the author of three of the books Elizabeth Diebold has reviewed and written about here. I am ABSOLUTELY THRILLED to be included in your website, and would like to offer the last three books in The Bounty Cove Chronicles for your perusal. They are: Shadows of Doubt: Book Four of The Bounty Cove Chronicles, A Ghost of A Chance: Book Five of The Bounty Cove Chronicles, and the most recent, Prophecies and Destinies: Book Six of The Bounty Cove Chronicles.

    Thank you, Elizabeth, for your kind words!

    Brenda Tetreault

  45. Elizabeth DeBold

    Hi Ms. Tetreault,

    Thanks so much for your comments! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the summaries I wrote. We have Shadows of a Doubt and A Ghost of Chance on order, and I’m certain we’ll be ordering Prophecies and Destinies soon, now that we know it’s available. Thank you for the information, and please let us know if you write any other fiction set in North Carolina in the future– we would love to add it to our collections!

    Sincerely,
    Elizabeth

  46. Eileen McGrath

    Thank you for contacting us. Read North Carolina Novels includes only full length novels, not short stories or collections of tales. That’s the reason why Ghosts of the North Carolina Shores is not in this blog. We will add Moonlight on the Nantahala to our list of titles to write up. (This blog is an add-on to our regular jobs, and even with three of us contributing posts, we don’t quite keep up with all the new novels set in this state.)
    I will order a copy of Appalachian Mountain Folklore today.

  47. gregory murray

    i am trying to determin the name and works of an author from costal N C she was a teacher for costal carolina comminty collage or white oak high school white oak NC. her aprox. address was havlock , jacksonville, white oak or newburn NC area she instructed in 70s &80s any info would be greatly appreciated

  48. Eileen McGrath

    I worked on your question for a few hours this morning, but I don’t have the answer. How old would this person be now? What do you know about the kind of things she wrote (novels, poetry, histories, etc.)? Did she publish them in the 1970s or earlier? The best source for working on this question that I found is the North Carolina Literary Map (http://library.uncg.edu/dp/nclitmap/) that UNC-Greensboro created. You can search that map by section, county, and even town. When I did that I came up with a few possibilities: Sheila Turnage, Janet Lembke, Lorraine Hale Robinson, and Mebane Holoman Burgwyn. It’s probably a good idea for you to search it yourself because there may be something that I wouldn’t notice but that will trigger something in your memory. Let me know how your search goes. I will talk to others about your query after the New Year when we are back to full staff.

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