Friday, April 30, 2010

Fern Michaels - Return to Sender

Beloved "New York Times"-bestselling author Fern Michaels delivers a superb new novel--an unforgettable story about love, friendship, family, and the courage it takes to let go of the past.

Return to Sender
will be released next week. Want us to hold you a copy?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Who is hooked on Sookie Stackhouse novels?

Charlaine Harris' latest Sookie Stackhouse Dead in the Family comes out next Tuesday.

After enduring torture and the loss of loved ones during the brief but deadly Faery War, Sookie Stackhouse is hurt and she's angry. Just about the only bright spot in her life is the love she thinks she feels for vampire Eric Northman. But he's under scrutiny by the new Vampire King because of their relationship. And as the political implications of the Shifters coming out are beginning to be felt, Sookie's connection to the Shreveport pack draws her into the debate. Worst of all, though the door to Faery has been closed, there are still some Fae on the human side-and one of them is angry at Sookie. Very, very angry...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Author Luncheon with Nicole Seitz - May 11, 2010

On Tuesday, May 11, 2010, Burry Bookstore and Black Creek Arts Council are co-hosting an author luncheon from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm. Author Nicole Seitz will be speaking, reading, and signing copies of
Saving Cicadas.

The luncheon will be held in the Gallery at Black Creek Arts Center, 116 W College Avenue, Hartsville. Tickets are $30 and include a copy of Saving Cicadas, lunch catered by Bizzell's Food and Spirits, and the opportunity to hear Nicole speak, read and have her personalize your book.

Register for this event on our website - click on the upcoming events page at

Saving Cicadas is the revelatory and haunting journey of a struggling single mother from South Carolina who discovers she's expecting another child. Unafraid to confront issues with no simple answers, Seitz has constructed a story of ultimate redemption in Saving Cicadas, told through the voice of an 8-year-old girl. A moving narrative about family, loss and longing, and the transforming power of truth, this is an eloquent reminder that life is a miracle--and even the smallest soul is a gift.

From Southern Living magazine: "A road trip takes on special meaning for 8-year-old Janie. She, along with her sister and grandparents, joins her mother's quest to find her absent father. Janie doesn't uncover the answers she expects from the journey. But she--and all of the author's well-drawn characters--does find out about redemption and miracles.
- Reviewed by Wanda McKinney, Southern Living "South Carolina People & Places", December 2009

Nicole Seitz grew up on Hilton Head Island, a small town off the coast of South Carolina, where she was surrounded by palmetto trees, marsh grass, sandy beaches and unique Southern characters. As an author, artist and speaker, Nicole's work is deeply influenced by her faith and the mystique and charm of the Lowcountry. In 1989 she went to the U.S.S.R as a student ambassador through People to People Organization, and the trip opened her eyes to the struggles, beauty, and universal qualities of other cultures--things she likes to explore in her work.

Nicole received a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.F.A. in Illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design. Her freelance articles have been in The Island Packet, The Bluffton Packet, and SouthCarolina Magazine. Nicole is also a published illustrator, and her artwork has been exhibited in Southern art galleries. Her novels feature her paintings/illustrations on the covers. Please visit her website at

Monday, April 26, 2010

Who is a part of the Women's Murder Club?

James Patterson releases 9th Judgment tomorrow!

A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick.

The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars' worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria.

Lindsay spends every waking hour working with her partner, Rich--and her feelings for him threaten to tear apart both her engagement and the Women's Murder Club. Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line--but is it enough to save the city? With unparalleled danger and explosive action, The 9th Judgment is James Patterson at his compelling, unstoppable best!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Who Likes Stuart Woods?

A new Stuart Woods novel is released today - Lucid Intervals

A brand-new page-turning Stone Barrington novel from the perennially entertaining "New York Times"-bestselling author.

It seems like just another quiet night at Elaine's. Stone Barrington and his former cop partner, Dino, are enjoying some pasta when in walks former client and all around sad sack Herbie Fisher...with a briefcase containing $14 million in cash.

Herbie claims to have won the money on a lucky lotto ticket, but he also says he needs a lawyer-and after a single gunshot breaks the window above his head and sends diners scrambling, Stone and Dino suspect Herbie might need a bodyguard and a private investigator, too.

Monday, April 19, 2010

NASCAR Fans - This One's for You!

On Friday, April 30, 2010 Burry Bookstore is hosting an Author Meet and Greet from 4:00 until 5:30 pm.

Cathy Elliott will be signing copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: NASCAR.

This event is FREE and
open to the public.

Get behind the driver's seat with these personal tales and anecdotes from inside the race track. Famous drivers and their families, pit crews, and fans share their stories of perseverance, triumph, comebacks, and life on and off the track.

Includes stories by the following NASCAR drivers: Aric Almirola, Buddy Baker, Kurt Busch, Kerry Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson, Bobby Labonte, Joey Logano, Casey Mears, Ryan Newman, Mike Skinner, Scott Speed, Tony Stewart, Martin Truex Jr., Brian Vickers, Darrell Waltrip, Michael Waltrip, NASCAR CEO Brian France, former NBA player and now NASCAR broadcaster: Brad Dougherty, and Lt. Governor of South Carolina Andre Bauer, with many more to come, including more of the biggest names in the NASCAR world.

Cathy Elliot is a NASCAR writer and enthusiast who began her journalism career in 1994 as a columnist for Darlington, South Carolina's hometown newspaper, The News and Press. By 1995, she was named the publication's first female editor. In 1996, she went on to co-found the weekly arts and entertainment magazine Five O'clock Friday.

In 2000, Elliott switched gears to NASCAR, working as Darlington Raceway's director of public relations for 7 years. She began writing her On NASCAR column in September 2007, a weekly opinion column nationally syndicated through the NASCAR Public Relations department's media Web site.

She returned to the News and Press in 2007, where she currently works as both editor and publisher. Elliott is a member of the National Motorsports Press Association and the South Carolina Press Association. She has received numerous awards for excellence in journalism.

A native of North Carolina's Outer Banks, she has lived in the Darlington, South Carolina area since 1993. She loves stock car racing, beagles, the beach, and the UNC Tarheels, though not necessarily in that order.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

What's your favorite Mary Higgins Clark book?

What's your favorite Mary Higgins Clark book? Maybe it will be her new one Shadow of Your Smile - released today!

In Shadow of Your Smile, worldwide bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark weaves a spellbinding thriller revolving around a long-held family secret that threatens to emerge and take the life of an unsuspecting heiress.

At age eighty-two and in failing health, Olivia Morrow knows she has little time left. The last of her line, she faces a momentous choice: expose a long-held family secret, or take it with her to her grave.

Olivia has in her possession letters from her deceased cousin Catherine, a nun, now being considered for beatification by the Catholic Church--the final step before sainthood. In her lifetime, Sister Catherine had founded seven hospitals for disabled children. Now the cure of a four-year-old boy dying of brain cancer is being attributed to her. After his case was pronounced medically hopeless, the boy's desperate mother had organized a prayer crusade to Sister Catherine, leading to his miraculous recovery.

The letters Olivia holds are the evidence that Catherine gave birth at age seventeen to a child, a son, and gave him up for adoption. Olivia knows the identity of the young man who fathered Catherine's child: Alex Gannon, who went on to become a world-famous doctor, scientist, and inventor holding medical patents.

Now, two generations later, thirty-one-year-old pediatrician Dr. Monica Farrell, Catherine's granddaughter, stands as the rightful heir to what remains of the family fortune. But in telling Monica who she really is, Olivia would have to betray Catherine's wishes and reveal the story behind Monica's ancestry.

The Gannon fortune is being squandered by Alex's nephews Greg and Peter Gannon, and other board members of the Gannon Foundation, who camouflage their profligate lifestyles with philanthropy.

Now their carefully constructed image is cracking. Greg, a prominent financier, is under criminal investigation, and Peter, a Broadway producer, is a suspect in the murder of a young woman who has been extorting money from him.

The only people aware of Olivia's impending choice are those exploiting the Gannon inheritance. To silence Olivia and prevent Monica from learning the secret, some of them will stop at nothing--even murder.

Clark's riveting new novel explores the juxtaposition of medical science and religious faith, and the search for identity by the daughter of a man adopted at birth.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Ann B. Ross and Miss Julia Renews Her Vows - 2 weeks from today!

On Monday, April 26, 2010 Burry Bookstore and Black Creek Arts Council
are co-hosting an author luncheon from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm.
Author Ann B. Ross will be speaking, reading,
and signing copies of Miss Julia Renews Her Vows.

The luncheon will be held in the Gallery at Black Creek Arts Center, 116 West College Avenue, Hartsville.

Tickets are $35 and include a copy of Miss Julia Renews Her Vows, lunch catered by Bizzell's Food and Spirits and the opportunity to hear Ann speak, read, and have her personalize your book.

To register on-line, click here.

Miss Julia's long-held determination to make an honest woman of Hazel Marie is finally realized and not a moment too soon. The wedding is not the traditional one that Hazel Marie always dreamed of, but it does get the job done-to Lloyd's delight and Miss Julia's great relief. As Julia says, "the conception of the Pickens twins might not have been legal, but at least their birth will be."

But Miss Julia doesn't have long to rest easy, for her old adversary, Doctor Fred Fowler, is back in town, offering classes in STOKING THE EMBERS to couples wanting to bring passion back into their marriages. Along with keeping Sam from learning of her long-ago humiliating tryst with Dr. Fowler, Miss Julia has to handle the return of an old acquaintance, Francie Pitts Delacorte, who has already buried five husbands and now has her eye on Sam-plus Francie is accusing Etta Mae Wiggins of breaking and entering, assault and battery, and the infliction of great bodily harm.

From springing Etta Mae out of the clutches of the law to the solving (with Lloyd's help) of the crime, Miss Julia also puts Dr. Fowler in his place, confesses her misstep to Sam, and renews her vows to Sam in the best possible place for such a solemn commitment.

Ann B. Ross is the mother of two daughters and one son, and the grandmother of four grandsons (including twin boys) and two granddaughters, both of whom are her namesakes. When her children were in college, she decided to complete her own education, enrolling in the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Literature. Reluctant to return to an empty nest, she continued her education by enrolling in the English Department of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned both the Master's and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Afterwards, she taught Literature and the Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

Ann's writing career began in the early eighties when two mysteries were published as original paperbacks: The Murder Cure and The Murder Stroke. A few years later, her first hardcover book was published: The Pilgrimage, an adventure story set in the nineteenth century. All three books are now out of print.

The publication of the first Miss Julia book, Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind in 1999, set Ann on a full-time writing career. This book went through six reprintings in less than a year, and was ranked #9 on the Independent Booksellers' seventy-six most highly recommended books for 1999. In addition, the book was named to the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers list. The paperback edition of the same book was listed in The Best Books of the First Five Years by BookSense, as one of the titles independent booksellers most enjoyed handselling. The book was also published by Readers Digest Condensed Books, appearing in twelve foreign languages. Miss Julia Takes Over was one of seven nominees for the Book of the Year Award (2001) by the Southeastern Booksellers Association. You can visit her website and see an interview of Ann at this link.

Friday, April 9, 2010

What's Your Favorite Paula Deen Recipe?

Paula Deen's new book was released this week - Paula Deen's Savannah Style

With its lush gardens, stately town houses, and sprawling plantations, Savannah is the epitome of old Southern style, and who better to give you the grand tour than Paula Deen, the city's most famous resident and anointed Queen of Southern Cuisine?

In this gorgeous, richly illustrated book, Paula Deen shares a full year of Southern living. Whether it's time to put out your best china and make a real fuss, or you're just gathering for some sweet tea on the porch at dusk, Savannah style is about making folks feel welcome in your home. With the help of decorator and stylist Brandon Branch, you'll learn how to bring a bit of Southern charm into homes from Minnesota to Mississippi. For each season, there are tips on decorating and entertaining. In the spring, you'll learn how to make the most of your outdoor spaces, spruce up your porch, and make your garden inviting. In the summer, things get more casual with a dock party. Sleeping spaces, including, of course, the sleeping porch, are the focal point of this chapter. In the fall, cooler weather brings a return to more formal entertaining in the dining room, and in the winter, attention returns to the hearth, as Paula and her neighbors put out their best silver and show you how they celebrate the holidays.

Paula "loves "getting a peek at her neighbors' parlors, so she's included photographs of some of Savannah's grandest homes. From the vast grounds of Lebanon Plantation to the whimsically restored cottages on Tybee Island, you'll see the unique blend of old-world elegance and laid-back hospitality that charmed Paula the moment she arrived from Albany, Georgia, with nothing but two hundred dollars and a pair of mouths to feed. And she isn't shy about giving you a window into her own world, either. From her farmhouse kitchen to her luxurious powder room, you'll see how Paula lives when she's not in front of the camera.

Packed with advice and nostalgia, Paula Deen's Savannah Style makes it easy to bring gracious Southern living to homes north and south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

What have you planted in your garden this spring?

We just received a shipment of new photo albums, baby books, journals, address books, and playing cards and tallies from C R Gibson Company. Included is a keepsake Garden Planner/Journal in which you can record plant growth season after season.

  • Durable vinyl cover with topstitching
  • Built-in planting zone map
  • Measures 9 3/8 w x 9 3/8 h x 11 1/2" d
  • 24 Journal pages
  • 24 Planning grid pages
  • Sticker sheet
  • 4 Pocket dividers
  • 8 Magnetic photo pages
  • 8 Splash guard sheets
  • Ring-bound

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Your 40th High School Reunion - what was it like or what will it be like?

From the beloved bestselling author of Home Safe and The Year of Pleasures, comes a wonderful new novel about women and men reconnecting with one another--and themselves--at their fortieth high school reunion.

To each of the men and women in The Last Time I Saw You, this reunion means something different--a last opportunity to say something long left unsaid, an escape from the bleaker realities of everyday life, a means to save a marriage on the rocks, or an opportunity to bond with a slightly estranged daughter, if only over what her mother should wear.

As the onetime classmates meet up over the course of a weekend, they discover things that will irrevocably affect the rest of their lives. For newly divorced Dorothy Shauman, the reunion brings with it the possibility of finally attracting the attention of the class heartthrob, Pete Decker. For the ever self-reliant, ever left-out Mary Alice Mayhew, it's a chance to reexamine a painful past. For Lester Heseenpfeffer, a veterinarian and widower, it is the hope of talking shop with a fellow vet--or at least that's what he tells himself. For Candy Armstrong, the class beauty, it's the hope of finding friendship before it is too late.

As Dorothy, Mary Alice, Lester, Candy, and the other classmates converge for the reunion dinner, four decades melt away: Desires and personalities from their youth reemerge, and new discoveries are made. For so much has happened to them all. And so much can still happen. In this beautiful novel, Elizabeth Berg deftly weaves together stories of roads taken and not taken, choices made and opportunities missed, and the possibilities of second chances.

Monday, April 5, 2010

What are you reading over Spring Break?

Are the kids bored yet? Come check out our large selection of books, games and puzzles for children of all ages. Gordon Korman has a new 39 Clues that will be released tomorrow. . .

As the race to find the 39 Clues builds to its explosive finish, Amy and Dan's enemies are closing in. Soon, the brother and sister are separated. Together, they almost have a chance, but alone . . . could the search for this Clue spell the end of Amy and Dan

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Miracle of Easter

From the "Read and Share Bible "brand, this retelling of the Easter story is explained in a way that helps young children understand the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.

Based on the "International Children's Bible," this story walks through the last week of Christ's life and is told in a way that teaches children about the amazing gift Jesus gave us. Events include His triumphant entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through His appearance to the disciples and His ascension. The "Can You Retell the Story" activity at the end of the book is a fun way to hide the Word in their heart.

The animated DVD includes a 15-minutes of stories plus coloring pages and other bonus features.