Join us in conversation with Barbara V. Evers and Barbara Claypole White! Evers is the debut author of the series The Watchers of Moniah. White is the bestselling author of five novels, most recently The Promise Between Us. These authors both enjoy special attention to their character development and that will be their focus for this fun event!
An elite Watcher trainee, fifteen-year-old Princess Adana had everything going for her. Everything, that is, until her mother, the queen, dies. Too young to be queen herself, her mother’s last royal act is a decree that seals Adana’s fate—she’s to be sent to the neighboring Kingdom of Elwar for her own protection. She’ll be alone there, as the only person Adana knew in Elwar—her betrothed, Prince Serrin—dies at the same time as her mother.
The three-year stay in Elwar seems like a death sentence, as she will be separated from her telepathically-bonded giraffe and removed from her Watcher training. It only gets worse when she meets the person who will be teaching her about the rules of court protocol and politics—Serrin’s stepmother, Queen Quilla, a sharp-tongued woman who dislikes everything Adana stands for.
When a vision shows her the existence of Maligon—a tyrant thought killed twenty years prior—she realizes everything is not as it seems in the Four Kingdoms. Evil is at work in the shadows, and Maligon will stop at nothing short of total control over the Four Kingdoms. Will she be ready in time to claim her birthright, or will Maligon succeed with his malevolent plans?
Barbara V. Evers began storytelling at the age of four. She couldn't read, yet, so she roped others into taking dictation for her. She is the author of The Watchers of Moniah trilogy and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. A two-time Carrie McCray winner, her short stories and essays have appeared in the best-selling anthology, Child of My Child: Poems and Stories for Grandparents, The Petigru Review, the MoonShine review, and Stupefying Stories. In addition, she's judged several writing contests, been a slush pile reader, and contributes to multiple blogs, including two of her own. Barbara is the leader for the Greenville chapter of the South Carolina Writers' Association (SCWA) and has served on the SCWA Board of Directors multiple times, including as President of the Board in 2009. When she's not writing, Barbara is a professional trainer, speaker, and freelance writer/editor who has taught and written customized training programs for multiple clients including three local colleges. In addition, Barbara enjoys contributing her skills of teaching to the creative writing community and has taught several workshops at conferences and special events. Barbara lives in Greer, SC with two of her grandchildren, her husband, Bruce, and a rescue dog named Roxy.
“This is an eye-opening and realistic exploration of mental illness—a topic that greatly deserves to be front and center.” —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of Small Great Things
Metal artist Katie Mack is living a lie. Nine years ago she ran away from her family in Raleigh, North Carolina, consumed by the irrational fear that she would harm Maisie, her newborn daughter. Over time she’s come to grips with the mental illness that nearly destroyed her, and now funnels her pain into her art. Despite longing for Maisie, Katie honors an agreement with the husband she left behind—to change her name and never return.
But when she and Maisie accidentally reunite, Katie can’t ignore the familiarity of her child’s compulsive behavior. Worse, Maisie worries obsessively about bad things happening to her pregnant stepmom. Katie has the power to help, but can she reconnect with the family she abandoned?
To protect Maisie, Katie must face the fears that drove her from home, accept the possibility of love, and risk exposing her heart-wrenching secret.
Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White was born in rural England, but writes and gardens in the forests of North Carolina. Her award-winning, emotionally-charged book club fiction features complicated relationships, troubled characters with invisible disabilities, crazy critters ... and a big ol' dollop of southern hope. She is also an OCD advocate for the A2A Alliance, a non-profit that promotes advocacy over adversity. Barbara's novels include: The Unfinished Garden (2013 Golden Quill Best First Book); The In-Between Hour (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Winter 2014 Okra Pick); The Perfect Son (Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Fiction 2015); Echoes of Family (Women's Fiction Writers Association 2017 Star Award Finalist); and The Promise Between Us, which was a 2018 Nautilus Silver Award Winner and a 2019 American Fiction Awards Finalist.