Local writers publish books

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 20, 2007

Janet McCanless has published her first novel, “Beryl’s Cove and the Elvis Man,” with e-booktime books. A columnist for the Salisbury Post, she writes for Senior Savvy, the Iredell Citizen and national magazines.
A public speaker, she helped establish the Rowan Rape, Child and Family Abuse Crisis Council. She taught at South Rowan High School, and is considered a Southern humorist. She is a commissioned lay minister in the ELCA Lutheran church and has three children, seven grandchildren, a husband and two cats.
Beryl’s Cove is a fictional coastal town in North Carolina, a tourist mecca that has been besieged by vandalism and petty thievery. Suzanne Coldwell is 50, returning to her hometown after her parents’ death to run their antique shop. She has spent her entire career as a buyer for the shop, sacrificing her personal life. She falls in love with the new man in town, Steve Thomas, a dealer in Elvis memorabilia.
A fire destroys the major historical landmark in town and Steve endears himself with his assistance. Once the smoke clears, a body is found in the burned-out shell. As Suzanne and Steve try to solve the mystery, the path to romance gets bumpy.Octogenarian twins run the flower shop; an annoying real estate agent is Suzanne’s best friend; Steve has a gorgeous business partner; and there’s an adorable cat named Elvis.
The book is available online at www.e-book time.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com or through a bookstore order.
China Grove man authors book
Chuck Fiello Jr. of China Grove has published “Jake’s Fate” with Publish America.
He describes it as the story of a young man growing up in the Syracuse, N.Y., “who deals with some tragedy in his young life. He is a momma’s boy who lives nearby” and attended a local college on a lacrosse scholarship, passing up lucrative opportunities after graduation. “When one more tragedy strikes, he feels like he is ready to give up, but in walks someone from his past with her own issues.” Fiello goes on to say the two find love and try to deal with life.
He says it is based on past experiences and written “almost as a form of therapy.” It began as a short story and grew.
Fiello, a native of Syracuse, is married with two children and works at Freightliner. He is an Army veteran. He says he writes in many forms to help cope with depression and would like to make a living writing.
“Jake’s Fate” is available online from Publish America, Amazon, Target, Barnes and Noble and Books-A-Million, among others or order it from a bookstore.
Book on leukemia battle
Rebekah Kincaid has published “A Rainbow in the Darkness” with Publish America, the true story of her niece’s battle with leukemia.
“Kaylea Marie Fuller was a normal, playful child with a heart of gold,” Kincaid writes in a press release. “Always outgoing and cheerful, everyone who met her loved her. Tragically, at the age of 10, she was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. She was given only a 1 percent chance of survival from the best doctors at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem. … Raised in the church from the time she was born, could the faith and belief in God from this small girl be enough to bring her through her ‘shadow of death’ and back into the arms of the family who loved her most?”
Kaylea is now a healthy 16-year-old. The Post last wrote about her ordeal in October 2001.
Kincaid has enjoyed writing since she was a child. She now lives with her husband, Brian, and their sons in Hillsborough. The family attends the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ in Mooresville where she is a Sunday school teacher, piano player, and is involved with the sign language team, another early interest.
“A Rainbow in the Darkness” is available at www.publishamerica.com, www.amazon.com, and www.barnesandnoble.com.