Charleston County Sheriff's Office
Charleston Crime Stoppers
and the Charleston County
used for increasing literacy rates, decreasing crime, and helping
police solve unsolved crimes
from Chesterfield, Virginia
Parker of Chesterfield, Virginia brings his delightful humor to the
First Annual Charleston Book 'Em carefully wrapped in his famous
character, Chester. Devilishly delivered in two books,
A Mouse Among us,
and his latest, Nudist Guy and
Yankee Gal, Parker takes
you on a wild ride through a conservative town trying to survive
with a nudist family living among them.
from Charlotte, North
The first mystery in the series,
Southern Fried, won St.
Martin’s Press Malice Domestic Award for Best Traditional Mystery.
Set in a small South Carolina hill country town, it was called an
“assured debut, a cozy with some sharp edges” by Publishers’
Weekly and was one of five finalists for RT BookClub’s
2004 best new mysteries award.
In Done Gone Wrong,
set in Charleston, Cathy uses her own courtroom experiences when
Avery Andrews deals with a suicidal spree killer and a
dynamite-toting paramour against the backdrop of a high-profile
trial of a deadly drug.
Poison pen letters and a run-away pig welcome Avery home again to
the Upstate in Hog Wild. Hush My Mouth
is the latest in the series.
In her other life, Cathy is a lawyer and business professor at
Queens University of Charlotte.
Fernandina Beach, FL
Award-wining author, Terri Ridgell met her husband in downtown
Charleston twenty-three years ago. He was stationed at the Naval
Base and she was a teacher’s aide at Murray-Lasaine Elementary
School on James Island. After a few sputtering career starts as an
Earth Science Teacher and a finance vice president, Terri finally
found her passion for writing. Three books later, she continues to
draw upon her wonderful experiences and memories of Charleston’s
rich culture and settings as background material for future novels.
from LaPlace, LA
AJ Rodriguez is a children's motivational
storyteller/author. Through her stories she attempt to motivate
children to read more and to create their own stories. Many of her
stories teach life lessons and are meant to encourage children to
follow their dreams and to instill that they can do anything if they
believe they can.
Fighting illiteracy through my "One
Angel at a Time" programs is dear to AJ's heart. Her
husband and she voluntarily visit schools, festivals and fairies to
tell my tales. They pass out angel bookmarks to encourage children
to read. They have appeared in Georgia, West Virginia, Florida and
Louisiana. This fall they are scheduled to appear in Mississippi,
Alabama and in Virginia at the 4th Annual Book 'Em literacy event.
All of their visits are funded by monies made by the sale of her
books and other related Theodore Da Baere merchandise.
AJ will be signing three Theorore
Da Baer books at Book 'Em.
Reginald E. Sharpe
from Charleston, South Carolina
is a 15-year police veteran of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Sharpe
is a well-rounded officer, having served the citizens of Charleston
County in various capacities over the years. We are proud to
include him as one of our own in the Book’em event.
within law enforcement circles for his writing abilities, Sharpe has
broken new ground with his recently published title True Stories
From a Lowcountry Cop – Tales From the Charleston County Beat.
Sharpe touches on oft taboo topics such as sex, drugs, death and
race – with an easy to read, entertaining and poignant style. A true
look at the humanity behind the badge.
becoming a local favorite, True Stories From a Lowcountry Cop
is poised to be a staple classic for those interested in police
I am a psychology graduate from the
Miami and a licensed private investigator in the state of California
and until recently in the state of North Carolina. I have also been
an instructor at the West Coast Detective Academy in Oakland,
California where I taught classes in surveillance, interviewing
techniques, workers' comp fraud, undercover investigations, skip
tracing, report writing, and asset location.
Prior to entering the investigative field I was
Director of Software Engineering at Gould Electronics, a major
Valley electronic firm then located in Santa Clara, California.
My wife and I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area
seven years ago and set up my one-man private investigation agency
in the Piedmont Triad Area. I have recently retired from the
investigative business in
but continue my case work with a number of California clients.
Aside from my current writing effort of the Harry
Caine Mystery series, and my PI case work, I play drums in
the Greensboro Big Band. My musical career spans many decades and
has included tours with the big bands of Ralph Flanagan, Ray Eberle,
Charlie Spivak, Art Mooney and Claude Thornhill and a recent
engagement with the Jimmy Dorsey o in Moorhead City, North Carolina.
first book, Paid in Full,
received one of five Honorable Mentions in the 2005 International
Self Published Book awards contest sponsored by Writer’s Digest.
written four novels, all featuring protagonist Harry Caine, a
private investigator who operates his Private Detective Agency out
of West Palm Beach, Florida.
have been set in California, West Palm Beach, Maimi, the Florida
Keys, and Kernersville, North Carolina.
writer Dixie Land, I am currently a partner in Alabaster Book
Publishing, a small independent press with offices in Kernersville,
NC. Alabaster Book Publishing currently has 14 authors and 33
published works including the following genres; mystery, romance,
poetry, romantic suspense, thrillers, detective, and children’s
Charleston, South Carolina
Lt. Rita Y. Shuler was supervisory
special agent of the Forensic Photography Department with the
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) for twenty-four
years. She interfaced with the attorney general's office,
solicitors and investigators, providing photographic evidence
assistance in the prosecution of thousands of criminal cases.
She received her specialized law
enforcement photography training at the South Carolina Criminal
Justice Academy in Columbia, South Carolina, and the FBI Academy
in Quantico, Virginia.
She lives in Irmo, South
Carolina, and holds a special love for the South Carolina coast,
especially Charleston. She is a devoted "crabber" and runner.
Her first book,
Carolina Crimes: Case Studies of a
Forensic Photographer, takes the reader through
the dark twists and turns of twelve homicide cases that gripped
the state during her career as a forensic photographer and
special agent with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
Her second book,
Murder in the Midlands: Larry Gene
Bell and the 28 Days of Terror that Shook South Carolina
details the kidnapping and murder of Shari Faye Smith and Debra
May Helmick at the hands of Larry Gene Bell in the summer of
1985 in the Midlands of South Carolina. A "Last Will and
Testament" written by his first victim, Shari Faye Smith to her
family held the clue that led authorities to this horrific
killer after 28 harrowing days. Included are Bell's chilling
phone calls to the Smith family, his disconcerting interviews
and bizarre actions in the courtroom.
from Mt. Pleasant, SC
Susan Sloate is a
bestselling, award-winning author and speaker. Her alternate history
novel, Forward to Camelot,
co-written with Kevin Finn, reached #6 on Amazon’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy
list and took honors in 2 literary competitions (Independent
Publishers Book Awards and Arizona Authors Assn. Literary
Competition). It is currently under option to a Hollywood film
She has written (and published) 16 young-adult books, both fiction
and non-fiction. The latest, RAY
CHARLES: Find Another Way! (Bearport Publishing),
took the silver medal in the 2007 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards.
Other non-fiction includes bios of Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart
and Clara Barton; a collective biography of selected famous baseball
players; and a history of Alcatraz. Her fiction includes books for
four girls’ series, including Blue
Ribbon, Sweet Dreams,
Girl Talk, and
Beacon Street Girls.
She has written and
co-directed two produced plays, optioned other screen works to
Hollywood film companies, and provided a piece for
Chicken Soup for the Soul of America
in 2002. She has also done sports reporting and informational film
writing. She lives in Mount Pleasant, SC. Visit her online at
Charlette Denise Sutton
from Warsaw, North Carolina
Denise is a poet, author, speaker, musician,
and songwriter. Since 2003, she has published two inspirational
books of poetry and co-produced several gospel CD's featuring her
songs. Both of her books, My Words
and Me and Do You Know
Him? attempt to inspire through the use of Bible
verses and rhyme. Denise is the president of her local Friends of
the Library and uses this position to promote programs which connect
writers with one another and with their readers in an attempt to aid
in the fight against illiteracy. She enjoys speaking and doing
seminars in the public schools, churches, and community colleges.
You may learn more about Denise at her website,
from Northhampton, PA
Tom Tancin started
writing when he was 13 years
old after being challenged by his 7th grade
teacher. At 23 years of age, he just
sixth novel. The
Man in the Moon, a mystery/thriller
novel following Detective Lindsey Scott as
down a killer obsessed with the moon, will
be the first
release from Destifire Books. The book
buzz online starting in February 2007 and
received wonderful comments from readers of
Tancin's blog on MySpace.
Tom Tancin lives in
He enjoys writing, listening to music,
movies, and playing volleyball with
friends. He has a
Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education
concentration in biology.
p.m.terrell is a co-founder of The Book ‘Em Foundation, along with
Officer Mark Kearney of the Waynesboro Police Department. She is
also the founder and owner of Continental Software Development
Corporation and McClelland Enterprises, two computer companies that
have served the Department of Defense, CIA, and Secret Service, as
well as local law enforcement. She calls upon her experience in
computer programming in her contemporary suspense/thrillers
The China Conspiracy, and
Kickback, which have all
garnered international acclaim and have been compared to John
Grisham’s earlier works. Reader Views has said, “p.m.terrell
is a master storyteller” and Midwest Book Review said, “This
author has effortlessly set herself at the top of the ranks of
Her first historical
suspense, Songbirds are Free,
is based on the true story of the abduction and captivity of Mary
Neely. Canadian syndicated reviewer Simon Barrett said, “as a
reader, you are swept along on a magic carpet of writing wizardry”
and Midwest Book Review said it is “historical writing at its
best… Terrell’s writing is strong; her research impeccable.” For
more information, visit
from Darien, Georgia
I am newly published, with
House of Lies as my debut
book. I am an active member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery
Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. After I contracted
House of Lies, I signed
three more book contracts. I now have three publishers and write in
three genres: romantic suspense, sweet romance, and cozy mystery.
Proceeds from my second romantic suspense are benefiting a horse