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Adventurous summer reads just a local author away

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Laura Lewis

Now that summer’s (almost) here, I hope to catch up on my summer reading, starting with the stack of books I’ve accumulated by local authors.

Yes, I’d like to brush up on my summer tan or sunburn as it were, but personally I find nothing is more boring than “laying out,” as my friends always called it. (Though I suppose “lying out” is more grammatically correct.)

It helps to have the ocean, a pool or lazy river, or a nap close by. It’s also preferable to have some kind of great summer read to help beat the beach heat.

If it’s a racy read you seek, you’ll be happy to know Sunset Beach author Jacqueline “Jack” DeGroot is still striving to keep the beach hot and un-boring with her special blend of writing spice.

Some of her latest reads involve teaming up with RV travel expert Peggy Grich (who’s featured in this week’s Tidelines section of the Beacon with her husband Jim Grich).

So far, Peggy and Jack have penned two self-published books about romance-on-the-RV-run, “Running Into Temptation” and a new follow-up, “Running Up the Score.”

Grich, by the way, is quick to point out these books are pure fiction. In no way do they portray any persons living or deceased in reality-land, particularly anyone named Grich.

For a more cooled-down DeGroot edition, she also has worked with Ocean Isle Beach author/illustrator Miller Pope on a tamer tome, “Miller Pope’s Book of Pirates,” focusing on “the act of robbery on the high seas.”

The book is rich with Pope’s art and pirate lore, including tidbits that “walking the plank” is more legendary than true and “not all pirates filled their sentences with ‘arrgggh’.”

Pirates did, however, use the terms “bumboo”—a rum-laced beverage—and “booty,” as in loot.

Viviane Thereau, another Sunset Beach author, has penned “Growing Up at Sea,” her memoir about the Nazi invasion in her native France as well as meeting “Papillon” and Fidel Castro during her family’s subsequent years at sea. Every word of her account, she has said, is true.

Holden Beach Commissioner Don Glander’s claim to local literary fame is “Beyond Borders,” a murder mystery that begins with a body found “floating in the marsh of a small barrier island along the Carolina coast.”

It’s a place where the Mexican Mafia and the “seemingly peaceful lifestyle of coastal living collide.”

And, it’s “totally a work of fiction,” according to the publisher/author’s note.

Calabash author Orlo Strunk is back as well with his own latest novel, “Satan’s Angels,” involving the investigation of a Hispanic teen’s death.

These last two definitely sound like ones to be read while the sun is out.

Laura Lewis is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or e-mail llewis@brunswickbeacon.com.