Happenings: 2 Charleston-area authors publish novels | book reviews

Summerville writer publishes adventure novel

Summerville author Don Best is publishing the first part of a two-part novel titled “Rivers Wild.” The original book is called “The Gravedigger’s Dream”. The second part, “The Third Promise”, will be released later this year.

The story, inspired by the author’s personal experience living in the Brazilian rainforest, is told by gravedigger Zé Licata, who dreams of overthrowing the country’s ruthless tyrant and providing a future for his gifted son Rafael.

Zé appeals to a macumbeira (witch of black magic) whose seductions are profound.

Best was a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay, then an expat journalist based in Rio de Janeiro, and finally a missionary writer living in Santarém, Pará, in the heart of the Amazon.

“The Gravedigger’s Dream” is available for $13.99 on Amazon or Brimstone Fiction (www.brimstonefiction.com). A book signing is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon on July 24 at Main Street Reads, 115 S. Main St., Summerville. Another is scheduled for July 31 from noon to 2 p.m. at Turning Page Bookshop, 216 St. James Ave., Goose Creek.

Charleston author writes his first YA novel

Charleston resident Alexandra Lapointe is the author of the young adult novel “Cloakers,” published by Texas-based Atmosphere Press.

The first novel features protagonist Crystia, a teenage shapeshifter trapped in the harbor with others like her and trained to maintain order by the Black Coats – until the shapeshifters decide it’s time to get away. release.

“Cloakers” is a story of revenge in a world where genetically modified teenagers are considered the greatest evil.

The book is available for $18.99.

—Adam Parker

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