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Is there anything better than a walk on the beach  and a talk about books?  I don't think so. If you love the beach and books this is the place for you.  Here we will talk about my favorite beach, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and share books as we enjoy all the ocean has to show us.

 
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My name is Vicki Baty.  I live and work in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina which has, in my humble opinion, one of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast.  I walk the beach almost daily and am always awed by the beauty of the ocean, the freshness of the air, and the amazing sea creatures I see.  Not a day on the beach goes by without of few lines of John Masefield's poem Sea Fever echoing in my head...

"I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by..."

 

As I co-own a used and new book store, Bookends (www.bookendsonline.com)  in North Myrtle Beach, usually on these walks my husband, Dave, and I talk about the books I am reading.

You'll note that all my blog postings are the titles of books, but don't be fooled, the blog is not necessarily about that book, just a themed title!

So please, walk with me, talk with me as we enjoy this journey.

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Chapter 43 - Don't Know Much About History - Part II

It occurred to me, after writing the first historical fiction blog a few weeks ago, that there are quite a lot of historical fiction books I've read with authors I've enjoyed. As I described a few weeks ago, the author has to be a good researcher with facts to back up the book. There are authors who use letters, battle logs, and diaries to create their stories and whose authenticity springs from their pages. Here are a few of my favorites. Fiona Davis - Fiona Davis's books take place mostly in New York City and the places she writes about are truly characters in their own right. Books by Davis include The Address, about the building of The Dakota, The Chelsea Girls about women at the Chel

Chapter 42 - Frankenstein

As Halloween approaches, days get shorter and night comes quickly and lasts longer. For me, nothing suits like a scary book. There are lots to choose from - books that have monsters like vampires, zombies, and well, Frankenstein's monster, ones that have psychological monsters, and books that just have evil people doing evil things. Psychologists seem to believe that in times of stress and confusion people need to see and read scary things. It is like reminding ourselves how bad it could be versus how bad it is. These stories not only give us a somewhere to place our fears but we can also control it, simply by putting the book down. Horror stories also reflect the times. The Victorians

Chapter 41 - Just Yelp for Help

I had an experience a few weeks ago where a salesperson from Yelp tried to get me to advertise. After several days of phone calls and his exasperated sighs when I told him I could not speak at length while customers were in the store (duh!), we finally connected on a day when Norma and I were both in. While she deftly handled customers (lucky Norma), Alex and I were on the phone for at least a half-hour. At first he was shocked because I haven't paid attention to our Yelp page. "Did you know that Yelp is Apple's search engine for businesses?" No, I did not. "Did you know that Yelp is the third most accessed website for mobile users, aside from adult websites?" Again I responded no. "Wh

Chapter 40 - Don't Know Much About History

I love historical fiction and there have been a lot of good books written recently which incorporate history. My favorites are when fact blends with fiction and the author has been a meticulous researcher. When reading a historical fiction book I will often grab a history book or go online to determine if the facts of the book are correct. After validating the author, I will then do additional research to become more informed about a subject. I am probably a historical fiction writer's worst nightmare because once I find out a particular event is incorrect, I will not read that author again. I have found some authors I always read because they have a special way of bringing history to li

 
 
 
 

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