Beyond the festival: Meet local, South Carolina authors at book signings

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The following local authors will be signing their books during Water Festival at the McIntosh Book Shoppe, 919 Bay Street in downtown Beaufort:
• Linda Lovely, author of the Marley Clark Mystery Series, will visit on Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., to sign copies of her fast-paced novels. “Dear Killer,” the first book in the series, is set on a fictional island near Beaufort. Lovely is a former Fripp Island resident.
Her series features Marley Clark, a 52-year-old retired military intelligence officer, who is smart, fit and funny. The mysteries are laced with humor and offer a side of romance.
“Dear Killer” recently was named a finalist in the Golden Quill competition for best books published in 2011. The Lowcountry setting should delight vacationers and residents alike.
Though Lovely’s newest mystery, “No Wake Zone,” temporarily moves the action to Spirit Lake, Iowa, book three will return Marley to her Lowcountry home, where she serves as a security guard on gated Dear Island.
Lovely has called the South home for more than 30 years including a dozen years in the Beaufort area. For more information about the author, visit her website at www.lindalovely.com.

• Wednesday, July 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Louise Beidermann will be signing her book “Ladys Nose: The Adventure of Lady the Sheltidoodle.” Louise Biedermann is a former Beaufort teacher who has written her first book.  She lives in one of the oldest houses in Beaufort on the Old Point. Call 843-524-1119 for more information.

• Friday, July 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Millie West will be signing her book “The Cast Net,” a mystery about Southern money and power in the in the late 1980s. Ms. West is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.  She has a background in aviation and real estate, and lives with her family in Columbia. Call 843-525-1066 for more information.

• South Carolina artist Jim Harrison will be signing copies of his new book “The Palmetto and its South Carolina Home” on Saturday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mr. Harrison is well known for his paintings of landscapes and seascapes, old buildings and barns.  This book features paintings of the Palmetto as it is found near the rivers, the dunes, the marshes and creeks.