Several local authors have recently published new books. They include:
• Johnathon Wideman, “The Bully Who Was Bullied.”
This children’s book explains how bullying can affect people mentally, physically and emotionally. Through this enlightening story, young readers will learn how it feels like to be bullied and how it helps to respect others.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher atwww.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
Wideman is an educator, who is passionate about learning and teaching, and an advocate for anti-bullying. The author, who has taught for many years in various settings, enjoys working with students and their families. Currently, Wideman is an administrator at a middle school. He is a resident of Beaufort.
• Tom Grifa, “Like the Melody that’s Sweetly Played in Tune.”
Set in a fictitious fantasyland, Grifa’s story follows a young girl Meladie, who awakens in the middle of the night, travels through a magical door and enters a world of fantasy. The young girl passes through life’s maze, leading her through a series of adventures in search of her destiny.
Meladie is joined with other important characters: Puck the owl; Liga from Latvia; Kate the shrewmouse; and twins Oliver and Orlando.
Although the book is targeted for readers ranging from 8 to 12 years old, Grifa includes many literary allusions in this book which adults can appreciate and enjoy.
“Like the Melody that’s Sweetly Played in Tune” is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Grifa lives on Hilton Head Island.
• Roger Davis, “Greywikcke”
Can duty overpower the heart’s desire? In Davis’ “Greywycke,” Lady Kaline de Belmar must choose between family expectations and her own desire, all while finding inner strength she never knew she had.
Taking place in the early 1800s, near the Welsh Marches, this suspenseful murder-mystery novel combines the familial duties and traditions of “Downton Abbey” with the drama and scheming characters of a daytime soap opera.
“This book explores family dynamics we all encounter,” Davis said. “While we all may not be born of nobility, we can all relate to polarizing family relationships and the need to follow our own destinies.”
“Greywikcke” is available on at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iUniverse
• Dr. Eugene Alvarez and Dr. Leo J. Daugherty III, “Parris Island: “The Cradle of the Corps”
In order to understand both the purpose and intent of Marine Corps Recruit Training since 1915, the authors have written a study of the Marine Corps’ premier training base Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island.
“Parris Island: “The Cradle of the Corps” (published by Xlibris) examines the evolutionary nature of Marine Corps recruit training since 1915 and how it has shaped the Marine Corps role as an expeditionary force-in readiness.
The original 1983 manuscript, written by Eugene Alvarez, who is the primary author of this book, included the years 1562-1983. The current and revised manuscript was edited and updated by Leo J. Daugherty, in cooperation with the primary author, and covers the years 1997-2015, including chapter six, dealing with recruit training in the 1920s and 1930s, which was a part of his doctoral dissertation at Ohio State University.
This book reflects not only the history of Parris Island but of both the Marine Corps and United States during the 20th and 21st centuries. It shows how the Marine Corps has responded to the ever-growing demands of modern warfare through its training of Marines, and how that training has continued to shape its mission as an “expeditionary force-in readiness.”
“Parris Island: “The Cradle of the Corps” is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.