Book beat: News from the Triangle literary scene

“Vengeance Is Mine – A Benjamin Tucker Mystery,” by Raleigh novelist Harry James Krebs.
“Vengeance Is Mine – A Benjamin Tucker Mystery,” by Raleigh novelist Harry James Krebs.

The Triangle is teeming with literary talent. Book Beat will introduce you to writers and events in our own backyard.

Durham author Michele Andrea Bowen carved out a niche in African-American inspirational fiction with her first two books. Now she is back with the recently released “Pastor Needs a Boo” (St. Martin’s Press).

In her newest novel, Bowen’s main character is the Rev. Denzelle Flowers, who has his hands full with the church ladies while also fending off the enemies trying to keep him from being appointed bishop. In this journey of faith, drama and love, the pastor needs a “boo” who will stand by his side.

Bowen grew up in St. Louis, where she was active in the AME church and in church choirs. She made her way to North Carolina, earning graduate degrees at UNC-Chapel Hill and settling in Durham, where she has lived for several decades. She teaches ninth-grade history at Hillside New Tech High School in Durham.

First timers

• In her debut novel “The Amalgamist” (1st Ride Enterprises), Raleigh author

Cristel Orrand

tells the story of Miriam Claymore’s quest to re-imagine herself in the wake of impetuously quitting her life.

• Johnston County resident

Sam Stafford

has published his first novel, “The Vampire Revelation: Demon Gene” (Amazon), which delves into the science behind vampirism in a suspense-thriller style.

New titles

• “Vengeance Is Mine – A Benjamin Tucker Mystery (Peak City), by Raleigh novelist

Harry James Krebs

, is the first in a trilogy that takes place in Cary. The title character is an amateur detective obsessed with solving crimes near his home turf of Holly Springs.

• “Path Chosen, Life of a Lakota” (Amazon), is Raleigh resident

Delane Quiver Boyer

’s story of his journey from poverty on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota to his career in the Army and beyond. “My story ... is about a simple dream,” Boyer says.

• Set in Nags Head,

Gina Holmes

’ “Driftwood Tides” (Tyndale House) deals with a father and daughter discovering who they are and where they belong. Holmes says it’s lighter than previous novels, but with a powerful message of forgiveness and hope.


• Raleigh poet

Betty Adcock

was inducted into the N.C. Literary Hall of Fame this month. Other inductees are

Ronald H. Bayes, Jaki Shelton Green


Shelby Stephenson


• Raleigh author

Arthur Powers

won the 2014 Catholic Arts and Letters Award for his short-story collection, “A Hero for the People.”


The N.C. Writers’ Network Fall Conference is Nov. 21-23 in Charlotte. Writers will have the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors and agents. Info:

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