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Author Freed returns with ‘Where Have all the Elves Gone?’

Author Layton Green is back with “Written in Blood,” featuring Detective Joe “Preach” Everson, who returns to his hometown of Creekville, NC, to investigate a series of murders with a literary twist.
Author Layton Green is back with “Written in Blood,” featuring Detective Joe “Preach” Everson, who returns to his hometown of Creekville, NC, to investigate a series of murders with a literary twist. Seventh Street Books

Christian Warren Freed spent 20 years on active duty in the U.S. Army before retiring and turning his talents to writing.

To date, he has 17 military fantasy and science fiction novels in print, with another seven in various stages of production. His latest, “Where Have All the Elves Gone?” (Lulu), follows novelist Daniel Thomas as he finds himself living among the creatures of his imagination. “It is a spin on the traditional fantasy genre,” Freed says, “but it happens now and here in Raleigh, ending at the zoo.”

Freed says many of the experiences and battle sequences in his novels come from his three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and his understanding of military tactics.

A graduate of Campbell University, Freed lives in Holly Springs.

New title

Author Layton Green is back with “Written in Blood” (Seventh Street Books), featuring Detective Joe “Preach” Everson, who returns to his hometown of Creekville, N.C., to investigate a series of murders with a literary twist. Green, who writes thrillers and mysteries, lives in Durham.

For children

“Sweet T and the Turtle Team” (2101 Ink) is Cat Michaels’ third in her Sweet T Tales series of chapter books for early and reluctant readers. In this story, 9-year-old Sweet T is spending the summer on North Carolina’s Gull Island when he decides to help monitor sea turtle nests. As a tropical storm threatens, T must abandon the nest as it is about to hatch. Michaels is a Cary-based blogger and author.

Awards

Nancy Panko of Fuquay-Varina has won a silver medal in historical fiction from the Military Writers’ Society of America for her novel “Guiding Missal” (Torchflame Books).

“Life on the Line: Football, Rage and Redemption” (Bagpiper Press) by Frank McNair has won a Pinnacle Book Achievement award for best book in the young adult category. McNair lives in Winston-Salem.

For writers

Registration is open for the N.C. Writers’ Network 2017 fall conference to be held Nov. 3-5 in Wrightsville Beach. The event is open to writers of all skill levels. For information, see www.ncwriters.org.

Bookwatch

North Carolina writer Renee Ahdieh discusses “The Rose & The Dagger” (Speak) on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch at noon Sunday, Sept. 24, and 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28. Ahdieh, a young adult author, based “The Rose & The Dagger” and its prequel on an ancient Persian tale in “The Arabian Nights” in which Scheherazade volunteers to marry a murderous king. “I wanted to re-tell the story of Scheherazade because it is like the Persian version of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ” Ahdieh said.

Triangle-area authors: We want to hear about your new book. Send information to bookbeat@newsobserver.com. As space permits, we will mention self-published books by local authors that are for sale on commercial sites.

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