Sunday school inspires a book for young adults

Stanley author Marjorie Hall says she found the inspiration for her latest work in church.

After years of teaching children’s church and Sunday school, she wanted to feature a time-honored way of revealing deep truths.

“But my book isn’t religious or preachy in any way,” she insists. “The book’s themes are spiritual in nature but the teaching part is entirely incidental. Above all, I wanted the book to speak to young people on a deep, personal level in a language they could relate to through adventure and fantasy.”

“Zamoria” (CreateSpace) is the first young adult novel for Hall, who is a writer and illustrator of children’s books.

Set in Charlotte, it features a middle-school-aged girl named Zoe who spends almost all her free time working on a comic book series. “Although Zoe’s own life becomes quite exciting and has surprises along the way, it’s her imaginative fantasy creation where she immerses herself in order to make sense of her own life,” Hall said.

New titles

“Deadly Trust” and “Deadly Deception (Lystra Books & Literary Services) are the first two volumes in the Lanie Montgomery Mysteries by Ellen Rogers. Set in Southern Pines, the books revolve around Lanie’s feed and tack store. Lanie was a three-day eventer until a bad cross country accident ended her riding career. Now she has given up her big-city career to return to her hometown in horse country, where she sticks her nose in where it doesn’t belong. Rogers, who lives in Raleigh, commutes to Winston-Salem daily for work and spends weekends in Pinehurst. She will be reading from her books at 5 p.m. July 13 at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines.

In “The Memory Arts” (Magicae Vaccam), mnemonists and authors David and Sarah Trustman introduce the ancient art of memory and recollection. Readers are provided the tools to memorize anything from long lists to a shuffled deck of cards. The Trustmans live in Angier.

“An American Pilot With the Luftwaffe” (, a novella by Robert Huddleston, follows Rudy Hagen, the Chicago-born son of German immigrants who moves with his father to Germany during the Third Reich and eventually becomes a Luftwaffe fighter ace. Huddleston, who served as a combat fighter pilot in World War II, lives in a retirement community near Chapel Hill where he writes fiction, nonfiction and short stories.

“I Do It With The Lights On” (Ballantine Books), a memoir about learning to love yourself no matter your size, is the first book for Greensboro’s Whitney Way Thore, star of the TV reality show “My Big Fat Fabulous Life.”

Author Misty Buchanan of Littleton will sign copies of her book “My Soldier Man” (Tate Publishing) at noon June 29 at the Warren County Memorial Library in Warrenton.


Randy Johnson will talk about his book “Grandfather Mountain: The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon” (UNC Press) at noon Sunday, June 26, and 5 p.m. Thursday, June 30, on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch. Johnson’s book covers the mountain’s history and its lasting significance and includes more than 200 photographs as well as a practical guide to hiking the extensive trails.

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