Browseabout Books at Rehoboth Beach will host a book signing with Crystal Heidel and Kathleen L. Martens from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 31, the last day of the Sea Witch Festival.
Owner of Byzantium Sky Press, Heidel is the author of the award-winning detective story “Still Life in Blood”.
Heidel’s “Still Life in Blood” follows the life of Francesca Munro, an artist who also dreams of the murders at Rehoboth Beach. For years, she has kept her psychic abilities a secret, but when the murders stack up, her struggle to cope with the deadly visions can be revealed. She knows there is a deeper meaning to the murders, one that may be linked to her, especially when she begins to receive bizarre clues that send her to search for the truth about her 12-year-old mother’s alleged suicide. earlier. Delaware State Police Homicide Detective Jack Remington is trying to untie the intricate knot between victims and Francesca, but can he solve the mystery before she becomes the final victim?
Martens’ “Wanderlust” follows Kate Ketchum, a woman with the disease of desire. Passionate about the fantasies of a singing career and traveling the world, she abandons her generations-old family tradition by working at the declining shoe factory Owl & Shamrock. Enter Michael James. Returning from two tours of Vietnam with haunts and secrets he is loath to share, he rejects the Harvard legacy and his father’s family business and heads to the University of Connecticut. “Wanderlust” captures college life where the worlds of Kate and Michael collide in 1968 against the backdrop of the Vietnam War – a passionate era of change, hippies and history. Disappointments, distractions and devastation, U-turns, misfortunes and the fast lane lure each of the characters to unexpected destinations – from an institution for young people with disabilities to the bustling streets of Bangkok. Will their different passions and history heal or tear them apart?
“Rising Women, Rising Tides” by Martens is a collection of short stories perfect for those who love water and the wisdom it shares. Many of these stories take place at Rehoboth Beach with diverse voices sharing their wisdom. Against the backdrop of thundering waterfalls, raging rivers and ever-alluring ocean, Martens’ award-winning short stories take the reader on difficult and tender journeys across cultures and continents, from the 1800s to modern times.
Heidel is a graphic designer who has won numerous awards for the book covers she created. Her mysterious murder, “Still Life in Blood,” won first place in the Delaware Press Association Communication Competition and the National Press Federation Women’s Communication Competition in 2014. Her passion for designing unique books and compelling writing led Heidel to found Byzantium Sky Press. , an independent publishing house dedicated to sharing the voices of empowering female writers who aren’t afraid to be who they are and change lives with their words. Byzantium Sky Press won several awards in the Delaware Press Association’s communication competition for cover design.
Martens is a Delaware-based author with a lifelong passion for writing, travel and foreign cultures. After studying Thai and Southeast Asia at the US State Department’s Foreign Service Institute in her twenties, Martens worked as a cross-cultural communication consultant. These experiences inspired her to write her novel and short stories from a variety of perspectives and voices, focusing on women who stand up against adversity. She has curated and edited three anthologies of writers from Delaware and Maryland who have raised funds to benefit women’s causes through the arts.
Browseabout Books at 133 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach.