Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Clare Pernice, Circus Girl. Thurs., Dec. 11.

Join us, Thurs., Dec. 11, 4-6 pm as local author and illustrator Clare Pernice signs copies of her new children’s book, Circus Girl . (Simply Read Books, hb., 40 pp $17). 


When a little girl plays dress up in her leotard and socks she becomes Circus Girl star of the show. Even her toys morph into her dreamscape of circus acts. At each page turn she jumps and tumbles, flies through the air, juggles, spins, balances and contorts.

Vibrant and winsome, modern and timeless the illustrations and words convey a captured childhood moment with directness and simplicity.


Clare Pernice is a children’s picture book writer and illustrator who was born and raised in England where a passion for children’s books took root. Influenced by her favorite local author Roald Dahl and her witty story telling father, she took an avid interest in the world of children’s stories, art and design. A graduate of London’s Central Saint Martin’s School of Art, she has since designed, illustrated and exhibited works in Paris, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Charleston SC, and New York. She has designed children’s books, clothes, toys, murals and has created costumes and props for film and stage.


Justina Lasley, Wake Up!. Thurs., Nov. 20.

Join us, Thurs., Nov. 20, 5-7 pm as local author Justina Lasley signs copies of her new book, Wake Up!. (Balboa Press, pb., 202 pp $17). 


“Wake Up!” reaches out to people at various levels of experience with dreams. It offers a simple, step-by-step guide to using dreams as a tool for personal growth and transformation. Lasley’s book fills the void of knowledge and access to information about dreamwork for anyone who has ever asked “How can I live a more authentic and fulfilling life?” or “Why would I want to remember my dreams?” “Wake Up!” starts with Lasley’s own inspiring personal story of her awakening to the power of her dreams. She then invites readers to participate in the same process, teaching them how to use their nighttime dreams as resources to awaken their most authentic, creative and spiritual selves, thus leading them to what she predicts will be more fulfilling and joyful lives.

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JUSTINA LASLEY  has a master’s degree in transpersonal psychology with an emphasis in dream studies. She is the founder and director of the Institute for Dream Studies and also author of “Honoring the Dream: A Handbook for Dream Group Leaders” and “In My Dream… a creative dream journal.” More information is available at


Lynn Seldon, Virginia’s Ring, Cocktails and Shrimp and Grits by Frank Lee. Thurs., Dec. 4.

Join us, Thurs., Dec. 4, 5-7 pm as local author Lynn Seldon signs copies of his new book, Virginia’s Ring. (CreateSpace, hb., 274 pp $19). Cocktails will be served as well as Shrimp and Grits prepared by Frank Lee, Executive Chef of Maverick Southern Kitchens.

Virginia's Ring CreateSpace Front Cover finalCompelling, chilling, sentimental, and emotional, Virginia’s Ring delves into the decisions we make that impact our lives forever. Set in the scenic Shenandoah Valley town of Lexington and Virginia’s capital city of Richmond, the two main characters of Virginia’s Ring share their experiences at VMI and beyond with poignancy and grace, serving as a reminder of how precious people, places, and life can be. Creatively narrated by both a male and female VMI graduate, Virginia’s Ring leaves readers with new or renewed respect for VMI. Founded in 1839, the Virginia Military Institute is a unique military college educating young men and women to become leaders in the military and civilian worlds. VMI has a long legacy of successful graduates who have proudly served the United States in war and in peace. Men and women who wear the VMI ring share a special bond anywhere they meet in the world.

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LYNN SELDON got his start while stationed in Germany as a young Army officer looking for some excitement and a creative outlet. During his weekend jaunts throughout Europe, he decided to start writing about his travel experiences. On a lark, he sent a few articles to Stars & Stripes, the daily newspaper for the Armed Forces. From that, a successful full-time career in travel writing and photography developed. Lynn has spent the past 20+ years covering all aspects of travel writing and photography. He focuses on travel within the Southeast US and the Caribbean, cruise ship travel, soft adventure (including scuba diving, hiking, mountain biking, and boating), spa travel and culinary travel. Whether an exotic cruise ship port in South America or a charming little cooking school in Tennessee, Lynn covers the world and his own backyard. Lynn’s work has appeared in more than 500 publications, including: Southern Living; Cruise Travel; Outside; Wine Enthusiast; Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel; Scuba Diving; Dayspa; Porthole; Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Charlotte Observer; USA Today; various in-flight publications; and many AAA magazines.


FrankLeeFRANK LEE is the Executive Chef at Maverick Southern Kitchens.


Jason Ryan, Hell Bent: One Man’s Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob, with music by The V-Tones. Sun., Nov. 2

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Join us, Sun., Nov. 2, 4-6 pm as local author Jason Ryan signs copies of his new book, Hell Bent: One Man’s Crusade to Crush the Hawaiian Mob. (Globe Pequot Press, hb., 304 pp $27). The V-Tones of Charleston  will also be playing Hawaiian music during the release party.

World-class beaches, fragrant frangipani, swaying palms, and hula girls. Most folks think of Hawaii as a vacation destination. Mob-style executions, drug smuggling, and vicious gang warfare are seldom part of the postcard image. Yet, Hawaii was once home to not only Aloha spirit, but also a ruthless, homegrown mafia underworld. From 1960 to 1980, Hawaiian gangsters grew rich off a robust trade in drugs, gambling, and prostitution that followed in the wake of Hawaii’s tourist boom.
     Thus, by 1980—the year Charles Marsland was elected Honolulu’s top prosecutor—the honeymoon island paradise was also plagued by violence, corruption and organized crime. The zeal that Marsland brought to his crusade against the Hawaiian underworld was relentless, self-destructive, and very personal. Five years earlier, Marsland’s son had been gunned down. His efforts to bring his son’s killers to justice—and indeed, eradicate the entire organized criminal element in Hawaii—make for an extraordinary tale that culminates with intense courtroom drama.

Jason Ryan is the author of Jackpot: High Times, High Seas and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs, the true story of the rise and fall of the South’s “gentlemen” marijuana smugglers. Ryan is a former staff reporter of The State newspaper and a graduate of Georgetown University. He lives in Charleston.


The V-Tones are Charleston’s only ukulele hot club jug band vaudeville ragtime neo-retro-postpostmodern beachfront quasi-primitive anachronistic revolutionary anti-inflammatory mass catharsis jazz freakout and philharmonic group therapy session.


Grady Hendrix, Horrorstör. Sat., Oct. 18


Join us  Sat., Oct. 18, 5 – 7 pm, as writer Grady Hendrix signs copies of  his novel, Horrorstör. (Quirk Books, pb., 256 pp. $15).

A traditional haunted house story in a contemporary setting (and full of current fears), Horrorstör comes conveniently packaged in the form of a retail catalog, complete with illustrations of ready-to-assemble furniture and other, more sinister accessories. We promise you’ve never seen anything quite like it! 

Something strange is happening at the Orsk furniture superstore in Columbus, Ohio. Every morning, employees arrive to find broken Kjerring wardrobes, shattered Brooka glassware, and vandalized Liripip sofa beds—clearly, someone or something is up to no good. To unravel the mystery, five young employees volunteer for a long dusk-till-dawn shift—and they encounter horrors that defy imagination. Along the way, author Grady Hendrix infuses sly social commentary on the nature of work in the new twenty-first century economy.

GradyHorrorstor GRADY HENDRIX is from Charleston and is a writer and journalist and one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival. A former film critic for the New York Sun, Grady has written for Slate, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, Playboy, and Variety.

Michael Davis, Papa Was a Rolling Stone: Fathers of Charleston. Thurs., Oct. 16


Join us  Sat., Oct. 18, 5 – 7 pm, local author Michael Davis will sign his memoir Papa Was a Rolling Stone: Fathers of Charleston (West Bow, 204 pp., hb., $34).

“Finding my father was a wonderful feeling; forgiving him was even better. I have been set free, and now I can look at all the houses he built and the St. Louis arch in four states: South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, and Missouri. There are footsteps that lead to manhood; the path was cut down by our fathers. But when there is no father, you must count on the Father above that will lead your path. Now I have the experience that God has laid before me in my life with no father. At fifty-two, with that experience, I must show others how to forgive and move on with their lives. As a spiritual leader in teaching divorce care and blended family classes at the World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, I have tried to help people in forgiving others in their lives.”


MICHAEL A. DAVIS is a local author.

Marjorie E. Belson, Nothing is Promised. Wed., Oct. 15

Join us, Wed., Oct15, 5-7 pm as author Marjorie E. Belson signs copies of her debut novel, Nothing is Promised. (Marjorie E Belson, pb., 200 pp $13).



Marjorie is diagnosed with breast cancer immediately after her most joyous day, the wedding of her son Matthew. A month after undergoing a bilateral mastectomy, on her second day back as an early childhood teacher in Brooklyn, the world is enveloped by 9/11. As she continues to mend, she discovers that Matthew has enlisted in the Armed Forces and is to be deployed for six months to the Persian Gulf. She has chronicled it all so that others can grasp the joy of survival through her story. Discover and delight in her experiences: how she overcame the apprehension about her sexuality after a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction; how she let her family back in; how the man in her life coped; how trips to Atlantic City became therapy; how friends helped her search for the perfect breast implant design; and how she learned to sleep without Ambien and Vodka. 


Marjorie E. Belson is a quintessential New Yorker. Born in New York City in 1945, she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the City University of New York. As a single mother, she chose to teach early childhood education rather than work on Wall Street. Motivated by her experience, she started writing this book in 2004.

YALLFest Preorders

website1The staff at Blue Bicycle Books can’t wait for you to join us at YALLFest! What’s that? Can’t make it? Or you are coming but can’t make every signing?

Well now you can pre-order SIGNED hardbacks by:

Rainbow Rowell — Landline, Fangirl, Eleanor & Park

Veronica Roth — Divergent, Insurgent, Allegiant, Four: A Divergent Collection

James Dashner — Maze Runner, Scorch Trials, Death Cure, Kill Order. The Eyes of the Mind and The Rule of Thoughts.

Gayle Forman — If I Stay, Where She Went, Just One Day, Just One Year

Kiera Cass — The Selection, The Elite, The One

Scott Westerfeld — Afterworlds, Uglies

E. Lockhart — We Were Liars

Sarah Dessen — The Moon and More, What Happened to Goodbye?, Along for the Ride

Lauren Oliver — Panic, Rooms

Marie Lu – Legend, The Young Elites

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl — Beautiful Creatures, Dangerous Creatures

and Ryan Graudin — All that Glows, The Walled City

You can have them shipped to you after YALLFest (Sat., Nov. 8), or pick them up at the festival (inside Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., Charleston).


*We cannot take orders for personal inscriptions

*But if you pre-order signed books for festival pick-up, you can still get them personally inscribed by the authors in line.

*Veronica Roth, at this time, is not scheduled to do a public signing, so this is your only chance to get a signed copy of her books.

*Books will ship out after the festival — thank you for your patience!

Click here for all YALLFest pre-orders

Questions — call Blue Bicycle Books at 843.722.2666.

Lindy Carter, Annaliese From Off. Fri., Oct. 24

Join us  Fri., Oct. 24, 5 – 7 pm, as writer Lindy Carter signs copies of  her debut historical novel, Annaliese From Off.


The year is 1900 and young mother Annaliese Stregal is forced by her husband, John, to leave their comfortable life in Louisville, Kentucky to move to a lumber camp in the north Georgia mountains where he has launched a timber business with his brother. Joining her there with even more outrage and dismay is the sister-in-law she loathes, Lucenia, who is full of opniions about every woman’s issue of the day – social justice for the oppressed, equal rights, birth control, the morality of female sexual pleasure- and not one domestic skill. To protect their children safely and battle the mountain enemies they have in common, the women strike a truce, but a new controversy in America lands on their doorstep: the annihilation of the nation’s forests. The brothers pick up their pace in scraping their fortune off the pristine hillsides just as John begins to unravel, putting the families’ futures in jeopardy. Unlikely help comes from a pair of Cherokee Indian brothers, but it is Annaliese whomust act decisively to save her family and the mountains she has come to love.

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LINDY KEANE CARTER lives in Charleston and is a  journalist whose work has appeared in a variety of national magazines, trade publications, and academic medical journals. She is the author of award-winning short stories, including two that placed in the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Fiction Project contest. Annaliese From Off is her debut novel. Lindy has two daughters and a son.


Latoya Lee, Deep Inside Me: A Revelation of Love. Thurs., Oct. 9





Join us  Thurs., Oct. 9, 5 – 7 pm, as writer Latoya Lee signs copies of  her book, Deep Inside Me: A Revelation of Love. (Xlibris Corporation, pb., 60 pp. $32).

This is a collection of writings that date from years 2004-2009. I grant you permission to read as I reflect on my personal circumstances. The release of these personal matters has been a healing process for me. At the end of it all, I had exactly what I started with-God and myself. I didn’t need a physician to tell me I had a problem. I experienced both physical and emotional trauma throughout my childhood. In my youth I witnessed drug and alcohol abuse, prostitution, domestic violence and crime of all sorts. Subconsciously I didn’t neither want nor know how to be alone. I truly possessed a personal need to always feel comforted. In addition to my need for comfort, my sexually driven emotions had me traveling down a self paved road of confusion and destruction.” 

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LOTOYA LEE is the ambitious Washington, DC native releasing her first short story. After publishing two captivating poetry collections “When These Hands Write” and “To Whom It May Concern: Letters to the People”, the young author has more love to share. She is creatively known as Lati (La-tee); meaning God’s love is present. Lati is a mother, poet, singer and an extraordinary artist on the rise.