Charleston author Kelly Owen has released the first of four novels in her "College Chronicles" series.

"The College Chronicles" records students' experiences through four years of study, offering descriptions of life lessons "with Charleston serving as a living classroom."

The books are divided into chapters named after college courses. "Freshman Milestones" chronicles Cadence Cooper's journey and incorporates Owen's own college experiences.

Owen, born in Georgetown, attended the University of South Carolina and has taught literature and writing at several schools.

Her book is $18.99 and available in electronic form for $5.99.

Beth Tyner, a resident of St. George, has published her second mystery called "Bad Mojo."

The story features Varson and Buella, friends who run into pirate trouble and seek answers from an old poem.

Tyner is the author of "Inside the George" and "The Sleuth Sisters." Her self-published books, including "Bad Mojo" ($9.99), are available from online retailers. For more information, go to

South Carolina native Kim Boykin's latest novel "Palmetto Moon: A Lowcountry Novel" is now available from Berkley Trade. The story takes place in Charleston and Round O and features original recipes from Frank Lee, executive chef of SNOB (Slightly North of Broad) in Charleston.

In "Palmetto Moon," Vada Hadley runs away from a fated marriage, forges unexpected friendships at a boarding house and meets a local diner owner who helps her feel as though she is where she was meant to be. Then a friend finds her and Vada is forced to decide where her heart truly belongs.

The paperback is $15 and available from traditional and online book retailers.