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Charleston author Tom Turner has completed his first novel, a crime thriller called "Palm Beach Nasty," due for release by Permanent Press in January.

"Palm Beach Nasty" presents the no-nonsense former New York homicide cop Charlie Crawford and the hard-nosed detective from Cleveland Mort Ott who together chase the bad guy through the glitter and glamour of Palm Beach, Fla.

Turner, a former copy writer in the advertising business, moved from New York to Palm Beach some years ago where he found work in real estate. Not long ago, he moved to Charleston, where he dabbled in real estate between stretches of writing.

Turner's sequel to "Palm Beach Nasty" is slated for publication in 2016. He recently finished his third book, "Killing Time in Charleston."

"Palm Beach Nasty" is available for $28 in hardcover.

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Local psychologist Justina Lasley, founder and director of the Institute for Dream Studies, has published her book "Wake Up! Use Your Nighttime Dreams to Make Your Daytime Dreams Come True."

The self-help book begins with Lasley's own story of her awakening to the power of dreams, then invites readers to learn the process in order to live authentic, creative and spiritual lives.

"Change and transformation occur much faster and are more sustainable through dreamwork than through traditional forms of therapy," she said in a press release.

Lasley will be at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St., 5-7 p.m. Nov. 20 for a book signing.

Lasley practices transpersonal psychology with an emphasis on dream studies. Her book is available in hardcover ($33.95), paperback ($16.99) and ebook ($3.99) formats from online retailers. For more information, visit

Charleston author and Pinckney Elementary School teacher Geoff Collins has published "The Christmas Token," a large-format book illustrated by local artist Danner James.

"The Christmas Token" is a holiday fable set in New York City about generosity, memory and family. Its central character, dishwasher Jimmy Flynn, experiences an unusual early Christmas morning that brings him a special gift. Produced by Telemachus Press, the book is available for $14.95 from online retailers.

Ella Walton Richardson Fine Art, a gallery at 58 Broad St., is hosting a book signing 1-5 p.m. Nov. 1 for Webb Hubbell, author of "When Men Betray." Light refreshments will be served.

"When Men Betray" is an action-packed mystery thriller that takes place in a fictionalized version of Hubbell's hometown of Little Rock, Ark. The novel draws liberally from Webb's own life, featuring recognizable personalities and locales from the Arkansas political scene while exploring personal themes of friendship, race relations, betrayal and redemption.

Hubbell is a popular lecturer on the U.S. criminal justice system, ethics and accountability, politics and government. He also addresses social issues, including the problems with solitary confinement, racial bias in the criminal justice system, the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction and the marijuana legalization movement.

Hubbell has served as associate attorney general of the United States, chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, mayor of Little Rock and an attorney in the private sector. He resides in Charlotte.

For more about the book signing, visit www.ella

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