Endurance hiker and public speaker Andra Watkins has published her memoir “Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace” (Word Hermit Press). The memoir is Watkins’ second book after “To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis.”
“Not Without My Father” was inspired by Watkins’ quest to walk the Natchez Trace. She planned to walk 15 miles a day for 34 days accompanied by a wingman, her 88-year-old father.
The book recounts with humor and heartbreak the effort to rebuild their relationship before it was too late. It’s available from online retailers in paperback ($14.99) and e-book ($3.99). Watkins will sign copies of her book 5-7 p.m. Feb. 3 at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King. St.
Thomas Thibeault, a Georgia resident, has published a new novel based on the story of Robert Smalls, who captained the Planter, a Confederate gunboat, across Charleston harbor and into Union-controlled territory, liberating himself and the crew and helping to convince Abraham Lincoln to allow blacks to enroll in the Union army.
The book, “The Man Who Stole Himself: A Novel of the Civil War,” is produced by Ridgetop Press and available from online retailers. It’s list price is $17.95.
A new regency romance novel by Charleston native and Summerville resident Amy E. Quinton will be available from online retailers as a paperback and e-book on Jan. 26.
“What the Duke Wants” is set in 1814 England and tells of the affair of a common woman and noble man.
Quinton will sign copies of her book Jan. 31 at Coastal Coffee Roasters in Summerville during the Winter Farmers Market; Feb. 7 at the Tri-county Literacy Celebration at Cypress Gardens; and Feb. 19 during the Third Thursday event in downtown Summerville.