The eagerly awaited third book in the award-winning Rehoboth Beach Reads series, Beach Days, is now available at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The book contains the winning entries from a short story contest that drew submissions from across the country. The stories vary, covering a range of genres including mystery, romance, humor, and memoir, and feature a variety of local settings. One of the stories even takes place during the Sea Witch Festival. The two previous books were bestsellers at Browseabout, the contest’s sponsor. The Rehoboth Beach Reads series is published by Cat & Mouse Press, a small independent publisher located in Lewes, DE.
The 24 short stories in Beach Days are as varied as Rehoboth itself. A researcher who conducts a project to find romance and encounters an unexpected variable, a woman seeking solitude who learns that things aren’t always as they appear, a man who gets postcards seemingly from his dead wife, and even a murder mystery that involves the short story contest, are just a few of the engaging situations explored in the stories. Those familiar with Rehoboth will recognize the restaurants, inns, streets, and activities mentioned in the stories and be able to relive their own beach day memories.
“People have been asking for this book for months,” says Susan Kehoe, Manager of Browseabout Books. “Once people read one of these anthologies, they come back for the others. They are among our most popular books.” Browseabout Books sponsored the contest, which featured a $500 cash prize for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place. A panel of judges selected the stories for the top prizes and also chose stories they felt deserved special merit for individual judge’s awards. This year’s judges were Austin S. Camacho, Alex Colevas, Dennis Lawson, Laurel Marshfield, Mary-Margaret Pauer, and Judith Reveal.
Katherine Melvin received first prize and $500 for her story, “The Break Out,” a humorous tale involving a couple of elderly women who break out of a nursing home to enjoy a day at the beach. Melvin is a writer living in the DC metropolitan area. Her articles have appeared in Today’s Christian Woman, Christianity Today, and Catholic Digest. J.L. Epler of Wilmington, DE, and Rehoboth Beach, DE, won second prize and $250 for “Dead Man’s Sendoff,” the story of a man with an unusual last wish. Third prize and $100 went to Barbara Nuzzo, of Millsboro, DE, for her story, “New Beginnings at the Beach,” a poignant tale of a young mother coming to terms with the loss of her husband (who was killed in Afghanistan) while helping her daughter keep their beach traditions alive. Judges’ awards went to Judy Shandler of Milton, DE, for “Face-to-Face(book)”; Renay Regardie of Rehoboth Beach, DE, for “Family Beach Week A to Z”; Kathleen L. Martens of Rehoboth Beach, DE, for “Molting”; Fran Hasson of Fenwick Island, DE, for “Oksana and Carly”; Thomas F. Linehan, Jr. of Dagsboro, DE, for “Chance Meeting”; and V.K. Dorner of Humble, TX, for “Waiting for Summer.” The Editor’s Pick (a new award this year) went to Hyl Norman of Huntington, WV, for “Seven Scenes.”
Other stories included in Beach Days are:
Haiku Kites, Robert Hambling Davis (Newark, DE)
The Debutante Learns to Drive, Matthew Hastings (Rehoboth Beach, DE)
Time in the Sun, Terri Clifton (Milford, DE)
Witchy Women, Connie McDowell (Greenwood, DE)
Salting the Beach, MaryAlice Meli (Pittsburgh, PA)
Telltale Coin, Wayne Hughes (Upperco, MD)
Beached, Jean F. Youkers (Hockessin, DE)
The Wineglass Clue, Nancy H. Linton (Garnet Valley, PA)
The Magical Suit, Lynnette Adair (Wilmington, DE)
Somewhere Between Crab Cakes and Cocktails, Jeanie P. Blair (Newark, DE)
Second Wind, Lisa M. Coruzzi (Wilmington, DE)
Synchronicity, Gail Sobotkin (Milford, DE)
I Do, Glory Aiken (Easton, MD)
Beach Daze, Margaret Farrell Kirby (Silver Spring, MD)
Nancy Sakaduski, owner of Cat & Mouse Press, says “Although The Beach House, The Boardwalk, and Beach Days contain different sets of stories, they share a sense of adventure that makes them great reads, whether you’re stretched out on the beach or curled up by a fireplace. When people pick up a Rehoboth Beach Reads book, they know they are in for some fun and a surprise or two.”
Beach Days is available now at Browseabout Books and can be shipped anywhere in the US. Contact the store at (302) 226-2665 to place an order. A launch party for Beach Days will be held at Browseabout Books on November 21 at 2pm. Many of the authors will be on hand to sign books and there will be snacks, cake, wine, and free raffles. Additional information on the contest and on other Cat & Mouse Press publications is available at catandmousepress.com.
Cat & Mouse Press was established to produce books and other materials that are fun, entertaining, and of particular interest to residents and visitors to the Delaware Cape region. The company runs the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Competition and publishes a free daily newspaper for writers, Writing is a Shore Thing (www.writingisashorething.com). For more information, visit the company’s website at www.catandmousepress.com or its Facebook page, www.facebook.com/catandmousepress.