Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Outer Banks Book Tour 2011

A visit to the Outer Banks would never be the same for me if I didn't stop and eat at Sam & Omie's. We kicked off our Second Time's a Charm book tour at Sam & Omie's in Nags Head on August 1st, thanks to owner, Carole Sykes and her wonderful hospitality, just one year after our first visit with The One. Judy Waits and Kathleen Breony returned to visit with Mike and me, along with some new folks we met that day. After leaving them we walked across the street to behold the newly reconstructed Jennette's Fishing Pier. If you are in the area you shouldn't pass it up. The aquarium tanks, personalized fishing benches and the wind power turbine are spectacular on this piece of Nags Head history that will not die. It's a nice place for a wedding too, so I've been told. Don't forget to eat at Sam & Omie's while you're there!
Scarborough Faire was our next stop on Wednesday, at the Island Bookstore in Duck, where we stayed. We met lots of nice ladies and their daughters, looking for a good, clean teen read, so needless to say, they bought The One!
Duck's Cottage Coffee and Books is definitely the place to be on any given morning from 9-11 AM! Coffee drinkers there are passionate about their reading and I had lots of nice chats with folks from Virginia to New York, and one man and his lovely daughter from Australia. We even met a man who went to high school with both of our brothers, assuring us that it is a small world, after all.
Next up was Page After Page in Elizabeth City on Thursday evening. They were ready for us with flyers in the window, my book on the shelf facing the window, right above John Hart's Iron House (!) and book marks advertising the visit. Thanks to owner, Susan Hinkle, we had one very enthusiastic young lady waiting for us, whose mother bought both books.
If you want to stay in Duck, check out Twiddy & Company Realtors for a clean rental with a friendly and efficient staff. Our house, just a short walk from the beach, was exactly what we wanted for a week's worth of R & R, complete with a porch swing and a kitchen we could actually cook in. My favorite part was the outdoor shower! Jessica and Shelby liked the jet skis at Sunset Water Sports, which has a good restuarant, called Sunset Bar and Grille, too. Don't leave there without trying the she-crab soup!
On to the editing phase of Three Gifts. We are getting close now! I hope to release this third installment in the trilogy of the Davis and Davenport families by mid-November.