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Author Marti Healy will read from and sign copies of her new book, “The Rhythm of Selby,” from 1 until 4 p.m., Sunday, April 26 at Sherlock’s Book Emporium and Curiosities.

The book is published by The Design Group Press.

Writer Macy Harris moves to the small Southern town of Selby, S.C., in search of mild winters and a culture known for its equally warm hospitality, a place to write in rhythm with a slower pace of life. She soon becomes enchanted with Selby’s gentle residents, its generations of history, its tradition of horses and dogs, its magnificent old homes and gardens, art and music, and excellent cuisine.

But Selby also has its share of eccentric neighbors and family secrets. Secrets that have haunted their caretakers for more than a century and still whisper from their graves.

A tragic train derailment, the dying words of one of its victims, a fabled ruby necklace, a strained childhood friendship, a turn-of-the-century attempted murder, a terrifying storm that washes a 150-year-old secret to the surface -- all come together as part of a tangled, multi-generational mystery that eventually takes an entire town to decipher. The book is punctuated with numerous sepia-toned photographs.

Healy is the author of two hardcover books. “The Rhythm of Selby” is her first novel. It is described as a very lyrically written work, with a strong sense of place created through vivid descriptions and memorable incidents and characters. Healy moved to South Carolina in 2004, and her passion for her adopted state is deeply apparent in her writing.

Her first published book, “The God-Dog Connection” (second Edition, The Design Group Press, 2007), is subtitled: “Things I’ve learned about God and faith through the dogs and cats in my life.” It is a collection of 25 essays that each captures a small vignette of animal behavior, and then the faith lesson that can be drawn from it.

Now in its second printing, the book has been enthusiastically embraced by Christian and mainstream readers alike. It even serves as the centerpiece of a Pet Ministry, which Healy developed and has helped implement in a number of churches of different denominations.

A copywriter for more than three decades, and newspaper columnist for almost five years, Healy has received numerous advertising industry writing awards. The majority of her professional career was spent with a communications firm in Indianapolis, Ind., where she was senior writer and where she mentored and helped develop the talents of many young writers who worked under her direction.

Beginning in 2008, Healy has devoted her time almost exclusively to various personal writing projects, including several new books that are in different stages of development.

She is a popular speaker on the topics of her books as well as her writing career, and enjoys meeting with book clubs, churches and other organizations utilizing her books. She has appeared on numerous daytime television shows in the Southeast and has served on panels and as a featured speaker at regional book festivals. Healy is active in her local church and community, and continues to write a regular column for the local newspaper. She currently shares her home with dogs Sophie and Teddy, and cats Katie and Sparky.

Sherlock’s Book Emporium and Curiosities is at 200 Maddox-Simpson Pkwy., Lebanon. For more information about this and other book signing events, call 449-9807 or visit online at www.sherlocksbooks.com.

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