Pierce Kelley - Asleep At The Wheel - When Craig Forrest, a retired military man, falls asleep at the wheel of his truck as he is returning to Fernandina Beach after spending a weekend fishing in Cedar Key with his best friend, Billy Sizemore, the resulting collsion with a tree caused the death of his passenger. Shortly after the incident, Craig is charged with the crime of DUI Manslaughter. Not long after, he is sued for causing the wrongful death of his friend. Although Craig wants to see Billy's heirs recover from his insurance company, the company has other thoughts. In addition to the possibility of personal financial disaster, as well as psychological problems, he must constantly re-live the incident, which drags on month after month. The attorney appointed by the insurance company to represent him is of no help and seems to have the interests of the insurance company at heart, not his. When no settlement is reached, a jury must decide the case.
Pierce Kelley - Bocas del Toro - Billy Starkey is sent to prison at age 18 when he refuses to provide testimony against reputed mobsters, after two of his friends who agree to cooperate with law enforcement authorities are found shot to death. Upon his release, he finds himself back in a world of crime. He and his girl friend flee to Cedar Key, Florida, take on new identities and hide. When they are discovered by an intrepid Federal agent, after being set-up by a confidential informant gone bad, Billy must infiltrate a gang of drug smugglers who steal clams off of Florida's Gulf coast to avoid being sent back to prison. Escaping to Bocas del Toro, a remote and sparsely inhabited island off of the northern coast of Panama in the Caribbean Sea, seems to be his only way out.
Terri DuLong - Casting About - In this beautifully crafted and uplifting novel, the author of the acclaimed Spinning Forward welcomes readers back to the lush Florida island of Cedar Key, where the vibrant shades of hibiscus and azaleas are the perfect backdrop to a colorful, quirky community.
In the four years since Monica Brooks moved to Cedar Key, she's found a home, a husband, and now a business to love. Taking over her mother's bustling knitting shop is a welcome challenge, but Monica's exciting plans are waylaid by unexpected news. Her husband's ex-wife has been deemed an unfit mother, and custody of their eight-year-old daughter, Clarissa, is to be transferred to Adam. Going straight from honeymoon to motherhood--especially when she's unsure she wants children--leaves the normally even-keeled Monica doubting herself at every turn. Yet in a place like Cedar Key, nobody goes it alone. With help from friends and relatives, Monica, Clarissa, and Adam begin to forge a close-knit family of their own--one that will need to be strong enough to withstand all the surprises set to unravel.
Eva Marie Everson - Chasing Sunsets - A Cedar Key Novel - Kimberly Tucker's life hasn't turned out the way she thought it would. A divorced mother of two, Kim resents her ex-husband for moving on with his life and living it up while she struggles to understand what went wrong. When her sons end up spending five weeks of summer vacation with their father, Kim's own father suggests a respite in the family vacation home on tiny Cedar Key Island. As Kim revisits her childhood memories and loves, she soon discovers that treasures in life are often buried, and mistakes--both past and present--become redeemable in God's hand. Readers will be swept away to an island retreat where they walk alongside Kim as she discovers that God's answers may not come easily, but they do come.
Pierce Kelley - Fistfight at the L and M Saloon - A Novel - For college friends Jake Norris, Matthew Chatowski, Paul Palatka, and George Bowie, a visit to the tiny hamlet of Cedar Key, Florida, for a weekend of fishing and fun turns deadly after an innocent trip to the L and M Saloon.
Jake gets in a fight with a drunken patron over an attractive blonde, and knocks the man out with a powerful but defensive punch. After being thrown out of the bar, he and his buddies make a hasty departure from the town. Unbeknownst to them, the man dies as a result of that one blow. Officer Steven Riles undertakes an investigation into the killing and seeks to arrest Jake for the murder but can't because neither he nor anyone at the bar knew who he was. Through credit card receipts and a license plate number, Officer Riles discovers the identity of the other three-but not Jake's. When Paul denies any knowledge of the incident, or that he was even in Cedar Key at the time, he, too, is charged with a crime because he helped Jake avoid detection and arrest.
A family secret, known only to Jake's mother, provides the key to resolving the case.
Holiday Magic - Four stories by different authors for the Christmas season (Fern Michaels, Cathy Lamb, Mary Carter & Terri DuLong) - "A Cedar Key Christmas" by Terri DuLong
Single mom Josie Sullivan is proud of her young daughter, Orli, for helping local fisherman Mr. Al restore his crumbling home. And when Mr. Al's nephew, Ben, pays a visit, Josie realizes just how much Christmas magic one good deed can bring.
James L. West - Cedar Key: A Jack Shaw Adventure - Does life have meaning? Is there a God?
For Jack Shaw, the answer is a resounding "No!"A career as a personal injury attorney has pushed him well-beyond jaded to numb. His life on a Florida archipelago should be idyllic. But inside, he is bankrupt. Most nights end in a drunken stupor. All begins to change when, in his new career as a P.I., he befriends an elderly widow. When she is murdered, Jack begins a harrowing odyssey looking into the reasons behind her death. It is a journey with sobering, international consequences. The adventurous path leads Jack and a vivacious, young reporter on a multi-state quest for the truth. They uncover a plot to instigate war in the Middle East by an unusual coalition of neo-Nazis, Muslim Extremists and a disenchanted U.S. Special Forces veteran. The path also leads them to discover much about each other and themselves.
Terri DuLong - Postcards from Cedar Key - Berkley Whitmore, forty-six and never married, runs Berkley's Chocolates & Gems in Salem, Massachusetts. Also an avid knitter, she owns two alpacas whose wool she turns into yarn. Despite her outward confidence, she doubts her ability to have a meaningful relationship. After her mother passes away Berkley discovers a box of postcards and letters that lead her to Cedar Key. There, Berkley meets Saxton Tate III, a British mystery writer whose laid-back attitude and humor is precisely the balm she needs. With the locals' help, Berkley begins to unravel the secrets of her mother's mysterious past. And gradually she comes to find acceptance, forgiveness, understanding, and resolution - and the love she has spent years searching for.
To be available October 31st, 2012.
Ann Turner Cook - Shadow over Cedar Key, A Brandy O'Bannon Mystery - Florida reporter Brandy O'Bannon is intrigued by a classified ad that asks an unidentified woman, who has been missing for twenty years, to come forward. The young mother and her two-year old daughter disappeared as Hurricane Agnes swept into the historic Gulf coast village of Cedar Key, although no fatalities were reported. When Brandy learns that a woman's skeleton was found a year later in the basement of one of the state's oldest and Cedar Key's most charming hotel, she begins a search for answers. The grisly fate of the private detective who placed the ad is soon discovered by Brandy's golden retriever. While trying to resolve both mysteries, Brandy ferrets out a new friend's true identity and guides her to self-knowledge. In the process, Brandy becomes the victim of attack, kidnapping, and hurricane. She outwits both nature and assailants, helps solve two brutal murders-and gets her front page story.
Terri DuLong - Spinning Forward - Sydney Webster's comfortable New England life comes crashing down when her husband dies suddenly, leaving her penniless and evicted. She had no idea about his huge gambling debts, and is getting no sympathy from her hurt and angry twenty something daughter. With nowhere else to turn, Sydney takes shelter at a college friend's B&B in Cedar key, Florida, where she begins to form a plan. As Syd turns her talent at spinning wool and knitting into a retail venture, other doors begin to open. She steps into the embrace of a community rich with love, laughter, friendship...and secrets. And soon she faces a choice: spin a safety net, or spin forward and never look back. Entertaining and heart warming, this superb debut will win readers over with its real-life challenges and quirky and compelling characters.
Terri DuLong - Sunrise on Cedar Key - For the second time in ten years, Grace Stone is starting over on Cedar Key. Grace first moved to the serene island to escape a disastrous relationship. Now a visit with her Aunt Maude is interrupted by unwelcome news: Grace's apartment and coffee shop have been destroyed by fire. Grace is devastated, yet ever-practical Maude has a plan. While she helps Grace resettle, Maude even has a business venture in mind - weekend knitting retreats where women can craft, chat, and support one another. But other surprises await, including the return of Grace's estranged sister, and a tentative romance with the local bookstore owner. Knitting together her past and future will mean untangling the painful threads Grace left behind. But the result could be a vibrant new life - and the courage to live it fully...
Michael McClelland - Tattoo Blues - A rollicking and playful comic-mystery, featuring runaway rich kid Desiree Dean who discovers her prized tattoo is a fraud - the Chinese character etched on her left breast says "with hot sauce", not "magnificent animal" - and goes after the artist, and in the resulting confrontation accidentally sets his tattoo parlor ablaze. That results in a mysterious explosion that destroys the parlor and leaves the injured Desiree in the care of a lesbian clam pirate and turns the sleepy Florida Gulf Coast fishing village of Cedar Key upside down.
Eva Marie Everson - Waiting for Sunrise - A Cedar Key Novel - Life sometimes gets the best of us. For some it's the daily pressures, for others it's the shadows of the past. For Patsy Milstrap, it's both. When she travels to beautiful Cedar Key on Florida's Gulf Coast in search of healing, she never dreams her past will be waiting for her there.
With a large helping of Southern charm, Waiting for Sunrise is a touching story of family, young love, and the need for forgiveness. Author Eva Marie Everson expertly draws out the bittersweet moments of life, weaving them into a tale that envelops the soul.
Kevin McCarthy - Cedar Key, Florida: A History - Visit "the island where time stands still"
and explore the romantic, almost forgotten history of old Florida. Rich in small-town atmosphere
and old Florida history, Cedar Key is a quiet island community nestled among many tiny keys on
the Gulf Coast. As a refuge for birds and wildlife, Florida's oldest port and home to artists and
writers, the island has long been admired for its tranquility and natural beauty.
Alvin F. Oickle - Disaster at Dawn - The Cedar Keys Hurricane of 1896 - The destruction was beyond belief. Families watched in horror as walls of water swept away homes and businesses, and men held onto saplings for their very lives while the winds howled. Buildings on Atsena Otie were swept away so completely that only cracked stone foundations remained, and the forests of red cedar that gave the islands their name and livelihood were flattened. Resulting in dozens of deaths and millions of dollars in damage, Hurricane Number 4 in 1896 changed the Cedar Keys forever and set the city on a path to the present. Historian Alvin F. Oickle, drawing on firsthand accounts and extensive archival research, tells the story of ordinary Floridians who were faced, like so many before and so many since, with nature's fury.
Carolyn Cohens - Images of America - People interested in the history of Levy County will find over 200 images documenting the life of early settlers in a new book from Arcadia Publishing. Local author and artist Carolyn Cohens explores the area's rich history through photographs in her new book Images of America: Levy County. Filled with pictures and brief profiles of Levy County's early settlers, the book depicts people utilizing the land by farming, hunting and fishing. The images provide a strong documentation of the fashions, working conditions and architecture of yesteryear. The book is organized in five sections: an introduction and four chapters. The brief introduction focuses on Levy's pioneers who worked in the turpentine, farming, railroad, livestock and timber industries, as well as life in the cities and towns of Chiefland, Cedar Key, Williston, Bronson, and Gulf Hammock.
Carolyn Cohens - Black America Series - Levy County Florida - Driving along Levy County highways, one can always see crops of corn, watermelons, peanuts, cantaloupes, and vegetables. The county contains the cities of Cedar Key, noted for its romantic atmosphere and annual seafood and art festivals; Chiefland, a small town with a friendly atmosphere; and Rosewood, noted today for its tours and markers dedicated to those who tragically lost their lives.
Tom Knotts - See Yankeetown - History and Reminiscences - Reference only at Levy library system
This is the story of the founding and early days of Yankeetown, Florida. Includes archival photos.
Cedar Key Aquaculture Association - Cedar Key Everlasting - The story and significance of shellfish aquaculture in Cedar Key
Jack Foley - Those Were the Times -
Those Were The Times takes the reader back into another era when growing up meant children experienced a lot of hands-on life skills. Follow Jack Foley as he learns that alligators are not necessarily creates to tangle with and wild hog hunting sometimes goes awry.
The stories of Jack Foley, set in the beautiful Greater Gulf Hammock region of Florida, give the reader a special peek back to a simpler day. You will enjoy the personable style of storytelling which only Jack Foley delivers with ease. Most amazing of all is the fact that these stories really happened.
Sit back, get comfortable, and enjoy your trip back to the 1930s. Jack will take you through some of the high – and low – points of his life during his teenage years. The stories will move you. They will make you laugh. In the end, you will walk away with a cherished piece of Americana that will live in your heart for years to come.
To purchase book call 352-493-1567
John Muir - 1000 Mile Walk to the Gulf - Here is the adventure that started John Muir on a lifetime of discovery. Taken from his earliest journals, this book records Muir's walk in 1867 from Indiana across Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida to the Gulf Coast. In his distinct and wonderful style, Muir shows us the wilderness, as well as the towns and people, of the South immediately after the Civil War.
Harriet Smith - A Naturalist's Guide to Cedar Key Florida - A naturalist's guide to Cedar Key, Florida: Including 19 self-guided walks and boat trips in Cedar Key and surrounding area, with information about birds and plants of the area.
Nick and Sandra Crowhurst - Sea Kayak Day Paddles on Florida's Hidden Coast - 16 fantastic paddles along the Gulf Coast from Cedar Key to the Aucilla River.
Zain Deane - Backroads and Byways of Florida - For those who enjoy the journey as much as the destination, this book is organized into chapters that range from day trips to weeklong excursions. Exploring Florida's less traveled regions, this guide has something of interest for everyone-the historian, the naturalist, the scientist, the mystic, the beach-lover, the gourmand, and the child in all of us. Traveler's tips provide expert insight into the state's true must-sees.
Pat and Cindy Bonish - Happiness is… - Cedar Key A photo essay and story of Cedar Key.
David W. Johnston - Cedar Key, Birding in Paradise - Finding birds then and now
Marjorie Hale - Gracefully Southern - A collection of recipes from our house to yours
Must-make recipes straight from the kitchen-and the cookbook-of Marjorie "Mimi" Hale and
her famous North Central Florida eatery.
Janice Coupe - Paradise Lost: A Cedar Key Memoir - An intimate view into the life of a small island city on the cusp of change. More than a memoir, Paradise Lost chronicles the tragic loss of a way of life, for what the past was in coastal areas around the State of Florida.
There are many pristine areas of delicately balanced ecosystems and lifestyles that had endured for generations, rudely shoved into the 21st century. Filled with bold images of the wildlife and weather-hardened people who inhabited this island city. Paradise Lost paints a picture of an idyllic haven crushed by progress. From the hardships of running a restaurant 'sixty miles from a lemon' to the mind numbing task of securing funding to build a new library, Coupe takes readers on a heartfelt journey through the life of this small fishing village that she called home for over 30 years.