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Hard-Boiled Anxiety

Hard-Boiled Anxiety

Praise for Hard-Boiled Anxiety

“Curl up on the analyst’s couch with all your favorite mystery scribes, as Karen Huston Karydes sleuths out the neurotic, personal threads that make up the warp and the weft of their greatest fictions. A dark, yet illuminating read.”

— Kim Cooper, author of The Raymond Chandler Map of Los Angeles and The Kept Girl

“Karen Huston Karydes makes Read More

Chesapeake People

Chesapeake People

Chesapeake People looks into the lives of a variety of intriguing citizens who call the Eastern Shore home. Among them are scientists, watermen, an educator, a world class sailor and a minister. Their fascinating stories are not only entertaining but offer insight into a special lifestyle.

Except for four years in the military, Don Parks has lived on the Eastern Shore Read More

Mission Boy

Mission Boy

Mission Boy tells a little known, true story of early American history. Nearly forty years before the English founded their first permanent colony in the New World, at Jamestown, a small group of Jesuit missionaries sailed north from Havana, Cuba to virtually the same location. Guided by a Native American convert to Christianity whom they called Don Luis, the Jesuits Read More

The Coaching Solution

The Coaching Solution

Based on Renee Robertson’s firsthand experience during the merger of telecom giants MCI and Verizon, and the implosion of WorldCom, this book teaches how internal coaching programs, when executed properly, can retain and develop talent in the face of rapid change and many unknowns. Part autobiography, part how-to manual and workbook, The Coaching Solution provides corporate managers, executives and coaches Read More

The Chesapeake Bay Oyster Cookbook

The Chesapeake Bay Oyster Cookbook

In his ninth book, Whitey Schmidt – the man dubbed the Blue Crab Guru by Chesapeake Bay Magazine – delivers pleasure on the half shell. His unique take on popular Bay country oyster dishes like stew, oysters Rockefeller and fritters will electrify your palate and delight your guests. Join Whitey as he explores not only great recipes, but the vibrant Read More

The Lord's Oysters

The Lord's Oysters

The Lord’s Oysters was nationally acclaimed when first published in 1957 by Atlantic/Little, Brown. While presented as a novel, it captures with vivid fidelity the life of the Chesapeake watermen and their families in the early 20th century.

“This is literally a wonderful book. The wonder is that of a boy, Noah Marlin, growing up along the Chester River near the Read More

New River Guide

New River Guide

The New River is one of the most changeable and fickle rivers on the East Coast and also one of the most beautiful and rewarding. It attracts anglers, canoeists, kayakers, rafters, bird watchers, rock climbers, and those who simply enjoy the great outdoors. Bruce Ingram’s New River Guide provides an indispensable overview of this untamed and scenic waterway as it winds through Read More

James River Guide

James River Guide

NEW FOR 2015 – THIRD EDITION

The James River is Virginia’s premier river for recreation – and Bruce Ingram’s James River Guide is the key to enjoying it, whether you are an angler, kayaker, rafter or bird watcher. 29 locator maps provide vital information on the river, all the way from its headwaters near Iron Gate to the dramatic fall line at Richmond.

The Read More

The Great Snapping Turtle Adventure

The Great Snapping Turtle Adventure

Poet and novelist Susan Yaruta-Young tells the always charming, sometimes spooky story of a family outing on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

When Fred takes stepsons Max and Charles to Elliott Island for a day of crabbing, none of them are expecting to encounter anything out of the ordinary. But all bets are off when you drive out that long narrow Read More

The Oysterback Omnibus

The Oysterback Omnibus

Welcome to Oysterback – the sleepy town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that’s been misplaced by mapmakers and forgotten by time, but still fondly remembered by legions of readers. Once you find yourself in Oysterback, you may never want to leave. Nothing beats Desiree Grinch’s corn soup at the Blue Crab Tavern. There’s never a wait at The Curl Up ‘N Read More

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    "The Oblate's Confession" Named One of Best Indie Books of 2015

    “Kirkus Reviews” has named William Peak’s debut novel, “The Oblate’s Confession,” to its Best Indie Books of 2015 list – and more particularly, as one of the best Indie Historical Novels of 2015. Peak said of this national recognition, “Needless to say, I am pleased.  I wanted to try, in my storytelling, to bring an entirely different time and place back to life.  Trust me, the so-called “Dark Ages” weren’t entirely dark; we know a great deal about them.  Much of that known history informs—and I ...more

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    Posthumously Published Novel by Gilbert Byron Tells Story of Early Spanish Exploration

    A 49-year-old novel stored in the archives of Chesapeake College will be published on December 1, marking yet the latest book to issue from the fertile imagination of Eastern Shore author Gilbert Byron. Byron, who died in 1991 at the age of 87, was sometimes called the “Voice of the Chesapeake” because of his lifelong commitment to writing about the history and heritage of the Bay and those who worked its waters. Byron’s previously unpublished book, Mission Boy, tells the story of a Spanish Jesuit missionary ...more

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    Eastern Shore Mystery for Young Readers Is Honored by Mom’s Choice Awards®

    The Mom’s Choice Awards® has named The Great Snapping Turtle Adventure: A Mystery Story for Young Teens, by Susan Yaruta-Young, as among the best in family-friendly media, products and services. The MCA evaluation process uses a proprietary methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal, and cost. "We are thrilled to earn the Mom’s Choice Awards Honoring Excellence Seal of Approval,” says Ron Sauder, publisher. “This is well deserved recognition for a beautifully ...more


Around Smith Island in the Chesapeake Bay

Four Hundred Years of History

Secant Publishing was founded to honor and deepen the rich heritage of literature from, of, and about the Eastern Shore of Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia — often called Delmarva — that fat apostrophe of land that both separates and connects Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean, Delaware Bay and Virginia Capes.

Known best by many for its idyllic beaches and coves, oysters and blue crabs, the Eastern Shore is also a fertile hatchery for great books. It has nurtured and inspired four centuries’ worth of literature, from the 17th century travel chronicles of Captain John Smith to 20th century works by John Barth, Katherine Paterson, Christopher Tilghman, Marguerite Henry, James Michener, Helen Chappell, and William Warner, among many others who might be named.

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