Congratulations to Lydia Engelhardt and Bill Rambo who are the highly deserving winners of the Will O’ the Wisp Gift Basket Giveaway selected on April 7th. Lydia and I were residents together in OB-GYN at MUSC and Bill were Chief of Surgery at Charleston Memorial Hospital where we all became better doctors. Also where Bill saved my mother’s life when she developed an acute bowel obstruction. Forever, thanks.After completing their private and academic practice careers and raising a family of wonderful, high-achieving children, Bill and Lydia did years of missionary work in Africa before retiring for good in Mt Pleasant and attending almost all THEGOS meetings. While Doug and Jukie (our other two co-residents) will accuse me of once again bending to Lydia’s indomitable will, I prefer to see this as proving the existence of positive psychic karma.The gift basket includes a complete set of signed Declan Murphy / Captain Jack Holmes novels which makes Lydia and Bill probably the only couple in the world with such a collection. In addition, there is a Will O’ the Wisp Baseball cap and assorted Charleston treats. Such a basket is not available anywhere else.

If disappointed at not winning, I am sorry for you as well. However, you can still snag a signed copy of any of my books later this month on Saturday, April 30th. April 30th is National Indie Bookstore Day and I will be participating in an event sponsored by Main Street Reads in the Summerville Town Square in Flower Town. The event kicks off in the square at 9:30 am and will go to 4:00 pm. Every 15 minutes a new author will take to the stage to discuss their book before moving to a signing tent. I will speak at 1:00 pm. Besides the author presentations, during the breaks, Mike will play guitar and late in the day, there will be an open mic for aspiring writers and poets. Drinks and snacks will be available and treats, giveaways and some surprises are still to be announced. Hope that you might be able to come up to Summerville on April 30th both to hear about my books but also many other local authors and a wonderful local independent bookstore. Congratulations again to Lydia Engelhardt and Bill Rambo!

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