May-June 2017 | LITERARY LIONS




Cat & Mouse Press trots out its fourth successful installment in the Rehoboth Beach Reads series

Written By: Nick Brandi

When we at Coastal Style learned about Cat & Mouse Press’ Rehoboth Beach Reads series a few years back, we knew publisher Nancy Sakaduski was on to something good. Nancy knew that there was a pool of legit writing talent in the region and that residents of the Shore would be eager to explore what that pool had to say — very much the literary counterpart of the booming fine-art scene the Eastern Shore is so rightfully proud of. The editors of Coastal Style share these views, which is why we’ve supported Nancy’s good work whenever we could, as we, along with Nancy, feel it is part of our public-service mandate to the community to do what is within our power to promote the arts and creativity on the Shore, wherever it may dwell.

So we are naturally excited at the advent of the fourth book in Cat & Mouse Press’ Rehoboth Beach Reads series, Beach Nights, featuring 23 eclectic anthologies, culled from around the country, that range from mystery and romance to humor and historical fiction. As with previous Reads-series installments, the selections that appear in Beach Nights are a compilation of winning entries carefully selected by a panel of Shore-based literary judges, following a several-month-long competition, based on literary merit and themes that have some connection to the Rehoboth Beach area.

Beach Nights launches with “Good Vibrations,” a funny and romantic story involving a high-school prom, and continues through tales that involve a mermaid’s moon, a “Vampire Surf Club,” senior disco queens, a seemingly haunted Funland ride, murder at a Rehoboth hotel, a moonlit sea-turtle rescue and a kid who sneaks into a James Brown concert and meets the Godfather of Soul himself.

“The Rehoboth Beach Reads books are hugely popular,” says Susan Kehoe, manager of Browseabout Books, the contest’s sponsor. “Residents and visitors alike love the clever stories, high-quality writing and local settings. The books just fly off the shelves from the moment they are published and are among our top-selling books each year.”

For our part, we are not going to pick winners among the literary lot represented in this fourth series installment, as each of the writers is already a winner by virtue of their placement within it. Besides, when you’re talking about an anthology of well-written and assiduously selected texts by knowledgeable and discriminating judges, who is ultimately to say which are the best of them? It’s all a matter of personal preference at that point.

The deadline for manuscript submission for the fifth outing of the Rehoboth Beach Reads series is July 1. The fee to enter is $10, and each writer can submit up to three stories. Entries are judged on creativity, quality of writing, suitability as a beach read, and fit with the local theme. Contest information is posted on the Cat & Mouse Press website ( and on the contest Facebook page. 

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