Curse Keepers Manteo Reader Weekend | Author Denise Grover Swank Curse Keepers Manteo Reader Weekend | Author Denise Grover Swank
Denise Grover Swank

Curse Keepers Manteo Reader Weekend

The weekend of June 12-14, 2015 I will be hosting my first ever reader weekend in Manteo, North Carolina. Why Manteo? It’s the setting for my Curse Keeper series.


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Manteo, North Carolina is on Roanoke Island and is a relatively small town. When you write about city, you can gloss over places, but in a town of 1200, it’s not so easy. I’ve visited Manteo three times for research and many of the places in the book either really exist or exist but I changed the name.

Last spring two readers visited Roanoke Island and asked me to point them to real locations existed that were in the book. As I saw their photos posted on Facebook, I started thinking how fun it would be to meet readers in Manteo and show them the sites myself.

And the Manteo Reader Weekend was born.

We’ve been planning this since May, and when I say we, I really mean my virtual assistant Lysa. She’s contacted lots of people in Manteo and arranged this entire trip. She’s amazing! So here’s what we have:


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Stay in one of two bed & breakfasts, one of which is the inspiration for Ellie’s family inn. Eat lunch at the Full Moon Cafe (Ellie’s New Moon Restaurant–TCB) and see the table that Collin sat at when he broke the curse. Visit the botanical gardens where the 400+ year old tree–the gate to Popogusso–really exists  Tour Festival Park, the sight of the final showdown in THE CURSE BREAKERS, along with the Manteo Marsh lighthouse. On Friday we’ll eat dinner at Darrell’s Restaurant (TCB), but on Saturday we’ll be on foot and trolley–that’s right! Lysa’s booked a trolley to drive us around the island and over to Nags Head Pier. (TCD) It’s going to be a fun-filled weekend!!! The $340 includes lodging, breakfast, transportation on Saturday, and all park entry fees. You pay for lunch and your dinners. (I’ll be providing wine.) There will be some walking involved.

I’ve offered the spots to my street team and I still have spots left.  I’ll be opening registration on Friday, September 26 at 9:00 a.m. CDT. A deposit of HALF the registration fee will be required after your place has been confirmed. (We will send you an invoice.) The remaining half will be due April 1. A full refund (minus $25) will be offered as long as your spot can be filled from the waiting list. And if you can’t make it this year, not to worry. If all goes well, we’ll host another weekend in 2016.

I’m excited to show off Manteo and I’m excited to spend the weekend with YOU!

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Cheryl Jetter
Cheryl Jetter
9 years ago

My friend saw that you would be in Manteo, NC June 12-14th and thought it was a book signing. We just reserved a cottage in Nags Head to come see you, and I found that this is not a book signing.

Is there anyway we can do the tour and pay for our entry, and not stay in the 2 named places above? Five of my co-workers and I are coming and we would love to see Manteo with you if we can.
Thank you,
Cheryl Jetter

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