Quarterly Newsletter |

I am excited to be sending along a newsletter about one of my favorite subjects—barbecue! As a longtime North Carolina resident, barbecue is something I take seriously, and so we consulted a local food expert: North Carolinian Scott Mason. Obviously I prefer pork with a vinegar based sauce, Eastern style.

You’ll also find here the fun backstory behind the Notebook-inspired engagement that went viral. And I’ve included a few big fall books that I am looking forward to reading.

Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter—and I hope that as soon as you’ve finished you will do the right thing and go eat some barbecue.


Nicholas Sparks

A Taste of North Carolina

You know this beautiful state as the backdrop for some of Nicholas Sparks’ greatest books, but what’s it like to really live there? Sometimes the best way to experience a place is through the local eats and treats.

When you want to explore true tar-heel cuisine, you go to the expert, Scott Mason—TV reporter and author of Tar Heel Traveler Eats: Food Journeys across North Carolina. And if you

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Meet the Couple Behind The Notebook Engagement Photos

It was four years ago that Cindy Gauthier and Jean-Nicola Barile’s The Notebook-inspired engagement pictures originally went viral, but thanks to the 10th Anniversary of the movie release, this Canadian couple’s photos are once again wowing people all over the world.

Inspired by a stunning engagement shoot based on the animated Pixar movie Up, Chelsea Gray of Blushing Bride Studio suggested a movie-inspired session and quickly

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Debut Novels I’m Excited to Read

While I love summer in North Carolina, I always look forward to fall, and not just for the apple cider and change of season. It’s also for the new books: I’m always excited to find fantastic books by talented debut authors. Here are three debuts that I’m still looking forward to checking out, when time allows!

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