North Carolina Author David Dean Releases Suspense Thriller “OBX” in Paperback on IngramSpark

 Just in time for summer, David Dean’s new suspense thriller OBX is now available in paperback to independent booksellers on IngramSpark.

OBX (ISBN: 979-8-218-00862-8) is set in the popular beach destination of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and introduces readers to NC State Bureau of Investigation Agent Michael Francis as she investigates the murder of an influential politician’s staffer, right in the middle of a campaign. The struggling mother of three finds herself in a gathering storm of cover-ups, crooked cops, drug trafficking, and attempts on her life while she deals with a difficult separation from her police detective husband. In the midst of unexpected and confusing romantic overtures from a prime suspect, an approaching hurricane threatens to sabotage her investigation as Michael chases down a serial killer who’s been operating in the shadows for years, facing human threats more dangerous than mother nature herself in a climactic ending with an unexpected twist.

This is the first in a series of books featuring Michael Francis, one of author David Dean’s strong characters attracted to strong characters who discover their true, authentic selves when faced with unforeseen challenges.

An avid fan of suspenseful mysteries, science fiction, and horror, David Dean enjoys writing novels, novellas, and short story anthologies that challenge a reader’s perceived understanding of social norms, reality, science, and religion, and the role each plays in the ongoing struggle between good and evil in every human being.

The author lives in the coastal paradise surrounding Topsail Island, North Carolina. His other titles include the sci-fi anthology The Peril of Thought and the horror novel Shadows. He is available for book signings, panel discussions and other public events.

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Carolina Core Wellness Showcases New Community to Health & Wellness Professionals in the heart of NC

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HIGH POINT, N.C.Jan. 27, 2022PRLog — The Triad has many impressive local attractions such as the Greensboro Science Center, Reynolda House, and Greensboro Coliseum, but aren’t we missing a destination on this scale that supports the overall health and wellness of the Triad’s residents? None have the capacity to affect your health experience as much as the new concept in health and wellness located at 4000 Ossi Court in High Point, NC.  They will be hosting an upcoming Open House, which will showcase their facility, professional community and wellness services model to local Practitioners and Providers.

Carolina Core Wellness (CCW), a community of wellness providers centered around Holistic health and healing, will have an open house to showcase upcoming renovations to their facility on February 15th, 2022. It will be offered at two different times, with the first session being a Lunch and Learn from 12 to 1:30 pm and the second session being an After Hours session from 5 pm til 6:30 PM.

Jeff Mabe, Chief Operating Officer of Carolina Core Wellness, believes that this single destination will be the area’s new blueprint to wellness. CCW strongly believes that individuals should be empowered and educated in managing their own wellness as opposed to only getting access to the standard health markers that are typically provided at conventional healthcare practices. Wellness, he believes, is multi-dimensional. Mabe and the team at CCW have taken the initiative to create a wellness destination at a single location where patients can gather to have ALL their wellness needs met, amidst the warmth of a like-minded community and cozy physical environment.

Mabe sees the Carolina Core Wellness project as both a physical and philosophical wellness community. “The physical community is quite the vision for wellness enthusiasts. Imagine a single destination where you can see a host of like-minded Holistic providers: Nurse Practitioners, Nutritionists, Physical Therapists, Holistic Dentists, Chiropractors, Counselors, Massage Therapists, Pediatric Providers, Personal Trainers, Acupuncturists, Saunas, Salt Rooms and more. Carolina Core Wellness will also house Core Coffee, a warm coffee shop also offering grab-and-go healthy snacks, drinks and meals. Core Coffee and the adjacent CCW open lobby will provide a comfortable remote work and meeting space offering spacious seating. Additionally, CCW has a large multi-purpose room perfect for seminars, workshops, banquets, and Yoga classes.”

Philosophically, Mabe described Carolina Core Wellness as a supportive network for like-minded, Holistic providers to promote the growth of their business. And not just the providers with a CCW address. For both the physical residents of the CCW space and the members of its greater online community of providers, CCW aims to cultivate a community of idea and resource sharing, networking, referrals, and cross-promotion. ALL providers in our online community will benefit from a collective momentum to grow Non-Traditional, Patient-First care in North Carolina. The physical tenants of Carolina Core Wellness will also receive top-notch accounting and marketing services so that these providers can spend their time focusing on their patients and growth of their businesses.

The wellness location will be the new home of Triad Lifestyle Medicine, a local intimate healthcare provider. Triad Lifestyle Medicine’s partners Tiffany Allen and Leah Hazelwood shared, “We decided to move our practice into CCW because the space’s concept of customized wellness care and addressing all aspects of a patient’s health mirrors our own approach to personalized healthcare. We strongly believe in the power of lifestyle adjustments for healing and this requires patients to have access to a variety of wellness providers. We feel the concept of this centralized community of like-minded providers will make it easier and more encouraging for patients to seek care for all aspects of their wellness.”

When asked what led Carolina Core Wellness to undergo such measures for the health and wellness community, Mabe stated ” We believe Holistic, patient-first care should be more accessible to residents of North Carolina. We believe that these providers should find it easier to refer and network with one another. Patients should not have to drive all over the state for their various wellness needs. It should be as easy as walking down the hall. Carolina Core Wellness believes the Triad needs a community space for remote work, meetings, and events that is both welcoming and supportive of wellness. We believe in supporting the growth of entrepreneurs. If you are a wellness patient, get ready to enjoy a wellness destination like no other in summer 2022 and be prepared to have all your wellness needs met in one welcoming location!”

Whether it is Core Coffee, where you can simply enjoy a cup of coffee in a warm, cozy environment, or benefit from the other various services offered within the facility, Carolina Core Wellness wants their providers and patients to feel right at home. If you are a local provider interested in joining our community of growth-minded, patient-first providers, please attend one of Carolina Core Wellness Open Houses or reach out to Jeff Mabe directly at for a private or a virtual tour.


At Carolina Core Wellness our vision is to create a community of wellness providers that care for and nurture the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs of those living in the Piedmont Triad area. From maintaining optimal health to coping with chronic conditions, these providers play a critical role in an individual’s wellness journey. Carolina Core Wellness provides a unique community space for Holistic providers across multiple disciplines designed to support these providers on a level that allows them to fully focus their attention on their patients – not administrative details. We are here to promote and support the utilization of this community of wellness providers and their ability to better serve patients regardless of their needs. For more information or to schedule a visit, please visit

Trails Carolina Program: Helping Teens With Anxiety

Trails Carolina, the leader in wilderness therapy for pre-teens and teens, teamed up with the Arkansas Institute of Developmental Science and the Center for Research, Assessment, and Treatment Efficacy to assess the impacts on youth and their families following the Trails Carolina Therapeutic Wilderness Program.

The study was conducted over five years and is ongoing to ensure an overall view of the efficacy of their nature-based course. Not only did they look at the improvement of attendees’ mental health, but they also dived deeper into the impacts on the students’ families.

And, finally, the results are in.

The team analyzed everything from the familial environment at their base camp to the multidisciplinary team of expert staff at Trails to the wilderness itself. No longer is this a case of believing that building bonds with nature constructs character and improves family life, but rather, knowing it does.

A mere 12 months after graduating from the Trails Carolina Therapeutic Wilderness Program, 86% of attendees displayed improvement in anxiety symptoms, and a staggering 93% showed a decrease in depression symptoms.

Alongside these heartwarming percentages, suicidal thoughts, substance use, and symptoms of ADHD decreased in 98%, 96%, and 97% of students, respectively.

The development in graduates’ mental health and Trails Carolina’s family-centric approach to treatment has significantly enhanced four aspects of home life, specifically:

  • Family adaptability

  • Family cohesion

  • Family communication

  • The overall health of the family unit

As studies outside of this have shown, a happy, healthy household equates to an increasingly positive school experience.

With that said, it’s no shock that the five-year study showed their Wilderness Program to improve school functioning, excitement, and attendance. Only 4% of treatment graduates showed school refusal signs 12 months after completing the program, and only 17% showed academic functioning problems.

Trails Carolina Therapeutic Wilderness Program has an overwhelmingly positive effect on graduates, their prospects, and the health of their homes.

The statistics speak for themselves — but so do the reviews posted by former students.

Graduates recognize the challenges they faced before the program and have reported that the new skills learned throughout their time with Trails Carolina have given them the tools to change.

The study looked at the effects after 8 to 12 months. Thus, one can only assume these graduates have continuously brighter, happier, healthier times ahead.


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2021 North Carolina Fine Wines Competition to Announce 2021 Winners

The Fifth Annual North Carolina Fine Wines Competition results will be announced live on a Zoom Meeting April 28 at 7:00 PM. The judging was held on April 12 and 13 at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem. This year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the announcements will be held virtually in a Zoom meeting, open to the public.

The competition is known as the toughest wine competition in the country. The competition requires that the wines be 100% North Carolina grown and vinified, (grapes made into wine) of Vinifera and Hybrid grapes. These grapes are those that you would find on menus around the world like Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Traminette.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau states a wine can be called a state specific wine with only 75% of the grapes coming from that region. A wine label that has American Wine must be at least 75% produced anywhere in United States. The other 25% can be from anywhere. So if you’re a fan of Local Produce and Local Farms, pay attention to the NC Fine Wines awards list, because these are truly a local product produced with care and respect.

Each year a panel of professionals in the wine industry participate to educate themselves on the progress and trajectory of North Carolina wines. For instance, the past two years the competition judges panel included Max Kast, a Master Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. He is one of less than 270 worldwide Master Sommeliers, and is North Carolina’s only Master Sommelier. The widely respected judges come to this competition because they appreciate the efforts being made to bring North Carolina’s wineries. They have seen the progression of the industry and know that it mirrors the trajectory of West Coast wine history.

Dan McLaughlin of the NC Fine Wines Competition said, “If you haven’t tasted a quality North Carolina Wine recently, you are missing out. It’s like having a conversation with a 5 year old, and then coming back 20 years later. It’s a whole different conversation.”

The competition is unique because it is not only “Blind,” meaning that the judges don’t know the wine producers being judged, but it is also “Mute.” That means judges are not allowed to talk about their thoughts on the wine until after scoring has completed. Instead they write tasting notes of each wine and those are consolidated and given to the vineyards for their review. This feedback is unique in the industry. Also, each judges’ score is noted on the tasting sheets. The whole operation is monitored and scoring is overseen by the University of North Carolina Greensboro Bryan School of Business and Economics. The college also provides their Hospitality students the opportunity to help in the competition’s execution.

Finally, the quality of the wines are showcased in the Riedel Stemware, certainly known as a top wine delivery tool. The stemware allows for the judges to see, smell, taste, and give an overall opinion of the wine at its best. It’s like being delivered in a Rolls Royce as opposed to jalopy.

To join in the live announcement, visit the Events Section of NC Fine Wines Facebook page for the link. Or you can visit the NC Fine Wines web page to see a list of 2021’s winners on April 29th, 2021.