Local author Carol (Pittman) Exline of Warfordsburg, will hold a book signing for her first book, Screams In The Dark, on Saturday, February 3, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hancock War Memorial Branch of the Washington County Free Library.
Screams In The Dark is a mystery/romance set in the small town of Woodmont.
The story is about Cassie Grandville, an up and coming photographer struggling to make a name for herself, who tries to leave her haunted past behind, only to discover it's easier said than done. As the 20th anniversary marking the disappearance and alleged murder of her older sister Lainey nears, Cassie continues to have a recurring nightmare.
She keeps reliving a night of terror when, at eight years old, she tried to find her sister in
the dark woods and almost became a victim herself. Only
a stroke of luck and her uncle's timely arrival spared Cassie's life that unfortunate night.
Now, 20 years later, someone has returned to finish the job.
Terrified, feeling abandoned, alone and with the ring of her husband's laughter in her ears, she flees to the safety of her hometown, Woodmont. She returns to the frightening and gloomy woods to once and
for all stop the screams in the dark.
For the last 13 years, Exline has worked at weekly newspaper in Mercersburg, which has played a big part in her writing career. Her duties consist of a variety of assignments anything from ribbon cuttings to honor roll pictures, as well as copy editing and writing a yesteryear column.
Exline is a longtime resident of the Warfordsburg area. She is married to Gerald Exline and has two children, Scott Exline and Kathi Yost. Her parents are Basil Pittman Sr. and Norma Pittman, who has worked at Pittman's grocery store for over 50 years.
The house in the book, Grandville Manor, is based on a house she passes every day to and from work. The names used are from the Hancock, Warfordsburg and Mercers-burg areas. She said the characters aren't based on any one person, but a combination of the many people who've passed her way.