Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Meet the Authors' Book Fair

Today is the BIG day!

The registration form is available at

for the Meet the Authors' Book Fair on November 21 & 22, 2015

at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne, FL

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Upcoming book fairs and launches...

You Are Cordially Invited

September 12, 2015
Local Authors Book Launch Party
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM;  FREE and open to the public
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall
3115 Friendship PL, Rockledge, Fl 32955
Wine, Cheese, & Refreshments
Valerie Allen, Marhsall Frank, Don Gilleland, Pat Pesce, Holly Fox Vellekoop

November 8, 2015
Local Author Fair
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM;  FREE and open to the public
DeGroodt Memorial Library
6475 Minton Rd SW, Palm Bay, FL 32908
Valerie Allen, Walt Manning, Holly Fox Vellekoop and seven others
Contact: Caroline Rosado, Reference Librarian (321) 952-6318

November 21 & 22, 2015
Meet the Authors' Book Fair
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM;  FREE to the public
Eau Gallie Civic Center
1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935 (Registration opens 09/01/15)
45 Local Authors
Contact: Marshall Frank (321) 254-3398

January 30, 2016
Space Coast Writers' Guild Conference
Time and Place TBA
Book in a Day: Sequelitis

Monday, August 31, 2015

Pack your bags and Go Cruising Alaska Tropical Style!

Patty Kunze Tatum has published Cruising Alaska Tropical Style, the story of a 15-year-old girl who spends a summer on an Alaskan-based cruise ship.

Cape Canaveral, FL – Patty Kunze Tatum has published Cruising Alaska Tropical Style, the story of Sara Alexander, a 15-year-old girl who spends a summer on an Alaskan-based cruise ship with her workaholic “Queen Mother the Cruise Director” who drives her insane. Drawing from her experiences working on board cruise ships, Patty gives readers a behind-the-scenes view of what it's like to work in the cruise industry while enjoying a tour of Alaska as seen through the eyes of a teen. Patty is a native of Orlando and lives in Cape Canaveral. She performs with the acoustic duo Sound Traveler. Cruising Alaska Tropical Style is available on Amazon, Kindle, CreateSpace, and at Sound Traveler performances.

“Sara's story is a coming-of-age adventure of a typical teenage girl who finds herself in an exotic setting,” Patty explains. “Most people would love nothing more than to have the opportunity to live on board a luxurious cruise ship.” However, when faced with separation from her friends and father, then being forced to spend an extended amount of time living in close quarters with her mother with whom she has a strained relationship, the situation is not very appealing to Sara. As the summer progresses and Sara interacts with people from all over the world, her perspectives broaden and she learns more about life, both on land and at sea.

Patty Kunze Tatum worked on board Norwegian Cruise Line and Holland America Line for over three years as a social hostess, youth coordinator, and art director. The experiences she gained provided her with the background information to create Cruising Alaska Tropical Style. Teaching middle school language arts inspired her to write something of special interest to adolescents while still being enjoyable for readers of all ages.

“I want readers to experience a heightened awareness of what it takes to keep a cruise ship afloat. I also want them to feel encouraged to follow their dreams wherever they lead and not be afraid to work hard to make things happen,” Patty says. “Many things in my life, like working on ships and getting this book published, started as dreams that took hard work to accomplish. I hope to inspire others to do the same in their own lives.”

For additional information about Cruising Alaska Tropical Style, contact Patty Kunze Tatum by email at or her website Copies of Cruising Alaska Tropical Style (ISBN 978-0692491669) are available in paperback at Amazon, CreateSpace, and directly from Patty. E-books are available through Kindle.

Book News - Brian Games by Jennifer Swanson

National Geographic Kids is pleased to announce the publication date of Jennifer Swanson’s, middle grade nonfiction book Brain Games. Brain Games is a super fun, super interactive collection of challenges, myths, fun facts, science and games based on the hit National Geographic Channel's TV show of the same name!

Ever wonder why you act the way you do? It's all in the brain! So, fire up your neurons, hang on to your hippocampus, and join us on a rockin' ride through the twists and turns of the cerebral superhighway to discover how this amazing organ—that's about the size of a grapefruit and looks like a grey sponge—works!

Brain Games will be released on September 8, 2015. A book launch is planned at the Barnes and Noble, St. Johns Town Center, in Jacksonville, FL on Saturday, Sep. 26th at 2pm.  Learn more about Jennifer Swanson and see her other fun science books for kids at

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Book News - Bully Route Home by DL Havlin

Double Edge Press is pleased to announce the publication date of DL Havlin’s award winning literary novel, Bully Route Home. Winner of the Florida Writers Associations prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award, Bully Route Home's focus is on two issues that continue to command today’s headlines, bullying and race relations.

Set in the rural 1940’s south, the book reveals roots of these chronic societal concerns. When twelve-year-old “Pooch” Robertson becomes the local bully’s favorite target, he attempts to avoid the daily beatings by taking a secret route home … one that goes through the “negro quarters.” This simple act lights a fuse of events that threatens to end in a full-fledged race war within the community.

Bully Route Home is the fourth DL Havlin novel published by Double Edge Press. The planned date for the novel’s publication and release is August 15. Learn more about Double Edge Press at and DL Havlin at


GUEST SPEAKER:              Speaker:    Patrick Kendrick
Program:  “Fiery Fiction

Want to light your writing on fire – literally? Do you have a pyrotechnic protagonist (or antagonist)? Learn about fire science, fire/arson investigation, hazards, emergencies, and incident command systems from a nationally-renowned fire expert and thriller writer.

Patrick Kendrick is the award-winning author of ACOUSTIC SHADOWS (Harper Collins, 2015), THE SAVANTS (Suspense Publishing, 2015), EXTENDED FAMILY (Thomas & Mercer, 2012), and PAPA’S PROBLEM (Bluewater Press, 2008). He worked in the fire service for almost thirty years before retiring to write full time. While in the service he also worked as a freelance writer, publishing articles and short stories in numerous newspapers and magazines. He has earned meritorious awards in the fire service as a fire fighter, paramedic, and special operations technician. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and is an internationally accredited Chief Fire Officer. Kendrick was knighted by the Fraternal Order of Police for his articles on crime. He's won honorable mentions from the Mystery Writers of America and the Beverly Hills Film Festival, the Opus Magnum Award from the Hollywood Film Festival and the Florida Book Award for his first novel, Papa's Problem. He holds degrees in Fine Art, Fire Science and Executive Leadership.

DATE:  Saturday, September 19, 2015
TIME:  11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM:  1:00—“Fiery Fiction”
PLACE:  Doubletree by Hilton (formerly Deerfield Beach Hilton), 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)
COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.  Please note that those who do not reserve and prepay will pay $5 extra at the door, and be seated only if space is available.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay through PayPal, visit the Chapter website, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email with the subject line "MWA Meeting" to reserve a spot.  In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number.  Then write your check or money order payable to  “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter'' and mail to Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2015:  Please save the date.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mystery- Thriller Author Dirk Wyle to To Give Travel Advice for the Mayan Riviera and Yucatan at Local Bookstore (Delray Beach, FL)

A mystery bookstore might seem an unlikely place for receiving advice a Caribbean vacation, but that is what Dirk Wyle, author of Yucatán Is Murder, will be serving up at the Murder On The Beach bookstore.

“Everyone knows the Mayan Riviera as a great fun-in-the-sun destination," Wyle says, "but fewer know about the pyramids, monuments, cenotes and Mayan and Spanish-colonial history of Yucatan.”

Wyle will make these connections in a slide show at 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 18 (Murder on the Beach, Delray Beach), showing  photos and locations of important pyramids and spectacular cenotes.

Cenotes are water-filled holes and caves in the limestone bedrock that are connected to the peninsula's extensive underground water system," Wyle explains. They were the source of water that made the Mayan city-states possible.

After suggesting pyramids to climb and cenotes to swim in, Wyle will sketch out over one-thousand years of Mayan history, making connections to their religion, astronomy, calendar and counting systems. He will explain how knowledge of their glyph writing system was lost with the Spanish conquest and has been restored by scholars in the last several decades. And he will answer practical questions like whether it is best to arrive by cruise ship or airplane.

He will also be available to autograph copies of his mystery-thriller, Yucatán Is Murder, which is the sixth book in his Ben Candidi (PhD)/Rebecca Levis (MD) series. The present-day couple discovers a present-day victim of a murder which has the earmarks of an ancient Mayan rite. Moved by the tears of the mother -- a Maya villager who speaks no Spanish -- and disappointed with lack of interest by the police, the couple investigates, bringing their medical, scientific and cultural-tourist skills to bear.

7:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, 2015
273 Pineapple Grove Way
Delray Beach, FL 33444
(561) 279-7790



Florida Authors and Publishers Association Awards High Honor to Orlando Author, Patricia Charpentier, for Helping People Write Their Life Stories

Orlando, Florida – Patricia Charpentier, multi-award winning author of Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, received high honors from the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) at its annual conference on August 8, 2015. The Founders Award is given to a long-standing member of FAPA who has published multiple books and made great contributions to both the organization and the community.

In presenting the award, FAPA Past-President Mark Wayne Adams stated, “Our recommendation of Patricia Charpentier was based on her dedication to starting a publishing business to help others share their life stories. She has not only grown within the organization but has also encouraged new members to pursue successful writing and publishing careers.”

Charpentier travels the country, encouraging others to pen their memories. She is proud of the thousands of people she has mentored through her many projects, classes, and presentations. Her students range in age from 13 to 104, proving, as she says, “You are never too young or too old to write your life story. Sharing your life in writing with those you care about is a true gift of love.”

Charpentier’s career spans more than sixteen years, beginning when she founded Writing Your Life to assist people in leaving legacies for future generations. Her services include both online and in-person classes, editing, ghostwriting, coaching, and publishing. To date, she has produced more than thirty-five books. Her book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, breaks down the monumental task of writing a life story into manageable pieces and has won numerous awards.

For a free get-started guide or more information about Charpentier and how to write your life story, check out her website or contact her directly at The next session of her latest video/coaching program, begins soon.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

bookmark it presents Central Florida Educationrs' Open House/Book Fair

Bookmark it has invited 20 Florida authors to participate in Central Florida Educators' Open House/Book Fair on Sunday, September 13th from noon-4pm in East End Market’s beautiful APEX meeting space.  

Participating authors include: Mark Wayne Adams, Vivi Barnes, Christina Benjamin, Jaime Engle, Christina Farley, Dannette Hayworth, Peggy Lantz, Maddie Lock, Ethan Long, Lauren Mathur, Nancy Jane Quackenbush, Ron Roeder, Candace Ruffin, Taryn Souders, DG Stern, Jimmy Vee

In addition, Jamie M. Engle sent in this information about the event. She will be in attendance to share her anti-bullying presentation and novel Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light, appropriate for grades K-6. Engle will be providing a FREE teacher’s curriculum guidebook to each school that books in 2015 for a school visit. She speaks in classrooms throughout Brevard and Lake County, Florida.

Additionally, representatives from local, award-winning non-profit will be available for questions regarding their free after-school programming for at-risk kids and annual creative writing teen anthology contest. This summer, Jaimie M. Engle volunteered to speak with Page 15 students during four weeks of Young Author’s Camps in Orlando, where she was able to share the day in the life of an author and provide autographed copies of her book to each attendee.
The open house is free and it is designed to allow teachers to meet authors in person, preview (and purchase) their titles, collect school visit information, and review any specially designed curriculum or teaching tools that accompany their books. Rounding out the event will be a special pop-up ‘bookstore’ for school purchases offering a 20% educators discount and free school delivery for special orders. 
Registration is requested to help with organization and printing, but walk-ins are always welcome ! For more information, please check out their links:

Event information:
Date: Sunday, September 13, 2015
Time: NOON - 4pm
Location: East End Market - Upstairs in APEX meeting hall and boardroom
2301 Corrine Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
Cost: FREE to attend. Books available for purchase using cash, charge and OCPS
purchase order. School ID required for discounted pricing.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Mad about Words is presenting a Writing Workshop with Meg Sefton: Flash Fiction Fundamentals

Flash Fiction Fundamentals: Unearthing the Unexpected


  • When:  Sunday, September 27, 2015 |  1 PM – 4 PM
  • Where: MAD’s Condo Community Clubhouse in Winter Park FL
    (address provided upon registration)
  • Fee: $35.
If you're interested in writing Flash Fiction, this workshop get you started...

For full details and registration information, Click Here


Award-Winning Author Spends Summer With “Page 15” Kids

" At Page 15, anything goes... as long as it gets kids excited about reading and writing."—

Jaimie M. Engle of Melbourne, Florida, donated four weeks over the summer sharing the process of writing and publishing with students at Page 15 Young Writer’s Camps in Orlando. The award-winning author waived her presentation fee and signed copies of her award-winning novel, Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light, for each student.

“It’s an incredible opportunity to hang out with these amazing young writers who have chosen to spend their summers working on a book at camp, instead of playing video games or going to the beach,” said Engle. “I enjoyed it so much, that I accepted the request of the Page 15 staff to volunteer at all four camps. It was an awesome experience!”

In 2008, the Urban Think! Foundation launched Page 15, a children’s literacy program that works one on one with students in the community through supplemental reading programs. With workshops and after-school tutoring, Page 15 helps to inspire students with a lifetime love of the language arts through reading and writing.

Jaimie’s presence in our Young Writer’s Camps has supported our mission as an organization – to celebrate every student’s unique voice and empower them to be a positive influence in their community,” shared Michelle Riddle, Program Coordinator for Page 15. “We appreciate Jaimie!”

Students wrote, edited, and published a book during the week long camp, with cover art and binding included. Visit for more information about their programs.

Engle is always looking to partner with schools that promote anti-bullying education programs. More information, to purchase books, or to request a school visit go to