Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore November 2015

Fri Nov 6 at 7 pm.  Jeff Lindsay will speak and sign Red Tide $15.95.

Fri Nov 13 at 7 pm.  Nina Romano and DJ Niko will speak and sign their books The Secret Language of Women 17.95 and The Oracle 14.99.  Refreshments will be served.  Admission is free.

Book Clubs
Sun Nov 15 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss Defending Jacob by William Landay $15.00.
Tue Nov 17 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss Dark Places by Gillian Flynn 14.00

And coming in December:
Thu Dec 3.  David Baldacci
Thu Dec 10  Robert Macomber
Fri Dec 11  Sue Cox


Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Pineapple Grove
273 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Phone: 561-279-7790

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Two-Part Workshop for Authors and Aspiring Authors with Liz Coursen

The Mid-Florida Scribes are pleased to announce that award-winning Sarasota author and editor Liz Coursen will present a two-part workshop for authors and aspiring authors on Saturday, October 10, at the Lake Wales Public Library. 
The first program, "Self-Editing in the Internet Age," will introduce participants to what Coursen feels are the "top six" editing mistakes that she sees people make, in books, in blogs, in bios. "It's difficult to take someone seriously when you read his or her writing and find typos and other mistakes," says Coursen. "Fortunately, editing is fun and easy, once you know some basic rules. In fact, I enjoy editing so much that I blog about it at"

Coursen's second program, "The Book Tourist: Seven Steps to a Wildly Successful Book Tour," is all about promotion. "I'm a nine-time author," Coursen says. "I speak about my books on average 80-100 times a year, and I love to share my hard-won knowledge with other authors. All authors, whether traditionally published or self-published, need to recognize one simple fact: it's all up to you. You have to take your book promotion into your own two little hands, and an effective, efficient book tour is a great way to spread the good news about your book."
Questions? Visit
The Lake Wales Public Library is located at 290 Cypress Garden Lane, Lake Wales. The programs are free, there is plenty of parking, and everyone is welcome.


October 4, 2015, Fernandina Beach - "Born to Read" is a chance for young mothers and their tots to come to the new library in Fernandina Beach, and to learn more about how to help their young children learn to read and understand at a very young age.

On Tuesday, October 20th, at 10:30 a.m., infant/toddler specialist Jennie Hall will be at the Library to demonstrate how we can read out loud and help our children understand the meaning of the word, at a very young age, by using particular techniques.

The Children's Committee of the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library hope you'll come, and bring your children. It's a chance to get out of the house, to share ideas with other Moms, to get to know our wonderful new library, and to learn these very effective techniques from Jennie Hall.
See you there!

For more information, please contact Sara Moerman, 912-399-7275. or

Saturday, October 3, 2015

FWF Presents Workshop by John Gilstrap on Suspense Fiction

Adrenaline Rush?

Admit it. Your romance, mystery, fantasy, mainstream novel, short story—even your how-to book or memoir—could use a little edge, eh?

Discover how to make your work even more exciting and successful.


Okay, we hear that a lot, but here it’s true. NYT bestselling author John Gilstrap will share his secrets on how to construct intelligent suspense fiction, what makes a strong plot, how to take cardboard characters and give them life—essential stuff for writers of all genres, all at his daylong seminar sponsored by the Florida Writers Foundation.

The big day is October 15, 2015, 9am-4pm, at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs. Registration is $89 for Florida Writers Association members, $109 for nonmembers. Lunch is included. The last day to register online is October 4, but if you missed that deadline, don’t panic. You may register at the event. Just show up!

See the Florida WritersAssociation website for details. BTW, the Florida Writers Foundation is a 501[c]3 charitable organization established to promote literacy, so registration is tax deductible.

See you there for the rush. The Adrenaline Rush, that is.

It’s In the Blood by Mark McWaters

 Note to Florida Book News readers: Mark McWaters originally wrote this blog post and it was originally posted on the Florida Writers Association official blog [link to].
After umpteen seasons of watching CSI on TV, I’ve often fantasized that I’m just one more bloody crime scene away from being fitted for my own CSI windbreaker. I know all about arterial spray…blood spatter…the purple-blue glow of Luminol and lifting fingerprints from anything that has a surface.
I like to think I could add a little something to the team. Maybe jump inside the TV and lend the CSI pros a hand. Join in a little brainstorming session with them to solve that week’s impossible-to-crack murder.
Come on, I’m not the only one out there. TV has made crime scene “experts” out of all of us. Right?
Who knew I’d actually get my chance?
Sharon Plotkin is a real, honest-to-God CSI expert and a certified, 20-year CSI veteran with the North Miami Police. She has all the experience and the credentials a bloody-curious writer like me could hope for: membership in the American Academy of Forensic Science, Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and International Association for Identification. She is also a full time faculty member at Miami Dade College and teaches law enforcement throughout the country.
And here’s the best part—she’s coming to the Florida Writers Conference in October to peel back the bloody sheet and let us see how it’s really done. All kinds of stuff, too. Crime scene reconstruction, blood spatter analysis, and shooting reconstruction, of course. She’ll also walk us through arson investigations, crime photography, and fingerprints.
I’ve killed tons of people on the page. And I’ve splattered my share of blood. Now I get to see what I’ve been doing right—and wrong—all these years!
Sharon’s workshop is an all-day affair and happens Friday, October 16. If committing/solving crimes is in your work and in your blood, mark that Friday on your calendar with a big, bloody “X.”
[Note: There’s a materials charge for this seminar, which underwrites the huge and super-cool book you’ll get, which is chock full of CSI secrets.]

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

String Theory and the Transparent Patient by Wig Nelson

Wig Nelson has a new book, String Theory  and the Transparent Patient. It is about a particle physicist, Jerome Cleveland,  who makes an accidental breakthrough at the Hadron Collider in Switzerland and suffers a traffic accident in N.Y.C. The accident leads to him becoming unstuck to the strings of his universe brane. He finds himself disappearing uncontrollably from time to time until his fellow accident victim, who is also his analyst, Dr. Jerry Hamm, comes out of a coma. Dr. Hamm is charged with curing Jerome's malady one step ahead of the National Security agent who is determined to prove his occupation as an invisible assassin.  A sequel to String Theory is in the works.  It is called The Eccentric Heiress.

Wig Nelson's books are available at Amazon and also through his website (discounted 30% with free shipping).

Also all his books are available through the Brevard County Library system.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

White River Monster VI by Keith Rommel

The White River Monster short story series is now available on the Kindle platform. Each book is a progression into the legend and possibility of what might be if the existence of the White River Monster ... A century old legend ... were to be true.

What is it and does it really exist or does it not? If it exists, what does it look like and what would motivate it? How has it evaded detection for so long?

When a reporter sets out to find the truth about the Monster, what he finds is not only horrifying but aggressive and protective of its secreted existence.

Each part of this unique story is .99 cents and as the legend of the White River Monster is explored further, so is a cast of characters that are unforgettable and interwoven in this great mystery, bringing the human element into which brings you closer to the monster.

Told in a classic horror style with mystery and suspense as the main drivers, these stories will have you coming back for more while your infatuation for the White River Monster will grow deeper and bring you closer to the beasts den ... A place where no human is safe.

Each story runs between 6,200 and 7,500 words and the series ends at part 6. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

It's Okay to be Different Thorina-Bina by Barbara S. Lougheed

Title:  It’s Okay to be Different Thorina-Bina
Authors:  Barbara S. Lougheed and Martin J. Lougheed
Publisher: Grain of Salt Publications LLC (August 2015)
ISBN-10: 0996580204
ISBN-13: 978-0-9965802-0-5
Retail Price:  $10.77 paperback; $4.99 ebook
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches
Paperback: 40 pages
Color Photos: 21
Language: English
Age Range: 5 - 8 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten – 02
It is availble through Amazon... Click here to go there. 

Thorina-Bina feels all alone because she's so different from her mother and sisters. She's a tortoise-shell colored cat, while the rest of her family are striped tabby cats. She looks and acts differently, and her sisters make fun of her. She also has keen eyes and ears, and sees and hears better than the other cats.  After she meets an old gopher tortoise, a lizard without a tail, an armadillo with poor eyesight, and two very different dogs in the forest, she learns that everyone is different in their own way.

This book combines a funny story with adorable animal photos to convey its message of self-acceptance. Teachers can use the story to start discussions about being different, bullying, disabilities, self-respect, self-esteem, and most of all, tolerance for others. Kids may feel more comfortable participating in a discussion about animal differences, instead of differences in kids their own age. In the end, Thorina-Bina learns that it's okay to be different . . . she's just a different kind of cat.

About the Author
Barbara Lougheed was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She moved to Florida for the warmer, calmer weather, and has now lived through multiple freezes and hurricanes.

She worked as a database map analyst at a major newspaper before her early retirement. She loves analyzing data and looking for patterns, and this trait has served her well as a thyroid researcher. This knack for medical research led her to write and to publish the book Tired Thyroid:  From Hyper to Hypo to Healing—Breaking the TSH Rule. Her love of travel, photography, and food then led her to write and two travel ebooks, A Hawaiian Family Vacation: Oahu, and A Hawaiian Family Vacation: Maui.  She also wrote a children’s book with her husband, It’s Okay to be Different Thorina-Bina, about their unique cat. Read more on

Monday, September 21, 2015

SEAL Legacy Foundation Tampa Bay Book Festival to Take Place on November 7

Event to support the nation’s elite warriors will feature some of the country’s most esteemed novelists

TAMPA, Florida – On November 7, 2015, some of the nation’s most esteemed novelists will join together for a special event in support of the nation’s elite warriors.  The SEAL Legacy Foundation Tampa Bay Book Festival will take place on November 7, 2015 at the Westin Tampa Harbour Hotel (725 South Harbour Island Boulevard; Tampa, FL 33602).

This one-day special event will feature a spectacular lineup of some of the world’s most beloved mystery, thriller, and suspense novelists, including: Brian Andrews, Kathleen Antrim, Grant Blackwood, Eric Blehm, Ethan Cross, Lorenzo Carcaterra, Kieran Crowley, Simon Gervais, Heather Graham, John Gilstrap, Andrew Gross, Anderson Harp, Mark Greaney, Don Mann, Jon Land, Ward Larsen, Chuck Pfarrer, Tom Shea, AJ Tata, Howard Wasdin, Lis Wiehl, Jeffrey Wilson and Tom Young. 

Award-winning songwriter Dave Turnbull will be on-hand to provide entertainment.  A graduate of the United States Naval Academy Prep School and Virginia Tech University, Turnbull has penned such #1 songs as "Lucky Man" by Montgomery Gentry, "The Boys Of Fall" by Kenny Chesney, "Old Alabama" and "Anything Like Me" both of which were recorded by Brad Paisley.

The SEAL Legacy Foundation Tampa Bay Book Festival event includes a multi-author book signing as well as a VIP Author Reception.  Murder on the Beach Books will serve as the festival’s official bookseller. The bookstore opens at 2:00 PM followed by the book signing from 3:00 until 6:00 PM with the VIP Author Reception following from 6:30 PM until 9:00 PM.

An extraordinary event benefiting an extraordinary cause, the book festival will raise funds and awareness for the SEAL Legacy Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing support for families of wounded and fallen United States Navy SEALs, educational assistance for SEALs and their families, and other charitable causes benefiting the SEAL community.

A limited number of tickets for the SEAL Legacy Foundation Tampa Bay Book Festival are available for purchase by visiting:  Tickets are $125 for the author signing and VIP Author Reception of $25 for the author signing only. 

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information are asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone:  (615) 297-9875, or by email:

Florida Romance Writers’ October Meeting

DATE: Saturday, October 10, 2015
TIME:  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hyatt Place, 1851 SE 10th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
COST: $20 per person/member, $25 non-member; includes buffet breakfast
DIRECTIONS: I-95 to 595 E. (Exit 24). Go east on 595 till US1 North.  Take US1 to SE 17th Street Causeway and turn right towards the beach. Then take the second right onto SE 10th Avenue. Location is one block in on your right. (Behind the Outback Steakhouse.)
PARKING: Open parking - free of charge.
PROGRAM: “Sexy, Torrid Trends and How to Thrive in the Market”
Carina Press freelance editor and multi-published author Rhonda Helms is giving a workshop on trends in romance publishing–what’s hot, what’s not, and how to capitalize on current trends without chasing them. Also, she’ll discuss working with a freelance editor for self-publishing or polishing your submissions, giving tips and tricks on how to choose the right editor for you.
About Rhonda Helms, Carina acquisition editor
Rhonda Helms has a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s degree in English, creative writing. She has several novels published in Young Adult and New Adult fiction with Simon Pulse and Kensington. She also taught college-level English composition for several years. Rhonda edited a Romance Writers of America 2015 RITA© award-winning romance, as well as a 2015 RITA© award-nominated romance.
Rhonda has been a professional, full-time manuscript editor for several years, starting her career at Siren Publishing. Right now she’s a freelance acquisitions/developmental editor with Harlequin’s digital-first imprint Carina Press. Rhonda has edited first-time authors, multi-published authors, and NYT and USA Today bestselling authors. She’s been freelancing for several years as well, and she loves taking on new projects!
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Please e-mail Rossie Cortes at for a reservation and visit us at

Thursday, September 17, 2015

A Dog for Leo by Kandi M. Siegel

A Dog for Leo, written by Kandi M. Siegel, was just released this week via Create Space.  It is $2.99 on Kindle and $6.99 in paperback.
This book is about a young boy named Leo who wants a dog for his own but his parents don't feel that he is responsible enough to care for one.  Will he prove them wrong?  This book is geared for grades preteens- young teens.  
Check out all of Kandi's books on her webpage at