Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Reading Festival's schedule set with best-selling authors

More than two dozen nationally acclaimed authors plan to meet their fans and talk about their books at the 18th annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival on Saturday, March 18, at Centennial Park in the Fort Myers River District.
The festival is a free, day-long event filled with sensational author talks, the latest library technology, contests, booksellers, book signings, activities for teens and children, a free book for every child and teen and the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands. The Festival draws an average of 18,000 people annually. The Reading Festival is the largest one-day reading festival in Florida and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.
“Authors come from all over the country and many genres are represented,” said Margie Byers, Festival Coordinator. “Most are award winners, a couple are coauthors with Tom Clancy and James Patterson and all are very popular with their readers. It is a pleasure to meet these creative and interesting people who write these amazing novels and keep track of all the details.”
The festival starts Friday evening, March 17, at the Marina at Edison & Ford with the Evening with the Authors. The event provides the opportunity for fans to meet, mingle and dine with authors. Tickets to the dinner and reception can be purchased at

A few of the award-winning authors scheduled to attend both events include adult authors:  Shelley Shepard Gray, James Grippando, Gregg Hurwitz, Mark Greaney, Susan Wiggs, Lori Wilde;  teen authors include: Sara Shepard, Kami Garcia and S.J. Kincaid; and children’s authors: Chris Grabenstein, Salina Yoon and Candace Fleming. The complete list of authors can be found at
The Reading Festival, presented by the Lee County Library System is free and 100 percent community supported through generous donations, sponsorships and grants. To help ensure the continuation of this free community event visit to make a secure online donation. Author information, dates of partner events, directions to the event and more, is available for your convenience 24 hours a day at or call 239-479-4636.

Write Your Way into 2017 Workshop

Are you motivated to get your year rolling the write way?

Join Patricia Charpentier for the first Writing Your Life workshop of the new year this Saturday, January 21st from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the community room of Panera Bread, next to Florida Hospital. 

This afternoon workshop is well worth a drive, and the afternoon timing makes for easy travel to and from Orlando.

Set your 2017 writing goals during the workshop, and she'll help you plan the necessary steps to meet them. Then, get the chance to write. She will bring in a variety of prompts-mostly verbal, sometimes musical, objects, photographs, whatever I can think of-and give you five to fifteen minutes to get started writing a memory related to the prompt.

After time is called, a few volunteers read their responses to the prompt, and then move on to the next writing assignment. 

What's great about this type of workshop is that it helps you come up with topics you might not have otherwise thought to write about, and you leave with the beginnings of five to ten stories you can finish at home.

The fee for Write Your Way into 2017 is $55 and includes lunch, beverages, instruction, fun, and camaraderie with others who want to write. 

Panera Bread is located at 2415 N. Orange Avenue in Orlando, on the corner of Orange Avenue and Rollins Street east next to Florida Hospital. Park in the garage on Rollins Street next to Panera's and bring in your ticket. The manager will validate the ticket, providing you with free parking.

Take advantage of this opportunity to jumpstart your writing. There are only a few spaces left, so register today. 

Kandi M. Siegel, Booksigning at Suntree Viera Library

Fairytales, Dragons, and Art in the Park

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Where the Four Roads Merge by Tony Kessinger

Tony Kessinger announces the release of his latest book entitled Where the Four Roads Merge, A Chronological Narrative of the Four Gospels. The book harmonizes the accounts found in the four gospels into one narrative.

The Holy Spirit inspired four men, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John to write accounts of the life of Christ. The four had diverse backgrounds. Matthew was a tax collector, John was a fisherman, Luke was a physician and close associate of the apostle Paul, and Mark was a young man and protégé of the apostle Peter. Each author wrote to a different audience, many times using the same stories, but from a different perspective. Each author reported on what they saw or heard, some accounts being more detailed than the others. Where the Four Roads Merge examines all four accounts and combines them into one narrative, arranged in chronological order. Details about geography, travel time, distances from city to city, and the determination of time are added to the narrative in order to enhance the reader’s comprehension of the circumstances surrounding the reported event. The book is not intended to take the place of Scripture. It is a study tool to help enrich the reading of the Biblical text. 

Where the Four Roads Merge can be purchased through Amazon or by visiting

Monday, January 16, 2017

Contest Finalists for Florida MWA Chapter


Boca Raton, FL, January 15, 2017 - The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America is pleased to announce the finalists in the 2016 Freddie Award for Writing Excellence (FAWE) competition. The top five entrants in each category are:

James E. (Buck) Buchanan           Marco's Game
C. Dara Carr                                  Angela Cray Gets Real
Candace J. Carter                         Muddy Waters
Nancy Drake                                  The Trouble Tree
Graham Reed                                The Chairman's Toys
Richard Cass                                 The Go Between
Frank Cook                                    The Dumbo Effect
Millie Hast                                      Takeover
Jude Roy                                       The Lynchings   
Deborah Shlian                              Unintended Consequences

The FAWE committee and judges send sincere congratulations to these folks. Their entries will be judged by either Annette Rogers, editor at Poisoned Pen Press, or else Alec Shane, agent at Writers House. The winner in each category will be announced at the Friday night banquet at Sleuthfest 2017, to be held February 23 – 26, 2017 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487. We encourage all our entrants, as well as all aspiring and published authors, to attend what we consider to be one of the top conferences for writers and fans in the country. Go to  for information and to register.

Saturday, January 14, 2017


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore February 2017

Friday February 3 at 7 pm.  M.C.V. Egan will speak and sign Death of a Sculptor $9.99.
Tuesday February 7 at 7 pm.  Tim Dorsey will speak and sign Clownfish Blues 25.99.
Wednesday February 22 at 7 pm.  Charles Todd will speak and sign Racing the Devil 26.99

Book Clubs
Sun Feb 12 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson 14.99.
Tue Feb 21 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King 9.99
Joanne Sinchuk
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Pineapple Grove
273 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Phone: 561-279-7790

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Twelve Flags Book Two by Klaus Kolb

Merritt Island resident Klaus Kolb’s second book Twelve Flags Book Two is now available in both book form and as an e-book.

Twelve Flags Book Two is a 165-page soft-cover book that outlines Kolb’s life from age 12 to 21. The book continues to chronicle his life from the time the occupation forces of the Red Army imprison his father and Communist leaders confiscate their home until his father’s release. His chapters describe how he, his grandmother and two sisters survive Communist occupation following Germany’s defeat in World War II, with the help of CARE packages from and Kolb’s hard work in mechanical and later engineering school. Kolb and his father 
Kolb, 83, grew up in an Eastern province of Germany during the rise of the Nazi Party and during World War II.  At age 21, he emigrated to West Germany and in 1965, to the U.S. as president of the 160-employee Bruckner Machinery Corp. in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The firm manufactured, sold and serviced textile dyeing and finishing machinery. From 1979 to 1997, he was president of ADO Corporation, a German-owned business that manufactured and exported specialty textile fabrics and custom-made draperies.

In 1998, Kolb built his own geodesic home in Spartanburg, and later formed and served as president of Kolb’s Geodesic Homes, based there. Kolb has lived and worked in a dozen countries.

“My books give a cultural history. Teachers are using my first book Twelve Flags, One Life to tell their middle and high school students about the challenges of life growing up during Nazi control of Germany. Twelve Flags Book Two can be used to include information about living in an occupied country as a result of losing a war,” Kolb said. This is the second in a series of books planned about various stages of Kolb’s life.

The $20 book includes 40 photographs, most from Kolb’s family albums. It is available directly from the author, through Amazon Books and through immediate download on Kindle for $3.99. Kolb’s web site describes his books.

Now retired, Kolb consults internationally about geodesic dome shell construction. He also deciphers and translates into English documents written in Old German Suetterlin Script.  Kolb plays accordion and keyboard with a German Band in Melbourne and the Harbor City Retirees’ Dance Band of Eau Gallie. He is an active member of the Central Florida Accordion Club.

Retired Florida Today reporter Linda Jump edited both of Kolb’s books.