Monday, July 6, 2015

Book News: Navajo Sumnset by Carol Ann Didier

Bella Begay, daughter of the Holy Man for the Navajos, hoping to win the love of Nahilzay, an Apache friend of her twin brother Bacca, has turned herself into a warrior woman. She has followed them since she was a young girl, from the high plains of Navajoland to the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico to fight with Geronimo.   

She only wants one thing in life now and that is to be Nahilzay’s wife and the mother of his children. Nahilzay knows his growing admiration and affection for Bella could turn into love if he let it. But his burning desire for revenge on all white soldiers for what they did to his parents, wife, and son years ago will not let up. He has vowed to take out ten soldiers for every member of his family who died. He decides to suppress his feelings and make one last stand with Geronimo. He has nothing left to give Bella but a bruised and battered heart.

But that is enough for Bella.

The other two books of this series are Navajo Dawn  and Navajo Night. All three books are available through

About the Author 

Carol Ann lives on the East Coast of Florida.  She belongs to the a local writers’ group, Space Coast Writers’ Guild. She is also past secretary STAR (SpacecoasT Authors of  Romance. Carol Ann has been published  in two Florida magazines: Charisma and Literary Lift-Off.

Navajo Sunset is the third book in her Navajo Night  series which was Published by Kensington in 2009. She also writes inspirational vignettes, verses for greeting cards, and stories for her grandchildren. 


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Writers By The Sea - July 16 Meeting

AMELIA ISLAND, July 2, 2015. Writers by the Sea has a cool new home for the months of  July, August and September! Chill with them at the new library meeting room. They are pleased to welcome fellow author and regional director for the Florida Writers's Association (FWA),Vic DiGenti, aka Parker Francis.
 The title of his talk is Great Beginnings: That All Important First Page. With attention spans decreasing, if an author doesn't catch and hold a reader's attention with the first line, first paragraph and first page, that reader might look for another book. Join award-winning author, Vic DiGenti, as he leads you through a fast-paced, upbeat session looking at the keys to Great Beginnings. Writers by the Sea continues to meet each third Thursday, in Fernandina Beach, FL. Arrive at 6:00pm for socializing. The intro and presentation begin at 6:30. All writers are free of charge. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Murder in Mosaic by F. R. Merrill

Storyteller and traveler, F.R. Merrill’s latest book takes the reader into a literary landscape of art, beauty, betrayal, and revenge. At center stage Dr. Ivan Harris, the man convicted of kidnapping Amanda Straton and killing her father receives an early release after thirteen years.

While Amanda pursues a new business in the Southeast, a suitor with his own vendetta against Harris quickly enters the picture. From NYC to coastal Florida, Washington D.C. to old world Italy, Merrill constructs a well-balanced narrative that keeps characters and readers on edge.

First time readers are easily brought up to speed with events of earlier books pertaining to Harris’ evils. Whether a hike on the Camino trail or study of mosaics at the renowned Luciana Notturni School, these adventures are creatively incorporated as a temporary respite for Harris’ victims.

Merrill has mastered the art of weaving beauty and history into her stories as the sinister mind of this Hannibal Lechter-type character plans and disguises for his next attack.

In this fictional tale Merrill delivers joy of visiting authentic settings while holding the readers awareness of impending danger. A must read for a lazy summer afternoon.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Book News: Joseph Richardson - Waiting and Other Stories

Where do ideas for stories come from?
Every day story hints come to us by way of our five senses. Most ignore them. Others see in them as potential subjects for their writing.  They twist, turn, change, and build on them, until they become stories that others will read and enjoy and will fulfill the creative hunger of the writer. Many of the best hints come from our sixth sense, our memory of things--good and bad—from the past.

Titusville, Florida. Local author Joseph Richardson announces the release of his third book “Waiting and other stories,” a collection of eclectic short stories, poems and articles. Many of them reflect memories from his years growing up on a small farm in Central Florida. Others are based on more modern hints. “Waiting” is a haunting story from the past to the present. “A Streetcar Called Jungle” recalls High School years in St. Petersburg, Florida. “The Artwork” deals with the inner-city life of a young boy.

Richardson’s previous books are Writer’s Digest five-star award-winning “Fire Angels” a Florida novel that takes place in Central Florida 1915—1925 and non-fiction “Self-esteem in the workplace.” The three books are self-published through Createspace and are available from or may be ordered from any bookstore.

The author is a native Floridian retired from NASA after more than thirty-five years of federal service. He is an army veteran of the Korean War. Graduated from St. Petersburg High School and received a BS degree from the University of Alabama.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Edit Like an Expert with Patricia Charpentier

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Transform your writing—novels, memoirs, articles, nonfiction books, blog posts, short stories, even letters—and learn how to Edit Like an Expert.

The Edit Like an Expert coaching program, you receive:
  • 4 weeks of video training modules
  • 2 live, group telephone calls
  • 1 one-on-one, half-hour coaching session
  • in-depth, editorial review of one 2000-word piece
  • worksheets, handouts, and other written materials
  • on-demand access to training modules for one six months

Complete program sells for just $297
Budget-saver, video-only package sells for $197

Topics in the program include: The Writing Process, When to Edit, Why Revision Is Important, Various Types of Editing, Content and Copy Editing, Traditional Editing Tools, Less Is Often More, Electronic Editing Tools, Steps to Content Edit Your Text, Most Common Mistakes, Grammar and Punctuation Mishaps, and much more.

Next session begins in August 2015.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

7 Killer Reasons to Register for the Mystery Writers Key West Fest Today

1)   Sensational Star Power: Rub elbows with international bestselling and global multi-award winning suspense-thriller writer Jeffery Deaver and other world-class and bestselling mystery authors, including James O. Born, Heather Graham, Chris Kuzneski, Libby Fischer Helman, Sandra Balzo, Nancy J. Cohen, Laurence O’Bryan, Carolina Garcia-Aguilera and many more.
2)   It’s a steal of a deal: Event registration is just $125 and includes three days of exciting panels, presentations and social events - in Paradise - plus three meals in the company of Fest guests and celebrity authors.
3)   You might walk into the very pages of a mystery novel: Fest guests who register by June 30 are automatically entered into a drawing for a cameo role in New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham’s next mystery tale.
4)   Be a witness at the inaugural Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award presentation–maybe even win it yourself! Deadline to submit the first three pages of your finished, unpublished manuscript is June 30.
5)   Thrill to killer hotel room rates: Fest attendee’s who book before July 10 scoop a “killer” early bird room rate of just $199.00 per night, in deluxe digs – and that’s no small potatoes in Paradise.
6)   Spy a special Fest showing of “Swingers Anonymous, the neo-noir film adapted from a book by Fest author Jonathan Woods, filmed by Quincy Perkins and recently presented at the Cannes Film Festival.
7)   Ramp up your sleuthing savvy: Learn first-hand the exciting how-to’s of crime scene investigation from leading true-crime law enforcement experts.
The 2nd Annual “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed Mystery Writers Key West Fest will take place August 14-16 in Key West, Florida. Register at and stay abreast of new developments by “Liking” the Mystery Writers Key West Fest Facebook page.
Photo Caption: The 2nd Annual “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed Mystery Writers Key West Fest will take place August 14-16 in Key West,