Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Book signing: Kandi M. Seigel

Don't forget to stop by the Jewish Singles Social Club's booth where Kandi M. Seigel will have all three of her published books available for purchase and she will be autographing them. Hope to see you all Sunday, March 8th.  Fun for all!!!!

Kandi M. Siegel
Author of the following books

Rainbow of Mine
My Summer Triumph
Looking Back, No Regrets, Memoirs from the Heart


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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Case of the Yellow Flower Tattoo

Local author S.N. Bronstein has released the fourth crime story in his Fairlington Lavender Detective Series. The Case of the Yellow Flower Tattoo leads private detective Lavender deep into the hidden underworld of Miami Beach's Russian Mafia.

A straightforward missing persons case concerning a mild mannered, retired CPA develops into a menacing search for a Russian girl who sports a small yellow flower tattoo on her neck. To find Lavender's missing man, he must first find this enigmatic girl. To find his girl, he must face off with the Russian Mafia.

It's Lavender at his best.

Visit the author's website for more about this, and his other crime stories. Books or Ebooks can be ordered from this site.

Brevard Authors' Book Fair

Want to let you know the Brevard Authors' Book Fair on March 28, 2015, at the Cocoa Beach Library, has no more vendor spaces available. All author tables have been reserved. 

Here are other options:

1.  Go on the waiting list.You will have to mail in a registration form and payment. All will be returned to you if no space becomes available. 

2.  Use the Display Book Only option. This information can be found on the registration form.

3.  Attend the book fair. Meet the authors, talk and buy books, enjoy the two presentations: 1:00 PM  Tim Dorsey; 2:30 Keith Rommel.

For more information go to

or contact: Marshall Frank, Holly Fox Vellekoop, or Valerie Allen

See you at the Fair ~
~  Valerie Allen  ~                                         


On Wednesday, March 11, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Dan Pels TellTale Show continues at the Daytona Beach Brewing Company. Featured story tellers will be Joseph Cavanaugh and Scott Velazco. Jazz signer, Lorale, will add songs and dance music to the story night. The event is free and open to the public at Daytona Beach Brewing Company, Unit N, 482 Fentress Blvd, Daytona Beach.
In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, Joe Cavanaugh will tell a few Irish tales--mythic, romantic and humorous. Scott Velazco, an award-winning Nashville music producer, tells stories in the style of a slam artist, full of emotion and gesture. Dan Pels, himself, a well-published author, emcees and adds his own surreal slant.

The evening is co-sponsored by Creative Happiness Institute, Inc., a non-profit educational organization. For more information about Daytona Brewing Company, call (844) 352-2337. For more information about the program contact Dan Pels at 386-846-7966.


Sewing Holes by DarlynFinch Kuhn comingsoon

Twisted Road Publications is proud to announce that their first release of 2015 is available for pre-order. Publication date: March 23rd. 

A bell should ring when something important happens for the last time. Then you'd pay attention, and changes wouldn't sneak up on you. You'd be able to hear them coming. You'd get ready . . . 

Sewing Holes, by Darlyn Finch Kuhn, chronicles the life of Tupelo Honey Lee, a middle-aged woman, looking back on the triumphs and tragedies of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s in the American South.

You can watch the beautiful book trailer here:

Saturday, February 21, 2015


GUEST SPEAKER:              Joanna Campbell Slan
Program:  “Speak and Sell Books”
What’s the secret to holding an audience in the palm of your hand? How do you conquer knocking knees and leave people wanting more? Joanna Campbell Slan knows. She’s been named by Sharing Ideas magazine as “one of the top 25 motivational speakers in the world.” And you’re about to find out why…

Joanna Campbell Slan was born in Jacksonville, Florida, but grew up in a small town in Indiana. After graduating from Ball State University with a degree in journalism, she worked as a newspaper reporter, a newspaper ad salesperson, a television talk show host, a college teacher, a public relations professional, and a motivational speaker. Joanna's personal essays have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and one was made into a television program on the Pax Network. Joanna’s first novel—Paper, Scissors, Death—was an Agatha Award finalist. It features Kiki Lowenstein, a spunky single mom who lives in St. Louis. Joanna’s next series—The Jane Eyre Chronicles—began with Death of a Schoolgirl and continues with the release of Death of a Dowager. Her newest series—the Cara Mia Delgatto Mysteries—is all about second chances. Tear Down and Die and Kicked to the Curb are just the beginning. The college textbook Joanna wrote—Using Stories and Humor: Grab Your Audience—has been praised as an invaluable resource by Benjamin Netanyahu’s speechwriter and has been endorsed by Toastmasters, International. Joanna’s books will be available for sale following her presentation.

DATE:  Saturday, March 21, 2015
TIME:  11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM:  1:00—“Speak and Sell Books”
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, APRIL 18, 2015:  Please save the date.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Book News: Destiny by Tom Lowe

When former CIA code-breaker, Paul Marcus, receives the call he thinks it's a hoax. He's asked to analyze a cache of papers found locked in an old trunk. They were the last manuscripts written by Isaac Newton. Using Newton's math and notes, Marcus begins to see a pattern leading to a prophecy so frightening that to reveal it will change world events. At the time of his death. Newton was searching for ancient biblical codes that may open a locked window into future events. Newton helped explain gravity --- but could he do the same for human destiny?
Here's a link to DESTINY on Amazon.

About the Author

Florida-based author, Tom Lowe, is known for his mystery/thriller series featuring Sean O'Brien, a retired Miami homicide detective rebuilding his life between the Ocala National Forest and a marina in Ponce Inlet.   BLACK RIVER, released in December, marks the sixth book in the series.  The next book to be published featuring Sean O'Brien is CEMETERY ROAD.  Tom is an award-winning documentary writer/director whose films air nationwide on PBS. As he writes his books, Tom draws from his travels around the world and his background as a print and broadcast journalist. Tom is a sailor, windsurfer and SCUBA diver. He lives in Florida with his wife and two dachshunds. .

The Dan Pels Show, Where the Literati Lounge

The successful Parisian-style cabaret evenings, the Dan Pels Show, will continue on Wednesday, March 4, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wine-Me on Beach Street. “There is nothing wrong with calling Daytona Beach a racing town,” says Pels, “but there is also a lot to do for the literary crowd.”
Carol Thomas of Palm Coast, and John McKernan from New Smyrna, will be the featured performers, together with Pels, who greets his followers and reads his own creative pieces in both French and English. Jazz singer, Lorale, will provide songs and music for those who wish to dance.
Dr. Thomas is author of five well-received volumes of poetry, in addition to her being a Florida Book Award Gold Medal winner as a co-author of a non-fiction critical biography. John McKernan, author of the poetry collection Resurrection of Dust, has had poems published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review and Atlantic Review.
“Our audience continues to grow,” Pels explains, “probably because Daytona is actually a very cultured town—full of high-powered writers not just race cars. The authors who appear in my show are the literary equivalent of Sprint Cup winners.”
The evening, a Creative Happiness Institute presentation, is open to the public, free. Wine-Me, which is located at 204 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach, offers a wide selection of wines from $4 a glass and up.  For more information about the Dan Pels Poetry Show, call him at 386-846-7966. To contact the store, call 386-871-7769.

Cooler Than Blood by Robert Lane Slated for February 2015 Release

Hailed as gripping, solid, and entertaining, Cooler Than Blood will be available nationwide on February 24, 2015

ST. PETE BEACH, Florida – Mason Alley Publishing announces the upcoming release of Cooler Than Blood by Robert Lane.  Mason Alley will publish Cooler Than Blood in trade paper (ISBN: 9780692223932, 316 pages, $14.95) and eBook ($4.99) editions. Cooler Than Blood will be available where fine books are sold on February 24, 2015.

Florida novelist Robert Lane earned raves for his debut novel, The Second Letter. Cooler Than Blood, Lane’s second mystery release, has generated strong pre-publication buzz. Kirkus Reviews calls Cooler Than Blood a “confident, engaging Florida tale with a cast of intriguing characters. A solid, entertaining mystery.”  ForeWord also weighs in with high praise:  “gripping and highly enjoyable…a fascinating protagonist.”

About Cooler Than Blood:  18-year-old Jenny Spencer is missing after a violent nighttime encounter on a Florida beach. Jenny’s aunt, Susan Blake, asks wisecracking PI Jake Travis to investigate.

Susan and Jake had only spent one dinner together, but both felt an instant, overpowering attraction. Jake walked away.  After all, he was—and is—committed to Kathleen.  But having Susan in his life again could be dangerous:   dangerous in more ways than one.

As Jake and his partner, Garrett Demarcus, close in on finding Jenny, they uncover a shocking secret in Kathleen’s past.  Even more shocking is that Kathleen and Jenny’s life are strangely intertwined. 

For Jake, this case may hit way too close to home—and what started as a race to find Jenny could become a fight to protect Kathleen.

As the case heats up and the danger escalates, Jake is forced to examine his moral boundaries.  How far is he willing to go for the woman he loves?   At what cost?  And what about that question that has dogged him since the beginning of the case: was there another person on the beach that night?

Tough, tense, and uncompromising, Cooler Than Blood is a sharp, suspenseful tale that spins from page one.  Novelist Robert lane delivers a masterful mystery brimming with compelling characters, a sensational storyline and an action-charged plot.  A high octane tale resplendent with thrills and chills, Cooler Than Blood brings the heat.

Robert Lane resides on Florida’s west coast.  He is also the author of The Second Letter.

Book News: Visual Art and theUrban Evolution of the New South by Deborah C. Pollack

The University of South Carolina Press is pleased to announce the January 2015 publication of:

Visual Art and the Urban Evolution of the New South
Deborah C. Pollack
400 pages, 15 color and 156 b&w illus.
ISBN 978-1-61117-432-8, hardcover $59.95
ISBN 978-1-61117-433-5, ebook $59.95

Please see the attached press release for details about this highly praised study of the evolution of culture and art in six New South cities—Atlanta, Charleston, New Orleans, Louisville, Austin, and Miami—from 1865 to 1950.

To order copies contact The University of South Carolina Press, 800-768-2500,

Book News: Blood of Cain by Tom Lowe

I have some Florida book news for your blog.  I just (yesterday) Tom Lowe has published his fifth Florida-based novel.  BLOOD OF CAIN is the latest book in the Sean O'Brien series. 
When Courtney Burke appears at Ponce Marina on a humid summer morning, she leaves Sean O’Brien with a haunting tale.  Her story could lead O’Brien down a path that began with a brutal rape forty years earlier and hidden family secrets spawned from the desecration of the innocent.  Soon after, O’Brien learns that Courtney is linked to a series of carnival murders.  Police are convinced she’s a serial killer, and all of her victims are men.  But like the illusions found in the carnival’s House of Mirrors, nothing is as it appears.  Just beyond the looking glass is where evil watches from a one-way mirror.  When the Courtney faces a conviction for murder, O’Brien remembers something she told him, something so strange he’d originally dismissed it.  To alter the future, to save Courtney’s life, O’Brien must penetrate dark deeds that began in a church forty years earlier

Monday, February 16, 2015

Brevard Authors' Book Fair

Brevard Authors' Book Fair

The Seventh Annual Brevard Authors’ Book Fair will take place on March 28, 2015 from 10:00AM to 4:30PM. Hosted at the Cocoa Beach Library, 550 North Brevard Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931, it is free and open to the public. More than 30 authors will be available to discuss, autograph, and sell their books.
Two featured guest speakers will be Tim Dorsey at noon and Keith Rommel at 2:30 PM. Tim Dorsey will speak about his humorus, Florida based, crime novels, including his newest release, Shark Skin Suite. Keith Rommel, author of the Thanatology Series, including The Cursed Man  and The Lurking Man, with speak about From Book-to-Movie. Additionally, there will be a 15 minute clip of his soon to be release psychological thriller, The Cursed Man.

The book fair is sponsored by Authors for Authors,, to support and encourage literacy and reading for education and entertainment for the entire community. Co-founders, Marshall Frank, Holly Fox Vellekoop, and Valerie Allen, create venues for local authors via book fairs, book launch gatherings, editing, and related services.

For more information email,,, or call Marshall Frank at (321) 254-3398.

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore
  March 2015

Wed March 4 at 7 pm.  Barbara Fox will speak and sign Murder at Another Inn
Thu March 5 at 7 pm.  James Swain will speak and sign Take Down 15.95
Sun March 8 at 6 pm.  Cara Black will speak and sign Murder on the Champ de Mars 27.95
Thu March 12 at 7 pm.  Brian Freeman will speak and sign Season of Fear 26.99
Fri March 27 at 7:30 pm.  CJ Box will speak and sign Endangered 26.95

Book Clubs
Sun Mar 15 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths book club will discuss Boca Knights by Steve Forman 7.99.

Coming in April
Wed April 1 at 7 pm.  Randy Wayne White will speak and sign Cuba Straits 26.95
Thu April 9 at 7 pm.  Stuart Woods will speak and sign Hot Pursuit 27.95
Fri April 10 at 7 pm.  Lou Berney will speak and sign Long and Faraway Gone 

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

Sitting Pretty by Carol White

Carol White and Steve Forman will be discussing their novels at Venetian Isles in Boynton Beach on February 18, 2015. To arrange a book event for your group, please email Carol at or through her website:

Boca Undercover by Miriam Auerbach