Friday, September 23, 2016

Carol White to speak at National League of American Pen Women (Ft. Lauderdale Branch)

National League of American Pen Women (Fort Lauderdale Branch)

Carol White
a five-time, award-winning novelist, 
playwright and fellow Pen Woman member

at its first luncheon of the season

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

Maguire’s Hill 16 Irish Pub & Eatery
535 N. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301


Please make check payable to: NLAPW
Mail to: Valerie Mafdahli 
1379 Harborview E, Hollywood, FL, 33019 

by Monday, October 3rd and
call Lois Perdue to RSVP at 954-812-1860 or email her at

Updated Schedule for Sleuthfest on Saturday (SoS)


Join us on Saturday, October 8, 2016, in Venice, Florida. We’ve put together a crackerjack team that’ll launch your career into orbit. (Jupiter? Mars? The sky’s the limit!) But hurry because space is limited.

Where: Ramada Venice Hotel Venezia, 425 US Highway 41 Bypass N, Venice, FL 34285 (Room reservations 844-211-5710. Tell them you’re with MWA and get our special rate of $89.)

What: A full day of powerful sessions designed to accelerate your career as an author.

8 – 9:00 AM
                                               Check In
9 - 9:50 AM
Jim Born — How to write a novel basics. Part I
Gregg Brickman — EPublishing, Create Space
10 - 10:50 AM
Jim Born — How to write a novel basics. Part II
Gregg Brickman — EPublishing, Kindle
11 – 11:50 AM
David Hagberg — How the hell do fiction writers make a living? 
Amanda Leuck & Nicole Resciniti, Literary Agents — The Market Today & Tomorrow.
12:00 – 1 PM
                               Lunch (Furnished in hotel)
1 – 1:50 PM
Sharon Potts — What's the Point? Getting POV Right.
David Bishop — Marketing of Indie Published Books.
2 – 2:50 PM
Elizabeth Sims — How to Write a Mystery or Thriller that SELLS
Neil Plakcy — Social Media.
3 – 3:50 PM
Linda Hengerer — Research.
Joanne Sinchuk — The Book Biz
4 – 4:50 PM
Randy Rawls — Where Does Your Book Begin?
Vicki Landis — Everyone Judges a Book by Its Cover.
5 - 6 PM
Lisa Black — Misconceptions about Police/Forensic Work.

Agent Appointments in the afternoon 10 minutes each.  $10 charge
Lunch and mid-afternoon snack are included in your SOS registration fee. Book signing to follow the event. (Consignments will be accepted. Sales will be handled by Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore.)

How much: $125 for members/$135 for non-members.

Are you in? Then join like-minded writers who want to feel the success of being an author! Sign up today at

For more information, contact Chapter President Randy Rawls (


Dunham Books Will Release of Climatized by Sally Fernandez on October 4, 2016

FRANKLIN, Tennessee – Dunham Books announces the upcoming release of Climatized by Sally Fernandez. Climatized will be available in trade paper (ISBN: 978-0997397321, 224 pages, $15.99) and eBook (ISBN: 978-0997397338, $12.99) editions on October 4, 2016.

Novelist Sally Fernandez delivers an intense, intriguing, inventive tale in her latest novel, Climatized.  An explosive thriller with a chillingly plausible premise, Climatized features protagonist Maxine (“Max”) Ford.

About Climatized:  She’s been an analyst, a spy, an investigator, and the deputy director of the States Intelligence Agency. After resigning her post at the SIA, Max Ford formally declares her independence when she bursts onto the Washington DC scene as a private investigator. While her new incarnation as PI indulges her penchant for sleuthing, her style remains unchanged. Seems Max is still brash, tenacious, tough—and unwilling to bow down to anyone, including elite and powerful politicians. Right out of the starting gate, Max finds herself embroiled in an unseemly web of mystery, murder and intrigue. When Senator Sherman Spark, a prominent Republican from Florida, is found dead in Lincoln Park, the police quickly rule the death a suicide. But Isabelle Spark, the late Senator’s wife, isn’t buying it and hires Max to prove there is something more sinister at work. Max quickly finds suspicious circumstances surrounding the Senator: two world-renowned scientists died days before they were scheduled to testify before the late Senator’s investigative committee on climate change initiatives. But when she realizes the connection to global warming, big money, deceit, and treachery, Max’s investigation accelerates in a most dangerous way.  No sooner than Max starts to unravel the mystery, a third scientist dies under questionable circumstances. Then a fourth scientist goes missing—and this missing scientist could be the key to unearthing the motives behind the deaths. Against the backdrop of a ticking clock, Max and her partner, Jackson Monroe, launch a pulse-quickening quest to find the missing scientist, and find the truth. This twisty, circuitous path leads them to the powerful organization behind the killings.  But Max Ford might find herself on the wrong side of a lot of powerful people, because what she discovers could have devastating, worldwide implications. And when that evidence is presented to the president, he will be forced to make a crucial decision:  cover up a diabolical plot, or bring down a multi-trillion-dollar worldwide economy…

Suspenseful, spellbinding and sensational, Climatized delivers red-hot action, a sizzling storyline, and a scorcher of a plot.   Briskly paced, steeped in facts, and resplendent with political intrigue, Climatized is an extraordinary—and extraordinarily provocative—thriller.  Sally Fernandez turns up the heat in Climatized, a tale that will leave readers breathless.
Sally Fernandez is a world traveler and political junkie with a vivid imagination. She and her husband divide their time between their homes in Florida and in Florence, Italy.  Visit Sally Fernandez online at:

Dunham Books ( is an independent book publisher headquartered in Tennessee. Titles from the Dunham Books catalog are distributed by Midpoint Trade Books and available through major wholesalers.  Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about Climatized or novelist Sally Fernandez are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone:  (615) 297-9875, or by email:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Florida Council of Teachers of English chooses Jaimie Engle as Keynote and to Teach Award-Winning Students

Local Author Volunteers to Share Passion in Writing with Others

MelbourneFL, :“If you help enough people reach success, you will succeed!”—Jaimie Engle

The Florida Council of Teachers of English has chosen Jaimie Engle as a Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference to be held on October 13th-15th, 2016, at the International Palms Resort in historic Cocoa BeachFlorida, at 1300 North Atlantic Avenue. The Florida Council of Teachers of English's (FCTE) annual professional development conference will have something for everyone. Attendees will converse with past and present peers while exploring excellence and ethics in the English/Language Arts classrooms throughout the state. 

“FCTE prides itself on presenting breakout authors at our annual conference,” shares Kristin Pitts, 2016 Program Chair. “But Jaimie Engle is more than a new YA author; she is a bundle of energy with a knack for hooking readers as well as future writers. She is a teacher at heart!”

Jaimie will be presenting to the organization, in a special breakout session, and in a special event with award-winning student writers from across the state. 

·           BREAKOUT: Have you ever dreamed of writing a novel? Where do you begin and how do you find time? In this breakout session, award-winning author Jaimie Engle takes you through finding ideas, outlining, and getting ready to start your book. With National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starting in November, what better time to get started? 
·           KEYNOTE: The writer's journey is not unlike the hero's journey. There are plot twists, highs, and lows that push the story forward and bring growth by "The End." Listen to author Jaimie Engle share her story of heartbreak, fulfillment, and everything in between as she experienced her own hero’s journey.

“It’s very exciting to be able to share what I’ve learned about being a novelist with young writers,” shares Jaimie Engle. “There’s nothing like experiencing the raw talent of a young person and cultivating it, even if it’s just through one or two solid points that they take home.”

The Florida Council of Teachers of English is a non-profit organization promoting communication, collaboration, and educational knowledge among all responsible for teaching English and the language arts. You can register for the event at To learn more about the author, visit her at and buy signed copies of books at

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dear Abba by Richard and Eve Rosen

About the book: 

You cannot get a better advice giver than the Divine Presence within each of us. He answers our musings, questions, and angst according to how we best “hear” him. Hearing the divine voice within our mind is a more direct method, one by which the answers in this book were transmitted. You’ll read of answers to life’s challenges, such as:

Choosing my life partner
Should I remain single?
Afraid to speak at a club
Divorce the bum
Guilty over abortion
Enough advice already!        
Arranged marriages
Stressed out
Ready to leave; is it wrong?

About the Authors

Richard and Eve have spent a lifetime learning and living the life God intends for them. Their focus has been to align their wills with that of God, the indwelling spirit. From that all else follows.
Richard is a writer and teacher of the spiritual life. Together they freely counsel in areas of relationship, household finances, health, spiritual living––and whatever else may be needful.


Writer’s Block Bookstore Presents: Jay Asher
Theme: YA Author
Location: Winter Park Public Library
Date: October, 20 2016
Time: 6pm- 8pm
Age range: 12 and up
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida


Winter Park, FL (September 19, 2016) On October 20, Writer's Block Bookstore will host YA Author Jay Asher, most notable for his book “Thirteen Reasons Why.” The event will be OCTOBER 20 from 6PM – 8PM and is attended for ages 12 and up. Jay Asher will be promoting his newest book “What Light” There will be a book signing as well as refreshments.

Jay Asher has toured the country, meeting and connecting with teens in literally all 50 states. He and his previous book, “Thirteen Reasons Why” have impacted and changed the lives of countless young adults. Jay Asher‘s debut YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, has appeared regularly on the New York Times bestsellers list for the past 9 years. It has sold over 2.5 million copies in the US alone and is currently in production to be a 13-part series on Netflix.

In Asher’s newest book, What Light he continues to focus on themes of hope and forgiveness. He says “I wrote this book for teens who have seen dark days, but hold on to the hope that things will get better.” What Light weaves together a thought provoking and emotionally uplifting narrative on self-love.

What Light focuses on Sierra, who’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon. It’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Event will take place October 20 from 6pm – 8pm at Writer’s Block Bookstore

For those who are hoping to pre-order What Light, can be directed to the following link:

Award-winning novelist Robert Lane’s THE GAIL FORCE Released

The Gail Force by Robert Lane is now available

ST. PETE BEACH, Florida – Mason Alley Publishing announces the release of The Gail Force by Robert Lane.  The Gail Force is now available in trade paper (ISBN: 978-0692670446, $14.95) and eBook ($4.99) editions.

Award-winning Florida novelist Robert Lane’s latest mystery, The Gail Force is a solid, skillful, and sensational tour de force. The Gail Force has earned high pre-publication praise.  Kirkus calls The Gail Force "a consistently entertaining crime thriller,” and adds “The plot crackles with energy and suspense. The writing is crisp...clever.” In a Five Star review, Foreword reports: "Charm and humor permeate the pages of the surprising thriller. There's little chance that anyone will turn the last page before developing a craving for the next installment."

Robert Lane, who has drawn comparisons to John D. MacDonald, has created one of the most compelling characters in mystery today.  PI Jake Travis is tough, smart, wise and wisecracking. He’s hailed as “a winning hero”—and this time, Jake has an elaborate knot to untangle.

While trying to expose a corrupt Miami art dealer, Jake goes undercover for the FBI. The gallery's owner, Phillip Agatha, is more enchanted with murder than he is with art. Aboard Agatha's luxury yacht, the Gail Force, Jake is taken with Agatha's hospitality—and with his alluring assistant, Christina, a woman who harbors her own secrets. Unknowingly, Jake plays into Agatha's hands and initiates actions that could cause an innocent girl to die.
As Jake struggles to save the girl, unearth a rogue FBI agent, and bring Agatha to justice, his greatest challenge is to stay loyal to his girlfriend Kathleen—and to withstand the Gail Force.  As Jake himself observes, “After all, everything’s a game. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you don’t know what game you’re playing.”  This game is on…
The Gail Force is crime fiction writing at its finest.  With a storyline that races from the opening page, characters that stay with readers long after the final page is turned, and the wit, wisdom, lust for life, and cynicism of Jake Travis, The Gail Force will leave readers breathless.

Robert Lane resides on Florida’s west coast. His debut Jake Travis novel, The Second Letter, was received with critical acclaim and was awarded the Gold Medal in the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice: Fiction.  His other novels in the stand alone series are Cooler Than Blood, and The Cardinal’s Sin.  For more information about Robert Lane, visit:   Mason Alley Publishing, based in Florida, is an independent publisher of fiction.

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about Robert Lane, or a review copy of The Gail Force are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone:  (615) 297-9875, or by email:

Saturday September 24, 2016 at 10 a.m. The Florida Authors Academy 2016 -- Don't Miss This

Saturday September 24, 2016 at 10 a.m.
The Florida Authors Academy 2016

Writing the Ten-Minute Play for Production.  Short play festivals continue to be popular with theater goers. Workshop includes written information on formatting, submission guidelines, themes, and much more.  Instructor: Carol White.  $25 per person.
For more detailed descriptions, go
All workshops are held at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, from 10am to Noon.  All instructors are multi-published authors. Charge for each workshop is $25 per person.  Please pay at the door.  Cash, check or credit cards accepted.
Make Your Reservation Now!    561-279-7790 or

Monday, September 19, 2016

Hidebound by Joy V Smith

Joy V. Smith
· Hidebound · Publisher: Joy V. Smith
· Publication Date: August 20, 2011

Not long after Anfissa meets Ferenc, a strange humanoid bodyguard, on the space cruiser, St. Catherine, she is forced to flee with him, his menacing boss, and another bodyguard in a lifeboat during an attack on the cruiser, to a planet where even the grass is deadly. Travelling across the planet to find a small relay station, Fissa nearly succumbs to dehydration and insect bites until Ferenc offers her help unique to his home planet.
Note: Adult content

From the Author
I enjoyed creating Ferenc, the hero, and his culture, which explains his abilities and his attitude. Anfissa has an interesting background too, though not as exciting--until she ran away from home. And then there's her relationship with her mother...

About the Author
Joy V. Smith has been writing stories since she was a kid. Her stories and articles have been published in print magazines, ezines, and anthologies; and her SF has been published in two audiobooks, including Sugar Time. Her SF books include Strike Three; Sugar Time; two collections of her published short stories: The Doorway and Other Stories and Aliens, Animals, and Adventure; and three SF ebooks: Hidebound, Pretty Pink Planet, and Hot Yellow Planet (the sequel).

Saturday, September 17, 2016


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Friday, September 16, 2016

Brevard Authors Society Authors Forum

Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women - Membership Luncheon

Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women
Membership Luncheon
October 20, 2016 
11:30 A.M.

Delray Beach Golf Club – 2200 Highland Ave. – Delray Beach
Call for Directions: (561/243-7380)
They will be kicking off their new 2016-2017 season of programs and special events at their annual membership luncheon on October 20, 2016.
They invite the community to jointhem and learn how the Boca Raton Pen Women can enrich lives with everything relating to writing, art and music.
Buffet luncheon plus a silent auction of member art pieces and other gift items including theater tickets, etc.
Members: $27 – Non-members: $32
Checks payable to: Boca Raton Branch NLAPW
Send to: Elaine Bossik, 7722 Majestic Palm Drive, Boynton Beach FL 33437
Email Elaine Bossik for more information:
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