Friday, August 26, 2016

Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter Announces Sleuthfest 2017 Writers Conference:

Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter Announces Sleuthfest 2017 Writers Conference:
SleuthFest 2017 Writers Conference Will Take Place February 23-26, 2017  in Boca Raton Florida

BOCA RATON, Florida – Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter is pleased to announce dates for Sleuthfest 2017 Writers Conference. SleuthFest will take place February 23-26, 2017 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida.
One of the country’s premier conferences for writers, Sleuthfest is an intensive four day conference featuring writing workshops, social events, and pitch sessions.  SleuthFest includes four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels on the craft of writing, business, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and forensics. In addition, top literary agents and editors will be available to hear pitches from aspiring writers, offer troubleshooting sessions, and manuscript critiques. 
The 2017 SleuthFest Writers Conference features a host of luminaries, best-selling authors, and industry insiders, including Keynote Speaker David Baldacci; Forensic Guest of Honor Dr. Vincent Di Maio, legendary publisher Neil Nyren, and special guest authors, including Jeff Lindsay, Reed Farrel Coleman, SJ Rozan, Joe Lansdale, and Jane Cleland.
A preeminent event for writers in all genres, SleuthFest attracts writers from around the world. Filled with networking opportunities, social events, and programming designed to appeal to a wide variety of writers, SleuthFest provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere where writers can learn from the pros—and learn the secrets of a successful career as a writer.  Moreover, SleuthFest affords writers a unique opportunity to connect with industry insiders, writers and publishing professionals.  Past conferences have featured such Keynote presenters and Guests of Honor including Sue Grafton, Robert B. Parker, Dennis Lehane, James W. Hall, Dr. Henry Lee, Dr. Michael Baden, Robert Crais, Brad Meltzer, Lisa Scottoline, and Linda Fairstein, Valerie Plame, and others.

To Register: Space is limited. For more information please contact SleuthFest 2017 Co-chairs: Joanne Sinchuk  561-279-7790 or Victoria Landis 561-716-3481

Writer's Atelier Presents: Submissions Ready with Lori Goldstein (Online Class)

Got a finished novel? Great! Ready to sign that killer book deal? Fantastic! But hold onto your pen, because first, you need an agent. Agents are the gatekeepers to traditional publishers, and today, agents receive literally hundreds of inquiries a week. To stand out among this fierce competition, three things are vital: an enticing query, a concise synopsis, and a whopper of a first page. In this course, writers will learn the structure and key elements of each of these three pieces of the query submission package. Examples of successful queries, synopses, and first pages will be dissected. Plus, each week, writers will have their work reviewed by the instructor. But the real value in receiving a critique is in understanding if you’ve nailed that revision or not. With that in mind, writers will be invited to submit their revised pieces to the instructor for an additional pass. Each component—the query, synopsis, and first page—will be critiqued by the instructor twice. The end result: a perfect query submission package. You will become . . . Submission Ready!
Week 1: The Query: How to Tame Your Manuscript into a 250-Word Pitch
In this first lesson, the instructor will dive into the all-important query letter. Writers will learn the basic structure and what each component must convey. The instructor will then focus on the “pitch” section, explaining how to construct a concise pitch that packs a punch. Examples of successful queries will be shown and dissected. The “do’s and don’ts” will provide concrete tips for crafting your query.
After viewing this lesson, writers will have one week to revise their query using these tips and submit it to the instructor for feedback.
Week 2: The Synopsis: How to Wrangle Your Manuscript into One Page
In lesson two, the instructor will help you expand that pitch you’ve honed into a one-page synopsis. Writers will learn techniques for boiling their full manuscript down to the essentials in order to show agents what their novel is truly about. What stays and what goes will be demonstrated. Strategies and specific instructions will allow writers to employ these techniques in their synopsis.
After viewing this lesson, writers will have one week to revise their synopsis using these tips and submit it to the instructor for feedback.
Week 3: The First Page: How to Bring Your Query and Synopsis to Life
In the final lesson, the instructor will discuss what makes a great first page, the final element of the submissions package. The first page must be a powerhouse. It has much heavy lifting to do in terms of setting the tone, style, character, world, and more. It must achieve certain things and do so with writing that leaps from the page and grabs the reader. After reviewing a list of what a first page must do, the instructor will provide examples of successful first pages.
After viewing this lesson, writers will have one week to revise their first page using these tips and submit it to the instructor for feedback.
Week 4: Questions!
In the final week of this course, writers will have the chance to have a personal, one-on-one, 15-minute call with the instructor during which they can ask specifics about their submission package, questions about querying, or tips for navigating the publishing world. Writers have the option of emailing questions in lieu of the call.
When: This class will run from October 3, 2016 – October 30, 2016
Where: Online
Investment: $250 (full class) OR $150 (critique only)
*First 10 people to sign up by September 1, 2016 will receive 25% off of the 4-week class. 
*Need a payment plan? Email
Space is limited!

Flagler College to host over 30 award-winning writers as the Florida Heritage Book Festival returns to downtown St. Augustine

St. Augustine, Fla. – More than 30 award-winning writers and literary enthusiasts will share their experiences and tips of the writing profession with hundreds of veteran and emerging writers, as part of the ninth annual Florida Heritage Book Festival (FHBF). The event, which showcases Florida’s rich and diverse literary legacy, will be held at Flagler College from Thursday, Sept. 15 through Saturday, Sept. 17. This year’s three-day event will include critique sessions and lectures on the writing craft, as well as a day-long book festival, which is free and open to the public. Below is an overview of events:

•           Thursday, Sept. 15, Critique Session Workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to share and receive feedback on their writing submissions from peers and session leaders. This year’s session leaders include fiction writer Sohrab Homi Fracis, recipient of the Florida Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature/Fiction and the Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Fiction; non-fiction specialist Eric Cravey, United Press International’s “Stringer of Year” in Georgia recipient of an Excellence in Business News Reporting Award from the Florida Press Club; and poet Darlyn Finch Kuhn, whose work has appeared on NPR, literary journals, newspapers and magazines. Registration is required at

•           Thursday evening, “Stetson Kennedy Legacy: Man in the Mirror” event, 7 p.m. The event will honor the centennial of the late of Stetson Kennedy, American folklorist and human rights activist with a performance by Young Minds Readers Theater of Jacksonville, and a conversation on Kennedy’s impact between Dr. Peggy A. Bulger, retired executive director of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and Dr. Ben Brotemarkle, executive director of the Florida Historical Society. The event, funded in part by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council, is free and open to the public and will be held at Lewis Auditorium, 14 Granada Street. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

•           Friday, Sept. 16, Writers Workshops and Keynote Luncheon, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is required at Workshops include:

* “Creating Characters Who Stand the Test of Time” by Michael Morris explores character development.
* “Finding Bigfoot and Developing Scenes” recounts Joe Gisondi’s adventures and shares tips on the research and writing process.
* “How to let the necessity of plot guide your writing” by John Dufresne emphasizes the significance of plot in the craft.
* Brad & Darlyn Kuhn discuss branding yourself in “Bookstores & Beyond: Marketing in the Age of Amazon.”
* Keynote speaker Susanna Daniel discusses “My Fictional Floridians: Point of View and Narrative Shape” during the festival luncheon.
* Roy Peter Clark’s “Writing Tools:  50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer” reveals the secrets of the writing process.
* Jennie Jarvis details a practical guide to creating dynamic characters in “Crafting the Character Arc.”
* Terrell Griffin discusses “From Self-Published Author to Number One National Best Seller: The Art and Craft of Writing a Mystery Novel.”
* Cecilia Milanes presents a workshop titled  “Our American Lives: Fact/Fiction/Film and Craft.”
* Florida Poet Laureate Peter Meinke talks about his own process in  “The Writing Life:  Habits, Attitude, Luck and Poems.”
* John Henry Fleming digs deeper into neuroscience in his lecture titled “Storybrain: What Recent Discoveries in Neuroscience Mean for Fiction Writers.”
* In “A Good Title is Not Hard to Find,” Robin Lippincott offers guidelines for creating effective titles.

•           Friday evening, The Literary Legend Reception, This event will honor Elaine Lobl (E.L.) Konigsburg, the late American writer and illustrator of children's books. The posthumous award will be accepted by her son Paul Konigsburg.  Registration is required here.

•           Saturday, Sept. 17, Florida Heritage Book Festival Presentations, 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Twenty-nine featured authors will offer free presentations showcasing Florida's rich and diverse literary culture, and three acclaimed writers will offer two hands-on youth sessions focused on poetry and the graphic novel ($20 per youth). The Festival Marketplace will include over 50 vendors of books and book. The St. Johns County Library Bookmobile and staff will offer children's activities. All activities take place in and around Flagler College's Ringhaver Student Center, located at 50 Sevilla Street, St. Augustine. VeloFest Bicycle Parking will be on site.

To register or for more information, visit

Thursday, August 25, 2016

South Florida Writer Makes Her Mark With Love and Diamonds Mystery Series

"Reyes' series debut sparkles like a five-carat stone. Brilliant!''
Deborah Sharp, Author of the Mace Bauer Mysteries

Jeweler's Mark: A Love and Diamonds Mystery, the just-published book by R. V. Reyes, interweaves the author's experience as a third generation jewelry designer in her family's jewelry business within the glamour and glitz of her native Miami to create a sparkling new addition to South Florida's mystery scene.

The Love and Diamonds series introduces readers to Gigi Santos, a wedding ring designer and diamond appraiser, who falls for cover-boy handsome Detective Carlos Garcia. When he comes to investigate a year-old burglary at Gigi’s jewelry business they flirt and sparks fly. Gigi is sure she will have him on her arm as her ten-year high school reunion date. That is, until her best friend Lourdes becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the reunion's organizer. Gigi knows Lourdes is innocent and she is determined to prove it. When Gigi’s sleuthing puts her and the people she loves in danger, Detective Garcia tries to keep her out of harm’s way. But, by uncovering dark secrets and fake diamond rings under the Miami moonlight, it's not sure where their adventures will take their relationship.

Lesley A. Diehl, Author of the Eve Appel mysteries (Camel Press), exclaims, “Gigi Santos is a gem of a protagonist. You’ll love her courage and style in this hot cozy mystery. I give it 24 karats.”

Kait Carson, Author of Death by Sunken Treasure (Henery Press) states, “True love and diamonds, two of the hardest, and strongest, substances known to man, or woman… R.V. Reyes has captured the joy and the fast pace of living in Miami where the truth is as hot the Florida sun.” 

R. V. Reyes is an active member of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and writes Cozy in Miami, a blog featuring interviews with leading Florida mystery writers, including Elaine Viets, Susan Cox, Michael Haskins and Kait Carson. Learn more about R.V. Reyes at

Jeweler's Mark: A Love and Diamonds Mystery, is available in paperback and Kindle eBook on Amazon and at area South Florida bookstores.
·  ISBN-10: 1536939501
·  ISBN-13: 978-1536939507

Meet the Authors' Book Fair

Meet the Authors' Book Fair will be held in conjunction with the ArtWorks Festival on November 19 and 20, 2016, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Both events are at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935, FREE and open to the public.

Meet the Authors' Book Fair will have more than 50 authors represented and available to discuss, autograph, and sell their books. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and childrens books will participate, as well as local writers’ groups.

Meet the Authors' Book Fair is sponsored by Authors for Authors and has special projects to encourage the joy of reading. They support those serving in the military by collecting books which are donated to Operation Paperback and mailed to our military members in the US and throughout the world. They also accept donations of children's books for their Kids Who Read Succeed project.
Come out for a day of fun and let your muse run wild! For more information contact: Marshall Frank (321) 254-3398 or Valerie Allen

Women's National Book Association South Florida Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM
Women's National Book Association
South Florida Chapter Meeting

Daphne Nikolopoulos, Editor in Chief
 Palm Beach Illustrated Magazine and Editorial Director of Palm Beach Media Group
“Gloss Ambition: An editor’s advice on writing for magazines”
Learn how to research the magazines best suited to your knowledge and style; the most effective pitching process; how to craft stories for magazines

 Members: Free  Guests: $10. Join: $40. Murder on the Beach Bookstore, Pineapple Grove. 273 NE 2nd Av. Delray Beach, FL 33444 Phone: 561-279-7790

Yesterday's Tomorrow by G. W. Pomichter

Author and journalist G.W. Pomichter, the host of the Hangin With Web Show and creator of The Lucky Marks Mystery novels, has released his latest book, Yesterday’s Tomorrow.  This near future speculative fiction thriller is a collaboration with friend William DuPree, and ponders some timely “what-ifs.”

“We had so much fun and learned so much researching this book,” Pomichter said.  “It was quite a journey and one that we hope will help our readers suspend disbelief and ask themselves some tough and even uncomfortable questions.”

The book is set in a near future where a nuclear attack and subsequent electro-magnetic-pulse render the U.S. power grid inoperable along the East Coast of the country from Maine to Miami and as far West as the Mississippi River.  The story follows two families, both spread out throughout the country and , in fact, the world when these critical disasters occur.  

“We ask the question, quite simply, ‘What would you do,’” Pomichter said.  “We outline the how and why and give you a story to follow, but within the context of this new reality, the heart of the book is about how human beings interact, how we communicate and how we survive.  It is about you.  It is about asking the question, 'could I survive?’ or ‘Could I rebuild.””

For information contact G.W. Pomichter at

Detour Trail by Joy V Smith

Joy V. Smith
Detour Trail
Melange Books, LLC
2338 Jansen Ave.
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
February 25, 2013
$12.95 (print); $5.99 (ebook)
138 pp
Detour Trail: A Historical Novel About the Intrepid Men and Women Who Settled America's Western Frontier
Joy V. Smith, better known for her science fiction adventures, has written a western novel, Detour Trail, a story of adventure and romance along the Oregon Trail. 
    Westward bound on the Oregon Trail, Lorena Emerson is alone after her 
uncle is killed by a thief trying to steal his money belt. Ignoring the wagon 
master's advice to go home, she rounds up others needing help, and they 
join a later wagon train and are soon slogging through dust and mud and 
steep mountain passes. It's a long way to Oregon, and because another 
woman needs her help, Lorrie again goes her own way, leaving the wagon 
train and the Oregon Trail to travel onward—off the beaten path—with her 
small group of wagons. She's helped by members of her wagon train, people
she meets along the way, and the mule, Jake, an integral part of the story.
You'll meet them as they join in her travels and encounters with enemies 
and as she searches for a new home and supplies as winter reaches out its 
icy hands.... Settling the frontier isn't easy!

Detour Trail is available from Melange Books, the publisher--and online.

Joy V. Smith
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 books include Building a Cool House for Hot Times without Scorching 
the Pocketbook, a collection of her published short stories, Aliens, Animals, 
and Adventure; a children's book, Why Won't Anyone Play with Me?; and 
six e-books: Hidebound (SF romance/adventure), Pretty Pink Planet (SF),  
Hot Yellow Planet (the sequel), The Doorway and Other Stories (SF and 
fantasy), Detour Trail (western novel), and Remodelling: Buying and 
Updating a Foreclosure.  Detour Trail is also available in print (Lulu).  
She lives in Florida with Blizzard the Snow Princess and Pemberley, the 
tortoiseshell cat.

Strike Three by Joy V. Smith

Strike Three
Joy V. Smith
WolfSinger Publications
P.O. Box 31036
Colorado Springs, CO 80931
ISBN/EAN13:   1936099659 / 9781936099658
$4.95 (ebook) and $12.95 (paperback)
161 pages
June 26, 2014
Strike Three is a post-apocalyptic novel:
Because of the "hot virus," the devastation of WWIII is more horrible than the worse case scenario, and missiles fired in retaliation gave new meaning to "scorched earth."
Can a new world move beyond the losses, mistakes, and regrets?
Joy V. Smith has been writing since she was a little kid; she loved to read, and she wanted to create her own books, so she did, complete with covers.  Now she writes fiction--her favorite genre is science fiction--and non-fiction.  Her short stories have been published in print magazines, webzines, anthologies, and two audiobooks, including Sugar Time.  
Her books include fiction and non-fiction and two collections of her published short stories: The Doorway and Other Stories and Aliens, Animals, and Adventure.  She lives in Florida with Blizzard the Snow Princess and Pemberley, the tortoiseshell cat.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Volusia County residents between the ages of 14 and 20 can enroll in a free Young Poets Mentoring Program that will link them to established poets and result in publication. The program is directed by Volusia County Poet Laureate Dr. David B. Axelrod and starts this August.

Young poets and their mentors will set a schedule to exchange emails and possibly to meet personally to help write, revise and assemble a group of poems. The results will include performance opportunities and publication in an anthology.  Twelve or twenty individual young poets may have a first book published.

Funding for the project is provided by the Walmart, the Root Family, Daytona Kia, Daytona Toyota and numerous other groups and individuals. In addition to free lessons, both the young poets and mentors will have a small budget to cover the costs of supplies and/or transportation.

Dr. Axelrod will donate copies of his own book, All Vows: New & Selected Poems (Nirala, 2016) together with a Student and Teacher Guide. The books will be given to each mentor and student as well as copies to teachers and students in schools Dr. Axelrod visits.

Established poets who would enjoy mentoring are also welcome to join the program. Those interested in joining the Mentoring Program can view details at, email or call Dr. Axelrod at 386-337-4567.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


The award-winning documentary film, “Louder than a Bomb” will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 18, free at City Island Library to celebrate the start of the Volusia County Young Poets Mentoring Program. The film traces high school poets who prepare and compete in poetry slam competitions.

The event will be hosted Volusia County Poet Laureate, Dr. David B. Axelrod, who has fund raised to coordinate the Mentoring Program. Students—ages 14 to 20—will be paired with established poets who will help them write, revise and collect together a group of poems. The results will be performance opportunities, anthology publication, and even the chance for the free publication of a first book.

“Many people think of poetry as a bit like plain popcorn—bland at best,” says Dr. Axelrod. “When people view ‘Louder than a Bomb,’ poetry is more like the new snack-food craze, Takis—pretty hot.” It’s not that young poets all want to slam, Axelrod explains, but the program will encourage experimentation and individual creativity.  

There will be an open mic to read poems after the film. Mentoring will be done on line—at the convenience of the students and mentors. There are no set times though it is also hoped that students and mentors can meet for workshops as well.

The event will provide details about the Mentoring Program as well as a chance to sign up. Young poets can fill in a form to apply and asked to bring copies of three poems to submit that will help place them with a mentor. City Island Library is located at 105 E. Magnolia Avenue, Daytona Beach. For more details, go to, email, or call Dr. Axelrod at 386-337-4567.

Writer's Block Bookstore Hosts Loop Day

Writer’s Block Bookstore Present: Loop Day
Theme: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Location: Writer's Block Bookstore
Date: September, 3 2016
Time: 2pm- 6pm
Age range: All Ages
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida


Winter Park, FL  On Saturday, September 3, Writer's Block Bookstore will host a Loop Day party in honor of the day celebrated in Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. The event will be SEPTEMBER 3 from 2PM – 5PM and is intended for all ages and will celebrate the release of Tales of the Peculiar in correlation with the Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children film release.

Arriving mere weeks before the Tim Burton helmed movie adaptation hits theatres on September 30, 2016, Tales of The Peculiar will have a first print run of 1,000,000 copies. September 3 is known to the legions of fans of Ransom Riggs’s #1 bestselling Miss Peregrine series as ‘Loop Day.’ In the story, Miss Peregrine’s home is located in a September 3, 1940 time loop. Every day, the clocks reset just before the peculiars’ island home is bombed by German forces, keeping them forever safe from catastrophe.

When the September 3rd time loop lines up with the actual calendar day, September 3, All of the holidays of the year are celebrated. For Writer’s Block Bookstore’s Loop Day celebration, we will be throwing a party for all holidays and will be hosting a variety of games with prizes and give-a-ways.

Event will take place September 3 from 2pm – 5pm

For those who are hoping to pre-order Tales of the Peculiar, can be directed to the following link:

About Writer's Block Bookstore
A community bookstore in your neighborhood. We have been located off of Park Ave for almost two years and have been bringing your favorite authors into town. We curate our stock based on the community’s wants and needs, but always have the latest releases. We have your favorite book. 

Book News: Bubby the Baker by Kandi M. Siegel

Kandi M. Siigel is pleased to announce that her newest picture book Bubby the Baker is now ready for pre-sale orders.  
This is a 32 page fully colored book geared for children preschool - first grade.  It's about a Jewish woman who loves to bake so much that she decides to open her own bakery.  Page by page, Bubby shows off all her goodies that she sells in her store.  At the end of the book there are a couple recipes that you can make at home. The cost of this book is $10.00 for local people (price includes tax) and $13.00 for out of towners (price includes tax and shipping cost).  She take checks and charge cards. 
As an introductory pre-sale offer, she is taking $1.00 off.
For locals, it will be $9.00 and for out of towners $12.00
But hurry, as this offer is only good until August 31st.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Return to Earth

Return to Earth
The Alvarium Experiment, a consortium of accomplished and award-winning authors, released its second project, Return to Earth, on August 15th. Return to Earth is an online anthology of science fiction short stories and novellas, tackling the premise of aliens making contact with Planet Earth. A tried and true premise, but with a twist; the aliens are human.

The stories are individually available on and do not need to be read in any particular order; each story is an entry point into the overall story.

Return to Earth stories and authors are: 

AOB by Bria Burton.
The Paradoxical Man by Bard Constantine.
“Children of the Stars” by Charles A. Cornell.
“Project Bright Star” by Kristin Durfee.
Recovery by Veronica Helen Hart.
Coming Home by John Hope.
“Someday Loyal” by Elle Andrews Patt.
“Social Experiment” by Tracie Roberts.
Gaia Returning by C.L. Roman.

For additional info about the stories and authors, visit the website:
Facebook Fan Page: The Alvarium Experiment