Saturday, February 18, 2017

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore March 2017



Booksignings
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Sunday March 5 at 1pm.  Mystery and History: Panel of three Authors.  Nancy J. Cohen, Facials Can Be Fatal $25.95, Alyssa Maxwell, A Pinch of Poison 25.00, and VS Alexander, The Magdalen Girls 15.00, will discuss Mystery and History.  Joanne Sinchuk will moderate. Refreshments will be served.
Thursday March 16 at 7 pm.  Holly Brown will speak and sign This is Not Over 15.99.
Saturday March 18 at 6 pm.  Paul Levine will speak and sign Bum Luck 15.95.
Tuesday March 21 at 8 pm.  Ed Lin will speak and sign Incensed 26.95.
Sunday March 26 at 5 pm.  CJ Box will speak and sign Vicious Circle 27.00.
Wednesday March 29 at 7 pm.  Randy Wayne White will speak and sign Mangrove Lightning 27.00.  Wine and food for this event sponsored by Morgan Stanley.
Thursday March 30 at 7 pm.  Andrew Gross will sign The One Man 26.99 and KJ Howe will sign The Freedom Broker 26.99.

Book Clubs
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Sun March 19 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner 15.99.
Tue March  21 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss The Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford 15.00

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Joanne Sinchuk
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Pineapple Grove
273 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Phone: 561-279-7790
murdermb@gate.net
www.murderonthebeach.com

March Meeting of the Florida Romance Writers

Tigertail Lake Recreational Center
580 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach, FL 33004
TIME: 10:00am to 12:30pm

March  11 2017
Guest Speaker: Amy Atwell
Program: My Book is Online—Now What?
This workshop will focus on better, smarter and faster ways to review your books’ selling pages to improve visibility and sales. Online sales can be impacted by “metadata” and “search engine optimization.” Don’t let these terms scare you—learn straightforward ways to work with the technology that’s at your fingertips without spending a fortune to help readers find that next great book they want to read—yours!

Award-winning and bestselling author Amy Atwell worked in professional theater for 15 years before turning from the stage to the page to write fiction. She now gives her imagination free rein in both contemporary and historical stories that feature smart women and noble men who find love while managing to mend their meddlesome families. Her manuscripts and books have earned her a Golden Heart® nomination, over 25 other contest finals and her self-published historical romance Ambersley has been featured on the Top 100 Books lists for both Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook. An Ohio native, Amy has lived all across the country and now resides on a barrier island in Florida with her husband, two Russian Blues and a demon kitten. Visit her online at her websiteFacebookTwitter and/or GoodReads.

For more information about reservations and fees, check Florida Romance Writers website at www.frwriters.org.


RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE VIA E-MAIL to Janet Little at janetfrankslittle@gmail.com AND RECEIVED BY THE WEDNESDAY PRIOR TO THE MEETING, but preferably before. Please be advised there is a $5.00 late fee for any reservations made after 4:30 on the Wednesday before the meeting. Non-members are welcome to attend up to two meetings per year and are required to make advance reservations as well.If you pay by PayPal, please bring your receipt/confirmation number to the meeting.
The cost of the meetings is $10.00 for FRW members and $15.00 for non members. 
FRW MEMBERS please RSVP by the Wednesday prior to the meeting by e-mail to Janet Little at janetfrankslittle@gmail.com to make your reservation. Members may pay by check at the door, but if you make a reservation and then can’t attend, you will be billed for $10.00. Parking is now FREE. Please remember we are now accepting only CHECKS or PayPal.
NON-MEMBERS are welcome to attend two (2) meetings per year. Please contact Janet Little at janetfrankslittle@gmail.com for more information. You may pay the meeting fee of $15.00 in advanced by check or Paypal.  All checks payable to Florida Romance Writers, Inc. must be sent in advance to: 
Florida Romance Writers, c/o Tina Stitzer, 12600 SW 5th CT, # L 207, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027-6734
Pay via PayPal (Please bring your receipt/confirmation # to the meeting!):

Linda Zern will make Two Presentations at the Authors for Authors Writers' Conference

Authors for Authors is pleased to have Linda Zern making presentations at the Writers' Conference, on March 26, 2017, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto. Linda will make two presentations, How to Ask For and Get Reviews and How to Make Reviews Work for You.

Information and registration at AuthorsForAuthors.com

Linda Zern lives, works, and dreams in Central Florida. Writing her way through the genre list, she began with a children's chapter book, The Pocket Fairies of Middleburg, followed by an illustrated inspirational book, The Long-Promised Song, and continued with a children's middle-grade historical fiction, Mooncalf. Her latest novel is a young adult, realistic, dystopian action/adventure, Beyond the Strandline. She also writes blog posts and essays. Linda has had experience publishing with a small press, the self-published platform, and Indie publishing.  ZippityZerns.com

Master Class in Indie Publishing

Experts will guide self-published authors to success
in all-day Master Class in Indie Publishing


Authors will learn how to publish their book, build an audience and make money at a one-day Master Class in Indie Publishing, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. May 20, at Franklin T. DeGroodt Public Library in Palm Bay, Florida. Bestselling indie-published authors and experts will give practical information on every aspect of self-publishing, from editing and publication to branding and marketing.

Independent or self-publishing continues to grow. Indie authors earned more than $595 million in ebook sales, $225 million in print book sales and $46 million in audiobook sales last year, according to Author Earnings. Tap into this healthy market for indie-published books by learning how to:
  • Understand the market and how today’s indie publishing differs from vanity presses
  • Create a one-year plan that will map out a path to earning real money from your books
  • Build a team to help you produce a well-edited book with a professional, marketable cover
  • Produce and upload your book in print and ebook formats to online outlets
  • Launch your brand and create a marketing plan to sell your books

Presenters include New York Times, USA Today and Amazon bestsellers: Amy Atwell, JoMarie DeGioia, Leigh Duncan, Maria Geraci, Kristen Painter and Roxanne St. Claire. (See below for detailed biographies and schedule.) The workshop is sponsored by the SpacecoasT Authors of Romance (STAR), a chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Space is limited. Registration is required. The fee for the all-day master class, a morning snack and lunch is $40 ($25 for STAR members).

Event: Master Class in Indie Publishing
What: Experts and bestselling authors explain all aspects of self-publishing, from editing, formatting, design and professional publishing to developing a winning plan to launch your brand and sell books.
When: 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Saturday, May 20
Where: Franklin DeGroodt Public Library, 6475 Minton Road, Palm Bay, Florida
Admission: $40, including box lunch ($25 for STAR members)
Register online: authorsofromance.com/masterclass


Master Class in Indie Publishing: Presenter Biographies



Amy Atwell

Amy Atwell has been helping authors in various ways since she founded WritingGIAM in 2004. In 2011, she received the RWA Service Award for the scope of her volunteer activities. She honed her skills of developing and implementing action plans as a theater production manager, then went on to 15 years of retail management, where she specialized in organization and problem-solving. A 2008 Golden Heart finalist, Amy’s 2010 debut release “Lying Eyes” is a contemporary caper that blends mystery and suspense with love and laughter. She self-published “Ambersley” in 2011, which hit the Top 100 Books and #1 in historical romance on both Kindle and Nook and has since sold 100,000+ copies. Her current “day job” is running Author E.M.S., a book formatting and uploading services company that works with 350+ authors.


JoMarie DeGioia

JoMarie DeGioia is a bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She’s known Mickey Mouse from the “inside” and has been a copy editor for her tiny town’s newspaper and a bookseller. A hybrid author, she also writes young adult fantasy/adventure stories and paranormal romance. She gets lost in DIY projects around the house and works out plot ideas during long runs. She divides her time between Central Florida and New England.


Leigh Duncan

Leigh Duncan is the award-winning author of more than two dozen novels, novellas and short stories. Her first full-length book, “The Officer’s Girl,” was released by Harlequin American Romance in 2010. Leigh went on to write seven more books for Harlequin, including the highly acclaimed Glades County Cowboys series, before she began writing the more complex, heart-warming and emotional stories that have resonated with her readers. An Amazon bestselling author and a National Readers’ Choice Award winner, Leigh lives on Central Florida's East Coast, where she writes women’s fiction and contemporary romance with a dash of Southern sass.

Maria Geraci

Maria Geraci was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised on Florida’s Space Coast. Her love of books started with the classic “Little Women.” She writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction with a happy ending. The Portland Book Review called her novel “The Boyfriend of the Month Club” “immensely sexy, immensely satisfying and humorous.” Her fourth novel, “A Girl Like You,” was nominated for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA award. Her current addictions include watching the STARZ adaption of “Outlander” to drool over Sam Heughan, hitting the beach on the weekends, and searching for the perfect Key lime pie recipe (but not the kind they served on “Dexter”).


Kristen Painter:

USA Today bestselling author Kristen Painter is a little obsessed with cats, books, chocolate, and shoes. It’s a healthy mix. She loves to entertain her readers with interesting twists and unforgettable characters. She currently writes the best-selling paranormal romance series, Nocturne Falls, and the cozy mystery spin-off series, Jayne Frost. The former college English teacher can often be found all over social media where she loves to interact with readers. She is also the co-founder of the award-winning writers’ site RomanceDivas.com. Kristen lives in Florida with her retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents. She is represented by the Knight Agency.


Roxanne St. Claire

Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels of suspense and romance, including the popular Barefoot Bay series, plus multiple standalone books. In addition to being an eight-time nominee and one-time winner of the RITA Award, Roxanne has won the National Readers’ Choice Award for best romantic suspense four times, as well as the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Maggie, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, the Award of Excellence, and many others. Her books have been translated into dozens of languages and are routinely included as a Doubleday/Rhapsody Book Club Selection of the Month. Roxanne lives in Florida with her husband and two mostly adorable dogs and still tries to run the lives of her college-age daughter and 20-something son.


Master Class in Indie Publishing: Syllabus

9-9:30 a.m.                  Welcome and networking; coffee and donuts

9:30-10 a.m.                A Comprehensive Overview of Self Publishing in Today’s Market
(JoMarie DeGioia)
A summary of the history of modern self-publishing; how self-publishing today is different from publishing through a vanity press; defining the terms used in self-publishing — traditional, indie and hybrid authors

10 a.m.-noon               Developing a One-Year Strategy for Self-Publishing Success
(Roxanne St. Claire* & Kristen Painter*)
From beginner to mid-list to mad money, this two-hour workshop will teach you how to develop a strategic plan for success in self-publishing.  

Noon-1 p.m.               Lunch (provided)  

1-1:45 p.m.                 Building A Support Team
(Leigh Duncan)
Editing encompasses far more than proofing. In this hour-long segment, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of finding the right person to provide content, copy and line edits for your manuscript and the vital role a professional cover designer plays on your team.

1:45-2 p.m.                 Break

2-3 p.m.                      The Nuts and Bolts of Distributing Your Book
(Amy Atwell, Author E.M.S.)
Turning your raw manuscript into a finished product. This one-hour session will cover uploading your book to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks.

3-4 p.m.                      Launching Your Brand
(Maria Geraci)
Guidelines for the final step in achieving self-publishing success — building your brand and developing a marketing plan for launching your series.  

4-4:45 p.m.                 Wrap-up, discussion and questions

*N.Y. Times and USA Today bestselling authors

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore March 2017


Booksignings
-------------------
Sunday March 5 at 1pm.  Mystery and History: Panel of three Authors.  Nancy J. Cohen, Facials Can Be Fatal $25.95, Alyssa Maxwell, A Pinch of Poison 25.00, and VS Alexander, The Magdalen Girls 15.00, will discuss Mystery and History.  Joanne Sinchuk will moderate. Refreshments will be served.
Thursday March 16 at 7 pm.  Holly Brown will speak and sign This is Not Over 15.99.
Saturday March 18 at 6 pm.  Paul Levine will speak and sign Bum Luck 15.95.
Tuesday March 21 at 8 pm.  Ed Lin will speak and sign Incensed 26.95.
Sunday March 26 at 5 pm.  CJ Box will speak and sign Vicious Circle 27.00.
Wednesday March 29 at 7 pm.  Randy Wayne White will speak and sign Mangrove Lightning 27.00.  Wine and food for this event sponsored by Morgan Stanley.
Thursday March 30 at 7 pm.  Andrew Gross will sign The One Man 26.99 and KJ Howe will sign The Freedom Broker 26.99.

Book Clubs
-----------------
Sun March 19 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner 15.99.
Tue March  21 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss The Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford 15.00

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Writers' Conference: Write, Publish Sell!

Our Conference Ambassador
Authors for Authors has announced their Conference Ambassador, Ash McGrath,  for The Writers' Conference: Write, Publish, Sell! to be held on March 26, 2017, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  For more information and the registration form go to AuthorsForAuthors.com

You're invited to come to the conference and meet 
Ashley McGrath 



Ashley McGrath is a quality analyst for the Fort Myers-based call monitoring company J.Lodge. Born and raised in Brevard County, FL, she has a Master's Degree in Applied Sociology from the University of Central Florida. Her autobiography, UnabASHed by Disability, details her childhood and young adulthood with a rare genetic disorder. Published in 2014, it is available on Amazon and Kindle. She was also a contributor to four anthologies published by the Space Coast Writers' Guild of which she's a Board member. A motivational speaker and community volunteer, Ashley maintains a blog about disability issues at unabashedbydisability.blogspot.com.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Brevard Authors Society presents Authors Around the Corner


Writers Forum - Brevard Authors Society


Romance Poetry and Inspirational Writers Forum presented by Brevard Authors Society

Brevard Authors Society
Romance, Poetry, and Inspirational Writers Forum
Saturday, February 4th 10am to 12pm Central Brevard Public Library
This monthly forum features five local authors who will take turns sharing and discussing their work with the public. Learn about local writers and discover your new favorite author! Honoring Valentine’s Day, this month’s forum features masters of romance, poetry and inspiration: Betty Whittaker Jackson, Shirley Larson, Ken R. Miller, Ashley McGrath, and Christopher “Kit” Adams.


For more information, please go to: www.brevardauthors.weebly.com

WRITER'S BLOCK BOOKSTORE PRESENT: TIM DORSEY CLOWNFISH BLUES



TIM DORSEY
Theme: READING AND BOOKSIGNING
Location: Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue,
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Date: Febraury 5, 2017
Time: 3:00pm
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida
407-335-4192

WRITER'S BLOCK BOOKSTORE PRESENT:
TIM DORSEY
CLOWNFISH BLUES

Winter Park, FL On Sunday February 5, 2017, at 3:00 PM, Writer’s Block Bookstore will host author Tim Dorsey at Writer’s Block Bookstore, 124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park. Tim will be promoting his latest novel, Clownfish Blues


A (Serge A.) Storm is brewing for a cabal of bad guys gaming the Florida state lottery in this insanely funny novel from the maestro of mayhem, Tim Dorsey

If you’re loud and proud Floridian Serge A. Storms, how do you follow up your very own remake of Easy Rider? You shoot your own “episodes” of your favorite classic television show, Route 66!

With Coleman riding shotgun, Serge is rolling down the highway of his dreams in a vintage silver convertible Corvette just like the snazzy car Martin Milner drove. It doesn’t matter that the actual Route 66 didn’t pass through Florida, for Serge discovers that a dozen episodes near the series’ end were filmed (really!) in his beloved home state. So for Serge and the always toked and stoked Coleman, the Sunshine State is all the road you need to get your kicks.

But their adventure traveling the byways of the Sunshine State’s underbelly is about to take a detour. Someone is trying to tilt the odds in the state lottery amidst a conga line of huge jackpots spinning off more chaos than any hurricane season. With this much at stake, of course every shady character wants in. Crooked bodega owners, drug cartels laundering money through the lottery, and venture capitalists are all trying to game the system—and lining up to get their cut. They’re also gambling with their lives, because when Serge and Coleman get hip to this timely (and very lucrative) trip, there’s no telling whose number is up next.

Throw in Brooke Campanella, Serge’s old flame, as well as the perpetually star-crossed Reevis, and it’s a sure bet that the ever lucky Serge will hit it big. Winning has never been this deadly—or this much fun!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tim Dorsey was a reporter and editor for the Tampa Tribune from 1987 to 1999, and is the author of nineteen novels: Coconut Cowboy, Shark Skin Suite, Tiger Shrimp Tango, The Riptide Ultra-Glide, When Elves Attack, Pineapple Grenade, Electric Barracuda, Gator A-Go-Go, Nuclear Jellyfish, Atomic Lobster, Hurricane Punch, The Big Bamboo, Torpedo Juice, Cadillac Beach, The Stingray Shuffle, Triggerfish Twist, Orange Crush, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, and Florida Roadkill. He lives in Tampa, Florida.

For those who are hoping to pre-order Oh Florida! 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.  

WRITER'S BLOCK BOOKSTORE PRESENT: CRAIG PITTMAN OH’ FLORIDA!



CRAIG PITTMAN
Theme: READING AND BOOKSIGNING
Location: Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue,
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Date: February 4, 2017
Time: 4:00pm
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida
407-335-4192


WRITER'S BLOCK BOOKSTORE PRESENT:
CRAIG PITTMAN
OH’ FLORIDA!


Winter Park, FL On Sunday February 4, 2017, at 4:00 PM, Writer’s Block Bookstore will host author Craig Pittman at Writer’s Block Bookstore, 124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park. Craig will be promoting his latest novel, OH FLORIDA!           
A fun- and fact-filled investigation into why the Sunshine State is the weirdest but also the most influential state in the Union.
* It's true...something weird pops up on the news every time I go to Florida...”


To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It's a state where the voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. It attracts 90 million visitors a year, some drawn by its impressive natural beauty, others bewitched by its man-made fantasies. Oh, Florida!, by award-winning journalist Craig Pittman, explores those contradictions and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting state.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
CRAIG PITTMAN is an award-winning journalist & the author of three previous books. He is a native Floridian & in 2013 wrote a popular blog for Slate called "Oh, Florida! " which became the genesis for this book, & which led to his appearance on TV and radio discussing why Florida is so odd and entertaining. He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and two children.

 
For those who are hoping to pre-order Oh Florida! can be directed to the following link:
http://www.writersblockbookstore.com/event/craig-pittman-bookstore-february-4th-400pm

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.