Monday, April 27, 2015

National League of American Pen Women - Delray Beach on May 7


National League of American Pen Women
Author Talk
Hagen Ranch Library
14350 Hagen Ranch Rd, Delray Beach, FL 33446
(561) 894-7500

Date: May 7, 2015
Time: 2pm

Elaine Bossik (The Last Victim, Fiction)
M. J. Putnik (Dobin, Fantasy)
Janet Kleiman (Flirting with Disaster, Fiction)
Mary Twitty (Hallelujah, What a Ride, Historical Fiction)
Carol White (Sitting Pretty, Fiction)
 

The Relentless Brit Sarina Rose

The Relentless Brit is for sale on Amazon in the Kindle store.  Starting April 27 it will be only $1.99 in honor of V.E. Day (World War II, Victory in Europe Day) and in honor of mothers and grandmothers who may have lead life with the Brit if she had chosen a different path. It is a universal story and could take place during any war.

The Relentless Brit is an historical romance. It is a tale of sex, romance, betrayal, and heartbreak during World War II. History, romance, spies, espionage, intrigue, love, sex, war, peace, and the happy every after ending you love. 

War rages in Europe. Conflict is worldwide. History is repeating itself. Germany seeks domination of Europe. Hitler’s troops occupy all countries except Great Britain. Nevertheless, bombing from German aircraft have scorched London and other parts of the British Isles. Peace is elusive. Hitler has betrayed the Prime Minister of England. Spies and espionage are rampart on all sides. Japan is on the move in China and the island in South Pacific.

Marie Gentile is a charming young widow working in her brother’s law office investigating divorce cases. Life had betrayed her by taking her husband to an untimely death. She longs for adventure, maybe romance and the chance to work on criminal cases for a change of pace. As she sits in a diner waiting for a friend, a handsome man comes through the door and attracts her attention. Can he give her a happy ever after, she muses? She would mind making a new history for herself. 

Charles Stanhope is a handsome strong British secret agent who is married to ending World War II with a promise of peace. He is in the United States to recruit Marie to assist him in preparing propaganda to thwart the German Occupation and the rule of Mussolini. He succeeds and the two spend evenings working together. It is love at first sight for him. He wants her to love him as much as he loves her. He foresees love and romance, but does Marie?

About the Author

Sarina Rose was born to first generation Italian-American parents in New Jersey. Her childhood memories of living in the four family apartment house with extended family decorate her books. Two cousins living in the house and two uncles on her mother's side were drafted and served in Europe and Japan. One was killed in France. Her father’s family occupied the four apartments throughout her childhood into her late teens. The families took their meals together and she wandered through the apartments at will. 

She attended local public schools and learned to use the public library as a youngster. She graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ with a B.A. and a certificate to teach Spanish grades K-12. Sarina taught seventeen years in several New Jersey school districts spaced with raising four children and working as a tutor and insurance service representative. 

Sarina continued studies at Kean University graduate school accruing credits in computer usage, reading, liberal studies, science, art history, music history, and cooperative education courses. Along the way I enrolled in an on-line creative writing class and began what I love to do now which is writing stories full time.”
Sarina says she is lucky enough now to live near the beach on the Space Coast in Florida with her husband and their two loveable dogs, Andy, a Labradoodle, and Cici, a Shih Tzu.

Sarina Rose is a member of Space Coast Authors of Romance and Romance writers of America. She is also a member of the Melbourne Women’s Club. “I enjoy the Women’s club where I am the Arts Chairperson and contribute to the monthly newsletter. She quilts children’s blankets for local hospitals and wheelchair bags for nursing homes. Sarina is a docent at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology and leads a lively discussion of publishing at S.A.I.L. (Senior Adventures in Learning).

'Tis Herself: Short Story Collection by Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen's book, 'Tis Herself: Short Story Collection, is now on audio.It is also available as an ebook and in large print.

The audio version is on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes at  B00VU39JSA  If you would like a FREE download of the audio version, send her an email at VAllenWriter and request a coupon. 

Each story focuses on events in the lives of ordinary people.
 
You will laugh and cry at the wise and foolish decisions so common to all of us.Decisions which help us gain insight and make changes in our relationships.



~ Valerie Allen ~
VAllenWriter@cs.com                                          ValerieAllenWriter.com

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Florida Author Brings Anti-Bullying Message Up the Coast


Jaimie M. Engle to speak at Austin Road Elementary School in Mahopac, New York

Melbourne, FL, March 9, 2015:Clifton Chase began as a local story, but is now reaching out of the state and I couldn’t be happier.” –Jaimie M. Engle
Author Jaimie M. Engle will be bringing her anti-bullying message to the students of Austin Road Elementary School in Mahopac, New York. 
                             
“Bullying is a problem everywhere, not just in Brevard County,” said the author. “Having a chance to share my solutions to bullying with students in different states is an amazing opportunity and I thrilled to have been invited to speak.”

Engle will be on campus for two sessions on April 27th. Her mission is to spread her books and message to elementary school students across the country. She is available for classroom visits and to speak with the media at jaimiengle@gmail.com and www.jaimiengle.com.

About the Author:

Jaimie M. Engle is a freelance writer for Space Coast Living Magazine, Viera Voice, and Aldia Today Bilingual Newspaper, with her work appearing online at Writer’s Digest and the Dr. Laura Program. She published her anti-bullying children’s book Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light in 2013 and signed with her agent, Pam Howell of D4EO Literary, shortly thereafter. Engle is a conference speaker, writing coach, and editor for aspiring authors (www.awriterforlife.com), teaches writing to Homeschool students, and volunteers with elementary school & library writing programs. Follow her blog at www.jaimiengle.com.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Florida Romance Writers’ May meeting


DATE: Saturday, May 9th, 2015
TIME:  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hyatt Place, 1851 SE 10th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
COST: $22 per person/member, $25 non-member; includes lunch
DIRECTIONS: I-95 to 595 E. (Exit 24). Go east on 595 till US1 North.  Take US1 to SE 17th Street Causeway and turn right towards the beach. Then take the second right onto SE 10th Avenue. Location is one block in on your right. (Behind the Outback Steakhouse.)
PARKING: Open parking - free of charge.
PROGRAM: “Publicity Secrets for a Successful Book Promotion
You slaved for months to write your book and your masterpiece is ready to be published. You’ve fret about covers, blurbs, beta readers, but what about strategies to promote your book?
Sarah Nicolas, Associate Publicity Director at Entangled Publishing can help you with that. She will share with us her secrets to a successful book promotion, and what you can do to truly make a splash.
You’ll not want to miss out the opportunity to learn about blog tours, cover reveals, in person events, and a million other details that could help you turn your book from a dream into the next bestseller.
PRESENTER’S BIO: Sarah Nicholas
Sarah joined Entangled in September of 2011 as an intern and became an Associate Publicist Director in July of 2012. Her degree is in mechanical engineering, but she’s found her heart in the publishing industry and has worked as an editorial assistant, technical writer, marketing coordinator, and author’s assistant. Sarah blogs at YAtopia and video blogs with the YA Rebels. She lives in Orlando, Florida with the world’s cutest mutt. Find her on twitter @sarah_nicolas
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Please e-mail Rossie Cortes at rossie@iq-mc.com for a reservation and visit us at www.frwriters.org.

Monday, April 20, 2015

May 16, 2015: MYSTERY WRITERS OF AMERICA, FLORIDA CHAPTER, LUNCHEON MEETING




GUEST SPEAKER:  Emily Krupin, Assistant Editor from Harlequin
Program:  “Queries and Pitches: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
Bonus: Pitch Sessions Following Presentation

How do you grab an editor’s or agent’s attention with a query letter or pitch?  What makes them request a full manuscript versus send you a form rejection letter?  Worse, what makes them scream and tear their hair out?  This month’s speaker will address these questions as well as discuss print and e-book imprints at Harlequin that are open to unagented submissions in the mystery, suspense, and thriller genres. As a bonus, Ms. Krupin will take pitches following her presentation.

Emily Krupin is the Assistant Editor for Harlequin Romantic Suspense, which justifies her fascination with serial killer stories and other startling scenarios. She works on several lines at Harlequin, from historical to Christian romances, but her home line is the perfect balance of suspense and romance. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College she edited higher education textbooks, which may or may not have contributed to her enthusiastic jump to the thriller genre. Outside of work you can usually find her at the local bookstore, stalking a stranger’s adorable dog on the street, or trying out a new recipe. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyKrupin.

**In order to give a five or ten minute pitch (time to be determined), you must have a completed book-length work of fiction. To be added to the list, send an email to Vicki Landis at bookpainter319@hotmail.com with “Editor Pitch” in the Subject line and your full name in the body of the message.

DATE:  Saturday, May 16, 2015
TIME:  11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM:  1:00—“Queries and Pitches: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”
PLACE:  Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)
COST:  $15 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.

**NOTE the special discount is for FMWA members as a member benefit this month only. But you must pay by check to Rick Wymer in advance. Email rwymer55@aol.com with the subject line "MWA May 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 for $15 payable to  “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter'' and mail to Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:  For guests to reserve and pay through PayPal, visit the Chapter website http://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.


NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, JUNE 20, 2015:  Please save the date.

Everyone’s an Editor in the Internet World


Carolyn Howard-Johnson has released the second edition of her multi award-winning The Frugal Editor as a paperback. It’s updated, expanded, and sports new formatting and a new cover by Chaz DeSimone in keeping with her HowToDoItFrugally series for writers.

The Net has made everyone into do-it-yourself editors these days. E-mail. Blogs. Web site copy. Though the author advises hiring great editors (and gives step-by-step tips for doing so), having everything seen by the world professionally edited isn’t always affordable.

The Frugal Editor: From Your Query Letter to Final Manuscript to the Marketing of Your New Bestseller has been expanded to include rarely covered editing booboos (like the misuse of ampersands), the difference between grammar rules and style choices (like beginning sentences with the likes of and, or, and but) and how to spot the overuse of helping verbs and a reminder that politically correct usage isn’t always what a writer should strive for (consider some of the language used in the award-winning movie Twelve Years A Slave).

She also shows writers of all kinds how to avoid trickery with font, formatting, and strained metaphors. She says, “I'd be embarrassed if I had to say I hadn't learned anything more I could share with my readers in eight years since the first edition was published.”

The first edition of The Frugal Editor published in 2007 was winner of USA Book News’ pick for Best Professional Book, a Reader Views winner, and received nods from the Next Generation awards and the Military Writers Society of America, but the new version is expanded (by more than 100 pages)! Updated! And Reformatted. The e-book version of this second edition was honored again by Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards and the Next Generation Indie Awards.

Howard-Johnson was an instructor for nearly a decade at UCLA Extension’s Writers’ Program. She is the recipient of the California Legislature’s Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, her community’s Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing, and its Diamond Award for her work advocating for authors. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly’s list of 14 women of “San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen.” She has worked for Good Housekeeping Magazine and as a journalist for several newspapers and has been a popular presenter at writers’ conferences nationwide like the one at San Diego State University and the Sinclair Lewis Writers’ Conference. She is also a novelist and poet, which informs the advice she gives to authors of those genres.

Learn more about Howard-Johnson and her HowToDoItFrugally series of books at http://www.howtodoitfrugally.com.

The e-book is available at http://bit.ly/FrugalEditorKind and the paperback at http://bit.ly/FrugalEditor.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Book Signing Sunday 4/19... Kandi M. Seigel

Kandi M. Siegel, local published author will be having a book signing at Le Macaron in the Melbourne Square Mall this Sunday 1:30 - 4:00.  All three of her books will be available for purchase.  

Looking Back, No Regrets, Memoirs from the Heart shares a woman's relationship struggles from childhood through adulthood in 9 honest and touching short stories. Her unique experiences will make you laugh and cry as you walk with her through teenage crushes, bad dates, and abusive relationships. 

AUTHORS WIN GOLD MEDAL

 
Three local authors received a Florida Book Award Gold Medal in Tallahassee. Dr. David B. Axelrod and Lenny Schneir, both from Daytona Beach, and Dr. Carol Thomas from Palm Coast, were presented their awards at an April ceremony at Mission San Luis followed by a luncheon the next day with First Lady Ann Scott at the Governor’s Mansion.
Their book, Merlin Stone Remembered, won gold in the category of Best Non-fiction Book by Florida authors. It recounts the life and work of pioneer feminist artist and scholar, Merlin Stone, who began her visits to Daytona Beach in 1999 and became a full-time resident in 2005. Merlin, best known for her book When God Was a Woman, passed away in February, 2011.
Lenny Schneir, her life-partner for 34 years, recruited Drs. Axelrod and Thomas to help him with the book. “It started while I prepared a speech for a memorial service for Merlin,” he explains. “Then, that went so well, it blossomed into a full, 332-page book.”  The book was released in December, 2014, by Llewellyn Worldwide publishers (www.llewellyn.com).
Two hundred ten books were entered in the annual contest and nine won gold in their separate categories. The Florida Book Awards are considered one of the best state competitions in the US. The trio of authors will also be featured in a segment already recorded for public television station WFSU.
For more photos of the event and a list of other prize winners, those interested can go to the Florida Book Awards (https://www.facebook.com/FLBookAwards). For more information about the book and authors, contact Dr. Axelrod, axelrod@creativehappiness.org or go to the website www.merlinstone.org.

Florida Author selected to teach at New England Writer’s Conference in Massachusetts

Author Jaimie M. Engle to share business tips on how to sell books

Melbourne, FL, April 24th, 2015:“Authors are small business owners and their books are a commodity to sell.” –Jaimie M. Engle
Author Jaimie M. Engle has been invited to speak at the North East Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Conference in Springfield, Massachusetts at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place at One Monarch Place in Springfield, Mass  01144 on April 24th from 2-4pm. Her course was one of a handful selected from hundreds submitted last summer. Topics will include:

  • Going in with eyes wide open—publishing overview past, present and future—This session would include a first page critique. Detailed analysis of the change in publishing trends producing a need for authors to take on a more active role as their own publicist, marketing strategist, and business owner.
  • Tips on marketing & school visits—Free to no cost marketing ideas, sample school visit package, and step-by-step application of scripts, product presentation, and finding reviews for your books.
  • The business side of self-publishing—Viewing yourself as an entrepreneur selling a product. A look at balancing the author, agent, and publisher inside of every writer to create the best possible chance for your book’s success. Establishing SOPs to brand yourself. Creating lists and scripts to maintain continuity and track personal trends.
  • Letting the market determine your next project—Examining the market trend and finding your niche to write the book that will be your most successful product. This session would include a writing workshop to generate ideas.

The workshop was originally presented in June 2014 during the Orlando SCBWI Conference with co-presenter Stephen Mooser, who is the President and Founder of the organization.

“Your presentation was one of the most powerful sessions I've attended at SCBWI,” said Tatsumi Gonzalez, an attendee in June. “Thank you for your generous sharing of information.”

“Excellent demeanor, excellent presentation, and excellent with audience,” said Rebecca Russell, who also attended the conference at the Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, FL, last June.

Engle hopes that this workshop will bring a new perspective to authors who are publishing and selling books, as she provides tools to teach authors that they are truly business entrepreneurs and should treat their publishing experience as such. Engle is available for speaking engagements and workshops or to speak with the press at jaimiengle@gmail.com.

About the Author:

Jaimie M. Engle is a freelance writer for Space Coast Living Magazine, Viera Voice, and Aldia Today Bilingual Newspaper, with her work appearing online at Writer’s Digest and the Dr. Laura Program. She published her anti-bullying children’s book Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light in 2013 and signed with her agent, Pam Howell of D4EO Literary, shortly thereafter. Engle is a conference speaker, writing coach, and editor for aspiring authors (www.awriterforlife.com), teaches writing to Homeschool students, and volunteers with elementary school & library writing programs. Follow her blog at www.jaimiengle.com.

News from Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen's book, 'Tis Herself Short Story Collection,  is now on audio.

This collection of stories, some humorous, some poignant, focus on events in the lives of ordinary people. Each story reflects the wisdom or the foolishness of our decisions.  

Enjoy and share ~
Available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

'Tis Herself Short Story Collection



~  Valerie Allen  ~
ValerieAllenWriter.com                                                   

The Devil Tree by Keith Rommel now available for pre-order


Back in the 1970's, a series of bizarre incidents occurred at what has since been known as "The Devil Tree."  Beneath this ancient denizen, evil was wrought by a sick serial killer, calling upon forces most evil and dark.  People were hung there ... and bodies buried there ... exhumed by the police.  Overcome by superstition, some tried to cut down the tree, to no avail.  Since then, it has stood in a remote section of a local park --- left to its own devices --- quiet in its eerie repose -- until now!

Best-selling psychological-thriller author Keith Rommel has imagined the whole tale anew. He's brought the tree to life and retold the tale with detail only possible in a fiction novel. Action-packed, with spine-tingling detail, this thriller is beyond parallel in the ground it uncovers ... one author's explanation of what may have really been said -- what may have really happened -- under Port St. Lucie's "Devil Tree."

About the author:
Rommel has authored 8 novels and is a screen writer for The Cursed Man movie - a major motion picture coming out this October based off of his first novel.

http://www.amazon.com/Devil-Tree-Keith-Rommel-ebook/dp/B00W8JD4F4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429238860&sr=8-1&keywords=B00W8JD4F4

Monday, April 13, 2015

News from Valerie Allen

Movin' on up!  Today in the top 100 paid Kindle books:  #51 The American Vandel Abroad by Mark Twain, #61 The Bet by Anton Chekhov, #71 A Marriage of Convenience by Valerie Allen (that's ME!) Persistence is the key to success!  Read, enjoy, and share ~ A Marriage of Convenience Amazon.com/dp/B00KQ36GR2



~ Valerie Allen ~
VAllenWriter@cs.com                                          ValerieAllenWriter.com

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore May 2015