Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Dog for Leo by Kandi M. Seigel

Kandi M. Seigel's book, A Dog for Leo, won the B.R.A.G. Medallion Award. This is her second award. Her book, My Summer Triumph, won the B.R.A.G. Medallion Award in 2015. 

Other books by Seigel are: 

Bubby the Baker
Rainbow of Mine
Rainbow of Mine, the Coloring Book
Sammy the Helper
My Summer Triumph**
**A Dog for Leo**
Looking Back, No Regrets, Memoirs from the Heart

For More information, visit her webpage at

Author Kenneth D. Michaels to Debut “Only in Key West”: A Nick and Norm Gay Detective Novel

Author Kenneth D. Michaels to Debut “Only in Key West”: A Nick and Norm Gay Detective novel on June 9 at 801 Cabaret
On Friday, June 9, from 5-7pm, author Kenneth D. Michaels will debut his latest mystery, “Only in Key West” at the 801 Duval Street Cabaret above the 801 Bourbon Bar in Key West. 
“Only in Key West” is a sequel to Michaels’ first novel, “The Gay Detective,” which earned kudos in 2106: the International Readers Favorite Book Award and the Reader Views Award. He was also a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards.
“Only in Key West” reflects our local “One Human Family” philosophy,” Ken said. This is illustrated in his novel when Nick and Norm, who have radically different personalities, learn to appreciate and value each other’s gifts and quirks as they hunt down a grisly serial killer.
Billed as a work of fiction, some of the characters shooting and sashaying their way through Michaels’ pages will jingle a bell of recognition. Key West’s world-famous drag queen Sushi (pseudonym “Sho Yu”) and other “801 Girls” play pivotal roles in the story.
In order to get authentic insight into the performers’ world, Michaels interviewed Sushi and some of her team, attended staff meetings and observed them back-stage where he was able to witness their dramatic transformations.
Michaels’ will also have copies of “The Gay Detective” available for sale at the event. Purchase of “Only in Key West,” includes raffle tickets to win seats for two at a Sushi cabaret show, along with a $40 bar tab. An official Key West Pride celebration event, raffle proceeds benefit Key West Pride 2017. 
Michaels’ books are also available on Amazon. Attendees at his book debut and signing event also have the opportunity catch two rounds of the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic Run Off – the world’s largest annual LGBT bartending competition, at 5 and 7pm. 
For more information on Key West Pride 2017 events, visit
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What will happen next! Surrounded by a bevy of glamorous 801 Cabaret drag queens (left to right) Kylie Jean, Mulysa, grande dame Sushi, and Sasha, award winning author Kenneth D. Michaels reads aloud from his latest mystery novel, "Only in Key West,' a 'Nick and Norm' Gay Detective Series novel in which the '801 Girls' appear under pseudonyms.

Friday, May 19, 2017


Location: Winter Park Public Library
416 East New England Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Date: June 14th, 2017
Free to the Public at 6:30 pm
Meet & Greet:  6:00 pm
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida


TO BENEFIT BURROW PRESS, a portion of the book sales will be donated to Burrow Press, a nonprofit, independent publisher based in Orlando, FL committed to publishing the best contemporary literature by new and established authors, as well as fostering literary community in Orlando and Florida.

Winter Park, FL On June 14th at 6:30 pm, Writer’s Block Bookstore will host author Mary Dearborn at the Winter Park Public Library Winter Park, Florida. Mary will be talking about her latest biography, “Ernest Hemingway.”  Free to the Public. Please RSVP on Eventbrite at:

The first full biography of Ernest Hemingway in more than fifteen years; the first to draw upon a wide array of never-before-used material; the first written by a woman--the widely-acclaimed biographer of Norman Mailer, Peggy Guggenheim, Henry Miller, and Louise Bryant.

We will be hosting a VIP Meet & Greet to benefit Burrow Press
Meet & Greet with Author Mary Dearborn, 6 – 6:30 p.m., Spend some time with author Mary Dearborn at this exclusive meet & greet event before the public book signing. Enjoy drinks and light refreshments and a chance to chat with the author. Tickets are $50, only one ticket per couple required and includes one copy of “Ernest Hemingway”. Additional copies of the book may be purchased at the event.  Go to to RSVP for the Meet & Greet.

About the Book:  A revelatory visit to the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, considered in his time to be the greatest living American novelist and short-story writer, winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Mary Dearborn's new biography gives the richest and most nuanced portrait to date of this complex, enigmatically unique American artist, whose same uncontrollable demons that inspired and drove him throughout his life undid him at the end, and whose seven novels and six-short story collections informed--and are still informing--fiction writing generations after his death.

THIS BOOK HAS A LOT OF FIRSTS. The first full biography in fifteen years; the first to be written by a woman; the first to explore the true causes of Hemingway's suicide, and to show them to have been far more complex than previous biographies have put forth; the first to substantially deepen our understanding of the man, the artist, the self-created, larger-than-life force that became Ernest Hemingway.  A more nuanced portrait of Hemingway's complex sexuality, particularly seen considering his transvestite son, Gregory, who was transitioning to "Gloria" at the end of his life in 2001; a portrait that reveals Hemingway to have played with gender boundaries considered shocking in his lifetime.     The most detailed portrait to date of Hemingway's twenty years in Cuba.

Author Bio: MARY V. DEARBORN received a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where she was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities.  She is the author of six books.

Those hoping to pre-order ERNEST HEMINGWAY can be directed to the following link:

About Burrow Press Burrow Press is a nonprofit, independent publisher based in Orlando, FL committed to publishing the best contemporary literature by new and established authors, as well as fostering literary community in Orlando and Florida.

About Writer's Block Bookstore A bookstore in your neighborhood. We are in downtown Winter Park off Park Avenue.  We are a full-service community bookstore, with a wide range of new books, including a children’s room. We curate our stock based on the community’s wants and needs, but always have the latest releases.  We host many events throughout the year for all members of the family. 

Winner Named in 2017 Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition

Mike Pettit of Gulf Breeze, Florida, has been named First Place winner in an international competition to claim the 2017 Mystery Writers Whodunit Award, to be presented at the 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 16-18 in Key West, Florida.
Supported by the Marion Stevens Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, Pettit’s winning entry “Key West Flashpoint” wins him a Whodunit Award trophy, book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, complimentary Mystery Fest Key West 2017 registration, airfare and hotel accommodations for two nights.
No stranger to mystery writing, Pettit is author of 29 fiction suspense thriller novels as well as several short stories and how-to books for independent authors. Joining Pettit in the winner’s circle are Kathryn K.M. Hershberger of Richmond, VA, who took Second Place with “Triggerpoint;” Lewis C. Haskell of Key West, FL, (who was also 2016 First Place winner and 2015 Second Place winner) who took Third Place with “Kilimanjaro Snow;” and Susan Chiappone, who placed with “The Choirboy Sings.”
Candidates for the award were required to submit the first three pages of a finished, but unpublished manuscript to a “blind” judging committee comprised of Dr. Toby Armour, a playwright, author and performer whose credits include the murder mystery book “Blood Tells” and the play, “Is This 24 Lily Pond Lane?”; Carol Lazar, an author, columnist, photojournalist and former senior editor for South Africa’s Independent Newspapers; Captain Reef Perkins, author of “Sex, Salvage and Secrets,” Screwed, Blu’d and Tattoed,” and the mystery novel “Deep Air”; Robin Robinson, an author, syndicated newspaper columnist, educator and horticulturist; and Shirrel Rhoades, an author, film critic, media consultant and publisher of Absolutely Amazing eBooks.
“Why just the first three pages? That criterion is a nod to late author Jeremiah Healy, a world-class mystery writer and a great judge of mystery writing,” says Shirrel Rhoades, co-founder of Mystery Fest Key West. “Jerry's opinion was that a book either captures a reader in the first three pages…or it doesn’t. The competition judges all agreed with that assessment, and decided to use it as a yardstick for the competition.”
"I am honored and truly humbled to have won the First Place award,” said Pettit. “It is an amazing and talented group of authors that entered the contest and how fortunate I am for even placing in the run off. I thank the organization for selecting my book and look forward to receiving the Whodunit Award at the Key West Conference in June."
Pettit is to receive his award trophy at 11am on Saturday, June 17, at DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort, headquarters for the Key West Mystery Fest, and will read his entry for the audience. The Fest itself is to include multiple workshops, presentations, panel discussions and social events where attendees mingle with acclaimed crime fiction and true crime writers including this year’s headliners John Hemingway, Clifford Irving, Randy Rawls and Charles Todd, featured presenters Lisa Black, James O. Born, Nancy J. Cohen, Heather Graham and many other authors and true-crime experts.
For information on attending the 4th Annual Fest as well as complete Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition guidelines and submission details, visit
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Mike Pettit of Gulf Breeze, Florida, an Amazon Best Selling author, has been named First Place winner in the Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition.

8 Killer Reasons to Register for Mystery Fest Key West 2017 Now

The 4th Annual “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed Mystery Fest Key West will take place June 16-18 in Key West, Florida. Here are 8 “killer” reasons to register now:

11.   With celebrated authors of action/adventure, true-crime, cozies, noir and more, it’s a mystery genre cornucopia!
22.   Sensational star power: Liaise with headliners John Hemingway, Clifford Irving, Randy Rawls, and Charles Todd, featured presenters Lisa Black, James O. Born, Nancy J. Cohen and Heather Graham, and panelist authors David Beckwith, Robert Coburn, Bill Craig, John Cunningham, Mike Dennis, Lewis C. Haskell, Susan Haskell and Nora-Jean Perkin, Renee Kumor, Meg Muldoon, Siera London, Rick Ollerman, Reef Perkins, Ken Rijock, Shirrel Rhoades, Marjory Sorrel Rockwell and Paul Sinor.
33.  Ramp up your sleuthing savvy: Learn first-hand the exciting how-to’s of crime scene investigation from leading local true-crime law enforcement experts.
44.    Pitch session opportunities with four prominent literary agents!
55.You’ll get to explore infamous hauntings in Old Town Key West with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham as she co-hosts a Saturday evening ramble with Sloan’s Ghost Tour Key West.
66.  You might walk into the very pages of a mystery novel: Fest guests who register by midnight on June 1 are automatically entered into a drawing for a cameo role in bestselling author Meg Muldoon’s next “Christmas River” series novel.
77.  Alluring diversions: A reception and dinner at the Hemingway Home and Museum, author book signings, a ‘mysterious’ special event at the Custom House Museum, and a Bloody Mary Morning breakfast at Key West’s historic Schooner Wharf Bar.
88.   It’s a steal of a deal: Event registration is just $195 and includes three days of exciting panels, presentations and social events - in Paradise - plus four meals in the company of Fest guests and celebrity authors.

The 2017 Mystery Fest Key West is sponsored by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper, Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts and supported by the Marion Stevens Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and the Helmerich Trust.  For a full Fest schedule, online registration and links to accommodations visit