Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pegasus Publishing Announces the Upcoming Release of The Wrong Road Home by Ian A. O’Connor:


The Wrong Road Home will be released nationwide on March 31, 2016

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida – Pegasus Publishing & Entertainment Group announces the upcoming release of The Wrong Road Home by Ian A. O’Connor.  The Wrong Road Home will be available in trade paper (ISBN:  978-0-692-56965-8, 284 pages, $14.95) and eBook ($2.99) editions on March 31, 2016.

Celebrated writer Ian A. O’Connor has earned high praise for his previous books, including thrillers The Twilight of the Day, The Seventh Seal, The Barbarossa Covenant, as well as his nonfiction work, SCRAPPY:  Memoirs of a U.S. Fighter Pilot, which he authored with legendary fighter pilot Howard C. "Scrappy" Johnson. O’Connor’s latest novel, The Wrong Road Home, is a larger-than-life tale about deceit, treachery, lies, and consequences.  In an advance review, Kirkus Reviews hails The Wrong Road Home as “an intimate look at a life lived as a lie.”  And what a lie it was…

Inspired by a true story, The Wrong Road Home is the story of Desmond Donahue. Born into abject poverty in Ireland, Donahue went on to successfully practice his craft as a surgeon for 20 years—first in Ireland and then the United States.  So isn’t Donahue’s tale a classic rags-to-riches, American dream story?  Hardly.  Donahue was girded with nothing more than a Chicago School System GED and several counterfeit medical diplomas. It seems impossible—and understandably so—but it’s a story based on a Miami Herald Sunday edition front page exposé.  An Oprah producer pursued the imposter for weeks, as did Bill O’Reilly. Simply put, Desmond Donahue’s story is a story that really happened.

The Wrong Road Home combines two cautionary tales.  The first warns how a Faustian bargain once struck allows for no turning back.  Desmond Donahue’s impossible dream of becoming a ‘doctor’ was indeed realized over time—and a ‘doctor’ he remained despite several close calls in the ensuing years.  But the second cautionary message is a stark examination of the terrible cost of a life decidedly not well-lived—living alone, forgoing marriage and children, never having a close friend—and having to keep everyone at arm’s length so the day would never arrive where he would inadvertently expose the awful truth about himself.

A gripping story that is alternately shocking, heartbreaking, and unbelievable, The Wrong Road Home will leave readers spellbound. Ian A. O’Connor, an imaginative and skillful storyteller, paints a vivid portrait of a complicated, complex character who comes alive within the story’s pages.   Reminiscent of Catch Me if You Can, The Wrong Road Home fuses elements of true crime, memoir, and drama.  Groundbreaking, inventive and innovative, The Wrong Road Home is an extraordinary story exceptionally well told.

Ian A. O’Connor received his B.A. degree in Political Science from St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, Kansas. He went on to graduate from both the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Air War College, and retired from the U. S. Air Force as a colonel.  He holds a commercial pilot’s certificate with single and multi-engine ratings.  In addition to a successful writing career, Ian specializes in providing medical professional liability coverage to physicians’ groups and other health-care related organizations. O’Connor lives in Florida. For more information, please visit www.ianaoconnor.com

Members of the news media wishing to make a request for additional information about Ian A. O’Connor or a copy of The Wrong Road Home are asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email – maryglenn@maryglenn.com

Meet Tim Dorsey at Writer's Block Bookstore


Chase Twichell Wine and Conversation


Ross Gay and Sy Montgomery Coffee Talk


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Call for Submissions from the Space Coast Writers' Guild

Call for submissions for the Space Coast Writers' Guild new anthology, "Spring." Proposals are due March 1, 2016. Free to Guild members, $40 submission fee to non-members. Contact stilley@scwg.org for information. Full details in the flyer here: http://bit.ly/1VtazX5

Authors, Musicians, Artists Celebrated in Event at Suntree Library




 A celebration of professional authors, musicians and artists will be held at Viera/Suntree Library on February 13 between 1 and 3 pm highlighting local talent from Brevard and Indian River counties.

Arranged by the Cape Canaveral Pen Women (CCPW), the showcase will feature poetry and book readings, musical performances as well as a chance to meet the scribes, troubadours and artisans who are members of the CCPW, a branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

Featured authors who will be on hand to discuss their books include Fay Picardi, Mia Crews, Kay Williamson and Anna Flowers. Picardi penned Simonetta, the subject of Botticelli’s Venus, a fascinating historical fiction, which provides a glimpse into the Italian court and the mysterious woman who lived in Renaissance Florence. Crews and co-author Karlene Conroy, will discuss their hilarious book Last Stop Paradise about coping in the sandwich generation. For budding authors, Crews will also have on hand her CD How to Publish on CreateSpace and Kindle for Free. Williamson, a teacher turned mystery writer, artist and songwriter, will feature her numerous well-crafted mystery novels. Anna Flowers will have her updated riveting book focusing on the real-life mystery surrounding the shocking story of Sue Logue, her lover Strom Thurmond and a South Carolina blood feud.

Artist Rosemary Brofo, president of the Vero Beach Pen Women, will also be on hand to highlight Two Little Girls from Kissimmee, her new illustrated book, a memoir of Central Florida during World War II. In addition, well-known poet JoAnna O'Keefe will introduce her song America at the Crossroads, now on CD, while Fay Picardi will read poetry. Musician/composer Melany Perkins, specializing in children’s music, will play guitar and sing from her CD Animalopolis, which received a Parents Choice award.

Admission is free and the event will include raffles to win the artists’ work as well as refreshments. Books, CDs and professional artists work will also be available for sale.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Event for the Fernandina Beach Library




It has taken nearly a decade to bring a new and improved library to downtown Fernandina Beach. They now serve more than 33,000 patrons and are rapidly becoming the center of community activities with their new community meeting room and technology center.
 
Please join them for a fun evening to celebrate our new space at their grand opening gala-
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT on February 4 at 6:30PM at the library.
  • 11 local chefs have created dishes from their favorite book
  • Amelia Island Musical Playhouse has provide actors who will perform short skits from each book.
  • Music by John Springer and friends.
  • Gala Signature cocktails include: Martini Olive "r" Twist, Catcher in the Rye and Tequila Mockingbird
  • More than 400 book titles to purchase for the library will be available. A great opportunity to honor a friend or family member with their name inside the cover.
Tickets available at the library or at fernandinaFOL.org.  They have less than $100,000 of their $2.4 million to go-please help them get over the top!
 
There are plenty of seats and places for mingling.
 
 
Where Community Begins
The Campaign to Improve the Fernandina Beach Library

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore February 2016

Booksignings

Tue Feb 2 at 7 pm.  Reed Farrel Coleman will speak and sign Where it Hurts $27.00
Tue Feb 9 at 7 pm.  Tim Dorsey will speak and sign Coconut Cowboy 25.99.
Wed Feb 10 at 6:30 pm.  Womens National Book Association Meeting with guest speaker Talia Carner, Hotel Moscow 14.99.
Sat Feb 13 at 6 pm.  Alex Berenson will speak and sign Wolves 28.00
Mon Feb 15 at 7 pm.  Alafair Burke will speak and sign Ex 25.99.
Fri Feb 19 at 7 pm.  Charles Todd will speak and sign No Shred of Evidence 25.99

Book Clubs

Tue Feb 16 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss Billy Boyle by James Benn 9.99
Sun Feb 21 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss She's Not There by PJ Parrish 12.99.


And coming in March:

March 5  American Penwomen Group signing
Mar 19  Cheryl Hollon
Mar 22 Randy Wayne White


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

SleuthFest 2016 Writers Conference Will Take Place February 25-28, 2016 in Florida

Is writing a novel or getting published on your list of goals? This upcoming conference can help you succeed:


DEERFIELD BEACH, Florida – If you’ve dreamed of writing a novel and have resolved to put pen to paper (or hands to keyboard) and/or get published, get a jumpstart on that goal and learn from the pros at this year’s SleuthFest 2016 Writers Conference. Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter, SleuthFest will take place February 25-28, 2016 at the Doubletree Hilton in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Recognized as one of the country’s preeminent conferences for writers in all genres, SleuthFest features 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. 

This year’s SleuthFest features a host of luminaries, including Keynote Speaker, CJ Box.  A NY Times best-selling author, Box has won the Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, Barry, and Edgar ® Awards. The Florida Guest of Honor for this year’s conference is NY Times best-selling P.J. Parrish—the writing team comprised of Kris Montee and Kelly Nichols—winners of the Thriller, Shamus, and Anthony Awards.

This year’s Forensic Guest of Honor is Valerie Plame Wilson, former cover CIA operations officer and author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, which was later released as a major motion picture of the same name starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.  Special conference programming will feature Ms. Wilson interviewed by NBC’s Kerry Sanders and by national best-selling author Paul Levine.

A professional conference with a personal touch, 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.

The roster of past Keynotes and Guests of Honor includes 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, and others.

To Register:  www.sleuthfest.com. Space is limited. For more information please contact SleuthFest 2016 Co-chairs: Joanne Sinchuk  murdermb@gate.net  561-279-7790 or Victoria Landis  victoria@landisdesignresource.com 561-716-3481 

Monday, January 25, 2016

JME Books to Publish DREADLANDS as debut launch of press

 

JME Books, an imprint of A Writer For Life, LLC, will publish Dreadlands by award-winning author Jaimie Engle of Melbourne, Florida, in print and digital formats.  Dreadlands, a YA fantasy adventure, takes place in Viking era Labrador, Canada. 
Engle is an anti-bullying advocate who speaks with students across the state about their part in bullying through her multi-medium presentation “The Power of Words in Life and Literature.” She is continually seeking partnership opportunities with schools and community programs that promote anti-bullying education.  
Dreadlands is her second novel and is due to release on April 22nd, 2016. It is available for pre-release orders beginning January 22nd, 2016. The book features interior art by Debbie Johnson and cover design by Philip Benjamin of Benjamin Studios. Official cover reveal 3/10/16. For more information about the book, to purchase copies, or to request an author visit go to www.jaimiengle.com.

Book Details

List Price: $14.99
5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm) Black & White on Cream paper
342 pages
JME Books ISBN-13: 978-0997170900
ISBN-10: 0997170905
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Legends, Myths, & Fables / Norse


Author Bio

Jaimie Engle was once sucked into a storybook, where she decided she would become an author. She has modeled bikinis, managed a hip-hop band, and run a body shop. Her passion is talking to kids about writing and social issues because words have power. When not writing, she’s probably editing or playing trivia. She lives in Florida with her husband, children, and dog. Become a fan at jaimiengle.com. Twitter @jaimiengle | Instagram @jaimiengle | Facebook @jaimiengleauthor

Ho Ladybug Discovered Her Spots


The Write Brunch Fundraiser Event

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Florida Romance Writers’ February Meeting



 
DATE: Saturday, February 13, 2016
TIME:  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
 
LOCATION: Hyatt Place, 1851 SE 10th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
 
COST: $20 per person/member, $25 non-member; includes buffet breakfast
 
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: 18 THINGS I WISH I’D KNOWN ABOUT MARKETING
 
Authors often think about writing the book, but to be successful the book must also be marketed. Gone are the days when the publisher did everything for you. Often times it’s up to the authors to have a plan. But what if you aren’t a marketing major and you never thought about how to position yourself in the crowd to stand out? This workshop will help the published author or future published author be ready to take the next steps in their career.
 
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Jennifer Fusco
Jennifer Fusco began writing romance in 2010 as a way to expend the excess creative energy, which wasn’t exhausted by her day job.
 
A fan of all genres, Jennifer enjoys reading and writing contemporary romance. She loves creating incredibly flawed characters because, well, nobody’s perfect. She received her B.A in English from North Carolina State University, andtoday, lives in southwest Florida with her husband and son.
 
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Please e-mail Rossie Cortes at rossie@iq-mc.com for a reservation and visit us at www.frwriters.org.

G.W. Pomichter is Hangin' With Chris Kridler



G.W. Pomichter is Hangin' With Chris Kridler, author of  The Storm Seekers Series. Just click on the video to watch it and learn more about Chris.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

G. W. Pomichter is Hangin' With Quincy J. Allen



G.W. Pomichter is Hangin' with Quincy J. Allen the author of Blood Ties.  Click on the video above or this link to see the interview... CLick Here...

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Carol White to Speak at Glen Eagles Country Club Literary Luncheon


Carol White has been invited to be the guest speaker at the Glen Eagles Country Club Literary Luncheon on January 26, 2016. She'll discuss her books and theatre background. For more information, visit her website www.carolwhitefiction.com or email her at polowhite@aol.com

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

My Old Dog by Laura T. Coffey - Meet the Author at Writer's Block Bookstore


NBC’s TODAY show producer, and author of My Old Dog, Laura T. Coffey visits Winter Park at The Doggie Door
Sunday January 24, 2016
3:00-6:00 PM








 
Contact: lauren@writersblockbookstore.com
407-335-4192
“If you love dogs, or if you like dogs, or if you’ve ever heard of dogs, or if you're from the Planet Earth, you will love this book.” — David Rosenfelt, longtime animal rescuer and author of Dogtripping and Lessons from Tara
Dear Reviewer / Interviewer:
I am honored to share with you an advance copy of My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts written by Laura T. Coffey with photographs by Lori Fusaro, foreword by Neko Case, and afterwords
by Dr. Marty Becker and Mikkel Becker. New World Library will publish this book on October 6, 2015.

The Forgotten Room by White, Williams and Willig - Meet the Authors at Writer's Block Bookstore


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Registration is Open for the 8th Anual Brevard Authors' Book Fair

Jan 10, 2016 registration is now open for the March 19th Eigth Annual Brevard Authors' Book Fair.
It will be at the Suntree/Viera Library from 9o30 AM to 4:30 PM
 
Speakers will include: Valerie Allen, Lee Boyland, Jaimie Engle, Marshall Frank, and Holly Fox Vellekoop.
If you are unable to attend, you may be interested in the Book Dispaly Only option.

Space is limited, be sure to register ASAP!

We look forward to seeing each of you at the book fair ~

Valerie Allen, Marshall Frank, Holly FoxVellekoop

Brevard Renaissance Fair Welcomes Author Jaimie Engle

Historical fantasy novelist to read her book to children throughout festival weekends

Jaimie Engle, www.jaimiengle.com.
The Medieval world comes to Brevard County as the Brevard Renaissance Fair gears up for a two-weekend adventure. On January 30th and 31st, and February 6th and 7th, contests, entertainment, and role playing take place at the Wickham Park amphitheater as a fundraising and education event to benefit Annie and Kids, Arts and Education Foundation. A special education day will be held on February 5th for schools.
“It is our goal to promote and support arts, education and imagination for the citizens of Brevard County,” shared Anthony Caderivi, the program director.
Local author Jaimie Engle was invited to read excerpts of her historical fantasy novel “Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light” to crowds of children several times a day, and host a table with books to sell.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to provide interaction for the kids with the book’s author, especially since my time-travel novel is set in both Medieval England and Wickham Park.”
Engle wrote the book after removing her then 7 year old from traditional school to homeschool after he was bullied. They started archery classes at Wickham Park, where Engle said she “imagined a dwarf intent on grabbing a magic arrow from a boy.” Research led her to the story of King Richard III who locked his nephews in the Tower of London to die. She decided to write a book about a boy who travels back in time to rescue them. Along the way, he learns how to handle his own school bully, a strong message throughout the book.
“While my book is a fantasy adventure, at the heart it’s about bullying,” shared Engle. “I think telling this important message through a fun story is a great way for kids to talk about their part in bullying and bully prevention.”
For schedule information or to buy tickets, visit the event website at www.brevardrenaissancefair.com. For more information about the author visit www.jaimiengle.com. To see the book trailer shot in Wickham Park by Sky Diary Productions visit https://youtu.be/-ZTmGuffegw.