Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Day at the Bay Miniconference from Florida Writers Association

What's that? You don't want to go to the FWA miniconference on 2/14 because it's Valentine's Day? Guess what!?! That is exactly why you SHOULD go.

The Tampa Hilton (where the mini conference is at) has a very romantic restaurant named Hemingway's. Also close by is Cooper's Hawk for some wine tasting, Texas D' Brazil for some romantic menus, and more. Plus, the Hilton has a shuttle that will take you to all of these places.

It could be a way to improve your writing and your love life. Can you say win-win?

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Keith Rommel's The Cursed Man - coming soon as a Motion Picture

Keith Rommel's The Cursed Man is coming this September as a major motion picture and has just been announced as being a Red Carpet finalist for BTS eMAG readers choice award in the mystery category. 

Please visit:

Keith Rommel - author of the critically acclaimed dark suspense Thanatology series. The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Matthew's Miracle -- New Book for Childrend Dealing with How God Answers Prayer

God answers event the smallest prayers is the message in this new book, Matthew's Miracle, written by the Christian children's authors, Lynn S. Combes and co-author, Pamela Jo King. This is Lynn's second book for children showing God's love for them. Her first book, A Garden Full of Butterflies,  deals with grief from a child's perspective.

Matthew's Miracle  is a loving story that shows how a young boy with special needs overcomes bullying at school, loneliness and obstacles in his life. Matthew finds the ability to do things in his life he had only dreamed about with the help of his best friend, a dedicated black lab.

Mathew places his faith in God and finds that even a prayer he thought would never be answered, does get answered in God's way and timing.

Set in the mountains of West Virginia, Matthew's Miracle shows all ages how God loves all His children and always has the perfect plan for them.

This book is dedicated to the love, laughter and completeness that children bring to our lives, to the warmth and unity of family and friends and to the loyalty and dedication of man's best friend.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Order Matthew's Miracle through Amazon

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Strong Women Honored at Cinematique

In keeping with this year’s National Women’s Month theme, “Weaving Stories of Women’s Lives,” three local authors will present their novels together with a film on Sunday, February 8, at 2 p.m. at Cinematique.

The authors and their books will be: J. Nell Brown’s Omega Factor: Blood Moon’s Whisper; Mary Foca’s  Defy the Winds; and Judith Seal’s Family Honor. Each novel presents strong women who transform their lives and the lives of others amidst vivid historical backdrops.
In addition, there will be a showing of the movie, Easy Virtue, a romantic comedy about an American woman who marries into an upper class British family and has to cope with their stuffy virtues. The film stars Jessica Biels, Ben Barnes and Colin Firth.
J. Nell Brown is the pen name for Jeanelle Denise Brown, a physician who writes both inspirational nonfiction and novels.  Mary Foca, a college professor and expert on teaching strategies, is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and, under her married name, Mary Custureri, is president of Taylor and Seale Publishing.  Judith Seal, pen name for Julia Foca Ceravolo, is a local and national speaker who has written, hosted and co-produced twenty-eight nationally televised programs.
The event is cosponsored by the Creative Happiness Institute (CHI), Taylor and Seale Publishing and Cinematique, which is located at 242 S. Beach Street, Daytona Beach. Admission is $5.00. The authors will have their books to sign for those who wish to purchase them. For more information, go to, or contact Dr. Axelrod, director of CHI, 386-337-4567, .

Snipes and Stories on February 10

On Tuesday, February 10, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Dan Pels Telltale Show continues at the Daytona Beach Brewing Company. The evening will feature Roger Burda and Sidney Solis, hosted by Dan Pels.
Mr. Burda will relate his experiences as a sniper in Iraq. Ms. Solis is an award-winning performance poet who will switch gears to tell stories about young women coping with the dating scene.

Dan Pels, himself an accomplished poet and performer, invented his Telltale Show to recreate the pleasure of listening to stories in our earlier lives. “TV and film are not the only way to experience some wild adventures,” he explains. “We are gathering to hear some good stories, and it doesn’t hurt to taste a few craft beers.”

The evening is sponsored by Creative Happiness Institute, Inc., a non-profit educational organization. For more information about Daytona Brewing Company, call (844) 352-2337. For more information about the program contact Dan Pels at 386-846-7966.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Local Author Brings Magic and Message to Students

Jaimie M. Engle to speak at Longleaf Elementary School


Melbourne, FL, January 27th, 2015: "A man of genius has a right to any mode of expression."—Ezra Pound

Longleaf Elementary School will bring author Jaimie M. Engle on campus to speak about her anti-bullying adventure novel Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light on Tuesday, January 27th. After sharing, Engle will autograph books for students and answer questions about writing and literacy. 

Her program, which highlights the Common Core Standards to help assist teachers, makes students consider the power of their words in life and literature. Engle will return that evening to engage parents with their children during Family Night to include improve, games, and fun.  

“Kids who read, lead,” said Brevard County’s anti-bullying advocate Jaimie M. Engle. “My books are meant to inspire, empower, and entertain the next generation of leaders by reminding everyone that with #everykidsvoice we can #targetbullying to stop it!”

Here’s more about the book and accomplishments of the author:

  • Fantasy Adventure Author, Jaimie M. Engle –Clifton Chase is the latest target for bully Ryan Rivales. But after he finds a mysterious arrow in his closet, he takes Ryan's bet to see who can hit the target. Ryan nails the bull's-eye, but Clifton's piece of junk arrow sails out of sight into the Hinterland, a place of sand spurs, fire ants, and roots to trip on. He finally finds his arrow, but something isn't right. Somehow, Clifton has been magically transported back to 1485 England, where he meets two princes bullied by their tyrant uncle who locked them in prison to steal their throne. Only after Clifton learns the true meaning of friendship, bravery, and sacrifice can he help the princes escape and find the courage to face his own bully. Befriended by a dwarf, a mythical bird called Simurgh, and a cast of comical characters, Clifton's adventure through medieval times is perfect for boys and girls 8+ who enjoyed The Chronicles of Narnia & Percy Jackson. Winner of the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writer’s of the Future Competition and featured on The Dr. Laura Program & Writer’s Digest online.
For more information visit

National League of American Pen Women

February 19, 2015 Luncheon and Discussion $30-guests. Women in the arts welcome: Letters, Art, Music - Please click on website and then Newsletter - Page 8 has the program/menu/coupon. Please join us! Delray Golf Club. Great food! Raffles! Fun Contests! Meet professional women in the arts! Deadline Feb 5, 2015. All info online.

Program includes:
                        Words Alive Drama Group: Eunice Bernard and Carol Clarke, playwrights and professional actors, will talk about their writing and acting careers and perform several original scenes.

FWA Mini Conference

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Workshop on Voice in Fiction

Free Writing Workshop on Voice
with Amy Christine Parker, Christina Farley and Vivi Barnes.

January 24, 2015 @ 1 PM

Join the YA Chicks for an intensive workshop on voice in fiction at Writer's Atelier. They’ll be pinpointing what it means and how you can strengthen yours.


Writer’s Atelier
336 Grove Ave. Suite B
Winter Park, FL 32789

Please RSVP at:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Brevard Authors' Book Fair - coming soon

Time is getting close. The Brevard Authors' Book Fair will be on March 28, 2015. Registration will begin on 02/01/15. Space will be limited due to our new location at the Cocoa Beach Library

For those of you in a mood to make a guess:
#3 Clue, for you, to guess who, will be the featured speaker at the Brevard Authors' Book Fair on 03/28/15. The first one with the correct answer will win an autographed, FREE book, and photo opt with this famous author. Winner will be announced 02/01/15.

This author started as a respected journalist, but somehow got lost in the antics of the senior set, the wild land of alligators, and pink, plastic flamingos.


LOS ANGELES (January 20, 2015) _ The 2015 Los Angeles Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual celebration of books deserving more attention from the world publishing community.

The Los Angeles Book Festival will consider entries in general non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, business, wild card (anything goes!), compilations/anthologies, sequels (for books that are part of a series), photography/art, poetry, romance, and regional literature published on or after January 1, 2011.
Entries can be in English, French, Spanish, German or Portuguese and can be from major publishers, self-published or issued by an independent publishing house.

Our grand prize for the Los Angeles Book Festival is $1500 cash and a flight to Los Angeles for our gala awards ceremony on March 7, 2015 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood, CA.
Submitted works will be judged by a panel of publishing industry experts using the following criteria:
1) General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story.
2) The potential of the work to gain a wider audience in the worldwide market.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. Deadline for regular registration entry is February 14, 2015.

Florida Romance Writers FEBRUARY Meeting

DATE: Saturday, February 14th, 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 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: What can a Virtual Assistant do for the busy author?
You finished your book, and the business plan that is the roadmap to your success as an author, but putting it to work can be a daunting experience that takes you away from your writing. You want to market your book but you don’t know how, or what is too much or too little. Too many Facebook posts a day shows desperation, but too few shows that you’re not advertising.
The merry-go-round continues until the author jumps ship and forgets about promoting the book, but there is an alternative that can help.
Diana Ennen is here to show us how a writer with a plan can take advantage of a virtual assistant in terms of juggling an author’s career. Diana will talk about how a virtual assistant can help us with marketing, publishing preparation and social media promotion among other topics.
Explore with Diana Ennen the opportunity to put your plan to work without loosing sight of what is really important to you as a writer.
PRESENTER’S BIO: A leader in the PR and Virtual Assistant Industry, Diana Ennen is the one to turn to when your books or products aren’t selling or the lack of clients is hampering your business success. In business since 1985, Diana has been featured in more than 20 books, receiving dozens of major media mentions (including Forbes, Wall Street Journal, CBS News, Woman’s World, etc.), and has authored six books, including the Virtual Assistant – The Series: Become a Highly Successful, Sought After VA”. Diana is also the president of Virtual Word Publishing (, which offers PR and Marketing, specializing in book marketing, and PR Coaching.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Please e-mail Rossie Cortes at for a reservation and visit us at

Monday, January 19, 2015

Expert Offers Script-Writing Workshops

            Veronica Hart, prominent author and workshop teacher, will offer a full day of script-writing classes on Friday, January 30, at the City Island Regional Library. The sessions, sponsored by CHI, the Creative Happiness Institute, will meet from 9:00 a.m. to noon and again from 1:00 to 4 p.m. The classes are free, and open to published authors and those with works-in-progress.
            Authors may attend either one or both sessions. The morning will be devoted to work on scripts from an author’s own novel or published story, to create a fifteen-minute scene for production in a “black box theater. ” Such set pieces are meant to be performed in simple, somewhat unadorned performance space, usually a large square room with black walls and a flat floor. They can become promotional pieces for a novel or develop into full plays. 
            The afternoon will cover script formatting and other technical pointers. “We will work on dialog that is meant for stage,” Ms. Hart explains, “because good characters and dialog are the basis of a compelling story.” Once a writer has the start of a good drama, a full stage play can readily be developed or even changed to a screen play. 
            Ms. Hart is The Florida Writers Association, Central East Coast Regional Director; a Group Leader for the City Island Fiction Writers, and 2014 President of the Ormond Writers League. She has published five novels and has two more at press, in addition to her dramatic works. Her own writing emphasizes “writing about historical, humorous, adventurous, and always strong women.”
            Authors are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch, though there are many restaurants nearby on Beach Street. The Library is located at 105 E. Magnolia Avenue in Daytona Beach. For more information, email Ms. Hart at or call Dr. David B. Axelrod, CHI director at 386-337-4567.

Crackers and Oranges by Carmen Beecher

This memoir is a story of life in a small town before computers, cell phones, GPS, and water bottles in plastic. It is a tribute to a different way of life, a slower time, and some incredibly strong people who survived the Great Depression and World War II by sheer determination and hard work.

About the Author

Carmen Beecher had a career working for the Air Force and a life far from Dundee, Florida, where she grew up. She penned this memoir to ensure that her family history will not be lost. She relates the story of the Suarez and Stone families with humor and quirky illustrations. Sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, it is a true story of the way things used to be in a small Cracker town in Central Florida in the fifties.

Available on Amazon 
Also available on Kindle.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Silver's Odyssey by Henry C. Duggan, III


            historical fiction tale of survival in the Florida
         wilderness from the 1622 shipwrecked Atocha silver galleon
            swashbuckling survival action--Indians, storms, wild animals
                 from the Keys to St. Augustine to Spain
                         smidgen of a love story
          follow the survivor in his trek across old Florida.
Historical Fiction Novel Fla. 1600'S
$17.00 from author
   or Amazon Kindle Books