Friday, May 25, 2018

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham Talks About Writing, Karaoke Singing, and Why She Loves Mystery Fest Key West


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham will appear at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key in Key West as Special Guest Presenter at the 5th annual Mystery Fest Key West, taking place June 22-24.



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than 150 novels and novellas. She has more than seventy-five million books in print, published in more than twenty languages. The wildly popular author will appear at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key in Key West as Special Guest Presenter at the 5th annual Mystery Fest Key West, taking place June 22-24. In advance of the Fest Heather has agreed to answer a few questions:


Q: Can you tell us a little about your writing process? Are you an outliner or do you let the story reveal itself to you as you go?
Heather: My writing process just flows along with life. I tend to like mornings because we have five children and I spent years waking up at five-thirty to get people to school. I still like the morning. But, thanks to five children, no amount of noise bothers, and, so, while they're now grown, my style is something like a Dr. Seuss book . . . I can write in a car, going far, up in a plane, or on a train, by morning light, or the darkness of night . . .


Q: Have you ever sung Karaoke in Key West and if yes, would you do it again?
Heather: LOL -- surely, you jest. Having spent my first make-a-living adult days in musical theater, I am happy at any time to head to a karaoke bar. Yes, I've had many a great night and met many interesting people in Key West's karaoke bars!


Q: Have you ever cried over a character that you killed off?
Heather: There’s a character in a book called “The Dead Room” I was very sorry to see go. But then again, I do often write about ghosts.


Q: In 2017 you co-authored “The Rising” with Jon Land. How did the writing partnership come about and do you have any thoughts/insights to share on collaborative book projects?
Heather: I had been with Tor books editor Bob Gleason at NASA facilities many times and it was there that the concept of NASA-inspired books for young people originally came about. Jon is a dear friend and we came up with the idea for “The Rising” over dinner one night. I've also written a book with actor Chad Michael Murray. I'd first declined the offer since I am under contract, but, Chad turned out to be earnest, wonderful, and a great dad—and, when we first met, had to excuse himself to talk to his vet. His dog—he'd lived with the dog in his car when he'd first moved out to L.A. —needed surgery. I love animals even more than karaoke and therefore . . . animal talk turned into me saying yes. Both were wonderful experiences! Now, you can't write with just anyone—if you want to co-write, you need a kindred soul!


Q: Heather, you have appeared at every Mystery Fest Key West since the inaugural one in 2014. What keeps you coming back?
Heather: I love this con! The community support in Key West is like no other. I have loved Key West all my life, and it’s been a refuge and get-away for me forever. To have this con, with such fantastic information from experts in so many fields is amazing. I will always be there!

Appearing with Graham at Mystery Fest Key West 2018 are some two-dozen crime-fiction and true crime experts, including Keynote Speaker Ace Atkins, the multi-award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels; Special Guest of Honor, the multi-award-winning editor and publisher Otto Penzler; New York Times bestselling authors Lisa Black, Diane A.S. Stuckart, and Charles Todd; bestselling and award-winning author Nancy J. Cohen; award-winning authors Patrick Kendrick and Lewis C. Haskell and many others.


Event highlights include presentation of this year’s Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition Award, workshops on the business of being an author, how to write and sell a first novel, crisis negotiation and the forensic use of fingerprints, multiple panel discussions on subjects ranging from the state of the publishing industry to book marketing and promotion, author book signings, a Keynote luncheon with Ace Atkins, a Conch Train mini-tour of Key West, an ice-cream social event with Atkins and Otto Penzler at the historic Key West Lighthouse, and a Bloody Mary Morning breakfast courtesy of Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter, at the famous Schooner Wharf Bar at the Key West Historic Seaport.


All who register for the Fest by midnight June 1 will be automatically entered in a drawing to win a cameo walk-on role in author Diane A.S. Stuckart’s as yet untitled second release in her Tarot Cats cozy mystery series from Midnight Ink, due out in 2019.


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 Helmerich Foundation, and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts. All panels and presentations will take place at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key in Key West. Event registration is $195 and includes all panels and presentations, a luncheon and the Bloody Mary morning breakfast. For a full Fest schedule, online registration, and links to accommodations visit MysteryFestKeyWest.com.

Monday, May 21, 2018

FRW May Meeting June 9, 2018 10:00am to 12:00pm


Tigertail Lake Recreational Center
580 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach FL 33004

SPEAKER: Nancy J. Cohen – Ingram Spark vs CreateSpace
Multi-published author, Nancy J. Cohen, will discuss the differences between IngramSpark and CreateSpace for indie authors and how to navigate either site. Should you get your own ISBNs? What about pre-orders and proof copies? What other options are available? Whether you are reissuing backlist titles or publishing original material, this workshop will enlighten you.

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as the best cozy mystery, won a Reader's Favorite Gold Medal, and earned third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. These books have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi-Fantasy at The Romance Reviews.  A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy has served as president of Florida Romance Writers and president of the Mystery Writers of America Florida chapter. Visit her at NancyJCohen.com.
 
$10 for FRW members
$15 for non-members

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If paying by PayPal, please bring the receipt/confirmation number to the meeting. Checks made out to Florida Romance Writers are mailed to: c/o Tina Stitzer, 12600 SW 5th CT, # L207, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027-6734.  
Please RSVP janetfrankslittle@gmail.com by the Wednesday prior to the workshop so enough tables and chairs will be available.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Florida Romance Writers: Meeting and Speakers for Summer 2018


Florida Romance Writers

Meetings and Speakers 
Summer 2018

All meetings are held at Broward College, Tigertail Lake Recreational Center
580 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004
Monthly meetings are $10 for FRW members, $15 for non-members and include coffee and continental breakfast.

Saturday June 9 at 10:00 am.

Nancy J. Cohen - IngramSpark vs Createspace

Indie authors have several choices in preparing their books for print editions. Multi-published author Nancy J. Cohen will discuss the differences between IngramSpark and Createspace and how to navigate either site. These questions will also be addressed: Should you get your own ISBNs? What about pre-orders and proof copies? What other options are available? Whether you are reissuing backlist titles or publishing original material, this workshop will enlighten you.

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, won a Readers' Favorite Gold Medal, and earned third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. These books have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy has served as president of Florida Romance Writers and president of the Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter. Visit her at NancyJCohen.com

Saturday July 14
No Meeting

Saturday August 11 at 10 am.

Shannon Bell – Marketing on the Cheap

Learn about ways to market your book, regardless of whether you’re traditionally or indie published, that is free or cheap. Find out about social media, newsletters, and growing your followers. Discover a few sites you may not yet know about.

Shannon Bell is the author of six paranormal romances, and three marketing books.  She grew up in Florida and has always dreamed about vampires - and still secretly hopes they exist. She is married to someone who tolerates her crazy story-telling about Romania and has a daughter she hopes will have the same enthusiasm for vampires when she grows up that her mommy does.

Shannon has a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida as well as an online degree in vampirology. She loves writing about vampires, romance, food and drink, as well as travel. She is a full-time writer and currently hard at work on her next novel.

Writer's Block Bookstore and Quantum Leap Winery Present Fit Couple cooks with Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon

WRITER’S BLOCK BOOKSTORE AND QUANTUM LEAP WINERY PRESENT: FIT COUPLE COOKS WITH
STEPHANIE TORNATORE and ADAM BANNON


Writer’s Block Bookstore, in partnership with Quantum Leap Winery, is proud to announce YouTube health and wellness superstars “Fit Couple Cooks” (comprising husband and wife duo Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon) as the third speakers in our series of book talks,  ine ◊ Wisdom ◊ Words on May 23rd, at 6:30PM. A discussion and signing will round out the evening!

About the book: Achieve your diet goals, maximize your time, and save money with meal plans and recipes. Planning ahead is the best way to ensure success when you’re trying to eat healthy, but figuring out what to make and eat each week can be overwhelming. Healthy Meal Prep is the first full-color cookbook devoted to meal prep strategy with 12 weekly meal plans, each with 4 unique recipes for 6 days of breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Each week includes step-by-step guidance on how to execute your meal prep, including time-saving shortcuts, simple strategies for making meal prep work for your diet, budget, and lifestyle, and complete nutritional information for every recipe to help manage diet goals. Healthy Meal Prep does the work for you with meal plans and recipes that guide you through preparing a week’s worth of wholesome, balanced meals in just a few hours.
About the authors: “Fit Couple Cooks” is the creation of fitness enthusiasts Stephanie and Adam who are passionate about clean eating and maintaining a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. Their channel is packed with videos of delicious, easy-to-follow recipes, and occasional daily vlogs, which gives their viewers a glimpse of their personal life.

About Quantum Leap Winery: Quantum Leap is a local winery with a global reach and sustainable focus, and the only sustainable winery in Orlando. Committed to bringing quality, environmentally-friendly wines at a great value to the community. Quantum Leap is open for tastings, tours, and retail wine purchases Tuesday to Saturday, from 12 to 8PM—and is also a great venue for private events!

About Writer's Block Bookstore: We are Central Florida’s local, full-service, independent community bookstore, in beautiful downtown Winter Park. Serving the Orlando area since 2014, we have all your favorites, New York Times best-sellers, and Indie Next picks. We host author events, monthly book clubs, coordinate author school visits and offer discounts for educators and loyalty club members.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Call for Submissions from the Writer's Atelier

Please consider the call for submissions below from Writer's Atelier:

Writer's Atelier is currently accepting submissions in the following categories: 

Blog posts
Flash Fiction Monthly Contest
The Everyday Writer

Please see the submission page on the WA website for more info and a link to their Submittable page. Link: https://writersatelier.com/submit/

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore June 2018


Booksignings & Events
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Sat June 23 at 1 pm.  Richard Conrath will speak and sign Coopers Moon $14.99

Writers Workshops
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Sat June 2, 10 am - Noon.  Scenery and Place.  The relationship to storytelling and character development. Instructor: Nina Romano. $25.

Sat June 9, 10 am - Noon.  Adding Depth to Your Characters.  Desires, motivations, and perspectives.  Instructor: Solange Ritchie.  $25.

Sat June 16, 10 am - Noon.  Building Impressive Stories with CWHO.  An exercise to help move your writing forward.  Instructor: Christopher Hawke.  $25.

Sat June 23, 10 am - Noon.  Write Your Memoir.  Focusing on the first two paragraphs to bring the reader in.  Instructor: Brenda Serotte. $25.

Sat June 30, 10 am - Noon.  Mastering Plot Twists.  Keep your reader on the edge of their seat.  Instructor: Jane Cleland.  $25.

Book Clubs
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Tuesday June 19  at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss You Will Know Me by Meg Abbott 15.99.

Sunday June 10 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss Someone Must Die by Sharon Potts 15.95.

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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

Author Publishes eBook, Hits Amazon #1 New Release

Jaimie Engle finds success in a random book release

Melbourne, Florida May 7, 2018- Local author Jaimie Engle has independently published eight books and coached thousands of authors through edits, marketing, and selling their book. This past week, Engle coached a new client who told her she had paid a company thousands of dollars to publish her book and then relinquished on the marketing package. Furious, Engle decided she would self-publish a short instructional manual on exactly how to publish your own book titled How to Publish your Book.

“The truth is it is very easy to publish a book. Unfortunately, most people lack the information or ability to research and are positioned to hire someone else to do it for them,” shared Engle, an advocate for indie authors who speaks at writing conferences throughout the state. “These companies prey on the ignorance of authors with lofty dreams of selling books, willing to pay big for the chance.”

When publishing her book The Toilet Papers, Places to Go, While You Go, which released July 6th, 2017, Engle detailed each step of the process from copyrights, barcodes, and ISBN #s through the uploading, keyword choice, and final release on Amazon.

“People should only pay for publishing assistance if they are taught the process along the way or if they don’t want to be bothered. It shouldn’t be the only solution, and based off the ebook hitting #1, I believe this book was something many writers were waiting for.”
How to Publish Your Book is available on Amazon for $3.99 as an ebook only. For more information about Engle’s author services or to bring Engle to your group to speak on writing and marketing related topics visit www.theWRITEengle.com/contact.

Book Details

List Price: $3.99
File Size: 605 KB
Print Length: 12 pages
Publisher: JME Books
Publication Date: April 29, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07CRJPGDV

BIO:
Jaimie Engle writes and speaks in Florida. Before becoming an author/speaker, she ran a body shop, modeled bikinis, danced in the Aloha Bowl halftime show, and managed a hip-hop band. Her website features more of her work at thewriteengle.com. Follow her on Social Media @thewriteengle.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Blueberries and Coffee: a poetry memoir with commentary by Julio Torres


The poetry memoir Blueberries and Coffee encompasses poetry written by Julio Torres when he was between the ages of 19-22, with added commentary as a 40-year-old. Themes range from surfing, college, punk-rock music, struggling through college, existentialism, politics. His 40-year-old brain meets his 20-year-old poetic brain. The commentary adds context to each poem, and shares revelations from the reflection – lessons learned from reflection, wisdom gained from reflection.
Julio Torres is a middle school teacher in Brevard County and has previously published a coming-of-age surfing thriller My Twisted SummerBlueberries and Coffee is his first non-story structure book.
Middle school students have raved about the book:
“This is an entertaining page turner that shows deep insight on meaningful poetry. The idea of commenting on a younger self is very creative.”
-          Isabella
“This is a great book from a man who has come so far in life. He has embraced his past. A great way to know a man is by poetry. I’ve learned so much about him now. The poems are diverse and all focus on life problems."
-          Connor

Blueberries and Coffee is available at LuLu

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore Voted One of 62 of the World's Best Independent Bookstores By Atlas Obscura



Saturday, April 28, 2018

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore presents The Florida Authors Academy 2018


Writing Workshops for Tomorrow’s Authors

All workshops are $25 per person. 
Reservations are requested.  561-279-7790 or murdermb@gate.net
For more detailed information:  www.FLauthorsacademy.com

Saturday May 19, 2018,   10 am - Noon
Boot Camp for Writers. Writing fiction is tough. Almost 30 years of hard knocks are condensed into this two-hour session. Randy shares the no-nos he has learned during his history of writing fiction, no sugar-coating. Only the truth will do. $25 per person. Instructor: Randy Rawls

Saturday June 2, 10 am - Noon 
The Relationship Between Scenery and Place to Storytelling & Character Development.  This workshop will focus on Scenery and Place as integral parts of a novel or short story. These two narrative techniques root the story in a particular setting. $25 per person.  Instructor: Nina Romano

Saturday June 9,  10 am - Noon
Adding Depth to Your Characters. This course will teach you how to go deeper into your main and supporting characters. What are their desires, motivations, perspectives? What are the demons that haunt them?   $25 per person. Instructor: Solange Ritchie

Saturday June 16, 10 am - Noon
Building Impressive Stories with CWHO.  Once we have a great idea, we’re good for writing about 1/3 of the book, before we run out of steam. We start again. What’s wrong? Learn how the Character-Wanted-However-Ongoing exercise helps us. $25 per person.  Instructor: Christopher Hawke

Saturday June 23, 10 am - Noon
Write Your Memoir Story: Here’s What Happened!  This workshop will focus on the first two opening paragraphs of your own true story; an incident, a happening, a night in the past, or it could be yesterday when your story took another turn.  $25 per person. Instructor: Brenda Serotte

Saturday June 30, 10 am - Noon
Mastering Plot Twists.  The stories that keep people on the edge of their seats and up all night are filled with unexpected twists and turns. By integrating these elements at tactically sound moments, your stories will captivate readers with their unpredictability. $25 per person. Instructor: Jane Cleland

Saturday July 7,  10 am - Noon
Dialogue: The Voices in Your Head.  Believable dialogue establishes your characters as real people, and helps move your plot along. Wooden dialogue can destroy your story. This workshop will give you the clues and cues to make your characters come alive.  $25 per person.  Instructor: Elaine Viets

Saturday July 14, 10 am - Noon
Freelance Like a Pro.  In this day of downsizing and outsourcing, a magazine veteran will show you how to pitch, research, and produce relevant content that will make editors crave more - and keep you on top of their go-to list. $25 per person. Instructor: DJ Niko

     For More Detailed Descriptions, Go to www.FLauthorsacademy.com

Saturday  July 21, 10 am - Noon
Point of View. Point of view is sometimes the most challenging aspect of writing fiction. The real difficulty is clarifying the focus of the story in the writer’s mind. This class will tackle the problem of allowing the action to carry the story forward. $25 per person.  Instructor: Mark Spivak

Saturday July 28, 10 am - Noon
Scrivener Basics: An Audience Interactive Live Demo.  The attendees will learn how to create and save a basic novel template in Scrivener for Windows and Mac, how to import documents into Scrivener, separate scenes, and manipulate text. $25 per person. Instructor: MJ Carlson

Saturday August 4, 10 am – Noon
Writing: It’s a Business.  Have you ever wondered why some authors are one hit wonders? That author forgot to mind their own business. Authors have to market themselves, keep abreast of social media, know their print run, and read their contract. $25 per person.  Instructor: Marcia King-Gamble

Saturday August 11, 10 am - Noon
Just the Facts, M’am.  You've crafted a spellbinding story. But that Civil War novel would be even better with descriptions of uniforms and rifles.  Here’s how to ensure critics will say your work isn't just a great read; it's all true!  $25 per person. Instructor: Eliot Kleinberg

Saturday August 18, 10 am - Noon
Fearless Writing: A Stress-Free Workshop.  Writing is easy and fun, provided we get out of our own way and let our natural talent and creativity take over! In this energizing workshop, Elizabeth will help you find the heart of the book you want to write.$25 per person.  Instructor: Elizabeth Sims

Saturday August 25, 10 am - Noon
Everyone Judges a Book by Its Cover.   A professional cover designer will explain and show the basics of images, layouts, good vs. bad photo-editing, fonts, dpi, and much more.  Even if you don't want to do your own cover, you need to know this.  $25 per person.  Instructor: Victoria Landis

Saturday September 8, 10 am – Noon
Break Through! How to Get Published.  Where do you meet publishers and agents? What are the dos and don'ts of approaching them?  What do you send a publisher or an agent? Should you self-publish? Prudy has the answers. $25 per person.  Instructor: Prudy Taylor Board

Saturday September 15, 10 am – Noon
Queries and Pitches.  This class will help you prepare that all-important plot synopsis for your query letter. We will also work on pitches so you're ready for a meeting with an editor or agent. Volunteers will be invited to pitch and get feedback. $25 per person.  Instructor: Alison McMahan

Saturday September 22, 10 am – Noon
Self-Publishing Made Simple.  Do you want to self-publish your work?  In this workshop, we’ll discuss setting up your own imprint, buying ISBNs, preparing your manuscript, creating front and back material, ebook and print formats, cover design, and marketing.  $25 per person.  Instructor: Nancy J. Cohen

Saturday September 29, 10 am - Noon
FL Authors Academy Has Talent!  Open mike for the attendees of the workshops to read from their work in progress and get feedback from three multi-published author judges.  Judges to be announced.  $25 per person to read. Audience is free admission.  Refreshments Served. 

Sign up at 561-279-7790 or murdermb@gate.net

For more detailed descriptions, go to www.FLauthorsacademy.com

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

Friday, April 27, 2018

One Mystery Fest Key West Guest Will Nab Cameo Role in “New York Times” bestselling author Diane A.S. Stuckart Novel

 
 
Key West, Florida Keys –Today, in a cunning plot twist, organizers of the upcoming Mystery Fest Key West have announced that one Fest guest will walk into the pages of an upcoming novel by “New York Times” bestselling and multi-award winning author Diane A.S. Stuckart.
 
Stuckart, author of numerous mysteries, historical romances and short fiction works, is slated to be a featured panelist at the upcoming “Mystery and Intrigue in Paradise” themed Mystery Fest Key West, a gathering of mystery, true crime and suspense writers and fans to take place in Key West, Florida, June 22-24. All who are registered for the Fest by midnight June 1 will be entered to win a cameo “character placement” role in the author’s as yet untitled second release in her Tarot Cats cozy mystery series from Midnight Ink, due out in 2019.
 
What is a “cozy” mystery? Cozies are one of numerous sub-genre’s in the mystery writing world. While a “hardboiled” mystery typically follows a gritty Private Investigator in a corrupt urban setting, and “noir” is known for its “no heroes, no happy endings” darkness, “cozy” mysteries are written with a warm and often humorous approach, light on sex, violence and coarse language and generally feature a non-professional detective in a small-town setting. In this case two of the star characters are cats, one with a gift for interpreting tarot cards.
 
“I love turning friends and family into fictional characters in my books,” said Stuckart, who is also the current Chapter President of the Florida region of Mystery Writers of America. “And the winner of this particular cameo has an opportunity to be memorialized in a really fun way. Since the Tarot Cat mysteries are told, in part, from the feline point of view, the winner can choose to be a human character…or, he or she can opt to walk on as a talking cat, dog, or any other member of the animal kingdom.”
 
Appearing with Stuckart at the Fest are a hit-list of high-profile and award winning mystery and crime fiction authors and true-crime experts, including Keynote Speaker Ace Atkins, the multi-award winning, “New York Times” bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the recent Robert B. Parker “Spenser” mysteries; Special Guest of Honor, the multi-award winning editor and publisher Otto Penzler - proprietor of “The Mysterious Book Shop” in New York City, and Special Guest Presenter, “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Heather Graham, along with “New York Times” bestselling author Lisa Black, bestselling and award-winning author Nancy J. Cohen; “New York Times” bestselling co-author Charles Todd, and many others.
 
In addition to panels and presentations with some two-dozen high profile and award-winning mystery authors and true-crime experts, 2018 Fest highlights include book signings, professional publishing and marketing discussions, a mini Conch Train tour around the tropical island of Key West, and annual presentation of the 2018 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition and Award.
 
Sponsored by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper, Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Helmerich Foundation and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, all panels and presentations will take place at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key. Event registration is $195 and includes all panels and presentations, a luncheon and a brunch at Key West’s historic seaport. For a full Fest schedule, online registration, and links to accommodations visit MysteryFestKeyWest.com.
 
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“New York Times” bestselling and multi-award winning author Diane A.S. Stuckart.
 
 

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Florida Romance Writers May Meeting May 12, 2018

FRW May Meeting
May 12, 2018
10:00am to 12:00pm

Tigertail Lake Recreational Center
580 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach FL 33004

SPEAKER: Joanna Campbell Slan – Write Like a Pro - Motivation for Authors
In this power-packed presentation, multi-published, best-selling, and award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan will share five tested ways to shift into high gear as a writer. If your goal is to get more words on paper, to finish that unfinished manuscript, and to get published, this session will be well worth your time.
RT Reviews has called Joanna Campbell Slan "one of mystery's rising stars",  She's the author of three mystery series. Previous to writing fiction, Joanna penned seven scrapbooking technique books and wrote for Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, and PaperKuts. She was a television talk show host, and adjunct professor of public relations, a sought-after motivational speaker, and a corporate speechwriter. The Slans and their two dogs make their home on Jupiter Island, Florida.
$10 for FRW members, $15 for nonmembers.

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If paying by PayPal, please bring the receipt/confirmation number to the meeting. Checks made out to Florida Romance Writers are mailed to: c/o Tina Stitzer, 12600 SW 5th CT, # L207, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027-6734.  
Please RSVP janetfrankslittle@gmail.com by the Wednesday prior to the workshop so enough tables and chairs will be available.

Mystery Writers and the Fans Who Love Them to Convene at 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West

The 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West is set for June 22-24, 2018 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key in Key West, Florida.  (Photo by Carol Tedesco)

 
Celebrated mystery writers, acclaimed storytellers and the fans who love them are set to infiltrate the tropical island where so many have found their inspiration during the 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 22-24, 2018 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key in Key West, Florida. 
 
Why is Key West such a popular incubator and setting for generations of authors— from Hemingway to Heather Graham, Tennessee Williams to John H. Cunningham, Elizabeth Bishop to Roberta Isleib? Maybe it’s the archipelago’s history as a haven for pirates and drug-runners, its salty off-the-grid renegade energy – or simply the hypnotic effect of swaying palm trees reflected against water on a tiny island surrounded by endless miles of ocean. Whatever it is, the locale has spawned a multitude of tales and a small army of authors.

Mystery Fest Key West was founded in 2014 and while it has grown in fame and attendance since then, “it still has the intimacy of a boutique-sized convention with lots of direct interaction between authors and audience,” commented author, publisher and Fest co-founder Shirrel Rhoades. "And, because of the exceptional caliber of our guest authors, the fascinating panels and unique social events—all in a tropical island paradise—we also attract writers and fans of other genres as well.”
 
During the weekend’s series of panels, presentations and social events, Mystery Fest attendees will have the opportunity to learn first-hand how to craft or simply refine their own tales of crime, murder and mystery from a stellar line-up of high-profile mystery and suspense luminaries and true-crime experts.
 
2018 headliners are Keynote Speaker Ace Atkins, the multi-award winning, “New York Times” bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the recent Robert B. Parker “Spenser” mysteries; Special Guest of Honor, the multi-award winning editor and publisher Otto Penzler - proprietor of the famed “The Mysterious Book Shop” in New York City; and Special Guest Presenter, “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Heather Graham.
 
Featured presenters include New York Times” bestselling author Lisa Black, bestselling and award-winning author Nancy J. Cohen; “New York Times” bestselling author Diane A.S. Stuckart; “New York Times” bestselling co-author Charles Todd, award-winning authors Patrick Kendrick, Lewis C. Haskell and many others.
 
Event highlights include presentation of the 2018 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition Award, workshops on the business of being an author, how to write and sell a first novel, crisis negotiation and the forensic use of fingerprints, multiple panel discussions on subjects ranging from the state of the publishing industry to book marketing and promotion, along with author book signings, a Keynote luncheon with author Ace Atkins, a Conch Train mini-tour of Key West, an ice-cream social event with Ace Atkins and Otto Penzler at the historic Key West Lighthouse, and a Bloody Mary Morning breakfast at Key West’s historic Schooner Wharf Bar.
 
Sponsored by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper, Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Helmerich Foundation and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, all panels and presentations will take place at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key in Key West.  Event registration is $195 and includes all panels and presentations, a luncheon and a brunch at Key West’s historic seaport. For a full Fest schedule, online registration, and links to accommodations visit MysteryFestKeyWest.com.
 

 
 

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Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting - Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Sims


DATE: May 19, 2018

PROGRAM: Perils and Payoffs: The Risky Business of Researching for Fiction


Prizewinning author Elizabeth Sims will give you a fresh look at techniques that make today’s fiction jump off the page. She’ll share the keys to finding out just about anything, from real people who know what they’re talking about. Also, she’ll give solid, fast hacks on how to gain first-hand experience, having tagged along to movie auditions, attended class at Harvard Law School, played music on the street for money, used a firearm, talked with cops, opened and walked through countless scary doors, and much more. Her tales—often hilarious, always truthful—will help you bring greater authenticity to your work. Join Elizabeth for this fast-paced talk, with Q & A afterward. She will also be selling and signing her books, including, “Crimes In A Second Language.”

Speaker: Elizabeth Sims is the author of the Rita Farmer Mysteries and the Lambda and GCLS Goldie award-winning Lillian Byrd Crime Series, as well as other fiction. Her work has been published by a major press (Macmillan) as well as several smaller houses, and she publishes independently under her own imprint, Spruce Park Press. Elizabeth is a contributing editor at Writer’s Digest magazine, specializing in the art and craft of fiction. Her instructional title, You've Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (Writer’s Digest Books), is recognized in NaNoWriMo’s “Books We Love” and is a favorite of writers everywhere. Elizabeth belongs to several literary societies as well as American Mensa. www.elizabethsims.com


DATE: SATURDAY, May 19, 2018

TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487; Get Directions Here

COST: $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Prepayment by May 15 is strongly urged.
RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT: To reserve and pay online: go to website link www.mwaflorida.org and click on the “Monthly Meeting” tab under “Events”. Once you reach the page, click on the “Register for Monthly Meeting Here” link. Scroll down to the “Sign up for Luncheon Meeting” box and fill in your information, then click the “Pay Now” button and follow the instructions.


To reserve and pay via mail: Step 1–Email harriet@ottenheimer.com with the subject line “FMWA 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.

Step 2– Write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter.”
Step 3-Mail your payment to FMWA Treasurer, 2301 S. Ocean Dr. #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019
Please make your online reservation by MAY 16 or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only it space allows.


Next Meeting Date: Saturday June 16, 2018.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Nancy Cohen will appear at the Orlando Book Festival


Saturday, April 21, Orlando Book Festival, 10 am to 5 pm; Orlando Public Library, 101 East Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801.   https://www.ocls.info/a-daylong-celebration-books

11:00 – 11:50 A.M., “Keeping the Mystery Alive” at Tech Central – 2nd Floor. Panel Discussion Featuring: David Hagberg, Nancy J. Cohen, Amy Christine Parker, Lori Roy. Moderator: Jennifer Morris

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Book Signing, all authors