Don't miss local authors Carol White and Steve Forman at the HAGEN RANCH BRANCH, PALM BEACH COUNTY LIBRARY, 14350 Hagen Ranch Road, Delray Beach, (561) 894-7500 when they discuss their novels, and offer special prices, PLUS a contribution to the library! November 12, 2014 at 2pm
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
DATE: Saturday, November 8, 2014
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel, 1825 Griffin Road, Dania 33004
COST: $22 per person/member, $25 non-member; includes buffet breakfast
DIRECTIONS: I-95 to Griffin Road exit (Exit 26). Go east on Griffin and make a right at the first light into the Sheraton parking area.
PARKING: Self-parking is free of charge. Take a ticket when you enter and when you leave be sure to tell the parking attendant you were attending the FRW event.
PROGRAM: Marketing, Blogs, and Reader Events by Ana Ivies
With the landscape of publishing changing, newspapers are no longer the only source for book reviews. Online blogs have entered the stage. The trick is finding the right one and building lasting relationships from reviews all the way up to reader events.
Why are blogs important and how do you pick the best fit for your brand or book? Why are reader events and virtual parties important and how do you plan one? Most importantly, how do you build relationships with the hosts of this powerful new digital world and the readers taking the ride with you?
Ana Ivies from Wicked Book Events will be on hand to chat blogs, marketing, events, audience and to share tips for author success...straight from the source.
BIO: Ana Ivies
Ana Ivies began Ana’s Attic Book Blog in 2012. After discovering a large group of women who began reading again when a popular book series came out, she decided to help by posting about Books to Read after Fifty Shades of Grey. Since then, she has been reviewing and promoting all kinds of contemporary romance books on her blog, anasattic.com, and is currently planning her fourth Wicked Book Events book signing, which includes 50 NYT and USA Today Bestselling authors at the Bahia Mar Hotel, February 6-8, 2015. Tickets are still available at www.wickedbookevents.com.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Please e-mail Edi Ojeda at firstname.lastname@example.org for a reservation and visit us at: www.frwriters.org
From Sandra Balzo
As many of you know, Jeremiah Healy took his own life on August 14, 2014, at the age of 66, following a long battle with depression. Our fellow mystery authors, Brendan DuBois, Andi Shechter, SJ Rozan and her sister Deborah have found a way of commemorating Jerry’s work and life that I think he would have absolutely loved.
As Brendan says: “Besides his work as an attorney and an author, Jerry was a U.S. Army vet, and was also a lover of dogs. We have therefore reached out to a service dog organization in Maryland that trains dogs to assist wounded veterans, and they will be thrilled to receive donations in Jerry's name.”
This all started a few weeks back when Brendan asked me the deceptively simple question, “What cause would Jerry want us to donate to?” My first thoughts were things that were on my mind – depression, suicide prevention or maybe literacy. All worthy causes, but not . . . very Jerry.
So I asked myself Brendan’s question again: “What would Jerry want?”
If you knew Jeremiah Healy for any length of time, you might have heard him talk about the military and refer to somebody as “the real thing.” “The Real Things” are men and women who served our country heroically and selflessly, often at the expense of life, limb or emotional health. In fact, the only time I saw Jerry cry was as he recounted an air mission in which the pilots took off knowing that, once the mission was achieved, they didn’t have the fuel to return.
As for the canine component, I can’t tell you how many strolls were doubled in duration because Jerry had to stop every passing dog-walker with the question “Is he (or she) friendly?” and give ‘em a good scratch. Even depressed, it was the one thing that seemed to help him, so I can only imagine what it does for wounded vets.
So Hero Dogs, it is! Below is the scoop (no pun intended, though I kind of like it) from Brendan and company. We’d appreciate your sharing the word.
With thanks for the happiness you gave Jerry,
From Brendan Dubois
Besides his work as an attorney and an author, Jeremiah Healy was a U.S. Army vet, and was also a lover of dogs. We have therefore reached out to a service dog organization in Maryland that trains dogs to assist wounded veterans, and they will be thrilled to receive donations in Jerry's name.
The group is called Hero Dogs, and is based in Maryland. Their website is listed below. They are an IRS approved 501(c)(3) organization and operate entirely on donations. You can donate via their website, or by sending a check to Hero Dogs, P.O. 64, Brookeville, MD 20833-0064. But *please* ensure either by writing on the memo section of your check, or using the form on their website, that you're making this donation in Jerry's name.
That way, Hero Dogs can track how many donations come in, so that they can be used in some way to keep Jerry's memory alive in years to come. Please donate what you can, and please share this link. Thanks to all of you who were friends or fans of Jerry's.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Last Stop Paradise by Karlene Conroy and Mia Crews is women’s fiction that has it all – suspense, romance, paranormal elements and a touch of humor!
Four women with deep roots in their small north Florida town support each other through the surprises, disappointments and losses over the years. When one wins a girlfriend’s getaway at a spa, all are happy to escape lives spinning out of control. But two become reluctant accomplices in a potentially deadly game born of secrets and lies that jeopardize the solidarity of the four friends, and a message from beyond the grave promises no one escapes karma!
Available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com for $3.99. Also available in paperback. http://amazon.com/dp/B00KHYWBZQ
About the Authors:
Karlene Conroy and Mia Crews just finished a three-year stint as Group Leaders of the Florida Writers Association Melbourne group. Mia is currently president of the Cape Canaveral branch of The National League of American Pen Women. In addition to their own writing and leadership duties, Karlene and Mia offer self-publishing help to writers through their editing, formatting, book cover and website design services.
In his book, Who is Killing the Republican Party? An Old Professor’s Jolly Rant, politically-independent author George L. Fouke, Ph.D. takes the Republican Party to the woodshed with tough love hoping for its revival as part of a viable two-party system. “The Republican Party has lost contact with Abraham Lincoln’s concern for everyman and it’s killing the party,” he says. “We’re at a tipping point. With their next votes, Americans will choose to have a society of wealth or a society of moral purpose. If we can excite the ‘on-the-fence’ voter to recognize how the Republican Party’s abandonment of Lincoln’s values has reduced everyman to a primitive, job hunter-gatherer nomad and vote for the ‘accumulate-wealth-and-use-with-purpose’ side, I’ve accomplished my mission.”
About the Author:
George L. Fouke is a retired political science and interdisciplinary studies professor who has also authored: Damn the Warocracy: A Plea to Restore American Democracy, and A Global Strategy for Survival: Lessons from the Jewish Experience.
Fouke lives with his wife on the Space Coast of Florida. His favorite author is Thomas Wolfe, for his undying belief in the promise of America.
Who is Killing the Republican Party? is available at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com for a pre-election price of $1.99. Also available as a paperback. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NX027FU.
For more information about Professor Fouke and his books: www.georgelfouke.com
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Music At the Watering Hole
Wee Creek Press
King of Africa, Kojo the Lion, was surprised when a box fell off a tourist bus and dropped a symphony of musical instruments near his watering hole. With a great love for music, especially Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, Kojo decided to bring all of the wild animals of the Savannah together whether they were predator or prey! Could these natural enemies learn to get along to become an orchestra? And just what would they play?
Michele Wallace Campanelli is an American writer, singer and celebrity. During the early 1990s, Michele was lead singer of the heavy metal band, Black Widow.
After the band, Campanelli started writing short stories and has had numerous novels, magazine and newspaper articles in both fiction and non-fiction published.
When Michele isn't writing, she is CEO of Regal Entertainment Services LLC which performs concerts around Central Florida. She is a professional singer, writer and actor. In 2012, she became a Music Major at Eastern Florida State College
Now Available in Paperback or Kindle on www.amazon.com
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