Friday, November 21, 2014

Don't Miss this if you're in the Melbourne Florida area

Meet the Authors  -  Book Fair

Saturday & Sunday, November 22 & 23, 2014

Time: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

(In conjunction with the Eau Gallie Art Festival)

Eau Gallie Civic Center
1551 Highland Avenue
Melbourne, Florida 32935

More than forty authors from around Florida will be available at the Civic Center during the art festival to display, discuss and sign their books for the general public. All genres will be on hand, including mystery, romance, psychology, non-fiction and many authors of children’s books. 

No admission cost.
Hope to see you there. 

More information, call 321-254-3398. Or visit

50-Year Mosaic of Change in America

Retired military officer and corporate executive highlights profound generational differences & exceptional Americans in his books

— The man who graduates today and stops learning tomorrow is uneducated the day after – Newton D. Baker.

It’s not unusual to hear someone yearn for “the good old days.” For today’s senior citizens that means the period of the 50s and 60s. To the baby boomers, it’s the 70s and 80s. And to millennials it means the late 20th and early 21st centuries. In his book, America: A Cultural Enigma, Don Gilleland accounts for the myriad of differences between the values, customs, habits, home life, and traditions of the world he grew up in with those of today.

“This book is a captivating read that reeks of credibility, deftly written by a seasoned veteran of military service and later, the corporate world,” says Marshall Frank, suspense author and retired Miami Police Captain. “No one could have written this better.” The book is the author’s personal observation of huge cultural shifts that have taken place among diverse segments of our society over the last fifty years. It may help the reader put events into a more personal perspective.

“I have lived in twelve states,” said Gilleland matter-of-factly. “And I’ve traveled to twenty-nine countries on five continents. Those travels encouraged me to write this book.”

Also published by Black Rose Writing, Gilleland’s second book, America: Where Great Things Happen, shares exciting things Americans do that don’t get much news media coverage. “It’s about inspirational stories that got lost beneath all the bad things happening in the world today,” Don said. The book is slated for release in November 2014. It is a thoroughly positive book about wonderfully exciting things that Americans do which rarely get a lot of news media attention.  It also includes a chapter of inspirational, humorous and encouraging stories that will make the reader smile and feel good about being an American.

About the Author

Gilleland, an Evangelical Christian, served thirty years in the U.S. Military, eight years enlisted in the Navy, and twenty-two years commissioned in the Air Force. After retiring from the military in 1984, he worked in the defense industry for 10 years, retiring from General Dynamics Corporation as corporate director of public affairs where he was responsible for worldwide news media relations. Don is a frequent contributor to Florida Today Newspaper, TC Palm Newspaper, and Vero’s Voice Magazine with over 500 total published articles. He lives in Melbourne, Florida.

Gilleland will be at the Meet the Authors Book Fair this weekend in the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne. Florida. Be sure to stop by and see him if you are in the area.

For more information visit or follow Don on Facebook at

America A Cultural Enigma is  Published by Black Rose Writing, 
ISBN: 978-1-61296-302-0

May be purchased online at, or Barnes& or directly from the author at or at Meet the Authors Book Fair at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne, FL on November 22, 2014

Retirement Allows One Woman’s Creative Side to Take Flight

Drug lord chases man from Miami to Melbourne in author’s debut novel

Dropping an umbrella on the floor means that there will be a murder in the house.”– An Old Wives Tale

When a woman is implicated as an accomplice in her murdered lover’s theft and she is being hunted by the drug lord he stole from, she must find the money and discover the truth about the man she loved before she becomes buried alongside him.

After more than twenty years serving in the military, wife and mother SaunnieLee has taken retirement by the horns and published her first novel. Umbrella on the Floor tells the story of Karen Gallagher who returns home after ten years working as an investigator for the Army CID. The love of her life, Joe Donnelly, is also back after stealing millions from a Miami drug lord. But the police find him dead in his apartment. The cartel is targeting Karen as Joe’s accomplice and the police are questioning her. Both the law and the lawless want Karen to lead them to the money, only she doesn’t know where it is.

“This book is a cozy sleuth mystery that had me laughing out loud and falling in love with Karen Gallagher as she searched for clues,” said Jaimie M. Engle, SaunnielLee's agent and owner of A Writer For Life, a full-service editing and mentoring firm for aspiring authors. “SaunnieLee just might be the next Sue Grafton!” 

SaunnieLee married and had children directly after high school. In the mid-seventies, she joined the Army and after a twenty year career, she had earned a pension and retired. Today, SaunnieLee lives in Melbourne, Florida where after a few bumps on life's highway she decided it was time to pursue her dream of writing. “Umbrella on the Floor has mystery, murder, and suspense with a touch of love and a whole bunch of smart come-backs,” said SaunnieLee. 

Umbrella on the Floor is SaunnieLee’s first novel of many in her Karen Gallagher Mysteries available on Amazon and Kindle, and through her website at

God Doesn't Love Us All the Same by Nina Guilbeau

About the book
Janine Harris never really thought about homeless people. She barely even notices them as she passes them by on her way to work in downtown Washington D.C. However, all of that changes on a snowy evening in December when Janine unexpectedly finds herself alone with Vera, an old, homeless woman who seems to need her help. As Vera shares her life story with Janine, the two women form an unusual bond and begin a journey that changes both of their lives forever. Reluctantly, they each confront their own past and, in the process, discover the true meaning of sacrifice, family and love. Although to truly move forward in their lives, they must face the most difficult challenge of all – forgiving themselves.

About the author  

Nina Guilbeau is the Siblings Editor for BellaOnline and the author of the Sister’s Trilogy and eBook Birth Order and Parenting. She has been published in online magazines and short story anthologies such as Chicken Soup for the Soul. An excerpt from her upcoming novel Being Non-Famous was published in the Orlando Sentinel. Nina is also the new video book review hostess for

Nina's books are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble,
Nina will be appearing in the Meet the Authors Book Fair this weekend in the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne Florida. Be sure to stop by to see her and her book if you are in the area. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Island Park, a memoir by Edward Keck

Edward Keck will be at the Meet the Authors Book Fair on November 22 in the Eau Gallie Civic Center, in Melbourne, Florida.  Stop by and meet him if you're in the area.

About the book: 

 Dennis Hamilton said,
Island Park, a memoir by Edward Keck is an inspiring tale of hardship and survival amid poverty and prejudice, as narrated by Ed, the youngest son of a German-immigrant family on Long Island during WWII. The Keck family’s determination to remain unbroken against heavy odds provides deep insight into an important facet of our not-too-distant national history–in which America was truly a beacon of hope and a source of important lessons in the life of a vulnerable lad. Keck’s book is a triumphant achievement!

About the Author

Edward Keck spent four years as an Air Force Electronics Technician and Radio Operator. He acquired an A.A.S degree in Electrical Technology in New York and a B.S. degree in Business Management from Rollins College in Florida.

Initially working as a Field Service Technician in Pennsylvania, he relocated to New York where he changed to a career in technical writing. He progressed upward from JuniorTechnical Writer to Technical Publications Supervisor and Logistics Manager. His careerspanned 41 years in New York, California, and Florida, where he settled down and is now semi-retired.

A published author Island Park and Technical Writing for Private Industry, he created and taught two quarter semesters on technical writing for Florida Institute of Technology. He prepared and presented an extensive series of lectures on the history of New Testament and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Periodically working as a technical editor, he is a member of the Space Coast Writers’ Guild in Melbourne, Florida, and a Writers’ Critique Group.

How to Buy the Book: $14.15 

For more information contact:  Ed Keck at or Pat McDonough, Terra Sancta Press,

Book News: The Hidden Power by Richard Warren

The Hidden Power by Richard Warren

Jake Banyon buys a house from a picture, picks up and moves across country to a small town in Southwest Oregon. He is excited to begin his new life as a writer, but upon arrival he is shot on his balcony and left for dead. He is saved by his neighbor a recent widow named Janine Delaney who with her two daughters owns the dude ranch adjacent to his property. After Jake wakes in the hospital with amnesia and there is a second attempt on his life, the local Sheriff suspects that Jake is a criminal who has brought mayhem into their peaceful town. As the entire community soon becomes embroiled in the intrigue, Jake and Janine band together to make sense of all the crazy events that seem to center around Jake and the dude ranch. Tensions mount as the mayhem escalates toward the climax.

Richard Warren earned an MBA and works as a contractor analyst for NASA. He wrote this book as a tribute to his deceased mother and step-father who taught him what makes a great story come to life. Warren is married with two grown children.

The Hidden Power is available thru Lulu Publishing in all forms of media.

This story is a mystery adventure about how a new technology can tap into the hidden power of both people and science. It is a book about how a mystery can quickly envelop a small community into the intrigue which pushes the characters in unforeseen directions toward an unknown outcome.

Richard Warren will be participating in the Meet the Authors Book Fair on November 22 and 23 in the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne Florida. Please stop by to see him and his book if you're in the area.

Book News: Hazel Eyes by Maritza Martinez Mejia

About the Book

Hazel Eyes takes the reader on a journey to discover the personal life of the author and spiritual experience of faith. This memoir connects each chapter with common stories and supernatural events that the author experienced from childhood through adulthood. The topics she included go from her doubts and questions as a teenager, her traditions, studies, travels, engagement, motherhood, parenting skills, aging, and dying matters. The future of this book is to have a Spanish version to reach the Hispanic community and to keep reaching her English speaking fans.

About the Author

Maritza Martinez Mejia, a bilingual substitute teacher born in Colombia, currently lives in Florida with her husband and two teenagers. She graduated from Universidad Mayor de Cundinamarca in Commerce and Foreign Language and Florida Atlantic University in Arts and Humanities with a Certificate in Women’s Studies. 

Maritza is the author of a memoir in English called Hazel Eyes and soon translated into Spanish with the title “Ojos Avellaneda.” She actually works in a Bilingual Children Books Collection called Lessons for Living published by WRB Publishing in 2012 “Vanilla and Chocolate” and in 2014 “ Grandma’s Treasure.” For her active participation and service to the community she is the recipient of the “Crystal Apple Award 2006.” Maritza continues writing and serving in her church and school to inspire others to be a better person.

Martiza will be at the Meet the Authors Book Fair at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne Florida, on November 22 and 23.  Be sure to stop by and see her if you're in the area.

-Books Available:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Braddock's Gold by Jay Heavner

Jay Heavner's cozy mystery book, Braddock's Gold, got an Honorable Mention Award at the Great Midwest Book Festival in General Fiction.

In 1755 a British army's payroll in gold coin worth $2-4 million today was lost in the Central Appalachians. Fast forward 250 years. Bits and pieces are turning up. People are taking note and they are not all nice people. Some will stop at nothing to have it.
You can meet Jay Heavner and get a copy of his book at the Meet the Authors Book Fair at the Eau Gallie Civic Center on Saturday in Melbourne, Florida.

You can also order Braddock's Gold in paperback from Amazon. The Kindle edition is available also. has hard copies.  Locally, The Book Rack in Titusville has autographed copies.

About the Author

Jay Heavner is a resident of Central Florida. He was born in Maryland and grew up in West Virginia. Like many Mountaineers, he stills considers WV his home away from home.

Recently retired from the Carpenter Union, Mr. Heavner is now enjoying family and writing. Book number 2 of the Braddock's Gold series is in the works.

Book News from Barbara Forte Abate

Barbara Forte Abate, Author

 Featured books:
Painted From Memories
The Secret of Lies
Asleep Without Dreaming

About her books:

Painted From Memories

She considers telling him the truth—that she isn’t the person he thinks she is—but in the end she doesn’t. To say something is to potentially say everything. And it is simply too late... 

The emotionally fractured casualty of a hideous childhood tragedy, Catherine has at last found her happy-ever-after in the person of Grayson Barnett, and it is the promise of a freshly polished future that compels her to bury the poisonous trail of her past beneath the purposeful lies and omissions she offers her new husband. 

But now, with the inherent shame of her traumatic history secreted away and losing hold, Cat finds herself increasingly troubled as Gray falls into an erratic pattern of late night wanderings through the house, painting the bare walls with extravagant murals. And only when the unthinkable happens—a devastating blow which leaves her broken and spiraling—and an unexpected arrival on her doorstep, bearing a cache of impossible revelations—is Cat forced to question whether the man she so desperately loves is in truth a stranger and their beautiful life a gross falsehood constructed upon a foundation of lies.  

The Secret of Lies

Propelled by an insurmountable sense of desperation, Stevie Burke is recklessly abandoning home, husband, and outwardly contented life under cover of night; at last resigned to defeat in her long battle against the tortured memories of the past. 

Days later, lost and floundering in a dreary motel room without plan or destination, it is a long ago song playing on the radio that gently tugs Stevie back through the dust of remembrance. 1957 - The last summer spent at the ancient house overlooking the North Atlantic. A season which had unfolded with abundant promise, but then spiraled horribly out of control - torn apart by a shattering tragedy that leaves a family impossibly broken ...

Asleep Without Dreaming
Fourteen year old Willa Burkett has been waiting her whole life to leave Hoosick Falls, a nowhere place that fails to hold even a single good memory. 
But, when a series of vengeful incidents stir Willa's mother Stella to impulsively pack-up and go, it is only to find themselves stranded in yet another ugly, near extinct town, only now, with a broken down car and no ready way out. 
Unable to move on until an alternate plan shows itself, they accept a job working for Omega Pearl Bodie, proprietress of the Moonglow motel, a long forgotten, steadily decaying relic, where mostly nothing happens, except now, when everything does. 

It is here in this place of desperate loneliness and restless boredom that Willa will have her world rocked to the core in ways she doesn't immediately comprehend. The craziness of the life she's left behind all but eclipsed by the dark turn of the here and now, as Willa attempts to keep one step ahead of the ever-twisting whims of a mother prone to keeping secrets and telling lies, a murderous arsonist returned to the scene of his earlier crimes to dole out revenge one fiery victim at a time, and Jesse Truman. An unknowable boy with indigo eyes that Omega Pearl has hired as handyman at the Moonglow, who Willa longs to save, if only she understood what it is he needs saving from.

About the Author

Barbara Forte Abate grew up in Millbrook New York, and currently lives in a creaky old house in Pennsylvania, where she makes up lies, doses them with truth, and titles it fiction. She is long time married to a very fine man, and is the mother of four fabulous children.

She is the award winning author of The Secret of Lies, Asleep Without Dreaming, and newly released, Painted From Memories.

Her books are available online at Amazon and Barnes & Nobel in both print and ebook.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SINFUL LOVE, Under a Blood Moon by Anne Bonner --See her and all her books at the Meet the Author Book Fair

SINFUL LOVE Under a Blood Moon is the sequel to FLORIDA FEVER and ANGEL'S TRUE LOVE, and the last book in the Southern historical fiction trilogy. (Anne, an accomplished artist in oils, painted the cover.) Becoming a racehorse owner and opening an art gallery, Justeen finds glory and despair. Courage and compassion make her special but earns her the name of slave lover. Blood Moon is an evil omen according to slaves' superstition, a portent of something sinister happening in 1859 at Pinecrest Plantation located on the outskirts of Jacksonville, Florida. Making her way in a man's world is not easy and brings Justeen to the attention of a serial killer. She is a rich, young widow pursued by a handsome, amiable doctor, head of the hospital she built, and a dashing rake brother-in-law familiar with prostitutes and gaming dens. Who  steals her heart? Be ready for a roller coaster ride as you follow the twists and turns in Justeen's life, ending in quite a surprise! 
Order e-books from or, or paperbacks from Anne's website: or She will be signing all her books at the Meet the Authors Book Fair at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, November 22 and 23.
About the Author
Anne Bonner is a 5th generation Floridian, growing up in Cocoa, Florida, and attending the University of Florida.  She has written eight books in eight years! Her love of Southern history has earned her many awards as a poet and essayist, as well as an author of adult and young adult books. Anne's latest historical awards are from the DAR Cape Canaveral chapter and from the Florida State Poets Association.