Thursday, June 23, 2016

EXPLOSIVE NOVEL OF ESPIONAGE BASED ON SHOCKING TRUE STORY: Ruth Anderson’s “Whistle Blower and Double Agents” Now Available Nationwide

Florida resident Ruth Anderson drew heavily from real life experience in creating her debut novel, Whistle Blower and Double Agents.  A sensational, suspenseful, and shocking spy thriller penned by a writer who worked intimately for the U.S. Government during a crisis long forgotten, Whistle Blower and Double Agents is now available nationwide.

Centered on what Anderson calls “a cover-up of epic proportions,” Whistle Blower and Double Agents is an explosive international thriller inspired by actual events. But what makes Whistle Blower and Double Agents positively combustible is the story behind the story:  Ruth Anderson, who writes as R.J. Anderson, didn’t have to look far for a plot.  Anderson was working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the 1970s when 200 pounds of uranium was declared missing or unaccountable at a U.S. nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania.

About the bookDuring a visit to the CIA on a safeguards inquiry, an Atomic Energy Commission nuclear scientist finds that the safeguards program of his agency was flawed and allowed for nuclear material to be stolen from within the nuclear plant and passed on to other countries.  Deeply alarmed, he reported this finding to the AEC, and later to the U.S. Congress and the President.  But when the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman falls in love with a beautiful female undercover CIA operative, what follows is a pulse-quickening, globe-spanning page turner that will leave readers wondering where truth ends and fiction begins—if at all…

Resplendent with intrigue, action, romance, and drama, Whistle Blower and Double Agents teems with authenticity.  Does Ruth Anderson blow the lid off one of the most shocking tales of this Century? After all, sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

When asked why she chose to write the novel, Anderson commentedThe novel is inspired by actual incidents around the 200 pounds of uranium missing, or unaccountable, from a US nuclear power plant.  The question of responsibility pointed in many directions–the man who operated the nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, the CIA, and even the President. My employer, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission held hearings where a lot of lying and cover-up ensued—at the expense of the brave and later maligned nuclear scientist who blew the whistle on the case.  I’m often asked why I believe there was a cover-up.  I interviewed the whistleblower at my house and was haunted by the stories for years. You see, the ‘whistleblower’ found out exactly what happened to the uranium, who was involved—and who received the ‘missing’ uranium.  Ultimately, I felt that this was a story that needed to be told.”

About the author:  Born and raised in Washington, D.C.’s  Georgetown, Ruth J. Anderson served with several Congressional and cabinet-level officials for over 25 years, including the Federal Communication Commission; Senator Richard Russell, Senate Commerce Committee, Secretary of Commerce, and Postmaster General. Upon the recommendations of Sen. Henry Jackson and Judge Roy Morgan, Ruth joined the Atomic Energy Commission and then U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as Editorial Assistant and Research Specialist.  Ruth served as President of the Federally Employed, Inc., SMC, which represented over 750,000 Federal employees.  She was selected for the World Who’s Who of Women in Cambridge, England and in 1977, was honored to be the first woman to receive the Silver Medal for Meritorious Service at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  A past member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the Society of Women Engineers, Ruth also served on the Federal Women’s Interagency Board.  Ruth Anderson resides in Florida.  Whistle Blower and Double Agents is her first novel.

Whistle Blower and Double Agents is published in hard cover, trade paper and eBook editions by The Peppertree Press, an independent book publisher based in Florida.  Members of the news media wishing to request a review copy of Whistle Blower and Double Agents or more information are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email –

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Meet and Greet plus Booksigning with Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Meet & Greet and Booksigning
Sunday June 26, 2016
4:30 – 6:00PM
at Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789

124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida

HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Thomas Olde Heuvelt

The English language debut of the bestselling Dutch novel from a Hugo and World Fantasy award-nominated talent to watch!
Published by Tor Books / On Sale April 26, 2016 $25.99 / 384 Pages / Hardcover / ISBN 9780765378804
Whoever is born here is doomed to stay ‘til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.
Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's beds for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.  The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated by being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past....

This chilling novel heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in mainstream horror and dark fantasy.

Heuvelt offers up a truly terrifying parable about mankind’s depravity and the depths of evil of which we are capable... The story is not merely unsettling, it is horrifying.” HEX is a thoughtful horror story, and one that is all the more chilling for its uncompromising view of humanity.” “Olde Heuvelt’s
HEX sets ancient magic against contemporary technology to create a kind of dark fairy tale that seems ultimately believable in today’s world. A terrific debut novel.”
“Thomas is a great writer, the next genre superstar.” —Paul Cornell, author of The Witches of Lychford
“HEX is reminiscent of vintage Stephen King, and I can think of no higher praise. Chilling, moving and...profound.” —John Connolly, author of the Charlie Parker series and Samuel Johnson series
“A frightening read, combining the old witch’s theme with twenty-first century technology in the most original way . . . A strong diversity of characters and story elements, building up to an overwhelming climax.” —Biblion
“HEX brilliantly exposes how psychological fear can make a modern society spiral into dark, medieval practices.... Terrifying and tantalizingly good.” —Crimezone
“HEX takes the horror/thriller genre to a whole new level. It is deeply unsettling, wholly original, and brilliantly written and contains scenes that will haunt you for a long time to come. I dare you to read it.” —Sarah Lotz, author of Day Four Jeffrey Ford

THOMAS OLDE HEUVELT is a Dutch author of five novels and many stories of the fantastic. He has been called “one of Europe’s foremost talents in fantastic literature” by BBC Radio. Olde Heuvelt has been nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy awards for his short fiction and is a multiple winner of the Paul Harland Prijs for best Dutch work of the fantastic.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore presents Miriam Auerbach

SAVE THE DATE! July 13, 2016  6:30pm.
Finding an Agent discussion led by Miriam Auerbach, author of the Dirty Harriet mysteries series.
 Hosted by Woman's National Book Association, South Florida Chapter and held at Murder on the Beach Bookstore
 Free for Members; $10 for guests. Or join for $40. 
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Pineapple Grove
273 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Phone: 561-279-7790

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Show, Tell, and Write with Patricia Charpentier

Show, Tell, and Write

Remember when you were in first grade, and you brought a treasure to school to share in show and tell? That was loads of fun, so why should such a time be available only for kids?

Welcome to show and tell for big people, with a twist. Join the fun at Show, Tell, and Write, presented by Patricia Charpentier each month in conjunction with Bookmark It, Orlando’s independent bookstore, and Infusion Tea, College Park’s award-winning tea and vegetarian cafe.

Come early and grab a tasty meal and cup of tea before the fun begins at 6:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month. This month's event will be on June 28th. Bring in a memento or item from your past or present each month (or photos, if the objects are too large) that is meaningful and holds many memories. Then, take a few minutes to share the item with the group and tell its story and significance to you.

After being given a bit of instruction, we’ll write for a few minutes about the object you brought in or some other story you’d like to tell. You’ll learn how to write vivid descriptions, convey sentiment, and detail the item’s history and importance. No previous writing experience is required for this fun, hands-on event.

Don’t want to talk about your treasure? No problem. Bring it with you anyway; come, listen, write, and be a part of the group.

Before you head home around 8:00 p.m., check out Bookmark It’s great selection of books on site in Infusion Tea, 1600 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804.

A minimal charge of $5 is requested to participate in this event each month, but in exchange, we’ll give you a $5 coupon you can use for any of the offerings by Bookmark It, Infusion Tea, or Writing Your Life.

Sign up today and be a part of the first ever Show, Tell, and Write event.

Writer's Block Bookstore Presents Wendy Wax

Writer’s Block Bookstore Presents
Wendy Wax
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
6:00pm – 8:00pm
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida

Writer’s Block Bookstore Presents:
Wendy Wax

A Compelling Novel about Secrets, Loyalty and the Bonds of True Friendship

There’s nothing that a fresh coat of paint and a few glasses of wine can’t fix…

Fan favorite and USA Today bestselling author, Wendy Wax, is known for transporting readers to beautiful seaside locations with her immersive, fun and descriptive stories. With the perfect combination of good humor, plot twists and beloved characters, Wax delivers the kind of great escape reading that’s perfect for a day at the beach.

Inspired by The Rellim Hotel in St. Peterburg Beach, Florida where Wendy spent long, wonderful summer days of her childhood, Wax is back with her fifth and best yet Ten Beach Road novel, SUNSHINE BEACH (Berkley Trade Paperback Original; June 21, 2016; $16). Picking up where The House on Mermaid Point left off, fans of the series will delight in catching up with familiar beloved characters and new readers will have no problem sinking into the witty and heartwarming story Wax expertly crafts. 

Close friends Maddie, Avery, and Nikki are all struggling to figure out what to do next after losing their life savings in a Ponzi scheme and losing control over Do Over, their successful reality television show where they restored a beachfront property to its former glory. When Maddie’s daughter Kyra stumbles across a once magnificent beachfront hotel in need of fixing—an idea forms for the ladies to shoot their own television show about the restoration on their terms. What could possibly go wrong?

Everything. With the cameras rolling, Maddie’s second-chance romance with her all-too-famous rock star boyfriend gets complicated, Avery struggles with grief over the loss of her mother, and Nikki’s reluctance to commit to the man who loves her could leave her to face the biggest challenge of her life. Even the Sunshine Hotel seems to be against them, when their renovation uncovers a decades-old unsolved murder which just might bring their lives tumbling down all over again.

Sure to resonate with readers of Elin Hilderbrand and Jane Green, SUNSHINE BEACH is a warm and insightful look at love and the bonds of true friendship. I hope you’ll consider it for review or feature attention this June or July. Wendy Wax is available for interviews.