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

Murder by Manicure by Nancy J. Cohen


Murder by Manicure Audiobook by Nancy J. Cohen is a 2018 ABR Audiobook Listener Award Finalist.

Click Here for the Mystery category and scroll down to cast your daily vote for Murder by Manicure.  https://audiobookreviewer.com/abr-list…/mystery-2018-voting/

Friday, April 13, 2018

Authors for Authors to host its ninth annual writer event in Melbourne



Authors for Authors will sponsor its annual Writers' Conference: Write, Publish, Sell! on April 22, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Hilton Rialto Melbourne, 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne, FL 32901.
This conference is open to those who love to read books and those who enjoy writing them. Readers are welcome to spend the day with new and experienced authors to learn what's trending in the world of literature. Authors will learn how to write better, publish more, and market effectively to increase book sales.
The keynote speaker will be Scott Tilley, Ph.D., with a presentation on Writing to Live. There will be vendors and multiple breakout sessions by multi-published authors including Valerie Allen, Marshall Frank, Robbie Cox, Mary Dall, Marion Coste, Mia Crews, Tony Deane, Jaimie Engle, Keith Rommel, Linda Zern and many others. There are 16 genre discussion groups to choose from and the opportunity to network with authors, editors, and publishers.
There are several scholarships available for educators working in public, private, charter and home schools. Contact Valerie Allen at VAllenWriter.com for scholarship information.
Authors for Authors co-founders, Marshall Frank, Holly Fox Vellekoop, and Valerie Allen, create venues for authors to meet the reading public via writers' conferences, book fairs, book launches, book displays, workshops, and author gatherings.
The registration form and more information can be found at AuthorsForAuthors.com
Questions? email VAllenWriter@gmail.com.

Turtle Point by DL Havlin



“Can good people bury bad events in their past?” DL Havlin’s new mystery/suspense novel, Turtle Point, explores this possibility. Benny Dupree, the main character, lives with the constant threat of the exposure of a deed committed thirty years in the past. Living in a paradise of white sand beaches and warm tropical waters, Benny is enjoying his senior year in college when a beautiful co-ed turns his world upside-down. Her dedication to ecology and saving sea turtles becomes his. They encounter poachers. Benny finds his new love being buried by the two criminals. Benny kills and buries them in island sands.

The threat of having his crime discovered fades during the next thirty years, but suddenly is forcefully revived by two mysterious “treasure” hunting men who threaten to penetrate all the defenses he’s erected to protect his secret. As they snoop and get close to exposing him, Benny becomes frantic and seeks help from a friend.

Enter Harper Sturgis! A friend refers Benny to this lawyer/private investigator who specializes in tough cases. A retired Marine Intelligence Officer, Harper takes no prisoners. Benny finds “she” is as tough as any “he” he’s ever met. Harper takes the case and exhumes secrets and surprises that Benny isn’t even aware. Is Harper able to save Benny from spending the rest of his life in jail? Read and find out.

Set in the beautiful Sanibel-Captiva, Pine Island area in Southwest Florida, Turtle Point will captivate the mystery/suspense reader who craves differences in characters, plot, and story resolution.
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About the author DLHavlin
DL Havlin's credo is Open Minds, Open Books for he believes readers are thinkers. Educated in Florida and Ohio public schools, he is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. He's enjoyed a varied career as a business executive, fishing guide, football coach, world traveller, and has been involved in many more interesting endeavours. DL has been writing the past twenty plus years, has had numerous novels published, along with a short-story collection, and magazine articles. He has received a number of awards from different organizations including an Author of the Year Award in 2008.

For more information, visit his website at www.DLHavlin.com 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Boca Raton Resident Dayle Grande Herstik's Collection of Meditative Essays for Writers, Artists and Nature Lovers is Now Available



Florida author and artist Dayle Grande Herstik celebrates the publication of her third book, A Country House with Soul: Where Nature's Lessons Unfold. Herstik contends that everyone deserves a sacred space to rest in to their authentic Self. Nature lovers and artists of all kinds will love her nostalgic narrative as she explores this notion through the lens of looking back on life and remembering what it was like "in those days," growing up in crowded neighborhoods and cities of concrete. In stark contrast stood the country house—a place of respite from frenetic times and noise, and lack of trees—in a magical environment replete with aromas of pine and balsam, water without chlorine, and activities like berry picking, hammock swinging, and rowing in a big wooden boat. As Herstik's essays welcome us into the summertime sanctuary enjoyed by generations of her family, nature's lessons unfold before our eyes and help us all lead a balanced life. 

A seasonal resident of Boca Raton, Florida, Herstik is a writer, poet and painter whose work reflects upon life’s wisdom, relationships, philosophy, and tiny moments that linger upon the landscape of her natural surroundings. In “retirement,” she divides her time is between Boca Raton, Florida, New Jersey, and the Adirondack mountains in New York State. She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women. 

Published by Citrine Publishing, A Country House with Soul: Where Nature's Lessons Unfold by Daye Grande Herstik is available in paperback ($14.95) and e-book ($4.99) at http://www.citrinepublishing.com/books/a-country-house-with-soul/

Writer's Block Bookstore and Quantum Leap Winery present: Steve Kistulentz

Theme: READING AND BOOKSIGNING
Wine, Wisdom and Words Reading Series
Location: Quantum Leap Winery
1312 Wilfred Drive, Orlando FL
Date: April 26th, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida
407-335-4192

WRITER’S BLOCK BOOKSTORE AND QUANTUM LEAP WINERY PRESENT: STEVE KISTULENTZ


Writer’s Block Bookstore is delighted to partner with Quantum Leap Winery presenting the second author in our series of book talks, Wine ◊ Wisdom ◊ Words. On April 26th, at 6:30PM. Join us as we celebrate the publication of his debut novel, PANORAMA. A discussion and signing will round out the evening!

About the book: In PANORAMA, debut novelist Steve Kistulentz traverses the rich inner lives of his increasingly connected cast of characters, from the very passengers of the flight to the unknowing crew on the ground to innocent passersby. Richard MacMurray, a cable news talking head who must take stock of his own life when the crash transforms from just another tragedy gone viral, lives a distinct before and after. In masterly fashion, Steve Kistulentz manages to craft exacting and intimate portraits of human loss all while capturing the expansive, dizzying scope of public tragedy and grief.

Praise for PANORAMA by Steve Kistulentz

“An interesting delve into lives that haven’t exactly gone as planned … Readers of character-driven fiction who appreciate a happy ending will enjoy this.”—Booklist

“It has been said that a good novelist is also by default a first-rate sociologist and psychologist, too—along with being a magician. In sharp, smart prose, Steve Kistulentz portrays the terrible strands of tragedy. The result is an engrossing, powerful, capacious novel, and a very impressive debut.”—Richard Bausch, PEN/Malamud Award–winning author of Peace

“Written with an intimate precision, Panorama brings tremendous compassion to people we take for granted and the circumstances we ignore beyond the momentary surface. This book, with its enormous ambition, serves to remind us that it’s necessary and human to feel.”
— Chris Offutt, author of Kentucky Straight

About the author: Steve Kistulentz, “a writer to watch” (Kirkus Reviews) will be reading from his debut novel PANORAMA, which was named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 and has been called  “a great and promising debut novel” (Washington Book Review) and “a deeply moving meditation on the nature of family and home and a celebration of our redeeming capacity for optimism in the face of tragedy, hardship, and loss” (Library Journal). He is the director of the graduate creative writing program at Saint Leo University in Florida and now lives in Tampa. Prior to that, he spent fifteen years working in national politics in his hometown of Washington, D.C.


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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Open Mic Nite - Women's National Book Association


Fun night as members of the Women's National Book Association (WNBA)  read from their latest work on Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Coffee District, 325 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444Members, Free. Nonmembers, $10. Lite bites served. Happy hour prices at bar. Questions - email programs.wnbasofla@gmail.com.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Call for Submissions for the forthcoming anthology, Florida


 You'll find more details at ... https://bit.ly/2GFdXNO

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore May 2018



Booksignings & Events
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Fri May 18 at 7 pm.  Elaine Viets will speak and sign Deal with the Devil $18.00.

Sat May 19 at 7 pm.  Solange Ritchie will speak and sign FireStorm  15.99

Thu May 24 at 7 pm.  Alex Segura will speak and sign Blackout 25.99


Book Clubs
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Tuesday May 15 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss The Ex by Alafair Burke 15.99.

Sunday May 20 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss Ruddy Gore by Kerry Greenwood 14.99.

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

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Otto Penzler, ‘Expert on all Things Hard-Boiled,’ to be Mystery Fest Key West 2018 Special Guest of Honor – Registration is now open


Mystery Fest Key West has announced that Otto Penzler, dubbed ‘expert on all things hard-boiled’ (Chris Talbot/AP Entertainment) and widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on crime, mystery and suspense fiction, is to be Special Guest of Honor at the annual convention of mystery writers, aspiring authors, true crime experts and fans set for June 22-24 in Key West, Florida.
 
A multi-award winning editor and publisher, Penzler is proprietor of the renowned ‘The Mysterious Bookshop’ in New York City, the oldest mystery specialist bookstore in America, and founder of ‘The Mysterious Press,’ which now is an imprint at Grove/Atlantic, where it publishes literary crime fiction.
 
Penzler served as host for Turner Classic Movies ‘Month of Mystery’ in 2002 and has edited more than sixty mystery anthologies, including ‘The Big Book of Jack the Ripper,’ ‘The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘The Best American Noir of the Century,’ ‘The Best American Mystery Stories of the 19th Century,’ and ‘The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century.’
 
Penzler, who will appear on a ‘State of the Publishing Industry’ panel as well as co-host Saturday evening’s social event at the historic Key West Lighthouse, will be joined at the Fest by 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 Presenter, ‘New York Times’ and ‘USA Today’ bestselling author Heather Graham; ‘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, and many others.
 
“I’ve had the joy of being a speaker at the Key West Literary conference and been jealous of my friends and colleagues who have been guests of Mystery Fest. I can’t wait to come back and am honored to have been asked.”
 
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 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 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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Otto Penzler, renowned editor, publisher and proprietor of ‘The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.

Last Call for Entries - Mystery Fest Key West Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition Entry Deadline is April 15





Do you have a finished, but unpublished, mystery genre manuscript?
Mystery Fest Key West has announced a ‘last call’ for submissions to this year’s Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition. Deadline is Monday, April 15.
Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, candidates wishing to compete are invited to submit the first three pages (maximum 750 words) of a finished, but unpublished manuscript to whodunitaward@mysteryfestkeywest.com no later than April 15. There is no fee to enter, finalists will be notified by May 1, and will have until May 10 to submit full manuscripts.
The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Fest Key West 2018 registration, airfare, hotel accommodations for two nights, meals and a Whodunit Award trophy to be presented at the 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 22-24 in Key West, Florida.
The inaugural, 2015 award was won by J.E. Irvin of Springboro, Ohio, for her entry titled "The Dark End of the Rainbow." Lewis C. Haskell of Key West, Florida, took the 2016 Whodunit with “Tequila Mockingbird,” and in 2017 Mike Pettit of Gulf Breeze, Florida, for his entry, “Key West Flashpoint.”
Complete Whodunit Writing Competition guidelines and submission details are available at mysteryfestkeywest.com.
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Key West resident Lewis C. Haskell was the 2016 Whodunit Writing Competition winner for his entry titled "Tequila Mockingbird," and took Third Place in 2017 with “Kilimanjaro Snow.”

Saturday, March 31, 2018

I've Launched my New Blog: Stop by The Helpful Blogger



For those of you who enjoy great photos of food and tips and trends on eating a plant-based diet, I have launched a new blog.  It's TheHelpfulBlogger.com 

It contains information on food, nutrition, health, tips, trends, lifestyles, recipes, weight management and fitness.  It's about anything that is good for you. If I've read about it, I'll pass it along to you.

I hope you'll take a look at it and sign on to receive a notice when I post.  (On the sign-up form, RSS means you'll receive an email when I post, so you can click to the blog, and RSS and Announcements means you'll receive the post email plus an email when I'm offering something special, such as giveaways, etc.

Of course you can always stop by anytime you want by clicking on TheHelpfulBlogger.com or putting that address in your browser.

Thanks for the diversion for art news, but thought I'd keep you posted on my new blog.

Have a great day.


Lou

Friday, March 30, 2018

New York Times Bestselling Author Ace Atkins to Headline Mystery Fest Key West 2018 in June – Registration is now open


 

Ace Atkins, the multi-award winning, “New York Times” bestselling author of twenty-one novels is to headline a smash hit-list of mystery writers and true-crime experts at the 5th annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 22-24 in Key West, Florida.
 
Ranked among the topflight of mystery writers, in addition to several acclaimed stand-alone novels, Atkins has produced two highly successful series of his own conception—The Nick Travers series and the Quinn Colson series. In 2010, already firmly established as an A-list author, Atkins came to the rescue of bereft Robert B. Parker “Spenser” fans when he was tapped by the late author’s estate to continue the iconic private eye series – no small compliment, as Parker’s character had spawned a passionate cult following sure to skewer a writer lacking the dexterity to characterize the private investigator’s unique persona.
 
Writing in flavors that range from Southern grit to Boston hard-boiled, and time-frames from historic to contemporary, Atkins, a former crime reporter for “The Tampa Tribune” has been nominated for every major award in crime fiction along with a Pulitzer Prize nomination for investigative journalism.
 
“I can’t think of a more fitting or beautiful spot to talk writing, editing, and publishing books over a few cocktails,” said Atkins. “From To Have and Have Not” to “92 in the Shade” and John D. MacDonald to James W. Hall, Key West is the perfect place to contemplate the enduring fascination of crime fiction.”
 
Joining Atkins at the popular celebration of sleuthing are 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 author Diane A.S. Stuckart; “New York Times” bestselling co-author Charles Todd, and many others.
 
“Mystery Fest Key West is a boutique-sized convention with lots of direct interaction between authors and audience,” commented Fest co-founder Shirrel Rhoades. "And, because of the caliber of our guest authors, the fascinating panels and unique social events where authors and audience mix and mingle —and all in a tropical island paradise—we also tend to attract writers and fans of other genres as well.”
 
In addition to panels and presentations with some two dozen high profile and award-winning mystery authors and true-crime experts who’ll be sharing the inside scoop on story-crafting and the technicalities of criminal investigation and forensics, 2018 Fest highlights are to include book signings, professional publishing and marketing discussions, a mini Conch Train tour, 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 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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Ace Atkins, 2018 Mystery Fest Key West Keynote Speaker, is the multi-award winning, New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels. (Photo by Joe Worthem)
 

Key West Resident Jean Carper’s Groundbreaking, Award-Winning Documentary on Alzheimer’s Disease Now Available on Amazon


Following debut screenings at prestigious film festivals and professional symposiums in the U.S. and abroad, the controversial and groundbreaking documentary film Monster in the Mind, produced by medical journalist Jean Carper, is now available to the general public for sale or rent via Amazon.
Carper, now 86 years of age, was CNN’s first medical correspondent in the 1980’s and is the author of 20 books on health, diet and aging, including her latest, Prevent Alzheimer’s & Dementia NOW!: 101 New Ways to Save Your Aging Brain (Amazon Digital Services, LTD., 2017). Her four-year odyssey to uncover the truth about Alzheimer’s was launched when she learned that she carries the gene for old-age Alzheimer’s, called apolipoprotein E4 (ApoE4).
“I became so terrified of developing Alzheimer’s,” admits Carper, “ that I decided to find out everything I could to avoid the disease, even becoming a guinea pig for brain testing to see how likely I was to get Alzheimer’s.”
In the process of interviewing more than 60 Alzheimer’s authorities in the U.S. and abroad, Carper was surprised to discover that “much of the fear of old-age Alzheimer’s is exaggerated and most of what we believe about it is wrong.”
Findings from the interviews featured in the documentary reveal that:    
  
.  Despite a hundred years of unproven theories, the real cause of Alzheimer’s is unknown.  
.  It is still misdiagnosed half the time, even at autopsy.  
.  It is far less apt to destroy your brain than other old-age dementias, such as micro-strokes.
.  After age 60, it is not determined by genes.  
.  You can lower your risk of old age dementia by lifestyle choices. 
.  The rates of old-age dementia in the U.S. and other affluent countries are falling dramatically, not rising.
.  Losing your mind is not an inevitable consequence of aging; it is preventable.   
Carper, a life-time film aficionado whose mother played piano to accompany silent movies, produced the documentary to be entertaining as well as informative, by packagingMonster in the Mind in the genre of a science fiction horror film, with vintage clips from Frankenstein, Night of the Living Dead, Dracula and others.
The result—a “brilliantly crafted documentary,” according to Alzheimer’s News Today, and “a masterful dissection of Alzheimer’s, bringing drama, fact, hope and wise advice for us all,” according to Dr. George Perry, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Monster in the Mind was supported by a partial grant from the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation, and won the prize for best science documentary at the University of Bergen in Norway. Carper also reports it has become something of “a cult film,” among the brainiacs of the Alzheimer’s community, after faculty-sponsored screenings at Stanford and UCLA medical schools, as well as a private sneak preview during the Alzheimer Association’s International Conference in Toronto.
“As far as documentaries on the subject go, Monster is unique and upbeat, a huge departure, and has definitely struck a nerve with cutting-edge researchers and opinion makers who think the Alzheimer’s story needs to be updated,” she said.
To rent or purchase Monster in the Mind visit JeanCarper.com.  
For interviews and high resolution photos visit the media room at MonsterInTheMind.com.
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Jean Carper is the best-selling author of 24 books, most on health, nutrition, aging and the brain.  (Photo by Richard Watherwax)

Monday, March 26, 2018

Land of Cotton by Angela Spencer


Angela Spencer's new book, Land of Cotton, is being published by Austin Macaulay Publisher and will be available on March 30 on Amazon

"Through the process of an unusual murder investigation, the rural Tennessee homicide detective, Ron McCarthy, confronted not only many colorful characters, who seemed to have reason to commit the crime, but also learned the effects of fast-changing times, resulting in generation clash and personal tragedies.

He discovered anger and betrayal triggered vendetta, covered by social niceties. He found hypocritical religious practice, and encountered anticipated or only believed assaults. 

Before the entangled relationships could be unwrapped and the criminal found, the Odum family had to face their haunting past. During the coarse of discovery, McCarthy found an intertwined, secretive, and crime-ridden life in the Bible Belt."

The suspense/murder novel is available in paperback ($14.99), hard cover ($22.99) and e-book ($6.99).

Angela Spencer will be at the Writers' Conference: Write, Publish, Sell!  on April 22, 2018,  9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Airport, 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne, FL 32901    

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mystery Fest Key West Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition Entry Deadline is April 15


 
Key West, Florida Keys – Do you have a finished, but unpublished, mystery genre manuscript?
 
Mystery Fest Key West has announced a call for entries for this year’s Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition. The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Fest Key West 2018 registration, airfare, hotel accommodations for two nights, meals and a Whodunit Award trophy to be presented at the 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 22-24 in Key West, Florida.
 
Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, candidates wishing to compete are invited to submit the first three pages (maximum 750 words) of a finished, but unpublished manuscript to whodunitaward@mysteryfestkeywest.com no later than April 15, 2018. There is no fee to enter, finalists will be notified by May 1, and will have until May 10 to submit full manuscripts.
 
The inaugural, 2015 award was won by J.E. Irvin of Springboro, Ohio, for her entry titled "The Dark End of the Rainbow." Lewis C. Haskell of Key West, Florida, took the 2016 Whodunit with “Tequila Mockingbird,” and in 2017 Mike Pettit of Gulf Breeze, Florida, for his entry, “Key West Flashpoint.”
 
Complete Whodunit Writing Competition guidelines and submission details are available at mysteryfestkeywest.com.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Florida Romance Writers April Meeting

FRW April Meeting
April 14, 2018
10:00am to 12:00pm

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

SPEAKER: John Dufresne – Flash Fiction
For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.” This very short narrative is over quite suddenly, but continues to evoke an emotional story for the reader. John DuFresne will explain the basics of flash fiction (very short fiction), and the art of refining, concentrating, layering, and resonating your writing to fit the shrinking attention spans of our twenty-first century lives.
John Dufresne is the author of six novels, two short story collections, as well as three chapbooks. He has three books on writing including Flash!. He has also written a full-length play, which was produced at the Blue Heron Theatre in New York in 2005, and the screenplay for the award-winning short film The Freezer Jesus. John was a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellow and teaches in the MFA program at Florida International University in Miami.
$10 for FRW members, $15 for nonmembers.

Paypal buttons on the bottom of the page at:
http://www.frwriters.org/events/monthly-meetings/

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.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Arlo Haskell Wins Florida Book Award for “The Jews of Key West”



Key West writer is first Keys native ever selected. 

Tallahassee, FL — Local writer Arlo Haskell has won the 2017 Florida Book Award, according to a statement from Florida State University this week. His debut work of nonfiction, The Jews of Key West: Smugglers, Cigar-Makers, & Revolutionaries (1823-1969), will receive the Phillip and Dana Zimmerman Gold Medal for Florida Nonfiction and a $500 cash prize at the annual awards banquet in the state capital next month.

Haskell joins other 2017 winners including Edwidge Danticat, whose Art of Death won gold in the general nonfiction category; and Randy Wayne White, whose Mangrove Lightning won a bronze medal in fiction. More than 200 books were considered across 11 categories of competition.

Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the Florida Book Awards celebrate the best Florida literature. Authors must be full-time Florida residents, except in the Florida nonfiction and visual arts categories, where the subject matter must focus on Florida.

Haskell is believed to be the first Keys native to receive the prestigious award. Born on Big Coppitt Key in 1977 and a graduate of Key West High School, he is also the executive director of the Key West Literary Seminar.
The winning authors from across the state will be honored at the Abitz Family Dinner, the annual awards banquet April 12 at Mission San Luis in Tallahassee. The public is invited to attend.