Friday, July 29, 2016

Just Released: 200 Love Lessons from the Movies by Leslie C. Halpern



Leslie C. Halpern celebrated the recent publication of her newest nonfiction book, titled 200 Love Lessons from the Movies: Staying Moonstruck for Life (http://www.amazon.com/200-Love-Lessons-Movies-Moonstruck/dp/1630761370/) from Taylor Trade Publishing. Available from Barnes & Noble bookstores and online in paperback or e-book, 200 Love Lessons from the Movies provides a guided tour through the stages of romance using movies as the vehicle. The book borrows ideas from psychology, philosophy, art, science, metaphysics, and pop culture, and then applies them to movies from multiple genres. 200 Love Lessons from the Movies is a wonderful resource that provides suggestions for which movies to watch, what lessons can be learned, and how readers can adapt the information for their own personal use.

Leslie also wrote the book Reel Romance: The Lovers’ Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2004), and is an award-winning poet, essayist, and author. Learn more about her books at www.LeslieHalpern.com.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Writer’s Block Bookstore Presents: Wine and Conversation with Bob Kealing August 4, 2016 at 7:00pm




Writer’s Block Bookstore Presents Bob Kealing
Thursday August 4, 2016
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida
407-335-4192

                             


In development at Sony Pictures with Sandra Bullock attached to star, LIFE
OF THE PARTY is the incredible story of a Southern single mother who
became an American business icon.

The remarkable story of how Brownie Wise built, and lost, a Tupperware party empire

“This is the riveting and unaccountably forgotten story of Brownie Wise, the single mom and 1950s
Tupperware saleswoman extraordinaire who captivated the heart of everyone in postwar America—
everyone, that is, except her boss, Earl Tupper. The drama that ensued is ‘must read’ business history.”
—Tilar J. Mazzeo, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow Clicquot


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bob Kealing is a four-time Emmy Award-winning journalist based in Orlando with WESH-TV.
He has appeared on national television, including NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN, and C-SPAN, and
is the author of three books. His articles have appeared in magazines and newspapers across the
country.

Ice Canyon Monster by Keith Rommel


This celebratory 10th release from author Keith Rommel is something much more than a monster book. This is a Climate Fiction story based out of Greenland. What a beautiful island! I want you to meet a Greenlandic Shaman, understand their way of life and see his plight as he tries to find a way to stave off the pollution that is making his people sick, melting the ice, and destroying their way of life. What is a Tupilaq? How does a Gurry shark, an octopus, Husky and the Orca Whales play into this? What is the Petermann Ice Shelf, Baffin Bay and what is the Esperanza?

I've done a ton of research on this, combined fiction with education, action with suspense, characters you can relate to and did all this with startling facts. I've stepped out of my comfort zone to bring you the best story possible. My view of climate change has been changed . . . I wonder if you can shrug off the idea that the ice isn't really melting after you read this . . .

Amazon: goo.gl/GMyLEQ 
B&N: http://goo.gl/dHy1vf 
Available as an Ebook and paperback!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Florida Novelist Awarded The Garcia Memorial Prize for Best Fiction Book of the Year

Karen Evancic wins prestigious honor for her debut novel, When A Red Bird Flies

AUSTIN, TEXAS Florida resident Karen Evancic has been awarded The Garcia Memorial Prize for her debut novel, When A Red Bird Flies.  An annual award presented in conjunction with the national Reader Views Book Awards, The Garcia Memorial Prize is awarded to the best fiction book of the year.

Inventive and inspiring, When A Red Bird Flies is a touching tale about two women whose roots start in the rich Kentucky soil but whose lives quickly take very different turns. 

About the bookIt’s 1954 and Lillie Mae Garrett lay alone on an empty hospital ward in the small farming town of Franklin, Kentucky. Abandoned there by her husband and left to die, she begs for death, welcoming it with every ragged breath. Day after day, when death does not knock, she lay with mountains of regret and without any hope for redemption. But she soon discovers that fate sometimes has other plans. Lillie is befriended by a young nurse who proves to Lillie that though she may lay dying, she still has importance and purpose. While recounting her life stories to the nurse, Lillie is visited by a small red bird who whispers a sweet song in her ear and reminds her that it’s never too late to change one’s life’s course. Catherine’s journey from sharecropper’s daughter in Kentucky, to Depression era wife in Detroit, to an up-and-coming entrepreneur in Los Angeles is riddled with adventure, heartache and disappointment. But Catherine perseveres:  in her world, heartbreak is only a challenge to be conquered.  But there is one heartbreak even the tenacious Catherine can’t seem to overcome.  Desperate to become a mother, Catherine’s greatest struggle is one over which she has no control. And that struggle requires something of her that she wrestles to embrace: faith. As her life unfolds and she yearns for children, she journeys slowly towards reaching an understanding that sometimes life is just as it should be. But when the lives of these two vastly different women eventually cross, they’ll discover not only what brings them together, but the true meaning of love

A mesmerizing story about faith, hope, love and redemption, When A Red Bird Flies will stay with readers long after the final page is turned. A tender and touching tale, When A Red Bird Flies introduces an extraordinary new voice in the world of women’s fiction. Karen Evancic’s confident debut novel is an exceptional story exceptionally well told.

Karen Evancic is a part-time registered nurse in obstetrics, a part time independent writer, a full time mother to three children, and a proud Air Force wife. She is also a veteran who grew up in a military family, and has lived in two different countries and eight different states. She holds a BS in Nursing from Arizona State University and an MA in Criminal Justice from American Military University. When A Red Bird Flies is Evancic's first novel.

Published by Front Porch History Press, When A Red Bird Flies is available in trade paper and eBook editions. When A Red Bird Flies is available where fine books are sold.

The Reader Views Awards is an annual literary awards program that recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Founded in 2005, Reader Views (www.readerviews.com ) is based in Austin, Texas. The Garcia Memorial Prize honors the life and memory of Garcia, one of the finest Old English Sheepdogs to have ever roamed the earth. Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about the Garcia Memorial Prize or author Karen Evancic are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email –  maryglenn@maryglenn.com.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

James the Just, Brother of Jesus by George L Fouke Ph.D.





JAMES THE JUST, BROTHER OF JESUS
By George L. Fouke,  Ph.D.

Actual and fictional characters tell the true story of James the Just, leader of the Jerusalem Jesus Movement after Peter. Professor Fouke gives authoritative insight into the historical and political realities that confronted both Jesus and James in establishing Christianity. 

Storyline:
Ananus ben Annas, the new High Priest, has arrested James the Just, brother of Jesus and leader of the Jerusalem Jesus Movement, along with six of his church leaders.

James knows the blood feud between the Annas clan and Jesus’ family has resumed. They were responsible for the death of Jesus and James fears he’ll be next to die.
Rumors about the prisoner’s fate swirl through Jerusalem. The aristocracy plots to protect their accommodation with the Romans. Rabbis seek answers and ways to save James from trial and death. The Sanhedrin meets in secrecy and the High Priest decides the fate of the prisoners. 
Leah, grand-niece of James the Just, ministers to her uncle in prison and works tirelessly to obtain his freedom. Through the intercession of Aaron, a young rabbi enamored with her, King Agrippa has promised to remove Ananus from office. But will he arrive in time to free the Holy Seven, as James and his followers are now known? 
Will Leah return Aaron’s affections or will she choose Philip, nephew of the Apostle Paul, to whom she was once secretly betrothed? Or will she choose neither and follow the ministry of her grand-uncles Jesus and James? 
Over a period of ten years, Dr. Fouke read or consulted more than two hundred books and journals on the period covered in his historical novel, James the Just, Brother of Jesus. 
Available on Amazon.com as a Kindle ($5.99) and Paperback ($19.99)
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The Country Rabbi and the City Rabbi
By George L. Fouke, Ph.D.

A humorous, spirited debate about the meaning of life, faith, worship, cultures, and death in ancient Judea between two wandering storytellers, one a somber city rabbi, the other a laid-back country rabbi.

A companion book to Professor Fouke’s James the Just, Brother of Jesus.

Available on Amazon.com as a Kindle (99 cents) and Paperback ($6.49)

About the Author

Dr. Fouke was raised in six foster homes but found opportunity at every turn in America. After earning degrees, he taught interdisciplinary studies and became Chairman of the Department of Politics at St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Dr. Fouke lives in Florida with his wife Dot near grand and great-grandchildren. He is currently preparing a memoir for publication.
Visit his website to learn more: www.georgelfouke.com 


Other Books by George L. Fouke, Ph.D.
Damn the Warocracy: A Plea to Restore American Democracy
The Global Architecture of Survival: Lessons from the Jewish Experience
Who is Killing the Republican Party? An Old Professor’s Jolly Rant
The Country Rabbi and the City Rabbi
(a supplemental book to James the Just, Brother of Jesus)


Friday, July 22, 2016

Oceanview Publishing

It’s July and by now we must all be saturated with political speeches, advertisements, etc. Let’s look at the bright side—only four more months to go (ouch)! It is definitely time for some good fiction reading—and I do not mean campaign rhetoric. I mean Oceanview novels.
July is a big month at Oceanview. Two new books are being launched. On July 5th we released DEEP SIX by D. P. Lyle and on July 19th we released MANHATTAN LOCKDOWN by well-known New York criminal defense lawyer, Paul Batista. And what incredible books they are. Doug Lyle is off to a roaring start—with both laughter and sales. This is a funny book as well as a gripping thriller. Dr. Lyle has proven that a practicing cardiologist can be funny. His character Jake Longly is that combination of tough, cool, and quirky. But when he teams up with his new squeeze, Nicole Jamison, they have a tough time staying out of harm’s way as they become a two-for-one P.I. team. With a cast of wonderful characters, both good and bad, and a few really scary, you do not want to miss this romp. So get that order in soon for DEEP SIX by D. P. Lyle.
In MANHATTAN LOCKDOWN Batista brings a provocative tale of a major terrorist cell operating in Manhattan with devastating results—and no one can find them. Well, maybe someone can—but not using traditional, and legal, methods. These attacks are game changers and the tactics needed to stop them must be unique. This is a nail-biter, too close to a real possibility for comfort, but chock full of fascinating characters and some major confrontations between bureaucracy and those willing to challenge it. Timely, frightening, captivating—you will not be able to put it down.  So go get your copy of MANHATTAN LOCKDOWN by Paul Batista.
In August you will see FATAL ODDS by John F. Dobbyn.  Dobbyn has succeeded in wrapping a wonderful thriller around a real problem of immense magnitude—the illicit trade of exotic animals and birds, many of which are becoming extinct. This has become the third biggest money-earner for organized crime, just behind drugs and prostitution. You will hear more about this book next month.
July saw the release of the paperback version of NIGHT TREMORS, the Anthony and Shamus Awards nominee by Matt Coyle. July also saw the audiobook release of AFTER THE FALL, the USA Best Book and Florida Book Awards winner by Patricia Gussin.  And METHOD 15/33 by Shannon Kirk was named the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Winner, receiving the Gold Medal in the Thriller & Suspense (Adult Fiction) category. Congratulations, Shannon. Also, GUMSHOE by Rob Leininger hit the USA Today bestseller list. Congratulations, Rob. PASSENGER 19, by highly successful author Ward Larsen, was just licensed for publication in Bulgaria. In addition, PASSENGER 19 recently hit the iBooks weekly bestseller list.  Congratulations, Ward. Also, many Oceanview authors were in attendance at ThrillerFest, the big annual meeting of the International Thriller Writers, held in Manhattan. Our authors were quite visible as panelists. So, lots of good news this month.
Please take a look at some ebook pricing opportunities below, and keep on reading.
  • DECEMBER BOYS by Joe Clifford - $.99 through July 24th
  • MANHATTAN LOCKDOWN by Paul Batista - $.99 through July 26th
  • DEATH’S WITNESS by Paul Batista - $2.99 through July 26th
  • EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION by Paul Batista - $2.99 through July 26th
  • THE BORZOI KILLINGS by Paul Batista - $2.99 through July 26th
  • DEAL MASTER by Adam Gittlin - $.99 July 28th – August 4th
  • THE DEAL by Adam Gittlin - $.99 July 28th – August 4th
  • THE DEAL: ABOUT FACE by Adam Gittlin - $.99 July 28th – August 4th
  • THE FALLEN by Mark Terry - $.99 August 1st – 11th
  • FATAL ODDS by John F. Dobbyn - $.99 August 1st – 9th
  • NEON DRAGON by John F. Dobbyn - $2.99 August 1st – 9th
  • FRAME-UP by John F. Dobbyn - $2.99 August 1st – 9th
  • BLACK DIAMOND by John F. Dobbyn - $2.99 August 1st – 9th
  • DEADLY DIAMONDS by John F. Dobbyn - $2.99 August 1st – 9th
  • FLY BY WIRE by Ward Larsen - $.99 August 1st – 9th

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore August 2016 - Amended


Booksignings
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Fri August 5 at 7 pm.   Elaine Viets will speak and sign Brainstorm $15.95.
Tue August 30 at 7 pm.  Charles Todd will speak and sign The Shattered Tree: A Bess Crawford Mystery 25.99

Book Clubs
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Sun August 14 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss A Fine Summers Day by Charles Todd 14.99.
Tue August 16 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss Mama Does Time by Deborah Sharp 13.95.

Writers Workshops  $25 each
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Sat Aug 6  10am - Noon.  Goal, Motivation and Conflict. Instr: Marcia King-Gamble
Sat  Aug 13  10am - Noon.  Self Publishing in Print. Instr: Gregg Brickman
Sat Aug 20  10 am - Noon.  Historical Fiction. Instr: Eliot Kleinberg
Sat Aug 27  10am - Noon.  Ok, You Got Published.  Now What?  Instr: Nancy J. Cohen



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, July 20, 2016

Valerie Allen's Big Birthday Book Bash

My birthday gift to you! 
Valerie Allen's annual Big Birthday Book Bash  is underway - all of her books and short stories are FREE on Kindle from July 20 - July 24, 2016.
 
Get one, get them all.
Read, enjoy, and share ~

Books: 
Write, Publish, Sell! 2nd Edition
Beyond the Inkblots: Confusion to Harmony
'Tis Herself Short Story Collection
Amazing Grace
Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends (CH)

Short Stories:
A Marriage of Convenience
Best Wishes
Fathers' Day
Future Plans
Home for the Holidays
I Remember Momma
Leisureville
Mother Knows Best
No Goin' Home
Potty Talk
Puppy Love
Second Chance
Split Second Timing
Small Steps
The Garden of Love
The Penalty Box



 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Call for Submissions for the Space Coast Writers' Guild Anthology: Friends

Call for submissions to the Space Coast Writers' Guild new anthology, “Friends.” Chapters are due September 30, 2016. Free to Guild members, $40 fee to non-members. Contact the president, Scott Tilley (stilley@scwg.org), for more information. Full details in the flyer here: http://bit.ly/29QNAb4

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Learn How to Format Your Manuscript for CreateSpace and Kindle with Mia and Phil Crews


Learn the Inside Secrets to Getting Publishing on Amazon (print and Kindle) at this Do-It-Yourself Workshop



1 pm - 4:30 pm
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Cost $49
Hurry! Only 5 openings remaining!
Location: Crews Residence in Malabar, Florida
 
Cost of the seminar includes a bonus CD containing the seminar and templates for formatting the interior manuscript and cover using Word for Windows (for both PCs and Mac users of Word)

Bring your laptop and your work in progress to get some one-on-one computer assistance from seasoned writer/editor Mia Crews and IT Specialist Phil Crews.

Contact: Mia Crews
email: miacrews@gmail.com
telephone: 321-720-9788

Friday, July 15, 2016

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, 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. This month, Show, Tell, Write will be on the fourth Tuesday of the month, July 26th. 
After July, the event will be held the third Tuesday of every month.

Come early and grab a tasty meal and cup of tea before the fun begins at 6:30 p.m. 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.

Then, 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.

I hope you’ll come and be a part of Show, Tell, Write.
 
 
 


 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Appreciation

Thanks to Klaus Kolb for becoming a Friend of Florida Book News.  Your support is greatly appreciated. Please click on his badge in the right column and read about what he's writing.

Book Event with Wanda Luthman


Wanda Luthman is having a Book Event next Saturday, July 16th from 9am-2pm at Ossorio's in Cocoa Village.
It will feature her latest book, A Turtle's Magical Adventure

She'll have a Gift Basket Giveaway and free child - sized ice cream with every purchase.

Appreciation

Thanks to Klaus Kolb for becoming a Friend of Florida Book News.  Your support is greatly appreciated. Please click on his badge in the right column and read about what he's writing.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore August 2016

Booksignings
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Fri August 5 at 7 pm.   Elaine Viets will speak and sign Brainstorm $15.95.


Book Clubs
-----------------
Sun August 14 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss A Fine Summers Day by Charles Todd 14.99.
Tue August 16 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss Mama Does Time by Deborah Sharp 13.95.

Writers Workshops  $25 each
-----------------------------------------
Sat Aug 6  10am - Noon.  Goal, Motivation and Conflict. Instr: Marcia King-Gamble
Sat  Aug 13  10am - Noon.  Self Publishing in Print. Instr: Gregg Brickman
Sat Aug 20  10 am - Noon.  Historical Fiction. Instr: Eliot Kleinberg
Sat Aug 27  10am - Noon.  Ok, You Got Published.  Now What?  Instr: Nancy J. Cohen


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

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Klaus Kolb Book Signings - Twelve Flags, One Life


 
Klaus Kolb, author of Twelve Flags One Life, has two book readings planned as follows:

1.  Monday, July 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Victoria Landing Senior Assisting Living, 1279 Houston St. Melbourne FL 32935


2.  Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Franklin T. DeGroodt Public Library, 6475 Minton St. NE, Plam Bay, FL 32909

Writer's Block Bookstore Presents: Kristin Harmel



Writer’s Block Bookstore Presents Kristin Harmel
Friday July 22, 2016
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida
407-335-4192

Writer’s Block Bookstore Presents:
Kristin Harmel
July 22, 2016 at 6:30pm



“Kristin Harmel writes with such insight and heart that her characters will stay with you long after you’ve finished her books.”
New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin


Emily thinks she’s lost everything . . . until a mysterious painting leads her to what she wants most in the world.


From Kristin Harmel, the author  of international bestsellers The Sweetness of Forgetting and The Life Intended  comes WHEN WE MEET AGAIN (Gallery Books; on-sale June 7th; Trade Paperback). This latest novel shows why Harmel books are hailed as “engaging” (People),  “absorbing” (Kirkus Reviews), and “enthralling” (Fresh Fiction)

Emily Emerson is used to being alone; her dad ran out on the family when she was just a kid, her mom died when she was eighteen, and her beloved grandmother has just passed away as well. But when she’s laid off from her reporting job, she finds herself completely at sea . . . until the day she receives a beautiful, haunting painting of a young woman standing at the edge of a sugarcane field under a violet sky. That woman is recognizable as her grandmother—and the painting arrives with no identification other than a handwritten note saying, “He never stopped loving her.”

Emily is hungry for roots and family, so she begins to dig. And as she does, she uncovers a fascinating era in American history. Her trail leads her to the World War II POW internment camps in Florida, where German prisoners worked for American farmers . . . and sometimes fell in love with American women. But how does this all connect to the painting? The answer to that question will take Emily from the sweltering Everglades to Munich, Germany, and back to the Atlanta art scene before she’s done.
Along the way, she finds herself tempted to tear down her carefully tended walls at last; she’s seeing another side of her father, and a new angle on her painful family history.

But she still has secrets, ones she’s kept locked inside for years. Will this journey bring locked inside for years. Will this journey bring her the strength to confront them at last?

WHEN WE MEET AGAIN focuses on an aspect of American history long forgotten. During World War II there were over 700 POW camps in the United States that housed  German soldiers. A former journalist who has worked with People, Woman’s Day and Ladies Home Journal, Harmel has done extensive research on the topic and would be able to speak to the topic in an interview



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
KRISTIN HARMEL is the internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting and The Life Intended, along with several other novels. Her work has been featured in People, Woman’s Day, Men’s Health,  Redbook, and many other outlets. She lives in Orlando, Florida.

Visit her  at www.KristinHarmel.com
@KristinHarmel