Saturday, December 3, 2016


Thanks to Wanda Lutheran for renewing as a Friend of Florida Book News.  Your support is greatly appreciated.

Please take a minute to click on her badge in the right column and take a look at her books.

A Turtle's Magical Adventure by Wanda Lutheran

About the Author

Wanda published her first children's book, The Lilac Princess, in 2014. Next, came her wonderful tale of Tad, in A Turtles Magical Adventure published, March 2016. In August 2016, she debuted Little Birdie Grows Up which is her first picture book. 

Wanda Luthman has her Masters of Arts in both Mental Health Counseling and Guidance Counseling from Rollins College located in beautiful Winter Park, Florida. She worked at a local Community Mental Health Center for 10 years before transferring to the Public School System as a Guidance Counselor. She’s worked at a High School for the past 19 years. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at the local Community College and worked with teens who had lost a loved one through Hospice. She has always loved reading and writing and wrote many books and poems as a child growing up in Missouri. She presently resides in Brevard County Florida with her husband of 21 years and 2 dogs. Her daughter is away at college, like Little Birdie, she has left the nest.

From the Author
“I want to inspire young children to be the best people they can be. If I can capture children's imaginations and entertain them, then the underlying positive character message will come through in each of my books.”

A Turtle’s Magical Adventure  is a charming, heart-warming story of a turtle who doesn’t like his shell because it makes him too slow. Tad asks other slow animals if they also mind being slow. Each one gives an answer that helps Tad feel better, but, still, he wants to be fast. He happens upon a snake who tells him there is a wizard that can make him fast. He goes on an adventure into The Magical Timberwood Forest to meet the wizard and hopefully get his wish fulfilled. He encounters delightful, magical creatures along the way but also meets with danger and choices. Will Tad get his wish or will the wizard turn him into turtle soup?

Quotes from reviews
“This is such a cute and lovable story. Perfect bedtime reading to the little ones.”
“This is an excellent children's book full of life lessons.”
“This is a captivating story about Tad, a turtle; who has a perplexing problem to solve.”

Where to find Wanda Luthman’s Books

Friday, December 2, 2016

Buddha, Christ, and the Eagle by Dr. Frances Rinaldi

They used to tell stories about Shangri-La, a land of peace and prosperity hidden in the heights of the Himalayas. In the adventure that lies ahead, Janet Locke doesn’t find the mythical city, but she does find a new, joyous existence up on the roof of the world. 
It starts with phone call. An old friend wants to know if Janet wants to join her on a bicycling trip through Bhutan. Janet knows absolutely nothing about the small, central-Asian country. When she looks it up on the Internet, she learns that its gross national product is happiness. Janet, frustrated with life’s challenging moments, decides that this sounds delightful.  
After a quick stop in Thailand, Janet is on to Bhutan. She falls in love with the charming country. As Janet ventures out into the wilderness surrounding the awe-inspiring Himalayas, she learns lessons about the many worries she carries. Like so many others, this journey will change her life. 
In Janet’s adventure, author Dr. Frances Rinaldi mixes several spiritual traditions, including Buddhism, Catholicism, and Algonquin and Lakota spirituality. Together, they inspire Janet to let go of her worries and be happy and free.
Dr. Rinaldi based her work, Buddha, Christ and the Eagle on her own adventures while bicycling in the Himalayan Mountains of Bhutan. She  is an award-winning author, storyteller, and health coach. She has written a collection of short stories called Night Walk, a children’s book, How Silver Fox and Coyote Came to Color the Butterfly. Under the penname F.R. Merrill, she wrote The Final Act, Crossroads, and Murder in Mosaic, a set of suspense thrillers known as the Straton Trilogy. Crossroads was a prizewinner in the Southwestern Book Festival, and Murder in Mosaic won in the Amsterdam Book Festival.

Works by Dr. Rinaldi are available on
For more information about Dr. Rinaldi and her books:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Black Opal Books Announces the Release of The Beekeeper’s Daughter by Florida novelist Jane Jordan

The Beekeeper’s Daughter now available wherever fine books are sold

 Black Opal Books announces the release of The Beekeeper’s Daughter by Florida novelist Jane Jordan.  The Beekeeper’s Daughter is available in trade paper (ISBN: 978-1626945685, 388 pages, $16.99) and eBook ($3.99) editions.

Acclaimed novelist Jane Jordan takes readers on an unforgettable journey deep into the heart of 19th century Exmoor in England in her latest novel, The Beekeeper’s Daughter.  An exquisitely crafted dark thriller, The Beekeeper’s Daughter is a sensational—and sensationally suspenseful—supernatural tale about a dangerous love triangle, a devastating betrayal, a shocking realization—and the ultimate battle between good and evil.

About the book:  Beekeeper’s daughter Annabel Taylor grows up wild and carefree on the moors of England in the late 1860s. A child of nature and grace with an unusual ability to charm bees, Annabel follows in the footstep of her mother Lilith, a beautiful witch.  With her closest friend and soulmate Jevan Wenham by her side, Annabel’s life is a life filled with wonder and curiosity. But Jevan, the son of a blacksmith, lives his life on the verge of destruction, and his devotion to Annabel probes the boundaries between brutality and deep desire, passion and pleasure. When Jevan leaves Exmoor to pursue an education in London, Annabel’s world shatters.  Devastated without Jevan, Annabel is sure her life is ending. But everything changes when she crosses paths with Alexander Saltonstall. The heir to the Saltonstall legacy and son of Cerberus Saltonstall, the wealthy landowner of the foreboding Gothelstone Manor, Alex is arrogant and self-assured—and enamored of the outspoken Annabel.  Even though the two are socially worlds apart, that doesn’t stop Alex from asking, or rather demanding, Annabel’s hand in marriage.  But when Annabel refuses, she is forced into an impossible situation. To further complicate matters, Jevan is back—and so are those same desires, that same passion and intensity. But nothing is as it seems, and Annabel and Jevan are in grave danger.  At risk of being ensnared into the dark legacy of the Saltonstall family, Annabel faces the ultimate test.  Will her fledgling powers be enough to save those she loves most? Can she even save herself?  

Beautifully written and brimming with historical detail, The Beekeeper’s Daughter is resplendent with irresistible whimsy, richly-developed characters, and a captivating storyline. A mesmerizing and magnificent tale, The Beekeeper’s Daughter charms with its magical setting, thrills with its pulse-quickening plotlines, and buzzes with romance, suspense, and intrigue.  Smart and swiftly-paced, this exquisite supernatural thriller is enchanting.
Jane Jordan grew up in Essex, England and spent six years in the South West of England living on Exmoor.  A trained horticulturist, Jane worked and volunteered for Britain’s National Trust at Exmoor’s 1000-year-old Dunster Castle. The atmosphere, beautiful scenery, and ancient history of the place inspired Jane’s first novel, Ravens Deep, the debut release in her gothic vampire trilogy, which also included Blood & Ashes and A Memoir of Carl Jane Jordan lives in Southwest Florida. Visit Jane Jordan online at:

Founded in 2010, Black Opal Books is a traditional publisher of an eclectic mix of titles.  Black Opal Books ( is based in the Pacific Northwest.  Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about Jane Jordan of The Beekeeper’s Daughter are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone:  (615) 297-9875 or email:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

White Privilege and Cultural Appropriation: The Obligation of Fiction?

December 10th, 2016 
Writer’s Block Bookstore 
124 E Welbourne Ave  6:00 pm
“White Privilege and Cultural Appropriation: The Obligation of Fiction?” 

Award Winning Florida Novelist Larry Baker will be discussing how a writer’s personal racial history combines with the facts of American racial history to produce fiction. Are there any rules?

He will be using his latest novel, The Education of Nancy Adams, to illustrate the dilemma of a white male writer who tries to create compelling characters of different races and genders.

Thursday, November 24, 2016


 A special celebration dubbed Chriskwanzukkah, will be held at The Casements in Ormond Beach from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21. Creative Happiness Institute (CHI), Tomoka Poets, and the Ormond Beach Arts District (OBAD) have joined together to create a novel event that will also include a Winter Solstice ceremony.

There will be music, songs, poetry and prizes with an open mic for anyone who wishes to present a holiday-themed message. The event is free and open to the public with funding in part from the Cultural Council of Volusia County. Free sweets will be available and light refreshments will be sold.

Dr. David B. Axelrod, a Volusia County Poet Laureate and director of CHI, will perform the solstice ceremony. The exact time of the solstice is 5:44 p.m. on the 21st. “We want to honor as many traditions as we can,” says Dr. Axelrod, who promises to do so “with a light heart.”

Julia Truilo, executive director of OBAD, will also honor the occasion with a song. Mary-Ann Westbrook, president of Tomoka Poets, will host an open poetry reading. Roger Duvernoy and Mike Dorn, local singers/songwriters will also be featured and invite others to bring an instrument to perform. 

The Casements, located at 25 Riverside Drive in Ormond Beach, will be decorated for the holidays, displaying its famous Christmas tree gallery as part of their holiday gala. For more information about The Casements, call 386-676-3216. For more on Chriskwanzukkah, email or phone 386-337-4567.

Prepared by Creative Happiness Institute, Inc., a 501-c-3, charitable, educational organization.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Murder of Crows by Tom Lowe

About the book:

When Joe Billie stops a grave robber from unearthing a Seminole Indian burial site, Joe becomes the prime suspect in a bizarre murder. The evidence against Joe is solid, and police are convinced they have their killer. When Joe calls Sean O'Brien from jail, O'Brien tries to put pieces of the investigation together. But the first challenge is getting Joe to talk about the circumstances surrounding the killing. As Joe faces first-degree murder charges and the real possibility of the death penalty, O’Brien thinks he knows why his old friend is evasive. But proving it will send O'Brien deep into Seminole history to uncover a greedy killer hell-bent on creating a modern day Trail of Tears

About the author:

Florida-based author, Tom Lowe, is known for his mystery/thriller series featuring Sean O'Brien, a retired Miami homicide detective rebuilding his life between the Ocala National Forest and a marina in Ponce Inlet. A MURDER OF CROWS, released in November, marks the eighth book in the series. Tom is an award-winning documentary writer/director whose films air nationwide on PBS. As he writes his books, Tom draws from his travels around the world and his background as a print and broadcast journalist. Tom is a sailor, windsurfer and SCUBA diver. He lives in Florida with his wife and two dachshunds. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Authors for Authors presents Meet the Authors Book Fair

Meet the Authors Book Fair

presented by 
Authors for Authors

If you're near Melbourne Florida drop by for a great book fair with 50 authors from around the state. The Meet the Authors Book Fair will be waiting for you on November 19 and 20, 2016, in the Eau Gallie Civic Center on Highland Avenue in Melbourne Florida.

The book fair is running in conjunction with the ARTWORKS Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival where artists are demonstrating their art throughout.  Stop by for a wonderful family-friendly event.

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore 
Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary

Independent Bookstore Thrives

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore is pleased to announce its twentieth anniversary in business with a Grand Celebration on Friday January 6, 2017 from 6-9 pm featuring the New York Times bestselling authors 

Charles Todd 
Hank Phillippi Ryan
PJ Parrish
Andrew Gross  
And many more…..

Catering will be by local restaurant favorite, Papa’s Tapas.  Admission is free, and the public is invited.  Come chat with some of your favorite authors, have some wine and munchies, and get an autograph or two or ten.

A free Hank Phillippi Ryan paperback book will be given to every customer purchasing a book at the party while supplies last.

Murder on the Beach was founded in 1996 in Sunny Isles Beach in North Dade County by Joanne Sinchuk.  After surveying customers about the best place to open a mystery bookstore, Murder on the Beach moved to Delray Beach in 2002. In 2008, Murder on the Beach was sold to Booksmart Enterprises in Boca Raton, and Joanne stayed on as store manager.  Now located in the Pineapple Grove section of Delray Beach, Murder on the Beach is planning a Grand Twentieth Anniversary Reception on Friday Evening, January 6, 2017 from 6-9 pm.  In addition to drinks and hors d’oeuvres, many of your favorite authors will be dropping by.

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore is an independent locally owned community bookstore, specializing in the mystery, suspense and thrillers located at 273 NE 2nd Ave.  

For further information contact:                
Joanne Sinchuk

Phone: 561-279-7790

Friday, November 18, 2016

Creative Happiness Institute cancels events on November 30 and December 28

The poetry slams scheduled for Wednesdays, November 30 and December 28 at Wine-Me are canceled.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Marshall Frank speaking at the Central Brevard Library in Cocoa Florida

What: Marshall Frank speaks at Central Brevard Library

When: Thursday, (Tomorrow) November 17 at 1 p.m. 

Where:  Central Brevard Library, in Cocoa Fl., 3008 Forrest Ave, Cocoa.  

What:  He will be giving a talk and opening a discussion about books, with attention to his latest non-fiction release "The Way Things Oughta Be." Lots of ideas...stimulating.

Meet the Authors Book Fair: J J White


Merritt Island author, J.J. White will be giving away a new Kindle Black at the Meet The Authors Book Fair and Artworks Festival in the Eau Gallie Civic Center, November 20th. Sign up at his table with your email to be eligible to win. White will also be offering his award-winning books, Prodigious Savant, Deviant Acts, and Nisei.

A Brevard County resident for over fifty years, J.J. White has been published in several literary journals and magazines, including, The Homestead Review, The Seven Hills Review, The Grey Sparrow Journal, The Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, and The Saturday Evening Post 2016 anthology. His has had three award-winning novels published by Black Opal Books, Prodigious Savant, Deviant Acts and Nisei. He was nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his short piece, Tour Bus. 

J J White will be attending the Meet the Authors Book Fair taking place on November 19 and 20 in the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne, Florida. Be sure to stop by to see him and his books. 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Stars of Romance Holiday Book Signing to feature more than 20 authors, including N.Y. Times and USA Today bestsellers

A multi-author book signing featuring bestselling authors of romance, along with goodies and giveaways, will take place at the West Melbourne Public Library in Melbourne, Florida, on Nov. 19.

Among the more than 20 authors scheduled to be at the book signing will be N.Y. Times, USA Today and Amazon bestsellers. The list includes popular authors and award winners in many genres of romance, from contemporary to paranormal and historical.

Authors will be signing and selling books from 1 to 3 p.m. Refreshments and giveaways will add to the fun at this free party for book lovers and holiday shoppers.

Event: Stars of Romance Holiday Book Signing
When: 1-3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 19
Where: West Melbourne Public Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd., Melbourne, Florida
Admission: Free
On the web:

Scheduled authors, listed by name, with representative books:
Brenna Ash, Second Chances (
Barbara Barrett, The Matchmaking Motor Coach Series (
Naomi Bellina, Messed-Up Heroes Series (
Cynthia D’Alba, Texas Montgomery Mavericks Series (
JoMarie DeGioia, Cypress Corners Series (
Karen Ann Dell, Blue Point Cove Series (
Leigh Duncan, Pattern of Deceit, The Growing Season (
Larissa Emerald, Divine Tree Guardians Series (
Debra Fisk, Cozy Cove Series (
Pamela Hearon, Gaining Visibility (
Alethea Kontis, The Books of Arilland Series (
Lucy Lakestone, Bohemia Beach Series (
Jennifer Perkins, Forever Yours (
Rhea Regale/Leah Blake, Casanova Cowboys Series, Love Your Dragon Series (,
Roxanne St. Claire, Barefoot Bay Series (
Lynne St. James, Beyond Valor Series (
Kristen Painter, Nocturne Falls Series (
Sandy Parks/Sandy Moffett, The MacInness Legacy trilogy, Repossessed (
Teresa Reitnauer
Helen Roark, Kit’s Sweet Revenge (
Sarina Rose, The Relentless Series (
Jill Wallace

Meet the Authors Book Fair: Nancy O'Neill - Guess What Books

Guess What books are designed for children ages 3-7 and are written in clever, four-line rhyming clues that describe people, places, and things within a specific theme for each book. After reading or hearing the clues, turning the page reveals a colorful illustration that lets the reader know if they guessed the object correctly. With little-known facts woven into some of the clues, Guess What books provide a fun, learning experience. The most unique aspect of the series is that all of the main illustrations are drawn by Kids Around the World whose artwork is selected through a worldwide contest. To date, young artists from Australia, Poland, Italy, India, and many U.S. states have had their illustrations featured in the books.
Guess What is in the Ocean? is the fifth book in the series. Children learn about sea life as well as other objects that may be in the ocean or on the shore. The final rhyme is a reminder that we all need to help our environment and keep our oceans clean. This book won the #1 spot on The Gittle List.
Part of the proceeds from Guess What books helps support Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California. 
Nancy O’Neill is an award-winning author who grew up on a farm in the middle of North Dakota. She admits having to do a lot of research for this ocean book but learned a lot in the process. She appreciates her Midwestern background which she feels is the solid foundation for her lifelong accomplishments. She has always gravitated toward anything creative but also likes tech-related challenges even though she grew up long before the technology era. 
Nancy published her first Guess What book in 2012 and within four years, she had five books in the series along with a coloring book. In 2016, she took a giant leap and published her first adult fiction novella, Her Way Out
She enjoys being a mom, wife, author, and entrepreneur. Nancy lives in Southern California with her husband. Even though she’s only about ten miles from the ocean, she still can’t swim and is much happier relaxing on the beach or by the pool.

See Nancy anther books this weekend at the Meet the Authors Book Fair at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne, Florida, on November 19 and 20. 

Guess What Books an also be purchased through Amazon

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Meet the Authors Book Fair: Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen, psychologist, author, and speaker, will be at the Meet the Authors' Book Fair. Sponsored by Authors For Authors, the book fair will be on November 19 & 20, 2016 at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne, FL from 10 AM to 5 PM both days. It is FREE and open to the public.
Valerie Allen, a popular presenter at writer conferences, writes fiction, non-fiction and children's books. She has been a member of the Space Coast Writers' Guild, the National League of American PEN Women, Cape Canaveral Branch, and is a co-founder of Authors For Authors.

Her published books include novels: Suffer the Little Children, Sins of the Father, Amazing Grace, and The Prodigal Son, all described as psychological thrillers focusing on children in peril. Forthcoming is her novel, My Father's Business. She has also published, 'Tis Herself: Short Story Collection, Volume One. She has two books for children grades three to five: Summer School for Smarties and Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends. She has two non-fiction books: Write, Publish, Sell! Quick, Easy, Inexpensive Ideas for the Marketing Challenged, 2nd Edition, and Beyond the Inkblots: Confusion to Harmony.

She invites writers questions and comments. She can be reached on FB, Google+, and at

Meet the Author Book Fair: Klaus Kolb - Twelve Flags Book Two

Merritt Island resident Klaus Kolb’s second book Twelve Flags Book Two was released this week and will be for sale by the author Nov. 19 and 20 at the Meet the Authors Book Fair in the Eau Gallie Civic Center at the Artworks Festival.
Kolb, 82, will be available at the arts event inside the Eau Gallie Civic Center from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday to personalize and sign books. More than 50 local authors are expected to sell their books in conjunction with the festival.
Twelve Flags Book Two is a 165-page soft-cover book that outlines Kolb’s life from age 12 to 21. The book continues to chronicle his life from the time the occupation forces of the Red Army imprison his father and Communist leaders confiscate their home until his father’s release. His chapters describe how he, his grandmother and two sisters survive Communist occupation following Germany’s defeat in World War II, with the help of CARE packages from and Kolb’s hard work in mechanical and later engineering school. Kolb and his father
Kolb grew up in an Eastern province of Germany during the rise of the Nazi Party and during World War II.  At age 21, he emigrated to West Germany and in 1965, to the U.S. as president of the 160-employee Bruckner Machinery Corp. in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The firm manufactured, sold and serviced textile dyeing and finishing machinery. From 1979 to 1997, he was president of ADO Corporation, a German-owned business that manufactured and exported specialty textile fabrics and custom-made draperies.
In 1998, Kolb built his own geodesic home in Spartanburg, and later formed and served as president of Kolb’s Geodesic Homes, based there. Kolb has lived and worked in a dozen countries.
“My books give a cultural history. Teachers are using my first book Twelve Flags, One Life to tell their middle and high school students about the challenges of life growing up during Nazi control of Germany. Twelve Flags Book Two can be used to include information about living in an occupied country as a result of losing a war,” Kolb said. This is the second in a series of books planned about various stages of Kolb’s life.
The $20 book includes 40 photographs, most from Kolb’s family albums. It is available directly from the author, through Amazon Books and will soon be available for immediate download on Kindle. Kolb’s web site describes his books.
Now retired, Kolb consults internationally about geodesic dome shell construction. He also deciphers and translates into English documents written in Old German Suetterlin Script.  Kolb plays accordion and keyboard with a German Band in Melbourne and the Harbor City Retirees’ Dance Band of Eau Gallie. He is an active member of the Central Florida Accordion Club.
Retired Florida Today reporter Linda Jump edited both of Kolb’s books.