Thursday, May 21, 2015

Florida Romance Writers’ June meeting

DATE: Saturday, June 13, 2015
TIME:  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hyatt Place, 1851 SE 10th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
COST: $20 per person/member, $25 non-member; includes breakfast
DIRECTIONS: I-95 to 595 E. (Exit 24). Go east on 595 till US1 North.  Take US1 to SE 17th Street Causeway and turn right towards the beach. Then take the second right onto SE 10th Avenue. Location is one block in on your right. (Behind the Outback Steakhouse.)
PARKING: Open parking - free of charge.
PROGRAM: “Using Character Emotion to Wow Readers"
Readers read to have an emotional experience, to feel what’s happening on the page. With the vast competition in publishing today, it’s more important than ever for authors to hook readers through strong emotional connections. One of the best ways to make this happen is by clearly conveying the character’s emotion through a variety of techniques. This 60-minute presentation will teach you the effectiveness of showing (rather than telling) your character’s emotion. You will learn how to build reader empathy by showing emotion through dialogue, thoughts, body language, and visceral reactions. Also covered are common problem areas, such as melodrama and clich├ęs, and how to avoid them.
BIOGRAPHY: Becca Puglisi
Becca Puglisi is a YA fantasy and historical fiction writer who enjoys slurping copious amounts of Mountain Dew and snarfing snacks that have no nutritional value. She has always enjoyed contemplating the What if? scenario, which serves her well in south Florida. As a result, during hurricane season you can find her stalking the local weather forecasters and muttering unkind words toward the Atlantic.
Becca is the co-creator of The Bookshelf Muse, an award-winning online resource for writers. She has also authored a number of non-fiction resource books for writers, including The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Emotion; The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes; and The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws. A member of SCBWI, she leads workshops at regional conferences and teaches webinars through WANA International. Becca can be found at
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Please e-mail Rossie Cortes at for a reservation and visit us at

Florida Mystery Writers Give $10,000 to Literacy Coalition

 The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (FMWA) will give $10,000 to the Florida Literacy Coalition at noon on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. Gregory Smith, the executive director of Florida Literacy Coalition, will be at the meeting to accept the check. 

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre

            “To safeguard our future as writers, we need to grow and promote the next generation of readers,” said FMWA President Nancy J. Cohen. “Without readers, we have no audience. We also don’t have new writers coming up the ranks.”

“We did our homework,” said FMWA Vice President Randy Rawls. “The goals of the Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) are closely aligned to our chapter goals and our mission in terms of education.”

Established in 1985, FLC promotes, supports and advocates for the effective delivery of quality adult and family literacy services in the state of Florida. As a statewide umbrella literacy organization and the host of Florida’s State Literacy Resource Center, FLC provides a range of services to support more than 300 adult education, literacy and family literacy providers throughout Florida.

Gregory Smith, the executive director of FLC, has served in this role since 2002. Prior to joining the coalition, Greg served for 13 years as executive director of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in adult and continuing education from Virginia Tech and currently serves on the Adult Education Cabinet of the Florida Department of Education, ProLiteracy America’s Public Policy Committee, and as chair of the Council of State Organizations.

In addition to their gift to literacy, FMWA offers sponsorships to literary festivals around the state, subsidizes classes for writers at all levels of their careers, promotes monthly meetings for networking and education, pairs writers with critique partners and mentors, and puts on SleuthFest, one of the most highly regarded writers conferences in the country, now entering its 21st year. Monthly chapter luncheon meetings are open to the public. To reserve a space, go to

Will Eisner: A Spirited Life by Bob Andelman

The Spirit's creator is immortalized in TwoMorrows' Deluxe Edition of Will Eisner: A Spirited Life

TwoMorrows Publishing is re-releasing the definitive biography of the man who changed comics storytelling forever.

June 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of The Spirit’s first appearance in Sunday newspapers around the world. This follows the 75th Anniversary of Superman in 2013 and Batman in 2014.

So much more than just a new printing, this remastered and expanded, full-color hardcover Deluxe Edition of Bob Andelman's long out-of-print biography explores the fascinating life of Will Eisner, detailing a more than 70-year career that in which he spearheaded comics for adult readers and created the first widely accepted graphic novel, A Contract with God

From his childhood to famously turning down a proposal for Superman, to educating Army soldiers in P.S. Magazine and creating The Spirit, Eisner's personal and professional life is told in dramatic detail. Andelman spent almost three years interviewing Eisner prior to his passing, researching his life and work and interviewing friends, family, and colleagues.

In addition to dozens of full-color images from Will's archives and private collections (not found in the original edition), this expanded Deluxe Edition includes a series of new interviews which clear the air on some topics left unfinished by the first edition, and add depth to the reader's knowledge of Eisner’s body of work. 

This full-color hardcover is 256 pages long, and retails for $39.95. It is available now in both print and digital editions, through TwoMorrows website (, comic and bookstores through Diamond Comic/Book Distributors, on, and through the company's app on the Apple and Android platforms.

Bob Andelman is a St. Petersburg, Florida-based writer. He is the author or co-author of 15 books, including three bestsellers: BUILT FROM SCRATCH: How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion with Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank; THE PROFIT ZONE: How Strategic Business Design Will Lead You to Tomorrow’s Profits with Adrian Slywotzky; and MEAN BUSINESS: How I Save Bad Companies and Make Good Companies Great with Albert J. Dunlap. He is also the author of STADIUM FOR RENT: Tampa Bay’s Quest for Major League Baseball and co-author of THE WAWA WAYBUILDING ATLANTATHE PROFILER; and KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE MARSHMALLOW. He is also the host of the Mr. Media® Interviews video podcast ( now in its ninth year.

Will Eisner: A Spirited Life (Deluxe Edition)
(256-page FULL-COLOR HARDCOVER) $39.95
(Digital Edition) $12.95
ISBN-13: 978-1-60549-061-8
Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: DEC141691 

For interviews and review copies, please contact: 
John Morrow, TwoMorrows Publishing

A free preview of the book is available at the publisher's ordering link:



• Emerald City Comics
4902 113th Ave N
Clearwater, Florida
(talk, slideshow, book signing, Mr. Media Interviews by Bob Andelman podcast interview with comics creator TBD, music by The Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show) 
Saturday, June 13, Time 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Brandon Regional Library
619 Vonderburg Dr
Brandon, FL 33511
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Wed, June 24 at 7:00 pm

• Florida Supercon
Miami Beach Convention Center 
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Sat-Sun, June 27-28 TIMES TBD

• Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library
2902 W Bearss Ave, Tampa, FL 33618
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Tues, July 7 at 6:30 pm

• Barnes & Noble Booksellers 
11802 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
Saturday, July 11, 2-4 p.m.

• Barbara S. Ponce Library
7770 52nd Street
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
727-541-0805 x1444
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Mon, July 18 at 3 p.m.

• SouthShore Regional Library
15816 Beth Shields Way
Ruskin, FL 33573
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Mon, July 13 at 2:30 pm

• John F. Germany Public Library
900 N Ashley Dr
Tampa, FL 33602
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Wed, July 22 at 6:30 pm

• Clearwater Main Public Library
100  N. Osceola Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755
727-562-4970, ext. 5284
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Saturday, July 25 at 3 p.m. 

• Riverview Branch Library
10509 Riverview Dr
Riverview, FL 33578
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Tues, July 28 at 6:30 pm

• Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library
11211 Countryway Blvd
Tampa, FL 33626
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Thurs, August 6 at 6:00 pm

• Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, Greater Columbus Convention Center 
September 18-20

• Wizard World New Orleans, La Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 
January 8-10, 2016

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Writing Workshop: “How to Resuscitate a Scene” with Carla Norton

Date: June 20, 2015
Cost: $10.00
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm (after the FMWA General Meeting)
Place: Doubletree by Hilton (formerly Deerfield Beach Hilton), 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)

Do you have a scene that’s gasping for breath? Perhaps the story has been racing along, but now stumbles. Perhaps the scene fills a gap in the plot, yet the characters seem lifeless. In this workshop, you’ll learn to diagnose and remedy problems. Exercises and examples will be provided, but bring along your weakest scenes. You’ll learn to cut away dead meat, heal wounds, and jolt the story to its feet by addressing:
·       Point of View: Who is driving the scene? What are the advantages of close third vs. first person? And how can you get inside the heads of non-POV characters?
·       Structure: Are you giving away too much too soon? Where does the scene turn, and how can you build to that moment?
·       Dialogue: How to use tags, gestures, questions and sarcasm to enliven even the dullest exposition.
·       Cliffhangers: How to keep the reader turning pages without seeming desperate or being melodramatic.

Carla Norton is a novelist, journalist, and true crime writer. Her debut fiction, THE EDGE OF NORMAL, was internationally released in 2013 and was a Thriller Award finalist in 2014. The sequel, WHAT DOESN'T KILL HER, is coming in June, 2015. Carla has also written two books of true crime, including PERFECT VICTIM, which was put on the reading list for the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times bestseller. For more, visit, follow @CarlaJNorton on Twitter, and find Carla Norton: Novelist & True Crime Writer on Facebook.

The Diary of an Ugly Sweater by Cassi Eubank

New Children’s Book : The Diary of an Ugly Sweater
Boca Raton, FL - The Diary of An Ugly Sweater, written and self-published American author, Cassi Eubank is to be released on June 8.
Based on a Christmas theme, the story tells of the journey of ‘Sophie’ the sweater who soon discovers she is an ‘Ugly Sweater’. Written as a diary throughout the month of December, Sophie realizes many life lessons through various characters that are both cute and profoundly wise. The characters hold the attention of both children and adults and the daily diary entries allow for a possible daily chapter reading to create a tradition of discovery and storytelling throughout the holiday season. As parent and child read each chapter together, they can discuss Sophie’s challenges, making it easier for kids to discuss their own issues.
Readers may be reminded of “The Elf on The Shelf” written by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. The multi-million dollar success has not gone without criticisms of materialism and privacy persuasions. Eubank’s work differs as the narrative directs a tighter hold to values of building self-esteem and discovery. This links closer to the feel of “Miracle on 34th Street” with subtle reminders of the importance of family and togetherness.
Much to the delight of children, parents and teachers the story is not only entertaining but has substance and numerous openings for discussion and exploration of self-growth. Eubank’s work provides a new tool with the potential to create a fun and heartwarming family tradition that allows parents to teach their children what schools currently do not; dealing with relationships and our own insecurities. Further, despite the book being centered on Christmas traditions specifically, there are also teasers of other traditions that are subtle enough to explore and celebrate the diversity of cultures and all holiday celebrations.
Eubank states, “This is not like anything I have published before. My intention with Sophie’s story, was to have a simple book to help teach self-esteem building and life skills to high risk children”. The author also plans to have a working guide in the near future to aid further in allowing readers to apply the lessons Sophie has learned in their own lives and create solutions to the universal problems that all people must navigate through in life. By having solutions in place before situations occur, people are empowered to act in a productive way and become the confident leaders our society needs.
About the book:
The Diary of An Ugly Sweater by Cassi Eubank
ISBN: 978-0996142106
Publisher: Believe & Receive LLC
Date of publish: June 2015
Pages: 198
S.R.P.: $14.95
About the author:
First published at the age of 8. Cassi Eubank has always been passionate about writing and communications. Her studies in journalism and psychology, as well as certifications in NPL and Hypnosis, allow her to bring valuable lessons to her writing.
With her third publication, Cassi has turned her talents to the world of fiction for children and young adults, to help them deal with every day issues in a manner that empowers them.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Workshop: Writing New Southern Gothic: Dark Humor, Weird Characters and Strange Places with Darlyn Finch Kuhn

Traditional Southern Gothic literature has earned its place in the literary canon through classic works by authors like William Faulkner, Harper Lee, Carson McCullers, Tennessee Williams, and Flannery O’Conner. Come learn how current writers are rediscovering this fascinating sub-genre dealing with disenfranchised voices in warped communities—not necessarily set in the American South.

The workshop will start by examining some much-beloved Southern Gothic works, then move into current examples, and end the day with you generating new material of your own that embodies some of the characteristics of the Southern Gothic Revival. You’ll also learn about exciting places to submit your work after you’ve spit-shined it. 

Click here for details.

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore June 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Loves of Cinderella by Dan Anderson

Dan Anderson's fifth book, The Loves of Cinderella, has just been published and is now available in print and eBook editions through bookstores, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, Kobo, iTunes downloads to Apple mobile devices (iPads, iPhones, iPods), etc., etc., etc. The Amazon URL is:

Alert: this is not Anderson's usual mystery. This book is literary fiction written at the request of a Hollywood Entertainment Company that optioned it for possible film production. Anderson granted them the film rights and he retained rights over all other media. They have hired a scriptwriter who is busily at work on a screenplay.

What's The Loves of Cinderella about? This novel is a modern twist on an old fairy tale. What would happen if Cinderella, one of the world’s most  beloved and iconic characters, lived in the geopolitical situation of the 21st century rather than the 17th? What if she were a beautiful teenage girl going through normal angst instead of an animated creation flashed on the screen? This Cinderella is a teenager from Eastern Europe forced to flee her homeland to escape terrorist rape squads. With the help of a UN Agency, she finds her way to Beverly Hills as an au pair only to encounter abuse and new threats from her evil host family. How Cinderella overcomes numerous obstacles―including attempts on her life―to pursue her destiny of becoming a famous Hollywood actress, and finding true love with Prince Charming about whom she has fantasized, is the crux of the story.

Anyone interested in further information about this or any of my other novels are invited to visit the author's page at

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Marketing Your Book Using Social Media

Scott Tilley is offering another writing course in a few weeks. This one is on "Marketing Your Book Using Social Media.” It takes place Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm at the Hilton Rialto Hotel in Melbourne. Full details and registration information can be found online at .

Hurricane Island by Parker Francis

Author Parker Francis visits historic Fernandina Beach
for signing of new thriller "Hurricane Island" 
Visit him at The Book Loft on May 16

Mystery author Parker Francis recently released Hurricane Island, the third installment of the award-winning Quint Mitchell Mystery series. Francis will be signing copies of his new book at The Book Loft in Fernandina Beach on Saturday, May 16 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. 

In Hurricane Island, Francis sends his private investigator to the fishing village of Cedar Key, Florida, where a relaxing visit with an old friend turns deadly. Quint and his girlfriend accept Woody Carpenter's invitation for a weekend of fishing and relaxation, but they soon become embroiled in murder and kidnapping while Hurricane Freda bears down on Florida's Gulf Coast. All of the action takes place in 24 hours in this fast-paced thriller.

 Parker Francis is the pen name of award-winning author Victor DiGenti of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Known for his Windrusher adventure-fantasy novels featuring a feline protagonist, DiGenti made the leap to the hard-boiled suspense field with his first Quint Mitchell Mystery, Matanzas Bay, which won two major awards as an unpublished manuscript. Bring Down the Furies was the second in the series, and that book won the top prize in the 2013 Florida Authors & Publishers Associations President Awards Competition in the Mystery/Thriller category.

 Early reviewers have praised Hurricane Island. Paul Levine, the John D. MacDonald Award-winning author of legal thrillers called the book, "A rip-roaring thriller and tightly wound mystery wrapped in one.  Can a killer storm - or a flesh-and-blood killer - stop Quint Mitchell?  The pages will race by as you find out."

And Shamus Award-winning author Michael Wiley had this to say: "Hurricane Island will blow you away. With a murder, a double kidnapping, rising winds, and a pocketful of alligator teeth, this is a perfect storm of a mystery."

 Hurricane Island is available as a trade paperback and an eBook for Kindle from Visit the author at

Friday, May 1, 2015

Daytona Mini Conference - FWA

Poetry Slam Competition


On Saturday, May 30, the Daytona Beach arts cinema, Cinematique, concludes its current Poetry Slam series.  The competition, which begins at 9:30 p.m., is open to all spoken-word poets. First prize is $50, while second prize is a $25 Cinematique gift certificate. Admission for the evening is just $5.

Poetry slams are an opportunity for poets to show off their talent in competition. The first 12 poets to reserve a spot will be allowed to compete, but the general public is welcome to come and read a poem at the open mic that follows. 
Joining the competitions will be Kevin Campbell, director of MACDeLand Slams, who will offer winning poets the chance to join his team and travel to national competitions.  Local poet, David B. Axelrod, director of the Creative Happiness Institute, will be there to emcee.

“Of the dozen winners since September, 2014, we have been able to hire many to be featured poets at our other events,” Axelrod explains.” The series isn’t just paying a cash prize, it is helping launch poetry careers.” The bi-monthly competitions will resume in the fall.

Cinematique is located at 242 South Beach St. For competition rules, go to the website at For more information and to register to compete, contact Dr. Axelrod, 386-337-4567 or email

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

News from Wig Nelson

Wig Nelson is offering two of his stories for free from April 29th to May 3rd on Kindle.

Here are the links:

The Children of the Ridge (The Oddfellows Home and Nine other Stories) - Kindle edition by Wig ...
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Monday, April 27, 2015

National League of American Pen Women - Delray Beach on May 7

National League of American Pen Women Talk
Hagen Ranch Library
14350 Hagen Ranch Road
Delray Beach, FL 33446
(516) 894-7500

Date: May 7, 2015
Time: 2pm

Elaine Bossik (The Last Victim Fiction)
M. J. Putnik (Dobin, Fantasy)
Janet Kleiman (Flirting with Disaster, Fiction)
Mary Twitty (Hallelujah, What a Ride, Historical Fiction)
Carol White (Sitting Pretty, Fiction)

The Relentless Brit Sarina Rose

The Relentless Brit is for sale on Amazon in the Kindle store.  Starting April 27 it will be only $1.99 in honor of V.E. Day (World War II, Victory in Europe Day) and in honor of mothers and grandmothers who may have lead life with the Brit if she had chosen a different path. It is a universal story and could take place during any war.

The Relentless Brit is an historical romance. It is a tale of sex, romance, betrayal, and heartbreak during World War II. History, romance, spies, espionage, intrigue, love, sex, war, peace, and the happy every after ending you love. 

War rages in Europe. Conflict is worldwide. History is repeating itself. Germany seeks domination of Europe. Hitler’s troops occupy all countries except Great Britain. Nevertheless, bombing from German aircraft have scorched London and other parts of the British Isles. Peace is elusive. Hitler has betrayed the Prime Minister of England. Spies and espionage are rampart on all sides. Japan is on the move in China and the island in South Pacific.

Marie Gentile is a charming young widow working in her brother’s law office investigating divorce cases. Life had betrayed her by taking her husband to an untimely death. She longs for adventure, maybe romance and the chance to work on criminal cases for a change of pace. As she sits in a diner waiting for a friend, a handsome man comes through the door and attracts her attention. Can he give her a happy ever after, she muses? She would mind making a new history for herself. 

Charles Stanhope is a handsome strong British secret agent who is married to ending World War II with a promise of peace. He is in the United States to recruit Marie to assist him in preparing propaganda to thwart the German Occupation and the rule of Mussolini. He succeeds and the two spend evenings working together. It is love at first sight for him. He wants her to love him as much as he loves her. He foresees love and romance, but does Marie?

About the Author

Sarina Rose was born to first generation Italian-American parents in New Jersey. Her childhood memories of living in the four family apartment house with extended family decorate her books. Two cousins living in the house and two uncles on her mother's side were drafted and served in Europe and Japan. One was killed in France. Her father’s family occupied the four apartments throughout her childhood into her late teens. The families took their meals together and she wandered through the apartments at will. 

She attended local public schools and learned to use the public library as a youngster. She graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ with a B.A. and a certificate to teach Spanish grades K-12. Sarina taught seventeen years in several New Jersey school districts spaced with raising four children and working as a tutor and insurance service representative. 

Sarina continued studies at Kean University graduate school accruing credits in computer usage, reading, liberal studies, science, art history, music history, and cooperative education courses. Along the way I enrolled in an on-line creative writing class and began what I love to do now which is writing stories full time.”
Sarina says she is lucky enough now to live near the beach on the Space Coast in Florida with her husband and their two loveable dogs, Andy, a Labradoodle, and Cici, a Shih Tzu.

Sarina Rose is a member of Space Coast Authors of Romance and Romance writers of America. She is also a member of the Melbourne Women’s Club. “I enjoy the Women’s club where I am the Arts Chairperson and contribute to the monthly newsletter. She quilts children’s blankets for local hospitals and wheelchair bags for nursing homes. Sarina is a docent at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology and leads a lively discussion of publishing at S.A.I.L. (Senior Adventures in Learning).