Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FWA 3rd Annual Writer's Nest Mini Conference - April 26, 2014

At the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs
350 S. Northlake Blvd., Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

If your ambition is to become a successful, publishing writer, opportunity is knocking for you personally right now. Our members have an excellent program and a killer array of new hungry agents from prestige agencies!

This year’s conference is unprecedented for its assemblage of publishers and agents who are actively seeking manuscripts, and of hugely successful writers in all genres. And they will be sitting down with you in small, intimate workshops and in one-on-one interviews (only $35 per interview) to teach you how to become a professional, publishing writer. There’s no mystery, magic, or “luck” about it; you just have to learn how it’s done, and some of the best in the business are going to show you.

The agents are from prestigious agencies all around the country.

Les Stobbe-Literary agent for Christian and Inspirational Books.
Nicole LaBombard-Reese Agency-North Carolina- All kinds of fiction and non-fiction books.
Diana Finch- Finch Literary Agency- New York- All kinds of fiction and non-fiction works.
Rebecca Podos- Reese Agency- Boston- Literary agent for Young Adult fiction, Adult Literary fiction
Thao Le- Dijkstra Agency, Calif.- Young Adult and Adult soft science fiction

In addition, novelist David Bunn will be there, along with Cricket Cottage publisher A.J. Robinson, who is looking for clients and giving a Screenplays 101 workshop.

Register today!

Miami Mystery Novelist, Longtime Judge Barbara Levenson Among Acclaimed Authors To Appear at Literary Gala Benefiting Footprints Foundation

Levenson will appear at Footprints Foundation Jazz Brunch
 at The Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove on May 17

MIAMI Florida – Celebrated mystery novelist and longtime Miami Judge Barbara Levenson has been named among the featured authors for this year’s literary gala benefiting the Footprints Foundation.

Levenson, along with New York Times best-selling author Patricia Schultz (1000 Places to See Before Your Die), Betsy Chasse (Tipping Sacred Cows), Victoria Moran (Main Street Vegan), and Elsie Augustave (The Roving Tree) will appear at the Footprints Foundation Jazz Brunch on Saturday, May 17, from 11 AM – 3 PM at the Ritz Carlton Coconut Grove (3300 SW 27th Avenue, Miami, FL 33133)

A longtime Miami Judge, champion of women’s issues, and acclaimed writer, Levenson is author of three Miami mystery novels, Fatal February, Justice in June, and Outrageous October.

At the May 17th event, Levenson will announce the soon to be released paperback editions of Justice In June and
Fatal February and her fourth book Neurotic November in late August.

Levenson’s mystery series, featuring plucky Miami lawyer Mary Magruder Katz, a half-Jewish, half-Southern Baptist criminal defense attorney, has earned high critical acclaim“Full of humor and joie de vivre.”Library Journal; “Lighthearted and frothy fun.” – The Deseret News; A winning combination of mystery and legal intrigue.” —The Free-Lance Star; “A quick, fun read. Readers are sure to want more.” Daytona Beach News-Journal; “If you’re tired of reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books, maybe it’s time to switch to Barbara Levenson. Highly entertaining, fast-paced, and funny.” Lansing State Journal; “Excellent.” —I Love a Mystery; “Engrossing.” – Reviewing the Evidence; “Fans of Stephanie Plum and Kinsey Millhone will find a new author to love.” –Review the Book.

Barbara Levenson is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami Law School, and has resided in Miami, Florida, for the past 38 years. Barbara has served as a prosecutor, and run her own law practice where she focused on criminal defense and civil rights litigation. Barbara was elected to a judgeship in the circuit court of Miami-Dade County where she served mainly in criminal court and after retirement, as senior judge.   Visit Barbara Levenson online at:

The Jazz Brunch Gala, which will feature an elegant brunch and music by the Les Haber Quintet, benefits the Footprints Foundation, an organization founded to reduce the mortality rates of mothers and infants in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jamaica, and Somaliland. Founded by Lorna Owens, a renowned nurse, mid-wife, life coach and attorney, The Footprints Foundation works to train skilled midwives and traditional birth attendants in the essentials of maternal and newborn care.

Tickets for the Jazz Brunch Literary Gala are $130 per person in advance of the event, or $190 per person at the door. For more information, please visit

Members of the news media wishing to request more information about Barbara Levenson are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone:  (615) 297-9875, or by email:

Writer’s Digest Books Announces the Upcoming Release of The Weekend Book Proposal by Florida writer Ryan G. Van Cleave

The Weekend Book Proposal will be available nationwide on May 1, 2014

BLUE ASH, Ohio—Writer’s Digest Books announces the upcoming release of The Weekend Book Proposal: How to Write a Winning Proposal in 48 Hours and Sell Your Book (Category: Writing Reference) by Ryan G. Van Cleave. The Weekend Book Proposal will be released in trade paper (ISBN: 978-1-599637-57-0, 256 pages, $17.99) on May 1, 2014.

Written by frequent conference presenter and best-selling author Dr. Ryan G. Van Cleave The Weekend Book Proposal is Van Cleave’s 21st book.  A book that shares information most aspiring writers simply don’t have access to, The Weekend Book Proposaloffers proven strategies, nuts-and-bolts advice, sample queries and proposals, interviews with publishing experts, and “Hit the Gas” tips for speeding up the entire process. In The Weekend Book Proposal, Van Cleave shows readers how to succeed and prosper as a writer—and even sell books prior to writing them.

“The old paradigm—write the book then send out the manuscript and hope for the best—isn’t the way things work anymore,” explains Van Cleave. “This book shows you how the pros work.” Whether you’re a true beginner or a seasoned pro looking to kick your writing career up a notch, Van Cleave’s new book delivers. “I learned things about writing proposals in this book that I didn’t know,” confesses John McNally, the author of more than ten books.

Ryan G. Van Cleave is the author of twenty-one books, including Memoir Writing for Dummies, City of the Big Shoulders: An Anthology of Chicago Poetry, and the award-winning Young Adult novel, Unlocked. He also serves as a keynote presenter, writing coach, and Creative Writing Coordinator for the Ringling College of Art + Design. He’ll be running a proposal-writing workshop during the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City on August 2 (

For more information about Ryan G. Van Cleave, visit: or 

Writer’s Digest Books, an imprint of F&W Publications, is based in Blue Ash, Ohio and is a publisher of popular writing reference books.

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about Ryan G. Van Cleave, or a review copy of The Weekend Book Proposal, are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone: (615) 297-9875, or by email,

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book News from Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen, psychologist, speaker, and author,  has just released her latest novel, Amazing Grace available at and Kindle.  Here two previous novels were,  Sins of the Father and Suffer the Little Children. She also has written nonfiction, including, Beyond the Inkblots and Write, Publish, Sell!

Amazing Grace by Valerie Allen

Alex Hillock disappeared nine years ago. His wife, Grace, is suddenly contacted by an attorney from Ft. Lauderdale with information about Alex. Against advice of friends and family, Grace takes her two children and leaves the safety of the rural Florida home they share with her mother. Grace has struggled to raise her two children. She has ignored years of questions and gossip about her husband's disappearance. Grace is a simple woman who still believes in her husband. She believes in love everlasting. Grace is desperate to pursue this new information to find out what happened to the man she loves. Amazing Grace is available at and Kindle.

For more information go to or email Valerie at

~ Valerie Allen ~                                

News from Nancy J Cohen...

New Release
Hanging By A Hair (Bad Hair Day Mystery #11) by Nancy J. Cohen is an April 18, 2014 release from Five Star. Publisher’s Weekly calls this title a “pleasingly lighthearted cozy.” It got a Top Pick 5 Star review at Night Owl Reviews, while Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore says the book is “entertaining, enjoyable, and informative.”

Online Launch Party
April 18, Friday, Online Launch Party 10:00 am – 8:00 pm with Nancy J. Cohen and Maggie Toussaint. Giveaways all day! Join now:
Celebrate the release of the authors’ mysteries, Hanging By A Hair and Gone and Done It.

Blog Tour
April 18-May 20, Go here for Nancy’s schedule:

Blog Hop
April 15 -22, Enter to win a Kindle Paperwhite and other prizes in a Blog Hop sponsored by Florida Chapter of MWA. Start with “Characters Too Weird To Be True” on April 15 and follow along from there.

Personal Appearances
April 19, Saturday, 11:30 am, “Writing the Cozy Mystery” including 4 Giant Steps to Self-Publishing with Nancy J. Cohen, Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441. Reservations Required,

May 18, Sunday, 5:00 pm, “Romance to Mystery: Making the Switch” With Nancy J. Cohen and Alyssa Maxwell. Two authors who have made the switch discuss the advantages and problems of making the move. Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL  33444, 561-279-7790, The Authors will be signing their new releases, Hanging By A Hair and Murder at the Breakers.

Fresh Fiction Contest April 1-30
Enter to win a Hanging By A Hair T-shirt & door hanger, plus a signed print copy of Shear Murder at

Booklover’s Bench Contest April 4-18
Booklover’s Bench, April 4-18, Win a $25 gift card or 1/6 books, including an ebook copy of Writing the Cozy Mystery,

Writer's Atelier opens on May 3 in Winter Park Florida

Racquel Henry is a writer and editor in Orlando, FL. She will be opening a new writing center  this coming May. Her company, Writer's Atelier, started as an editing company and is now expanding to provide affordable workshops for writers in the central Florida area. 

Writer's Atelier will also provide rental space for writers, editors, book clubs, etc. at very low costs. Additionally, they can also host small literary events and gatherings. 

You are invited to their open house on May 3, 2014 from 2-5 PM. Please let Racquel Henry know if you are able to stop by the center. You can also RSVP to the event via Facebook (

The Write's Atelier is located at 336 Grove Avenue; Winter Park, Florida 32789

Please pass the word on to anyone who may be interested.

Contact Information:

Racquel Henry
Writer's Atelier
336 Grove Ave., 
Winter Park, FL. 32789

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Appreciation of JoAnna O'Keefe

Thanks so much to JoAnna O'Keefe for becoming a Friend of Florida Book News.  Please click on her badge in the right column to see her website and what she has to offer. 

JoAnna... Florida Book News appreciates your support.

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore May 2014

Wine Seminar
Tue May 13, 6 - 8 pm.  Wine expert and NPR radio personality Mark Spivak will teach a seminar on The Wines of Argentina.  Tastings and hors d'oeuvres included.  $50. per person.

Sat May 17 at 6 pm.  Elaine Viets signs Catnapped $24.95
Sun May 18 at 5 pm.  Nancy J. Cohen signs Hanging by a Hair $25.95, and Alyssa Maxwell signs Murder at the Breakers $15.00
Tue May 20 at 7 pm.  Alex Greciam signs The Devils Workshop 26.95
Fri May 23 at 7 pm.  Jeffrey Deaver signs The Skin Collector 28.00

Book Clubs
Sun May 18 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths will discuss Blood Money by James Grippando 9.99.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Off Center Art Center in Melbourne, Floridapresents a book signing with Wayne Stinnett

Tuesday evening, April 15th, from 5-7 pm, the Off Center Art Center will be hosting a book signing by Wayne Stinnett who grew up in the Eau Gallie area.upcoming event.

Semper Fi,
Wayne Stinnett
Author of the Jesse McDermitt series

Wayne Stinnett just published his third book in the Jesse McDermitt action/adventure series, Fallen Pride, a few days ago and it's already at #11 in it's genre on Amazon. He will have the first two books in the series, Fallen Palm and Fallen Hunter available.

The series has a main character who is a retired Marine working as a charter boat Captain in the Florida Keys. The author served in the Corps from '77 to '81 and has worked on both dive and fishing charter boats in the Keys, himself.

Stinnette said, "One of the characters in Fallen Pride is dealing with post traumatic stress after returning from Iraq. He's loosely based on a friend's experience and in collaborating with him, we both had to face a few demons. In that light, I'll be donating half the profits of all future sales of Fallen Pride to Wounded Warrior Project. In fact, to celebrate its launch, I'm donating half the profits from all books sold in this book signing tour to WWP. I'm hoping to write a check for close to $800 this month and going up from there."

For more information about Wayne Stinnett you can visit his website at:

Also for more information about the Wounded Warrior Project:

Facebook Event Page:  
 Off Center Art Center is located at:
559 W Eau Gallie Blvd
Eau Gallie, FL 32935

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Carol White to speak at Coral Lakes Social Club

Author/playwright Carol White will be speaking about her latest book of short stories, "Sitting Pretty," and her theatre background to the Coral Lakes Social Club in Boynton Beach on May 13, 2014. Contact Carol at or visit her website

Monique Demery to speak at Delray Beach Public Library

Author Monique Brinson Demery will be speaking at the Delray Beach Public Library on Wednesday, April 16 at 2pm about her book, Finding the Dragon Lady: The Mystery of Madame Nhu.  This true life detective story is about the author's search for Madame Nhu, a woman David Halberstam described as “the beautiful but diabolic sex dictatress,” and Malcolm Browne called “the most dangerous enemy a man can have.” By 1987, the once-glamorous celebrity had retreated into anonymity, exile and seclusion, until Monique Demery tracked her down in Paris thirty years later. 

Finding the Dragon Lady is the first full history of Madame Nhu, a woman who was feared and fantasized over in her time, and who singlehandedly frustrated the government of one of the world’s superpowers.  The Chicago Tribune's Printers Row Journal named Finding the Dragon Lady Noteworthy Book of 2103, calling it "a fascinating portrait of this polarizing figure." 
Wednesday April 16, 2 pm
Delray Beach Public Library • 100 West Atlantic Avenue • Delray Beach, Florida 33444

Florida Writers Association Melvourne Group... April Meeting

The next meeting of Florida Writers Association Melbourne Group is Wednesday, APRIL 16th, 7-9 PM at Palm Bay Hospital, 1425 Malabar Rd. NE, Palm Bay, in the Cafeteria-Private Dining Room. (**see below for details) 

7-8 PM – Program: “DEEP POINT OF VIEW” by FWA Melbourne Co-Leader Mia Crews. (Don’t miss this one!)
8-8:15 – Break or Q&A on Writing
8:15 – 9 PM – Critique of one member manuscript
Oral critiques will focus on diverse comments so redundancy can be eliminated. Written comments on paper or sent electronically will provide an opportunity for members to share all their thoughts.
Please Note:  Membership renewal notices may not have gone out to those of you whose memberships were due for renewal as far back as December. If you’re not sure when your membership is due for renewal, you can ask Karlene via email or at the meeting, to check the records for you.  (

NOTE: 2014 MEETINGS WILL BE:  May 21, June 18, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17 (Party)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Thanks to Gene Hull for joining Friends of Florida Book News.

Gene Hull just joined Friends of Florida Book News.  Thanks so much for your support of our efforts to get the word out about Florida Writers and their works. Please click on his badge in the right hand column and read about his works. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

News from Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen's latest short story, No Goin' Home, was just published on Kindle.
It is a moving story of divorced parents who face their moment of truth.

No Goin' Home
is  in Valerie's 'Tis Herself Short Story Series published on Kindle.
Previous short stories in this series include:  Split Second Timing, Puppy Love, and Home for the Holidays.

No Goin' Home can be found at:

Enjoy the read ~

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Annual Writers' Nest Mini-conference sponsored by Florida Writers Association

Advance your skills and writing career at the 3rd Annual Writers Nest Mini-conference April 26 in Altamonte Springs, FL. At this event, which is sponsored by the Florida Writers Association, you can learn from and interview with your choice of 13 faculty, including 5 agents, 2 publishers, and keynoter Davis Bunn. Choose from 19 workshops, which cover many genres and aspects of writing/publishing. Details, including a link to the full program, are at