Saturday, September 22, 2018

Nancy J. Cohen announces the debut of TRIMMED TO DEATH (#15 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries) on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

BOOK RELEASE PARTY on Sept. 25 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm EDT at Fun and Prizes!

Savvy hairstylist and amateur sleuth Marla Vail enters a charity bake-off contest at a fall festival sponsored by a local farm. While she waits to see if her coconut fudge pie is a winner, Marla joins a scavenger hunt where people playing character roles are the targets. Instead of scoring points with a live person, she finds a dead body planted face-down in the strawberry field. Who would want to cut short the life of food magazine publisher and fellow bake-off contestant Francine Dodger? As she investigates, Marla learns there’s no shortage of suspects. Can she unmask the killer before someone else gets trimmed from life? Recipes Included!

Digital ISBN: 9780998531755, $4.99, Sept. 25, 2018, Orange Grove Press
Print ISBN: 9780998531762, $14.99, Sept. 25, 2018, Orange Grove Press Cover design by Boulevard Photografica

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September 27 –Dru’s Book Musings – GUEST POST “Get to Know Marla Vail”
September 27 – I Wish I Lived in a Library – REVIEW
October 2, Killer Crafts & Crafty Killers – GUEST POST “Food Fiction”
Sept. 26 – Oct. 5 - Great Escapes Blog Tour at

Friday, September 21, 2018

Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon

Improve your story crafting skills by applying the principles of psychology. Go line by line through real-world examples with Christopher Hawke, as we explore what makes great writing work from both the author’s and reader’s point of view.
Members will be encouraged to add their input as Christopher dissects work and reveals the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the written word!
Speaker: Christopher Hawke’s debut novel, Unnatural Truth—a surreal psychological thriller focusing on the perception of reality, addiction, and mental illness—established Hawke’s unique talent for storytelling. His second novel, Altered Selves, is a 21st-century fable about what it means to have a soul and the power of true forgiveness.
Following his passion for teaching the craft of writing and utilizing his career in information technology and marketing, he is co-owner of Community Authors, a one-stop author services company. Christopher believes everyone has a story worth telling.
DATE: SATURDAY, October 20, 2018
TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation
PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Florida by Anthology Alliance

“FLORIDA” is here!

This delightful anthology, containing work from 19 different Florida-based authors, was recently published by Anthology Alliance. I’ve attached a copy of the cover art. The print and Kindle versions can be found online at

Here’s the blurb:
Sunshine. Hurricanes. Disney. Alligators. Space. Pythons. Beaches. All are evocative of modern Florida: a mix of endless summer and destructive storms, amusement parks and deadly predators, invasive species and gateways to the final frontier. This is Florida today.

This is a collection of stories about the Sunshine State. From Miami to Jacksonville, Melbourne to Tampa, Orlando to Tallahassee, Florida is more than citrus, swamps, and mosquitos. It’s about living the good life!

There are several stories in the book that provide readers an opportunity to reflect on various aspects of living in Florida, particularly to realize how fortunate we are to live in such a wonderful place. All you have to do is travel to other parts of our troubled world to experience this. Be grateful!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore October 2018


Booksignings & Events
Thursday October 11 at 7 pm.  Brian Bandell will speak and sign Silence the Living $25.95

Tuesday October 16 at 7 pm.  Stuart Woods will speak and sign Desperate Measures $28.00.

Wednesday October 24 at 7 pm.  Lucy Burdett will speak and sign Death on the Menu $26.99.

Tuesday October 30, 6 - 8 pm.  Our annual Day Before Halloween Party!  Featured authors are Hank Phillippi Ryan, Tara L. Ames, Joan Cochran, Wendy Dingwall, MCV Egan, Barbara Fox, Cheryl Hollon, Sharon Menear, DJ Niko, Lee Ravine, Deborah Shlian, Diane Stuckart, Charles Todd, Robert Watson, and Carol White. Refreshments are free and the public is invited.

Book Clubs
Tuesday October 23  at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss Unsub by Meg Gardiner 9.99.

Sunday October 21 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst 16.00.


The Sunshine State Author Expo

Hosted by Canadian author and music critic, Brent Jensen (All My Favourite People Are Broken), The Sunshine State Author Expo will take place at Open Mike's Coffee Lounge in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday October 6, 2018 from 1 - 4pm. 
Featuring guest authors, Amy Sweezey (Let's Talk Weather), Jaimie Engle (Dreadlands), Christopher Long (Superstar) and Amy Davies (Be, Leave), the expo will offer a lively panel discussion of various publishing-related topics as well as an audience-driven Q&A session and individual meet-and-greet experiences with each author. 
Open to enthusiasts of all ages, this informative and interactive event is FREE to the public and promises a plethora of door prize giveaways – an awesome, educational experience for the entire family. 
THE SUNSHINE STATE AUTHOR EXPO: Meet the authors. Hear the stories, Get some tips. Score some books. 
     Guest moderator Brent Jensen , with author panelists, Amy Sweezey, Amy Davies, Christopher Long and Jaimie Engle. 

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Women's National Book Association meeting to celebrate National Reading Group Month

Women's National Book Association (WNBA) celebrates National Reading Group Month on Wednesday, October 10that 6:30 p.m. Two outstanding writers will discuss their books: Kristin Harmel, author of "The  Room on Rue Amelie," and SJ Sindu, writer and LGBT activist,  author of “Marriage of a Thousand Lies.” Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, FL.  Members, free. Nonmembers, $10. For more information:  

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Wendall's Lullaby by Kip Koelsch

Kip Koelsch’s debut novel, the epic thriller Wendall’s Lullaby won a silver medal at the Florida Authors and Publishers Association 2018 President’s Book Awards in Orlando on August 4, 2018.
“It’s an honor to earn the respect of my peers,” said Koelsch. “Recognition like this keeps me motivated while I work on the follow-up novel and continue to market Wendall’s Lullaby.”
In Wendall’s Lullaby, hundreds of dolphins have mysteriously beached themselves in Galveston, Texas, and Dr. Angela Clarke is on  mission to understand why. The  US National Director for Marine Mammal Health and Stranding jets to Texas—unknowingly  a pawn in the national security plans of  THE FEW.
An intimate group of former military men, THE FEW has infiltrated key positions within the government and orchestrated Dr. Clarke’s appointment—hoping her conservative, by-the-book  approach will protect the top secret project a retired admiral sees as a lasting tribute to his dead son.
When more animals hit the beach and an unusually large group of dolphins is spotted massing in the waters of Tampa Bay, Dr. Clarke must rely on an unconventional team—sorting through the ideas of her action-oriented South African beau, the conspiratorial rants of her ex-lover, the innocent insight of a 12-year old boy and the genius of a washed-out MIT grad student —in a race to save a charismatic species loved for its built-in smile.
Wendall’s Lullaby is available for Kindle (and Kindle apps) and as a paperback at:
Signed paperback editions of Wendall’s Lullaby can also be purchased at the upcoming events:
Sunday, August 12, 2018: Literature & the Environment: Readings by Tampa Bay Area Authors
Creative Pinellas
Largo, FL
Saturday, September 22, 2018: Get Lit Largo: Local Authors Showcase
Largo Public Library
Largo, FL
Kip Koelsch got his start writing "books" with crayons in Mrs. Cook's second grade class in Leonardo, NJ. Koelsch's love of dolphins started early as well--nurtured by The Undersea World of Jacques CousteauNational Geographic Magazine and the family's vacation trips to the beach at Anna Maria Island, Florida.
In all of his writing, Koelsch draws on his "variety of life experiences"--from time as a collegiate rowing coach to a stint as an adjunct professor in Environmental Studies and from adventure racing in Borneo to dragging a dolphin carcass behind his kayak while a marine mammal stranding network volunteer.
An on-again, off-again freelance magazine writer, Koelsch currently blogs about writing, critical thinking, outdoor adventure sports, paddling and his work in progress. He is working hard on the sequel to Wendall's Lullaby while occasionally scribbling random notes for other future fiction ideas.
Koelsch has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Media from Rutgers University in NJ and a Master's Degree in Humanities and American Studies from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL.
Currently, Koelsch resides in Dunedin, FL, with his wife and three cats. 

Writer's Block Bookstore and The Rollins College Department of English present: Author James Mustich

LocationBush Auditorium, Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave. Winter Park, FL 32789
Date: Wednesday, September 26th, 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida


On Wednesday, September 26th at 6:30PM, Writer’s Block Bookstore and the Rollins College Department of English are delighted to host author, bookseller, and literatus James Mustich at the Bush Auditorium on Rollins College campus. His book, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life-Changing List, is an insightfully curated personal compendium that will inspire hours of browsing and a lifetime of reading.

About the book: The ultimate book for book lovers: the 1,000 must-read books across genres and eras, each accompanied by a thought-provoking short essay on why the book is so essential. Encompassing fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die moves across cultures and through time to present an eclectic collection of titles, each described with the special enthusiasm readers summon when recommending a book to a friend.

The expected pillars are here, including Jane Austen and Toni Morrison, Virgil, Dante, Dickens and Tolstoy, Franz Kafka and Simone de Beauvoir—their works made fresh through the author’s animated essays. Established classics are joined by new and unexpected choices like Citizen and Friday Night LightsA Visit from the Goon Squad andThe Pillow Book of Sei ShonagonThe Day of the Jackal and The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. The result is a treasury of essential reading for expansive tastes.

The book’s alphabetical listing by last name results in the serendipity of juxtaposition—Cormac McCarthy’s The Road next to Robert McCloskey’s Make Way for Ducklings, John le CarrĂ© next to Ursula K. Le Guin next to Harper Lee. Following each entry are rich endnotes that include publication dates and preferred editions, other books by the same author, related books to try, and listings of worthy adaptations, including movies and audiobooks. In total, more than six thousand titles by thirty-five hundred authors are recommended.

A Miscellany of Special Lists at the end of the book offers the reader surprising entry points into the collection, such as “Books to Read in a Sitting,” including The Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburg and The Third Man by Graham Greene, and “Offbeat Escapes,” including Freya Stark’s The Valleys of the Assassins and Felice Benuzzi’s No Picnic on Mount Kenya. For the truly dedicated reader, “A Long Climb, but What a View”—a perfect way to describe those mountainous texts we long to scale, such as Proust’s In Search of Lost Time and Shelby Foote’s The Civil War.

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die celebrates the gorgeous mosaic that is our literary heritage.
About the author: James Mustich began his career in bookselling at an independent book store in Briarcliff Manor, New York, in the early 1980s. In 1986 he co-founded, and was for two decades the guiding force behind, the acclaimed book catalog A Common Reader. He subsequently worked as an editorial and product development consultant for publishers and booksellers and is currently Vice President for Digital Product at Barnes & Noble. He lives with his wife in Connecticut.

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.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Registration is Open on September 1st: Meet the Authors' Book Fair put on by Authors for Authors

Happy TENTH year of book and author events by Authors For Authors!

Registration will open on 09/01/18 for the Meet the Authors Book Fair.

Meet the Authors' Book Fair

November 17 and 18, 2018
10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Eau Gallie Civic Center
1551 Highland Ave
Melbourne, Fl 32935

This is a very popular event held in conjunction with the ArtWorks Festival. Space is limited and it is on a first come basis.

For more information, you can access

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Diane A. S. Stuckart Pens New Mystery Series - Debut, Fool's Moon in November

Midnight Ink will release Florida novelist Stuckart’s series debut, 
Fool’s Moon, in November

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Midnight Ink will launch a new mystery series by New York Times bestselling novelist and Florida resident Diane A.S. Stuckart in November.  Fool’s Moon, the debut release in Stuckart’s Tarot Cats Mystery Series, is slated for simultaneous publication in trade paper (ISBN 978-0738757087, $15.99 ) and eBook ($11.99) editions on November 8, 2018.

Acclaimed bestselling novelist Diane A.S. Stuckart delivers a delightful tale featuring two magical tarot cats and their tenderhearted human, South Florida grad student Ruby Sparks, in Fool’s Moon.   
About Fool’s MoonMost days, Ruby Sparks feels like the sign that says Tarot Card Reader Extraordinaire should say Tarot Card Reader Fairly Competent. But as challenging as it is to take care of her half-sister's new age shop—and her growing menagerie of mystically inclined pets—Ruby never worries that she's bitten off more than she can chew . . . until a customer wants her to divine the truth about a murder.

When her own life is threatened with a double dose of danger, Ruby begins to wonder if she's being played for a fool. Luckily, she has Ophelia and Brandon—sibling black cats with a talent for tarot—and a feisty pitbull friend who all lend a paw in collaring the culprit before Ruby finds herself taking her final cat nap.

A fun, fresh and feisty new mystery featuring a to-die-for cast of characters, a sensational storyline, and a paw-sitively captivating plot, Fool’s Moon is mesmerizing.  Resplendent with wit, charm, and whimsy, Fool’s Moon heralds the advent of a clever new cozy series.

Diane A.S. Stuckart is the New York Times bestselling author (writing as Ali Brandon) of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series. She’s currently writing the Tarot Cats cozy mystery series published by Midnight Ink.  A Texas native, Diane received her BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and now lives in the West Palm Beach Florida area with her husband, dogs, cats, and a few beehives. Visit Diane A.S. Stuckart online at:

A division of Llewellyn, Midnight Ink Books ( is committed to publishing suspenseful tales of all types, including hard-boiled thrillers, cozies, historical mysteries, amateur sleuth novels, and more. Members of the news media wishing to request additional information are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone: (615) 297-9875, or by email:

Florida Romance Writers 2019 Fun in the Sun Cruise Conference

This winter, take the ultimate writer getaway. Set sail with Florida Romance Writers on the 2019 Fun in the Sun Cruise Conference! 4 days of Caribbean sun with a stop in Cozumel, Mexico.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - Monday, March 4, 2019. 
Royal Caribbean - Independence of the Seas 
Sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL to Cozumel, Mexico

With Keynote Speaker, JENNIFER ASHLEY

NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer Ashley writes historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance as Jennifer Ashley; mysteries as Ashley Gardner; and paranormal romance and urban fantasy as Allyson James. Her more than 100 novels and novellas have won RWA’s RITA award, RT Reviewer’s Choice awards, and the Prism award, among others. Jennifer’s novels have been also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Norwegian, Hungarian, Italian, Thai, Indonesian, and several other languages.

Also Featuring NYT Bestselling Author, Heather Graham. 

Agent, Melissa Jeglinski, The Knight Agency
Editor, Laura Costello, Sourcebooks 
Editor, Allison Carroll, HQN


-Pre-Cruise Party on February 27th (night before we sail)

-Editor/Agent appointments

-Amazing workshops

-All on a luxury cruise ship

 Register today to reserve your place!

 For more information visit or email us at

Conference Registration at

Kristin Wallace
Cruise Conference Chair

Monday, August 27, 2018

Wisdom and Words Reading Series at Quantum Leap Winery

Wine, Wisdom and Words Reading Series
Location: Quantum Leap Winery
1300 Wilfred Drive, Orlando FL
Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida


On Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30PM, Writer’s Block Bookstore in partnership with Quantum Leap Winery, are delighted to host New York Times bestselling authors Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White as they introduce their second novel together: The Glass Ocean. Each ticket purchase costs $6.00 and includes entry and a glass of wine; all subsequent glasses of wine will be bar price. Books must be purchased the evening of at Quantum Leap Winery or at Writer’s Block Bookstore; please bring your receipt to the event.
About the book: From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century—two deep in the past, one in the present—to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania. In the present day, author Sarah Blake is desperate to find a big idea for her next book; in 1915, Southern belle Caroline Telfair Hochstetter’s marriage is in crisis, and Tessa Fairweather is traveling second-class on the Lusitania, returning home to Devon. As the Lusitania steams toward its fate, three women work against time to unravel a plot that will change the course of their own lives . . . and history itself.
About the authors: A graduate of Stanford University with an MBA from Columbia, Beatriz Williams spent several years in New York and London hiding her early attempts at fiction, first on company laptops as a corporate and communications strategy consultant, and then as an at-home producer of small persons. She now lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry.

Lauren Willig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Ashford Affair, That Summer, The Other Daughter, and The English Wife, as well as the RITA Award-winning Pink Carnation series. An alumna of Yale University, she has a graduate degree in history from Harvard and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She lives in New York City, where she now writes full time.

Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—Southern women’s fiction—and has also expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. When not writing, she spends her time reading, scrapbooking, playing piano, and avoiding cooking. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, two children, and two spoiled Havanese dogs.

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.