Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FWA - Second Annual Florida Writers Youth Conference

Calling all writers 11 to 17 years old. On October 25 the Florida Writers Association will host its Second Annual Florida Writers Youth Conference to be held at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary.

They have planned an entire day of high-level education and networking.

1.      Teens will learn from such industry leaders as New York Times and USA Today bestselling YA Author Jennifer Armentrout.  

2.      Literary Agent Saritza Hernandez will talk about agents and publishers. 

3.      Craft sessions include “Building a Mystery” with NY Times Bestselling Auth or Mary Burton. 

4.      Faculty will also address how to get the most out of critiques, life as a poet, and more. 

5.      Winners of the Youth Royal Palm Literary Awards Competition will be announced.

6.      The first-ever Youth Collection, which is part of the adult Collection book, will be unveiled.

And the jam-packed day goes on.

Support our next generation of writers by encouraging them to attend this unique event. For more information and to register, visit

September 27, 2014: Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter Luncheon

GUEST SPEAKERS:  Christine DiMattei, Erik Remmel, and Steve Richards
Program:  “Radio for Writers”

Do you dream of hearing your melodious voice on the airwaves?  Interested in alternative promotion opportunities apart from social media?  Want to engage in an actual conversation about your work with an experienced and talented interviewer?  Then join us for this exciting program featuring a panel of prominent radio hosts from diverse facets of the broadcasting industry.  Get tips for getting bookings and giving a great interview.

Christine DiMattei is Reporter/Anchor at WLRN-Miami Herald News.  Years ago, after racking her brains trying to find a fun, engaging, creative nighttime gig to subsidize her acting habit, Chris decided to ride her commercial voiceover experience into the fast-paced world of radio broadcasting. She started out with traffic reporting, moved on to news . . . and never looked back. Since then, Chris has worked in newsrooms throughout South Florida, producing stories for radio broadcasts and the web.  In her other life, she has been married to 12 husbands (including a not-so-wild boar and a garden slug), given birth to 15 children, died four times, twice taken vows as a nun and once been abducted by pirates in the Caribbean. And all this by doing English language dubbing for dozens of foreign films, soap operas and cartoons.  Both lives have been good.

Erik Remmel is the Founder and President of Life Improvement Media Group, Inc., a full service marketing and media company. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems, Erik started working in the IT department for Alltel communications. He also worked as a Business Consultant and owned a Wellness Center.  He launched the Life Improvement Media Group in 2010 and broke ground in Podcasting and Internet Radio way ahead of the craze.  In the four years since launching, LIMG has built a loyal audience with millions of unique listeners per year.

Steve Richards is Operations Manager, Palm Beach Broadcasting.  He has been a broadcaster and radio programmer for almost 25 years.  Steve always dreamed of being on the radio.  It all began with a small makeshift radio station in his basement, broadcasting sports with the sound turned down on his small black and white TV. Steve majored in communications at The New York Institute of Technology, learning and perfecting his craft at the college radio station. He spent the first part of his career working at almost every radio station that existed on Long Island. His full time career, as an on air talent and programmer, has included positions in Philadelphia, Detroit, Memphis, Savannah, Georgia, and now West Palm Beach. For the last three years he has been Operations Manager of three FM stations owned by Palm Beach Broadcasting and host of his beloved feature, "Speaking of Writers" which is heard every Sunday morning. He has interviewed more than 300 bestselling, regional and local authors. 

DATE:  Saturday, September 27, 2014
TIME:  11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM:  1:00—“Radio for Writers”
PLACE:  Doubletree by Hilton (formerly Deerfield Beach Hilton), 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)
COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.  Please note that those who do not reserve and prepay will pay $5 extra at the door, and be seated only if space is available.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay through PayPal, visit the Chapter website, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email with the subject line "MWA May Meeting" to reserve a spot.  In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number.  Then write your check or money order payable to  “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter'' and mail to Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014:  Please save the date.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Patterson Headlines SleuthFest 21

Florida’s best known writers’ conference, SleuthFest, will turn twenty-one next year, and the celebration has never been bigger. Special Guests include James Patterson, Dave Barry, James W. Hall, and aviation forensics expert, Ric Gillespie, who is heading up the search for Amelia Earhart’s plane. The conference will be held from Feb. 26 through March 1, 2015, at the Doubletree by Hilton, Deerfield Beach, Florida.
                Those who register before September 30, 2014, will save $20. Three-day registration fees are $265 for MWA members and $305 for non-members. Included in the price are two lunches (Friday and Saturday), two cocktail parties (Friday and Saturday evening), and Sunday Brunch with Dave Barry. Attendees can choose sessions from four tracks of panels, lectures, and workshops. As a special bonus, one-on-one meetings with agents and editors are also offered. Spaces are limited. To register, go to

Keynote: James Patterson

In total, James Patterson’s books have sold over 300 million copies worldwide. In 2013, it was estimated that 1 in 5 suspense/thriller novels sold (in all formats) was written by James Patterson, he recently hit ten million e-books sold in 2013, and holds the Guinness record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers of any author. And his success isn’t based solely on thrillers like the perennially popular Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club and Michael Bennett series. Patterson is now also the fastest growing middle grade series author in 2013 and, all combined, Patterson has sold over 7.5MM middle grade books world-wide.

Special Sunday Guest: Dave Barry

Dave Barry is the author of more than 30 books: fiction, non-fiction, adult, children’s books, and the Edgar-nominated Big Trouble.  For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers and generated thousands of letters from readers who thought he should be fired. Despite this, Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about.

Florida Guest of Honor: James W. Hall

James W. Hall is the author of 18 novels. Thirteen of which feature a hardcore loner named Thorn, who makes a meager living tying bonefish flies. Thorn, and his private eye pal, Sugarman, have teamed up in a dozen books to thwart animal smugglers, cruise ship hijackers, rogue medical experimenters, and other assorted villains. His most recent non-fiction effort is Hit Lit which is an analysis of twelve of the most commercially successful novels of the last century and the dozen features those books have in common.

Forensics Keynote: Ric Gillespie

Ric Gillespie is the founder of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery, known by its acronym TIGHAR (pronounced tiger). TIGHAR’s best known historical investigation is the Earhart Project – a comprehensive, science-based inquiry into the iconic mystery of Amelia Earhart’s 1937 disappearance. Since launching TIGHAR’s investigation in 1988, Ric has led ten expeditions – most recently in July of 2012 – to the remote uninhabited South Pacific atoll of Nikumaroro where a large and growing preponderance of evidence suggests Earhart died as a castaway.

For more information, contact SleuthFest co-chairs Victoria Landis and Joanne Sinchuk at

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Island Tales Storytelling Slam

Storytellers Compete to Raise Funds for Library

August 13, 2014, Fernandina Beach. You'll giggle, cheer and maybe even cry when six area storytellers compete for the coveted title, Island Tales Story Champion, September 19 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church.

The stakes are high. Audience members at the Friends of the Library (FOL) fundraiser will vote with cash for their favorite stories. Proceeds will help purchase furniture and equipment for the bigger, better Fernandina Beach Library that will open next year.

Competing for Championship bragging rights are: Arlene Filkoff, educator, actress and former Fernandina Beach Mayor; author and multi-talented theater pro, Ron Kurtz; Amelia River Cruises captain and yarn-spinner-in-chief, Kevin McCarthy; Abel Rae, a farm and animal lover with storytelling deep 'in her genes'; and Yvette Thomas, founder of the North Side Storytellers League who peppers her tales with onomatopoeia sound effects.

Caren S. Neile, Ph.D., MFA, who teaches storytelling studies at Florida Atlantic University, is helping organize the event and will serve as Master of Ceremonies thanks to a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the Florida Department of State, Division on Cultural Affairs. Dr. Neile has performed, lectured and written about storytelling throughout the U.S. and abroad, including as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Jerusalem and Vienna.

"We're delighted to have such great participation and impressive talent in this first-ever event," says Dee Torre, FOL campaign chair. "Stories and libraries are such a natural fit." The Slam was suggested as a fundraiser for the library by FOL supporter, Jennifer Harrison, who's seen them in other parts of the world. "The idea quickly took off and we're now thinking it could grow into an annual event," Torre said.

The program will follow a ticketed reception at 5:30 p.m. with Island themed delights from Lulu's, a generous wine pour by Wines by Steve, and a cash bar. The storytellers take to the stage at 7:00 pm to entertain you and earn your cash votes. Tickets for votes will be on sale the night of the event. 

 Advance tickets for the reception and Slam at $50 pp are for sale at the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th St.; Amelia Island Museum of History, 233 S. 3rd St.; and on-line at (click on 'what's new,' 'events', then 'Donate Now').

 Co-sponsors are the Amelia Island Museum of History and the Florida Humanities Council. A limited number of free tickets for the program only (doors open at 6:45p.m.) are available at the library.

Monday, August 11, 2014

From One Place to Another by Carol White

Carol White's triple-award winning novel From One Place to Another will be on sale for 99 cents (ebook) as of August 15th on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Visit Carol's author page to review her three novels.   
Carol's website is where you can read about her books, plays, photography, and upcoming events.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Registration is open for Meet the Authors' Book Fair

Registration for the Meet the Authors' Book Fair is now open.

The Book Fair is held in conjunction with the ArtWorks Festival on November 22 & 23, 2014 from 9:30 Am to 4:30 PM at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne, FL

More information and registration form can be found at

Friday, August 8, 2014

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore September 2014

Sun Sept 14 at 6 pm.  Reed Farrell Coleman will speak and sign Robert B. Parker's Blindspot $26.95.

Book Clubs
Sun Sept 21 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths book club will discuss Six Years by Harlan Coben $9.99.

Writers Workshops
Saturday September 6, 10 am – Noon
Everyone Judges a Book By It’s Cover.  A great cover attracts buyers.  Learn what works for ebooks, hardcovers, paperbacks, and audio, and what doesn’t. 
Instructor: Victoria Landis, Alias: Mitzi & Mack.  $25 per person.

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Pineapple Grove
273 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Phone: 561-279-7790

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Press Release Blueberry Hill a Sister’s Story

Florida award-winning author's new release is a memoir of sorts.
USA Today Bestselling Author Bette Lee Crosby debuted her latest story, Blueberry Hill, on Amazon’s top ten list for stories featuring siblings. This story is a personal account of her relationship with her sister and she had trepidations a personal story wouldn’t interest her readers. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and already features fifteen reviews on Amazon, all five stars.
Gayle reviews Blueberry Hill: If you’ve ever loved and lost a person, read this book. If you’ve ever loved someone who struggles with addiction, read this book. If you’ve ever wrestled with accepting a loved one’s path, read this book.
Once again write-from-the heart author, Bette Lee Crosby has delivered a story that tugs at your heart strings and nudges you to consider the choices and people in your own life. This fictionalized memoir entertains, challenges and soothes. Bette Lee shines the lens on her own family and relationships and allows readers to share a private and painful part of her own life. Poignant and engaging,raw and honest, there is real truth revealed. It is simultaneously, both her story and a universal story with which readers can identify. Like all books of quality, the story stays with you, inviting you to explore its full power over time.
Loyal followers of Bette Lee Crosby will not be surprised by the emotional richness of the book. New readers will quickly become members of the Bette Lee Fan Club. I rate Blueberry Hill 5***** I started it last night and couldn’t put it down!
Crosby, author of eight novels and winner of fifteen literary awards including the 2013 Royal Palm Literary Award for Women’s Fiction, has carved out a unique niche in writing stories about older women facing real life challenges. Her protagonists are sassy, smart and Southern. They deal with issues like unwanted children, loss of a spouse and financial ruin. Readers identify with Crosby’s characters and have turned her books into a #1 Bestsellers on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Free Seven-Day Writing Challenge with Patricia Charpentier

Join hundreds of writers from all over the world for Writing Your Life's FREE Seven-Day Writing Challenge, beginning on August 11th. Receive a new writing prompt designed to trigger memories each day, post your responses on a private, members-only community forum, and participate in a free tele-training seminar on Monday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m.

When Patricia Charpentier did a similar challenge in the spring, more than 300 people from 40 states and 8 countries accepted the challenge, wrote every day, and shared their work with fellow participants. In this Augusts challenge, she hopes to have 500 people from every state in the US and as many countries as possible participate in her free Seven-Day Writing Challenge.  

To read more about the Free Seven-Day Writing Challenge or to reserve your spot at their international writing table, follow this link: Also, please share this link——on Twitter, your Facebook page, email a friend or print copies of this flyer.

Marshall Frank on Focus

Marshall Frank will be featured on the Focus Show regarding his novel, Dire Straits (which is being considered for a motion picture) the following dates and times on Bright House Channel 49:
4 August at 8-8:30 p.m.

6 August at 7:30-8 p.m.

7 August at 6:30-7 p.m.
These are 15 minute segments.   Lee Boyland and his wife will be featured on the other 15 minute segment.
For lovers of fast-paced suspensem here's a little about Dire Straits:
 Suspense, twists, thrills and a touch of romance, Dire Straits is set in the steamy corners of Miami, Florida, with real-life characters on a life-threatening merry-go-round.
Originally penned in 2001, this novel has been re-released and updated because of special interest by people in the motion picture business. A screenplay has been written.
This is the second time this book has been subject to motion picture interest. The first contract was secured in 2003, but it never materialized into a movie. 
Order from or an autographed copy from the author at

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Florida Romance Writers August Meeting

DATE:  Saturday, August, 9th, 2014
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel
1825 Griffin Road
Dania, 33004
COST: $22 per person/member, $25 non-member; includes buffet breakfast
DIRECTIONS: I-95 to Griffin Road exit (Exit 26). Go east on Griffin and make a right at the first light into the Sheraton parking area.
PARKING: Self-parking is free of charge. Take a ticket when you enter and when you leave be sure to tell the parking attendant you were attending the FRW event.
PROGRAM: Archeology for Writers

What do Indiana Jones and The DaVinci code have in common? They’re romps through history that caught our attention, took us on a thrill ride, and left an indelible impression in our memory. Add Pirates of the Caribbean with underwater secrets and you have a formula for adventure waiting to explode on the page.
Linsey Hall doesn’t carry a whip like Professor Jones or a Tricorn like Captain Sparrow, but she knows adventure - real adventure - and will be lecturing on the elements of real archaeology (techniques, equipment, places, ship construction). She will cover everything needed to enhance your novel and whether you write historicals, romance, paranormal, or mystery… this is one lecture not to be missed.
BIO: Linsey Hall

Lindsey Hall Thomas is a Nautical Archaeologist with an MA from Texas A&M University. She has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and ProMare, a non-profit nautical archaeology research foundation. She has studied shipwrecks and submerged settlement sites from Hawaii to the Yukon and United Kingdom to Italy. Her anticipated paranormal romance series, inspired by her work as an archaeologist, is releasing Autumn 2014.
For more information, please visit her at  

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Please e-mail Edi Ojeda at for a reservation and visit us at:

News from Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen has just published another Kindle short story in the 'Tis Herself Short Story Collection.

I Remember Momma is about a mother and daughter who face the reality and frustration of aging with mutual love, understanding, and compassion.

I Remember Momma can be found at:

All of the inspiring short stories in this collection focus on the strength and resilience of women within their families and relationships. Other short stories in this collection include:  Split Second Timing, Puppy Love, No Goin' Home, A Mother's Love, A Marriage of Convenience, and Home for the Holidays.

Valerie asks that you read, enjoy, and share!

~ Valerie Allen ~                                

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Warrior Lord by Nancy J. Cohen

Nancy J. Cohen announces the August 1 debut of Warrior Lord, #3 in the Drift Lords Series, from The Wild Rose Press.

A fantasy wedding in Las Vegas turns into a nightmare when contest winner Erika Sherwood realizes she’s married an alien.

Also in August is the mass market release of Shear Murder, #10 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries. This paperback title is available from Worldwide Mystery Library.

Get more details about both releases at

Join Nancy’s Book Launch Party on August 1 for Warrior Lord, #3 in the Drift Lords Series, 10 – 4 EDT. Giveaways all day!

August 2, Saturday, 10:00 – 12:00 noon, “Blogging, Posting, and Tweeting your Way to Success,” with Nancy J. Cohen at Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL  33444, 561-279-7790, Advance Reservations Required.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lakeland Book Fair

Don't miss the Lakeland Florida Book Fair on October 10, 11, 12
at The Lakeland Center located 701 Lime Street; Lakeland, Florida.

This is a community event that welcomes authors, book sellers, publishers, illustrators and the book industry to come together and present their books to a wide audience from all over Florida and beyond.

October 10th, the Lakeland Book Fair will be open to Florida Schools to come and let their students experience a lifetime opportunity of meeting authors and seeing who is behind those books.

This same day the Book Fair will be open to the trade by presentation of a business card. The Book Fair will also be open to media and press.

October 11, 12, the Lakeland Book Fair will be open to the general public with an admission charge of $8.00 that includes free parking at The Center. 

Twenty-five percent of the admission will go to charity READ Polk. Children are admitted free. Guests may sign up for a free book during the Book Fair. These request will be considered as the mission of the Lakeland Book Fair is to keep people reading and learning.
Hours of the Lakeland Book Fair:
October 10 - 8 am to 10 am. set-up. 10 am. - 3 pm.
October 11 - 10 am. to 5 pm.
October 12 - 10 am. to 4 pm.

Authors may share a booth. One title 45.00 Three days 4' Table Space

More than one title $85.00 Three days 8' Table

Booth Cost 245.00 (3 - 8' Tables) Three days.

More information and application for space can be found on or e-mail: