Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Meet the Authors' Book Fair

Meet the Authors' Book Fair will be held in conjunction with the ArtWorks Festival on November 22 and 23, 2014, from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Both events are at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935, FREE and open to the public. For more information call: Marshall Frank at (321) 254-3398.

Meet the Authors' Book Fair will have more than 40 authors represented and available to discuss, autograph, and sell their books. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s books will participate, as well as local writers’ groups and book clubs.

Meet the Authors' Book Fair is sponsored by Authors for Authors and has special projects to encourage the joy of reading. They support local educators and those serving in the military. Authors for Authors invites all educators to attend the Meet the Authors Book Fair and through their Honor Our Educators program, select a FREE book while supplies last. Authors for Authors also collects children's books for the Adopt a Classroom project. Additionally, they support Operation Paperback and accept all types of book donations which are mailed to our military members in the US and throughout the world.

Come out for a day of fun and let your muse run wild! For more information contact: (321) 254-3398 or Marshall Frank, MLF283@aol.com, Holly Fox Vellekoop, Hvellekoop@cfl.rr.com, or Valerie Allen, VAllenWriter@cs.com. www.ValerieAllenWriter.com

Also, visit the website at http://www.authorsforauthors.com/home.html

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Poisoned Pen Press announces the upcoming release of Rollover by Florida author Susan Slater: Rollover, recipient of a Starred Publishers Weekly review, will be available nationwide in July

Scottsdale, AZ – Poisoned Pen Press announces the release of Rollover by Florida novelist Susan Slater. Rollover will be available nationwide in July.  The latest mystery by Susan Slater, Rollover has received high critical praise.  In a Starred review, Publishers Weekly calls Rollover “excellent” and adds “readers will be glad they’re along for the ride.”

About Rollover:  A bank heist turns sleepy little Wagon Mound, New Mexico on its ear. But this is no straight-forward, demand all the money at gun-point, and run out the front door kind of robbery. It’s a sneaky tunneling that probably took months to complete and put the thieves in a room of safe deposit boxes—and not the vault which held some two million. Safe deposit boxes? What could have made it worthwhile to bypass a cool couple million?

Perhaps the one hundred and ten year old sapphire and diamond necklace belonging to eighty-five year old Gertrude Kennedy was the lure. United Life and Casualty carried a policy on that necklace for five hundred thousand and sends their investigator, Dan Mahoney to sort things out.

But Dan didn’t quite get there when expected. Catching a ride when his Jeep overheats, Dan is the hapless passenger in a rollover that kills the driver and puts him in the hospital.  But this was no accident. Someone wants him out of Wagon Mound at any cost.

Dan doesn’t scare easily: he hasn’t lived his life looking over his shoulder and he’s not starting now. But when his fiancée, Elaine Linden, disappears, and people close to the case turn up dead, Dan wonders if he ught to reconsider. Maybe the note slipped under his door in the dead of night says it all—it’s not what you think.

Susan Slater is a New Mexico transplant who now lives in Florida.  Predominantly a mystery writer, Slater has two mystery series to her credit, one work of women’s fiction, two stand-alone novels,  and a paranormal short story.

Founded in 1997, Poisoned Pen Press is an independent publisher specializing in the highest quality mystery books. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Poisoned Pen Press is one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world. Titles from Poisoned Pen Press are distributed by Ingram Publisher Services, and are available through wholesalers such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Brodart, and directly from the publisher. Visit the new Poisoned Pen Press author blog and Discover Mystery™ at: www.poisonedpenpress.com

Rollover will be published in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0294-0, $24.95) trade paper (ISBN:  978-1-4642-0296-4, $14.95) large print trade paper (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0295-7, $22.95) and eBook editions ($6.99).

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about author Susan Slater or an advance review copy of Rollover are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email – maryglenn@maryglenn.com


Ken Pelham realease an new ebook on July 11th. It is OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF MIND: A Writer's Guide to Mastering Viewpoint. As the title suggests, it's a concise manual on understanding viewpoint, and more importantly, recognizing, avoiding, and correcting viewpoint errors. The book is available on Amazon for Kindle readers for $0.99.

Here's the Amazon link:

The book arose from seminars Pelham has given on this topic over the last two years. He's a member of Maitland Writers Group, Florida Writers Association, and International Thriller Writers. Both of his thriller novels were past first-place winners of the Royal Palm Literary Awards.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wine Seminars at Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore in Delray Beach

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore is pleased to announce a series of wine seminars with noted local radio celebrity, author, and wine expert, Mark Spivak. 

Tuesday August 19, 2014,   6-8 pm.                                             The Wines of Argentina

Argentine wine has exploded in popularity over the past decade, and is now known as a reliable source of distinctive, tasty and affordable wine. The most popular white wine grape is Torrontes, a crisp and floral variety with exotic aromatics and crisp acidity. Leading the red wine lineup is Malbec, a grape transplanted from Bordeaux. Join us for an exploration of Argentina’s undiscovered wine values, with tasting samples of four wines.
In addition, we have a brief presentation of olive oils from Argentina and balsamic  vinegar from The Olive Taste of Delray, accompanied by dipping bread, fruit and cheese.  $50 per person.


Mark Spivak is an award-winning writer and NPR radio personality, specializing in wine, spirits, food, restaurants and culinary travel. He was the wine writer for the Palm Beach Post, and was honored by the Academy of Wine Communications for excellence in wine coverage. Since 2001 he has been the Wine and Spirits Editor for the Palm Beach Media Group, as well as the restaurant critic for Palm Beach Illustrated. Mark is the author of Moonshine Nation: The Art of Creating Cornbread in a Bottle (Lyons Press $16.95), and is currently the host of Quench!, a weekly podcast available at iTunes and at www.webtalkradio.net.

Murder on the Beach is a locally owned independent bookstore located at 273 NE 2nd Avenue in Pineapple Grove in Delray Beach, frequently holding author signings, literary luncheons, writers seminars, and other events.  www.murderonthebeach.com.

To Register:  murdermb@gate.net  or 561-279-7790

Friday, July 11, 2014

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore August 2014

Sun Aug 24 at 6 pm.  Randy Wayne White will speak and sign Haunted: A Hannah Smith Novel, $26.95.

Book Clubs
Sun Aug 17 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths book club will discuss The Expats by Chris Pavone $15.00

Writers Workshops
Saturday August 2, 10am - Noon
Blogging, Posting, and Tweeting Your Way to Success.  Using social media to build your writing career. Nancy will share tips that gained her 7,000+ followers.  Instructor: Nancy Cohen, Hanging By a Hair.  25.00 per person

Saturday August 9, 10am - Noon
How to Self-Publish: eBook and Print. Formatting your manuscript, adjusting the template, and adding front data for ebook and print to maximize your selling potential. Instructor: Gregg Brickman, the lord. $25.00 per person.

Saturday August 16,  10 am – Noon
How to Get Published: Finding an Agent. How to determine if you need a literary agent, find the right one for you, and get published by a traditional publisher.  Instructor: Miriam Auerbach, Dirty Harriet. $25.00 per person.

Saturday August 23, 10am – Noon
How to Get Published: Be Your Own Agent. Twitter pitch opportunities, online pitch opportunities, and direct submission for landing a contract without an agent.  Instructor: Victoria Pinder, The Zoastra Affair. $25.00 per person

Wine Seminar
Tuesday August 19, 2014,   6-8 pm.                    The Wines of Argentina
Argentine wine has exploded in popularity over the past decade, and is now known as a reliable source of distinctive, tasty and affordable wine. The most popular white wine grape is Torrontes, a crisp and floral variety with exotic aromatics and crisp acidity. Leading the red wine lineup is Malbec, a grape transplanted from Bordeaux. Join us for an exploration of Argentina’s undiscovered wine values, with tasting samples of four wines.
In addition, we have a brief presentation of olive oils from Argentina and balsamic  vinegar from The Olive Taste of Delray, accompanied by dipping bread, fruit and cheese.  $50 per person.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Death by Downsizing by Dan Anderson

Dan Anderson has announced the publication of DEATH BY DOWNSIZING, the 4th mystery in his Chauncey McFadden Chronicles. Like its predecessors - Bad Vibrations, Death Cruise, and Vietnam Vindication - it has been optioned by a Hollywood Entertainment Company for possible film production.  It is available at the following storefronts on almost any device you can think of.

    What's it about? A desperate client begs Chauncey McFadden, Los Angeles PI, to find his gay lover who has disappeared. Although LAPD believes some discovered body parts belong to the missing paramour, Chauncey nonetheless agrees to investigate. The case quickly expands in scope and complexity as the missing man’s former co-workers at a large insurance company are discovered to have recently met their deaths under mysterious circumstances.  Chauncey must thwart attempts on his own life and those closest to him to stop this enigmatic assassin’s brutal vendetta before it further escalates to epidemic proportions. The trail of bodies leads Chauncey throughout southern California and Mexico as he attempts to unravel twisting plots to bring the killer to justice.
If you or anyone you know has ever been downsized by a large corporation, you will want to read Death by Downsizing. Dan's books have won numerous literary awards for their writing and humor. Get your copy and find out why.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Signing, Betty Lane Fagerlund

The Gluten-Free, Organic, Artisan Date by Carol White

Carol White’s new play “The Gluten-Free, Organic, Artisan Date” will be produced at The Jewel Box Theatre, 312 W. 36th Street, NYC NY. Dates: July 25 and 26, 2014. OvationTix customer service toll-free: 1-866-811-4111. 9am - 9pm M-F; 10am - 6pm Sat + Sun (Eastern Time).Tickets are $20 for each program, plus a service fee. Seating is general admission

Everyone Has a Story to Tell ... a presentation by Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen will be speaking next Saturday, 7/12/14, at the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Sciences, 2201 Michigan Ave, Cocoa, FL from 1:00 - 2:00 PM.

The topic will be, "Everyone Has a Story to Tell." She will talk about the memoir, poetry, fiction, and non-fiction writing, as well as her journey as an author.

~  Valerie Allen  ~
ValerieAllenWriter.com                                                    VAllenWriter@cs.com

Saturday, July 5, 2014

FWA Melbourne Group: July meeting

The next meeting of Florida Writers Association Melbourne Group is Wednesday, JULY 16, 2014, 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: USING POWER WORDS FOR EFFECT in your books, website, and marketing literature
8-8:15 – Break or Q&A on Writing
8:15 – 9 PM – Critique of one member manuscript

NOTE: 2014 MEETINGS WILL BE:  August 20, September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17 (Party)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Florida Heritage Book Festival to honor Robin Cook in September

St. Augustine, Fla. — The seventh annual Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference returns to St.Augustine in September, and this year will honor best-selling authors Robin Cook and John D. MacDonald (posthumously).

Cook created the medical thriller genre and is the author of over 30 books, 28 of which were New York Times bestsellers. He has sold nearly 10 million copies starting with the novel “Coma.”

The Book Festival takes place Sept. 25-27 and showcases Florida's rich and diverse literary legacy with best-selling author presentations that promise to delight book lovers and provide inspiration for aspiring authors.

The festival’s Writers Conference is Sept. 25-26 at Flagler College and features more than 100 writers from throughout the southeast. The conference includes critique workshops and multiple sessions on the craft and business of writing. Conference faculty consists of professionals like John Dufresne and Vicki Hendricks.

Cook will be honored at the Literary Legends Banquet, a tradition that has seen some of Florida’s most acclaimed writers accept awards in person and enthrall audiences with remarks about their legendary careers. The festival will also honor the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act with a special panel on north Florida’s place in that history.

For more information or to register, visit www.fhbookfest.com<http://www.fhbookfest.com>

TheFlorida Heritage Book Festival in St. Augustine, Fla., promotes the state’s authors and literary works while providing educational opportunities for the students of St. Johns County. Since 2008, the festival has attracted more than 200 nationally-known authors and writers to its annual panel discussions, book signings, and writers conference. The festival also honors Florida LiteraryLegends, and in the past has recognized Carl Hiaasen, Michael Gannon, John Jakes, Peter Matthiessen, and Edna Buchanan. The Book Festival provides funding for the St. Johns County Public Library System, The St. Augustine Record’s Newspaper Media in Education Program, and a creative writing scholarship atFlagler College. For more information, visit www.fhbookfest.com<http://www.fhbookfest.com>

Monday, June 30, 2014

Port St Lucie author Keith Rommel's The Sinful Man was released

Headaches. Hunger. Pain.

Leo needs something . . . his stomach growls, but it can wait. That’s not hunger he must feed. He has to get to his next high, but without money he knows he can’t buy what he needs to sate the voice inside telling him to get more, get more.

Voices. Visions. Addiction.

No luck asking his father. His mother is in no position to help. After failing to steal the money he desperately needs, Leo must appeal to his dealer, the dangerous and infamous Saint Nick—despite the inevitable beating he’ll take for showing up empty-handed. Still, anything to keep the voices and flashbacks at bay . . .

Demons. Addiction. Death.

Leo soon learns that everything has a price—not just money for drugs, but that every choice he makes has a repercussion. Suddenly caught between a world where he can see the sins of his past and a new consciousness that he doesn’t fully understand, Leo finds himself not only chasing the dragon, but being chased by demons of a whole different kind. He must learn the finality of being past hope—all while reliving his missed opportunities for second chances—and truly come to understand that he is responsible for his own undoing before he runs out of time. After a lifetime of bad choices, this Sinful Man discovers the consequences to his actions and the mortal responsibility of exercising free will.

Author of The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man from the critically acclaimed psychological horror series. The Cursed Man is coming soon as a major motion picture.

Holly Fox Vellekoop announces her latest novel "The Amazing Adventures of Gramma."

In "The Amazing Adventures of Gramma," this crime-fighting Gramma is way ahead of everyone, including bad guys, pit bulls, zombies and everyone else who crosses her path. From one end of the world to another, Gramma shows she's got what it takes to solve mysteries, keep up with her active grandchildren and thwart criminals. Is there anyone worth knowing whom Gramma doesn't know? I don't think so! Rock stars, heads of state and everyone else contact Gramma when they need help. Along with her grandchildren and crime-stopping friends, she lays claim to worldwide success, but Gramma's not without her enemies. There are those who want to take her out in more ways than one! Oh, we can't forget Gramma's pampered Pomeranian Sweetums, her doggie friends, and their contribution to the story, too. It's an unforgettably true, or nearly true, or...maybe not.
"The Amazing Adventure of Gramma" is for Grandparents, Grandchildren and everyone in between. You grandparents should get this for your grandchildren. They'll be wondering if this Gramma is you! And you grandparents, read this and decide if this is the life for you!

For more information go to ... Amazon

Holly Fox Vellekoop, MSN, Author

Saturday, June 28, 2014

So, You want To Write a Book?

Marshall Frank's next seminar is set for Saturday, August 2nd, 9 a.m. to 12-12:30, at the Hampton Inn in Viera. Cost is $30.
This class is designed to help beginners understand what they need to know for writing and formatting fiction, non-fiction and memoirs, plus the steps toward being published, with a few tips on marketing.
Those people interested should try and sign up soon, as they have had occasions when there were no more seats available. The registration form is available through the link (below). 

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Deadline for Submissions is Dec. 1, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ¾ The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its ninth annual competition with a call for entries in nine categories.

Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books penned by full-time residents of the Sunshine State (with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction and Visual Arts categories, whose authors may live elsewhere).

The Florida Book Awards competition is coordinated through the Florida State University Libraries, with the support of partner organizations from across the state. 

All entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 (this is not a postmark deadline).

The contest categories include General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Visual Arts, Spanish Language Book and the recently added category for General Nonfiction. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author or literary agent), must have both a copyright date between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 1, 2014, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).

Last year the Spanish language category was expanded to consider bilingual books. Bilingual submissions may include books that are published simultaneously in Spanish and English. Both the Spanish and English must be original works. Translations are not acceptable.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their books into competition any time after the competition is launched and as soon as possible after books are officially published.

Three-person juries –– including members of co-sponsoring organizations, subject experts from the faculties of Florida colleges and universities, and previous Florida Book Award winners –– will choose up to three finalists in each of nine categories. In each category, the jury may award one Gold, Silver and Bronze medal.

"Florida's unique history coupled with fascinating natural and cultural landscapes provides a variety of rich resources for both resident and nonresident writers. The Florida Book Awards honors the best Florida literature and books about Florida," said Florida State University Libraries Dean Julia Zimmerman.

Co-sponsors of the competition include humanities organizations from across the state such as the Florida Center for the Book; the State Library and Archives of Florida; the Florida Historical Society; the Florida Humanities Council; the Florida Literary Arts Coalition; the Florida Library Association; the Florida Association for Media in Education; the Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College; the Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America; Friends of FSU Libraries; the Florida Writers Association; the Florida Literacy Coalition; and “Just Read, Florida!”

The 2014 winners will be announced in early February 2015. All award winners will be recognized at a banquet and Gold Medal Award winners will be acknowledged in March 2015 at the Historic and Cultural Awards Ceremony sponsored by the state of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs.

Winning books and their authors will be showcased in the summer 2015 issue of FORUM, the statewide magazine of the Florida Humanities Council, and will be featured at book festivals and association conferences and on The Florida Channel throughout the year. In addition, copies of all award-winning books will be put on permanent public display in the Florida Governor’s Mansion library and in Florida State University’s Strozier Library.

For general information and the entry form, requirements, and more detailed instructions for the 2014 Florida Book Awards, visit http://floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu.