Tuesday, February 20, 2018

March 2018 Monthly Meeting of FMWA

DATE: March 17, 2018, Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Lunch Meeting

GUEST SPEAKER: Micki Browning

PROGRAM:  Into the Depths

Program:  Almost 20 percent of Florida is underwater, including miles of inland and coastal waterways—and that doesn’t include the ocean that laps at our shores. While a beautiful backdrop for a story, water complicates crime scenes. Retired police captain, professional divemaster, and author Micki Browning will share how credible details can help your sleuth unravel an underwater scene, adding depth and interest to your story.

During this presentation, we’ll cover the basics of underwater crime scene investigation, evidence collection, and equipment requirements. We’ll also discuss accidental deaths while diving, the physiological process of drowning, and the marine critters that make your sleuth’s life difficult.

Speaker: An FBI National Academy graduate, Micki Browning worked in municipal law enforcement for more than two decades and retired as a division commander. She is the author of the award-winning Mer Cavallo Mystery series set in the Florida Keys. Her debut novel, Adrift, is nominated for the 2017 Agatha Award for Best First Novel. It won both the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence and the Royal Palm Literary Award prior to its publication. Her latest thriller, Beached, launched in January 2018.

Micki also writes short stories and non-fiction. Her work has appeared in dive magazines, anthologies, mystery magazines and textbooks. She lives in South Florida with her partner in crime and a vast array of scuba equipment she uses for "research."

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; Get Directions Here

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members. Note: Prepayment is required to guarantee a reservation.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay online: go to website link www.mwaflorida.org  and click on the “Monthly Meeting” tab under “Events”. Once you reach the page, click on the “Register for Monthly Meeting Here” link. Scroll down to the “Sign up for Luncheon Meeting” box and fill in your information, then click the “Pay Now” button and follow the instructions.

To reserve and pay via mail: Step 1–Email Harriet at harriet@ottenheimer.com with the subject line “FMWA Meeting” and the meeting date 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. Step 2– Write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter.” Step 3-Mail your payment to FMWA Treasurer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.

Please make your online reservation by MARCH 14 or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018

Monday, February 19, 2018

Florida Romance Writers presents Alison McMahon Workshop - How to Make Your Book a Page-Turner

Super Saturday

March 10, 2018

9:00am to 5:00pm

Tigertail Lake Recreational Center
580 Gulf Stream Way

Dania Beach FL 33004
Alison McMahon – How To Make Your Book A Page-Turner
This course will show you the elements of craft needed to keep the reader turning the pages. We will start with plot and pace, the hooks to grab a reader and the cliffhangers to lead them to the next hook. We’ll analyze the rhythm of paragraphs. You’ll learn how to recognize and correct MRU violations (motivation reaction units).

Once we have a good plot outlined, we will look at what makes good characters, character traits, and character arc, in addition to deep POV, psychic distance, and dialogue. Finally rhetorical devices and other techniques for crafting beautiful, impactful sentences will be examined..
Workshop attendees are encouraged to register early. Each participant should send two consecutive scenes totalling no more than 1600 words. The scenes can be from anywhere in the WIP, Alison will use the works as examples to analyze in class. Send as a WORD document or in the body of the email to: alison.mcmahan@gmail.com or
alison@homunculusprods.com. Also include a one paragraph summary of the story, no longer than 250 words.

Alison McMahan, Ph.D.,is the president of Homunculus Productions, a company that produces industrial, educational and documentary films. She is the author of the award-winning book Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema (Bloomsbury 2002), which was translated into Spanish, films rights sold to a Hollywood agency for production as a documentary. Her historical mystery novel, The Saffron Crocus (Black Opal Books, 2014), won the Rosemary Award for Best YA Historical and the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Award. Her short mystery “The New Score” was just published in the Fish Out of Water Anthology (Wildside Press), and her short story “The Drive By” will appear in the Busted anthology (LevelBest Books) in April, 2017. “Kamikaze Iguanas” will appear in the MWA anthology for middle grade readers entitled Scream and Scream Again, edited by R.L. Stine, (HarperCollins, 2018).

Workshop information, registration and Paypal buttons are available at:
The cost of Super Saturday is $55.00.00 for FRW members and $65.00 for non-members by CHECK or PAYPAL. Lunch and beverages will be provided. If paying by PayPal, please bring the receipt/confirmation number to the meeting. Checks made out to Florida Romance Writers are mailed to: c/o Tina Stitzer, 12600 SW 5th CT, # L 207, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027-6734.  
Please RSVP janetfrankslittle@gmail.com by the Wednesday prior to the workshop so enough tables and chairs will be available.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Valencia College's Humanities Speaker Series presents, in partnership with Writer's block Bookstore, Brian Turner

Location: Valencia College Winter Park Campus  
850 W Morse Blvd
Winter Park, FL 32789
Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida

Winter Park, Florida.  On Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00 pm, Valencia College, in partnership with Writer’s Block Bookstore, will host author Brian Turner for a reading of essays and poetry, and a Q&A session at Valencia’s Winter Park Campus, located at 850 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789 in room 242. Brian Turner will be talking about his newest book, The Kiss, a “deliciously diverse anthology of essays, stories, poems and graphic memoirs, where writers explore the deeply human act of kissing.”
The event is open to the public.

About the book: From Sioux Falls to Khartoum, from Kyoto to Reykjavik; in taxis and at bus stops, haystacks and airports around the globe—people are kissing one another. The sublime kiss. The ambiguous kiss. The kiss we can’t take back. The kiss we can never give. The kiss that changes a life. In this anthology, writers and thinkers share their thoughts on a specific kiss—the unexpected and unforgettable—in an attempt to bridge the gulf, to connect us to one another on a deeply human level, and to explore the messy and complicated intimacies that exist in our actual lives, as well as in the complicated landscape of the imagination.

About the author: Brian Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and lived abroad in South Korea for a year before serving for seven years in the U.S. Army. His first book Here Bullet chronicles his time in Iraq, and his memoir My Life as a Foreign Country has been called a “stunning war memoir” by the New York Times. Turner taught English at Fresno City College. He has received a NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Traveling Fellowship, and a fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. 

About the series: The Humanities Speakers Series at Valencia College brings in the most exciting and innovative writers, musicians, scientists, and activists in the country, emphasizing on connecting students directly to the great minds of today and inviting the Central Florida community to participate in events. Past speakers include Dr. Azar Nafisi, Will Schwalbe, James McBride and other award-winning writers and musicians.  For more information, email Jeremy Bassetti, Ph.D., Professor of Humanities, jbassetti@valenciacollege.edu. Also, visit http://valenciacollege.edu/east/humanities/speaker-series/about.cfm.
About Writer's Block Bookstore: We are Central Florida’s only full-service, independent community bookstore, located just one block east of Park Avenue 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.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Marshall Frank to speak at Micco Public Library today.

Who:     Marshall Frank - author, violinist, retired police captain from Miami-Dade

What:    One hour speaking engagement, talking about his novels, his non-fiction
              books or, most popular, writing memoirs.

When:   Tuesday, 13 February 2018, 4 p.m.

Where:  Micco Public Library (near Grant)  7921 Ron Beatty Blvd, Barefoot Bay, FL 32976
               (About two miles north of bridge to Sebastian)

Why:     Because it's fun

Cost:     Gas and time.  Otherwise, Zero

Marshall Frank's newest non-fiction --- based on extensive research - "Amerikastan" addresses the underlying threats of radical Islam and the Jihad movement. His memoir,  "From Violins to Violence" has been his best seller. Among his 6 novels, he recommend first, "The Upside to Murder"...award winning. Also, check out "The Way Things Oughta Be."

Signed copies available at the book talk... no obligation to purchase. His books are available within the library system. Also, amazon.com.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore for March 2018 (corrected)

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore
March 2018  (Corrected)

Booksignings & Events
Thu March 1 at 7 pm.  James Grippando will speak and sign Death in Live Oak  $27.99.

Fri March 2 at 7 pm.  Laura Lippman will speak and sign Sunburn 26.99.

Sat March 10 at 7 pm.  Brad Parks will speak and sign Closer Than You Know  26.00.

Wed March 14 at 7 pm.  John Hart will speak and sign Hush 27.99.

Fri March 16 at 7 pm.  Randy Wayne White will speak and sign Caribbean Rim 27.00.

Book Clubs
Tuesday March 20 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss Knots and Crosses by Ian Rankin 16.99.

Sunday Mar 18 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss Before the Fall by Noah Hawley 15.99.

And coming soon:

April 6 Joe R. Lansdale
April 12  Stuart Woods
April 15  KJ Howe
April 18   Jeffrey Deaver

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