Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Florida Book News - October 3, 2008

Welcome to Florida Book News

Florida Book News is open to writers, illustrators, book lovers, and writing groups and organizations. This is the place to announce your new book or tell us about a book you continue to promote, a book signing, a meeting or presentation, your organization's meetings, conferences or conventions...anything of interest to others about writing and books. This is a free service. If you would like to help support this endeavor, there is a button for donations to the right or if you prefer to use snail mail, send donations to Lou Belcher; P.O. Box 61228; Palm Bay, Florida, 32905. Thanks

And now, the news.... Enjoy and please comment if you are so moved. Don't forget: send your news for the next issue to The next issue will be posted on 10/18/08. News is due by 10/15/08.

Within this Issue:
  • News
  • Featured Books
  • Book Festivals/Workshops/Conferences
  • Book Signings and Lectures
  • Organizations and Meetings
  • Publishers and Book Stores


Florida Today: Chris Kridler put out valuable information for authors on the Space Coast. In an article in the paper she said, "Local authors have a new way to trumpet their new books. Space Coast authors can go to and fill out the form there."

The information will go to their writers. This is the way to get into the Sunday column on local authors. She goes on to say that authors should fill out the form two weeks in advance or as soon as you can when you have a new book. For more information, contact Kridler at 242-3533 or by email at

Book Signing on November 8th. Don't miss it. The Art Gallery and Studio of Melbourne at 802 East New Haven Avenue in Historic Downtown Melbourne will host a book signing from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2008 for the writers of The Scribblers of Brevard. The event is a launch of their new edition of Driftwood, the anthology of poems, short stories and art, published yearly by the group of local writers and artists.

The artwork for the book cover is by Lori Knerick, member of the gallery. For information call 321-729-9368.

For information about Scribblers go to http://www.geocitiesbrevardscribblers/index.htm/

News from Terra Sancta Press
Patricia A. McDonough and Terra Sancta Press have two titles accepted into the Pulitzer Prize Competition (April 2009) this year. They are:
Kazik's Polish Navy by Kazimierz J. Kasperek with Pat McDonough entered in the Letters Category of Biography, Autobiography, Memoir.

Strangers Brothers by MSG. Raymond F. Flaherty and Pat McDonough entered in the Letters Category of American Life (fiction of a historical nature).
In Strangers Brothers, two brothers from different cultures, raised separately by the same father, come together in the US Army Airborne Rangers in the invasion of Grenada. A secret is revealed and their lives unravel. Living in the same Georgia Town, how can two disparate families come to grips with one man's "other life."
This October is the 25th Anniversary of the Operation Urgent Fury, the invasion of Grenada to rescue American medical students and their families.

Stranger's Brothers is the sequel to Flaherty's first novel He Didn't Say Good-Bye.

Kazik's Polish Navy is an eye-witness account of the action in major sea battles of WWII from the day that Hitler invaded. It reveals secrets how the deal was cut to allocate countries after the war. Kazik's story is of heroism, love, heartbreak, and beginning life anew in America. Even with ships being blown out from under him, with privations in a German POW internment camp and his escape, the betrayal of Poland, Kazik never lets go of his uplifting spirit and positive view of life. He was the most decorated Polish NCO in WWII, awarded 18 medals by 5 countries. After the war, his promotion came through as Lieutenant Commander.

You can obtain more information by sending an email to and can purchase it by going to

Wanton Woman: Sue Logue, Strom Thurmond, and the Bloody Logue-Timmerman Feud by Anna Flowers
Wanton Woman is a true crime saga of the 1930-1940s era in a small, virtually lawless town in the deep south. It's the story of vivacious Sue Stidam who married into a violent Logue-Tiommerman family feud in Edgefield, SC ,when she married one of the Logue boys. She immediately learned how to manipulate her new family connections, to achieve her ambition of becoming a teacher, and in her social-climbing fervor, she became the favorite lover of political icon Strom Thurmond. The stormy relationship continues right up to Sue Logue's eventual, and final destiny. She becomes the first woman ever electrocuted in the state of South Carolina, and it is her former lover Strom who will escort her to the Death House.

The incredible string of events and murders leading up to her tragic fate are detailed by Flowers in this true narrative about the lawless swath these prominent families cut.
Steve Glassman in a review states, "Anna Flowers has produced a historical true crime book that is Southern Gothic in tenor and content. It is the sort of thing that Poe as well as a long line of Southern writers would look on with favor. Good going."
Maynard Allington, author of the critically acclaimed The Court of Blue Shadows, wrote: "In Wanton Woman, Anna Flowers is at the top of her game in the true crime genre. The case history of murder, which made headlines in the 1940s, has it all: human intrigue, wanton sex, and an ending that will hit the reader with the impact of a bullet. The attention to historical detail, coupled with the skill to tell a compelling, fast-paced story, make Flowers' account of murder and mayhem read like a novel."
The book is available at Barnes and Noble or at
Morning’s Light by JoAnna O’Keefe
An inspirational collection of poems integrated with spirituality and the journey to wholeness, reflecting the author’s education from the Pecos Benedictine Monastery Spiritual Directors School and Syracuse University. Vivid images and lyrical language describe and create the many emotions we all experience: love, despair, fear, courage, exaltation, joy and gratitude.

Cynthia Guarjado-Paul of the Space Coast Chronicle said of JoAnna's new book: "More than a collection of poems, Morning's Light is a glimpse into the journey of JoAnna O'Keefe, the author of the beautiful inspirational books Come to the Garden and The Path Less Taken.
"In the remarkable book of poems, JoAnna O'Keefe caputres, in strong images and precise lyrical language, the emotions we all experience: love, despair, fear, courage, exaltation, joy, and gratitude.
"These poems of love, transcendence and transformation reflect the solitary and difficult labors of the spirit on the journey to wholeness. The book is not only comforting to read, it encourages you to embrace the absolute joy of being who you are."
For more information, go to
Behold, An Ashen Horse, second in the Clash-of-Civilizations triology, is out. It won the Military Writers Society of America's 2008 Gold Medal. The first was The Rings of Allah (winner of the Military Writers Society of America's 2007 Silver Medal).
The Rings of Allah by Lee Boyland. Can terroists detonate a nuclear device in the U.S.? Lee Boyland answers this question in his award-winning novel. The plan and attack are told through the terroist's eyes. Simple gun-type atomic devices are obtained and planted in American cities. The terrorists wait for the opportunity to simultaneously detonate them. Can America survive? The answer is found in the sequel -- Behold, an Ashen Horse.

"Lee Boyland's story of a nuclear terrorist attack on the U.S. hit the nail on the head. A plot that can happen today," says a retired brigadier general whose last post was the National Security Agency.
"A chilling techno-thriller. Accurate technical details and well drawn characters," Frank Perkins author of Travel Adventures on the Campany's Nickel and Whales, Termites and Dragons" Adventures on Volunteer Expeditions.
Behold, an Ashen Horse by Lee and Vista Boyland (Winner of the Military Writers Society of America's 2008 Gold Medal)
Blindsided by a sneak nuclear attack, America's central government is destroyed and its economy's spinning toward collapse. A world-wide jihad rages, and the Islamic Empire is formed. America must find the right leader in order to survive. George Alexander is that man. Thrust into the presidency, a job he didn't want, Alexander sets about saving the nation and then dispenses the retribution his angry nation demands.
This is the author's second novel in the Clash-of-Civilizations trilogy. The final novel, American Reborn, is under way.
Joe Weber, New York Times best-selling author of eight novels says, "Behold, an Ashen Horse is a stunning, riveting story plausible enough to be tomorrow's headlines. Buckle your seat belts...this is a nail-biting ride."
"Forget about Patterson, King, Grisham and company. If you want at long last to read a work that is intelligent, gripping, and truly terrifying, pick up a copy of Lee Boyland's Behold, an Ashen Horse. Mr. Boyland, who has an extensive background in nuclear engineering and national defense, is the rightful heir in American fiction to Tom Clancy," says Paul Williams, author of The Day of Islam, Osama's Revenge, The Al Qaeda Connection, Dunces of Doomsday, and The Complete Idiot's Guild to the Crusades.
About the Author: Lee Boyland, U. S. Army bomb disposal officer, nuclear weapons expert, special weapons designer, businessman, and author, and his wife and co-author, Vista, have written two award-winning novels of their Clash-of-Civilizations trilogy. He is a frequent contributor to The New Media (http://www.newmedia Links to his articles are posted on the author page of his website along with lots of other interesting information. For ordering information and more go to
Apache Warrior by Carol Ann Didier.
A white woman and an Apache brave meet in the untamed West...
Apache Warrior is the debut novel of Carol Ann Didier. It's the story of an Eastern Baltimore belle and and an Apache brave caught up in a taboo love that has the power to heal or harm a broken people. Set in historical Arizona in the 1860's, Apache Warrior proves love knows no color, creed or race. It happens in the heart, when and where you least expect it, and if allowed to grow, can conquer differences in culture, hatred and personal loss. Cassie Edwards, New York Times bestselling author said, "A compelling story! Wonderfully authentic!"
Carol Ann Didier has been published in Charisma and Literary Lift Off magazines. She also writes inspirational vignettes, verses for greeting cards, and stories for her grandchildren. She now lives on the east coast of Florida.
For more information, visit her website at You can purchase the book at her website or through

Featured Books

Valerie Allen has just published Summer School for Smarties, a children's book for grades three to six. In Summer School for Smarties, the main character, Jennifer, suddenly finds her long awaited summer vacation interrupted due to an end-of-the-year low grade in reading. She knows there has been a BIG mistake. Jennifer plans to be miserable throughout her summer school ordeal, but finds that remedial learning and new life experiences can sneak up on you when you least expect them. Valerie Allen has also published:
Sins of the Father
Suffer the Little Children
Bad Hair, Good Hat, Best Friends
Write, Publish, Sell!

Check them all out by going to her website at or email her at for more information.

Kee Briggs has spent decades filling his experiential warehouses for the time when he could use that material to create storylines. He has done that and more. He's the author of 12 books. The Silver Scepter and The Rhodium Dragon are two of his newest additions to The Usher Orlop Mystery Series. Start at the beginning of the series and follow the exploits of sculptor Usher Orlop and Anasette. In The Silver Scepter, Usher travels to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to execute a silver scepter for an unusual client. Usher finds his creation is used to bash in the skull of a woman. Usher rescues her tiny son and must find a way to get the tyke out of harm's way. In The Rhodium Dragon, Usher is provided with a magnificent jade box on which to mount a silver mask of a client's grandson. The surfacing of the lidless box precipitates multiple burglaries and murders, plus the involvement of a powerful Chinese tong and the Chicoms. Usher must sort through international intrigues to protect the lone survivor.

For more information about these intriguing books or to purchase any of Kee's books visit his website at

You Are Not Forgotten: A Family's Quest for Truth and the Founding of the National League of Families of POW/MIA by Evelyn Grubb and Carol Jose with a Foreword by Henry Kissinger. This true story of enduring love and tragic loss, set in a deep and moving time of war and extreme socio-political upheaval, is an inspiring account of remarkable individuals, citizens, celebrities and politicians. Together they would create history. Each of them is a true American hero and they will never be forgotten.

In his review of the book Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd USAF (ret.) states, "You Are Not Forgotten should be read by every American citizen, politician, government bureaucrat, military family, and by every person who wears a U.S. military uniform, from the recruits to the top. The photos are riveting. The story is true, well-documented, superbly told. It should be in every American history class because the Vietnam War as a subject has been woefully neglected. Full of important national, military and strongly illustrated civic and moral human lessons, You Are Not Forgotten should become a classic.

"Authors Evelyn 'Evie' Grubb and Carol Jose collaborate to tell the story of 'Newk' Grubb, an American fighter pilot shot down on a reconnaissance mission early in the war....

"The story is told from Evie's heart, through her eyes. You won't forget You Are Not Forgotten. Don't miss it. I'd like to have known Evie. She says, in the Preface, '...the roughest experiences of life do toughen us up... but they do not make us immortal...'"

For more information about You Are Not Forgotten contact publicist, Mike Daly at md@csicreativesolutions or by phone at 1-877-843-8877. You can order the book online at (Hardcover, 360 pp, illustrations, index; $24.95 + shipping) ISBN 13-978-0918339-71-3
243 and Other Short Stories by C.W. Love is a combination of four different genres: mystery thriller, sci-fi, horror, and a young adult story. It contains:

"243" a mystery thriller about a Vietnam era hit man who is charged with eliminating his death squad members to prevent incriminating papers from naming a presidential hopeful as a traitor.

"Journey" is a sci-fi story. A research doctor and a computer wizard develop the ability to locate and trace inherited genes and project video and audio onto a monitor. Complications develop and an evil is released in the community.

"Jack-in-the-Box" is a horror story. Kip's Bar becomes the focal point for local friends in a backwoods community. The bar talk centers around a strange wolf-like man who distributes the toy-like Jack-in-the-Box. People suddenly are missing as Kip calls Plant City for a police investigation only to have the policeman turn up missing.
"The Wanting Tree" is a young adult story. At a tribal ceremony, young Magway states that he will become the greatest of the braves and will be the one to find the legendary Wanting Tree. The legend of Magway carries on through time with the help of the Indian Affairs agent.
About the author: Born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Charlie Love graduated from Norristown High in 1948. He married Elizabeth Differ in 1953 after serving five years in an Army Regimental Combat Team. He is the father of seven children and nineteen grandchildren. He entered the contracting business in Pennsylvania and later moved to South Jersey as general contractor for construction from Altlantic City to Cape May, New Jersey. Charlie now lives in Cocoa, Florida, with his wife. His first book, Trilogy In Fear, was published in 2005. His second book, 243 and Other Short Stories, is now in print. Charlie has a children's book that will be released soon. He also writes poems and humorous articles. He is working on several additional fictional stories. Watch for them.
Copies of the book may be purchased by emailing the author at, through the publisher at, or through Barnes and Noble and various book stores. ISBN: 1-60672-031-7
Friends Forever New Trails is the third in a series of books by Marilyn Martin. If you've read the other two, you will catch up with your favorite characters as they continue their journey of life along new trails. You'll meet Alenxandra Tanner and her Navajo classmate, Skylyn Eaglefeather, young teens who have been pals from first grade. Their ranch life in Colorado is one of outdoor exploration. Marilyn was a teacher for eleven years. Her writing draws upon a deep love of the West, and her own American Indian ancestral background has led her to investigate the life and culture of the ancient Amerinds upon which she bases much of her writing. Friends Forever New Trails is published by Four Seasons Publishers and is now available at bookstores across the country and over the Internet at Barnes and Noble, Borders, and ISBN: 1-932497-06-4; $12.95.
Alpha Rising by G.L. Douglas is receiving high praise and positive reviews and recently earned two Honorable Mentions at the Hollywood Book Festival, an Honorable Mention at the DIY Book Festival, and scored a perfect 20 out of 20 in plot, grammar, character development and cover design categories at the Writers' Digest International Book Festival. (Read more at

This thought-provoking work of speculative fiction opens at Kennedy Space Center in the year 2020 with a rescue mission beyond Earth's solar system. The effort only partially succeeds, landing six astronauts in a beleaguered future world where history repeats itself, future events cast shadows, few can be trusted, and the earthlings' DNA is of prime interest. By the merest stroke of luck, one astronaut escapes evil captors, and soon an epiphany on a mountain top sends him on a mission that fulfills prophecy.

From Violins to Violence: Memoirs of a Virtuoso Homicide Detective was named one of the best books of 2007 by Cathy Mathias of Florida Today.

Author Marshall Frank bares all about his transition from a classical violinist to an illustrious career as a premier homicide detective. In this compelling autobiography, Frank shares many personal and professional experiences. He looks at the power over corrupt officials by a family mobster; the struggles faced by homicide investigators; true murder cases and other criminal investigations; the arrest of five police officers for murder; the truth behind Miami's race riots of 1980; crushed marriages, alcoholism and drug addiction; and the influence of music in a life of turmoil.

Take note: Coming in November is Marshall's newest release Criminal InJustice in America. For more information, visit Marshall's website at

When Judith Mammay retired from teaching elementary special education, she started her second career as an author of children's books. She has written Knowing Joseph, a mid-grade novel, and It's Time, an early reader/picture book, both of which address issues of autism. She currently lives in Melbourne, Florida, with her husband and is an active member of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is the president of the Space Coast Writers' Guild (SCWG). Besides writing, she also enjoys nature photography, playing golf, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Knowing Joseph ... Brian would give anything to have a normal six-year-old brother -- one who doesn't scream, that normals sounds are not too loud for, or just a brother who would play with other kids. But no matter how often he pretends not to know him, Brian has to face that he doesn't have a normal brother. He has Joseph, who is autistic.

Life with Joseph isn't easy. Joseph needs order and structure, which is something other kids find weird. Brian constantly finds himself defending Joseph from kids who understand Joseph even less than Brian does. It takes a new friend and a school project before Brain can begin to truly know and accept Joseph.

It's Time... Tommy knew he was different. His doctor told him and his mom he had autism. He didn't know what autism was, but he knew some things were hard for him.

It was hard for Tommy to understand what people meant when they talked. It was hard for him to use words that would help others to understand him, too. Sometimes that made him scream.

Tommy liked things to be the same. He liked to do everything in the same order each day. It upset Tommy if the schedule changed.

Sometimes Tommy didn't like people to be close to him. And he didn't like loud noises and bright, flashing lights.

Even when Tommy tried his best, some days were hard. Some days he had problems.

Judy has presented in several venues, including schools, college classes, and at community meetings. She is available to do school visits on the topics of writing, conflict resolution, and disability awareness. Contact her at or through her website,

Stone Haven: Murder Along the River by Holly Fox Vellekoop. Holly is a former clinical instructor in psychiatric and mental health nursing for Pen State University.

Stone Haven: Murder Along the River is a murder mystery set in the small town of Danville, Pennsylvania. Follow state policeman Thomas Sheski and his partner as they attempt to solve the murder of the wife of a well-known psychologist who provides treatment for wealthy clients at his private mental hospital.

Stone Haven: Murder Along the River is available at or by emailing the author at

Book Festivals/Workshops/Conferences

Conferences around the state.

Florida Christian Writers Conference
where: Leesburg, Florida
when: 02/26/09 to 03/01/09
Fourth Annual Other Words Conference
where: St. Augustine Florida
when: 11/06/08 to 11/08/08

Gulf Coast Writers Conference
where: Community College; Panama City, Florida
when: 09/20/08
Sanibel Island Writers Conference
where: Sanibel, Florida at BIGARTS
when 11/06/08 to 11/09/08

Sleuthfest 2009
where: Deerfield Beach Hilton
when : 02/26/09 to 03/01/09

Space Coast Writers' Guild Conference
where: Cocoa Beach, Florida
when: 01/23/09 to 01/24/09

Florida Writers Association Conference
where: Lake Mary, Florida
when: 11/14/08 to 11/16/08

Book Signings and Lectures Send your announcements for this area to

Tim Dorsey is coming to the Space Coast: He'll be in Palm Bay, Florida, on Saturday October 25, 2008. Tim will be speaking at the Friends of the Libraries Annual Author Dinner. It will be held at Chekmarc's at 6:00 p.m. Don't miss this. It's always fun to hear Tim speak. (Checkmarc's is at 2164 Harris Ave. NE in Palm Bay, Florida.)
The cost of the event is $20.00. Tickets are available at the Palm Bay Library and the Degroodt Library or by calling 952-6317

Organizations and Meetings

Note: I know this is a partial list of organizations, and I know I haven't included all the information about meetings. I would love to list information about your group. Please send in the information you would like listed about your group to Thanks.

Cape Canaveral Pen Women

website: The goal of this group is to conduct and promote creative and educational activities in art, letters, and music.

Florida Writers Association


Brevard group: There is a regional group called Poets, Authors and Writers Share (PAWS). This group meets the third Wednesday of the month at Melbourne Public Library on Fee Avenue in Melbourne, Florida.


website: http://www.geocities/brevardscribblers/index.htm. This group meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from February through October. During November, December and January, they meet the 2nd Saturday of the month. All meetings start at 9:30 a.m. at the Eau Gallie Library.

SCBWI Florida

website: This is the state chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

A local SCBWI critique group meets the second Monday of the month at Melbourne Library on Fee Avenue at 7:00p.m. Contact Judy Mammay at for more information. You can also go to
Space Coast Writers' Guild

website: The monthly meeting of the Space Coast Writers' Guild is on the third Saturday of the month at the West Melbourne Library at 2755 Wingate Blvd (on the corner of Minton and Wingate). It starts at 1:00 p.m. The SCWG newsletter reports that the speaker for October is Diane Marcum author of Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach & Florida's Space Coast. She will speak about Writing Brevard History. Take a journey through the colorful and distinctive history of Brevard County. This meeting is open to the public.

There are other meetings within the group.

On the first Saturday of the month, the guild sponsors presentations by authors in conjunction with the Book Xchg on Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village. This is open to the public. Although the event is usually on the first Saturday of the month at 1:00 p.m., for October, it is on 10/18/08.

2nd Saturday with the Space Coast Writers' Guild is (obviously) on the 2nd Saturday of each month. This meeting is at the Merritt Island Public Library, 1195 N. Courtenay Parkway. The meeting starts at 1:00 p.m. and is open to the public and members.

Publishers and Book Stores

First Saturday at the Book Xchg

Two published authors, members of the Space Coast Writers' Guild, Bill Allen and Ann Bonner presented their books on Saturday, Steptember 6, 2008, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Book Xchg, 604 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa Village, Florida.

Bill Allen is the author of Greg Hart, Dragonslayer? He spoke about his book and about writing humor. Ann Bonner, author of Secrets of Pine Haven, Intrigue at Pine Haven, and Beyond Pine Haven, spoke about her series of books. They were both available to sign purchased copies of their books after the presentations.

The next presentation at the Book Xchg will be at 1:00 on October 18, 2008. This event is usually on the first Saturday of the month, but due to the special book event in front of the Book Xchg on October 18th, the presentation date has been moved to coincide. So, come early.
The Space Coast Writers' Guild will be well represented at the upcoming October 18, Cocoa Village Craft Fair, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. A dozen local Guild authors will be available to see and autograph their published books, at tables in front of the Book Xchg, 604 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa Village. The public is invited to come and meet the authors and also to hear the writers present their books inside the book Xchg starting at 1:00 p.m

Also available at the Book Xchg are books by other local authors. For more information, call Holly Vellekoop at (321) 733-9449 or the Book Xchg owners (pictured here), Rich and Angie Moore, at (321) 639-5624.

Submissions: The next issue of Florida Book News will be posted on 10/03/08. Send your news to by 10/01/08. Thanks.
Note: Florida Book News originally called Brevard Writing and Book News, but it seemed better for all if we increased the scope. Therefore, all Florida writers, writing organizations etc. are welcome to participate.

End of Post