Thursday, December 31, 2009

Author Ricky Roberts III Seeks to Connect Readers with Optimism, Inspiration

New Book Tackles Tough Life Questions

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Is there more to life? What is my purpose? Am I on the right path? St. Petersburg-based author Ricky Roberts III addresses these questions and many more in his third book, Where Did the Gift Go?

Suitable for readers of all ages and belief systems, Roberts’ new book is a journey inward. By using his own life experiences to draw the reader directly into the gift of life, Roberts shares his honest, heartfelt reflections with those seeking optimism and inspiration.

“Ricky Roberts III touches the pulse of what is unsaid in our mental conversation which is so important for the cultivation of our inner conversation,” said Tammy Taylor, host of Our Greatest Hour Radio Show.

In Where Did the Gift Go? readers will be inspired to rediscover parts of themselves that have been lost, or have never been found. Roberts says he realized a higher calling in his own life after being stabbed nine times at age seventeen, and he has been seeking that purpose ever since.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sea Fare - A Chef's Journey Across the Ocean

“Delicious Memoir” by a Chef Stricken with Wanderlust
Takes Readers on a Cruise around the World on Board a Yacht

Exotic recipes, true love, and astonishing cultural discoveries
await a young Canadian chef on her odyssey around the world

Victoria Allman’s memoir, Sea Fare – A Chef’s Journey Across the Ocean, begins in Canada, where the young chef struggles to make ends meet while dreaming of the food in far-off places. When friends introduce her to the world of yachting, she agrees to travel as chef on board a yacht. Her subsequent experiences highlight the cuisine of the places she visits. Inevitably, they also highlight the cultures.

Her food-related adventures include buying fish from an “olive-skinned Italian wrinkle of a man,” traveling up a muddy river in Papua New Guinea past “wide-eyed, crusty-nosed children with bloated bellies to barter for bananas among women with breasts sagging to their bellies,” and snorkeling the Bombay-colored shallows of the South Pacific “in pursuit of one of the world’s deadliest creatures for dinner, led by a Tahitian man with dark tribal tattoos of tikis, turtles, and rays” running up and down his body.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Oceanview Publishing releases Dead Air by Linda Reid and Deborah Shilan

Oceanview Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Dead Air by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid. Dead Air is now available wherever fine books are sold.

A timely and topical novel, Dead Air probes the controversial question of what happens when universities struggle to make ends meet and start developing partnerships with industry. Who’s left running the show?

An outspoken, brash, native New Yorker, Sammy Greene isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers at Ellsford, her ultra-conservative New England college. The host of The Hot Line, a talk-radio show on campus station WELL, Sammy tackles the toughest, most controversial issues facing Ellsford’s student body. When Sammy discovers the body of Dr. Burton Conrad, one of Ellsford’s most esteemed professors, her journalistic drive kicks in and she sets out to find answers to what happened to the beloved professor. But when several Ellsford students mysteriously disappear, Sammy realizes she’s uncovered the seamy, terrifying underbelly of this prestigious institute of higher education.

With the entire campus in peril and demons from her past close behind, Sammy Greene must race to find answers. Along the way, she’ll discover some unlikely allies—and even more unlikely enemies. If Sammy isn’t careful, someone is going to make sure that she signs off—for good.

TCM Reviews calls Dead Air “a chilling tale guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.”

John Driver, Broadway playwright, director, and author of Hunger of the Beast, says Dead Air is “a medical thriller on steroids, an antibody for boredom, the Rx-read you've got to fill.”

We hope you will enjoy Dead Air. Please visit authors on the web at:

As always, thank you so much for your support. Please stay tuned; we have more great books coming your way!

Oceanview Publishing
Bob & Pat Gussin, Susan Greger

Kay Williamson wins Writers One Flight Up Contest

Congratulations to Kay Williamson from Brevard County. Writers One Flight Up has selected her as the winner of the Pulse Magazine contest. Her story will be in the next edition of the magazine. Watch for her story Bacon, Eggs, and Regrits when it is published.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Congratulations to the Cape Canaveral Branch of the National League of American Pen Women

The Cape Canaveral Branch of the National League of American Pen Women swept the awards at the Florida State Association 2009 Conference in Sarasota last weekend. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Cape Canaveral Branch, and this is a great way to celebrate.


Carmen Beecher - Award of Excellence for "The Graduate"


Melany Duquin Smith - First Place Music (Vocal) "Keep on Growing" AND she also won a Special Award: American Pen Women Scholarship for Continuing Education.


Annette Clifford

- First Place (Short story) "The Children's Lesson"

- First Place (Unpublished Adult Fiction) "Menopause Rocks"

Elizabeth Fay Picardi - First Place Free Form Poetry "Stretching Curtains"

Mary Dall - First Place (Unpublished Young Adult) "Bob!"

Diana Etheridge - Second Place "Cook-n-Rhyme with Kids"

Anna Flowers - Second Place "Wanton Woman"

Newsletter - Only one award was given. It went to the Cape Canaveral Branch for an overall superior newsletter and the one that served its members best (Other branches asked for copies in hopes of improving theirs!). The judges especially liked the lively colorful format, Focus-On pieces and electronic delivery.

For membership information, contact Bev Huttinger at

Monday, November 23, 2009

Haiku for You by Nancy Clark

Nancy started writing in elementary school, where she had her first poem published in a school magazine. Her love of writing continued into her years in junior and high school, where she was on the school newspaper staff. She entered college with plans to major in journalism; as the story goes, things change. She married her high school sweetheart, and for the next 20 years they moved from the U.S. to Europe and back again. When her husband retired from the military, they settled in Palm Bay, Florida.

After many years away from writing, Nancy has written her first book. As well as being her initial book, it is her first attempt at the fine art of Japanese Haiku. The photos in the book are those she has captured on vacations with her husband over the past few years.

You can order Haiku For You by following the following link: PublishAmerica to secure your copy of the book, then click Add to Cart. We typically ship within 24 hours. If you would rather call, please contact PublishAmerica at (301) 695 1707 (business days, hours only).

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Woman Artist Changed History of Florida: Read about it in a book by Deborah C Pollack

Did you know it was a woman artist who changed the history of Florida? Laura Woodward (1834-1926), was a professional artist--one of merely a handful of female members in the Hudson River School.

Woodward came to Florida in the 1880s and from ca. 1888-1896 became one of the most extensively traveled artists in the state. She braved the alligator, panther and bear-infused jungles to depict Florida’s natural landscape in beautiful watercolors and oils. Woodward painted the Ocklawaha, Tomoka, Indian, St. Lucie, Banana, Withlacoochee and many other rivers. She was the one of the first professional women artists to paint in Miami and the Everglades and the inspiration to Henry Morrison Flagler in his development of the most magnificent resort in the world—Palm Beach.

Having been brought up in the Victorian tradition of modesty, she remained publicly silent about her accomplishments and it is only now that the breadth of her importance is finally known—as Florida’s greatest nineteenth-century woman artist and one of its greatest publicists.

Book Details:

Title: Laura Woodward: The Artist Behind the Innovator Who Developed Palm Beach

Author: Deborah C. Pollack

Published: with the Historical Society of Palm Beach County by Blue Heron Press

Price: $39.99
Length: 264 pages
Photos: 83 color, 118 B/W
Maps: 6
Format: Hard Cover
Size: 11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches
ISBN: 0-9778399-1-5

For more information please visit

Music Made Simple - The BabyStep Method

Mikayla Morin, a second grader along with her brother, Alex Morin a kindergartner, both students at Indialantic Elementary School in Brevard County, are conducting several book signings for their newly released book Music Made Simple-The BabyStepMethod at Florida Institute of Technology and local libraries in Brevard County, in the hopes of generating enough funds. The sales of the book will to be used to purchase keyboards and books for children with life threatening illness that are hospitalized during the Christmas holiday season.

Last year the duo and their parents, gave 20 keyboards and 20 DVDs with hand-written notes to twenty children in Arnold Palmer Hospital oncology department. This holiday season they will give to Arnold Palmer again and also to Florida Hospital. The Morins objective is to add one hospital each year.

Monday, November 16, 2009

News from The Scribblers of Brevard

The Scribblers of Brevard are having a Presentation of
Their 2009 Anthology, The "Driftwood."

When: December 3rd, 2009
Where: 'Patrick Paperbacks' Book Shop
1680 Highway A1A # 3
Satellite Beach, Fl. 32937 (321) 777 0170
Time: 12:00 noon - 2:00 PM

Meet some of the writers and hear their readings. Discussions about writing and creativity. Invitation to visit EauGallie Meetings.
Contact: or (321) 259 4131 for Information.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thanks to the Amelia Island Book Festival

Florida Book News thanks the Amelia Island Book Festival for placing an ad. You'll find it in the column at the right. Please click on it and read all about the festival.

The festival is scheduled for February and has many talented authors and interesting activities planned.

Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Amelia Island Book Festival - Jeff Shaara

Amelia Island Book Festival - Author Focus
February 11-14 – 2010

Festival Focus
A series of reviews of books to be featured at the Amelia Island Book Festival – 2010. Reviewers represent a broad spectrum of community readers and writers. Author Jeff Shaara will be a featured author at the Festival, Feb. 11-14, 2010.

The Steel Wave by Jeff Shaara
Reviewed by Cal Atwood

Jeff Shaara is a name to be reckoned with. Readers probably came across him early on when his first book, Gods and Generals, arrived on the scene as a major motion picture—released by Warner Brothers in 1995.

Shaara comes by his literary legacy honestly. His father, Michael Shaara, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1975 for his classic novel The Killer Angels, which became the motion picture Gettysburg in 1993. Readers may have seen Shaara’s fine baseball story, starring Kevin Costner, For Love of The Game.
So, it seems like we are always looking for another good book to read. If you like action locked into a history background, you might just want to light up your reading lamp and dive into a book by Jeff Shaara. He has written some mighty sturdy books about the Revolutionary War, the Mexican War, Civil War and World Wars I and II. I have read most of his works and found them always to be a sterling read.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Mysterious Woman on the Train by Kay Williamson

ADC abilities surge to forefront in new novel
Experienced author shares entertaining murder-mystery
Wisconsin college professor David Martin never knew he had the ability to communicate with those that had passed over. But in the Mysterious Woman on the Train (published by iUniverse) his psychic ability on board a train, on the anniversary of a murder, propels him into the mystery solving world.

Author Kay Williamson’s personal experiences, including those with her father after he passed over as well as interviews with friends and acquaintances weave the Mysterious Woman on the Train into a novel where psychic abilities play a key role in leading Martin and his mother, Kathleen, to the murder of Rosalind La Page.

“I believe this book will appeal to any murder mystery aficionado, and it will have extra appeal to readers who are interested in ADCs (after death communication) and psychic phenomenon,” Williamson said. “After I finished my novel, I read a book in which over 353 men, women, and children had shared their ADCs with the authors. I felt this book helped to authenticate the experiences that my friends had shared with me and my own experiences as well.”


Kay Williamson, a former elementary teacher, has had numerous romantic suspense and murder mystery novel published including: Ghostly Whispers, Time after Time, Bridge to Nowhere, Listen to the Heart and Murder at the Starlight Pavilion. A playwright and published songwriter, she wrote and successfully produced a romantic, musical comedy, "What’s Going on at the Mansion?" in Iron Mountain, Michigan where she and her husband, Don, spend their summers.
Residents of Florida, they display their watercolor paintings in juried shows during the winter months. A second marriage for both, they have seven grandchildren.
Visit to see more of Kay's books.

May be ordered from, or your local book store.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Thanks to the Book Xchg

A group of writers from the Space Coast Writers' Guild has been meeting at the Book Xchg on Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Village on the first Saturday of the month for quite a while.

Sadly, the Book Xchg will soon be closing . They are in the process of a final sale -- all books $1.00.

It's a sad sign of the times when we lose these friendly neighborhood bookstores. Today, I want to thank the Book Xchg for their wonderful support of writers, for allowing us to meet there, for showing our books so prominently and for befriending all of us. We will miss you.

Thanks for everything.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Boca Raton Writer Deborah Shlian Wins Prestigious RPLA Awards

Florida Writer Deborah Shlian wins Prestigious RPLA Awards, Announced at Statewide Florida Writers Association Conference

The Florida Writers Association (FWA) has announced that Deborah Shlian of Boca Raton, Florida, won two prestigious Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLAs). Dr. Shlian’s winning entries, Rabbit in the Moon and "Second Chance" both won First Place awards for Published Thriller (the novel was co-written with her husband, Joel Shlian) and Published Short Story, respectively.

FWA is a statewide nonprofit trade association with some 1,000 members. Ms. Bridgman’s award was announced at the awards ceremony at FWA’s recent three-day annual conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference attracted nearly 300 member-attendees and offered a mix of workshops and opportunities to network with a faculty of agents, acquisition editors, publishers, and industry professionals from across the United States. The ceremony was the conference’s crowning event.

Other RPLA winners included Chris Roerden’s educational/information book, Don’t Sabatage Your Submission, and Erwin Wunderlich’s historical novel, Salvos on the Backwater, tied for 2009 Published Book of the Year.

This competition was RPLA’s eighth, and to date it is the largest. Some 236 entries were submitted for 23 categories of writing, including book-length nonfiction (six genres), short nonfiction (two genres), poetry, book-length fiction (twelve genres) and short fiction (two genres). Awards were given separately for published and unpublished works.

“RPLA is special.” said Chrissy Jackson, FWA’s vice president. “Like all writing competitions, it recognizes excellence, but this competition also provides comprehensive, constructive feedback to all entrants. I don’t know of any other competition that guarantees that at least three judges will read and thoroughly comment on all entries.”

This year, RPLA had 64 active judges, the largest number in its history. Each read an average of 12 submissions, for a total of 776 rubrics completed. The judges are current or retired teachers, librarians, professional editors, college professors, published authors, former RPLA winners, journalists, and leaders of writing and reading groups. A good percentage have advanced degrees. Most are Floridians, but others hail from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and New York. All entries were blind.

Building Trusting Relationships

Over the past two years, Marc O’Brien, a former South Florida Hunter/Jumper Association member and New Jersey Monmouth County Park System Special Person To Ride program student, has completed an interesting horseback riding novel that should be a must read for junior riders and an informative trip down memory lane for equestrians everywhere.

Special Person To Ride is a unique story that takes the concept of therapeutic horse back riding, mixes it with extracurricular activity ingredients to create a childhood relationship recipe that evolves into a communication dish that is very healthy to taste.

“Like riding, horse education can evolve through communication in a way that may not be in a text book,” said the author who spent nearly a decade and a half learning basic English horsemanship and represented the Garden State twice in National Competition. “This novelette allows the reader to understand what goes into understanding trusting friendships.”
As the tail spins Leprechaun 6 Equestrian Members Katie, Michelle and CC are handed a challenge from their horse trainer Mr. Hawthorne ‘to teach a special person to ride’.

“The three equestrian friends Katie, Michelle and CC only know Jason Michael Bates from school and the girl’s best friends, the horses, provide the setting for everybody to get to know each other,” said the disabled gold medalist who parlayed the experience into an opportunity to attend Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida and graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.

For other readers, that may include students and health care professionals, the simple social saga can provide a thoughtful message that may include remembering the importance of interaction between others in a relaxing situation.

“I really hope the book will allow college students, parents and health care professionals to reflect and interpret the story in varying ways in order to understand that life is just a book filled with conflicts while the climaxes are the ending until another episode begins,” said O’Brien whose equestrian life started with a leader and two side walkers then saw the final chapter played out on the South Florida Hunter/Jumper Association circuit while attending college. “Just as a good piece of art should evoke questions and thoughts, Special Person To Ride allows the reader to understand how to deal with simple sensitive scenes like riding a horse that can be very challenging for some students and easy for others.”

Books can be ordered @ or @

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

“Cracks in the Sidewalk” Royal Palm Literary Award Winner

Florida Writers Association names
Cracks in the Sidewalk
Royal Palm Literary Award Winner
The Florida Writers Association (FWA) announced that Bette Lee Crosby of Port Saint Lucie, Florida, won the prestigious Royal Palm Literary Award for her novel, Cracks in the Sidewalk, in the category of Published Women’s Fiction.

Crosby’s award was announced at the FWA conference in Orlando, Florida. According to Chrissy Jackson, FWA’s vice president, “This competition was the largest the association has hosted to date. We had 236 entries and 64 active judges, many of whom are authors or professionals in fields of journalism and education.”

Cracks in the Sidewalk is Crosby’s second novel and follows on the heels of Girl Child which won the First Place Award for Published Fiction at the 2007 National League of American Pen Women Florida Biennial.

Crosby’s award-winning novels are based on female characters who are easy to like; women who have big hearts and strong backbones, women who have the reader rooting for them from word one. Claire McDermott, the storyteller in Cracks in the Sidewalk is just such a woman. In this touching story about a grandmother’s search for her missing grandchildren, Crosby delves into the dark secrets and painful experiences that exist in many family relationships. “Sometimes,” she says, “A loss destroys a family, sometimes it destroys a person, and sometimes it leads a person to discover the truth of what being a family really means.”

To say Cracks in the Sidewalk is inspirational is tantamount to calling Mount Everest a hill. The ending will leave you with a tear in your eye and an overwhelming amount of joy in your heart. It will most certainly have you scurrying off to hug your children as you remind yourself how fortunate you are to have them, despite sibling arguments, bad report cards and endless loads of laundry. According to Crosby, the novel is based on a true story that happened to a friend of hers, but as she explains, “everything an author writes, is colored by their own experiences and observations.”

Readers can visit Crosby’s website at to learn more about the books she writes or read an excerpt from either of these award-winning books.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Local Writers Win Prestigious RPLA Award, Announced at Statewide Florida Writers Association Conference.

The Florida Writers Association (FWA) has announced that four local writers won prestigious Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA). Martha Powers’ Conspiracy of Silence won Second Place for Published Thriller. Shara Pendragon Smock’s winning entry, Is This My Baby? won Second Place for Unpublished Essay. Kathryn Taromina’s The Legend of the Yule Log won Second Place for Unpublished Children’s Book. John White’s Prodigious Savant won First Place for Mainstream (unpublished) and an honorable mention for Talonfire for Unpublished Flash Fiction.

In addition, Karen Lieb earned the Vice President’s Award “In recognition of her commitment, boundless energy, and endless enthusiasm for FWA, With love and appreciation, Chrissy Jackson, Vice President, Florida Writers Association.” FWA is a statewide nonprofit trade association with some 1,000 members. The awards earned by the Melbourne writers were announced at the awards ceremony at FWA’s recent three-day annual conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference attracted nearly 300 member-attendees and offered a mix of workshops and opportunities to network with a faculty of agents, acquisition editors, publishers, and industry professionals from across the United States. The ceremony was the conference’s crowning event.

Other RPLA winners included FWA’s Northeast Florida Regional Director, Victor DiGenti, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, whose mystery, Matanzas Bay, won the award for Unpublished Book of the Year. This was the first year this award was made, and literary agent Elizabeth Trupin-Pulli of JET Literary Associates, a faculty member at the conference, has already expressed an interest in the book.

Chris Roerden’s educational/information book, Don’t Sabotage Your Submission, and Erwin Wunderlich’s historical novel, Salvos on the Backwater, tied for 2009 Published Book of the Year.

This competition was RPLA’s eighth, and to date it is the largest. Some 236 entries were submitted for 23 categories of writing, including book-length nonfiction (six genres), short nonfiction (two genres), poetry, book-length fiction (twelve genres) and short fiction (two genres). Awards were given separately for published and unpublished works.

“RPLA is special.” said Chrissy Jackson, FWA’s vice president. “Like all writing competitions, it recognizes excellence, but this competition also provides comprehensive, constructive feedback to all entrants. I don’t know of any other competition that guarantees that at least three judges will read and thoroughly comment on all entries.”

This year, RPLA had 64 active judges, the largest number in its history. Each read an average of 12 submissions, for a total of 776 rubrics completed. The judges are current or retired teachers, librarians, professional editors, college professors, published authors, former RPLA winners, journalists, and leaders of writing and reading groups. A good percentage have advanced degrees. Most are Floridians, but others hail from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and New York. All entries were blind with judges not knowing names of the writers.
“The judging was first-rate,” said Chris Coward, RPLA’s 2009 chairperson. “Collectively, the judges donated thousands of hours of time to this competition, and because they’re anonymous, they got absolutely no public recognition for it. They truly live the FWA motto, ‘Writers Helping Writers’.”

The Florida Writers Association, 1,000 members strong and growing, is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization that supports the state’s established and emerging writers. Membership is open to the public, and membership forms are posted on FWA’s website,
The Royal Palm Literary Awards competition is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing blind, objective, and constructive written assessments for all entrants.

For additional information about FWA, visit the FWA website: For a list of 2009 RPLA winners, complete with submission summaries and author biographies, visit

The next local meeting open to the public is Wednesday, Nov. 18, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the West Melbourne Library.

"She Knew, Finally" by Cindy Michaud is available at Art and Antique Studio

The first printing of Cindy Michaud’s book “She Knew, Finally” was a sell out! The painting project that turned into a book has a special appeal to “women of a certain age” and everyone was stocking up for birthdays and Christmas at the Opening held on October 2. Friends and fans will be happy to know that the $12.00 book has been re-printed and is now available at the Art & Antiques Studio located at 1419 Highland Avenue in downtown Eau Gallie.

Meanwhile Cindy is off to do “book chats” in Williamsburg and Washington, D.C. as well as a special appearance at “Books & Crannies” a bookstore in Middleburg, VA. Contact Cindy at if you know of a place you would like to have her discuss the project.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Launch of Wyatt's Revenge by H. Terrell Griffin coming soon

Award-winning Florida novelist H. Terrell (Terry) Griffin will celebrate the release of his latest mystery, Wyatt’s Revenge, at The Muse Bookshop (112 South Woodland Boulevard; Deland; Phone: 386-734-0278) on December 4, 2009 from 6:00 until 9:00 pm. The public is invited to attend.

The latest in Griffin’s acclaimed Matt Royal mystery series, Wyatt’s Revenge (Oceanview Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-933515-53-3, Hardcover, Mystery, $24.95, Release date: November 16, 2009) is a hard-hitting, action-packed tale about good versus evil, justice versus revenge, murder, and redemption.

On balance, retired trial lawyer turned beach bum Matt Royal is a pretty laid-back fellow. But when Laurence Wyatt, one of Matt’s best friends, is murdered, Matt trades in his easy-going ways for a hard-hitting quest for revenge. Matt knows the Longboat Key police will do their job investigating, but for Matt, finding Wyatt’s killer isn’t a job; it’s personal.

Determined to do whatever it takes to solve Wyatt’s murder, Matt takes matters into his own hands and embarks on a clandestine investigation. Soon, Matt finds himself in hot pursuit of a cadre of remorseless criminals and trained killers. But the tables turn and Matt becomes the pursued. Faced with mounting danger, Matt calls for backup from his buddies Jock Algren and Logan Hamilton.
Matt Royal would go to the ends of the earth to exact revenge for Wyatt’s murder, but will he go outside the law? Expect the unexpected in this wild and dangerous ride from Longboat Key, Florida, to Frankfurt, Germany, because hell hath no fury like Matt Royal scorned.

Susan Greger, Publisher at Oceanview commented, “We are thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Wyatt’s Revenge by H. Terrell Griffin. Wyatt’s Revenge has it all—non-stop action, a winning plot, and the irresistible Matt Royal.”

Award-winning novelist H. Terrell Griffin is a board-certified trial lawyer who practiced in Orlando for thirty-eight years. He and his wife, Jean, divide their time between Longboat Key, Florida, and Maitland, Florida. Griffin is also the author of Blood Island, Murder Key, and Longboat Blues. Blood Island was named an award-winning finalist in the 2008 National Best Books Awards, Fiction & Literature: Mystery/Suspense category.

Wyatt’s Revenge will be available wherever fine books are sold on November 16, 2009. Oceanview Publishing ( is an independent publisher headquartered in Massachusetts. Oceanview is a proud member of the International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. For more information, please contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone (615-297-9875) or by email (
For a complete list of book signings and appearances, go to:

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Miami Book Fair International 2009

Are you going? It's one of the largest book fairs in the country. The Miami Book Fair International is scheduled for November 8 through 15, 2009, with the Street Fair portion from November 13 - 15....

The website ... ... has complete information including lodging info and a fairgoer's guide. With such big names as Ray Blount, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oats and Wally Lamb listed as confirmed authors of the couple hunder authors on this list, you may want to plan a trip to southern Florida for the event.

If you go, have a great time.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Pulse Contest 2010

January Issue #14

Attention prose and poetry writers. Writers One Flight Up is sponsoring a new contest. Winner will be selected by Writers One Flight Up and published in Pulse, the Magazine of Mount Dora, Eustis and Tavares.

Prose limited to a maximum of 650 words. Poetry not more than 50 lines.

We seek original creative short, short stories and poetry based on the prompt. Entries that do not relate to the prompt will not be read. The prompt for the contest is: “Bacon, Eggs and Re-grits.”

All entries must be electronic. Send to Do not put your name on your entry. Your name should appear only on your title page/cover sheet. The Title Page should also include your contact information (Name, email and phone number(s). Entries must be typed in 12 point Times New Roman or Arial and submitted as a word document.

Individuals are limited to a maximum of three entries. Each entry must be sent separately via email.

Contest deadline is midnight, Sunday, December 6th. The winner will be notified on Wednesday, December 9th. The winning selection will be published in the Winter Issue (Issue #14) of Pulse, due out mid-January.

Pulse is a slick, four-color, advertiser supported magazine published quarterly with a circulation in excess of 4,000 copies.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

NANOWRIMO -- Are you in this year?

Two weeks until National Novel Writing Month... NANOWRIMO. In case you don't know what that is, listen up. For the last two years (for me-- longer for others) I have accepted the challenge and written a 50,000-word novel during the month of November.

It is truly an exercise it forward movement. No time for revision or even correction. For the month, you just put one word after another.... You win by reaching 50,000 words in 30 days.

There are thousands of people (over 100,000) writing each year. Come join us...

If you want to learn more about it go to

If you are a participant and want to send in your statistics as you go along, feel free to email them to me at and I'll be glad to post them. Be sure to tell me how you want your name included (okay to use a pen name if you want) and tell me your current word count. I'll update the list as often as necessary.
Lets all cheer for each other in the comments section of the post....

For now, get going on thinking up a great plot, but don't start writing until 12:01a.m. on 11/1/09.
See you there....

Sandy Lender, Choices Meant for Kings

About the book: There's no doubt: Chariss is in danger. Her geasa is hampered by the effects of a friend's marriage. The dashing Nigel Taiman hides something from her, yet demands she stay at his family's estate where he and her wizard guardian intend to keep her safe. But the sorcerer Lord Drake and Julette the Betrayer know she's there, and their monstrous army marches that way.

When prophecies stack up to threaten an arrogant deity, Chariss must choose between the dragon that courts her and the ostracized kings of the Southlands for help. Evil stalks her at every turn and madness creeps over the goddess who guides her. Can an orphan-turned -Protector resist the dark side of her heritage? Or will she sacrifice all to keep her god-charge safe?

Choices Meant for Kings is available in hardcover and as a Kindle book at if you don't make it to the signing.

Other news from Sandy Lender: There's a new fantasy magazine out in print these days. The inaugural issue of Winter's Night is now available for ordering at Florida Fantasy Author Sandy Lender was selected to be included with the paranormal/fantasy short story "A Legacy Protected."

Winter's Night is going to be published at least once a year, possibly twice. Folks can get information about submitting short stories from Richard Bray, the editor. You need to be a member of the FantasyWriting critique group on Yahoo Groups, which is free to join and a nice community of writers helping each other hone their craft.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Book Festival Partners with Florida State College at Jacksonville for Writers’ Workshop

The Amelia Island Book Festival and Florida State College at Jacksonville Writers’ Workshop is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 at the Betty Cook Center, Yulee. Tickets are now available for the workshop, which includes writer sessions, hands-on workshops, and a panel discussion on “Putting the South in Southern Writing.”

Authors headlining the workshop sessions include: Rick Bragg, Sonny Brewer, Cassandra King, Janis Owens and Jeff Shaara, as well as many more authors, local writers, professors and industry professionals.

The cost for the workshop and lunch is $90 for sign up by Dec. 15. After this date, the cost increases to $95. Florida State College at Jacksonville and area high school students are free but they must pre-register.

Registration information is on the web site:
Make checks payable to: Amelia Island Book Festival , PO Box 824, Amelia Island, FL 32035.

Writers’ Workshop Schedule
8 a.m. — Coffee and registration
9 a.m. — Workshops begin
Two sessions in the morning offer a variety of hands-on workshops.

Lunch — Keynote speakers:
Sonny Brewer, Poet of Tolstoy Park
Rick Bragg, Pulitzer Prize winning author of All Over But the Shoutin’

Two sessions are scheduled for after lunch, offering a wide variety of presenters and topics.

3 p.m. — Panel — Best-Selling Authors: Putting the South in Southern Writing,
Cassandra King, Janis Owens, Sonny Brewer and Rick Bragg

The festival is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that promotes literacy among children and adults by showing that reading is fun and worthwhile and inspiring the appreciation of books. For information about the festival, refer to the web site at, or call Dickie Anderson at 904.556.6455.

Book Festival and Micah’s Place Partner for Savory Southern Breakfast Event

The Amelia Island Book Festival has added a breakfast event to its annual book festival and will partner with Micah’s Place, Nassau County’s only certified domestic violence center. Two popular novelists, Janis Owens and Cassandra King, will be the featured speakers at the 8 a.m. February 13, 2010 breakfast event at the Fernandina Women’s Club.

“This February’s Festival has an incredible selection of best-selling authors. Cassandra King and Janis Owens are best friends and dedicated to women’s issues, what better marriage then to partner with Micah’s Place”, said Dickie Anderson, festival executive director.

Micah’s Place Auxiliary has produced a cookbook, Savory Place, Culinary Favorites of Amelia Island that will be available for sale in late November. The cookbook will help generate revenue to support the many programs Micah’s Place offers. Marie Smith, president of Micah’s Place Auxiliary, said, “What a perfect event to sell our cookbook and bring our supporters together to enjoy a good old fashioned southern breakfast, raise money for our shelter and listen to two inspiring authors.”

Breakfast tickets are $30 each and are available at The Purple Dove, Books Plus and the Golf Club of Amelia. For cookbook or breakfast ticket information go to

The Amelia Island Book Festival, scheduled for February 12 – 14, 2010, will offer a full schedule of events, including a Writers’ Workshop, Authors In Schools Program, Friday night concert, a free all-day Readers’ Festival and its popular Lunch With Authors. For more information go to

Monday, October 12, 2009

Midnight Harvest: Living in the Moment of Love by Frank Hajcak, PhD and Tricia Garwood, MS

Midnight Harvest: Living in the Moment of Love is an insider’s view of two hearts preserving the intensity of love in a lifelong relationship by courting the soul along with the heart. Inspired by Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning, the authors began exchanging simple love notes when they met, which evolved into poetic dialogues. As marital therapists, Frank and Tricia have been using them as a template to inspire couples to pursue soul mate commitment.

The authors explained that, “Courting the soul as well as the heart pushes the boundaries of emotional love into the metaphysical/spiritual realm. Love becomes driven by the desire to love more, opening the door to living in a moment of love that remains untarnished by events and undiminished by time.”

In a culture where divorce and affairs are commonplace Midnight Harvest: Living in the Moment of Love is a timely must read.

One advance endorsement said, "The authors remind us of the impact poetry like that of Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning can have on a world hungry for lifelong romantic love."

Frank and Tricia’s first book on intimate relationships was the main selection of the Psychology Today, the Behavioral Science and the Psychiatric and Social Science Book Clubs, featured in GLAMOUR magazine and has been translated into French, Polish and Estonian.

Tricia and Frank have many publications in art and photography and have also written three other books including a children’s environmental picture book which Tricia illustrated. Their photos and art work highlight many of the verses.

Their book can be purchased at

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Congratulations to Jennifer Swanson

I just received word that Jennifer Swanson's new book Penny and rio: The Locked Doghouse Mystery won a Mon's Choice Award for excellence in family friendly media. You can see the link at

For more information and to see the book brailer, visit her website at

News from the Space Coast Writers' Guild

1. The registration form for the January Conference is now available online at You can copy the registration page and mail it back to us. You get a discount if you pay your 2010 dues at the time of registration.

2. There are still openings for volunteers. If you want to volunteer to work for 4 hours (can be divided into 2 shifts) at the conference, you name will be entered in a drawing to win a Netbook computer. (If you win the Netbook and don't want it, I'll bet there are plenty of takers!)

3. Don't forget our fiction writers' workshop, next Saturday Oct 17, 9 am at the West Melbourne Library. The regular monthly meeting is also that day at 1 pm.

4. Finally, congratulations to Stephen Blythe on the publication of his first book, and to Melanie Rotenberg, who has just received a contract for her first book.

Joyce Henderson

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Oceanview Publishing releases The Test by Patricia Gussin

Oceanview Publishing announces the forthcoming release of The Test by Patricia Gussin. The Test will be available wherever fine books are sold on October 5, 2009.

Gussin, nominee for the Thriller Award for “Best First Novel,” and author of such acclaimed books as Shadow of Death and Twisted Justice, delivers a rich and suspenseful saga about the complexity of family relationships, the corrupting power of wealth, and the danger of good intentions in The Test.

In The Test (Oceanview Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-933515-19-9, Hardcover, Suspense, $24.95) Gussin, whom the Lansing State Journal says “skillfully handles a complex plot with amazing dexterity,” introduces the Parnell family, an incredibly complicated, fabulously wealthy, and extraordinarily dysfunctional family.

Patriarch Paul Parnell, a renowned philanthropist and billionaire, had reached the pinnacle of monetary success, but not without cost. As he faced the end of his life, Paul took time to reflect on his triumphs, his perceived failures, and wondered: had he put too much emphasis on work, and spent too little time with his family?

Determined to leave something far more valuable than money to his six children, Paul left behind a most unusual last will and testament. This unorthodox will, which stipulated that the lion’s share of Paul’s two billion dollar estate be divided among the heirs who pass “the test,” was Paul’s last hope of creating a lasting legacy. Paul Parnell had only the best of intentions—inspiring his children to give back to society and embrace a code of moral values—but could his good intentions mean the worst of consequences for his beloved family?

The six children—Rory, Frank, Dan, Monica, Carla, and Ashley—have only one year to make a difference. But what a difference one year will make. As the story unfolds, these six siblings will be tested in every way imaginable. When lives unravel, and a dangerous outsider threatens to fracture this fragile family, what was meant to bring them together may only succeed in tearing them apart. With a vast fortune at stake, evil in their midst, and time running out, they’ll be forced to face their personal demons, and the incredibly evil influence that could claim one of their own. In the end, this test may be much more than a matter of pass or fail. This test could be a matter of life—or death.

Susan Greger, Publisher at Oceanview, commented, “We are thrilled to announce the release of Patricia Gussin’s third novel, The Test. A seamless, sensational, and suspenseful story about family, value, and choices, The Test is an exquisite tale of one family fractured by the very thing meant to bring them together.”

Board-certified in Family Medicine, Patricia Gussin practiced medicine and has directed medical research in her role as worldwide vice president for a leading healthcare company. She is the author of Shadow of Death, which was nominated for “Best First Novel” in the Thriller Awards, sponsored by the International Thriller Writers, and Twisted Justice. She and her husband Bob Gussin divide their time between Longboat Key, Florida, East Hampton, New York, and their vineyards in New Zealand.

Oceanview Publishing ( is an independent press headquartered in Ipswich, Massachusetts. For more information, please contact Maryglenn McCombs – (615) 297-9875, or

Patricia Gussin, M.D. was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She attended medical school in Detroit after which she did an internship and pediatric residency at Tampa General Hospital. Board Certified in Family Medicine, Pat, known to colleagues as Dr. Patricia Stewart, has practiced medicine and has directed medical research in her role as worldwide vice president for a leading healthcare company.

A graduate of Aquinas College, she received a M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine and an MBA from Columbia University. Pat’s former academic affiliations include the University of the Sciences of Philadelphia as Chairman of the Board of Trustees; University of Pennsylvania Dental School, where she was a member of the Board of Overseers and an Associate Trustee of the University; and membership on advisory committees of several universities. She has an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Duquesne University. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sarnoff Corporation in Princeton, N.J.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Pat is a member of the American Academy of Family Medicine, and a former member of the American Pain Society, Past President of the Drug Information Association, and a former officer of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

Pat is also the author of Shadow of Death and Twisted Justice. Shadow of Death was nominated for Best First Novel in the International Thriller Writers “Thriller” awards.

One of six children, Pat has seven children and sixteen grandchildren. Pat and her husband, Dr. Robert Gussin, a renowned medical researcher, divide their time between Longboat Key, Florida, East Hampton, New York, and their vineyards in New Zealand.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Rose Padrick to speak at Book Xchg on November 7, 2009

Rose Padrick a contributor of a letter to The Art of Grandparenting will speak at the Book Xchg on Novembe 7, 2009. The public is welcome. (Judy Mammay also contributed to The Art of Grandparenting.)

Padrick was born in New York City and raised in Merritt Island, a childhood of having one foot in the big city and one running free in pre-air-conditioned Florida affords her a unique perspective. She also draws on her experiences as a mother and a grandmother as inspiration for her column ‘Rose’s Room’. In a Florida Today newspaper readers' survey it was voted as one of two most popular columns in the entire newspaper. After a successful three-year run in the communities section of Florida Today newspaper ‘Roses Room’ is now running in the Boca Raton newspaper and Brevard County Woman magazine. ‘Rose’s Corner’ column ran for a year in Seniors Today magazine, and she writes weekly threads for Brevard County Moms website.

She has also had short stories published in Senior Life monthly magazine, The Best Of Times monthly magazine, Camping Today monthly magazine, Literary Liftoff – the official magazine of the Space Coast Writers Guild, Coastal Angler monthly magazine, Quiltworks monthly magazine, and her second appearance in Woman’s World Magazine was a two-page spread with pictures in the November 13, 2007 issue, with several short stories to come out soon.

Her yet-to-be published children’s book has been running as a monthly chapter feature in the Pet Gazette magazine since 2004, and previously ran as a weekly cliffhanger in the Deland Beacon newspaper. She hopes to change ‘Sparky’s Adventures’ status from ‘yet-to-be published’ to ‘recently published’ soon. Her ‘Open Letter to New Grandparents’ was a contribution to the newly published The Art of Grandparenting (Nightengale Publications). Padrick's short-short story is included in the upcoming collection of short stories attentively titled 'Wisdom from experience' by Miles To Go Productions.

"Shaving time from my 40 hour a week job and busy weekends to write isn’t easy," she says, "but my love of storytelling keeps me at the computer till the wee hours. Rewarding myself with a ‘Grammy fix’- grabbing a hug or a walk on the beach with one or more of my 15 grandchildren – keeps me in stories…and in smiles."

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Dr. Stephen Blythe’s book “Uninsured in America” is published!

Patients without insurance pay up to ten times the insurance rate for health care, asserts Dr. Blythe in this new book. His local hospital charges $332 for an EKG for which insurance companies pay $30. A CT scan can cost an uninsured patient $3,000 at the hospital – but if they know where to go, they can get the same scan for $450. Some specialists charge $420 for a new-patient consultation, whereas Medicare pays no more than $180 for the same visit. Doctor’s visits, lab tests, prescription medications, and x-rays all cost the uninsured far more than insurance pays for the same services.

In this informal book Dr. Blythe shares examples from his practice of how uninsured patients are ripped off by our health care system – often without even knowing it. He shares the advice he offers his patients about how to get lower-cost services and how to negotiate fair prices. He shares tips on finding the rate that Medicare pays for medical services. His theory is that since few insurance companies pay more than 20% above this, physicians, hospitals, and other providers should be more than happy to accept Medicare plus 20% in cash or by credit card. After all, for the cash patient they don’t have to pay anyone to do billing and collections, there are no billing disputes later on, and they don’t have to wait months for payment.

Dr. Blythe was the Democratic candidate for congress in his district in 2008. “I proposed an “Uninsured Americans Protection Act” which would guarantee that no patient in the ER or hospital could be charged more than 20% above Medicare for the same services, and that all providers would need to make available to the public their cash charges for services and the Medicare fee accepted for the same service” says Blythe. “This would at least put the uninsured on a level playing field and help prevent medical bankruptcies”.

Although his book will also be valuable to those with high deductible plans, Dr. Blythe says he is hopeful that his book will not be needed by anyone in a future when all Americans have health coverage.

Uninsured in America is available at Outskirts Press website, and can also be purchased through Barnes and Noble or

To contact the author, send an e-mail through the website
ISBN: 978-1-4327-4379-6

Saturday, September 26, 2009

New Sponsor Ads

Florida Book News has two new Sponsor Ads this week. One is from Art Atkins. He wrote The Oasis. Thanks to Art for supporting Florida book news. Click on his ad and read about his book and about him.

The other is from Jennifer Swanson. She writes the Penny and Rio Mystery Series. Thanks so much for your support of Florida Book News, Jennifer. Please click on her ad and read about these wonderful books for children.

They're Back... Cross the Atlantic Summary

Bob and Ralph Brown have returned from their voyage. For those of you who followed their progress on this blog or on theirs, Ralph has sent a summary of their voyage across the Atlantic in a flats boad. Enjoy the commentary. Click here to read it:

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Quick Note... from Lou

All my favorites seem to be launching books within days of each other. I haven't read them yet, but I'm a fan of these authors. So, we're about to play, If you liked...

Here goes:

  • If you liked... The Da Vinci Code, you might like... The Lost Symbol. It came out 9/15/09. With it came a hefty promise, "All will be revealed." Some of you have had time to read it by now. What did you think?
  • If you liked The Time Traveler's Wife, you might like... Her Fearful Symmetry. Six years ago, The Time Traveler's Wife was Audrey Niffenegger's first novel. After I read it, I gave it to everyone. I have high hopes of doing the same with this new novel. (Release: 9/29/09).
  • If you liked The World According to Garp, you might like The Last Night in Twisted River. John Irving's intriguing plotting never disappoints. I am waiting anxiously for this one. (Release: 10/27/09)

    Happy reading to all of us and leave comments on what you think.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

ArtWorks of Eau Gallie 2009

Florida Book News extends its appreciation to ArtWorks of Eau Gallie 2009 for the sponsor ad they placed this week. Click on their ad and read all about this wonderful art festival. Mark the dates on your calendar and plan to attend.

ArtWorks is scheduled for November 21 and 22 in the Eau Gallie Arts District on Highland Avenue. It's a wonderful show where artists demonstrate their art throughout the festival.

Thanks to the committee of ArtWorks for supporting Florida Book News.

Thanks to Carol Jose for adding a Sponsor Ad to Florida Book News

Thanks goes out to Carol Jose for her sponsor ad on Florida Book News. It is linked to information about her book You Are Not Forgotten.

Florida Book News appreciates the support.

Click on her ad to learn more about her book and her writing. Thanks to Carol for helping support out efforts.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Beyond Salvation by Darcia Helle

A teenage runaway disappears from the streets. The only people who care, or even notice, are her two best friends who are also runaways. For reasons of their own, they can't go to the police for help.

They seek out Michael Sykora, a software designer by day and hit man by night. Known on the streets as The Ghost, Michael has a reputation for taking on the twisted criminals. Rapists. Child molesters. He has never been hired to find the lost. Until now.

Michael teams up with ex-prostitute Nicki and full-time hit man Sean. Together they bend the rules of the justice system in order to find a young girl few people care about. In the process, they uncover a world where salvation comes with a price tag and God's words are used to incite fear in a congregation of believers.

Beyond Salvation is the sequel to Darcía Helle's earlier novel, No Justice. This story follows Michael Sykora as he once again seeks to destroy the bad guys. While Beyond Salvation is a sequel, it can easily be read on its own.

About the author: Darcía Helle lives in the Tampa Bay area with her husband, younger son, and four very spoiled animals. Her books are available in paperback, as well as in Kindle format, on You can also find her books, along with contests, her blog, and her
monthly newsletter - Guilty As Charged - on her website:

Visit soon. The characters await you.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Author Profile - Anne Bonner

Bonner is a fifth generation Floridian, born and raised in Brevard County. Realizing that children were not learning Florida history, especially the Civil War in Florida, she set out to write books that were entertaining and interesting, while providing a learning experience for middle school students. She succeeded and is on her fourth book.

The Civil War books were to be a trilogy. However, Sue Ella now has a following and Anne decided to write the fourth book in order to answer questions that the children kept asking about the heroine. Therefore, Shattered Dreams at Pine Haven has just been published to add to the trio.

Anne has been awarded the Jefferson Davis Gold Medal from the United Daughters of the Confederacy for her Southern history programs presented in schools and has also been recognized by the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation. The first two books of the Civil War trilogy have received "Most Outstanding Published Book Award," and she hopes the third book will also be recognized by the UDC. Anne is an award-winning essayist and poet, her chapbook of poetry, BACK HOME IN FLORIDA, was released in 2004.

Secrets at Pine Haven, Civil War Comes to Florida is a story of Sue Ella, aged 12-14 who lived on an estate outside of Jacksonville when the city was occupied four times by Union forces. She received her first kiss, taught slave children to read and write, and unwittingly became a Confederate spy. The book is full of unforgettable characters, Southern traditions and is action packed with raccoons, gators, wild turkeys, and a dragon.

Intrigue at Pine Haven, Civil War in Florida tells of Florida's two big battles: The Battle of Olustee, near Lake City at Ocean Pond, and the Battle of Natural Bridge, near Tallahassee. They were both Confederate victories. J.J. Dickison,
Florida's Swamp Fox was the only one to sink a Federal warship off the coast of Florida.

Sue Ella is 16-17 years old in Intrigue at Pine Haven, Civil War in Florida. In this book she was nearly kidnapped, someone wanted to kill her, deaths of family members left her emotionally drained, and Pine Haven's taxes became outrageous. Sue Ella celebrated her 17th birthday and decided her life's partner.

Beyond Pine Haven, After the Civil War is about Sue Ella at 18 when she traveled to New York City and experienced not only culture shock but a kidnapping, a storm at sea and a snubbing at home. This is a heartwarming story dealing with the aftermath of a horrible war and a young maiden's heartache.

Anne's new release in the series is Shattered Dreams at Pine Haven. In it, Sue Ella is 19. In the story, there's a wedding, a ghost encounter at St. Augustine, a hurricane, tornado, yellow jack fever, and a gigantic disaster at sea. This one's a thriller.

Meet Anne at the Brevard Author Book Fair on March 7, 2009, and take a look at all her wonderful books. It's at the Central Brevard Library, 308 Forrest Ave, Cocoa, Fl.from 1:00 to 4:00. Meet her and see all her wonderful books.

Partners in Crime added a Sponsor Ad

Thanks so much to Partners in Crime and Jody Rehman for adding a Sponsor Ad to Florida Book News. Your support of Florida Book News is greatly appreciated.

Click on the Partners in Crime ad in the column to the right to see that it's all about. Partners in Crime Publishers is a niche publishing company specializing in one-on-relationships with authors. Partners in Crime Publishers belong to Independent Book Publishers Association and Florida Publishers Association.

Thanks again to Partners in Crime for their support of Florida Book News.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Scribbler's of Brevard: Writer's Group Open to All

The Scribbler's Of Brevard, Area Writer's Group, has openings for those wanting to network and wishing to be published in their yearly anthology Driftwood.

The next meeting: Saturday September 26th, 2009

Time: 9:30 AM- Refreshments
10:00 AM- Meeting
11:30 AM- Meeting over

Library: EauGallie Public Library; Pineapple Ave.; Melbourne, Florida

For information, contact: President- I. Jean Pastula PhD,
email: or phone (321) 259-4131

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The Art of Grandparenting -- Grandparent's Day is Sunday 9/13/09

Celebrate Grandparent's Day today (9/13/09) with a book about the art of grandparenting. Give a copy of this new book to new grandparents help celebrate the day.
Rose Padrick and Judy Mammay writers from Brevard county have 'letters' to new grandparents published in The ART of Grandparenting, which is being released in time for Grandparent's Day on September 13, 2009.

Here is the information about the book...

Grandparenting is a tough job for new grandparents. It is an awe-inspiring experience and in many ways baffling. The ART of Grandparenting (ISBN978-1-933449-79-1 $19.95) is an anthology of witty, wise and wonder-filled stories by professional writers from all over the USA and as far away as Israel. Insight abounds in these stories and are re-capped in short lists of advice in the Tips & Tricks after each essay.

New grandparents will find helpful, humor-filled guidance in this book, due to release in time for Grandparent's Day 2009 on September 13, 2009. Go to and enter the New and Forthcoming Titles section of the STORE to order yours.

The book's website is Visit it to find out more about the book as well as other information of interest to grandparents. As a social and video networking site, this will be a place for grandparents to gather to talk about their role in the lives of their families, share their own tips and tricks, brag about their grandkids, enter photo contests, and much more. Of course, the book will be for sale at , , , , and the websites of all the contributing authors.
Happy Grandparent's Day to all.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Festival Focus: Jack Riggs Featured Author at Amelia Island Book Festival

A series of reviews of books to be featured at the Amelia Island Book Festival – 2010. Reviewers represent a broad spectrum of community readers and writers. Author Jack Riggs will be a featured author at the Festival, Feb. 11-14, 2010.

Reviewed by Anne Entriken

Jack Riggs’ debut novel of two struggling young boys coming of age in a small mill town in North Carolina is cleverly woven like the finest of threads among world events in the pivotal year of 1968. That year was one that changed our culture forever. Since Riggs grew up during that time of political assassinations, civil rights, and the Viet Nam war, it was the perfect backdrop for his first effort.

It is the tale of twelve-year-old Raybert Williams and his best friend Palmer Conroy who cling to each other in the closest of friendships, as blood brothers, while living in their parents’ real world existence on the edge of poverty, mental illness and complete dysfunction.

The boys dream and plan a permanent escape to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in a 1965 Pontiac Catalina convertible belonging to Palmer’s deceased father, and all the while, Palmer’s short legs barely even reach the pedals. Their heroes are GI Joe, The Lone Ranger, and especially Evel Knievel when they witness the famous jump over 20 buses that he successfully made and some of us remember well.

Through real, raw emotion and growing momentum, Riggs spins a tale filled with young sensibilities, redemption, grace, salvation, and the absolute assuredness that anything is possible.

Riggs, who teaches at Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta and who was named Georgia Author of the Year – Fiction 2009 for his second novel, Fireman’s Wife, developed an interest in writing detailed character development and began by writing short stories for literary publications. It became apparent those stories could be part of a much larger work. Parts of those original stories are brilliantly used to enrich the novel itself. In the case of When The Finch Rises, Riggs brought the boys to life and allowed them to live their story as only he could tell it.

“Refreshingly different…Clear-eyed and fair…Riggs pulls everything together with honesty and grace, the fate of each character seeming both unexpected and inevitable.”
---The Charlotte Observer

“Riggs conjures up the mysteries of a mill town summer, vividly depicting the lights and shadows of ordinary events and horrors…deeply satisfying portrait of a troubled family.”
---The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Readers will be taken with narrator Raybert’s vivid and poignant recollection of and reflection on his childhood, and appreciative of the choices Riggs made in bringing it to life.”
---Richmond Times Dispatch

The reviewer, Anne Entriken, is active in island book clubs, Micah's Place Auxiliary and is an avid reader as well as writer. A long-time Amelia Island resident, Entriken grew up Virginia where she attended high school and college. She worked for the Smithsonian Institution, US Office of Education and Department of Agriculture and as a corporate wife has lived all over the country. She and her husband Sam have two children and three grandchildren.

For more inforamtion about the Amelia Island Book Festival:
or contact Executive Director - Dickie Anderson at

Charlie L. Simms -- New Book -- Official Launch on September 20

Charlie L. Simms is the author of two (2) books of poetry and is currently living in Orlando, Florida.

His first book, Secrets Of Love And Lore and other scarytales, was published in 2005.

His new book, Sometimes I Believe In You and more scarytales, was published in 2009. (new)

This poet has had the privilege of participating in the 8th Annual Poetry Super Highway Great Poetry Exchange in 2009 with his 1st book "Secrets Of Love And Lore and other scarytales".

The poem, "Soldier No More", was selected as an entrant in the War Poetry Contest in
2009 and is now included in the new book, " Sometimes I Believe In You and more scarytales".

The author also has been accepted as a member of the "World Poet and Writers Registry" in 2009.

These books may be reviewed and purchased online at: .

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Carol Ann Didier launches Navajo Night

Carol Ann Didier belongs to the romance Writers of America and has been writing for ten years. She has serve as both secretary and vice president of her local chapter of RWA.

Apache Warrior was her debut novel in April 2008, published for Kensington's Zebra line. Navajo Night will be out in September 2009 and promises to be another romance filled with carefully researched historical facts and the culture and beliefs of the Navajo Indians.

Carol Ann has bee publishes in Charisma and Literary Lift-Off magazines. She also writes inspirational vignettes, verses for greeting cards, and stories for her grandchildren. she makes her home on the east coast of Florida.

Navajo Night

Can a Navajo Holy Man with a crippled heart heal a white woman with a crippled foot?

Notah Begay loses his young wife while performing a healing sing for her, for a stomach ailment he cannot name. He is forever haunted by his failure and has sworn never to love that deeply again. At least, not until he meets the gentle JoAnna, and his vow flies away on her lilting laughter and sweet smile.

JoAnna is captivated by the Holy Man's devotion to his twins and his tribe. She feels someone as perfect as he will never look at someone as imperfect as she.
Carol Ann Didier will have a book signing for her book at Barnes and Noble on 192, September 11, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
She also will speak at the Franklin DeGroot Library on November 15th at 2:00 p.m. on researching her novels and characters.
For more information, visit her website at

Friday, September 4, 2009

The Art Of Medicine at Elaine Baker Gallery

The Art of Medicine exhibit will open on the evening of September 10 and will hang for one month. The opening reception is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event and exhibit are at the Elaine Baker Gallery at 608 Banyon Trail in Boca Raton, Florida. Be sure to stop by to see this show if you are in the area.

See information about the exhibit and examples of the work at

Joseph Richardson to speak at the BookXchg

On September 5, Joseph Richardson, author of "Fire Angels," spoke at the Book Xchg in Cocoa Florida.

Joseph Richardson is a native Floridian who was born and raised on a farm outside a small town quite similar to the fictional town of Walako in "Fire Angels." Richardson graduated from St. Petersburg Florida High School and earned a B.S. from The University of Alabama. He retired from NASA at Kennedy Space Center after more than 35 years government service. "Joe" is an army veteran of the Korean war. He has two grown sons and lives in Titusville, FL with his wife of 54 years, Joan, and their five "rescuesd" pets. Richardson has received several awards for his works in short story contests. This is his first novel (read the review below).

Next month, Carol Didier will speak to the group.

Author Discussion on the Criminal Justice System

This just in from Marshall Frank:

"FYI - For anyone with nothing better to do on Wednesday evening, Sept. 9th, at 7 p.m., there will be a book discussion about the many ills of the criminal justice system, at the West Melbourne Library. The author is a handsome, dynamic, wealthy, icon and world famous authority on the justice system, having walked the walk, talked the talk for 500 years...hey wait. That's me.

Stop in if you can."

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg

Announcing the publication of What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, October 2009)

Containing work reprinted in Best Non-Required Reading 2008, Best New American Voices 2010, and The Pushcart Prizes 2010, the stories in Laura van den Berg's rich and inventive debut illuminate the intersection of the mythic and the mundane.

A failed actress takes a job as a Bigfoot impersonator. A botanist seeking a rare flower crosses paths with a group of men hunting the Loch Ness Monster. A disillusioned missionary in Africa grapples with grief and a growing obsession with a creature rumored to live in the forest of the Congo. And in the title story, a young woman traveling with her scientist mother in Madagascar confronts her burgeoning sexuality and her dream of becoming a long-distance swimmer.

Rendered with precision and longing, the women who narrate these starkly beautiful stories are consumed with searching -- for absolution, for solace, for the flash of extraordinary in the ordinary that will forever alter their lives.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Penny and Rio: The Locked Doghouse Mystery

Penny and Rio: The Locked Doghouse Mystery is the latest adventure of the crime-fighting dog duo, Penny and Rio. A sequel to the award-winning Penny and Rio: The Mysterious Backyard Meeting, this book finds the dynamic canine detectives heavily involved in another case.

Squeaky the mouse desperately needs their help to recover his precious belongings from a locked doghouse next door. But will Hobbes, the Great Dane, who lives in the yard object? After a futile search through the yard for an elusive key to the doghouse, the detectives are faced with an insurmountable challenge. Penny, the ever-resourceful canine, decides to chew off a newly planted tree in hopes of prying off the lock. But when that plan fails, she is at a loss. Through an inventive plan, the quick-witted pair strive to solve this mystery. Can they recover Squeaky’s belongings before the doghouse is destroyed? Follow along as the determined detectives, Penny and Rio, discover that they can do anything, as long as they work together.

This book is available at and or through the author’s website at Also look for this title in the fall launch of the Ripple Reader.

About the Author: Jennifer Swanson is a middle school science instructor and mother of three. A huge dog lover, the Penny and Rio characters are based on her own real-life dogs. She donates a portion of her proceeds to, a Jacksonville golden retriever rescue organization and also to, an organization that teams dogs with children to improve their learning skills.

Visit Jennifer’s website at for more information or to schedule a school visit. You may also find her on Facebook and Twitter. Currently she is working on a third Penny and Rio book, with help from her pet dogs.

Friends Forever Series by Marilyn Martin

Marilyn Martin is the author of the young reader's readers book series set in Colorado and entitled: Friends Forever. It also includes book #2- Friends Forever Adventures and book #3-Friends Forever New Trails.

Marilyn reports she is close to the completion of book #4 in the series for ages 8 to 13.

Also, Marilyn has finished an anthropomorphic story for ages 7-10, entitled: Jeramiah, the White-footed Mouse. Set in the town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Jeramiah Mouse has many friends at his place of work: The Christmas Barn. Jeri also has a fierce enemy in Bosco Bloodhoud who dogs his every move! Jeramiah is a rollicking, frolicking, story filled with tons of fun, some pathos, and a heartwarming Christmas Eve surprise!

Marilyn is currently seeking a publisher and agent since her publisher retired in January. Stay tuned to Marilyn's website to learn more about BOTH of her new books!

Thanks to Marilyn for her Sponsor Ad. Please click on her ad to read more about her books.

Usher Orlop Mystery Series by Kee Briggs

Space Coast author Kee Briggs has published twelve books. Some are in the science fiction genre and others are mysteries. The Usher Orlop Series of books are mysteries centered around sculptor Usher Orlop. Briggs weaves an engaging story around Orlop and the art he is commissioned to sculpt.

For example, in The Golden Janus:

Usher Orlop is commissioned to create a silver death mask of a slain boy. His serious doubts about the direction of the police investigation lead Usher and his jeweler friend, Anasette, to get involved. Since artists view the world a little differently, they find threads that suggest alternate scenarios.

To read more about Kee's books visit his website at And to read little bits from Usher, visit his twitter site at

Thanks to Kee Briggs for his Sponsor Ad on Florida Book News. Click on his ad for a fast trip to more information about Kee and his books.

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Legend of Jimmy Gollihue by George LaCas

The Legend of Jimmy Gollihue, a novel set in an imaginary Appalachian town and on the rough road to New York City, was published in January of 2009. It's available on both in trade paperback and in Kindle e-book format. In addition, the book is available in multiple e-book formats through

In the story, a young pool hustler named Jimmy falls in love with Iris, the new waitress in his pool room. Suddenly he's in a world of trouble, and Jimmy is forced to hit the road on a Greyhound bus, putting his pool game to the test. Iris waits for him back home, and she weaves witchy tapestries that help Jimmy in his journey. Which is a good thing, for Jimmy's about to meet his match ... and maybe his Maker.

George LaCas grew up in the Southeast and has lived in Florida for the past 12 years. He's a graduate of Florida State University with a B.A. in English. One of the new breed of Internet-savvy writers, George spends much of his work-day online promoting his book and maintaining his author platform. "It's become not simply a novelty, but a necessity, for writers to maintain an online presence," he says. "In fact, many publishers won't touch an unknown author unless he has a certain number of fans already."

In this spirit, George LaCas maintains two blogs--on Wordpress and Blogger-- where he posts book trailers and talks about writing, and a website dedicated to The Legend of Jimmy Gollihue. Currently he's at work on a second novel (about art versus government) and a volume of poetry. George makes his home in the Tampa Bay area of Florida's west coast.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Seven Challenges to the Practice

Don't miss the writing event everyone will be talking about!

Seven Challenges to the Practice:
A dialogue & writing intensive with
Lezlie Laws & Philip F. Deaver
Join Lezlie Laws and Philip F Deaver as they address some hard issues faced by writers, such as:
  • getting started
  • when things go wrong
  • what are the rules
  • fear of the truth

They'll share their individual perspectives and talk them through. Their conversation will be accompanied by seven writing prompts to open new vistas and send you into new work.

For the what, when and where of it all, go to and click on the link at Seven Challenges to the Practice.

Act now, this is coming up on September 19. Regsiter early.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Art Adkins -- The Oasis Project

Art Adkins book The Oasis Project is the 2008 winner of the Detective-Suspense from Award. Here's a little about his book and about him...

Why were they murdered? Shirley Waterbury knows her father was too meticulous and too cautious and knew the sea too well to attempt to sail during an approaching hurricane. The sea was his life and he would never jeopardize the welfare of her mother and her brother, Billy. She knows they were murdered, but with no indication of foul play. No one will investigate a tragedy classified as an accident.

Enter Slade Lockwood, a decorated twenty-year veteran of the LAPD, who returned to Cedar Key to find what escaped him in law enforcement: himself. His reluctant acceptance to investigate the deaths of Shirley's family members will take him on a journey across America. During it, he finally finds what he lost while also unraveling the mystery behind the murders. Slade discovers the motive behind the deaths, an invention which could revolutionize the environment, and a prize so priceless, a family was killed for it. The face of the world could change as a result of the invention, and billions are at stake as Slade races against time to bring a ruthless killer to justice.

About Art Adkins. Art Adkins has been in law enforcement for the last twenty-nine years and worked as a police officer on the Ft. Lauderdale Police Department, as a sergeant on the LAPD and is currently a lieutenant with the Gainesville Police Department. His knowledge of police procedure is vast, and he has woven these details into The Oasis Project, an environmental thriller dealing with a topical issue confronting Florida and the world today. Adkins has recently completed his second novel, Power Grid, which will be in stores soon and is currently writing, Mind Games, the third novel in the Lockwood series.

Adkins is currently on a book tour.
Here is his schedule for Florida and Georgia

September 04, 2009

5:00-9:00 p.m.
St. Augustine Photographic Art
35 Hypolita St., Casa Del Hidalgo #105,
St. Augustine, Florida

September 10, 2009
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Columbia County Public Library – 50th Anniversary
308 NW Columbia Ave
Lake City, FL

September 13, 2009
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Borders – Brookwood Place
1745 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta, GA

September 19, 2009
September 19, 2009
11:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Clay County Public Library –
Authors Roundtable
1895 Town Center Blvd.
Fleming Island, FL

September 20, 2009
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Borders – Athens, GA
196 Alps Road
Athens, GA

September 25, 2009
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Waldenbooks – CNN Building
One CNN Center
Atlanta, GA

September 26, 2009
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Waldenbooks – North Point Mall
1224 North Point Mall
Alpharetta, GA

September 27, 2009
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Waldenbooks – Mall of Georgia
3333 Buford Dr.
Buford, GA

October 3, 2009
10:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Books at Park Place
3619 49th ST. North, St.
Petersburg, FL

October 4, 2009
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Waldenbooks – CordovaMall
5100 N 9th Ave,
Pensacola, FL

October 10, 2009
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Waldenbooks – Wellington Green
10300 W. Forest Hill Blvd.
Wellington Green, FL

October 11, 2009
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Borders – Kennesaw, GA
790 Cobb Place Blvd,
Marietta, GA

October 18, 2009
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Borders – Marietta, GA
7745 Roswell Rd. East
Cobb, Marietta, GA

October 24, 2009
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Borders – Northlake Mall, GA
4800 Briarcliff Road NE
Atlanta, GA

October 25, 2009
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Borders – Douglasville, GA
6594 Douglas Blvd.,
Douglasville, GA

October 31, 2009
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Waldenbooks – Kissimmee, FL
3105 W. Vine St,
Kissimmee, FL

November 8, 2009
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Borders – Plantation, FL
12171 W. Sunrise Blvd,
Plantation, FL

November 14, 2009
12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Borders – Austell, GA
1605 East West
Connector, Austell, GA

November 15, 2009
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Borders – Parkway Pointe, GA
3101 Cobb Parkway
Atlanta, GA

November 28, 2009
11:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Waldenbooks – Valdosta, GA
Valdosta Mall
Valdosta, GA

December 5, 2009
1:00- 3:00 p.m.
(Creative Writing Workshop)
Waldenbooks, Valdosta, GA
Valdosta Mall, Valdosta, GA

December 19, 2009
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Waldenbooks – Hilton Head, SC
24 Shelter Cove Lane
Hilton Head, SC

December 20, 2009
11:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Waldenbooks – Charleston, SC
120 Market St,
Charleston, SC

January 8, 2010
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Circle Books – Sarasota, FL
478 John Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL

February 12, 2010
1:00 5:00 p.m. Circle Books – Sarasota, FL
478 John Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL

February 13, 2010
11:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Sanibel Book Shop – Sanibel, FL
1571 Periwinkle Way
Sanibel, FL

March 12, 2010
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Circle Books – Sarasota, FL
478 John Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL

April 2, 2010
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Circle Books – Sarasota, FL
478 John Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL

For more information, visit Art Atkins' website at

Greg Hart's Rather Unfortunate Demise by Bill Allen

The Harry Potter series received countless accolades for getting young people (and old) interested in reading again. Now, that we have reached the end of the series, how do we keep our kids interested in reading? Bill Allen's Greg Hart Trilogy is a set of humorous fantasy adventure books intended to do just that....

Greg Hart's Rather Unfortunate Demise:

When Greg receives a letter telling him not to go to Myrth, he is all too happy to oblige, especially since he is destined to die there if he returns. But Greg knows prophecies cannot be denied. If it has been foretold that he will lose his life, then he will surely do so, and each minute he delays may cost the life of one of his friends.

This time it is Witch Hazel Greg must face, and she holds the Amulet of Tehrer, an artifact of unimaginable power that lets her bend the will of dragons. Greg's only hope of defeating her is to elicit help from a man from the strange land of Gyrth, and then move on to the Netherworld, where children's body parts draw a high price for use in spells of Dark Magic.

Greg has already survived two trips to Myrth, but how can he be expected to survive a third? He can't, of course. The unalterable prophecy has already foretold his doom.

For more information about books by Bill Allen visit:
Other books in the trilogy are Greg Hart Dragonslayer? and The Hero who Slayed Ruuan.

Ruuan is a very large dragon. Greg, on the other hand, is neither large nor a dragon. He's barely much of a boy. Unfortunately, such trivialities could never stop the people of Myrth from believing Greg will rescue King Peter's daughter from Ruuan. After all, Greg has been named in a prophecy, and no prophecy has ever been wrong before. Why, Greg wonders, does he have to be at the heart of the first one that is?

The Hero Who Slayed Ruuan. The Canarazas are fierce razor-toothed warriors who can run much faster than a man, or more to the point, much faster than Greg. Soon they will attack Pendegrass Castle, and according to prophecy, the "Hero who slayed Ruuan" will fight with the strength of ten men and make the difference that leads the king to victory. But no one slayed Ruuan. Greg knows the prophecy can't possibly be true -- except, of course, for that one little bit about him having to fight the Canarazas. Read more about all of Bill Allen's Books at