Monday, February 2, 2009

Florida Book News - 2/2/09

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Inside this issue
  • News
  • Featured Books
  • Workshops/Conferences
  • Organizations/Meetings
  • This and That (services and misc. announcements)
  • Author Profile - Marshall Frank
  • Author Profile - Kee Briggs
  • Author Profile - Linda Wagner


Brevard Author Book Fair: Save the date... March 7, 2009

Don't miss this first annual Literary Event, where readers will have an opportunity to meet and greet up to 36 Florida authors and purchase signed books. All genres will be represented, including mystery, romance, children’s, science fiction, non-fiction and much more.

Also featured, prominent local authors will be giving lectures at designated times in separate room

When: Saturday, March 7th, 2009. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Central Brevard Library, 308 Forrest Ave, Cocoa, Fl.
Cost: Free

Authors participating include: Marshall Frank, Mark Mynheir, Holly Vellekoop, Valerie Allen, Jim Harris (for Don Argo), Lee Boyland, Pat McDonough, Kee Briggs, Frances Peterson, Andy Byers, Judy Mammay, Roxanne St. Claire, Susan Hubbard, Virginia Nygard, E. Lynne Wright, Yvonne Mason, Malcolm Mahr, Jenny Skylark Kuvin, Lura Zerick, JoAnna O’Keefe, Charles W. Love, Kay Williamson, Gene Davis, J.L. Rehman, J.L. Rehman, Dr. Allen Bohl, Barbara Hall, Kasey Claytor, Anne Bonner, Dr. Mike Bortner, Nancy Weaver, H.V. Rhodes, Jeff Howe, and Dan Anderson

Susan Hubbard, Mark Mynheir, Lee Boyland and Roxanne St. Claire will be among the speakers.

Many books will be sold at discount prices.

Refreshments will be served.

For informaion call 321-254-3398 or e-mail: This event is free and open to the public.
Brevard Literary Festival

Throughout the month of February, there are numerous literary events at the 18 libraries in Brevard County. Here are a few highlights. Check with your local library for a complete list of events.

Marshall Frank will be speaking four times during the month of February. He will address the subject of criminal justice in America, exposing the injustices. His book, Criminal Injustice in America, covers the gamut, from war on drugs, prostitution, sex crimes, courts, prisons, etc.

You can hear Marshall's lecture as follows:
  • Wed. Feb. 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cocoa Beach Library
  • Sat. Feb. 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Titusville Library
  • Wed. Feb 25th at 3:00 p.m. at the Merritt Islcand Library
  • Sat. Feb. 28th at 3:00 p.m. at the Melbourne Library on Fee Ave.

For more about Marshall Frank go to

Brad Meltzer is the featured speaker at the annual Friends of the Library Book and Author Luncheon. He is the author of the #1 New York Times best seller The Book of Fate. The luncheon is on Saturday February 7th at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn in Cocoa Beach. Tickets are available at the Cocoa Beach Public Library at $20.00 per person. Call 868-1104 for information.

Tim Dorsey is a favorite Florida author. His latest novel, Nuclear Jellyfish, is set in Florida as all his novels are. He is speaking as follows:

  • Tues. Feb. 3 at 2:00 p.m. at South Mainland Public Library
  • Wed. Feb 4 at 2:00 p.m. at Cocoa Beah Public Library
  • Thurs. Feb 5 at 2:00 p.m. at Titusville Public Library

Bob Morris is the author of a series of mystery novels. He will speak on Sunday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. at the Titusville Public Library. On Saturday, Febraury 21 at 1:00 p.m., he will be the featured author at the Friends of the Library Chat and Snack with Bob Morris at Glenbrooke at Palm Bay Clubhouse. Tickets are available at the Franklin T. DeGroodt Memorial Library and at the Palm Bay Library. Tickets are $12 per person. Call 952-6317 for information.

Pen Women contribute to book on Lincoln

As members of the National League of American Pen Women (arts, music and letters) Association, members of the Cape Canaveral Branch contributed as writers and artists to the newly issued book Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln: a commemorative collage.

The NLAPW challenged membership to produce artistic, dramatic, literary and musical works that speak to Lincoln’s style of leadership, his contemplative character and his persuasive use of language. The following members of the Cape Canaveral Branch made significant contributions to this fascinating book that celebrates the 200th birthday of President Lincoln:

  • A poem, "The Ballad of Mary Todd's Wedding Ring” by Carol Jose

  • A drawing, "Young Mary Todd,” by Carmen Beecher

  • A drawing, "Abraham Lincoln," by Theone (Toni) di Rocco

  • An essay, "Why the Penny?" by Mary Dall

  • "Lincoln's Head Penny" drawing by Mary Dall, quotations by Valerie Allen, PhD

  • A short story, "Days of Dedication," by Marilyn Martin

Carol Jose will be speaking about the Lincoln Bicentennial at three talks in February--one at Beach Woods on Feb. 10th, where she will cut a Lincoln Birthday Cake; and two at local libraries: Cocoa Beach Library on Feb. 18th and Satellite Beach Library on Feb. 23rd.

The book is available for purchase through Click on “Pen Women Press” option. Proceeds of book sales are used to award student scholarships.

Space Coast Writers' Guild Conference was this past weekend.

It's a great opportunity to hear learn from authors, editors and agents. And, it's a great place to make network contacts.

Here are a few shots supplied by Holly Vellekoop.

Pictures: Conference attendees making network contacts.

Conference speakers Davis Bunn, Marshall Frank and Dianne Marcum.

For more information about the guild, go to their website

Here's a book you might want to check out

I have just heard from Francine Silverman that her book, Talk Radio Wants You: An Intimate Guide to 700 Shows and How to Get Invited (McFarland & Co, 2009), is about to be published. She'll be in Wellington in N. Palm Beach the first part of her trip to Florida between February 24 and March 7 and in Hollywood during the second half of that week.

The book isn't available yet, but should be by the time she visits Florida. Here's a blurb about the book:

Talk Radio Wants You: An Intimate Guide to 700 Shows and How to Get invited (McFarland & Co. 2009) seeks to bridge the gap between show hosts and prospective guests, providing a reference guide to roughly 700-talk radio shows from the U.S. and around the world. Entries are organized under categories of show themes, including religion, travel, addiction and recovery, sports, entertainment, and many more. The book also includes information on many of Talkers Magazine's Top 250-Radio Talk Shows, interview tips for radio guests, and tips for conducting a radio interview over the phone.

Author Francine Silverman is an on-lline publicist and radio host who lives in Riverdale, New York. Her book is available for pre-publication ordering at And she has a website at that may be of interest to authors and artists attemtping to market their work. There are articles available there.

Frank Perkins launches new book

Rainbows, Cutthroats and the Prince of Bhutan, Fly Fishing Adventures Around the World

252 pages, 66 color photographs, $25.00.

Bill Sargent, Retired Outdoors Editor of Florida Today, wrote about Perkins' new book. "Those of us who call ourselves fishermen often dream about adventurous and far away places of the world where we'd give just about anything to fish and explore. Costa Rica, Australia, Belize, new Zealand, maybe even the Seychelles are at the top of many lists.

"Unfortunately few of us ever get the chance to so much as wet a line at such distant destinations. But we keep dreaming.

"Frank Perkins is an exception. He's a quiet, friendly, small-statured man with a passion for fly fishing who made up his mind years ago that he would travel and fish the world.

"A career as an electronic engineer with assignments in many countries - and helped by the fact that he was an Earthwatch Institute volunteer - took Frank to many of the world's most beautiful and exotic places.

"Frank made it a point to never leave home without his fly rod. Come to thin of it maybe a half dozen fly rods! Needless to say he fished a lot.

"Over a period of 23 years he traveled to 25 countries on all seven continents and caught practically every fish in the book, from the black waters of the Amazon to the waterfalls of Iceland....

"The 'fishing stories' never stop in this one-man's travelogue. It goes without saying that Frank's book is a must read for us dreamers."

You can get a copy from, or by contacting Frank at or 321-676-0863. It's also available at Harry Goode's in Melbourne and The Backcountry in Vero Beach.

-Book Event at the BookXchg
In January, Members of the Space Coast Writers' Guild gathered at the BookXchg, 604 Brevard Avenue in Cocoa, for a round table discussion of writing and the book industry. It was so successful that they are repeating it in February.

Members of the SCWG will host their monthly discussion meeting at the BookXchg, 604 Brevard Avenue, Cocoa Village on Saturday, Feb. 7, 1 p.m. They will discuss topics of interest to writers and hope that you will join them. Pat McDonough, writer and publisher/owner of Terra Sancta Press, will be leading the discussion.
Please come and join them and bring questions and suggestions. All are welcome. There will be no BookXchg gathering in March due to other scheduled SCWG events.

Book Signing...

Holly Fox Vellekoop, author of STONE HAVEN: Murder Along the River will be featured at a booksigning on February 21, 2009, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event is hosted by Goin' Postal, at the Bayside Lakes Shopping Center, 3450 Bayside Lakes Boulevard, Palm Bay. Besides writing novels, short stories, newspaper articles, magazine articles and poems; Holly is a board member of the Space Coast Writers' Guild. Goin' Postal is a full service mailing service, offering packing, shipping, business services, mailing and notary. For further infromation about the booksigning, call 733-9449.


On February 18, 2009, Holly Fox Vellekoop will be speaking at the Cocoa Beach Library for Local Authors Day. The program features eight local authors and is from 1:00 p.m. to 4;00 p.m. Holly will be speaking on "The Writing Process." She will offer for sale and sign her book, STONE HAVEN: Murder Along the River, published by Avalon Books, a division of Thomas Bouregy, New York. In addition to STONE HAVEN, Holly has written seven other novels, and has had newspaper and magazine articles and a poem published.

Holly worked at an inpatient state mental hospital and then as a clinical instructor in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing for Penn State University. She lives in Palm Bay with her husband, Dr. Ronald Vellekoop.

From Jean Pastula ~~ Whispers

To those interested in Metaphysical Science Research. A group is being formed to be part of an upcoming "Journalized Book" titled Whispers. They will have monthly meetings at a location to be determined later. The group will explore all aspects of the phenomena of the mind's mysterious realms of wonder and bewildering occurrences. No fee to join, just a passion for the strangeness of altered states of mind. Artists, writers and the inquisitive are welcome. Please contact, founder, researcher and author I Jean Pastula, PhD at 321-259-4131 or

Bob Brown DVD

Robert Brown, the author of Bermuda Suicide Challenge in a Flats Boat, has a DVD presentation about his voyage from North Carolina to Bermuda and then back to New York Harbor. He has shown it at both the Cocoa Beach and Cocoa Libraries. It is 33 minutes long and starts off with a TV news clip and then shows them leaving Atlantic Beach, North Carolina and much of their return to New York starting off with the towing out to sea in Bermuda, Donna Lang's 28 foot sailboat as she completes her solo voyage around the world.

Most of the video is taken from their 21-foot flats boat as they complete their 1547 mile voyage unescorted. They come across trash hundreds of miles from shore, travel nonstop through the nights, and are visited by a school of white sided dolphin You experience what it is like entering New York Harbor by sea, going under the Verranzano Narrows Bridge and finishing at the Statue of Liberty.

Bob then will answer any questions about their trip and tell about the next trip in the works. In addition he has written a book, Bermuda Suicide Challenge in a Flats Boat. It is for sale for $15.00.

To contact Bob Brown regarding his presentation, his book or both, call him at 321-243-7311 or email him
at His website is

See the holiday specials at their website!!
New Writing Workshops offer Craft and Creative Community.

Orlando Writers' Workshops offers creative writing workshops, retreats and manuscript consultation using the Amherst Writers & Artists method as well as craft workshops for writers with book-length projects in the works. Aspiring and seasoned writers alike will have a new and exciting writing opportunity available to them in January. While other writing workshops focus on discussion of drafts written prior and brought in for critique, this method effectively uses prompts to stimulate writers' imaginations and produce fresh work during the workshop session.
They offer sessions within the week as well as special sessions on the weekends. Coming up in January is a 6-week "Fast Track to getting Published" boot camp. Writers can attend all six sessions or register for just one. Check out the topics:
  • February 8 - Creative Non-fiction 100 Yard Dash
  • February 22 - Cross-Training, Cross -Genre
  • March 8 - Literary Magazines & Contests Publishing Panel
All sessions are in Orlando. Information about the boot camp sessions and for all the offerings of the Orlando Writers' Workshops can be found at

In sponsorship with the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Costa Rica Writers' Retreats has launched week-long intensive retreats at the luxurious 4-star, eco-friendly Docelunas Resort in Jaco Beach, Costa Rica. Beginning and experienced writers working across all genres will immerse themselves in the tranquil, tropical surroundings and the creative process will begin. Writers will expand their creativity, enhance productivity, build confidence, maximize skills, sharpen craft, develop works-in-progress, and take part in talks on craft and publishing led by Vermont College of Fine Arts faculty. The retreat writing will follow the Amherst Writers & Artists Method TM (AWA). Specially themed workshops will be offered each week, such as "The First Page," "The 5 Ps of Fiction," Poetry Infusion," and "Stories, Essays, Poems: Get Published in the LitMags Now."

For complete information, visit

Costa Rica Writers' Retreats Announces Writers' Holiday in the Tropics Contest

Costa Rica Writers' Retreats in sponsorship with the Vermont College of the Arts and Orlando Writers Workshops is offering an exciting opportunity for one lucky writer to enjoy a luxurious one-week writing retreat at Docelunas Resort. Participants may enter on-line at No writing samples required.
  • No purchase required
  • Luck-of-the-draw contest
  • Open to current graduate creative writing students and alumni worldwide
  • Winner must provide proof of enrollment or graduation All entries must be made at
All entries must be received by April 1st, 2009 and the winner will be announced by April 5th, 2009.

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