Wednesday, May 6, 2009

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Congratulations to Deborah and Joel Shlian. Their latest novel just won the Gold Medal for Genre Fiction for the Florida Book Award. Rabbit in the Moon is an international thriller that takes place primarily in China during the short-lived student democracy movement of 1989 that ended with the Tiananmen massacre. The book is also a finalist for Book of the Year from ForeWord Magazine.

Deboarah and Joel will be honored on May 7th at a banquet and book signing sponsored by the Florida Library Association for all the winners in all categories of the book award. For more information about their book, the website is

Rita Milios recently released Dream Share from Rose Heart Publishers. It's a paranormal novel for middle graders (8 - 12) with a non-fiction section at the end.

It's the story of a twelve-year-old who accidentally enters the comatose state of his older brother and the two begin exploring the mystical realms between life and death. Fun soon turns to fear as the boys find themselves fighting for their lives. Each is forced to confront their own demons in order to survive.

In addition to being a psychotherapist with a spiritual bent, Rita Milios has been an educational writer for more than 20 years with more than two dozen non-fiction/curriculum children's books published. Flor more information, visit the upcoming website (May 09) at

Congratulations to Annette Clifford on Her New Book

Book launching of World's Toughest Job by Florida Today writer Annette Clifford.
Satellite Beach resident Annette Clifford announces the birth of World's Toughest Job, a collection of her best columns about motherhood and family life published in Florida Today since 1998.

Clifford's columns have appeared in newspapers nationwide and capture the joys, trials and endless absurdities of parenthood today. Her hilarious yet thoughtful writings draw laughter from readers and smiles of recognition from moms and dads glad to know they're not alone in the chaos of raising young kids.

The Florida Society of Newspaper Editors and the Florida Press Club have both honored Clifford's work.

World's Toughest Job, according to Clifford, will renew your energy to meet the challenges of parenthood and running a house full of children and makes a great Mother's Day present for the mom in your life.

Clifford is also an editorial writer and author of travel guides. Her fiction has appeared in magazines and journals. Her award-winning story "We eat our peas for the souls in purgatory" was included in Microfiction:An Anthology of Really Short Stories, from W.W. Norton, Inc.

She is available to speak for club and group meetings.

For more information or to order a copy of World's Toughest Job, go to Clifford can also be contacted at or at 321-779-0664.

JoAnna O'Keefe. In celebration of National Poetry Month, poet JoAnna O'Keefe spoke about Embraced, her new collection of poems, at the National League of American Pen Women's meeting on April 25 at 1:30 p.m. at the Satellite Beach Public Library.

O'Keefe's poetry reaches a wide and diverse audience. Senator Bill Nelson's wife, Grace, read "Come to the Garden" at the 51st National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C.

In 2007, for the commissioning of the USS Mesa Verde in Panama City, Florida, O'Keefe's poem "courage" was emblazoned on parchment along with a quote by Andrew Carnegie and a statement by President George Washington to represent the ship's motto "Courage, Teamwork, Tradition." The parchment was presented to the ship's captain, officers, and dignitaries as a memento of the occasion.

O'Keefe has been a member of Pen Women since the early eighties. Pen Women is an organization of professional writers, artists, and musicians who support the arts and charitable works around the Space Coast.

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