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

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Just Released -- America Reborn

America Reborn by Lee Boyland with Vista Boyland
The final book in the Clash-of-Civilizations Trilogy

Now, the rest of the story,

President Alexander begins the process of electing a new U.S. Government. But first he must take the nation back to its Constitutional roots. He recommends forming new political parties and establishing term limits. Political opponents plot to thwart his plans. The story begins with the destruction of the heart of the Islamic Empire, Operation Brimstone, followed by the invasion of Egypt, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia. A British Royal becomes a hero. Women Army Rangers battle the Mutaween in Saudi Arabia and rescue twelve-year-old Julie Summers from being stoned and she steals Americans’ hearts. Drug cartels are destabilizing Mexico and expand across the border. Political intrigue, treason, military battles, gangs, patriotism, love of God and country—the final novel of the trilogy describes America’s rebirth into a world forever changed by events following the terrorists’ sneak nuclear attack.

ISBN 978-1-60145-912-1

President George Alexander ends the war with the Islamic Empire and concentrates on leading America back to its place as the world’s greatest nation. To reach this goal, he must inspire the people to rediscover the nation’s roots—the true meaning of the Constitution and the wisdom of the Founding Fathers. After ending the war with the Islamic Empire, Alexander is confronted with: opposition from liberals, who oppose his hard line approach; a plot instigated by government officials and two Hollywood personalities, who attempt to destroy his presidency; and drug cartels, led by Hector “The Hulk” Gomez, who are destabilizing Mexico and attempt to bring South America violence into the U.S.

America Reborn, the third book of Lee and Vista Boyland’s Clash-of-Civilizations trilogy is a political-military technothriller that will keep you up late at night turning the pages.

Like Behold, an Ashen Horse, America Reborn is a complex, multifaceted exciting story that is almost impossible to put down. The story begins where Behold, an Ashen Horse ends. Leaders of the Islamic Empire have assembled to watch live video feed of the launching of two nuclear armed missiles, Allah’s Fist, against the Crusaders (American troops) in Libya and Israel. Their celebration is interrupted by an American propaganda video, followed by President Alexander giving a speech announcing his intention to deliver the death blow to the Islamic Empire.

A few days later, Phase III of Operation Brimstone, the invasion of Egypt, begins. An Egyptian general has planned an ambush, and Prince Harry’s recon squadron leads the British tanks into the trap. An exciting tank battle ensues.

Phase IV of Operation Brimstone, the invasion of Yemen and Saudi Arabia, follows. U.S. Army Rangers find an American girl, twelve-year-old Julie Summers, about to be stoned. Little Julie becomes America’s sweetheart and has an important role in the story.

Teresa Lopez continues her adventures, this time in France where a copy of America’s top secret war plan was leaked to a French newspaper. While Teresa looks for the source at the U.S. Embassy, General Simpson and Martha Wellington take a more direct approach and send a SEAL team to interview suspects—but be assured no waterboarding is employed.

Alexander turns to rebuilding the America Government. He wants to take the nation back to the principals of its Founding Fathers. His first task is to define what went wrong, and then propose solutions: new political parties and term limits are but a few of his suggestions—none of which find traction with liberals. Several liberal governors make an end run and try to appoint Congressional representatives before Alexander is ready for elections. Colonel Gordi gets another call to arms, making his governor’s day.

President Alexander has to deal with an out-of-control drug gang problem, and a southern neighbor about to become a drug cartel state. Homeland Security’s interdiction of drug shipments angers the cartel bosses, especially The Hulk and El Verdugo, who plans to teach the president a lesson. U.S. citizens are kidnapped and held for ransom, Border Patrol agents are shot, a police official is assassinated, MS-13 is out of control, and Zetas massacre a local California drug gang. Alexander dispatches "hostage negotiators" to explain why kidnapping Americans is a bad idea. One cartel boss gets the message.

Teresa meets the two Rangers who rescued Julie: Captain Erika Borgg and First Sergeant Melissa Adams. Two women a mugger would never want to meet.

There are several more exciting subplots woven into riveting story of America rediscovering its roots and preparing to be reborn. Although America Reborn ends the trilogy, the story is far from finished.

Available at all on-line book sellers. Price $21.95
Amazon Kindle $9.95
E-book $9.95

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Release of Fire Angels by Joseph Richardson

Fire Angels, A Florida novel by Titusville resident Joseph “Joe” Richardson has been published and made available effective June 12th, 2009.

The novel follows the lives of David and Sara Cooper and their son, Noble, from 1915—1925, years made difficult by financial hardship, separation during World War I, and tragedy brought on by the influenza epidemic of 1918.

The Coopers live on a subsistence farm outside the small town of Walako, Florida, where David works at a seed and feed store owned by German immigrant Wilhelm Strow. Tension rises against Strow when the United States declares war on Germany in 1917. Hardware store owner Sid Guthrie has developed power in the town by intimidation and violence. He is suspected of lying about his military service and his involvement in several local crimes including two murders.

Young Noble Cooper, a savant, and his black playmate and mentor, “Little Jack” Harris, are instrumental in solving the murder of the local sheriff and the lynching of “Little Jack’s” father.

The author is a native Floridian born and raised on a small Central Florida farm outside a town quite similar to the fictional town of Walako in Fire Angels. A veteran of the Korean War, Richardson retired from NASA, Kennedy Space Center after more than thirty-five years federal service. He resides in Titusville with his wife of fifty-four years, Joan, and their five “rescued” pets. They have two grown sons.

Richardson has had a number of articles published and has received awards in eight short story contests. Fire Angels is his first novel. He graduated from St. Petersburg High School and The University of Alabama.

Fire Angels is available at (search for: Fire Angels, Richardson) and at Createspace.com3378621. The 387-page book is priced at $15.95 plus shipping.

Monday, August 3, 2009


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its fourth annual competition with a call for entries in seven categories.

Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books penned by full-time residents of the Sunshine State (with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction category, whose authors may live elsewhere).

The Florida Book Awards competition is coordinated through the Florida State University Libraries, with the support of professors and librarians across the FSU campus. “In our first year we had 71 entries; our second, 85; and in 2008 we rocketed up to 135. I think it's fair to say Florida authors now know about the Florida Book Awards and that our future looks even brighter today then when we launched the project,” said Florida Book Awards Director Wayne Wiegand, a professor of Library and Information Studies and American Studies at FSU.

Co-sponsors of the competition –– 14 high-profile humanities organizations from across the state –– include the Florida Center for the Book; State Library and Archives of Florida; Florida Historical Society; Florida Humanities Council; Florida Literary Arts Coalition; Florida Library Association; Governor’s Family Literacy Initiative; Florida Association for Media in Education; the Program in American and Florida Studies at Florida State University; Florida Reading Association; Florida Center for the Literary Arts; Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America; Friends of FSU Libraries; and “Just Read, Florida!”

The contest categories include General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, and Spanish-Language Book. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author, or literary agent), must be professionally published and have both an original publication date between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2009, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).

Although all entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 4, 2010 (this is not a postmark deadline), applicants are encouraged to submit their books into competition any time during the 2009 calendar year, and as soon as possible after books are officially published. Three-person juries –– including members of co-sponsoring organizations, subject experts from the faculties of Florida colleges and universities, and previous Florida Book Award winners –– will choose up to five finalists in each of the seven categories.

The 2009 winners will be announced in early March. Gold Medal Award winners will be acknowledged at the Historic and Cultural Awards Ceremony sponsored by the State of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs and held on March 24th at the R.A. Gray Building in Tallahassee. In addition, all Florida Book Awards medalists will be recognized at a banquet hosted by the Florida Library Association at its annual conference on April 7-9 in Orlando. Winning books and their authors will be showcased in the summer issue of FORUM, the statewide magazine of the Florida Humanities Council, and also will be featured at book festivals and association conferences throughout the year and across the state.

For general information and the entry form, requirements, and instructions for the 2009 Florida Book Awards, visit