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 (http://www.oceanviewpub.com) 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 (maryglenn@maryglenn.com).
For a complete list of book signings and appearances, go to: http://hterrellgriffin.com/about/appearances.html

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 ... http://www.miamibookfair.com ... 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 infow1fu@writersoneflightup.com. 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 http://www.nanowrimo.org/.

If you are a participant and want to send in your statistics as you go along, feel free to email them to me at Lou@LouBelcher.com 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 http://www.amazon.comf/ 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 http://www.lulu.com/wintersnight. 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: www.ameliaislandbookfestival.com
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 www.ameliaislandbookfestival.com, 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 www.asavoryplace.com.

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 www.Ameliaislandbookfestival.com.

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 http://www.amazon.com

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 http://momschoiceawards.com/celebrate09.php#JL1

For more information and to see the book brailer, visit her website at http://www.pennyandrio.com/

News from the Space Coast Writers' Guild

1. The registration form for the January Conference is now available online at www.scwg.org. 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 (www.oceanviewpub.com) is an independent press headquartered in Ipswich, Massachusetts. For more information, please contact Maryglenn McCombs – (615) 297-9875, or maryglenn@maryglenn.com

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."