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.

Art:

Carmen Beecher - Award of Excellence for "The Graduate"

Music:

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

Letters:

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- First Place (Unpublished Adult Fiction) "Menopause Rocks"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Mary Dall - First Place (Unpublished Young Adult) "Bob!"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 bevhutt@cfl.rr.com.

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 www.laurawoodwardartist.com/woodwardbook.html

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 www.wbc.fit.edu/bbsteps 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: veridian@cfl.rr.com 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.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 http://www.kaywilliamson.com/ to see more of Kay's books.

May be ordered from http://www.amazon.com/, 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 @ www.bluenotepublishing.com or @ http://www.marcobrienauthor.com/.

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 http://www.betteleecrosby.com/ 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, www.floridawriters.net.
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: www.floridawriters.net. For a list of 2009 RPLA winners, complete with submission summaries and author biographies, visit http://www.floridawriters.net/uploads/Awards_WWE_posting.pdf

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 inquiry@cindymichaud.com if you know of a place you would like to have her discuss the project.