Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Shadow Cay by Leona DeRosa Bodie


Leona DeRosa Bodie sent in this news about her book, Shadow Cay ...

Shadow Cay was recognized by the blog Gelati Scoop as one of his picks for the list of top thirty-five novels of 2010. Giovanni Gelati, a Goodreads, Shelfari and Amazon Book Reviewer, said, “I hope I have pointed out some excellent novels by some very nice people that happen to be very good authors. Give them a shot if you haven’t already, there are some excellent debut novels in there as well as works by some of the giants in the industry.” For a look at the complete list, visit http://gelatisscoop.blogspot.com

Shadow Cay is Bodie's debut thriller novel. It has recently received endorsement from the president of the Florida Association of Forensic Professionals, and on October 23, 2010, it was named a Royal Palm Literary Award winner in the thriller/suspense category by the Florida Writers Association.

Now in its third year, The Premier Book Award recognized Shadow Cay as a must read, acknowledging it was most successful in achieving its purpose and meeting its intended audience's needs. They also recognized the novel for excellence, naming it their 3rd Place winner in the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror category. The primary goal of Premier Book Awards is to recognize authors and publishers for superior achievements. The secondary goal is to assure readers that a book is truly of outstanding and well worth adding to their libraries.

Here’s what other people are saying about Shadow Cay …“Intense, chilling, entertaining novel…If you enjoy a good thriller, Shadow Cay will provide that and more. It sets a strong pace from the start with riveting action and dialogue. The beautiful Bahamas background adds contrast to the frightening action and gritty texture of the story.” —BellaOnline Mystery Editor

“Suspense and thrills. the storyline is deep and rich, flowing with characters that piece together like a fine jig saw puzzle, bringing forth a story that reels with adventure and intrigue…A real thriller, one that wraps around you and keeps you tied to the pages until the final curtain…Shadow Cay is a fascinating read, not to be overlooked. The search for morality and justice often finds you none. Shadow Cay tells the story as two justice seekers in Madeleine and Peter find themselves up against greed and corruption against a powerful corporation. Through their investigations, they may be risking their lives in this mystery set in the beautiful region of Miami and the Bahamas. “ —Midwest Book Review

For more information about Leona DeRosa Bodie and her books, visit her website www.leonabodie.com or contact her at leona@leonabodie.com or (772) 236-8042.
Shadow Cay is available at Amazon , your favorite retail bookstore, and locally at the Jensen Beach’s Barnes & Noble, the Vero Beach Book Center and Hearth & Hound Gift Shop on the island in Vero Beach.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bitter Legacy by H. Terrell Griffin: released December 20th


Description

After a week away, Matt Royal's ready to get back to the Longboat Key good life--good fishing, good food, good beer, and more good fishing. But Matt comes back to a bad situation: someone's trying to kill him. And whoever is trying to kill him is trying really hard.

Praise

"H. Terrell Griffin continues with his successfully humorous and exciting mystery series. I anxiously wait to see what the next Matt Royal story will bring. That it will be exciting and entertaining is certain. Griffin is a definite for my keeper shelf!" --Fresh Fiction


"Griffin's Matt Royal novels may be the closest approximation we have today to John D. MacDonald in his pulp-fiction prime. Griffin captures the mood and tone of the McGee novels nicely. Good fun." --Booklist

"Griffin knows how to keep the reader on edge and fills this fast-paced mystery with interesting characters." --San Francisco Book Review

"Through the weaving of some very well-defined characters, Griffin subliminally makes the reader turn the pages. Once you start, you'll find this is one book you won't be able to set aside." --Suspense Magazine

About the Author

H. Terrell Griffin is a Georgia native and board-certified trial lawyer who practiced law in Orlando for thirty-eight years. He is the author of three Matt Royal mysteries: Bitter Legacy, Wyatt's Revenge, and Blood Island. H. Terrell ("Terry") Griffin and his wife Jean divide their time between Longboat Key, and Maitland, Florida.

Publication Date: December 20, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-933515-96-0
Thriller, Hardcover
360 pages, $25.95

For more information... http://www.hterrellgriffin.com/

Monday, December 20, 2010

Protecting the Cittern by John Cammalleri


About the book:
Tony Giordano and his father Sammy have had a strained relationship ever since Tony's childhood. Tony recalls his father being truly happy only when he was strumming his cittern, an instrument whose origins are unknown to the family.

After moving to America to marry a woman he does not love, resentment and bitterness overtake Sammy, affecting all his relationships. The last six months of Sammy's life lead to a confrontation resulting in a discovery that will impact the entire family. Eighty years of family history are explored in this novel called a "mini tour-de-force" by Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.

Protecting the Cittern is available at all on-line booksellers, the Vero Beach Book Center, and as an e-book for all electronic readers.

About the author:
John Cammalleri was born in Paterson, NJ, attended Rutgers University, and spent thirty-three years in the corporate world in the areas of finance and logistics. Retiring in 2007, he and his wife, Evelyn, moved to Fort Pierce, Florida, and is a member of the Treasure Coast Writers Guild and the Florida Writers Association.

Fabulous Florida Writers

Jackie Minniti has decided to take the plunge into the blogosphere. She'll be updating and posting the articles from her Florida Authors series on her new blog, Fabulous Florida Writers. She invites you to stop by and sign up. She hopes it will help get the word out about all the wonderful writers that call the Sunshine State home.
Here's the link:

http://fabulousfloridawriters.blogspot.com/

Saturday, December 18, 2010

7th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival-January 17-22, 2011

Do you love poetry? You may want to check out the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 17-22 in Delray Beach, Florida. There will be six days of readings, craft lectures and poetry workshops. They are open to the public.

Stuart Dischell, Jane Hirshfield, Thomas Lux, Heather McHugh, Vijay Seshadri, Alan Shapiro, Ellen Bryant Voigt and C.D. Wright are the featured poets for the event.

Visit their website to learn more about this event: http://www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org/

Tickets are on sale now! All festival lectures, readings, and public events are open to anyone who wants to experience the best of the best in the poetry world.

Writing for Children? Here's conference information...


If you write for children or are just beginning to write for children, there are many reasons to attend the SCBWI Winter Conference in January. It's at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City and includes a pre-conference day on January 28th followed by two conference days.

Agents and editors specific to books for children will be on hand and sessions are geared to this challenging genre. If you're unable to attend, but are interested in more information about writing for children, visit their website at scbwi.org

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

John Cherry to appear at Circle Books to Sign His New Release

Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010, recently named Best Beatles Book of the Year by Blogger News Network

Sarasota, FL.-Author John Cherry will sign his newest book, Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 at Circle Books (478 John Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota. Phone: 941-388-2850) on Saturday, December 18, 2010 beginning at 11 AM.

Recently named the best Beatles book of the year by Blogger News Network, Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 (Peppertree Publishing, ISBN 978-1-936343-42-3, Paperback, 210 pages, $15.95) presents a comprehensive and meticulously-researched retrospective on one of the world’s most successful singer/songwriters. Filled with fascinating details about the legendary ex-Beatle, Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 chronicles both the successes and failures of McCartney’s work as a solo artist—from his devastating departure from The Beatles in the 70s; to a rollercoaster decade of success and disappointments in the 80s; to his return to touring, and reigniting his career.

In this thorough and in-depth examination of the last four decades of Paul McCartney’s solo career, author John Cherry provides a detailed and thorough guide to McCartney’s music, influences, and lyrical interpretation. Moreover, Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 includes a careful review of McCartney’s songs, an eye-opening look at McCartney’s musicianship and the wide range of instruments he was able to play, as well as the vast and diverse group of musicians who played with McCartney over the years.

In the book’s foreword, Billy Harry, founder of Mersey Beat calls Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 “a welcome addition to the ever-growing exploration of the Beatles and solo-Beatle universe,” and adds that the book provides “a look into the most important aspect of Paul McCartney’s life—his music.”

A native of North Carolina, John Cherry retired from a career in college athletics fundraising in 2005. He now lives in Florida. Cherry is also the author of War on U.S.: How Policies and People are Destroying America and Better Than Lennon: The Music and Talent of Paul McCartney. Better Than Lennon was nominated for the “Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research Award” as presented by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

Available for purchase at www.betterthanlennon.com with special bonus items included, Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career: 1970-2010 is also available wherever fine books are sold.

The Peppertree Press is an independent book publisher based in Florida. Members of the news media wishing to request a review copy of Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone— (615) 297-9875 or by email—maryglenn@maryglenn.com.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Birds of Hope by Lloyd Behrendt

Birds of Hope by Lloyd Behrendt is a primer of discovery and wonder, to inspire kids about unintended consequences and how they can point the way to a sustainable future. Featuring more than 30 full-color photo oils of wild birds and rocket launches, it is also surely for adults who appreciate fine art of Florida subjects.

About the author and artist
Born at Guantanamo Bay Naval Air Station long before it was in the news, Lloyd's life as a dependent in an Air Force family led to his likely being the original Space Brat -- he got to watch the very first US rocket take off from a Florida beach. His family had tours of duty that took them all the way round the world and then back to Cape Canaveral.

Overseas, he saw the most fantastic range of art, architecture, history and cultures. Back in Florida in time to see Alan Shepherd become the first American in space, he has covered the program as a photojournalist since the launch of Apollo 14, and currently has over 300 launches on film (and counting!). The black and white still images freeze moments in history as they become his original photo oil paintings.

He is a proud graduate of the University of Florida, and continues to cover the US space program from Florida's launch site. He lives with his Australian Shepherds at Blue Sawtooth Studio, nestled in palmetto scrub, in the quaint town of Malabar. More work can be seen at www.bluesawtooth.com.

The book is on sale at Amazon.com

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mapping the Sunshine State Through History by E. Lynne Wright


E. Lynne Wright’s latest Florida book is the result of a collaborative effort with critically acclaimed photo editor and author, Vincent Virga. The book, entitled, Mapping the Sunshine State Through History, has just been published by Globe Pequot Publishers. The authors assembled this full-color, hard-cover book in cooperation with the Library of Congress.

Along with editing, Vincent, provided the map photos and a foreword describing the Library of Congress collection and the place of cartography in the world as we know it today.

Informative captions written by Lynne about each of the more than 50 maps, celebrate the history and culture of Florida and its people through the years. Her essays focus on how the maps mirror the events, values and lifestyles of the state from earliest to modern times.

Mapping the Sunshine State Through History reveals much to us about the world we live in today. The book is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and in bookstores.

Lynne is a former nurse anesthetist, whose short stories, nonfiction articles and essays have been published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Hartford Courant, Mature Lifestyles, Woman’s Day, the Chicken Soup books, and numerous anthologies and literary magazines. She has previously published More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Florida Women, Editions 1 & 2, It Happened in Florida, Editions 1 & 2, Disasters and Heroic Rescues of Florida, all from the Globe Pequot Press. She recently completed a novel and collection of linked short stories and is at work on another Florida book for Globe Pequot.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Book Signing and Art at Art Expressions


Art Expressions Art and Fine Custom Framing at 1402 Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Arts District will be open late on Friday, December 17 for special Christmas shopping hours. (5:30 to 8:30pm). Come by and meet local author Lou Belcher and pick up her newest book: The Zen of Max.

On hand also will be Maria Garcia of Sugar Skull Art handmade leather bracelets and Amanda Pillow of Amanda Rose Studio Vintage Clothing, and more. Enjoy conversation with the artists and light refreshments all while getting your Holiday shopping done!

Other merchants said they'll be open too: The Laughing Mermaid in the little blue house at 1372 Highland Ave. AND The Antique Connection at 586 W. Eau Gallie will stay open as well.

All located in the Eau Gallie Art's District at 1402 Highland Ave, or call 321-259-1492. You can also find Art Expressions on Facebook.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

"The Space Between the Olives, A Story of Civic Engagement" by Lily Guzman

Thanks to Lily Guzman for placing a sponsorship ad on Florida Book News. Please click on her ad in the column to the right and learn more about her book.


The Space Between the Olives, A Story of Civic Engagement, a book dealing with youth, community activism and immigration issues, is now available.

Originally published in Spanish, The Space Between the Olives: A Story of Civic Engagement is based on a true story. It is a tale of courage, solidarity, civic action, and commitment.

Author Lily Guzman shows those interested in community development how to participate and act to improve the lives of citizens at the core of an organized society: the municipality. It is a much-needed example to inspire readers to produce significant changes in their own communities at the grassroots level.

Lily Guzman is currently an international business development consultant for LGA Inc. She represents the U.S. in the Ibero-American Union of Municipalists (UIM), an international municipal government organization, under which she has managed several exchange programs between U.S. institutions and Latin America and Spain, including the Stetson University faculty and students exchange program, the Stetson University law exchange program with the Universities of Granada and Malaga, the Latin American Studies Program Municipal Government Internship, and the yearly Latin American Mayors and Municipal Workers Workshop in central Florida.

Lily Guzman has also served as Latin America Coordinator for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities Organization. She is the author of The Caterpillar Story/La Historia de la Oruga and Mas Alla de Mi, a book of poetry and short stories."

For more information about the book, visit: http://www.lilyguzman.com/subpage4.html

Writers' Workshop: Writing for Fun and Profit

Presenter: Valerie Allen ~ ValerieAllenWriter.com ~ VAllenWriter@cs.com

Saturday: January 8, 2011 Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Cost: $20.00

Sponsored by: City of West Melbourne

Location: Veterans Memorial Center
2285 Minton Rd West Melbourne, FL 32904
(Old City Hall on the corner of Minton and Henry)

Contact: Chris Johnson/Recreation Coordinator cjohnson@westmelbourne.org
Register by phone: (321) 837-7779
Payment: Cash or check payable to West Melbourne Recreation Department


Books by Valerie Allen
Sins of the Father
Suffer the Little Children
Summer School for Smarties
Write, Publish, Sell!

www.ValerieAllenWriter.com

VAllenWriter@cs.com

Message from Florida Book Awards!

Did you have a Florida author who published a book in 2010? You may want to consider submitting it to the Florida Book Awards!

Since we began in 2006, we here at the Florida Book Awards have been committed to celebrating the amazing Florida literary community that sustains us. We have grown to the most comprehensive state book awards competition in the country, and the only one with a Spanish language category.

We partner with several statewide organizations including the Florida Humanities Council, the State Libraries and Archives of Florida, and the Florida Literary Arts Council (to name a few!) to honor the best books written by Florida authors each year. To be considered, the author must be from Florida, except for our Florida Non-Fiction category, for which the author may live anywhere but the subject matter of the book should primarily focus on Florida.

In early March, medals will be announced in each of the eight categories. 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 at the R.A. Gray Building in Tallahassee. All FBA medalists will be acknowledged at a banquet hosted by the Florida Library Association at its annual conference on May 5th in Orlando.

Visit our website at http://floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu for more information about each category and the submission process.

Our deadline for the 2010 competition is quickly approaching! All entries must be received no later than 5pm on Monday, January 3, 2011.

Check out our blog at http://floridabookawards.wordpress.com/ for announcements and news about the Florida Book Awards. Also coming soon will be author interviews, reviews, and tons of other fun features! We are also on facebook and twitter (FLBookAwards)

Let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to receiving your submissions!

Best,
Jessica Critten
Communications Director, Florida Book Awards
http://www.floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu
http://floridabookawards.wordpress.com/
http://www.facebook.com/FLBookAwards

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Life, Love and a Sense of Child-Like Wonder by John Cherry


The Peppertree Press announces the release of Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010: Life, Love and a Sense of Child-Like Wonder by John Cherry

Paul McCartney’s Solo Career 1970-2010 (ISBN 978-1-936343-42-3, Paperback, 210 pages, $15.95) presents a comprehensive and meticulously-researched retrospective on one of the world’s most successful singer/songwriters. Filled with fascinating details about the legendary ex-Beatle, Paul McCartney’s Solo Career 1970-2010 chronicles both the successes and failures of McCartney’s work as a solo artist—from his devastating departure from The Beatles in the 70s; to a roller coaster decade of success and disappointments in the 80s; to his return to touring, and reigniting his career.

In this thorough and in-depth examination of the last four decades of Paul McCartney’s solo career, author John Cherry provides a detailed and thorough guide to McCartney’s music, influences, and lyrical interpretation. Moreover, Paul McCartney’s Solo Career 1970-2010 includes a careful review of McCartney’s songs, an eye-opening look at McCartney’s musicianship and the wide range of instruments he was able to play, as well as the vast and diverse group of musicians who played with McCartney over the years.

In the book’s foreword, Billy Harry, founder of Mersey Beat calls Paul McCartney’s Solo Career 1970-2010 “...a welcome addition to the ever-growing exploration of the Beatles and solo-Beatle universe,” and adds that the book provides “a look into the most important aspect of Paul McCartney’s life—his music.”

A native of North Carolina, John Cherry retired from a career in college athletics fundraising in 2005. He now lives in Florida. Cherry is also the author of War on U.S.: How Policies and People are Destroying America and Better Than Lennon: The Music and Talent of Paul McCartney. Better Than Lennon was nominated for the “Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research Award” as presented by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

Available for purchase at www.betterthanlennon.com with special bonus items included, Paul McCartney’s Solo Career: 1970-2010 is also available wherever fine books are sold.

The Peppertree Press is an independent book publisher based in Florida. Members of the news media wishing to request a review copy of Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone— (615) 297-9875, or by email—maryglenn@maryglenn.com.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff By Don Bruns Launched this Week

Book Description

Hired to investigate what's causing the chaos at a traveling carnival, James Lessor and Skip Moore set into motion a dizzying, roller-coaster chain of events. But when a carnival worker is murdered, James and Skip better act fast . . . because they might be next in line.

Praise

"The patter is snappy, the action is fast, and the characters are so believable that a reader would recognize Skip and James if he or she met them on the street, at an evangelist's tent, or at a carnival. How a book can be so madcap and yet so believable is part of Bruns' art." --Fresh Fiction

"The compadres of More or Less Investigations have the same kind of zany chemistry as Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and her partner Lula. Those looking for action and a plot with plenty of twists and turns will also enjoy Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and look forward to more hijinks from this unlikely pair of PIs." --Mystery Maven Blog


"Leavened with plenty of laid-back dialogue. Concludes on a cool cliffhanger. Skip's girlfriend, Emily, and their PI pal, Jody Stacy, who supplies the pair with spy toys, add to the fun." --Publishers Weekly


"A talented author. Some of the set pieces are wonderful. Also, there are thoughtful disquisitions on detecting methods that would impress Holmes." --Booklist


"An amusing mystery about two bungling detectives who crack enough one-liners to star in their own sitcom." --Mystery Scene Magazine

Don Bruns, Author

Don Bruns is a musician, songwriter, advertising executive, and award-winning novelist. A former road musician who traveled and performed throughout the U.S. with major entertainment acts, Bruns recently released a CD of original songs called Last Flight Out and performed two original songs at the 2004 Edgar Awards ceremony.

Visit Don's website.


Published by Oceanview Publishing.

Monday, December 6, 2010

The French Teacher by William C. Walker


William C. Walker's book, The French Teacher is currently #2 on the ten-bestseller list at the Vero Beach Book Center. Congratulations to Bill for that.

It's the story of Noelle Stevenson and her sister as they journey to France at the height of the Great Depression. They are taken in by a wealthy Frenchman whose obligation to their dead father was born on a WW I battlefield—the ultimate sacrifice that the older man can never fully repay.

The story is summarized best by the blurb on the back cover...
In the summer of 1940, the German military hurtles into France and Noelle must make a fateful decision. Should she put her career as a fashion model on hold and return to America, or remain in her adopted country and rescue helpless orphans from the Nazi onslaught? Quickened by the flame of desire for a dashing, French Naval officer, and emboldened by a chance encounter with Charles De Gaulle, Noelle discovers a reservoir of strength and a depth of love that together put her in the perilous crosshairs of the Gestapo.
About the Author

William C. Walker started his writing career as a columnist for a regional Virginia newspaper. During a thirty-five year span as a military pilot and commercial airline captain he began writing short stories and novels. His previous novel, Errand of Mercy, is also available on Amazon Kindle. He lives on Florida’s Treasure Coast with his wife and a fluff dog that likes him.

The book is available at the Vero Beach Book Center. It's also available from Catawba Publishing
Company
and as a Kindle download from Amazon

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thanks for the Sponsorship


Florida Book News sends out its appreciation to Kee Briggs for his continued support as a sponsor of Florida Book News.

Kee has continued his sponsor ad on Florida Book News. This time it is in the image of his new book, Copper Shakes. It is the ninth in the Usher Orlop Mystery Series. Click on his ad in the column to the right and find out more about his books.

Or visit his website by clicking here.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Local Authors Showcase and Holiday Book Fair

Book Lovers on Your Holiday Shopping List?

Don’t Miss St. Pete’s Local Authors Showcase and Holiday Book Fair

What better gift for the book lovers on your holiday shopping list than a signed copy of a book by a popular local author. Don’t miss the Local Authors Showcase and Holiday Book Fair at the Main Library, 9th Ave North in Saint Petersburg. on Saturday, December 11th from 2 until 6 PM.

Eighteen local authors will be on hand to read from their works and sign their books, including (in alphabetical order) former St. Pete Times Book Editor Margo Hammond, former St. Petersburg Times columnist Mary Ann Marger, mystery author (Avalon series) Diane Sawyer and USF professor and multiple author (in Sci-Fi, memoir and mystery) Rick Wilber. Other local authors will be offering books on art, photography, poetry, biography, mystery, thriller, memoir, spirituality and zombies.

The Local Authors Showcase and Holiday Book Fair is being presented by the main Library in partnership with Florida Writers Association (FWA).

For more information contact fwastpete@gmail.com.

or

Sunny Fader, freelance writer
sunnyfader@tampabay.rr.com
www.sunnyfader.com

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Penny and Rio: The Diamond Collar Adventure wins Mom's Choice Award

Congratulation to Jennifer Swanson. Her third book, Penny and Rio: The Diamond Collar Adventure (July 2010) just won a Mom's Choice Award - Silver- for excellence in juvenile books. This fantastic book joins the first two in being awarded the Mom's Choice Award.

For more information, please see her website at www.pennyandrio.com

Monday, November 29, 2010

Journeys: A Grand Adventure by Judy Edwards describes trip around the world by painter and her 13-year-old daughter

Journeys: A Grand Adventure by Judy Edwards is the true story of Edwards' yearlong, globe-spanning artistic journey with her teenage daughter, Jill.

Like many people, Edwards had always dreamed of international travel but the typical responsibilities of everyday life had kept her from doing anything more than stepping over the border at Niagara Falls. She had a successful husband, loving children, pets and a big house, but she still fantasized about world travel.

After flipping through a book of travel stories, she was inspired by a vision one evening while driving the family home from the Christmas holidays, in which her whole trip was laid out in front of her. A few months later, Edwards and her 13-year-old daughter embarked on a trip around the globe to paint in beautiful locations like Chile, Easter Island, Moorea, Bali, Thailand, Greece and Egypt. As she and her daughter faced their fears and experienced unforgettable adventures, the trip turned from a painting trip with the bonus of having Jill around, to an extraordinary adventure for the two of them.

"My story is about the empowering results of following your dreams," says Edwards. "Once I had that vision, I knew I had to go in spite of my fears. I wondered what would happen to me if I didn't go."

With no foreign language skills and only a limited budget, Edwards ran into some challenging situations in far-off corners of the globe. However, her unflagging spirit of adventure and sense of humor allowed her to overcome each challenge and return home strong, confident and with a clearer understanding of her purpose in life. Upon their return home, her daughter pursued her own passion discovered while traveling and learned to fly airplanes, having her first solo flight at age 16. Edwards' life-changing story can serve as an inspiration to all who long to follow their dreams but are held back by fear.

Journeys: A Grand Adventure is available for sale on line at Amazon.com and other channels.

About the Author

Judy Edwards was born in Staten Island, N.Y. and received her degree in communication disorders from SUNY Brockport. She worked as a Montessori teacher, special education teacher and speech therapist while always dreaming of life as an artist. Edwards studied painting at the Honolulu Art Academy and with various teachers across the U.S., including Don Stone, an internationally known impressionist painter who has won two Greenshields Foundation grants. She and her husband of 34 years have two grown daughters and currently reside in Rockledge.

Visit www.judyedwards.com

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanks to Authors for Authors

Last weekend 49 authors participated in the Meet the Authors Book Fair in Melbourne, Florida. Thanks to Marshall Frank, Holly Fox Vellekoop and Valerie Allen for organizing the book fair. What a great idea to incorporate the book fair into the ArtWorks Festival in the Eau Gallie Arts District.

These three authors call themselves Authors for Authors and indeed they are. They have repeatedly worked to provide excellent opportunities for authors to make their books known to the public. I just wanted to let them know that we appreciate the work it takes to put together such a great event.

Lou

101 Reasons to Live by Loretta Faith Harris


Have you ever stopped during life’s journey to ask yourself the ultimate question, “Why am I here?” Your existence serves a greater purpose, but you will never reach your final destination until you recognize your reason for living.

101 Reasons to Live by Loretta Faith Harris is an interactive journal delivering inspirational quotes designed to help you find greater purpose in your everyday living. Despite life’s challenges and obstacles, God gives us a reason to live. Discover your Reasons to Live.

Reason #1: Fulfill Your Destiny

Your existence is filled with purpose, but you will never come into your destiny until you recognize your purpose. ~ Loretta Faith Harris

"This interactive workbook is just the tool I need to prioritize my life! With so much to do and so little time to do it, I, personally, have been stuck in a cycle… and not really completing anything! Loretta, I am grateful that you have taken a moment to utilize your gifts and talents in a way that bridges the gap for me- moving from a dream to operating in reality. This workbook is destined to help me eliminate a whole lot of clutter and walk in SIMPLE SIGNIFICANCE. Now, I can REALLY live!"

~ Dr. Darcova Triplett, Author of Harmonious Contradictions… Expressions for the Journey from Alpha to Omega and Smart Girls are Cool
About the Author: Loretta Faith Harris is a prominent speaker, award-winning author, entrepreneur, and humanitarian. Loretta is the presiding president and founder of CHPublishing. This exceptional educator possesses the ability to cultivate the gifts and talents within her young adult scholars. Loretta is the proud recipient of various accolades in the field of education, including Distinguished Minority Educator of the Year. Loretta currently resides in Orlando, Florida, where she is dedicated to the completion of her doctorate degree in education at Nova Southeastern University.

101 Reasons to Live
ISBN: 978-0-9786681-7-4
Retail Price: $16.95
Release Date: January 31, 2011
Available for $14.95 - CHPublishing Bookstore: www.chpublishing.org

Ethan Egret’s Family Album by Linda Jump


Ethan Egret’s Family Album is an easy-reader for children 5 to 10 featuring color photographs of the Great Egret’s life. Share Ethan’s story and photo album as he finds his mate Emily and raises mischievous chicks Chloe and Joshua in his Florida wetland home. How will Ethan handle Chloe’s ride on an alligator?

How to Purchase Books and Images
The book, Ethan Egret’s Family Album, ISBN 978-0-9829647-0-5 is for sale from the Web Store at www.terrasanctapress.com. For bulk orders at a substantial discount, email the publisher at books4you@cfl.rr.com.

Photographs in this book may be purchased individually or in a set of six as Wall Art, double matted and ready for framing. These limited-edition, numbered images are signed by the author-photographer Linda Jump.

The Wall Art photographs come in two sizes. A 5 x 7-inch photograph, black matted becomes 8 x 10-inch Wall Art; or an 8 x 10-inch image black matted becomes 11 x 14-inch Wall Art. To purchase the Wall Art photographs, other photographs by Linda Jump or the book Ethan Egret’s Family Album, or the Curriculum Guide, you may:
  • Order on-line from the Terra Sancta Press Web Store www.terrasanctapress.com by selecting the tab marked the Turtledove Collection. Then click on Linda Jump, photographs, or children’s books.• Email the publisher at books4you@cfl.rr.com, or
  • Call Pat at Terra Sancta Press 321-914-2290 between 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST/EDST.
Linda is available for book talks, nature photograph programs, workshops, and photo-shoots.


Linda Jump’s Bio:
Linda Jump, photojournalist, is also the best selling author of the book of church bloopers, The Lighting of the Acolyte. Linda is an Empire State College graduate with an M.A. in Culture and Policy Studies. Her career as a photographer and reporter spans three decades with news presses in New York and Florida.

Linda’s photographs and bylines have appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers such as USA and FLORIDA TODAY, and on-line news sources including the Associated Press. Linda and her husband Dick, a retired technology teacher, live in Palm Bay, Florida. She is a fun-loving
grandmother of two who is active in church and nature groups, and makes time weekly to
visit theme parks.

As an accomplished nature photographer, her limited-edition photographs are in demand. Linda’s first children’s book Ethan Egret’s Family Album and her guide to memoir writing book From Memories to Memoir Using the Jump Start Method were released in November 2010. The six favorite images from EEFA can be purchased as photographic wall art in two sizes. Reprints of Tips for Photographing Wild Birds can also be ordered.

She co-facilitates a class, titled Writing Your Life, for the Shepherd’s Center of South Brevard, Florida. The class encourages elder students to write their memoirs.

What others are saying about Ethan Egret’s Family Album
Ethan Egret’s Family Album is a charming book that will entertain and teach both child and parent about the early family life of one of America’s most elegant and loved birds. The words and stunning photographs complement each other and offer fascinating details for everyone. I look forward to many readings of Ethan Egret’s Family Album to my grandchildren.
~~Louis DeMouy, Past President, Montgomery Bird Club, Maryland Ornithological Society

Ethan Egret’s Family Album is a pure joy, nature at its best. I especially liked Linda Jump’s sequence of capturing the egret’s life and then writing the story. I would read it to my first graders.
~~Carolyn Hamilton, Educator (ret.)

This story of Ethan and Emily Egret’s family journey is enjoyable, well-researched and written; a story that is filled with biological facts and an essential lesson on emotional and practical parenting. This engaging story should prove to become a staple nature classic. All ages can read, learn and enjoy.
~~Marie E. Roman, Author and Educator (ret.)

Ethan Egret’s Family Album is a book that young readers and their parents alike can enjoy and learn from. I particularly found the photos and descriptions of the ways the parents feed their young something that many youngsters are not aware of and probably have never seen. For all who care about our wildlife and environment, Ethan Egret’s Family Album spotlights the complicated life and the struggles these marvelous birds deal with every day. The fact that you shot so many beautiful images of the Great Egrets to chronicle their courtship, nest building, egg laying and raising of their young is fascinating. Thank you from all of us who dearly love our outdoors.
~~Tim Williams, Alligator Wrestler and Director of Media Productions, Gatorland, Orlando, FL

Your book is awesome. I loved the pictures. Read it again!
~~Chloe Pianka, age 5, granddaughter of the author

I didn’t want to be a bird in your book. I want to be a shark. How come Chloe gets to ride on an alligator?
~~Joshua Hall, age 7, grandson of the author

Friday, November 26, 2010

JANJAWEED - Devils on Horseback by Joseph and Jane Matthews

American Missionary children kidnapped in Sudan, Africa bring a Rambo-esque Marine sniper face to face with the evils of genocide and slavery and his own unresolved memories of war.

Authors Joseph and Jane Matthews begin a new trilogy of books with Janjaweed – Devils on Horseback. The setting is southern Sudan, the year 1993. Two American missionary children, African-American, are mistaken as being part of the native villagers. They are rounded up and kidnapped along with other children in the small community. Surely as U.S. citizens, these children will be safely returned, or so their parents mistakenly believe.

Joseph and Jane Matthews have taken the history of Sudan to weave a spell-binding tale of U.S. government impotency, United Nations duplicity, and the freedom fighters that truly exist in Sudan as a last resort to those whose loved ones have been lost to the barbarity of a legalized slave trade.

In addition to their years of research on the slavery and genocide in Africa, Mr. Matthews brings into the story his Vietnam experience with the main character Travis Martin, an ex-marine sniper suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome. After diplomatic channels are deemed as too weak and too slow, it is up to Travis to join a small band of illegal and questionable freedom fighters to plan a rescue.

“I think the Matthews have brought a modern-day Rambo type series to life,” Rebecca Melvin of Double Edge Press says. “And in doing so, they are bringing attention to a situation in Africa that is at this very moment getting ready to explode with their elections to be held in January. They continue the story bringing it up to the present day in their second book, Media War, which will be released in 2011.”

About the Authors

Joseph Matthews is a Vietnam Veteran who saw heavy action during the Tet Offensive of 1968. Together with his wife Jane, a retired school teacher, they currently are working on book three of the Janjaweed series and reside in Indialantic, Florida.

JANJAWEED –
Devils on Horseback
ISBN : 978-0-9819514-5-4
by Joseph & Jane Matthews
Fiction; African-American;
Action-Adventure;
$21.95 each

Available at all major book retailers including Barnes and Noble, Borders and Books-a-Million. You'll also find it on line at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com You may also purchase it directly from the publisher at http://doubleedgepress.com

A Matter of Pride by Jane Gill

Florida author incorporates the African-American experience and Flagler County history into a story of a successful contemporary woman discovering and ultimately embracing her family roots.

Author Jane Gill breathes life into the history of Flagler County, Florida, from an African-American perspective as she presents a tale of one woman’s discovery that her family of potato farmers was not a hindrance to her success, as she had always believed, but her enabler.

Twice recognized for her contributions to Doorways Memoirs Magazine as well as being published in The Bridge Magazine, Ms. Gill tackles the unique era we occupy when African-Americans are facing the challenges of being the most successful generation in their history to date in the United States.

The rapid rise on the cultural ladder of African-Americans in the U.S. has surprising and challenging emotional ramifications. Jane Gill addresses these challenges through her character Lu Conners as she comes to terms with the death of her father and introduces her children to the struggles that her family faced from the Civil War to present.

“I think Ms. Gill has hit upon a subject that is of interest to many in the African-American community,” Rebecca Melvin of Double Edge Press says. “And with the rich history of Flagler County, Turpentine Camps and the agricultural community as a background, her story really comes alive. Ultimately, the message is one of pride, and I would say grit. It takes a lot of grit to make that leap. Unfortunately, it sometimes leaves an unaddressed cost to the family as one member rapidly rises and perhaps others don’t.”

About the Author
Born in Saratoga, NY, Jane Gill now resides in Sarasota, FL. She is an NALA Certified Paralegal and serves on the Business Advisory Boards for the State College of Florida and Sarasota County Technical Institute. In her free time, she is a Sea Turtle Patrol Volunteer for Mote Marine Laboratories.

A Matter of Pride
ISBN : 978-0-9819514-6-1
by Jane Gill
Fiction; African-American;
Woman’s Contemporay;
$17.95 each

Available at all major book retailers including Barnes and Noble, Borders and Books-a-Million. You'll also find it on line at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com You may also purchase it directly from the publisher at http://doubleedgepress.com

Author available for interviews at amatterofpridebook@gmail.com

Forgiven by Sunny Serafino

A divorced mother, her college-aged pregnant daughter, an elderly man and a confused young man all question their faith as they struggle with a diverse set of challenges. Only a decades old secret can bring healing and answers to them, but how can such a long-hidden secret be revealed other than through Divine Revelation?

Author Sunny Serafino weaves a haunting tale of mystery, faith and the intertwining of lives in Forgiven, her tenth novel of strong women characters.

Set in the small, fictional town of Gadara, Florida, Ms Serafino moves the action forward between a diverse set of characters connected to each other in ways not always apparent to themselves. A recently divorced middle-aged woman deals with new financial circumstances. Simultaneously, her daughter arrives home from college pregnant and dumped by her boyfriend. Across town, an elderly widower staves off loneliness and worries if the chest pains he’s been having are serious, and a confused young man runs from his past and future to the unknown in Miami.

Into each of these lives comes a stranger, one with no past nor future, but only the present to work within. Can a few simple conversations with a stranger reveal the answers that each of these people are looking for and bring their lives into line with each others’?

“Sunny Serafino brings her trademark everyday woman to life once again in her newest work, Forgiven,” Rebecca Melvin of Double Edge Press says. “Readers always immediately connect with her characters because they are facing the same challenges as many women today. In addition, Ms. Serafino shows God working in our lives sometimes entirely unnoticed by us. His working can be as inconsequential as the words of a stranger seemingly met by accident.”

About the Author

Sunny Serafino is the award-winning writer of ten books in print including Forgiven. Originally from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Sunny currently resides in Florida. She teaches creative writing and writing memoirs in independent workshops and as an invited teacher at South Florida Community College. She is a past president of the National League of American Pen Women and is a member of the Florida Writers Association.

Forgiven, ISBN : 9780981951478
by Sunny Serafino
$21.95 each
Available at all major book retailers including Barnes and Noble, Borders and Books-a-Million. You'll also find it on line at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com You may also purchase it directly from the publisher at http://doubleedgepress.com

For information on the author contact Sunny Serafino by email at sunnyone@strato.net

From Memories to Memoir Using the Jump Start Method by Linda Jump


Imagine how proud you will feel when you present your family with a professional quality memoir to cherish. From Memories to Memoir Using the Jump Start Method takes you step by step to capture memories, write with clarity, and tell a good story to complete a treasured memoir.

How to Purchase Books and Images
The book From Memories to Memoir Using the Jump Start Method, Item #Bk-FM2M, ISBN 978-0-9829647-0-5 and the book, Ethan Egret’s Family Album, Item #Bk-EEFA, ISBN 978-0-9829647-0-5 are for sale from the Terra Sancta Press Web Store at www.terrasanctapress.com in the section called The Turtledove Collection.

For bulk orders at a substantial discount, email the publisher at books4you@cfl.rr.com. They also offer a curriculum guide to Ethan Egret’s Family Album, as a help for schoolteachers or homeschooling parents.

Photographs may be purchased individually or in a set of six as Photographic Wall Art, double matted and ready for framing. These limited-edition, numbered images are signed by the author-photographer Linda Jump. The Wall Art photographs come in two sizes. A 5 x 7-inch photograph, black matted becomes 8 x 10-inch Wall Art; or an 8 x 10-inch image black matted become 11 x 14-inch Wall Art.

Email the publisher at books4you@cfl.rr.com, or

Call Pat at Terra Sancta Press 321-914-2290 between 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
EST/EDST.

Linda is available for book talks, nature photograph programs, workshops, and photo-shoots.

Linda Jump’s Bio:
Linda Jump, photojournalist, is also the bestselling author of the book of church bloopers, The Lighting of the Acolyte. Linda is an Empire State College graduate with an M.A. in Culture and Policy Studies. Her career as a photographer and reporter spans three decades with news presses in New York and Florida. Linda’s photographs and bylines have appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers such as USA and FLORIDA TODAY, and on-line news sources including the Associated Press. Linda and her husband Dick, a retired technology teacher, live in Palm Bay, Florida. She is a fun-loving grandmother of two who is active in church and nature groups, and makes time weekly to visit theme parks.

As an accomplished nature photographer, her limited-edition photographs are in demand. Linda’s first children’s book Ethan Egret’s Family Album and her guide to memoir writing book From Memories to Memoir Using the Jump Start Method were released in November 2010. The six favorite images from EEFA can be purchased as photographic wall art in two sizes. Reprints of Tips for Photographing Wild Birds can also be ordered.

She co-facilitates a class, titled Writing Your Life, for the Shepherd’s Center of South Brevard, Florida. The class encourages elder students to write their memoirs.

What others are saying about From Memories to Memoir Using the Jump Start Method

We all have stories to share of unique experiences and wisdom gained, stories to shock, inspire and guide the next generation. With From Memories to Memoir Using the Jump Start Method by Linda Jump, readers learn to guide their memories to select those tales that captivate and entertain. It gives instruction on genealogy research and documentation as a means to fill in the gaps. The Jump Start Method is the cutting-edge process of memoir writing that bypasses writer’s block and enables you to jog your memories and produce a first-hand account of how things were, as your gift to the generations to come.
~~Keyon Jason Jordan

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sam the Grouchy As Usual Bear by May Lattanzio

Sam the Grouchy As Usual Bear was written to comfort those children grieving the loss of a
military parent at Christmas (but adults are identifying with it too). The book can be used in therapy or at home to prepare children for loss as well.

You'll find the book at Amazon.com or it can be ordered from the publisher, http://www.irishstoryplayhouse.com/

About the Author

May Lattanzio began writing in junior high, but she got serious about it in her fifties after winning an honorable mention in a local writers group in Panama City, Florida. She even got a job with the weekly paper doing interviews and investigative reporting and joined a large critique group which met at noon at Books-A--Million. Because of their support, a growing collection of her experiences with wildlife grew into a book, Harvest of a Quiet Eye became Waltz on the Wild Side - An Animal Lover's Journal. It was published by Hawk Publishing Group.

Lattanzio is a writer, photographer and poet. She is also a mom to one, and GrandMay to two little ones. She surrounds herself with furry companions and two Senegal parrots. And, she takes great pleasure in the rescue and placement of dogs.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Billy- One Family’s Insane Journey Through the Virginia Mental Health System by Woody Hawthorne


Book Description
Diagnosed with severe ADHD and bipolar disorder, Billy Hawthorne faced a steep uphill battle to control his mental illness and beat his debilitating addictions to alcohol and DXM products, the active ingredient in cough syrups. Today Billy is managing his mental illness and his addictions and is ready to move on with his life, but not before relentlessly battling a crazy mental health and criminal justice system in Virginia whose plethora of contradicting rules and criteria many times came close to leaving him for dead.

Relive Billy’s 5-year battle through repeated struggles and his ultimate triumph firsthand through the eyes of his father, Woody. It is both Woody and Billy's hope that, through reading this book, other families may be able to avoid much of the pain and craziness that kept Billy from getting better sooner.

About the Author
Woody Hawthorne was born in August 1957 in Schenectady, NY USA. He graduated from the College of William and Mary and has worked primarily as an electromagnetic compatibility engineer in the aerospace industry for the past 29 years. He and wife Janice now live with son Billy in Merritt Island, FL. Woody enjoys playing his guitar, baseball and his favorite pastime sailing.

If you would like a signed copy of the book you can email Woody at

wthawthorne@hotmail.com

or visit the book site on Facebook at

http://www.facebook.com/notifications.php#!/pages/Billy-One-Familys-Insane-Journey-Through-The-Virginia-Mental-Health-System/359170994494

Saturday, November 20, 2010

ArtWorks Festival... Sunday, November 21, 2010 --This Time with a Book Fair Too...

Don't Miss ArtWorks


Don't miss it. The ArtWorks Festival is going on this Sunday November 21, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Highland Avenue and side streets are lined with 100 artists selling their creations and demonstrating their art.

This is a wonderful show for the whole family. You'll want to stop by and see what the artists are up to. And stop by the Brevard Porcelain Society annual show, A Touch of Elegance, inside the Civic Center.

Also, in the Civic Center for the first time this year is a Meet the Authors Book Fair. Be sure to check this latest addition to the offerings in Eau Gallie. It's a great place to meet local authors.

Hope to see you there... Be sure to schedule time for all of it. For more information, visit http://www.artworksofeaugallie.org

Friday, November 19, 2010

Don't Miss It: The Meet the Authors Book Fair


Book lovers, mark your calendars. November 20th or November 21st.

This year, the annual Art Works Fine Art Festival, which is held on Highland Avenue, November 20th and 21st, is joining with AFA (Authors For Authors) to feature a 'Meet The Authors" Book Fair, inside the civic center at Eau Gallie. (Adjacent to the Porcelain Art Display) 46 authors of all genres, from around the state, meeting and greeting readers, and signing books. (Yours truly included) We are proud to include John Torres of Florida Today as one of the authors in attendance.

The Book Fair will be open from 10 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday while the major art festival takes place in the streets outside the civic center doors. I hope this can be mentioned in one of the upcoming events sections of Florida Today.

AFA (Authors For Authors) is a small group of writers who have been putting on book fairs to help support and promote the endeavors of local authors. Marshall Frank, Holly Fox Vellekoop and Valerie Allen are founders of the group.

For more information about the book fair, call Marshall Frank at (321)254-3398

Authors participating in the book fair are:

Mark Adduci, Valerie Allen, Lou Belcher, Leona DeRosa Bodie, Anne Bonner , Stuart Borton, Donna Lee B owers, Lee Boyland, Kee Briggs, John Cammalleri, Jane Caracci , Kathy Cummings, Diane DesRochers, Carol A. Didier, Betty Fagerlund , Marshall Frank, Valerie Froelich, ,Barbara Green, Lily Guzman, John Hamm, Robert Hart, Woody Hawthorne, Lucy Lauer, Malcolm Mahr, Sarah Mamika, Dianne Marcum , Patricia Marlett, Yvonne Mason, Pat McDonough, Robert Morrissey, Roger Neetz, Stephen Piperno, Joseph Richardson, H. V. Rhodes, Ricky Roberts, Frances Grace Rogers, Sally Riedesel, David Stewart, Joseph A. Szewc, Irma Tirro, Connie Titus, John Torres, Holly Fox Vellekoop, William Walker, Kay Williamson, E. Lynne Wright , Penny Zee.
Others participating through the book display are Maggy Simony and Lawrence Tuck.
See you there!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Horse Named Kat by Lucy S. Lauer

A Horse Named Kat by Lucy S. Lauer is a novel aimed at ages 9 through 14, but it has life lessons for all ages. Lauer will be at the Meet the Authors Book Fair at the Eau Gallie Civic Center on Saturday (11/20) and Sunday (11/21) from 10 to 5 during the ArtWorks Festival. Be sure to stop by to meet her and to see her book.

A Horse Named Kat tells the story of twelve-year-old Erin who gets her first horse after her dad leaves the family. It recounts Erin's struggles to regain confidence through riding and competing in western horse shows.

Through Kat and through her involvement at Clausen's Stables, life becomes much worse for Erin before it slowly starts to improve. She habitually feels she can't do anything right. As a consequence, she is intent on avoiding confrontation at all cost and finds herself even stooping to lying in hopes of getting others to like her. Read about the part Kat plays in helping Erin work through these problems

Through this book, Lauer not only engages the reader in an interesting story, but she deals adeptly with the deep feelings of insecurity and avoidance that many youth (and many of us) face throughout life. In addition, the book reinforces responsibility through Erin's devotion to taking care of Kat while it entertains the reader with exciting details of bare-back riding barrel and flag racing, and pole bending. Lauer says, "A Horse Named Kat is about horses, friends, family and fitting in."

I highly recommend this book for the intended age group and beyond. It is a warm, engaging story. Lauer has developed a diverse and interesting group of characters in such as way that you want to find out the outcome for each of them. The story will quickly capture your attention, and you just might imagine yourself in a scene or two.

Enjoy!

About the Author

Lucy Lauer has published poetry, short stories and memoirs, health and fitness articles and a children’s cookbook. Her work has appeared in Pot Pori, Kansas City Parent, Kansas City Star Magazine, Kansas City Voices, and the anthologies, Season of Light, and Horse Crazy.

A Horse Named Kat is Lauer's first novel. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who has worked with adolescents and families on many coming of age issues. She has two grown children and lives with her husband in Melbourne Beach, Florida.

A Horse Named Kat (Cave Hollow Press, 2006) was awarded runner up in Juvenile Fiction by the Missouri Writers Guild in 2007. As a licensed mental health counselor, Lauer is fascinated by human relations and the individual ways people tackle their problems. She enjoys visiting middle schools and helping students find the emotional truth in their own writing. Lauer is currently working on a series of short stories with a recurring central character.

For more information or to purchase a copy of the book, go to Cave Hollow Press.

Book News from James F. and Sarah Jane Kaserman

James F. and Sarah Jane Kaserman will appear at Hooked On Books on Saturday evening, December 4th from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. The Kaserman's will sign copies of their holiday books as well as their prior pirate novels. The event is to kickoff the annual Holiday Boat Parade at 7 p.m. and attended by thousands yearly.

Featured books by the Kaserman's available that evening will include: How the Pirates Saved Christmas, Tales From Christmas Trains, Pirates of Southwest Florida, Fact and Legend; and, The Legend of Gasparilla, A Tale for All Ages.

Hooked on Books is a charming independent bookstore located at Fisherman's Village, 1200 W. Retta Esplanade F-4, in Punta Gorda, Florida. For additional information, please call Jan Nicolson, Owner, at the store, (941)- 637-8002.

James F. & Sarah Jane Kaserman, Authors-Lecturers. Check out their website at http://www.sarahjameskaserman.com

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Bitter Legacy by H. Terrell Griffin:

Oceanview Publishing Announces the Upcoming Release of

Bitter Legacy by H. Terrell Griffin:
Bitter Legacy will be available on December 20, 2010

Oceanview Publishing announces the upcoming release of Bitter Legacy by H. Terrell Griffin. Bitter Legacy (ISBN: 978‐1‐933515‐96‐0, Hardcover, Thriller, $25.95, 360 pages) will be available wherever fine books are sold on December 20, 2010.

After a week away, Matt Royal’s ready to get back to the Longboat Key good life—good fishing, good food, good beer, and more good fishing. But Matt comes back to bad news: while he was away, a sniper decided to kill one of his best friends.

Even worse, now that Matt’s back, someone’s trying to kill him. And whoever is trying to kill him is trying really hard.

With no clue who’s after him or why, Matt soon finds he’s at the center of a mystery involving a lawyer’s murder, a tourist left for dead, a ruthless biker gang, a reclusive billionaire with nothing to lose, and an ancient document that could bring ruin to some of the most entrenched financial interests in Florida.

Between solving the mystery and staying alive, Matt’s got his hands full. But he’d better watch out or his hard-charging ways could get him sideways with the newest member of Longboat Key’s police force, the undeniably attractive Jennifer Duncan.

For Matt, it’s shaping up to be a really long week.

Michael Connelly, New York Times best-selling author of Nine Dragons, calls Bitter Legacy “...another solid cruise in the sun with H. Terrell Griffin. This story takes you in and holds you to the very last page.”

Award-winning novelist H. Terrell Griffin is a former soldier and 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 Wyatt’s Revenge, Blood Island, Murder Key, and Longboat Blues.

Oceanview Publishing (www.oceanviewpub.com) is an independent book publisher headquartered in Florida. Oceanview is a proud member of 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.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Local Authors' Showcase and Holiday Book Fair

Coming soon

LOCAL AUTHORS SHOWCASE

And Holiday Book Fair


Mark your calendar! On Saturday, December 11th -- just in time for holiday book shopping-- the Florida Writers Association St. Petersburg, in conjunction with the Saint Petersburg Main Library, will celebrate local authors with a Local Authors Showcase and Holiday Book Fair. The Showcase/Book Fair will be held at the Main Library, 3745 9th Ave North in Saint Petersburg, 2 – 6 PM, , and will include book sales, signings and readings. Participation is open to all Pinellas County published authors.

Over a dozen Pinellas County authors are already on board including mystery and sci-fi author Rick Wilbur; Aaron Alper, author and founder of ZombieNation Publishing and St. Pete Times journalist Mary Ann Marger, whose first book has just been published.

Any local author interested in participating should contact John Rehg, FWA St. Petersburg Group Leader, at fwastpete@gmail.com or (727) 492 6044.

Opportunity for Authors

If you're a published author with public speaking experience, the Naples Press Club may be interested in what you have to teach. SWFL Author Sandy Lender puts together the 9th annual NPC Writers' Conference for April 9-10, 2011, in Naples, Fla., and still needs to fill a few final spots in the curriculum.

If you enjoy presenting writing-related topics while representatives from Barnes & Noble sell your books for you, contact Lender at sandy_lender@yahoo.com. The press club is a non-profit organization, so there's no travel honorarium, but there are other perks, like attending the celebrity luncheon and the overall conference as the club's guest.

You can also view a recent article about Lender, with brief mention of the conference in the November/December Ft. Myers Magazine at http://ftmyersmagazine.com/FtM-edit.SandyLender.html . The NPC Writers' Conference website goes live Thanksgiving Day, so get in touch with Lender soon.

News from Diane Gilbert Madsen, DD McGil Literati Mysteries

Launched "Hunting for Hemingway," the second in the DD McGil Literati Mystery Series, in Hemingway's birthplace, Oak Park Illinois at the Hemingway Museum on October 1st. Nearly 100 persons attended. The event was covered by WGN-TV Morning Show that did a live spot at the Museum focusing on my book. The Museum. WGN-Radio personality Rick Kogan interviewed me for 30 minutes on his Sunday Morning show; and Chicago's own Kiki's Bistro hosted a "Hemingway Themed" dinner in honor of the book launch where each diner got a book with a great French dinner. Kiki had been a chef in Paris and knew Hemingway. What a treat!!

Also attended the Illinois Authors Dinner sponsored by Thomas J. Joyce & Company Rare Books.
Now back in Florida and am currently doing signings at Borders and Books a Million in Sarasota, Ruhama's in Boca Grande and Books a Million in Port Charlotte.

Mystery Scene's current Magazine ( Issue #116 Fall) contains my article "Dateline: Hemingway" on Hemingway's early typewriter, his Corona #3.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving all.
Diane Gilbert Madsen
www.dianegilbertmadsen.com

Friday, November 12, 2010

The 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards for the Writers Guide to the Courroom: Let's Quill All The

Ft. Lauderdale employment attorney Donna Ballman has won First Place in the Florida Writers Association’s 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards for her Educational/Informational book, The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom: Let’s Quill All the Lawyers.

WHAT THE JUDGES SAID

In awarding First Place, the judges commented:

“This writer knows how to connect each section of the book in an enlightening manner. This judge thinks it should be must reading for law students, not just writers!”

“The author’s sense of humor permeates this book to keep the material engaging.”

“It is three years of law school in one book!”

“This is a must for writers bringing the civil law into their books.”

“Clear, concise and useful information.”

“The voice of this author is compelling.”

“Author presents information for other authors that will make any of their lawyer characters more credible.”

About The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom

For novelists and screen writers, The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom has everything you need to inspire your writing, help your characters navigate the legal system, and get your story right. When your fiction or non-fiction calls for a character to sue someone or be sued and survive the ordeal, this book should be number one on your docket. For journalists, this book is the go-to book for any story involving the civil justice system. It’s a primer on the major types of law, who the players are, how to research the law, how trials really work, and what happens from the moment a client walks in the door in an attorney’s office.

Featuring a Foreword by Alex Ferrer, TV’s Judge Alex.

Ms. Ballman asked some lawyers, including bestselling author Brad Meltzer what really bugged them about how the civil justice system is portrayed in books and screenplays, and to talk about which ones really got it right. Some of their responses are quoted throughout this book to help you see the ways in which "getting it wrong" can alienate the 1.1 million lawyers who are also readers.

About Donna Ballman

Donna Ballman has practiced employment law for 24 years. She was named in The Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs' Lawyers in America, 2007, and has received numerous awards. The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom: Let’s Quill All the Lawyers, is part of Behler Publications’ award-winning “Get it Write” series.

Donna has taught at the Wordsmitten “Pitch the Publishers” Workshop, The Florida Writer’s Conference, and will be teaching at the Tallahassee Writer’s Conference on how to use the law to improve romance, science fiction, YA, and other novel genres.

She is available to speak to groups of journalists, novelists and screenwriters. She has been interviewed on radio, TV and newspapers on aspects of employment law. She blogs regularly in The Write Report covering writing and publishing news, commenting about where TV and books got the law wrong and how they could fix the problems in their stories, and who did well writing about the law. She talks about writing and publishing on Radio Litopia as a regular panelist on Litopia After Dark every Friday, with over 20,000 listeners. She tweets as @WriterDonna.

She also has a blog about employment law, aptly titled, “Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home” and tweets about employment law as @EmployeeAtty.

Joyce Athey Art Exhibit and Book Signing at the CBAA Heritage Art Show

Joyce Athey art and signing my book "Cathedrals of the Heart" this weekend with the CBAA as seen below. She will have a booth using all of her "Traveling Art" exhibit panels.

Central Brevard Art Association Art Show this weekend: Nov. 13 & 14
at
Heritage Isle (a beautiful setting on W. Wickham Rd. West of 92, North side of hwy)

Saturday 10-5
Sunday 10-4

The Art show is in the Club House Ball Room, one of the largest in Central Florida,
Great parking, an on-site restaurant, fine services.

20 artists with booth space, 15 artists with table displays, others with easel space

Monday, November 8, 2010

RAFF ELLIS, author of the literary memoir Kisses from a Distance to present lecture.


Central Florida author/lecturer, Raff Ellis, will speak at a meeting of the Roots & Branches Genealogical Society of West Volusia County at 2:00 pm on Sunday, November 21. Meetings are held at the DeLand Public Library, 130 East Howry Avenue.

The talk is titled, The Making of Kisses from a Distance, in which Mr. Ellis chronicles the lengthy journey he took that led to researching and writing his award-winning memoir.

Mr. Ellis has also written a second book titled, I Don’t Believe in Ghosts, which is scheduled for release in December. Also a memoir, this work is somewhat unique in that it chronicles life experiences through a collection of short stories.

More information about Mr. Ellis and his work may be found at:
www.raffellis.com
raffellis.blogspot.com
KFAD YouTube video

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Miami Book Fair International

Are you planning to attend the Miami Book Fair International? It's coming up in a couple of weeks with the fair taking up an entire week and the Street Fair portion scheduled for November 19-21.

Over 300 authors from all over the world are scheduled to participate in this international book event. There are many special events going on throughout the week for children and adults.

The Street Fair is a three-day outdoor festival where hundreds of booksellers and exhibitors, offer the public an opportunity to browse titles from small presses and from the major publishing houses. To learn more about the Miami Book Fair International, visit http://www.miamibookfair.com

Meet the Authors Book Fair -- November 20 and 21


With a line up of Brevard's favorite authors, Marshall Frank, Valerie Allen and Hollie Fox Vellecoop have organized the Meet the Authors Book Fair to coincide with the ArtWorks Festival in the Eau Gallie Arts District on Highland Avenue. The book fair is scheduled from 9 to 5 on November 20th and November 21 in the Eau Gallie Civic Center on Highland Avenue in Melbourne Florida.

Please come out and meet the authors, and hear about their books.
Mark Adduci, Valerie Allen, Lou Belcher, Leona DeRosa Bodie, Anne Bonner , Stuart Borton, Donna Lee B owers, Lee Boyland, Kee Briggs, John Cammalleri, Jane Caracci , Kathy Cummings, Diane DesRochers, Carol A. Didier, Betty Fagerlund , Marshall Frank, Valerie Froelich, ,Barbara Green, Lily Guzman, John Hamm, Robert Hart, Woody Hawthorne, Lucy Lauer, Malcolm Mahr, Sarah Mamika, Dianne Marcum , Patricia Marlett, Yvonne Mason, Pat McDonough, Robert Morrissey, Roger Neetz, Stephen Piperno, Joseph Richardson, H. V. Rhodes, Ricky Roberts, Frances Grace Rogers, Sally Riedesel, David Stewart, Joseph A. Szewc, Irma Tirro, Connie Titus, John Torres, Holly Fox Vellekoop, William Walker, Kay Williamson, E. Lynne Wright , Penny Zee.
Others participating through the book display are Maggy Simony and Lawrence Tuck.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Award-Winning Novelist Don Bruns

Oceanview Publishing Announces the Upcoming Release of
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Award-Winning Novelist Don Bruns:
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff will be available nationwide on December 6, 2010

LONGBOAT KEY, FL – Oceanview Publishing announces the upcoming release of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by award-winning novelist Don Bruns. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff (ISBN: 978‐1‐933515‐79‐3, Hardcover, 312 pages, $25.95, Mystery) will be available wherever fine books are sold on December 6, 2010.

It’s official: stumbling, bumbling James Lessor and Skip Moore are licensed private investigators. Now, that’s some scary stuff. It could take time to get More or Less Investigations off the ground, so James takes a job with a traveling carnival show. But this show has a dubious reputation, having had a string of accidents and at least one death in the past year.

When they’re hired to investigate what’s caused the carnival chaos, James and Skip set into motion a dizzying, roller-coaster chain of events.

After a terrifying trip on the Dragon Tail ride, a not-so-fun dust-up in Freddy’s Fun House, and a host of threats, James and Skip realize they’ll get anything but cooperation from this cantankerous cast of carnies. But when a carnival worker is murdered, James and Skip will have to act fast . . . because they might be next in line.

For James and Skip, the only thing sweeter than the smell of corndogs and fried dough will be the sweet smell of success—but in this case, ‘success’ means getting out alive. When this investigation goes completely off the rails, and James and Skip will be in for the ride of their lives.

Susan Greger, Publisher at Oceanview, commented, “We are thrilled to announce the next release by Don Bruns. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff is big on laughs, suspense, and sheer entertainment.”

Don Bruns is an award-winning novelist, songwriter, musician, and advertising executive, who lives in South Florida. He is also the author of Stuff to Spy For, Stuff Dreams Are Made Of, Stuff to Die For, Bahama Burnout, St. Barts Breakdown, South Beach Shakedown, Barbados Heat, and Jamaica Blue.

Oceanview Publishing (www.oceanviewpub.com) is an independent book publisher headquartered in Florida. Oceanview is a proud member of 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.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards

Authors from around the state were honored during the FWA Conference. Over the next few days, I'll post articles about those honored by 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards. Here's the start.

Congratulations to Debbie Reed Fischer for the Published Book of the Year Award and to Heather Nickodem for the Unpublished Book of the Year Award.

PUBLISHED BOOK OF THE YEAR

Swimming with the Sharks by Debbie Reed Fischer (Young Adult)

Torn by her conscience, yet seduced by the chance to be popular, high school junior Peyton gets
sucked into a cruel bullying campaign aimed at the frumpy new girl.

Debbie Reed Fischer is the author of Swimming with the Sharks (Flux, 2008) and Braless in
Wonderland (Dutton, 2008). She sometimes plays hooky at the beach instead of writing.

UNPUBLISHED BOOK OF THE YEAR

Red Sky at Night by Heather Nickodem (Romance)

Star-crossed lovers on a U.S. Navy ship thwart al-Qaeda terrorists while trying to find a little
paradise of their own.

Heather Nickodem is a Navy veteran, Navy wife, and teacher of the Gifted. Tours of duty include Saudi Arabia, where she learned Arabic culture, customs, and language.