Friday, February 26, 2010

Don't miss out. Sign up for Writing the Novel: A One-Day Seminar with Acclaimed Author Connie May Fowler

Don’t miss out! Writing the Novel: A One-Day Seminar with Author Connie May Fowler is on March 27, 2010.

This seminar is offered in collaboration with the Henry B. Plant Museum and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and includes:

  • How to Begin Your Novel
  • How to Develop Characters. Plot, Arc, and Conflict
  • Point of View
  • Revision
  • Your Novel is Written: What Now?
  • The Business of Writing
Admission: First come basis. Seating is limited.
Tuition: $150 before or by March 1, 2010; $160 after March 1, 2010.

Seminars fill quickly so don't delay. Email your reservation to
Tuition must be received by the above dates. Mail checks (payable to Below Sea Level) to Writing Below Sea Level, PO Box 98, Panacea, Florida, 32346.

For more information, please log onto

From Booklist regarding Connie May’s April 2 release of her seventh book, How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly: "Fowler, as in her previous work (Sugar Cage, 1992; Before Women Had Wings, 1996), lends magic and voice to the singular Florida landscape and gives an interesting twist on the novel; she blurs the line between the written and the writer here, and we get to witness Clarissa’s brave discovery that the real truth is often the most risky tale to tell."

Writing the Novel Seminar with Connie May Fowler


Writing the Novel Seminar with Connie May Fowler

Tampa, Florida
March 27, 2010
University of Tampa
The Reeves Theater
Second Floor of The Vaughn Center

Held in collaboration with the Henry B. Plant Museum and the Arts Council of Hillsborough County

Seminar Highlights Include:

Raff Ellis to Speak at the Central Florida Genealogy Society in Orlando

Raff Ellis will be speaking at the Central Florida Genealogy Society (CFGS) meeting in March. The general meeting of the CFGS is schedule for 7:30 p.m. on March 11, 2010.

Raff Ellis is the author of Kisses from a Distance, which he wrote after finding over 200 letters that his mother had kept. It is the story of his family's immigration experiences.

His program this time will discuss the problems encountered in researching ancestry where the ancestral tongue is not based in the Latin (also called Roman) alphabet. He will explain the research problems encountered, why such ancestry doesn't lend itself to computer search techniques, and what he did to overcome these problems.

Ellis has presented programs to several genealogical societies and recently returned form a lecture tour in Lebanon.

Where: Family History Center, 45 E. Par Street (Corner of Par & Formosa), Orlando.

BE THERE EARLY at 7:00 p.m. for a mini-classes preceding our general meeting.
For more information about Raff Ellis and his book, go to

Ann O'Farrell announces Book Events for March

Palm Harbor resident and Irish author, Ann O’Farrell, has several book events for the month of March in celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day. She will be speaking about Ireland, Saint Patrick, and her Irish historical novels, Norah’s Children and Michael.
She will also be signing her books. The ‘Big Event’ is a tea and talk in Dunedin Library, on the afternoon of ‘the Big Day”, March 17,th where everyone is welcome.

See Ann’s website: for more information about the author, her novels and her events.

The Mom’s Choice Awards® Names Project June Bug Among Best In Family-Friendly Products

The Mom's Choice Awards® has named Project June Bug, a novel by Florida author Jackie Minniti, among the best in family-friendly media, products and services.

The Mom’s Choice Awards® (MCA) is an awards program that recognizes authors, inventors,companies, and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media, products and services. Parents, educators, librarians and retailers rely on MCA evaluations when selecting quality materials for children and families. The Mom’s Choice Awards® seal helps families and educators navigate the vast array of products and services and make informed decisions.

An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of our panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling author, Priscilla Dunstan, creator of the Dunstan Baby Language; Patricia Rossi, host of NBC’s Manners Minute; Dr. Letitia S. Wright, D.C., host of the Wright Place™ TV Show; and Catherine Witcher, M.Ed., special needs expert and founder of Precision Education, Inc.

MCA judges are bound by a strict code of ethics which ensures expert and objective analysis free from any manufacturer association. The evaluation process uses a propriety methodology in which entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost.

To be considered for an award, each entrant submits five identical samples of a product. Entries are matched to judges in the MCA database. Judges perform a thorough analysis and submit a detailed assessment. Results are compiled and submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final approval. The end result is a list of the best in family-friendly media, products and services that parents and educators can feel confident in using.

Project June Bug is also the recipient of an Eric Hoffer Book Award, a National Best Books Award, a Next Generation Indie Book Award, a Cordon d’Or Award, a Royal Palm Literary Award, four Parent to Parent Life Buzz Awards, and was chosen by Premier Book Awards as 2009 Book of the Year.

For more information on the awards program and the honorees, visit

For more information on Project June Bug, visit


TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Its fourth set of competitions completed, Florida Book Awards announces winners for seven categories of books published in 2009. “The culture of books in the Sunshine State continues to prosper,” notes FBA Director Wayne A. Wiegand. “These FBA winners clearly prove it.”

The Florida Book Awards –the nation’s most comprehensive state book awards program– was established in 2006 to recognize, honor, and celebrate the best Florida literature published the previous year. It is coordinated by The Florida State University Libraries, and co-sponsored by the Florida Center for the Book, State Library and Archives of Florida, Florida Historical Society, Florida Humanities Council, Florida Literary Arts Coalition, Florida Library Association, “Just Read, Florida!,” Florida Family Literacy Initiative, the Program in American and Florida Studies at Florida State University, Florida Reading Association, Florida Association for Media in Education, Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the Friends of FSU Libraries, and Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America.

Submissions were read by seven juries of three members each nominated from across the state by cosponsoring organizations. Jurors were authorized to select up to five medalists (including one winner and one runner-up) in each of the seven categories.

Gold Medal Winner: Joan Hiatt Harlow, Secret of the Night Ponies

Gold Medal Winner: Jack E. Davis, An Everglades Providence: Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the American Environmental Century
Silver Medal Winner: Carlton Ward Jr., Florida Cowboys
Bronze Medal Winner: Todd T. Turrell, Naples Waterfront – Changes in Time

Gold Medal Winner: N M Kelby, A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts
Silver Medal Winner: Janet Burroway, Bridge of Sand
Bronze Medal Winner: Ana Menendez, The Last War
Bronze Medal Winner: A. Manette Ansay, Good Things I Wish You
Bronze Medal Winner: Michael Lister, Double Exposure

Gold Medal Winner: Campbell McGrath, Shannon
Silver Medal Winner: Denise Duhamel, Ka-Ching!
Bronze Medal Winner: Jesse Millner, Neighborhoods of My Past Sorrow
Bronze Medal Winner: Peter Meinke, Lines from Neuchatel

Gold Medal Winner: Glynn Marsh Alam, Moon Water Madness
Silver Medal Winner: Diane A. S. Stuckart, Portrait of a Lady: A Leonardo DaVinci Mystery
Bronze Medal Winner: Jonathon King, The Styx
Bronze Medal Winner: Chris Kuzneski, The Lost Throne
Bronze Medal Winner: Tim Dorsey, Nuclear Jellyfish

Gold Medal Winner: Juan Cueto-Roig, Veintiún cuentos concisos
Silver Medal Winner: José Alvarez, Fran País y la revolución cubana

Gold Medal Winner: Alex Sanchez, Bait
Silver Medal Winner: Rick Yancey, The Monstrumologist
Authors by Region
Boca Raton — Jonathon King
Fort Myers — Jesse Millner
Gainesville –Jack E. Davis, Rick Yancey
Loxahatchee/Wellington — Diane Stuckart, Jose Alvarez
Miami — Alex Sanchez, Ana Menendez, Campbell McGrath, Denise Duhamel, Juan Cueto-Roig
Naples — Todd Turrell
Palm Beach — A. Manette Ansay
Sarasota — N.M. Kelby
St. Petersberg — Peter Meinke
Tallahassee — Glynn Marsh Alam, Janet Burroway
Tampa — Carlton Ward Jr., Chris Kuzneski, Tim Dorsey
Venice — Joan Hiatt Harlow
Wewahitchka — Michael Lister
The seven Gold Medal Winners will also be recognized on March 24 at the Historical and Cultural Awards Ceremony sponsored by the State of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs at the R.A. Gray Building in Tallahassee. All awardees will be recognized at the Florida Library Association Conference Banquet on April 8 in Orlando. For information, contact CMC & Associates at

To learn more about Florida Book Awards, visit: or .

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Miami Snow by Darcia Helle

One day Nick Donovan has it all; a beautiful, pregnant wife, a nice house, a great job. The next day he is on his own, starting from scratch with nothing but a few suitcases and his old truck.

Nick flees to the opposite coast of Florida, trying to leave his ex-wife and the memories behind. But that couldn't happen. Soon Nick finds that he is tied to Shelley in a way that he hadn't expected. And, in her bitterness, she does everything she can to ensure his misery.

Brandy is Shelley’s opposite; wild, sensual, free-spirited. With Brandy, Nick is able to rebel against all that Shelley stands for. Brandy quickly leads Nick into a world of sex, drugs, and cash. And now Nick finds himself caught between the two worlds, desperate to stay afloat.


Miami Snow is Darcia Helle's fifth suspense novel. A Massachusetts native, for the past eight years Darcia has made her home in the Tampa Bay area of Florida.

Discover more about Darcia and her books on her website: You can also connect with Darcia on and

Darcia's books are available in trade paperback and e-book downloads
on both and

The Florida Writers Association-St. Petersburg presents Carolyn Handler Miller, author of Digital Storytelling: A Creator's Guide to Interactive Media

Date: Thursday, March 11, 2010

Location: St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 9th Ave. North, St. Petersburg, Florida

Time: 6:00 pm (Doors open at 5:30)

Contact: Sunny Fader (727)289-7943

The March meeting of the Florida Writers Association-St. Petersburg will feature Carolyn Handler Miller, a pioneering author/writer in the emerging field of interactive media. Miller, whose book Digital Storytelling: A Creator’s Guide to Interactive Media is in its second printing, will demystify the new arena of Digital Storytelling for local published and aspiring writers. She will also illustrate how film and television writers, journalists, promotional and marketing writers, and even novelists can use digital storytelling as a tool to more effectively engage their audiences.

Since first entering the fast moving field of New Media in the early 1990’s Carolyn Handler Miller has contributed to over four-dozen interactive titles as a writer and content designer—a new profession she calls digital storytelling. These assignments included video games, projects for the Internet, interactive TV, intelligent toy systems, electronic kiosks and transmedia entertainment.

She has been a frequent presenter-lecturer at national and international conferences and Universities, including the Maui Writers’ Conference in Hawaii, the Internet/Digital Television Summit in Paris and the African Broadcasting Network’s Screenwriting Lab in Johannesburg, South Africa. Millers splits her time between Los Angeles and New Mexico, where she has taught interactive narrative and video game development at the University of New Mexico and presently serves on the New Mexico Governor’s Council on Film and Media Industries.

The Florida Writers Association- St. Petersburg monthly meetings are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Blood of Belladonna by J L Rehman

MOUNT DORA, Fla.- In the second novel of the Death Impressions series, JL Rehman continues this crime fiction storyline about a defunked artists’ gruesome career. Set in Eustis, Florida, Joe Salas goes from small town failure, to big winner at Art Basel Miami. His art projects are unique and one-of-a kind. His big problem? Convincing the police that his snoopy home-nudist neighbor, Dee Dee Turner— complaining about dead people in his shed—Is crazy.

Detective Croy thinks she’s telling the truth. He just can’t prove it. Yet.

When Joe’s long-lost cousins, Roy and Eddie Vega show up looking for their Brother Ricky, things get desperate. Joe’s dead sure where Ricky is. And Roy and Eddie have their own family secret. It runs in the blood.

JL Rehman lives in the vanishing rurals of central Florida with a background in law enforcement and a childhood fascination of the macabre; and is also the author of No Middle Ground, a fictional account about online child predators.

The book is available at
Also available in Ebook.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Art Adkins' scheulde, updates and so much more...

I received Art Adkins' newsletter this week. I couldn't help sharing this. I hope I don't embarrass him by quoting him, but this should come as inspiration to all of you. What a schedule he keeps. Every weekend his has multiple book signings in Florida and surrounding states. Here's the result of all that travel and all that work, in his own words:

"Eight months on my publisher’s bestseller list, fourth printing, increased hits on my website each month and on and on. There is no secret, except for one. It is the ugly four letter word that a lot of people do not want to engage in: work. I grew up on a farm and my father used to tell me that farm work would be the hardest thing I ever had to do. No matter how much you got accomplished on any given day, there was always something else to do on the farm. Not truer words were ever spoken. However, work on the farm gave me an outstanding work ethic which I have been able to capitalize on in any endeavor I have undertaken. Now, I have turned that work ethic to writing and marketing my books."

Here's Art's schedule of book events and signings for the next two months. Congratulations Art on making it happen...

January 31: Books & Books; Capl Coral, FL

February 12: Circle Books; Sarasota, FL

February 13: Amelia Island Festival; Amelia Island, FL

February 21: Private Home; Vero Beach, FL

February 27: Sanibel Bookshop; Sanibel, FL

February 28: Borders; Winter Park, FL
For more information about his book, go to

Book Signing with Sandy Lender

Meet and Greet Southwest Florida's Sandy Lender this Saturday at the Ft. Myers Barnes & Noble

Sandy will be signing copies of her novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings as well as her series-supporting chapbook What Choices We Made. Featuring artwork from award-winning local artist Megan Kissinger, recently with the Ft. Myers News Press, these novels take you to another world where economic cares are far from your mind and strong heroines offer humor, adventure, integrity, and a quest for right.

Where: Marketplace Shopping Center Barnes & Noble
Location: 13751 Tamiami Trail, Ft. Myers, FL 33912, 239-437-0654
Date: Saturday, Feb. 27
Time: Noon to 2 p.m.

Amelia Island Book Festival Draws Major Authors and Booklovers from Afar

Pat Conroy and his daughter Melissa sign books at this historic First Baptist Church in downtown Fernandina Beach during the Amelia Island Book Festival weekend, Feb. 13.

Highlighting the Amelia Island Book Festival's ninth year was bestsellling author Pat Conroy, his wife Cassandra King and Conroy's daughter, Melissa Conroy. The trio attracted scores of booklovers at a ticketed booksigning for Conroy's latest "South of Broad" and Melissa's Conroy's new children's book "Poppy's Pants." An invitation-only champagne reception followed the signing at an historic home in Fernandina Beach.

Headlining the annual festival luncheon was Jeff Sharra, who narrated how he went from rare coins collector to historical fiction writer, following in the steps of his Pulitzer Prize winning father Michael Shaara, author of "The Killing Fields," of which the film "Gettysburg" was based.

Authors Janis Owens, Cassandra King, Jack Riggs, Sonny Brewer and Pat Conroy discuss “Putting the South in Southern Writing” at a panel during the Amelia Island Book Festival Writers’ Workshop, Feb. 12.

A Writers' Workshop featured keynote speaker Sonny Brewer, author of "The Poet of Tolstoy Park" and a crowd favorite. Brewer joined fellow authors Jack Riggs, Janis Owens, Cassandra King and surprise member Pat Conroy for a panel discussion on "Putting the South in Southern Writing."

Festival Executive Director Dickie Anderson said the two-day multievent festival places "Our little Mayberry - Amelia Island - on the map." Anderson thanked the scores of volunteers and generous authors who gave of their time to make the Authors in Schools program and the various festival events such a huge success.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Bette Lee Crosby Offers Free Book

Bette Lee Crosby, whose novel Cracks in the Sidewalk received the Florida Writer’s Association 2009 Royal Palm Literary Award, is now offering readers an opportunity to enjoy this heart-warming story for FREE. Log onto her blog site and every Monday you’ll find a new chapter of Cracks in the Sidewalk – it’s fast, easy and fun, something you can enjoy and share with friends across the country. The blog site is

You can read each chapter online or print it to read later. And, if you miss a week, the blog archive allows you to go back and read the previous chapters.

According to Crosby, an open discussion forum on the book is planned for the future – you’ll be able to post your comments and review those of other readers. When asked why she is allowing readers free access to this novel, she said, “Cracks in the Sidewalk is based on a true story, one that needs to be told, one that will remind women that despite tragic circumstances, every one of us can make a difference in the lives of others.” Crosby said that she hoped this discussion group would evolve into a book club following as popular as the one hosted by Oprah Winfrey.

Pen of Iniquity by Deno Sandz

Deno Sandz of Chicago, Illinois, formerly of Florida, is pleased to announce the publication of his 3rd Supernatural/Horror novel titled Pen of Iniquity ISBN: 1-60813-073-8. In bookstores now, it will capture the fears and imagination of fiction readers worldwide.


In 1998, Derrick Samuel pleaded innocent to an armed robbery of a convenience store, but was found guilty and incarcerated.

Four years earlier, miscreant Daniel Gordon, serving a ten-year sentence for murder at the Northville Prison, was brutally tortured and murdered by the warden, his guards, and six inmates because of his involvement with the outside world regarding the murders being committed by guards and inmates ordered by Warden Verdana. Daniel also complained about
the improper living conditions, drug trafficking, and inhumane working conditions.

That evening four years ago, before the prison closed down due to funding, the guards forcefully pulled Daniel out of his cell and dragged down to a decaying boiler room. Inside the room awaited the six inmates and the warden. They beat him, chained him to an open steam pipe, and turned
it on.

After a few minutes they took him down from the steam pipe thinking he was dead. Suddenly, Daniel spoke, “I shall remember you.” Then, into the furnace they placed him…burning him alive.

It is now the year 2002 and a Pen of Iniquity is about to be opened.

About the Author

Deon C. Sanders (Pen: Deno Sandz), a husband and father of six, was born in Alabama and raised in Chicago. He is the author of two supernatural/horror novels titled Miss Mary Weather: A Southern Nightmare and I AM.

Deno Sandz
Pen of Iniquity
ISBN: 1-60813-073-8
Genre: Supernatural/Thriller Horror/Suspense

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Updated: Book Signing Schedule for Holly fox Vellekoop

Presentations and Booksignings For: “How to Help WHEN PARENTS GRIEVE”
By Holly Fox Vellekoop -

Brevard County, Fl

Presentations and Booksignings For: “How to Help WHEN PARENTS GRIEVE”
By: Holly Fox Vellekoop -

Brevard County, Florida Presentations:

February 18 – 7 pm: Grief Share
Calvary Chapel of Melbourne
Room 302
2955 Minton Road
Melbourne, FL 32904 (321) 952-9673

February 23 - 2 pm: Cocoa Beach Public Library
550 North Brevard Avenue
Cocoa Beach, Florida 321-868-1104

February 27 – 10:30 am: Christ’s Church
925 4th Lane
Vero Beach, FL (772) 562-8670

March 27, 11:15 am Brevard Authors Book Fair
Central Brevard Public Library & Reference Center
308 Forrest Avenue
Cocoa, Florida 321-633-1792

Danville/Mifflinburg PA Area:

April 24 – 1 pm Renaissance Day
Cloak & Dragon Bookstore
12 East Main Street
Bloomsburg, PA (570) 387-8557

April 25 - 6:30 pm Mifflinburg Assembly of God Church
1001 Market Street
Mifflinburg, PA 17844 (570) 966-1714

April 27 – 5:30 pm Assoc of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Nurses
Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

April 29, 2010, 7 pm – The Thomas Beaver Free Library (Beth Anne Lynn)
205 Ferry Street
Danville, PA 570-275-4180

May 1, 10 am, to 4:30 pm - The Spring Fling
The Iron Rose Bookstore
310 Mill Street
Danville, PA 17821 570-271-2665

May 3, 6:30 pm – Speaking to: The Mill Street Writers
At: The Thomas Beaver Free Library

London, Ky:

May 26, 6 pm – Faith Assembly of God Church
390 Faith Assembly Church Road
London, KY 40741 Phone: 606-864-9422

Monday, February 15, 2010

Grandma's Pocket Pals( C)2009 by Linda Valentino

Magical beings and a two-headed dinosaur are just a couple of exciting finds that six-year old Gavin and his sister, Alexa, discover over summer vacation. While exploring their grandparent’s home, they find a number of pillows that have pockets sewn on them.

Grandma Sarah tells them that she created Pocket Pillows to put notes that she and her husband would write to each other. The children soon learn that these pillows are used for something else. They are homes for the Pocket Pals – magical beings that help those who need help with their every day trials and tribulations.

How to Help WHEN PARENTS GRIEVE by Holly Fox Vellekoop

Life experiences often become a writer’s stories and that is true for the nonfiction book, How to Help WHEN PARENTS GRIEVE, by published author, Holly Fox Vellekoop. Her new book will be released January 15, 2010.

The idea for this book came when Vellekoop's 39-year-old son, Brandon, passed away from cancer. The author found it unimaginable how she was going to face the rest of her days without ever seeing or hearing from him again. As a mother who knew others who had a child pass away and witnessed their struggle, the author wanted to hear from them to learn how they were able to endure.

Discovering that no one truly knows how they will react until it happens to them, Vellekoop was prompted to conduct dozens of interviews with grieving parents. They shared, with honesty and love, their compelling stories.

Bette Lee Crosby at Vero Beach Saturday in the Park

Bette Lee Crosby (L) is shown here with Artist Mary Ellen Kosner. A
complete gallery of Kosner’s paintings can be seen at
Excerpts from Crosby’s books are available at

While the sun was shining, the wind played havoc with signs and flipped open the pages of Bette Lee Crosby’s novels as she chatted with attendees at the February 6th Vero Beach Saturday in the Park event. The event featured authors and artists.

Crosby whose novel Cracks in the Sidewalk recently received the Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palm Literary Award for Women’s Fiction, offered guidance to a number of aspiring writers and informed people that her blog ( was now open to everyone. Those interested in the craft of writing will find lots of tips and techniques, and her many dedicated readers will soon be able to enjoy weekly segments of an upcoming novel.

The Ultimate Yorkshire Terrier Book by Particia O'Grady

The Ultimate Yorkshire Terrier Book

The name of this book really says it all; it is the ULTIMATE book for anyone who is thinking about purchasing or already has the pleasure of sharing their love with a Yorkshire terrier. The author is not only a Yorkie owner, but also a breeder who showed and raised champions for over 25 years.

This book contains information about Yorkies including:

· Detailed information about Yorkshire Terrier standards.

· Feeding recommendations just for Yorkies, including a few homemade recipes.

· The history of Yorkshire Terriers and their origin.

· Purchase information-how to pick out your puppy from its littermates.

· Preparing your home for a new puppy arrival.

· Children, other pets and your Yorkie addition.

· Showing your Yorkshire Terrier

· Yorkshire Terrier dental care

· Brushing, bathing and grooming information, including hair wrapping.

· Immunizations information.

· Pet health insurance and Yorkshire Terrier Health Concerns

· Helpful hints for traveling with your Yorkshire Terrier

· Spaying or neutering information.

· Breeding your Yorkie

· Yorkie puppy care from birth including weaning the puppies from mom, and selling your puppies.

· Advice about when it's time to say goodbye to your old friend.

· Also included are Yorkshire Terrier facts, oddities and interesting tidbits just for fun.

Book Signing - Kay Williamson

Kay Williamson would like to announce a book signing and presentation for her latest novel, The Mysterious Woman on the Train. The event will take place at the Cocoa Beach Library on March 1, at 2:00. Her novel explores ACDs (after death communication) and though fiction, is based on true experiences she's had and experiences of others that she has interviewed.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

New epic fantasy hits shelves this week

NICEVILLE, Fla. – In a new fantasy novel a bitter struggle for control of the land of Spectross draws a galactic line between good and evil. Author B.A. Larremore chronicles their epic battle in his first novel, Spectross Wars: Raven and the Dove.

If you like swords, sorcery, guns, and gadgets, along with a unique and limitless world to explore, this first of several books is for you. Lose yourself in the world of Spectross, where war comes to every man's doorstep.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available at any bookstore nationwide or can be ordered through the publisher at, or by visiting, or Spectross Wars: Raven and the Dove, is also an eLIVE title, meaning each printed copy contains a code redeemable for a free audio version from eLIVE – Listen, Imagine, View, and Experience!

Though appearing for the first time in print, Larremore is not new to writing. Having written several unpublished poems and articles relating to faith and the pursuit of God, his penchant for imaginative expression has brought him to the permanent voice of publishing. Larremore currently serves in law enforcement in the Panhandle of Florida and has been married to his wife Karla for nearly nine years. The couple has two children and one on the way.

For more information, please contact Traci Jones, Marketing Representative, at (888) 361-9473 or send an email to

Dead Air by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid

The new medical mystery thriller Dead Air by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid made #4 on the best seller list in South Florida's independent bookstore, Murder on the Beach

As authors of Dead Air, Linda Reid and Deborah Shlian I have been nominated for a Lefty Award from Left Coast Crime:

Finally, Deborah will be speaking at the Delray Library (100 WEST ATLANTIC AVENUE, DELRAY) Saturday Febrary 13th at 2PM about Dead Air as part of the PEN Women author group event and at the Wellington Library on February 20th at 2PM along with other Oceanview authors.

Sleuthfest: Save the dates... February 26-28, 2010

Sleuthfest is the 3-day writing event put on by the Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America. The 2010 conference is scheduled for February 26-28, 2010, at the Hilton Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton. Thursday February 25, 2010 is designated Third Degree Thursday. It's an optional workshop.

This year the Guests of Honor are David Morrell and Stephen J. Cannell. You can read about them here. They will be speaking at the conference. In addition, there will be speakers on many topics of interest to mystery writers as well as agents and editors.

For more information, visit their website at

Edison the Firefly by Donna Raye

DAVENPORT, FL – Edison the Firefly is at it again! InFlorida author Donna Raye’s latest educational adventure, Edison the Firefly and the Invention of the Typewriter, Edison’s newest friend, Sierra the Special Spider, has a problem—she can no longer write her children letters. Edison wants to help her, which means a new invention is on the way!

According to W. Byerts, English teacher, wife, and mother, “It is always a delight for my children and me to read another Edison the Firefly book. History, vocabulary, and good old-fashioned family values are packaged together in an entertaining story. Donna Raye has done it again…reminding us of the importance of true compassion that creates a desire to help those around us.”

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available at bookstores nationwide or can be ordered through the publisher at, or by visiting or

This is also an eLIVE title, meaning each copy contains a code redeemable for a free audio version from eLIVE – Listen, Imagine, View, and Experience!

Raye has published several books, including children’s fiction and novels, with more to come and hopes readers will allow their imaginations to flourish through her writing. She resides in Davenport, Florida

Friday, February 12, 2010

Footprints Under the Pines by Dawn Batterbee Miller

Footprints Under the Pines chronicles one woman’s loss of home and family and her ensuing struggle for security and survival for herself and her children in an unforgiving wilderness, where women were few and law was almost non-existent.

“Miller’s graphic depictions of life in Northern Michigan’s lumbering era make you almost wish you were there,” said reviewer Curtis Alexander, “until the tall load falls and everyone runs for their lives, or someone is sick and the medical establishment has yet to be established, or a little girl … Oops, I’d better not go there, but you should … (Alexander is editor of the magazine, “Missionary Church Today.”) Review by Joyce Minor, Columnist for Highlands Today, local supplement of Tampa Tribune.

About the Author: Now living in Avon Park, Florida, Dawn Batterbee Miller hales from Mancelona, Michigan——logging country. A motherless child, tossed from home to home and having dropped out of school at age 15; Miller raised 5 children, received her GED and went to college. She was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree and two Master’s Degrees (education and communication) from Michigan State University. After teaching for 24 years, Miller turned to writing as a second career.

She has written 2 books, God’s Family Tree, published by Church Growth Institute, and Footprints Under the Pines, published by Winepress Publications. She has been published world wide by many periodicals, such as World Vision, Guideposts and Focus on the Family.

Footprints Under the Pines may be purchased on,, or ordered from your local bookstore. A signed copy may be purchased at

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mystery Writer Revisits Scene of the Crime

Florida native Deborah Sharp got in touch with her inner cowgirl to write Mama Rides Shotgun, the second book in her funny, Southern-flavored ''Mace Bauer Mystery'' series.

The former USA Today reporter saddled up – and camped! – for a week along the Florida Cracker Trail to research the book's setting. Now, she'll revisit the trail to share with this year's participants how she mined the ride for fictional murder and mayhem.

She hopes none of them are packing weapons!

This time around, she's scheduled to meet up with the ride for just one night (Feb. 22) to talk about her books. It will definitely be easier on her rear end, as she'll drive rather than horseback ride to that evening's camp site near Zolfo Springs.

Each February, some 200 participants on horseback and in wagons make the 120-mile Cracker Trail trek to commemorate the cattle drives that once crossed Florida.

Maitland Poets & Writers Readings

Event: Maitland Poets & Writers Readings

Lake Lily Park
840 Lake Lily Drive
Maitland, FL 32751

When: two Sundays a month during the Maitland Farmer’s Market at 11 a.m. and noon; other PAM special events

Director/Organizer: Vanessa Blakeslee, 407-310-2464 or

Maitland Poets & Writers Readings take place on two Sundays a month at Lake Lily Park in Maitland, plus other special events in which the Performing Arts of Maitland takes part. The event has two available time slots (11 a.m. and noon) for featured writers and poets to read from their work. The Performing Arts of Maitland sponsors local songwriters, singers and musicians every Sunday from 10 am to 1 pm at the Maitland Farmer’s Market, and the Maitland Poets & Writers Readings run between the music acts.

On the Sundays in which Maitland Poets & Writers hosts readings in Lake Lily Park, they also offer creative writing workshops (limited to 10 participants) at a cultural locale near the park: the Maitland Art Center (a quick, 2 block walk away), the Civic Center or the Cottage at Lake Lily. Workshops run from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. and are open to all writers 18+, beginning or experienced.

The workshops are led by your reading host and MPW Director, Vanessa Blakeslee, and follow the Amherst Writers & Artists™ method. Please contact Vanessa for information on how to register for a workshop. No fee to attend the workshop, but PAM asks that participants make a donation. Maitland Poets & Writers Workshop proceeds solely benefit Maitland Poets & Writers and enable Performing Arts of Maitland to continue to bring literary opportunities to the community.

Upcoming Featured Readers:

Feb 28th
11 am-Mark McKain
Noon-Ben O’Grady (workshop at Maitland Art Center)

David W. Stewart launches his novel: Psychic Redemption, Spiritual Quest for Truth

About Psychic Redemption
Psychic Redemption absorbs the reader in suspense as a sixteen-year-old girl, Julie Gustafson, returns from the dead to find the baby she never saw. It is a novel, riveting and intimate, capturing the possibility that a restless spirit could possess a human soul to complete its journey.

Psychic Redemption opens when Bonnie McConnell suffers an unexplained seizure. After diagnosis, a psychiatrist and a hypnotist confirm that the seizure resulted from the invasion of Bonnie's soul by Julie's spirit. The search for Julie's baby leads Bonnie into escapades with a dangerous gang, The Swamp Rattlers, and the gang's leader, Cody Wilkins.

When the search concludes, Julie's quest is complete but Bonnie's life changes forever. Psychic Redemption is a gripping novel about spiritual fulfillment, child's innocence and a mother's love.

Book Reviewer, Paige Lovitt for Reader Views had this to say about Psychic

I totally found myself engrossed in Psychic Redemption. it was refreshing to read a paranormal story that contains some very unique elements and surprises. The character development is also exceptional. Each person involved in the story has their eccentricities that make them seem more real and more human. The paranormal elements do not allow the mysterious aspect of the novel to follow a mundane pattern: instead they help take the reader on a further adventure into the story. I highly recommend reading this book!

About the Author: David W. Stewart is a Florida author, resident since 1941. He based the character Julie on his daughter who was murdered in 1979. Stewart began writing in 1967 and has received several awards. The American Biographical Institute included him among leaders of world influence for the new millennium.

You can order Psychic Redemption through Ingram's Books in Print Database, directly from the publisher at or through the book order hotline at 888-232-4444.

I. Jean Pastula to participate in Brevard Authors Book Fair

I Jean Pastula will participate in the Brevard Authors Book Fair at the Central Brevard Public Library on March 27, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. She will have copies of her book, Nautical Twilight, available.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Don't miss the ...Ameilia Island Book Festival

Book Festival Announces 2010 Keynote Speakers

The Amelia Island Book Festival announces the keynote speakers for its ninth annual event-filled weekend scheduled for Feb. 11-13, 2010.

Southern writers and best-selling authors Rick Bragg and Sonny Brewer are keynote speakers at the Writers’ Workshop, Friday, Feb. 12, while M J Rose and Jeff Shaara share the podium at the festival’s annual luncheon at the Atlantic Recreation Center on Saturday, Feb. 13.

In addition to Rose and Shaara, luncheon attendees will have the opportunity to share a table with other featured authors such as Janis Owens, who once again returns as a featured festival favorite.

Bragg, author of the best-selling novel All Over but the Shoutin’, won a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing while working for the New York Times. Bragg says he learned to tell stories by listening to the masters, the people of the foothills of the Appalachians. His Prince of Frogtown was named the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) 2009 non-fiction book of the year.

Bragg received more than 50 writing awards during the past 20 years, including the prestigious American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award twice. In 1992, he was awarded a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. (pictured here...Rick Bragg)
Brewer is a writer and editor and founder of the Over the Transom Bookstore in Fairhope, AL. His novels include The Poet of Tolstoy Park, A Sound Like Thunder, Cormac - The Tale of a Dog Gone Missing, and The Widow and the Tree.

MJ Rose is the international best-selling author of 10 novels, of which the latest is The Memorist. She is a founding member and board member of the International Thrillers Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: Her novels include Lip Service, In Fidelity, Flesh Tones and The Reincarnationist.

Shaara, son of author Michael Shaara, was born in Brunswick, NJ and grew up in Tallahassee, FL. He wrote Gods and Generals and The Last Full Measure, the prequel and sequel to his father’s award-winning novel, The Killer Angels. Upon his father’s death, Shaara followed his in his footsteps by writing historical fiction and documenting the American wars. (pictured here... Michael Shaara)

Festival favorite Janis Owens wrote three novels set in West Florida: My Brother Michael, Myra Sims and The Schooling of Claybird Cats. Her latest writing endeavor is A Cracker Kitchen, a Cookbook in Celebration of Cornbread-fed, Down-home Family Stories and Cuisine, a memoir published by Scribner.

The festival is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes literacy among children and adults by showing that reading is fun and worthwhile and inspiring the appreciation of books. For information about the festival, refer to the web site at, or call Dickie Anderson at 904.556.6455.

Pat Conroy and Melissa Conroy at the Amelia Island Book Festival

Amelia Island Book Festival Announces Father/Daughter Book Event –
Pat and Melissa Conroy – A Night With Poppy

Amelia Island, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2009) – The Amelia Island Book Festival has announced a special appearance by best-selling author Pat Conroy for Friday, February 12, 2010. Conroy will appear with his daughter Melissa Conroy, author of Poppy’s Pants at 7 PM in Historic Fernandina Beach. A Night With Poppy will offer readings by the two authors followed by a book signing. A private reception will be held at a home in the historic district for Book Festival Sponsors and Donor Friends.

Conroy’s has gained fame with his novels, Lords of Discipline, Prince of Tides, Beach Music and The Great Santini. His most recent book, South of Broad, is enjoying great success.
Melissa Conroy began sewing at an early age and displaying her talent with a needle by repairing torn pants belonging to her father, Pat. She went on to develop the WoOberry line of dolls. Each doll had a story to tell. Sought after by publisher, Blue Apple, Melissa said that the concept of writing and illustrating a book was a natural and exciting progression. As a result, “Poppy’s Pants” was born. A series of books is planned.

Joining Pat and Melissa Conroy at the 2010 Amelia Island Book Festival are Pat’s wife novelist Cassandra King and close friend and novelist Janis Owens, who will be participating in the Friday Writers’ Workshop and a breakfast event Saturday morning.

Tickets for “A Night With Poppy” will be $75. Tickets will be available to Sponsors and Platinum and above level Friends of the Festival. Remaining tickets will be determined by a drawing to be held January 1, 2010. Drawing requests should be made to Poppy’s Pants, Amelia Island Book Festival, PO Box 824, Amelia Island, FL 32035 or to Requests must be accompanied by name, address and e-mail.

Lila, her mother Melissa Conroy and her grandfather Pat Conroy

Amelia Island Book Festival features Sonny Brewer

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 Sonny Brewer will be a featured author at the Festival, Feb. 12-13, 2010.

The Poet of Tolstoy Park by Sonny Brewer
Reviewed by Attavia Facciolo

One would not expect to find a “Tolstoy Park” in the sleepy, southern town of Fairhope, Alabama; but it exists there, today, as a monument to its builder, Henry Stuart. Stuart, the inspirational hero of Sonny Brewer’s novel, The Poet of Tolstoy Park, lived, between 1925 and 1944, in the round house he build on a bluff overlooking Mobile Bay.

A few years ago, Brewer, a writer, editor, founder of the Fairhope Center for Writing Arts, and founder of Over the Transom Bookstore, became interested in Henry Stuart and his unusual house. His research into the Fairhope “character” led him to move, part-time, into the tiny house where he wrote Stuart’s story.

Amelia Island Book Festival presents Mary Baron

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. Poet Mary Baron will be at the Festival, Feb. 12-13, 2010.

“Storyknife, New & Selected Poems” By Mary Baron
Reviewed by Nola Perez

Mary Baron, Professor of Writing and Literature at UNF Jacksonville, will be featured at the Amelia Island Book Festival in February with her presence and her books of poetry. As a poet myself, I have read with great interest her “Storyknife, New & Selected Poems,” and an earlier book “Wheat Among Bones.” The ending poem in “Wheat Among Bones” is entitled Chiaroscuro, and in tandem, something that appears on the back jacket personifies just that in a lovely, back lit, mysterious photo of her that made me want to move closer to this poet -- find her in her poems.

The first poem in the “Bones” book is called Christening, wherein Ms. Baron tells us she was named Mary, “after Nanny, that fierce old lady.” Well, Ms. Baron is fierce, but I don’t know about old. The poems are alive, concise, touching, and passionate, with satisfying final lines without which a poem is not a poem. There simply has to be that hook at the end.
Examples: “Endless circles over sand,” - “my blood runs backward out to sea,” - “all day I hear them harden into death,” - “the violence of green after white absence”.

Mary Baron knows how to make a consummate poem, and how to end one. She knows, and the poem knows, and they are one and the same. She’s a woman who knows in what room the bell rings.

Amelia Island Book Festival - 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.. M.J. Rose, author of The Memorist, will be a keynote speaker at the Book Festival luncheon, Feb. 13, 2010.

The Memorist by M.J. Rose
Reviewed by Joani Selement
International best-selling author M.J. Rose is attractive, articulate, and an expert on reincarnation, the jumping-off point of her attention-getting, two-part series, The Reincarnationist and The Memorist. Fox Network has bought a pilot one-hour drama based on The Reincarnationist, raising the expectation that reincarnation may soon go mainstream.
Or is belief in reincarnation already mainstream? Ms. Rose heads many chapters of The Memorist with explanatory quotes from serious thinkers such as Count Leo Tolstoy, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jack London, and Socrates, as well as The Kabbalah. Each quotation states that in one way or another the soul survives death to live again and again in different times, in different forms, behind different faces, but always trailing the unresolved problems of the past as the soul strives to “develop all the perfections.” [from The Kabbalah].

Still, no one needs to believe in the possibility of memories bubbling up from past lives to enjoy Rose’s The Memorist. Simply close your eyes and recall being young and in love, dancing to the romantic strains of “Stars Fell on Alabama”. Or hum the theme to the 1975 movie “Jaws” and let the tingles climb up your spine all these years later. Remember how music evokes memories in all of us, suspend your skepticism for a time, and pick up The Memorist ‘s riveting tale of Meer Logan, who lives with a sketchy, haunting melody that inconveniently -- and without warning -- plunges her into the intimate thoughts and happenings of a life [or two] that she’s lived centuries before.

Early in the book, Meer is presented with two pieces of paper: a drawing of a wooden box, one she drew from memory as a child, and a page from a current auction catalog showing the identical box and identifying it as one owned by a friend of Ludwig van Beethoven. Is there any way she could have known about the box as a child? What connection could it possibly have to her? Did she or did she not actually live as Margaux Neidermier in 1814, meet the musician Beethoven, and become the link to an ancient, lost flute inscribed with a melody that could open up past lives to those who hear it?

Steve Berry promises, in a cover blurb, that The Memorist is a “riveting and suspenseful” mystery. The Washington Post calls Rose “an unusually skillful storyteller,” adding, “Her polished prose and intricate plot will grip even the most skeptical reader.” Rose uses short chapters, shifting time frames, and multiple sets of characters to move from present day Vienna to Vienna in 1814, then back to ancient Egypt. Like all good tales of ancient-secret codes, M.J. Rose’s The Memorist provokes reflection.

The reviewer, Joani Selement, is one of the founders of the Amelia Island Book Festival and an adjunct professor at Florida State College, Nassau Campus.

For information about the book festival:
or contact Executive Director - Dickie Anderson at

Monday, February 1, 2010

What’s Next…For You? by Robert and Patricia Gussin

Oceanview Publishing Announces the Release of

What’s Next…For You? by Robert and Patricia Gussin:
What’s Next for You will be available nationwide on February 1, 2010

Oceanview Publishing announces the forthcoming release of What’s Next…For You? The Gussin Guide to Big Decisions, Big Changes, and Big Fun by Robert and Patricia Gussin. What’s Next…For You? will be available wherever fine books are sold on February 1, 2010.

What’s Next…For You? (Oceanview Publishing, ISBN: 978‐1‐933515‐73‐1, Non-Fiction, $13.50) is the incredible story of Robert and Patricia Gussin, two “retirees” who watched with glee as long, successful careers in science and medicine gave way to writing, publishing, and winemaking. Much more than a memoir, and anything but a how-to-start-a-business guide, What’s Next…For You? is a remarkable been-there, done-that tale about taking chances and finding opportunity in even the most inopportune moments.