Monday, May 31, 2010

Results of Writers One Flight Up Contest

Writers One Flight Up

Summer Contest Winners

The Writers One Flight up (WOFU) summer contest asked writers to submit the first 150 words of their novel: completed, in-progress, or maybe, still “in their minds.” The purpose of the first 150 words of your novel is to immediately grab the reader’s attention, propel the reader further into your novel and transform the reader into a consumer – you want the reader to make a purchase – your book!

They have selected three winners for this contest. Winners will be published in the summer issue (July) of Pulse the Magazine, due on the streets the first week in July.

And the winners are …

Lisa L. Rast: For her intro to her novel, “Siren Song.” Sharon L. Dwyer: For her novel introduction, “Special Delivery.” John White: For his introduction to “Prayer Offerings.”

Congratulations to all the winners!!!

The writers of Writers One Flight Up thank all who entered their contest. They appreciate your support and hope to read you again in the future. Look for their introductions in the summer issue of Pulse the Magazine.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Book Review: Justice in June

For those of you who are fans of Fatal February, the first in the Mary Magruder Katz mystery series, by Barbara Levenson, you'll be thrilled to know that Justice in June, another in the series, will officially launch on June 7, 2010.

I'm here to tell you: it won't disappoint. I just finished reading Justice in June -- I mean I finished it just minutes ago and I couldn't wait to tell you about it. Mary Magruder Katz is a lawyer in south Florida and her law practice takes on a life of its own in this engaging and intriguing novel.

All at once, Katz finds herself fighting for the life of Luis who is whisked away after authorities decide he is a terrorist, she takes on the justice system when Judge Liz Maxwell is investigated for wrongdoing in the Miami courts, and she must defend Carlos against lawsuits from potential owners of condos he is building.

I could easily say that this a page turner, but that would be an understatement. It not only had me turning pages, but I felt as if I lived the story with Levenson's characters. Obviously, I recommend this book.

I haven't read Fatal February. Believe me, I won't waste time between now and when I have my feet up and am savoring that book as well.

About Barbara Levenson: She has lived in Miami, Florida, for 32 years and worked as a prosecutor then ran her own law practice as well. So, it's easy to see why the flavor of Miami her portrayal of Mary Magruder Katz as a lawyer shine through so authentically. In addition, she and her husband bred and showed German shepherd dogs for twenty years.

For more information about books by Barbara Levenson go to or

After you read the book, let me know what you think.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Who Shot Bucky by Jospeh A. Szewc

Who Shot Bucky? is a much more complicated question than it appears on the first page of the first chapter. The books starts with the death of Bucky, the deer that has befriended Tony and GG Shoemaker, innkeepers in rural Oregon.

The question is not answered until the final summation. By then, the reader has enjoyed an intriguing mystery story spanning 25 years, including a cast of characters who deceptively are not who they seem to be.

Who Shot Bucky?
is set in locations as diverse as Oregon, Laos, Ramstein, Berlin, Bavaria,and Burma, and plot points include a couple of murders, consequences of cloning, the development of the Library of Science for the Elevation of Mankind, and of course determining who shot Bucky.

About the Author: Joseph A. Szewc, as a retired air force career officer, college professor and innkeeper, writes authentically. He completed many diverse assignments while in the air force including retiring with 2200 hours of flying time. Those experiences provided a body of knowledge in order to write such an intricate novel. In addition, he taught undergraduate and graduate business and management classes and held a writing post with CMU Public Relations Office as a sports publicist.

All of these skills are evident in the details that he has effortlessly incorporated into this book to make it a great read.

To purchase a copy of Who Shot Bucky? visit

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Space Coast Writers' Guild is Moving

The Space Coast Writers' Guild will no longer meet at the West Melbourne Library. Beginning on the third Saturday in June, the guild will meet at The Fountains on Stack Blvd.

Visit the website of the Space Coast Writers' Guild for more information. The web address is

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Death Cruise by Dan Anderson Available Soon

Dan Anderson's second humorous mystery, Death Cruise will be published on August 3, 2010.

It is already available for pre-order on the Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Borders and BooksaMillion websites. Death Cruise has won literary awards including the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Award - First Place, Unpublished Mystery.

Maitland Poets & Writers Readings

What's Happening:

Event: Maitland Poets & Writers Readings

Location: Lake Lily Park

840 Lake Lily Drive

Maitland , FL 32751


When: two Sundays a month during the Maitland Farmer’s Market; other PAM special events

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

Maitland Poets & Writers Reading Series runs 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 take place between the music acts.

On the Sundays in which Maitland Poets & Writers hosts readings in Lake Lily Park, we also offer creative writing workshops (limited to 12 participants) from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at the Cottage at Lake Lily. 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, but PAM asks workshop participants to 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.

Pre-registration for Sunday workshops is required – come join the fun!

Upcoming Featured Readers:

May 16th

11 am Tod Caviness

Noon-Stacy Barton

May 30th:

11 a.m.-Suzy Spraker

Noon-Dale Slongwhite

June 6th:

11 a.m.-Calypso Strawn

Noon Chris McClelland

June 20th:

11 a.m. – Gerry Wolfson-Grande

Noon – Russell Mangum

Vanessa Blakeslee is a graduate of the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. In 2009 she received grants and fellowships from the United Arts of Central Florida, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow. Her short fiction is forthcoming in The Bellingham Review, The Saranac Review, and Harpur Palate. In 2010 her poetry will appear in The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Hiram Poetry Review, among others. She is currently at work on a novel.

Please visit for more information.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Female Nomad and Friends... An Anthology

A Scrumptious Summer Read That Celebrates Traveling, Connecting, and Eating Around the World

Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World
by Rita Golden Gelman

“Tales from around the world, which . . . affirm a sense of human decency, generosity, and community beyond the borders of language or political affiliation. . . . All feature an appealing sincerity.” —Kirkus Reviews

When Tales of a Female Nomad by Rita Golden Gelman was published in 2001, it became an instant worldwide bestseller. The story of Gelman selling all of her possessions and becoming a nomad—traveling through many countries and homes around the world—captivated readers. Gelman insisted on putting her personal e-mail address in the last chapter of her book and was flooded with correspondence from readers worldwide who offered their guest rooms, couches, meals, and—most important—stories from their own nomadic adventures.

In her follow-up, Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World (A Three Rivers Press Original, June 1, 2010), Gelman includes many of her own further adventures, as well as essays by writers* and readers celebrating the connections they’ve made around the world. The stories in this moving anthology include people taking risks, seeking adventure, stepping out of the box, and discovering that beneath the beautiful differences that make us unique there is a universal sameness that bonds us.

Female Nomad and Friends also pays homage to the wonders of cooking and eating around the world and includes more than thirty travel-inspired, taste-tested, and author-approved recipes. Among these fabulous international dishes are vegetarian dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), chiles en nogada (stuffed poblano chiles topped with a white cream sauce with walnuts and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds), and ho mok (an extraordinary fish coconut custard from Thailand).

Happy reading—and bon app├ętit, selamat makan , buen provecho!

All of the royalties from Female Nomad and Friends will be used to fund educational scholarships for kids from the slums of New Delhi.

About the Author
Rita Golden Gelman is the author of Tales of a Female Nomad and more than seventy children’s books, including More Spaghetti, I Say!, a staple in every first-grade classroom. As a nomad, Rita has no permanent address. She is currently involved in an initiative called Let’s Get Global, a project of U.S. Servas, Inc., a national movement designed to bring the gap year to the United States. Learn more at:

Note: I didn't receive a complete list of those who contributed to this book, but I do know that it is an anthology of writers from all over including a chapter by Florida author Victoria Allman. All proceeds from the sale of Female Nomad go to help kids from the slums in New Delhi.
author of Sea Fare: A Chef's Journey Across the Ocean
available at: and

Female Nomad and Friends
By Rita Golden Gelman
A Three Rivers Press Original | On Sale: June 1, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-307-58801-2| $15.00 | 352 pages

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Former Burglar Details Gripping Transformation in Memoir

CUTLER BAY, FL – Growing up with a fugitive and thief for a role model, Florida author Ira R. Andrus Jr. shares his transformation from an accomplished and over-confident cat burglar, to a near life sentence in prison, to a second chance at peace in his gripping and unbelievable memoir, “Dead Man Living.”

Haunted by the hollow monotony of running, of never finding peace, the author’s dastardly life of hardened crime, escaping prison, and charmed getaways left him a prisoner outside of his prison cell. But when inexplicably released from prison just before receiving a life sentence, he reveals how he shed his adrenaline-pumped existence for a life of peace and received the opportunity of a lifetime in this inspirational true story.

“Much of my life has been spent on the wrong side of the law, resulting in many years in prison where I should have died,” Andrus said. “This is a book of impossibilities, barriers, miracles and unbelievable circumstances that only a merciful God could bring to a marvelous conclusion.”

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 An audio book version also is available from the publisher.

Andrus currently resides in Cutler Bay, Florida, and is retired from the Dade County Public Schools Transportation Department. He is active in prison ministry and in several capacities with his local church, Central Bible Church.

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

12 Best Bets: Books for Summer Reading 2010-2011

Bantam Dell in association Random House Academic Marketing is pleased to present the first ever list dedicated to Summer Reading—12 Best Bets: Books for Summer Reading 2010-2011.

Among the top 12 books selected by teachers and students nationwide is Florida-based LAY THAT TRUMPET IN OUR HANDS by Susan Carol McCarthy. For more information about the book, please visit the author's website:

A brochure featuring twelve books ideal for Summer Reading will receive a national distribution mailing to approximately 60,000 educators including: teachers of grades 7-12 , school librarians, department chairpersons, and literacy coaches. It will also be handed out at upcoming high school conferences and teacher events, and is currently available for download off of the High School marketing website:

Phantom Noise by Brian Turner

Publication Date: April 2010
Distribution: National
Barcode: Yes
ISBN # 978-1-882295-80-7
Price: $16.95
Pages: 112
Available From: Consortium Book Sales & Distribution
Small Press Distribution

In the aftermath of bestselling Here, Bullet, Brian Turner deftly illuminates existence as both easily extinguishable and ultimately enduring. These prophetic, osmotic poems wage a daily battle for normalcy, seeking structure in the quotidian while grappling with the absence of

About the Author: Brian Turner earned an MFA from the University of Oregon before serving for seven years in the US Army.He was an infantry team leader for a year in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Prior to that, he was deployed to Bosnia-
Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division. His poetry has been published in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review, and other journals. He received a USA Hillcrest Fellowship in Literature, an NEA Literature Fellowship in Poetry, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, the Poets’ Prize, and a Fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. His work has
appeared on National Public Radio, the BBC, Newshour with Jim Lehrer, and Weekend America, among others. He teaches at Sierra Nevada College.

Mystery Writer Diane Gilbert Madsen at FWA Workshop

Photo: from left to right: Jackie Minniti, MWA Planning team, Thelma, owner of Corner of England Tea Room, and Mystery Author Diane Gilbert Madsen.

Mystery writer Diane Gilbert Madsen, author of “A Cadger’s Curse” and “Hunting for Hemingway” spoke to the FWA St. Petersburg Writers Group at their Mystery In A Month Workshop on May 1st. Diane, author of the DD McGil Literati Mystery Series, presented basic guidelines and hints on how to craft unique characters and how to create dialogue that fits the character for the aspiring mystery writers and editors in attendance.

The Workshop provides a unique experience for a limited number of participants to come together for 3 Saturday afternoons over a 4- week period to produce a complete short story on its way to publication. Groups are guided through the workshop with the same editor, providing continuity over the 4-week period. The next session in the workshop is May 15th from 2 pm to 5 pm. All workshop sessions are held at A Corner of England Tearoom, 6297 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg.

Diane has donated the honorarium to the St. Petersburg Public Library in the name of the Florida Writers Association St. Petersburg Writers Group.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Transition Orlando's First Community Gathering

If you are in Orlando check out this meeting. Just thought you might be interested in becoming involved.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Fortuna by Michael R. Stevens

Oceanview Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Fortuna by Michael R. Stevens. Fortuna is now available wherever fine books are sold.

Longing for escape from his mundane existence as a Stanford computer science major, Jason Lind signs up to play Fortuna, an online role-playing game set in Renaissance Florence.

From the first, fateful mouse click, Jason tumbles into the vibrant, lush, and anonymous world of Fortuna. Swept up in this highly complex, highly addictive game of fame, fortune, and power, Jason quickly transitions from casual gamer to compulsive player.

Soon tangled up in a steamy virtual love triangle, Jason becomes obsessed with breaking Fortuna’s code of anonymity. But Fortuna is anything but fun and games, and when a sizable debt incurred in the game spills over into reality, Jason is forced to leverage the legacy of his father, a high-tech legend killed in a car accident years before, to pay off the debt.

What started as a great escape may only leave Jason trapped, as the game that transported Jason deep into the past exposes a shocking, present-day reality.

In the world of Fortuna, it’s not how you play the game; it’s if you survive.

Fresh Fiction says the following: "a wonderful exploration of the slippery slope of the seduction from a virtual world, Fortuna is intricately detailed, well-researched, and thoroughly developed."

An innovative, high-tech thriller, Fortuna is a pulse-racing read about what happens when virtual reality collides with reality.

Please visit author, Michael R. Stevens on the web at:

Oceanview Publishing
Bob & Pat Gussin

The Double Human By James O’Neal

Coming from Tor in June, 2010.

ISBN-13: 978-0765320155

Visit for all the details.

In this sequel to 2009's The Human Disguise, James O'Neal tells a crime story set in the near future that explores the social changes as well as the political issues that could face a world shattered by disease and war.

Unified Police Detective Tom Wilner has a close encounter with the first serial killer seen in Florida since the collapse of society. As he pieces together more evidence it becomes clear that this killer has operated for almost fifty years. Now he knows he faces a member of the undocumented hominid species that now has two branches: The ancient Simolit family or Halleck family. Their genetic ability to live abnormally long lives and heal make it plain that catching this elusive killer will push Wilner to the limits of the law.

Just another day in the near future where criminals are sentenced to the military and terror attacks occur on the anniversary of September 11. Every year.

Amid the turmoil of forced relocation to Florida and the discovery of nomadic tribes living in the wilderness of the empty Southwest Florida peninsula, Wilner must seek an alliance with the Simolits to find the killer.

In the Miami Quarantine Zone, Wilner learns that the killer has operated for years without repercussion. In the desolate, ravaged former “Jewel of the Caribbean,” the killer’s habit of stabbing victims in the neck has earned him the nickname, “The Vampire.”

To complicate his life, Wilner has fallen hard for a beautiful teacher in the Quarantine Zone. He must make difficult choices when he’s told not to pursue the killer outside the United States and relocation riots force him to focus on many problems at once.

Wilner must risk everything to stop this killer, protect the citizens of the United States as well as save the poor people sealed off in the Quarantine Zone.

James O’Neal is the pseudonym of crime novelist James O. Born. He is the winner of the Florida Book Award and has appeared across the country for libraries and other groups as a speaker and writing teacher.

Publishers Weekly gave The Human Disguise a starred review, calling it “Wildly entertaining,” and said, “(The Human Disguise) will keep readers enthralled.”

Watch for The Human Disguise in mass market paperback coming this summer.

“One helluva story from one helluva writer! Only a cop like James O’Neal could create futuristic bad guys like those in The Human Disguise. And only O’Neal could weave them into such a slick, fast-paced story--one you’re convinced is the real world. This is a ride--and a writer--you’re long going to remember.”
--W.E.B. Griffin

"Newcomer James O'Neal presents a gritty, down-and-dirty vision of the near future with plenty of action and suspense that keeps the story moving from page one to the end." --Ben Bova, Hugo award-winning author of The Immortality Factor

"James O'Neal puts the ultimate twist on the modern crime tale." - Bestselling author Paul Levine

Contact Information:
James O’Neal : E-mail:
Justin Golenbock, Publicist, TOR : E-mail
Phone : 646.307.5413

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Musical Instruments - NEEDED!!!

Musical Instruments - NEEDED!!!

"My dream is to have my own instrument........"

All of us tend to have so many things crammed into closets, attics, and garages.
One of those items that tends to stay hidden away are musical instruments
from yesteryear. So dust off your unused baby and lets Change a Life together....

Benefits of Donating:

* Tax Saving: we will provide a printed receipt and you declare the fair market value. Many times the financial benefits are greater by donating then selling it at a pawn shop, etc... Working together with Brevard Neighborhood Development Coalition (BNDC) and Brevard Symphony Youth Orchestra (BSYO).

* Change a Life: all of our adopted instruments go to under privileged children in our local community. Keeping children off the streets and helping them have a positive goal.

* In Giving We Receive: St Francis of Assisi was right that as we give we are blessed and we help create a legacy....

Contact Arturo:
"Acoustic for a CHANGE" or 321-544-4949

Raff Ellis to Speak at the Halifax Genealoby Society

The officers of the Halifax Genealogy Society, Ormond Beach are proud to announce the details of their May program as follows:

Speaker - Raff Ellis
Topic - The Making of Kisses from a Distance
Date - Thursday, May 13, 2010
Time - 1:30 PM.
Location - Ormond Beach Public Library
30 South Beach Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174.

Mr. Ellis will discuss how he came to research and write his award-winning memoir. This topic should be of interest to all genealogists and anyone who has contemplated writing a non-fiction memoir.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Bob Brown to present at the Cocoa Beach Library

Bob Brown will be at the Cocoa Beach Library on Wednesday June 9th at 1:00 pm for a video presentation of our Smallest Powerboat to Cross The Atlantic called "You'll Get Swamped." He will be signing copies of Bermuda Suicide Challenge and Running for Fun.