Saturday, July 31, 2010

One Seminar and One Workshop to look into for January

January 2011... The Key West Literary Seminar
The title this year is: The Hungry Muse: An Exploration of Food in Literature. The Writers' Workshop Program is also in January. Visit the website for complete details.

January 17 - 22, 2011... 7th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival
Six days filled with readings, lectures, and poetry workshops in Delray Beach Florida. There's a festival brochure available at their website. Download it and learn more.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Penny & Rio by Jennifer Swanson

This is to announce the release of Jennifer Swanson's new book, Penny & Rio: The Diamond Collar Adventure. It is the third installment in the award-winning early chapter book series.

In conjunction with the release of the book, Jennifer Swanson is offering a contest for children. Find information about the contest by clicking here.

You can purchase it at, and on my website

Thursday, July 29, 2010

New Fiction Tells the Story of the Delta Blues Through the Eyes of a Prodigy

Lil’ Choo-Choo Johnson, Bluesman is released by Bryan Krull

At the tender age of ten, Earl “Lil’ Choo-Choo” Johnson left his home in the company of his deadbeat uncle and embarked on an amazing musical journey, taking him from the Mississippi Delta to the blues clubs of Chicago and Cleveland, and eventually around the world. He meets up with the greatest names in blues history, including the mysterious Robert Johnson and the charismatic Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters. Lil’ Choo-Choo’s story is the story of the blues in the 20th century.

Filled with colorful characters and vivid description, this is not just a rollicking delve into the history of the blues, but a story of a man who overcomes great odds to become not just a great musician, but a loving husband, father, and role model. Lil’ Choo-Choo is an admirable character—a steady, dependable man in the midst of wild temptation and passionate music.

About the Author

Bryan Krull is a history teacher, with degrees from the University at Buffalo and the University at Albany, as well as a PhD from University of Wisconsin-Madison. His background in history serves him well in this, his first novel.

Bryan will be appearing in Melbourne, FL at the Suntree/Viera Library on Wednesday
August 18 at 10:30 AM for a book reading/book signing. The artist who designed
the book's cover will also be appearing.

More information is available on the author’s website at

For further information contact: Ray Robinson at 317-228-3656, via email at, or through the website at:

Lil’ Choo-Choo Johnson, Bluesman
Bryan Krull
Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 978-160844-355-0 212 pages US

Available at Ingram,, Barnes & Noble and fine bookstores everywhere.

Coming in September... Fly By Wire by Ward Larsen

The next release from Oceanview: Fly By Wire by Sarasota novelist Ward Larsen.

Oceanview Publishing will release Fly by Wire (ISBN: 978‐1‐933515‐86‐1, Hardcover, 312 pages, $25.95) on September 6, 2010.

With its revolutionary fly-by-wire technology, the C-500 had become the airplane of choice for freight operators worldwide. Until a routine delivery goes horribly wrong.

Falling like a stone from six miles up, a brand new C-500 crashes in central France, killing two pilots aboard. With over one hundred C-500s in service around the world, interest is keen to get to the bottom of the mystery. When French officials take over this highly public investigation, they call in the best there is: they call Frank “Jammer” Davis.

A retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Davis is part of the NTSB’s “go team.” With a reputation for getting things done—and for steamrolling anyone who gets in his way—Davis starts to dig.

But just as Davis starts his investigation, news of the crash is overshadowed by a more spectacular disaster: suicide bombers attack oil refineries across the world, sending governments and financial markets into a tailspin.

A relentless Davis keeps working, but when he finally uncovers the cause of the crash, and its terrifying connection to the terrorist attacks, it is a conspiracy of unthinkable proportions. A conspiracy he might not be able to stop.

As a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, award-winning novelist Ward Larsen flew over twenty combat missions in Operation Desert Storm. He has also worked as a federal law enforcement officer, and an aircraft accident investigator. Presently, he is a captain for a major airline and resides with his family in Florida. He is also the author of The Perfect Assassin and Stealing Trinity. Visit the author’s web site at:

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Attention All FWA Members and Former Members

Sunny Fader is compiling a Ten Year History of the Florida Writers Association. If you have any anecdotes about seminal experiences you have had related to your association with FWA in the past ten years that have impacted your writing or your writing aspirations, or memories about FWA you would like to share, she would like to hear from you. Please email her at

Monday, July 26, 2010

Patricia Marlett Book Signing

Patricia Marlett will be signing copies of her books Passionate Promises and The Talking Tee Shirt at the Rosen Center Hotel. The event is the Spiritual Growth Workshop.

Rosen Center Hotel
Spiritual Growth Workshop 2010 (event)
32819 International Drive
Orlando, Florida
July 29, 30, 31

For more information about Patricia and her books, visit

Florida Writers' Association October 2010 conference Features Individual Critique Sessions

— Industry professionals work with writers on works-in-progress —

The Ninth Annual Conference of the Florida Writers Association (FWA), which will be held October 22-24, 2010, at the Orlando, Lake Mary Marriott, promises to keep the estimated 350 attendees focused on improving their writing skills and promoting their work for publication.

“FWA intends to fulfill every writer’s current interest. At least three workshops are held at any given time, and attendees may join whichever ones appeal to them,” said FWA President, Chrissy Jackson.

“In addition to perfecting their craft and networking with fellow writers, for an additional fee attendees may choose from among the faculty of authors, agents, and acquisition editors to make face-to-face manuscript pitches. They also may register for professional critiques. There is no limit to the number of pitch sessions or critiques available,” Jackson said.

The 2010 faculty members available for critiques are Adrian Fogelin, award-winning author, for middle-grade and young adult manuscripts; Dr. Douglas Houck, Professor of English and Writing at Edison State College in Punta Gorda, Florida, for adult nonfiction; Dianne Ochiltree, nationally recognized author of children’s picture books and chapter books; and John Pelot, Professor of English on the Charlotte Campus of Edison State College, for adult fiction.

INDI Publishing Group Announces the Forthcoming Release of Death Cruise by Dan Anderson

INDI Publishing Group is pleased to announce the publication of Death Cruise by award-winning author Dan Anderson on August 3, 2010.

This riveting, fast-paced story (ISBN: 978-1-935636-01-4, Mystery, Trade Paperback, $14.95) features Los Angeles PI Chauncey McFadden and has already received literary acclaim including the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Award, First Place—Unpublished Mystery.

Private Investigator McFadden receives a frantic phone call from the president of a Miami-based cruise line. Two employees have been killed in port and Chauncey is hired to solve those crimes and prevent further atrocities. The portly, wisecracking Chauncey has limited homicide experience, but naively accepts this job thinking it will be little more than a free vacation. However, things quickly fall apart as the body count climbs on board ship and in Caribbean island ports of call. A shipment of drugs being smuggled into Miami disappears from the ship before its delivery which unleashes a vengeful vendetta upon everyone in its path.

This riveting, fast-paced story is propelled by a myriad of twisting, intertwined plots which include a secret drug-smuggling cartel with voodoo roots that deals with its enemies in vicious ritualistic fashion, an aging silver screen legend obsessed with revenge who is not what he appears to be, a powerful corporate takeover artist thwarted in his recent attempt to seize control of the cruise line, and an international assassin for hire who thwarts prosecution with a novel approach to murder.

From Jamaica, Curacao, Venezuela, Barbados, Martinique, the U. S. Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic, Chauncey barely escapes three attempts on his own life and muddles through a maze of murder to solve not only his original homicide assignment, but a host of other crimes as well.

About the author:

Death Cruise is a serious, literate mystery written in a humorous vein. It soars in originality and entertainment value, and has been cited for being more than a great mystery—great fiction as well. Publisher Jerry D. Simmons comments “Dan is an award-winning author who has a great talent for writing a suspenseful story. I’ve worked in New York publishing for more than two decades, and I can honestly say that Dan is as good as any writer I’ve ever been associated with.”

Dan Anderson is a former executive with one of the world’s largest financial services companies, and a Vietnam veteran who served with the Americal Infantry Division. He retired and now writes full time while traveling around the U.S. with his wife, Virginia, and dog, Misha. His previous mystery, Bad Vibrations, won numerous literary awards including the FWA Royal Palm Award, the Books & Authors Murder Mystery Book of the Year, and the Independent Publishers IPPY Book Award-Silver Medal, Best Regional Fiction. He can be reached at, or

INDI Publishing Group can be reached at 15508 West Bell Road, Suite 101-315, Surprise, AZ 85374-3436.

Mary Alice Monroe to Headline First Annual HighTide Womens’ Weekend Amelia Island - October 1 and 2

Mary Alice Monroe New York Times bestselling author will be the featured author for the first annual High Tide Womens’ Weekend October 1-2. The two-day event will offer a variety of programs for and about women. Monroe will be the featured speaker at a Southern Ladies Luncheon scheduled at 12 AM Saturday, October 2 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in historic Fernandina Beach. In addition, she will be a special guest on the Arabian Nights River Cruise Saturday, October 2 at 7 PM.

Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina. Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Her experiences living in the midst of a habitat that was quickly changing gave her a strong and important focus for her books.

Since then, she has explored the problems of endangered sea turtles (The Beach House, Swimming Lesson, and her first children’s book, Turtle Summer), raptors (Skyward), the indigenous grass and endangered ecosystem (Sweetgrass), the rivers and mountains of North Carolina in Time is a River and her newest novel, LAST LIGHT OVER CAROLINA, which brings alive the disappearing world of the coastal shrimping industry. Her next novel, THE BUTTERFLY’S DAUGHTER, is scheduled for release in May 2011.

Publishers Weekly wrote, “Monroe is in her element when describing the wonders of nature and the ways people relate to it.”

Mary Alice Monroe’s novels are published worldwide. She was the 2008 recipient of the prestigious South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing. Mary Alice lives with her family on a barrier island off South Carolina.

“We are thrilled to have such a talented writer and know she will feel right at home in our welcoming community and on our treasured barrier island, ” shared Dickie Anderson, Coastal Connections.

Tickets now available - Southern Luncheon (includes cookbook) - $40. Arabian Nights River Cruise - $40. For ticket information contact: Dickie Anderson at or 904 556 6455.

For more information about Mary Alice Monroe go to

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Florida Writers Foundation Fundraiser...

Please note the information from Florida Writers Foundation, 501[c]3 organization, about their annual fundraiser day.

It will be held on October 21 this year at Orlando Marriott in Lake Mary. Below is the flyer and registrations form.

Please click on the images for a larger view....

Also, visit

for more information.

Three Workshops: find out about them throu MadAboutWords

Show Don't Tell ... August 7, 2010; 10AM to 1PM

In this workshop you will explore practical strategies—from characterization to dialogue to place to metaphor & figurative language—for inhabiting the world of your text & showing from inside its imagination. If you start with these techniques, you’ll have a greater grasp on that amorphous, imaginative thing that’s happening inside you when you’re trying to deploy or render an emotion, idea, argument, character, or place in a creative text.

click here to read more about it

Chapbook in a Day.... August 29, 2010, 11AM to 3PM

In this workshop, Terry Godbey, who once won two chapbook contests within 24 hours, will share her tips on chapbook publishing, contests and markets, and arranging poems to best advantage.

click here to read about it.

Breathe, Move, Write... September 25, 2010; 9AM to 1PM

Breathe, Move, Write will introduce you to body awareness and deep breathing as tools that will help you find purposeful intention for your writing and develop the depth of concentration necessary for clear and creative writing to arise.

click here to read more about it.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Launch of King for a Day by Mark Wayne Adams

You're Invited to a Royal Party!
Celebrate with us the launch of
King for a Day
By Award-Winning Publisher & Illustrator Mark Wayne Adams.

A heartwarming tale that teaches young readers about friendship,integrity, and self-discovery. The book includes writing ,layout, and drawing activities!

Location: Barnes & Noble, Altamonte Mall; Altamonte Springs, FL
Date: Saturday, August 14th
Launch Party Time: 10 a.m. until Noon (includes signing)
Afternoon Signing: From 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Teachers and parents when you purchase a King for a Day book enter your school in a drawing to win an Author School Visit with Mark Wayne Adams. (You must be present to enter. One entry per person. See website for details.)

Storytime • Prizes • Activities

Author Christa Carpenter will be our guest to sign Nicholas, that's Ridiculous!

Dress in your royal best and wear your favorite crown.

For Information please call: (407) 261-0252

Select from several of Mark Wayne Adams award winning books at the event. Have the books personally autographed that day. To read more about Mark Wayne Adams visit

Monday, July 19, 2010

Stephen Mettee to speak at the 2011 SCWG Congerence -- Cocoa Beach, Florida

The 2011 SCWG Conference is schedule for Jan 28-29, 2011, at the Palms International Resort and Conference Center in Cocoa Beach. Stephen Mettee is schedule to be one of the speaker. He He will be speaking and taking one-one appointments as a publisher as well as for advice on how to put together a non-fiction book proposal.

Stephen Mettee will be speaking on:

Reality Literature —Writing and Publishing Your Memoir

A great memoir tells as much about the times and the attitude of the people in the memoir as it does about the life of the author. Learn what else makes a memoir successful and why the memoir, once thought to be dormant, if not dead, is hotter than ever. This workshop is often standing room only.

Writing a Successful Nonfiction Book Proposal

Nonfiction book authors have it all over novelists. First, around 85 percent of the books published each year are nonfiction, and, second, most nonfiction books go to contract with a publisher before the book is written even by first time authors!

Learn how to write a successful book proposal from the author of The Fast Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction Book Proposal and jump start your writing career. (You can always write that novel while you’re collecting royalties for your nonfiction book.) To find out more about Stephen Mettee, visit his blog at

For more information about the conference watch

Mette Biography:

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Painless by Bill Poje

The time frame is 2005; the man with the hurricane full of trouble is Augustus Valentine.

Aug runs an import-export company in Port Everglades that was started with illegal money --
So were the real estate developments in SanDestin.

People with illegal money must do something with it...periodically goods are smuggled in and out of the country...
In come the rubies, sapphires and diamonds...they are promptly stolen from Mr. Aug...who did what and why is the primary plot

We also have Jocelyn, his crazy, delectably incredible, girlfriend
She sells Jaguars in Merritt Island They have a weekend getaway in Ponte Vedra

There's the big hurricane finish on the beach in SanDestin with gold, platinum & gambling in the mix...
as well as character development chapters in Detroit, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Nashville.

Painless is the first novel by Jacksonville resident Bill Poje. The novel won the 2009 Gold Medal Award from Reader’s Favorite in the Thriller category. The book also received an Honorable Mention in the 2009 Mystery/Thriller category from The Written Art Awards. 

Mr. Poje, a Grand Rapids, Michigan native, is a graduate of Aquinas College and Vanderbilt University who recently lived on Grand Cayman Island. His work commute took him to the Bahamas where he was employed as the Financial Controller for the largest exporter out of the Bahamas. During his island life tenure he either evacuated from or went through 9 hurricanes from 2004 to 2007. These diverse experiences come together to entertain readers with this pulse pounding tale.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Cutting Edge by Darcia Helle

My name is Skye Summers. I’m a hairstylist and I can’t stop fantasizing about killing my clients. Not all of them, of course. I only want to kill the ones who irritate me, which, if I’m being honest, is most of them. My occasional fantasies have turned into chronic daydreams. They’re bloody and vivid, like watching a slice-and-dice movie on IMAX.

I also want to kill my husband’'s ex-girlfriend. She'’s not a client but she tops my list. Eighteen years ago, she gave birth to his daughter and she has tormented him ever since. I should be troubled by this growing desire to use my surgically sharpened shears for more than a haircut. Instead, I wonder how I can get away with it.
The Cutting Edge is a dark comedy with a sprinkling of suspense. This is Darcia Helle's sixth novel. You can find out more about Darcia and her work on her website:

The Gendarme by Mark Mustian

“Novels like The Gendarme, writers like Mr. Mustian, keep our world afloat amidst the tempests of history. Humanity would no longer recognize itself, its enduring passions and cruelties and triumphs, without them.”
—Bob Shacochis, National Book Award-winning author of Easy in the
Islands and Swimming in the Volcano

“I love this book. Where there is love and humanity, the human spirit triumphs. Read it.”
—Sandra Dallas, New York Times-bestselling author of Prayers for Sale

“Mustian proves in The Gendarme, love in the face of war gives testimony that love endures our savagery, our violence, our hatred.”
—Julianna Baggott, author of The Miss America Family and The Madam

“Mustian shows the readers what the face of history looks like without the makeup. Mainly, though, he paints an unforgettable portrait of the human spirit at its bravest and most resilient.”—David Kirby, member of the National Books Critics Circle Board of Directors, NEA and Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, and author of The Ha-Ha

Emmett Conn is a 92-year-old Turkish-American man living in Wadesboro, Georgia in 1990. A former Turkish soldier in the First World War, Emmett (then Ahmet Khan) had been severely wounded in battle—an injury that had left him with little memory of the war or much before it.

Emmett married the nurse that cared for him in the London hospital where he was treated, then moved to America in 1917. Now a widower, he has one daughter he clashes with, another he rarely sees, and a troubled grandson he desperately longs to be close to.

When Emmett begins to be seized by intense visions, the doctor's diagnosis is a brain tumor. Despite treatment, the visions become increasingly vivid, and Emmett slowly comes to understand that they are his real memories of war, only now re-surfacing. Through the visions, Emmett realizes that he had served as a gendarme a the beginning of the war, leading a savage, deadly deportation of Armenians from Turkey to Syria, one of the most horrifying crimes against humanity of the 20th century.

Alternating between his present as an old man being shuttled through the American medical system, and his past as a gendarme in Turkey at the dawn of the 20th century, Emmett must face the painful truth about what he has done. As his past unfolds, he must acknowledge that he has committed unthinkable acts—yet also acts of compassion. In his dreams, he is finally reunited with the great love of his life—an Armenian girl named Araxie, his captive and supposed enemy who he had helped to survive and protect. As the boundaries between past and present begin to blur, Emmett sets out to find Araxie to beg her forgiveness, and seek redemption.

Masterfully crafted in affecting and resonant prose, The Gendarme is a moving novel about an aging man facing the end of his life, and coming to terms with his brutal past for the first time. It is an enlightening examination of one of the most appalling historical events of the last century, and an uplifting tale about the transcendent and transformative power of human connection.

About the Author: Mark Mustian is an author, attorney and city commissioner in Tallahassee, Florida, where he has practiced public finance law for over 25 years. Mark’s fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in periodicals such as Stand Magazine, The Green Hills Literary Lantern and Opium Magazine, and his novel The Gendarme will be published by Amy Einhorn Books/G.P. Putnam’s Sons in September 2010, with foreign editions forthcoming in France, Greece, Israel, and other countries. He serves as the chair of the Lutheran Readers Project, a readers’ resource, writer connection and book club (and part of the Lutheran Writers Project) designed to put quality books into the hands and minds of Lutheran readers. Contact him at

To learn more about the book, please visit:

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Winder Hollow by R.F. McClure

There are no second chances for life versus death in the remote hollows of the Appalachian Mountains. Alma Lee Holcomb, a young woman of sixteen and her younger brother, Jacob, discover this when a tragic accident takes the lives of their parents, Winfred and Grace. The children’s lives are turned upside down, far beyond anything imaginable. Setting their grief aside, they immerse themselves in the task of surviving within the isolation of Winder Hollow.

But their triumph over adversity is short-lived. When nineteen year-old Alma Lee is confronted with a life-threatening illness, they are forced out of the hollow and into a modern world that is completely foreign to them. Courage and an undying bond between brother and sister serve them well in the modern world. Alma Lee and Jacob make their way in this uncharted territory, while never abandoning their humble beginnings and the mountains they love.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Space Coast Writers' Guild presents Holly Fox Vellekoop at their July 17th Meeting

How Our Perspective Affects our Writing is the topic that Holly Fox Vellekoop will be speaking about at the Space Coast Writers Guild meeting on July 17, 1pm, at The Fountains, 4451 Stack Blvd. Melbourne.

Holly notes that, "As a writer, we sometimes write into our work, both fiction and nonfiction, dialogue and plots that reflect our beliefs and perspective of life and events. There are many life events that impact our perspective, too, varying from person to person, sometimes differing amongst cultures, subcultures, and families. I first became interested in a writer's perspective when I was just a young girl, after reading books which were considered to be classics."

Holly will discuss the topic further at the meeting, quoting some of her favorites including Abraham Lincoln, Robert Frost and Albert Schweitzer. Holly says, "In my first published book, STONE HAVEN: Murder Along the River, I recognized my unwillingness to use the type of profanity that unsavory characters often use because of my own beliefs and perspective. In my nonfiction book, How to Help When Parents Grieve, I consciously omitted specific anecdotes from contributors that I felt would demean or cause ridicule upon them or their families - a reflection of my own personal perspective of nonfiction writing, over which I had a measure of control."

All are invited to come to the discussion and take a fresh look at how an author's perspective often affects their writing and to revisit your own work with a fresh look at how it was influenced by your personal perspective.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Little River Dog by Sarah Case Mamika

Little River Dog
by Sarah Case Mamika
Illustrated by Nicolas Peruzzo

What happens when Kim saves a the little river dog from drowning? She falls in love with the little river dog and wants to keep her for her own. Mom knows that they first must try to find her owner.

Although Kim is sad to see the little dog go when they find the owner, Kim learns that by doing the right thing, you may discover that things turn out even better than you imagined.

Little River Dog, written by Sarah Case Mamika, is aimed at children ages 3 through 9 and is an entertaining story with wonderfully dramatic artwork by Nicolas Puruzzo. Mamika is also the author of First Snow.

If you wish to purchase this book, you'll find it at

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

History of Pirates of Southwest Florida Events

James F. & Sarah Jane Kaserman, pirate authors and lecturers, will be offering three History of Pirates of Southwest Florida events during August for the Florida Gulf Coast University's Renaissance Academy.

Based upon their non-fiction book Pirates of Southwest Florida Fact and Legend, the Kaserman's invite their students to come aboard for an hour of entertaining pirate stories and music. Listen to the music of the pirates and hear the true history of pirates in Southwest Florida from the 1700's up to the present!

The events are scheduled for:

August 2, 2010 - Calusa Harbour, 2525 First Street, Fort Myers, FL, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

August 10, 2010 - Punta Gorda Isles Civic Assn., 2001 Shreve St., Punta Gorda, FL 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

August 25, 2010 - Burnt Store Presbyterian Church, 11330 Burnt Store Rd., Punta Gorda, FL 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

For more information about James F. & Sarah Jane Kaserman, Authors-Lecturers, check out their website at

Two Books by Daya Devi-Doolin

The Only Way Out Is In: The Secrets of the 14 Realms to Love, Happiness and Success

Synopsis: The mass consciousness is at a point where it knows there has to a better way. People may not know what it is but they are beginning to open up to the possibility they can learn what this better way is. Being in the Realm of the Secrets that Ms. Doolin relates, is being where you want to be by knowing you are already there.

Secrets that seem to be secrets to the public are revealed in Daya Devi-Doolin's book for the well being of everyone. Author Daya Devi-Doolin is encouraging her readers to keep on. This book highlights some of the experiences in her life, and shows readers how life can be enhanced.

Americans Saving Ourselves Together: How to Thrive in the 21st Century
* Authors Daya Devi-Doolin, Inez Bracy, CeeCee Sneed, Miriam Chandler, Jerrie DeRose, Mia Fajardo Savchenko
* Publisher Padaran Publications

This book is a collaborative project born from the desire to help fellow citizens. This book is intended to empower and encourage the reader to regain inner strength and take action. Americans Saving Ourselves Together intends to embark on bringing back the joy and laughter people experienced growing up and recapturing faith and health of mind, body and spirit.

This book covers a wide variety of topics including family, prosperity, self-cultivation, health, parenting, joy and humor. There is something here to help everyone during every stage of life. Michelle Starkey says, “Taking matters into our own hands has taken on a new meaning: responsibility. When we accept responsibility for our lives and our circumstances, dramatic results are achieved!"

It has won the 2010 NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for its value in the Self-Help/Self-Growth Category.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Nicholas That's Ridiculous by Christa Carpenter

Nicholas That’s Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy is a charming book by Christa Carpenter for children 4 through 8 who want a fun book about what it means to be a boy. The notion that Nicholas engages in ridiculous behavior throughout the day is endearing. During the first part of the story, his mother points out the instances of his ridiculous-ness, but when she thinks about it, she realizes that he isn’t ridiculous at all; he’s just being a boy.

The text is succinct and right on target for the audience, and the illustrations by Mark Wayne Adams are wonderful. Nicholas is depicted perfectly throughout the book and the whimsical beautiful drawings make the book come alive.

The author has included within the book Book Talk. It includes a list of questions and topics to elicit discussion and imaginative thinking.

About the Author

Christa Carpenter is a mother, a teacher and a writer who enjoys writing plays, poetry and stories. This is her first published picture book and soon will be followed by Jill That’s Silly. To learn more about her writing, visit her website at

About the Artist
Mark Wayne Adams lives in Maitland, Florida. He has illustrated many children’s books and has won awards for several of them. See samples of his work at

To purchase a copy of the book, visit

Friday, July 2, 2010

Summer Reads....Recommendations.... You'll surely find a book you can't put down!

In my email to you last week, I promised to make a list of summer reads recommended by you. Thanks for sending in your suggestions.... and here they are.

If you have other recommendations, send them to me at and I'll add them to the list.

From Vanessa Blakeslee: "My favorite summer read thus far has been My Name is Mary Sutter, by Robin Oliveira. The book just blew me away. Best historical fiction I’ve read in a long time."

Land Here? You Bet!

If you’re stuck close to home this summer and would like a vicarious adventure, you should pick up a copy of Land Here? You Bet! by St. Petersburg writer Sunny Fader.

Land Here? You Bet! is the true story of Ted Huntley, a twenty-year-old pilot who unexpectedly gets the opportunity to fly a mission mapping Alaska’s coast for the US Coast and Geodetic Survey team. Although bush pilots were required to land on inhospitable terrain like glaciers and water, Ted didn’t let his inexperience deter him. No matter what he was asked to do, he’d reply with his trademark, “You bet!”

Fly with Ted to places you’ve never been, and get to know an inspiring man who had the courage to chase his dream – and finally caught it.


Project June Bug

And here's another recommendation... This one from Sunny Fader:

"For me, a good summer read is a book that entertains with an engrossing story and characters that come alive. Project June Bug does that, and more.

"It is not difficult to understand why this well-crafted first novel by Florida writer Jackie Minniti is racking up awards. It weaves an entertaining tale about the travails of a quirky, dedicated teacher confronted by a bright, unruly student, a story that will resonate with teachers and many beleaguered parents. In the process of telling her story, Minniti subtly provides the reader with a new, constructive understanding of the challenging spectrum of attention deficit behavioral disorders.

"For a summer read that will leave you smiling, and wiser, I recommend Project June Bug."


Female Nomad and Friends: Tales of Breaking Free and Breaking Bread Around the World by Rita Golden Gelman

This suggestion is from Deborah Sharp, author of the Mace Bauer Mysteries:

"I'll be busy this summer with signings for my latest mystery (Mama Gets Hitched), so I won't have the chance to visit any of the far-flung locales covered in this collection of essays. That doesn't mean I can't read about them, in words and recipes by terrific chefs and world travelers (including my Fort Lauderdale-based friend, Victoria Allman, an author and chef on mega-yachts). Added benefit: Proceeds from the book will help better the lives of slum kids in India.

"The Red Umbrella,' a young adult novel by Christina Gonzalez.

To write this novel, Gonzalez drew from the experience of her own parents with Operation Pedro Pan, when 14,000 unaccompanied children were shuttled out of Castro's Cuba to live with well-meaning strangers across the USA. This airlift, as well as other waves of immigrants, exiles and refugees, helped shape southern Florida into the melting pot it is today. Gonzalez's novel paints the experience through the eyes of 14-year-old Lucia Alvarez, who lands with her younger brother in Nebraska, far from the family, culture, and Cuban home she had always known."


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Alpha Rising on Kindle

Alpha Rising, a believable and thought-provoking work of fiction by G.L. Douglas, is now available as a download for Kindle and Kindle PC from for $4.99. The Amazon link for it is here.

When a failed space rescue mission lands astronaut Bach Turner and crew in a beleaguered future world, there's no way out short of blind faith and the ultimate weapon, his mind.