Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Self-Esteem in the Workplace, the Key to Postive Employee Relations by Joseph L Richardson

Joseph L. Richardson has published his second book, Self-Esteem in the Workplace, the Key to Positive Employee Relations.

The book informs managers/supervisors about the importance of good self-esteem, how self-esteem is formed and provides a way to examine his/her own self-esteem. It takes the reader through the activities of the manager/supervisor and shows how to perform those activities in ways that never harm, but normally improve employee self-esteem, resulting in better performing, self-assured employees.

About the Author:

Joseph L Richardson earned a B.S. in administrative science from the University of Alabama. He was employed as a management analyst with the U.S. Army and the Internal Revenue Service and as chief, management staff with the initial IRS Data Center, Atlanta, Georgia. He served as chief, administration and logistics for expendable vehicle operations and shuttle payloads operations, NASA, Kennedy Space Center. He retired from the federal government with more than thirty-five years service. He is a member of American Mensa.

He previously published a Florida novel, Fire Angels, which is receiving excellent reviews. Both books are available at Amazon.Com, Books-A-Million.com, and Barnes and Noble.com

Monday, August 30, 2010

Tampa Writers' Alliance Annual Contest - Call for Entries

The Tampa Writers Alliance is proud to share with you their new and improved Annual Contest, opening for submissions this Wednesday, September 1st.

They sponsor nearly every genre and sport over fifty judges from the professional ranks of writing. Their contestants will receive written comments from at least three highly qualified judges dedicated to their genre. Contestants will compete against fellow writers in their specific genre, not the broad categories of Fiction or Non-Fiction. The Contest closes October 31st.

Please share this announcement with your group or organization. They welcome entries from all. Please visit Their blog or website for additional information:

http://www.twawriterscontest.blogspot.com/ or www.tampawriters.org


The Tampa Writers' Alliance is pleased to announce its redesigned and improved Annual Writers' Contest for 2010-2011. This year they will have more than fifty highly qualified
volunteer judges-authors, university professors, head librarians and journalists.

Each entry will be judged by at least three independent professionals and, for the first time, all entries will receive specific feedback from judges.

Participants told them that they wanted more genre categories, so they now offer eighteen categories, covering as many as possible of the genres.

Check out this list:

Book-Length Nonfiction
1. Biography/Autobiography/Memoir
2. Other Nonfiction

Book-Length Fiction
3. Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror
4. Thriller/Suspense/Mystery
5. Romance/Women's
6. Mainstream/Literary
7. Elementary/Middle-Grade/Young Adult Fiction
8. Other Fiction

Short Nonfiction
9. Creative Nonfiction/Humor/Satire/Essay
10. Other Nonfiction

Short Fiction
11 . Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror
1 2. Thriller/Suspense/Mystery
13. Women's/Romance
1 4. Mainstream/Literary
15. Flash Fiction
16. Children's Books
17. Other Short Fiction

18. Poetry

Entries will be accepted from September 1 through October 31,2010. Full details and a
down-loadable Entry Packet are available at or www.tampawriters.org further insights
into the new contest may be seen at http://www.twawriterscontest.blogspot.com/

Celebrate Adult and Family Literacy Month

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

And Then There was One by Patricia Gussin to be Realeased October 4, 2010

And Then There Was One by Florida novelist Patricia Gussin. Oceanview

Publishing will release And Then There Was One (ISBN: 978‐1‐933515‐81‐6, Suspense, Hardcover, 312 pages, $25.95) on October 4, 2010.

Hailed as “a gripping novel” by Booklist, And Then There Was One, Gussin’s fourth novel, is a suspenseful and seamless story that unfolds as a family copes with a devastating crisis. Nine years ago, Katie and Scott Monroe were blessed beyond their wildest dreams with identical triplets, Sammie, Alex, and Jackie. Three beautiful daughters and two adoring parents formed the picture-perfect party of five. But this tight-knit family unravels when the three little girls go to see a movie, and only one emerges from the darkness of the theater. How could Sammie and Alex vanish without a trace?

Plunged into the abyss of a parent’s worst fear, Katie and Scott hang by a thread—waiting, worrying, not knowing, and confronting the terrifying realization that the kidnapping may not have been a random act. Who took Sammie and Alex? Why? Where are they? When will they be found? And what if they’re never found, or not found alive?

When Jackie, the remaining triplet, crumbles under the weight of grief and survivor’s guilt, Katie and Scott struggle to hold out hope and hold on to what remains of their family. Until—or unless—Sammie and Alex are found safe, this picture-perfect family can’t be put back together again.

Board-certified in Family Medicine, Patricia Gussin practiced medicine and has directed medical research in her role as worldwide vice president for a leading healthcare company. She is the author of Shadow of Death, which was nominated for “Best First Novel” in the Thriller Awards, sponsored by the International Thriller Writers, Twisted Justice, and The Test. She and her husband Robert Gussin are the authors of What’s Next…For You? The Gussins divide their time between Longboat Key, Florida, East Hampton, New York, and their vineyards in New Zealand.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Workshops coming up. Don't miss out if you're near Orlando... from Mad about Words

Less than two weeks away. Register now.
August 29 - Chapbook in a Day
Terry Godbey will share her tips on chapbook publishing, contests and markets, and arranging poems to best advantage. Each participant should bring two sets of their 18 to 20 best poems not already published in a book. Click for details...

Release your authentic voice
September 25 - Breathe, Move, Write
Lezlie Laws 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 for details...

Stories at the Spring

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Book News from I. Jean Pastula PhD

Local author, artist I Jean Pastula, PhD's book Nautical Twilight, The Sea Souls Where the Silent Bell Doth Toll, ISBN # 978-1-4490-6112-8 is now available on Amazon Kindle as well as through Author House Publishers.

It is a creative non-fiction anthology filled with dramatic mysteries and multi-dramatic episodes of true events.

Monday, August 16, 2010

John White Finalist for Killer Nashville Claymore Dagger Award

Congratulations to John White. His novel, Prayer Offerings, has been chosen one of the 10 finalists for the Killer Nashville Claymore Dagger Award. Any or all of the finalists are considered for publication by Five Star/Tekno publishing.

The trophy will be awarded in Nashville at the guest of honor dinner with Jeffery Deaver, Saturday, August 21.


Carol Jose Update

Carol Jose has been busy traveling and promoting two award-winning books she co-authored, The Consul: A U.S. diplomat Joins the Italian Resistance and the 2009 Indie Award winning book for History,You Are Not Forgotten, which has been featured on C-Span Book TV, and FOX TV News.

Also, she was a panelist on collaborative writing at the ASJA annual conference in New York City in May and a guest on NBC TV Morning News show 11 Alive in Atlanta, Georgia July 3rd, to present You Are Not forgotten.

She will be sharing a booth with fellow author Echo Garrett of Atlanta at the major Decatur Book Festival in Atlanta GA, which is held over Labor Day Weekend. Last year, according to Atlanta Journal Magazine, attendance was approximately 70,000.

She'll also be a featured after-dinner speaker on You Are Not Forgotten at VFW Post 4228 in Titusville, FL this September 17th, National POW/MIA Recognition Day. Dinner is at 5 p.m. This special evening of remembrance for our POW/MIA and all Veterans of Foreign Wars in Brevard is open to the public that evening, where she'll also be presenting the history of the POW/MIA flag.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Begotten Son by David Lynn Anderson

Begotten Son is Book II in David Lynn Anderson's series of The Sorcerer. I read the first book, Kingdom of Dreams and Shadows, and was intrigued by the plot and Anderson's writing. This paranormal tale lives up to and surpasses the first.

It starts out as an ordinary mystery with Duke Diamond trying to find out who killed Danny, the son of his assistant, and at the same time protecting a barmaid and her toddler son from potential kidnapping. Quickly it evolves into an intricate plot with the threats from all levels, including a possible alien invasion.

The beauty of the book is that Anderson's writing makes it all seem perfectly believable and sends chills up your spine. Imagine sitting down to the TV to hear what you assume is an ordinary press conference only to have the president announce that they've recovered a spacecraft from where it landed in the ocean.

And..., "While the rest of the world worries about first contact with an approaching alien spacecraft, Diamond and his team, people (who under any other circumstances he would consider crazy) risk their lives and more to protect mother and son from an evil sprung from the deepest corner of hell...."

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend that you try it if you love the paranormal genre.

About the Author:

David Lynn Anderson has been a successful ghostwriter, with three published science fiction hardback books to his credit. Begotten Son follows Kingdom of Dreams and Shadows as the second in the Sorcerer series. Anderson lives in Melbourne, Florida, with his wife and a cat. He has a bachelor's degree in business and a master's degree in systems management.

To purchase this book, visit amazon.com.

Drawn to the Light by Sonny Witt

Thursday, August 12, 2010

New Writing Assignment -- Holly Fox Vellekoop

Holly Fox Vellekoop, author of STONE HAVEN: Murder Along the River, and How to Help When Parents Grieve, announces that she has been contracted by Senior Life Newspaper to write a new monthly column for them. “Dear Gramma” is the column’s name and will feature Holly answering letters from readers (young and old alike) about grandparent issues, such as “grandchildren who do not write ‘thank you’ notes in return for gifts from their grandparents,” or “parents who fight in front of their children.”

The debut column will be in the September Senior Life Newspaper. After reading “Dear Gramma,” should you have a grandparent-centered question you would like answered, be sure to follow the newspaper’s instructions on how to send it for Holly to answer.

As the gramma of six grandchildren (four boys and two girls), having taught psychiatric and mental health nursing for Penn State University and working in a state mental hospital, Holly has the working, educational and life experiences to write such a column.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Deep Carnivale 2010 - A Celebration of Words; September 11 and 12

When: 10am to 6pm on Saturday Sept. 11 2010
1pm to 5pm on Sunday Sept. 12 2010

Where: The Performing Arts Building
Hillsborough Community College
Ybor Campus
Tampa Florida

What: Readings by authors and poets, songs sung by songwriters, child-friendly performances, games, activities, food and non-alcoholic beverages

Who: Children and families, teens, adults and tribal elders

Admission: Free and open to the public

More Information: Contact Festival Director David Audet at daudet@hccfl.edu or 813-253-7000 x5179 or visit http://deepcarnivale.com

Holly Fox Vellekoop to Speak at Palm Bay Rotary

Holly Fox Vellekoop, author of STONE HAVEN: Murder Along the River and How to Help When Parents Grieve, will be the speaker at the September 23rd meeting of the Palm Bay Rotary organization. Holly will speak on the topic of parental grief, how we can help the grieving and how the grieving can help themselves.

The Rotary meeting will be held at 12:15pm at the Broken Barrel Restaurant on the corner of Palm Bay Road and Babcock. Holly, a former Penn State University clinical instructor in psychiatric and mental health nursing, brings to this topic interviews she has done with dozens of grief-stricken parents and her personal experience.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hunting for Hemingway by Diane Gilbert Madsen

Diane Gilbert Madsen's book trailer video for Hunting for Hemingway, the second DD McGil Literati Mystery, just came out today on Youtube. The book, published by Midnight Ink, will be in bookstores any day now. The book launch is scheduled for October 1st at the Hemingway Museum in Oak Park.

New Release from Florida Author Patricia O’Grady

This colorful, well illustrated children's book is a delightful tale, and one that will have your children giggling. Have you ever wondered what your pets do when you aren't home? When the dog, cat and bird's owner leave the house for the day, the pets will make him pay. The animals see themselves as prisoners, and must find ways to keep occupied until his return, which certainly gets them into mounds of trouble.

For more information about this author visit her website at:


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Local Artist Illustrates Published Book

Locally known and award-winning watercolorist and illustrator Bobbi Q. Brown has recently completed illustrating another children’s book entitled, Bebe and the Binoculars. It is now available at www.Xlibris.com and is the first in a series of children's mystery books.

The protagonist, 11-year-old Bebe Stone, and her sidekick Matilda, Bebe's pet poodle, solve mysteries together with the help of a gift from Bebe's grandparents, a pair of binoculars. The grandparents get in on the action too in this exciting mystery story set in Florida. A children's
poetry book by the same author is in the works as well as the next book in the Bebe Stone Mystery series.

Mrs. Brown is on the board of directors of The Art Gallery of Viera, serves as director of art education, Art Gallery of Viera, is a watercolor and mixed media instructor, and a children’s book illustrator. Her art is in private and corporate collections worldwide. To view her work and
learn more, visit www.bobbiqbrown.com

Hart’s Original Petpourri, Vol 1 Miscellany, Fact, Fancy, Trivia, and Whimsy about Pets, their Veterinarians, and their Owners by Robert Hart

Title: Hart’s Original Petpourri, Vol 1 Miscellany, Fact, Fancy, Trivia, and Whimsy about Pets, their Veterinarians, and their Owners.
Author: Robert Hart
ISBN: 978-1-934938-62-1
Price: $14.95
Publisher: Langdon Street Press. Date: 2/1/2010

Hart's Original Petpourri is a personal collection of facts, fancy, trivia, and whimsy about pets, their owners and veterinarians. The book has over 500 entries.

In addition to an extensive list of facts, quotes and sayings about dogs and cats, the contents includes such entries as mouse condos, the singing dog, the stump tailed cat from New guinea, the cost of equipping a horse stable in 1902, poems and limericks, cat detectives, Viagra in dogs, and a list of animal pub names in London. There are also “Crossed Wire” conversations between client and veterinarian, pet palindromes, and entries as diverse as the Cat’s Eye nebula, color vision in animals, and famous teddy bears. Even the three witches’ recipe from Macbeth is featured, as are the 56 birds mentioned by Shakespeare.

Educational and informational entries. such as the ten commonest reasons for veterinary visits, common poisonings, and vaccination schedules are also listed.

This book, a finalist for the INDIE awards for independently published books in 2010, is one to be browsed, dipped into, or read at leisure.

About the Author:

Robert Hart B.Sc., B.Vet.Med., DVA, is a veterinarian with more than forty years of experience in academia and practice. He has been in general practice in New York state and Florida for thirty years.

The Pepper Tree Press announces the release of The Ovary Wars by Mike Hogan

The Pepper Tree Press announces the release of The Ovary Wars by Mike Hogan. The Ovary Wars (ISBN: 978-1-936051-84-7, Trade Paper, 300 pages, $15.95, Thriller) is now available wherever fine books are sold.

An intense, gripping, and exhilarating medical thriller, The Ovary Wars is a timely, topical, and all-too-real tale of a sinister type of terrorism more powerful than a suicide bomber—and more deadly than a nuclear bomb. How does a terrorist kill four million people? He stops them from being born.

Kirby Wadsworth, an American population control expert who is obsessed and fearful about the world’s continually increasing population, schemes to change the current ineffectual methods of population control without regard to ethical, religious or societal restrictions. Taking a sabbatical in China, Kirby, together with the Chinese, develops Ovamort, a birth control agent that permanently destroys a woman’s ovaries. But this discovery has the potential to be much more than a simple birth control device: it could be a weapon—a weapon that could stop 4 million Americans from ever being born.

Dr. Steve Rosenbloom’s thriving practice as an obstetrician affords him and his wife Joan, and their teenage son and daughter an enviable lifestyle—a million dollar home, a lake house, private schools, and all of the trappings of wealth and prestige—until Dr. Rosenbloom’s once-booming practice falls victim to a puzzling epidemic of infertility.

But Dr. Rosenbloom is only one of many affected by this bizarre turn of events. For no apparent reason, births in the United States become rare, and American births start to decrease exponentially. With the US economy based on a constantly increasing population, the economy is undermined and the country begins an unstoppable spiral into “The Greatest Depression.”

With the country plunged into chaos, US officials realize the perilous possibilities and launch an intense investigation to find out why—and how—this rampant infertility occurred. Could the nationwide infertility have been caused by a virus, either naturally occurring or purposely spread? Could it have been caused by a secret cult or a radical religious group?

FBI agents Pete Vangard and his partner Emily Chandler, the chief investigators, pursue numerous leads. One of the millions of American women suffering from sudden infertility, Agent Chandler has an emotional interest in getting to the bottom of this mystery. And she won’t stop until she solves the case.

When the trail leads to Kirby Wadsworth, Agents Vangard and Chandler think they’re finally making headway—until Wadsworth’s sudden and mysterious death leads them to a dead end. It’s a race against the clock in this pulse-quickening quest to find answers, because time is running out. Can they stop the mastermind behind this deadly plan before the next attack?

Filled with suspense and intrigue, The Ovary Wars is a page-turning tale about a deadly, insidious, and frightening form of silent terrorism. With its terrifyingly-plausible plot, and captivating storyline, The Ovary Wars is an original page-turner from a dynamic new voice in the world of thriller writing.

About the Author

Born and raised in Albany, New York, Mike Hogan graduated from Vincentian Institute, received his B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross, an eMBA from West Virginia University, and an M.D. from Albany Medical College. A Board Certified Radiologist now practicing at West Virginia University Hospital, Mike has authored a number of published medical articles, as well as several cartoons. Mike Hogan lives in Morgantown, West Virginia with his wife Martha. The Ovary Wars is his first novel.

The Peppertree Press is an independent book publisher based in Florida. For more information about The Ovary Wars or author Mike Hogan, please contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875 or by email – maryglenn@maryglenn.com.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Book Launch of Book of Nathan by Curt Weeden and Richard Marek

Oceanview Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Book of Nathan by Curt Weeden and Richard Marek (ISBN 978-1-933515-91-5, Mystery, Hardcover, 272 pages, $25.95). Book of Nathan is available wherever fine books are sold. Visit Curt’s website at http://www.curtweeden.com.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and Rick Bullock is about to learn just how true that is.

Rick Bullock takes the road less traveled when he quits his job as an advertising executive to become director of a homeless shelter. Trading in a six-figure salary for paltry pay and even less respect? Costly. But helping one man get back on his feet? Priceless.

When Zeus, a mentally challenged gentle giant and longtime shelter resident, is arrested for murdering evangelist Benjamin Kurios, Rick wants answers. Convinced Zeus is incapable of such a horrific act, Rick, along with a colorful cadre of characters, sets off on a journey to keep an innocent man off death row.

The trip takes a disturbing detour when the bizarre group stumbles upon a transcript of the Book of Nathan and the discovery attracts the sinister attentions of a Jersey mobster, pro-life and pro-choice groups, and a billionaire used to getting his way. Rick knows how to save a life, but this time, his life may be the one at stake.

For more information, visit http://www.oceanviewpub.com

Historic Walking Guides - Florida Keys by Michelle Sheldone

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Coming Soon from Destinworld Publishing! A range of walking guides around the Florida Keys by author Michele Sheldone.

This book is the perfect companion for any visit to the Florida Keys. Where other guidebooks cover stale material, this book uncovers the historic attractions and little-known sights of the Keys best locations.

Each walk is themed, allowing you to explore one at a time, or simply pick the routes that interest you. Walks are clearly written, with individual maps to follow and plenty of photographs.

For more information, visit: http://www.destinworld.com/
Author: Michelle Sheldone
ISBN: 978-0-9559281-4-7

Brevard County Photoshop Group

Richard Clinton is looking to start a Photoshop User Group in Brevard County. If you are interested, send him an email with your name and email address. richard-clinton@att.net

If he hears from enough people, he will arrange a meeting to sort out the details. Please spread the word to anyone you know that might be interested.

Authors Book Fair - Friends of Deltona Library

The Authors Book Fair in Deltona is technically full with 61 authors registered. They are hoping to eke out some more table space in the foyer of the library to accommodate 7 more tables.

Should any authors be interested, contact Christy Jefferson directly via the website www.friendsofdeltonalibrary.org.

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Two New Releases by Florida author Patricia O’Grady

Tales of the Whosawhachits
Key Holder of the Realms

Book 1 in Series

Young Adult Novel

(Re-Leased this week with a brand NEW Cover)

An enchanting tale revolves around a young boy Kyle Janis. His journey begins when he stumbles upon the secret entrance way to the underworld realms of fairies, trolls, gnomes, and mysterious whosawhachits. He is held prisoner by the impish purple whosawhachits; and the realms must go to war to free him. He finds himself caught in their battle for the title of key holder of the realms and possession of the magical diamond key.

This delightful story and its charming characters is an entertaining adventure. The boy discovers that the underworld realms are responsible for many unexplained mysteries. Kyle is finally rescued by the gnomes and returned home, only to find that no one believes the missing boy's tales of secret lands and magical creatures.

Tales of the Whosawhachits
Enter the 5th Realm

Book 2 in Series

Young Adult Novel

The series continues with more antics from Elvin and the gang. Elise heads up the new realm with her fellow pink whosawhachettes. She discovers magical pink gemstones which prove to be double trouble for the realms.

Elvin escapes to the human realm to join forces with Eric, the troubled boy creating chaos, which leads to a whole mess of new problems for Gatsby. This is book two of the series. Coming soon is the release of book 3 Tales of the Whosawhachits.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sebring Scribblers and Scribes to Host R.A. Riekki

Sebring Scribblers and Scribes is hosting R A Riekki, noted novelist, poet and playwright on Aug.2 at their meeting place, the Florida Hospital service building on Sun n Lake Blvd. in Sebring. The meeting will be taped by WFTH 1390 in Avon Park.

Some of the group will follow Ron and Barbara Beswick who leads the FWA writer's group, to Beef O' Brady's where the meeting will continue with light conversation over a meal. The meeting and dinner conversation with Riekki will stream on the net at www.talkwithattitude.com on Aug. 7th at 2PM.

The radio station is a new start up by Dave McCoy in Avon Park. Lin DiCaesar, a member of the FWA writing group, has started a segment on the station where writers are interviewed and their work is introduced to the public. Several FWA members are being scheduled in the few months to discuss their accomplishments and read from their latest endeavors.

Maitland Poets & Writers Readings

Location: Lake Lily Park
840 Lake Lily Drive
Maitland , FL 32751

Website: http://www.pamaitland.org/poetswriters

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

Director/Organizer: Vanessa Blakeslee, 407-310-2464 or vblakeslee@gmail.com

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,they 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:

Sept. 5th
11 a.m. - Our 2010-2011 Reading Series kicks off with Kerouac House Writer-in-Residence, Mona Washington
Noon-Ted Greenberg

Sept. 19th
11 a.m. Peggy Miller
Noon-Kathryn DiBernardo

Oct. 10th
11 a.m. – Gene Albamonte
Noon-Ryan Tilley

Oct. 24th
11 a.m.-Liz Langley
Noon-Linda Dunlap

Nov. 7th
11 a.m.-Lisa Roney
Noon-Terry Thaxton

Also, check out the new film highlighting their events at: http://www.pamaitland.org/poetswriters