Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Elizabeth Sinclair to speak at the Space Coast Writers' Guild Conference

Space Coast Writers' Guild is pleased to welcome back Elizabeth Sinclair as a speaker at the annual conference Jan 28-29, 2011. Being a romantic at heart and having devoured romances like Hershey Kisses, it was inevitable that Elizabeth Sinclair would one day write them.

Following her dream, which took more than a couple of wrong turns along the way, in 1993 she sold her first romance, JENNY'S CASTLE, to Silhouette Intimate Moments, which reached #2 on the Walden Bestseller List and won a Georgia Romance Writers' Maggie Award of Excellence. Since then, this multi-published author's books have sold in ten foreign countries and been translated into seven foreign languages.

Elizabeth is a member of Romance Writers of America, The Author's Guild and Thriller Writers. She's taught creative writing and given seminars and workshops, locally and nationally, on the craft of writing. Her books have finaled in the Daphne de Maurier contest and won The National Reader's Choice Award, The Anne Bonney Reader's Choice Award, Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, the Heart of Excellence Readers Choice Award and earned a Gold Medal Top Pick from the Romantic Times Book Club.

Elizabeth co-founded and is a member of the Ancient City Romance Authors of St. Augustine, FL. She is also a member of RWA's Kiss of Death Chapter, Sisters In Crime, and the Indiana Romance Writers.

In addition to having authored the widely-acclaimed instructional books, The Dreaded Synopsis and First Chapters, she has published a total of eighteen romances with Silhouette Intimate Moments/Romantic Suspense, Harlequin American, Kensington Precious Gems, Medallion Press and recently signed a contract with Belle Bridge Books for the next three books in her Hawks Mountain series.

The first book in the series, Hawks Mountain, will be released in the Fall of 2011.

Elizabeth will present two talks: "First Chapters - The first three chapters of a book are critical to catching an editors eye and their interest. Learn how to make them the best by including all the needed elements into these vital chapters," and "The 5 Senses - Learn how to bring life, texture and visual imagery to a scene simply by incorporating taste, touch, smell, hear and see to your writing.

For more information about the conference, visit

Book Signings in October with Patricia Marlett

Patricia Marlett, author of The Talking Tee Shirt and Passionate Promises, will be participating in two book signings during October.

The first book signing is in conjunction with the "2nd Draft" workshop, sponsored by the Space Coast Writers Guild. Here are the particulars of the workshop:

Space Coast Writers' Guild
Workshop - "2nd Draft" with Marshall Frank and Mark Mynhier
Melbourne Rialto Hotel
200 Rialto Place
Melbourne, Fl 32935

October 16th 11:30 - 2:00pm for the book signing (open to the public)

The second book signing will follow her presentation at the Cocoa Beach Library:

Cocoa Beach Library
550 North Brevard Avenue
Cocoa Beach, Fl 32931
(321) 868-1104

October 21st 1:00 - 3:00pm speaking/book signing (open to the public)

Speaking Topic: "Writer to Author, Making the Difference"

For more information visit her website at and her blog at

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

SpacecoasT Authors of Romance announces Super Saturday

SpacecoasT Authors of Romance is pleased to announce agent Kristin Nelson
 and her client, author Linnea Sinclair, will be coming to Melbourne, Florida
 for a Super Saturday, November 6, 2010.

WHERE: Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 8298 N Wickham Road,
 Melbourne, FL 

WHEN: 9AM to 4PM

COST: $45 for non-STAR members, $30 for members (includes a copy of Linnea
Sinclair's "The Down Home Zombie Blues," and buffet lunch). Registration is limited to 50 people.

 Deadline for registration will be November 1.

Join us for a day of Workshops including an agent/client panel, Kristin's
 latest on the publishing marketplace, Linnea's popular "Head Games: Writing
 Deep Third POV for Maximum Impact," and if time permits some cold reads.

Kristin Nelson will also be taking pitches for those with completed
 manuscripts. These may be individual or group depending upon number of
 people asking to pitch.

Slots for pitches are limited and will be based on registration dates.

Payments can be made through
 PayPal on their website or by check made out to
 SpacecoasT Authors of Romance and mailed to P.O. Box 410787, Melbourne, FL

To learn more about Kristin, visit her agency website at

Here's a short blurb about the NLA:

"Nelson Literary Agency was founded in 2002. ... In such a short time, the
 Nelson Agency has sold more than 100 books, landed several film deals, and 
has contracted foreign rights on behalf of our clients in all the major
 territories, including Germany, France, Holland, Japan, and even Russia and
 Indonesia. Nelson Agency authors have become national bestsellers,
 RITA-award winners, and have appeared on bestseller lists such as The New
 York Times, USA Today, Barnes & Noble, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston
 Globe, and The Denver Post.

 We are a hands-on agency that strongly believes in taking on clients for 
their whole career. We provide editorial and marketing guidance as well as 
aggressive expertise in contract negotiation."

For more information about the Super Saturday, visit our website

National Novel Writing Month Events

Be one of the crazy writers who commit to write a novel in a month!

Join us October 30th at the South Branch St. Petersburg library (2300 Roy Hanna Drive S.) for the NaNoWriMo kick-off party! Saturdays in November, 3-4p, the library will host events in conjunction with National Novel Writing Month. Young Writers and writers of all ages are welcome to attend. Topics will include how to tell a good story, getting your work published, and personal author stories from published writers. Slated to attend are professional storyteller Rob McCabe, author of the Bran Hambric series Kaleb Nation; and mystery series author Diane Sawyer.
Call the library at 727-893-7244 to register or for more info.

Monday, September 27, 2010

A Matter of Happenstance by Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick

A Matter of Happenstance, Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick's sweeping debut novel, opens in Gaslight-era St. Louis, where George Reinhardt, a desperate dreamer, devotes a surprise inheritance to creating one of the country's first luxury retail emporiums. George's two sons glide through the Jazz Age and even prosper during the Great Depression. George's grandchildren twirl through the Rock ‘N Roll Fifties. For nearly a century, the Reinhardt family seemingly cheats misfortune of its due. But all the while, chance encounters are propelling a series of hardscrabble characters who yearn to better themselves to the fringes of the Reinhardts’ privileged world, and beyond, to their doorstep. On a scorching summer day in 1956, a single, random event sends all of them barreling toward a tragedy one hundred years in the making, a tragedy that proves happenstance is anything but.

In pitting personal integrity against the forces of coincidence, A Matter of Happenstance" explores the question about what – and who -- charts life's course.

About the Author
A veteran journalist, Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick well knows how something sailing out of the blue can forever affect lives. On September 11, 2001, she was in New York to cover Fashion Week runway shows for Wisconsin's largest newspaper. At first word of the attacks, she rushed to lower Manhattan and filed award-winning eye-witness dispatches for special editions of the paper and its web site.

Catherine and her husband, Dennis, divide their time between Milwaukee and Bonita Springs.

A Matter of Happenstance (2010, Plain View Press, 318 pp, ISBN 9781935514626, glossy soft cover).

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Oceanview Publishing Announces the Upcoming Release of Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin

Oceanview Publishing announces the upcoming release of Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin. Kind of Blue (ISBN: 978-1-60809-007-5, Hardcover, 408 pages, Mystery, $25.95) will be available wherever fine books are sold on November 1, 2010.

Among the early praise for Kind of Blue:

“Former LA Times crime reporter Corwin clearly knows the technical stuff. His procedural details are spot on, but he also knows how to generate adrenaline-producing action. This fine first novel marks the arrival of a strong new voice.”
Booklist (Starred Review), September 2010

“Years of experience as a Los Angeles Times reporter give Corwin the inside track on the seamy side of the city, and his depiction of the life of a police detective is as real as it gets. Readers of Michael Connelly will rejoice.”
Library Journal, September 1, 2010

“Former L.A. Times crime reporter Corwin introduces an engaging Jewish police detective in his first novel, a grittily realistic story. [A] strong debut.”
Publishers Weekly, September 13, 2010

In Kind of Blue, Corwin, a former Los Angeles Times crime reporter, delivers a realistic novel about cops and criminals, and crime and consequences. Corwin wrote two acclaimed books about LAPD homicide detectives, including the national best-seller, The Killing Season, and Homicide Special, a Los Angeles Times best-seller. Corwin is also the author of And Still We Rise, a PEN West award winner for non-fiction.

When a legendary ex-cop is murdered in LA, the pressure’s on to find the killer. Lt. Frank Duffy needs his best detective on the case, but his best detective, Ash Levine, quit a year ago.

A tenacious, obsessive detective, Ash resigned after Latisha Patton, the witness in a homicide case he was working, was murdered. Without his job, Ash is left unanchored—and consumed with guilt that he somehow caused Latisha’s murder.

When he’s asked to rejoin the force, Ash reluctantly agrees. Getting his badge back could give him the chance to find Latisha’s killer.

Ash dives in headfirst to investigate the ex-cop’s murder. But even when he has a suspect in custody, something about this case doesn’t sit right with Ash, and he continues working the increasingly-dangerous investigation while quietly chasing leads in Latisha’s murder.

Unable to let either case go until he has answers, Ash finds that his obsessive nature, which propels him into a world of private compromises and public corruption, is a flaw that might prove fatal.

A native of Los Angeles, Miles Corwin is a former crime reporter at the Los Angeles Times. Corwin is a best-selling author whose previous books include The Killing Season, And Still We Rise, and Homicide Special.

Oceanview Publishing ( is an independent publisher headquartered in Florida. Oceanview is a proud member of the International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. For more information, please contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone - 615-297-9875, or by email -

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Florida Writers Association 2010 Conference

FWA October 2010 Conference Offers Florida Writers Opportunities to Hone Craft, Make Contacts and Get Published
— D’Este Keynote —
— Charitable Foundation —

The Florida Writers Association (FWA), a nonprofit statewide professional organization, will hold its Ninth Annual Conference on October 22-24, 2010, at the Lake Mary Marriott in north Orlando. The three-day conference will provide opportunities for attendees to hone their writing skills, make professional contacts, and learn new ways to get their work published.

“This year, we revved up our faculty by increasing the number of agents and publishers available for interviews,” said Chrissy Jackson, President of FWA. “Leading authors in a wide range of genres share their secrets for success in our workshops. Our goal is to surpass the already high amount of FWA members who are published.”

The conference, themed as, “Go for the Gold,” runs from Friday morning through noon Sunday and is expected to attract more than 300 attendees. Some 30 workshops will be offered, covering topics ranging from “You’re Never Too Old to Become a Writer” to “Unforgettable Characters: Unforgettable Stories” to “Revisions, Polishing Your Work for Publication” to “Why Did you Reject Me?” to “The One Page Synopsis.” Agents and publishers will also serve on a panel open to questions from the floor.

One conference highlight will be the banquet Saturday evening, where FWA will announce the winners of the Royal Palm Literary Contest. This contest has grown in size and prestige every year since its inception, and this year offers awards for 18 categories.

Saturday’s keynote speaker will be Carlos D’Este, author of the acclaimed biographies Patton: A Genius for War and Eisenhower: A Soldier's Life, among other books on World War II. His latest biography – Warlord: A Life of Winston Churchill at War, 1874-1945 – is considered a definitive work, as riveting as the man it portrays.

Other conference offerings will include networking sessions, professional exhibits, and the FWA bookstore, which offers many of the books written by FWA members. For a small additional charge, attendees can also book private interviews with agents, publishers, and coaches to receive one-on-one advice on getting their work published.

Door prizes have been popular in past years, and this year FWA will continue to conduct free drawings throughout all three days for unique items.

Companies interested in advertising, exhibiting, or distributing samples or premiums during the conference are welcome to contact FWA, as there are a few slots for sponsorships still open. “FWA supporters have the opportunity to promote their name on gifts, banners or even a full table display. The handouts remain with attendees for endless months, advertising our supporters well after the three day event,” Jackson said. “They donate gifts that keep giving back.”

The Florida Writers Foundation is a charitable corporation with the purpose of promoting literacy among children, youth, and adults throughout Florida. The organization has partnered with Lawyers for Literacy and the Florida Literacy Coalition to send volunteers to underprivileged schools, sponsor contests, and collect books for hurricane-damaged areas. A current partnership with Florida Department of Education, entitled “Meet the Authors” brings published children’s and young adult writers into schools for talks and readings. At the conference, FWF will raise funds through a Silent Auction. Donations to the silent auction are fully tax deductible.

Early Bird registration for the conference is $289 and covers all sessions and meals from Friday morning through Sunday noon.

The Florida Writers Association, 1100 members strong and growing, is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization that supports the state’s established and emerging writers. Membership is open to the public, and membership forms are posted on FWA’s website,

Florida Writers Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, promotes literacy throughout Florida. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible. For information on donating an item or service to the Silent Auction, visit or email Larissa Hardesty at

For additional information on FWA or the conference, visit the FWA Web site at or contact Chrissy Jackson at

Meet Literary Agents at the SCWG Writing Conference in January 2011

The Space Coast Writers' Guild Writing Conference is scheduled for January 28 and 29 in Cocoa Beach Florida. The conference will offer session on a variety of writing and marketing topics. Literary agents will also be attending the conference. Here are some of the ones you will have the opportunity to meet at the conference... for more information about the conference, visit

Paige Wheeler
Paige Wheeler is a founding partner of Folio Literary Management, LLC. Her goal was to create a literary agency that truly serviced its authors and their intellectual property. With the formation of Folio, she sells both domestic and foreign rights, as well as offers the services of a marketing department, a speakers bureau and licensing capabilities.

She is looking for upscale commercial fiction and nonfiction books that tell a unique story or ones in which the author has a huge platform.

Fiction: All commercial fiction and upscale (think book club) fiction, as well as women's fiction, romance (all types), mystery, thrillers, and psychological suspense. She enjoys both historical fiction as well as contemporary fiction.

Nonfiction: She is looking for both narrative nonfiction and prescriptive nonfiction especially where the book has a huge platform and the author has something new to say. Areas of interest: lifestyle, relationship, parenting, business, popular/trendy reference projects and women's issues.

Fiction: children's, science fiction, fantasy
Nonfiction: academic nonfiction

Susan Hawk
For the past 15 years, Susan Hawk has worked in children's book marketing, most recently as the marketing director at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers,

She loves the thrill of finding something wonderful and imagining where it can go. She is looking for young adult and middle grade books; non-fiction and fiction (especially literary fiction), as well as fantasy, science-fiction, historical fiction and mystery.

Lois Winston

The Ashley Grayson Literary Agency was founded in 1976 by Ashley Grayson.It is a full service literary agency for authors of both fiction and non-fiction books. We do not handle screenplays, television projects or stage plays. Both of the principals, Ashley Grayson and Carolyn Grayson are members of the AAR. For full information on the agency, visit the agency web site at or their entry at Publishers Marketplace. Lois Winston (women's fiction, chick lit, mystery)

Jenny Bent

In a career spanning 15 years, Jenny Bente made a practice of making bestsellers - either by spotting new talent or developing careers for multi-published authors. Her list is varied and includes commercial fiction and nonfiction, literary fiction and memoir. All the books she represents speak to the heart in some way: they are linked by genuine emotion, inspiration and great writing and story-telling.
She worked in magazines, book selling and agenting, most recently at Trident Media Group, before founding The Bent Agency in 2009.

1st Thursday at Orlando Museum of Art Features Literature and Art

Image: Tracey Tighe, Wonderland, Acrylic, 27" x 33"

Literature Comes to Life at Orlando Museum of Art

Upcoming 1st Thursdays Event to Exhibit Works About the Written Word

The Orlando Museum of Art's (OMA's) 1st Thursdays event, From Words to Works, taking place October 7 from 6 - 9pm, will feature artistic works inspired by the written word - plays, poems, novels, song lyrics, children's books and more.

The Kerouac Project and Orange County Public Library along with several performance art groups will be onsite to provide a unique interactive experience for guests. Live performances will include poetry readings by Orlando Poetry Troupe, Roving Ravings by Mad Man Michael Gavin, and gypsy jazz music by The Cook Trio.

Along with a complimentary tour of the OMA's current exhibition, Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey, the evening will include opportunities for guests to enjoy the fresh, organic fare of Infusion Tea, to learn about the local arts and cultural scene from Florida Artists Registry and Red Chair Project and to view Edward Gorey-inspired works by UCF Visual Arts and Theater Department Students. Handcrafted beers from Shipyard and Seadog Brewing Co. and wine poured by Premier Beverage Co. will be available for purchase throughout the night.

Admission to 1st Thursdays is $10, always free for OMA Members, and includes access to the OMA's featured exhibition Elegant Enigmas: The Art of Edward Gorey. Parking is free at Orlando Loch Haven Park; overflow parking is available at the Orlando Science Center parking garage. For more information, call 407 896 4231 x260, or visit

Sunday, September 19, 2010

King for a Day - The Story of Stories written and illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams

King for a Day is an adventure about identifying your passion. Mark Wayne Adams wrote King for a Day, "... to let young readers know how I do what I do, and to encourage them to create their own stories using the tools within themselves."

What a great premise for a story. Children of all ages need encouragement to follow their passions and dreams. Stories are the best place to find examples to follow.

The main characters, Carter and Russell, transform a magical day of adventure with their friends in the melon patch into a story for Gi Gi's Jamboree. And through their story, they both become kings for a day.

Mark Wayne Adams has not only written an engaging story, but he has illustrated it with his beautiful artwork. The book is complete with lessons to guide the readers to create stories of their own. Instruction includes:
  • development of characters, setting and plot
  • finding inspiration
  • drawing story layout and main characters.
The author's attention to detail in telling the story, drawing the pictures and giving the readers extra instruction are the qualities that make this book special. For those reasons, I highly recommend it.

About the Author:

When other kids were dreaming of becoming doctors, lawyers or businessmen, Mark Wayne Adams only knew that he wanted to draw. As he grew up, he learned to listen to those who encouraged him.

We're lucky that he did. He has become an artist and illustrator. He not only illustrates children's books written by others, but he also writes some of the books as well. King for a Day is one such book. Mark Wayne Adams had done an excellent job on both counts.

To learn more about King for a Day and other books by Mark Wayne Adams, visit his website at

Hershey- A Tale of a Curious House Rabbit by G. G. Hall

Move over dogs and cats, here comes the rabbit!

Hershey- A Tale of a Curious House Rabbit by G. G. Hall is a refreshingly spirited read about rabbits. A pet rabbit adopted from a shelter secretly figures out how to explore his new home without his human owners knowing.

Rabbit rescuer and children’s book author, G. G. Hall debuts her first novel, Hershey- A Tale of a Curious House Rabbit. A heartwarming and humorous tale, as told by a rabbit named Hershey, takes us into the mind and life of a rabbit living indoors, also known as a house rabbit.

Based on the life of a real pet rabbit by the same name, Hershey reveals the antics and situations that he gets into as he explores his house while his owners are asleep or away. He soon befriends one of the other house rabbits, Pepper, who eventually accompanies him on further escapades. Soon, the two rabbits manage to knock down a Christmas tree, invade their owners’ closet spilling baby powder everywhere, and even succeed in accidentally pulling down pantry shelves filled with syrup bottles. Not satisfied with the indoors, the adventurous bunnies find a way to the outdoors. But getting back home is not easy. Faced with numerous obstacles- such as backyard creatures ready to have them for dinner- they must attempt to find a way home using their wit and the kindness of a few unusual new pals.

As a rabbit rescuer, G.G. Hall wants to send out a message that rabbits can be intelligent, curious and complex creatures. As the true meaning of friendship develops between the two main characters, the author also reveals some of the terrible dangers that domesticated rabbits face once released into the outdoors. With this novel, she hopes to promote a positive, responsible picture of what wonderful animals they are. As the plot unfolds, the reader will begin to realize why rabbits should be taken more seriously as fun-loving and intelligent companions that are by no means just a child’s pet. A portion of the sales of the novel will be donated to various rabbit rescue groups.

About the Author

G.G. Hall is the author of the novel “Hershey- A Tale of a Curious House Rabbit.” She has degrees in both physics and engineering and currently works in the Physics Department at Florida International University in Miami, Florida as a laboratory supervisor. She is both an educator and a volunteer for her local chapter of the House Rabbit Society. She and her husband Oren, also a physicist, share their home with six rescue rabbits, several birds, and two box turtles- all of which appear as characters in the novel.

2010 * ISBN * $16.95* soft cover original* 270 pages Published by The Peppertree Press

Contact: G.G. Hall, phone be305-348-1873


Saturday, September 18, 2010

Space Coast Writers' Guild -- Short Story Writing Contest

The Space Coast Writers' Guild is sponsoring an adult writing contest for fictional short stories. Submission deadline in October 29, 2010. Winners will be announced at the Annual Space Coast Writers' Conference, January 28-29, 2011.

Open to all writers. The topic of the story is the writer's choice with the following exceptions: no poetry, no erotica, no children's stories (YA is acceptable)


1st Place: $100 plus free registration to the 2011 Writers' Conference and three personal interviews with agents/editors. Story will be published on the SCWG website.

2nd Place: $75 plus free registration to 2011 Writer's Conference and free critique by professional agent/editor.

3rd Place: $50 plus free registration to 2011 Writers' Conference and free critique by professional agent/editor.

Winners will be notified by telephone/mail/email as provided.

Submission guidelines:

Entries must be submitted according to these guidelines. Submissions not meeting the guidelines will be disqualified. No entries will be returned.

  • Send submissions via mail to SCWG, PO Box 262, Melbourne, Florida, 32902-0262
  • Entries received after October 29, 2010 will not be considered
  • $25.00 entry fee for each submission
  • Word count limit is 2000 words
  • Submit on 8 1/2" x 11" white paper, double spaced, single sided. Use 12 pt New Times Roman font with 1" margin on all sides. No staples or illustrations
  • Page number located at bottom center of each page. Story Title located at top center of each page.
  • Include an unnumbered title page with the story title, author's name, address, telephone number and email address for notification purposes.
  • Title page must have permission statement to read, "The Space Coast Writers' Guild has permission to use the author's name, photos of the author, story title and the right to publish the story in any publication associated with the guild"
For more information about the contest you may contact Gene Davis at

History Comes to Life at Authors Book Fair

Over sixty authors will bring their passion for writing to the Authors Book Fair: Celebrating Writers and Readers on Oct 9 at the Deltona Regional Library.

Several historians are among those attending. With so many newcomers to our area, many are not acquainted with the rich and varied history that exists here or those who helped shape it. The Authors Book Fair is the perfect opportunity for adults and children to learn more about Florida history.

Admission is free. The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature speakers and workshops for new writers. Refreshments will be available at the Scrub Jay Café.

Participating authors also include enthusiasts in poetry, US history and mystery, children’s, spiritual, cookbook, nonfiction, environment and outdoors and contemporary and historical fiction.

Critique Sessions featured at Florida Writers' Association October 2010 Conference

Florida Writers' Association - October 2010- Conference
Featires 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.

“FWA does more than teach writers how to become published,” Jackson said. “We give published works exposure through professional exhibits and our FWA bookstore. Interested authors can submit their titles for sale and hold book signings.”

Saturday night features a banquet, with author Carlo D’Este presenting the keynote speech, “Tell Me a Story.” Afterwards, an awards ceremony presented by the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards recognizes winning competition submissions. Activities remain in high gear on Sunday morning during a brunch and keynote speech closing the conference at noon.

Throughout the conference, attendees are eligible to win door prizes, some valued over $300. The third annual Silent Auction provides an impressive selection of books and gifts to be awarded to the highest bidders. The auction is run by the Florida Writers Foundation, a nonprofit charitable association promoting literacy among children, youth, and adults throughout Florida. The Florida Writers Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, promotes literacy throughout Florida. All donations to FWF are tax deductible. Attendance is not necessary for bidding. For more information or to donate items, contact the 2010 FWA Conference Director, Janet Marie Bill at

From August 1 through September 22, the conference registration fee is $309, and thereafter it is $329. The registration includes all workshops, sessions and signature meals from Friday morning through Sunday noon. Daily rates are available for attendees who prefer to attend one or two days. The conference schedule, plus descriptions of faculty and seminars, is posted at

Companies wishing to advertise, exhibit, or distribute samples or premiums at the conference are welcome to contact FWA. The Florida Writers Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization that supports more than 1100 established and emerging writers. Membership is open to the public, regardless of residency.

Authors Book Fair Features Books for Kids and Parents

The Deltona Regional Library’s Authors Book Fair: Celebrating Writers and Readers promises to be the largest event of its kind in Volusia with over 66 authors coming in from as far away as Palm Coast, Gainesville, Hawthorne, Jacksonville and Ocala.

On Oct. 9, 2010, from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. the book fair will serve to bring all these authors and readers together to talk about books and hear the authors speak on book related topics. The event also includes “how to” workshops for new authors and those wondering how to get started in the field.

Christmas will be right around the corner and patrons can buy author signed copies for that very unique gift. What better way to get your children reading than for them to meet the author and have their own signed book.

The fair is sponsored by the Friends of Deltona Library. Admission is Free to the Public. For more information see

Children’s authors include:

Gail Radley, Stetson Professor, will bring several titles including Nothing Stays the Same Forever, a children's novel in a CD edition. When 12-year old Carrie's widower father announces he wants to marry the woman he's been seeing, Carrie thinks it's a betrayal and plots her escape--until a crisis that changes her mind and her priorities. (Ages 9-13) The "Vanishing From..." series--4 volumes combining offering facts and poems about endangered species in a range of habitats. Beautiful full-color illustrations. The titles are Forests & Jungles, Grasslands & Deserts, Waterways, & The Skies. (Ages 7-11) The Flute Player & the Lazy One, fictional picture book. Everyone says talented Farhad should play his beautiful flute before the king. When his opportunity comes, his lazy brother Bahram manages to go in his place, taking all the credit. Will Farhad be recognized for his achievement? (Ages 5-8)

Dr. Mary Custureri created The Happy Anderson books because of an expressed need from primary school teachers looking for ways to accelerate learning in innovative ways. They have been successfully implemented in first through third year classes and by individual students. Each of the stories in the series is about an adventure of Happy Anderson, a beloved mutt, who teaches that kindness and friendship enable others to become winners.

Christa Carpenter wrote Nicholas, That’s Ridiculous!, based on her own experiences and this book will certainly charm the four - eight year old set who can appreciate his point of view.

Joan Baliker has a self-help book for children, The Mysterious Mystical House. Her newest book, It’s Weird, Very Weird, aims to help children learn about themselves and the world around them.

David Finkle, a Volusia County teacher, published a young adult novel, Making My Escape, and just published a Fantasy novel, Portents, with his son. They are working on book two of a trilogy.

Ron and Alice Howell bring Volusia County history to life. They are known for their Ormond Beach histories including children’s book Sid and Angela Undercover in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Susan Snyder brings us another charming rhyming book, Shivers and Shakes, geared to beginning readers about a mischievous little boy who brings something to school which absolutely sends his poor teacher “right up the walls!” There’s a Frog in the Bathroom, The Very Stubborn Centipede and Shivers and Shakes are illustrated by Anna Johanson, a very talented at age 14 year old. What a role model for students.

The Caterpillar Story/La Historia de La Oruga by Lily Guzmán, is the journey of a transforming caterpillar yearning to become a butterfly, revealed in short verses in both Spanish and English, encouraging children to spread their wings and explore, yet remain loyal to the ones they love.

Debi McNabb and Jeffrey Ault co-wrote the Elliott series whose lovable characters will debut in Elliott Saves Halloween, a made for TV special airing this October.

Carol Lucas, has lived in Florida since she was a teen. Memories of growing up with her brother in the woods, near a cemetery, inspired her to write Elizabeth and the Lost Children of the Cemetery, a novel for pre-teens and teens.

"Teddy The Toad Who Lost His Way" by Amanda MacCormac is for children from say 3 to 8 years old. It is beautifully illustrated by Yvonne Peterson . MacCormack, born in London, has lived around the world before settling in Florida where she writes for magazines and newspapers, as well as, poetry and fiction.

Fun interactive activities for the littlest readers include:

11:00 Make a Manatee with Marian Tomblin author of Manatee Moon. You can bring a clean sock from home to make your own manatee or one will be provided.

12:00 Read and sing with Melinda Driscoll and her guitar as she reads from her book, The Little Rockers Club and makes up rhymes using musical instruments.

1:00 An Accordion is a "Party in a Box!" Grandpa Errico will share such fun tunes as "Roll Out The Barrel," "Cielito Lindo" and the "Boogie Woogie." You'll meet the author of Grandpa's Magical Accordion and have the opportunity to take the music home with you.

2:00 Hank Nolin, author of Peter, The Drug Dog, will be featured with his specially trained detection dog, Chief. (Peter was Chief's father) Chief is a working Homeland Security K-9 trained to detect, among other items, dangerous explosives. Hank, with assistance from CHIEF, will explain and demonstrate how these special working dogs are trained to keep our country safe.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Writers One Flight Up presents Flights of Fantasy at Mount Dora Brewing Event

Writers One Flight Up
Flights of Fantasy
Mount Dora Brewing

Flights of Fantasy... An evening of original prose and poetry presented by local writers and poets. October 28th ... Thursday ... 7PM-9PM. Held at Mount Dora Brewing and the Rocking Rabbit Brewery – 405 South Highland Street, Mount Dora, FL 32757.

Presented and hosted by Writers One Flight Up, an eclectic and creative writing group that meets weekly at One Flight Up Cafe' and Wine Bar, Mount Dora, Florida.

Back by demand, this is third Flights of Fantasy evening. The first two FoF events were sell outs marked with hooting, hollering, audience voting for winners and cash prizes, creating a huge success.

Co-sponsored by Pulse, the Magazine; Partners in Crime Publishers; and Mount Dora Brewing and the Rocking Rabbit Brewery.

The evening is a Flight of Fantasy.

You’re encouraged to capture the spirit(s) of All Hallows’ Eve with light hearted, up-beat, comical, whimsical and fantastical pieces. Prose and poetry that will make us laugh … scare us a little … entertain us a lot.

To ensure a fast pace, they will select only 10 readers. Readers are limited to approximately 8 minutes for their original poetry or prose. To be eligible for participation, send an electronic copy of what you are reading to the email address below. The deadline for entries: midnight, October 24th, (Sunday). Selections will be made by Writers One Flight Up and presenters will be notified by Tuesday October 26th.

Selected presenters (10 folks) will be given free tickets. Fifty (50) seats are all that's left for those who want to enjoy and play for the evening. Seats are $5, cash at the door. Free bar snacks and light bites. Wine, fabulous micro-brewed Rocking Rabbit organic beers, non-alcoholic drinks available on a cash basis.

Cash prize awards for the top readers. The Pulse Magazine Award, Partners in Crime Publishers Award, and Mount Dora Brewing Awards will all be handed out at the end of the evening.

Audience vote determines award winners. Laugh, clap, be happy and enjoy an evening of fun, frolic and fantasy!

Email Submissions to:

The Painted Lady by Kee Briggs

The Painted Lady: While looking for a nude model for his life drawing class, Zain Zook, sculptor, finds Rose, an itinerant model. Rose embodies all of the physical attributes he had been seeking as the basis for a new series—The Lady with the Towel.

The arranged modeling sessions are put in abeyance by a gigantic summer storm. Zain also takes in the flooded out neighbor and their four set of twins. All are stranded by washouts.

While waiting for the waters to recede, Zain has time to photograph all the poses he needs for the new series. As they work together, each is becoming aware of the other on a different level.

Zain and Rose had to go over the hills on an antique tractor, dragging a hay trailer, to get food for the humans and critters. Rose hitches a ride out on a helicopter before either can sort out their feelings. Their lives take numerous turns before a second chance presents itself.

About the Author

In the fall of 1999, Kee joined the Space Coast Writers’ Guild to get a discount for their impending conference. About that same time he also acquired a baby Mac with an enhanced 512 kb memory. That is when he started lining up words to go into novels, instead of training manuals and short stories.

In 2001, Kee used a new technology, Print On Demand, to publish his first novel. Since then, there have been 15 more plus a couple of ebooks. The last four have come out under his own imprint, Keescapes Publishing. Currently, Kee is trying to make the printing catch up with the writing.

To purchase this or other books by Kee Briggs, visit

Fly by Wire by Ward Larsen

Fly by Wire
Ward Larsen
released on
on September 6, 2010

Oceanview Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Fly by Wire, by Ward Larsen (ISBN 978-1-933515-86-1, Thriller, Hardcover, 302 pages, $25.95). Fly by Wire is available wherever fine books are sold.

Ward Larsen is a former U.S. Air Force Fighter pilot who few combat in Operation Desert Storm. He is the best-selling author of The Perfect Assassin, Stealing Trinity, and a contributing essayist for Thrillers: 100 Must-Read. Currently a captain for a major airline, Ward lives with his family in Sarasota, Florida. Visit Ward’s website at

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

Part of the National Transportation Safety Board’s “go team”, Frank “Jammer” Davis, has a reputation for getting things done. When French officials take over the crash investigation of a brand new C-500 plane in France, they call in the best there is: Jammer Davis. But soon, news of the crash is overshadowed by a more spectacular disaster, as suicide bombers attach oil refineries across the world.

When Davis uncovers the true cause of the crash, and its terrifying connection to this worldwide disaster, it is a conspiracy of unthinkable proportions – a conspiracy he might not be able to stop.

Please pass this on to your friends who love mysteries, thrillers, and suspense.
You can find Oceanview Publishing on Facebook at and all of their titles at

Book Festivals

Key West Literary Seminar
Location: Key West
Date: January 2011
Different but still a kind of festival based on a love of books and reading, this seminar explores a literary theme through lectures, panel presentations, readings, informal gatherings, discussions, and parties based on an annual theme.

In 2011, the theme will be The Hungry Muse: An Exploration of Food in Literature. All manner of grastronomical references in literature will be explored by some of the biggest names in writing. for more information, visit..

Miami Book Fair International
Location: Miami
Date: November 14-21, 2010

This rather amazing festival. The street fair portion of the Miami Book Fair starts on Friday night with 250+ authors and publishers converging for lectures, signings and a wonderful celebration of books. Enjoy this festival. For more information, visit...

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Florida Writers Association 2010 Conference

FWA October 2010 Conference Offers Florida Writers Opportunities to Hone Craft, Make Contacts, and Get Published
— D’Este Keynote —
— Charitable Foundation —

The Florida Writers Association (FWA), a nonprofit statewide professional organization, will hold its Ninth Annual Conference on October 22-24, 2010, at the Lake Mary Marriott in north Orlando. The three-day conference will provide opportunities for attendees to hone their writing skills, make professional contacts, and learn new ways to get their work published.

“This year, we revved up our faculty by increasing the number of agents and publishers available for interviews,” said Chrissy Jackson, President of FWA. “Leading authors in a wide range of genres share their secrets for success in our workshops. Our goal is to surpass the already high amount of FWA members who are published.”

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Book Festivals in Florida

I've found listings for a number of book festivals in Florida. I'll put up a few new ones each week. I'll include just a brief description and a link to more information to give you a start in planning for the rest of this year and the beginning of next.

Let me know if you know of others. I'll be glad to list them if you send me the information.

Amelia Island Book Festival
Location: Amelia Island
Date: February 18-19, 2011
Amelia Island Book Festival is a Florida favorite. It's a place to listen to your favorite authors talk about their book and related topics. You'll have the opportunity to attend workshops, book signings, luncheons, and parties in historic Amelia Island. Watch for more details about the festival, but definitely save the date for this one.

Festival of Reading
Location: St. Petersburg
Date: March (2011 dates to be announced)
This festival offers a large array of authors, vendors and a special children’s storyland with costumed characters, games and activities. Watch the website for 2011 information.

The 2010 festival is Saturday October 23, 2010 from 10am to 4pm. in St Petersburg, Florida. Watch the website for more information:
Free Admission

Southwest Florida Reading Festival
Location: Ft. Myers
Date: March 19, 2011
There are events for adults and for children at this reading festival. Events include: a marketplace, authors, keynote speaker, dance performance, writing workshop, luncheon. Children's events include: storytelling, a writing contest, free books, shows, a bookmobile and much more. And for teens, watch for contests and giveaways, presentations by graphic novelists and other YA writers, a marketplace and more. There are also events in Spanish.

ZORA! Festival
Location: Eatonville
Date: January 22-30, 2011
This festival celebrates the life and work of the famous writer, folklorist, and anthropologist, Zora Neale Hurston, and her hometown of Eatonville, the nation’s oldest African American municipality. Save the dates and check the website to choose from the many events during this week-long festival: museum exhibits, public talks, panel discussions, workshops, and concerts.

You won't want to miss any of it and especially the three-day Outdoor Festival of the Arts, with events ranging from literacy programs for children to performances, competitions, art, an international marketplace, a health village, an international food pavilion, and more.

Passionate About Their Work: 151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity by Leslie C. Halpern

Leslie C. Halpern’s third nonfiction book, Passionate About Their Work: 151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity (BearManor Media, 2010) looks at the creative process from start to finish. Combining interview excerpts and photographs from 25 years of working as an entertainment writer, Halpern looks at how creative ideas are conceived, nurtured, developed, implemented, produced, and marketed through the eyes of professionals in the arts and entertainment industries. Interview subjects include filmmakers, actors, writers, artists, comedians, magicians, dancers, singers, and even a circus fire-eater. Look for David Brenner, Phyllis Diller, Paul Reiser, Darrell Hammond, Kurt Vonnegut, and many more famous names and faces appearing in the book.

About the Author:

Leslie C. Halpern earned a master of liberal studies degree from Rollins College and a B.A. in journalism from University of Kentucky. She has written for The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, Just For Laughs, Location Update, Bluegrass Unlimited, Orlando Sentinel, Salt Lake Tribune, and dozens of other print and on-line publications. Passionate About Their Work and her previous books Reel Romance: The Lover’s Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies and Dreams on Film are available from, and

Barnes and Noble


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Be Creative in an Inspirational Setting at the Fall Writers’ Conference

Emerald Waters and Sugar-White Sands Await Attendees
of Signature Autumn Event in Beaches of South Walton

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. – Those aspiring to improve their writing with new inspiration will find it in abundance through surroundings and scholarship at the second annual Fall Writers’ Conference in the picturesque Northwest Florida town of Rosemary Beach, Sept. 22-25, in Beaches of South Walton.

Part of Beaches of South Walton’s Autumn Tides Celebration, this unique conference allows writers at all levels to engage with award-winning and best selling authors, and receive professional advice and critique at the Escape to Create studio.

The three-day conference is organized in small group sessions and gives attendees the chance to explore literary interests ranging from the craft of writing to the pursuit of the pleasures of reading with leading authors, poets, playwrights, songwriters, and professionals in the publishing field. Authors Erin Belieu, John Dufresne, Daphne Kalotay, David Magee and Brad Watson will join seminar faculty, performing artists and actors to conduct workshops, perform readings and engage in panel discussions throughout the conference. More information can be found at

For those looking for another reason to attend the events, anyone who books three nights or more for a stay by September 30, 2010, will receive either a $250 gift card for shopping at Silver Sands Factory Stores, the nation’s largest designer outlet center, or for future travel on Southwest Airlines. Low-cost direct flights are available to the destination by Southwest.

The rewards program is good only for stays with official Beaches of South Walton lodging partners listed on the accommodations section of the destination’s website. Gift cards will be distributed at the Beaches of South Walton Visitor Information Center to guests with a printed and dated deposit receipt, the paid receipt from their three-night stay, which includes promotional code (BSW250) and valid driver’s license.

Each September through November, Beaches of South Walton along Florida’s Northwest Gulf Coast hosts its Autumn Tides celebration, offering guests a chance to experience a different kind of fall colors vacation. Instead of falling leaves, visitors enjoy the colors of the 15 charming beachside communities as they host a line-up of cultural, nature, art and family-friendly events throughout the destination’s 26 miles of scenic coastline. For a full line-up of events, visit

For more information about Beaches of South Walton, visit or contact the Visitor’s Center at (800) 822-6877.

About Beaches of South Walton

Beaches of South Walton is a destination located along a 26-mile stretch of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and comprised of 15 picturesque beach communities, and white sand beaches and emerald green waters for which the region is renowned. Named as one of the Top 12 travel destinations for 2010 by Frommer’s, visitors to the destination enjoy a relaxing escape: an upscale, yet casual, place to unwind and rejuvenate. To learn more, visit