Saturday, October 30, 2010

2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards

Authors from around the state were honored during the FWA Conference. Over the next few days, I'll post articles about those honored by 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards. Here's the start.

Congratulations to Debbie Reed Fischer for the Published Book of the Year Award and to Heather Nickodem for the Unpublished Book of the Year Award.


Swimming with the Sharks by Debbie Reed Fischer (Young Adult)

Torn by her conscience, yet seduced by the chance to be popular, high school junior Peyton gets
sucked into a cruel bullying campaign aimed at the frumpy new girl.

Debbie Reed Fischer is the author of Swimming with the Sharks (Flux, 2008) and Braless in
Wonderland (Dutton, 2008). She sometimes plays hooky at the beach instead of writing.


Red Sky at Night by Heather Nickodem (Romance)

Star-crossed lovers on a U.S. Navy ship thwart al-Qaeda terrorists while trying to find a little
paradise of their own.

Heather Nickodem is a Navy veteran, Navy wife, and teacher of the Gifted. Tours of duty include Saudi Arabia, where she learned Arabic culture, customs, and language.

2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards Competition Florida Writers Association 2010

In the previous post, you saw the winners of the Published Book of the Year Award and the Unpublished Book of the Year Award.

Below, you will see those receiving awards in all of the individual categories. Congratulations to all of them. And, kudos to those managing the awards. It's quite a job... a labor of the love of writing. It's a beautifully, well-organized competition.

I know this post is long, but please read all the way to the bottom. You'll find many entries to note for your wish list. Enjoy

And... again... Congratulations.


Fantasy (Published)

Promise by Kristie Cook. Alexis Ames has a life full of promise …but not all promises can be kept.

Fantasy (Unpublished)

The Last Chronographer by Trevor T. Faulkner. A young man meets a mysterious girl from a secret world and is accidentally thrown into a conflict between her and a group of immortal killers as old as time.

Wizard’s Refrain by Randy L. Austin. The wizard’s oath has protected the world for a thousand years, but an evil force is bent on destroying peace and conquering the world. Only Darion’s
sacrifice can stop it.

Daughter of a Fallen Angel by John Boyle. A fallen angel decides her daughter needs a husband who’ll ignore her tiny little flaw and appreciate her special abilities. If Matthew survives, his
life will never be the same.

Historical Fiction (Published)

Ben’s Tale by Arnold Patrick Parker. America’s most notorious traitor explains himself to his doctor, Theodophilus Wilbrey, who stitches together an account of General Benedict Arnold’s life from his war stories.

Montooth and the Canfield Witch by Robert Jay. Four teenage friends in 1950 Florida join with a swamp-dwelling, witch rumored recluse to battle a ruthless gang of treasure hunters led by
“The Cuban,” a Tampa cigar industrialist.

Historical Fiction (Unpublished)

The Dega by Shaun M. Darragh. Former Peace Corps volunteer turned Special Forces soldier leads tribal irregulars in Vietnam, contending with revolt, inter-ethnic rivalries, and revenge killings, unaware that his lover’s ancestor is his principal adversary.

Cracker Justice by Janet Schrader-Seccafico. In 1880 there was no law in Florida. Jesse Pruitt moves to Arcadia from Texas to ranch. When he rescues a little girl, he gets a lesson in Cracker

Major Malfunction by Mary McCay. When freezing weather causes launch centers and contractors to play a deadly game of chicken over scrubbing a shuttle launch, the loser is the Orbiter California crew.
A Tiger’s Heart by Eugene Orlando. A plantation owner’s daughter is disowned for abolitionist sentiments and gets revenge by participating in the Civil War as few other women dared: as a captain in the Union army.

Horror / Dark Fantasy (Published)
Ascent of Evil by Michael Brim (penname Michael Goldcraft). Anthropologist Steven Atticus found more than a preserved Viking corpse in that cold Canadian lake. He discovered the progenitor of the vampyre race, and that vampyres are real, genetically altered predators.

Horror / Dark Fantasy (Unpublished)
The Sinner by K. Trap Jones. A lone farmer is chosen by God to test the boundaries of the seven deadly sins and their associated demons. The following are his translated entries.

Humor / Satire [Fiction] (Unpublished)

FIRST PLACE Vampire … Control … White House by David P. Lafayette. Patriotic vice president attempts to create an army of evil vampires as weapons to defend against terrorism and save the lives of
American soldiers.

Never Accept a Job from Men Wielding Chainsaws by Ann Meier. A consultant with a reputation for calamities struggles to open an under-construction, ghoulish attraction that is as disaster prone as both the movies it showcases and she is.

There’s No Grapefruit Juice in a Mai Tai by Ann Meier. After an accident kills her boss, a woman hopes to escape trouble on a cruise, but stumbles over a body and a scheme that turns
unsuspecting passengers into diamond smugglers.

Inspirational Romance (Unpublished)

Breathless by Kathryn J. Bain. Lydia Frederickson has enough on her mind without being attracted to Matthew Winters, a motorcycle-riding preacher. However, a killer intends to see that their union never occurs.

Obedient Heart by Janet L. Rockey. A worldly airline pilot and a young Christian widow reluctantly agree to a blind date. Jennifer struggles between her feelings for Jack and her determination to locate her missing brother.

Mainstream (Published)
Love Tag by Peter Shianna. With megabucks and reputations at stake, a father’s ambition and an adopted son’s search for his biological parents converge with explosive consequences.

Finding Frances by Janice M. Van Dyck. Frances Baldwin is ready for a good death, free from medical heroics. She asks her son to fight the medical system that wants to keep her alive at all costs.

Mainstream (Unpublished)

Secrets of the Charles by Susan Boyd. Three women solve the cold case of a relative murdered over fifty years ago, with the assistance of two Boston Police Department detectives. The victim’s death intertwines the lives of her family with her lover and his wife.

God Doesn’t Love Us All the Same by Nina Guilbeau. A self-centered young woman is forever changed by an unexpected encounter with a homeless woman who shares her life story.

Laps(e) by Fred Jaskowski. Chaos rules when a semi-dutiful son comes home to check on his semi-rational parents and ends up swimming on the edges of his own sanity.
Mystery (Published)

Stuff to Spy For by Don Bruns. Stuff to Spy For is a natural choice for lovers of Carl Hiaasen or Tim Dorsey. This fast-paced and suspenseful novel is a wacky mystery with laugh-out-loud
infectious humor.

Mystery (Unpublished)
Murder in Black and White by N.L. Quatrano. When PI/photographer A.J. Buchanan finds her missing client dead in the crosshairs of her camera lens, she must unravel ancient family
secrets and hope she can survive the truth.

Ring Around the Moon by Mike Scott. A fallen ex-cop with more secrets than Victoria searches for a ruthless serial killer with a vendetta and an eye for women’s shoe fashions.

How We Became Nancy and Bess by Ellen Klarpp Herbert. After an American man signs up with an unscrupulous Eastern European marriage bureau, his sister rushes to Krakow to stop him from making a stupid mistake, only to discover his mistake could be deadly for both of them.

Romance (Unpublished)
Red Sky at Night by Heather Nickodem. Star-crossed lovers on a U.S. Navy ship thwart al-Qaeda terrorists while trying to find a little paradise of their own.

Bloodsworn: Bound by Magic by Kathy Lane. A prince from a world of magic must convince a no-nonsense lady research chemist from Earth that she is helping his prophecy bride while
keeping her safe from sword-wielding assassins.

Science Fiction (Unpublished)
Flight of the Golden Harpy by S.C. Klaus. On a futuristic jungle planet, Kari, a young woman, unravels the mysteries surrounding the harpies, feral winged creatures with beautiful humanoid bodies as Shail, the male golden monarch of the harpies, faces mankind and its cruel human hunters, hoping to save his flock from extinction.

Algorithm by Arthur Doweyko. A gold medallion found in a lump of coal leads two scientists on an adventure of discovery, culminating in staggering revelations about the purpose of Man on

Vicious Circle by Lisa Iriarte. Assassins, audible healers, roguish pirates, evil demons, and unexpected romance combine in Vicious Circle—a science fiction/space opera with a touch of magical fantasy.

Thriller / Suspense (Published)

Dead Air by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid. Dead Air is a spellbinding, page-turning, top-notch medical mystery spackled with death and suicide in which spunky college talk-show host Sammy Greene turns detective to uncover the truth.

The Gaelic Letters by R. Thomas Roe. A retired attorney becomes involved in a genealogical search for his Irish ancestors and falls prey to the internecine forces involved in the Irish conflict, which leads to tragic results.

Shadow Cay by Leona DeRosa Bodie. Already reeling from maritime disasters, a war, and international terrorists, a vigilante and an amateur detective are destined for even darker days when they investigate the world’s most profitable enterprise.
Thriller / Suspense (Unpublished)

Unintended Consequences by Marti Green. Attorney Dani Trumball has only six weeks to save the life of George Calhoun, who’s set to be executed for a crime he claims was never committed.

Shroud of Sin by Cory Madison. A genetic scientist discovers how to clone dead people and is forced to clone ancient DNA by a Catholic Bishop who uses the discovery to further his own

Valley of Darkness by Janet Schrader-Seccafico & Gabe Thompson. If you could save lives with a magic gem, would you? Valley of Darkness takes you into Cleopatra’s tomb and across Egypt in a tale of biological terrorists and love.

Women’s Fiction (Published)

The O’Malley Trilogy by Janice M. Van Dyck. Eve and her mother trace their family troubles back five generations, and Eve learns that growing up to be her mother might not be so bad after

Women’s Fiction (Unpublished)

What’s Cooking in the Faculty Lounge by Donna Meredith. Forty-year-old widow Molly Culpepper takes care of her sons and alcoholic father while her teaching job places more demands on her. Prejudice simmers below the surface of her school and throughout her small town—and even in subtle ways within her own heart.

Spare Change by Bette Lee Crosby. Olivia never wanted children, but when a young boy shows up claiming to be her late husband’s grandson, he opens her heart to a love she never knew
she had.

Once by Melissa Kosciuszko. He is her first but also her once. Rebecca needs to find the strength to be herself, but the man who helps her loses himself in the process.

Songs in the Night by Dottie Rexford. Searching for God, Bethany steps onto a dark path of long-ago pain and unresolved relationships. As she walks towards the light that will bring solace
and resolution, she discovers love.

Amazing Grapes by Kate W. LeSar. A seventy-three-year-old woman with inoperable cancer travels to Russia and learns that it’s never too late to change oneself and make amends.

Children’s Picture Books (Published)

Do Clouds Have Feet? by Phyllis McKinley. Do Clouds Have Feet? is a “learn-to-read” book for young children with curious minds and short attention spans. It fosters word recognition and
simple literary skills.

Cookies in Heaven by Charlene Anne Meeker. This is a true story of a grandfather and granddaughter’s relationship. When a challenge presents itself, Lindsey decides to do something about it. Cookies in Heaven conveys hope and love.

Children’s Picture Books (Unpublished)

Harry O’Larry Moe Garrio by Phyllis McKinley. Harry O’Larry Moe Garrio is a monologue from a little braggart/hero who doesn’t let his small size diminish his personal stature in the realm of neighborhood adventure.

PARIS ABCs: A Photographic Sampler by Margo L. Hill. From “Arc de Triomphe” to “Zut!” PARIS ABCs takes a fond but irreverent look at the City of Lights, introducing children to the
beauty, history, and mystery of Paris.

Abigail and the Vanishing Clothes by Margo L. Hill. Abigail’s excuses for her vanishing clothes—a bear needed the sandals, a baby dragon the shorts and a pig the T-shirt—are highly
imaginative…or are they?

Elementary / Middle-Grade Fiction (Published)

Blue Rock Rescue by M.R. Street. Thirteen-year-old Andy must overcome his fear of a raging river if he is to save the life of a friend. This action-adventure for tweens earned a five-star review from

The River Rats—Riddle Me a Mystery by Hank Racer. A skeleton’s hand, a huge creature with red eyes, and a riddle written in blood draw the River Rats into a mystery dating back to the
Civil War.

My Purrfect Persian by Janet Sierzant. A show cat named Gizmo was born with a defect. He feels unloved and ignored until one day a little girl finds beauty in his homeliness and adopts him.

Elementary / Middle-Grade Fiction (Unpublished)

Address Unknown by Charles Warren. Marshall and his mother and sister become homeless. A bully, an irate girlfriend, a state investigator, an intuitive old woman, and a robbery complicate his life and add to his self-reliance.

J.R. Timble and the Whiffler’s Dream by Christopher Day. A boy struggles with willpower and the sacrifice needed to fulfill his destiny, which helps save children from a pandemic that robs them of their hopes, dreams, and aspirations.

Johnny and the General by Mary Lois Sanders. Johnny’s parents say he’s too young and irresponsible for the Continental Army. A meeting with Washington gives him a chance to prove his woodsman-skills useful in the fight for Independence.

Who Killed Mr. Bulk? by Mark Newhouse. Twelve-year-old Hiram, sent to live with his peculiar uncle, a lawyer for mythical monsters and fictional folk, becomes involved in a comical
mystery only he can solve.
Young Adult (Published)

Swimming with the Sharks by Debbie Reed Fischer. Torn by her conscience, yet seduced by the chance to be popular, high school junior Peyton gets sucked into a cruel bullying campaign aimed at the frumpy new girl.

Bad Lattitude—A Jack Rackham Adventure by David Ebright. Fifteen-year-old surfers discover an ancient and dangerous secret, one that will force them to choose between fortune and friendship and change their lives forever.

Run for It! by Tom Bender. Run for It! is a coming-of-age story. Witnessing a murder in Chicago in 1939, boys run for their lives. Their odyssey plays a part, however small, in U.S. entry into war.
Young Adult (Unpublished)

FIRST PLACE Vanishing Act by Joe Iriarte. Most adolescents feel invisible from time to time. For Chris Westbrook, though, it’s really true. Too bad his con-man father can’t see him as anything more than a meal ticket.

Underground by Julie Riddle. A small town exacts revenge upon the people who live in it. Three teenagers must unearth a secret that has festered underground for generations before anyone else goes missing.

Safe Passage by Sam Posey. On his grandparents’ isolated North Carolina farm, Nate comes face to face with the restless spirit of an ex-slave ancestor and a terrorist looking to prove his innocence. To help them both, unlikely allies must unite to resurrect the farm’s Underground Railroad to safe passage.
The Vision Seeker, A Tale of the Tuscarora by Mary Lois Sanders. The Carolinas, 1711-1713: Running-Girl, thirteen, a young Tuscarora, sees visions of war and destruction that few in
her village believe. When their enemies attack, she is the oldest of twenty survivors. Following her visions, she leads the children west, away from their enemies, looking for the home promised to them by her Guardian Spirit.

Storm Bay by Janet Schrader-Seccafico & Gabe Thompson. Storm Bay is set in a dystrophic world where the rules of nature have changed and magic abounds. Three teens must fight for
survival against witches, zombies, cannibals, and werewolves.


Flash Fiction (Unpublished)

“Lily” by Donna M. Kohlstrom. Love goes beyond the physical realm, continues in spirit, and is reborn even in death.

“A Love Story” by Ria Falkner. A mother has a forbidden love affair with a young man who leads them to their destruction.

“To Go” by June Lands. An escape even into fantasy is an escape.

Short Story (Published)

“Peg” by Mary Lois Sanders. Peg, fourteen, remains behind when other slaves escape. The small daughters of her dying mistress need her care. But can she save them and herself from starvation or Quantrel’s Raiders?

“The Day Hemingway Died” by Victor DiGenti. A man thinks he’s Ernest Hemingway. Maybe he’s confused, or maybe his brand of reality can teach a young girl about the meaning of life.

“The Feast of Stevens” by Kristen Stieffel. On a space station far from Earth, animal iberationists inadvertently jeopardize thirty-eight innocent turkeys. The station’s cook, Stevens, ensures the fowl shall not have died in vain.

Short Story (Unpublished)

“Why Me?” by Michael Ray King. A man out of his element revels in his fantasy when he beds a beautiful woman, only to find she’s not who she seems.

“Blind Faith” by Marie Vernon. The story was inspired by an actual event in which a young man I know adopted a blind dog, but otherwise is pure fiction.

“Fast Time, Slow Time” by Luke Francis Georgette. A content young man wakes from an accident to discover he hates everything in his life. He tries to relive experiences from his meticulous journals to find his old self.


Autobiography / Memoir (Published)

Crossing the Elde Bridge by Maria Clark & David Lapham. An aristocratic teenager’s fairytale existence is shattered by the German invasion of Poland, and she learns first hand the
heartbreak, brutality, and devastation of war.

Unintended Consequences—Lessons from a Life Almost Lost by Bill Shaner. One man’s story of surviving a near-death experience, overcoming paralysis, and the subsequent life lessons.

Autobiography / Memoir (Unpublished)

Wife Number Six, the Secret Life of a Realtor by Thelma De Waal-Thompson. Wife Number Six recounts Thelma’s experience with psychics, and one prediction in particular about a man with dark brown eyes, wearing a ring given to him by his father.

Cageliners by Robert Hart. Light-hearted vignettes based on personal experience about strange and various incidents and relationships between pet owners, pets, veterinarians, and their staff.

Charting the Unknown: Family, Fear, and One Long Boat Ride by Kim Petersen. After the death of her daughter to SIDS, a woman attempts to face her fears by building a boat and crossing the Atlantic Ocean with her husband and two teenagers. Chuck and Bonnie’s War by Charles Watt. Chuck’s coming-of-age story set in the 1960s includes tragedy, sadness, humor, and much personal insight as he fights to learn who he is and what love and manhood mean.

Biography (Published)

Sharecropper’s Son—the Story of Doc Garland Granger by Susan D. Brandenburg & Doc Garland Granger. Doc Granger’s biography is brimming with rich tidbits of “Tobacco Patch
Wisdom.” Chronicling nine decades of tenacity, tears, and triumph, it is a classic twentieth century American success story.
Biography (Unpublished)
Life’s Rough Roads by Carol Jones. A young Jewish actor struggles through mental illness and becomes a college professor, and his eventual wife, a Catholic nun, battles her desire to leave the
convent for a “normal” life.

Educational / Informational (Published)

The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom: Let’s Quill All the Lawyers by Donna Ballman. Everything fiction and nonfiction writers need to inspire their writing, help their characters navigate the civil justice system, and get their story right.

Educational / Informational (Unpublished)

Business Fraud: From Trust to Betrayal by Jack L. Hayes. Internal fraud costs U.S. companies nearly $1 trillion annually. To make matters worse—no business is immune. In this revolutionary book, you will discover a new way to combat fraud.

Loose Change, Simple Ideas That Can Support Your Family by Michael Lee, PhD. Insights into revenue-generating ideas to support a “simple lifestyle.” Few of the ideas require a degree or
lots of cash to start up. Some 550 valuable Internet links are included.

History (Published)

St. Augustine Enters the Twenty-First Century by Karen G. Harvey & contributors. The transformation of St. Augustine and the county is described with references to the past, present, and future. Topics include archeology, back history, culture, historic sites and landmarks, and changing religious concepts.

Humor / Satire (Published)

Motherhood Is Easy … As Long as You Have Nothing Else to do for the Next 50 Years by Rebekah Hunter Scott. Full of humorous anecdotes and tongue-in-cheek advice, this book is all
about encouraging moms to laugh out loud at the hilarious lunacy of motherhood.

Travel (Published)

Sea Fare: A Chef’s Journey Across the Ocean by Victoria Allman. Sea Fare is the delicious tale of a wandering chef aboard a yacht. Filled with food-driven escapades, this unique story is a
look at the adventurous life of yachting.


Creative Nonfiction (Published)

“Meeting the Enemy” by Bob Lee. Northeast Florida’s most notorious “monkey fisherman,” Roger Gunter, sits down for an interview with his former law enforcement nemesis. Me.

“Love in the time of Cupcakes” by Mary T. Wagner. After baking “theme” cupcakes for twenty years as her family grew, the author watches the last batch depart for a high school tennis meet
and reflects on the ties that bind.

“An Answer, Without Question” by Ruth E. Jones. Questioning a life marred by multiple tragedies, including the deaths of her parents, miscarriage, and adoption mayhem, the author’s prayers are answered with miracles and meaning.

Creative Nonfiction (Unpublished)

“I Used to Believe” by Olivia Bissell. Memories of spiritual life as a seven-year-old girl prepares for First Confession and First Communion.

“Lessons From the Pot Room Lady” by B.T. Petro. Working as a dishwasher at a cafeteria is hard and can get harder when you’re assigned pot room duty. If you ask her, the Pot Room Lady has some answers.

“Northern Lights” by Renée Anduze. A woman comes to terms with her failed marriage when she steps back into the cosmos and encounters the Big Bang.
Essay (Published)

“The Silver Lining” by Mary W. Bridgman. The author relates her experience with unexpected unemployment and offers several constructive suggestions for those in a similar situation.

“Collaborative Learning Communities” by Kristi Cheyney. With teachers directing their own professional growth, Collaborative Learning Communities rekindle motivation and offer
an effective model for bridging the great divide between theory and practice in early childhood education.

Essay (Unpublished)

“The Height of Power: Petite Women Speak of Stature” by Suzette Standring. This essay is about petite women and offers inspiring and humorous views about navigating the world at armpit level.

“Unprincipled Antipathy” by Muriel McKinlay. An environmentalist has to resolve conflicting emotions in the ongoing war with ants.

“The Garbage Man” by Shara Pendragon Smock. A garbage man experiences the unpredictable—ranging from keeping the truck from catching on fire to finding body parts.


Poetry (Published)

“Melody of a New Dawning” by Michael Ray King. “Melody of a New Dawning” explores the joy of realizing one possesses the power to overcome adversity as well as determine a positive
outlook on life.

“No One’s There” by Michael Ray King. “No One’s There” is a poem that explores the struggle with sadness related to the woes of love.

“Still Hear Your Words” by Christian M. Barraclough. A poem designed to resonate with anyone who has lost a parent, to give thanks and express gratitude for all they have done.

Poetry (Unpublished)

“some small thing” by Phyllis McKinley. The poem “some small thing” is from a sequence of poems celebrating special times, special places.

“Crickets” by Phyllis McKinley. The poem “Crickets” is from a sequence of poems celebrating the natural life of Florida, particularly around the poet’s retreat on Deer Lake.

“Mother, do you know me?” by Deborah Shlian. A daughter expresses anguish at her mother’s loss of memory with accelerating dementia, wondering if her mother has now forgotten
who her daughter is.

“One Ordinary Moment” by Phyllis McKinley. The poem “One Ordinary Moment” is from a sequence of poems exploring the path from grief and loss to healing and rejuvenation.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ocean Commotion: Life on the Reef by Janeen Maxon

You are invited to a publishing party...

The Elliott Museum
825 N.E. Ocean Blvd.
Stuart, Florida 34996
Friday, November 19, 2010, 5 to 7pm
RSVP: Lisa Newman (772) 225-2962 x 107

The aquatic adventure begins? Please join Janeen Mason for the November *** publishing party for Ocean Commotion Life on the Feef (Pelican Publishing, 2010). It is written and illustrated by Stuart local, Janeen Mason. The fun takes place at the elliott Museum where Mason will autograph copies of her new book.

Through rolling waves and a swirling light show, a brave hermit crab crosses a brilliant living reef as she tackles the ocean's obstacles on a quet to find a shell that fits. During her mission, she encounters such aquatic creatures as conch shells and shimmering jellyfish. Children, parents, and teachers alike will enjoy the colorful journey. An illustrated glossary includes information about the marine life featured in the story and an author's note explains the effects of pollution and climate change on the ocean.

Janeen Mason has created a niche for her brillantly colored marine life artwork that includes distribution at the Audubon Acquarium of the Americas in New Orleans, Louisiana, Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey California, Nort Carolina Acquariums, Virginia Marine Science Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the Florida Acquarium in Tampa, Florida, the John J. Shedd Acquarium in Chicago, Illinois, and the National zoo in Washington, D. C. Her work is printed on puzzles, note cards, and fine art prints. A solo exhibition of her original picture book illustrations is traveling through Florida Museums.

About the Author

Janeen Mason is active in Arts and Culture in her community and in the state. She is the Secretary of the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. She's a member of the Children's Book Council, and she chaired the Public art Advisory Board in Martin County. She's the former Illustrator Coordinator for the Society of childrern's Book Writers and Illustrators in Florida. She serves as a member of the Board of Director of the Friends of the Blake Library. She received a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award, the Ben Franclin Award, the Moonbeam Children's Book Award, the U.S. National Maritime Literature Award, the iParenting Award, andthe Mom's Choice Award. Ms. Mason writes and illustrates from her home studio near the ocean that she loves in Stuart, Florida.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Holly Fox Vellekoop Receives Book Award

Holly Fox Vellekoop just learned that her book, How to Help When Parents Grieve, received the "Book of the Year 2010" award in the nonfiction category, from Books & Authors. The annual contest includes all genres with each genre having one winner and five honorable mentions.

Books & Authors can be found online at where it "celebrates readers, writers, and their books." Holly was informed in July that How to Help When Parents Grieve is also a contender for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in nonfiction.

How to Help When Parents Grieve can be purchased online at and where it will soon be available for the Kindle and the Nook. It can also be purchased from the author at

Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Belly Button Fairy book and audio CD

by Bobbie Hinman and Illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams

The Belly Button Fairy is not your ordinary fairy. Instead, this fairy is a grandmotherly figure who wears tennis shoes and flies around in her rocking chair. Bobbie Hinman has created a thoroughly charming main character for this story. I can't imagine that children wouldn't just flock to the Belly Button Fairy. In addition, Mark Wayne Adams has developed endearing images of this fairy and all her doings.

The Belly Button Fairy does not multi-task. Her one job is to make sure all the babies receive only one belly button and that it is right in the middle.

It is easy to see why The Belly Button Fairy has won several awards, including the 2010 Mom's Choice Medal Award. The story has a wonderfully fun rhythm to it and the images make you want to study each page to make sure you don't miss anything. As an added bonus, the book comes with an audio CD, complete with fairy songs and story narration. What a great addition to enhance the enjoyment of the book.

About the Author:
Many aspects of Bobbie Hinman's life converged to inspire her writing. An elementary education degree and ten grandchildren certainly provided inspiration for creative expression. In addition to The Belly Button Fairy, Hinman has three other award-winning books: The Knot Fairy, The Sock Fairy, and The Fart Fairy.

About the Illustrator:
Because Mark Wayne Adams is also an author of children's books as well as an illustrator, the images he creates for these books are captivating. Mark has worked for Walt Disney Company and his interests are painting, and the design and building of custom furniture. Mark lives in Florida. His web address is

If you'd like more information about these books, visit the Best Fairy Books at You can also purchase them through bookstores nationwide.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Novelist Victor DiGenti Wins Silver Award for Windrusher and the Trail of Fire

Local Publisher’s Author Wins
Another Award

FLAGLER BEACH, FLORIDA – Ocean Publishing’s premier novelist Victor DiGenti (Ponte Vedra Beach) was honored by the Florida Publishers Association recently at its annual conference and book awards in Sarasota.

Windrusher and the Trail of Fire, the third installment in the award-winning trilogy about an adventurous cat, won a silver medal in the Florida Adult Fiction category. Set in Florida, Windrusher again finds himself separated from his caretakers and relocated to a rural rescue operation called Precious Friends Cat Sanctuary. He is warned by none other than Rahhnut, the mythical keeper of the day globe – the sun – to beware of two-legged villains “bringing with them a fiery destruction.” Windrusher soon learns his destiny is linked to Storm Wing, a legendary cat leader from the days when cats first roamed the jungles. As he faces the challenge of saving the hundreds of cats at the Sanctuary from a raging wildfire, Windrusher must rely on his own inner resources and the help of an ancient cat he’s met only in his dreams

Frank Gromling, Ocean Publishing founder and publisher, presented the author with his medal and 500 labels for his book covers at the company’s oceanfront offices in Flagler Beach. DiGenti, who has won several awards for his writing, will be one of the primary speakers at the Florida Writers Association Conference on October 22 – 24 in Lake Mary, Florida.

About Ocean Publishing: Established in 2002 by Frank Gromling, Ocean Publishing is an independent press specializing in nature, marine life, environment and conservation. For more information, visit

About Victor DiGenti: After thirty-five years in public broadcasting working as a producer, director, fundraiser, and producer of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, DiGenti turned to his first love—writing. He’s won multiple state and national awards for his first two Windrusher books and attracted readers of all ages from across the country. He and his wife live in Florida with their seven rescued cats.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

St .Petersburg Times Festival of Reading

The St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading (Sat., Oct 23, 10-4 pm) features a star-powered roster of more than two-dozen authors (including Michael Connelly, R.L. Stine, Sena Jeter Naslund, Michael Koryta, and Florida home girl, Deborah Sharp, author of the funny Mace Bauer Mysteries.

The day-long, FREE event annually draws thousands of readers to the St. Petersburg campus of University of South Florida.

St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading
Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Free Admission
140 Seventh Avenue South - at Bayboro Harbor
St. Petersburg
Event website:

The Times recently featured author Deborah Sharp in this article:

Monday, October 18, 2010

Author's Book Fair in Brevard

Below is a flyer for the upcoming "Meet the Authors Book Fair" which will be held at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in conjunction with the Artworks Festival in Eau Gallie, November 20, 21, 2010. Sign up is open until November 1, 2010

This has been put together by "Authors For Authors," a group consisting of Valerie Allen, Marshall Frank, and Holly Fox Vellekoop, three writers who create venues for authors' book sales.

If you are interested in participating, get your reservation and fee in asap as these book fairs fill up quickly. All the info is on the flyer.

Click on the image for a larger view...

Super Saturday with Agent Kristin Nelson and Client Linnea Sinclair

Time is running out to register for the SpacecoasT Authors of Romance (STAR) November 6 Super Saturday with Agent Kristin Nelson and her client, author Linnea Sinclair. There are still slots open for pitches.

They have added some new enticements in addition to their speakers. Door prize book bundles and raffles (donations for our scholarship/motivational fund) for writing related reviews from the following authors.

First Chapter Critique Raffle:
Roxanne St. Claire, Martha Powers, Kristen Painter (25 page limit), Lee Duncan, and Leslie Kelly

Synopsis (5 to 7 pages):
Rachel Hauck

Autographed books:
Rachel Hauck, Julie Leto

You have to be there to win these writing raffles. They'll also have some great raffle baskets full of books of all kinds.

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.

Join them 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. Registration will open for STAR members on September 8 and all others beginning on September 14.

Deadline for registration will be November 1. 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 32941-0787.

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

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Troy Jones to Speak at the 2011 SCWG Annual Conference

2011 SCWG Annual Conference
January 28-29, 2011
International Spa Resort, Cocoa Beach
(formally the Holiday Inn)
1300 North Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931

Troy Jones is currently the Production Coordinator for the Playwrights Workshop, a group based at Brevard Community College, Cocoa, Florida. The group has been in operation for over twenty years, and during that time has produced over two hundred original one-act plays from local playwrights.

Troy is on the reviewing committee for new plays, and provides critiques to the prospective playwrights for their submitted work. He, along with others in the group, provides additional feedback to the playwrights after public readings of their work.

Troy has also served for many years as an adjudicator for the Florida High School Thespian Festivals, at which he has judged student playwriting and student directing. Troy has also directed full-length and one-act plays at local theaters.

He will be one of the speakers at the Space Coast Writers' Guild Annual Conference in January. For more information about the conference, visit

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Florida Writers Association Conference Starts This Week. Don't Miss It.

Last Call...

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.

For more information, visit

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Publishers and Authors Honored for Book Publishing Excellence

Congratulations to all the winners honored for book publishing excellence.

HIGHLAND CITY, FL – October 11, 2010 – On Saturday, October 9, 2010, the Florida Publishers Association (FPA) presented its 2010 President’s Book Awards to members whose books were chosen as the best in 16 different categories and one special category.

FPA association executive Betsy Lampe, president of Rainbow Books, Inc., Lakeland, FL, was the mistress of ceremonies for the President’s Book Awards Banquet at The Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel on Lido Beach, Sarasota.

The evening awards program was part of the two-day FPA Publishing Ed-U-Conference, themed “Experience Speaks!” Participants attended presentations by nationally recognized book marketing expert John Kremer of Open Horizons in NM, FPA president Chris Angermann of New Chapter Publisher in Sarasota, and FPA-member publisher Kyle Miller of Jungle House Publications in Sanibel.

Winners were selected from 61 entries by the competition’s 28 judges (25 librarians from across Florida and 3 members of nationally recognized book design firms). Gold and silver medalists received a medal, a full-color printed award, award certificates and President’s Book Awards Winner labels for their book covers. One gold and up to two silver medals were awarded in each of the following categories:

Adult Nonfiction:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER — Conquer Prostate Cancer: How Medicine, Faith, Love and Sex Can Renew Your Life by Rabbi Ed Weinsberg, with Dr. Robert Carey, published by Health Success Media (publisher and authors in Sarasota)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — The Not So Patient Advocate: How to Get the Health Care You Need Without Fear or Frustration by Ellen Menard, published by Bardolf & Co. (publisher and author in Sarasota)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Tea with Elisabeth: Tributes to Hospice Pioneer Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross by 51 Contributors, published by Quality of Life Publishing (Naples)

Adult Fiction:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER — Savannah Law by William Eleazer, published by Elex Publishers, Inc. (publisher and author in St. Petersburg)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Disturbing the Peace by P.D. LaFleur, published by RGI Press (publisher and author in Punta Gorda)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Jesus Swept by James Alexander Protzman, published by Kitsune Books (publisher in Crawfordville, author in Chapel Hill, NC)

Business Book:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER — Training Workshop Essentials: Designing, Developing and Delivering Learning Events that Get Results by Robert W. Lucas, published by Pfeiffer (publisher in San Francisco, author in Casselberry)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Don't Bring It to Work: Breaking the Family Patterns that Limit Success by Sylvia Lafair, published by Jossey-Bass (publisher in San Francisco, author in White Haven, PA)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — The Complete Guide To Investing In Bonds And Bond Funds: How To Earn High Rates Of Return — Safely by Martha Maeda, published by Atlantic Publishing (publisher in Ocala, author in Orlando)

Poetry Book:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER — The Neighborhoods of My Past Sorrows by Jessee Millner, published by Kitsune Books (publisher in Crawfordville, author in Fort Myers)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Nothing Is Without Future by Piero Rivolta, published by New Chapter Publisher (publisher and author in Sarasota)


GOLD MEDAL WINNER — Bars of Steel: Life Before Love in a Hong Kong Go-Go Bar — The True Story of Maria de la Torre by Brandon Royal, published by Maven Publishing Maven Publishing (publisher and author in Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Ballad of a Bagpiper by E.A. Channon, published by Eloquent Books (publisher in New York, author in Scotland)

Young Adult Nonfiction:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER — Off to College: Now What? A Practical Guide to Surviving and Succeeding Your First Year of College by Jessica Linnell, published by Atlantic Publishing (publisher in Ocala, author in Canton, GA)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Lincoln Laughing: The Stories, Jokes and Anecdotes of Abraham Lincoln by James W. MacMeekin, III, published by MediaOne/Three Rivers Press (publisher and author in Winter Haven)

Young Adult Fiction:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER — Pleasure Island: You’ve Found Paradise, Now What? by Brandon Royal (ISBN-13: 978-1-897393-10-9, Maven Publishing (publisher and author in Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Ghosts: Another Summer in the Old Town by Randy Cribbs, published by OCRS (publisher in Jacksonville, author in St. Augustine)

Children’s Fiction:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER —The Adventures of Charlie Pierce: The American Jungle, written by Harvey E. Oyer, III, illustrated by James Balkovek, maps by Jeanne Brady, published by Middle River Press (publisher in Oakland Park, author in West Palm Beach)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Trouble in Contrary Woods: A Bailey Fish Adventure by Linda Salisbury, published by Tabby House (publisher and author in Mineral, VA)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Mudd Saves the Earth by Linda Salisbury, illustrations by Joe Kohl, published by Tabby House (publisher and author in Mineral, VA)

Children’s Picture Book:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER — Count Down to Fall by Fran Hawk, illustrated by Sherry Neidigh, published by Sylvan Dell Publishing (publisher and author in Mount Pleasant, SC, illustrator in Simpsonville, CA)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls by Lucy Nolan, illustrated by Connie McLennan, published by Sylvan Dell Publishing (publisher in Mount Pleasant, SC, author in Columbia, SC, illustrator in Rocklin, CA)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Nicholas, that's Ridiculous! A Story About Being a Boy by Christa Carpenter, illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams, published by Caballo Books (publisher in Longwood, author in Maitland)

Florida Fiction for Adults:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER — Disturbing the Peace by P.D. LaFleur, published by RGI Press (publisher and author in Punta Gorda)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Windrusher and the Trail of Fire by Victor DiGenti, published by Ocean Publishing (publisher in Flagler Beach, author in Ponte Vedra Beach)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — ReBecoming: The Way of Opportunity by J.R. Maxon, published by Dassana Press, LLC (publisher and author in Anna Maria)

Florida Nonfiction for Adults:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER — Expect the Best: There's Always Hope on the Horizon by Katherine Robinson, published by Bardolf & Co. (publisher in Sarasota, author in Bradenton)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — This Nearly Was Mine: A Journey Through Carlton Country by Dr. Barbara Castleberry Carlton with Barbara Oehlbeck (publisher in Lakeville, MN, authors in Arcadia and LaBelle)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Haunted Theatres of Southwest Florida by Kim Cool, published by Historic Venice Press (publisher and author in Venice)

Florida Children’s Books:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER — The Adventures of Charlie Pierce: The American Jungle written by Harvey E. Oyer, III, illustrated by James Balkovek, maps by Jeanne Brady, published by Middle River Press (publisher in Oakland Park, author in West Palm Beach)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Haunted Theatres of Southwest Florida by Kim Cool, published by Historic Venice Press (publisher and author in Venice)

Cover Design:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER — Africa’s Top Wildlife Countries by Mark Nolting, cover design by 1106 Design, published by Global Travel Publishers (publisher and author in Fort Lauderdale)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — ReBecoming: The Way of Opportunity by J.R. Maxon, cover design by 1106 Design, published by Dassana Press, LLC (publisher and author in Anna Maria)

SILVER MEDAL WINNER — Table For Two: The Cookbook For Couples by Warren Caterson, cover design by Rebecca Anne Russo of Principle Creative, published by Winfield and Scott Press (publisher and author in St. Augustine)

“President’s Pick” selected by FPA President Chris Angermann:

Disturbing the Peace by P.D. LaFleur, published by RGI Press (publisher and author in Punta Gorda)


Florida Publishers Association, Inc., now in its 28th year, is a non-profit, statewide professional association of publishers, self-publishers, authors and others interested in book publishing in Florida. It conducts numerous educational conferences, seminars and workshops throughout Florida and is affiliated with the Independent Book Publishers Association, the Association of American Publishers, Small Publishers Association of North America. It is also a member of the Florida Library Association and the Florida Association for Media in Education. FPA’s web address is

Oceanview Publishing Partners with Amber Entertainment

Oceanview Publishing Partners with Amber Entertainment:
Amber Entertainment will develop feature films from Oceanview Publishing’s novels

LONGBOAT KEY, Florida – Oceanview Publishing announces that it has joined forces with Amber Entertainment for the development of feature films and other entertainment media formats from its catalog of titles. One of the country’s leading independent publishers of original mystery/suspense/thriller titles, Oceanview Publishing, by year’s end, will have published 40 titles.

The first title to be developed will be Ward Larsen’s The Perfect Assassin, which will be produced by Amber Entertainment’s Ileen Maisel and Lawrence Elman, with Oceanview founders Robert and Patricia Gussin and Susan Greger serving as executive producers. In the tradition of Tom Clancy and Daniel Silva, The Perfect Assassin is a tale of espionage and intrigue about a female American doctor sailing across the Atlantic whose boat is hijacked by an Israeli assassin.

According to Oceanview CEO Robert Z. Gussin, “At its heart, Oceanview Publishing is a content provider and partnering with Amber Entertainment, a content converter, is a natural and mutually beneficial partnership. Since Oceanview focuses on such popular entertainment genres as mystery, thriller, and suspense, we feel that partnering with Amber Entertainment will allow us to create a dynamic synergy.”

Moreover, Gussin adds, “Oceanview Publishing focuses on works that exhibit a strong sense of place and setting; compelling protagonists and supporting characters; tension that builds throughout a book’s narrative; seamless, gripping, and suspenseful storylines; and authenticity. With that in mind, we’re confident that Oceanview’s titles are uniquely positioned to make the transition into film and television.”

Created in 2009 by New Line Cinema veterans Ileen Maisel, Mark Ordesky, and Jane Fleming, along with renowned documentary and television producer Lawrence Elman, Amber Entertainment acquires and converts major intellectual property assets and brands into filmed entertainment. Amber Entertainment is based in London and Los Angeles.

Oceanview Publishing is headquartered in Longboat Key, Florida. Oceanview is a proud member of the International Thriller Writers and Mystery Writers of America. You can find them on Facebook at: Follow them on Twitter @oceanviewpub. For more information, please contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone (615-297-9875) or by email (

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

NaNoWriMo ... Get Ready ... Get in the Mood...

Are you ready to write a 50,000 word novel in November? Join us... I'll be doing it again this year. It's a great experience....


Poetry Reading... You're Invited

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Enjoy a reading Tuesday October 19, 2010 6:00-7:00PM at Cornell Fine Arts Museum on Rollins College Campus, Winter Park, FL. Please spread the word!

Readers will be:
Darlyn Finch (past Kerouac writer in residence), Susan Lilley, Ilyse Kusnetz and current Kerouac writer in residence, Mona R. Washington.

Location and Parking Information:
Cornell Fine Arts Museum
1000 Holt Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789-4499

This is a fantastic collaboration with Rollins College and an exciting collision of the Arts Scene in Central Florida.

The Peppertree Press announces the release of Haunted Echoes by Julie Ann Howell

The Peppertree Press announces the release of Haunted Echoes by Julie Ann Howell. Haunted Echoes (ISBN: 978-1-936051-69-4, Hardcover, 202 pages, $19.95) is now available wherever fine books are sold.

In Haunted Echoes, Howell introduces protagonist Sarah Reddington. Fresh on the heels of her first book release, Sarah, a Chicago-based novelist, should be having the time of her life, having just signed a contract for two more books. But Sarah hits a brick wall when struck with a paralyzing bout of writer’s block. On her publisher’s suggestion that a change of scenery might do Sarah good, Sarah and her faithful canine companion, Dickens, leave the Windy City to travel to the Cape Elizabeth, Maine, a quiet town on the Atlantic’s craggy shore. Leaving her bustling Windy City home for a slow, sleepy New England town is certainly a novel concept for finishing her novel, but this journey could prove stranger than fiction.

As the only registered guest at the quaint but elegant Otter Cove Inn, Sarah is sure that this trip will be just the ticket to breaking free of the writer’s block to which she’d become a prisoner. But Sarah is about to become a prisoner to something far greater—and much more sinister.

To her dismay and horror, Sarah soon realizes that she may be the only registered guest at this enchanting inn, but she is anything but alone—and escaping writer’s block is about to become the least of Sarah’s worries.

From strange voices in the night, to haunting cries, to the eerie spirits that inhabit this haunted hotel, the Otter Cove Inn is full to capacity with bizarre forces intent on getting Sarah’s attention. Unable to differentiate between fact and fiction, Sarah is thrust into extraordinary circumstances when she discovers a key that could unlock a centuries-old secret. As the story unfolds, Sarah is propelled into a pulse-quickening quest to solve a mesmerizing 200-year-old mystery. Can Sarah piece together the clues before it’s too late? Or is this novelist about to be written off for good?

Alternately charming and chilling, spooky and spellbinding, Haunted Echoes is a suspenseful—and supremely spirited—tale. An inventive and wildly entertaining ghost story, Haunted Echoes will keep readers riveted until the very last page.

Julie Ann Howell is an avid speaker and author who authored her first book at the age of 10. Julie Ann’s passion for words inspired her to plant literary seeds enthusiastically all over the world. In 2003, she founded Pepper Tree Magazine, a literary magazine based in Sarasota, Florida, and later founded The Pepper Tree Press. Julie Ann is a member of the Florida Writers Association and the American Business Women Association. A longtime Sarasota resident, Julie Ann Howell is also the author of Finnigan the Dragon, Mrs. Owl’s Nest of Rhymes, and The Pepper Tree: How the Seeds Were Planted. She is currently at work on her next novel, Irish Jewel, which is slated for a Summer 2011 release.

The Peppertree Press is an independent book publisher based in Florida. Members of the news media wishing to request a review copy of Haunted Echoes or more information are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email –

Monday, October 11, 2010

Ann O'Farrell's Florida Memories

A celebration of the beauty and humor found in the Sunshine State

Why Florida?

Irish writer, Ann O’Farrell, shares the love she has of her newly adopted home in her latest work, “Florida Memories.” This pocket-sized gem of a book is a collection of brief, eloquent, word pictures culled from a diary she kept when she first ‘Snowbirded’ in Florida.

Ann, now an American citizen living full time in Florida, is better known for her Irish historical novels, “Norah’s Children” and “Michael,” so why did she decided to publish this mini-commentary on her new home?

“With people so focused on negative news, I felt we were losing sight of the simple beauty and humor around us. I'd like to think that this book is a reminder of all of that.”

Currently 'Florida Memories' is only available via Ann's website: but expectations are for it to soon become available in bookstores throughout Florida, and for more and more people to be able to share the answer that this is ‘Why Florida?’ In addition, with a retail price of only $4.50, the seventy-two page booklet will be easily affordable for both visitors and residents alike.

Ann O’Farrell’s Florida Memories. $4.50
ISBN 978-0-9828605-0-2
72 pages.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Inaugural Writers One Flight Up & Pisces Rising Flash Fiction Contest

The Inaugural Writers One Flight Up & Pisces Rising Flash Fiction Contest

Flash Fiction: a complete story with a defined beginning, middle and end not to exceed 650 words, excluding the title.

Your prompt for this contest is the original art work by Mount Dora artist, Norm Rinne. The art work is on display at Pisces Rising in Mount Dora.

Deadline: January 31st, 2011

Entries: The photo of the artwork can be viewed at or All entries must be electronic and sent to the email address on the websites.

Entries must be sent with a separate cover sheet. Put your name, address, email and phone numbers, preferably cell on your cover sheet. Entries must be typed in 12 point Times New Roman or Arial and submitted as a Word Document. You are limited to three (3) entries. Each entry must be submitted separately via email.

The winners will be notified prior to the spring issue of Pulse (April). The first place winner will be published in the April 2011 issue of Pulse the Magazine. All winners will be published on the Pulse the Magazine website.

All entries will be judged by the writers of Writers One Flight Up.

First Place Prize: A Day in Mount Dora including a stay at the Heron Cay bed and breakfast, $100 in Dora dollars redeemable in selected Mount Dora retailers and restaurants, wine from the Wine Den, a carriage ride and various other offerings from local merchants.

Second Place Prize: $100 cash from Pulse the Magazine.

Third Place Prize: $50 cash from Writers One Flight Up.

Bette Lee Crosby addresses Port Saint Lucie GFWC Group

Author, Bette Lee Crosby is shown with GFWC members shown
L to R; Evelyn Martin, Janet Oliver, Jean Hamilton, Sheila Mawdsleyand Betty Lou Finch

Author, Bette Lee Crosby, made a personal appearance at the September meeting of the Port Saint Lucie Women’s Club, a group that is part of the International GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs.) The luncheon meeting was held at the Holiday Inn on Federal Highway.

Crosby, who is well-known for her sensitive portrayals of family relationships, spoke in depth about her latest release, Cracks in the Sidewalk, the novel that received the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Award from the Florida Writer’s Association.

“This story,” Crosby told the audience, “is taken from a tragic incident that happened in the life of a dear friend. The loss of this woman’s grandchildren was such a moving tale that, once told to me, it stayed in my mind for nearly ten years before I summoned the courage to actually write about it. Yes, in some ways this is a sad story, but in the end it’s life affirming. It’s the type of story that proves just how much a single person can change the lives of so many others.”

Crosby has two more completed novels that are currently awaiting publication – What Matters Most and Spare Change, the manuscript that is currently a finalist in the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Award Competition.

A prolific writer who spends a good part of every day at the computer, she is currently focusing on an autobiography of Lani Verner Deauville, a Sebastian resident and the planet’s longest living quadriplegic. “Working with Lani,” Crosby says, “is a truly wonderful experience. Her attitude and outlook on life is so inspiring that it a story begging to be told.”

Crosby went on to explain, “Lani believes in the moment of IS—it’s the reality of right here and right now. According to Lani, you can’t do anything about the past, but you can do something about the future—she has not only done more than most people every dream of doing, but she’s done it from a wheelchair! It is little wonder,” Crosby asks, “that I am enthralled to be working with such a woman?”

In 2007 Crosby’s first release Girl Child received the National League of American Pen Women Award for Fiction. For more information on her books and upcoming speaking engagements, visit her website at

Saturday, October 9, 2010

And Then There Was One by Patricia Gussin Launched this Week

Oceanview Publishing is pleased to announce the release of And Then There Was One, by Patricia Gussin (ISBN 978-1-933515-81-6, Suspense, Hardcover, 312 pages, $25.95). And Then There Was One is available wherever fine books are sold.

Patricia Gussin is a physician who grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, practiced in Philadelphia, and now lives on Longboat Key, Florida. She is also the author of Shadow of Death, Thriller Award nominee for Best First Novel, Twisted Justice, and The Test. She and her husband, Robert Gussin, are the authors of What’s Next For . . . For You? The Gussin Guide to Big Changes, Big Decisions, and Big Fun. Visit the author’s website at

One is the Loneliest Number

Nine years ago, Katie and Scott Monroe were blessed beyond their wildest dreams with identical triplets, Sammie, Alex, and Jackie. But this tight-knit family unravels when the three little girls go to see a movie, but only one emerges from the darkness of the theater. How could Sammie and Alex vanish without a trace?

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? Until—or unless—Sammie and Alex are found safe, this picture-perfect family can’t be put back together again.

Please pass this on to your friends who love mysteries, thrillers, and suspense.

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Florida Writers Foundation 2010 Full-Day Workshops

— The Best of the Best open to everyone who writes —

The Florida Writers Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable corporation, promotes literacy throughout Florida and enhances writing skills of children, youth and adults. On October 21, 2010, the Foundation presents The Best of the Best at its Second Annual Full Writer’s Day Workshop at the Orlando Marriott, Lake Mary.

“We had such a strong turn-out for the workshop we offered last year that we added four additional topics this year,” said Karen Lieb, President of the Foundation.

This year’s topics are Warrior Writer by Bob Mayer, Novel in a Day by Vic DiGenti, From Query to Pitch by Molli Nickell, How and Why to Use Social Networking Tools by Mary Ann de Stefano and Chris Hamilton, and Screenwriting: From Idea to Big Screen by Chantelle Osman, Andrew J Robinson and John Castellano.

As a convenience to FWA members, the Foundation planned its Full Day of Workshops for the day before the 2010 FWA conference, which is from October 22 -24. There is no membership requirement for those who are interested in attending the Full Day of Workshops on October 21.
“Our purpose is to serve the public. Everyone who writes, no matter what their level or whether they are involved with any organizations, is welcome to attend,” Lieb said.

The Foundation works to increase literacy through elementary school visits for reading days, sponsoring poetry contests, donating books to under-privileged schools, and contributing to middle grade writing contests. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible, including the workshop registration fees.

Receive an early bird registration special of $90 for FWA members and $110 for non-members before August 31. Beginning September 1 through October 21, the registration fee is $110 for FWA members and $130 for non-members. Workshops are held between 9 am and 5 pm. Snacks and lunch are included.

View the homepage at or contact Chrissy Jackson at to locate the registration form.

David and Aimee Thurlo to speak at the SCWG Conference

David and Aimée Thurlo have, together and separately, written more than seventy novels in a variety of genres.

The Thurlos’ writing career began when Aimée was inspired to write a novel while David was teaching middle school. She sat down with legal pad and pencil, began a romantic intrigue, and soon found David looking over her shoulder whenever class was out. They quickly discovered that they could write with one voice, and their combined efforts resulted in books characterized by the unique stamp that defined their partnership in life and work.

In addition to many romantic suspense novels, the Thurlos have written three different mystery series, each featuring a very different primary investigator. In the Sister Agatha series, mysteries are solved by a nun; the Lee Nez series features a partnership between a Navajo vampire and an FBI agent. Their flagship series of Ella Clah police procedurals is set on the Navajo Reservation; Ella Clah is a Special Investigator for the Navajo Police Department.

The Thurlos’ novels have been translated into many different languages and are available around the world. Their books have been widely praised by reviewers and critics and have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist. The Thurlos have received the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award, a Willa Cather Award for Contemporary Fiction, and the New Mexico Book Award for Mystery and Suspense. They’ve made the Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Borders national bestseller lists. Their vampire series has been optioned by a Hollywood production company.

For information about the Space Coast Writers' Guild Conference, scheduled for January 2011, visit

Friday, October 8, 2010

SCWG Fall Workshop: Second Draft with Marshall Frank and Mark Mynheir

The Space Coast Writers' Guild presents their Fall Workshop on October 16, 2010, from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. It will be followed by a book signing.

Location: Melbourne Rialto Hotel
200 Rialto Pl
Melbourne, FL 32901
(321) 768-0200

This workshop is very hands-on, aimed at serious writers trying to get a fiction project off the ground or off the desk and ready for an editor, agent and publisher.

Workshop Topics:
  • "The End..." Now what?
  • Editing and Polishing
  • Working with Critiquers
  • Agent or No Agent
  • Putting it All Together
Primarily aimed at fiction writers, but it will also include topics of concern to non-fiction writers.

About the speakers:

Marshall Frank... Thirty years of law enforcement in Miami, Florida, including sixteen years working homicide, Marshall Frank retired and went on to become a writer. He has eight published books, five fiction and three non-fiction.

Mark Mynheir... During his career as a police officer, Mark Mynheir has worked as a narcotics agent, a S.W.A.T. team member, and a homicide detective. Mark's 4th book was recently nominated for a Christy Award for suspense.

For information, call Joyce Henderson at (321) 723-7345 The workshop will be in Brevard County, Florida. The exact location will be announced on the website:

Monday, October 4, 2010

Documentary in the making on Cross the Atlantic

Bob Brown, who wrote the Bermuda Suicide Challenge and Running for Fun, now has producer Michael DiCarlo working on the documentary film "Cross The Atlantic" from a voyage Bob and Ralph Brown took in 2009.

They took an open fishing boat (flats boat) 8,312 miles in the North Atlantic from Fla to Germany. The three minute trailer is now available for viewing, it can be located off the website: on the link (picture on bottom of page of boat with icebergs).

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A Few Good Old Men by Kee Briggs

Kee Briggs: Out of nowhere, but headed somewhere with many interesting stops along the way, describes Kee’s journey through life. He wasn’t always a painter, sculptor and writer. Being an early hunter and fisherman, he developed useful outdoor skills for the army, where he ended up as senior interrogator, Chinese-Mandarin, in a military intelligence unity in Korea.

Back in civilian life, he became a deputy sheriff, who worked his way through burglary, vice and morals, homicide and then built and ran a forensic science lab.

On this playing field one has to be aware of the social forces at work and the political machinations in play.

A Few Good Old Men
: There are a lot of bad men walking around out there because it is against the law to kill them.

Question: What happens when the law is no longer a deterrent?

Many the members of the Pessimists’ Roundtable at the American Legion post carry the burden of major unresolved injustices. Chuckey, a double amputee from Bosni-Hertsogovenia, devises a plan to bring closure for A Few Good Old Men, while sending out a signal that wrong-doing can have consequences. The concept morphs into a political tool.

For more information about this book or other books by Kee Briggs, visit

Insider Secrets Draw Members to October Florida Writers Association Conference

— Workshops include Q&A with agents and publishers —

Connecting with agents and publishers and asking them questions about the publishing industry, that’s what the Florida Writers Association (FWA) conference provides this October. The FWA is a nonprofit statewide professional organization, and its ninth annual conference will be held October 22-24, 2010, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary in central Florida.

“The conference is intended to help our members hone their craft and network with the people who shape the publishing industry,” said Chrissy Jackson, President of the FWA.

Seminars include an agent-publisher Q&A panel, as well as workshops covering topics geared toward providing the tools for attendees to become published. “Go for the Gold,” is the theme and that is exactly the level of workshops FWA provides.

“The agent-publisher Q&A panel is one of the most popular sessions,” Ms. Jackson said, “We made sure our faculty covers the difficult aspects on the path of publication during their workshops.”

Other conference activities include networking sessions, professional exhibits, and book sales and signings at the FWA bookstore. For a small additional fee, attendees may also book private interviews with agents, publishers, and coaches.

During Saturday night’s banquet, warfare biographer, Carlos D’Este, will present the keynote speech, and the 2010 Royal Palm Literary Awards will be presented. Sunday morning will feature additional workshops and a closing keynote address.

Throughout the conference, attendees are eligible to win door prizes, some worth up to $300. Another huge hit is the opportunity to bid at the Silent Auction, which is run by the Florida Writers Foundation. The proceeds are used by the Foundation to promote literacy among children, youth, and adults throughout Florida. If interested in donating items to the Silent Auction, please contact the FWA 2010 Conference Director, Janet Marie Bill, at

Conference registration of $329 covers all sessions and meals from Friday morning through Sunday noon. Single-day pricing is also available; visit the website for details.

To see the conference schedule and descriptions of faculty and seminars or to book time with an agent, publisher, or mentor, please click on the “Conferences” tab. Register online or by printing the registration form and mailing it to the Registration Chairperson.

Companies wishing to advertise, exhibit, or distribute samples or premiums at the conference are encouraged to contact FWA President, Chrissy Jackson at Silent Auction donations can be made through Conference Director, Janet Marie Bill at

The Florida Writers Association, 1120 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.