Thursday, April 29, 2010

Book Signing for JoAnna O'Keefe on May 7, 2010 at the Eau Gallie Florist


The Eau Gallie Florist, across the street from the Brevard Art Museum will host a book signing for JoAnna O'Keefe. Her books of poetry make lovely Mother's Day Gifts.

The book signing will take place during the First Friday festivities in the Eau Gallie Arts District on May 7, 2010, from 5:30 to 8:00. Be sure to stop by to visit with her.

To see all of her works, visit her website at http://www.joannaokeefe.com

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Kingdom of Dreams and Shadows by David Lynn Anderson


Kingdom of Dreams and Shadows
by David Lynn Anderson
genre: Paranormal/Suspense/Thriller
ISBN-13: 978-1934135921
292 pages
formerly published as The Black Pope and Kingdom Come

Reviewed by Lou Belcher


Father Sean McCauley thinks the biggest problem in his life is deciding whether to remain in the priesthood or to leave it to make a family of his own until the church assigns him the task of investigating a man named Joseph. Sean's world and the lives of millions are turned upside down by the actions of this charismatic evangelist who convinces thousands to leave their homes and jobs to live on his self-sustaining retreats.

Sean's suspicions about Joseph become terrifyingly real as he learns more and more about this man and his plans for the world. From the president to the pope, leaders worldwide join forces to fight the evil Sean uncovers.

David Lynn Anderson has presented readers with a fascinating tale of paranormal proportions with such reality woven into it that they will read late into the night to see what happens.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Shadows is the first in Anderson's Sorcerer Series. Good news for readers: Six of the books in this series are finished and will be out as quickly as they are edited and published.

Watch for Begotten Son. It is the next in the series and will be published soon. In the meantime, join the fans of David Lynn Anderson and read The Kingdom of Dreams and Shadows. You'll know why I'm anxious for more.

You will find out more about The Kingdom of Dreams and Shadows on www.amazon.com

More Health, Less Care by Peter J. Weiss, MD


More Health, Less Care How to Take Charge of Your Medical Care and Write Your Own Personal Prescription for Lilfelong Health
by Peter J. Weiss, M.D.
LaChance Publishing, New York
175 pages; $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-934184-24-0

Reviewed by: Lou Belcher, editor of FloridaBookNews.com

Who doesn't want more health and less care? We all do, but few of us know how to go about reaching that goal. The most common approach to taking care of ourselves is to go to the doctor when we think something is wrong and to follow the doctor's recommendations.

Dr. Peter J. Weiss, in More Health, Less Care, proposes an innovative plan. Rather than relying on only your doctor to tell you what to do, Dr. Weiss recommends patient involvement and a team approach. Joseph S. Alpert, MD, states in the foreword, "This short volume may well be one of the most valuable self-help books you will ever read." I agree.

The intent of the book is to "...show how and why traditional healthcare isn't working for many people..." and to "...describe a personal approach to improving your health that does work." This book does not tell you what to eat and how to exercise and it doesn't tell you what to do about every medical condition that you have. Rather, it gives readers something more important: a plan on how to design and implement a workable approach to becoming more actively involved in their health care.

Dr. Weiss guides readers from the shortfalls of our traditional healthcare system to an innovative approach to healthcare that is geared to where we are today. We can be our own best advocates when it comes to our health and this books tells us how. The introduction sums up this book the best when Dr. Weiss writes, "...the principles outlined in this book provide a general philosophy of problem-solving and self-improvement that can be applied to any condition, problem or situation in your life where you desire a positive change."

I highly recommend More Health, Less Care for the valuable information it provides in a clear, concise format with excellent examples. Tony Ferretti, PhD, clinical psychologist, states it up beautifully when he says, "Dr Weiss inspires us to take charge of our health and reap the benefits of our life-changing efforts. Experience the powerful effects of managing your own healthcare!"

My recommendation? Read this book. Your health may depend on it.

Available at www.amazon.com or visit Dr. Pete's website at http://www.drpeterjweiss.com/

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Justice in June by Barbara Levenson


Oceanview Publishing Announces the Forthcoming Release of

Justice in June by Barbara Levenson:
Justice in June will be released on June 7, 2010

Oceanview Publishing announces the forthcoming release of Justice in June by Barbara Levenson. Justice in June will be available wherever fine books are sold on June 7, 2010.

In Justice in June (ISBN: 978‐1‐933515‐71-7, Hardcover, 312 pages, $24.95, Mystery) it’s raining, it’s pouring, but the life of criminal defense attorney Mary Magruder Katz is anything but boring—especially when she gets caught up in a whirlwind of three different cases.

Judge Liz Maxwell’s job, sanity, and reputation are at stake, and she needs Mary to ferret out wrongdoing in Miami’s courts. Solving this case won’t just mean going out on a limb; it will mean risking life and limb.

Luis Corona, a family friend of Mary’s boyfriend, Carlos, needs help with a legal matter that, to Mary’s horror, turns out to be a terrorism charge. And this case will leave some catastrophic damage—and unwelcome notoriety—in its wake.

Just when Mary thought things couldn’t get worse, Carlos gets in his own nasty legal quandary—one that could cost him everything.

Three cases. One Mary. One torrential downpour of turmoil. Can she weather the storm? Ride out the cold front that settles over her once-hot romance? Salvage what remains of her—and her clients’—reputations? For Mary Magruder Katz, this month’s forecast calls for trouble.

Susan Greger, Publisher at Oceanview, commented, “We are thrilled to announce the release of Justice in June by Barbara Levenson. A top-notch tale featuring a plucky protagonist, Justice in June is a delightful new Miami mystery.”

Barbara Levenson has resided in Miami, Florida, for the past 32 years. A cum laude graduate of the University of Miami Law School, Barbara has served as a prosecutor, and run her own law practice where she focused on criminal defense and civil rights litigation. Barbara was elected to a judgeship in the circuit court of Miami-Dade County where she still serves as a senior judge. Barbara and her husband bred and showed German Shepherd Dogs for 20 years and finished 11 champions in the show ring. Barbara is also the author of Fatal February.

Oceanview Publishing (www.oceanviewpub.com) is an independent publisher headquartered in Massachusetts. 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 - maryglenn@maryglenn.com.

Clarification: Keep the Library Open -- Palm Bay

Clarification on the information I received about the Palm Bay Library at Turkey Creek.

The library system is facing a 3 million dollar cut next year and some are worried that Palm Bay Library may be closed. So there are people outside the Palm Bay - Turkey Creek Library with a petition to prevent a closing. They will only be there this week.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bette Lee Crosby addresses 300 at Westside Ladies Tea

Bette Lee Crosby with Westside’s Carol Cox

On Saturday April 17th, author, Bette Lee Crosby, addressed a sold-out audience of 300 at the Westside Baptist Church Ladies Tea. The theme for the tea and for her presentation was “Reflecting God’s Glory.”

Crosby, who teaches first grade Sunday school at the church, spoke about her perceptions of God’s glory and explained how she believes the power of it is reflected in the way people live their lives.

Crosby, who is well-known for her sensitive portrayals of family relationships, delighted the audience with stories of her somewhat irreverent Southern mama and the affinity she has for writing about older people and children. “Older folks and children have something in common,” she said, “they are both painfully honest and that’s a characteristic that can be charmingly funny.”

At the 2007 Florida Biennial, Crosby’s first release Girl Child won the National League of American Pen Women Award for published fiction. In 2009, she received the Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palm Literary Award for Cracks in the Sidewalk, her latest release.

Crosby, a prolific writer who spends a good part of every day at the computer, is currently focusing on the collection of family stories and inspirational thoughts being published on her blog. Blog readers and subscribers find something new every day…from stories about Crosby’s own childhood and inspirational thoughts to literary news and stories about the other books and authors she admires.

For more information on her books and upcoming speaking engagements, visit her blog at http://betteleecrosby.wordpress.com

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Transformations exhibit is open. Don't miss it.


Congratulations to all involved with Transformations. The exhibit kicked off last night with a poetry reading where the artists and poets shared their collaborative experiences with a standing-room-only audience in the Brevard Art Museum in the Eau Gallie District of Melbourne.

TRANSFORMATIONS set out to challenge 12-published poets paired with 12-established artists to collaborate. They were given nine months, few restrictions and no rules on how to work. The end goal was to create a totally new poem and a totally new piece of 2D art. Last night, the following pairs unveiled their work:

Poets & Artists

Greg Byrd - Suzanne Clements
Rick Campbell - Denette Schweikert
Annette Clifford - Steve Lomazzo
Marcia Denius - Ellen Lindner
Darlyn Finch - Jerry Hooper
Lola Haskins - Derek Gores
Michael Hettich - Cindy Michaud
Ruth Moon Kempher - Nance Dillen
Fay Picardi - George Snyder
Jean Shepard - Carmen Beecher
Bonny Barry Sanders - Jini Janes
Miles Wallie - Monica Ebert

Kudos to Cindy Michaud, Denette Schweikert and Fay Picardi for the hours of work they put into the design and coordination of the event.

The poetry and artwork of Transformations will hang in the museum through June 6, 2010. Don't miss it.

Writers One Flight Up announces their next contest for writers.

Send the first 100-150 words, (not over) of your mystery novel. The success of any novel depends on your opening paragraphs, so entertain us, regale us, or terrify us!

The finalist will be selected and published in the summer of Pulse Magazine (2010). Works can NOT have been submitted or published anywhere other than to WOFU/Pulse Magazine contests.

Deadline for submissions is Midnight, Sunday, May 16th, 2010.

Send in MS Word document, 12pt, double spaced. Your name and contact information should be on the face sheet only.

Email to: infow1fu@writersoneflightup.com

Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) Competition


The Florida Writing Association 2010 RPLA writing competition is underway, and they will be accepting entries postmarked through July 16.

This competition is a service of the Florida Writers Association, and it was established to recognize excellence in members’ published and unpublished works while providing blind, objective, and constructive written assessments for all entrants.

They offer awards in 25- genre categories, and they judge published and unpublished works separately. That means there are 150 possible awards, plus special awards for Published Book of the Year and Unpublished Book of the Year. The awards are given at the RPLA Banquet, which is the highlight of FWA’s three-day annual conference. This year, the conference will be held October 22-24 at the Orlando Marriott, Lake Mary, Florida. The banquet will be October 23.

For additional details on the RPLA, please check out the Entry Package posted on the FWA website: http://www.floridawriters.net. This package provides instructions, genre-category descriptions, FAQs, and entry forms. Not an FWA member? No problem. Entrants may join FWA and enter the competition at the same time. The website will tell you how.

There is an entry fee to cover FWA’s administrative costs, but the fee goes up after April 30 (when the early-bird special expires), so entrants save a little if they submit before then.

The Florida Writers Association is a nonprofit trade association with more than 1,000 members, primarily in Florida but also from other areas around the country.

Act Now: Mystery in a Month -- Workshop for Aspiring Mystery Writers

Just a reminder-- Florida Writers Association St. Petersburg’s “Mystery In A Month” Work Shop is beginning to fill up, so if you plan to attend, get your application in soon. For details and updates check their website:

http://mysteryinamonth.wordpress.com/

Florida Writers Association ST. Petersburg to Offer
“Mystery in a Month,” an Innovative Workshop for Aspiring Mystery Writers

This spring the Florida Writers Association St. Petersburg is offering a hands-on workshop for Bay Area mystery writing enthusiasts. Under the guidance of three successful Florida mystery writers and a team of professional editors, workshop participants will spend three Saturday afternoons learning the intricacies of developing, writing and marketing a mystery short story.

The workshops will be spaced at two-week intervals to give participants time to complete their mystery before the last session, which will be used for a final critique and to provide participants with help in developing a marketing strategy for their story.

WORKSHOP DATES: April 17, May 1, and May 15
LOCATION: The perfect setting...A Corner of England Tea Room, 6297 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, Florida 33710.

FEATURED PRESENTERS:

James Sheehan, author of The Mayor of Lexington Avenue. (April 17)
Diane Gilbert, author of Literati Mystery Series. (May 1)
Diane Sawyer, author of The Cinderella Murders and other Avalon Mysteries. (May 15). A team of professional editors will help participants develop and write a marketable mystery short story.

For more information and details on how to apply interested writers should go to the workshop’s website, http://mysteryinamonth.wordpress.com/

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Holly Fox Vellekoop - Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist

Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award Quarterfinalist

Holly Fox Vellekoop’s unpublished novel, The Beach Boy’s Girl, out of 5,000 entries, has been named a quarterfinalist in Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award Contest in the General Fiction, Thriller/Suspense category. The Beach Boy’s Girl is a novel about how a mysterious group gains justice for victims when the court system and typical channels have failed to do so.

Rapists, human-traffickers, drug dealers and murderers are all targeted by this well-funded, organized scripted group who are set on planning the downfall of those who have beat the system and gone unpunished or escaped custody after capture by the authorities. The setting is the Indialantic/Melbourne Beach/Palm Bay, Florida area.

Readers are encouraged to go to http://www.amazon.com, go to the “Kindle Store,” and download a free kindle for their pc. After doing that, you may click on “buy now with 1-click,” which is free of cost, and the first 5,000 words of the book will be downloaded into your free pc kindle.

You can read the downloaded material and then rate and review the book. The list of semifinalists will be announced on April 27 and the three finalists will be notified of their status on May 17.

The final winner will be chosen from the three finalists on June 14 with the winner receiving $15,000 and a publishing contract for the winning novel with Penguin Group publishing company.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins with a Book, Donations


On Saturday April 10th, Ocean Publishing attended Turtle Fest in Flagler Beach to release their latest book title, Tracks in the Sand: Sea Turtles and Their Protectors.

Turtle Fest is an annual celebration to mark the start of the sea turtle nesting season in May. It’s a picnic block party, complete with tortoise races, live music and even the release of a rehabilitated turtle back into the sea. Authors Frank Gromling and Mike Cavaliere (two Flagler Beach/Palm Coast natives) were in attendance for signings, and 50% of their proceeds were donated to turtle conservation in Florida—to the Volusia/Flagler Turtle Patrol.

Tracks in the Sand is a very different kind of nature book. It not only outlines each turtle species, its threats, diets and habitats, but also explores a deeper personal side. Included are in-depth portraits of lifetime Turtle Patrollers, photographs mined from decades of volunteer work, local histories of turtle-related scandals (such as the beach driving and coastal lighting controversies of the last decade), and genuine heart. Tracks in the Sand is not just a book about turtles. It’s a profile of a state’s rich coastal heritage and a showcase of its characters.

You may not know it, but of the handful of beaches in the world on which sea turtles emerge in the summer months to drop their eggs—many are in Florida. It’s true; for over two hundred million years this enigmatic species has performed its nesting ritual right in our backyard. An ancient and fascinating animal, sea turtles once swam with dinosaurs and numbered in the millions. Now, of all six species inhabiting U.S. waters, every one is threatened with extinction. That’s where the Turtle Patrol comes in.

The Turtle Patrol is not just a funny name; it’s a tradition, a band of hundreds of volunteers in the Volusia/Flagler region who dedicate incredible amounts of time yearly to sea turtle conservation and protection. These enthusiasts are passionate, eccentric and absolutely unique, a culture entirely unto themselves. Their work reflects not only that of the greater global initiative, but also offers glimpses into the spiritual side of this kind of devotion, of human passion and compassion. Of human will and purpose.

An unlikely collaboration, Gromling and Cavaliere each lend unique talents and sensibilities to this work. They have created something special with Tracks in the Sand—a piece that is as at once a nature book and memoir, a work that is as educational and coherent as it is eclectic and personal.

Click HERE (http://oceanpublishing.org/tracks-in-the-sand.html) to read more about, and order, Tracks in the Sand: Sea Turtles and Their Protectors.

P.O. Box 1080
Flagler Beach, FL 32136-1080
(386) 517-1600
publisher@oceanpublishing.org
www.oceanpublishing.org

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Transformations - Article 4


Cindy Michaud provided the following information about the upcoming Transformations event.

Greg Byrd and Suzanne Clements

The last collaborative pair to be interviewed for the TRANSFORMATIONS project is Greg Byrd, a poet from St. Petersburg and Suzanne Clements, an artist living in Palm Bay. This is part of what they shared about working together in the creative process.

Suzanne Clements – artist - For the longest time I tried to force a process to the surface, at one time even contemplating tearing up a few of my paintings and creating a new work from the resulting snippets. Greg and I went down a number of paths before arriving at the finished pieces. We talked about themes we used in our work, symbolism and imagery we might employ to convey a certain concept or idea.

Greg Byrd – poet- At one point I remember thinking that my work really had very little in common with hers. My poems are often set on the shore, in the ocean, in the mountains, almost anywhere but in a room of a house. But as we corresponded, I found that we shared some of the same standard images and symbols. Her use of wood in a painting is evocative, she told me, of history and historicity. My poems return to wood in its many forms again and again.

SC - The thing is, while painting was a huge part of who I was for a number of years, painting is a very personal process for me. A dialog between me, the brush and the canvas - my works were very much like visual journals. It didn't feel right to apply that method to a collaborative project.

GB - At some points it seemed like I was busy when Suzanne was actively offering me work and that I was writing when she was busy. For this reason, the fairly long period of the overall project was helpful. As it turns out, both of us were “waiting for the well to fill up again” after enduring some dry spells.

SC - Near the end of the project, the pressure was setting in for me. It seemed my creativity was worn down and I'd have nothing but weakly executed work to hang. Then, world shifted abruptly. Upon my request, Greg Byrd sent me single lines and snippets from his writings and each struck me like a dagger. It was like I was reading a long lost journal of memories.

GB - I sent fourteen fragments from my poems I felt were imagistic or somehow meaningful. As I found out later, this proved a moment of synchronicity, as some of the fragments of my own work struck a chord in Suzanne’s life, and gave her a eureka moment for her part of the project. Viewing the photographs in her developing project sparked a couple tangentially-related poems and then “Homage to Alberti,” which is included for this project. (Alberti is one Renaissance artist credited for developing the visual effect of perspective.)

For more information about the project see: http://411.fit.edu/transformtions

Join us April 17 at 7:00 pm at the Brevard Art Museum as all 12 poets and their artist partners share their Transformations work for the first time. This unique presentation will include readings by the poets as well as discussions from each artist: don't miss it! A beautiful 100 page, full color book detailing the progress of all 12 pairs will be available at the Brevard Art Museum.

Project designers: Fay Picardi, Denette Schweikert and Cindy Michaud.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Bette Lee Crosby speaks to Women's Club


Author Bette Lee Crosby is shown here
with Anne Beyerle, Current President of the Vero Beach Women’s Club.

On Tuesday, April 6th, Author, Bette Lee Crosby, made a personal appearance at the Vero Beach Women’s Club, a group that is part of the International GFWC (General Federation of Women’s Clubs.)

Crosby 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. A prolific writer who spends a good part of every day at the computer, she is currently focusing on the collection of family stories and inspirational thoughts currently being published on her blog. Blog readers and subscribers find something new every day…from stories about Crosby’s own childhood and inspirational thoughts to literary news and stories about the other books and authors she admires. On the blog, Crosby hosts the online Book Club currently reading Cracks in the Sidewalk and every Monday the next chapter is published on the blog.

When asked why she allows readers free access to the award-winning book, Crosby answered, “Because this story is so powerful that it should be shared with everyone, regardless of whether or not they can plunk down twenty-dollars to buy the book. I want readers to know my work, to understand it and relate it to their own lives.” Crosby added, “If even one person reads this story and takes control of her own life because of it, then my work has all been worth the effort.” She laughed, “Bringing inspiration to a weary heart is not something that should be copyrighted.”

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 blog at http://betteleecrosby.wordpress.com

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Revenge Served Cold by Ft. Myers novelist Jackie Fullerton Slated for May 2010 Release

Revenge Served Cold by Ft. Myers novelist Jackie Fullerton will be available nationwide on May 1, 2010.

The latest mystery by Jackie Fullerton, Revenge Served Cold (Thomas House Publishing, ISBN: 978-0-9843815-0-0, $8.99, Trade Paperback, 300 pages, Fiction/Suspense, distributed in the US by Pathway Book Services) features Anne Marshall. A twenty-something court reporter by day, law student by night, Anne lives in a sleepy Midwestern college town with her fiancĂ© Jason, the town’s District Attorney. But Anne has a secret: Jason isn’t the only man in her life and the other man—the ghost of her father, James Marshall—still plays a big, and sometimes complicated, role in Anne’s life.

When law professor Elliott Spence is viciously run down and killed in an accident that’s quickly ruled a homicide, police quickly name the professor’s wife, Kathy Spence, as the prime suspect. After all, Kathy has no alibi, and her car, which matched eyewitness accounts of the hit-and-run, was found abandoned not far from the crime scene. But something doesn’t add up. Why would this seemingly-loving wife murder her husband? Kathy’s closest friend Shirley isn’t buying it, and asks Anne for help in clearing her friend’s name.

Once again, Anne becomes a reluctant but diligent amateur sleuth, and sure enough, her favorite ghostly sidekick shows up to help with the investigation. As the ghost/daughter duo set out to find answers, they quickly find that investigating this seemingly open-and-shut case opens up a colossal can of worms. There are some dark secrets lurking in the past—including several jaw-dropping events in the days before the murder, and a simmering rage that’s been building for over a century.

Now a ghost is certainly a handy thing to have in an investigation, but in real life, Anne is going to need some earthly protection. Anne Marshall is hot on the trail of a cold-blooded killer, and when the real killer catches wind of Anne’s sleuthing, there will be only one way to stop the investigation from moving forward— and that’s stopping Anne. For good.

An inventive and page-turning tale about a crime of passion and an unusual crime solving duo, Revenge Served Cold delivers a steamy potboiler of a plot and sizzling action.

Ohio native Jackie Fullerton is a successful businesswoman and attorney. She, her husband Tom and their dog, Flash divide their time between the Columbus, Ohio area and Florida. She is also the author of Piercing the Veil.

Members of the news media wishing to request an advance review copy of Revenge Served Cold are asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone- (615) 297-9875, or by email – maryglenn@maryglenn.com

The Fallen by Mark Terry


Oceanview Publishing is pleased to announce the release of The Fallen by Mark Terry (ISBN 978-1-933515-75-5, Thriller, Hardcover, 288 pages, $25.95). The Fallen is now available wherever fine books are sold.

Twenty world leaders meet for the G8 Summit in Colorado Springs. It seems impossible that a terrorist group could infiltrate the Summit. And yet they do. Within minutes, twenty world leaders are taken hostage.

Only one man can disrupt this plot. Derek Stillwater is that man.

Stillwater will wage war on the world’s deadliest, most sophisticated terrorist organization, picking off the terrorists one by one—until he comes face-to-face with an evil force from his past in the ultimate battle of good versus evil.

ForeWord Reviews says, "Engagingly written, The Fallen is real page-turner, everything a first-rate thriller should be."

Enjoy The Fallen. Please visit the authors on the web at: http://www.markterrybooks.com.

Oceanview Publishing
Bob & Pat Gussin, Susan Greger
http://www.oceanviewpub.com
Where great books are always on the horizon

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Cook-n-Rhyme with Kids by Diana Etheridge


About the book:

When her daughter, Melissa was 2 ½ years old, she became very interested in cooking and having stories and poems read to her. Diana combined the two desires and wrote a storybook/cookbook.

Diana believed that even young children could learn about nutrition and enjoy eating many kinds of foods if they helped prepare them. She developed a story about the nutrients and skill lessons to help Melissa learn basic cooking skills. Diana created a poem for each nutrient and for each recipe. She would read the poems to Melissa and then they would prepare and serve that recipe.

Melissa’s younger sister, Juliana, would watch from the sidelines, being too young to participate. However, as Melissa and Juliana grew older, and the family moved several times, the cookbook lay almost forgotten. Diana was busy with other endeavors. It would be her daughter, Juliana, an award winning graphic artist, and her granddaughters, Mara Belle and Ella Jane who inspired Diana to revise and publish the book. Juliana designed, illustrated, and prepared the Cook-n-Rhyme with Kids for publication. Mara and Ella loved the stories and poems and loved to help their mother, Melissa cook the recipes from Nana’s book.

About the Author:
Diverse interests have motivated Diana Etheridge all her life. She received her BA Degree from the University of Denver and her MA from Simmons College, Boston. She has travelled and studied abroad. She enjoyed careers as a teacher in public and private schools; as an editor of MY HAWAII by Jane Thomas; as a published poet; as a real estate agent in a variety of locations. She is a patent holder of a building process (http://www.flexystems.com); president and founder of EDEA™ the idea clearinghouse® (www.edea.com) ; and of CYBERNASTICS®, Inc. (http://www.cybernastics.com), a web-based exercise site.

She’s found time to have a successful marriage and be the lucky parent of two fine daughters.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Lee Boyland Review


Lee Boyland received a great review by Lloyd Lofthouse on PODBRAM. Thought you might all like to see it.

America Reborn:
Book III of the Clash-of-Civilizations Trilogy
by Lee Boyland (with Vista Boyland)
(Booklocker / 1-601-45912-2 / 978-1-601-45912-1 / July 2009 / 496 pages / $21.95 / Amazon $19.75 / Kindle $9.95)
Reviewed by Lloyd Lofthouse for PODBRAM
http://podbram.blogspot.com/2010/03/america-reborn.html

Congrats to Connie May Fowler on the April 2nd Launch of How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly


Advance Praise

…colorful characters…the result is folksy and sophisticated, and humorous yet at times grave and appalling…A seductive and thoroughly satisfying read. —Library Journal
Fowler...lends magic and voice to the singular Florida landscape and gives an interesting twist on the novel…we get to witness that the real truth is often the most risky tale to tell.—Booklist Fowler produces some singularly memorable characters…bringing [them] together…for an explosive conclusion. —Publishers Weekly


How Clarissa Burden Learned to Fly (April 2, 2010; Hardcover; $21.99) is a transcendent and original novel about one fateful day in the life of a woman on the verge of change.

The temperature in Hope, Florida reads ninety-two degrees at seven a.m. on the day of the solstice. For writer Clarissa Burden, her routine of being ignored by her artist/husband Iggy while he photographs nude twenty-something’s is jarred by the realization that her marriage is failed, her writer’s block is ever-present and the pains of her abusive childhood aren’t going away. The ghosts haunting Clarissa’s house empathize with her and yearn for her happiness, but they have watched her become complacent.