Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Shadow Cay by Leona DeRosa Bodie


Leona DeRosa Bodie sent in this news about her book, Shadow Cay ...

Shadow Cay was recognized by the blog Gelati Scoop as one of his picks for the list of top thirty-five novels of 2010. Giovanni Gelati, a Goodreads, Shelfari and Amazon Book Reviewer, said, “I hope I have pointed out some excellent novels by some very nice people that happen to be very good authors. Give them a shot if you haven’t already, there are some excellent debut novels in there as well as works by some of the giants in the industry.” For a look at the complete list, visit http://gelatisscoop.blogspot.com

Shadow Cay is Bodie's debut thriller novel. It has recently received endorsement from the president of the Florida Association of Forensic Professionals, and on October 23, 2010, it was named a Royal Palm Literary Award winner in the thriller/suspense category by the Florida Writers Association.

Now in its third year, The Premier Book Award recognized Shadow Cay as a must read, acknowledging it was most successful in achieving its purpose and meeting its intended audience's needs. They also recognized the novel for excellence, naming it their 3rd Place winner in the Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror category. The primary goal of Premier Book Awards is to recognize authors and publishers for superior achievements. The secondary goal is to assure readers that a book is truly of outstanding and well worth adding to their libraries.

Here’s what other people are saying about Shadow Cay …“Intense, chilling, entertaining novel…If you enjoy a good thriller, Shadow Cay will provide that and more. It sets a strong pace from the start with riveting action and dialogue. The beautiful Bahamas background adds contrast to the frightening action and gritty texture of the story.” —BellaOnline Mystery Editor

“Suspense and thrills. the storyline is deep and rich, flowing with characters that piece together like a fine jig saw puzzle, bringing forth a story that reels with adventure and intrigue…A real thriller, one that wraps around you and keeps you tied to the pages until the final curtain…Shadow Cay is a fascinating read, not to be overlooked. The search for morality and justice often finds you none. Shadow Cay tells the story as two justice seekers in Madeleine and Peter find themselves up against greed and corruption against a powerful corporation. Through their investigations, they may be risking their lives in this mystery set in the beautiful region of Miami and the Bahamas. “ —Midwest Book Review

For more information about Leona DeRosa Bodie and her books, visit her website www.leonabodie.com or contact her at leona@leonabodie.com or (772) 236-8042.
Shadow Cay is available at Amazon , your favorite retail bookstore, and locally at the Jensen Beach’s Barnes & Noble, the Vero Beach Book Center and Hearth & Hound Gift Shop on the island in Vero Beach.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bitter Legacy by H. Terrell Griffin: released December 20th


Description

After a week away, Matt Royal's ready to get back to the Longboat Key good life--good fishing, good food, good beer, and more good fishing. But Matt comes back to a bad situation: someone's trying to kill him. And whoever is trying to kill him is trying really hard.

Praise

"H. Terrell Griffin continues with his successfully humorous and exciting mystery series. I anxiously wait to see what the next Matt Royal story will bring. That it will be exciting and entertaining is certain. Griffin is a definite for my keeper shelf!" --Fresh Fiction


"Griffin's Matt Royal novels may be the closest approximation we have today to John D. MacDonald in his pulp-fiction prime. Griffin captures the mood and tone of the McGee novels nicely. Good fun." --Booklist

"Griffin knows how to keep the reader on edge and fills this fast-paced mystery with interesting characters." --San Francisco Book Review

"Through the weaving of some very well-defined characters, Griffin subliminally makes the reader turn the pages. Once you start, you'll find this is one book you won't be able to set aside." --Suspense Magazine

About the Author

H. Terrell Griffin is a Georgia native and board-certified trial lawyer who practiced law in Orlando for thirty-eight years. He is the author of three Matt Royal mysteries: Bitter Legacy, Wyatt's Revenge, and Blood Island. H. Terrell ("Terry") Griffin and his wife Jean divide their time between Longboat Key, and Maitland, Florida.

Publication Date: December 20, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-933515-96-0
Thriller, Hardcover
360 pages, $25.95

For more information... http://www.hterrellgriffin.com/

Monday, December 20, 2010

Protecting the Cittern by John Cammalleri


About the book:
Tony Giordano and his father Sammy have had a strained relationship ever since Tony's childhood. Tony recalls his father being truly happy only when he was strumming his cittern, an instrument whose origins are unknown to the family.

After moving to America to marry a woman he does not love, resentment and bitterness overtake Sammy, affecting all his relationships. The last six months of Sammy's life lead to a confrontation resulting in a discovery that will impact the entire family. Eighty years of family history are explored in this novel called a "mini tour-de-force" by Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.

Protecting the Cittern is available at all on-line booksellers, the Vero Beach Book Center, and as an e-book for all electronic readers.

About the author:
John Cammalleri was born in Paterson, NJ, attended Rutgers University, and spent thirty-three years in the corporate world in the areas of finance and logistics. Retiring in 2007, he and his wife, Evelyn, moved to Fort Pierce, Florida, and is a member of the Treasure Coast Writers Guild and the Florida Writers Association.

Fabulous Florida Writers

Jackie Minniti has decided to take the plunge into the blogosphere. She'll be updating and posting the articles from her Florida Authors series on her new blog, Fabulous Florida Writers. She invites you to stop by and sign up. She hopes it will help get the word out about all the wonderful writers that call the Sunshine State home.
Here's the link:

http://fabulousfloridawriters.blogspot.com/

Saturday, December 18, 2010

7th Annual Palm Beach Poetry Festival-January 17-22, 2011

Do you love poetry? You may want to check out the Palm Beach Poetry Festival, January 17-22 in Delray Beach, Florida. There will be six days of readings, craft lectures and poetry workshops. They are open to the public.

Stuart Dischell, Jane Hirshfield, Thomas Lux, Heather McHugh, Vijay Seshadri, Alan Shapiro, Ellen Bryant Voigt and C.D. Wright are the featured poets for the event.

Visit their website to learn more about this event: http://www.palmbeachpoetryfestival.org/

Tickets are on sale now! All festival lectures, readings, and public events are open to anyone who wants to experience the best of the best in the poetry world.

Writing for Children? Here's conference information...


If you write for children or are just beginning to write for children, there are many reasons to attend the SCBWI Winter Conference in January. It's at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City and includes a pre-conference day on January 28th followed by two conference days.

Agents and editors specific to books for children will be on hand and sessions are geared to this challenging genre. If you're unable to attend, but are interested in more information about writing for children, visit their website at scbwi.org

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

John Cherry to appear at Circle Books to Sign His New Release

Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010, recently named Best Beatles Book of the Year by Blogger News Network

Sarasota, FL.-Author John Cherry will sign his newest book, Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 at Circle Books (478 John Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota. Phone: 941-388-2850) on Saturday, December 18, 2010 beginning at 11 AM.

Recently named the best Beatles book of the year by Blogger News Network, Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 (Peppertree Publishing, ISBN 978-1-936343-42-3, Paperback, 210 pages, $15.95) presents a comprehensive and meticulously-researched retrospective on one of the world’s most successful singer/songwriters. Filled with fascinating details about the legendary ex-Beatle, Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 chronicles both the successes and failures of McCartney’s work as a solo artist—from his devastating departure from The Beatles in the 70s; to a rollercoaster decade of success and disappointments in the 80s; to his return to touring, and reigniting his career.

In this thorough and in-depth examination of the last four decades of Paul McCartney’s solo career, author John Cherry provides a detailed and thorough guide to McCartney’s music, influences, and lyrical interpretation. Moreover, Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 includes a careful review of McCartney’s songs, an eye-opening look at McCartney’s musicianship and the wide range of instruments he was able to play, as well as the vast and diverse group of musicians who played with McCartney over the years.

In the book’s foreword, Billy Harry, founder of Mersey Beat calls Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 “a welcome addition to the ever-growing exploration of the Beatles and solo-Beatle universe,” and adds that the book provides “a look into the most important aspect of Paul McCartney’s life—his music.”

A native of North Carolina, John Cherry retired from a career in college athletics fundraising in 2005. He now lives in Florida. Cherry is also the author of War on U.S.: How Policies and People are Destroying America and Better Than Lennon: The Music and Talent of Paul McCartney. Better Than Lennon was nominated for the “Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research Award” as presented by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

Available for purchase at www.betterthanlennon.com with special bonus items included, Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career: 1970-2010 is also available wherever fine books are sold.

The Peppertree Press is an independent book publisher based in Florida. Members of the news media wishing to request a review copy of Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone— (615) 297-9875 or by email—maryglenn@maryglenn.com.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Birds of Hope by Lloyd Behrendt

Birds of Hope by Lloyd Behrendt is a primer of discovery and wonder, to inspire kids about unintended consequences and how they can point the way to a sustainable future. Featuring more than 30 full-color photo oils of wild birds and rocket launches, it is also surely for adults who appreciate fine art of Florida subjects.

About the author and artist
Born at Guantanamo Bay Naval Air Station long before it was in the news, Lloyd's life as a dependent in an Air Force family led to his likely being the original Space Brat -- he got to watch the very first US rocket take off from a Florida beach. His family had tours of duty that took them all the way round the world and then back to Cape Canaveral.

Overseas, he saw the most fantastic range of art, architecture, history and cultures. Back in Florida in time to see Alan Shepherd become the first American in space, he has covered the program as a photojournalist since the launch of Apollo 14, and currently has over 300 launches on film (and counting!). The black and white still images freeze moments in history as they become his original photo oil paintings.

He is a proud graduate of the University of Florida, and continues to cover the US space program from Florida's launch site. He lives with his Australian Shepherds at Blue Sawtooth Studio, nestled in palmetto scrub, in the quaint town of Malabar. More work can be seen at www.bluesawtooth.com.

The book is on sale at Amazon.com

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mapping the Sunshine State Through History by E. Lynne Wright


E. Lynne Wright’s latest Florida book is the result of a collaborative effort with critically acclaimed photo editor and author, Vincent Virga. The book, entitled, Mapping the Sunshine State Through History, has just been published by Globe Pequot Publishers. The authors assembled this full-color, hard-cover book in cooperation with the Library of Congress.

Along with editing, Vincent, provided the map photos and a foreword describing the Library of Congress collection and the place of cartography in the world as we know it today.

Informative captions written by Lynne about each of the more than 50 maps, celebrate the history and culture of Florida and its people through the years. Her essays focus on how the maps mirror the events, values and lifestyles of the state from earliest to modern times.

Mapping the Sunshine State Through History reveals much to us about the world we live in today. The book is available online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and in bookstores.

Lynne is a former nurse anesthetist, whose short stories, nonfiction articles and essays have been published in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Hartford Courant, Mature Lifestyles, Woman’s Day, the Chicken Soup books, and numerous anthologies and literary magazines. She has previously published More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Florida Women, Editions 1 & 2, It Happened in Florida, Editions 1 & 2, Disasters and Heroic Rescues of Florida, all from the Globe Pequot Press. She recently completed a novel and collection of linked short stories and is at work on another Florida book for Globe Pequot.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Book Signing and Art at Art Expressions


Art Expressions Art and Fine Custom Framing at 1402 Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Arts District will be open late on Friday, December 17 for special Christmas shopping hours. (5:30 to 8:30pm). Come by and meet local author Lou Belcher and pick up her newest book: The Zen of Max.

On hand also will be Maria Garcia of Sugar Skull Art handmade leather bracelets and Amanda Pillow of Amanda Rose Studio Vintage Clothing, and more. Enjoy conversation with the artists and light refreshments all while getting your Holiday shopping done!

Other merchants said they'll be open too: The Laughing Mermaid in the little blue house at 1372 Highland Ave. AND The Antique Connection at 586 W. Eau Gallie will stay open as well.

All located in the Eau Gallie Art's District at 1402 Highland Ave, or call 321-259-1492. You can also find Art Expressions on Facebook.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

"The Space Between the Olives, A Story of Civic Engagement" by Lily Guzman

Thanks to Lily Guzman for placing a sponsorship ad on Florida Book News. Please click on her ad in the column to the right and learn more about her book.


The Space Between the Olives, A Story of Civic Engagement, a book dealing with youth, community activism and immigration issues, is now available.

Originally published in Spanish, The Space Between the Olives: A Story of Civic Engagement is based on a true story. It is a tale of courage, solidarity, civic action, and commitment.

Author Lily Guzman shows those interested in community development how to participate and act to improve the lives of citizens at the core of an organized society: the municipality. It is a much-needed example to inspire readers to produce significant changes in their own communities at the grassroots level.

Lily Guzman is currently an international business development consultant for LGA Inc. She represents the U.S. in the Ibero-American Union of Municipalists (UIM), an international municipal government organization, under which she has managed several exchange programs between U.S. institutions and Latin America and Spain, including the Stetson University faculty and students exchange program, the Stetson University law exchange program with the Universities of Granada and Malaga, the Latin American Studies Program Municipal Government Internship, and the yearly Latin American Mayors and Municipal Workers Workshop in central Florida.

Lily Guzman has also served as Latin America Coordinator for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Sister Cities Organization. She is the author of The Caterpillar Story/La Historia de la Oruga and Mas Alla de Mi, a book of poetry and short stories."

For more information about the book, visit: http://www.lilyguzman.com/subpage4.html

Writers' Workshop: Writing for Fun and Profit

Presenter: Valerie Allen ~ ValerieAllenWriter.com ~ VAllenWriter@cs.com

Saturday: January 8, 2011 Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Cost: $20.00

Sponsored by: City of West Melbourne

Location: Veterans Memorial Center
2285 Minton Rd West Melbourne, FL 32904
(Old City Hall on the corner of Minton and Henry)

Contact: Chris Johnson/Recreation Coordinator cjohnson@westmelbourne.org
Register by phone: (321) 837-7779
Payment: Cash or check payable to West Melbourne Recreation Department


Books by Valerie Allen
Sins of the Father
Suffer the Little Children
Summer School for Smarties
Write, Publish, Sell!

www.ValerieAllenWriter.com

VAllenWriter@cs.com

Message from Florida Book Awards!

Did you have a Florida author who published a book in 2010? You may want to consider submitting it to the Florida Book Awards!

Since we began in 2006, we here at the Florida Book Awards have been committed to celebrating the amazing Florida literary community that sustains us. We have grown to the most comprehensive state book awards competition in the country, and the only one with a Spanish language category.

We partner with several statewide organizations including the Florida Humanities Council, the State Libraries and Archives of Florida, and the Florida Literary Arts Council (to name a few!) to honor the best books written by Florida authors each year. To be considered, the author must be from Florida, except for our Florida Non-Fiction category, for which the author may live anywhere but the subject matter of the book should primarily focus on Florida.

In early March, medals will be announced in each of the eight categories. Gold Medal Award winners will be acknowledged at the Historic and Cultural Awards Ceremony sponsored by the State of Florida's Division of Cultural Affairs at the R.A. Gray Building in Tallahassee. All FBA medalists will be acknowledged at a banquet hosted by the Florida Library Association at its annual conference on May 5th in Orlando.

Visit our website at http://floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu for more information about each category and the submission process.

Our deadline for the 2010 competition is quickly approaching! All entries must be received no later than 5pm on Monday, January 3, 2011.

Check out our blog at http://floridabookawards.wordpress.com/ for announcements and news about the Florida Book Awards. Also coming soon will be author interviews, reviews, and tons of other fun features! We are also on facebook and twitter (FLBookAwards)

Let us know if you have any questions, and we look forward to receiving your submissions!

Best,
Jessica Critten
Communications Director, Florida Book Awards
http://www.floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu
http://floridabookawards.wordpress.com/
http://www.facebook.com/FLBookAwards

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Life, Love and a Sense of Child-Like Wonder by John Cherry


The Peppertree Press announces the release of Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010: Life, Love and a Sense of Child-Like Wonder by John Cherry

Paul McCartney’s Solo Career 1970-2010 (ISBN 978-1-936343-42-3, Paperback, 210 pages, $15.95) presents a comprehensive and meticulously-researched retrospective on one of the world’s most successful singer/songwriters. Filled with fascinating details about the legendary ex-Beatle, Paul McCartney’s Solo Career 1970-2010 chronicles both the successes and failures of McCartney’s work as a solo artist—from his devastating departure from The Beatles in the 70s; to a roller coaster decade of success and disappointments in the 80s; to his return to touring, and reigniting his career.

In this thorough and in-depth examination of the last four decades of Paul McCartney’s solo career, author John Cherry provides a detailed and thorough guide to McCartney’s music, influences, and lyrical interpretation. Moreover, Paul McCartney’s Solo Career 1970-2010 includes a careful review of McCartney’s songs, an eye-opening look at McCartney’s musicianship and the wide range of instruments he was able to play, as well as the vast and diverse group of musicians who played with McCartney over the years.

In the book’s foreword, Billy Harry, founder of Mersey Beat calls Paul McCartney’s Solo Career 1970-2010 “...a welcome addition to the ever-growing exploration of the Beatles and solo-Beatle universe,” and adds that the book provides “a look into the most important aspect of Paul McCartney’s life—his music.”

A native of North Carolina, John Cherry retired from a career in college athletics fundraising in 2005. He now lives in Florida. Cherry is also the author of War on U.S.: How Policies and People are Destroying America and Better Than Lennon: The Music and Talent of Paul McCartney. Better Than Lennon was nominated for the “Excellence in Historical Recorded Sound Research Award” as presented by the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.

Available for purchase at www.betterthanlennon.com with special bonus items included, Paul McCartney’s Solo Career: 1970-2010 is also available wherever fine books are sold.

The Peppertree Press is an independent book publisher based in Florida. Members of the news media wishing to request a review copy of Paul McCartney’s Solo Music Career 1970-2010 are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone— (615) 297-9875, or by email—maryglenn@maryglenn.com.

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff By Don Bruns Launched this Week

Book Description

Hired to investigate what's causing the chaos at a traveling carnival, James Lessor and Skip Moore set into motion a dizzying, roller-coaster chain of events. But when a carnival worker is murdered, James and Skip better act fast . . . because they might be next in line.

Praise

"The patter is snappy, the action is fast, and the characters are so believable that a reader would recognize Skip and James if he or she met them on the street, at an evangelist's tent, or at a carnival. How a book can be so madcap and yet so believable is part of Bruns' art." --Fresh Fiction

"The compadres of More or Less Investigations have the same kind of zany chemistry as Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and her partner Lula. Those looking for action and a plot with plenty of twists and turns will also enjoy Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and look forward to more hijinks from this unlikely pair of PIs." --Mystery Maven Blog


"Leavened with plenty of laid-back dialogue. Concludes on a cool cliffhanger. Skip's girlfriend, Emily, and their PI pal, Jody Stacy, who supplies the pair with spy toys, add to the fun." --Publishers Weekly


"A talented author. Some of the set pieces are wonderful. Also, there are thoughtful disquisitions on detecting methods that would impress Holmes." --Booklist


"An amusing mystery about two bungling detectives who crack enough one-liners to star in their own sitcom." --Mystery Scene Magazine

Don Bruns, Author

Don Bruns is a musician, songwriter, advertising executive, and award-winning novelist. A former road musician who traveled and performed throughout the U.S. with major entertainment acts, Bruns recently released a CD of original songs called Last Flight Out and performed two original songs at the 2004 Edgar Awards ceremony.

Visit Don's website.


Published by Oceanview Publishing.

Monday, December 6, 2010

The French Teacher by William C. Walker


William C. Walker's book, The French Teacher is currently #2 on the ten-bestseller list at the Vero Beach Book Center. Congratulations to Bill for that.

It's the story of Noelle Stevenson and her sister as they journey to France at the height of the Great Depression. They are taken in by a wealthy Frenchman whose obligation to their dead father was born on a WW I battlefield—the ultimate sacrifice that the older man can never fully repay.

The story is summarized best by the blurb on the back cover...
In the summer of 1940, the German military hurtles into France and Noelle must make a fateful decision. Should she put her career as a fashion model on hold and return to America, or remain in her adopted country and rescue helpless orphans from the Nazi onslaught? Quickened by the flame of desire for a dashing, French Naval officer, and emboldened by a chance encounter with Charles De Gaulle, Noelle discovers a reservoir of strength and a depth of love that together put her in the perilous crosshairs of the Gestapo.
About the Author

William C. Walker started his writing career as a columnist for a regional Virginia newspaper. During a thirty-five year span as a military pilot and commercial airline captain he began writing short stories and novels. His previous novel, Errand of Mercy, is also available on Amazon Kindle. He lives on Florida’s Treasure Coast with his wife and a fluff dog that likes him.

The book is available at the Vero Beach Book Center. It's also available from Catawba Publishing
Company
and as a Kindle download from Amazon

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Thanks for the Sponsorship


Florida Book News sends out its appreciation to Kee Briggs for his continued support as a sponsor of Florida Book News.

Kee has continued his sponsor ad on Florida Book News. This time it is in the image of his new book, Copper Shakes. It is the ninth in the Usher Orlop Mystery Series. Click on his ad in the column to the right and find out more about his books.

Or visit his website by clicking here.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Local Authors Showcase and Holiday Book Fair

Book Lovers on Your Holiday Shopping List?

Don’t Miss St. Pete’s Local Authors Showcase and Holiday Book Fair

What better gift for the book lovers on your holiday shopping list than a signed copy of a book by a popular local author. Don’t miss the Local Authors Showcase and Holiday Book Fair at the Main Library, 9th Ave North in Saint Petersburg. on Saturday, December 11th from 2 until 6 PM.

Eighteen local authors will be on hand to read from their works and sign their books, including (in alphabetical order) former St. Pete Times Book Editor Margo Hammond, former St. Petersburg Times columnist Mary Ann Marger, mystery author (Avalon series) Diane Sawyer and USF professor and multiple author (in Sci-Fi, memoir and mystery) Rick Wilber. Other local authors will be offering books on art, photography, poetry, biography, mystery, thriller, memoir, spirituality and zombies.

The Local Authors Showcase and Holiday Book Fair is being presented by the main Library in partnership with Florida Writers Association (FWA).

For more information contact fwastpete@gmail.com.

or

Sunny Fader, freelance writer
sunnyfader@tampabay.rr.com
www.sunnyfader.com

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Penny and Rio: The Diamond Collar Adventure wins Mom's Choice Award

Congratulation to Jennifer Swanson. Her third book, Penny and Rio: The Diamond Collar Adventure (July 2010) just won a Mom's Choice Award - Silver- for excellence in juvenile books. This fantastic book joins the first two in being awarded the Mom's Choice Award.

For more information, please see her website at www.pennyandrio.com