Saturday, January 29, 2011
SEAsoned: A Chef’s Journey With Her Captain, a delicious travel adventure takes readers on an journey aboard a yacht into the heart of working for your husband and staying afloat during the first year of marriage.
Victoria’s Recipe for Marriage
Take two adventurous newlyweds, place them on a floundering yacht wrought with problems. Make the husband the captain and boss of his wife the chef. Add two inexperienced crewmembers, an anorexic diva and her bully of a husband, a CEO who thinks he’s in charge, a randy wife who is bored of her own marriage and looking for a diversion and a drunken first mate. Stir it up with a violent storm and rapidly flooding engine room. Apply pressure and watch the situation simmer to a boil.
Sprinkled with over 30-mouthwatering recipes and spiced with tales of adventure, SEAsoned is the hilarious look at a yacht chef’s first year working for her husband while they cruise from the Bahamas to Italy, France, Greece and Spain; trying to stay afloat.
Victoria’s first book, Sea Fare: A Chef’s Journey Across the Ocean was released to critical acclaim and won the prestigious Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Award for Travel. A chapter from Sea Fare was included in Rita Golden Gelman’s food anthology Female Nomad and Friends and another won WanderWomenWrite’s travel writing contest, 2010.
Victoria Allman is a regular columnist for Dockwalk Magazine, an international magazine for yacht crew as well as Marina Life Magazine. She has been a yacht chef for 12 years and traveled through the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Bahamas and the South Pacific gathering recipes and tales for her stories.
SEAsoned: A Chef’s Journey With Her Captain, was released by NorLightsPress, January 2011 and is available through Amazon www.amazon.com and Barnes and Noble www.bn.com.
Victoria is available for interviews at firstname.lastname@example.org or through her web-site, www.victoriaallman.com.
By S. Rosewell
From the author of Bebe and the Binoculars comes a wonderful collection of children’s poetry. S. Rosewell invites young readers to indulge in A Time to Rhyme, an engaging book filled with enchanting illustrations done by Bobbi Q. Brown.
The first in a series of four rhyming books, A Time to Rhyme is sure to become a household favorite. Fun, silly, imaginative and easy to read, this charming book has something for children of all ages.
The author looks forward to hearing from young readers at bebestone.com. Available now at Xlibris.com and Barnesandnoble.com
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Lou Belcher will be featured at Art Expressions Art and Fine Custom Framing during the First Friday ArtWalk on February 4, 2011.
The Zen of Max is the perfect book to give as a gift during this month of friendship and love. Read the touching story of friendship that transcends species. It's the story of an ordinary cat that made an extraordinary difference in life.
Stop by Art Expressions during the ArtWalk to meet Lou (and, it's a sure thing that Flat Max will be there to greet you as well).
Art Expressions Art and Fine Custom Framing is at 1402 Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne. Stop by between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm on Friday, February 4, 2011. See you then.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Returns to Amelia Island to Launch her Latest Book
Mary Alice Monroe, NY Times best-selling author, will speak at the "Butterflies Are Free" breakfast event scheduled Tuesday May 10 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Monroe spoke to a sold out crowd at the First Annual High Women's Weekend in May of 2011.
Monroe shared, "I fell in love with Amelia Island when I visited in October and am excited to return. I met so many wonderful people who are committed to our environment. "
The breakfast will benefit "Wild Amelia Nature Festival", May 18-20. Volunteers will coordinate with Monroe to release monarch butterflies after the breakfast event. School groups are welcome.
Wild Amelia is an exciting 3-day festival celebrating the bioregion around Amelia Island and includes nature tours, photography workshops, green business expo, the "Kid's Niche", visiting critters from the Jacksonville Zoo. Check website - www.wildamelia.com for more information.
The Butterfly's Daughter, like many of Monroe's books offers insights that resonate with women and offers wonderfully, educational information about the natural world-this time the monarch butterflies. Mary Alice will discuss the powerful and inspiring parallels of self discovery with the miracle of metamorphosis and migration.
Tickets are $50 and include a signed copy of the newly released The Butterfly's Daughter and a gift of milkweed seeds for your garden. Breakfast starts at 9AM and butterfly release immediately following. Tickets can be purchased at Red Otter Outfitters, the Golf Club of Amelia after March 15 or contact Dickie Anderson at email@example.com/ 904 556 6455. Tables can be reserved.
Do fear and anxiety control your life? Tampa minister Lenin Perez, Jr. helps readers overcome these negative thoughts in his new book titled “The Sixth Sense: Fear.”
In the book, he encourages readers not to let fear hold them back from being the person God predestined them to be. This motivational book shows how to live out the powerful promises that God has made and how one can receive the power that He intended people to have.
Perez stresses the importance of knowing and claiming the truth of Scripture. He also encourages readers to understand the power of the spoken word through acts, such as prayer and praise. Armed with this knowledge, he believes anyone can prevail over the fears and worries that plague life, and instead, find confidence in any situation through their relationship with God.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
About the Author
Rev. Perez is founder of Mount Tabor Bible College located in Tampa, Florida. He is a boxing coach and an international speaker. He has earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Minnesota Graduate School of Theology and a master’s degree from Tabernacle Bible College.
For more information, please contact Terry Cordingley, Marketing Representative, at (888) 361-9473 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
"Jude Bagatti's Fauna, Flora & Fantasy
is a multi-media charmer, smoothly fusing photography,
poetry and prose in a book that pleases from beginning
to end. The photos are lively, original and often witty,
constantly enriched by the accompanying words.
Let's hope this is just the beginning of a series."
Jude Bagatti, Photo/Writer
has published her new Book,
Faun a, Floria & Fantasy
(in Film & Phrase)
Details: A Nature Collection in Full Color and Black & White Film Photography.
Images include Invertebrates, Sea Life, Reptiles, Mammals, Birds, Insects,
Trees, Fruits and Flowers, Accompanied by Author's Poems, Anecdotes &
Short Stories. A welcome and fun gift for nature lovers of all ages.
Size 8" x 11" soft cover, professional binding, 99 pages of sharp, vivid images
on quality paper.
Most photographs in book are available also as individual prints in size you order
up to 12" X 18".
Service: Signed books can be shipped for you anywhere in the U.S.
Just send addresses with payment.
Purchase: Local folks pay $25.00 for in-person pickup or delivery.
By mail - Check or M. O. for $29.00 (includes shipping) to:
Ms. Jude Bagatti
5127 - 12th Ave. South
Gulfport, FL 33707
Contact the author at email@example.com or 727-322-6211
In addition, Jude Bagatti has an essay, "Another Miami Moon," published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving and Recovery issue which will be in bookstores Feb. 1st, 2011. On Valentine's Day, Monday, Feb. 14th at 2 PM, Bagatti is scheduled for a Fauna, Flora & Fantasy book-reading/signing at the St. Pete Beach Library, 365 - 73rd Ave., SPB.
Monday, January 24, 2011
The UCF Book Festival in association with the Morgridge International Reading Center at the University of Central Florida invites you to join us for one of Florida's premier literary events, featuring renowned national and local authors, book signings and sales, exhibits, book appraisals, and special children's activities.
The 2011 UCF Book Festival will be held April 16, 2011 at the UCF Arena in Orlando.
For more information visit our website: http://education.ucf.edu/bookfest/index.cfm
Saturday, January 22, 2011
January 28-29, 2011
International Palms Resort & Conference Center
1300 North Atlantic Ave.
Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931
The Space Coast Writers' Guild is pround to present their Annual Writers' Conference in January 2011, featuring keynote speaker Susan Elizabeth Phillips. The conference is open to the public. The conference will feature guess speakers, special workshops and appointments with agents and editors. Visit their website for more information: http://www.scwg.org
In her best book yet, Sarah Case Mamika has packed the rhymed text of The Blue Crocodile with wonderful messages for children about friendship, the need to be liked, and acceptance of others just the way they are. This book is for ages 3 through 9, but I enjoyed reading it too.
Nicolas Peruzzo has illustrated this book with wonderful, engaging images that make you want to love these characters. Their expressions help to tell the story and give readers much to talk about.
Sarah Case Mamika is a Florida writer. She has also written Little River Dog and First Snow.
The book is on amazon.com, and BooksAMillion.com., as well an Ingram, Baker & Taylor, etc.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Monday, January 17, 2011
Writers seeking feedback and publication can enter the WC2 free of charge if they've signed up for the 9th annual NPC Writers' Conference. The Naples Writers' Conference is scheduled for April 9 and 10, 2011, but the deadline for the contest is February 16, 2011.
The press club has lined up a slate of excellent industry professionals as judges who will be returning score sheets with commentary for each MS, whether it's the winning MS or not.
Find all the details--and the mid-February deadline--under the Writers' Contest tab at http://www.AuthorsAndBooksFestival.org now.
Sunday, January 16, 2011
How To Slay A Dragon, Book One, The Journals of Myrth
Author: Bill Allen
Genre: Middle-grade * Fantasy * Dragons, Magic
Book one of a series
Publishing Date: January 2011
260 pages * Trade Paperback 14.95
and Ebook 12.95
Available via Ingram, Brodart, Baker & Taylor; multi-platform ebook for Kindle, Nook, Apple, Sony, Kobo
Oh, Greghart was his name, Dragon slaying his game, And he didn’t fear a thing on this Myrth. He’d face any sensation, Laugh at decapitation, Even incineration, or worse.
Greg Hart can't slay a dragon. He'd be lucky to win a fight against one of the smaller girls at school.
His only real skill is that he can run faster than any other twelve-year-old boy in his class, a necessity, since that's who he's usually running from. Oh, it's not like he's never been the hero at the center of an adventure. It's just the kind of adventures he's been involved with have always been the made-up kind he's written about in his journal.
Now the magicians of Myrth have yanked Greg into a strange new world, where the monsters he must run from are far scarier--and hungrier--than anything he's ever run from before. He tries to tell everyone there's been a mistake. Ruuan is a very large dragon, while Greg, on the other hand, is neither large nor a dragon. He's barely much of a boy. Unfortunately, such trivialities could never stop the people of Myrth from believing Greg will rescue King Peter's daughter from Ruuan. After all, Greg has been named in a prophecy, and no prophecy has ever been wrong before.
Why, Greg wonders, does he have to be at the heart of the first one that is?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bill Allen may be described as an unusual man who has accomplished an unusual many deeds. In fact, it has been said that if you total up all the things he claims to have done, he cannot possibly be less than seven hundred years old.
No one knows if this is true. All that is certain is that for the past twelve years he's been living in Melbourne, Florida with his wife, Nancy, writing software by day and, well, mostly sleeping by night. Every now and again he writes stories, too. But then I guess that's why you're here. Visit him at www.billallenbooks.com
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
It's January, the perfect month to curl up with a good book! With that in mind, we bring you a brand new paperback - Twilight Warrior.
This special book is about not letting the past define who we ultimately become. It's about the courage to go forward and start new, so January was the perfect month for its release! The mystery revolves around the search for a serial killer and the cost of failure.
The reviewers have greeted the book with many positive remarks - all but one. She thought we gave the dog in the story too large a role. David and I are dog people, so once you guys read the book, write in and let us know what you thought.
As always, copies are available almost anywhere, but for signed copies contact Bookworks in Albuquerque - (505) 344-8139 or bkwrks.com.
We'll be in Cocoa Beach at the end of this month at the Space Coast Writer's conference. If any of you are in the area, please stop by. We'll be signing books there and would love to meet you!
Here's the information:
January 28-29, 2011
International Spa Resort, Cocoa Beach
(formally the Holiday Inn)
1300 North Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Other news: This fall marks the appearance of BLACK THUNDER, our next Ella Clah mystery. Also, a Hollywood production company renewed their option for the Lee Nez Navajo vampire series. Is there a movie in our future? Stay tuned.
Walk in beauty,
Aimée and David Thurlo
For information about the conference, visit http://www.scwg.org
Saturday, January 8, 2011
In his book, “Grace Anonymous,” Allen describes how he started drinking at age fourteen and eventually entered rehab for the first time at age twenty-seven. After several tries he finally became sober and remained sober for eighteen years.
Believing he was “cured” and could handle “moderate” drinking, he started again, but found he couldn't stop and soon lost his wife, his children, his job, and everything he owned. In the midst of his drinking, detoxing, rehab, and drinking cycles, he met his third wife and finally became sober again, which inspired him to write this book.
Shortly after writing this book, the damage to Allen's body took its toll. This is his story, his struggle, and his hope to help readers undergoing the same experiences. There is hope.
Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com.
Allen wrote this book to share his story and to offer the gift of hope for the suffering alcoholic. It is never too late if one believes and works through the steps of AA that recovery can happen.
Katie Gattman, of Port St. Lucie, Florida, will be promoting the book in her late husband’s memory. For more information, visit graceanonymous.tatepublishing.net, or contact Terry Cordingley, Marketing Representative, at (888) 361-9473 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Florida's Civil War Reenactors contains more than a hundred sepia toned photographs portraying Florida Reenactors at the Brooksville and Fort Pierce Reenactments. After attending the 2009 Brooksville Reenactment for photographic opportunities, Boris Robinson was taken with the energy and enthusiasm that the Reenactors displayed in their rolls. It is much more than just a casual hobby. Reenactors are historians and for themselves, they participate and survive for a few days as if living a 150 years ago. Many have ancestors who fought in the war and it is a way of preserving their memories.
This book represents a collaboration between journalist Peter Chapin and professional photographer SM Boris Robinson for the benefit of the Florida Reenactors. Peter Chapin interviewed reenactors at the 2009 Fort Pierce and the 2010 Brooksville Reenactments. The photographs were taken during the 2009 and 2010 Brooksville Reenactments and the 2009 Fort Pierce Reenactment. Considering the large number of people who participated in the three reenactments, the interviews represent the thoughts of only a few, but reflect the passions of so many.
SM Boris Robinson lives on North Hutchinson Island, Fort Pierce, Florida and has been making photographs for many years. Professionally, he is a technical writer and more recently an art gallery owner and commercial photographer. This is his first photography book.
Peter Chapin lives in Vero Beach, Florida and is a journalist with Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers.
For more information about the book and/or to purchase a copy, visit http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1888470
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Shadow of a Promise, the sequel to Passionate Promises, continues the story of identical twins, Sabrina and Sophie. As Sabrina unveils a surprising legacy in Passionate Promises; likewise, Sophie encounters her own revelation that rocks the core of her life.
Sophie’s perfect world has just been shattered. Shocked when one of her newborn twins is diagnosed with a life-threatening health condition, she finds herself thrust into an emotional abyss, fighting against events and circumstances that quickly escalate out of control, leaving her desperate for a resolution other than the one she is facing. Unable to accept the doctor’s prognosis, she finds herself alone in her quest for another answer to her baby’s medical crisis.
Sophie discovers she must deal with a secret that has haunted her for years; never considering there could be a connection between her past and her daughter’s future. In her deepest, darkest hour of despair, she cries out in agony for help with nowhere to turn. Gripped in grief and frantic, as time is slipping away, she struggles to make restitution, but will her efforts be enough to save her baby from an unacceptable fate? She questions if her purposeful estrangement to the legacy in Passionate Promises is somehow affecting her life in Shadow of a Promise.
This is Marlett's third book, a sequel to Passionate Promises. For more information, visit her website at www.patriciamarlett.com and contact her at email@example.com. This book is available for purchase at your local bookstore and online (e.g., Amazon and Barnes and Noble).
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
“Reading Builds Character: Win an Opportunity to Be a Character in the next Montooth Novel”
Challenge begins on January 1, 2011
RUSKIN, Fl. -- To celebrate the release of Montooth 2: Race for the Ryland Ruby by Robert Jay, a new book in the award-winning Montooth series, Cloverleaf Corporation Publishing is pleased to announce an innovative and extraordinary program for public and school libraries. Cloverleaf introduced the appropriately novel promotion for the new Montooth book release at the American Library Association conference with an invitation for all school and public libraries to get involved in the “Reading Builds Character: Win an Opportunity to Be a Character in the next Montooth Novel” challenge.
In conjunction with the release of Montooth 2: Race for the Ryland Ruby (ISBN: 978-0-615-40119-5 , Hardcover, $27.99) Cloverleaf Publishing will give away 5000 hardcover copies of Montooth and the Canfield Witch, 1500 hardcover copies of Montooth 2: Race for the Ryland Ruby, as well as display materials and entry forms for participating librarians.
Entrants are encouraged to read both Montooth and the Canfield Witch and Montooth 2: Race for the Ryland Ruby and complete a brief survey detailing their impressions about the characters, the plot, and the overall series. The judged part of the entry requires submitting a suggestion, of thirty words or fewer, for a plot or character development to be incorporated into the next book in the series. Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges and the winning entrant will have his or her name, and the name of the participating librarian, used as secondary characters in the third book in the Montooth series, Montooth 3, which is slated for release in February 2012.
For full details and eligibility requirements, please visit: www.montoothlibrarycontest.com.
The Montooth series is a charming and mesmerizing Adult/Young Adult suspense series featuring Catherine “Carty” Andersson, who is 16 years old at the start of the second book. Featuring true-to-life characters living in an era without television, cell phones, and iPods, the Montooth series harkens back to a simpler era. Rich with historical detail, and potentially deadly suspense, the Montooth books are sensational stories about the capable, captivating and clever Carty and her three brave male friends, with whom she shares a tremendous bond of courage, loyalty and respect—and some incredible adventures.
Montooth and the Canfield Witch has won numerous awards, including: Royal Palms Literary Awards—Winner, Historical Fiction category; Young Voices Literary Awards—Winner, Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction category; Young Voices Literary Awards—Winner, Mystery/Suspense Young Adult Fiction; and Young Voices Literary Awards—Winner, Adult Fiction.
Cloverleaf Corporation Publishing is an independent press headquartered in Ruskin, Florida. The Montooth books are available for purchase on Amazon.com, at www.montoothbooks.com, or toll free at (888) 388-1882. Members of the news media wishing to request more information are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone: (615) 297-9875, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following book review of Death Cruise by Dan Anderson appeared in the January Issue of The Infinite Writer magazine. Death Cruise was also selected as The Infinite Writer's Book Of the Month.
"Every now and again a writer comes on the scene with a voice and style that is uniquely his. Author Dan Anderson is, happily, one of these. In his new book, Death Cruise, second in the Chauncey McFadden series, it is obvious why Dan is considered one of the most fascinating and entertaining voices in the mystery field today.
"Death Cruise follows in the award-winning tradition of the first Chauncey McFadden novel, Bad Vibrations, which won numerous literary awards including the FWA Royal Palm Award, the Books & Authors Murder Mystery Book of the Year, and the Independent Publishers IPPY Book Award-Silver Medal, Best Regional Fiction. His latest offering is destined to follow in its predecessor's footsteps.
"The opening line grabs the reader's attention and urges him to turn page after page. There is never a let-down. Anderson's descriptions and imagery fire the imagination and set the reader right in the middle of the action. He is a master at combining edge of the seat mystery with hilarious asides that temper the graphic descriptions. This reader may never again look at a chicken the same way.
"Chauncey McFadden, a rotund Los Angeles P.I. receives a frantic phone call from the president of a Miami-based cruise line. Two employees have been killed in port and Chauncey is hired to solve the crime and prevent further atrocities. The portly, wisecracking Chauncey has limited homicide experience, but naively accepts this job thinking it will be little more than a free vacation. However, things quickly fall apart as the body count climbs on board ship and in Caribbean islands ports of call. A shipment of drugs being smuggled into Miami disappears from the ship before its delivery, which unleashes a vengeful vendetta upon everyone in its path."
Dan can be contacted at email@example.com, his website at www.murdermayhemmalice.com, his Facebook page www.facebook.com/dan.anderson2 or his Linked In website http://www.linkedin.com/pub/daniel-anderson/10/558/950.
Saturday, January 1, 2011
In his latest book, Fly By Wire, Ward Larsen hooks the reader on page one when the C-500 innovative cargo plane falls from the air for no apparent reason. Jammer Davis, a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot is assigned to the investigative team.
Not a team player, Jammer designs his own style of methodical investigation. He begins to piece together what might have happened when suicide bombers complicate matters by attacking oil refineries throughout the world. Is there a connection? Can the investigation proceed quickly enough to keep governments throughout the world from chaos and financial markets from crashing?
Larsen has rolled out an intriguing plot that melds well-developed, believable characters with action expected of a thriller.
For more information about the book and where to purchase it, visit http://www.wardlarsen.com/
Create comfort food with a flair.
Stuart Borton does it every day as chef-owner of the Yellow Dog Café, and he has written a cookbook that brings the home cook into his kitchen. In the colorful, 216-page Yellow Dog Café Cookbook, he shares his shortcuts for being a well-prepared cook, which takes the simplest meal to new heights or makes the most complicated meal easy to prepare.
Borton’s easy-to-read, easy-to-follow volume covers a wide range of culinary delights, from appetizers and sauces to main courses and desserts. The recipe for Yellow Dog’s signature Onion-Crusted Chicken is included, as is one for its whimsical, dog-shaped sugar cookies. So are simple instructions for classic dishes like Manhattan clam chowder and quiche, and even one for quick pizza dough. And you guessed it, recipes to please the canine palate are included too.
The Yellow Dog Café Cookbook costs $28 and is available at the Yellow Dog Café, 905 U.S. Highway 1, Malabar, FL 32950, Southern Book Service 1800-766-3254 and at Barns and Noble as well as other retailers. For information, call (321) 508-8550
Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson is a childhood friend of Cherie Stannard who was paralyzed in a car accident on September 30, 2010. St. Hilaire Nelson is an Orlando area fine artist who called on her network of artist friends in order to put together a fundraising book.
"Art with Heart" is a 52-page book that features artists from all over the country as well as internationally. These artists all donated one image to be published with their contact information in the book. St. Hilaire Nelson hopes that everyone featured in the book might know someone who would purchase it.
The cost of the book is $55.95, it's a hardcover, image wrapped, full color on premium paper. The proceeds ($12 per book) go to Cherie's family for modifications to her sister's home (adding ramps and widening doorways) so that Cherie can live with and be cared for by her sister and brother when she returns from rehab in Atlanta. Cherie's siblings have had to quit their jobs and attend rehab with her so that they can learn how to provide her 24-hour care. The family will be spending Christmas at Shepherd Center this year.
To learn more about Cherie and to view a sample of the book go to www.CherieStannard.com