Friday, April 29, 2011

Florida Publishers Association Spring Conference - May 14th

The Florida Publishers Association is offering a Spring Conference on May 14th in Downtown Orlando. You are invited to attend. This will be a great event for new and seasoned writers.

Workshop: Marketing Your Writing

It's almost here! Quick, easy, inexpensive tips and ideas for marketing your writing.

Complete your registration and save a place at the marketing class.
Attached is more information and the registration form.

Class: Marketing Strategies to Sell Your Writing

Presentor: Valerie Allen

Sponsor: Space Coast Writers' Guild

Dates: Class #1: May 4; Class #2: May 11, 2011

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Cost: $11.00 per class

Where: MelbournePublic Library, 540 E. fee Ave, Melbourne, FL 32901

See attached flyer for more information and registration.

Bring your suggestions and share as we explore how to improve marketing your writing.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mystery Florida

Mystery Florida -- August 24-25, 2011 in Sarasota, Florida

The featured writer for the 2011 Mystery Florida: A Conference to Die For is Gayle Lynds. She joins an exciting line-up, in this two-day conference that features a Writers' Clinic led by Les Sandiford, technical and business panels, and forums on the craft of writing successful thrillers and mysteries.

This looks like a good one for you mystery writers out there. Visit their website to get more details and I'll be blogging about the conference from time to time...

Here's what they say about their conference... click here to read the details

Description: The intimate and interactive setting of MYSTERY FLORIDA is a rich alternative to cram-and-jam conferences that leave you whirling and wanting. Participants are offered two days of panels on the technology, business, and craft necessary to writing the bestselling suspense, thriller or mystery novel. The first day of MYSTERY FLORIDA 2011 features “special capacities” agents from the FBI and forensics specialists, plus literary agents, content and acquisitions editors, and publishing representatives. Day Two welcomes a host of today’s most accomplished and compelling writers of the genre. The Conference takes place in the airy, elegant spaces of the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, where the Gulf of Mexico meets downtown under unrivaled sunsets.

Watch for more details in the future...

Creative Writing Institute

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Here's the website for easy online registration and below is a summary of the free bonus events. Flier attached.

Free Community Presentations Planned for 2011 Creative Writing Institute, May 22-26

MELBOURNE, FLA.—Filled with a variety of free events, the Florida Institute of Technology Department of Humanities and Communication presents its Third Annual Creative Writing Institute, May 22-26 on campus. All the following events are free of charge and no RSVPs are necessary.

This year’s keynote speaker is novelist Susan Hubbard. Her presentation, “Transcending Genres,” will be on May 22 at 2:15 p.m. in the Gleason Performing Arts Center. A reception, registration, orientation and book fair, starting at noon, precede her talk.

Hubbard, a professor of English at the University of Central Florida, is the author of seven books, including her popular Ethical Vampire Series. This encompasses The Society of S, The Year of Disappearances and The Season of Risks.

Leonard Nash, author of You Can’t Get There from Here and Other Stories, will be the lunch speaker on May 23, 12:10-1:10 p.m., in the Hartley Room, Denius Student Center second floor. Also that day, from 4 to 5 p.m., a publishing panel will address writers of every genre and level of experience. Panelists will be Susan Hubbard, John Dufresne, Leonard Nash, Mike Salazar, Vince Courtney and Martha Powers. From 5 to 6:10 p.m., John Dufresne, the 2010 Creative Writing Institute keynote speaker, will read from his novels, also in the Hartley Room.

On May 24, 12:10-1:10 p.m., Terry Cronin Jr., M.D., the lunch speaker, will read from The Skinvestigator: Tramp Stamp. The dinner speaker, from 5 to 6:10 p.m., will be Susan Hubbard who will read from one of her novels; both events are in the Hartley Room.

The May 25 lunch speaker, 12:10 to 1:10 p.m., will be Martha Powers, reading from one of her novels. At dinner, 5 to 6:10 p.m., Vince Courtney will read from his works and, from 8:45 to 10 p.m., local film-maker and writer Cronin will present a screening of his independent film, Adventure Chefs; all this day’s events are in the Hartley Room.

Finally, on May 26, Michael Salazar will share one of his action adventure novels from 12:10 to 1:10 p.m.; John Torres will read from his works at dinner from 5 to 6:10 p.m., and Open Mic, led by Pamela Gieswein from 8:45 to 10 p.m., will offer a creative celebration of artistic talent from anyone attending who would like to participate. All this day’s events are in the Hartley Room.

The Hartley Room is located on the second floor of the Denius Student Center, in the heart of the campus. For more information, contact Margaret Moore at or call (321) 674-7248. Visit the website:

For those who wish to enroll in specific classes of the institute, offered for a fee, class sizes are limited and early registration for these is recommended.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Yellow Ochre Stain by Kee Briggs

Kee Briggs is the author of the Usher Orlop Mystery Series. I've followed that series for years. Now... I'm excited to know that Briggs has just released The Yellow Ochre Stain as the first in the Sage Grayling Mystery Series. It's my opinion that he can't write the books in this series fast enough to suit me. I'll be reading all of them.

Sage Grayling, the main character of this new series, is an artist. As he is about to finish painting a large landscape on a wall within a mansion, his boss is murdered. He must solve the murder in order to clear himself of suspicion. Briggs has developed an engaging character in Sage Grayling. The dialogue is natural, the plot is intriguing, and supporting characters have interesting quirks of their own. I highly recommend this book.

About the Author

Out of the Pacific Northwest, through the Far East, and on to Mexico. Gathering experience, knowledge, and skills. Back into the family tradition of art. A sculptor-painter translating thoughts, experiences and impressions into tangible forms.

Now exploring the printed word. Kee Briggs is the author of The Usher Orlop Mystery Series, some stand alone novels in the areas of political thriller and science fiction. Now, he has published a new mystery series.... The Sage Grayling Mystery Series. The Yellow Ochre Stain is the first in the series.

To read more about Kee and his books, visit

Don't miss this great new book.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Tyrone Cotton, Frank Messina, Ron Whitehead performing in Florida

Don't miss the Southern Discomfort Tour featuring Tyrone Cotton, Frank Messina, and Ron Whitehead. They will be performing at various locations in Florida.

Ron Whitehead is the author of twenty-one books including Beaver Dam Rocking Chair Marathon and Western Kentucky: Lost & Forgotten, Found & Remembered and 31 CD titles including the classic "Tapping My Own Phone" and "I Will Not Bow Down."

Crowned "a classic" by the New York Times, Frank Messina is the author of Disorderly Conduct, and Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry which sold over 60,000 copies since 2009. He's performed his signature spoken word and music performances in over a dozen countries and all across America.

Tyrone Cotton is steeped in the blues, mixing folk, gospel, jazz, and pop to make American music which has been compared to Tom Waits, Dylan, Ray LaMontagne, and Johnny Cash. He has shared the stage with the legendary Blind Boys of Alabama, Johnny Winter, Jolie Holland, and Grammy nominated artist James Hunter.

Click here and learn about the dates and times and other details of these performances. You'll find one close to you in Orlando, Gainesville and Cape Coral between May 1st and May 8th.

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Art of Illustrated Travel Journaling with Diana Hollingsworth Gessler

Diana Hollingsworth Gessler lives in Melbourne. She has written and illustrated five books and is the travel writer/illustrator for Southern Lady magazine. Diana works in oils and watercolors and has been represented by Shaw Gallery in Naples and Bonita Springs for 18 years.

Diana has kept illustrated journals for over 40 years. In her unique workshops she teaches you how to travel as she does—seeing with artist’s eyes by traveling slowly and recording things along the way that others often miss.

Students of all levels also learn Diana’s “Tips & Tricks” and the secrets
of creating charming journals with quick sketches, watercolor washes, “trip ‘toons,” caricatures, collage, artful layouts, fun maps, and colorful calligraphy.

Book News... LIVE Ringer by Lynda Fitzgerald

About LIVE Ringer

LIVE Ringer features reluctant investigative reporter, Allie Grainger, who returns to Cape Canaveral to claim her inheritance. Her only plans when she arrives are to give herself time to mourn her aunt’s recent death and the end of her six-year marriage to a philandering worm of a diplomat, but on her first full day home, she stumbles on a woman's body floating in the water at the Canaveral jetty, a woman who looks enough like Allie to be her twin sister.

Four men enter Allie’s life. Joe Odum is a childhood friend, all grown up and turned sheriff’s deputy. Cord Arbutten, the county sheriff, is the second, and he makes it clear he doesn’t want Allie back in town. The third is the editor of the local paper, who hints to Allie that he was her aunt’s lover. The last is a stranger who shows up in town the day the body is found. Allie is drawn to him until she learns that he was suspected of killing his wife a few years back.

Allie is pretty sure one of them is the killer, and she begins to suspect she might be his next victim. Summoning up courage that surprises even her, she begins trying to discover the truth; but when the bullets start flying, Allie gets the shock of her life.

LIVE Ringer is the first in a mystery series set in Brevard County, Florida. LIVE Ammo is scheduled to be released in late 2011.

About the Author

Lynda Fitzgerald is the multi-genre author of three published novels: If Truth Be Told, which is romantic suspense; Of Words & Music, a story that delves into family dynamics; and her latest release, LIVE Ringer, the first mystery in a series set in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Lynda is a Central Florida native, but she has lived in Georgia for almost half her life. Both places are home to her, and both are reflected in her writing. She currently lives just outside Atlanta with her three fur-children (dogs).

She studied creative writing at Georgia Perimeter College and Emory University. Lynda is a frequent speaker and teacher at creative writing seminars. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, The Florida Writers Association and the Atlanta Writers Club. Check out her website at, where you'll find more about the author and excerpts from all of her works.

The books can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell's, as well as through the MMP website

A Parenting Guidebook

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Halloween Mistake by Jan Salmon

Great book to prepare little ones for Halloween. It shows the preparation for the big night and how a first mate (daddy) will always help them through the rough parts. I can see fathers and pre-school sons looking through the unique art of the book and talking about the time they will have on Halloween. The rhyming text not only helps children remember the story, but makes it fun to read several times. Fathers will enjoy it too as it stresses the special bond they have with sons. This is a good seasonal read for little ones. And the fun of it is that they just might want to read it all year through.

About the author

Jan is a retired public school music teacher who now lives in Florida with her husband, Gary. They have two grown sons, Curt and Chris. She taught in Illinois, Colorado, and Michigan during her 28 year career.

She has always loved writing and often created songs, parodies, and original scripts for her musical productions when she was teaching. Writing a children’s book seemed a logical extension for her. Her story, The Halloween Mistake, is based on an incident in her own son’s life. This is her first book to be published. She also writes poetry, and has one short story that she would like to see in print. You may contact her at

To purchase the book, go to or Barnes and Noble

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Autography is rolling out for autographing ebooks.

Autography LLC’s patent-pending method for autographing ebooks makes it’s official debut at Book Expo America in New York, May 23, 2011.

With Autography, writers can personalize their readers' ebooks as easily as they do a physical book. Our service is device agnostic, working equally well on the Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo, Literati, or Sony eReader.

Right now, you stand in two lines at a book signing – one to purchase the book from the retailer and a second to have the author sign it. We’re reversing that order via technology. Because the actual purchasing transaction is pushed off until after the signature event takes place, the reader’s experience is significantly improved.

Readers can export the autograph page to their favorite social media sites (Facebook and Twitter), with more social media options coming in the next few months – and not just domestically. While Autography is designed for mobile media, it is also designed for the increasing overseas eReading community.

TJ Waters tested the system while on a USO tour last year. Over the course of 10 days and 20,000 miles, he signed copies of his ebook Prior To The Snap for troops in eight different countries – including one event on the flight deck of our plane, a KC-135 air-to-air refueler with the call sign “Turbo 99”.

Waters said, "I’ve also done a radio interview and ebook signing. From my home in Florida I did a radio interview with Irish Public Radio in Dublin last month. I got to talk about my ebook for 8 minutes on air and the station re-cut the audio into a 20-minute podcast on their website. In both interviews, I offered to sign ebooks for listeners. The last two minutes of the interview, including the ebook signing discussion, is on Autography’s Facebook page."

The Implications

What this means is the opportunities for book signings are virtually limitless. Authors can now go to where their readers are. It doesn’t have to be a war zone or a foreign radio station. Imagine sports, wine, and cigar bars – they can now host author events for whatever topics their customers have an interest in. Everything the author needs to conduct the event will be sitting on a tablet computer (iPad or Droid).

Authors will be able to conduct ebook “tours” via live streaming video, connecting with readers around the world while sleeping in their own beds every night. Think of the advantages over traditional physical book tours:

• No high travel expenses
• No lost writing time
• No inventory to manage
• No cash box to maintain
• No taxes to collect

TJ Waters submitted this information and we'll look forward to more information about Autography.

Book Signings with Betty Lane-Fagerlund

Keeping in Touch Book Signing Events

You are invited to attend book signings for author Betty Lane-Fagerlund

April 30, 2011
1 pm - 3 pm, at Boston Irish Cafe
100 N. Atlantic Ave.
Daytona Beach,, Fl. 32118

...and another on...

May 7th, 2011
1 pm - 3 pm, Java Junction
1543 Ridgewood Ave.
Holly Hill, Fl. 32114

If you already have a copy of Keeping in Touch buy one for a friend – this book makes a great gift!

For more information, please email author (

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sanctuary Island Inc. Unveiled And Peter The Peteeatrick Panda Visits Melbourne Beach Library

Indialantic, Florida. On April 2 Barbara and John O’Brien of Indialantic joined their son Marc at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia during the Global Health & Humanitarian Summit to unveil their new non-profit 501 (c) (3) charity Sanctuary Island, Inc. to more than 350 non- profit charities from around the world.

Using Cocoa Beach’s Blue Note Books Publication’s Special Person To Ride and Peter The Peteeatrick Panda’s Playground that were authored by Marc based on his own journey, Marc did therapeutic horse back riding in Florida. The presentation outlined the story and why Sanctuary Island Inc. was established. The mission is dedicated to servicing local wounded warriors, disabled, and children facing adversity.

Created by “Doc Hollywood” Dr. Neil Schulman Associate Professor Emory School, the Global Health & Humanitarian Summit that featured the local Space Coast speakers was an inspiring and passionate experience. The break-out session entitled Clowning, Creativity, & Making a Difference included Dr. John Glick from the Gesundheit Institute visionary Patch Adams MD founded.

“Marc’s journey has been so successful,” President Barbara O’Brien, RN, MSN and health care executive said. “Imagine how many warriors, disabled and children facing adversity could benefit from duplicating horseback riding, attending Peter events and writing/self-publishing challenges-accepted-challenges-met stories as her son did so well. They would like to replicate this experience and allow others to enjoy the same enhancement of self esteem.”

After the weekend conference, Sanctuary Island Inc. founders headed south back to the Space Coast for two reading engagements at the Melbourne Beach Public Library to teach children through story telling and coloring about health and life’s experiences. For two sessions the Las Vegas based author entertained the children and toddlers ranging in age from three to four years old with the story telling featuring a live action character panda mining in a way that the youngsters would understand.

“We really enjoy bringing this simple party experience to these kids and allow them to explore health care,” said the Barry University graduate author, “feeling comfortable about what happens at the hospital only makes the job easier on doctors and nurses and I hope Peter will make the child relax when being treated.”

To purchase books or to donate to Sanctuary Island Inc.. Please email: or call 321-728-7252.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Appreciation to Take Flight Literary Services

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

2011 - UNF Writer's Conference is coming in August... Save the dates.

Save the dates for the UNF Writer's Conference in August 2011 in Jacksonville Florida. It looks like a good one. Here's the website to check out the details... click here...

I'll be blogging about it from time to time to bring you the details. On Friday the University of North Florida in conjunction with the Florida Writer's Association will present workshops on a variety of topics; on August 6 and 7 the conference will concentrate on genre specific sessions and on August 7th the emphasis will be on e-publishing. And much, much more.

Visit their website and look around. It promises to be a great conference.

New Release: Pirates and Cartels by Lee Boyland with Vista Boyland

The Clash-of-Civilizations story continues in the first novel in the new series,

Office of Analysis and Solutions

“A terrifying rollercoaster ride through a world pummeled by terrorists, drug cartels, and piracy, Pirates and Cartels is thoughtful, charming and well-researched. The good guys are really good, the bad guys are so very bad…and the read is quick, impactful and fun. Another winner for Lee and Vista Boyland!”

~ Joyce Faulkner, President Military Writers Society of America, author of In the Shadow of Suribachi, Chance … and other horrors, Username, and Losing Patience.

Now available at the publisher (,
Amazon - and - Kindle
Barnes & Noble

Coming soon to Nook, Apple store and Books-A-Million

More information and links to all booksellers at:

About the book...

Mexican drug cartels invade border states and attempt to destabilize Mexico.

Following the Trail of Trash, Jihadies cross into Arizona with two backpacks that do not contain drugs.

Teresa Lopez, Erica Borgg and Melissa Adams go south of the border to identify cartel kingpins. Borgg and Adams are invited to a couple of cartel parties, and find it difficult to just identify.

La Mosca, the main cartel mole, upsets plans.

Somali pirates join forces with Islamic jihadies and take a small ocean liner.

President Alexander takes swift actions.

The U.S. Navy is ordered to rescue the hostages on the ocean liner.

What … you say?

Cartel pirates?

Somali pirates and Jihadists?

Can this really be true?

Once again the news catches up with our story.

US commander fears al-Qaida will link with pirates

By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press – Thu Apr 7, 3:41 pm ET

WASHINGTON – The U.S. military commander for Africa says he believes Islamists fighting the U.N.-backed Somali government are getting some funding from piracy there and that al-Qaida militants will link with the pirates one day too.

Army Gen. Carter Ham told senators at a hearing Thursday that the extremist threat coming from East Africa is the biggest concern of his U.S. Africa Command.

Ham says he believes the al-Shabaab movement fighting the government gets at least some economic support from pirate activity. Ham says that given that al-Qaida has links to al-Shabaab, it's only a matter of time before al-Qaida becomes associated with pirates as well.

The Cost of Courage by Joseph Cordaro

“The Cost of Courage” (ISBN 1456339958)

Lieutenant Commander Charles Courtland, a hero of the British Royal Navy, returns home from being wounded in the 1916 Battle of Jutland with scars that aren’t necessarily visible. Fighting the Germans during the war’s major naval battle has psychologically scarred Courtland – and his young son, Brent, who grows up emotionally distant from his father, but follows in his footsteps to become a naval officer during World War II.

Brent experiences his own horror, during the most secret mission of the war.

Although the book reads like a war story, its first half describes how strained family relations affect generations of friendship and romance. We meet Brent at age five, when his father returns wounded from the First World War. He neglects Brent, who grows up devoid of any true relationship with his father.

The book recognizes that while it might be easy to recognize the sacrifices made by wounded veterans returning from battle, it’s much harder to see the deep emotional and psychological scars many endure. Not so readily apparent are the aftereffects of battle on a soldier’s psyche. The author notes that war’s gruesome images and experiences not only affect the troops, but also their families.

About the Author

Joseph Cordaro, a New York native, served in the U.S. Navy, and was a professional aviator for 37 years.

During that time, Cordaro flew to the United Kingdom on numerous occasions. He came to know the English people and developed a deep respect for their pluck, determination, and courage. It was these attributes that inspired him to write this story of the Royal Navy, and how one family faced the physical and psychological hardships of two world wars.

Where to Purchase

"The Cost of Courage" by Joseph Cordaro, can be purchased on the Createspace E-store at or

Crossing the Stateline by Allan E. Ansorge

The second of the “Bay Harbour Mysteries

(Lady Lake, Florida, March 22, 2011) Author Allan E. Ansorge a resident of the village of Santo Domingo announces release of the mystery book Crossing The Stateline. It is the second book of the six book “Bay Harbour” series that debuted in 2009. The characters are back with the addition of a few new folks who will amuse and entertain in Ansorge’s quick witted style.

This edition answers several questions Crossing The Centerline raised about the residents of Bay Harbour’s past and adds a few new puzzles for the reader to solve. In particular, the two would be desperados Moss and Gibby (who first appeared 2 years ago in a fund-raising anthology for “Toys for Tots”) appear to lend their own view of right and wrong to a fast-paced tale.

As the epilogue of Crossing The Centerline hinted, someone sets off on a little journey, but:
“If your planned little getaway is interrupted by uninvited friends, a runaway heiress who claims to be an anarchist, drug dogs, DEA agents, and bodies start piling up everywhere you go. Maybe you should have just stayed in “Bay Harbour”.

Crossing The Stateline – has echoes of Evanovich. Ansorge’s wit alone is worth the read, but there’s a lot more than that. Buy this book!” Reed Farrel Coleman Three time Shamus Award winning author of “Innocent Monster”
All of Allan E. Ansorge’s books are available on his web page at and where ebooks and paper books are sold. Mr. Ansorge is available for appearances and interviews by contacting him through his web page.

About the Author

Raised in what was then a small Wisconsin farming community Allan did not see a real library until he was forced onto a bus to attend high school. There he found Holmes and Christie. After a successful career in business ownership he returned to his Florida home to spread imagination and humor to the enjoyment of we who wait to see, What Happens Next?

Apache Promise by Carol Didier

Can love survive in a land of fire and although promises are made, can they be kept?

COCHISE promises upon his life to rid Apacheria of the hated white-eyes who killed his family and are stealing his homeland.

KAYTO promises Amanda, his white wife, that he will come for her as soon as the fighting is over —if he lives through it.

AMANDA CARROLL promises to wait, but the hatred for all things Indian in Tucson may not let her keep her promise.

CAT EYES has wanted only one thing all her life and that is Kayto, and she promises that if she can’t have him, no one else will.

CANDICE CARROLL has fallen in love with the most unsuitable man but her heart promises to love him, in spite of it.

DAMON KNIGHT, a professional gambler, promises Candice that if she ever needs him, she can come to him, but it is a promise he has no right to make.

Follow the exciting continuation of a love that refuses to die in Apache Promise Amanda Carroll, the Eastern Baltimore belle, and Kayto, the Chiricahua Apache brave, from book one, Apache Warrior, April 2008 try to live through the nightmare that has become Cochise’s War of revenge to rid his homeland of all Whites-Eyes and Mexicans.

In the1860’s the Civil War is depleting the New Mexico and Arizona territories of the U. S. Army causing the Chiricahuas to falsely assume that they are winning their war. They do not realize that when the War-Between-the States end, the army will return with a vengeance to put down the Apache Indians once and for all.

With the war in full battle stage, Amanda is torn between staying in the Stronghold or going on to Tucson to be with her sister and uncle. Events precipitate her having to make the choice when it becomes too dangerous to stay. Her heart breaks at the thought of leaving Kayto, but she cannot countenance the fact that he is killing her people and knows it will eventually destroy their love. She realizes she must leave Kayto and return to Tucson.

The story opens with Amanda’s arrival into Tucson, dressed in Apache clothes, riding an Indian pony down the main street into town.

Look for the conclusion of Kayto and Amanda’s love story and the end of the wild and free Apache when they finally surrender and are put on the first reservation in Arizona, and Amanda becomes their first school teacher in Apache Winter due on Kindle on shortly.

About the Author

Carol’s passion is the American West and and its first Americans. She has been writing historical romances for 10 years and is happy to present her second book, Apache Promise, which follows Apache Warrior, published by Kensington Books in 2008.

Her stories are about the taboo love between a Native American male and a white woman in the 1800’s of Southwest America. Her stories prove that love knows no color, creed or race; it happens in the heart when and where you least expect it, and if allowed to grow, can conquer differences in culture, hatred, and personal loss.

She belongs to a local writers group, Space Coast Writers’ Guild, and serves on their board as secretary. Carol has also been published in Charisma and Literary Lift-Off magazines. In her spare time she writes inspirational vignettes, verses for greeting cards, and stories for her grandchildren. She resides on the East Coast of Florida. Please visit her web site and let her hear from you:

Friday, April 15, 2011

UCF Book Festival

Hope you had a chance to attend the UCF Book Festival on Saturday...

Mark your calendar for the University of Central Florida Book Festival. It's April 16, 2011 at the UCF Arena in Orlando, Florida.

For complete details, visit their website...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New York Best Selling Author - Mary Allice Monroe - Returns to Amelia Island

Breakfast, Book and Butterflies

Gourmet breakfast (by Flavour), signed copy of Monroe's latest Book, The Butterfly's Daughter, author talk, butterfly gardening tips and plants for sale.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Tuesday May 10 9 AM - $50

Tickets Books Plus and Red Otter Outfitters
or contact

Benefits Wild Amelia Nature Festival

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Florida. Author Shares ‘Unbelievable Journey’ in New Memoir

Janie Wilkins will be signing books at Methodist Church this Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. This is an Annual Craft Fair which includes baked goods and art. Our church sponsors this to help our mission work!

Memorial United Methodist Church
(Fair is in MaxwellHall from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M.)
4/16/2011 -Only local authors are invited to sign books as it is a art and baked goods event!
601 Centre Street
Fernandian Beach, Florida 32034
Anita Lay, Chair of Craft Fair

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. – In her new memoir, Janie's Unbelievable Journey: Inspirational Letters Along the Way, Florida author Janie Wilkins shares her incredible true story of life as a wife, mother, and educator.

She is a lifelong educator with a host of experiences and accomplishments. Growing up in rural north Louisiana, the daughter of a mail carrier, Wilkins went on to attend Louisiana Tech University and was the first student in Louisiana Tech's history to graduate with certification in library science and as president of Tech's first library club. She also earned a B.A. in English and social studies from Louisiana Tech University.

In her career, she has touched many lives through classroom instruction in English and social studies and by setting up numerous public school libraries in Brevard County, Florida. In her free time, she continued her investment in children by becoming one of World Book Encyclopedia's best sales representatives in the south. She was presented the keys to the city of Dallas for her outstanding World Book sales as a teacher representative.

Wilkins says the book is a legacy for her children and grandchildren—a piece of history recorded through photos, letters, and narrative to shine the spotlight on a successful, full life

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Active in the Methodist church, Wilkins has followed John Wesley's "call to serve" and has been a shepherd, participating in church missions, leading Sunday school classes and divorce recovery classes. She has also been an active citizen, working polls in local, state, and national elections. Her proudest accomplishments by far are her three adult children: Linda, Tommy, and Eric.

For more information, visit For promotional inquiries, please contact Terry Cordingley, Marketing Representative, at (888) 361-9473 or send an email to

Friday, April 8, 2011

RidingSolo by Lee Ravine

The Book: Riding Solo
For years, author Lee Ravine languished in a marriage that was both gratifying and frightening, never knowing when she would be elevated to great heights of ectasy or plunged toward the bowels of hell. Ravine shares her journey through love and lust, disillusionment and deceit and ultimately arrival.


Lee has written a moving story of life's journey. The process she describes is both an interesting and emotionally gripping story. The reader can empathize with the characters' situation to people and events in their own lives. -- Ben Adler, PhD

I highly recommend Riding Solo for anyone who seeks an honest, intimate, account of how a disordered mind impacts a relationship. -- Emily Rosen, MS, MA
About the Author

Lee B. Ravine holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a master of science degree in special education. She began her career as a paraprofessional with the New York City public school system and went on to teach her beloved special needs students.

After moving to Florida, she worked as a substitute teacher and volunteered as a domestic violence victim's advocate with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Ravine continues her volunteer work as a facilitator with the Center for Group Counseling and is available as a guest speaker.
Despite her busy schedule, she manages to find time to work on a novel exposing the closely guarded secrets hidden behind the gates of a country club community.

For more information, visit

Riding Solo can be purchaed at

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Focus on Writing: Tighten Up Your Writing with Patricia Charpentier

Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. - noon
$25 on or before April 16th - $35 after
Save $10 by signing up early!

Noted author, editor and teacher, William Zinsser said, "Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon."

Learn how to examine each sentence and get rid of the clutter. Be guided in choosing the right word rather than several inadequate words. Practice descriptive writing without the fluff. Garner the courage to identify excess and make those painful cuts. Workshop includes instruction, class discussion and group and individual exercises. Sign up right away; class is limited to the first twenty (20) people to register and pay for the workshop.

Click Here then click on "Classes" for more information and to register and pay online for the April Focus on Writing Workshop - Tighten Up Your Writing on Saturday, April 23, 2011 or mail a check payable to Writing Your Life to P. O. Box 541527, Orlando, FL 32854. Pay only $25 on or before April 16th and $35 afterwards. The workshop will be held at the Marks Street Recreational Center at 99 E. Marks Street in Downtown Orlando.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

New Book: Hazardous to My Health - The Marlboro Man I Knew

Hazardous to My Health is Marcia N. Hill’s memoir of the kidnapping of her and her two young children by Claude Hall, the third man to be used in the famous Marlboro Man advertising campaign by Philip Morris.

This story is not about cigarettes or smoking. It’s about abduction, rape and extreme abusive violence. It’s about fear. It’s about one man’s powerful influence over the police and politicians in Hawaii, California and Nevada. It’s about the evil brutality of one Claude Hall, the Marlboro Man. It’s also about survival… For four long years she survived. Now, after decades of silence, Marcia N. Hill is finally telling her story.

Hill recounts the excitement of the nightlife of Waikiki; the visiting with famous personalities and the abrupt, surreal violence behind closed doors. One month she is spending a long week-end with Lee Majors and Farrah Fawcett in Nevada; the next month she is fighting to stay alive in Santa Cruz, California. The unexpected violent ending in the sleepy little fishing village of Playa Zancudo, Costa Rica, will leave the reader stunned.

About the Book:
Hazardous to My Health - The Marlboro Man I Knew by Marcia N Hill
ISBN: 978-0-9814735-7-4
Publisher: Oak Ridge Publishing
Date of Publish: March 15, 2010
Pages: 158
S.R.P.: $16.95

About the Author:
Marcia N Hill was born in a log cabin in Prescott, Arizona. She moved to Hawaii as a teenager, married and raised her children in the islands. Marcia and her children live their lives today filled with enthusiasm, joy and laughter. She now lives in The Villages in Florida.

Marcia N Hill at 352-205-2914

Please Visit:
(Tell me your hazards and solutions)

The Kindle Edition of How to Help When Parents Grieve is Out

I just received word from Holly Fox Vellekoop that her book How to Help When Parents Grieve is now available on Kindle. You'll find it at

Holly indicated that Mia Crews and her husband Phil converted Holly's book to Kindle. Here's what they sent about the services they provide:

Mia Crews and Karlene Conroy are offering 5-page websites for $400 plus cost of domain and hosting, with the option for free hosting with a "GoDaddy" banner under Mia's account. Mia's husband, Phil Crews, former Information Technology (IT) manager for a government contractor, is now available to create an Amazon Kindle publication from your electronic file (Microsoft Word or HTML) for $100 with minimal editing. Uploading a cover image and table of contents is included in that price. Rates for complex file formats and extensive editing are negotiable. Contact Mia Crews at and be sure to download a free sample of Holly Vellekoop's book "How to help WHEN PARENTS GRIEVE" to see how great your book will look on the Kindle! Phil Crews will soon be offering conversions for the Nook.

Visit Mia and Karlene's website for free information on writing, manuscript formatting, editing and much more.

Book Launch: Devil Wind by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid

Now available from Oceanview Publishing

Devil Wind
By Deborah Shlian & Linda Reid


Fired from her job as a TV producer, Sammy Greene gets a second chance when she lands an after-midnight show at a small radio station in LA. It's December 1999, days before the dawn of the new millennium. With Y2K looming and the Santa Ana winds threatening to turn the city into a fiery inferno, LA is on edge-and Sammy's listeners are burning up the phone lines predicting the end of time.

When a listener calls in to report the discovery of a burned body, Sammy starts to investigate and to her horror, learns that the victim is the wayward daughter of an old friend. As she blazes a trail to find answers, Sammy realizes that this death was no accident. All signs point to murder-murder conveniently obscured by the raging wildfires.

But Sammy's investigation takes a chilling turn when she uncovers a sinister plot that could claim thousands of innocent lives. There's evil at work in the City of the Angels. Time is running out. And Sammy Greene is playing with fire. When the Devil Wind is blowing, anything can happen. Anything.


"Bristling with suspense, Devil Wind sizzles with the heat of high-level corruption, lowdown murder, and scorching desert winds howling down Los Angeles canyons and ratcheting up the excitement. Part Raymond Chandler, part Michael Connelly, this combustible tale is perfect beach reading." -Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

"This new whirlwind of a mystery pits the forces of justice - led by a quirky overnight radio personality - against the forces of evil from L.A.'s gritty streets, it's drug-fueled cocktail parties, and its corridors of power. Taking a scalpel to srime, corruption, and hypocracy, the authors of Devil Wind, both doctors, expose the frayed nervous system of Los Angeles at the turn of the twenty-first century, when the suffocating power of the Santa Ana winds blew into the soul of the city." - Donald Bain, author of the Murder, She Wrote mystery series
Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid

About the Authors

Deborah Shlian & Linda Reid

Deborah Shlian is a board-certified physician, medical consultant/execurive recruiter, and author of both nonfiction and fiction. Shlian, former medical writer for Dr. Art Ulene of The Today Show, has also written a popular health book used nationally by Blue Cross Blue Shield patients.

Deborah, along with her husband and co-author Joel Shlian, has written three medical mystery/thrillers: Double Illusion, Wednesday's Child, and Rabbit in the Moon. Double Illusion and Wednesday's Child have been optioned for Hollywood films.

While Medical Director of Primary Care at the UCLA Student Health Service, Deborah was a principal investigator for several clinical research projects.
After 25 years in Los Angeles, Deborah and her husband moved to Boca Raton, Florida.

Linda Reid is a physician-writer whose work has been published in the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, Tribune International,, Woman's Day, Los Angeles Times, and numerous other newspapers, magazines, and web sites.

Linda was a staff writer for the TV series Family Medical Center, and has served as a medical editor and reporter for "Eyewitness News" of the CBS affiliate in Washington DC, Lifetime Medical Television, and a host of the NBC TV show "Sex, Drugs, and Rock and Roll."

Linda started her broadcasting career as a DJ on Top 40 radio and has worked as a consultant and guest for production companies and networks such as Lorimar Telepictures, CNN, and You-TV.

Dr. Reid is a board-certified pediatrician and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She was a founding member and Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Media Resource Team.

Dr. Reid, her husband, and her three teenage children live in Los Angeles.


Find it at all major bookstores or through Oceanview Publishing

Monday, April 4, 2011

2011 Festival of Reading - Lake County Library System

Murder, Mystery and Mayhem
April 2-9, 2011
2011 Festival of Reading

The Lake County Library System Festival of Reading

Don't miss this event... Going on now and all week...

Deborah Sharp wrote that she'll be a featured author, talking about Mama Gets Hitched on Thursday, April 7 at 7 pm (Tavares Civic Center); then the next day, April 8 she'll be on the Mystery & Mayhem panel in Mount Dora.

Lots of great authors. See all the information here.

Sirens by Wig Nelson

Wig Nelson's latest book Sirens now available for only $15.00. Shipping is free, and you will also receive a CD of Wig's music as a free gift. Additional titles can also be purchased for only $10.00 each. Here is the link to Wig's online bookstore where you can preview Sirens.

Wig Nelson is a 1976 graduate of The University of Florida where he majored in Advertising and also studied creative writing and music. He is the author of five novels and The Little Shop of Lyrics all available at his online bookstore.

Wig lives on the East Coast of Florida with his lovely wife, Mary and his English Pointer, Claire. He is currently working on the sequel to his novel Sirens. Wig is also the composer of the musical A Feeling of Power.

Matanzas Bay by Parker Francis

Ancient City’s dark secrets
lead to murder in new crime thriller,
Mantanzas Bay

St. Augustine’s storied past plays a major role in the new mystery Matanzas Bay by Parker Francis. In the nation’s oldest city, private investigator Quint Mitchell discovers links to ancient sins, comes face to face with his own past, and unleashes powerful forces that will do anything to keep their secrets—even if it means taking his life.

Francis is the pen name of award-winning author Victor DiGenti of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Known for his Windrusher adventure-fantasy novels featuring a feline protagonist, DiGenti has made a leap into the hard-boiled suspense field with his newest novel, which won two major awards as an unpublished manuscript.

Protagonist Mitchell volunteers to help his friend, St. Augustine City Archeologist Jeffrey Poe, with an excavation survey in the heart of the old city. During the dig, Mitchell unearths the corpse of the vice mayor. His friend is a prime suspect for the vice mayor’s murder due to a feud over a new development called Matanzas Bay that will change the face of the old city. Mitchell immediately makes an enemy of the dead man’s brother, a detective in the St. Augustine Police Department, who is convinced Poe is the murderer.

While trying to prove his friend’s innocence, Mitchell, and the reader, are introduced to a cast of colorful characters. He also stirs up haunting memories of his own brother’s murder. Mitchell’s investigation uncovers the corrosive residue of racial violence as he unknowingly comes too close to a long held secret dating back to the city’s Civil Rights’ struggles in the long, hot summer of 1964. Before it’s over, Mitchell comes to terms with his own past, confronts a serial killer, and almost loses his life at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.

Matanzas Bay won the 2007 Josiah W. Bancroft Sr. Novel Contest, and among his remarks, the final judge, novelist David Poyer, author of Ghosting and The Towers, said, “Matanzas Bay is a Chinatown-like hall of mirrors of murder, conspiracy, and land development in St. Augustine.”

The manuscript went on to be selected as Book of the Year in the unpublished category of the 2009 Royal Palm Literary Competition of the Florida Writers Association.
Matanzas Bay is available as an eBook in both Kindle and Nook formats, and will soon be released as a trade paperback. For more information, visit

The Cursed Man by Keith Rommel

Alister Kunkle believes death is in love with him. A simple smile from friend or stranger is all it takes to encourage death to kill.

With his family deceased and a path of destruction behind him, Alister sits inside a mental institution, sworn to silence and separated from the rest of the world, haunted by his inability to escape death’s preferential treatment.

But when a beautiful psychologist arrives at the institution and starts offering him care, Alister braces himself for more killings. When none follow, he tries to figure out whether he truly is insane or if death has finally come to him in the form of a woman.

The Cursed Man (ISBN: 978-1-934597-03-3 ) can be ordered through the publisher’s website: or at

Praise for The Cursed Man

Keith Rommel is a talent to keep an eye on. He writes good, old-fashioned horror. With 1 star (really, really bad) to 5 stars (instant classic), The Cursed Man comes in at 4 solid stars. It's good stuff. Don't miss it.

The Cursed Man is an extremely well written suspense horror story... An enthralling narrative told in the past and the present... Great story telling in the tradition of Stephen King... --Booklore

The Cursed Man is a fascinating look into the mind of madness. It is a well-written, engrossing, insightful book to read. --TRM Reviews

The Cursed Man is recommended to anyone who likes a good suspense story... The descriptions of the places, the people and events come alive as you read the story.

About the Author

Keith Rommel lives with his family in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Keith is a retailer, freelance writer and now a novelist. This proves dreams come true.

Captivated as a young man by the story of a real-life tragic event of a family friend, Keith Rommel was inspired to write The Cursed Man: a novel of dark suspense with an ending so ominous, it has to be fiction. Keith Rommel has had several writer how-to articles published and is currently working on his next novel. You can visit Keith on the web at

A Matter of Pride by Jane Gill - Upcoming Book Signings

Jan Gill, author of A Matter of Pride, will be at Circle Books on St. Armand's on Saturday, April 23rd from 3 to 5 p.m. signing books - She invites everyone in the area to "...c'mon out and say hello!"

On May 7th, she will be with some of her friends at the Suncoast Writers Guild meeting in Englewood, Florida, where she will be hosting a discussion regarding preparing your manuscript for editing and what happens when you are offered a publishing contract.

In the meantime, she would like to remind you of Mother's Day and Father's Day coming up....books make wonderful gifts.

For more information about Jan and her book, click here.

The Story Workshop with Philip F. Deaver in Orlando

Thanks to Mad about Words for this item...

April 9: The Story Workshop with Philip F. Deaver at Urban ReThink, 9AM - 2PM.

On this day, beginning with a series of prompts, everyone in the room will write a short story, and thus there will be a story at 2PM that you didn't have at 9AM. This is a high energy workshop designed to summon a story out of you that you might not know is there.

The cost is $30 which will go as a donation to the great emerging writers publisher Dzanc Books.

Instructor: Philip F. Deaver is writer in residence and professor of English at Rollins College in Winter Park and frequently conducts workshops in Florida and across the Southeast.

For more information or to register: click here.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Workshop with Ellie Watts-Russell sponsored by Kerouac Project and MAD about Words

On May 7, 2011, The Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando partners with MAD about Words to offer you the opportunity to meet and write with the writer-in-residence at Kerouac House.

On the tip of your tongue is a workshop on how to stimulate your senses. Current Kerouac fellow Ellie Watts-Russell will explore the power of taste, sound and touch as artistic triggers.

Ellie Watts-Russell is a British fiction writer and graduate of the University of London’s Creative Writing programme at Royal Holloway. Read more about her and the workshop at:

The workshop will take place at the Kerouac House, 1418 Clouser Avenue, Orlando FL 32804

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Susan Hubbard to be featured author at the UCF Book Festival

The UCF Book Festival is coming up on Saturday April 16, 2011. Between now and then, I will be blog about authors who will be featured at the festival. If you're near Orlando on April 16, you'll want to stop by the UCF Arena and enjoy the festival.

Susan Hubbard is one of the authors featured at the festival this year. It's the perfect opportunity to hear her speak. Hubbard, the author of seven books, including The Society of S (2007) and The Year of Disappearances (2008). Her new novel, The Season of Risks, was published by Simon & Schuster in July 2010. National Public Radio's Margot Adler called Hubbard's writing "elusive, complex, poetic and sophisticated." (Margot Adler, National Public Radio, Feb. 2010).

Hubbard is professor of English at the University of Central Florida, where she received the College of Arts & Humanities' Distinguished Researcher Award in 2008. She has received teaching awards from Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Central Florida, and the South Atlantic Administrators of Departments of English. She has received writers' residencies at Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Djerassi Resident Artists' Project, and Cill Rialaig.

Synopsis - The Season of Risks

The vampire sects are at war-and war among vampires is fought not with weapons, but with minds. While the Sanguinists advocate peaceful coexistence with humans and nonintervention in mortal affairs, Nebulists favor genetic modification and psychological control of the human population-and they have taken a keen interest in one Ariella Montero.

One of the few half-vampires, half-mortals, Ari is painfully aware that she is an object of interest. Her talents and vulnerabilities differ from those of "normal" vampires, and the Nebulists are intent to run a series of tests based on these differences to aid their research.

Set in Florida, Georgia, Washington, D.C., and Ireland, the third installment in the Ethical Vampire series centers on losing and reclaiming one's identity. Chronicling Ari's adulthood for the first time in the series, The Season of Risks explores the nature of memory, the power of folk tales, the beauty of impermanence, and the darker sides of vampirism.

For more information about the book festival, go to

How Silver Fox and Coyote Came to Color the Butterfly by Dr. Frances Rinaldi

Title: How Silver Fox and Coyote Came to Color the Butterfly
Author and Illustrator: Dr. Frances Rinaldi
Genre: Children’s picture book/Ages 3 to 8
Email: or
Phone: (321) 951-8161

Raising butterflies in her garden, Dr. Rinaldi has shares the development of the butterfly whenever and wherever she can. So it was natural that this children's book would develop.

When the earth was young, a fox and coyote in separate lands color flowers and birds. Each is lonely until the two become friends and share their palette to create a rainbow of hues.

This artfully illustrated children’'s book demonstrates the development of the butterfly as well as friendship and its obstacles. It also teaches children colors, color combinations to create popular hues and how to work together.

The artwork is done in water color touched with acrylic paint for brighter contrast.

How Silver Fox and Coyote Came to Color the Butterfly is available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble On-Line Book Store for $9.97

An accompanying read along audio book is available for $9.97

Also available on line at /

Works of art and books are available at

Books and CD's can be purchase at Florida's Historical Library in Cocoa Village.

About the Author

Dr. Frances Rinaldi, author, artist, professional storyteller, health coach, and adventurer, is known for incorporating her Native American heritage into her books.

In 1985 she began her speaking career sharing health tips, based on her alternative health background. Over the years her repertoire expanded to include her Native American culture as well as tales of adventure, based on trips including riding her bicycle across the US, and hiking the Camino Del Norte in Spain.

Her Native American culture and adventures have been incorporated into several stage performances starting with her first book, Night Walk, a book of eight short stories, published in 1994.

Upcoming Book Events

You might want to check out some of these events Frank Gromling posted. He's the publisher at Ocean Publishing.

April 2nd: 10:00 to 4:00 PM ~ Book & Art sale at 4th Annual Turtle Fest, Flagler Beach, FL ~ Turtle Fest

April 16th: 12:00 - 5:00 PM ~ Book & Art sale at 5th Annual Sea Turtle Fest, St. Augustine Beach, FL ~ Sea Turtle Fest

May 21st: 10 AM - 4 PM ~ Book & Art Exhibit at Environmental Education Fair, Marineland, FL

May 22nd - 23rd: ~ IBPA Publishing University, Javits Center,New York, NY ~ Publishing University

May 22nd: 3:15 - 4:30 PM ~"10 Tips for Start-up Success: What a New Publisher Absolutely, Positively Must Know," Publishing University, Javits Center, New York, NY

May 24th - 26th: ~ BookExpo America, New York, NY BookExpo

BookExpo America, New York, NY BookExpo

Marketing Your Book... with Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen is offering a presentation on marketing strategies to sell your books. This presentation is sponored by the Space Coast Writers' Guild

The sessions are on May 4 and 11 at the Melbourne Public Library on Fee Ave in Melbourne, Florida.

Below is more information and the registration form. Click on the form for a larger view...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Reading Between the Wines with Carl Hiaasen

Enjoy the entertainment!

Bank of America is sponsorting Reading Between the Wines with Carl Hiaasen at the Sheraton Orlando Downtown Hotel on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, starting at 5:30. Tickets and information are available at

The event is planned to benefit the Adult Literacy League...

Special guest Robyn Austin of WLOQ Smooth Jazz will emcee this year's Reading between the Wines, introducing renowned author Carl Hiaasen.

Reading between the Wines is honored to welcome back freelance writer and editor Bob Morris. Not only is he an author of 5 novels, but he also contributes to a number of travel publications.

Making the night memorable, guests will get to relax to the smooth sounds of Jazz Music by Steven Moore.