Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Wiked Good by Amy Lewis Faircloth and Joanne Lewis

A Mother, A Son and Asperger's Syndrome
A Different Kind of Love Story
A Different Kind of Mystery

Kirkus Reviews Calls Wiked Good
"A Funny Frazzled Tale of
Extreme Parenting"

As her son Rory approaches his sixteenth birthday, Maine lawyer, Archer Falcon, anticipates his emotional breakdown. Her fears are confirmed when she receives a call on the first day of school that Rory is drunk. His behaviors escalate and eventually lead him to a confrontation with his biological mother in Massachusetts. As Archer joins Rory on his journey toward self knowledge, she learns that neither she nor Rory need be victims of his dual mental health diagnoses of bipolar disorder and Asperger’s syndrome.

WICKED GOOD was an incredible read. This was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. As the many layers unfolded, I went to bed at night wondering what was next for Archer and Rory. I woke up early the next morning just to steal some time to Linkread before the day began. As a mother of a special needs child, I empathized with Archer. The authors did an incredible job providing real insight into Rory’s world. This is a great book for all readers. Nacoal Brooks

WICKED GOOD by authors Amy Lewis Faircloth and Joanne Lewis is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other websites. Also in local bookstores or on our website at www.amyandjoanne.com.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Book Release by Local Artists

Crossing into Safety by Cindy Michaud

excerpt: from The Stones Speak by Fay Picardi:

they give evidence to their travels;
they tell the story of their age
when they were moving the earth
and changing all that was in it
including themselves.

Artists from Brevard County, Florida, Cindy Michaud, Fay Picardi and Kathy Garvey will open their latest collaboration on September 2 in Linville, North Carolina. The Stones Speak, a hanging exhibit as well as the title of their book, will debut at the Galleries of the Avery County Arts Council on Ruffin Street. The show will hang for a month and features the artwork of Michaud and the poetry of Picardi which resulted from a collaborative effort to explore intimately their mutual fascination with stone. Garvey designed and edited the full-color, 62 page book which is published by Burnt Umber Press. Until the book is available locally it may be ordered from amazon.com. It retails for $12.00.

Michaud's work is all done on cradled board and is expressed in a unique combination of acrylic and graphite, a departure from her usual work in pastel. Picardi's poetry is new and all written expressly for the project. She will be reading selections at the opening event. Showings of the unusual exhibit in Florida are being considered and will be announced when finalized.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Coffee and More by Randy Register

Jacksonville author, Randy Register has published a collection of short stories, Coffee and More. The collection of short stories is now available on Amazon Kindle. It follows his previous collection, Martini and More.

If you like to laugh and feel good about life, this eBook is for you. Humor? It's here too, some it a little playful and erotic without being erotica. Drama is good, and you'll find it simple and compelling. Sorry, no blood and guts.

A collection of short stories, Coffee and More . . ., provides a brief respite from the daily grind of our lives. Coffee, excerpted and adapted from the novel, Melanie, to be published October 2011, brings you the playful adoration of a man for a woman through the simple act of making coffee.

Got a Nana or Papa? Long Term Care explores an interesting option for one senior who may need a little looking after. Or does she?

Enjoy a little place of wonder in, The Porch, and share the view of those less fortunate, the homeless.

Welcome to these stories and more that provide an entertaining journey spanning some of the complexities of life.

For NANOWRIMO enthusiasts and Harry Potter fans as well

There was an article recently in the Wall Street Journal that will inspire NANOWRIMO enthusiasts (those writers out there who sign on every November to write a 50,000 word novel in a month) and those of you who are Harry Potter enthusiasts -- or at least those of you who dream of being the next J K Rowling.

Erin Morgenstern, after 30 rejections by agents, has had her dream of publication come true and more. Read about it here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Marketing to Attract and Increase Book Sales

Sponsored by: Space Coast Writers' Guild ~ SCWG.org
Presenter: Valerie Allen ~ VAllenWriter@cs.com
Cost: $12.00 per class

Two classes on Wednesday evenings
October 5 and 19, 2011, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
West Melbourne Library

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Perpetual Publicity Seminar

Learn How Internet Marketing Can Keep You and Your Book in The News!
By Bruce Cadle, Bestselling Author & Internet Marketing Expert

Author's Web Sites

· Learn how to turn your website into a magnet that will attract new buyers for your book.

· Discover the biggest mistakes most authors make that result in ineffective websites.

· Learn how to make your website a bookselling machine.

Media Requests

· Discover how to receive daily interview requests from columnists, radio and TV show hosts, bloggers and authors.

Market Yourself!

· Learn the right way to pitch reporters, columnists and producers so they will keep calling you for interviews.

· Learn how to avoid the top three mistakes authors make when pitching media.

· Learn how to establish yourself as an expert and build your brand.

Media Kit

· Learn how to easily assemble a top quality online Media Kit that will make the media want to interview you.

Blog Your Book

· Learn how to build a huge following by blogging.

· Discover how to put your blog on autopilot.

· Learn why giving your book away will increase your sales.

Saturday, September 10, 12:30-3:30pm

West Melbourne Public Library - 2755 Wingate Blvd.

Registration $25 at the door, $20 Online


Sunday, August 21, 2011

Nana's Sunday Dance by Fay Picardi

Fay Picardi announces the publication of Nana's Sunday Dance. In it she tells stories of her Appalachian past and telling stories is what Fay does best. She writes of dances and dresses; cabins and trains; ghosts and gullies. Her poems evoke a past that appears before us in all its detail and emotion. As if by magic, she forces us to recall our own memories of childhood.

About the Author:

Fay Picardi was born in Washington, DC, but grew up in Kentucky and Mississppi. She is an internationally published poet who has twice been selected an artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Fay has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Sorbonne, a Summer Fellow in Poetry at the University of Virginia, and is widely published in such magazines as Potomac Review, Kalliope, and Jabberwock. She is the author of Kentucky Poems, From the Petroglyphs, and the forthcoming book, Stones, a collaboration with artist Cindy Michaud. She was a participant and one of three creators of the Transformations project and book.

Nana's Sunday Dance may be purchased at Amazon.com or from the artist directly at faypic@earthlink.net.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dianne Marcum to Speak in Orlando

Calling all writers!

Meet Dianne Marcum, author of the travel guide Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach & Florida’s Space Coast.

Dianne lives in Cape Canaveral and works in creative nonfiction. She tells stories of people and places through the mediums of print, photography, and video. Dianne will share tips for working with Apple Pages to create everything from simple reports to full-length manuscripts ready for publication.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011
6:00 pm –7:00 pm

Apple Store, Florida Mall
8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, Fl

William Cummins' appearances


“Welcome Horse Lovers Everywhere”
807 Black Duck Drive, Port Orange, FL 32127
Cell: 386-383-5198 Email: wacummins@clearwire.net

Author’s books available at: http://www.caipublishng.net

Howdy Friends,

“LOVING A HORSE WILL ENRICH YOUR SOUL AND BREAK YOUR HEART” is highlighted in bold red across the back cover. Barbara Legge, Florida Writer's Association, said, “The eloquent story of Bill's relationship with King made me realize how strong the attachment can be. Heck! By the time I finished the book, I was in love with King too!”

Since I began writing I have made reader’s satisfaction my number one goal. That’s why I offer a full refund in every book. If you are unsatisfied with my books your money will be returned with no questions asked.

I encourage every writer and author to be as proud of their published work.


Sunday August 21st from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. ‘The 1st Annual Memories Elvis Concert’ at the Casselberry Veterans Club will auction off a decorative “KING and the COWBOY” book basket to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Saturday August 27th from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. book promotion at Office Depot located at the corner of Nova and Beville roads in Daytona Beach for “Teachers Appreciation Day.”

Friday September 16th at 9:00 and 9:30 a.m., I will perform trick roping before about 1,075 students, teachers and guests at the Durbin Creek Elementary Public School, 4100 Racetrack Road, St. Johns, FL 32259 in Saint Johns County.

Both shows are part of their “Accelerated Reader Kick Off Celebration.” My book, “KING and the COWBOY” will be offered to the parents a few days before the show and I will autograph their books after the shows.

October 22nd weekend: I will headline a $1,000,000 gala fundraiser with “KING and the COWBOY” proceeds used to restore the historic Holland Theatre in Bellefontaine, Ohio.

Warmly yours,

Smilin’ Bill Cummins, author, trick
roper, and "just plain nice person."

Friday, August 19, 2011

The Underwear Dare by Lisa and Gina Nardini


The Underwear Dare is a Nerd vs. Bully Novel

The Underwear Dare fills a void for children who are reluctant readers by engaging them with the gross-out humor that kids love. It tells the tale of two fifth graders, nerdy Josh and Eddie, the school bully. They become stepbrothers and concoct a series of dares to decide who gets to move into the newly refurbished attic room. The Underwear Dare takes on universal themes such as bullying, blended families and friendship but in a fast-paced, funny way that is relatable to children.

Florida resident and her sister penned this topical novel. Lisa Nardini, a former children’s librarian, now flight attendant co-wrote the novel with her sister Gina, an elementary school teacher. Lisa and Gina wanted to create a humorous book that children would want to read, especially boys. Lisa lives in Suntree, Florida and her sister, Gina, lives in Julian, North Carolina.

Lisa Nardini--“My sister and I love to tell lies or exaggerated truths to children. Not bad ones, but fun ones that make life a little more magical and mysterious. Needless to say, we believe in the power of stories for bonding, educational value, and just plain fun.”

“Working with children all day is advantageous. It provides an endless supply of child-like dialogue and popular gross-out topics.”--Gina Nardini-Christoffel

The Underwear Dare has just become available for Kindle. You'll find the book and the Kindle versions available on Amazon.com

Be sure to read the wonderful reviews you'll find there and another at I Got Mom Power. The I Got Mom Power website is also having a giveaway. You just might win a copy of The Underwear Dare over there.

The Underwear Dare
Author: The Nardini Sisters
Author residence: Lisa: Suntree, FL
Gina: Julian, NC
Genre: Middle-grade * Humor * Blended Families
Book one of a series
Publishing Date: February 2011
160 pages *
Trade Paperback 8.99 and E-book .99cents
ISBN: 0615435106
Website: www.nardinisisters.com
Email: info@nardinisisters.com
Available via Amazon and Kindle

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Learn How to Launch a Bestseller on Facebook!

Seminar on August 20 at The Fountains, Melbourne

How can a self published, first-time author utilize the social media phenomena Facebook to launch a bestselling book? Learn how at an upcoming seminar hosted by Bruce Cadle , author, food writer, speaker and Internet marketing expert who has successfully used social media to launch his book, Party for Two: Fun, Fancy and Easy Romantic Recipes from the Date Night Chef.

Whether you are a new or veteran author or have always wanted to write a book, this interactive seminar will teach you how to use the Internet to your best advantage. Bruce’s seminar will be held on Saturday, August 20, from 1 to 2:30pm at the Fountains, 4451 Stack Boulevard, Melbourne. The seminar is free but reservations should be made at http://www.authorsmarketingservice.com/seminars.

By following the strategy outlined in this 90-minute seminar you can build a huge following on Facebook and leverage the power of social media to launch or relaunch your own bestseller. Bruce will teach you the exact method that helped his book make not one but three of Amazon’s bestseller lists in his first week! The seminar will teach you how to build a huge following from the 750 million Facebook fans and how to use attraction marketing to build relationships with people who will promote you and your book.

Would you like to have a celebrity review your book? Bruce will give you insight on how to do just that and how to host a virtual book release party on Facebook that can result in massive book sales and maybe even place you on the Amazon best-seller list.

For further questions please contact bruce@authorsmarketingservice.com or 321-525-0276

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Authors MIA? Authors Book Fair in Deltona

No, they’re not missing in action: they are Marketing in Absentia! For those authors unable to travel to Florida for the Friends of Deltona Library’s 2nd Authors Book Fair pm on October 15, there is still an opportunity to participate with this new add-on. (Thanks to the California author who suggested it!)

A section will be set up for Authors MIA where anyone not able to join us in person can send in a book sample, contact information for ordering, and any other information book browsers might like.

The charge for the space is $25. The materials will not be returned and the sample book(s) may be donated to the library afterwards.

If you're interested, register at the Friends of Deltona Library Website with Pay Pal or send in the application with your registration fee. Make a note of “in absentia” in the box for “additional name tags.” For further information contact Christy Jefferson at 386-574-9376.

The Authors Book Fair

Oct. 15, 2011 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Authors Book Fair will serve to bring all authors and readers together to talk about books and hear the authors speak on book-related topics. The public will be able to buy directly from the authors, often at reduced prices. A personally signed book is a great Christmas present.

The event also includes “how to” workshops for new authors and a Kidz Zone. A wide range of genres are represented including children’s, mysteries, spiritual, memoirs, poetry, Spanish, outdoor Florida and gardening.

The fair is a fundraiser for the Friends of Deltona Library. Admission is Free to the Public. For more information, see www.friendsofdeltonalibrary.org. The library is located at 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona, 32725.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A Fall to New Heights by Sidney Andrews

Update: A Fall to New Heights won an honorable mention in the Hollywood Book Festival. Also Sidney Andrews will be at the Heritage Book Festival in St. Augustine on Saturday, September 24 from 9 to 5.

September 16, 2011, from 5-9, Sidney Andrews will be at Tradition Square, in the town of Tradition, located in Port St. Lucie West, to promote and sell signed copies of her new release "A Fall to New Heights."

November !9 & 20, she will be at the Author's Book Fair at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave., Melbourne, from 9-5, to promote and sell signed copies of A Fall to New Heights.

Her footprints are woven throughout the tapestry of this work. It is a portrayal of love, identity and learning to fly after the devastating fall that occurred after a stranger entered my life in August of 1973. A year later my pristine life would begin to unravel and fall apart; not husband, children, family, or friends would be spared the fall out from a love that crept in un-awares. It's a story that reflects the power of truth and the human spirit, when one is faced with the unexpected and unknown arrival of an un-sought after love.

A Fall to New Heights is a story about two women who stumbled out of the darkness into the light, where they climbed out of the rubble, dusted themselves off and spread their wings, in preparation for the "flight" of their lives. You see, getting off the ground and above their circumstances would be their only saving grace.

Armed with authentic truth as their beacon and freedom their goal, they took to the heights and soared! This is my story. You can read more about A Fall to New Heights at http://sidney-andrews.com

The book is available to retailers and suppliers at Ingram.com, Barnes and Noble.com, Word
Press.com, iUniverse.com, Amazon.com and at http://sidney-andrews.com my web site.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Book Signing: James F. and Sarah Jane Kaserman

James F. and Sarah Jane Kaserman, Authors-Lecturers, will appear from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 27th at Hooked on Books, Fisherman's Village, in Punta Gorda, Florida.

They will be part of the overall Pirate's Festival being held at the popular Charlotte County entertainment and shopping complex.

The Kaserman's will be signing all five of their current books and it will be one of the last opportunities that the public will have to purchase their popular Pirates of Southwest Florida: Fact & Legend, which will be replaced by a larger book on south Florida pirates which will be published latter in the fall.

For more information, check out their website at http://www.sarahjameskaserman.com

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Travel Adventures on the company's Nickel by Frank Perkins

Frank Perkins' book, Travel Adventures on the Company's Nickel has just come out in digital form. (The print form of it is out of print.)

It describes his business travels around the world, from the markets of Morocco to the grounds of the Taj Mahal, and recounts his encounters with New Delhi shoeshine boys and the skilled pickpockets of Lima.

Read the book and visit some offbeat hotels and restaurants and travel in weird and wonderful airplanes, taxis and rental cars. Learn the joys and adventures of extemporaneous travel subsidized by company-paid expenses.

Whether you use it to plan your own trips or simply enjoy it from your easy chair, don't miss this assortment of traveler's tales — collected on the company's nickel.

About the Author

Frank Perkins was an electronic engineer for over 30 years. Some of his projects required testing in far-flung areas of the world. He has traveled to over 35 countries on business and pleasure. Now retired, his projects currently include photography, writing and publishing, fly-fishing, and volunteer expeditions around the world.

He was was born and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Serving his ROTC time in the Army, he was introduced to the wonders of electronics and never looked back. After the army, he worked briefly outside Washington, DC, but soon moved to Florida and, again, never looked back.

He has traveled extensively as a volunteer on scientific field research expeditions to many parts of the world. An enthusiastic fly fisherman, he has fished in several exotic spots around the globe for a variety of fresh- and saltwater species.

To view the book go to http://www.smashwords.com/books/search?query=Frank+Perkins. Or you can go to the home page at http://Smashwords.com/ and enter "Frank Perkins" in the search box on this page. You can download samples for your Kindle or other E-book reader, or in PDF or text forms to read on your computer, or you can purchase the entire book.

National Book Lover's Day

It's National Book Lover's Day.

Curl up and enjoy your favorite book.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Journey into Fear by Sieglinde P. Young

Journey into Fear is Sieglinde P. Young's third novel. Her other novels are Inge's War and The Rebellion of Nilofleur.

Her books are available on Amazon. com and Kindle.

Journey into Fear - Rejection is the obsessed person's worst nightmare.

A man is consumed with love for a ballerina.

A family ripped asunder because of that love.

A new beginning for the ballerina.

The man, still consumed with love and jealousy, resorts to violence.

From Alabama to Malaysia, to Thailand and the islands of the Andaman Sea, the man's unrequited desires bring terror to the object of his affection. Only his death can set her free.

About the Author

Sieglinde P. Young was born in Hannover, Germany. After World War II she and her family emigrated to Canada and later to Miami, Florida. After raising three daughters, wanderlust struck. Over the next twenty years she and her husband lived and worked in West Africa, Southeast Asia and Egypt.

2011 Florida Book Awards Competition Now OPen, Deadline for Submission is December 1, 2011

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its sixth annual competition with a call for entries in eight categories.

Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books penned by full-time residents of the Sunshine State (with the exception of submissions to the

Florida Nonfiction category, whose authors may live elsewhere.)

The contest categories include General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Visual Arts, and Spanish-Language Book. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author, or literary agent), must be professionally published and have both an original publication date between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2011, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).

Although all entries must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Thursday, December 1, 2011 (this is not a postmark deadline), applicants are encouraged to submit their books into competition any time during the 2011 calendar year, and as soon as possible after books are officially published. Three-person juries –– including members of co-sponsoring organizations, subject experts from the faculties of Florida colleges and universities, and previous Florida Book Award winners –– will choose up to three finalists in each of eight categories. In each category, the jury may award one Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal.

The Florida Book Awards competition is coordinated through the Florida State University Libraries, with the support of booklovers from across the state. “The Florida Book Awards exists for one purpose--to honor the best work written by Florida authors in the previous year. The successes and growth the Florida Book Awards have enjoyed in the last five years are testimony to the quality of authorship and the rich culture of books that exists and continues to prosper in the Sunshine State,” said Florida Book Awards Director Wayne Wiegand, a professor of Library and Information Studies at FSU.

Co-sponsors of the competition include humanities organizations from across the state such as the Florida Center for the Book; State Library and Archives of Florida; Florida Historical Society; Florida Humanities Council; Florida Literary Arts Coalition; Florida Library Association; Florida Association for Media in Education; Florida Center for the Literary Arts; Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America; Friends of FSU Libraries; Florida Writers Association; Governor's Family Literacy Initiative; and “Just Read, Florida!”

The 2011 winners will be announced in early February. Gold Medal Award winners will be acknowledged March 21, 2012, at the Historic and Cultural Awards Ceremony sponsored by the State of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs. In addition, all Florida Book Awards medalists will be recognized at a banquet hosted by the Florida Library Association at its annual conference. Winning books and their authors will be showcased in the summer issue of FORUM, the statewide magazine of the Florida Humanities Council, and will be featured at book festivals and association conferences and on The Florida Channel throughout the year. In addition, copies of all award-winning books will be put on permanent public displays, one in the Governor’s Mansion Library and one in Florida State University’s Strozier Library.

For general information and the entry form, requirements, and more detailed instructions for the 2011 Florida Book Awards, visit http://floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu