Thursday, September 29, 2011

New Sandra Balzo Mystery: Triple Shot

There's a chill in the Wisconsin air and it's a shot in the arm--or "triple-shot," in this case--to Uncommon Grounds, the Brookhills coffeehouse owned by Maggy Thorsen and real estate maven Sarah Kingston. Not only is their relocation to the town's historic train station a success, the store's autumn drink, a "Triple Shot, Fully-leaded Espresso," is taking off, fueled by hefty doses of caffeine and sugar.

All seems well, if a little jittery, in Brookhills as faded television personality Ward Chitown arrives in search of a long-hidden Mafia stash, money from a raid Chitown's FBI father
commanded some thirty years ago in which three agents died.

A tragedy, but it's agents from another profession, real estate, who are facing modern-day danger in Brookhills. Two of Sarah's fellow brokers have been killed--shot and left to die in the
properties they were showing.

Then a stench begins to percolate through the coffeehouse, forcing the partners to set aside everything else to investigate. In the process, they find that corpses--like other bad things--do
indeed come in threes.

What they're saying about the Maggy Thorsen Mysteries?

"All the right ingredients . . . Balzo's keep-em-guessing plot and fresh, breezy prose are more
than enough to ensure that this series will continue to delight." --Booklist Starred Review

"... crisp dialogue, complex characters and a puzzle that can't be beat." --Kirkus Starred Review

"Hilarious one-liners, quirky characters and a lively mystery will have readers begging for more." --Fresh Fiction

"If you like the deadpan wisecracks of Myron Bolitar, you'll love Maggy Thorsen, his female alter ego." --Author Catriona McPherson

"An engaging sleuth, Maggy puts her own humorous, breezy spin on everything, from coffee
lore to the colorful locals." --Publishers Weekly

About the book:

Triple Shot by Sandra Balzo
ISBN: 978-0727880796
Publisher: Severn House
Date of publish: December 2011
Pages: 208
S.R.P.: $27.95

About the author:

Sandra Balzo is an award-winning author of crime fiction, including eight books in two different mystery series--one set in the High Country of North Carolina and the other outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her books have garnered starred reviews from Kirkus and Booklist, while being compared to those of Janet Evanovich, Charlaine Harris, Joan Hess and Margaret Maron. A recent member of the National Board of Directors for the Mystery Writers of America, Sandy now splits her time between North Carolina and South Florida.

Drawn to the Story at Pensacola Museum of Art

Eighty-one pieces of original picture book illustrations from Florida's award winning children's book author and illustrator, Janeen Mason, are on exhibit at the historic Pensacola Museum of Art from September 16 to November 6, 2011
For more information visit:

Art from Mason's latest book, Fish Facts, written by Geoff Swinney (Pelican Publishing, Fall 2011) is featured in Drawn to the Story. Dr. Al Dove, Sr. Scientist from the Georgia Aquarium said, "Well-researched and brimming with unique and beautiful illustrations, Fish Facts is essential reading for all budding young icthyologists, and some older ones, too!"

Marketing Stratgies To Sell What You Write with Valerie Allen

Space Coast Writers’ Guild Writers’ Class
Marketing Strategies to Sell What You Write
Presented by Valerie Allen

West Melbourne Library (321) 952-4508 Wednesdays 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
2755 Wingate Blvd Class #3: October 5, 2011
West Melbourne FL 32904 Class #4: October 19, 2011

Class #3: October 5, 2011
• A nice book, in a box, under your bed
• Books: hardcover, paper back, e-books, audio books, large print
• You: In Living Color
• Book signings, book fairs, conferences, classes, workshops
• Networking, writers’ groups, making presentations, volunteer experiences

Class #4: October 19, 2011
• Marketing with hard copy items
• Business cards, brochures, posters, order forms
• Free books, gift baskets, door prizes, tips and gifts
• Email, Web Site, Blogs, Twitter, Social Networking
• Writers’ Web sites to market you and your book
Make checks payable to Valerie Allen

Mail registration form and fee to:
~ ~ Valerie Allen, 101 E. New Haven Ave, Melbourne FL 32901 ~ ~

__ Enclosed is $24.00 for both classes
__ Enclosed is $12.00 for Class #3 Oct. 5, 2011
__ Enclosed is $12.00 for Class #4 Oct. 19, 2011

Name: ___________________________________
Phone ( ) _____________________
Address: _________________________________ E-Mail:___________________________
City: ___________________ St:___ Zip________
Enclosed $ _______Cash/CK #________
Your Book Titles: Indicate: F= fiction NF= Nonfiction P= Poetry CH = Child/YA

Monday, September 26, 2011

Moving On by June Bryan Belfie

Local Author Releases New Publication
MOVING ON: an e-book novel about life after divorce

DANVILLE, PA -- Danville resident, June Bryan Belfie, just had her first novel published by Desert Breeze Publishing House. Her novel, Moving On, focuses on the trials of a Christian woman trying to move forward after a painful divorce. Ms. Belfie has contracted three additional novels, for publication within a year.

"Having experienced divorce myself, I felt qualified to write this novel," says Ms. Belfie. "My divorce occurred over four decades ago, and although my wonderful second husband of over thirty years has helped me grow and forget, many painful memories still linger. I try to use these memories to make my characters more real to my readers."

Laura is a dedicated mother of a teen-age girl, Kim, who tries her patience at times, but is a true blessing. She plays a dominant roll in the story as do Laura's parents and friends. Although Laura's husband, Dave, a doctor at the local medical facility, was guilty of infidelity, Laura questions her own role in the separation.

A line from the book has Laurie asking herself, "What have I done? Where have I failed? God, where are you in this?"

Then Laura meets Len, a widower who cannot give up his devotion to his deceased wife. They develop a close friendship. Due to an illness, however, her ex-husband, Dave spends more time with Laura causing her to wonder where her feelings lie. Can Len ever learn to love again? Will Dave return to repair the marriage?

Readers can purchase this e-book through Desert Breeze, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, or other e-book distributors. It can be downloaded onto an e-reader, such as Kindle, as well as a home computer or I-pod.

For more information please contact June Belfie at (570)441-6596 or Blog: http.//

June Belfie is a snow bird who spends her winters in Florida.

Imperial Japanese Good Luck Flags and One-Thousand Stitch Belts

HBO’s Release of the Mini-Series, “The Pacific” Ignites Interest in World War Two Japanese Good Luck Flags.

“There were thousands of fluttering flags on the Pacific battlefields of World War Two, and each told a story: a tale of a soldier who went to war carrying fond wishes from the people who loved him, slogans of courage and luck, religious symbols and exquisite images. Japanese good luck flags, unlike the American Stars and Stripes, were unique, one-of-kind mementoes presented by families to military members who left home and never expected to return.” Chris Kridler- Florida Today

Dr. Michael Bortner, a Melbourne Beach, Florida, resident is the author of Imperial Japanese Good Luck Flags and One-Thousand Stitch Belts. Bortner, who earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in history and anthropology from the University of California, Irvine, and the California State University, Hayward, has had interest in military history and its material culture since childhood.

Bortner’s book, along with HBO’s ten part mini-series, “The Pacific” have drawn praise from military historians and militaria experts here in the United States and abroad, especially in Japan. Through an extensive use of color photographs and detailed research, hundreds of these rare artifacts were examined, translated and documented within the 285 page work released by Schiffer Books of Atglen, PA.

Recently, Tokyo based Japanese Public Television (NHK) traveled to Melbourne Beach, FL where they interviewed Bortner and examined his extensive collection of flags for a television documentary that they were preparing on good luck signed flags.

During World War Two, Japanese soldiers, sailors and airmen were presented with a good luck flag prior to their departure from home. Each example was a unique and personal gift, decorated by friends and family who used a brush to paint their names and encouraging messages upon the flag’s white field. The red sun in the center was normally left unmarked. Once a man was transferred to his duty station overseas, the signed flag might be stowed inside his pack or helmet liner and carried onto the battlefield as a reminder of loved ones left behind at home. It was in these kinds of places that American servicemen typically found the flags and collected them as spoils of war.

American souvenir collectors found ingenious ways in order to ship their captured items home, such as in discarded wooden crates, ration boxes, duffel bags and foot lockers. They all served as packing containers in which battlefield relics were stored and then later shipped back to the United States. “Next to the samurai sword, the good luck signed flag was probably the most highly sought after bring-back souvenir of World War Two,” says Bortner. The author said that no one knows for sure how many flags made their way into the homes of returning American service personnel, although the number was likely in the hundreds of thousands.

Autographed copies of Imperial Japanese Good Luck Flags and One-Thousand Stitch Belts may be ordered directly from the author at In addition, unsigned copies of the book may be purchased from Amazon Books, and at Barnes and Noble book stores.

Radio interview with author Patricia Carpentier

Elaine Charles interviewed Patricia Carpentier for the Book Report radio show. The interview will be broadcast on the first weekend of October...

Miami, FL
Sundays, 3 to 4 pm
Listen Live at

Sarasota, FL
Saturdays, 6 to 6:30 pm
Listen Live at

West Palm Beach, FL
WJNO 1290 AM
Sundays, 7:30 to 8 am
Listen Live at

After that, interview will be archived on my website,

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Authors Book Fair

Authors Book Fair

The Authors Book Fair welcomes over 50 authors on Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Deltona Regional Library auditorium. The authors from all over Florida and as far away, as New York and California will sell and autograph their books and speak about writing. Link

All genres of books are represented including fiction and non-fiction, gardening, history, mysteries, poetry, business, media relations, children’s, teen, young adult and the paranormal. The fair is sponsored by the Friends of Deltona Library and admission is free. The library is located at 2150 Eustace Ave in Deltona, 32725.

For more information about activities check out Facebook or or call 386-574-9376.

Workshops for Authors at Book Fair Event

The Deltona Regional Library’s second Authors Book Fair: Celebrating Writers and Readers will take place Oct. 15, 2011, in the library at 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona 32725.

The event features two outstanding speakers presenting workshops that are open to the public.

8:45 am The Seven Steps to a Wildly Successful Book Tour with Sarasota book tour veteran Liz Coursen author of “The Complete Biography Workbook." Coursen will discuss the steps an author must take to organize and implement an efficient, effective book tour based on her recently concluded 81 event tour.

9:45am Pamela Starr, Regional Development Director for Constant Contact who will be conducting a workshop entitled: How (and why) to incorporate social media into your marketing strategy.

Doors open at 8:30 for the workshops. Tickets are $10 each or two for $15 and may be purchased at the door. General Admission for the Authors Book Fair is 11:00.


Seven Steps to a Wildly Successful Book Tour is an old-school, boots-on-the-ground book tour is a wonderful way for an author to market and publicize his/her book. Topics will include:
• the one thing you’ve got to be able to do
• the three things you can do immediately to get ready
• how to find your readers
• how to garner editorial support from local media
• how to market to the venue and fill every seat
• how to make each event an “EVENT!”

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pen Women Luncheon... Invitation to Artists and Writers

please click on the poster for a larger view...

Anna Flowers Brotemarkle and Carol Jose, both Brevard authors, will host the Cape Canaveral Branch of National Pen Women's annual fundraiser to help their scholarship fund. Each year they award a scholarship stipend to a local college student studying in Letters (writing), Art or Music.

This year, their luncheon speaker will be Bruce A. Smathers, whose father, the late U.S. Senator George A. Smathers, who grew up in Miami, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida, later donated the George A. Smathers libraries to UF, and also gave funds to Miami University in Florida for their library system. Bruce follows his father in service to his native state, Florida, and in leading the way in other charitable works. He is currently writing two historical books.

You are invited to attend this luncheon. Cost is $25 per person, inclusive. Reservations are required by October 2nd, and can be made on at

Florida Writers Foundation Celebrity Workshop -- October 20, 2011

Two-Fer at FWF Celebrity Workshop

It’s a Two-for-One day at the Florida Writers Foundation’s Celebrity Workshop October 20, 2011, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. Not only will New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry discuss the craft of writing, but also his wife Elizabeth will address the business end of things.

They certainly know their stuff. Steve is internationally renowned, with some 12 million books-in-print. Elizabeth is Steve’s literary manager and the Executive Director of International Thriller Writers.

The workshop will be offered from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM the day before the FWA conference and at the same hotel. Lunch will be provided.

Early bird registration (until September 30) is $90 for FWA members and $110 for nonmembers. After that, the fee jumps $20. Register [link to] before September 30 and take advantage of the discount.

FWF’s tax-deductible workshop is a service to the writing community and a fundraiser for FWF’s programs to support literacy in Florida. We look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Amelia Island Loal Businesses Partner for High Tide Women's Weekend Lunch

Two local businesses that are historic district neighbors will join to offer a very special event. Marry one of Amelia Island's favorite seafood sources, Atlantic Seafood, with Amelia Island's popular Florida House Inn and you have a winner. The two are partnering for the High Tide Women's Weekend's luncheon Saturday September 24. Focusing on the theme of Great Waters (our oceans, rivers and marshes) the luncheon will offer up the best of local seafood.

Long a favorite of folks seeking the freshest of local seafood, Atlantic Seafood is located on the Amelia River at the base of Ash Street. The shrimp and grouper served will be local and fresh caught. The first shrimp marketed for food consumption were Atlantic white shrimp. Amelia Island was once the center of a thriving shrimp industry. Shrimp boats lined the Amelia River. Now few remain, victims of imported farm raised shrimp. We can help by insisting on local shrimp when we order at a local restaurants or buy shrimp locally.

The Florida House Inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and is considered the oldest continuously run inn or rooming house operated in Florida. It was an essential part of David Yulee's ambitious plans for building Florida's first rail road. The hotel was a hub where important people stayed room for quests. The dining room proved very successful and served such notables as the Carnegies, Morgans and Duponts. Of the Carnegies it was said: they stayed at the Florida House, played at the Palace Saloon and prayed at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The inn is once again a hub for fine dining thanks to Susannah Sands.

Susannah Sands, the historic inn's talented chef, has created a special menu that will feature Fernandina shrimp and grits and Florida grouper with mango-orange dressing served on chilled greens. Completing the mouth watering lunch - spinach soufflé, biscuits and a cold lemon soufflé for dessert.

Sands already has an enthusiastic following since opening the Florida House dining room opened earlier this year. Originally from Virginia, she owned Susannah's Gourmet Pantry in Avondale for 12 years. For one day only, the inn's signature fried chicken will make way for a seafood options. The Florida House is a family affair. Owned by the Saltmarsh family, the inn will celebrate the marriage of Sand's son Marshall to Emily Saltmarsh in October.

The luncheon is one of several events being offered during the second annual High Tide Women's Weekend. The luncheon will feature the NPCA's executive vice-president Theresa Pierno as the keynote speaker. Pierno shared, "I am thrilled to be part of this year's event and look forward to discussing our efforts to preserve our country's national parks and the threatened Great Waters ecosystems. Our nation's great waters shape our daily lives, drive local economics and enhance our

For ticket information contact Dickie Anderson at 904 556 6455.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Key West Literary Seminar and Writers" Workshops

The 2012 Key West Literary Seminar is scheduled for January 5-8, 2012. The theme is Yet Another World: Literature of The Future.

This is the 30th annual seminar and will feature some of the most innovative writers working today. Those joining us as panelists will include Margaret Atwood, Douglas Coupland, Michael Cunningham, Jennifer Egan, Rivka Galchen, William Gibson, James Gleick, Robert Krulwich, Jonathan Lethem, Janna Levin, Valerie Martin, Joyce Carol Oates, Dexter Palmer, George Saunders, Gary Shteyngart, James Tate, Colson Whitehead, and Charles Yu. Together with these esteemed writers, we will explore the potential of the present moment, pursuing it through dystopian, utopian, and imagined worlds that shed light on our current condition.

Our 2012 Writers’ Workshops will be led by distinguished faculty including Paulette Bates Alden, Margaret Atwood, Billy Collins, Valerie Martin, Mary Morris, Lee Smith, Robert Stone, and Dara Wier. Scholarships and Financial Aid are available.

For more information:

Conference News: Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island Writers Conference
November 3-6, 2011

Participants at all stages of development—from notebook scribblers to published novelists—are invited to attend the 2011 Sanibel Island Writers Conference, being held November 3-6 at Big Arts Performance Center and the Sanibel Island Public Library. The conference is open to any aspiring writer who wants to create new work or refine a project already in progress.

We offer a variety of morning workshops in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, songwriting, journalism, children's literature, and creative nonfiction; afternoon panels on publishing, editing, obtaining an agent, collaborative writing, marketing, the creative process, and humor writing; and nightly readings, keynote address, and concerts—all presented by celebrated and experienced writers and teachers. We encourage all registrants to attend the entire conference, from morning writing exercises to nighttime cocktail hours.

For an additional fee, participants also have the opportunity to meet privately with a writer or editor to discuss (a maximum) 10 pages of a pre-submitted manuscript. We have 150 openings for the conference itself; however, space for individual manuscript consultations is very limited, so act fast!

We go out of our way to recruit workshop leaders & presenters who are both excellent, acclaimed artists as well as generous, accessible teachers. Past attendees have described our workshops "interactive, "intensive," "nurturing," "informative," "fun" and "stimulating."

For more info about our presenters, schedule, workshops, location, local airports, lodgings, general registration and manuscript consultations, visit our website at

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Attention All UFO Enthusiasts

Book Binders and Watch Winders is having a book review and signing, by Ed Wooddell. The book is called, At Last, They're Here... a story of how mankind reacts to knowing an alien spaceship is heading towards earth. The talk will include a discussion of U.F.O. investigations by air force intelligence.Link

The event will be held on September 17th at 1pm and it's free... Located at the bookstore Book Binders and Watch Winders at 535 W. Eau Gallie, between Pineapple and Highland in the Eau Galle Arts District of Melbourne, facing the Eau Gallie Square Park. Contact them at or visit their facebook. It is a used bookstore that just recently opened. They have a quaint atmosphere, free wifi, an amazing children's room, and an excellent selection of books.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

FWA Conference Highlights...

The Florida Writers Association Conference is coming up October 21 - 23, 2011, at the Lake Mary Marriott. It's time to register, so take a look at what they are offering.

A highlight of the conference will be the many workshops on Friday and Saturday. The are offering:
  • Fiction Signature Workshops
  • Non-fiction Signature Workshops
  • Marketing and Publication Signature Workshops
Visit the web page that gives all the details about the workshops. Click here to go to it.

For information about the conference and registration, visit the website... you'll find answers to all your questions.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Toronto Festival of South Asian Literature and the Arts

September 30–October 2, 2011

3 days of readings, seminars, music and dance

Panels: Whither South Asian Drama in Canada?
The Problems of Translation and Audience
Is There a Case for a Canadian South Asian Literary Identity?
Concerns of a New Generation
The Indo-Caribbean Phenomenon

special appearance by renowned dramatist Girish Karnad

lecture: Mahesh Dattani

book launch

classical dance - Fallen Rain by inDANCE

vocal concert

recitals of Faiz & Tagore

Participants (Canadian):
Baidar Bakht · Navtej Bharati · Nandi Bhatia · Rana Bose · Cheran · Cyril Dabydeen · Ramabai Espinet · Andrea Gunraj · Sheniz Janmohamed · Sally Jones · Shaista Justin · Surjeet Kalsey · Chelva Kanaganayakam · Kwai Li · Anand Mahadevan · Rabindra Maharaj · Ashok Mathur · Julie Mehta · Ameen Merchant · Ananya Mukherjee · Arun Mukherjee · Uma Parameswaran · Sase Persaud · Ajmer Rode · Nuzhat Siddiqui · Dalbir Singh · Suwanda Sugunasiri · Priscila Uppal · Rahul Varma · Padma Viswanathan · Nalini Warriar · John van Burek

Participants (International):
Meena Alexander · Kamini Dandapani · Mahesh Dattani · Asif Farrukhi · Girish Karnad · Harish Narang · Neerav Patel

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Eating an Elephant by Patricia Charpentier

Just Released!

Sharing tips from years of experience in teaching and writing personal history, Patricia Charpentier makes penning your life story an easy, fun and fascinating process. Don’t think you have the skills? Don’t know where to begin? Let the encouraging words and clear examples in Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time walk you through writing your life story.

If you'd like to read an excerpt from Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, click here.

To purchase copies of Eating an Elephant at the prepublication discount of $16.95 (list price $19.95) plus tax, mail a check payable to Writing Your Life to P. O. Box 541527, Orlando, FL 32854. Books are and may be picked up at any Writing Your Life event.

The book can currently be purchased on in paperback and will be available this week as an e-book for Amazon's Kindle, Barnes & Noble's Nook, Apple's iPad and Sony's Reader.

To learn more about Writing Your Life classes and workshops, go to If you'd like Patricia to speak to your civic, church or business organization, please contact her at

(Printed by LifeStory Publishing, ISBN 978-0-9832382-3-2 Copyright © August 2011, paperback, 165 pages - $16.95 plus $1.19 sales tax and $3.99 shipping & handling, if desired).

Deborah Sharp's Fourth Mystery Launches on September 8.

Mama Sees Stars

Jumpin' Jehoshaphat, what has a Hollywood movie company wrought in Himmarshee, Fla? Spoiled stars. Conniving crew members. And, of course, that little matter of a murder . . .

The official curtain's about to rise on MAMA SEES STARS (Midnight Ink, September 8, 2011).

Early buzz is boffo:
Library Journal hands MAMA a starred review: "This zany fourth entry in Sharp's series is a feature worthy of the big screen . . . The mystery aisles can always use more humor, and Sharp delivers."

Kirkus's reviewer says two thumbs up: "Sparks fly when Hollywood comes to Himmarshee . . . An amusing tale of life and love in the kind of Florida town tourists rarely see."

Deadly Pleasures likes it: "Mama proves she has a talent for acting, as well as acting up."

Mama Has Her Say
Have y'all been perspiring up a puddle like we have in Himmarshee? The calendar may say nearly fall, but the swelter says summer. Middle Florida is so hot, the hens are laying hard-boiled eggs!

Ms. Fancy Pants Author Deborah Sharp has offered me a word or two before she takes over. Big of her, right? I don't know why she doesn't let me write the whole thing. After all, I'm the one in the star-studded cowboy movie the Hollywood folks shot in Himmarshee. I noticed nobody asked Ms. Author to stand in front of the cameras. She claims she's happy behind the scenes. Don't buy it. If they offered to make her a star, she'd knock down her granny getting there.

Even so, she did a pretty good job writing down what happened when those nutty Left Coasters invaded our town. You can read all about it in MAMA SEES STARS. I was right there when we discovered that nasty producer murdered, his body strung up on the fence of the movie's horse corral. Just about the last thing he did before he went to his maker was scream at me for ruining a scene, which of course I did not do on purpose. I'm not saying Norman Sydney got what he deserved for disrespecting Mama, but I wasn't alone in cursing his name.

Did you know this is the fourth mystery novel starring me? Ms. Fancy Pants will try to tell you my middle daughter, Mace Bauer, is the main character. I'll just point out each of the books has Mama right in the title.

About now I bet you're asking, ''Mama, how can I get a copy?'' (I don't just LIVE these stories; I have to help her SELL them, too!)

Go to your favorite bookstore, or you can order STARS off the Wide World of the Web. Click HERE for Amazon, or HERE for Barnes & Noble. Or, support small business by buying from an independent bookstore.

If you ask me, though, it should be me, and not Ms. Author, signing those books. Look me up at one of my red-carpet soirees. I'll see what I can do . . . if my autograph line isn't too long.

Upcoming Appearances

Hello, the infamous Ms. Fancy Pants Author here. I hope you can make a red-carpet event for the movie-themed MAMA SEES STARS.

Some happenings are noted below:

Sept. 15, 2011: Murder on the Beach Launch, Delray Beach, Fla. 7 pm
Sept. 21: Main Library, Ft. Laud, Writers' Network Panel on Author Publicity, 6:30 pm
Oct. 5: Mama's Red Carpet Soiree, Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art, Books & Books, 6 pm for mingling; STARS show begins at 7
Oct. 11: Sun, Sand & Suspense, Main Library, Ft. Laud., Panel on Florida Mysteries, 6:30 pm
Oct. 14-17: North Carolina, ''Dangerous Dames'' Tour
Stops include:
Oct. 14: Chapel Hill, Brown Bag Lunch, Flyleaf Books, noon
Oct. 14: Cary, Page-Walker Cultural Arts Center, 7:30 pm
Oct. 15: Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, McIntyre's Fine Books, 2 pm
Oct. 16: Apex, the Halle Center, afternoon (hour TBD)
Oct. 17: Holly Springs Library, Brown Bag Lunch, noon
Oct. 22: Mama Sees Stars Premiere in Okeechobee, Fla., Hampton Inn
Nov. 2: Red Carpet Bash, Vero Beach (Fla) Book Center, 7 pm
Nov. 25: Mama Sees Stars, Sanibel Island Bookshop, 11-1 pm
Nov. 26: Barnes & Noble, South Ft. Myers, ''Meet & Greet,'' 11-1 pm
Nov. 26: Books-A-Million, Naples, ''Meet & Greet,'' 3-5 pm
Nov. 27: Books-A-Million, Ft. Myers (Edison Mall), 11-1 pm
Dec. 7: Well Read Books, Ft. Lauderdale. Stars and Sweets, 7 pm
Dec. 17: Mama Walks the Red Carpet, Okeechobee Library, 2 pm

Bookbinders and Watchwinders is a part of the First Friday Festivities in Eau Gallie

Don't forget to join Bookbinders & Watchwinders (next to Concepts restaurant) during Firt Friday Art Walks in the Eau Gallie Arts District in Melbourne, Florida. This is every month.

They have beautiful art books, fine first editions or books autographed by Jimmy Buffett, Elmore Leonard or Buzz Aldrin.

“A Matter Of Pride” Selected as a Florida Writers Association

2011 Royal Palm Literary Awards Finalist

Florida author, Jane Gill's inaugural work A Matter of Pride has been selected as a finalist for the 2011 Royal Palm Literary Awards by the Florida Writers Association. Nominated in the category of Adult Book-Length Women's Fiction (Published), Ms. Gill's inspirational first novel tells the story of Luella Conners as she discovers that her family of potato farmers was not a hindrance to her success, as she had always believed, but her enabler.

The novel explores Florida's unique history and weaves it into a story of a successful contemporary African American woman discovering and ultimately embracing her family roots. The Royal Palm Literary Awards will be presented at the annual Florida Writers Association conference in October.

Paralegal Today magazine is currently running a feature article on Miss Gill’s work. This article can be viewed at under ‘reviews’.

If you would like more information about this topic contact Miss Gill at 941/350-8878 or e-mail her at

About the Author: Jane Gill resides in Sarasota, FL and is employed by Muirhead, Gaylor, Steves & Waskom, LLP of Sarasota and Venice. She is an NALA Certified Paralegal and served on the Business Advisory Boards for the State College of Florida and Sarasota County Technical Institute. In her free time, she is a Sea Turtle Patrol Volunteer for Mote Marine Laboratories.

News from Lee Boyland

Lee Boyland was the featured author interviewed on THE AUTHOR SHOW all day Wednesday, August 31st. Click on the link below to listen to the 15 minute interview:

After Wednesday, the interview can be found by looking in the scroll box at the top of the page listing previous books.

Hope you will take time to listen to this 15 minute interview featuring Pirates and Cartels, as well as previous books.

Lee Boyland
Author of the award winning trilogy

The Rings of Allah
Behold An Ashen Horse
America Reborn
Pirates and Cartels

News from Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen's article: 12 Steps to Kindergarten has been published in the Washington Parent Magazine, which serves parents in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. The artilce focuses on activities parents can use to perpare their child for success in the formal school setting.

~ Valerie Allen ~

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wells Memorial Library needs our help...

So often, Florida is the target of hurricanes. This time, our neighbors to the north took the brunt of it. Here's a chance for Florida authors and book lovers to help...

The Wells Memorial Library and Adirondack library in Upper Jay, New York, lost it children's section. Please visit this website (click here) to see how you can help. There is full information there.... Children's authors, please send them a copy of your hardcover children's book. Book lovers... please send them a copy of your favorite children's book.

Please reach out... Let's send those books on their way. Thanks so much.