Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Special Meeting of the Space Coast Writers' Guild

Special Christmas Meeting

There will be a special meeting of the Space Coast Writer’s Guild on Monday evening the 12th of December. The meeting will be held at the Fountains, their regular meeting location. The event will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Following a social time, Joyce Henderson will provide the details for our January Conference.

Members are asked to bring two dozen of their favorite cookies to share. Coffee, lemonade (or cider), and water will be provided. Authors are asked to bring several copies of their books to offer to the Fountain residents.

Please come and bring a friend who might be interested in attending the January conference. If you have questions or need directions, call Gene Davis at 321 779-1008. See you there.

Gene Davis, President

Gerard Michaels to sign books....

Zombie author J. Gerard Michaels (pen name for John Rehg, FWA St. Petersburg Writers Group Leader) will be signing an anthology with his latest tale in the ongoing life of Detective Cord Wheaton on Saturday, December 10th, from 11am to 2pm at Books at Park Place in Disston Plaza, 49th St. N and 38th Ave in St. Petersburg.

Included with the anthology will be electronic versions of the original short story that began the series plus additional bonuses.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

MSJ Press Announces the Release of Women of the Passion by Joan D. Lynch

An extraordinary novel that allows readers to experience the time after Jesus' death
through the eyes of the women who walked with Him, Women of the Passion is now available nationwide

NAPLES, Florida – MSJ Press announces the release of Women of the Passion by Joan D. Lynch. An extraordinary novel that relives the drama and excitement of the early church through the eyes of the women who helped form it, Women of the Passion (ISBN: 978-09829640-0-2, Trade Paper, 224 Pages, $14.95) is now available nationwide.

The days and weeks after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ were both an exultant and harrowing time for His followers. Even as His followers were assured of their faith, they feared for their lives. During this time of tremendous upheaval, no one was exempt from danger:  women who were early leaders of the church were in as much danger as the men.

Women of the Passion places readers squarely in the middle of those dramatic days. A captivating story that is alternately touching and heart-wrenching, harrowing and triumphant, Women of the Passion is recounted through the eyes of the women who walked with Christ:  Mary, his mother, Mary Magdalene, Susanna and Joanna, among others.

Who were these women? What were they thinking, doing, and feeling in the months after the crucifixion?  What kept them going despite efforts to stamp out Jesus’ followers?

Women of the Passion offers thought-provoking and eye-opening insights into the lives of these women.  Brimming with excitement, mystery, and religious fervor, Women of the Passion provides an incredible and fascinating fictionalized account of the aftermath of the crucifixion.

Inspired by Scripture and crafted with extensive historical research, Women of the Passion takes readers on an extraordinary journey by allowing them to walk in the shoes of a group of women who let faith guide them when times seemed darkest.

Powerful, inspiring and poignant, Women of the Passion is destined to stay with readers after the final page is turned. An exquisite novel that allows readers to experience the Passion first-hand, Women of the Passion is an imaginative and beautifully-told story of faith, hope and love.

Joan D. Lynch is a Professor Emeritus at Villanova University. Lynch is the author of a non-fiction book and numerous articles. She and her husband Tom divide their time between Berwyn, Pennsylvania and Naples, Florida. For more information, please visit:

Women of the Passion is available wherever fine books are sold. Women of the Passion is available to the trade through Spring Arbor Distributors, Ingram, and ACTA Publications. Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about Joan D. Lynch or Women of the Passion are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone—(615) 297-9875, or by email—

Inge's Unexpected Guest by Sieglinde P. Young

Inge's Unexpected Guest is the second novel in Sieglinde P. Young's Inge's series,  In it twenty-year old Inge Lyndt marries Kane Boag, eighteen years her senior. After a honeymoon in Egypt they settle in his house in Miami, Florida. Only weeks later a guest from Egypt arrives.With his coming, Inge is swept up in an affair beyond her imagination.Though her marriage is tumultuous, the births of her three daughters give her the strength to resist the ever-present temptation of two men hoping for her capitulation.
They pursue her from Florida, to Egypt, to West Africa until another woman and a war finally intercede.
Inge's Unexpected Guest is available from Amazon,  Barnes and Noble, and as an e-book on Kindle.
Her other three novels, Inge's War, Journey Into Fear, and The Rebellion Of Nilofleur are also available from the same sources. Go to the blog at for more information or to read the initial chapter of each novel.


News from Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen's article: How to Have Win/Win Arguments With Your Teen has been published in Treasure Valley Parenting Teens Magazine. Treasure Valley Magazines are a part of Family Magazine and Media Inc. group published in Idaho, as well as online.

Florida Pirates by James and Sarah Kaserman

The History Press is pleased to introduce the new title:

Florida Pirates
From the Southern Gulf Coast to the Keys & Beyond
James & Sarah Kaserman

The waters, inlets and coves surrounding Florida’s coasts have been the refuge of infamous pirates for centuries. From pillaging Spanish galleons carrying gold to Civil War blockade runners disrupting supply lines, the pirates of Florida were once feared and respected. Navigating tempestuous waters from Fort Myers down to Sanibel and Captiva Islands, south to Naples and east to the coveted Keys, these pirates and privateers embodied freedom and adventure. They secured their places in history while fighting the likes of presidents, armadas and international powers. Authors James and Sarah Kaserman recount the swashbuckling tales of Black Caesar, Anne Bonny, “Calico Jack” Rackham and even the legend of Gasparilla. Brimming with local facts and myths, Florida Pirates offers the definitive guide to the scoundrels who plundered the Sunshine State’s warm coasts throughout history and to the present day.

Media review copies, high-resolution photographs and interviews available upon request.

James F. Kaserman first learned of pirates in 1956 and became interested in the truth about pirates when doing research studies of government and business organizations. He concluded that pirate organizations had many similarities to the businesses of today and even served as models for our modern-day democracy. Jim believes that, like all illegal enterprises that have survived thousands of years, piracy is an ongoing institution and will exist so long as there is potential for greater economic reward to those who participate. He earned a bachelor’s degree Kent State University and a master’s degree from the University of Dayton. Jim was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant from the United States Army. He was a teacher, coach and administrator for thirty-six years and spent ten successful years as an elected official. Jim is a former professional race car driver and still drives stock cars with the Daytona Antique Auto Racing Association.

Sarah Jane (Chenot) Kaserman was an educator for more than thirty-five years and recently retired as a teacher of gifted students in the Lee County School District in Florida. Following graduation from North Canton Hoover
High School in North Canton, Ohio, she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a master’s degree in deaf education from Kent State University. A violinist and fiddle player, Sarah Jane likes to travel the country and play old-time, folk and bluegrass music. Sarah Jane and her grandfather’s fiddle, “Charley,” can be found at all pirate book presentations by the Kasermans. Together, James and Sarah Jane have combined their years in education with the vision of writing multisensory books and have written many elementary Accelerated Reader books. They have written three pirate books, Gasparilla: Pirate Genius, The Legend of Gasparilla: A Tale for All Ages and How the Pirates Saved Christmas. Their book Pirates of Southwest Florida: Fact and Legend is used in their teaching with the Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Academy. They have been married since 1966 and are happy parents and grandparents. They have lived in Fort Myers, Florida, since moving there from their native Ohio in 1985.

If you would like to schedule an interview with the author,
please contact Dan Watson at 843.577.5971, ext 114 or

ISBN: 978-1-60949-419-3   Paperback      128 pages      $16.99    November 2011
This new book is available at local bookstores, independent retailers, & online.
It is also available directly through the publisher at (866) 457-5971 or

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Meet the Authors Book Fair

Florida Book News thanks Authors for Authors Holly Fox Vellekoop, Marshall Frank, and Valerie Allen for organizing, promoting, and producing the Meet the Authors Book Fair in Melbourne, Florida, last weekend.

Forty-six authors gathered to present their books to the public. The book fair was inside the Eau Gallie Civic Center. Outside, the ArtWorks 15th Annual Eau Gallie Fine Art Show caught the attention of art and book lovers alike.

Many hours of work went into putting on the book fair. As an author who participated, I want to tell Holly, Marshall and Valerie how much I appreciate the work they put into it. I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

Nikki in The Keys series by Gerald McCallum

Florida author, Gerald McCallum has written two books about Nikki in The Keys. In Book I, Nikki is a soon-to-be divorced woman in her mid-thirties. She's very sexy, a master of deceit and skilled in the art of mai[pulation. In this book, she enters the world of smuggling. She lives in paradise, but every day is not normal.

In Book 2,  Nikki continues on her path of using sex and murder to get what she wants.... namely twenty-million dollars. If you're looking for reading with an emphasis on violence, sex, drugs and murders, Gerald McCallum offers all three.

These books are available at Barnes and Noble for the Nook and at Amazon for the Kindle.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Wig Nelson featured at Highland Art and Studio on First Friday of December

Wig Nelson will be performing original music at Highland Art and Studio in the Eau Gallie Arts District on Highland Avenue in Melbourne, Florida, on December 2nd, during First Friday Festivities.  He will also be signing all six of his novels.  A limited supply of Wig's CD, Get There, will also be available for $5.00.

20 percent of all proceeds will be donated to Highland Art and Studio.

Come out and see Wig and support the arts.

Starting a Successful Writing Business by Joyce Henderson

Joyce Henderson announces the publication of her sixth book, and first digital book: Starting a Successful Writing Business which can be found at:

Ideal for the author who enjoys writing, but needs a little help with career-building and the "business" of writing, the book addresses
  • How to become a goal-driven writer
  • Creating a writing business plan
  • Habits of highly effective writers
  • Time management for authors
  • Tools for writers
  • Compelling Writing
  • Critique partners and groups
  • The elements of a proposal
  • The Publishing World
  • Ten tips for working with an editor
  • Discover whether or not you need an agent
  • How to deal with rejection
  • Building a platform

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Meet the Authors Book Fair Today...

We had a great turn out yesterday. Today is the final day of the Meet the Authors Book Fair. Come to the Eau Gallie Civic Center on Highland Avenue in Melbourne Florida. Meet authors from around Florida and see the ArtWorks Fine Art Show as well...

Hope to see you there.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

News from Joseph Cordaro

Joseph Cordaro's story "The Wedding Dress" is a heartwarming story and will be published in the Winter Edition of Linnet's Wings.

Cordaro is the author of the novel The Cost of Courage.  It is a tale of war that crosses generations and battles. It's a narrative about the aftereffects of combat. It has a subplot of romance and is told in a heartbreaking and relevant voice. 

When Lieutenant Commander Charles Courtland, a hero of the British Royal Navy, returns home after being wounded in the 1916 Battle of Jutland, it becomes clear that his most lasting scars are naked to the eye. As he continues to fight nightmarish demons, it's his family, especially Charles' young son Brent, who pays the price. Unable to ever truly connect with Brent, Charles is distant near the point of assumed disdain, unavailable, and ill-equipped with the rigors of preparing his son to be a man or for him to be a soldier. Brent follows his father s footsteps to become a naval officer during the earliest days of World War II. Ironically, it s the most secret mission of the war that nearly destroys Brent, as war had nearly destroyed his father.With gripping irony and poignant charm, The Cost of Courage is a war novel like no other.

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. His admiration for the courage of the English people inspired him to write this story of the Royal Navy, and how one family faced the hardship of two world wars. Cordaro now lives and writes in Florida.

To learn more about Cordaro and his writing, go to 

To purchase his book, visit 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Warren Publishing Group Announces the Release of RingGoRound by Patda Jim

RingGoRound is now available wherever fine books are sold

BRADENTON, Florida – Warren Publishing Group announces the release of RingGoRound by Patda Jim.  RingGoRound (ISBN: 978-1-4276-3611-9, 380 pages, Trade Paper, $14.95) is now available wherever fine books are sold. RingGoRound  is also available in an eBook edition.

An epic novel of romantic suspense, RingGoRound is the story of two strong and compassionate women, living one hundred years apart yet bound together.

Holland, 1894:  Marlene van der Mehr lives in a male-dominated society of arranged marriages, unspeakable cruelty and limited options for women. Suffering at the hands of her cruel and abusive husband, Marlene is rarely granted reprieve from the watchful eye of her mother-in-law or husband. But Marlene defies all odds to save herself—and her children— by finding true love and leading a business empire.

Brussels, Belgium, 1999:  Marieke Whitteker, a modern-day business woman from the States, travels to Belgium on a trip that seems almost guided by fate. In a chance visit to a jewelry store, Marieke is drawn to a beautiful antique ring that seems destined to be hers. But Marieke is equally drawn to Clemens, the store’s proprietor. A self-sufficient, independent modern woman, Marieke moves halfway around the world to pursue her own chance at love amidst a dark family legacy. But twists and turns abound, as the past and present come together in a most unusual way. Had the chance encounter really been a coincidence, and why is Marieke suddenly experiencing voices and visions from the past? 

An incredible tale of two women, two lives, and one exquisite antique ring that brings them together, RingGoRound is a sweeping and sensational story about destiny, discovery and love. Beautifully told and resplendent with romance, mystery, and intrigue, RingGoRound seamlessly blends the stories of these two remarkable women who lived a century apart but are nonetheless tied together.

A skillful and imaginative storyteller, novelist Patda Jim weaves together an extraordinary and timeless tale in RingGoRound. Destined to keep readers enthralled until the final page, RingGoRound charms with its spellbinding narrative, irresistible plot and suspenseful storyline.
According to Ann Turner Cook, author of Shadow Over Cedar Key, “A question mark hanging over events in this novel keeps the reader in suspense: What is the mysterious relationship between these two women who are born a hundred years apart? How will the more contemporary one learn about the other? The fate of the characters and the final resolution satisfactorily answers all questions.”

Patda Jim received her BA degree in Creative Writing from the University of Florida.  Having lived in Canada, India, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil, and ChilĂ©, Patda makes Sarasota, Florida her home. She frequently conducts writing workshops and presents to organizations and libraries along Florida's west coast. A frequent international traveler, Patda has also authored short stories, murder mysteries and narrative biographies. For more information, please visit:

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone—(615) 297-9875 or by email—

Kerouac in Florida: Where the Road Ends by Bob Kealing

Shady Lane Press is proud to announce publication of the updated edition of Bob Kealing’s, Kerouac in Florida: Where the Road Ends.
            Based on the Florida journalist’s Emmy award-winning research in to the famed Beat Generation writer’s life in the Sunshine State, Kerouac in Florida also details the formation of the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence Project, that arose from research on this book.
           Kerouac in Florida details the author’s discovery and publication of Fred DeWitt’s timeless images of Jack Kerouac circa 1958, later featured in the travelling exhibit of Kerouac’s scroll masterpiece, On the Road.
            Kerouac in Florida is the subject of a screenplay by filmmaker J. Nathaniel Burke and documentary-in-development by award-winning documentarian Les Anderson.
            Kerouac in Florida features a new Foreword by Kerouac’s friend and musical collaborator, famed musician, composer, author and bon vivant, David Amram.
(Available for purchase at
            For interviews/appearances:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Killind Me Softly With Your Love by Dan Anderson

Dan Anderson is pleased to announce that Killing Me Softly With Your Love is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. for downloading to your e-reader. You, or any of your friends and associates who haven't read Bad Vibrations, are encouraged to download this ebook to view the humorous mystery that has received many literary and critical awards for its uniqueness and originality.
Tell-Tale Publishing Group released Killing Me Softly With Your Love on November 9, 2011. You can read the entire first chapter on Dan's website on the Smoking Gun page'll also find Dan's blog there and can keep up with what's happening with him.
Good news for fans of Dan Anderson, the next installment in The Chauncey McFadden Chronicles, Black Magic Woman, is scheduled for release on January 25, 2012.
For more information, visit his author's page at Tell-Tale Publishing Group, LLC at

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Second Annual Meet the Authors Book Fair

For book lovers: The Second Annual Meet The Authors Book Fair will held for two days at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, in conjunction with the Eau Gallie Art Festival on November 19 and 20. Forty-five authors will be in attendance to meet patrons and sign books of all genre, including fiction, non-fiction, childrens, cook books, travel books and many more. The Meet The Authors Book Fair is hosted by three local authors: Holly Fox Vellekoop, Dr. Valerie Allen and Marshall Frank. Featured this year, Mr.Stu Borton, restaurant owner, will be on hand to sign copies of his Yellow dog Cafe Cookbook." For more information, call: 321-254-3398 or visit:

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Book News: Sliding Beneath the Surface by Doug Dillon

Old St. Augustine Publications Announces The Arrival of Sliding Beneath the Surface By Doug Dillon

About the Book 

1. A young adult novel written in the first person, it is Book I of The St. Augustine Trilogy.

2. Sliding Beneath the Surface is primarily paranormal and coming of age with a strong historical thread relating to the start of the Florida’s Second Seminole War in 1835.

3. Premise: You create your own reality.

4. Description from the back cover: Just as fifteen-year-old Jeff Golden is about to start classes at St. Augustine High, he finds himself up to his eyeballs in paranormal experiences that are rooted in one of Florida’s most important historical events. Scared out of his wits, he relies on his friend, Carla Rodriguez, and Lobo, an old Native American shaman, for help. Despite this guidance, things get even worse, making Jeff realize he is in danger of losing his sanity and even his life. Finally, forces he doesn’t fully understand push him to leap headlong into the unknown in order to save himself. In doing so, though, Jeff risks something even more valuable to him than his own existence.

5. Available online in both e-book and paperback versions at and For sale in only one brick and mortar establishment as follows: The Cassadaga Camp Bookstore P.O. Box 319 Cassadaga, FL 32706

About Doug 

1. As a former educator, he worked directly with teens in Central Florida schools for 14 years.

2. As a writer, Doug has published his work with Prentice Hall, Harcourt, Boys’ Life, Mitchell Lane Publishing, the Orlando Sentinel and Learning Magazine.

3. With his wife, Barbara, he wrote a nonfiction book about his own paranormal experiences titled, An Explosion of Being: An American Family’s Journey into the Psychic. First offered to the public by Parker Publishing, an imprint of Prentice Hall, a new edition of An Explosion of Being has recently come out through Old St. Augustine Publications. It too is available online and at the Cassadaga Camp Bookstore.

4. For more on Doug and his books, visit him at

What's new in digital publishing? Rik Feeney

When: It's on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 / 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

What: Special talk by Rik Feeney, author of Writing Books, for Fun, Fame & Fortune!, owner of, and Orlando FWA group leader  will do a talk at the Writers of Abacoa meeting titled, What’s new in digital publishing? A second talk and discussion titled, Self-Publishing Pros and Cons will be presented at this meeting. If you are considering publication in any format, don’t miss this talk! Seating is limited. For more information contact Rik Feeney at

Writers of Abacoa
New Haven South Clubhouse
147 Poinciana Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458

Friday, November 11, 2011

News from Nancy J. Cohen

Nancy J. Cohen, the author of  Bad Hair Day mystery series, has a new book coming out soon. 

Shear Murder by Nancy J. Cohen
A Bad Hair Day Mystery
ISBN 978-1-4328-2554-6
Jan. 18, 2012, $25.95 HC, Five Star

Who knew weddings could be murder?  Hairstylist Marla Shore is weeks away from becoming a bride herself when she walks down the aisle as a bridesmaid at her friend Jill’s ceremony. Things take a turn for the worse when the matron of honor ends up dead, the cake knife in her chest. Now what will they use to cut the cake?

If you'd like to preorder it  you can do so here...Pre-Order NOW

And she has a new release! It's  "Three Men and a Body"... a novella within Wicked” Women Whodunit, a Kensington Brava Anthology  (reissue)
Mass Market 978-0-7582-1027-2  $6.99 Kensington  Nov. 2011 
Kindle ASIN: B005UVVR2E  $4.79 
MaryJanice Davidson, Amy Garvey, Jennifer Apodaca, Nancy J. Cohen

Here's a little about “Three Men and a Body.”
Reality show contestant Heather Payne’s assignment is simple: get a bed-and-breakfast in Winter Park up and running within seven days. It sounds like a piece of cake, until she meets the other cutthroat contestants, including the gorgeous Rex Gerard. He may be all business on the show, but in the B&B’s wine cellar, he is only interested in Heather’s pleasure. But someone wants to win at all costs, and when “accidents” start plaguing the show, Heather is afraid she may be sleeping with the enemy.

UPCOMING EVENTS for Nancy are...

Saturday, November 19, 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Murder on the Beach Booth, Miami Book Fair International, Miami, FL

Friday & Saturday, January 27-28, 2012, “Celebrating Florida Writers and Writing, Space Coast Writers Guild Conference,  Palms International Resort, 1300 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931, 321-783-2271.
Sunday, February 19, 4:00 pm, Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL  33444, 561-279-7790,  Refreshments served!

March 2-4, SleuthFest, Royal Plaza Hotel, 1905 Hotel Plaza Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Saturday, March 17, 10:00 – 12:00 noon, “World Building: Creating A Sizzling Setting”, Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL  33444, 561-279-7790,, Fee for class; advance reservations required.
Thursday, March 22, Bonita Springs Friends of the Library Luncheon, Bonita Springs, FL, Details TBA

Saturday, March 24, “Writing the Mystery”, Southwest Florida Romance Writers, Miromar Design Center, 3rd Floor, 10800 Corkscrew Road, Estero, FL. Contact Joyce at for 11:30 lunch reservation at the Bistro. Meeting begins at 1:00pm.

If you'd like to read more about Nancy, go to her website or her blog.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

L & L Dreamspell Publishing Announces the Release of Thorns on Roses by Randy Rawls: Thorns on Roses is now available nationwide

LONDON, Texas – L & L Dreamspell Publishing announces the release of Thorns on Roses by Randy Rawls. Thorns on Roses (ISBN: 978-1-60318-375-8, Trade Paper, 270 pages, $14.95) is now available nationwide. Thorns on Roses is also available in an eBook edition.

An intense and exhilarating South Florida-based thriller, Thorns on Roses introduces Broward County, Florida Private Investigator Tom Jeffries.  An ex-Special Forces operative and ex-Dallas cop, Tom Jeffries is a man with a past—and a man with an implicit distrust of the justice system. After all, the justice system failed his sister years before. But Tom still believes in justice—his brand of justice.

When Mary Lou Smithson, the 17-year-old stepdaughter of Tom’s best friend, Charlie Rogers, is murdered, Tom vows to avenge her death. And he’ll stop at no lengths to make sure these ruthless murderers pay.

But finding Mary Lou’s killers will bring Tom face-to-face with the Thorns on Roses, a violent and dangerous South Florida gang. With a meticulous plan to mete out justice on his terms, Tom methodically stalks the gang. As he eliminates the gang members one by one, Tom closes in on avenging Mary Lou’s murder.  But the police are closing in, too—and not just getting closer to solving the crime, but getting closer to connecting the dots and revealing Tom’s connection to the case.

As the clock ticks down, Tom launches a feverish pursuit to make sure the police don’t foil his plans for vengeance.  But will Tom’s burgeoning attraction to Abby Archer, the attorney assigned the task of watching over him, prove to be a fatal distraction?  The stakes are high in this deadly game—and time is running out. Staying one step ahead of the law is crucial when taking the law into your own hands. Because even the tiniest misstep could be a deadly miscalculation.

A ripping read that sizzles from first page to last, Thorns on Roses is an extraordinary thriller about vengeance, justice, and one man’s quest to untangle the pieces of his own tortured past. A solid, uncompromising and gritty PI thriller, Thorns on Roses bristles with urgency. Expect the unexpected in this high-octane thrill ride.  

Randy Rawls is a retired US Army Officer and Department of Defense civilian. Rawls is the author of the Ace Edwards, Dallas PI series and a number of short stories. A North Carolina native who called Texas his home for a number of years, Randy Rawls lives in South Florida. Visit Randy Rawls online at: . L & L Dreamspell Publishing ( is an independent book publisher based near Houston, Texas.

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about Thorns of Roses or novelist Randy Rawls are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone—(615) 297-9875, or by email —

NaNoWriMo event at FIT in Melbourne on November 10th

Florida Tech's Library is participating in the National Novel Writing Month write-in and read-in.  The library will host a reception from 5–7 p.m. on Thursday, November 10th so that perspective writers will have a chance to meet together. Everyone is welcome to attend. 

The reception will feature readings by members of the Florida Tech community. Local writers who are part of the FIT community will read.  People from outside FIT are welcome to attend to write, listen, and socialize, though the readers are already set. Here's the gist from the organizing librarian, Rebecca Webber:

 Veronica Giguere will read from World Divided: Book Two of the Secret World Chronicle, by Mercedes Lackey, with Cody Martin, Dennis Lee, and Veronica Giguere--this is a Sci-Fi novel and a braided novel where a variety of authors contribute to the work.  Veronica will also be talking about the process of writing a book like this and working on bringing it to an audience of listeners through podcasting.  (Andy and Bob both have class until 6 P.M.--so Veronica will fill the time. )

Robert Shearer will read from the Beethoven Years and will talk about what inspired him to write this book.

Andy Stanfield will read from The Battle of Rattler’s Bluff--If I remember right it's a combo of SCI-FI and Western. Andy has a master's in creative writing and will be talking about his inspirations too.

Evans Library will host a "Write in" during National Novel Writing Month. Aspiring novelists will be challenged to complete a novel during the month of November. Evans Library will provide the space for this endeavor. Writers are free to come in during library hours and work on their novels.

Bring your laptops–They have WiFi.

Library hours are :

 *   Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.–Midnight
 *   Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
 *   Saturday: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
 *   Sunday: 2–10 p.m.

Please note that during the month of November, the library will be closed on Friday, November 11 in honor of Veterans Day and also November 23–25 for Thanksgiving Break.