Saturday, February 26, 2011

Fiction Writing Workshop with Chelly Harkness

“How To Write Blockbuster Fiction” workshop at the Art Gallery of Viera in The Avenue mall.

Aspiring writers: let your imagination run while learning the tried-and-true “blueprint” for writing great fiction. Discover how to build a powerful story, keep it exciting, and leave a reader satisfied.

Four week workshop, Thursdays from 2-4pm, March 10, 17, 24, 31. Cost is $75. Contact Chelly Harkness at www.chellyharkness.com, or call 321-432-5414.

The Tallahassee Book Festival and Writers Conference

The Tallahassee Book Festival and Writers Conference is on March 18-20, 2011 at the Monroe St. Conference Center and Holiday Inn on Graves Rd., Tallahassee, FL.

The keynote speaker is Cassandra King. She will deliver the keynote at the luncheon in the Monroe Street Conference Center ballroom on Saturday. King has four best-selling novels, including Making Waves in Zion, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls, and Queen of Broken Hearts. The event will feature Donna Ballman, James Scott Bell, Ron Cooper, Adrian Fogelin, Lee Gutkind, Chuck Sambuchino, Katharine Sands.

Fee for writers conference.

Book festival events are free.

Details at www.tallahasseewriters.net.

The event is co-sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers Association and the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library

The Heroine's Journey in Literature by Donna Meredith

To celebrate women's history month, author Donna Meredith will present "The Heroine's Journey in Literature," a look at how we got from Elizabeth Bennett to Lizbeth Salander. The presentation will be at the following dates and locations:

March 2, noon, Thomas County Library in Thomasville, GA
March 5, 1-3 p.m. Jackson County Library in Marianna, FL
March 25, 2:30 p.m. Westminster Oaks in Tallahassee, FL
March 26, 11-12 noon. Havana Public Library, Havana, FL
March 27, 2 p.m. Columbia County Library in Lake City, FL
March 29, 7-8 p.m. Roddenbery Memorial Library in Cairo, GA

She will also sign her novel, "The Glass Madonna" at these events. The novel intertwines the stories of three generations of glassmakers with the personal journey of Sarah Stevens, whose dream of becoming a glassmaker is blocked because the job is still traditionally reserved for males in the '70s. Themes of virginity, spouse abuse, and changing female roles are explored.

Donna Meredith
www.donnameredith.com
850-878-2931
Author of The Glass Madonna

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bellamy Road’s Fourth Annual Beat Symposium

Chris Felver/Film & Photos, - Saturday, February 26, 2011
Reception at 6:30 Event start 7 p.m.

Return Engagement of photographer, filmmaker, author and Beat raconteur, Chris Felver. Film screening and PowerPoint presentation of original portraits with scandalous commentary.West Coast: Beat and Beyond (1984), directed by Chris Felver. Running time 59 minutes. Narrated by Gerald Nicosia. Readings by Ginsberg, Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and others, on San Francisco's North Beach and Boulder, Colorado. “A documentary film essential to understanding the works, personalities and mythology of key players of the Beat Generation.

”Christopher Felver appears as a guest lecturer at universities and art centers worldwide, where his work is collected by numerous libraries and museums. Felver’s books are Beat; The Late Great Allen Ginsberg; The Importance of Being; Ferlinghetti Portrait; Angels, Anarchists & Gods; The Poet Exposed. His new book in preparation is Juke ‘n Jive: Photographic Studies of American Musicians. www.chrisfelver.com




ALSO:

CineMania at Bellamy Road. Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - "Naked Lunch" the movie.
Twice monthly screenings of Independent, documentary and foreign films each month on second and fourth Wednesday nights, 7pm. Bring your own beanbags, pillows, mats and beverages. Popcorn, candy, coffee provided.

William S. Burroughs' Naked Lunch, a film by David Cronenberg, 1991, running time 115 minutes - or until 'All rational thought is exterminated' or somebody cries UNCLE! An 'unfilmable novel' about a part-time bug exterminator and full-time drug addict whose nightmarish netherworld of paranoid fantasies plunge him into the mysteries of the writing process.

Keith C. Bollum
Exec. Dir.
Bellamy Road (David T. Warner Foundation, Inc.)
5910 Hampton St.
Melrose, FL 32666

www.bellamyroad.org
(352) 475-3435
mobile (352) 283-9700

Monday, February 21, 2011

Book Events with Penny Zee - The Amazing Word of God


Penny Zee, author of The Amazing Word of God, has scheduled the following events:








February, 2011


February 26, 2011 (Saturday) = 9:30 a.m.
Joy Fellowship Meeting
Victory Assembly of God
2969 Kosuth Road, N.E.
Palm Bay, FL
Guest speaker and book signing

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March, 2011

March 11 and 12, 2011 (Friday) = 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. (Saturday) 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Coastal Florida Curriculum Fair
Central Assembly of God
Route 60
Vero Beach, FL
Book signing

March 26, 2011 (Saturday) 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Brevard Authors Book Fair
Central Brevard Library & Reference Cener
308 Forest Ave.
Cocoa, FL
Book signing

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May, 2011

May 14, 2011 (Saturday)
Women of Integrity - Mother/Daughter Luncheon
Abundant Living Ministries
14331 S.W. 72 St.
Pembroke Pines, FL
Guest speaker and book signing

Meet the Authors... Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid at a Re-release Party for Devil Wind


On Sunday, March 6th at 6PM at Murder on the Beach bookstore in Delray Beach, Florida, there will be a re-release party for my newest thriller, Devil Wind by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid, the second in the Sammy Greene series.

Donald Bain (bestselling author of the Murder She Wrote Series) calls it "...a whirwind of a mystery". The public is invited to the event. Come meet the authors. There will be food and drink and all proceeds of the event will be donated to breast cancer research.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Addy Awards 2011



I'm thrilled to announce that Suzanne Clements won a Silver Addy Award for book design for my book The Zen of Max and a Silver Addy Award for the design of my book, Ready Set Tweet: A Speedy Guide to Twitter.

Congraulations and thanks, Suzanne...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Thanks to Marilyn Martin for Her Renewal of her Sponsor Ads

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Thanks.

Friday, February 18, 2011

If you're in the area...

Alachua... Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 2:00pm, stop by the Alachua Branch Library to hear Sudye Cauthen read from her new book, The Salvation of Maggie Rider: Stories of Nokofla.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Brevard Authors Book Fair Registration

Brevard Authors Book Fair
Authors for Authors
Valerie Allen, Marshall Frank, Holly Fox Vellekoop

There are a few spaces available... sign up now!

Central Brevard Library & Reference Center March 26, 2011 Saturday
308 Forest Ave Cocoa, FL 32922 Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Registration Deadline: March 10, 2011

Authors and Book Sellers:
• ½ of six foot long table (two authors per table)
• Cost = $20.00
• Bring your own food/lunch
• Refreshments will be provided
• Water and ice available

Display Books Only:
• Books and business cards set up is face out on display shelves (no sales involved)
• Costs $5.00 per book (cash only)
• Book, business cards, and payment enclosed in zip lock bag with your contact information
• To return your book, you must provide a return mailer with appropriate postage
• All must be delivered or mailed to: 101 E. New Haven Av, Melbourne FL 32901
(or put in drop box in back door) on or before 03/10/11
=========================================================================
REGISTRATION FORM
Deadline 03/10/11

Authors and Book Sellers: Cost = $20.00
Call Marshall Frank at (321) 254-3398 for more information

Mail registration form and make payment to:
Frankly Speaking Enterprises, POB 411841, Melbourne FL 32941

Book Display Only: Bring or mail book(s), registration form, return mailer, and cash payment of $5.00 per book in a zip lock bag to:

Valerie Allen, 101 E. New Haven Ave, Melbourne FL 32901 (or put in drop box in back door)

Name: ____________________________________________________

Phone # ______________________________

Address: _________________________________________________

City: _________________________ St _____ Zip __________

E-Mail ________________________________

Enclosed $ _____________________________


One Book Title for Flyer: __________________________________

Authors ~ Valerie Allen, Marshall Frank, Holly Fox Vellekoop

MAD about Words Travel Writing Workshop with Necee Regis


You love to travel. And you love to write.

This workshop will focus on how to combine these passions and translate your experiences into publishable stories.Through both lecture and writing exercises, we'll develop story ideas, consider outlets and styles of travel writing, and discuss methods for breaking into the field with an emphasis on crafting a compelling opening paragraph and writing an attention-grabbing query letter.

Necee Regis is a frequent contributor to the travel and food sections of The Boston Globe and The Washington Post. Her writing has also been featured in the Los Angeles Times, American Way Magazine, Spirit Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and the literary journal, Tin House. Her subjects are travel, food, and everything around the edges of these topics.

Previous workshop attendees:

"Lots of takeaway! Necee is so talented, knowledgeable, and funny. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop." -- Nancy Fox

"She gave great advice and clear ways into this kind of writing. Insider info, useful anecdotes, and tips." -- Susan Lilley

Limited to a small group. Reserve now!

When: Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 11 AM to 3 PM
Please come up to 30 minutes early to network and settle in. Refreshments will be served.

Where: Community Clubhouse, Winter Park FL 32792

Fee: $65. - Advance registration required.

To register online: MadAboutWords.com

Or register by mail: Make your check payable to MAD about Words. (Sorry, they can only take credit card payments online.) Please include your full name, address, phone number and email address. Mail your information and payment to MAD about Words, P.O. Box 5057, Winter Park FL 32793-5057

Terms of Registration: You must be 18 years or older to participate. Special offers and discounts cannot be combined. Refunds cannot be issued for cancellations unless they receive your written refund request one week before the workshop date. Fees for returned checks and cancellations apply. If, at their discretion, the workshop is canceled, refunds will be issued. Your registration is confirmed via email from MAD about Words.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Books in the Home from Robert Hart

All writers deserve to hear about the results of a 20-year study across 27 countries, on the influence of books in the home published last year. This showed that a 500-book library in the home propels a child, on average, a further 3.2 years in education. This gain is the same as the effect of having university educated parents (15-16 years) compared to barely literate parents, (3-years education). Having as few as 20 books still has a significant impact.

Children of lesser educated parents benefit the most: The effect in China is 6.6 years; in the US, 2.4 years. This effect of books was above and independent of the parent’s education level, the country’s Gross National Product (GDP), father’s occupation or political system of the country. The effect of books is twice as important as the father’s education level.

I abstracted this from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/05/100520213116.htm
M.D.R. Evans, Jonathan Kelly, Joanna Sikora and Donald J. Treiman. Family scholarly culture and educational success: Books and schooling in 27 nations. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility., 2010.

This is heady and powerful stuff. I doubt that electronic games would do the same.

Hart's Original Petpourri
Vol. 1 Miscellany
Fact, Fancy, Trivia, and Whimsy about Pets, Veterinarians, and Owners.
www.originaldrhart.com
www.hartspets.spruz.com
www.hartsoriginalpetpourri.com

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Thanks to Jody Rehman for Renewal of Sponsor Ads

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Flying Fish by Vern Hobbs




Cape Canaveral freelance writer, Vern Hobbs, has broken into the world of fiction with the release of his debut novel, Flying Fish, published by Aberdeen Bay Book Publishers of Alexandria, Virginia.

Description

A deceptively worded referendum has robbed Juniper Key, Florida of its age-old livelihood -- commercial fishing. The town divides as some cling to the false hope offered by shadowy real estate developers, while others demand help from government officials who have no real plan and little imagination. As hope fades, the ghost of a long-dead community icon visits Stan Randolph, editor of the weekly newspaper, insisting that the locals embrace the teachings of two unorthodox marine biologists and the concept of environmental preservation -- the very people and ideas they blame for destroying their way of life!

Praise for Flying Fish

The Midwest Book Review has described Flying Fish as a "choice pick, not to be missed." Tobin Bennison, editor of The Beachside Resident, compared the novel to Steinbeck's Cannery Row, while Karen Larson of Good Old Boat magazine declared Flying Fish, "excellent!" The novel's environmental theme has led to its use a fundraising tool by the Florida Wildlife Federation.

About the Author

Vern Hobbs, a commercial pilot, has become well known to the readers of several sailing magazines and travel blogs over the past decade. A long time Floridian, Hobbs is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, is a member of the Space Coast Writer's Guild, and the Society of American Letters. Vern is a regular contributing writer for Good Old Boat magazine, and The Beachside Resident. He and his wife, Sally, reside in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Flying Fish is available through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and at Patrick Paperbacks in Satellite Beach, FL. Learn more about the author at: www.flying-fish-creative.com
or Aberdeen Bay Book Publishers at: www.aberdeenbay.com

Night Vision by Randy Wayne White


Randy Wayne White's newest novel is Night Vision. It is due out on February 22, 2011. It received the following starred review from Publisher's Weekly.

In White's intelligent, fast-paced 18th Doc Ford thriller (after Deep Shadow), Doc's hipster friend, Tomlinson, persuades Doc to help an extraordinary 13-year-old girl, Tula Choimha, recently arrived at a Florida trailer park from Guatemala. Tula, who speaks with God and whose patron saint is Joan of Arc, is determined to find her mother and brother, who came to America months earlier but have disappeared. People who get to know Tula believe she is special, blessed, even a saint--except for the sleazy, steroid-infused trailer park landlord, Harris Squires. Fearful that the discovery of some human remains inside an alligator carcass will implicate him in a crime witnessed by Tula, the paranoid Harris kidnaps Tula and takes off. Doc sets out to rescue Tula, but standing in his way is a menacing gangbanger, Victorino, and Harris's vicious girlfriend, Frankie. White balances the sordid criminal activities with plenty of intriguing wildlife lore. The bond that Tula forms with her captor adds poignancy.

About the Author

Randy Wayne White says about himself... "When my marina closed in 1987, I wasn’t qualified to do anything, so I wrote Sanibel Flats. I had two young sons, a lot of bills, so failure wasn’t an option. It is a rare day when I do not reflect on my good luck to have succeeded in a very tough profession.”

He has written 18 novels under his name and other books of non-fiction. That about says it all, doesn't it. If you've never read his books, you might want to give him a try.

For more information about him and to check his book tour schedule, go to his website.

Journeys - a grand adventure by Judy Edwards


Journeys
a grand adventure

by Judy Edwards

I can't imagine traveling around the world on my own or with a 13-year-old daughter. So, to me, and I imagine to anyone, this book is the recounting of a remarkable undertaking. It's the true story of Judy Edwards and her daughter Jill. They courageously left home, husband and sister, Mae, and embarked on an adventure of a lifetime.

Judy set out to paint the scenery of the world and to experience as much of other cultures as she could. Jill wanted desperately to see Egypt. They both got their wishes, but much, much more than they ever imagined.

The trip was not all fun. Traveling on a tight budget offered many challenges in finding suitable places to stay, but what they learned and experienced by living with the people of the places they visited was much more valuable I'm sure.

In the book, Edwards paints a vivid picture of their experiences. I felt as if I were traveling with them. When they were wet and cold, I got a chill. When they were walking stoically through dangerous areas, I was nervous as well. Edwards has done an excellent job of telling the story of their travels for the readers to experience.

In addition to the book, another outcome of the journey is a body of paintings. Edwards, often to the chagrin of her daughter, painted continuously throughout the trip and beautifully captured the flavor of the many countries they visited. If you'd like a peek at some of her artwork, visit http://www.judyedwards.com

Enjoy the book and the artwork. Both are well worth the time.

About the Author
Judy Edwards is a painter and writer. She lives in Brevard County, Florida. She studied art at the Honolulu Art Academy, Rhode Island School of Design, Newport Art Museum on Monhegan Island, Maine, and at the Ringling School in Sarasota, FL.

Currently, she is a member of the Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne, Florida. In art, she places her current emphasis on investigating, creating, and manipulating colors with molten wax. She says, "The additive and subtractive nature of encaustics lends itself to abstraction and is thrilling to work with."

Visit her website to find out more about Edwards and her art and visit Amazon.com to purchase a copy of her book.

We You Talking To Me? by Aitch Embee


From the Author

Were You Talking to Me
is a collection of short stories centered on a fictitious character with the unusual name of Martin Luther Gittleman. The reader will get to know Marty’s wife Rose, his granddaughter Sally, Roses nephew Lubber, Marty’s dear friend Fred, and even Mr. Death with whom Marty has various casual conversations regarding a topic most people try to avoid, right to the end.

Theses stories are about many of the ordinary things that take place in everybody’s life and the reader is bound to recognize an event or a person or something with which he is familiar. Most of the stories are humorous, some informative, and some even poignant.

In the story, Aunt Peggy Went Away, we find Marty trying to explain to 5 year old Sally the death of her loving aunt. The subject is sad and, yet, one we have all dealt with. The tale ends with Sally’s typical but unexpected response.

St. Mathew’s involves the supernatural, a story told as a result of the difference in Marty’s and Fred’s outlook on life. Marty’s rendition describing an evening in the town of St. Mathew’s bolsters Fred’s convictions until the surprise ending.

Lubber, Rose’s nephew, is a thorn in Marty’s side. Marty has traveled too far through life and Lubber is a typical teenager. We never actually hear a word Lubber says. However, we know his every word and action by Marty’s responses and reactions.

Mr. Death is the being responsible for collecting souls of the newly departed. Most folks avoid even the mention of his name, yet he and Marty have several casual conversations in the comfort of Marty’s warm den. All deal with human beliefs and reactions to what is considered an unacceptable but inevitable event. Each of these tales is treated rather lightly and end with Marty making some off the wall comment.

Sit down, pick up the book and enjoy a few moments of casual reading. Read one, read two, or all fifty. You will be amused, diverted, and walk away with the warm feeling usually found after a visit with nice friends.

About the Author

The author is a retired PE mechanical engineer living in Brevard County since 1977. He is a graduate of the University of Miami with a graduate degree from the University of Memphis. My career included stints with Westinghouse, Pratt & Whitney, PRC, Lockheed, General Dynamics, SAIC, and INET. Also taught engineering at State Technical Institute at Memphis as an Associate Professor. I am an avid sailor and have been sailing since the age of eight. A life member of United States Power Squadron with the rank of senior navigator.

He's been writing most of his life and has had articles in several magazines and a published thesis. He attends the Cocoa Beach Writer's Workshop.

The book can be purchased on Amazon.com

Friday, February 11, 2011

The God of Anna by Kasey Greenhoe


The God of Anna is a memoir written to show that no matter how ugly life gets, the power of life will support you. It's the story about one year in Anna's life when she was about to turn 11. The story is set along a grand Florida river in the 1960's. It sin't a common story of the abused child who waits to be rescued; Anna is a fierce and invincible force by the end o the book.

Greenhoe says, "The God of Anna will take you on an adventure through the world of possibilities and show you how thoughts and behavior create the life you live today. It will show how the answers to our deepest quests are found within our spirit, and how we can find glorious beauty in the dreariest situations."

About the Author

Kasey Greenhoe has published numerous human interest columns in major newspapers. She has also written extensively on financial topics. She is currently working on a book that will teach how to create financial wealth by raising your consciousness. Greenhoe owns and operates a registered investment advisory firm. She wives with her husband in Florida and has two grown sons. Her vision is to create a community of successful individuals whose purpose is to contribute to the rise in awareness of humanity.

To purchase, go to amazon.com

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Someone's Watching by Sharon Potts

Now available from Oceanview Publishing


Someone's Watching
By Sharon Potts

Description

Robbie Ivy, a twenty-something CPA-turned-bartender, is soaking in the warmth of South Beach when she receives a visit from her estranged father. He shatters Robbie's placid existence with the news that her eighteen-year-old sister, who Robbie never knew existed, has disappeared. Robbie, hoping to find some part of herself in her lost sister, searches for her in the underbelly of a glitzy, corrupt society that will kill for profit. But in doing so, risks losing that which is most important to her.

Praise

"Following her spell-binding debut, Sharon Potts delivers another fast-paced domestic drama of betrayal and redemption. Someone's Watching is a shocking glimpse behind Miami Beach's glamorous facade." -P.J. Parrish

"Potts excels at camouflaging which plot twists are red herrings and which contain the truth. The revelations in the last few chapters are stunningly well-handled. This is far grittier than the typical mixing of mystery and chick lit, but it's effectively told from a feminine perspective. An appealing sleuth and a beguiling mystery." -Booklist

"Potts's shiver-rich follow-up to In Their Blood takes a hard look at Miami's intense South Beach club scene. Potts has created a sympathetic crime solver in Robbie." -Publishers Weekly
Sharon Potts

About the Author
Sharon Potts is a former business executive, entrepreneur, CPA, and soccer mom. Her first novel, In Their Blood, won top honors in the Mystery/Suspense category of the 2010 Benjamin Franklin Awards ™.

A native of New York, Potts graduated from New York University's Stern School of Business. Before migrating to Miami, Potts worked in public accounting. In Miami, Potts served as a managing director of an international staffing company and president of an executive search/accounting recruitment firm.

An active member of the Mystery Writers of America, Potts has served as the treasurer of the Florida chapter, and as co-chair of SleuthFest, Mystery Writers of America's annual conference. Potts is also a member of the International Thriller Writers.

Sharon Potts has two grown children and lives in Miami Beach with her husband, Joe. She is the author of In Their Blood and Someone's Watching.

For more information visit Potts' website at http://www.sharonpotts.com/ or go to Oceanview Publishing

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sleuthfest Conference - March 3 - 6, 2011 in Deerfield Beach


Are you going to Sleuthfest this year. It's a conference sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America - Florida Chapter. It's in Deerfield Beach and covers a wide array of topics for those interest in writing mysteries.

Sleuthfest's guest of honor are Dennis Lehane, Meg Gardiner and SJ Rozan. In addition, there will be agents and editors on hand. Don't miss this wonderful conference.

For more information about it, visit their website at http://www.mwaflorida.org/sleuthfest.htm

Workshops with John DeDakis


John DeDakis, senior copy editor at CNN (The Situation Room w/Wolf Blitzer) and author of Fast Track and Bluff will be hosting two workshops in Central Florida in late February:

1. Friday 2/25/11 at Florida Today Newspaper in Brevard County (from 1pm-5pm)
2. Saturday 2/26/11 at The Women's Club of Winter Park (from 10am-4pm)

Each workshop will cover the following topics...

From Journalist to Novelist (or how I learned to start making it up)
How to Write a Novel
Buffing and Polishing
How to Get an Agent

Interested writers and students are invited to attend these workshops. If you need more information, visit http://www.dedakisworkshops.com. Students will receive a 50% discount to attend. In addition, here's a link to John's website where you can learn much more about him: http://www.JohnDeDakis.com

Sell Books During the Naples Authors & Books Festival

For the second year in a row, the Authors & Books Festival is co-hosted by the Downtown Naples Association and the Naples Press Club to bring the prestige that is 5th Avenue shopping to book sellers.

If you don't already have a signing lined up at a local B&N Saturday, April 9, then sign up to be one of the literary guests at this destination event. You could be selling dozens of your latest and greatest to a new audience along the fragrant and historied 5th Avenue in downtown Naples, Florida, where trendy shoppers and high-season visitors haven't let the economic crunch wreck their spending style.

Visit www.AuthorsAndBooksFestival.org and click on the "register now" tab in the Authors & Books Festival box to sign up. But don't wait too long! The sooner you grab a three-hour time slot with one of the 5th Avenue merchants, the better your chances of being included.

While visiting the www.AuthorsAndBooksFestival.org site, check out the mid-February deadline for the Writers' Contest and read about the excellent curriculum the conference has to offer both newbie and established writers and journalists. It's a weekend packed with business and inspiration.

If you need overnight accommodations, the luxurious Inn on Fifth has graciously agreed to offer discounted rates to attendees of the conference. Like all things along 5th Avenue, it comes with excellent marketing and promotion at www.innonfifth.com.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Tribute... Sally Fairchild


The writing world of Brevard and beyond lost a dear friend on Sunday. Sally Fairchild passed away on January 30, 2011 at the age of 85.

Sally... a publisher and a writer of pomes (that's how she spelled poem) brought smiles to all around her. She was a great friend to many, not just authors.

It always amazed me how far her friendships reached in Florida, Wisconsin and all points between. Her obituary was published in Florida Today this morning. Have a look... click here ... Sally wrote it herself and it is uplifting.

Sally of Eau Gallie, thanks for being such a great friend.... Love you!