Monday, December 31, 2012

Returning for Valentine’s Day by Victoria Pinder

Published by Kindle, Indie

Edited by Written Dreams

Contemporary Romance

Contains elements of comedy

Heat Level: Steamy

Length: 50 pages

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Everyone deserves to find love on Valentine’s Day.

Beth Corsini loved Nathan all her life. Last year, at her friend’s wedding, everything changed. Nathan disappeared. She lost all hope in love, but she’s over the heartache. Ready to move on, Beth signed up for a speed dating event. She never expected Nathan to be there.

Nathan never thought Beth was serious about him, and she never acted like she cared one way or the other. But when he heard she broke up with her boyfriend, Roberto, he decided to to go for it. Beth’s been the love of his life, all his life. Can he convince her on Valentine’s Day to marry him? Can she ignore his mother’s disapproval and accept love matters more? 

About the Author:

Victoria Pinder also writes science fiction and fantasy as Greta Buckle. She grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, then became a lawyer. After realizing she hates clients, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is fun, but writing is a passion. She wrote one hundred and one fan fiction stories online before deciding to transition into writing her own stories. Never ask her to republish her fan stories from age eleven- horribly written stories of princesses. Victoria dreams of writing professionally, where her barista can make her coffee and a walk on the beach, can motivate her tales. Theseus story came to her when she was a freshman in high school as her English teacher, the nun, told her how life was hard and tragedy teaches lessons. Victoria’s love of writing has kept her centered and focused. How is she crazy? The voices in her head are characters in novels and she’s not insane.

Visit Victoria online at:

Authors Website:

Quieting Your Inner Critic - Lezlie Laws

Quieting Your Inner Critic with Lezlie Laws

In this workshop you will learn:
  • Several techniques to silence your critical inner voices
  • How your brain sabotages your creative efforts
  • Specific obstacles that keep you from creative practice
  • How unconscious habit patterns entrench these obstacles without your even knowing it
  • Some very easy strategies to break the habit patterns that create obstacles (and one very challenging one!)
Come join a small group of people who share your desire to re-commit to personal expression and artfulness in life by getting rid of the inner critic.

This is one of the wonderful workshops sponsored by Mad about Words'

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Writing the Radical Other -- Learn and Write with Mike Rands

On Saturday, January 26, The Jack Kerouac Writers-in-Residence Project of Orlando partners with MAD about Words to offer you the opportunity to learn from and write with Mike Rands the current writer-in-residence at Kerouac House.

Writing the Radical Other

Learn and write with Mike Rands at Kerouac House
Write what you know. This is often the first piece of advice
given to writers. But what about writing what you don’t know? Or more
specifically, how do you get inside the mind of a character who, for
whatever reason, seems radically different to you? We’ll discuss
different ways of taking on this challenge and look at the risks and
opportunities that writing the ‘radical other’ involves.

Michael Rands was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He received his MA from the University of Cape Town. His manuscript, a novel, Praise Routine Number Four
was published by Human and Rousseau Publishers. He worked in the
television industry as a writer and director before moving to Japan
where he taught in a high school for three years.

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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Brevard Authors' Book Fair

    Brevard Authors’ Book Fair                 
Valerie Allen ~ Marshall Frank ~ Holly Fox Vellekoop

Central Brevard Library & Reference Center                                                 March 09, 2013
308 Forrest Ave, Cocoa, FL 32922                                                                10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Registration Deadline:  3/01/13
Full Refund Deadline:  2/25/13

Authors and Book Sellers:
·         ½ of  table (two authors per table)
·         Cost = $20.00 per day
·         Bring your own food/snacks/lunch
·         Author workshops are included in your registration fee

Display Books Only: (opportunity for those who cannot attend in person)
·         Cost:  $5.00 per book (cash only)
·         Enclose book, business cards, and payment in zip lock bag with your contact information
·         If you want your book returned, please enclose a SASE
·         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 3/01/13
·         Your book(s) and business cards are placed face out on display table (no sales involved)

REGISTRATION FORM  Deadline  3/01/13

Authors and Book Sellers:  Call Marshall Frank at (321) 254-3398 for more information. Mail registration form and payment to: Frankly Speaking Enterprises, POB 411841, Melbourne, FL 32941
  20.00                    Check # _______

Book Display Only: Cost = $5.00 per book. Opportunity for those who cannot attend in person.
If you want your book returned, please enclose a SASE. Bring or mail book(s), registration form, business cards, 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 use drop box in back door)

Name: ___________________________________________  Phone #  (       )  ______________________
Address: _________________________________________  E-Mail _____________________________
City: _________________________ St _____ Zip ________ Enclosed $   _________________________
One Book Title for Promo Flyer: __________________________________________________________
Circle One:                                   Fiction            Non-fiction             Poetry               Children’s Book
 ~ Sponsored by ~
Valerie Allen,  ~   Marshall Frank,
Holly Fox Vellekoop,           

Thursday, December 27, 2012

National League of American Pen Women Lunch and Discussion with Elle Schorr

National League of American Pen Women Lunch & Discussion with Elle Schorr who will explain the process of photo collages that are always single photographs.
    Join this group of professional writers, artists, and musicians for lunch and discussion Find out how you can participate as a member, patron or guest. 

   January 17, 2013  11:30 am  Price: $25.00

Location: Delray Beach Golf Club, 2200 Highland Avenue, Delray Beach Fl, 33445  
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Saturday, December 22, 2012

The Black Bullet by Tom Lowe


Glenda Lawson believes her husband was the only U.S. serviceman shot and killed on American soil during World War II. But in 1945, investigators ruled that Billy Lawson died in a “mugging turned ugly.”

In 2012, Sean O’Brien, learning the ropes of commercial fishing, gets his anchor caught on something underwater. He discovers a German U-boat partially buried in sand, and inside is a frightening cargo. The media pick up the story, and a 35-year-old woman who has a haunting tale, visits O’Brien. Her grandfather, Billy Lawson, was fishing one night on a Florida beach when he saw something very disturbing.

The Black Bullet is a thriller that combines an unsolved murder from 1945 to a modern-day discovery connected to America’s entry into nuclear weapons, the Manhattan Project.

The last thing Sean O’Brien wants is to investigate a sixty-seven-year-old murder. But Billy Lawson’s granddaughter and his cancer-stricken widow are desperate for closure. For O’Brien to bring it to them he has to pry the lid off a secret buried with the Manhattan Project. It’s information that got Billy Lawson killed, and O’Brien soon learns the old murder and his new discovery at the bottom of the sea are inextricably knotted. O’Brien is thrust into a world where nothing is as it appears, and everything is riding on a secret Billy Lawson took to his grave.

Click Here for more information about The Black Bullet or to purchase it.


Also Tom Lowe's third novel in the Florida-based Sean O'Brien series is available.  It's called The Butterfly Forest.    Here's a link to the image and a description of the book on Amazon.

The Butterfly Forrest is available in trade paperback or digital. 

Book Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore - January 2013
273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach

Fri Jan 11 at 7 pm.  James Sheehan will speak and sign The Lawyer's Lawyer $22.99
Mon Jan 14 at 7 pm.  Spencer Quinn will speak and sign A Fistful of Collars 23.99
Thu Jan 17 at 7 pm. James Grippando  will speak and sign Blood Money $26.99
Sat Jan 26 at 6 pm.  Robert Crais will speak and sign Suspect 26.99.

Book Discussion Groups
Sun Jan 20 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Group will discuss Guilt by Association by Marcia Clark 7.99
Wed Jan 9 at 6:30 pm.  The Wednesday Murder Club will discuss The Litigators by John Grisham 16.00.

My Twisted Summer by Julio Torres

Julio Torres' novella My Twisted Summer is a coming-of-age surfing adventure for Solon and his two friends who ignore a mandatory beach evacuation to surf the approaching swells generated by Hurricane Alice. After lying to their parents, they manage to pull it off and be the only people on beachside as the hurricane hits and floods their home that’s next to the ocean. Through shark wrestling and breaking into a home for food and water, the boys get their waves and meet a summer love and three men.
After seeking vengeance from the guys in the supermarket, they are forced to leave their sanctuary and seek one last adventure before going back to civilization. That decision changes their lives and brings them full circle with the ocean.
About the Author
As a middle school Language Arts teacher Julio Torres knows the kind of stories that inspire teens to continue reading throughout their lives – the number one difference that Torres has witnessed in the classroom is that the students who read at home for fun are the ones who find the lessons easy to understand. "Reading is like going to the mental gym. The more you workout your neurons the greater ability to think you will have."
Living in Brevard County for the past 20 years has allowed Torres to bring these beach scenes to life.  Any local surfer can relate to and experience the decisions by the male teens.
The book is available at the website and at Amazon Kindle store.

Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired by Donna Ballman

Fort Lauderdale attorney Donna Ballman’s new book, Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired was recently named the Winner of the Law Category of THE 2012 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS. is the premier online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses. 
In Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired, employee-side attorney Donna Ballman provides winning answers to these and many more tough questions, such as:
·  I think they're getting ready to lay me off. What can I do?
·  My boss is creating a hostile environment. Can I sue?
·  What does it mean if I sign a paper saying I'm an independent contractor and not an employee?
·  Am I exempt from overtime?

Whether you're a recent college grad or an almost-retiree, newly employed or laid off after 20 years; gay or married with kids; janitor or CEO…Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired will give you the specific and relevant advice you need to face any career-threatening situation…and come out ahead.
Donna Ballman writes about and has been interviewed in numerous print, radio and TV stories about employment law issues. She is available to be interviewed or answer questions for stories on issues such as:
·        guns at work
·        right-to-work laws
·        weight discrimination
·        noncompete agreements
·        age discrimination
·        sexual harassment
·        mandatory flu shots
·        employers snooping employee social media and email accounts
·        the effect of new laws such as legal marijuana and gay marriage on employment
·        and other hot topics in employment law.

About the Author
Donna Ballman’s new book, Stand Up For Yourself Without Getting Fired: Resolve Workplace Crises Before You Quit, Get Axed or Sue the Bastards, was recently named the Winner of the Law Category of the 2012 USA Best Books Awards and is currently available for purchase. She is the award-winning author of The Writer’s Guide to the Courtroom: Let’s Quill All the Lawyers, a book geared toward informing novelists and screenwriters about the ins and outs of the civil justice system. She’s been practicing employment law, including negotiating severance agreements and litigating discrimination, sexual harassment, noncompete agreements, and employment law issues in Florida since 1986. Her blog on employee-side employment law issues, Screw You Guys, I’m Going Home, was named one of the 2011 and 2012 ABA Blawg 100 best legal blogs and the 2011 Lexis/Nexis Top 25 Labor and Employment Law Blogs.
She has written for AOL Jobs and The Huffington Post on employment law issues, and has been an invited guest blogger for and Ask A Manager. She has over 5000 followers on Twitter as @EmployeeAtty. She has taught continuing legal education classes for lawyers and accountants through organizations such as the National Employment Lawyers Association, Sterling Education Services, Lorman Education Services, Alison Seminars, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, and community organizations.  Ms. Ballman has published articles on employment law topics such as severance, non-compete agreements, discrimination, sexual harassment, and avoiding litigation. She’s been interviewed by MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, Lifetime Television Network, the Daily Business Review, and many other media outlets on employment law issues. She was featured on the Forbes Channel’s “America’s Most Influential Women” program on the topic of severance negotiations and non-compete agreements.