Monday, May 28, 2012

Group Book Signing at B and L Books on June 3, 2012

On Sunday, June 3, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, in honor of their 25th Anniversary, B and L Books at 990 N.S.R. 434, Suite 1140,  Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, 407-682-0090, or  will host the following authors Karen Rose, Roxanne St. Claire, Nancy J. cohen, Karen Hawkins, Robin Kaye, Lee Roland, Erica Ridley, Kristen Painter, Sherley Modesir-Prescott, James, C. Gillen and Shauna Hart.

Contact: Dena Russ,

Christopher Tozier to speak at the Orlando Public Library

Christopher Tozier, author of Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus will speak about the Olivia Brophie Series at the Orlando Public Library on June 2, 2012, at 11:30 AM. The public is welcome to attend and a book sale and signing will follow the program.

To learn more about Christopher Tozier and his book, visit his website and blog at

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Final Act Released by F.R. Merrill

F.R. Merrill, a Central Florida health care provider and inspirational short story writer, has witnessed the healing power of storytelling and has devoted her time to give others the courage to share and heal by sharing their own stories and stories of others.

As a professional storyteller for more than 15 years, F.R. Merrill understands what it takes to tell a story and the courage it takes for an individual to express one’s thoughts and feelings.

The Final Act, From Woodstock to Broadway, a suspense thriller set in the fascinating world of Broadway theatre delves into the life of an assistant producer. As her dream of bringing her Native American production to the grand theaters of Broadway becomes a reality, she discovers her daughter’s drinking problem and a horrible murder takes the life of a close friend. The question she faces - - is the price for success too much?

In one interview, Merrill expressed her thrill about reviews that she has received from theatrical gurus and police detectives, adding the response so far has been “wonderful and overwhelming.”

Book enthusiasts looking for an entertaining and insightful read are bound to find solace in this latest work of fiction.The Final Act, From Woodstock to Broadway  is available at Amazon. And the author's website is

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Unnatural Truth by Christopher Hawke

How do we fight our own demons?  This question haunts Brendan McGovern when his grief and weakness send him on a journey across the country and into his own dark center.  Unnatural Truth takes the reader though the layers of Brendan’s reality as he treads a tightrope between hell and redemption.
Playing against his demonic nemesis, Brendan seeks to find his wife, Jane, and their daughter, Ashley, while battling for his own sanity.

Author Christopher Hawke surfaced in 2011 with his debut novel, Unnatural Truth--a story focusing on the perception of reality, addiction, and mental illness. This gripping, psychological thriller immediately established Hawke's unique talent for intense storytelling. His prose weaves together philosophy, spirituality, psychology, and terror into deep stories for deep people. His distinctive style has attracted a sizable, worldwide fan base, awaiting his second novel, Altered Selves--to be released in October 2012.

Go to to learn more. Or to purchase a copy, go to 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sidney Andrews writes for Examiner

Sidney Andrews is a freelance writer for Articles are spiritually related, empowering, encouraging and renewing. If you would like to receive automatic e-mails when each new article is posted, please go to Type her name in the search device at the top of the page and all her articles will be listed. Choose what interests you and click 'subscribe' at the bottom of any article under her bio to receive the updates on new listings.

News from Sidney Andrews

Sidney Andrews' new book Journey into Thought Awakening to Spirit, will be released this June.
Journey into Thought invites you on a provocative and exciting odyssey into your inner world of thoughts and spirit, where you'll discover the secrets to living your authentic truth. 
Learn the tools you'll need to claim and re-frame your whole thought process, so that it serves you in every area of your life-mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
If you are not living the life you envisioned for yourself and have met with un-fulfilled longings and desires to live your best life, Journey into Thought is for you.

New from Mary Dall

When Magic Helps Us Steer (Celebrating Poetry That Fits in Your Pocket)

This book is filled with silly and thought provoking poems for elementary children.

Several poetry forms are presented. Children are encouraged to write and share poetry.

Mary is pleased to announce her newest release, When Magic Helps Us Steer. This
70-page book includes Maryʼs original poems and many of her own whimsical
illustrations. Discover why Milton, the Mean is so surly. See what Harvey thinks about
having a hen on his head and discover if Undecided Eunice really is a nincompoop!

About the author: Mary has taught school both in the U.S. and abroad. She is now a
freelance writer, artist, illustrator and workshop presenter. Poetry is a fun and exciting
way to keep children engaged. Mary has produced numerous other craft/activity/
instructional books centered around making learning fun and hands-on. This book
includes a reproducible craft pocket for sharing a poem with a friend or family member.

Contact Mary Dall at for more information. (To receive a free emailed
study guide to accompany the book please include “Magic” in the subject line.)

When Magic Helps Us Steer (Celebrating Poetry That Fits in Your Pocket)
Author and Illustrator: Mary Dall
ISBN-13: 978-1475125405
ISBN-10: 1475125402
70 pages $6.99
Available on Amazon

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Book News, Redeeming Grace by Evelyn Wolph Kruiger

Redeeming Grace is a novel steeped in love, terror, death, and hope. Life is good in the small eastern Nebraska town where Robert Grace Postel, a deputy sheriff, and Sadie Sheldon,the woman of his dreams live. Sadie is everything Robert wants in a woman and a romantic relationship blossoms.

The romance grows until a killer from Robert’s past stalks them both with the sole intention of ending their stroll towards wedded bliss. Frances Gauntry, a cold-hearted killer, promises to kill both Sadie and Robert. While on a weekend camping trip Gauntry grabs Sadie and drags her through the woods to a river-side cave with the sole goal of ending her life. Will Sadie be able to save herself? Or can Robert arrive in time to spare her from torture, rape, or death? Find out in Redeeming Grace.

About the Author

Evelyn Wolph Kruger lived her childhood in Los Angeles, her teens in Eastern Nebraska, her working years in a Chicago suburb, and is now retired to a Florida beach town. That means city to farm, farm to city, and city to beach—from the quaking west to the wind-blown east, with corn country in the middle. She loves going to school and has earned a B.A., M. Ed, and J. D. She’s worked as mom, counselor, teacher, and lawyer. She currently picks up trash on the beach, pens poetry, plays bridge, and writes novels about serial killers and Revolutionary War patriots. Her first novel "Revolutionary Rose: Boston Tea to Boston Free" was published in July 2011 through Old Line Publishing.

This book is available from most major online retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, Books-A-Million, and others. You can also order directly and conveniently from the Old Line Publishing Bookstore.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

News from Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen has had an article published in the West Virginia Family Magazine in Buckhannon, WV. Valerie's article: Six Tips for Safe Trips was published in the summer special edition of the magazine. The article covers practical safety suggestions for parents traveling with young children.

~ Valerie Allen ~     

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Art of Illustrated Travel Journaling with Diana Hollingsworth Gessler

MAY 24, 2012
The historical village of Melbourne Beach will be our studio as we search for visual treasures to add to our on-the-spot journals. Don't fret! Because students of all levels can easily learn my simple "tip & tricks" that enable every student to create a charming illustrated journal quickly.
I've kept illustrated journals for 40 years and love to work with each student’s artistic level and style to insure each journal is unique. So come join us for a day of fun in the sun and lunch on the beach.
This is that unique workshop that just may change
your traveling life!

Cissie Jones: 321-676-2538
Renee Heinbuch: 321-821-4477
For class or art supply questions contact:

Saturday, May 12, 2012

TARAN by Kee Briggs

According to the front pages of the book, this is Kee Briggs' 25th book. There may be more... but Mr. Prolific has just published TARAN. This time he lists the genres as science fiction, space travel and aliens.


About the book:

TARAN: Based on two scientific discoveries, Galaxy Enterprises secretly constructed a new concept spaceship on Earth. Concurrently, Gal X financed the education of people to work on the project. Two college students formed the nucleus of a six month, locked-in, shakedown crew, who put the ship through simulated tests, while the real crew trained for space.

Before the end of the mock flight, a competing corporation's army invades the site to steal the shop. To avoid capture and the loss of the vessel, the pilot launches.

While trying to avoid being shot down, the shakedown crew ends up thirteen light years off in space, where they become the alien intruders. They must avoid capture and try to return home.


About the Author:

Kee Briggs: Now casting tendrils of creativity out into the universe.

TARAN is available at Amazon... CLICK HERE


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Award-winning novelist Mary Anna Evans pens guide to fiction writing: Your Novel, Day by Day: A Fiction Writer’s Companion now available nationwide

GAINESVILLE, Florida – Award-winning novelist Mary Anna Evans has authored a guide to fiction writing, Your Novel: Day by Day—A Fiction Writer’s Companion.  Your Novel: Day by Day is now available in trade paperback format (ISBN: 978-1-468191-69-1, 296 pages, $14.95) and an eBook edition ($4.99).

A comprehensive guide to planning, writing, editing and publishing a first novel, Your Novel: Day by Day is an all-in-one resource that guides new novelists through the day-to-day details of the writing process.

The award-winning writer of eight novels, two nonfiction books, and a collection of short works, Evans says she created Your Novel: Day by Day for a simple reason: “This is the book where I tell other writers the things I wish I’d known ten years ago.”

In Your Novel:  Day by Day, Evans provides practical, tried-and-true advice and expert insights on such topics as: 
crafting a plot;
fleshing out believable characters;
organizing a novel’s timeline;
crafting believable motivations for your characters;
editing objectively;
evaluating traditional and independent publishing options; 
marketing to agents, publishers, and readers, and more.

With decades of experience and a first-hand awareness of the need to maintain motivation during the arduous process of writing a novel, Evans structured Your Novel: Day by Day in a narrative fashion as a means of providing readers with a written companion for a year’s worth of writing. 

Resplendent with good, solid advice from a successful and critically-acclaimed novelist, Your Novel:  Day by Day includes 365 essays on a wide range of topics-- from nuts-and-bolts writing tips to plotting strategies; from the dos and don’ts to the musts of successful fiction writing; and from words of encouragement to periodic entries designed to keep writers on track—and writing—throughout the process.  In addition, Your Novel:  Day by Day also includes the actual synopsis Evans used to query her agent and sell her first book.

Part road map, part boot camp, part companion throughout the journey of writing a novel, Your Novel: Day by Day is essential reading for any aspiring novelist.

Mary Anna Evans is the author of the Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries, the environmental thriller Wounded Earth, the collection Jewel Box:  Short Works by Mary Anna Evans, and Mathematical Literacy in the Middle and Secondary Grades: A New Approach to Sparking Student Interest. Her work has received recognitions including the Mississippi Author Award, a Florida Book Awards bronze medal, a Benjamin Franklin Award, and an artist's residency from The Studios of Key West. Visit Mary Anna Evans online at:

The book is available for purchase at Amazon

Members of the news media wishing to request a review copy of Your Novel: Day by Day or more information are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone:  (615) 297-9875, or by email:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

News from Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen's article, Avoid School Drop-Out, Be a Drop-In for Your Teen has been published by Family Magazine & Media. The article appeared in the Treasure Valley Teens magazine, published in Boise, Idaho. The article offers parents three important ways to be involved with their teen during those turbulent high school years.

~  Valerie Allen  ~

Wounded Hero Voyage I by Robert Brown

True Life Adventure: Against all odds two brothers, Ralph and Bob Brown, attempt to cross the North Atlantic Ocean unescorted in the smallest powerboat, a twenty-one foot open fishing boat (without a cabin or keel), with sides less than a foot high. It is a low budget voyage without the benefit of even enough money to buy insulated boots, waterproof gloves, or full body dry-suits. They left without enough money to even pay for the gas required to make the trip, let alone get back from Europe when and if they got there. 

They make city stops often during the day to attempt to find more sponsorship forcing them to travel often at night when it would be more dangerous and cold. They battle huge waves from two hurricanes, almost run out of fuel, and freeze as they pass by hundreds of icebergs and see thousands. The water temperature is around 55 degrees F. off Maine and drops to 35 degrees near Greenland. 

During book I, the wind gets as high as 35 mph and when traveling over 35 degree water, makes for a bone chilling ride. In Book 2, the winds reach as high as 65 mph where even the chop is higher than the sides of the boat. 

Their voyage was and is dedicated to promoting Wounded Hero Foundations. The major sponsor is "I Am Second", which means "God is first." Part I is from Florida to Greenland. The voyage takes them along the East Coast of the United States and Canada before making the 625-mile leap to Greenland for a total of over 4,000 miles in only the first book. 282 pages and 77 pictures  the books are available at

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Upside to Murder by Marshall Frank released by Aberdeen Bay Press

Marshall Frank's novel, The Upside To Murder has just been released by Aberdeen Bay Press,

This is his eleventh published book, and his sixth suspense novel. This story blends many true events, characters, trials and tribulations experienced during his tenure in homicide and CSI with Miami-Dade P.D.  

After 16 year-old Cassandra is gang-raped, shot and left for dead, her father, Dr. Orville T. Madison embarks on a stealth campaign to protect his daughter from reliving the terrifying ordeal through the justice system. His obsessive pursuit drives the Miami physician into a spiral of anguish as he desperately tries to resolve inexplicable conflicts between love of child and love of God. A gut-wrenching drama pitting good versus evil which brings out the worst in the best of people.

 Reviewers have made great comments about Frank's latest book...

Former Miami-Dade Detective Division Captain, Marshall Frank takes us on a rough ride down Miami’s mean streets. The theme “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” takes on new meaning as the exploits of the highly respected and religious physician, Dr. Orville T. Madison, take unexpected turns in his plight to relieve his brutally raped teenage daughter of her inevitable day in court against the perpetrators. Both she and her boyfriend are shot at the time of the assault and Dr. Madison intently goes after the guilty parties. His motive is not revenge but for love of his daughter.
Veteran Detective Raymond Blocker initiates the investigation only to discover that two of the apparent killers have disappeared and he must find out why. This will be Detective Blockers last case as he is also plagued by internal friction within the police department which could derail the solving of the crimes.
Marshall Frank knows murder for its complexity and surprises. Only a veteran homicide detective can communicate this fast paced tale to the reader.
                      -   Dr. Roger E. Mittleman, Chief Medical Examiner, Florida District 19

 Marshall Frank has, once again, penned a suspenseful, gripping story filled with real people dealing with real dilemmas of life: separation, pain, loss and grief.  The reactions of his characters to these dilemmas drive the story.  When Dr. Orville T. Madison’s daughter is raped, impregnated and shot and her boyfriend killed, he is confronted by extraordinary inner conflict.  His choices force him into foreign roles and a collision course with Detective Sergeant Ray Blocker who is determined to capture the rapists and killers only to find himself one step behind Dr. Madison.  Sergeant Blocker is unusual in the homicide detective world, enjoying fine wine, classical music and indifferent to the political ambitions of his bosses.  On the cusp of retirement, Sgt. Blocker feels free to behave, perhaps, a bit recklessly. 
 Marshall Frank has woven together these two proven performers - Orville Madison and Ray Blocker - yet only one can prevail.  The story unfolds quickly with many a twist and turn.  This book is hard to put down. 
                                           -   John J. Spiegel, Miami Attorney, Former Homicide Detective
It's hard to read just a few pages of The Upside of Murder without  a compelling curiosity to want more. When teenaged Cassie is brutally gang raped, her father's passion to spare her the injustices of a broken court system overpowers him. Combine this with his strong pro-life
religious beliefs and Dr. Orville  Madison finds himself entangled in emotional conflicts to do what is right in the eyes of God, what is best  for his daughter, and of taking the law into his own hands. Marshall Frank has, once again, proven himself a master at suspense with a novel that weaves a twisted crime story around our most basic human instincts, emotions, and
needs. This story is a thumbs up.

                                - Bahia Abrams, author, The Other Half Of My Soul

Autographed-by-author books are now available for $20.00 each, which does include shipping. Mail check to:

Frankly Speaking Enterprises:
P.O. Box 411841
Melbourne, Fl

Trade paperback, retail:  $16.95  (Available on Kindle for $9.99)  Aberdeen Bay Press is a traditional publisher.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Mary Greenwood’s Award-Winning Book Offers 41 Ways to Get What You Want

       How to Negotiate Like a Pro,Second Edition, offers readers the chance to negotiate successfully
ORLANDO, Fla. – Mary Greenwood’s award-winning book How to Negotiate Like a Pro: Forty-One Rules for Resolving Disputes (published by iUniverse), now in its second revised edition, was published on April 19, 2012. It gives the reader the tools to resolve any kind of dispute. It reveals the preparations, strategies and tactics needed to close any deal.

Greenwood knows her book remains timely, and likely always will: “Everyone is involved in conflicts and disputes,” she says. In addition, she provides a short list of some of the topics covered in her book, topics such as how to negotiate with your spouse, how to close the deal and how to negotiate with a hotel. Most unique are the 41 scripts she has created to walk readers carefully through each stage of the negotiation.

With more than 25 years of dispute experience, as an attorney and a human resources professional, as well as stints as a union negotiator and a mediator, Greenwood has proven that her methods work.

The first edition of How to Negotiate Like a Pro was written in 2006. It has won the following book awards: winner, DIY Book Festival in Los Angeles; finalist, National Best Book Awards; Finalist, ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards; runner-up in two categories, New York Book Festival; and honorable mention, London Book Festival.

About the Author
Mary Greenwood, JD, LLM, is an attorney, negotiator, mediator, arbitrator, human resources professional, and author of three award-winning books. Greenwood lives in Orlando with her Boston terrier, Annabelle. Visit to learn more.

Greenwood is also the author of How to Mediate Like a Pro, 42 Rules for Mediating Disputes, which has won 12 book awards, and How to Interview Like a Pro, 43 Rules for Getting Your Next Job, which has won 11 book awards.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Book Launch... Orson Buggy's Lessons for Losers by Bill Allen

Have a reluctant reader at home? Best known for his Journals of Myrth* series, author Bill Allen takes a stab at the world of non-fantasy with his latest release: Orson Buggy's Lessons for Losers.
"It can be hard getting kids, especially boys, to read, at least when it comes to something longer than a tweet or a text message. A lot of authors try to overcome this (quite successfully) with "gross" boy humor--a lot of farting, belching, puking--all those nasty things young boys think are hilarious. When done well it can be a great way to break through to them. One of my good friends, Lisa Nardini, co-wrote an excellent book of this sort (The Underwear Dare), and I must confess, I'll be ecstatic if my book takes off half as well.
"But I take what I like to think is the "higher road" with my writing. I use a lot of word play and puns, throw in a heaping helping of sarcasm and snarkiness, and then sneak in some valuable lessons that every child should know. When it comes to humor, I never "write down" to kids. Occasionally adults question if the humor is too advanced for children, but I attribute this to the fact that adults just miss a lot, like the way they fail to hear ghosts in the closet or monsters under the bed. Children are way smarter than we give them credit for. I think they like the challenge of "witty" humor and focus harder on reading so they don't miss out on something funny."
Orson Buggy's Lessons for Losers is a laugh-out-loud glimpse into one boy’s struggle with the absurdity of starting seventh grade. Twelve-year-old Orson would have probably suffered every horse-and-buggy insult known to man if people would actually talk to him. Over the years he has acquired only a tiny group of friends. His uber-loser friends. The worst of the worst. Now he has the chance to start over at a new school, without any of his loser friends holding him back. If he can just keep people from finding out his name, he might have a shot at being normal for the first time in his life.
Why, then, within five minutes do people start thinking he’s some sort of jerk? And why, by the end of the day, is everyone convinced Orson is the biggest deranged psycho-killer to ever roam the halls of Hugh Morris Middle School? Orson’s about to learn that help comes from where he least expects it, and when it comes to friends, new isn’t necessarily better.
* Bill Allen's Journal of Myrth series, published by Bell Bridge Books, consists of the best-selling How to Slay a Dragon, How to Save a Kingdom (recently released) and How to Stop a Witch (due mid 2012). Find out more about his books at or visit him at
   How to Slay a Dragon (2011)
   How to Save a Kingdom (2012)
   How to Stop a Witch (due mid 2012)
   Orson Buggy's Lessons for Losers (2012)
    Hanging by a Thread (coming in May)