Monday, July 30, 2012

Journey into Thought by Sidney Andrews

July 23, 2012, Sidney Andrews'  "Journey into Thought" Awakening to Spirit, will be featured on the 'Indies Unlimited Store at: A scheduled 'sneak peek' was posted on July 22, 2012.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Notes from Lou

Today... my notes are about writing conferences coming up in Florida.  Here are three in the near future. Please click on the links provided and go to their sites to see complete information.

University of North Florida Writer's Conference is August 4 and 5th. It's in Jacksonville, Florida and you can get full details by clicking here.

The Florida Heritage Book Conference is September 13 - 15, in St. Augustine, Florida. For complete details click here

The Florida Writer's Association Conference is coming up in October. You'll find information about it by clicking here.

Inge, Revolution and Witchcraft by Sieglinde P. Young

"Inge, Revolution and Witchcraft" is the final book in the "Inge" trilogy, following "Inge's War" and "Inge's Unexpected Guest".
Inge Boag and her family embark on a life filled with cultural and tribal mysteries when they initially make their home in West Africa in the mid 1960's. Monrovia, Liberia, the land of black faces, freed slaves, of gold and blood diamonds. Rituals, dance, masks and laughter, spirits, blood and witchcraft are the ingredients of daily existence. The revolution in 1980 triggers a series of events whose momentum catches Inge in its grip and forces her to make a tragic choice.
Sieglinde P. Young was born in Hannover, Germany. She and her family emigrated to Canada and later to Miami, Florida. After raising three daughters, wanderlust struck. For the next twenty years she and husband lived and worked in West Africa, South East Asia and Egypt. They now reside in central Florida.
Ms. Young is the author of the following novels: "Inge's War", "The Rebellion of Nilofleur", "Journey Into Fear", and "Inge's Unexpected Guest". She recently completed a fantasy entitled "The Land Of Shadows".  
Her books are available on and Kindle.
Her web site is:

Friday, July 27, 2012

The Brain Dead Manager, Second Edition by H.V. Rhodes

The Brain Dead Press announces the publication of The Brain Dead Manager, Second Edition.

Taking a humorous approach to a serious subject, The Brain Dead Manager explains the real reasons for America’s dysfunctional organizations. The second edition is updated to address the recent economic calamity with additional material. In any age, however, bad management will always be a problem, and there is little the rest of us can do except laugh about it.
The author, H.V. Rhodes, is a veteran and works locally as an engineer. He wrote this book for anyone who ever had a job they hated or anyone who ever worked for an idiot.
The Brain Dead Manager, Second Edition is available as an e-book on Amazon Kindle and on Barnes & Noble Nook. A soft copy edition is available at selected locations or directly from the publisher at

978-0-9771677-1-5 = 2nd Edition, Hard copy (Softcover)
978-0-9771677-2-2 = 2nd Edition, eBook

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Book News from Debra John

Tate Publishing has just relaunched Debra John's book, Amelia's Gift on their web site as a Second Edition.  The official release date for book stores and other web sites is scheduled for mid October. 
Between now and the release date, she will be scheduling book signings at public libraries. 
Web site link for my book on Tate Publishing:

Monday, July 23, 2012

Call for Florida Authors...

Two programs are in the making to spotlight Florida Authors. The West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd, Plantation will be hosting a bimonthly Florida Author Showcase starting October 9, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. The program will feature four authors. Each author will have ten minutes to present their book and have an opportunity to sell copies. Nancy Ansley of West Regional is hoping this will be an ongoing program.

The South Regional Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines will host the Third Annual Local Author Showcase. This program scheduled for April 13, 2013 will feature twelve authors. Each author will have five minutes to speak and will have a table to display his books afterwards.

Florida authors are needed for both programs. Interested authors should contact Bob E Sherman and submit:

Author’s name
Name of your book

Bob E. Sherman
A Person of Interest

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen to appear at The Vero Beach Book Center

Fans of authors Iris Johansen and Brad Thor will have the opportunity to meet them at the Vero Beach Book Center this coming week.

Monday, July 23, 6 PM – Iris and Roy Johansen. The mother and son writing team will present their latest book, Close Your Eyes.

Thursday, July 26, 6 PM – Brad Thor will present his latest, Black List.

The Vero Beach Book Center is at 2145 Indian River Blvd. Vero Beach. See for more details.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Learn From and Write with Chloe Honum

On Saturday, August 11,  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 Chloe Honum, the current writer-in-residence at Kerouac House.

Writing and Discovery

The poet Yusef Komunyakaa said, “Don’t write what you know. Write what you are are willing to discover.” In this workshop, you will take Komunyakaa’s advice to heart. You will write both poetry and nonfiction. Guided by specific writing exercises, each writer will explore his or her passions, memories, and mysteries.

Chloe Honum was born in Santa Monica, California, and was raised in Auckland, New Zealand. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Paris Review, The Southern Review, and Poetry. Her awards include a Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. For more information about Chloe, or to read some of her work, visit her website.

For more information about the workshop, go to click here

Writer for Hire Workshop September 15 with Brad Kuhn

Want to Be a Writer for Hire?

Freelance Writing Workshop September 15

If you’ve ever thought about starting your own freelance business, you won’t want to miss this master class led by a local freelance writer who has been there, done that, and is making a darn good living at it. Exercises will help you identify your place in the writing world, and whether you’re cut out for the Hosannahs and heartbreaks that come with being a wordslinger for hire.

Unexpectedly idled after 25 years working for others, Brad Kuhn was thrown into his freelance career in the depths of the “Great Recession.” Two and a half years later, as managing member of Brad Kuhn & Associates, LLC, he’s making more than he ever made working for others. His schedule is full. He’s writing magazine cover stories and features that have garnered top honors from the Florida Magazine Association, and he couldn’t be happier. Pictured here in a necktie, most days he doesn’t even wear shoes.

For more information, click here

2012 Annual Conference The Magic of the Pen October 19-21, 2012

Find your agent, meet your publisher, and get the scoop on the industry at FWA’s 11th annual conference, the most comprehensive conference in Florida for writers of all genres. Register early and get a free gift from FWA.

 Click here to register online.  Click here to download a registration form.

The Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, which offers an FWA guaranteed room rate of $115 per night, is located just east of Orlando: 1501 International Parkway, Lake Mary, FL 32746, (800) 380-7724.  Transportation may be arranged through EZ Time Transportation, (407) 509-8586.

NOTE: FWA’s Annual Conference is a member benefit. If you are not an FWA member and would like to attend, we welcome you, but there will be an additional $45 charge. You may elect to pay this charge and not become a member, or, you may join FWA for an annual fee of $45.

If you're going to the FWA Annual Conference, then please consider their Celebrity Workshop. Click here for details on a day long seminar in which internationally renowned and multi-award-winning author R.J. Ellory will share his secrets of success with you. The workshop is sponsored by the Florida Writers Foundation, Inc. a charitable organization that supports literacy. Conveniently, this event will be held the day before the FWA conference opens - October 18, 2012, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary.

Florida Romance Writers 2012 Golden Palm Contest

2012 Golden Palm Contest
Sponsor: Florida Romance Writers
Fee: $20 for FRW Members, $30 for all others
Deadline: Midnight, August 15, 2012
Entry: Maximum first 25 pages. Electronic Submission only.

Contest Fee: Payable by PayPal or Check.

Final judges:
Angela James, Executive Editor Carina Press: Contemporary Romance

Leslie Wainger, Editor at Large Harlequin: Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Time

Elaine Spencer, Agent with Knight Agency: Historical

Micki Nuding Sr. Editor Pocket Books: Single Title

Winners will be announced at the January 2013 FRW Fun in the Sun Cruise
Conference. Keynote Speaker Charlaine Harris.

Florida Romance Writers 2013 Cruise With Your Muse Conference.

Join the Florida Romance Writers on board RCCL’s Liberty of the Seas. They set sail from Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, January 24th and return on January 28th.

Keynote Speaker is NY Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris, who writes the Sookie Stackhouse novels—the basis for the hit HBO series, True Blood.

Editor/Agent Appointments are available. Guests include Angela James, Executive Editor of Carina Press; Elaine Spencer, Knight Agency; and Leslie Wainger, Editor-at-Large for Harlequin; and more.

Don't have a roommate? No worries. They will match you with a cabin mate.

Sizzling Workshops
Floridian Idol
Shipboard Entertainment
Panoramic Ocean Views

If you want to join their mailing list to receive conference updates or have any questions, send an email to Kimberly Gonzalez at

Patricia Charpentier on Growing Bolder

Patricia Charpentier, author of the award-winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, will be a guest on NPR's Growing Bolder, hosted by Bill Shafer and Marc Middleton. If you're in Central Florida, you can hear the interview this Saturday, July 21 at 3 p.m. on 90.7 fm. You can also hear the interview on Growing Bolder's Web site at Click on Growing Bolder Radio.

Everyone has a story to tell. Learn how easy and fun it can be with Patricia's "one bite at a time" method.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Tami Hoag featured at the Florida Romance Writers Meeting in August

Florida Romance Writers is proud to host NY Times bestselling author Tami Hoag at the August 11, 2012 meeting. The twenty-seven year writing veteran will share her vast knowledge of the ever-changing world of publishing, with Q&A to follow.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel
1825 Griffin Road
Dania, FL 33004

DIRECTIONS: I-95 to Griffin Road exit (Exit 26). Go east on Griffin and make a right at the first light into the Sheraton parking area.
Self-parking is free of charge if you mention you are with FRW.

Program Tami Hoag#1 New York Times bestselling author Tami Hoag has fifteen consecutive NY Times bestsellers to her credit, including Deeper Than the Dead, Secrets to the Grave, and Prior Bad Acts. Hoag has more than 35 million books in print, published in more than twenty languages worldwide. Her first thriller, Night Sins, was made into a two-part mini-series in 1997, and continues to air frequently on cable networks more than a decade later. Born in Iowa, raised in Minnesota, Hoag left the frigid north for warmer climes in 1998. An avid competitive equestrian in the Olympic discipline of dressage, she currently lives in Florida, where she competes her horses on the prestigious winter show circuit.

Please RSVP by the Tuesday prior to the meeting by 5:00pm, by e-mail to Lisa Manuel at and put meeting reservation in the subject line.
Non-members may attend as guests for $25. Please visit for PayPal button.

Please be advised there is a $5.00 late fee for any reservations made after the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Poisoned Pen Press Announces Winner of the First Annual Discover Mystery ™ Award: Vero Beach resident Ronald Sharp named Discover Mystery Winner for his book No Regrets, No Remorse

Poisoned Pen Press is pleased to announce that Vero Beach resident Ronald Sharp is the winner of the first annual Discover Mystery ™ Award.

As the winner of the Discover Mystery ™ prize, Sharp was awarded a $1000 cash prize, and a publishing contract with Poisoned Pen Press. Poisoned Pen Press will release No Regrets, No Remorse in November 2012.

According to Discover Mystery celebrity guest judge, Edgar® Award-winning novelist Dana Stabenow, “A Harley-riding hit woman who kills for virtue as well as profit and a Miami lawyer turned sculptor combine forces to butt heads with crooked lawyers, organized crime, and local authorities to track down a murderer. Ronald Sharp had me from the first chapter, a step-by-step account of how to blow up a house, with the bad guy safely inside, of course."

Finalists for the Discover Mystery ™ Award included:

"Slone's Last Dance" by Bill Butler
"In the Market for Murder" by Dawn Marie Fichera 
"Who Killed Julian Emery" by Susan Lumenello
"Mortgaged to Death" by Bruce Rolfe

Jessica Tribble, Publisher at Poisoned Pen Press, stated, “We were delighted by the volume and quality of entrants for the Discover Mystery Award.  We would like to offer our thanks to all of the wonderful writers who helped us discover some great new mysteries and extend our congratulations to Mr. Sharp. We look forward to the release of No Regrets, No Remorse this Fall.”

Poisoned Pen Press is an independent publisher specializing in the highest quality mystery books. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Poisoned Pen Press is one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world.  Visit the new Poisoned Pen Press author blog and Discover Mystery™ at:

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about the Discover Mystery Award or Poisoned Pen Press are asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email –

Florida Author Walter Ramsay Releases New Novel, Coastal Access, Murder Mystery Featuring Investigative Journalist Tucker Lee Anderson

Ramsay's new book is a murder mystery novel that is steeped in mystery, suspense, graft, greed, Florida history and shady real estate schemes, all blended deftly with humor. The new book features sports writer turned investigative journalist Tucker Lee Anderson

Pine Beach NJ, July 18, 2012 - Florida Author Walter Ramsay has released Coastal Access. Coastal Access is a murder mystery set in Florida. The book is set apart and defined by its emphasis on local Florida history and includes elements of mystery, suspense, graft, greed and shady real estate schemes hatched by high ranking officials. Coastal Access brings back Ramsay's popular character from Beneath The Dune, sports writer turned investigative journalist Tucker Lee Anderson.

"I wrote this book," stated Mr. Ramsay," for the pure enjoyment of my fans. After the success of Beneath The Dune, many readers wanted me to continue with the Magnum P.I. like character, Tucker Lee Anderson.  

I enjoy incorporating "real" locations into my novel that people can recognize. Even though the characters are fictitious, the locations are real and people can identify and relate to the locations. History of the selected areas is also authentic. Coastal Access concerns the area of Florida that "time forgot". Many people are familiar with the so called waste land that lies west of Interstate 95 through Central Florida, but seldom pay little attention too. I have decided to raise the question, "what if...?" with regards to those millions of acres. 

 The story is VERY relevant to concerns many people have about our future and what could eventually happen to this virgin land if it fell into the hands of unscrupulous people.

 In Florida, Interstate 95 snakes from the Georgia state line to Miami in an uninterrupted run of  coastal cities. The country that lies west of the interstate however is often referred to as a wasteland, a no-man's territory fit only for those who can stand the dank heat of a swamp. So when Judge Arnold Galley and his consortium seem intent on acquiring over a million and a half acres of this fetid real estate just west of the highway, many heads begin to turn. Why does he want it so bad?

 That question intrigues Tucker Lee Anderson, a divorced sports reporter down on his luck. Not long after his discovery of the judge's prodigious real estate lust, he finds himself plunged into the middle of a massive murder cover-up that involves the magistrate as well. Suddenly, the sports scribe has turned into an undercover investigative reporter who must piece together the puzzle to find out why so many people want or need the judge's coastal access.

 The mystery's roots are deep and old. To crack the case, Tucker will have to draw on the knowledge contained in his family's Deep Southern lineage, which dates back to a time before the Civil War. He is aided in his quest by Craig, a detective and childhood friend, whose law enforcement connections will prove invaluable for his investigation and even for his own personal safety.

 Yet Tucker's most startling source of help is a mysterious stranger named Doug. After being presumed dead for decades, he has returned to Florida for unexplained reasons. Eventually, Tucker will find that Doug plays an unexpectedly large role in his life and will let him understand how his fate is intimately tied to the real estate greed of the judge's consortium.

About the book 
 Coastal Access by Walter Ramsay
ISBN: 978-0983440741
Publisher: Pena Beach Press
Date of publish: June 2012
Pages: 262
S.R.P.: $11.99

About the author:
As a long time teacher and coach in New Jersey, Walter praises public education and the dynamic students it produces.  When not at the Jersey Shore, Walter is a part time resident of the Central Florida coast.  He became enamored with the beauty, culture, and people of this pristine area over 30 years ago, and still can't get enough.  He has vigilantly taken the time to delve into the history of this beautiful coastline and incorporated that background into his writings.

 Walter spent much of his earlier years traveling the Florida coast from Saint Augustine to Key West from his father's home in Daytona Beach.

Friday, July 13, 2012

News from Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen's article: Learning Gains with Learning Games was published in the Hudson Valley Parent Magazine, NY in the July issue. The article offers parents five ways to improve reading skills during the fun of summer activities. Valerie's articles with parenting tips have been published nationwide.

~ Valerie Allen ~                                

Attention Florida Writers, Authors, Publishers: FPA Fall Conference Sept. 28-29 in Sarasota

The Florida Publishers Association, Inc. is now accepting registrations for its 2012 Fall Ed-U-Conference: "From Pbooks to Ebooks: Publish, Promote and Profit” scheduled for Friday evening, Sept. 28 and a full day on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel on Lido Beach in Sarasota, Fla. 
Speakers/topics include Jim Azevedo of Smashwords on the “Secrets of Ebook Publishing”; Frances Keiser and Jane Wood of Get Book Savvy on niche marketing and targeting audiences; Attorney Lloyd Rich on copyright law; plus a panel discussion on “What every author and publisher needs to know about the biz.” Save $25 when you register before Aug. 31. Conference costs include breakfast and lunch. For more information: or contact FPA Secretary Ellen Valladares at

2012 FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS COMPETITION NOW OPEN Deadline for Submission of Entries is Dec. 1, 2012

2012 Call for Submissions
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its seventh annual competition with a call for entries in nine categories.

Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books penned by full-time residents of the Sunshine State (with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction and Visual Arts categories, whose authors may live elsewhere.)

The contest categories include General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Visual Arts, Spanish Language Book, and a new category for General Nonfiction. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author or literary agent), must have both an original publication date between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2012, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).

Applicants are encouraged to submit their books into competition any time after the competition is launched, and as soon as possible after books are officially published. All  entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, 2012 (this is not a postmark deadline). Three-person juries –– including members of co-sponsoring organizations, subject experts from the faculties of Florida colleges and universities, and previous Florida Book Award winners –– will choose up to three finalists in each of nine categories. In each category, the jury may award one Gold, Silver and Bronze medal.

The Florida Book Awards competition is coordinated through the Florida State University Libraries, with the support of book lovers from across the state. New co-directors Andrew Frank and Lisa Tendrich Frank are enthusiastic about their involvement with the Florida Book Awards.

“In its seven years, the program has honored many of the Sunshine State’s best authors, Lisa Tendrich Frank said. “It is already the nation’s most comprehensive statewide program, and with the addition of a new category the program promises to bring more distinction to our talent-rich state.”

Co-sponsors of the competition include humanities organizations from across the state such as the Florida Center for the Book; the State Library and Archives of Florida; the Florida Historical Society; the Florida Humanities Council; the Florida Literary Arts Coalition; the Florida Library Association; the Florida Association for Media in Education; the Florida Center for Literature and Theatre; the Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America; Friends of FSU Libraries; the Florida Writers Association; the Governor’s Family Literacy Initiative; and “Just Read, Florida!”

The 2012 winners will be announced in early February.  Gold Medal Award winners will be acknowledged in March 2013 at the Historic and Cultural Awards Ceremony sponsored by the state of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs. In addition, all Florida Book Awards medalists will be recognized at a banquet hosted by the Florida Library Association at its annual conference.

Winning books and their authors will be showcased in the summer issue of FORUM, the statewide magazine of the Florida Humanities Council, and will be featured at book festivals and association conferences and on The Florida Channel throughout the year. In addition, copies of all award-winning books will be put on permanent public displays, one in the Governor’s Mansion Library and one in Florida State University’s Strozier Library.

For general information and the entry form, requirements, and more detailed instructions for the 2012 Florida Book Awards, visit

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Journalstone Publishing announces the release of The Donors by Jeffrey Wilson:

The Donors is now available nationwide

 Journalstone Publishing announces the release of The Donors by Jeffrey Wilson. The Donors (ISBN: 978-1-936564-46-0, Trade Paper, 246 pages, $16.95) is now available nationwide. The Donors is also available in an eBook edition.

A brilliantly-conceived novel that fuses elements of horror, medical suspense and the supernatural, The Donors is a tense and terrifying tale about the ultimate struggle of good versus evil.

Hailed as a formidable talent with an uncanny ability to create universally-moving, inventive, and gripping stories, author Jeffrey Wilson draws from a diverse array of life experiences. A trauma and combat surgeon who served two tours in Iraq, Wilson knows first-hand the horrors of war, the painful uncertainty of life-or-death situations, and the grip of seeing those haunting images that cannot be unseen. While Wilson’s realm of experience provides a rich resource for the fresh, innovative, and imaginative storylines he creates, what elevates his writing to another level is the uniquely human element that courses throughout. 

His latest novel, The Donors, is populated with real, relatable, flesh-and-blood characters who come to life within the pages. And what results is a gripping, mesmerizing, and evocative novel. Meticulously-plotted, carefully-crafted with the precision of a surgeon, and bristling with suspense, The Donors is a haunting story that will leave readers breathless.

About The Donors:  Five-year-old Nathan Doren is in the hospital recovering from unspeakable injuries he received at the hands of his mother’s abusive and violent ex-boyfriend. But the hospital—a place that should be safe—is anything but:  An evil force stalks the hospital. Demonic-looking men with deathly pale faces and glowing eyes lurk in the shadows. And someone—or some thing—is harvesting skin and organs from living donors against their will. In his dreams, Nathan can see these demons in their true form:  evil creatures who feed on the fear and hatred they create in their victims. Nathan’s only ally is Dr. Jason Gelman, the young doctor who cares for him. Bound together by a common legacy of abuse and the ability to see these demons for what they are, Nathan and Jason must find a way to stop these evil creatures—before their own loved ones become the next victims.

According to Richard Godwin, author of Mr. Glamour and Apostle Rising, “With its tight muscular prose and sharp dialogue, The Donors will keep you hooked from the opening page. Wilson has written a novel packed with surprises and suspense, and drawn characters who experience every pang the reader feels. This is a novel full of visceral, intense moments. It will keep you holding on until the brilliant end.”

About the Author
Jeffrey Wilson has worked as an actor, a firefighter, a paramedic, a jet pilot, a diving instructor, a Naval officer, and a vascular and trauma surgeon. He also served two tours in Iraq as a combat surgeon with both the Marines and with a Joint Special Operations Task Force. In addition to his debut novel, The Traiteur’s Ring, which was released in 2011, Wilson has written dozens of short stories, including “Calling Home,” which was published in BuzzyMag and “The Writer,” which was included in the Warped Words 2011:  90 Minutes to Live anthology. Jeffrey and his wife, Wendy, are Virginia natives who, with children Emma, Jack, and Connor, call Southwest Florida home. When not working as a surgeon or chasing his three kids, he is hard at work on his next novel.  Wilson’s next novel, Fade to Black, is tentatively slated for a 2013 release. Visit Jeffrey Wilson online at:

Journalstone Publishing is an independent book publisher, focusing on the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Founded in 2010, Journalstone publishes books for both the adult and young adult audiences. In addition to showcasing works by new writers, Journalstone publishes a yearly short story anthology and hosts an annual contest for horror novelists. Journalstone Publishing ( is based in San Francisco, California.

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

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fundraiser for Steven Kerry Brown by Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America

 Note from Lou... Need a good summer read?  Purchase it on July 16th and help a writer...
Fifteen authors from Mystery Writers of America (MWA) and Romance Writers of America (RWA) have united for a one-day event on Monday, July 16, to help pay fellow writer Steven Kerry Brown's mounting medical costs. 
Besides being a really good guy, Steve is a professional private investigator and the author of the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Private Investigating.  He's been a huge help and resource for those of us who write crime novels in South Florida, but now Steve is facing a drama of his own. He is fighting leukemia and chemotherapy has proven ineffective. Steve, who is self-employed, underwent a Bone Marrow Transplant on June 16 and, ever the writer, has been chronicling the process on his blog, Handcuffed to the Ocean, throughout.
“Sell Books for Steve Day” will be Monday, July 16th, with the participating authors donating a good chunk--and, in some cases, all-- of their proceeds from that day's sale of a designated book to Steve's medical fund. Due to time and ordering constraints, the books are largely e-books, but my title, Heaven's Fire, and several others also have a paperback version included in the promotion.
 Heaven's Fire is the book featured--for Kindle and in trade paperback--and if you go to Steve's blog,  Handcuffed to the Ocean, you can find a full list of participating authors and their books.  Remember, in order for your purchase to count toward the dollars raised for Steve, you must make your purchase on July 16th.
Please help us spread the word about this event by checking out Steve's blog and also by adding the link ( ) to your Facebook page, blog site or Tweet (hashtag #SteveBrownBMT), before and during the event. 
Thanks so much for anything you can do. I know Steve appreciates it.  
All the best,

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Early Bird Registration for the Florida Writers Association Conference

AT THE ANNUAL FLORIDA WRITERS CONFERENCE, October 19-21 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary, you'll choose from some forty workshops to help you hone your craft and navigate the publishing landscape. View the schedule, faculty bios, and more and be sure to register soon. July 31 is the last day early-bird registration fee applies.

Cuba Unveiled

Dawn Currie is proud to announce the release of two new books – In Search of the Real Cuba: A Journey from East to West; From Ignorance to Insight and Faces of Cuba. These books provide a glimpse of life in Cuba – where time stands still, yet takes its toll.

 They are the fruits of a physically and mentally challenging two-week
trek by the author/photographer that spans the island of Cuba from east
to west. Dawn brought school and clinic supplies to impoverished areas
and left enriched with memories to last a lifetime. In Search of the Real Cuba includes over 300 photos that will stir the mind and stories that touch the soul. Faces of Cuba
includes images of the resilient, creative, and generous Cuban people,
where they work and live. These works were made possible, in part, from
the patrons who purchased her photographs during the solo exhibition and
art sale at the Viera Government Center featured in the Florida Today “Spaces” section on March 3, 2012. The books are available on-line at
Through her images, Dawn strives to capture the beauty and moments that
enrich our daily lives, wherever life my take us. Most of us go through
life rushing from one place to the next, mesmerized by electronic
gadgets and not really seeing our world and all its riches. Her passion
is to reveal the unexpected, to draw the viewer in, and to share what
others rush by. She is also preparing for a solo exhibition at the
Gallery of Hope in Vero Beach, FL that opens on October 3, 2012. Her
images can also be viewed and purchased at