Saturday, September 29, 2012

How to Write Killer Fiction


Since Vic DiGenti is presenting the Celebrity Workshop for FWF and the closing keynote for FWA, here’s salient information about both organizations.

·         A 501[c]6 nonprofit trade association with members across the U.S.
·         1,300 members and 44 local chapters, mostly in Florida
·         Established to support established and emerging writers
·         Membership open to the public
·         FWA’s 11th annual conference is scheduled for October 19-21 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary
·         Website  

·         A 501[c]3 charitable corporation
·         Volunteers (there’s no membership) raise funds and develop programs to promote literacy throughout Florida
·         The Celebrity Workshop, an FWF fundraiser, is scheduled for October 18 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary
·         Website

Scroll down. More information about Vic DiGenti below.... 

News from Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen will speak on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 2:00 PM a the DeGroodt Library, on Minton Rd, in Palm Bay, FL. Valerie, psychologist, author, and speaker will focus on good mental health strategies and discuss her self-help book, Beyond the Inkblots: Confusion to Harmony.
~ Valerie Allen ~                                

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Magic Dreams Publishing Announces the Release of A Giant Pencil by Florida youth, Connor Wilson

Connor Wilson, the country’s youngest traditionally-published fiction writer, delivers a charming, heartwarming tale with an important message in his debut book release

CHICAGO, Illinois – Magic Dreams Publishing announces the release of A Giant Pencil by Connor Wilson.  A Giant Pencil (ISBN:  978-1-937148-12-6, Paperback, $12.95) is now available wherever fine books are sold.

With the release of A Giant Pencil, Connor Wilson earns the distinction of becoming the country’s youngest traditionally-published fiction writer.

Just eight years old when he first had the idea for his debut book, Connor aspired to follow in the footsteps of his dad, novelist Jeffrey Wilson.  Connor finished writing A Giant Pencil just after his ninth birthday and was offered a publishing contact by Magic Dreams Publishing, the children’s book imprint of Chicago-based traditional publisher, Weaving Dreams Publishing.

About A Giant Pencil:  Billy is a grumpy kid who believes that everyone—his brothers and sisters, his parents, his teachers, the kids at school, and even the dog next door—is picking on him. Fed up with being fussed at, singled out, bullied, and taunted, Billy just wants people to leave him alone.

It seems like Billy’s luck is changing when he sees a strange object fall from the sky.  That strange object turns out to be a giant pencil.  But this is no ordinary pencil:  this magic, giant pencil gives Billy the ability to erase anyone he doesn’t like and simply make them disappear.

With his newfound power, Billy’s dream of being left alone is finally within his reach.  A few swipes from the eraser and his meddlesome siblings, classmates, teachers, parents, and even the dog next door, simply disappear.

But this dream turns into a nightmare when Billy finds  that being alone isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. All by himself and sad, Billy realizes just how much his family, teachers, classmates (and even the dog next door) mean to him. Left with only a nub of an eraser, but a heart filled with hope, Billy hatches a plan. Could there be some more magic left in this magic giant pencil?

Written by a kid for kids, A Giant Pencil will reach children in ways that other children’s books can’t. With its positive, family-oriented message, A Giant Pencil will resonate with parents, teachers, and kids of all ages. 

A charming, clever, and captivating tale with an important lesson, A Giant Pencil is an imaginative and heartwarming story.  Published just before Connor Wilson’s twelfth birthday, A Giant Pencil is filled with vibrant, full-color illustrations by Alyssa Machette.

Connor Wilson is a sixth grader who loves skateboarding, playing video games, and fishing. Currently learning to Scuba dive, Connor, according to his family, holds the distinction of being the world’s best big brother to his little brother and sister, to whom he dedicated A Giant Pencil. Connor lives in Southwest Florida with his family. When not busy being a regular kid, Connor is hard at work on his next book.

Members of the news media wishing to request more information about Connor Wilson or A Giant Pencil are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone: (615) 297-9875 or by email:

A Long Way to Go by June Bryan Belfie

June Bryan Belfie, now has her fourth novel available. It was published by Desert Breeze Publishing House. Her historical novel, A Long Way to Go focuses on a young woman's journey through widowhood, marriage for convenience and a brutal journey across the Oregon Trail. It is set in 1843 and many events are based on factual journals and diaries from the emigrants of the time. The main characters are fictional.

Another e-book by this author was published recently, titled: The Landlord.
A broken engagement, a lost job and a new landlord, who wants pets removed from his premises, create havoc in Kristen's life. Spud, her double-toed black cat, was "family" and she'd move before parting with him. Her handsome landlord keeps appearing in her life. Is it more than business? Vic, her ex-boyfriend comes back and Kristen has a major decision to make.  

Ms. Belfie's first novel, Moving On is available as an e-book. It is set in Chester County, Pennsylvania, and is the story of a divorcee with a teen-age daughter, who finds herself attracted to a widower, who has his deceased wife on a pedestal.

A Special Blessing for Sara is a sweet romance set in Bloomsburg and Danville. It has humor as well as an inspirational message, with a surprise ending for the reader.

Readers can purchase these e-books through Desert Breeze, Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, or other e-book distributors. It can be downloaded onto an e-reader, such as Kindle, as well as a home computer or I-pod.

For more information please contact June Belfie at (570)441-6596 or

Monday, September 24, 2012


Some last-minute changes in the lineup of the Florida Writers Foundation’s October 18 Celebrity Workshop have created a chance for readers and writers to hear one of Florida’s finest, brightest (and most cat-loving) mystery writers talk about the topic he knows best.

Vic DiGenti (also writing as Parker Francis) is the author of the Windrusher series and the Quint Mitchell Mysteries, which include the award-winning Matanzas Bay and soon-to-be-released Bring Down the Furies. He’ll spend an entire day with a group of lucky writers focusing on techniques to create suspense—a useful topic since virtually all genres, from memoir to mainstream fiction, need some kind of suspense to keep readers engaged.

As writing coach Jamie Morris phrased it, this is one of the “door closes, window opens” opportunities. Vic’s workshop will cover much the same ground that of the originally scheduled speaker, R.J. Ellory, who had to withdraw from participation.

This annual event is a fundraiser for the Florida Writers Foundation (FWF), a charitable organization that promotes literacy. FWF is a sister organization to the Florida Writers Association (FWA), which will hold its annual conference in the same hotel October 19-21.

Celebrity Workshop

Florida Writers Annual Conference

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Book Review: Beyond the Inkblots: Confusion to Harmony by Dr. Valerie Allen

 You do not have control over everything that happens; however, you have absolute control over how you respond to what happens. Dr. Valerie Allen

It's easy to see that Dr. Allen has been working in the field of psychology for a while. She certainly knows her way around those troublesome situations that pop up in our lives. And,the wonderful thing is that she knows how to write in a way that brings it home to all.

I love the title of the first chapter: Life is a Do-It-Yourself Project. I think that is the theme of the book. She approaches life from a personal-responsibility perspective and guides the reader through the how-to of it all. Her approach is also practical. She's certainly intent on throwing us not just any lifeline, but the shortest and strongest lifeline in her toolkit.

One of the strengths of Beyond the Inkblots is that it's easy to read and follow. Allen has organized the material logically to provide readers what they need to know to get busy on making the transition from confusion to harmony.

I highly recommend this book and hope you will find it helpful. If nothing else, it will remind you to be good to yourself, and isn't that half the battle in any inner battle?

Beyond the Inkblots  is available through Amazon in paperback and in Kindle formats.

About the Author
Dr. Valerie Allen is a psychologist and author. She writes fiction, non-fiction, short stories and children’s books. She is a licensed school psychologist and is in private practice in Melbourne, Florida. She is active in the Space Coast Writers’ Guild, the National League of American Pen Women, Cape Canaveral Branch; and is a cofounder of Authors for Authors.

To see her other books, visit her website at

Meet the Authors' Book Fair... Call for Authors

Hello Readers and Writers ~

Registration is now open for the Meet the Authors' Book Fair November 17 & 18, 2012.
This event is held in conjunction with the ArtWorks Festival and is FREE and open to the public. 
It is inside the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne, FL.
Authors who want to have a vendor space can find more information and the registration form at
Space is limited and it is first come first served.
For those who cannot attend, consider taking advantage of the Display Only option.
Please join us to exhibit your work, network with authors, and sign and sell your books.

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore Event

Witches’ Coven

A Gathering of Be-Witching Authors

At Murder on the Beach Bookstore

Who says that Halloween is just for kids? Join us for blood refreshments, skeleton door prizes, and a handout with great tips for would-be authors. You’ll be spellbound by this coven of multi-published authors as they discuss:

Their work (Double, double, toil and trouble. How did they get published?)

Their writing habits (By the light of the moon? Alone in a churchyard?)

The bewitched and bothered world of publishing (To e-publish or not? That’s the question!)

Book signing will follow, and you’ll have a chance to chat one-on-one with our featured guests.

Where:  Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
273 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach

When:  Wednesday October 31 at 7 pm

Witches Attending (and a few Warlocks):

Heidi Lynn Anderson
Sandra Balzo
Traci Hall
Jeremiah Healy
Marcia King-Gamble
Kathleen Pickering
Randy Rawls
Deborah Sharp
Joanna Campbell Slan
Carol Stephenson
Cynthia Thomason

For more information contact:  Joanne Sinchuk  561-279-7790,

Monday, September 17, 2012

Brandon Grows a Vine by Nancy Buscher

Brandon Grows A Vine
Brandon receives a plant from his neighbor, who has the best of intentions. At first he likes taking care of a growing thing. But he soon discovers that it also comes with  responsibilities, and some surprises.
Buscher's other books include:
            At The Beach
            Emma's Dilemma
            Kaleidoscope of Children's Poems
            Lucky Dog Diner
            Maybe Crybaby
            Wiggly Giggly Girls
 Her books can be purchased at numerous book fairs, from her website,,, and
Facebook:     Nancy Tancey Buscher     
Twitter:           ABC-Artisans of Book
About the Author:
Nancy Tancey Buscher, formed Buscher Consultants after graduating from Eckerd College in 2010. She is an author, artist, and publishes books for children through age 10.
Memberships include: Sarasota Arts & Cultural Alliance, Venice Arts & Literary Society,  Teaching Artist in EdExploreSRQ, Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and she is the co-founder of ABC-Artisans of Books for Children. Ms. Buscher is currently
coordinating the SpringHill Suites Holiday Book Fair for authors of all genres.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Spiritual Snack Food by Walter Manning

From Walter Manning: Most of us tend to listen with our tongue wagging and our mind wandering elsewhere, a bad habit that results in missing revelations of truth that could transform our life. We’ve become so enamored with ourselves we fail to recognize that God may be using another person to convey His truth to us.

Spiritual Snack Food is the embodiment of an attempt to break old habits and develop new ones. It was birthed by listening with the intent of capturing profound comments floating in the air, and then being disciplined enough to write them down, on the spot, for future dispensation and edification, for others, as well as myself.