Friday, November 30, 2012

News from Carol White

Carol White will be discussing her book, "From One Place to Another" on Monday, December 3rd at the  David Posnack Jewish Community Center at noon. Keynote speaker: Ben Frank. 5850 South Pine Island Road Davie, FL 954/434-0499. 
Carol will also be at Cong. B'nai Israel at 7:00 pm that evening discussing both of her books.  2200 Yamato Road, Boca Raton.  RSVP to Penny Laufer 561/450-7779 or Refreshments served.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

National League of American Pen Women event in Boca Raton

National League of American Pen Women Luncheon and Discussion with John Cutrone, director of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. “Explore the world of paper and bookmaking.”

December 20, 2012, 11:30am Delray Beach Golf Club, 2200 Highland Ave. Delray Beach, Fl. 33445. $25.00. Download app at

Monday, November 26, 2012

Quieting Your Inner Critic with Lezlie Laws -- A Workshop

lezlie lawsIn this workshop you will come face to face with the committee of voices that tells you you’re not good enough to be a writer; you don’t have time to paint or draw; and worse, your artful endeavors don’t make a difference.

If you’re frustrated or intimidated or just too overloaded to do the creative work you love, come join a small group of creatives who share your desire to re-commit to personal expression and artfulness in life by getting rid of the inner critic.

You'll leave the workshop with concrete plan for constructing your days around your creative mission instead of around your to-do list.

Sponsored by Mad About Words

Join Lezlie Laws on February 2nd & Fire Your Inner Critic


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Friday, November 23, 2012

Rick Gangraw Releases First Mystery Book

Mystery books are always a delight to read - they are suspenseful, exhilarating and thought-provoking for avid reasons. New mystery writer Rick Gangraw released his first book entitled Secrets In The Ice this October.

Secrets In The Ice has a plot that evokes mystery, suspense, fear, curiosity and thrill. In the novel, Paul and Lisa, a couple who are on a romantic vacation in a Michigan town at a lakeside cabin, unknowingly come across a dead body in the town lake.

This shocking discovery leads to an exciting turn of events. They start to be eyed suspiciously by the townspeople, and after a second death in the lake, the couple becomes determined to investigate these deaths. Together with the help of a young librarian and her boyfriend, they soon find out that they appear to be linked to an unsolved 24 year old double murder in the same lake, far from being a new murder case.

The couple tries to piece the clues and evidence together to unravel the murder mystery. Rumors from some of the townspeople have it that the ghosts of the double murder from the past are taking revenge now after many years, and are responsible for the recent deaths. As the couple learns more about the murder mystery, they become surprised and soon find that everyone seems to have a part to play.

This upcoming mystery book by new author Rick Gangraw tells a tale of murder, suspense, intrigue and mystery. Mystery writers have a way of presenting clues and questions in an intriguing plot, and Gangraw has written a gripping, curious and spine-tingling story. Fans of mystery books can be expecting an enjoyable and thrilling read from this new mystery novel.

Secrets In The Ice by Rick Gangraw is published by White Feather Press and is available now at, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million and wherever books are sold. Visit Rick Gangraw's official website at for more details, appearances and events as well as new novels that are scheduled for release. Facebook Page:

About the Author

Rick Gangraw lives with his wife and children on the East coast of Florida, and he wishes that they could spend more time at their family’s cabin on a lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

He has traveled to over twenty-six different countries and has visited almost all fifty states in the US. When he is not dabbling in fiction, he enjoys sports, hiking, kayaking, camping and researching family history.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Book News from Walter Manning

Kingdom Living, Volume 3, Seeking the Truth

The intended purpose for this series is to assist the reader in establishing a deeper relationship of intimacy with God. It is the author’s sincere hope that this goal will be met. A typical chapter is three to four pages, thereby enabling the average person to consume its contents in about five minutes. Although each chapter is self-contained, the reader will experience a smooth transition from one to the next.

Volume 3 of the Kingdom Living series continues to develop the basic theme: How can we live in the Kingdom of God while living amidst the kingdoms of men? As with previous volumes, “Seeking the Truth” introduces biblical truths and principles for daily living by highlighting Scripture verses that support guidelines for living a holy life in and unholy world. Verses used are mined for both obvious and hidden truths in support of the overall theme.

Spiritual Snack Food, Volumes 2 & 3

This series is specifically geared for people who have a thirst for biblical truth, but are pressed for time. Each vignette is self-contained, is one page long, and should take the average reader approximately one minute to read. The goal of the series is to reorient the way we think about life by looking at it through the lens of the Bible. To accomplish this, the author introduces profound statements, some by famous people, some not. The size of the book is such that it will fit into a woman’s purse, or a man’s coat pocket.

Whereas volume 2, subtitled “Crunchies,” introduces numerous concepts that have deep spiritual significance, volume 3, subtitled “Chewies,” reaches back in time in order to thread the past to the future by using wisdom from those who’ve gone before us. Why? The answer: Wisdom and truth are not limited by time.

About the Author

Walt Manning retired as a senior manager, spending his entire career in the high-tech industry. Having earned a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston, his experience includes design engineering, sales, marketing, and program management. The Manning’s were married in June 1966. They have two children, both of whom graduated from college and are pursuing their chosen careers.

Walt was first published in 1995. Other recent books include: Coping with Change and Facing Unemployment, both of which were published by Treble Heart Books, Sierra Vista, AZ.

Books can be acquired from any bookstore, may be ordered direct from the publisher via, or from They may also be purchased by contacting Walt Manning at

Monday, November 19, 2012

Meet the Authors Book Fair--a great success

Thanks to Valerie Allen, Marshall Frank and Holly Fox Vellekoop...... They did a spectacular job of putting the Meet the Authors Book Fair together in Melbourne Florida.

Over 40 authors gathered at the Eau Gallie Civic Center during the ArtWorks Eau Gallie Fine Art Festival. They showed their books and talked and talked and talked with people who stopped by.

It was a wonderful event and Florida Book News wants to send appreciation to Valerie, Marshall, Holly, and Suzanne for all their hard work..

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Two New books from the Yellow Dog Cafe

Stuart Bortonʼs new book Old Dog New Chefs is the perfect way to bring the family back into the kitchen. Stuartʼs book starts you with the basics and does not stray too far from there. After years of volunteer teaching 6th to 8th grade studentsʼ cooking classes, he learned first hand what those new to the kitchen wanted to learn about cooking.

Old Dog New Chefs is a great starter book with just enough detail to easily follow the recipe without going into so much detail that it prevents creativity. This easy to follow 162-page book has lots of pictures and illustrations, and is sure to be one of your favorite cookbooks for years to come. This is Stuartʼs 2nd cookbook following the success of his first book, Yellow Dog Cafe Cookbook,” in
2010. The book signing and launch date is set for November 27, 2012 at Yellow Dog Cafe in Malabar, FL. The book will be available at the Cafe or online at

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Great Deal for Lovers of Bill Allen Books

In January of 2011, when Bill Allen's first middle-grade/YA book, How to Slay a Dragon, was published by Bell Bridge Books, a date was set for the release of the second story: a date of January, 2012, a full year away. It looked as if the full Journals of Myrth series would not be available for two more years. What's worse: Bell Bridge Books began to grow, and soon they were handling far more authors and titles than anyone would have predicted. Consequently the second Journals of Myrth story, How to Save a Kingdom, arrived slightly late, debuting in February of this year instead of January. 

But then plans were announced to release How to Stop a Witch, the third (and last?) of the Journals of Myrth series, by August. Having just those revisions ahead of him, plus the full-time job, his web master duties, his Space Coast Writers' Guild responsibilities, his feeble marketing efforts, and his busy family life, Bill was desperate for something to do. He introduced Orson Buggy's Lessons for Losers, the first of a new Bumpy Daze of Orson Buggy series for middle-grade readers, in April of this year, then dusted off one of his older works and put out Hanging by a Thread a month later. Now, well before the holidays, he has released the fifth and final book of 2012: Orson Buggy's Separation Anxiety.

DEAL NEWS: With the release of the second Orson Buggy book, the Kindle version of the first has been reduced to just $.99. If you are someone who likes to laugh, has ever felt the world is out to get you, or just feels a compelling desire to root for the underdog, check out Orson Buggy's Lessons for Losers here:

According to Bill Allen, it's guaranteed to make you chuckle.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Author Showcase and Sidewalk Sale in Hollywood, Florida

Join us Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 am – 1 pm for an Author Showcase and Sidewalk Sale at Second Edition Book Shop, 6812 Stirling Road, Hollywood, FL 33024, 954-961-5063.

Vendors will be selling fun gifts, and three featured authors will be have their latest releases: Nancy J. Cohen, Mari Mitchell Porter, and Marie Etzler. Pick up signed copies for yourself or for holiday gifts.!/events/454522171255661/

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Book Signing at Art Gallery of Viera -- Robert Lebron releases DaVinci-Picasso Dialogue

The Art Gallery of Viera will host a Champagne Book Signing for the newly released book “Da Vinci-Picasso Dialogue-Two Art Geniuses Clash in The Heavens” on Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 2-4 pm.  This is Mr. Lebrón’s first foray into fiction about the imagined interactions of two of the world’s most renowned artists.  His novel is also illustrated with Mr. Lebrón’s own witty and intriguing art work.
Robert Lebrón is a distinguished artist in his own right, and certainly one of the finest and most successful artists of our time.  He was born in New York City in 1928, delving into the arts at a very young age.  He studied at the New York High School of Music and Arts as well as The Arts Student League of New York.  He was soon drawing cartoons for a local paper which led him to working with Walt Disney artists.

Mr. Lebrón developed his own personal style, painting with just a palette knife, and concentrating on painting street scenes around the western world.  His paintings have been published in prestigious journals and each painting is full of life and tells it’s own story in Lebrón’s inimitable way. His most famous body of work, a series of paintings depicting the tragic trials of the Donner party is on display at the emigrant museum in Trucklee, California.
The public is invited to the Champagne Book Signing at The Art Gallery of Viera.  Also featured and available for purchase will be Robert F. Lebrón’s  original paintings and prints.  For more information see

Meet the Authors Book Fair

This coming weekend, 42 + authors, all genres, will be on hand to discuss books, writing, publishing and signing their books at the Civic Center at Eau Gallie.  No cost. Avid readers will love this event.  Hope to see you there.  Here's the flyer information:

Meet the Authors  -  Book Fair

Saturday & Sunday, November 17 & 18, 2012

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

(Coincides with ArtWorksEau Gallie Fine Art Festival)

Eau Gallie Civic Center

1551 Highland Avenue

Melbourne, Florida 32935

More than forty authors from around Florida will be available at the Civic Center during the art festival to display, discuss and sign their books for the general public. All genres will be on hand, including mystery, romance, psychology, and many authors of children’s books. 

No admission cost.

Hope to see you there. 

More information, call 321-254-3398. Or visit

Dickie Anderson Book Signings

Saturday November 17
- The Book Loft - 11AM-3PM
Friday November 30, December 1 - Joe's Bistro - in conjunction with the
   Holiday Home Tour - 10:30 and 12:30 both days
Sunday December 2 - Amelia Island Museum of History - LAUNCH 1-4PM


Fernandina Beach, FL. (November 14, 2012) Dickie Anderson has released her newest book, Great Houses of Fernandina, Architectural Masterpieces From Amelia Island's Golden Age. The soft-cover book, published by Sweetpea Media, Inc. and the Amelia Islander Magazine, highlights 22 houses in Fernandina's Historic District. The photography was done by Jan Johannes, historian and architectural photographer. Detailed descriptions highlight architectural details and the histories of the original families who built and lived in the houses. Adrienne Burke, City of Fernandina Beach - Preservation Planner, and Ron Kurtz, lecturer, historian and former director of the Amelia Island Museum of History, contributed introductions. A map with a suggested driving tour is included.

Phyllis Davis, Executive Director of the Amelia Island Museum of History, shared, "Written to highlight the beautiful homes of Amelia Island, Dickie Anderson's new book is a testament to the importance of the preservation of Florida's historic resources. Dickie is an ardent supporter and ambassador for Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island and its rich history."

Dickie Anderson is a columnist, free-lance writer, and lecturer, as well as a trained docent at the Amelia Island Museum of History. Sweetpea Media and the Amelia Islander Magazine frequently publish articles on Amelia Island's rich history.

Books will be available at the Amelia Island Museum of History's Holiday Home Tour scheduled November 30 and December 1. Anderson will be available at luncheons scheduled at Joe's Bistro at 11:30 AM, and 1PM both days. A formal launch of the book will be held at the Amelia Island Museum of History, Sunday December 2 from 1-4PM.
Books are available at The Book Loft, Books Plus, Front and Centre, the Amelia Island Museum of History and The Plantation Shop at Palmetto Walk. The books retail for $14.95. To purchase a copy by mail contact Dickie Anderson at or 904-556-6455.

Florida Author Showcase Coffeehouse

The West Regional Library presents The Florida Author Showcase Coffeehouse. The Coffeehouse is a monthly series featuring four local authors. The program is free and refreshments are served. The next program is December 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the West Regional Library 8601 W. Broward Blvd. Plantation, FL

Monday, November 12, 2012

MYTHS AND MYSTERIES OF FLORIDA True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained by E. Lynne Wright

Myths and Mysteries of Florida by E. Lynne Wright is a collection of fifteen mind-boggling, dark and ominous tales about villains, ghosts, and strange happenings  in the Sunshine State. 

  •  Did D.B. Cooper survive his infamous skyjacking attempt, leaving behind a Florida widow?
  •  Who murdered America's first civil rights martyr?
  •  Did the astronauts from Apollo 11 really land on the moon?
  •  Did a teenage boy watch a sea monster attack his four friends who were never seen again? 

Myths and Mysteries of Florida pulls back the curtain on some of the state's most fascinating and compelling stories and makes history fun.

About the Author:

   E. Lynne Wright is the author of More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Florida Women, Editions 1&2, It Happened in Florida, Editions 1&2, Disasters and Heroic Rescues of Florida, and Florida, Mapping the Sunshine State Through History, with Vincent Virga, all for the Globe Pequot Press. Her short stories, nonfiction articles, essays, and book reviews have appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Hartfort Courant, Woman's Day, Literary Liftoff, and other anthologies and literary magazines. She lives in Vero Beach, Florida.

Myths and Mysteries of Florida will be available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in book stores on November 6, 2012.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Meet the Authors Book Fair at ArtWorks Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival

Don't miss the book fair this weekend at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne Florida.  The event is Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to each day.  Authors from all over the state are attending and will have their books available.

This event is in conjunction with ArtWorks: the Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival on and around Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne.

What: Meet the Authors Book Fair
When: November 17 and 18; 10AM to 5PM
Where: Eau Gallie Civic Center

If you love books, you'll love this event.  I will be there with The Zen of Max (a memoir of great wisdom and many naps) and with information about Florida Book News.  Stop by and say hi.

A Christmas Moon by Barbara A Beswick

  A Christmas Moon by Barbara A. Beswick is designed as a gift to be given and read to a child who loves bedtime stories. This one is a Christmas story, blending the Baby Jesus’ birth with Santa and Saint Nick. It leaves spaces for the recipient child’s name to be written in by either the child or the presenter’s hand, making it an exciting and cherished keepsake from someone special.
      A grandmother is visiting her grandchild and his/her parents on Christmas Eve, bringing pies and cookies for the family. The child has been allowed to stay up a little later; but it’s bedtime, now, and grandmother is begged to do the story-telling before sleep. The moon is a big, silvery disc, shining through the child’s bedroom window as the story unfolds with questions and answers about the holiday that the child may help fill in. Barbara invented this story as she told it to her grandchild one Christmas Eve when the moon was full.

About the Author
      Beswick has taught art to children and adults of all ages for 40 years in PA, NJ, UT and FL. She was published by Prentice-Hall and Every Child An Artist is still sought after on the Internet as the books are being purged from libraries across the United States. It is known for its innovative ideas on teaching both drawing and crafts to youngsters of all ages. She also co-authored a rigorous and doable school reform plan, Save Our Schools, which will be forwarded to Washington after the next election.

     Several book signings have been scheduled including Nov. 7th at Beef O' Brady's  and Nov. 29th at the Kenilworth Lodge, both in Sebring.  Beswick is the leader of the Florida Writer's Association group, "Sebring Scribblers and Scribes" and can be reached through her email at or by calling 863-402-9181.   Order, for 9.99, at any bookstore; or online at amazon or

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Space Coast Wrtiers' Guild Short Story Contest

Space Coast Writers Guild
Short Story Contest
January, 2013
The Space Coast Writers Guild is sponsoring a short-story fiction adult writing contest. Entries will be accepted until Dec. 31, 2012, and there is a $20 entry fee. First, second, and third place prizes of $100, $75, and $50 will be awarded at the Cocoa Beach Writers’ Conference, Jan. 26-27, 2013. Entries are limited to 2500 words, must be original and not previously published. Submissions must be on 8 ½ by 11” paper with one-inch margins and font size of 12. Mail entries to SCWG, P.O. Box 262, Melbourne FL 32902. For more information, see
  • Judges will be members of Space Coast Writers Guild.
  • The contest is open to all writers.
  • Story must be original and not previously published.
  • No poetry, children’s stories or young adult.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.
  • No entries will be returned.
  • Erotic subjects not acceptable.
  • Three prizes of $100, $75, and $50.
  • Awards made at Cocoa Beach Writers’ Conference, Jan. 26-27, 2013.
  •  Submissions will be by mail to SCWG, P. O. Box 262, Melbourne FL 32902.
  • Winning entries will be requested to provide an electronic copy.
  • Entries received after Dec. 31, 2012, will not be accepted.
  • The $20 entry fee must be made by check included with the entry.
  • Checks that do not clear will invalidate the entry.
  • Submissions not meeting format guidelines will not be considered.
  • Invalid or late entries will be shredded and the entrant notified by email.
  • Author identification on title page only (to be removed during judging).
  • 8 ½ X 11” white paper, 1 inch margin on all sides
  • Double spaced, single sided
  • Typed in Times New Roman, Arial, or Courier font, size 12
  • No more than 2500 words
  • No staples, folders or cover sheets, except title page as described below
  • No pictures or illustrations
  • Page numbers at bottom center
  • Title on first page of story, centered
  • Title of Story
  • Author Name
  • Author Address and Email, and Telephone Number
  • The statement “The Space Coast Writers Guild has permission to use the author’s name, photo, story title and the right to edit/publish the story in any publication associated with the Guild, electronic or print.”

Monday, November 5, 2012

Call for Authors... Pen Women

National League of American Pen Women

Artful Extravaganza – Books, Art, Crafts, Jewelry, Music
Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Open to the public.
South County Civic Center 16700 Jog Road
Delray Beach, Florida 33446
FOR DIRECTIONS: (561) 495-9813

Contact:   Prue Caricco for vendor applications

40 vendors with original books, paintings, photography, crafts, CD’s etc.
$2.00 Admission fee for others. Students with ID: Free

Non-refundable fee: $50.00 for each table.  (All table fees go toward scholarship fund for college women in the arts.)

Non-refundable fee must accompany application.
DEADLINE postmark for applications: Saturday, December 15, 2012.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Boca Raton Pen Women Luncheon

Boca Raton Pen Women Luncheon with speaker Penelope Love, book editor at Trimark Press, who will discuss marketing your book. November 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Organization: National League of American Pen Women 
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. 

Price: $25.00

Location: Delray Beach Golf Club, 2200 Highland Avenue, Delray Beach Fl, 33445

Phone Number: 561/865-9756

E-mail for info:

Friday, November 2, 2012

Discussion group: National League of American Pen Women

Carol White
National League of American Pen Women
Student League membership  
Discussion group open to the public: 
Saturday, November 10, 2012, 2-3:30pm.  
Glades Road Branch Library - 20701 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton, Florida 33434 
The Boca Raton Branch has launched its special opportunity for college women in writing, art, music to join the prestigious National League of American Women

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