Monday, December 30, 2013

A Garden Full of Butterflies by Lynn S. Combes

In A GARDEN FULL OF BUTTERFLIES, a young girl Marissa is trying to cope and understand the death of her mother. Her father is not only trying to deal with his wife's death but also take care of Marissa.  Marissa finds comfort in a kind neighbor, Mrs. Chancey  and a butterfly garden that Mrs. Chancey takes great pride in. One day Mrs. Chancey explains to Marissa why her butterfly garden is so important to her and tells Marissa a special story that relates to the butterflies but is similar to a biblical parable. With Mrs. Chancey's guidance both Marissa and her Dad learn that death does not have to be final. They can have eternal life with their loved ones.
About the Author
Lynn S. Combes  was born in Queens, New York.  She married her husband and moved to Florida to raise a family where they have lived for thirty-two years.  They have raised three children together. Their first daughter was called home to be with the Lord at the age of five. The death of her daughter promoted Lynn  to become educated in the grieving process. Her desire to help others deal with grief prompted Lynn to work in a local Hospice organization where she developed and oversaw bereavement programs.  She later went on to complete her Masters Degree in elementary education, specializing in Childhood Learning Disabilities. Her expertise in the grieving process has given Lynn numerous opportunities to speak to groups and individuals. This testimony along with her love and devotion to God , forms the basis of her writings.
Lynn Combes website is

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Zoastra Affair by Victoria Pinder

The Zoastra Affair
by Victoria Pinder
Published by Soul Mate Publishing
Science Fiction Romance
Heat Level: Intimate
Length: 85000 words

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A hundred years from now, Earth has trading partners with alien beings, mostly humanoid. However, going into space brought forth an unknown enemy who attacks Earth at will.

The Zoastra is part of the Earthseekers, an organization originally designed to go into space. Its new mission is to find Earth’s enemies.

Ariel is stuck on a Victorian planet and steals Grace’s body and life to get off the planet. Grace must get her body back before Ariel bonds with Grace’s husband, Peter. Then there is Cross, the man on a mission to find those who killed his family. Ariel is attracted to Cross, but she’s stolen someone’s life.
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About the Author:

Victoria Pinder grew up in Irish Catholic Boston before moving to the Miami sun. She’s worked in engineering, after passing many tests proving how easy Math came to her. Then hating her life at the age of twenty four, she decided to go to law school. Four years later, after passing the bar and practicing very little, she realized that she hates the practice of law. She refused to one day turn 50 and realize she had nothing but her career and hours at a desk. After realizing she needed change, she became a high school teacher. Teaching is rewarding, but writing is a passion. 
During all this time, she always wrote stories to entertain herself or calm down. Her parents are practical minded people demanding a job, and Victoria spent too many years living other people’s dreams, but when she sat down to see what skill she had that matched what she enjoyed doing, writing became so obvious. The middle school year book when someone wrote in it that one day she’d be a writer made sense when she turned thirty.

When she woke up to what she wanted, the dream of writing became so obvious. She dreams of writing professionally, where her barista can make her coffee and a walk on the beach, can motivate her tales. Contemporary romances are just fun to write. She’s always thinking whose getting hurt and whose story is next on the list to fall in love. Victoria’s love of writing has kept her centered and focused through her many phases, and she’s motivated to write many stories. 

Member of Florida Romance Writers, Contemporary Romance, Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA, and in Savvy Authors.

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Friday, December 20, 2013

Ocean Books and Art presents watercolor demonstrations by Maine Watercolor Artists

FLAGLER BEACH, FL – Ocean Books & Art, Flagler Beach’s oceanfront bookstore and art gallery, is offering four watercolor demonstrations and four six-hour watercolor workshops by Harry Thompson and Jill Previti of Kennebunkport, Maine. All events will be at 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd. (A1A), across from the Flagler Beach Pier.

The watercolor demonstrations are on January 8th, February 12th, March 12th, and April 9th. All sessions are free and will start at 6:00 pm. Reservations are suggested and may be made by calling 386-693-4882 or stopping at the gallery.

At the demonstrations, Thompson and Previti will give a two-hour hands-on explanation of how to create watercolor art. Starting with a blank canvas, watercolors and brushes, they will take attendees through a step by step process that leads to a painting one can be proud to display or give as a gift.

The watercolor workshops will be from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on January 19th, February 16th, March 23rd, and April 27th. Lunch breaks will be held at the Funky Pelican restaurant across the street from Ocean Books & Art. Thompson and Previti will join the students at lunch to continue the discussion and learning. Each workshop is $100 per person and reservations are required. Meals are not included in the workshop fee.

Harry Thompson, a graduate of the Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota, and Jill Previti, a self-taught artist, own popular art galleries in Kennebunkport, Maine. Frank Gromling, owner of Ocean Books & Art, met the artists in January 2013 when they visited his business and was impressed with their artistic talent and gallery experience. The trio enjoyed working together to present three successful workshops last year and agreed to come together again in 2014.

Gromling and his wife, Bibi, traveled to Kennebunkport in July to visit Thompson and Previti to learn more about operating an art gallery. The time was well spent because Ocean Books & Art subsequently has made several significant changes in its artistic offerings, marketing, and management. With 17 local and national artists offering quality art in acrylic, oil, pastel, tempera, sculpture, scratch board, and photography, the gallery has become recognized as an attractive addition to downtown Flagler Beach.

For further information or to enroll in the demonstrations or workshops, call 386-693-4882.

News from Valerie Allen

A gift to you  from Valerie Allen ~

Free on Kindle from Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 through Thursday, December 26, 2013: Home for the Holidays.
This  is a Hallmark like  short story that will make you cry (have the tissues ready!), but the happy ending will make you smile. ( promise!)

Happy holidays and enjoy the read ~

Wednesday, December 18, 2013


FLAGLER BEACH, FL The art scene in Flagler Beach gets off to a colorful start in 2014 at Ocean Books & Art’s January 3rd art opening reception from 5:30-8:30p.m. for Bob Carlsen.
 “Florida – As I See It” is a collection of the artist’s newest images captured in photographic safaris throughout Florida. The reception at 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach, is free and refreshments will be served.
Carlsen, originally from New Jersey, settled in Palm Coast in 2010 and immediately turned his camera toward the beauty and uniqueness that is Florida. He also set out to share his photographic knowledge and experience with others by teaching workshops on Creative Photography and Photoshop, as well as leading photographic safaris throughout Florida.

Carlsen, a photographer for more than 40 years, is the founder of the recently formed Florida Photographers Group.  He is the current president of the Photography Club of Flagler County and a member of the Flagler County Art League. He’s won many awards for his photographic art, locally and also in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

“Florida As I See It” will be featured at Ocean Books and Art for the entire month of January.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Blood of Cain by Tom Lowe

Tom Lowe has just published the latest book in the Sean O'Brien series.

When Courtney Burke appears at Ponce Marina on a humid summer morning, she leaves Sean O’Brien with a haunting tale.  Her story could lead O’Brien down a path that began with a brutal rape forty years earlier and hidden family secrets spawned from the desecration of the innocent.  Soon after, O’Brien learns that Courtney is linked to a series of carnival murders.  Police are convinced she’s a serial killer, and all of her victims are men.  But like the illusions found in the carnival’s House of Mirrors, nothing is as it appears.  Just beyond the looking glass is where evil watches from a one-way mirror.  When the Courtney faces a conviction for murder, O’Brien remembers something she told him, something so strange he’d originally dismissed it.  To alter the future, to save Courtney’s life, O’Brien must penetrate dark deeds that began in a church forty years earlier.  

It is available on Amazon in book form and through Kindle.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Book News from Christopher Tozier

Celebrate A Florida Fantasy Series!

Announcing the new release, Olivia Brophie and the Sky Island

Now available on Amazon
Available in bookstores January 1, 2014

Created and written by Christopher Tozier, the Olivia Brophie series fuses excitement and adventure to offer a ground-breaking new way to teach science and nature to middle-grade students.

 Olivia Brophie and the Sky Island


Olivia’s life is in turmoil ever since she accidentally froze all of the world’s water and her aunt and uncle were kidnapped by the Wardenclyffe thugs. With the help of a black bear named Hoolie, she must travel across America to restore the damage she caused. Hungry and wounded, she stumbles into a secret valley invisible to the outside world. There she meets an ancient civilization with no intention of letting her leave.

In the meantime, Doug and Gnat are drawn deeper into the world of Junonia, the mysterious city built in the aquifer beneath Florida. Doug works diligently to scientifically document the discovery of giant tardigrades when his secret is accidently revealed to the last person in the world he wanted to tell, Larry Mutch. Caught in an epic battle, Doug must find a way to save himself, Gnat, and the bully who doesn’t want his help.

Praise for Olivia Brophie and the Sky Island

“A fast, action-packed ride through fantastical landscapes populated by long forgotten real-world elements. Chris Tozier has created a compelling mix of intrigue, danger, and magic that will keep readers turning until they've reached the last page.”     – Danette Haworth, author of A Whole Lot of Lucky and Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning

Age Range: 8 - 11 years

Paperback: 304 pages

Publisher: Pineapple Press (January 1, 2014)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1561646806

ISBN-13: 978-1561646807


Christopher Tozier


Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus


Olivia Brophie feels betrayed. She hasn’t heard from her mom who’s serving in the army in Iraq. And for no reason, her dad sent her to live with her crazy aunt and uncle in the middle of nowhere—the Florida scrub. It seems boring till bears follow her to school, coral snakes leave her gifts, and tree frogs start writing cryptic messages on her bedroom window.

Olivia is fascinated by the giant insect walkingsticks that her uncle tenderly protects. He turns out to be crazier than she thought with wild ideas about magnetic currents, cosmic rays, and a mysterious device that controls the laws of the universe. He doesn’t know the half of it.

Along with Doug, a local eco-nerd genius, and Gnat, her videogame-obsessed little brother, Olivia discovers a vast underworld city that holds the secrets of history as well as the way to the future. With the forces of evil at her heels, she finds a brilliant pearl and must use its power to discover her life's ultimate destiny.

Praise for Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus

                Winner of the 2012 President's Book Awards Silver Medal for Children's Literature

                Winner of the Honor Book Award from the Society of School Librarians

“A non-stop Tilt-a-Whirl, . . . a rousing, Tom Sawyer on steroids adventure . . . filled with lessons on the Florida habitat.”  — The Florida Book Review

The storyline itself is purely magic. And the sense of wonder created by some of its unique characters is truly magic in itself.”  — WGCU

“Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus has plenty of gumption for a debut novel, painlessly working a hefty helping of eco-science into a supernatural adventure tale set in the wilds of Florida.”  — Orlando Sentinel

Age Range: 8 - 11 years

Series: Olivia Brophie (Book 1)

Paperback: 208 pages

Publisher: Pineapple Press (March 1, 2012)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1561645192

ISBN-13: 978-1561645190