Thursday, January 31, 2013

Happy Birthday, Florida by Mary A Dall

Happy Birthday, Florida! is a 110 page book loaded with fun poems that include all of the state symbols, some of the more unusual flora and fauna--plus much, much more. Mary has partnered with the Florida 500 committee to keep abreast of events throughout the year. The official website for Florida's events is

Happy Birthday, Florida! also includes many little known facts, a whimsical look at fun places in the state, and is loaded with resources. Help celebrate Florida’s 500th Birthday! Black and white illustrations complete the package. The book sells on-line at Amazon for $8.99, but Mary discounts her books at book-signings, conferences, or workshops.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Artful Extravaganza

February 2, 2013 11am-4pm
South County Civic Center
                                               16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach
$2.00 admission/raffle
Grand Prize: 7-day Caribbean Cruise
Presented by National League of American Pen Women 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Evil Web to air on Discovery

Evil Web is a true crime story that Carol Jose co-authored with Mary Rich in 1996. It will be appearing on Discovery ID Channel in their new Investigative documentary series that just  launched, called "Dangerous Persuasion" which airs at 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Wednesday nights. 

The episode that is based on their book is the sixth in the series,  and will air on Wed. February 20th, featuring three of the victims -- Mary Rich, whose story it is, her daughter Cinda, who rescued her from the clutches of self-proclaimed minister and "chosen servant of Christ" Ron Larrinaga, who was actually the violent cult abuser of 20 minor children and three adults. He was tried and convicted on 38 counts of sexual and physical abuse of children, and sentenced to 180 years in jail. Larrinaga is presently serving that sentence in a Florida prison, as after eluding police for years by running state to state to elude the charges, he was finally tracked down in Palm Bay Florida, brought to justice. and was tried and convicted in Brevard County court. 

How Cinda and her father and one of Larrinaga's children succeeded in rescuing Mary and the children is a riveting horror story.  The Discovery ID Dangerous Persuasion series will be shown in the United States, on Bright House channel 143. Other channel numbers on Dish, and other TV channel providers. It will also be shown in Canada, and the United Kingdom (Britain), under different titles.  Evil Web can be purchased in hard or softcover or in a Kindle version on

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Memories of Kee Briggs

The Florida book world lost a great author and friend on January 20, 2013. Kee Briggs of Satellite Beach passed away.

Kee spent his life creating pieces (art and books) for others to enjoy. Even illness in the last couple of years did not slow him down. I often called him Captain Prolific. It seemed that he had such an inquisitive mind that he couldn't help but turn the many interesting events of his life into stories. And he was never at a loss for a creative idea to pass along.

Kee wrote science fiction, thrillers, mysteries and young adult novels. My favorites were the mysteries where the hero was an artist.  I saw a lot of Kee in those novels. And he often showed his wonderful memory for the places he lived by using many details from those locations as the backdrops for his stories. He was a longtime member of the Space Coast Writers' Guild and served for several years on their board.

Kee was also a great artist. I guess he was best known for his sculpture, but his paintings are beautiful as well.  He also taught others and passed along many interesting stories of his years in Mexico.

The book and art worlds of Brevard County and of Florida and beyond will miss him, but we know that his creations will live on and bring others much enjoyment.

I hope you knew him. I did and he will be greatly missed by many.

Fifth Brevard Authors;' Book Fair

    The Fifth Brevard Authors’ Book Fair will take place on March 9, 2013 from 9:30AM to 4:30PM.  Hosted at the Central Brevard Library and Reference Center, 308 Forrest Ave., Cocoa, FL 32922, it is open and free to the public. The book fair is sponsored by Authors For Authors, Marshall Frank, Holly Vellekoop, and Valerie Allen. Refreshments will be served and more than 40 authors will be available to autograph and discuss their books.

    Six multi-published speakers will make presentations throughout the day about writing, publishing, and marketing books. Local authors leading workshops include:  Valerie Allen, Writing for Fun and Profit,  Joyce Henderson, From Print to Digital: An Author's Journey, Walter Manning, Coping with Change, Patricia Charpentier, Write Your Life Story, Roger Simmermaker, How Consumers Can Create American Jobs, and Stuart Borton, Bringing Families Back into the Kitchen.  For more information call: (321) 254-3398.

Raising the Dead Workshop...

Raising the Dead

You’ve been looking at those boxes of genealogical information, the binders of data you’ve so painstakingly assembled over the years of researching your family history. You wonder if your children or grandchildren will treasure all the copies, photographs and documents as much as you do. Unfortunately, they probably won’t. That’s why it’s so important to take the information you have and fashion it into interesting stories they will enjoy reading. Learn how to do just that at:

Raising the Dead a/k/a Bringing Your Ancestors to Life
Saturday, February 16th – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lake Fairview near Lee Road and Hwy. 441
Orlando, Florida 32804

Learn how to transform all the names, dates and places into compelling stories. Study excerpts from published family histories, examine a variety of approaches which can be used to tell your family’s story, and practice what you’re learning with valuable writing exercises. Share your experiences over a delicious lunch, included in the price of the workshop.

This workshop will be small and intimate, and you’ll end the day with the knowledge you need to begin writing your family history. Cost of the day-long workshop, including lunch and materials, is $125 in advance, $150 at the door, provided space is available. Click here to read more about this exciting workshop.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Marshall Frank- Presentation and Book Signing

Who:    (Marshall Frank)

What:  Speaking about his newly released novel, The Upside To Murder plus a myriad of
           other topics related to writing and crime and movies and whatever else comes to mind.
Where:  Cocoa Beach Library
When:   Wednesday January  23rd, 2 pm.
Cost:     Free
Tell friends, neighbors, family, foreigners, aliens...whatever.

Happy Birthday Florida by Mary Dall

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Cocoa Beach Writers' Conference

Don't miss the  The Cocoa Beach Writers' Conference

It will be presented by the Space Coast Writers' Guild on January 26-27, 2013

at the International Palms Resort and Conference Center
Cocoa Beach

1300 North Atlantic Avenue
Cocoa Beach, FL 32931
Phone (321) 783-2271
This is a popular conference with excellent presentations as well as editors and agents attending.  For completed details about the conference and for registrations information, Click Here

Islands Under Fire by Kevin McCarey

Publishers weekly starred review for
ocean Publishing title

Islands Under Fire Earns High Praise

FLAGLER BEACH, FL – The January 7, 2013 edition of Publishers Weekly, the publishing world’s premier magazine, contained a starred review for Ocean Publishing’s latest book, Islands Under Fire, The Improbable Quest to Save the Corals of Puerto Rico by Kevin McCarey.

The review said, “This memoir, part travelogue and part natural history, is rich with humor, misadventure, and triumph. McCarey's writing is a pleasure, his penchant for simile and skill with dialogue particular delights.”

Continuing, the review highlighted the way McCarey told his tale of conservation, mishap and success:

“The action takes place as much onshore as off—McCarey's vessel, the R/V Maroho, being subject to its own array of pre-launch troubles. But never mind such complications, this is the tropics, so relax and let the captain take charge, as McCarey's maiden voyage into contemporary maritime non-fiction is an engrossing and joyful trip.”

McCarey is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker for National Geographic. A professor of environmental film at Savannah College of Art & Design, he is enjoying the success of his first published book and is touring the Eastern United States as his teaching schedule allows. His next major appearance will be at the Savannah Book Fair on February 14-17 where he will join James Patterson, T.C. Boyle and others. McCarey will be a guest speaker at his alma mater, the New York Merchant Marine Academy, in March.

Islands Under Fire (ISBN 9780982694084, $16.95) is available at all booksellers across the country and is distributed to all national and international markets by Independent Publishers Group, one of the largest book distribution firms in the United States.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Baker's Haulover - A Maritime Treasure of History and Pioneers ...Book Presentation

Join Barry University for a book presentation and reception for Baker's Haulover, A Maritime Treasure of History and Pioneers by Martha Saconchik-Pytel '61
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
3 pm - 6 pm
Barry University Andreas Hall 111
11300 NE 2nd Ave
Miami Shores, Florida 33161
About the Book:
Baker's Haulover
A Maritime Treasure of History and Pioneers
Learn the untold story of Baker's Haulover at the north end of Miami Beach, Florida, and the adjoining lands of Bal Harbour and Sunny Isles.  This book is a celebration of a forgotten era of maritime history and a tribute to the spirit of its pioneers.  The author's words are taken from more than 400 interviews. Many of the pioneers interviewed have since passed and if not for this author's research, first-hand dialogues would be lost forever.  For more information on the book, or to order a copy, visit this website:
Barry Alumna Martha Saconchik-Pytel '61 will read excerpts and give an overview of the amazing history contained within the pages of Baker's Haulover with ample time provided for questions and answers.
Following the presentation, guests will have an opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the book and meet the author and other guests at a reception.
For online registration, visit this website:
or contact the Barry University Department of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving to reserve your spot at or (305) 899-4013.  There is no charge to attend. 
Driving Directions to Barry University:
Barry University Campus Map:
(Andreas Building is #23 on map, parking can be found across N. Miami Avenue)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cape Canaveral Pen Women - Creating a Collage

Cape Canaveral Pen Women: Professional writers, artists, and musicians are invited to join us at 1:30 p.m., Sat. Jan. 26 at the Satellite Beach Library, 751 Jamaica. Enjoy our program: Creating a Collage. Pen Women members and accomplished multi-media artists Carmen Beecher and Donna Vines will demonstrate two distinctly different techniques for composing and creating an imaginative and inspiring collage. Call 321-431-9528 or visit

 DATE: January 26, 2013
 EVENT: Cape Canaveral Pen Women Meeting
 TIME: 1:30 pm
 COST: Free
 VENUE: Satellite Beach Public Library
 STREET ADDRESS: 751 Jamaica
 CITY: Satellite Beach

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Local Author Releases Latest Cookbook – Old Dog New Chefs

Malabar, FL - Stuart J. Borton, the co-owner of the Yellow Dog Café located here, has
just released his newest cookbook - Old Dog New Chefs. The cookbook is being
released at the same time a coloring book, centered on cooking, has been created by
Borton’s wife, Nancy.

“We are excited and thrilled that the books were completed for the Thanksgiving and
holiday season,” Borton said, adding, “This cookbook, and the accompanying coloring
book, are family centered and are aimed at having families come together in their
kitchens to create great meals.”

Borton’s book starts with the basics and does not stray to far from there. After years of
volunteer teaching 6th to 8th grade students cooking classes he learned first hand what
those new to the kitchen wanted to learn how to cook.

Old Dog New Chefs is a great starter book without going into so much detail that it
prevents creativity in the kitchen. This very easy to follow 162 page book has lots of
pictures and illustrations and is sure to become one of your favorite cookbooks.
This is Borton’s 2nd cookbook following the success of his Yellow Dog Cafe Cookbook
in 2010.

Nancy Borton’s cartoon book aims to help kids have fun while being with their parents in
the kitchen preparing meals. “We believe this is a great combination and we really want
parents to bring their children into the kitchen so they can work together as a family,” she

There will be a book singing at Barnes and Noble on New Haven Avenue in West Melbourne on Feb 9th at 7pm.

Stuart And Nancy Borton’s new books are the prefect way to bring the family back into the kitchen. Stuart’s book brings you back to the basics. After years of teaching 6th to 8th grade students cooking as a volunteer and learning first hand what those new to the kitchen wanted to learn how to cook. This very easy to follow 162 page book has lots of pictures and illustrations and with Nancy,s coloring book the younger or even uninterested in cooking can keep busy while the other is cooking.

The book can be purchased online at or by stopping by the restaurant,
which is located at 905 U.S. 1 Malabar, Florida. Reservations can be made by calling
(321) 956-3334

Media inquires: Call Dick Baumbach, Baumbach & Fisher Communications, LLC
321-544-3440 or email

From One Place to Another by Carol White

Carol White ( will be one of the speakers at Delray Beach Library's “14th Annual Author’s Showcase” presenting her novel, "From One Place to Another." Palm Beach Book Review: "A sexy smorgasbord of romance, friendship, heartache and laughter - White's latest novel is souffle for the soul."

“Sometimes the only way to our heart is through an upset stomach.”
Delray Beach Public Library • 100 West Atlantic Avenue • Delray Beach, Florida 33444 • (561) 266-0194


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Book News

Guest Blogging
Karlene Conroy and Mia Crews will be guest blogging at on Wednesday, January 9th. Please drop by. If you leave a comment you’ll have a chance to win a copy of our eBook, The Don Quixote Girls (

Vero Beach Book Center
Grand Central Publishing cordially invites you to a reading and booksigning with Brad Meltzer reading from his new novel The Fifth Assassin. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2:00 p.m., 2145 Indian River Blvd., Vero Beach

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sleuthfest - Don't miss it.

Sleuthfest on Saturday to take place on Saturday, February 16, 2013 in Sarasota, Florida:
A powerful one-day writing conference, Sleuthfest on Saturday (S.O.S.)
will feature best-selling authors, editors, and agents

SARASOTA, Florida – The Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America is pleased to announce an upcoming writing conference, Sleuthfest on Saturday (S.O.S.).  

Sleuthfest on Saturday will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota, Florida (1000 Boulevard of the Arts/Sarasota 34236) beginning at 8:00 AM.  For registration information, please visit:

A powerful, intensive, one-day conference for writers, Sleuthfest on Saturday will feature hands-on workshops led by best-selling authors Elaine Viets and Kristy Montee (writing as P.J. Parrish.) In addition, Sleuthfest on Saturday will also include a special session about electronic publishing, led by Christine Kling, author of five books that have placed in Amazon’s Top 100 Paid Bestsellers in the Kindle Store.

Sleuthfest on Saturday attendees are also eligible to sign up to pitch Terri Bischoff, acquiring editor at Midnight Ink, or Nicole Resciniti, a literary agent with The Seymour Agency. A ten-minute pitch appointment with one or the other is only $20.

A not-to-missed event for both aspiring and published writers, Sleuthfest on Saturday is filled with intensive, hands-on workshops about the craft of writing. The cost of registration is $135 for Mystery Writers of America members and $145 for non-members.  Registration is limited. Visit for additional details.

In conjunction with Sleuthfest on Saturday, the Hyatt Regency Sarasota is offering a limited number of guest rooms at a reduced price on a first-come/first-serve basis. Hotel information is available on the Sleuthfest website,

For additional information about Sleuthfest on Saturday, please contact Joanna Campbell Slan:  772-675-3132 (office); 314-614-4905 (cell);

Monday, January 7, 2013

Book Signing with Debra John

Sunday, February 3, 2013
Andrew Jackson Davis Building - Bookstore
1112 Stevens Street, Cassadaga, FL

Amelia's Gift is a captivating story from the heart, based on true events in the life of author Debra John. An inspirational love story on many levels, it portrays the life of Lisa Marie Anderson. An ever-smiling optimist who never misses a meal, she is the daughter of World War II and Korean combat veteran Edward Anderson and loving mother and housewife Amelia. The fourth of six children, Lisa relies on her positive outlook and sense of humor to cope with a father who abuses alcohol. When she later marries a man who also turns to alcohol after twenty years of marriage, her patience and humor are eventually overshadowed. Lisa's life becomes entangled yet hopeful with a spirit-guided message from her mother, ballroom dancing, Caribbean cruising, and Alex, a guy who can't seem to find the right wristwatch.

Debra John is a resident of Cape Canaveral, FL. An avid reader of books on romance and spirituality, she has combined both topics to create an inspirational story about love, letting go, and the power of prayer.