Saturday, March 30, 2013

Debut Novel by Jaimie Engle

Jaimie Engle's debut novel will be released by Wayman Publishing House in December 2013. It is a middle grade book titled CLIFTON CHASE AND THE ARROW OF LIGHT.

 It is a historical fantasy taking place during the time of King Richard III (whose bones were just discovered and verified in February!) during the Battle of Hastings, the final battle of the War of the Roses. It was inspired by the story of his two nephews, whose bodies were never found, assumed to have been murdered by their uncle.

The protagonist, Clifton Chase, finds an arrow in his closet which is a magical portal that takes him to England, 1485. Thrust into an adventure, Clifton must evade the King’s army, rescue the two princes from a heavily guarded tower, escape the fierce fires of a Crestback Dragon, outsmart the Mer King, and get the girl, all the while protecting the Arrow of Light. But, his journey isn’t over yet. Clifton needs to discover the arrow’s purpose for choosing him. And when he does, he must decide if he is willing to risk his life for the lives of others.

Watch for further announcements about the book launch. Engle also offers an editing and critique service.  Contact information is and

Kay Williamson Presentation

  Kay Williamson will be giving a presentation of her published murder mysteries at the Satellite Beach Library on April 20 from 10:30 to 12:00.
    Her romantic suspense and murder mystery novels include: Ghostly Whispers, Bridge to Nowhere, Listen to the Heart, Time after Time, Murder at the Starlight Pavilion, The Mysterious woman on the Train, and Incident at the Pink Beach House which takes place in Satellite Beach.
    Kay, a former elementary teacher, is published in various literary anthologies and magazines. Her other interests include watercolor painting, and writing music.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

UCF Book Festival -- Don't miss it.

Dave Barry and Tim Dorsey to be Guests on Elaine Pasekoff Charles' Radio Show

 Florida authors Dave Barry and Tim Dorsey will be guests on Elaine Pasekoff Charles' radio show, The Book Report on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 & 7. (The show is on 6 stations across the country....but on Miami's WIOD on Sundays at 3 pm. 

The show is also available on her website,, in Archived Shows, beginning Monday, April 8.) 

Each week, The Book Report introduces listeners to fiction and non-fiction bestsellers and books in the news - and offers listeners the ability to "sample" 4-5 minute snippets of the produced audio book edition.)

Dave will be speaking about his new book, "Insane City." Tim will be speaking about "Pineapple Brigade."

Venice Book Fair and Writers Festival

Nancy Tancey Buscher will be conducting a Children's Fiction Workshop in the President's Room (upstairs-right) at the Venice Theatre in Venice, Florida, on Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 1 pm. The public, as well as aspiring authors are invited to attend. There will be handouts and helpful information.

Ms Buscher was the opening speaker on the main stage with children's author, Joan Harlow at this event last year.

Buscher's books will be available for purchase in the lobby after the workshop, and Ms Buscher will be happy to autograph your book. 

Time: April 6, 2013 from 1pm to 1:45pm
 The Venice Theatre
 140 Tampa Ave W
 Venice, FL 34285
Website or Map:

Judith A. Keeler, Authors Committee Representative. A $10 ticket gains entry to all the workshops and events that day.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Book Signing by Janie Wilkins

Janie Wilkins will sign her two volume memoir, "Janie's Unbelievable Journey: Inspirational Letters Written along the Way, " Saturday, April 13, 2013 at The Arts and Craft Fair at United Methodist Church in Maxwell Hall from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. Saturday, April 13, 2013.  Address is 601 Centre Street on Amelia island.

Janie Wilkins will be a featured author at the 12th Annual Amelia Island Book Festival  on Amelia Island at Atlantic Recreation Center 2500 Atlantic Ave. from 10 A.M. to 4 P M Friday, April 26 and .Saturday, April 27, 2013 on Amelia Island. Janie will be a participant  on a panel on PASSIONATE MEMOIRS as her memoir is a true story about her life as a wife, mom. and educator. Her memoir is a teaching tool in every sense of the word and will help students, parents and teachers to overcome obstacles and be stronger in the broken places.   
This Festival is for everyone, including those of you who would like to write your memoir as a legacy for your children and grandchildren as Janie has done!  You will receive many tips to help you get motivated to "just do it"!

Lessons Learned edited by Deborah M. Shlian

ACPE Publishing Announces the Forthcoming Release of Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management” edited by Deborah M. Shlian, MD, MBA

Release date: March, 2013
Publisher: American College of Physician Executives
ISBN: 978-0-924674-45-7
Members of the news media wishing to request more information are kindly asked to contact Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA, by email:

Women physicians now comprise 50 percent or more of most US medical school classes. Yet relatively few fill the most senior management positions within the healthcare system. In "Lessons Learned: Stories from Women in Medical Management", editor and author, Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA profiles 24 exceptional female physicians who have defied the odds by rising to top management posts. They share their career paths from clinical medicine to leadership within government, academia, hospitals, provider groups, managed care, pharma, consulting and entrepreneurial ventures, including the obstacles and challenges faced in balancing work, family, and personal life. In the Overview chapter, Dr. Shlian explores the barriers women physicians continue to confront in seeking leadership roles. At a time when most agree that the US healthcare delivery system needs fundamental change, this book makes the case for talented women physician executives, articulate in the language of health care policy and business, to be among those leading the way.

 Deborah Shlian, MD, MBA is a physician and MBA with three decades of clinical, management, consulting, and physician executive recruiting experience. She has authored numerous articles, book chapters and two books related to health care management and careers in the industry. She has also written 5 award-winning medical mystery/ thrillers including "Rabbit in the Moon" which won the Florida Book Award.

"The insights of the authors combined remind us of how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. This is an important book.  Everyone who cares about the future of healthcare leadership must read it." Donna E. Shalala, Former Secretary of HHS

 "I recognized many of the stories, emotions and quotations in this book and felt I had found many friends who had experiences similar to mine. The honest reflections of these amazing women about their careers is powerful. There are many learning moments in each and every chapter. It is a must read and more important a must have to refer back to when one is struggling with one's own management issues during a tough day..week..or year!" Julie Freischlag, M.D., The William Stewart Halsted Professor, Chair, Department of Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief, The Johns Hopkins Hospital

 "This is an amazing book of stories by pioneering women in medicine. Not only does it serve as a record, but as a resource for future generations as an inspirational and motivational textbook for the next generation of women to finally shatter the glass ceiling on the shoulders of these giants." Carolyn D. Runowicz, M.D., Past President of the American Cancer Society; Past Chair of the National Cancer Advisory Board; Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, Florida International University

“Everyone knows that girls are smarter than boys  and this wonderful book just proves the rule!  I should know. Member of the second co-educational class at Vassar, (Class of 1977), co-founder of Dual Doctor Families (1982), successfully married to another physician for 32 years (and counting), and proud parent of fraternal twin daughters in medicine and health policy. I am confident that all aspiring physician leaders of both genders will greatly benefit from reading this delightful book!" David B. Nash, MD, MBA, Dean, Jefferson School of Population Health, Philadelphia, PA 

"While women have made enormous progress in breaching the glass ceiling in medicine, there are still many obstacles in the way towards achieving true gender equality.  This book will go a long way toward giving women the tools they need to navigate those obstacles for themselves and be in positions to eliminate them entirely for other women." Linda Babcock, PhD, James M. Walton Professor of Economics, Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management; Founder and faculty director of the Program for Research and Outreach on Gender Equity in Society (PROGRESS)

 "These stories represent invaluable roadmaps for younger women who want to aim for the highest reaches in the health care industry. They show how these women have been on their own, working out individualized solutions to structural problems in rigid workplaces designed for traditional male breadwinners. They also point to the urgent need within the profession of medicine and the healthcare industry for career flexibility to enable the best and brightest, without penalty, to meet the demands of work and family.” Kathleen Christensen, Ph.D. , Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Founder and Director of the Workplace, Workforce & Working Families Program and its National Workplace Flexibility Initiative.

"This book could not be more profound and timely! 'Women in Medicine and Management: A Mentoring Guide' offers a remarkable inside-look at healthcare from pioneering women physicians at the forefront of one of our nation’s most critical issues. Not only are the stories personal and compelling, they are sure to inspire the next generation of women leaders!" Leslie Sanchez, Former director of the White House Initiative on Hispanic Education and author of “You’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: Sarah, Michelle, Hillary and the Shaping of the New American Woman”

Friday, March 22, 2013

Florida Writers Association announces spring conference

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL -- Writers will be helping other writers when the Spring Florida Writers Association Mini-conference gets underway at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 20.

The keynote speaker is Adrian Fogelin, author of seven novels for middle-grade and young adult readers. She wrote the hugely popular "Crossing Jordan" and has won numerous awards, including two Florida Book Award gold medals.

Victor DiGenti, television producer turned author, will present an all-day workshop on crime-writing. He is author of "Bring Down The Furies," a crime novel set in Allendale near St. Petersburg. He is the author of four other books.

”The spring conference is an organic thing," said Chris Coward, vice president of the Florida Writers Association.  "The workshops and agent interviews are the bones. We have a stellar lineup of each."

"The heart and FWA’s mindset, in all we do, is writers helping writers,” she added.

Other faculty include:

* Patricia Charpentier of Orlando, FL -- Memoirs

* Bobbie Christmas of Atlanta, GA -- Editing

* Ann Dalton of Fort Myers, FL -- Legal issues for writers

* Rik Feeney of Altamonte Springs, FL -- Cover design

* Su Gerheim of The Villages, FL -- Florida Writers Association Collection No. 5

* Ben Hale of Oviedo, FL -- E-publishing & Kindle Marketing

* Veronica Helen Hart of Ormond Beach, FL -- Pitches and author queries; interviews (acquisition editor for Double Edge Press)

* Saritza Hernandez of Orlando, FL -- Interviews (literary agent for Corvisiero Literary Agency)

* Beda Kantarjian of Lake Mary, FL -- Royal Palm Literary Awards writing

* Bruce Kubec of Longwood, FL -- Royal Palm Literary Awards writing

* Joan Levy of Sanford, FL -- Royal Palm Literary Awards writing

* Mark McWaters of Longwood, FL -- Royal Palm Literary Awards writing

* Peggy Miller of The Villages, FL -- Poetry

* Virginia Nelson of Youngstown, OH -- Interviews (acquisition editor for Champagne Books)

* Rob Sanders of Brandon, FL -- Picture books

* J.W. Thompson of Ormond Beach, FL - Royal Palm Literary Awards guidelines

Registration is $59 for FWA members, $79 for nonmembers. Contact Tom Swartz (407) 869-8781 or via email (

A prominent feature of the conference will interviews between authors and prospective agents. Interviews with agents cost $25 if booked before April 1, $40 if booked on or after April 1.

The location for the event is Altamonte Chapel, 825 E Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL.

To register online or download a registration form, visit
The Florida Writers Association, 1,300 members strong, is a 501[c]6 trade association formed to help authors and aspiring writers learn, grow, network, and find resources to cultivate their inner muse, improve their writing, and navigate the shoals of the publishing industry. Membership is open to the public. See for details.

The Florida Writers Association will conduct its 12th annual conference Oct. 18-20, 2013 at the Orlando Lake Mary Marriott in Lake Mary. Crime writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Edna Buchannan will be there, along with a stellar faculty. Bestselling romantic-suspense author Mary Burton will be the keynote speaker.

Book Launch Party - Serious Consequences by David W. Stewart

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Holly fox Vellekoop Radio Interview

Holly Fox Vellekoop, author of Justice and Revenge, How to Help When Parents Grieve, and STONE HAVEN: Murder Along the River, will be doing a radio interview with Rhett Palmer, WAXE 1370 AM/107.9 FM. The interview will be conducted live at the new WAXE studio in Vero Beach, FL at 9:30 AM on Monday, March 25, 2013. The interview topic is "Justice and Revenge in the USA" in which Holly discusses the following:

What justice and revenge really are.
The public perception of the US justice system.
Memorable court cases, some in Florida, in which the public believes justice was not served.
Revenge murders.
How different sub-cultures deal with gaining justice.

Holly's book Justice and Revenge asks the questions:
How far would you go to gain justice for you and your family when a loved one is harmed or murdered and the justice system failed you?
Is it ever ok to take justice into your own hands when you feel you've been cheated of it? Would you break the law to do it?

The novel is a fictional account of victims who suffered at the hands of criminals and the justice system let them down. The books' opening is set in the Indialantic/Palm Bay area where the reader finds a young woman pretending to be a teenager in order to draw a serial murderer into a contrived plot to gain justice for his victims.

In Justice and Revenge, a group is formed and utilized to assist victims. Read through the story to learn how they accomplish gaining justice which was denied them in court.

All of Holly's books can be purchased in softcover or E-book online at: and  or directly from the author at

Holly Fox Vellekoop is a retired clinical instructor in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing at Penn State University.

Please go to Holly's webpage for more information about the author -

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Stuart Borton discussing & autographing Old Dog New Chefs Easy Things For New Chefs

  at the...  Vero Beach Book Center

Main Store
2145 Indian River Blvd.
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Tuesday, March 19th at 6pm 
(Event will be held in the Main Store.) 

Hardcover, $16.99
Published by Yellow Dog, LLC.  

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 said.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

So You Want to Write a Book with Marshall Frank

For new and wannabe authors interested in writing and publishing fiction, non-fiction and memoirs. 

Half-Day Seminar  - "So You Want to Write A Book"  This program has become a huge success. The last program in Brevard County, they had to turn people away because the classroom was overcrowded.  Early registrations strongly encouraged.
When: Saturday, March 30th, 2013, 9 a.m. – 12 Noon
Where: Hampton Inn Motel, 130 Sheriff Dr, Melbourne, Fl  (Viera...just off I-95)
Cost: $30 per person
Three-hour intense seminar will provide new authors with the basic details on how to get started on a book. 
Topics include:
Basic rules for writing fiction and non-fiction
Manuscript formats and writing tips
Plot, setting and character development
Acquiring an agent and getting published
Marketing books

Instructor:   Recently presented with the Don Argo Award for Fiction by the Space Coast Writers Guild, Marshall Frank is a retired homicide investigator/ captain from the Miami-Dade Police Department, now the author of twelve books. To register  -  Complete the form on this link:  and click on "seminar registration"     For more info:  321-254-3398

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Oddfellows Home by Wig Nelson

$14.95 at Amazon
$4.99 at Kindle Books

The Children of the Ridge:
 John Banner had everything that money could buy.  But the one thing he wanted most was just beyond his reach.  He hoped that a sleep lab experiment in his father’s hospital would give him a brief respite from the pain, and possibly a touchstone as well.

The Oddfellows Home:
The Oddfellows Home awaits your close examination.  The halls beckon, and when they admit you, you will surely wish they had not.  Warning: It’s not for everyone.

After Jonas:
Surely Alice Sinclair will find someplace warm after all the lonely the years on the frigid precipice of Shearwater Cliff.  Maybe a thousand sheep will be her ticket off that frozen tundra.  Maybe she will find love at last before it’s too late to rescue her young heart.

The Dusky Seaside Sparrow Affair:
We all dodged a bullet after Billy pulled the trigger on that helpless little Dusky Seaside Sparrow.  But human values are nothing to sneeze at.  Love might just find a way.

Letting Go of Lucy – A Play:
Letting Go of Lucy may prove to be harder than you think.  She may have an agenda of her own.  Make sure you check the closets for skeletons . . . and lawyers.
A Feeling of Power:
We all want A Feeling of Power.  I hope you look for it in all the right places.  Most of us think that money can buy us time.  Time to think again.
What Can I Say:
What Can I Say about a world that talks too much.  I don’t have to join in all the yiddy yaddy, do I?  Do you as well?  There may be another answer you haven’t tried.
Henry’s Favorite Author:
Henry loves to read in his beautiful study.  Maddie will bring him a highball as he gazes at The Golden Gate Bridge thought his living-room window.  And his lovely wife will wait until his mind finds its way home again.  Did you miss him when he was gone?
Phodan’s Lovechild:
Phodan’s Lovechild can sometimes be a lot to handle.  Some of the things he brings to show and tell might be better left at home.  The humans might not get the joke.
Eden, Nevada – Population N/A:
Eden, Nevada has everything a person might want including beautiful, naked men and women.  It also has everything that a person might not want as well.

March Special:  For a limited time – Wig is offering ten stories for ten bucks – autographed and mailed directly to you.  Interested parties should send payment to Wig’s paypal account and leave a mailing address.