Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Bev Huttinger of Palm Bay has just published an interesting and inspiring E-book entitled: Winning With Dyslexia: How 10 Awesome People Did It. It gives the accounts of ten well-known people who refused to let their dyslexia interfere with their passion to become a super success in life. It's a fascinating read, but the main purpose of the book is to inspire and motivate those children and adults who are still struggling with the problem.

Bev grew up in Coral Gables and is a lifelong resident of Florida. She graduated from the University of Florida and received an MS in Reading from Barry University. She has been a reading teacher in both elementary school and at Broward Community College in Fort Lauderdale.

Winning With Dyslexia can be ordered from Amazon.com.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Carol White To Speak in Plantation, Florida

Carol White, author and playwright, will be speaking to the Hadassah-Zipporah Book Club of Plantation at the West Regional Library, 8601 West Broward Blvd., Plantation, Florida at 1 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013. Carol will discuss her two novels, "From One Place to Another" and "Hidden Choices" as well as her theatre background and play writing experience. Contact Carol directly at polowhite@aol.com to schedule a book/theatre event for your group.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Writing Children's Literature Workshop with Valerie Allen

Space Coast Writers’ Guild Authors' Workshop
Writing Children's Literature: Take Aim and Target Your Books for Kids
Presented by

West Melbourne Public Library Saturday, May 4,2013
2755 Wingate Blvd 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Melbourne, Fl 32904 (321) 952-4508

  • Your Target Audience: Children vs Adults vs Professionals vs Harry P
  • Category Considerations: Fiction/non-fiction/concept/poetry/rhyme/interactive
- Picture books/read to me books
- Easy Readers/First Readers
  • Mid grades (3 – 6)
  • Middle Grades (6 – 9)
  • Young Adult (YA 9-12)
  • Fire Up Your Imagination and create Excitement
  • Reader Considerations: Age vs Grade vs Reading Level vs Interests
  • Story Considerations: Setting, Activities, Adults, Problem, Solutions
  • Writing Considerations: Vocabulary; Basic Sight Words; Culture
  • Topic books (Same interests/different characters)
  • Series books (Same characters/different situations)
  • Aging your characters
  • Added Value Marketing: Curriculum Materials, Live and In Color Presentations
REGISTRATION FORM: Writing for Children
Writing Children's Literature: Take Aim and Target Your Books for Kids

Make checks payable to Valerie Allen
Mail registration form and $12.00 fee to:
~ ~ Valerie Allen, 101 E. New Haven Ave, Melbourne FL 32901 ~ ~

Name: ___________________________________Phone ( ) _________________________
Address: _________________________________E-Mail:______________________________
City: ______________________ St:___ Zip_________Enclosed $ _______Cash/CK #________
Your Book Titles: Indicate: F= fiction NF= Nonfiction P= Poetry CH = Child/YA
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Valerie Allen’s workshop: Writing Children's Literature: Take Aim and Target Your Books for Kids, will focus on techniques for writing successful children’s books. Learn how to target your audience and understand the needs of young readers. Discuss the categories of children’s books and story types. Practice writing skills and vocabulary specific to youthful readers to create a satisfying and successful book.

Valerie Allen, child psychologist and author, has published a children’s book, Summer School for Smarties, for grades three through six. She is the author of another forthcoming children’s book, Bad Hair, Good Hat, Best Friends. She is also the author of two novels, Suffer the Little Children and Sins of the Father. She presents a variety of writers’ workshops based on her book, Write, Publish, Sell! Quick, Easy, Inexpensive Ideas for the Marketing Challenged. She is a member of Authors for Authors (www.AuthorsforAuthors.com), the Space Coast Writers Guild (www.SCWG.org), and the National League of American PEN Women, Cape Canaveral Branch (www.CanaveralPenWomen.org).

~ Valerie Allen ~
VAllenWriter@cs.com                                          ValerieAlle

Thursday, April 18, 2013

News from Journalstone and Jeffrey Wilson about Fanfest


JournalStone’s Jeffrey Wilson, author of THE DONORS ,  THE TRAITEUR’S RING, and the soon to be released supernatural thriller, FADE TO BLACK, will be one of 22 International Thriller Writers authors who will host fans at the Inaugural “Fanfest” event, a new addition to ITW’s annual Thrillerfest held each July in New York City. The Fanfest will be an intimate event affording fans the opportunity to spend time with some of their favorite authors, mingle with the writers and other fans, enjoy cocktails and receive some great gifts from their sponsoring author. Other ITW authors attending include Lee Child, Heather Graham, RL Stine, Steve Berry, Michael Palmer, MJ Rose, and Joseph Finder, just to name a few. It promises to be a blast, so don’t miss your chance to attend.

Each author and publishing house will use its own criteria to select the lucky fans. Here is how JournalStone’s will work:
Readers wishing to attend the event, to be held July 12th from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan, will send an email to Jeff explaining why they should be the one to attend and spend the evening with Jeff and his fellow ITW authors and fans.

The winners will be notified by email not later than June 1st.

The Winners will be responsible for any travel or accommodations to and from the event. Attendance at Thrillerfest is not required, but this is a great event so why not make a weekend of it?

Send you emails to Jeffrey@jeffreywilsonfiction.com as soon as possible. Be sure to include your full name as well a contact email where we can reach you, and of course your compelling reasons why you would like to join us in New York. In the subject line please put ITW CONTEST.

Please do NOT enter if you are unable to make it to New York on July 12th to attend the event!
Learn more about Thrillerfest and Fanfest at http://www.thrillerfest.com/

Learn more about Jeff and his work at http://www.jeffreywilsonfiction.com and look for his newest book, FADE TO BLACK, scheduled for release on June 14th, at your favorite bookseller.



Come meet your 2013 Participating Authors along with ITW Co-Presidents Kathleen Antrim and Lee Child!

When: Friday, July 12, 2013 from 6:00-8:00pm

Where: Ballroom I at the Grand Hyatt in Manhattan
We’re very excited about our first ever FanFest! Certain ITW authors are hosting a special signing and cocktail party for a group of lucky fans. This event is open to all ThrillerFest registrants and the selected fans that each ITW author host invites. Fans will need a special badge to get in, so please check in at registration before heading to the party.

The evening kicks off at 6:00pm with a special signing for all the FanFest authors. Next, everyone will gather in Ballroom I at the Grand Hyatt for a cocktail party from 6:30-8:00pm where they can spend quality time with their favorite author and indulge in the beverage of their choice.

Fans will take home a special swag bag created especially for them by their ITW author host along with lots of good memories! Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 15, 2013

News from Nancy Cohen

Shear Murder (Bad Hair Day Mystery #10) by Nancy J. Cohen is now available on Kindle for $3.19: http://www.amazon.com/Shear-Murder-Hair-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00CBDRGQU

A wedding turns deadly when hairstylist Marla Shore discovers a dead body under the cake table.

“Smart, edgy dialogue and an intriguing cast of characters lift Cohen’s 10th Bad Hair Day mystery featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Shore. Once again, Marla shows she’s as adept at investigating murder as she is managing her hair salon.” —Publishers Weekly


Check out this entertaining article about Nancy in The Big Thrill: http://www.thebigthrill.org/2013/03/warrior-rogue-by-nancy-j-cohen/


Nancy’s Upcoming Events:

April 17, Wednesday, 6:30 pm, “Marketing Strategies for Authors”, Writers Network of South Florida, Glades Road Branch Library, 20701 95th Avenue South, Boca Raton, FL 33434, 561-482-4554 http://www.pbclibrary.org/branch-gla.htm

April 20, Saturday, 11:30 am, “Promotion Strategies in Today’s Market”, MWA-FL, Doubletree by Hilton (formerly Deerfield Beach Hilton), 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (at Hillsboro Blvd exit, east of I-95). Advance reservations required. http://www.mwaflorida.org/

May 1, Wednesday, Florida Library Association Annual Conference, Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819, http://www.flalib.org/conference_2013.php
11:30 am – 12:30 am, New Possibilities in Publishing with Authors Sandra Balzo, Nancy J. Cohen, Patrick Kendrick, Ron Farrington Sharp and Elaine Viets. Location: Lake Concord Room
For more details, visit http://nancyjcohen.com

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Taker of the Shroud by Michele Wallace Campanelli

Taker of the Shroud
Author: Michele Wallace Campanelli
Palm Bay Resident
ASIN:  B00C51A83Q Whiskey Creek Press
Available at Amazon Kindle, HTML, Text-PDF
Taker of the Shroud
Bleeding severely from battle, Prince Louis returns to Valtearea Castle to warn his kingdom that King Lightenwood’s army is coming to steal the burial shroud of Jesus Christ. However, it wasn’t only the blood-stained cloth that wicked King Lightenwood sought to take, but also the beautiful Princess Bella. Now pitted against this brave young Prince, King Lightenwood did not expect the battle nor the intrigue from a valiant Prince willing to risk everything to rescue his wife and again be the Keeper of the Shroud.
About the Author
Michele Wallace Campanelli is an American writer, singer and Florida celebrity. During the early 1990s, Michele was lead singer of the heavy metal band, Black Widow, which was one of the first all-female bands in Florida during the early 90s. After the band, Michele Wallace Campanelli started writing short stories and fiction novels professionally. She has had nine stories appearing on the best-sellers list, including two that reached #1 on the New York Times. Her short stories have been included in over 30 international selling anthologies. She has also penned numerous novels, magazine and newspaper articles in both fiction and non-fiction published by Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Fireside Books, Fictionwise, Florida Today Newspaper, Woman’s World Magazine, Adamsmedia, McGraw-Hill, Multnomah Books, Red Rock Press, HCI and America House Publishing. Over 57 million people have read her written works internationally. When Michele isn’t writing, she is CEO of Regal Entertainment Services LLC which performs concerts around Florida. She is a professional singer, writer and actor. As a devoted Christian, she uses her talents to glorify God and bring joy to others through music and her books. http://www.regalentertainmentservices.com/

Monday, April 8, 2013

Murder on the Beach Bookstore - May Events

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore - May 2013
273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach

Saturday May 11 at 1 pm.   The American Penwomen of Boca Raton will hold a group signing and panel discussion

  Thursday May 16 at 1 pm.  Wendy Dingwall will speak and sign Celtic Curse 14.95.

  Thursday may 23 at 7 pm.  Deborah Coonts will speak and sign Lucky Bastard 25.99

  Friday may 24 at 7 pm.  Prudy Taylor Board will speak and sign Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Writers 14.95..

Book Discussion Groups

Wednesday May 8 at 6:30 pm.  The Wednesday Murder Club will discuss Into the Woods by Tana French  $16.00

Sun May 19 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Group will discuss Maisie Dobbs by Robert Barnard 15.00.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Seven Hills and Penumbra Writing Contests Accepting Submissions

The Seven Hills Literary and Penumbra Poetry and Haiku contests are now accepting online manuscript submissions. Aug. 30 is the upload deadline.
The contests, sponsored by the Tallahassee Writers Association, are in their 19th and 27th years, respectively, and are open to all. 
Short stories, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, and children’s picture books (text only) are the categories for prose competition. 
Winners in prose and poetry receive $100 for first place; $75, second; and $50, third. Haiku winners receive $50, $35, and $20. Winning entries will be published in the 2014 Seven Hills Review
See the Tallahassee Writers Association website (www.twaonline.org) for complete contest guidelines, rules and entry fees. TWA members receive a discounted fee for entries, but all judging is blind.

Contact:  Donna Meredith
                Seven Hills/Penumbra Coordinator
                Tallahassee Writers Association
                6508 Saylers Creek Rd.
                Tallahassee, FL  32309

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Space Coast Writers’ Guild: Writing for Children

Valerie Allen, child psychologist and children’s author, will teach techniques for those interested in writing for children. Topics include writing books for preschoolers, picture books, easy readers, middle grades,and young adult. Consideration is given to a youngster's grade level, reading level, age, and interests. 
The program, Writing Children's Literature: Take Aim and Target Your Books for Kids, is being sponsored by the Space Coast Writers’ Guild – www.SCWG.org. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The program will be held at the West Melbourne Public Library, 2755 Wingate Blvd, West Melbourne, FL 32904.
Pre-registration for the workshop is encouraged to reserve a place and materials. The fee is $12.00.
This presentation is open to the public and both new and experienced writers are welcome. The registration form can be found at www.ValerieAllenWriter.com. For more information contact VAllenWriter@cs.com, or find more details at www.SCWG.org.
~ Valerie Allen ~
VAllenWriter@cs.com                                          ValerieAllenWriter.com