Thursday, May 30, 2013

You Killed My Brother by Keith Rommel

Port Saint Lucie resident Keith Rommel shifts gears from his suspense/horror series that is coming in 2014 as a major motion picture and has released a crime fiction novel entitled You Killed My Brother.

"I had a great time writing You Killed My Brother," said Keith. "Although my suspense/horror series that includes The Cursed Man & The Lurking Man is a huge passion of mine (if you haven't checked them out, please do so), crime fiction was something that always appealed to me. I'm glad that I took a look into this side of my imagination. I hope to revisit the characters that were left standing at the conclusion of this book sometime in the near future"
About you Killed My Brother:

How far would you go to make someone pay for hurting a loved one?

Rainer is a successful doctor and father of two. He's a celebrated member of the community for his exceptional care and charity work. Brick is a local street thug that can't keep his nose clean. When fate brings the two together through tragedy, the life of Rainer is changed dramatically.

Glenn is a seasoned cop and Rainer's younger brother. Trusting the justice system, he keeps his desire for revenge in check as Brick is brought to trial. But when the jury hands Brick a lean sentence, Glenn sets out to avenge his family's suffering. But what he forgets in his rage is that for every action, there is a reaction.
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June 7th Art Reception During “First Friday” Event

FLAGLER BEACH, FL – Ocean Art Gallery will present the oil paintings of Richard Hausen on Friday, June 7th at its oceanfront gallery. Hausen’s maritime art illustrates his bold personal style, with bright colors and strong brush strokes, often on rough textured materials which add a rustic feel to his paintings. His portrait paintings capture the special essence of those who sit for him.

Hausen is known throughout Flagler County where he is a member of the Flagler County Art League. His works have won numerous awards in juried competitions.

The art opening reception will be held in conjunction with Flagler Beach’s “First Friday Music in the Park” celebration, which occurs a block away from Ocean Art Gallery, located at 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd (A1A), across from the Flagler Pier. The public is invited to the reception from 5:30 to 8:30 PM. Refreshments will be served.

Hausen is one of four resident artists at Ocean Art Gallery, where the work of Bob Carlsen (photography), Krystyna Madejczyk (sculpture and photography) and Rob Carlton (stained glass) also will be on display.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

POET JOYCE McLAREN TO PRESENT Palm Coast Poet Joins Gaddis & McMillan

FLAGLER BEACH, FLThe upcoming poetry, art and music event “My Heart’s An Open Book” has added veteran poet Joyce McLaren to the list of talent performing Friday, May 31st, 6:00 – 9:00 pm at Ocean Books & Art.

McLaren, known for her powerful and insightful poems, will share the microphone with artist Onicas Gaddis, newspaperman Brian McMillan, and song stylist Stan Alston. McLaren’s writing about youth, aging, courage, modern culture, and being an American, has reached the hearts of diverse audiences. Her poem “Forward” received a standing ovation from the congregation when read at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Palm Coast (FL) during this year’s Martin Luther King Day celebration. “Since Becoming a City,” McLaren’s poem about Palm Coast, was provided to the city in August 2005 to celebrate its first five years of existence.

“My Heart’s An Open Book” is a unique way for Ocean Books & Art to hold an art closing party for Onicas Gaddis, the gallery’s featured artist in April and May. Gallery owner Frank Gromling wanted to celebrate the successful two-month run of Gaddis’ “Search for Identity” collection of acrylic, oil and mixed media paintings. He thought a night of poetry, spoken word, and the stylistic songs of Stan Alston would be the perfect way to end the show. 

Because Gaddis has been a supporter of The Children’s Advocacy Center of Volusia & Flagler Counties, Inc., he donated an original painting (“The Unspoken Secret”) to be awarded the winner of a raffle to be drawn at the event. The painting is valued at $650 and $10 tickets are available in advance or at the door. Over 90% of the ticket proceeds will go to The Children’s Advocacy Center. 

As this is the last night of the art show, all of Gaddis’ art will have special pricing. Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Secrets of the Nonfiction Niche Market Mini-Conference to be held by the Florida Writers Association

Special event for nonfiction writers! The first Nonfiction Mini-Conference will be hosted by the Florida Writers Association (FWA) June 22, 2013, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the University Club in Winter Park.
You may book an interview with Katharine Sands, literary agent for Sarah Jane Freymann Literary, or with Chad Rhoad, acquisition editor for The History Press. You may also arrange for your work to be critiqued by Larry Leech, the journalist and ghost writer.

Let’s not forget the workshops on a range of topics, including the basics of nonfiction writing, the life of a nonfiction writer, ways to make money writing nonfiction, ways to publish, and more. You may also sell your books, tapes, or CDs at the mini-conference bookstore.

Don’t wait until the last minute to take advantage of the many benefits offered. Critiques need to be booked soon so that Larry can receive your submission ahead of time and they can arrange time for him to talk with you during the event. Interview slots with Katharine and Chad are filling fast. Bookstore arrangements also must be made at least ten days in advance.

For additional information and to view a PDF of the detailed program, check the “Conference” tab of the FWA website, To register online, click the website’s “Shop” tab. Questions? Contact

·         What:  Nonfiction Mini Conference
·         When: June 22, 2013 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
·         Where: University Club
841 N Park Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
·         Cost: $60 FWA Members; $80 Nonmembers
·         Interviews: $25.00 if booked prior to June 1, 2013; $40.00 if booked on or after June 1, 2013

Katherine Sands

Chad Rhoad

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Register Now: Writing as Art Workshop with David W, Stewart

Where: Stone Fire Art Gallery; 2500 S. Washington Ave.; Titusville, Florida 32780
When: June 6, 13,20 and 27
Time: 7:00 to 8:00 PM
Who: David W, Stewart will lead the workshop.
David W. Stewart will lead the Writing as Art workshop It will be held on four consecutive Thursday evenings and will cover:

Session 1 (June 6, 2013):  Why do you want to write? Explore various genre, forms and styles. Differing objectives require specific approaches and tools.

Session 2 (June 13, 2013): Practice formulating and creating first drafts of your writing. Discover your voice and tone. Investigate diverse means of expression.

Session 3 (June 20, 2013): Submit your work for critique by others. Review the efforts of others and learn to read critically and make useful comments. Revise and evaluate your writing.

Session 4 (June 27, 2013): Format your writing for release. Examine various approaches to printing, publishing and distribution. Set our goals to continue your writing adventure.

Join others in this writing experience.  To register for the workshop, email David W Stewart at

Attend all or one session...  Drop ins are welcome as well.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Florida Tech Creative Writing Institute Is June 5-9; Philip F. Deaver is Keynote Speaker

               MELBOURNE, FLA.—Beginning and advanced writers, take note: the Florida Institute of Technology Department of Humanities and Communication presents its Fifth Annual Creative Writing Institute, which will run June 5-9 on campus with all-new writer-presenters and the return of award-winning author Philip F. Deaver.

               Deaver, this year’s keynote speaker, is the 13th winner of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, an annual prize presented by the University of Georgia Press. His free keynote address on June 5 at 6:15 p.m. kicks off the institute in the Denius Student Center's Hartley Room on campus. A reception, registration, orientation and book fair precede his talk at 5:30 p.m.
               A professor of English and writer in residence at Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla., Deaver is also the author of the short story collection Silent Retreats. His poems have four times been featured on the website The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor and have appeared in magazines such as The Reaper, Poetry Miscellany and the Florida Review. Deaver’s poems are collected in a volume titled How Men Pray.
               Deaver, who has held fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, teaches fiction and poetry in the Spalding University brief-residency Master of Fine Arts program in Louisville, Ky. He has also edited a volume of baseball essays titled Scoring from Second: Writers on Baseball. His work, which has been recognized in Best American Short Stories and The Pushcart Prize, can be found primarily in literary magazines and has appeared in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. His recent work was featured in the Southern Review and the Kenyon Review, Fourth Genre and New Madrid.
               Featured writers and lecturers throughout the week will focus on several writing genres including: young adult fiction, creative nonfiction, beginning short story, writing for the movies, memoirs, graphic novels and poetry. Presenting authors include Gennifer Albin. Crewel, her debut novel, was hailed by the New York Times as full of "dark and twisted places readers will want to visit." Also featured is nonfiction and travel writer Dustin Michael, professor of English at Savannah State University (SSU) in Georgia. His essays, poems, fiction and graphic memoirs have appeared in PANK, Sweet, Revolution House and Blink Magazine.
               Other noted speakers include Michael Rizza, an award-winner for his novel Cartilage and Skin; Bill Boggs, author of four books and a professor of English at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania;  Kim Miller, screenwriting and character creation specialist; Neesha Navare Michael, published essayist and SSU faculty member; Terry Cronin, local filmmaker and writer, and creator of the critically-acclaimed independent comic series Students of the Unusual; and Greg Byrd, whose poems have been published in Tampa Bay Review, Apalachee Review, Cortland Review, Florida Straits and At Penuel.
               Other institute highlights include a variety of bonus events, which feature lunchtime and coffee hour lectures by several noted speakers, a publishing and a media panel, open mic night and an independent film showing.
               The cost for a one-time lecture is $40, $120 for Writers in Residence three-day classes, $160 for Writers in Residence four-day classes, and $230 for Featured Writers four-day classes. Those who register for a second class receive a $50 discount on the final registration price and $20 off a third and subsequent class. All teachers receive an additional 50 percent off the final price. Florida Tech staff and faculty receive a 50 percent discount and must register via phone by calling (321) 674-7248. Bonus events are free.
               Early registration is encouraged due to limited space. For details on classes, lectures and bonus events, or to register, visit For registration assistance, call (321) 674-8082, or (321) 674-7248; or email For more information, contact Marcia Denius at, or John Lavelle at

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


Ocean Publishing a Finalist for Second Year

FLAGLER BEACH, FL – Independent book publisher Ocean Publishing just received confirmation that its nonfiction title Explore the West Coast National Marine Sanctuaries with Jean-Michel Cousteau is a finalist in the prestigious Benjamin Franklin Awards. In an announcement from the Independent Book Publishers Association, Manhattan Beach, California, publisher Frank Gromling learned that this second book in a four-book series with the son of ocean pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, is one of just three finalists in the Science category. 

Gromling, whose traditional publishing company celebrated its 10th anniversary in November 2012, was happy to learn of the judges’ selection. “I am ecstatic,” Gromling said, “because being a finalist means we are successfully competing against the best of the best in the highly competitive publishing world.” Gromling pointed out that the Benjamin Franklin Awards attracts entries from all types of publishers, from small independents, like his company, to major corporate giants like Simon & Schuster. 

The Benjamin Franklin Awards Ceremony will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on May 29th. The winning title in 52 categories will be announced at a gala dinner. Gromling plans to be in the audience, with his friend and mentor Rudy Shur, of Square One Publishers (Garden City Park, NY). 

This is the 25th year that the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) has conducted the Benjamin Franklin Awards. Established in 1983, IBPA is a 3000-member not-for-profit association that provides its members education programs, marketing opportunities and a variety of professional services.

Ocean Publishing is a traditional publisher of nonfiction adult level books about nature, marine life, environment and conservation. Some of its other titles are Islands Under Fire, Tracks in the Sand: Sea Turtles and Their Protectors, and Climate of Uncertainty. Its newest book, to be published later this year, is Fits Like A Glove, The Bill & Bob Meistrell Story, about how two California surfers turned their love of the ocean into the iconic American success Body Glove International.

May I Have a Dog? by Millie Richmond

Just out!   A picture book by Millie Richmond (Mirror Publishing).
May I Have A Dog? shares a delightful story of a little girl who tries to convince her mom to let her have a dog.  Watch for the surprise ending.  
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An Evening of Art, Poetry & Spoken Word

FLAGLER BEACH, FL – On May 31st book publisher and art gallery owner Frank Gromling will hold another novel event at Ocean Books & Art, his bookstore and art gallery across from the Flagler Beach pier. He will hold an art closing party for Palm Coast artist Onicas Gaddis.

Gromling will present an evening of poetry and spoken word performances set against the backdrop of Gaddis’ “In Search of Identity” spiritual expressionism show. “My Heart’s An Open Book” will showcase the poetry of Gaddis and Palm Coast newspaper editor Brian McMillan. 

Adding to the night’s enjoyment will be Stan Alston, whose smooth vocals wowed guests at Gaddis’ April 5th art opening reception. Alston, a member of The Main Ingredient, is taking a break from the soul and R&B group’s tour to perform with his friend Gaddis.

Gromling has demonstrated a keen ability to blend his love of books with a fascination for art, music and film through a variety of projects in the Volusia-Flagler community. His 2012 highly acclaimed “Ocean Fusion” event at The Cinematique Theater in Daytona Beach, where he combined an art show with an international film and a PowerPoint presentation to highlight the wonders of sea turtles, is an excellent example. “My Heart’s An Open Book” will be the first time he has integrated poetry and spoken word into his programs.

Gaddis’ first one-person show, “In Search of Identity,” consisting of 14 large paintings, told his personal story of searching for his identity during the early part of a life filled with heartbreak and challenge. As a direct result of the public outpouring of acclaim for his work, Gaddis said he now accepts his identity and is moving toward new and more exciting vistas.

To honor that, Gaddis is donating an original painting “The Unspoken Secret” to be awarded to the winner of a raffle to be drawn the night of May 31st. Tickets to “My Heart’s An Open Book” are $10, with 90% of the proceeds going to The Children’s Advocacy Center of Volusia and Flagler, Inc., a support group close to Gaddis’ heart. Tickets are available now at Ocean Books & Art, 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd. (A1A), Flagler Beach or may be purchased at the door the night of the event. 

The activities will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Murder on the Beach Bookstore Events

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

Saturday June 8 at 1 pm.  Linda Malita will speak and sign Mafia Wife 2.  $19.95
Saturday June 15 at 1 pm.  Becky Woodridge will speak and sign Contagious Optimism $16.95.


Fri June 21 at 7 pm.  Lori Roy will speak and sign Until She Comes Home $26.95.


Book Discussion Groups

Sun June 23 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Group will discuss The Ninth Day by Jamie Freveletti $9.99

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sea Turtle Love Flagler County presented by Frank Gromling

FLAGLER BEACH, FL – Frank Gromling, conservationist, author and publisher, will present “Sea Turtles Love Flagler County” on Thursday, May 16th at 6:00 m in Ocean Art Gallery, 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach. 
May 1st was the start of the annual sea turtle nesting season in Florida. Gromling, long active in conservation activities locally and nationally, wrote Tracks in the Sand: Sea Turtles and Their Protectors with Mike Cavalieri, who had been an intern for Gromling prior to signing on with the Palm Coast Observer. The book lists the five species of sea turtles that visit Florida, with special emphasis on those most often nesting on Flagler beaches: loggerhead, green and leatherback.

While Flagler County does not have the most sea turtle nests along the east coast, a distinction reserved for Brevard County with its Archie Carr Conservation Area, it always has several hundred nests producing thousands of turtle hatchlings each season. Already this year two leatherback turtles have dropped their eggs, one nest in Beverly Beach and one north of the Surf Club in northern Flagler County.
Gromling will use color photos and video to highlight his free 45-minute presentation. Seating is limited to 25.
Following the event, copies of Tracks in the Sand: Sea Turtles and Their Protectors will be available for purchase and signing. A portion of all book sales will go to the Volusia Flagler Turtle Patrol, a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to sea turtle protection.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore presents National League of American Pen Women

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore

Presents National League of American Pen Women

May 11 and May 18, 2013    3:00 pm - Refreshments
273 NE 2nd Avenue, Pineapple Grove
 Delray Beach, FL  33444
Phone: 561-279-7790

Lea Hope Becker:  Children, I'm Home! A humorous memoir of my struggle to become a lawyer while working full-time, going to night school and managing a household of 3 kids as a single mother.
Lea Hope Becker is a tax attorney, and a graduate of DePaul Law School.  Her undergraduate degree is in accounting at De Paul University.  She also attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Lea writes non-technical books with a humorous twist that reflect the lives of aspiring women.
Barbara Bixon (A.R.Alan): The Index Killer Homicide Detective Catherine Delaney and her sexy, chauvinist partner Cody O'Dell are desperately trying to capture a serial killer before another petite young woman's body is found. Moving at breakneck speed, the thrilling intrigue and romantic tension will keep you fascinated and guessing.

Barbara Bixon/AR Alan has sold comedic material to Joan Rivers, published novels, poetry and short stories including Playgirl Magazine. Besides writing, traveling, and saving mountains, she says meeting new people adds to the tapestry of her life. The Index Killer is her 11th novel and she is working on her next: “Love Pies for Sale.”

Elaine Bossik: The Last Victim Sophie Rothman is a Jewish-American mother obsessed with hoarding money. Her obsession punishes everyone in her family. But it is the shocking secret she harbors that sets in motion a tragedy that follows her youngest daughter, Jeanie, through Brooklyn, the Catskills, Israel and Masada. A fast-paced story!

Elaine Bossik had three careers: as magazine editor, medical writer and teacher in NYC. She is a columnist for, writing how-to articles for aspiring screenwriters under the name of Elaine Radford. Her fascination with people, their motivations and the everyday dramas they create, is the inspiration for her fiction.

Carol White: From One Place to Another  The good, bad and ugly of Boca country clubs! Read how Dina Marshall rises above it to eke out a living while struggling to win back her husband. Laugh, cry and cook with Dina Marshall as she figures out her life.
Carol White, Moderator, is an award-winning novelist, playwright and poet. Her columns have appeared in many publications including the Sun Sentinel, Writers Journal, Woman’s World, etc.

Book signing: The Heirloom Pearls by Kate Nixon

Kate Nixon will be signing her new novel, The Heirloom Pearls, at the Village Gifts & Gallery, 425 W. Dearborn, Englewood, FL June 1, 2013, 5-8 pm. The ice cream and coffee are the best in town.

The Cursed man by Keith Rommel

Port Saint Lucie author, Keith Rommel's The Cursed Man is being filmed in Los Angeles California and is starring Robert Picardo, Troy Mittleider, Cassandra Vincent, Brahm Gallagher, Maritza Brikisak and produced by James L. Perry.
The Cursed Man official movie site has been launched. You can visit the site by going to:

You can also view a trailer by going here:

Here is the official IMDB listing: