Friday, June 21, 2013

FWA 2013 Collections Writing Competition Winners

Sixty members of the Florida Writers Association just stepped into the spotlight. These are the authors whose work was selected for FWA’s Collection #5—It’s a Crime. This short story contest, sponsored by the Board of Directors of the Florida Writers Association and Peppertree Press, FWA’s official publisher for Collections, was created to offer FWA members another way to be published, and another way to grow their writing skills.

Every year this story collection gains prestige.

The concept is simple. Each year, the contest has a theme, and all submissions must conform to that theme (and the word limitations). Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are all permissible. Through blind judging, FWA’s Collection panel of judges selects the top 60 entries, which comprise the body of the book.

There’s more. Each book also boasts a Person of Renown, who ranks his or her ten favorite entries, which appear at the front of the book in the order of preference of the Person of Renown. This year’s Person of Renown is Michael Wiley, a St. Martin’s Press bestselling mystery writer, whose last book won the 2012 Best Hardback PI Novel Shamus Award.

Michael’s top ten stories for 2013 are as follows:

1. “Inheritance,” by Robert Hart
2. “The End of a Marriage,” by Catherine Giordano
3. “Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight,” by Anu Varma Panchal
4. “Family Lies,” by Jane Freeman
5. “Last Summer,” by Chris Hamilton
6. “Double Tap,” by Wendy Blake Pottinger
7. “What's Wrong with Me?” by Joan North
8. “The Pumpkin Caper,” by Dave Archard
9. “Buried in the Backyard,” by Beda Kantarjian
10. “Tastes Like Flowers,” by Lori Thatcher

Congratulations, as well, to the other 50 winners, listed alphabetically: Robert Alan, Lisa Anders, Dan Anderson, Beverly Bailey, Monika Becker, Jeff Boyle, Teresa Bruce, Bria Burton, Patricia Crumpler, Terri Curtis, Melody Dimick, Walter Doherty, Kate Franklin, Michael Goldcraft, Veronica H. Hart, Christine Holmes, John Hope, Sharon Johnson, Carol Jones, Linda Kelley, Bruce H. Kubec, Peggy Lambert, Stephen Leitschuh, Philip Levin, Katherine Levitz, Joan Levy, Kate Maier, Frank Masi, Mark McWaters, Elizabeth Nebergall, Mark Newhouse, Frances Palmigiano, Lois Patton, Rachel Printy, Pat Rakowski, Cheri Roman, Gwen Rutter, Serena Schreiber, Wendy Scott, Faun Senatro, Brian Shea, Dale Simpson, Miche Sipes, Phyllis Smallman, Lona Smith, Ann Suarez, Tom Swartz, Gayle Swift, Judith Weber, and John J. White.

Collections #5—It’s a Crime will debut at FWA’s annual conference, “The Greatest Writers Conference on Earth,” October 18-20 at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. Michael Wiley himself will be there—as a keynoter for Friday’s dinner, as a workshop presenter, as the 2013 Collections Person of Renown with special recognition at Friday’s lunch, and as a mentor to members who purchase one-on-one interviews with him.

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.

Collections numbers 1-4 and FWA’s history book are available for immediate purchase.

To learn more or to purchase a book, please visit the FWA website:

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore - July 2013

Murder on the Beach Bookstore
273 NE 2nd Ave Delray Beach

Sat July 13 at 1 pm. Sandra Robson will speak and sign False as the Day is Long $16.95.

Thursday July 18 at 7 pm.  James Swain will speak and sign Shadow People 25.99

Book Clubs
Sun July 21 at 3 pm. The Sunday sleuths Book club will discuss The Last Post by Robert Barnard 15.00

Writers Workshops
Sat July 6, 10 am - Noon. How To Self-Publish Your e-Book. Instructor: Marcia King-Gamble $25 per person.
Sat July 13, 10 am - Noon. How To Self-Publish Your Print Book. Instructor: Mary Anna Evans. 25.00 per person.
Sat July 20, 10 am - Noon. Show and Tell: Writing Your Memoir. Instructor: Brenda Serotte. 25.00 per person.
Sat July 27, 10 am - noon. For the Record: Writing Your Family History. Instructor: Prudy Taylor Board. 25.00 per person.

And coming in the future:

Aug 16 at 7 pm. John DuFresne
Sep 5 at 7 pm. Louise Penny
Sep 13 at 7 pm. Deborah Sharp


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Apache Lover by Carol Ann Didier

Carol Didier just published her fourth and last book in the Apache Warrior Series, called APACHE LOVER.  It is now up on Amazon, Kindle KDP print, and is available for $3.99. the second and third books are called, APACHE SUMMER,  and APACHE WINTER. I've attached a picture of the cover, a blurb about the book and a short bio on me which you can condense, use or discard. You do such a nice service to us all. Thanks. so much.


The wild and free Apaches are finally subdued and confined to a reservation in SW Arizona. Cougar and Gabriella meet at a reception for the Apache tribe held in Washington DC, hosted by President Ylysses S. Grant.

Tom Jeffords, the indian agent, has arranged for a delegation of Chiricahua Apaches to meet with the president and congress to plead for better living conditions on the first indian reservation in Arizona. He hopes to convince the politica leaders that better treatment of the Apaches, schooling, sanitary conditions and health care need to be provided as well as cattle and food supplies to help them start a new way of life.

Gabriella is a youn debutant just out of finishing school in baltimore. Cougar is a throwback to the unbridled Apache warrior of Cochise's days. Cougar hates the reservation and the loss of the old ways, but he cannot deny the attraction he feels for the white Nah-lin (young girl).

Bagriella doesn't see anything to like about Cougar and calls him an oaf and a barbarian. No matter, Cougar thinks they have looked at each other and some day she will be his.


Ask her, and Carol Ann will tell you she’s a “late bloomer.” At retirement, she had no idea she would be starting a second career as a writer, let alone writing about Native Americans. However, she will tell you that it is a love that grew out her fascination with our westward expansion as a nation and because at twelve years old, she went to see Jeff Chandler play Cochise in the movie, BROKEN ARROW. She says at 12, she fell in love with a dead Jewish actor, who played a dead Indian Chief. From then on, every book report or term paper in high school was on our early pioneers and the first real Americans. Later, as an adult, she visited the very places she had studied and actually stayed on several reservations making friends with Apaches, Navajos, Sioux and others, on her summer vacations, through the help of missionary friends living and working there.

Carol Ann has been published in CHARISMA and LITERARY LIFT-OFF magazines. She also writes inspirational vignettes, verses for greeting cards, and stories for her grandchildren. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, she now lives on the East Coast of Florida.

A list of her books include the “Apache Warrior series,” APACHE WARRIOR, APACHE SUMMER, APACHE WINTER, APACHE LOVER, and NAVAJO NIGHT. Her inspirational book is called TRIVIA, TEA about her life as a divorced mom and how God took the sad and bad things in life and turned them around for good. All her stories area available on, either published by Kensington Publishing, or on the Kindle.

Visit her web site at:

Monday, June 17, 2013

Golden Palm Contest sponsored by Florida Romance Writers

The summer is heating up, and so is the Golden Palm Contest sponsored by Florida Romance Writers. If you're an unpublished romance writer looking to change that status you need to get your entry in. So, while you're making those summer plans, make sure to add "enter the Golden Palm Contest" to your calendar! Categories include: Single Title, Historical, Paranormal, New Adult, Young Adult and Short/Long Category.

Short/Long Category: Allison Carroll,  Harlequin
Single Title Category: Patience Bloom, Senior Editor Harlequin
Historical Category: Leah Hultenschmidt, Senior Editor Sourcebooks
New Adult Category: Laurie McLean, Foreward Literary
Young Adult Category: Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, Foreward Literary
Paranormal Category: Ann-Leslie Tuttle, Senior Editor Harlequin
Entry is $20 for Florida Romance Writer members and $30 for nonmembers. All entries are read by at least one published judge and the lowest score is dropped. Contest ends August 15th. All information to enter is on

Deltona Authors Book Fair: Call for authors

The Deltona Authors Book Fair takes place on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave, Deltona 32725.  Prior events welcomed authors from all over the state and as far away as California.

The event themed, “Let Your Imagination Take You Away!” is free to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The authors will talk about books, sign and sell copiesm and speak on book-related topics. The event also includes “how to” workshop for authors featuring Donna Loader, President of Royal Support Services with an interactive program “Social Media Made Simple.” 

The Kidz Zone features speakers and activities followed by a play.  Christmas will be right around the corner and patrons can buy author-signed copies for that very unique gift.

 The fair is sponsored by the Friends of Deltona Library.  Admission is Free to the Public. For more information, see or on the Friends Facebook page, Deltona Library Fans.

--A wide range of genres are represented including children, young adult,  Florida and US history, mysteries, spiritual, memoirs, poetry, Spanish, cookbooks and outdoor Florida. 

Sunday, June 16, 2013

FWA Nonfiction Mini Conference

Calling All Writers of Nonfiction The Florida Writers Association is hosting its first-ever Nonfiction Mini-Conference on June 22. Join us for workshops, interviews, and critique sessions in a relaxed environment. There are still a few spaces available. Details on the FWA website . 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 Members $80 Nonmembers

Saturday, June 15, 2013

"Going to Mars" Poetry Contest

If you are interested in Haiku or a three line poem, NASA is looking for you.
Three winners will have their work on a DVD aboard NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft leaving Earth this summer.
"Going to Mars" contact info is:

Friday, June 14, 2013

Diane Gilbert Madsen to speak at the Hemingway Colloquium

  Diane Gilbert Madsen, author of “Hunting for Hemingway,” the second in her Literati Mystery Series, has been invited to speak at the Hemingway Colloquium in Cuba on June 22nd.  Her topic is “Ernest Hemingway and his Portable Corona #3 Typewriter.”  Diane located Hemingway’s Corona #3 in Cuba, where it had been in warehouse storage at the Finca Vigia for over 50 years.  She will be accompanied by a well-known film producer, Andrew Fone, of Pearl River Productions, who is filming a documentary on how Diane locatd the typewriter.  Diane and Andrew will also be literally “Hunting for Hemingway in Cuba,” visiting and filming in Hemingway’s footsteps. 

News from Mary Dall


Recently, Mary Dall's newest book, Happy Birthday, Florida! 1513-2013 (Celebrating Poetry that Fits in Your Pocket), was chosen to be included in the Seminole County Library's time capsule to be opened in 2063. This book highlights, celebrates, and honors the 500th anniversary of Florida. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Journalstone Publishing Announces the Upcoming Release of Fade to Black by Florida novelist Jeffrey Wilson: Fade to Black will be available nationwide on June 14, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Journalstone Publishing announces the upcoming release of Fade to Black, the latest novel by acclaimed Florida novelist Jeffrey Wilson.  Fade to Black (ISBN:  978-1-936564-85-9, Trade Paper, 254 pages, Category:  Thriller/Horror, $16.95) will be available wherever fine books are sold on June 14, 2013.  Fade to Black will be simultaneously released in an eBook edition.

Recently named a finalist for a Military Writers Society of America 2012 Book of the Year award for his 2012 release The Donors, Jeffrey Wilson is a trauma and combat surgeon who served two tours in Iraq.  Wilson’s latest novel, Fade to Black—a taut and terrifying thriller that teems with intensity—has garnered high critical praise, including:    

"A brilliant combination of war novel and supernatural thriller. This book could only have been written by an author who knows firsthand the blood, sweat, dust, and terror of combat."
Tom Young, author of The Renegades
"Wilson just keeps getting better and better… you'll bite off every fingernail waiting to see the final outcome!"
Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Nightmare Ballad

About Fade to Black:  Protagonist Jack Keller is a young man caught between two terrifying worlds. In one world, he is Marine Sergeant Casey Stillman.  Locked in combat in the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, he is lying next to his dead and dying friends, bleeding in the street—until he wakes up at home, in bed with his wife. In this other world, Jack is Jack Keller, a high school science teacher, husband, and devoted father to his little girl. But the nightmares of war continue to haunt him—and they’re vivid, they’re horrifying, and they’re way too real. When news of killed Marines in Fallujah surface, Jack realizes he knows far more about these men then he should. Could it be coincidence, or something else? When the dead Marines begin visiting him while he is awake, Jack realizes that he is in serious trouble. Faced with the possibility of losing his mind—or worse still, that these nightmares aren’t nightmares at all, but are real—Jack knows he must somehow find a way to bridge the two realities and fight his way back to save his wife and his little girl.

From its unforgettable opening to its final, chilling conclusion, Fade to Black is an extraordinary thriller that will stay with readers long after the final page is turned. 

Jeffrey Wilson has worked as an actor, a firefighter, a paramedic, a jet pilot, a diving instructor, a Naval Officer, and a Vascular and Trauma Surgeon. He also served two tours in Iraq as a combat surgeon with both the Marines and with a Joint Special Operations Task Force.  Wilson has written dozens of short stories, including “Calling Home,” which was published in BuzzyMag and “The Writer,” which was included in the Warped Words 2011:  90 Minutes to Live anthology. He is the author of two previous novels, Traiteur’s Ring (2011) and The Donors (2012).  Jeffrey and his wife, Wendy, are Virginia natives who, with children Emma, Jack, and Connor, call Southwest Florida home. When not working as a surgeon or chasing his three kids, he is hard at work on his next novel.  Visit Jeffrey Wilson online at:

Journalstone Publishing is an independent book publisher focusing on titles within the Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror genres. Founded in 2010, Journalstone publishes books for both the adult and young adult audiences. In addition to showcasing works by new writers, Journalstone publishes a yearly short story anthology and hosts an annual contest for horror novelists. Journalstone Publishing ( is based in San Francisco, California.

Members of the news media wishing to request an advance review copy of Fade to Black or more information are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone:  (615) 297-9875, or by email:

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Florida Pirates Booksinging

11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Costco #351
7171 Cypress Lake Drive
Fort Myers, FL
Phone: 239-415-3806

James F. & Sarah Jane Kaserman will be signing copies of their FLORIDA PIRATES book and discussing some of their upcoming articles to be published.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Write your life with Patricia Charpentier

Have you ever thought about writing your life story for yourself, your family, the world? On June 15th, Patricia Charpentier will be presenting a fun and lively workshop on Writing Your Life hosted by the Florida Writers Association's Ancient City Chapter. In this class, Patricia will introduce you to some of the many approaches to writing personal and family history and give you her top five tips on how to get started. Drawing on information from her multi-award winning book, Eating an Elephant: Write Your Life One Bite at a Time, she uses everyday language, humor, and real-life examples to discuss how to organize your material, gather story ideas and other topics related to writing the story of the one and only you

June 15, 2013
10:00am - 12:00pm
Free of charge

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Insanity Road by JL Rehman

From Partners In Crime Publishers

Author JL Rehman’s fourth Florida crime fiction novel

In the 1970s in rural central Florida, Roy Vega and his two younger brothers, Ricky and Eddie, live their lives dominated by their mother, Bella—a serial killer. With her young boys along for deception, Bella drives the local highways trolling for young female runaways who feel safe accepting a ride from a woman with three kids—young girls who will star in Bella's "rituals."

"I love my mother," writes Roy Vega, "at least I love one version of her. I'm scared of the other. This isn't how I envisioned my life, but I don't know any different. I'm probably doomed, but I hope my little brother Eddie is still young enough to escape and have a normal life. It may be too late. He's witnessed too much horror and is already developing a talent from Bella's "training." My uncle Dupree has never tried to control her, but he has his own problems—a bizarre obsession to amputate his own leg. I'm trying to get up the nerve to leave. I have money saved up and a bag packed. The only thing holding me back is getting Eddie out with me. If she catches me, I may disappear like her husbands."

JL Rehman is the author of No Middle Ground, Death Impressions, and Blood of Belladonna.