Sunday, July 28, 2013

Early Bird Pricing for Florida Writers Conference Ends Wednesday

Don’t miss the Early Bird rates for the Florida Writers Annual Conference, “The Greatest Writers Conference on Earth,” October 18-20, 2013, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. Early Bird pricing ends July 31, 2013—this Wednesday!
The conference offers something for writers of all genres, featuring workshops and appointments with a variety of agents and publishers. It is sponsored by the Florida Writers Association (FWA), a nonprofit trade association with some 1,300 members across the country.
For additional information, see today’s FWA blog post: Check out the details and FAQs on the FWA website,, where you can also register online. Questions? Contact

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Friends of Florida Book News

Thanks to MAD About WORDS; Seashells, Gator Bones...; Holly Fox Vellekoop; Sally Naylor; and Ann O'Farrell for supporting Florida Book News by joining Friends of Florida Book News.

Please click on their badges in the right column and see what they have to offer the book world of Florida.



Miami Book Fair International

If you've always wanted to be a part of the Miami Book Fair International, this would be a good year to attend or even participate.  This is the 30th. It's November 17 through 24, 2013. You'll find information on their website about all the activities on their website. It's even early enough to become an exhibitor... the deadline for that is 9/2/13.

Go to their website and hang out a while.... you'll be amazed by this celebration of books.

Here's their website... Enjoy... Miami Book Fair International

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Florida Romance Writers August Meeting

Tired of remaining in Publishing Neverland? Learn to attract the attention of editors, agents and readers in this savvy, hands-on, interactive workshop. Just what is a marketing hook? Why do you need one (or more?) How can you write an effective one? Learn the difference between a weak marketing hook and one that’s irresistible.

Kat Carlton, aka Karen Kendall, is a multi-published, award-winning and occasionally best-selling author who has written for many of the big New York publishing houses such as HarperCollins, Penguin-Putnam and Simon & Schuster. Her new YA novel, TWO LIES AND A SPY, will be out in hardcover in September 2013.

Saturday, August 10, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel
1825 Griffin Road
Dania, 33004

$25 nonmembers. Reservations required. For more information please visit or email Lisa Manuel at

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Valerie Allen to speak on Writing For Fun And Profit

Valerie Allen, psychologist, writer, and speaker will make a presentation in the Alachua Branch Library for the Florida Author Series. Valerie will speak on Writing for Fun and Profit on Thursday, July 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM.

Her workshop is based on her book: Write, Publish, Sell! 2nd Edition. ~ Valerie Allen ~ ~

Family First – Boots Atkins

Family First is a fast-paced novel in the first person telling the story of Phil Martinez. It starts during his college days and winds through various stages of his work as an undercover DEA agent. 

The reader is treated to the major episodes in Phil’s life starting with his love for a woman he can’t have, foiling drug smugglers in the Florida Keys, and subsequent assignments to Islamorada, New Orleans, Costa Rica, and Columbia. 

Atkins has a knack for taking you right into each particular setting and making you feel as if you are a part of it. Take this exciting tour as Phil travels through the undercover world of drugs and corruption.

About the Author

Morris “Boots” Atkins was born in North Carolina and raised by his grandparents. He spent fifteen years working for the US Government and fifteen years working in the desalination business. He has travelled through the world and now lives with his wife, Tina, in the Florida Panhandle. He spends his time traveling, fishing, hunting, gardening, cooking and writing.

Family First is available at

Monday, July 22, 2013

Review of Double Trouble with Treasure by Sam Milner

Have you read Trouble with Treasure? If you haven’t, read that first then pick up a copy of Double Trouble with Treasure, the second in this series of mysteries by Sam Milner. 

The book opens reminding the reader that Windle Lee (Windley) and his partners had found a couple bags of diamonds left by the Diamond ring beneath a pile of stones off Key Largo. Interfering with the Diamond Ring’s loot turns into Trouble for Windley.

To get things off to a fast start, the Diamond Ring blows up Windley’s car. Fortunately, Windley wasn’t in it at the time, but he heeds the warning and decides to disappear for a while .   

First he goes to California to visit his lady, Sunny. However, he doesn’t stay hidden from trouble for long. So, he and Sunny return to the east coast and attempt to keep a low profile while drifting up the Intercoastal waterway. 

Milner has filled Double Trouble with Treasure with Southern charm and mystery. Pick up a copy and enjoy the adventure.

About the Author:
Sam Milner was born in Spartanburg, S.C., and grew up there and in Western North Carolina. Early on, he loved poetry and music and performed as a member of a four-piece combo in Asheville, North Carolina. He later went on to perform in coffee houses and recorded nine CDs and one DVD. 

Sam and his wife currently live on a barrier island on the Florida coast.

The Book
The Book is published by Sea Dunes Publishing. It is available in several Florida bookstores. You can find a list of them at Milner's website at    It is also available through Kindle Books online.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Books by Dayna Leigh Cheser

Janelle's Time (First in the Time Series; Adult Historical Romance published by All Things That Matter Press;

Janelle’s Time is the epic story of the great love between a New Hampshire farmer’s daughter, Janelle LeDuc, and the son of an English Duke, Richard Grayson. From her father’s death in a logging accident to barely surviving the birth of twin daughters, Janelle’s penchant for getting into ‘situations’ makes it difficult for Richard to protect her.

Unaware of Janelle’s maternal-line powers, the couple accidentally time-travels to 14th century England, meeting Richard’s ancestors, and discovering a startling truth about Richard’s aristocratic family that nearly destroys their relationship.

Will the endless obstacles life throws at them spell the end for them? Can this couple learn to love again?

Moria's Time is Cheser's new book, due out in August (Second in the Time Series; Adult Historical romance; Published by Author House; http

Janelle Grayson is distraught over a troubling vision. Old Agnes MacKendall has seen her infant daughter, Moria, as a young woman, years in the future, traveling afar to a perilous place, fraught with danger.

Janelle and her husband, Richard, are both concerned about the vision. They decide to do all they can to prepare their precious little girl for what likely lies ahead for her. It’s a future charged with risk the likes of which, for the unprepared and ordinary person, could spell certain doom. 

So begins Moria’s Time—Book 2 of the TIME Series.

About the Author

Personal Information:
  •  E-Mail -
  • Twitter - @Writers_Cafe (over 19,000 followers)
  • Facebook Fan Page – Author Dayna Leigh Cheser
  • LinkedIn – Dayna Leigh Cheser
  • Also on Google+, and Pinterest, and other sites
  • Website/Blog – (‘Posts by Dayna’ blog) – Here Cheser chronicles her writing journey and provides helpful articles on writing-related topics. Also here, ‘DIY Interviews’ where writers/authors create their own interviews, and information about the TIME Series.
  • National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) - 2011 and 2012 Winner

 For more information visit her website at 

To purchase Janelle's Time (book 1), or to pre-order Moria's Time (book 2), please go to

Seashells, Gator Bones, and the Church of Everlasting Liability by Susan Adger

. The publisher, Grey Gecko Press, describes Susan Adger's book:
In the 1930s, the fictional town of Toad Springs, Florida was filled with the adventures and daily whatnots of down-to-earth, worthy folk such as Flavey Stroudamore, owner of Stroudamore’s Rare Reptile Ranch, with a three-legged gator named Precious - who just happened to have a birthmark of Jesus on his side.

Joining Flavey are Buck Blander, pastor of the Church of Everlasting Liability, who honed his preaching skills in prison, but doesn’t tell his parishioners, and Sweetie Mooney, whose attempts to run a beauty shop in her aunt’s home fail after tragedies with head lice and henna hair dye.

Enjoy the life and laughter of this funny and heartwarming collection of tales from the Sunshine State!

About the Author

Susan Adger is a fifth generation Floridian who has created a series of short stories, written by the inhabitants of a fictional Florida town called Toad Springs. The ideas for the characters are loosely patterned from stories Adger's grandmother and her sisters told when she was growing up in Mango, Florida.

The book is available through,, and in hardback, paperback, and as an e-book.
More information is available at,

Mementos and Memories Writing Workshop

Memories from your life stand ready, waiting to be written in the Mementos and Memories Writing Workshop on Sunday, August 18th from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Longwood. You’ll find inspiration at every turn as you explore Wonderful Things by Kim, a collectibles shop filled with treasures from around the world.
In this fun, hands-on workshop, learn how to capture memories triggered by the shop’s antiques, jewelry, clothing, books, toys, and more while relaxing with a glass of wine and a bite of cheese. You’ll receive instruction on how to shape your memories into a rich, detailed stories that will amaze you.

You are invited to continue the discussion after the workshop with a discounted, Dutch-treat dinner at a restaurant within walking distance.

No previous writing experience is necessary; you don’t even need to know how to spell. All you need is pen and paper (or a laptop/iPad), a desire to record your memories, and a fun attitude. The motto of the workshop is: The only way to do this wrong is to not do it at all!

Mementos and Memories is limited to fifteen (15) people, so make sure you sign up early because this exciting new writing experience is expected to fill up quickly.

Wonderful Things by Kim is located at 2401 W. SR 434 in the Springs Plaza at the corner of Montgomery Road/Wekiva Springs Road and S.R. 434 in Longwood.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Coffee with Author-Superstar Mary Burton

What does it take to meet with Mary Burton—maybe over coffee—for a 20-minute interview? What does it take to also receive an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of her next book—No Escape—two months before its release in November? All this, while promoting literacy through the Florida Writers Foundation?
Just an email.
We’re talking about an auction offered by the Florida Writers Foundation (FWF), a charitable organization that promotes literacy. This sister organization to FWA is sponsoring an email auction for the chance to read the ARC of No Escape and to interview its mega-bestselling author.
How it works
Send an email to and provide your name and FWA ID number. (You can get this number from your FWA membership card, on your FWA magazine or eNews, or from your Writers Group Leader or the FWA Secretary [].) You’ll receive a return email informing you of the amount of the highest bid and inviting you to top it.
As the auction continues, you’ll receive regular blind emails updating you on the amounts of the top five bids. We’ll also intermittently post updates on the FWA Facebook Conference Page [] and FWA Facebook Group Page [].
In September, the two highest bidders each will receive the ARC of No Escape. In October, they’ll also have a 20-minute interview with Mary at the annual Florida Writers Conference. The winners will have a combined interview, so the questions asked by one can be shared with the other.
Throughout the process, bidders will remain anonymous; only the names of the winners will be revealed, and only after the auction is over.
If you’re a winner, you’ll be asked to review the book or write up the interview in a media release, article, or book review, which you’ll place with a newsworthy source. This way, both you and Mary get publicity. And, yep, if you’re paid for your write-up, you keep the money. You may also want to explore venues for republication—Amazon, B&N, Goodreads,, among others—which will get your name out in more places.
NOTE: You don't have to be an FWA member to bid, but as of September 1, 2013, winners must have their FWA memberships paid at least through October 20, 2013, and must be registered for the 2013 Florida Writers Conference, where the interview with Mary Burton ( will be conducted.
Bid early and often; the auction for this prize closes September 1, 2013. The email address again:
Related news
Two big events. One, Mary will conduct an FWF-sponsored all-day workshop October 17, 2013, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. See below for additional information. Two, Mary’s publisher, Kensington/Zebra, is donating a large number of Mary’s backlist books to FWF’s Silent Auction, which will be held during the annual Florida Writers Conference. For you, this means yet another chance to get your Mary “reading fix” (and possibly autograph) while supporting programs for literacy.
The Florida Writers Conference, “The Greatest Writers Conference on Earth,” will be held October 18-20, 2013, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. See the FWA website,, to learn more and to register.
The FWF Celebrity Workshop is October 17, 2013, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary. For details and to register, please visit the Florida Writers Foundation website:
Mary Burton:
  1. Video: Writing One Draft at a Time []
  2. bio & reviews of 4 novels []

Questions? Contact