Monday, September 30, 2013

Central Florida Romance Writers Event

Central Florida Romance Writers is doing a panel at the Orange County Public Library on Saturday, October 12 from 4-6 pm - details are here:

A panel of local authors, Jax Cassidy, Lori Sjoberg, Wynter Daniels, Dianne Venetta, Leigh Curtis, and Sophia Johnson, will discuss the romance industry, changes in publishing, writing organizations, and answer all your burning questions about the romance genre. Following the Q&A session, a book sale and signing will be held for readers.

Mary Greenwood to Appear at Event to Help Fight Alzheimers

Mary Greenwood will sign her award-winning books and Paula Felici, artist and owner of Le Cose Belle Gallery will exhibit her paintings, jewlery and hand-painted furniture at Le Cose Belle Gallery, 5915 North Ocean Shore Blvd. (AIA), Palm Coast, Fl. on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  A percentage of all sales and raffles will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association of Jacksonville.
Palm Coast, Fla. – Mary Greenwood’s award-winning books, How to Negotiate Like a Pro: Forty-One Rules for Resolving Disputes, How to Mediate like a Pro, and How to Interview Like a Pro will be available at Meet the Artist, Greet the Author and Defeat Alzheimer’s. Greenwood’s books give the reader the tools to resolve any kind of dispute. It reveals the preparations, strategies and tactics needed to close any deal, whether it is a negotiation, mediation or job interview.
Greenwood’s books are timely: “Everyone is involved in conflicts and disputes,” she says. In addition, she provides a short list of some of the topics covered in her book,  How to Negotiate Like a Pro, such as how to negotiate with your spouse, how to close the deal and how to negotiate with your boss. Most unique are the 41 scripts she has created to walk readers carefully through each stage of the negotiation.

If you are unable to negotiate a settlement, you may want to read How to Mediate Like a Pro, which is being read by professional mediators and those who mediate disputes, such as supervisors, parents or teachers. How to Mediate Like a Pro has been the biggest seller of Greenwood’s books.

In these economic times, everyone is looking for a job or knows someone who is. How to Interview Like a Pro, 43 Rules for Getting Your Next Job offers strategies to prepare for your interviews and impress hiring managers with answers that will help you land a job. Greenwood provides insight into how to answer those difficult questions and negotiate salary. She has been on both sides of the interview process: She has interviewed thousands in her job as HR Director and she has also been an applicant for hundreds of interviews, as well.

Greenwood has won over 34 book awards for her three books, including: Winner, Indie Excellence Awards; Winner, Reader Views Book Awards; Winner Best National Book Awards: Winner, New York Book Festival; Winner, DIY Book Festival; and Silver Winner ForeWord Book Awards.

About the Author
Mary Greenwood, JD, LLM, is an attorney, negotiator, mediator, arbitrator, human resources professional with more than 25 years of experience. Greenwood lives in Palm Coast with her Boston terrier, Annabelle. Visit to learn more. For more info, email me at

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Meet the Authors' Book Fair

Just a reminder to save the date for the Meet the Authors' Book Fair on November 23 & 24, 2013.
It is held in conjunction with the ArtsWorks Festival at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne all day.
It is FREE and open to the public.
We have filled all the author tables for those who wanted both Saturday and Sunday.
We have filled all the author tables for those who just wanted Saturday.
There are two marketing options still available for authors:
1.  There are eight tables available for Sunday only
2.  There is  room available for Book Display Only for those who cannot attend in person, but would like their books on display.
The registration form and more information is available at
Plan to come out for this enjoyable day and Meet the Authors at the book fair!
~ Valerie Allen ~                                

Sunday, September 22, 2013

New Smyrna Beach Book Festival

NSB Book Festival set for Oct 4-6

The New Smyrna Beach Book Festival will take place October 4th through the 6Th beachside. The festival features 25 authors representing seven states and multiple Florida Book Award winners. Representing mostly fiction writing – a festival goal was to prioritize great books that both the avid and recreational reader might enjoy reading on the beach on vacation.

Featured fiction books include suspense, thrillers, mysteries, poetry, inspiration, kids, young adults, detective and fantasy genres.   

Author sessions begin every 30 minutes with on-the-hour sessions taking place at the Best Western Oceanfront Hotel on Atlantic Avenue and on-the-half-hour sessions taking place at the Hampton Inn on Flagler Avenue. Sessions will include author instructions, book sales, book signings and presentations on such topics as inspiration for the book, description of plot and characters, dialog readings as well as questions and answers. In addition to selling the featured books at the session, all of the Festival’s books will be for sale at the Festival Book Store at The Best Western Oceanfront Hotel all days of the festival.   

The Festival also offers a free Writers Workshop on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm at the Best Western Oceanfront Hotel. The Saturday workshop will focus on plot and character development and the Sunday session focuses on getting published.

Also each night of the Festival, a special happy hour social meet-and-greet will take place with all of the authors featured that day in attendance in a casual setting. 

The New Smyrna Beach Book Festival is part of Fall Beach Weeks in New Smyrna Beach – 50 days of festivals in 10 weeks from September 27th through December 1st.  The campaign is designed to showcase New Smyrna Beach during autumn and increase its appeal as an off-season vacation destination. For more festival information and special Beach Weeks/Book Festival accommodations call the New Smyrna Beach Visitors Center at 1-800-541-9621.

The Best Western Oceanfront Hotel is located at 1401 South Atlantic Avenue and the Hampton Inn is located at 214 Flagler Avenue. 

To see the schedule, go to

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Writers Conference presented by Celebrity Authors on the Beach

"Where do writers of all ages quickly learn how to write, publish, and promote their work?"
You will find answers at the writers conference presented by "Celebrity Authors on the Beach" on November 16, 2013, at the beautiful News-Journal Center located at 221 North Beach Street, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Call 386-226-1888 for directions.
Parking is free, comfortable theater seating, and lunch is available at nearby restaurants. 
This all day workshop runs from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM with 20 minute speakers followed by Q&A. Aspiring writers of all ages can quickly learn how to write, publish, and promote their work from a host of successful authors who will share secrets never before told!
Benefits will enable writers to:
  • Fulfill the #1 writers fantasy
  • Make a difference through writing
  • Impact and affect other people’s lives
  • Strategize business to make a major impact
  • Sell  books, products, and services with true integrity
  • Develop world-class speaking skills
  • Turn a book into speaking and media appearances
  • Create and offer products and services online
  • Make money from sponsorship opportunities
  • Transform online media exposure into book sales
  • Create hot book titles that actually sell
  • Optimize book sales, through radio, print, and TV
  • Create magical book signings and mini-seminars
  • Build networks of lasting friendships and opportunities
  • And lots more
General admission $40.00 ($50.00 after October 26, 2013)
College & High School Students $20 00 
Tickets available at:
Conference Director: William A. Cummins
For information call: 386-383-5198
or email:

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

News from Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen's guest blog, Book Covers & Spines, has been published by Siggy Buckley at Writers Get Together. Find out how to improve the outside of your book go to:
~ Valerie Allen ~                                

Florida Romance Writers Seminar: "The Changing Face of Publishing"

When: October 12, 2013
Where: Coral Springs Center for the Arts
2855 Coral Springs Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33065
(954) 344-5999

Time: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Cost: $65. Raffle tickets and lunch are included in your registration
Win super prizes!(Parking is free)

Their Superstar lineup as follows:
Keynote Speaker - Dianne Moggy, Harlequin's Vice President
of Series Editorial and Subsidiary Rights
Melissa Jeglinski - Literary Agent, The Knight Agency
Susan Boyd - Business Development Manager, Barnes and Noble
Heather Graham - New York Times Bestselling Author
Sophia Knightly - USA Today Bestselling Author
Mona Risk - Award Winning Author

Reserve now! For more information visit:

Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women

    Thursday, October 17, 2013
  11:00 a.m.
4997-B W. Atlantic Ave.    Delray Beach, FL 33445
Call for Directions: 1-561-638-5155
Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women
Find out about this group of artists, writers and musicians, and how you can join as a professional, or as a patron. Monthly luncheon meetings with interesting speakers at the Delray Golf Club.
Please e-mail Mrs. Patricia Wilson for your menu choice:
              LADY CAMILLE SALAD:  Walnut-cranberry chicken salad
              PRINCESS DIANA QUICHE:  Gourmet quiche of the day
              LADY ANN CROISSANT: -Smoked breast of turkey & creamy brie on a flaky croissant, topped w/ rosemary fig marmalade
              KING CHARLES CROISSANT: - Flaky croissant filled with smoked salmon, sliced cucumbers, capers and cream cheese
These meals will begin with a vegetable bisque soup and end with Tiramisu for dessert, along with individual pots of tea …diner’s selection. 
Cost: $25.00   Reservations due: October 10, 2013. Space honored for first 40 guests with paid reservations.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Release of Island of the White Rose

Award-winning novelist R. Ira Harris to Celebrate Release of 1950s Cuba Novel,
Island of the White Rose in the Miami area:
Harris will appear for a book signing at Books & Books Coral Gables on September 19, 2013 at 6:30PM

Bridgehampton, NY  -- Award-winning novelist R. Ira Harris will celebrate the release of his Cuba love story, Island of the White Rose, with a book signing at Books & Books Coral Gables (265 Aragon Avenue | Coral Gables, Florida 33134 | 305.442.4408)  on September 19, 2013 beginning at 6:30 PM.

Intrigue and adventure, armed struggle and forbidden love intersect amid the Castro revolution in 1950s Cuba in R. Ira Harris’ novel ISLAND OF THE WHITE ROSE. (Bridge Works Publishing, Hardcover, $24.95).

With Cuba in the headlines now as power moves from Castro to a new generation, Cuban-born authorities in the United States have praised the authenticity of this “gripping story of love, faith, betrayal, and revolution,” as Florida International University’s president emeritus, Dr. Modesto A. Maidique, describes it. Guillermo Martinez, co-editor of Cubans: An Epic Journey, calls it “a good page-turner…that depicts the true story of many Cuban youths who risked their lives to oust a brutal dictatorship,” that of Fulgencio Batista, only to find it replaced by another ruthless regime.

Father Pedro Villanueva, 34, the novel’s protagonist, son of an upper-middle-class Havana family, is initially non-political but agrees to try to free a parishioner’s son from La Cabaña prison. He and his brother Alberto bribe guards at the prison, the prisoner is released, but Pedro’s brother is killed in the handover. Pedro then joins with the underground to support the Fidelistas fighting in the Sierra Maestra. Two attractive women of the underground, Dolores Barré and María Guerra, persuade Pedro first to obtain medicines for the rebels, later to smuggle arms to them aboard his family’s 40-foot-sloop,  The White Rose (named after a poem by José Martí, a 19th century national hero, in which the white rose symbolizes Cuba and its brightest aspirations). As Pedro’s involvement with the revolution grows, taking him into the mountains, gun in hand, his priestly ethics and his celibacy vows are sacrificed. After Batista flees the country and Castro’s forces take power, Pedro sees some close to him demonized, he comes to realize he has traded his core beliefs for disillusionment—and The White Rose, with Pedro at the helm, secretly slips off on a new mission.            

R. Ira Harris, an attorney living in Sacramento, has spent his adult life closely associated with the study of the struggles of the Cuban people.  Visit the author’s blog at: or website at:
Bridge Works is a 21-year-old independent publisher that has discovered and first published such successful authors as Tom Perrotta (whose subsequent Election and later Little Children were bestsellers and were made into hit feature films); Alan Isler (whose The Prince of West End Avenue won the National Jewish Book Award and was runner-up for the National Book Critics Circle’s fiction award); Lorna Landvik; and Claire Cook (whose subsequent Must Love Dogs was made into a feature film). Bridge Works titles, in addition to the above Alan Isler recognition, have won Canada’s Arthur Ellis Award for best mystery; have been finalists for the Barnes & Noble annual Discover Great New Writers Award and ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Award; and have been among The New York Times Notable Books of the Year. Bridge Works’ titles are distributed to the trade by National Book Network. For more information, visit:

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about R. Ira Harris, or an advance review copy of Island of the White Rose are asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone: (615) 297-9875, or by email:

Great new book all about Amelia Island

The Amelia Island Museum of History has a new book to offer, Meet Me On Amelia Island. In conjunction with Southwestern Publishing Group out of Nashville, Tennessee a unique book celebrating all that is wonderful about Amelia Island is now available for sale.

According to Dave Kempf, publisher, the Historic Hospitality
series of books offers "beautifully crafted books that relate the cherished history of each geographic area, highlight beautiful historic and contemporary photography, and offer delicious recipes unique in the area." This will be the 6th book in the Historic Hospitality series. Other books have focused on Jekyll Island, St. Simon's Island, Belle Meade Plantation, the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville and the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  

The museum pulled together a talented team to make the book possible. It is, actually, three books in one. Tapped to coordinate the project, I found myself working with the staff of the museum, Steve Leimberg, Lisa Waas and Judy Pillans. Steve Leimberg, island photographer, is know for his breath taking photos of Amelia Island's natural beauty. Many of his iconic bird photographs are included in the new book as well as new, never seen photographs taken around the island. Teen Peterson, museum curator, spent hours patiently helping me sort through an amazing collection of archival photos. Recipes from local restaurants and cooks were carefully reviewed and tested by Lisa Waas, a food writer for the Florida Times-Union newspaper.
Judy Pillans, volunteer extraordinaire, helped keep us all on track, edit and even test many of the included recipes. The participating restaurants include include Bar Zin, Brett's Waterway Cafe, Kelly's Courtyard, The Happy Tomato, Leddie's Porch at the Florida House Inn, The Crab Trap, Joe's 2nd Street Bistro, The Salty Pelican, The Golf Club of Amelia, Cafe Karibo, The Omni Amelia Island Plantation, Gourmet Gourmet and the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island. 

"Our book will be totally unique and everyone will want to have it in their Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach library or to give as a gift. Our publisher in Nashville has been a joy to work with and our island team is thrilled with the final product," shared Phyllis Davis, Executive Director of the island museum.

Meet Me On Amelia Island  is available at island book and gift stores and the Amelia Island Museum of History. For more information go to  or call 904-261-7378.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

"Writing your Book… Step by Step" a workshop with Mary Burton

5th Annual Florida Writers Foundation Celebrity Workshop

In this workshop, mega-bestselling author of nineteen novels Mary Burton reveals her real-world secrets to publishing success.

Mary has been dubbed the “Queen of Modern-Day Romantic Suspense,” but her winning approach applies to writing in all genres. Do you write thrillers? Mysteries? Science fiction? Whatever! Good writing is good writing, and this workshop is intended to help you find your voice and achieve your publishing goals.
  • Thursday, October 17, 2013
  • Orlando Marriott Lake Mary {map}
  • 8:30 AM Registration
  • 9 AM - 4 PM Workshop
  • 4 - 5 PM Book Sales & Signing
  • $95 Florida Writers Association Members | $115 Nonmembers


New York Times and USA Today bestselling novelist Mary Burton is the author of nineteen novels including her latest thriller, The Seventh Victim. Her highly praised books include Before She Dies, Senseless, Merciless, Dying Scream, Dead Ringer and I’m Watching You.

A Richmond native whose family’s roots run as deep as the nation’s, Mary still lives there. She attended Virginia’s Hollins University and began a career in marketing. Eventually, she decided the stories buzzing around her brain really did deserve her attention. She left her job and wrote her first novel, a historical romance published in 2000.

Mary wrote eleven more romance novels and three novellas before embracing the dark world of suspense. She even brought danger to her novella "Christmas Past," which appears in the New York Times bestselling holiday anthology Silver Bells. Her story, "Snow Maiden," was featured in the USA Today bestselling collection A Hero’s Kiss.

Research led her to both the Henrico County Citizens Police Academy and the Richmond FBI Citizen’s Academy as well as Sisters in Crime’s Forensic University program and the Writers Police Academy in Jamestown, North Carolina, where the focus was on undercover work, autopsies, and the theories behind why people kill.

Mary writes full time. When not killing people, she spends time in the kitchen, practices yoga, enjoys her family and her miniature dachshunds, and completes courses toward her Baking & Pastry Arts Certificate at the University of Richmond’s Culinary Arts Program. She has just completed her next novel, No Escape, which will be published in November 2013.

Novel in a Day Workshop

Saturday, October 12, 2013
The Maguire Center at Westminster Oaks
Tallahassee, Florida

Writers today face an uphill climb. The competition is fierce, the learning curve steep. There’s no magic wand, but by learning the basic techniques for crafting a novel, the beginning writer can quickly flatten the learning curve.

For both beginning writers and more advanced pros looking for new insights, this workshop provides writers with the tools needed to craft their own novel—a novel that will grab a reader’s attention and keep them turning pages.

Here are some of the topics covered:
• Elements of plot and structure
• Creating characters that sizzle
• Secrets of good dialogue
• Crafting strong beginnings, middles and ends
• Writing in scene

Contact: Jenny Crowley, Tallahassee Writers Assoc., or visit

Vic DiGenti is the instructor for this up-beat and fast-paced interactive workshop. As Parker Francis, he writes the Quint Mitchell Mystery series. He’s also written the award-winning adventure/fantasy Windrusher trilogy. Vic is an FWA Regional Director, and co-director of the Florida Heritage Book Festival & Writers Conference.

“Vic DiGenti is a superb instructor and offered a well-organized, interactive workshop. Great takeaway. A good session for both novice and experienced writers.” – Nancy F.

“Very fresh outlook, but also realistic about what it takes to write a novel. DiGenti was quirky and made a very productive workshop.” – Victoria C.

“Vic DiGenti is a great speaker and covered all the material you could want. Group work and matching handout were very helpful.” – Shannon B.

“I have not had such an enjoyable time or learned more at a workshop of any kind in many years. The day was fun, informative and interactive. The information provided was on point, made logical sense and is immediately applicable to my writing.” – Nick V.

Events at Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore October 2013


Tuesday Oct 2 at 7 pm.  Carla Norton signs Edge of Normal $25.99 and 
Elizabeth Romero signs Means to an End 16.95.

Wednesday Oct 16 at 7 pm.  Hank Phillippi Ryan signs Wrong Girl 24.99
Saturday October 19 at 7 pm.  Michael Sears signs Mortal Bonds 25.99
 Monday October 28 at 7 pm.  Susan Boyer signs Lowcountry Bombshell 15.95
Wednesday Oct 30, 7-9 pm.  Halloween Party with your favorite authors:  
Heidi Anderson, Miriam Auerbach, Traci Hall, Vicki Landis, Marcia King-Gamble, 
Kathy Pickering, Mary Ricksen, Deborah Sharp, Joanna Campbel Slan, 
Cynthia Thomason, Kristen Wall.

Writers Workshops

Sat Oct 5, 10 am - Noon.  Jeremiah Healy will teach a workshop on Dialogue: 
The Voices in Your Head.  $25 per person.

Book Discussion Groups

Sunday Oct 20 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths will discuss 
Love You More by Lisa Gardner $7.99.

Joanne Sinchuk
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Pineapple Grove
273 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Phone: 561-279-7790

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Marshall Frank at the West Melbourne Library

Marshall Frank will be appearing at the West Melbourne Library this coming Wednesday, Sept 11th. at 6 p.m to speak about writing books. His books will be available also. -- most particularly, his latest novel, The Upside To Murder.
Those who don't know him, he is a retired police Capt./homicide detective from Miami Dade who has since moved to Melbourne.  He is the author of twelve books, which includes six suspense novels.  For more info on him and/or his books, visit:
Expect fun and stimulating exchanges at his talk.
Best news:  IT'S FREE

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Meet the Authors' Book Fair -- Call for Writers, etc.

Just a reminder about the Meet the Authors' Book Fair on November 23 & 24, 2013.
It is held at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne, FL in conjunction with the ArtWorks Festival,
from 9:30 AM t0 5:00 PM. A full day of FREE fun and friends.
If you are a published author, bookseller, or writers' group and would like to be a vendor at this event, please go to for more information and the registration form.
There are only 16 spaces still available.
If you are an author and unable to attend the book fair, you can take advantage of the Display Only Books option. This is a very inexpensive way to have your book(s) and business cards on display for both days. There is more information about this at or you can email me directly at
Looking forward to seeing you at the book fair!
~ Valerie Allen ~                                

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Meet the Authors Book Fair

Meet the Authors Book Fair will be held in conjunction with the ArtWorks Festival on November 23 and 24, 2013, from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Both events are at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935, FREE and open to the public. For more information call: (321) 254-3398.

Meet the Authors Book Fair will have more than 40 authors represented and available to discuss, autograph, and sell their books. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children’s books will participate, as well as local writers’ groups and book clubs.

Meet the Authors Book Fair is sponsored by Authors for Authors and has special projects to support local educators and those serving in the military. Authors for Authors invites all educators to attend the Meet the Authors Book Fair and through their Honor Our Educators program, select a FREE book while supplies last. Authors for Authors also collects children's books for the Adopt a Classroom project. They also support Operation Paperback and accept all types of book donations which are mailed to our military members throughout the world.

Come out for a day of fun and let your muse run wild! For more information contact: (321) 254-3398 or Marshall Frank,, Holly Fox Vellekoop,, or Valerie Allen,

~ Valerie Allen ~                                

Jaimie Engle will speak to Young Author's Group

Jaimie Engle, author of Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light,  will be speaking at the Young Authors group at the Suntree public library on Thursday, September 19th. The group is open to anyone between the ages of 9 and 16, and you are encouraged to bring something to write with. Contact the library at 321.255.4404 and speak with the Youth Services Department for more information.