Thursday, February 27, 2014

Prodigious Savant and Deviant Acts by JJ White have been acquired by Black Opal Books!

Prodigious Savant and Deviant Acts by JJ White have been acquired by Black Opal Books!

Prodigious Savant (Estimated release date Fall 2014)
There are fewer than one hundred reported cases of prodigious savants in the world. Those few who possess the savant syndrome all have an island of brilliance that allows them to excel in some remarkable talent. Unfortunately, they all share various developmental disabilities; some bizarre, others violent.
In 1962 Vermont, seventeen-year-old Gavin Weaver survives a horrendous explosion, six hours of brain surgery, and thirty days in a coma, to awaken possessing not just one savant talent, but several: art, music, mathematics, and memory, and all without suffering any of the usual mental disabilities associated with head trauma…except one issue he keeps hidden from all.
His newly acquired abilities thrust him into the public eye as the amazing ‘Whiz Kid’ from Burlington; a moniker he detests. His genius, paranoia, and increased hallucinations result in some strange and extraordinary encounters with the icons of the ‘60s, including Bobby Fischer, Nikita Khrushchev, Edward R. Murrow, John Chancellor and even a tragic meeting with John Fitzgerald Kennedy. He also catches the eye of a neurologist who is unique in his own right, and is most interested in the young man’s brain — for many reasons.
Gavin’s odds are slim that he will survive not only his external trials but also his inner conflicts; keeping him from the one thing he desires most, the girl he’s loved since childhood.
Deviant Acts (Estimated release date 2015)
Jackson is living his nightmares even when his eyes are open. Addicted to heroin since Vietnam, it is the only thing that tends to keep the horror at bay. Besides killing him slowly, it has cost him his job. Living with his mother, in the same home he grew up in, he is now stealing from her and his neighbors for a fix, his girlfriend since grade school has dumped him and the only means of transportation is a beat-up bike. Is there a word for lower than low?      
Then his rich aunt from Vermont calls requiring his “services”. Cheryl, his so-called cousin, has been kidnapped and is being held for ransom. Auntie wants her back no matter what it costs, and she wants them all dead. Can Jackson kill again? Can he stay straight long enough to get her back? Nothing is what it seems.
White has written over two hundred short stories, had articles and stories published in several anthologies and magazines including, Wordsmith, The Homestead Review, The Seven Hills Review and The Grey Sparrow Journal. “The Nine Hole League” is scheduled to be published in the Sherlock Holmes Mystery Magazine, Volume 14. He has won awards and honors from the Alabama Writers Conclave, Writers-Editors International, Maryland Writers Association, The Royal Palm Literary Awards, Professional Writers of Prescott, and Writer’s Digest. He was recently nominated for the Pushcart Prize for his short piece in The Grey Sparrow Journal.
Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency
Published by Black Opal Books

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Florida Romance Writers March Meeting

DATE:  Saturday, March 8, 2014
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Airport Hotel
1825 Griffin Road
Dania, 33004
COST: $22 per person/member, $25 non-member; includes buffet breakfast
DIRECTIONS: I-95 to Griffin Road exit (Exit 26). Go east on Griffin and make a right at the first light into the Sheraton parking area.
PARKING: Self-parking is free of charge. Take a ticket when you enter and when you leave be sure to tell the parking attendant you were attending the FRW event.
PROGRAM: You Own Your Writing Career
Best selling author, Sophia Knightly, will talk about self-publishing, promotion, and treating your writing like a business. She took the reins of her career and found tremendous success. In her inspiring lecture, she shares how you too can hop into the driver's seat, take control, and attain your publishing dreams. 
USA Today  bestselling author, Sophia Knightly, loves to cook up hot romance and delicious humor in her feel-good stories. Whether it’s romantic suspense, romantic comedy or chick lit, her books are fun and sexy contemporary romances that feature hot alpha heroes and strong, smart women. A two-time Maggie award finalist and a P&E Readers’ Poll finalist, she is traditionally published by St. Martin’s Press, Kensington, and Samhain Publishing. Her popular Tropical Heat Series books, Wild for You and Sold on You, have consistently been on multiple Amazon best selling lists and sold over 100,000 copies.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: For more information please email Edi Ojeda at or visit our website at

So You Want to Write a Book?

              "So You Want to Write A Book?"
                                           Half-Day Seminar  

                                           For New/Aspiring Authors

For beginning authors interested in writing and publishing fiction, non-fiction and memoirs

When:          Saturday, March 22,  9 a.m. – 12 Noon

Where:         Comfort Inn, Palm Bay, Fl, I-95 and Exit 173

Cost:           $30 per person 

This three-hour seminar and workshop will provide new authors with basic rules and information on how to start and complete writing a book, plus follow-up.  Topics to be covered, but not limited to:

Rules for structuring and writing fiction and non-fiction
Plot, setting and character development
Acquiring an agent
Getting published
Marketing books

For registration form, visit web site, link to Seminar Registration:
         This will be Marshall Frank's tenth seminar.  Evaluations from past students have been
          outstanding. Two of his students wrote their first book within a year, both
          with first-rate standard publishers, one is now a best seller. (Very proud)

      Instructor:  Marshall Frank (me) is a retired captain/ homicide investigator from the Miami-Dade Police Department, now the author of twelve books, including six novels, one book of memoirs, four books of non-fiction and one How-To-Write book.  Questions:   321-254-3398. More info on my web site: 

My Author is My Hero Day

Date: Sunday, March 16TH
Time: 3 PM
Location: Center for Spiritual Living
Donation: only $5.00 at the door
Address: 2 South West 12th Avenue, Boca Raton
Directions: Take 1-95 exit 44 East on Palmetto Park Road. Turn right on SW 12th Ave. The Church will be right in front of you. 
Event: My Author is My Hero Day
 These local authors truly do care and have something unique to share. In fact, 50% of their sales on this day are donated to the Boca Raton Walk on Water Fund.  (WWW.AWALKONWATER)
Movie Screening: (at no extra charge)"TEMPLE GRANDIN", starring Golden Globe winner Claire Danes.  A feel-good story of a young woman's perseverance while struggling with the isolating challenges of autism.

Dr. Barbara Lunde (Minister, Center for Spiritual Living), teaches, "Spiritual  Economics". The center offers "A Hero's Journey"... the journey that awaits each of us.  Readers expand their minds, open their hearts, and find the courage to continue their own life journey and envision the world as they choose to create it.
Carol White (Boca Branch, National League of American Pen Women, Letters Chairwoman, IWWG, Florida Writers Association, Booklovers Bench, IPPY Bronze 2013 - Romantic Fiction 1st Place - Chatterton Play Lab 2013), award-winning playwright, novelist, columnist, poet. South Florida Theatre League. Her latest book, a collection of stories is entitled, Sitting Pretty
Jeffrey Warren Hyman, CPA, lunar behavior expert. Appeared on 'Sightings', the Learning Channel.   He shares his expertise about the influence of the moon on human behavior. His first book (30 years in the making) is called, Let The Moon Out Of The Closet.
Sheila Blanchette Through the challenging times we live in, job changes and losses, divorce, aging parents and children who leave home, her latest book is, Take Me Home.
Barrie Brett Produces the 'Speaker Series' at Congregation B'nai Israel, Boca Raton. Emmy Award-winning television producer/writer. She has an ongoing fascination with the ability of moments to transform lives. Her first book is called, Moments of Being: Finding Your One Moment in Time.
Fred Lichtenberg a native New Yorker, transplanted to Jupiter, is a mystery writer.  His novels include Double Trouble, 666 Kendall Drive, Hunter's World, and Deadly Heat at the Cottages.
Gladys McLeod VOX Storytelling Slam Winner; Storytellers Guild of Palm Beach Cty. Presenter of monthly workshop, "I'll Tell You Mine If You Tell Me Yours" at the Hagen Ranch branch of The Palm Beach County Library. Gladys’ workshop originated at Kripalu Health and Yoga Center, the largest holistic health and yoga center on the Eastern seaboard, Lenox, Ma.
Dayle Herstik (NLAPW). Book Talk presenter at The Parkland Library. In her first book, When We Were Perfect, she brought snapshots of daily life through her poetry. In Life Happens, she explores the short story to show situations of love, anger, fear, frustration, sadness and joy.
Brenda Serotte an adjunct at Nova Southeastern University, has completed her memoir, The Fortune Teller's Kiss.  As a James A. Michener Fellow, in 1995, she joined the MFA program in poetry at the University of Miami.
Information: Call Barbara: 561-483-2054