Thursday, March 27, 2014

Florida Romance Writers April Meeting

DATE:  Saturday, April 12, 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: Brand Smart – Your Guide to Creating an Author Brand
This workshop will teach you how to use established advertising tools to develop your author brand and sell…yourself.  Using these tools, you will identify who you are as an author and create your distinct look and presence. Also, you will learn to find your readers and target a marketing plan to reach them. 
Kristin Wallace is a published author and 15-year Advertising industry veteran, with a background in copywriting. She has worked on multiple accounts, including the Miami Marlins, Discovery Networks, The Peabody Hotel, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, Sea World, MetroPCS, and several hospitals. She writes inspirational romance and women’s fiction filled with “love, laughter and a leap of faith”. Kristin’s debut novel MARRY ME, the first of a series set in the fictional Southern town of Covington Falls, released in October 2013 from Astraea Press. The anticipated next two installments in the series are releasing soon, ACTING UP (April 22) and IMAGINE THAT (July 1).
Learn more about Kristin by visiting her website:
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: For more information please email Edi Ojeda at or visit our website at

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

April 19, 2014: Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter, Luncheon

GUEST SPEAKER:              Nancy J. Cohen
                                                Program:  “Writing the Cozy Mystery”
Do you want to write a mystery but don’t have a clue where to start? Or maybe you’ve begun a story but are stuck on the plot? Perhaps you’re already writing a series, and you need tips on keeping track of your material? Nancy J. Cohen will show you step-by-step how to develop your characters, establish the setting, plot the story, add suspense, plant clues and sustain your series. You’ll learn everything you need to know to write your own whodunit. These tips apply to other genres as well. If you’ve ever wanted to plan a fictional murder, this workshop is for you. Nancy will include her 4 Giant Steps to Self-Publishing in describing how she brought her book of this title to print.

Nancy J. Cohen is the author of 20 published books, including the humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series featuring hairdresser Marla Shore. Several of these titles have made the IMBA bestseller list. Her latest title and 11th in the series is Hanging By A Hair. Nancy is also the author of Writing the Cozy Mystery, a valuable instructional guide for writers. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. Her titles in this genre have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. Active in the writing community and a featured speaker at libraries and conferences, Nancy is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who's Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. Currently, she is serving as President of the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America.
 DATE:  Saturday, April 19, 2014
TIME:  11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon 
PROGRAM:  1:00—Nancy J. Cohen, “Writing the Cozy Mystery”
PLACE:  Doubletree by Hilton (formerly Deerfield Beach Hilton), 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)
COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.  Please note that those who do not reserve and prepay will pay $5 extra at the door, and be seated only if space is available.

 RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay through PayPal, visit the Chapter website, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email with the subject line "MWA April Meeting" to reserve a spot.  In the body of the email, please include your name, the name of any guest you have invited, your email address, and telephone number.  Then write your check or money order payable to  “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter'' and mail to Rick Wymer, 13900 Carlton Dr., Davie, FL 33330.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014:  Please save the date.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Epic New Adventure Novel Is Full of Pirates, Earthquakes, and History

Authors Bodie and Gardiner will have readers on the edges of their seats as they ride the high seas into the golden age of piracy with real life 17th century adventurer Jonathan Dickinson in the new thriller “Glimpse of Sunlight,” first in a trilogy.

Palm City, FL March 25, 2014—Why did Jonathan Dickinson leave Port Royal, Jamaica for Philadelphia, and more importantly, why did he leave his dazzling riches behind? His life spun out of control when he encountered Oumar Seydou and Blair Brannigan. Escape with these three unlikely adventurers and their descendants to Port Royal, Jamaica the wickedest city known to mankind in Leona DeRosa Bodie and G.E. Gardiner’s saga of passion and resistance to tyranny, Glimpse of Sunlight (ISBN: 9780989624756, WRB Publishing, 2014).

The historical thriller, “Glimpse of Sunlight: Jonathan Dickinson Odyssey Book 1,” is scheduled for release, right on time for the Centennial Celebration of the city of Stuart (Martin County on the Treasure Coast), and the 318th anniversary of Jonathan Dickinson’s shipwreck off the coast of Martin County! 

The authors will debut their historic thriller at the 2014 Delray Affair April 25-27, Booth AA603 located on East Atlantic Ave between 6th and 7th Avenues. Bodie and Gardiner, along with their novel illustrator Steve Witucki, are planning an art exhibit, a meet and greet, giveaways, free book swag, art renderings, etchings and prints for their launch. Witucki is also the artist for a Broadway musical premiering early 2016. He recently finished a mural for Arnold's Wildlife Rehabilitation in Lake Okeechobee, Florida. See his portfolio at

Witucki’s art and the authors’ word painting capture the novel’s international landscape and memorable views. Glimpse of Sunlight stretches back to Ghana where Oumar, faced with the European invasions, made a promise to one day right the wrongs done to him and others. He soon finds himself enslaved in Jamaica with few allies and many enemies. When his, Jonathan and Blair’s pursuit of liberty and riches leads to chaos, kidnapping and murder, the question becomes…who will prevail? 

Can they even determine their own fate when a catastrophic earthquake and its terrible aftereffects strike? Their problem was just as daunting then as it would be for us today, since scientists can’t predict earthquakes. 

Authors Bodie and Gardiner weave together three separate plots that take readers from Africa to Ireland, England, and Jamaica. Their novel and the overall perseverance of the Jamaican people forever capture the power of the human spirit in this tale. Intertwined into the historical story is a complex plot of contemporary characters whose lives intersect with those of their seventeenth century ancestors.

These adventures are set during the golden age of piracy and sunken treasure ships. The characters are faced with moral choices that range from revenge and violence, to murder, greed, and sensual compromise. Even a voodoo priestess, a haunted house, and a secret attic room find a place in the novel. 

Reviewers and fellow authors are delighted by Glimpse of Sunlight. Mackenzie Lucas, award-winning author of “To Have and To Hold,” states, “I fell in love with the characters...wonderfully compelling story.Richard R. Blake of Reader Views says the novel is “sure to add new fans to the growing number of enthusiasts of the works of both authors.” These pirates are bound to steal your heart.

Bodie, Gardiner and Witucki are available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and/or book-signings contact

About the Authors
Leona DeRosa Bodie is the award-winning author of the suspense novel Shadow Cay. After teaching high school English and a stint in private industry, she decided the novel churning in her brain for fifteen years really deserved her attention. So she left her job to sail and write full-time. Leona is the Florida Writers Association’s Regional Director and past VP.  

G.E. Gardiner spent his first career founding and running several small businesses. In 1997, a hemorrhagic brain stem stroke put him in the hospital for 6½ weeks. Seven years later, he began writing to strengthen his brain. G.E. also leads a Florida Writers Association group.

Glimpse of Sunlight (ISBN: 9780989624756, WRB Publishing, 2014) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Publicity contact:

Monday, March 24, 2014

Cage Liners by Bob Hart

Bob Hart’s new book Cage Liners (Create Space, March 16, 2014) a 2012 RPLA second place winner for autobiography/memoir, tells lighthearted stories based on his personal experience during fifty years as a veterinarian. Most focus on the relationships and behavior of pet owners, pets, receptionists, veterinary nurses and veterinarians, when they meet, and sometimes clash, over clinical cases. 

Veterinarians often line their hospital pet-cages with newspaper, or place newspaper under a blanket, because it is easily discarded when soiled. This suggested an eco-title for these stories which, if necessary, can be recycled in pet cages after reading. 

In the early chapters, as a city-boy student dealing with farm animals, he was humiliated on his first farm visit, perplexed by his feelings during farm surgery, embarrassed trying to shear a ewe, astonished by his mentor when testing a bull, and scared out of his boots by a charging pig. So, he expected small animal practice to be a breeze—duh—he learned rapidly that although veterinarians treat patients, they must deal with owners and staff.

The highlights of his internship included helping a prostitute by curing her dog’s skin problem and her offer to barter services; having a client strip in the office (before fainting); puzzling over the logic of ‘wanting a dog spayed if she’s pregnant, but not to spay her otherwise as the owner wants her to have puppies,’ adopting an injured pug who bonded with his fiancĂ© (after a rocky start), and being humbled by his own pride of knowledge. 

He learned that the success of treatment is often because the client trusts his veterinarian, in the words of Houdini, ‘It’s not the trick. It’s the magician.’ 

You will meet Aunt Josephine, his help-mate in telling some stories—a conscience figure who haunted his years of practice. Always ready to dispense wisdom at a moment’s notice, she needs no excuse to dispense caustic advice. An author’s ploy, she is a composite of several people compressed into one character for dramatic effect (and to save space). As the stories illustrate, to be in the presence of someone unashamedly self-righteous shows how remarkably open minded we are. It is much like hiring the incompetent to make oneself appear brilliant, or looking for pictures of ugly people to make oneself feel fabulous! 

Delight in the company of the Reverend Irish gentleman whose dog is “drinking the plurality of gallons, so she is,” who later adopted an abandoned case and helped the author counsel a young man whose dog ate his stash of pot. Meet the problematic Mrs. Ziglepush, the author’s pug, Dammit, Mipsy the shish-kebabed Spaniel, and Samson, the beagle who lost his voice. And there are tragedies that reinforce humility. 

A week from “Manic Monday” to “Frantic Friday” illustrates a variety of situations. As Thomas Magnum, P.I. once said—“Sometimes it helps to look for the obvious. Every case, no matter how simple, can lead you down a blind alley or two.”

Finally, most animal names may have been changed to protect them from embarrassment.

About the Author
Robert Hart, a graduate of London University’s Royal Veterinary College, has half a century of experience in academia and veterinary practice in the United Kingdom and United States. Born in London, he was raised in Tanzania and Malawi, schooled in Tanzania and Swaziland, and attended college in Dublin, Ireland and London. He and his wife, fellow writer, Veronica Helen Hart, live in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Book News. ME AND JIM byh Aitch Embee

Aitch Embee’s new book ME AND JIM was self published via CreateSpace and Amazon in March 2014. ME AND JIM is a collection of 40 short stories centered around a pair of twelvish boys and their dealings with their families, friends and the world around them. 
The primary voice is that of Bud who sets the scenes and introduces the other characters. These include Jim, his best friend in the whole world, Ma and Pa, Prissy Pigtails, his older sister, General Smith, his dog, and a raft of other friends, neighbors and even strangers. Jamie Jenkins, a tomboy is the two boy’s nemesis. The action takes place in New Smithville, located anywhere in the United States. These stories, told in the boys vernacular, range from humorous to poignant, but are all entertaining and make for light reading by both men and women and even boys and girls.
About the Author
Aitch Embee is the pseudonym used by Howard M. Bernbaum, a retired professional engineer and is taken directly from his initials. Howard has been writing almost all his adult years, both technical and fiction and has been published in a variety of magazines as well as corporate internal
documents. ME AND JIM is his second book of short stories following two years after the introduction of WERE YOU TALKING TO ME? a collection about his also fictitious character, Martin Luther Gittleman.
These stories should provide ample enjoyment for those who have limited time to read. Each story takes a matter of minutes to read and is not dependent on other stories in the book. Perfect for a plane trip or a bathroom stop.
ME AND JIM is available at Amazon

Doug Dillon Blog Tour.... Join In...

Doug Dillon is hosing a blog tour for his latest book of interest.  For book readers who get involved in the tour and apply, they will have a chance at an interesting prize. He has contracted with an online store for the winner to have a shopping spree. Here’s the link if you’re like to see the basics:

In that post, you can click on whichever bloggers are featuring his book on that particular day and see how they are handling the whole thing.

Doug Dillon

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Diane Gilbert Madsen’s new Literati Mystery, “The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper,” published by MX

 Publishing, London, will be launched jointly in the US and the UK on the 155th anniversary of Conan Doyle’s birthday – May 22nd

“Diane Gilbert Madsen’s  “The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper” was the best book I’ve read in a long, long time. I was hooked by page six and couldn’t stop reading. Spellbinding, intriguing and with a beguiling wit, Ms. Madsen delighted me to no end.”  --  Catherine Lanigan, author, Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile and LOVE SHADOWS.

The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper,” uncovers clues as to Why the Dog Did Not Bark in the Night.  Sherlock Holmes concluded that it was because the intruder was known to the dog.  Madsen’s new mystery questions whether the identity of one of the greatest criminals of all time, Jack the Ripper, was deduced by Conan Doyle.
Conan Doyle was already famous with his popular Sherlock Holmes stories when Jack the Ripper struck London in October 1888. Why was Conan Doyle silent about this case?  Find out in “The Conan Doyle Notes: The Secret of Jack the Ripper.” 
 The author will contribute a portion of the sale of each book to the
   “Save Undershaw” Foundation to restore Doyle’s Surrey home.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Florida Writers Association Youth Writers Collection

Important Firsts is the theme for the 2014 Florida Writers Association Youth Writers Collection Contest #1 of short stories written by FWA youth members between ages 10 and 17, submitted electronically, published by FWA, and marketed across the nation. This is the first year for this contest, which is sponsored by the Board of Directors of the Florida Writers Association and Peppertree Press. This year’s theme, Important Firsts, could be about your first day at school, your first day in a new home, your first best friend, your first day at summer camp. How you approach the theme is up to you--nonfiction, fiction, and poetry are all permitted. For additional information, please visit the Florida Writers Association Youth Writers website,

FWA Collections 2+ Months Left

Florida Writers Association Collection

The Florida Writers Association (FWA) is now taking submissions for The First Step: Florida Writers Association Collection, Volume 6. This annual assemblage of 60 short pieces written by FWA members and submitted electronically is published by FWA and marketed across the nation. Each year presents a new theme and new Person of Renown, who for 2014 is NYT bestselling author Mary Burton. The First Step is about any first step in any venture—learning how to walk, entering college, starting a new job, the first step you took when you learned your loved one was an alcoholic. Submissions may be fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, poetry—virtually any genre. Full guidelines are posted on the FWA website,

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Wig Nelson interviewed on radio and puts books on special.

Wig Nelson is  doing a radio show on the 17th of March out of Decatur Georgia by phone.  They are interviewing him for an hour to discuss his books and music.

He has reduced all of his books on Kindle to 0.99 for the remainder of March.  Here is the link to his kindle store: