Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Book News from Valerie Allen

Beyond the Inkblots: Confusion to Harmony
Dr. Valerie Allen's self-help book, Beyond the Inkblots: Confusion to Harmony, is now available in LARGE PRINT. This is a practical book focusing on the psychology of everyday living. It talks about personal responsibility for who we are, where we are in life, and what we plan to happen next. It offers steps to gain emotional stability, self control, and insight into our relationships.
 Beyond the Inkblots: Confusion to Harmony is also available as an ebook and an audio book. If you would like a coupon for a FREE download of the audio book for iTunes,, or, please contact Valerie at and she will provide you with the coupon code.
~ Valerie Allen ~                                

The Janet Network - Whiskey Creek Press

Michele Wallace Campanelli is an American writer, singer and Florida celebrity. During the early 1990s, Michele was lead singer of the heavy metal band, Black Widow, which was one of the first all-female bands in Florida during the early 90s. After the band, Michele Wallace Campanelli started writing short stories and fiction novels professionally. She has had nine stories appearing on the best-sellers list, including two that reached #1 on the New York Times. Her short stories have been included in over 30 international selling anthologies. She has also penned numerous novels, magazine and newspaper articles in both fiction and non-fiction published by Simon & Schuster, Chronicle Books, Fireside Books, Fictionwise, Florida Today Newspaper, Woman’s World Magazine, Whiskey Creek Press, Wee Creek Press, Adamsmedia, McGraw-Hill, Multnomah Books, Red Rock Press, HCI and America House Publishing. Over 57 million people have read her written works internationally.

She currently lives in Palm Bay. When Michele isn’t writing, she is CEO of Regal PA & Entertainment Services LLC which performs concerts around Florida. She is a professional singer, writer and actor. As a devoted Christian, she uses her talents to glorify God and bring joy to others.
The Janet Network
  • Doctor Jay Newport, a renowned psychiatrist, does what’s needed to protect women against domestic violence. When Catherine walked through his door requesting advice for dealing with her abusive boyfriend, the doctor knew the Janet Network could protect her… by any means necessary. Immediately, he called in private investigator Will Cilva to keep a close eye on her. Will’s investigation team soon discovered that police suspected Lucky of transporting drugs from Key West. Even a gifted psychiatrist couldn’t have predicted what happened next. Caught in wild-storm crossfire during a Florida DEA drug raid, Doctor Newport & Will Cilva dodged more than bullets. If being caught at the center of a drug war weren’t scary enough, Dr. Jay Newport suddenly became aware that his friend, Will Cilva, was falling in love with his very seductive patient.
Michele Wallace Campanelli, National Best-selling Author, Palm Bay Resident
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Now Available

Monday, April 28, 2014

MAY 17, 2014: Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter, Luncheon

GUEST SPEAKERS:            Mike Geier and Charles V. Boyd
Program:  “Weapons of Mass Destruction: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Threats”

Do you have a real bad guy in your story?  A villain who’s out to destroy the world – or your cozy little town?  Then you don’t want to miss this highly educational (and entertaining, in a good way!) presentation by two resident experts.  They’ll inform us on ways to wipe out a population, and how first responders on the scene and emergency preparedness planners behind the scenes work to protect us from these evils.  Good stuff to know, whether for your fiction or your life!

Mike Geier is a Radiological Emergency Preparedness (REP) Planner who manages radiological preparedness for Palm Beach County FL.  He has organized and continues to provide leadership to the Palm Beach County REP & Preventative Radiological Nuclear Detection Working Groups.  Mike also manages the county’s chemical Emergency Planning Community Right to Know Program.  Mike authored the first REP Field Operations Guide for Florida’s first responders.  In an off-duty capacity, Mike is an instructor in FEMA’s National Domestic Preparedness Consortium – Counter Terrorism Operational Support Program.  Prior to his current position, Mike spent 7 years in law enforcement and 11 months as the Deputy Logistics Chief for the City of New Orleans during the response Hurricane Katrina among other field deployments.  He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a graduate certificate in disaster management.  His private sector background also includes experience in transportation, pharmaceutical research/development and small business ownership.   He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers, and US Civil Air Patrol.   

Charles V. Boyd is first responder located in South Florida. His career spans over 3 decades of service in special operations divisions for federal, state and municipal governments.  He has responded to emergencies both domestically and internationally. Mr. Boyd has developed numerous concepts of operations and implementation strategies for covert and overt homeland security initiatives – These ‘CONOPS’ include a variety of topics for 'white powder' response, tox-medic protocols, biowatch surveillance and Preventive Radiological Nuclear Detection. Charles works with Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and Counter Terrorism Operations Support as well as nationally recognized municipal fire rescue agency. Charles has private sector interests in agri-business and private education. 

DATE:  Saturday, May 17, 2014
TIME:  11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM:  1:00— Mike Geier and Charles V. Boyd, “Weapons of Mass Destruction: Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Threats”
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.

Poets and Players at Bellamy Road

You are invited to an evening of
~ Poets & Players ~

Twenty Poets and Songwriters in Lyrical and Musical performance.

6 - 8:30pm Artists Hall in Melrose Sunday May 4, 2014
6pm Trantham Whitely piano preludes -
6:15 Poetry readings - approximately 12 poets at 3 minutes each
7pm Musical/songwriter - approximately 4 musicians at 3 minutes each
7:15 pm Intermission
7:30 Open mic for Audience Poets - approximately 4 poets at 3 minutes each
7:45 Second Round of Poets & Players - approximately 12 performers at 3 minutes each
8:30 FINI
$5 gets you in the door.
LOCATION - 301 St. Rd. 26 Melrose

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Florida Romance Writers May Meeting

Florida Romance Writers May Meeting
DATE: Saturday, May 10th, 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: World Building for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Paranormal
From aliens and robots to vampires and werewolves, Dr. Brad Aiken will walk you through how he builds his science fiction and fantasy worlds and share techniques for grounding the supernatural in the natural.
Dr. Brad Aiken is the Medical Director for Rehabilitation at Baptist Hospital of Miami and has been recognized by various publications as one of the top South Florida physicians in his field. He has published several scientific articles and presented at both medical and science fiction conventions. His short stories have appeared in several publications including Analog Science Fiction and Fact, the Russian science fiction magazine, ESLI, and vampire anthology, New Blood. He has published four novels, and most recently, a collection of medical short stories (part of the Springer Science and Fiction series) titled Small Doses of the Future.

Learn more about Dr. Aiken by visiting his website at:
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Please e-mail Edi Ojeda at for a reservation and visit us at:

Book News: Acting Up by Kristin Wallace

ACTING UP: Covington Falls Chronicles (Book 2)

Acting Up is a contemporary inspirational romance set in the fictional Southern town of Covington Falls.

Addison Covington is the reigning Ice Queen of television. Until her producer husband falls in love with her on-screen daughter and a well-placed punch on national television casts her as the wicked ex-wife. Fired and disgraced, she escapes to Covington Falls to try and figure out how to save her career. Before Addison can say “Casting Call” she's drafted to direct the high school musical.

Life is constantly on the brink of chaos for widower and single father Ethan Thomas. As a high school principal he also has to deal with hundreds of students. Now, he’s short one drama teacher and if he doesn’t find someone to direct the spring musical he’s going to have a riot on his hands. His childhood neighbor, Addison Covington, could be an answer to prayer. Or one more complication he can’t afford.

Soon Addison dealing with some off-key caterwauling, a bitter stepson showing up, and the sexiest high school principal she's ever met. One thing Addison and Ethan agree on is that there’s no room in their lives for romance. He’s got too much at stake, and she needs to reclaim her former glory in Hollywood. In the end, these two lost souls will choreograph a happy ending with the help of Grace, Love and a Curtain Call.

About Kristin Wallace

Growing up Kristin devoured books like bags of Dove Dark Chocolate. Her first Golden Book led to Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, C.S. Lewis and the Sweet Valley High series. Later, she discovered romance novels and fell in love all over again. She writes inspirational romance and women’s fiction filled with love, laughter and a leap of faith. When she’s not writing her next novel, Kristin works as an advertising copywriter. She also enjoys singing in her church choir and worship team and playing flute in a community orchestra. Kristin is a member of Romance Writers of America and serves as President of the local affiliate chapter, Florida Romance Writers. This is the second book in the Covington Falls Chronicles. Be sure to check out the first book in the series, Marry Me.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Publisher and Gallery Owner to Explain How He Uses Books and Art to
Protect Nature
FLAGLER BEACH, FLAs part of Flagler County Art League’s “Celebration of the Arts,” 
Frank Gromling will share his lifelong journey to promote conservation at local, state, 
and national venues on Sunday, May 4th from the Hilton Garden Inn, Palm 
Coast Town Center at 55 Town Center Blvd.,  Palm Coast, FL.  The program is free and 
open to the public thanks to a grant from the City of Palm Coast.

Working with internationally known authors and artists, such as Jean-Michel Cousteau
and Steve Barton, he has combined books and art to promote conservation in unique
and entertaining ways.

Gromling’s traditional book publishing company, based in Flagler Beach, is a national
award winning firm. It has won two Benjamin Franklin Awards and several state awards 
for its nonfiction books about marine life, nature and conservation. 

His Ocean Books & Art, a gallery and boutique bookstore, showcases books by 
Jean-Michel Cousteau, Kevin McCarey, William Stewart, and others with major points
to make about the importance of conservation. Gromling’s own books include Frank’s 
Whales, Tracks in the Sand: Sea Turtles and Their Protectors, and Fits Like A Glove: 
The Bill and Bob Meistrell Story.

Gromling’s oceanfront 1500 square foot art gallery contains a powerful balance of local 
and national artists whose works bring forth the beauty and majesty of nature from within
Flagler County and around the world. Steve Barton, Chris DeRubeis, and Peter C. Stone 
attract wide audiences and collectors seeking this level of art also are introduced to the 
talented work of local artists, many of whom have extensive experience and awards.

Ocean Books & Art is located at 200 S. Oceanshore Blvd., Flagler Beach.
Hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm.  

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Screenwriters of Brevard presents our Third Annual Screenwriter’s Workshop – Adaptation; Prose to Script

 Cocoa Beach, Florida – May 17, 2014. (8 AM – 5 PM). Offering YOU an opportunity to create the visual equivalent of your novel or short story. We have teamed up with several industry professionals to present this one-time event to assist, educate, and inspire you to succeed. If you seriously desire adapting your work into a screenplay, television series, or movie you do not want to miss this extraordinary opportunity. The event will be hosted by International Palms Resort in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Chantelle A. Osman, president of A Twist of Karma Entertainment, LLC, will share her expertise as a script doctor with tips on visual content and formatting your work. Charlene Crandall, Hollywood Producer and Consultant, will focus and discuss the pitching process, package and interview. Brian Steinberger, Intellectual Property attorney, will discuss copyrights and trademarks of your work. Charles Barrett, seasoned screenwriter and entertainment professional, shares his experience and knowledge in adapting a book to a feature film. Kerry Carson, president of Exquisite Editing & Writing Services, focuses on the development and editing of scripts and novels.

The International Palms Resort & Conference Center will host this spectacular Screenwriter’s Workshop in Cocoa Beach, Florida. For Reservation call (321) 392-1630, ask for the Screenwriter’s Workshop special rate.(321) 392-1630

Adaptation; Prose to Script is designed for all levels of writing instruction, from the Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced writer to the published and non-published author. Rate: $75.00 includes continental breakfast, coffee/soda breaks.

For more information contact Dean Naegel at or call phone  (321) 266-3589, or visit our website at 266-3589