Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sitting Pretty by Carol White

Carol White's award-winning "Sitting Pretty" has a special e-book price of $.99. This book of twenty short stories plus a bonus novella won the NABE Pinnacle 2014 Award, and the 2014 International Book Award. Find it for your Kindle or Nook on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. 
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

FWA Mini-Conference in Tampa


GUEST SPEAKERS:            Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, Steven Brown, Rory J. McMahon, and Robert Zucker
Program:  “Lies, Damn Lies, and Private Eyes”

Join us for a blockbuster panel of private and forensic investigators who have tackled cases from adulterers to zillionaires and everything in between.   Hear about fascinating crimes to spark your imagination, and learn the tricks of the trade from these veteran pros.  Just don’t try anything shady around this bunch.

Acclaimed writer Carolina Garcia-Aguilera is the author of ten books as well as a contributor to many anthologies, but is perhaps best known for her Lupe Solano mystery series. Her books have been translated into twelve languages; ONE HOT SUMMER, her seventh novel, was made into a film for Lifetime Television. Ms. Garcia-Aguilera, who has been a private investigator for twenty-five years, has been the recipient of many awards.

Former FBI agent Steven Brown has been in the private investigative business since 1984. He has appeared on local television stations as well as national broadcasts like 60 Minutes with Mike Wallace. He has worked thousands of cases, from murders, criminal defense, and family law. He also is vice-president of Hindsight Services Inc., a background screening company. Steve is the author of the COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO PRIVATE INVESTIGATING and FIVE THINGS WOMEN NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE MEN THEY DATE.

Former federal probation officer and college instructor Rory J. McMahon has been the President of R.J. McMahon and Associates, Inc. since 1991.  Although this is a full service detective agency, Rory specializes in criminal, civil and background investigations.   Rory is a Certified Legal Investigator, Florida Certified Investigator, Certified Criminal Defense Investigator, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is the author of seven textbooks, including FRAUD INVESTIGATION and PRACTICAL HANDBOOK FOR PROFESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS.

Robert W. Zucker, CPA/CFF, CGMA, is the Founder and Managing Partner of Zucker Forensics. He has personally represented more than 1,000 clients in litigation and consultation engagements inclusive of Matrimonial Litigation, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Business Valuation, Commercial Lease Audits, Fraud Investigation and Compliance Auditing. Robert has over 25 years of experience in forensic accounting, tax preparation for businesses, estates, individuals, trusts, limited liability companies and partnerships supervising governmental and industry audits, general accounting matters and advisor for businesses.

DATE:  Saturday, June 21, 2014
TIME:  11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM:  1:00—“Lies, Damn Lies, and Private Eyes”
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 May 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, SEPTEMBER 27, 2014:  Please save the date.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

News from Valerie Allen

Free on Kindle from Valerie Allen on 05/28 through 05/31/14. Her short story: 

A Mother's Love

A mother, disappointed and emotionally crushed by her only son, is bolstered by a strong and loving family. In her darkest moment, she finds strength and discovers her son's deepest respect and love for  her.

~  Valerie Allen  ~                                          

Justice in June by Barbara Levenson

Looking for a sizzling summer beach read?
Justice in June by Flroida novelist Barbara Levenson to be released in paperback edition on June 3, 2014

MIAMI, FL – Longtime Miami Judge Barbara Levenson will celebrate the release of a paperback edition of her Miami murder mystery, Justice in June on June 3, 2014A sizzling summer beach read, Justice in June features the fun, fearless, and oh-so-feisty Mary Magruder Katz, a half-Jewish, half-Southern Baptist criminal defense attorney who has a knack for getting in way over her head.

Hailed as “John Grisham in spiked heels,” the Mary Magruder Katz mysteries have earned rave reviews, including:

“Full of humor and joie de vivre.”Library Journal
“Lighthearted and frothy fun.” – The Deseret News
A winning combination of mystery and legal intrigue.” —The Free-Lance Star
“A quick, fun read. Readers are sure to want more.” Daytona Beach News-Journal
“A delightful book.” Boca Raton News
“Perfect summer reading for anyone looking to spend a lazy summer afternoon in the world of south Florida.” —The Bristol Herald-Courier
“If you’re tired of reading Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books, maybe it’s time to switch to Barbara Levenson. Highly entertaining, fast-paced, and funny.” Lansing State Journal
“There’s action and danger and twists ... the ending will surprise you and you’ll wind up thoroughly   entertained.” The Roanoke Times
“Excellent.” —I Love a Mystery
“Engrossing.” – Reviewing the Evidence
“Fans of Stephanie Plum and Kinsey Millhone will find a new author to love.” –Review the Book

In Justice in June, it’s Miami in June. It’s raining, it’s pouring, but the life of criminal defense attorney Mary Magruder Katz is anything but boring—especially when she gets caught up in a whirlwind of three different cases. Three cases. One Mary. One torrential downpour of turmoil. Can she weather the storm? Ride out the cold front that settles over her once-hot romance? Salvage what remains of her—and her clients’—reputations? Mary Magruder Katz is about to find herself in the eye of storm, because this month’s forecast calls for trouble.

Barbara Levenson is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami Law School, and has resided in Miami, Florida, for the past 38 years. Barbara has served as a prosecutor, and run her own law practice where she focused on criminal defense and civil rights litigation. Barbara was elected to a judgeship in the circuit court of Miami-Dade County where she served mainly in criminal court and after retirement, as senior judge.   Levenson is the author of Fatal February, Justice in June, and Outrageous October. Her newest mystery, Neurotic November, will be available this Fall. Visit Barbara Levenson online at:

Justice in June (CreateSpace, ISBN:  978-1-495997-58-7, Paperback, $10.95) will be available where books are sold on June 3, 2014.

For more information, please contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email –

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Inaugural Patrick D. Smith Literary Award

Writing contest open to Brevard residents

(Cocoa, FL) May 20, 2014 – The Brevard Library Foundation is excited to present the Patrick D. Smith Literary Award for exceptional writing by a Brevard County author.  The Foundation is currently accepting entries from authors in all genres, fiction or non-fiction with the exception of children’s literature and poetry.  The work can be published or unpublished, with a publication date no earlier than January 1, 2012.  Multiple entries from the same author are welcome, with a separate entry fee of $50 for each work.  The grand prize is a cash award of $1500. Entries should be submitted before the deadline of July 1, 2014, to the Brevard Library Foundation office, 219 Indian River Drive, Cocoa, FL 32922.  More information, complete entry requirements, submission rules and entry forms can be found at 
This first annual award honors Patrick D. Smith, beloved Florida author and friend of the Foundation.  We are thrilled to be honoring Patrick D. Smith.  It is the desire of the Foundation to not only honor Patrick Smith, but also provide the opportunity for local Brevard authors to showcase their work and win a sizeable award for their efforts.  All entries will be judged by local academic leaders and professors.  The winning work will be awarded a cash prize of $1500 at an event in their honor.  The Patrick D. Smith Literary Award is open to current, full-time Brevard residents.  
 Questions or comments can be directed to our Award email: 

About the Brevard Library Foundation:  Founded in 2000, the Foundation’s mission is to support the Brevard County Library System by providing financial resources to enrich and accelerate innovation within the library experience for the shared benefit of the community.  We believe that libraries are an investment in the future of Brevard County.  To date, we have provided thousands of children’s books as replacements for those lost, misplaced or over-loved; funded the Negroni-Hendrick Mobile Library which serves hundreds of children and elderly shut-ins each month; as well as created and opened the only cafĂ© of its kind within a library facility.  

The Brevard Library Foundation is located in the former S.F. “Gator” Travis Home at 219 Indian River Drive in front/east of the Central Brevard Library and Reference Center.  Lovingly referred to as the RiverHouse, its renovation was a cooperative effort among not for profits in our county. It is also the home of Literacy for Adults in Brevard, The Cape Canaveral Lighthouse office and the Space Coast Symphony Orchestra.

We are usually available between 10:00am – 3:00pm, Monday thru Friday on a part-time basis.  To visit us or for questions, please call ahead and make an appointment:  321.633.1887.  You may also email us at 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Writing News from Jamie Engle

After helping authors, parents, and business owners for more than five years, Jamie Engle is proud to officially open her company "A Writer For Life." Her vision is threefold: she works with authors to critique and edit manuscripts, write queries, find agent/editor, and market published books. She works alongside business owners to create web content and promotional articles for marketing their company. She teaches writing to students either in small group settings or in private tutoring sessions. 

Check out her website at and be sure to like her Facebook page at FB/awriterforlifecoach and Twitter/awriterforlife. She looks forward to helping you grow your business!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Florida Romance Writers June Meeting

DATE:  Saturday, June 14th, 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: The Art of the Critique
A successful critique is a powerful tool in an author’s arsenal, but the mere mention of the word can often make a writer cringe with fear. What constitutes a successful critique? What are commonalities? How can you gauge receptiveness? How can you critique someone with more writing experience? What is taboo and what is not? Barbara Flores will answer all your questions and lead you through what can be a prickly maze or a work of art.

Even experienced authors need love and not only benefit from critiques, but will be present to offer sage advice. In addition, Barbara will help attendees find local connections to facilitate the forming of personal critique groups. Please bring 3 pages and be prepared to read aloud to your table.
Barbara Flores has an MFA in Writing and Literature and is currently a professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University, teaching on campuses in West Palm Beach and Wellington. She also taught writing at U.C. Berkeley Extension, St Mary’s College in California, and Palm Beach Atlantic University. Furthermore, she is an award winning author, having penned three nonfiction books, multiple plays (including a Eugene O’Neil award finalist), recent articles in MORE and DIABLE magazines, and a soon to be published memoir.

Please e-mail Edi Ojeda at for a reservation and visit us at:

Hit and Run by Sandra Balzo

Published by Severn House Publishers
on 29th May 2014
Hardcover £19.99 / ISBN 978 0 7278 8394 0

The third title in the popular Sandra Balzo Main Street Murders mystery series, Hit and Run sees AnnaLise Griggs turn amateur sleuth again to investigate a murder that’s closer to home than she could ever have imagined.

Journalist AnnaLise Griggs’ return to her hometown in the North Carolina mountains has led to some unexpected surprises – most notably the discovery that legendary womanizer Dickens Hart is her birth father, and that she is an heir to Hart’s huge fortune. Founder of the White Tail Lodge – a knock-off of the Playboy concept – Hart now claims he wants to ‘do right’ by his offspring.

To that end, he’s invited his former lovers who have potential heirs, including AnnaLise and her own mother, Daisy, to a festive Thanksgiving weekend at his sprawling lakeside mansion. But not everyone is in a celebratory mood, and when a body is discovered, AnnaLise is left with the impossible task of identifying a vicious killer.

About the author

Sandra Balzo is a Wisconsin native with a background in PR, who has since started her own business to provide publicity for other writers. In addition to writing full time, Sandy has served as a national board member of the Mystery Writers of America. Her novels have been nominated for both the Anthony and Macavity awards, and she also writes a series about Wisconsin coffee-maven Maggy Thorsen, for which the film rights have recently been optioned.

For more information, please contact Sara Porter at or 0208 770 3930.

Authors Academy at Murder on the Beach Bookstore

Murder on the Beach Bookstore is pleased to announce

          The Authors Academy
Writing Workshops for Tomorrow’s Authors

All workshops are $25 per person. 

Reservations are required.  561-279-7790 or
For more detailed information:

Saturday June 7, 2014  10am - Noon
Great Beginnings.  First lines are crucial to hook the reader. In this workshop,

you will learn to bait the hook and reel in the reader from the very first page.
Instructor: Kat Carlton, Two Lies and a Spy.

Saturday June 14, 10am - Noon
Touched by the Sun: Writing the Great Florida Novel.  What makes a Florida 

novel different from the others?  Bring out your Florida voice and sense of place.
Instructor: Elaine Viets, Catnapped.

Saturday June 21, 10am - Noon
Using Setting to Create Powerful Narratives.  Location, time periods, realistic 

backdrops and sensory detail are key to creating memorable scenes. 
Instructor: D.J. Niko, The Riddle of Solomon.

Saturday June 28, 10am - Noon
Hook ‘em and Hang ‘em. Keep the reader turning the pages and your story 

moving forward with GMC (Goal, Motivation and Conflict) from beginning to end.
Instructor: Kathleen Pickering, Where It Began.

Saturday July 12, 10am - Noon
His, Hers, or Mine? Deciding on Point of View.   Whose head are we in and why

are we there? Navigate the confusing waters of whose story it is. 
Instructor: Cynthia Thomason, A Soldier’s Promise.

Saturday July 19, 10am - Noon
Research for Fiction and Non-fiction.  Even a simple error can disqualify both 

you and your book in the eyes of the reader. Learn to get your facts straight. 
Instructor: Eliot Kleinberg, War in Paradise.

For more detailed information, go to

Saturday July 26,  10 am – Noon
Facebook for Writers. Explore the power of Facebook for engaging the reader, 

growing your fan base, advertising, hosting events, and creating pages.
Instructor: Marcia King-Gamble, Baby, I Want You.

Saturday August 2,  10am - Noon
Blogging, Posting, and Tweeting Your Way to Success.  Using social media to 

build your writing career. Nancy will share tips that gained her 7,000+ followers.
 Instructor: Nancy Cohen, Hanging By a Hair.

Saturday August 9, 10am - Noon
How to Self-Publish: eBook and Print. Formatting your manuscript, adjusting the 

template, and adding front data for ebook and print to maximize your selling 
Instructor: Gregg Brickman, the lord.

Saturday August 16,  10am – Noon
How to Get Published: Finding an Agent. How to determine if you need a literary 

agent, find the right one for you, and get published by a traditional publisher. 
Instructor: Miriam Auerbach, Dirty Harriet.

Saturday August 23, 10am – Noon
How to Get Published: Be Your Own Agent. Twitter pitch opportunities, online 

pitch opportunities, and direct submission for landing a contract without an 
Instructor: Victoria Pinder, The Zoastra Affair.

Saturday September 6, 10 am – Noon
Everyone Judges a Book By It’s Cover.  A great cover attracts buyers.  Learn 

what works for ebooks, hardcovers, paperbacks, and audio, and what doesn’t. 
Instructor: Victoria Landis, Alias: Mitzi & Mack.

For more detailed information, go to

All workshops are held at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, 

Delray Beach, from 10am to Noon.  All instructors are multi-published authors. 
Charge for each workshop is $25 per person.  Please pay at the door.  Cash, 
check or credit cards accepted.

Make Your Reservation Now! 
561-279-7790     or

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Pineapple Grove
273 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444