Monday, June 30, 2014

Port St Lucie author Keith Rommel's The Sinful Man was released

Headaches. Hunger. Pain.

Leo needs something . . . his stomach growls, but it can wait. That’s not hunger he must feed. He has to get to his next high, but without money he knows he can’t buy what he needs to sate the voice inside telling him to get more, get more.

Voices. Visions. Addiction.

No luck asking his father. His mother is in no position to help. After failing to steal the money he desperately needs, Leo must appeal to his dealer, the dangerous and infamous Saint Nick—despite the inevitable beating he’ll take for showing up empty-handed. Still, anything to keep the voices and flashbacks at bay . . .

Demons. Addiction. Death.

Leo soon learns that everything has a price—not just money for drugs, but that every choice he makes has a repercussion. Suddenly caught between a world where he can see the sins of his past and a new consciousness that he doesn’t fully understand, Leo finds himself not only chasing the dragon, but being chased by demons of a whole different kind. He must learn the finality of being past hope—all while reliving his missed opportunities for second chances—and truly come to understand that he is responsible for his own undoing before he runs out of time. After a lifetime of bad choices, this Sinful Man discovers the consequences to his actions and the mortal responsibility of exercising free will.

Author of The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man from the critically acclaimed psychological horror series. The Cursed Man is coming soon as a major motion picture.

Holly Fox Vellekoop announces her latest novel "The Amazing Adventures of Gramma."

In "The Amazing Adventures of Gramma," this crime-fighting Gramma is way ahead of everyone, including bad guys, pit bulls, zombies and everyone else who crosses her path. From one end of the world to another, Gramma shows she's got what it takes to solve mysteries, keep up with her active grandchildren and thwart criminals. Is there anyone worth knowing whom Gramma doesn't know? I don't think so! Rock stars, heads of state and everyone else contact Gramma when they need help. Along with her grandchildren and crime-stopping friends, she lays claim to worldwide success, but Gramma's not without her enemies. There are those who want to take her out in more ways than one! Oh, we can't forget Gramma's pampered Pomeranian Sweetums, her doggie friends, and their contribution to the story, too. It's an unforgettably true, or nearly true, or...maybe not.
"The Amazing Adventure of Gramma" is for Grandparents, Grandchildren and everyone in between. You grandparents should get this for your grandchildren. They'll be wondering if this Gramma is you! And you grandparents, read this and decide if this is the life for you!

For more information go to ... Amazon

Holly Fox Vellekoop, MSN, Author

Saturday, June 28, 2014

So, You want To Write a Book?

Marshall Frank's next seminar is set for Saturday, August 2nd, 9 a.m. to 12-12:30, at the Hampton Inn in Viera. Cost is $30.
This class is designed to help beginners understand what they need to know for writing and formatting fiction, non-fiction and memoirs, plus the steps toward being published, with a few tips on marketing.
Those people interested should try and sign up soon, as they have had occasions when there were no more seats available. The registration form is available through the link (below). 

Thursday, June 26, 2014


Deadline for Submissions is Dec. 1, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. ¾ The Florida Book Awards has kicked off its ninth annual competition with a call for entries in nine categories.

Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books penned by full-time residents of the Sunshine State (with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction and Visual Arts categories, whose authors may live elsewhere).

The Florida Book Awards competition is coordinated through the Florida State University Libraries, with the support of partner organizations from across the state. 

All entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 (this is not a postmark deadline).

The contest categories include General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Visual Arts, Spanish Language Book and the recently added category for General Nonfiction. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author or literary agent), must have both a copyright date between Jan. 1, 2014, and Dec. 1, 2014, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN).

Last year the Spanish language category was expanded to consider bilingual books. Bilingual submissions may include books that are published simultaneously in Spanish and English. Both the Spanish and English must be original works. Translations are not acceptable.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their books into competition any time after the competition is launched and as soon as possible after books are officially published.

Three-person juries –– including members of co-sponsoring organizations, subject experts from the faculties of Florida colleges and universities, and previous Florida Book Award winners –– will choose up to three finalists in each of nine categories. In each category, the jury may award one Gold, Silver and Bronze medal.

"Florida's unique history coupled with fascinating natural and cultural landscapes provides a variety of rich resources for both resident and nonresident writers. The Florida Book Awards honors the best Florida literature and books about Florida," said Florida State University Libraries Dean Julia Zimmerman.

Co-sponsors of the competition include humanities organizations from across the state such as the Florida Center for the Book; the State Library and Archives of Florida; the Florida Historical Society; the Florida Humanities Council; the Florida Literary Arts Coalition; the Florida Library Association; the Florida Association for Media in Education; the Center for Literature and Theatre @ Miami Dade College; the Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America; Friends of FSU Libraries; the Florida Writers Association; the Florida Literacy Coalition; and “Just Read, Florida!”

The 2014 winners will be announced in early February 2015. All award winners will be recognized at a banquet and Gold Medal Award winners will be acknowledged in March 2015 at the Historic and Cultural Awards Ceremony sponsored by the state of Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs.

Winning books and their authors will be showcased in the summer 2015 issue of FORUM, the statewide magazine of the Florida Humanities Council, and will be featured at book festivals and association conferences and on The Florida Channel throughout the year. In addition, copies of all award-winning books will be put on permanent public display in the Florida Governor’s Mansion library and in Florida State University’s Strozier Library.

For general information and the entry form, requirements, and more detailed instructions for the 2014 Florida Book Awards, visit

Peter the Peteeatrick Panda by Marc D. O'Brien

Peter the Peteeatrick Panda and the Pandy Chip Pancakes Book 2 of the Peter the Peteeatrick Panda’s Playground series teaches children good eating habits. 

The book was introduced at a  book signing by Marc D. O’Brien Author  at Sanctuary Island Inc.  5th Annual Salute Military Golf Tournament. Carol Jose Pocklington, editor, Marcus Gray and Catherine Wicks, illustrators; and Paul Mallucci Blue Note Books Publisher are all Florida residents. 

This book plus Peter the Peteeatrick Panda’s Playground, The Pixie Piper and Special Person to Ride are shared for free with children facing adversity in Florida as part of the mission of Sanctuary Island Inc. to enhance the literacy and health of children. 

Creativity and active participation are encouraged and at the last two parties the children acted out stories from the books.

A Marriage of Convenience by Valerie Allen

From 6/26/14 through 6/30/14, Valerie Allen's newest short story, A Marriage of Convenience, is FREE on Kindle.

A Marriage of Convenience is the story of two college students who decide to elope, but all is not as it seems. Soon, their true agenda comes to fruition.

Read, enjoy, review, and share!                                                   

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mystery writing workshop shows “How to Write Killer Fiction”

Have you always wanted to write a mystery, but didn’t know how to get started? Award-winning mystery novelist Parker Francis (aka Vic DiGenti) will show you how in his three-hour workshop, “How to Write Killer Fiction,” Saturday, July 12 at Writer’s Atelier in Winter Park.

The workshop combines hands-on writing exercises with easy-to-follow lessons needed to turn your idea into a compelling mystery. Among other things, Francis discusses the following:

·        The key elements of a mystery
·        How to create memorable characters
·        How to craft a plot that twists and turns
·        How to create a crime scenario
·        How to add tension and suspense to your scenes

The workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon, and registration cost is $45. Visit the Writer’s Atelier website for more information,, and email to register.

Francis is the author of the Quint Mitchell Mystery series, which include the 2009 RPLA Book of Matanzas Bay, and Bring Down the Furies, the 2013 Mystery/Suspense Award winner in the Florida Authors & Publishers Association’s President’s Awards Competition. He’s also published the novella, Blue Crabs at Midnight, and a collection of short stories. Writing as Victor DiGenti, he previously published the award-winning Windrusher trilogy of adventure/fantasy novels.

The Literary Legends Awards Banquet – A Night to Remember

Each year, The Florida Heritage Book Festival honors writers who have left their mark on Florida’s literary landscape. In the past, the St. Augustine festival has bestowed the Literary Legends Award on such iconic authors as John Jakes, Edna Buchanan, Patrick Smith, Michael Connelly and Carl Hiaasen. This year, the spotlight shines on not one, but two masters of their genres: Robin Cook, the acclaimed writer of medical thrillers, and crime novelist John D. MacDonald.

Robin Cook
Dr. Cook is the author of 28 New York Times bestsellers. He has nearly ten million copies in print, including his recent release, Cell, and currently lives and works in Florida. Dr. Cook will be on hand to accept his award, and provide the keynote remarks for the evening.

John D. MacDonald (1916 – 1986) was one of Florida’s most prolific writers, and is recognized as a major influence to many mystery writers. MacDonald is known primarily as the author of the Travis McGee mystery series, but he sold hundreds of short stories and novels before writing The Deep Blue Good-by, his first Travis
John D MacDonald
McGee novel in 1964. MacDonald will be honored with a special posthumous award. The Festival plans an exhibit from the University of Florida’s John D. MacDonald Collection to display at Flagler’s Proctor Library the week of the Festival.

The Banquet includes a reception and a silent auction to benefit the Festival, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. Read more and register for the banquet today by visiting