Saturday, September 27, 2014

Now Online! The Florida Writers Annual Conference Program

Find your agent, meet your publisher, and learn the latest about our industry at the 13th Annual Florida Writers conference October 23-26, 2014, at the Orlando Marriott Lake Mary.

Check out the 100+ pages of conference program on the FWA website. This reference is packed with everything you’d ever want to know about this event. The link is on the home page,, and the program is current as of September 20.

A few specifics:
“Stars of Florida Writers” Annual Conference
October 23-26
Only $375 for the entire weekend, Friday through Sunday, ALL meals included. ($35 additional for Thursday evening workshops)

It’s a Hollywood theme, so plan on joining your fellow writers as we all walk the metaphorical red carpet at the Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet on Saturday night.

Register at If you cannot come for the weekend, you may register for a day. Check the program for the schedule to choose the best day for you.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Conquer the Conference with Confidence

Conferences cost money, but are they worth it? A resounding yes from 2014 Florida Writers Conference Faculty Chairperson Jennie Jarvis, who discusses the upcoming Florida Writers Annual Conference in Orlando, October 23-26, 2014.

Check out the podcast, “Conquer the Conference with Confidence,” on Words that Matter hosted by Eric Sheridan. Jennie lays it all out: what to expect, what networking really is, how the Florida Writers conference is different, insider tips, and more. Listen…[link to]

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

October 18, 2014: Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter Luncheon

Guest Speakers: Diane A. S. Stuckart and Joan Mickelson, Ph.D.
Program:  “History Can Sink Your Mystery””

Learn how to best research the times, sights, smells and norms of any particular era in history.  Whether you're writing a historical or beefing up a key character's pedigree, getting the history right can be crucial.  How to do it without boring the reader?  How do you know how much to pepper your manuscript with? The panelists will describe means and methods to use for locating historical facts, from the standard dates and places, to more colorful (but accurate) details.

Diane A. S. Stuckart is the New York Times bestselling author of the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime (writing as Ali Brandon).  As herself, she is the author of the award-winning Leonardo da Vinci historical mystery series, also from Berkley Prime Crime.  Writing as Alexa Smart and Anna Gerard, she penned five critically acclaimed historical romances published by Zebra and Pinnacle Books. So far, two of them are available again as Kindle e-books, republished under the Diane A.S. Stuckart name, and the rest of her vintage historicals will be on Kindle very soon.  Find out more about Diane and her books at

Joan Mickelson, Ph.D., is a rare bird – a South Florida native. Born in Hollywood, she was among the first Florida public school graduates to be accepted at Radcliffe College of Harvard University where she studied Romance languages and art history. She then earned an MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from Harvard, all in art history of the modern period. For over thirty years Dr. Mickelson was a museum curator and director, writing, editing, and publishing articles and museum exhibition catalogues with a special focus on 19th and 20th century Italy and America. Upon retirement she returned to South Florida and began the biography of city builder J. W. Young, the founder of Hollywood.  The resulting book, JOSEPH W. YOUNG, JR., AND THE CITY BEAUTIFUL (McFarland & Co., 2013), was proclaimed in The Florida Historical Quarterly to be “so well-researched and so rich in detail . . . it may well be the best early history of the city.”  Find out more about Joan and her book at

Both authors' books will be for sale, and the authors will be signing after the meeting.
DATE:  Saturday, October 18, 2014
TIME:  11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM:  1:00—“History Can Sink Your 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 October 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, November 15, 2014:  Please save the date.

Membership Recruiting Tea of Boca Raton Branch of National League of American Pen Women

The Boca Raton Branch of the National League of American Pen Women 
Annual Membership Recruiting Tea
October 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm
Delray Golf Club, 2200 Highland Avenue, Delray Beach
Writers/Authors, Creative Artists, Musicians invited to attend
$25.00 ~ Members and Guests
Wear your fanciest Chapeau & qualify for a special Prize
For further information Contact Cora Lee Palma-Hayden

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Black Hole by Bennett A. Frank

A Book of Poetry ---
By Bennett A. Frank
A lifelong drug abuser shares his path of struggles in a collection of dark verses, with stunning revelations about addiction, rooted from a young mother's ignorance.  Over sixty amazing poems in 91 pages, plus a selection of candid messages in text reveals life in the netherworld for nearly 40 years. Once immersed in the first poem, the reader will be unable to lay the book aside.
 Available from in soft cover or Kindle. Signed copies can be obtained via e-mail:
Published by Frankly Speaking Enterprises, in conjunction with Create Space.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

'Zap Bang' concludes trilogy with lightning-laced storm-chasing adventure

 Lightning is Florida's top weather killer and still a source of mystery for scientists. One of their areas of study is upward lightning — bolts that travel skyward from tall objects such as wind turbines — a phenomenon that can damage these energy sources, which are springing up all over Tornado Alley.

This type of lightning especially concerns the storm chasers in Zap Bang storm chaser and writer Chris Kridler's third novel in the Storm Seekers trilogy of storm-chasing adventures. The story opens on Florida's Space Coast and continues with adrenaline-filled storm chases in Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

"I've been a storm chaser for 18 years, and one of the most underrated dangers of the chase is lightning. It's unpredictable and deadly," Kridler says. "It also makes for a great natural foe for the characters in my novel, who have to confront both tornadoes and lightning during a research project in Tornado Alley."

Zap Bang brings back expert tornado chaser Jack Andreas, who's invited to join a lightning study. Tornadoes plus lightning equals double the danger; as he sees it, what's not to love? He's intrigued by the job and fascinated by pilot Maribeth Lisbon, who must fly a research plane into the zap zone. Maribeth suspects he's trouble, especially when his charms set off all her alarms. In their way are scheming TV chaser Brad Treat and down-on-his-luck adventurer Aurelius Zane, intent on filming a wedding in front of a twister. The eccentric billionaire who funds the study has a secret agenda. And a mystic with a food truck tests them all. As fearsome storms put them in mortal peril, Jack and Maribeth find their toughest challenge may lie within.

This entertaining novel, the sequel to Funnel Vision and Tornado Pinball concludes the Storm Seekers trilogy with action, drama, humor and romance.

It also draws on reality. The story's storm chasers use high-speed cameras that shoot lightning at such a high rate that you can see every lightning leader and branch as it unfolds. And the pilot flies an A-10 Warthog, a warplane that's been converted for research. The National Science Foundation is currently refurbishing such an airplane to study severe storms and hurricanes.

Kridler, a veteran journalist and photographer as well as a novelist, has worked at Florida Today, The Baltimore Sun and The Charlotte Observer, covering space, features and the arts. Her photos have appeared in magazines and on book covers; she was featured in Popular Photography; and her video has appeared on numerous television shows. She won the Best Documentary award at the 2011 Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival for her short film "Chasing Reality," about the realities of storm chasing.

Originally from Pennsylvania, she went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and lives on Florida's Space Coast.

About the book:
Zap Bang, Storm Seekers, Book 3 (Sky Diary Productions, 322 pages)
Paperback ISBN-13: 978-0-9849139-6-1
Retail price: $14.95 trade paperback, $2.99 various e-book formats
Connect: Twitter @chriskridler;;; Google+ChrisKridler

Florida Heritage Book Festival to honor Robin Cook in September

St. Augustine, Fla. — The seventh annual Florida Heritage Book Festival and Writers Conference returns to St.Augustine in September, and this year will honor best-selling authors Robin Cook and John D. MacDonald (posthumously).

Cook created the medical thriller genre and is the author of over 30 books, 28 of which were New York Times bestsellers. He has sold nearly 10 million copies starting with the novel “Coma.”

The Book Festival takes place Sept. 25-27 and showcases Florida's rich and diverse literary legacy with best-selling author presentations that promise to delight book lovers and provide inspiration for aspiring authors.

The festival’s Writers Conference is Sept. 25-26 at Flagler College and features more than 100 writers from throughout the southeast. The conference includes critique workshops and multiple sessions on the craft and business of writing. Conference faculty consists of professionals like John Dufresne and Vicki Hendricks.

Cook will be honored at the Literary Legends Banquet, a tradition that has seen some of Florida’s most acclaimed writers accept awards in person and enthrall audiences with remarks about their legendary careers. The festival will also honor the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act with a special panel on north Florida’s place in that history.

For more information or to register, visit

TheFlorida Heritage Book Festival in St. Augustine, Fla., promotes the state’s authors and literary works while providing educational opportunities for the students of St. Johns County. Since 2008, the festival has attracted more than 200 nationally-known authors and writers to its annual panel discussions, book signings, and writers conference. The festival also honors Florida LiteraryLegends, and in the past has recognized Carl Hiaasen, Michael Gannon, John Jakes, Peter Matthiessen, and Edna Buchanan. The Book Festival provides funding for the St. Johns County Public Library System, The St. Augustine Record’s Newspaper Media in Education Program, and a creative writing scholarship atFlagler College. For more information, visit<>

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Holocaust Survivor Recounts Hiding as a Christian to Escape Nazi Persecution Christian by Disguise – A Tale of Survival by Erna Kamerman Perry

Delray Beach, FL -  Erna Kamerman was just three years old in 1939 when war broke out and came crashing through thedoor of her native Poland, disrupting and forever changing her life and that of her family. Despite the trauma suffered atsuch a tender age, she vividly recalls her experiences of moving to a Jewish ghetto, hiding from the Nazis and escapingwith her mother through the night to live another day. She shares her early memories of being a Jewish child in war-torn Europe in an engrossing new book, Christian by Disguise – A Tale of Survival.

“Life kept me busy and I buried the memory of that time fairly deep,” said Erna Kamerman Perry, 78, from her home in Delray Beach, Fla. “But years have passed and those who have experienced the Holocaust are disappearing. Death is nolonger something far on the horizon but a frequent visitor to many around me. And so, it seems that I must take the chance of telling my story, a story that was a part of the horror my people experienced,” she added.

Because of the foresight of her parents who had young Erna learn Christian prayers while in hiding, she managed to lie and convince soldiers in a train station that she was a Polish Christian girl by reciting her prayers. She escaped with her mother to live in a rectory and convent, where her mother worked as a slave laborer. They remained there, disguised as Christians, through the rest of the war.

Christian by Disguise relates her harrowing ordeals of suffering hunger, living with fear and losing most of her family. It’s a true tale of survival, overcoming adversity and ultimate resilience. While numerous books exist about the Holocaust, there is nothing quite like Christian by Disguise. More than 70 years have passed since that formative event in the train station, yet Erna’s memories about her early experiences are just as sharp and vivid as if they happened recently.

According to Erna, who signed copies of her book at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for readers in August, “I have no illusions that another thread in the weave of the narratives about the Holocaust will make any difference: The deniers of it will keep denying, the haters will keep hating, genocides will keep occurring. I only want my children, my (few) relatives, my friends, and those readers interested in the historical horrors of the 20th century to know that once there was a little girl who, through no fault of her own, had to lie and pretend so she could live to see another day.”

About the book:
Christian by Disguise – A Tale of Survival  by Erna Kamerman Perry
ISBN: 978-1-935232-78-0
Publisher: ComteQ Publishing
Date of publish: March 2014
Pages: 122
S.R.P.: $19.95

About the author:

A retired professor of Romance languages, Erna Kamerman Perry, 78, started writing her memoirs in 2013. Born in Poland, she came to the United States via Italy in 1951, and settled in Detroit, Mich., where she attended and graduated high school. She received a scholarship to Wayne State University, where she majored in Romance languages, ultimately receiving both her Bachelor’s and Master's degrees. Gifted with languages, Mrs. Perry speaks Polish, English, Italian, Spanish, German and a little Russian. She taught Spanish and Italian part-time while her two children were growing up and began writing textbooks with her husband, John, in 1972, which she continues to do. Their Contemporary Society text book is in its 14th edition. She and her husband currently reside in Delray Beach, Fla.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Blue Memories by Patrick Pesce

Retired Lieutenant and 23 year veteran of the New York City Police Department, Patrick Pesce, has penned a memoir titled, "Blue Memories," now released by Blue Note Books.  This is a captivating chronicle of struggles and experiences within the nation's largest police force during some of its toughest times, including his remarkable assignments with the famous Knapp commission investigations, working under Rudy Guliani.  Mr. Pesce is now a resident of Indian Harbour Beach.

 Mr. Pesce attended one of Marshall Framk's 2013 book writing seminars which provided him the confidence and tools by which to follow through in writing his first book.

 A book launch and speaking engagement by Mr. Pesce is scheduled for Saturday, October 18th, 3:30 p.m., at the Satellite Beach library. Don't miss it...come show your support. Autographed copies will be available.

Meanwhile, the book is now available in the Brevard Library system, as well as