Friday, March 27, 2015


GUEST SPEAKER:              Rory J. McMahon
Program:  “Financial Fraud Florida-Style”

Florida seems to attract fraudsters of all stripes. Who are they? How they get away with it (when they do)?  How they get caught? How fast do they adapt to changing laws, enforcement, and investigation methods? How much do they haul in? How does a Ponzi scheme work (and fail)?  How in the world are these cons … well, confident enough to do it?  What are the latest rip-off trends?  Learn all this, PLUS hear fascinating cases from a leading national authority on fraud investigation. 

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.

DATE:  Saturday, April 18, 2015
TIME:  11:30—Social mingling; 12:00—Luncheon and Business Meeting
PROGRAM:  1:00—“Financial Fraud Florida-Style”
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 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 16, 2015:  Please save the date.

Postives and Negatives, Tricycles and Pancakes -- Book Contest

After three years of attending the Brevard Author’s Book Fair, I’m finally going to be a participant. And to celebrate I’m running a promotion. The fair will be held on 3/28/15 from 10 - 4:30 at the Cocoa Beach Library (for those who don’t know, it’s in Florida), so if you’re in the area, stop by and say hello. I’ll be giving away five FREE signed copies of, Positives & Negatives, Tricycles & Pancakes. Here’s a sneak preview of the contest rules and no, you don’t have to be present to win.

Contest Rules

Win 1 of 5 free signed copies of:

Positives & Negatives, Tricycles & Pancakes

Step 1
Register your name and email either at the Book Fair or online through my website. Just ask me to add you to my mailing list. Please, one entry per name and email. Why anyone would want to enter twice is beyond me, but if I don’t say something . . . well, there’s always a smart-aleck.

Step 2
Okay, now go to my website and download: See Jane, Brothers, and In the Rough (totally free today 03/28/15 and tomorrow 03/29/15). All three are available at . Don’t have a digital reader? No problem. At the bottom of my home page, you will find links to free apps that will let you read Kindle stories on your computer or smart phone.

Step 3
Now listen closely, this is crucial. Read the two short stories (See Jane, Brothers) and one novella (In the Rough). For those in Rio Linda, a novella is a really short novel, way under a hundred pages, about fifty.

Step 4
Yeah, I suppose this is crucial too. Leave a kind, original, and plot driven review for each story. It isn’t hard to do. When you finish a story, Amazon will automatically prompt you to tell everyone about it. Or, you can come back later and go to Amazon, do a separate search for each story, find the story, find the review section, and then leave a review—your option. As for the review itself, it doesn’t have to be long, two or three sentences in your own words will suffice and . . . Okay, it doesn’t even have to be kind, as long as it’s truthful, constructive, and not malicious.

Step 5
The first five people to email me through my website that their three reviews are posted, will be eligible for a free signed copy of Positives & Negatives, Tricycles & Pancakes (PNTP). I will confirm the reviews and then email you back for the delivery address. Once I have received the delivery address, I will send you, free of charge (including shipping and handling—when I say free—I mean free), one signed copy of PNTP.

This promotion is open to all registrants at the Book Fair as well as those who can’t make it but register their name and email address online. The contest begins on the 28th and ends when I have confirmed the fifth and final set of reviews.

What do you have to lose?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Perfect Game by Leslie Dana Kirby

Poisoned Pen Press Announces the Upcoming Release of
The Perfect Game by Leslie Dana Kirby:
The Perfect Game will be available nationwide in March

Scottsdale, Arizona – Poisoned Pen Press announces the upcoming release of The Perfect Game by Leslie Dana Kirby. The Perfect Game will be available nationwide in March.

In her outstanding debut novel, Leslie Dana Kirby delivers a compelling page-turner set against the backdrop of the world of Major League Baseball.  In a Starred review, Publishers Weekly calls The Perfect Game “an exceptional mystery that reveals the dark side of the lucrative, glitzy world of professional baseball…Kirby elevates what could have been a straightforward court-case drama into a game of strategy and cunning that’s a cut above the rest.”

About The Perfect Game:  Lauren Rose has recently moved to Phoenix to begin a new life as she starts a prestigious emergency medicine residency, but she could end up doing life in the Arizona State penitentiary instead.

Lauren has always lived in the shadow of her more glamorous sister Liz, the wife of baseball superstar Jake Wakefield. But when Liz is found viciously murdered in her Scottsdale home, the spotlight turns to Lauren as prime suspect in the high-profile investigation.

Having lost both parents at an early age, Liz’s death leaves Lauren all alone in a new city. Jake’s support proves invaluable as she navigates the nightmare her life has become. As Lauren spends time with Jake, they develop a closeness that she finds both comforting and confusing. It’s an intimacy forged by their shared grief, their mutual love of baseball, and by the thrill of him pitching a perfect game for the Diamondbacks.

Meanwhile, the Scottsdale police repeatedly question Lauren. She objects to a lie detector test as bad science. An arrest warrant is issued. The ensuing trial leads the evening news every night as a rabid public just can’t get enough of the sordid proceedings, quickly dubbed The Trial of the Millennium. Will the outcome be influenced by this media circus?

Leslie Dana Kirby is a practicing clinical psychologist with a keen interest in human behavior. Dr. Kirby’s writing is inspired by headline-grabbing stories involving ordinary people caught up by extraordinary circumstances. Luckily for her, there appears to be no end to the shocking ways in which human behavior can surprise and intrigue us. The Perfect Game is her debut novel. Kirby lives in Arizona with her husband and two children.

The Perfect Game will be published in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0175-2, 340 pages, $24.95), trade paper (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0177-6, 340 pages, $14.95) large print trade paper (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0176-9, 476 pages, $22.95) and eBook editions ($9.99).

Founded in 1997, Poisoned Pen Press is an independent publisher specializing in the highest quality mystery books. Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Poisoned Pen Press is one of the largest publishers of hardcover mysteries in the world. Titles from Poisoned Pen Press are distributed by Ingram Publisher Services, are available through wholesalers such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Brodart, and directly from the publisher. Visit the Poisoned Pen Press author blog and Discover Mystery™ at:

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about author Leslie Dana Kirby or The Perfect Game are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email –

Monday, March 23, 2015

Don't Miss the Brevard Authors' Book Fair

Brevard Authors' Book Fair

The Seventh Annual Brevard Authors’ Book Fair will take place on March 28, 2015 from 10:00AM to 4:30PM. Hosted at the Cocoa Beach Library, 550 North Brevard Ave, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931, it is free and open to the public. More than 30 authors will be available to discuss, autograph, and sell their books.

Two featured guest speakers will be Tim Dorsey at noon and Keith Rommel at 2:30 PM. Tim Dorsey will speak about his humorous, Florida based, crime novels, including his newest release, Shark Skin Suite. Keith Rommel, author of the Thanatology Series, including The Cursed Man  and The Lurking Man, will speak about From Book-to-Movie. Additionally, there will be a 15 minute clip of his soon to be release psychological thriller, The Cursed Man.

The book fair is sponsored by Authors for Authors,, to support and encourage literacy and reading for education and entertainment for the entire community. Co-founders, Marshall Frank, Holly Fox Vellekoop, and Valerie Allen, create venues for local authors via book fairs, book launches, author gatherings, editing, and related services.

For more information email,,, or call Marshall Frank at (321) 254-3398.

Maxwell's Guilde to Heaven and Hell by Alan Taffel

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (March 22, 2015 )— Author and Emmy Award winning television writer/director Alan Taffel has released his second novel “Maxwell’s Guide to Heaven and Hell” as part of Blairmont Publishing’s roster of titles.  “Maxwell’s Guide to Heaven and Hell” is a sequel to his first novel ‘Heaven, Inc. – A Helluva Novel” but is also easily read as a stand alone title.
Using humor to tackle controversial topics, Taffel presents a highly engaging and entertaining plot tackling religion, the afterlife, politics and more through a cast of intriguing characters including a golf playing Devil, a conniving World War II vet, and an all-knowing cat. 
 “If you can make people laugh AND think, you’ve really accomplished something worthwhile”, said Taffel, “If this book doesn’t get a giggle or a rise out of you, I’ve done something wrong”.
"Maxwell's Guide to Heaven and Hell is now available as an ebook on Amazon and will be available in print very soon.
Taffel is a TV writer/producer/director and the winner of an Emmy and multiple CableAce Awards, a guitarist who will never play like Eric Clapton, and an avid golfer who has never shot a hole-in-one or played a game on par. Alan lives with his wife Caryn in South Florida.
Taffel is available for interviews and appearances. For booking presentations, media appearances, interviews, and more information contact
When Berry Driscoll arrives in Heaven, he - like all residents in the afterlife - receives a copy of a travel guide/advice book that he wants to share…with the living. With help from a love-struck World War II veteran, the book’s editor, a wondrous teleporting cat, and the Devil himself, Berry’s return to Earth sets off a firestorm of reactions with a unique cast of characters. 
This sequel to Heaven, Inc. – A Helluva Novel combines mystery, adventure, romance, and fantasy while taking on pop culture, religion, politics, cats, and even golf with unique style and humor.
Taffel is a TV writer/producer/director and the winner of an Emmy and multiple CableAce Awards, a guitarist who will never play like Eric Clapton, and an avid golfer who has never shot a hole-in-one or played a game on par. Alan lives with his wife Caryn in South Florida.

Orlando Pub Crawl Brings Authors and Pub*[lishers] Together

A Writer For Life and Jaimie M. Engle sponsor event to promote arts in the community

Melbourne, FL, March 23, 2015:Jaimie has been an instrumental asset in helping me improve my writing. Her passion is contagious and she always provides solid advice.” -Erin Slavik, aspiring picture book author.
On Sunday, March 29th from 1-4 p.m., Bookmark It bookstore in the West End Market serves up a distinguished and diverse panel of publishers and authors to answer your book publishing questions at our Pub*[lisher’s] Crawl! Learn what publishing style suits you and your book, get an overview of the many options available to our writing community, and meet other authors who have trod the same path. Following the presentations, crawl from Pub* to Pub* for intimate round-table discussions with publishing representatives and professional writers who will each share their unique publishing experiences.

A Writer For Life, a one-on-one coaching experience helping aspiring authors navigate through edits, proposals, and/or the publishing of their book, is one of this year’s corporate sponsors with author Jaimie M. Engle and freelance journalist Christine Edwards available to answer questions about the business. Engle will also have copies of her three books to sell and sign.

“We are excited to be a part of this event to meet authors and publishers in the community,” said Engle. “The hope is that we will be able to connect with some new writers to offer assistance through the publishing process.”

A Writer For Life will be hosting a live drawing for either one hour of editorial service, a copy of the Writer's Market Guide Deluxe Edition, or a book and jewelry set for one of Engle’s books given to three winners. Must be present to win.

When? This Sunday, March 29th from noon-4pm
Where? Bookmark It in the East End Market at 3201 Corrine Drive, Suite 201, Orlando Florida 32803
Cost? Only $5 to meet and greet with some awesome writers, publishers, and editors.

Meet the A Writer For Life team:

Jaimie M. Engle is a freelance writer and President of A Writer For Life in Melbourne, Florida. Her work has appeared in Writer’s Journal Magazine, on the Dr. Laura program’s website, and Writer’s Digest, plus dozens of other journals, magazines, and newspapers. She writes regularly for Space Coast Living Magazine and has assisted many authors to publish and promote their work as well as her own novels. You can read her client’s testimonials at

Christine Edwards is a freelance writer and seasoned copyeditor with one goal in mind: Create informative and engaging reader-centric pieces that harmonize with the distinct cultures of client publishers and resonate with readers. Christine's work has appeared in the Florida Today Newspaper, Air Force Print News Today, Epicure & CultureSenior Life of FloridaSpace Coast Living Magazine, and She has also authored posts on The Writing Cafe and Garden of Palms and