Monday, May 25, 2015

Book News: Carla Norton - What Doesn't Kill Her

Carla Norton’s crime fiction series began with The Edge of Normal, which won the FWA Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Unpublished Mystery in 2012, was internationally released in 2013, and was a Thriller Award finalist for Best First Novel in 2014. The sequel, titled What Doesn’t Kill Her, is coming June 30th.
Carla has also written true crime. Most notably, she co-authored Perfect Victim, about a shocking case of kidnapping and captivity. The book was put on the reading list for the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times bestseller.
“That case gave me nightmares,” she says.
Now Carla morphs those disturbing facts into fiction. Her critically acclaimed series features a survivor of captivity who is called upon to help others and ends up matching wits with deadly predators.  
The books are earning high praise from critics and crime writers alike. The Daily Mail calls Carla Norton’s writing style “Hitchcock-like.”
Her protagonist, named Reeve LeClaire (aka “Edgy Reggie”), is introduced as a 22-year-old in The Edge of Normal and is a year older in the sequel. Bestselling author J.T. Ellison says she’s “a brilliant heroine who takes recovery to a whole new level.”
Carla moved from San Francisco to Florida's east coast just as she was finishing The Edge of Normal. ­The series begins in California, but the sequel is set mainly in Washington State. “I lived in Seattle while finishing my MFA,” Carla says, “and there was one especially creepy house in the neighborhood with “No Trespassing” signs everywhere that seemed perfect for my villain.

Carla Norton is a novelist, journalist, and true crime writer. Her debut fiction, THE EDGE OF NORMAL, was a Thriller Award finalist and a Royal Palm Literary Award winner. The sequel, titled WHAT DOESN’T KILL HER, is being released in June.  Carla has also written two books of true crime, including PERFECT VICTIM, which was put on the reading list for the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times bestseller. Carla earned a Master in Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Goddard College in 2009. Besides writing books, she writes articles, essays, and really bad poetry. To learn more, visit, or find her on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.

Ormond Beach author releases African-American girl’s inspiring story in new book Published May 19, 2015

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. — Author Betty Lane-Fagerlund announces the nationwide release of her new book, “Bright Light Colored Skin,” where she shares a young African-American girl’s expressive thoughts and compelling experiences.

“Bright Light Colored Skin” is a composition of stories told from a young African-American girl’s point of view. It talks about her life — from her birth to her senior year in high school in the South.

In this book, Sadie, the main character, wasn’t born a daughter of a Baptist minister, but she became one when her father was called to preach when she was at the age of six. Her true feelings are expressed in these short stories. Join Sadie in her journey through her young life in “Bright Light Colored Skin.”

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher, or by visiting

There will be a book signing on Sunday May 31, 2015 from 1pm - 3pm at Blue Grotto, 125 Basin Street; Daytona Beach, Florida (On the Marina). 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Bringing Books to Life: Free Show with Author Terri Curtis Presenting Sly Fly books

Free coffee for first 15 adults.
Free cookies for children.
See the show. Meet the author.
Saturday, May 30 — 2:30-4:30
Jakob’s Well, 132 North Beach St.
Daytona Beach, FL. 32114
(Plenty of parking in the rear.)

Part of the Teach-Young-Kids-to-Read Series. Presented by Dr. Mary Custureri, President of Taylor and Seale Publishing, and Dr. David Axelrod, Director of The Creative Happiness Institute. For more information, contact Dr. Axelrod,, or call Dr. Custureri, Taylor & Seale, 888-866-8248.

Sly Fly And Gray Mare
At The Rodeo
Terri Hoffman
Illustrated by Theresa Burns

Something’s stirring at the ranch, and Sly Fly is out of his mind with excitement. If only
he could convince Gray Mare to take
part. In this second adventure of
Sly Fly and Gray Mare, see how
they work out their differences and
bring a special gift to those around them.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Florida Romance Writers’ June meeting

DATE: Saturday, June 13, 2015
TIME:  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hyatt Place, 1851 SE 10th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
COST: $20 per person/member, $25 non-member; includes breakfast
DIRECTIONS: I-95 to 595 E. (Exit 24). Go east on 595 till US1 North.  Take US1 to SE 17th Street Causeway and turn right towards the beach. Then take the second right onto SE 10th Avenue. Location is one block in on your right. (Behind the Outback Steakhouse.)
PARKING: Open parking - free of charge.
PROGRAM: “Using Character Emotion to Wow Readers"
Readers read to have an emotional experience, to feel what’s happening on the page. With the vast competition in publishing today, it’s more important than ever for authors to hook readers through strong emotional connections. One of the best ways to make this happen is by clearly conveying the character’s emotion through a variety of techniques. This 60-minute presentation will teach you the effectiveness of showing (rather than telling) your character’s emotion. You will learn how to build reader empathy by showing emotion through dialogue, thoughts, body language, and visceral reactions. Also covered are common problem areas, such as melodrama and clich├ęs, and how to avoid them.
BIOGRAPHY: Becca Puglisi
Becca Puglisi is a YA fantasy and historical fiction writer who enjoys slurping copious amounts of Mountain Dew and snarfing snacks that have no nutritional value. She has always enjoyed contemplating the What if? scenario, which serves her well in south Florida. As a result, during hurricane season you can find her stalking the local weather forecasters and muttering unkind words toward the Atlantic.
Becca is the co-creator of The Bookshelf Muse, an award-winning online resource for writers. She has also authored a number of non-fiction resource books for writers, including The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Emotion; The Positive Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Attributes; and The Negative Trait Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Flaws. A member of SCBWI, she leads workshops at regional conferences and teaches webinars through WANA International. Becca can be found at
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Please e-mail Rossie Cortes at for a reservation and visit us at

Florida Mystery Writers Give $10,000 to Literacy Coalition

 The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (FMWA) will give $10,000 to the Florida Literacy Coalition at noon on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at Doubletree by Hilton, 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441. Gregory Smith, the executive director of Florida Literacy Coalition, will be at the meeting to accept the check. 

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre

            “To safeguard our future as writers, we need to grow and promote the next generation of readers,” said FMWA President Nancy J. Cohen. “Without readers, we have no audience. We also don’t have new writers coming up the ranks.”

“We did our homework,” said FMWA Vice President Randy Rawls. “The goals of the Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) are closely aligned to our chapter goals and our mission in terms of education.”

Established in 1985, FLC promotes, supports and advocates for the effective delivery of quality adult and family literacy services in the state of Florida. As a statewide umbrella literacy organization and the host of Florida’s State Literacy Resource Center, FLC provides a range of services to support more than 300 adult education, literacy and family literacy providers throughout Florida.

Gregory Smith, the executive director of FLC, has served in this role since 2002. Prior to joining the coalition, Greg served for 13 years as executive director of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia. He holds a master’s degree in adult and continuing education from Virginia Tech and currently serves on the Adult Education Cabinet of the Florida Department of Education, ProLiteracy America’s Public Policy Committee, and as chair of the Council of State Organizations.

In addition to their gift to literacy, FMWA offers sponsorships to literary festivals around the state, subsidizes classes for writers at all levels of their careers, promotes monthly meetings for networking and education, pairs writers with critique partners and mentors, and puts on SleuthFest, one of the most highly regarded writers conferences in the country, now entering its 21st year. Monthly chapter luncheon meetings are open to the public. To reserve a space, go to

Will Eisner: A Spirited Life by Bob Andelman

The Spirit's creator is immortalized in TwoMorrows' Deluxe Edition of Will Eisner: A Spirited Life

TwoMorrows Publishing is re-releasing the definitive biography of the man who changed comics storytelling forever.

June 2015 marks the 75th anniversary of The Spirit’s first appearance in Sunday newspapers around the world. This follows the 75th Anniversary of Superman in 2013 and Batman in 2014.

So much more than just a new printing, this remastered and expanded, full-color hardcover Deluxe Edition of Bob Andelman's long out-of-print biography explores the fascinating life of Will Eisner, detailing a more than 70-year career that in which he spearheaded comics for adult readers and created the first widely accepted graphic novel, A Contract with God

From his childhood to famously turning down a proposal for Superman, to educating Army soldiers in P.S. Magazine and creating The Spirit, Eisner's personal and professional life is told in dramatic detail. Andelman spent almost three years interviewing Eisner prior to his passing, researching his life and work and interviewing friends, family, and colleagues.

In addition to dozens of full-color images from Will's archives and private collections (not found in the original edition), this expanded Deluxe Edition includes a series of new interviews which clear the air on some topics left unfinished by the first edition, and add depth to the reader's knowledge of Eisner’s body of work. 

This full-color hardcover is 256 pages long, and retails for $39.95. It is available now in both print and digital editions, through TwoMorrows website (, comic and bookstores through Diamond Comic/Book Distributors, on, and through the company's app on the Apple and Android platforms.

Bob Andelman is a St. Petersburg, Florida-based writer. He is the author or co-author of 15 books, including three bestsellers: BUILT FROM SCRATCH: How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion with Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank; THE PROFIT ZONE: How Strategic Business Design Will Lead You to Tomorrow’s Profits with Adrian Slywotzky; and MEAN BUSINESS: How I Save Bad Companies and Make Good Companies Great with Albert J. Dunlap. He is also the author of STADIUM FOR RENT: Tampa Bay’s Quest for Major League Baseball and co-author of THE WAWA WAYBUILDING ATLANTATHE PROFILER; and KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE MARSHMALLOW. He is also the host of the Mr. Media® Interviews video podcast ( now in its ninth year.

Will Eisner: A Spirited Life (Deluxe Edition)
(256-page FULL-COLOR HARDCOVER) $39.95
(Digital Edition) $12.95
ISBN-13: 978-1-60549-061-8
Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: DEC141691 

For interviews and review copies, please contact: 
John Morrow, TwoMorrows Publishing

A free preview of the book is available at the publisher's ordering link:



• Emerald City Comics
4902 113th Ave N
Clearwater, Florida
(talk, slideshow, book signing, Mr. Media Interviews by Bob Andelman podcast interview with comics creator TBD, music by The Johnny Zoom Hi-Fi Show) 
Saturday, June 13, Time 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Brandon Regional Library
619 Vonderburg Dr
Brandon, FL 33511
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Wed, June 24 at 7:00 pm

• Florida Supercon
Miami Beach Convention Center 
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Sat-Sun, June 27-28 TIMES TBD

• Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library
2902 W Bearss Ave, Tampa, FL 33618
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Tues, July 7 at 6:30 pm

• Barnes & Noble Booksellers 
11802 N. Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
Saturday, July 11, 2-4 p.m.

• Barbara S. Ponce Library
7770 52nd Street
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
727-541-0805 x1444
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Mon, July 18 at 3 p.m.

• SouthShore Regional Library
15816 Beth Shields Way
Ruskin, FL 33573
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Mon, July 13 at 2:30 pm

• John F. Germany Public Library
900 N Ashley Dr
Tampa, FL 33602
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Wed, July 22 at 6:30 pm

• Clearwater Main Public Library
100  N. Osceola Avenue
Clearwater, FL 33755
727-562-4970, ext. 5284
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Saturday, July 25 at 3 p.m. 

• Riverview Branch Library
10509 Riverview Dr
Riverview, FL 33578
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Tues, July 28 at 6:30 pm

• Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library
11211 Countryway Blvd
Tampa, FL 33626
(talk, slideshow, book signing) 
Thurs, August 6 at 6:00 pm

• Wizard World Ohio Comic Con, Greater Columbus Convention Center 
September 18-20

• Wizard World New Orleans, La Ernest N. Morial Convention Center 
January 8-10, 2016

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Writing Workshop: “How to Resuscitate a Scene” with Carla Norton

Date: June 20, 2015
Cost: $10.00
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm (after the FMWA General Meeting)
Place: Doubletree by Hilton (formerly Deerfield Beach Hilton), 100 Fairway Drive, Deerfield Beach, 33441 (east at Hillsboro Blvd exit from I-95.)

Do you have a scene that’s gasping for breath? Perhaps the story has been racing along, but now stumbles. Perhaps the scene fills a gap in the plot, yet the characters seem lifeless. In this workshop, you’ll learn to diagnose and remedy problems. Exercises and examples will be provided, but bring along your weakest scenes. You’ll learn to cut away dead meat, heal wounds, and jolt the story to its feet by addressing:
·       Point of View: Who is driving the scene? What are the advantages of close third vs. first person? And how can you get inside the heads of non-POV characters?
·       Structure: Are you giving away too much too soon? Where does the scene turn, and how can you build to that moment?
·       Dialogue: How to use tags, gestures, questions and sarcasm to enliven even the dullest exposition.
·       Cliffhangers: How to keep the reader turning pages without seeming desperate or being melodramatic.

Carla Norton is a novelist, journalist, and true crime writer. Her debut fiction, THE EDGE OF NORMAL, was internationally released in 2013 and was a Thriller Award finalist in 2014. The sequel, WHAT DOESN'T KILL HER, is coming in June, 2015. Carla has also written two books of true crime, including PERFECT VICTIM, which was put on the reading list for the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit and became a #1 New York Times bestseller. For more, visit, follow @CarlaJNorton on Twitter, and find Carla Norton: Novelist & True Crime Writer on Facebook.

The Diary of an Ugly Sweater by Cassi Eubank

New Children’s Book : The Diary of an Ugly Sweater
Boca Raton, FL - The Diary of An Ugly Sweater, written and self-published American author, Cassi Eubank is to be released on June 8.
Based on a Christmas theme, the story tells of the journey of ‘Sophie’ the sweater who soon discovers she is an ‘Ugly Sweater’. Written as a diary throughout the month of December, Sophie realizes many life lessons through various characters that are both cute and profoundly wise. The characters hold the attention of both children and adults and the daily diary entries allow for a possible daily chapter reading to create a tradition of discovery and storytelling throughout the holiday season. As parent and child read each chapter together, they can discuss Sophie’s challenges, making it easier for kids to discuss their own issues.
Readers may be reminded of “The Elf on The Shelf” written by Carol Aebersold and Chanda Bell. The multi-million dollar success has not gone without criticisms of materialism and privacy persuasions. Eubank’s work differs as the narrative directs a tighter hold to values of building self-esteem and discovery. This links closer to the feel of “Miracle on 34th Street” with subtle reminders of the importance of family and togetherness.
Much to the delight of children, parents and teachers the story is not only entertaining but has substance and numerous openings for discussion and exploration of self-growth. Eubank’s work provides a new tool with the potential to create a fun and heartwarming family tradition that allows parents to teach their children what schools currently do not; dealing with relationships and our own insecurities. Further, despite the book being centered on Christmas traditions specifically, there are also teasers of other traditions that are subtle enough to explore and celebrate the diversity of cultures and all holiday celebrations.
Eubank states, “This is not like anything I have published before. My intention with Sophie’s story, was to have a simple book to help teach self-esteem building and life skills to high risk children”. The author also plans to have a working guide in the near future to aid further in allowing readers to apply the lessons Sophie has learned in their own lives and create solutions to the universal problems that all people must navigate through in life. By having solutions in place before situations occur, people are empowered to act in a productive way and become the confident leaders our society needs.
About the book:
The Diary of An Ugly Sweater by Cassi Eubank
ISBN: 978-0996142106
Publisher: Believe & Receive LLC
Date of publish: June 2015
Pages: 198
S.R.P.: $14.95
About the author:
First published at the age of 8. Cassi Eubank has always been passionate about writing and communications. Her studies in journalism and psychology, as well as certifications in NPL and Hypnosis, allow her to bring valuable lessons to her writing.
With her third publication, Cassi has turned her talents to the world of fiction for children and young adults, to help them deal with every day issues in a manner that empowers them.