Thursday, December 31, 2015

Book Signing - Great Homes of Fernandina by Dickie Anderson

Book Signing Thursday December 31
The Book Loft 
Centre Street - Amelia Island 

Meet the author - Dickie Anderson
Great Homes of Fernandina  at $15.95--REVISED AND EXPANDED ADDITION - Must-have book highlighting 25 homes located in Fernandina Beach's Historic District - Driving tour included.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

January 23, 2016: Mystery Writers of America Luncheon

PROGRAM: "Writing About Far-Away Places"

So the holidays are over and the winter doldrums have set in (okay, we exaggerate - we know we live in paradise).  Regardless, you're dreaming of a far-flung destination - perhaps one you've been, want to go to, or best of all - write about.  How do you get the details right?  How do your bring a place to life for a reader who's never been there? How do you avoid offending the locals?  Learn these secrets and more from a globe-trotting, multiple award-winning bestselling author.

Charles Todd is the work of New York Times bestselling co-authors and mother-son team Charles and Caroline Todd.  They are the authors of 28 novels, a short story anthology, and sixteen short stories. Their Ian Rutledge Series of mystery thrillers have won the Agatha Award, the Barry Award, and received multiple nominations for the Anthony Award, the Edgar, and the Mcallan Silver Dagger Awards. A RED DOOR (2009) was the sixth consecutive novel to receive a starred review from Publishers Weekly.  NO SHRED OF EVIDENCE WILL be on sale in February 2016. Their Bess Crawford Series began with A DUTY TO THE DEAD (Harper, 2009) and in 2013, AN UNMARKED GRAVE received the Macavity Historical Mystery Award.  The next book in this series will be in stores in August 2016.  Charles graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a bachelor's degree in communication studies and business and the Culinary Institute of American in Culinary Arts.  He has held a number of leadership positions with the Mystery Writers of America.  For more information, visit  
DATE:  Saturday, January 23, 2016
TIME:  11:30—2:00 (11:30-12:00, social mingling; 12:00-1:00 lunch and business meeting; 1:00-2:00, program). 
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.

Cemetery Road by Tom Lowe

Caroline Harper still thinks of him every day. For more than fifty years, not a day goes by when Caroline doesn’t think of her brother Andy. The last time she saw Andy was when he left home to spend thirty days at Florida’s largest reform school. Caroline’s family was told that Andy ran away in the middle of the night.  
Fifty years later, Sean O’Brien receives a letter from a dead man. A year earlier the man had hired Sean O’Brien and chartered his boat for a fishing trip. Now the man is reaching from the grave to hire him again. But this time it’s to find a killer.  
Jackson County—the location of the old reform school, still carries smoldering baggage from the Civil War, and after a half-century, there are those who don’t want a forensics investigation on the property, because to do so will reveal one of the nation’s darkest secrets.

About the author:

Florida-based author, Tom Lowe, is known for his mystery/thriller series featuring Sean O'Brien, a retired Miami homicide detective rebuilding his life between the Ocala National Forest and a marina in Ponce Inlet. CEMETERY ROAD, released in December, marks the seventh book in the series. Tom is an award-winning documentary writer/director whose films air nationwide on PBS. As he writes his books, Tom draws from his travels around the world and his background as a print and broadcast journalist. Tom is a sailor, windsurfer and SCUBA diver. He lives in Florida with his wife and two dachshunds. 

G. W. Pomichter is Hangin' With Rick Gangraw and

Here's the final video of the interviews by GW Pomichter at the Meet the Authors Book Fair in November. This time he's Hangin' With Rick Gangraw, ( author of Escape from His Past, and Christine O'Shea,(  author of Yes to Success, The 90-Day Game Plan. 

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

In Appreciation

Thanks to Kandi M. Siegel for becoming a Friend of Florida Book News..I greatly appreciate your support.  Please click on Kandi's badge in the right column to see all of her books and creativity.

Friday, December 25, 2015

Meetings of the Southwest Annex meeting s of the Florida Mystery Writers of America

The next two Southwest Annex meetings of the Florida Mystery Writers of America are planned and ready to go.

The Saturday January 9th meeting will give a jump start on Sleuthfest. Suspense and romance author, and Sleuthfest panelist, Lynnette Hallberg, will talk about the writer’s tips and tools needed to be successful in today’s publishing market. Lynn grew her career from a small ebook publisher up to Sourcebooks. She has plenty of writing/publishing experience to share.

The Saturday March 12th meeting will feature Florida Private Investigator, Walter Zalisko, who has been a guest speaker for the group before and is returning to give all the inside facts on crooks and  identity theft. This is a specialty of Walter’s and should be an illuminating session.

All meetings start at 1pm in room 108 of the L-building at Florida SouthWestern State College - adjacent to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Watch for signs inside. Check the Lee Campus map here for more details <>;  You are allowed to park in Lot 7 next to the L-building (usually reserved for faculty) on Saturday, even if there is an event going on at BB Mann.

You do not have to be an MWA member to attend this meeting - although MWA membership materials will be available - all fiction writers are invited.

The group meets for lunch before each meeting at 11:30 at Jason's Deli - 13550 Reflection Parkway, Fort Myers. It's off Cypress Lake Drive near the FSW campus.

Contact Michael L Joy with questions: <>

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Ms. B to read How Ladybug Discovered Her Spots

Ms. B, the storyteller, will be in Cocoa Village at the Outdoor Ampitheater for a free event.
She is on a  campaign to read to One Million Children. She will be reading How Ladybug Discovered Her Spots.
5:00PM on Friday, January 15th.
There will be bubbles, balloons, and songs.

Afterwards, there will be a free movie in the park with face painting and food vendors.

It will be a great event that families will not want to miss!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Valerie Allen: Organize Your Book Sales

Valerie Allen is the guest blogger on Carolyn Howard-Johnson's blog, Sharing With Writers.  The topic of Allen's post is Organize Your Book Sales

Here is the link. Hope you find this information helpful.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Crime, Romance and Suspense coming to the Southwest Florida Reading Festival

 Two dozen nationally acclaimed and best-selling authors are coming to Fort Myers to meet fans and talk about their books at the 17th  annual Southwest Florida Reading Festival on March 19 at the Harborside Event Center and Centennial Park in the Fort Myers River District. 

The Reading Festival brings in popular authors for adults, teens and children from all over the country to stimulate the community and encourage a community-wide culture of reading for pleasure and personal development. The festival is a day-long event filled with fascinating and dynamic author presentations, lively programs and activities for teens and children, the latest library technology, contests, booksellers, book signings, a free book for every child and teen and the Reading Rocks! Teen Battle of the Bands! The Festival draws an average of 18,000 people annually.
The Reading Festival is the largest one-day reading festival in Florida and is designated a “Top 20 Event in the Southeast” for the month of March by the Southeast Tourism Society.

“The festival invites popular authors to participate by sharing their real life experiences, thought processes and the evolution of their characters,” says Reading Festival coordinator Margie Byers. “It is fascinating to hear how they craft their page-turner plots and tie all the details together.”
The festival kicks-off Friday evening, March 18 with the Evening with the Authors at the Marina at Edison Ford, where the authors meet, mingle and dine with attendees. A few of the award-winning authors scheduled to attend the events include adult authors: Meg Cabot, Paul Doiron, Debbie Macomber; teen authors: Joelle Charbonneau and Trish Dollar; children’s authors: Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann and many more. The complete list of authors can be found at
The Reading Festival is free and is 100 percent community supported through generous donations, sponsorships and grants. To help ensure the continuation of this free community event visit to make a secure online donation.  Author information, dates of partner events, directions to the event and more, is available for your convenience 24 hours a day at or call 239-479-4636. 
Lee County Library System produces the Southwest Florida Reading Festival to inform the community about the resources and services available at their local Lee County libraries and to remind them these resources and services are free with a library card. The Reading Festival is free and serves all ages and a variety of cultures with presentations from best-selling authors. Some of the authors who have attended in the past include: Sue Monk Kidd, Susan Mallery, R.L. Stine, Janet Evanovich, Nelson DeMille, Erik Larson, Jeff Lindsay and several hundred more.
The Reading Festival’s objectives are to promote reading and literacy; bring awareness of the library’s programs and resources; foster partnerships between the Lee County Library System and the community. The Reading Festival helps build a literate community and improve the local standard of living. The Reading Festival helps children and teens to develop an interest in reading independently and therefore an increase in vocabulary and writing; increases family bonding and reading time; positively affects the attitude and behavior of families and the community regarding reading; develops a more educated and enriched community. For more information go to

The Art of the Personal Essay

A writing workshop at Kerouac House with writer-in-residence Sarah Viren
The personal essay is enjoying a recent resurgence in popularity, with many fiction writers and poets, as well as emerging writers, trying their hand at essay writing. But how do we write about ourselves without coming off as narcissistic or—worse yet—boring our audience to death? In this workshop, we’ll discuss several different approaches to writing from the “I” and spend some time drafting our own flash essays, or short personal essays.

Go to Mad about Words for more information.

Out of Numbness by C.A. Wyatt

Out of Numbness  by C.A. Wyatt came out on Amazon on Veteran's Day. Its a personal book about addiction and this addict's struggle with recovery from drugs, sex, and rock and roll to a spiritual solution in recovery. 

Though this book is not to be mistaken for approved literature from a twelve-step program, quotes from Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous literature will be found throughout this book, and references to other books on recovery and psychology, as are quotes from religious literature. 

The book is also intended to familiarize the reader with the inner workings of the mind of an addict and subjects related to addiction- such as co-dependence, enabling, relapse, suicide, and contraction of illnesses sexually and intravenously ... see the book at the  Amazon link 

About the Author
C. A. Wyatt holds a BS in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a master's degree in engineering management from the University of Central Florida. He worked for more than thirty-two years as an aerospace engineer at NASA's Kennedy Space Center before retiring in late 2008. He is the author of several short stories as well as a work of nonfiction, Memories from the Land of the Intolerant Tyrant, on the Cuban Revolution and life in Cuba

Saturday, December 19, 2015

In Appreciation

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Cuban Raft Voyage by Gordon England

During the summer of 1994, thousands of Cubans were allowed to leave their island on makeshift boats and rafts in hopes of migrating to the United States. These rafters, known as balseros, endured harrowing journeys across the Straits of Florida to reach freedom from tyranny.

This story follows the plight of four Cubans who steal a statue of Our Lady of Charity, affectionately known as Cachita, from a Catholic Basilica in hopes that she will safely transport them away from Castro’s brutal Communist regime to a new life of freedom in Miami.

The ensuing raft voyage turns into a nightmare as they fight to survive the ocean’s rugged fury, swarms of sharks, and deadly drug runners. This electrifying story of human tragedy deonstrates the suffering endured by refugees everywhere.

This is Gordon England’s fourth book about Caribbean based adventures. Visit his website at to enjoy his collection of plays, songs, audio books, and eBook short stories.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Hangin' With interview with Alan Dean Foster


Hangin' With just posted GW Pomichter's interview today with Star Wars: The Force Awakens  author Alan Dean Foster... Click on it to  see the interview and please leave a comment....

Have a great day.

Beacon Audiobooks Signs Local Author Jaimie Engle For National Distribution

Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light brings anti-bullying message to broader audience

Beacon Audiobooks, a division of Spectra Records, has signed a publishing deal with award-winning author Jaimie Engle, of Melbourne, Florida, to nationally distribute the digital rights for the audiobook format of Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light. The book deals with friendship and bullying through a boy’s fictitious historical fantasy adventure to 1485 England, where he rescues King Richard’s nephews with the help of a magic arrow, a dwarf, and a mystical creature called Simurgh. The audiobook was recorded and produced in Melbourne, Florida, by Tony Wray of Right Hand Productions with cover art illustrations by Debbie Johnson and design by Philip Benjamin of Benjamin Studios. 

Engle is an anti-bullying advocate who speaks with students across the state about their part in bullying through the power of their words. She is continually seeking partnership opportunities with schools and community programs that promote anti-bullying education. The book received a BRAG Medallion award in late 2015 for excellence in independent publishing. For more information about the audiobook, to purchase copies, or to request an author visit go to

Poisoned Pen Press announces the release of Isolation by award-winning novelist Mary Anna Evans.

Hailed as “one of the best mysteries of the year” by Mysterious Reviews, Isolation features archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth. Redbook magazine calls the Faye Longchamp series “one of seven series readers should start binge-reading now.” Publishers Weekly calls Isolation “meaty…skillful” while Kirkus calls the book “a worthy addition to Faye’s long-running series.”

About Isolation:   As Archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth struggles to recover from a shattering personal loss, she sees that everyone she loves is trying to reach out to her. If only she could reach back. Instead she’s out digging holes all over her home, the Florida island of Joyeuse. In their old plantation home, Joe Wolf Mantooth is surrounded by family―Faye, the wife he loves; their toddler son he adores; and his father, who hasn't gotten around to telling him how long he's been out of prison or how he got there―yet Joe has never felt so helpless or alone. Then a close friend at the local marina is brutally murdered, the first in a string of crimes against women that rocks Micco County. Joe, desperate to help Faye, realizes she is in danger from both her inner demons and someone who has breached the island’s isolation. Local law and environmental officials say they want to help, but to Faye and Joe they feel more like invaders. A struggling Faye reaches back over a century into her family’s history for clues. And all the while, danger snakes further into their lives, threatening the people they love, their cherished home, even the very ground―some of it poisoned―beneath their feet.

Mississippi native Mary Anna Evans is the author of the award-winning Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries. She holds an MFA in creative writing, as well as two degrees in engineering, and she is an assistant professor of professional writing at the University of Oklahoma.  Her shorter works have appeared in publications including The Atlantic, Plots with Guns, Monkeybicycle, Saw Palm, and Spartan.

Poisoned Pen Press has released Isolation in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0402-9, 288 pages, $26.95) trade paper (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0404-3, 288 pages, $15.95) large print trade paper (ISBN: 978-1-4642-0403-6, 402 pages, $23.95) and eBook ($9.99) editions.

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, and are available through wholesalers such as Ingram, Baker & Taylor, and Brodart, and directly from the publisher. Visit the new Poisoned Pen Press author blog and Discover Mystery™ at:

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about author Mary Anna Evans or a review copy of Isolation are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email –

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


ABC-Artisans of Books Announces State competition Winners

ABC-Artisans of Books recently held a state-wide competition for Florida writers and poets. The 13 winners were announced on December 16, 2015, at the Selby Library.

All submissions that advanced to the finals will be included in the 2016 Anthology of Florida Writers and Poets scheduled for publication later in the year.

Judging Team

Nancy Tancey Buscher - State Contest Chairman
ABC Co-founder / Vice President; Director of Buscher Consultants; Content Coordinator, Eastside Venice Neighbors Magazine (Venice, FL)
                                              Ted Mallires; BMus, MMus - Poetry Judge
Plus degree in English: music, lyrics and poetry have been his life; 30 years teaching  (Osprey, FL)

Carlene Champine - Short Story Judge
Reference Librarian; on the Board of Friends of the Library: Englewood and Charlotte Libraries. She established the Lending Library at United Methodist Church in Boca
Grand  (Osprey, FL)

  Pam Callender, BFA, MFA - Finalist Judge
Professional Arts and Media Curator including Special Events, award-wnning artist and arts curator; Eckerd College Alumni Committee Member, St. Petersburg, FL., Advisor to Director of the Common Walk Art Festival, Fitzwilliam, NH (Sarasota FL)

ABC - 2016 Anthology of Florida Authors and Poets

Short Story Category

          1st Place Winner
                      Jane Blythe                                       Scar Tissue
                      Sarasota, FL 34233

          2nd Place Winner
                      Clarissa Thomasson                       Scarlett Ribbons
                      Venice, FL 34292

          3rd Place Winner
                      Carol White                                       After Life
                      Boca Raton, FL 33496
1st Honorable Mention
         Sue Kotchman                                  Finding Sofia
         Seminole, FL 33776

2nd Honorable Mention
          Henry Heitmann                              Isle of Enchantment
          Ft Myers Beach, FL 33931

Chairman's Pick                                       
          Joe Cyr                                              Ugga
                      Sarasota, FL 34239
Poetry Category

          1st Place Winner
          Thomas Noel Smith                         The Serenade Pastorale
          Arcadia, FL 34265

2nd Place Winner
          Norma Minturn Stilwell                   The Wind Reaper
          Sarasota, FL 34242

3rd Place Winner
          Mimi Paris                                         The Forgotten Obit
          Lake Worth, FL 33467
1st Honorable Mention
          Henry Heitmann                              Lingering in the Rain
          Ft Myers Beach, FL 33931

2nd Honorable Mention
          Mimi Paris                                         Almost
          Lake Worth, FL 33467

Chairman's Pick - Tie
          William Bokis                                                I Hate Being Nine Years Old         
          Lake Placid, FL 33852

          Judy Domienik                                 Tea Time
          Venice, FL 34293

Event Photographer:                               Lucy Beebe Tobias - Sarasota, FL
Winning Submissions Read By:                        Brenda Darnley Martin -Tampa, FL
Door Prize Donations                               Cheryl Summers Art Gallery-Venice, FL
                                                                      Buscher Consultants-Venice, FL
                                                                      Frames by Giuseppi- Sarasota, FL                                                                     Sun-Moon-Stars Printing-Venice, FL
                                                                      Book by Brenda M Spalding