Sunday, November 29, 2015

David Baldacci to Sign Copies of his Latest Book, The Guilty, in Orlando

David Baldacci will sign copies of his newest book, THE GUILTY, presented by Writer’s Block Bookstore
Rollins College – Mills Memorial Center in the Galloway Room
Tuesday, December 1st, at 6:30PM

*For review copies, interview requests, or to attend the event for potential coverage, please contact Andy.Dodds@hbgusa.com*


David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. A major motion picture adaptation followed, with Clint Eastwood as its director and star. In total, David has published 30 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers, and several have been adapted for film and television. His novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries; over 110 million copies are in print worldwide. David has also published five novels for younger readers, including the #1 bestseller The Finisher, which is in development for feature film, and its #1 bestselling sequel, The Keeper

Catch him in action promoting his new book, The Guilty (#4 in the Will Robie Series), on Friday, December 1st at 6:30 pm at the Galloway Room in Mills Memorial Hall on Rollins College Campus. Signing to follow! (Note: The author will only sign books purchased from the event sponsor, Writer's Block Bookstore. The Guilty will be available for purchase at the event or for pre-order on their website.)

Will Robie is the government’s most professional, disciplined, and lethal assassin. He infiltrates the most hostile countries in the world, defeats our enemies’ advanced security measures, and eliminates threats before they ever reach our shores. But now, in David Baldacci’s exhilarating new thriller, THE GUILTY (Grand Central Publishing; $28 Hardcover; November 17, 2015), his skills have left him. Sent overseas on a critical assignment, he fails when unable to pull the trigger. Suddenly, Robie is a man without a mission, and without a purpose. To recover what he has lost, Robie must confront what he has tried to forget for over twenty years: his own past. Will Robie escaped his small Gulf Coast hometown of Cantrell, Mississippi after high school, severing all personal ties, and never looked back. Not until the unimaginable occurs—his father, Dan Robie, has been arrested and charged with murder. Father and son have not spoken or seen each other since the day Robie left town. In that time, Dan Robie—a local attorney and pillar of the community—has been elected town judge. Despite this, most of Cantrell is aligned against him. Dan’s guilt is assumed. To make matters worse, Dan has refused to do anything to defend himself, and when Robie tries to help, his father responds only with anger and defiance. Could Dan really be guilty? With the equally formidable Jessica Reel at his side, Robie ignores his father’s wishes and begins his own desperate investigation into the case. But Robie is now a stranger to his hometown, an outsider, a man who has forsaken his past and his family. His attempts to save his father are met with distrust, skepticism, and even violence. Unlike the missions Robie undertook in the service of his country, where his target was clearly defined, digging into his father’s case only reveals more questions. Robie is drawn into the hidden underside of Cantrell, where he must face the unexpected and possibly deadly consequences of the long-ago choices made by father and son. And this time, there may be no escape for either of them.

SleuthFest 2016 Writers Conference





February 25 – 28, 2016 in Deerfield Beach, FL

SleuthFest, the writers’ conference sponsored annually by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, will take place February 25-28, 2016 at the Doubletree by Hilton in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

The Keynote Speaker, CJ Box is a NY Times best-selling author, winner of the Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, Barry, and Edgar Awards.  The Florida Guest of Honor, the NY Times bestselling P.J. Parrish team of Kris Montee and Kelly Nichols, have won the International Thriller Writers, Shamus, and Anthony Awards.

The Forensic Guest of Honor is Valerie Plame Wilson.  Interviewing Ms. Wilson will be NBC’s Kerry Sanders and national best-selling author Paul Levine. 

SleuthFest is known as one of the best conferences in the country for writers of all genres.  There are four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels in writing craft, business, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and forensics.  In addition, top literary agents and editors will hear pitches from budding writers, and offer troubleshooting sessions and manuscript critiques.  For many writers, SleuthFest is where they met their agent or editor, resulting in their book being published.  It’s a great opportunity.

The welcoming atmosphere at SleuthFest is what attracts many writers, both fiction and non-fiction.  It is clear from the moment an attendee arrives, that everyone there wants to help them succeed.  And there are plenty of social events where writers can do that all-important networking. The contacts a writer can make are reason enough to attend. 

The roster of past Keynotes and Guests of Honor includes Sue Grafton, Robert B. Parker, Dennis LeHane, James W. Hall, Dr. Henry Lee, Dr. Michael Baden, Robert Crais, Brad Meltzer, Lisa Scottoline, and Linda Fairstein, et al.

SleuthFest 2016 will take place Feb. 26-28 at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Deerfield Beach, Florida. 

To Register:  www.sleuthfest.com

More information contact SleuthFest 2015 Co-chairs:

Joanne Sinchuk  murdermb@gate.net  561-279-7790
Victoria Landis   victoria@landisdesignresource.com

Celebrate the holidays with Florida Romance Writers!


Join the Florida Romance Writers for their annual holiday party as they celebrate this season of joy. No meeting in December, just a wonderful time to be with friends. The party will include a delicious lunch at GG’s Waterfront Bar & Grill in Hollywood. They’ll also be honoring FRW volunteers as well as presenting the Lifetime Achievement and Lifetime Service Awards. Guests are welcome!
When:
Saturday, December 12th
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Where:
GG’s Waterfront Bar and Grill
606 N. Ocean Dr.
Hollywood, FL 33019
Price:
$25/member
$30/non-member
Valet parking is available, cash only.
Please let us know of any dietary restrictions such a vegetarian or gluten free.
To RSVP, e-mail Rossie Cortes at rossie@iq-mc.com by Wednesday, December 9th.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

In Appreciation

Thanks to Kay Williamson and Anne Bonner for being Friends of Florida Book News. Your support is greatly appreciated.  Please click on their badges in the right column to learn more about them and what they write.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Hangin' With: Episode 4: GW Pomichter Interviews David Miller and JPOsterman



Hangin' With just posted Episode 4 of interviews from the weekend of the Meet The Authors Book Fair put on by Authors for Authors in the Eau Gallie Civic Center.

In this episode, GW Pomichter interviews David Miller and JP Osterman 

David Miller (www.davidmiller.tateauthor.com) is the author of 90 MPH Door and Target Savannah; and JP Osterman (www.jposterman.com) is the author of God Design  and Cosmic Rift. They were terrific guests on this episode. Be sure to click the video above or the link below to watch their interviews. And shares these interviews if you can...

Florida Book News is please to bring you these episodes of Hangin' With. Be sure to subscribe to their channel on YouTube.

December 19, 2015: Mystery Writers of America Annual Holiday Party




PROGRAM:  Party! Party!
                       Food! Food!
                       Cash Bar!
                       Holiday Attire!                         
                         Surprise Game!
White Elephant Gift Exchange! (Not mandatory; to participate, bring a new, unused item – wrapped with no tags.  It can be a gift you received and can’t use, or you can buy something - $25 limit, please.)        

DATE:  Saturday, December 19, 2015
TIME:  11:30—2:00
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 http://mwaflorida.org/events/monthly-meetings/#lunchmeet, fill out the “Sign up for Luncheon meeting,” and click the “Pay Now” PayPal button.

To reserve and pay via mail: email rwymer55@aol.com 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.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Episode 3: Hangin' With Interviews Authors DL Havlin and Holly Fox Vellekoop



Florida Book News had the great pleasure of attending the Meet the Authors Book Fair.   This book fair is put on by Authors for Authors (Marshall Frank, Valerie Allen and Holly Fox Vellekoop). We commend them for putting on such a great event.

As a special feature of the book fair, Hangin' With's GW Pomichter conducted interviews with many of the authors. Florida Book News is pleased to post those interviews. Please, subscribe to the Hangin' With channel on YouTube so you won't miss any. 

Here's the link to Youtube to view Episode 3 of the series of interviews. Follow this link to see the interviews and send the link to your friends, so they will see them as well. Episode 3: https://youtu.be/Ckh-B_jXcGc

Episode 3 features DL Havlin, author of Blue Water Red Blood (www.dlhavlin.com) and Holly Fox Vellekoop, author of Encouragers: Those Who Help Others (www.hollyfoxvellekoop.com)




Visit their websites as well to see what else they have done.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Meet Wanda Luthman at Cocoa Village Bazaar: The Lilac Princess

Wanda Luthman, a local children's author, will be at the Cocoa Village Bazaar on Sat., Dec. 5th and Sun., Dec. 6th.
 
She will be selling her book,  The Lilac Princess, and will be available for signing it. She will also have some fun, free crafts for the kids. Stop by her booth!


Available for purchase on Amazon at
http://www.amazon.com/author/wandaluthman

G.W. Pomichter of Hangin' With Interviews Linda L. Zern and Pat Pesce in Episode 2



Florida Book News had the great pleasure of attending the Meet the Authors Book Fair in the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne Florida.  This book fair is put on by Authors for Authors (Marshall Frank, Valerie Allen and Holly Fox Vellekoop). We commend them on putting on such a great event.

As a special feature of the book fair, Hangin' With's GW Pomichter conducted interviews with many of the authors. Florida Book News is pleased to post those interviews as Hangin' With posts them. Subscribe to the Hangin' With channel on YouTube so you won't miss any. 

Here's the link to Youtube to view the interviews. Follow this link to see the interviews and send the link to your friends, so they will see them as well. Episode 2: https://youtu.be/qAsVgc24oQk

Episode 2 features Linda L. Stern, author of Beyond the Strandline (www.zippityzerns.com) and Pat Pesce, author of Blue Memories: Life in Law Enforcement (www.patpesce.com)



I know you'll enjoy hearing these authors talk about their books. 

Visit their websites as well to see what else they have done.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hangin' With Interviews with Dr. Valerie Allen and Ashley McGrath



Florida Book News had the great pleasure of attending the Meet the Authors Book Fair this past weekend in the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne Florida.  This book fair is put on by Authors for Authors (Marshall Frank, Valerie Allen and Holly Fox Vellekoop). We commend them on putting on such a great event.

As a special feature of the book fair, Hangin' With's GW Pomichter conducted interviews with many of the authors. Florida Book News is pleased to announce we will be posting a link when those interviews are posted on YouTube, so you won't miss any of them.  You can also subscribe to the interviews on YouTube... 

Here's the link to Youtube to view the interviews. Follow this link to see Episode One: https://youtu.be/I28TcbKO7Eg

Episode One features Dr. Valerie Allen author of Write, Publish, Sell; Beyond the Ink Blots; Amazing Grace and many more; and Ashley McGrath the author of Unabashed by Disability. 

I hope you enjoy this new addition to Florida Book News.

Lou 

Book News: Beyond the Strandline by Linda L. Zern



Talking heads discuss blood moons, financial implosion, zombie apocalypse, pandemics, terror threats and the world grows a little more jittery, a little more paranoid. The New York Times and The Daily Mirror have both explored the phenomenon of preparing for “the end,” and some are calling the public’s interest in survival scenarios the “rise of the prepper.”


Linda L. Zern’s new book, Beyond the Strandline, uses a collapse of the power grid caused by solar flares as a setting for her juvenile/dystopian novel.


Isolated on their grandfather’s ranch at the edge of the Little-Big Econ River and state forest, seventeen-year-old Tessla and her teenage sisters, Ally and ZeeZee, live by one rule: don’t venture beyond the perimeter of the family ranch. Central Florida has been plunged into mayhem and instability, but as long as the girls stay behind the line of their grandfather’s property, they remain protected from savagery.


The Florida coast is overrun with warring tribes and pirates, and orphaned children-turned-soldiers roam the land. Beyond the Strandline is a thrilling story about the struggle to stay human in an inhumane world, the importance of preparedness, the illusion of safety, and the power of love to redeem even the most desperate.


Available on Amazon, Beyond the Strandline has 66 reviews averaging 4.9 out of 5 stars. Journalist and freelance writer, D. Scoles, said of the novel, “Just when you think the book's characters might catch a moment's rest, WHAM! They are dramatically drawn into a new dilemma -- and so are you.”


In the tradition of Alas Babylon by Pat Frank, Beyond the Strandline taps into the prepper fiction/dystopian genre without bogging down in the temptation to become a “How-To” handbook.


It’s an action-thriller-romance novel with characters that make you care and a story that makes you think.

About the Author

Linda L. Zern is an award-winning short story writer and English major at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.

She has written children's chapter books including Mooncalf and The Pocket Fairies of Middleburg; an inspirational book titled The Long-Promised Song, which she wrote and illustrated; and a collection of humorous essays called Zippityzern's: A Collage.

Beyond the Strandline is a work of young adult fiction and Zern’s first full-length novel. A longtime fan of "prepper" and futuristic survival novels such as Pat Frank's Alas Babylon, Zern hopes this book will inspire a new generation to imagine the ramifications of collapse and to "prepare every needful thing." 

When she is not writing fiction, Zern grows flowers, butterflies, grandchildren, rabbits, chickens, and horses in the beautiful countryside of Central Florida.


 To purchase the book, go to Amazon by clicking here.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Meet the Authors Book Fair sponsored by Authors for Authors on November 21 and 22

 We had a great day at the Meet the Authors Book Fair.  If you didn't make it down on Saturday, be sure to stop by Sunday, 11/21....

Don't miss your opportunity to meet these wonderful authors. They will be at the Meet the Authors Book Fair at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Avenue in the Eau Gallie Arts District of Melbourne Florida

The Meet the Authors Book Fair is an annual event that gets bigger and better every year thanks to its wonderful sponsors from Authors for Authors: Marshall Frank, Valerie Allen, and Holly Fox Vellekoop. These three have provided a wonderful venue for authors from all areas to showcase their books. This is an event you won't want to miss.
Authors for Authorhing field.

The 50 authors listed above will be ready to sign books, tell you all about what they have written and their passion for writing. You'll find books from all genres represented, so come on by and bury yourself in some good reading.

In addition, the book fair is always scheduled in conjunction with the ArtWorks Eau Gallie Fine Arts Festival on Highland Avenue. It is on Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22, 2015. The book fair is open from 9:30 to 4:30.