Friday, January 29, 2016

Event for the Fernandina Beach Library

It has taken nearly a decade to bring a new and improved library to downtown Fernandina Beach. They now serve more than 33,000 patrons and are rapidly becoming the center of community activities with their new community meeting room and technology center.
Please join them for a fun evening to celebrate our new space at their grand opening gala-
FOOD FOR THOUGHT on February 4 at 6:30PM at the library.
  • 11 local chefs have created dishes from their favorite book
  • Amelia Island Musical Playhouse has provide actors who will perform short skits from each book.
  • Music by John Springer and friends.
  • Gala Signature cocktails include: Martini Olive "r" Twist, Catcher in the Rye and Tequila Mockingbird
  • More than 400 book titles to purchase for the library will be available. A great opportunity to honor a friend or family member with their name inside the cover.
Tickets available at the library or at  They have less than $100,000 of their $2.4 million to go-please help them get over the top!
There are plenty of seats and places for mingling.
Where Community Begins
The Campaign to Improve the Fernandina Beach Library

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore February 2016


Tue Feb 2 at 7 pm.  Reed Farrel Coleman will speak and sign Where it Hurts $27.00
Tue Feb 9 at 7 pm.  Tim Dorsey will speak and sign Coconut Cowboy 25.99.
Wed Feb 10 at 6:30 pm.  Womens National Book Association Meeting with guest speaker Talia Carner, Hotel Moscow 14.99.
Sat Feb 13 at 6 pm.  Alex Berenson will speak and sign Wolves 28.00
Mon Feb 15 at 7 pm.  Alafair Burke will speak and sign Ex 25.99.
Fri Feb 19 at 7 pm.  Charles Todd will speak and sign No Shred of Evidence 25.99

Book Clubs

Tue Feb 16 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss Billy Boyle by James Benn 9.99
Sun Feb 21 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss She's Not There by PJ Parrish 12.99.

And coming in March:

March 5  American Penwomen Group signing
Mar 19  Cheryl Hollon
Mar 22 Randy Wayne White

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Pineapple Grove
273 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Phone: 561-279-7790

SleuthFest 2016 Writers Conference Will Take Place February 25-28, 2016 in Florida

Is writing a novel or getting published on your list of goals? This upcoming conference can help you succeed:

DEERFIELD BEACH, Florida – If you’ve dreamed of writing a novel and have resolved to put pen to paper (or hands to keyboard) and/or get published, get a jumpstart on that goal and learn from the pros at this year’s SleuthFest 2016 Writers Conference. Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter, SleuthFest will take place February 25-28, 2016 at the Doubletree Hilton in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Recognized as one of the country’s preeminent conferences for writers in all genres, SleuthFest features four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels on the craft of writing, business, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and forensics. In addition, top literary agents and editors will be available to hear pitches from aspiring writers, offer troubleshooting sessions, and manuscript critiques. 

This year’s SleuthFest features a host of luminaries, including Keynote Speaker, CJ Box.  A NY Times best-selling author, Box has won the Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, Barry, and Edgar ® Awards. The Florida Guest of Honor for this year’s conference is NY Times best-selling P.J. Parrish—the writing team comprised of Kris Montee and Kelly Nichols—winners of the Thriller, Shamus, and Anthony Awards.

This year’s Forensic Guest of Honor is Valerie Plame Wilson, former cover CIA operations officer and author of the New York Times best-selling memoir Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House, which was later released as a major motion picture of the same name starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts.  Special conference programming will feature Ms. Wilson interviewed by NBC’s Kerry Sanders and by national best-selling author Paul Levine.

A professional conference with a personal touch, SleuthFest attracts writers from around the world. Filled with networking opportunities, social events, and programming designed to appeal to a wide variety of writers, SleuthFest provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere where writers can learn from the pros—and learn the secrets of a successful career as a writer.  Moreover, SleuthFest affords writers a unique opportunity to connect with industry insiders, writers and publishing professionals.

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, and others.

To Register: Space is limited. For more information please contact SleuthFest 2016 Co-chairs: Joanne Sinchuk  561-279-7790 or Victoria Landis 561-716-3481 

Monday, January 25, 2016

JME Books to Publish DREADLANDS as debut launch of press


JME Books, an imprint of A Writer For Life, LLC, will publish Dreadlands by award-winning author Jaimie Engle of Melbourne, Florida, in print and digital formats.  Dreadlands, a YA fantasy adventure, takes place in Viking era Labrador, Canada. 
Engle is an anti-bullying advocate who speaks with students across the state about their part in bullying through her multi-medium presentation “The Power of Words in Life and Literature.” She is continually seeking partnership opportunities with schools and community programs that promote anti-bullying education.  
Dreadlands is her second novel and is due to release on April 22nd, 2016. It is available for pre-release orders beginning January 22nd, 2016. The book features interior art by Debbie Johnson and cover design by Philip Benjamin of Benjamin Studios. Official cover reveal 3/10/16. For more information about the book, to purchase copies, or to request an author visit go to

Book Details

List Price: $14.99
5.5" x 8.5" (13.97 x 21.59 cm) Black & White on Cream paper
342 pages
JME Books ISBN-13: 978-0997170900
ISBN-10: 0997170905
BISAC: Juvenile Fiction / Legends, Myths, & Fables / Norse

Author Bio

Jaimie Engle was once sucked into a storybook, where she decided she would become an author. She has modeled bikinis, managed a hip-hop band, and run a body shop. Her passion is talking to kids about writing and social issues because words have power. When not writing, she’s probably editing or playing trivia. She lives in Florida with her husband, children, and dog. Become a fan at Twitter @jaimiengle | Instagram @jaimiengle | Facebook @jaimiengleauthor

Ho Ladybug Discovered Her Spots

The Write Brunch Fundraiser Event

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Florida Romance Writers’ February Meeting

DATE: Saturday, February 13, 2016
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 buffet 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.
Authors often think about writing the book, but to be successful the book must also be marketed. Gone are the days when the publisher did everything for you. Often times it’s up to the authors to have a plan. But what if you aren’t a marketing major and you never thought about how to position yourself in the crowd to stand out? This workshop will help the published author or future published author be ready to take the next steps in their career.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:  Jennifer Fusco
Jennifer Fusco began writing romance in 2010 as a way to expend the excess creative energy, which wasn’t exhausted by her day job.
A fan of all genres, Jennifer enjoys reading and writing contemporary romance. She loves creating incredibly flawed characters because, well, nobody’s perfect. She received her B.A in English from North Carolina State University, andtoday, lives in southwest Florida with her husband and son.
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Please e-mail Rossie Cortes at for a reservation and visit us at

G.W. Pomichter is Hangin' With Chris Kridler

G.W. Pomichter is Hangin' With Chris Kridler, author of  The Storm Seekers Series. Just click on the video to watch it and learn more about Chris.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

G. W. Pomichter is Hangin' With Quincy J. Allen

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Carol White to Speak at Glen Eagles Country Club Literary Luncheon

Carol White has been invited to be the guest speaker at the Glen Eagles Country Club Literary Luncheon on January 26, 2016. She'll discuss her books and theatre background. For more information, visit her website or email her at

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

My Old Dog by Laura T. Coffey - Meet the Author at Writer's Block Bookstore

NBC’s TODAY show producer, and author of My Old Dog, Laura T. Coffey visits Winter Park at The Doggie Door
Sunday January 24, 2016
3:00-6:00 PM

“If you love dogs, or if you like dogs, or if you’ve ever heard of dogs, or if you're from the Planet Earth, you will love this book.” — David Rosenfelt, longtime animal rescuer and author of Dogtripping and Lessons from Tara
Dear Reviewer / Interviewer:
I am honored to share with you an advance copy of My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts written by Laura T. Coffey with photographs by Lori Fusaro, foreword by Neko Case, and afterwords
by Dr. Marty Becker and Mikkel Becker. New World Library will publish this book on October 6, 2015.

The Forgotten Room by White, Williams and Willig - Meet the Authors at Writer's Block Bookstore

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Registration is Open for the 8th Anual Brevard Authors' Book Fair

Jan 10, 2016 registration is now open for the March 19th Eigth Annual Brevard Authors' Book Fair.
It will be at the Suntree/Viera Library from 9o30 AM to 4:30 PM
Speakers will include: Valerie Allen, Lee Boyland, Jaimie Engle, Marshall Frank, and Holly Fox Vellekoop.
If you are unable to attend, you may be interested in the Book Dispaly Only option.

Space is limited, be sure to register ASAP!

We look forward to seeing each of you at the book fair ~

Valerie Allen, Marshall Frank, Holly FoxVellekoop

Brevard Renaissance Fair Welcomes Author Jaimie Engle

Historical fantasy novelist to read her book to children throughout festival weekends

Jaimie Engle,
The Medieval world comes to Brevard County as the Brevard Renaissance Fair gears up for a two-weekend adventure. On January 30th and 31st, and February 6th and 7th, contests, entertainment, and role playing take place at the Wickham Park amphitheater as a fundraising and education event to benefit Annie and Kids, Arts and Education Foundation. A special education day will be held on February 5th for schools.
“It is our goal to promote and support arts, education and imagination for the citizens of Brevard County,” shared Anthony Caderivi, the program director.
Local author Jaimie Engle was invited to read excerpts of her historical fantasy novel “Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light” to crowds of children several times a day, and host a table with books to sell.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to provide interaction for the kids with the book’s author, especially since my time-travel novel is set in both Medieval England and Wickham Park.”
Engle wrote the book after removing her then 7 year old from traditional school to homeschool after he was bullied. They started archery classes at Wickham Park, where Engle said she “imagined a dwarf intent on grabbing a magic arrow from a boy.” Research led her to the story of King Richard III who locked his nephews in the Tower of London to die. She decided to write a book about a boy who travels back in time to rescue them. Along the way, he learns how to handle his own school bully, a strong message throughout the book.
“While my book is a fantasy adventure, at the heart it’s about bullying,” shared Engle. “I think telling this important message through a fun story is a great way for kids to talk about their part in bullying and bully prevention.”
For schedule information or to buy tickets, visit the event website at For more information about the author visit To see the book trailer shot in Wickham Park by Sky Diary Productions visit

Saturday, January 9, 2016

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Book Signing Ruth Rodgers, Marshall Frank, Stu Milisci and Yolande Donnelly

Titusville author Ruth Rodgers will be launching her new novel, Patchwork, this Saturday, Jan. 16th, at Friendship Fellowship UU Church, 3115 Friendship Place in Rockledge, FL, at 3:00 p.m. Set in 1952, Patchwork focuses on a young woman attempting to find acceptance from her devout Southern Baptist family after an out-of-wedlock birth, which has kept her estranged from the family for six-and-a-half years, until her father's stroke brings her home.
The book launch event, organized by Marshall Frank, features four authors with recently released books. In addition to Rodgers,  Marshall Frank will be launching his new nonfiction book, The Way Things Oughta Be, a series of essays that address a myriad of social, political and global struggles and offer new solutions. The two other authors featured are Stu Milisci, retired from NYPD, whose novel Confessions, Lies and Secrets deals with sex abuse in the Catholic Church, and Yolande Donnelly, whose short story collection, 12 Lives, 12 Signs, uses the Zodiac signs to develop 12 different characters.
Each author will speak briefly about his or her new book, and then will be available for discussion and for signing purchased copies. Refreshments will be available.
Ruth Rodgers will also be having an encore book talk and signing for Patchwork at the Titusville Public Library on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2:00 p.m. The novel, from August Press, is available at in paperback ($11.00) and Kindle versions ($8.99), but she will be selling autographed copies for $10.00 at both events. Further information, including a review of the novel published in the Tallahassee Democrat, is available at her website,
Please come out and join her on either Saturday or Sunday for an enjoyable afternoon.
Patchwork Back Page Blurb

It’s 1952, and when 25-year-old Lacey McCormick gets a telegram in New York from her mother, “Daddy had stroke. Come home. Mama,” she cannot refuse. After six-and-a-half years of family estrangement, due to the out-of-wedlock birth of her six-year-old son, it is time to finally return to the family farm in northern Florida and introduce Benny to the rest of her devout Southern Baptist family. Lacey knows reconciliation will be difficult, but she is determined to demand acceptance, if not for herself, then at least for Benny, who is an innocent pawn in this war.

Between her father’s continued disavowal of her and Benny, her siblings’ reproaches of her past behavior, and her mother’s equivocal position—“I feel like I’m being tore in two, with you pulling one way and your daddy the other,” Lacey is beset at all sides, and the birth of a new, legitimate McCormick grandchild during her visit underscores the unfairness of the situation.

Even more important, however, than seeking forgiveness from her family and patching up their frayed relationship is Lacey’s need to finally forgive herself, something she has been unable to do for the past six years. Can Neil Hardister, a childhood friend and neighbor who is harboring his own secret, help to restore her trust in men so that she can finally let the past go and move forward with new confidence and self-worth?

About the Author

A native Floridian, Ruth Rodgers grew up on a farm in Madison County, Florida. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English Education from Florida State University. After a thirty-plus year career as an English teacher, most of those years at the Titusville campus of Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida State College), she is now retired and enjoying having more time to devote to reading and writing.  She lives in Titusville with her husband and has three grown children. Her poetry and fiction have been published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies, and her first novel, Reparation, published in 2013 by the Florida Historical Society Press, won the Don Argo Prize for Florida Fiction, awarded by the Space Coast Writers Guild.

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore February 2016

Tue Feb 2 at 7 pm.  Reed Farrel Coleman will speak and sign 
Where it Hurts $27.00
Tue Feb 9 at 7 pm.  Tim Dorsey will speak and sign Coconut Cowboy 25.99.
Wed Feb 10 at 6:30 pm.  Womens National Book Association Meeting 
with guest speaker Talia Carner, Hotel Moscow 14.99.
Mon Feb 15 at 7 pm.  Alafair Burke will speak and sign Ex 25.99.

Fri Feb 19 at 7 pm.  Charles Todd will speak and sign 
No Shred of Evidence 25.99

Book Clubs
Tue Feb 16 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss 
Billy Boyle by James Benn 9.99

Sun Feb 21 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss 
She's Not There by PJ Parrish 12.99.

And coming in March:
March 5  American Penwomen Group signing
Mar 19  Cheryl Hollon
Mar 22 Randy Wayne White

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Pineapple Grove
273 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Phone: 561-279-7790

Friday, January 8, 2016

News from Valerie Allen

Valerie Allen's short story, Split Second Timing, is free for you to enjoy this weekend, Jan 8, 9, and 10, 2016. Find it here:

Split Second Timing

The true meaning of "family" is found in a moment of crisis.

Read, enjoy, and share ~                                          

Feeling the Love - Love During the Civil War in Florida by Anne Bonner

FEELING THE LOVE - Love During the Civil War in Florida
Fourth book in the historical fiction Early Florida Love series

Selfish and self-centered, Justeen's cousin, Bessie, inherited the operation of the Crawford Pinecrest Plantation and Rockmore Castle in Jacksonville, FL.  An old maid at four and twenty, Bessie from Tallahassee was unprepared for the monumental task, and had to learn to think of others and accomplish many feats during the Civil War (War Between the States), a very trying time as the Yankees invaded Jacksonville four times.
This compelling love story is about a Southern maiden, facing adversity and surviving a long debilitating war.  Did Bessie finally conquer her inadequacies and emerge from her cousin's shadow to find love?   What happens when she decides to seduce the handsome cowboy at Pinecrest?  Could she love the enemy?  How did Bessie handle the true test of "feeling the love" at the end of the war when confronted with an unexpected surprise?
If you are a history buff, like suspense, and love a good love story, this book is a must read! 

ANNE BONNER is a fifth generation Floridian, growing up in Cocoa, and although she lived all over the world with her USAF fighter pilot husband, she was glad to return to her roots.  She attended the University of Florida, where she was a majorette with the Fightin' Gator Band and a member of the social sorority, Alpha Chi Omega.  Anne has recently taken up oil painting, which she enjoys very much.  A lover of flowers, she was honored to have been chosen to be on the Hawaii Federation of Garden Club's committee to arrange the flowers for Washington Place, Hawaii's governor's mansion in downtown Honolulu, when Mrs. Jean Ariyoshi was first lady. She was also honored to have been awarded Gardener of the Year Award. 
Anne is a member of the Florida Historical Society, Cape Canaveral chapter of the NSDAR, Cape Canaveral Lighthouse Foundation, National Poets Association, Cape Canaveral chapter of the National League of American Pen Women, and served on the Board of the Space Coast Writers' Guild.
Anne has written nine books in nine years and plans to finish the tenth this year.  Perhaps the biggest project will be her memoir for her children.

Moon Trail by Deborah A. Allen

The 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing is now less than four years away.
 Florida author Deborah A. Allen brings to life the excitement of the Space Race for a new generation in her middle-grade novel, Moon Trail, released by Black Rose Writing in June 2015.  The novel, set in 1965, tells the story of ten-year-old Florida transplant Betsy Gordon, whose father has been hired at the Kennedy Space Center. Initially reluctant about the move, Betsy soon finds herself caught up in the adventure of the Moon race.
On one level, Moon Trail is a universal growing-up story -- the protagonist adjusts to a new environment, makes new friends, and battles the class bully -- but its singular setting provides a unique backdrop to common childhood themes.
Those "space brats" -- the kids who grew up in Brevard County two generations ago -- enjoyed an unparalleled view of the race to the Moon.  While all other American children watched the events of the Space Race unfold on their television sets, Space Coast children lived the adventure from their own backyards.  This novel is one of the few for young readers detailing the story of those amazing days from the viewpoint of its youngest participants.
 Woven throughout with factual information about the space program and featuring a cameo appearance by one of the Original Seven astronauts, Moon Trail offers scientific and historic information within the framework of an engaging storyline.  In writing the novel, the author drew upon her own experience of growing up in Brevard County when her father was a chief engineer for North American Rockwell, assigned to the Apollo program.
The novel boasts its own kid-friendly website -- -- providing readers with additional background information about the space program, as well as other components of the narrative.
Moon Trail is the author's second published novel.  Her first, The Swinging Door, a novel for adults, was released by Black Rose Writing in 2014.  Moon Trail is available in paperback and on Kindle from as well as directly from the publisher.

Local Author and Real Estate Broker Donates Book Proceeds to Help Find a Cure for Sturge-Weber Syndrome

 Local author and real estate broker, Mitch Ribak, is donating the proceeds of his latest book, “So You’ve Got Your Real Estate License … Now What?” to Lola’s Gift to fund research efforts in the fight to cure Sturge-Weber Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder.

Upon debut, “So You’ve Got Your Real Estate License … Now What?” quickly became the #1 real estate best-seller on Amazon and earned an average rating of five stars. Mitch has been honored by the remarkable reviews the book has received and looks forward to hearing how his readers have used his strategies to streamline their internet marketing efforts, convert more leads to sales and avoid common industry pitfalls. The greatest reward for the time he devoted to writing the book is seeing the proceeds aid in efforts to find a cure for a rare and often overlooked medical disorder known as Sturge-Weber Syndrome.

In 2013, a major breakthrough was announced that could lead to an eventual ease of Sturge-Weber Syndrome symptoms through drug intervention. Researchers identified a gene mutation that occurs before birth as the cause of the neurological and skin disorder. Since then, they have been investigating drug and targeted therapy options that can counteract the disorder’s effects.

In addition to donating the proceeds from his latest book to fund research efforts, Mitch speaks at real estate seminars and provides individual coaching sessions in return for donations to Lola’s Gift.

Mitch Ribak is a two-time author, serial entrepreneur and accomplished real estate broker. After successful business ventures in online dating websites and a paintball complex, he became a realtor. Four years later, he opened Tropical Realty of Suntree with a skeleton crew. Since then, the brokerage has grown exponentially and expanded its reach to three locations with over 90 hard working agents.

“So You’ve Got Your Real Estate License … Now What?” is available for purchase on Amazon

  and proceeds are being donated to Lola’s Gift <> to advance Dr. Comi’s research efforts at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. Visit the Lola’s Gift <> website to learn more about their fight for a cure.

Salon offers prize-winning performers

The Dan Pels Poetry Show, known as an area “Best Bet” for entertainment, will feature prize-winning poet Robert E. Blenheim, founder and President of the popular Live Poets Society, and Mary Rogers-Grantham, a Visiting Professor at Flagler College and resident of Palm Coast. Jazz singer Lorale will entertain and provide dance music.

The event, made possible in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County and Mike L. Mullins Construction, is hosted by Parisian-born poet Dan Pels, who starts the show off with jokes, bi-lingual poems and conversation. Lorale, whom reviewers say has “a singing style that evokes Billie Holiday or Ella Fitzgerald,” performs two sets between poetry readings.

Bob Blenheim, also a past-president of the Florida State Poets Association, is well known for his monthly poetry workshops which meet the first Wednesday each month, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at City Island, Daytona Beach Regional Library. Bob has won numerous awards for his poetry, both free verse and poetic forms.

Mary Rogers-Grantham is an Arkansas native, poet, and award-winning educator. Her poetry collections include It’s Okay: Poetic Memoirs; Clear Velvet; Under a Daylight Moon, and Rotating Reflections: A Poetry Trio. She is already working on a new poetry collection, When the Sun Sails.

The evening, sponsored by the Creative Happiness Institute, is open to the public, free. Pels’ show is held from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wine-Me, 204 South Beach Street, Daytona Beach. A wide selection of the world’s wines are offered, starting at $4 per glass. For more information about the Dan Pels Poetry Show, call 386-846-7966. To contact the store, call 386-871-7769.

SleuthFest 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

Two Workshops at Writer's Atelier: One for adult and another for teens

There are two upcoming workshops at Writer's Atelier: One for teen writers and one for adult writers.

1. Write to Discover with Ashley Inguanta

When: January 16, 2015

Time: 1 PM - 4 PM

Where: Writer's Atelier 336 Grove Ave Suite B Winter Park, FL 32789

Cost: $25

Description: This workshop is open to all genres (fiction, poetry, nonfiction). Participants will be given one piece per genre to read and discuss. Ashley will provide techniques to help with discovery each time. Attendees will write to discover themselves, and to remember things they think they've forgotten. All prompts will focus on uncovering new things within writing. 

Space is limited.

2. Teen Writing Workshop with Christina Benjamin

Teen Writing Workshop

Date: Jan 18, 20, 22 (M-W-F)
Time: 5:30-7:00
Where: Writer’s Atelier, 336 Grove Ave, Suite B, Winter Park, FL 32789
Cost: $60
Contact: Racquel Henry to sign up or or visit


Award-winning YA author Christina, of The Geneva Project, is offering a one week writing workshop for Teens. Benjamin paints a vivid world, where magic and imagination run wild in her writing and aims to teach your teen how to do the same with her interactive workshop. This workshop will discuss character development, setting the scene, using imagination and creating a winning plot. Christina uses her own vivid scenery and complex characters as examples while helping your students each create their own story chart.  

Workshop Goals:
  • ·   Each student will have opportunity to create their own fictional character
  • ·   Map out their own fictional backstory and scenery
  • ·   See how to add to and enhance existing work
  • ·   Students gain new tools for developing their writing
  • ·   Better understanding of how to put their ideas into written words
  • ·   Solid foundation of a new story project to continue writing on their own

Captured in Cuba by Gordon England

Gordon England has published Captured in Cuba as a Kindle short story. Dick and John never dreamed they would see the inside of a Cuban dungeon. Now they were inside one after a paperwork scramble resulted in their plane being forced down in Cuba by MIGS. This true story shows their terror and torture while they waited for rescue.
About the Author
Gordon is an outdoor explorer with a passion for writing nonfiction stories of amazing adventures. He lived in Caribbean Islands for several years gathering story material from his own escapades, as well as exploits of other travelers. He now lives in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

How I Got Into Hollywood - Seminar

Keith Rommel shares his story of how he got the attention of a traditional publisher and movie producers for his novels The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man, both soon to be motion pictures. While Keith shares the writers perspective, Lawrence Knorr of Sunbury Press, Keith's publisher, shares the publisher's perspective. Together, prospective authors receive advice from both sides of the process. 

About the Presenters:

Keith Rommel is the author of the psychological thriller series Thanatology of which The Cursed Man is the first volume. He has also written The Lurking Man and The Sinful Man as part of this series. The Silent Woman is due out in 2016. Keith has also written a murder mystery You Killed My Brother and a supernatural thriller Among the People as well as The White River Monster and two books in The Devil Tree series. The movies The Cursed Man and The Lurking Man are expected out in 2016.

Lawrence Knorr is the President/CEO of Sunbury Press, Inc. of Mechanicsburg, PA. Sunbury Press is a publisher of trade paperback, hard cover and ebooks in a variety of categories. Sunbury Press is a traditional royalty-paying publisher and does not charge authors for services.

About the Seminar 

Duration: 90 Minutes (60 minute presentation + 30 minutes of Q&A)
Schedule: Saturday January 30, 1 PM to 2:30 PM EST
Capacity: Limited to 23 attendees. No refunds.
Cost: $74.99 (discount available - see below)
Location: Online via    Instructions and key code will be provided the week of the event

Be sure to use the code: HOLLYWOOD and receive $25.00 off the seminar.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

In Appreciation

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Brevard Authors' Book Fair

The Eighth Annual Brevard Authors’ Book Fair will take place on March 19, 2016 from 9:30AM to 4:30PM. Hosted at the Suntree/Viera Library, 902 Jordan Blass Dr, Melbourne, Fl 32940,  it is free and open to the public. More than 20 authors will be available to discuss, autograph, and sell their books.
Five popular guest speakers will include Valerie Allen, Lee Boyland, Jaimie Engle, Marshall Frank, and Holly Fox Vellekoop, Topics will focus on how to write, publish, market, and sell books.
The book fair is sponsored by Authors for Authors,, to support and encourage literacy for education and entertainment for the entire community. Co-founders, Marshall Frank, Holly Fox Vellekoop, and Valerie Allen, create venues for local authors to meet the public via book fairs, book launches, workshops, and author gatherings.
For more information email,,, or call Marshall Frank at (321) 254-3398.

Author Collaboration and Reading Event to Benefit Charity

Several local authors, including Jaimie Engle, read before live audience through FOCUS Magazine in Lake County, Florida

Several local authors, including award-winning author Jaimie Engle, will be thanked for their hard work contributing to the SIX HANDS feature in FOCUS Magazine over the past year. The story follows a fictitious character, Michael Green, who is faced with revisiting his past to find six people willing to carry his casket when he dies, and is set to come to a close with the final installment in the February edition of FOCUS Magazine Lake County. A special live stage reading of each chapter by its author to benefit Lifestream Behavioral Center Foundation is scheduled for February 1st at 7pm. 
“This was a challenging, yet very fun project to work on,” shared Engle who contributed to the December issue. “I read all the chapters preceding mine and took extensive notes so I could be certain that the story stayed on point, while Michael Green grew as a character. I would love to work on more projects like this one in the future.”

The live event will be held at the Bay Street Players Historic State Theatre, 109 N Bay Street Eustis, FL 32726, and will be taped to air on LSTV. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased through EventBrite at