Monday, February 22, 2016

Bohemia Blues by Lucy Lakestone

Lucy Lakestone releases 3rd romance novel inspired by the Space Coast

Author Lucy Lakestone has just released her third steamy romance novel in the Bohemia Beach Series, whose locations are inspired by her home - Florida’s Space Coast.

Each standalone novel is set among a circle of young artists in the enchanting Florida city they call home. Settings include Bohemia and Bohemia Beach; much like Melbourne and its sister beach town, the cities lie across the Indian River Lagoon from each other.

“I wanted to incorporate a lot of my favorite things about the Space Coast into one wonderful fictional location that’s bigger than any one city in Brevard County,” Lakestone said. “Among my inspirations are Rockledge’s river road, the Eau Gallie Arts District, downtown Melbourne, and our beautiful beaches.”

The first two novels were “Bohemia Beach” and “Bohemia Light.” The third book, released this month, is “Bohemia Blues.” The romances contain adult content. Here’s a summary of “Bohemia Blues”:

Esmerelda Falcon is Ez to her friends — and to her fans. The talented singer-songwriter for an up-and-coming band in Bohemia Beach, she keeps her love life simple by dallying with guys she’s only too happy to toss aside. When her latest boy toy goes ballistic in a very public breakup, she turns to steadfast groupie Gary Gorski for escape. Expecting little from the gawky artist who adored her in high school, she’s shocked by their scorching chemistry. But their would-be connection is frustrated by his sense of honor, her agonizing past, drama with the band and, it seems, all the forces of nature. Can Ez find a way to shed her armor and embrace love as fearlessly as she makes music? 

Check out the trailer for Bohemia Blues :

Lakestone grew up loving Jane Austen, romantic adventure stories and all genres of fiction. After producing countless articles and photographs for newspapers and magazines and writing thrillers under another name, she revels in writing romance. 

Book information:
 “Bohemia Blues” by Lucy Lakestone
Published Feb.18, 2016, by Velvet Petal Press
$14.95 paperback; $3.99 ebook at all major online bookstores (Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo)
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Amelia Island Book Festival

 Book Festival

Amelia Island is known as the island of eight flags. The island could also be know as the island of amazing festivals. This coming weekend is the 15th annual Amelia Island Book festival, February 18-20, a festival that has grown and changed as the times demand. 
Steve Berry has been a supporter of and participant in the festival from its very earliest days and the early days of his successful writing career. As honorary chairperson, Berry has coordinated this year's focus - An Amelia Island Encounter-Action, Thrills and Mystery. All proceeds go toward the Festival's long-standing commitment of promoting literacy to the students of our Nassau County Public Schools.
For the three days of the festival, a collection of New York Times, USA Today and Internationally bestselling authors will share their talent and ideas as well as signing books. Authors include Steve Berry, Greg Iles, Andrew Gross, Janice Gable Bashman, Brenda Jackson as well as regional and local writers.
It all starts with the Kick-off Luncheon featuring a keynote address by NYT bestselling thriller writer, Andrew Gross, set for Thursday, February 18, 2016, noon to 2PM at the Ocean Clubhouse on the Amelia Island Plantation.
Teens Scenes are free events happening on Thursday evening, February 18, 2016, from 6 to 8 PM Middle and high school students can choose from among four offerings designed especially for young people and presented by noted authors.
On Friday, February 19, at FSCJ-Nassau Campus in Yulee, Steve and Elizabeth Berry are conducting their highly sought after, Lessons from a Best-seller Writers Workshop.  

The Festival's signature fundraising event, the Author Face-off Gala will be held Friday at 6:00 PM at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort ballrooms. Ticket holders will be in for a memorable evening when some of the most celebrated thriller authors in America-Steve Berry, Greg Iles, Andrew Gross, and Janice Gable Bashman meet face-to-face in an engaging and scintillating exchange.
The climax of the Festival's events is the Author Expo/Readers Extravaganza, offers a scintillating day for all ages with more than 100 noted authors of all genres. With FREE admission and free parking, the Expo runs from 10 AM to 6 PM Saturday, February 20, at the Fernandina Beach Middle School Campus. 
For a complete listing of all the authors who are coming or to get details for each event, directions and to purchase ticket or make a donation, visit, or call 904.624.1665

Playwrights Workshop of Brevard

The Playwrights' Workshop of Brevard will present a themed production of Problem Solved. Included is a performance of three short plays by local writers on May 5, 6, and 7th at 8:00 P.M., and on Sunday, May 8th, at 2:30 P.M . at the Surfside Playhouse, 301 Ramp Rd, Cocoa Beach.

The plays to be presented are, Bill's Funeral by Gordon England and Lisa Farrall, Mother Knows Best by Valerie Allen, and Who Needs a Magic Lamp? By Ken Byrnes.

Admission is $5.00. Tickets can be purchased at the box office on the date of the performance. For more information please call (321) 961-1988.

Thursday, February 18, 2016


Note program change: Jazz singer, Lorale, will be replaced by Sitarick, Rick DeYampert, who will feature some of his own compositions.  There will be a special, cameo performance by Alethia GG Dupree. Changes have been made in the press release below.
PRESS RELEASE, pasted below and attached for your convenience.


It’s not the play Avenue Q, but it is a bit like an adult Sesame Street on Wednesday, March 2, when the letter “P” will be most prominent. The Dan Pels Poetry Show will feature professional, published poets Joseph Cavanaugh, President of the Florida State Poets Association (FSPA), and Joe Snyder, a performance poet from Cocoa Beach.

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 poetDan Pels and includes a performance by Sitarick, Rick DeYampert, a popular and powerful player of the exotic sitar.

“For those who know alliteration, the letter “P” has already appeared twenty-six times in this article, and we’ve only started,” says Pels, who is schooled in surrealism and provides a good dose of humor as part of with his monthly shows.

Joe Cavanaugh is the author of three full books of poetry, most recent of which is Love Happens: A Target on My Chest. He also has a poetry musical CD and a chapbook. Under his tenure, the FSPA has helped appoint the State’s official Poet Laureate, hosted a national poetry conference, and increased membership numbers dramatically.

Joe Snyder invented The Collective Word open mic and slam programs in Cocoa Beach which are also moving into the Melbourne area. Joe is also a competitor on a national slam team. There will also be a special cameo performance by Alethia GG Dupree, a national slam team competitor, a veteran of Individual World Poetry Slams and a “battle rapper” with Joshua Carrasco's Madd Illz.

The evening is sponsored by the Creative Happiness Institute, and 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, where offers 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.

Celebrate the Goddess and Strong Women on March 13

Cinematique will be the gathering place for strong women and a celebration of the Goddess on Sunday, March 13. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the publication of When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone, area women authors are invited to bring books they have written and speak out for all women’s rights.
The late Ms. Stone’s book, first published in 1976, has sold well over a million copies and remains a standard in Women’s Studies courses. Daytona resident, Lenny Schneir, her life partner for over 34 years, will present a film on women and spirituality, accompanied by his co-authors, Drs. Carol Thomas and David B. Axelrod. They won a Florida Book Award Gold Medal and a national Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) first prize for their critical biography, Merlin Stone Remembered.
Also featured will be Dr. Mary Custureri, award-winning educator, novelist and president of Taylor & Seale Publishing. Dr. Custureri  is a member of  the Florida Writers Association, National League of American Pen Women, and The American Association of University Women. Writing as Mary Foca, she is the author of Defy the Winds, a historical novel about an immigrant woman’s triumph in coming to America.
The event, made possible in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County, is sponsored by Creative Happiness Institute. Any women who have authored a book are encouraged to bring a copy of their work to announce and display. The public is welcome to attend.
The film will be shown at 2 p.m. with a discussion to follow. Admission is $7 or $5 Cinematique members. Cinematique is located at 242 S. Beach Street in Daytona Beach. For more information about the program, call Cinematique at 386-252-3118 or email Dr. David B. Axelrod,

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Meet Randy Wayne White at Writer's Block Bookstore

Writer’s Block Bookstore Presents Randy Wayne

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

12:00 – 2:00 PM

124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida



by New York Times-bestselling author


“With Randy Wayne White, one gets not only a dead-on thriller, with all the twists, surprises, and action one expects, but a sense that each of the Ford books is a chapter in the development of one of the most compelling characters in the genre.” Miami Herald

Doc Ford is enlisted for a deadly covert operation to track down an ISIS sympathizer in Mexico. The man Ford is seeking is a failed actor from Chicago who has turned into a terrorist, and Ford has seen a video of him apparently murdering three American citizens. As Doc Ford tackles his mission with expert precision and cunning insights, he uncovers a larger plot with far-reaching implications…implications that may reach back to the United States. And that could mean death for Ford, Tomlinson and scores of innocents around the country.

Since leaving home at age 16, and skipping college in the process, New York Times best-selling author Randy Wayne White has been a farm hand, a brass and iron foundry worker, a telephone lineman, and, for thirteen years, a full-time fishing guide at Tarpon Bay Marina on Florida’s Sanibel Island.  He has been stabbed, “shot at with intent,” and was in a hotel that got blown up by Shining Path Anarchists in Peru.  As a columnist for Outside magazine he has covered the America’s Cup races in Australia, gone dog sledding in Alaska, searched for wild orangutans on Borneo, brought back refugees from Cuba, been diving in the infamous Bad Blue Hole lake on the desolate Cat Island in the Bahamas, and even participated in a mission to steal back General Manuel Noriega’s bar stools. 

DEEP BLUE is White’s 23rd Doc Ford book. He has also had four collections of his columns for Outside magazine and elsewhere published – and the new Hannah Smith series has recently debuted with GONE. In 2002, a one-hour documentary film called The Gift of the Game, about Randy’s trip to Cuba to find the remnants of the Little League teams founded by Ernest Hemingway in the days before Castro, won the “Best of the Fest” award from the 2002 Woods Hole Film Festival, then was bought by PBS and broadcast station by station in the spring and summer of 2003.

White has been awarded the Conch Republic Prize for Literature, as well as the John D. Macdonald Award for Literary Excellency.  He is one of only four writers named as an Editor At Large by prestigious Outside Magazine (Jon Krakauer, Hampton Sides and Tim Cahill are the others). In 2011, White was named a Florida Literary Legend by the Florida Heritage Society. A fishing and nature enthusiast, he has also written extensively for National Geographic Adventure, Men’s Journal, Playboy and Men’s Health.

Katie Grinch, Assistant Director of Publicity
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DEEP BLUE By Randy Wayne White G.P. Putnam’s Sons On Sale: March 15, 2016
ISBN: 978-0-399-17351-6 Price: $26.95 ($28.50 Canada)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Book News: The Relentless Italian by Sarina Rostek

Sarina Rose has released The Relentless Italian available in both print and ebook formats on Amazon. A delicate and awesome novel of a love affair during the crisis of the sexual and feminist revolution of the 1960's. Love at first sight, jealousy, secrets, death, forgiveness, friendship and mothers drive the action along with a villain or two.
 Tony Andrisoi falls hopelessly in love with Sophie a fellow student at St. Joseph College in New Jersey. He is the hottest guy in the senior class. There is no shortage of available woman for Tony. However, Sophie Carrieri draws him like a magnet to the North Pole. However his singing career in Italy needs his attention after graduation. Will his loving advances convince Sophie to abandon her plans to go to Cornell Veterinary School and go with him to Rome? Sophie is fascinated with Tony's attention, but determined not to become deeply involved in romance before she completes studies at Cornell. She comes to adore Tony. Nevertheless a streak of jealousy, a devastating hospitalization, and three mothers threaten to derail the relationship before it gets off the ground.

Ms. Rose is a member of Romance Writers of American and Space Coast Authors of Romance. Her addiction to the Mid-20th Century stems from her own life experiences. "For me, writing about this era is like writing a memoir only  better. I can change intentions and roles making my memories more colorful." She lives in Melbourne with her husband and their two dogs: Andy, a brillliant white labradoodle and Cici, a blond blind Shih Tzu. "

Besides writing, Ms. Rose enjoys quilting  gifts to friends and family. "I love quilting blankets and wall hangings. I learned to sew at seven or eight years old. My grandmother worked on childrens' coats in the garment district in New York City. Sewing is in my genes. All my aunts sewed and inspired me. My parents supported my fabric habits as well as any other art form in whch I chose to dabble."

The Relentless Italian  is the second book is a series. The first in the series is The Relentless Brit, a World War II romance with women spies, espionage, and survival in London. Both books are available at
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Boca Raton- National League of American Pen Women Lifelong Achievement Honors.

The National League of American Pen Women honors women in their 80’s-90’s for lifelong achievements in Letters, Art and Music. Books include fiction, memoir, art therapy. February 29, 2016 2pm. Center for Spiritual Living. 2 S.W. 12th Ave, Boca Raton, FL. Music and Refreshments. $5.00 suggested donation. 561/368-8248 

Saturday, February 13, 2016


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March Slam Madness at Cinematique

A March Mad Slam will offer performance poets a chance to compete on Saturday, March 5, 9:30 p.m. at Cinematique. The event, made possible in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County, is co-sponsored by Creative Happiness Institute and MACDeLand Slam.
Featured slam performer for the evening will be Shawn Welcome, a nationally known poet with more than 10 years of  experience including stints as spokesperson for companies such as Nike, Johnson & Johnson, The Orlando Magic, and more. Shawn created and currently hosts “Diverse Word,” at Dandelion Communitea Cafe in Orlando, a weekly poetry open mic that includes comedy, music and slams. Started in 2006, it is the longest running open mic in Orlando.
Cinematique offers a cash first prize of $50 and a $25 gift certificate as second prize. The slam draws a good audience that cheers on the participants. “Slam is a great entertainment, not just for poets but for the general public,” says Volusia County Poet Laureate, David B. Axelrod, who emcees the event with slam master Kevin Campbell, founder of MACDeLand Slam and Breaking Bad Poets.
Admission is $5 for the event, open to the public, and if time allows, there will be an open mic after the contest. Cinematique is located at 242 S. Beach Street in Daytona Beach. For slam rules, go to the Cinematique website: To register for the slam or for more information call Cinematique, 386-252-3118 or email Dr. Axelrod,

Friday, February 12, 2016

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore March 2016

Sat March 5 at 2 pm.  Group booksigning with American Penwomen Boca Chapter.  Janet Kleinman, Bunny Shulman, Lea Becker, Alexandra Goodwin, AR Alan, and Carol White.
Sun March 6 at 1 pm.  Stephanie Murphy-Lupo will speak and sign All Aboard: A History of Florida's Railroads 19.95.
Thu March 10 at 7 pm.  James Grippando will speak and sign Gone Again 25.99.
Sat March 19 at 6 pm.  Cheryl Hollon will speak and sign Shards of Murder 7.99  and Robin Harlick will speak and sign a Cold White Fear 17.99.
Tues March 22 at 7 pm.  Randy Wayne White will speak and sign Deep Blue 27.00.

Book Clubs
Tue March 15 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng 16.00
Sun March 13 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton 16.00.

And coming in April:
April 8  Randy Rawls
April 15  Stuart Woods
April 29  Adam Mitzner

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

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Oreads by John F. Lavelle

Lyrical, emotionally charged, moving and heartbreaking, Oreads is a literary treat that will keep you compelled right to the very last page and beyond. 

Publishing 29th January 2016 by Roundfire Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing Ltd., O Reads is a touching and bittersweet coming-of-age story, which will appeal to readers of general and literary fiction. Readers of young adult fiction will also enjoy this book. 

A work to savor…
A lyrical coming-of-age novel, Oreads is a bittersweet journey depicted so vividly that readers see the fog on the mountains, smell the ripening corn, and feel the conflicted passions of characters who can't escape, yet can't go home again. A work to savor.  ~ Susan Hubbard, author of The Season of Risks, Blue Money (Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize) and Walking on Ice (AWP Short Fiction Prize). 

At fourteen, Cassie Wolphe’s way of life in Appalachia is being changed by the influx of modernity/postmodernity. She is in love with Jake McCollum, believes she will marry him and constructs her life around this central act, but like her brother, Ben, Jake rejects a life he believes offers nothing but hard work and poverty. Forced to make a decision between her love of Jake and her love of the mountains, Cassie finds she can't leave, a choice which may define her life forever. At once lyrical, emotionally charged, moving and heartbreaking, Oreads is a literary treat that will keep you compelled right to the very last page and beyond.

John F. Lavelle, PhD, has an MA in creative writing and another MA in English. He is an associate professor at Florida Institute of Technology.

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So You Want To Write A Book? Seminar with Marshall Frank

                 3-HOUR SEMINAR

An intensive class for first-time authors interested in writing and publishing fiction, non-fiction and memoirs.

     When:   Saturday, March 26, 2016,  9 a.m. – 12 Noon

     Where:  Hampton Inn, 130 Sheriff Dr., Viera, Fl   32940

      Cost:      $30 per person

This three-hour seminar and workshop will provide new authors with the basic details on how to get started writing a book and following through.  Topics to be covered, but not limited to:

Dos and don'ts, basics.
Rules for structuring and writing fiction and non-fiction
Plot, setting and character development
Acquiring an agent
Getting published

Instructor:  Marshall Frank is a retired captain/homicide investigator from the Miami-Dade Police Dept., now the author of thirteen books, including six novels, one book of memoirs, five books of non-fiction and one book for budding writers. Many new published authors have attended this class. To register, visit web site at: and click on “Seminar Registration.”

For more info,      Email:     

The Jamie Quinn Mystery Collection by Barbara Venkataraman

Award-winning author, Barbara Venkataraman, is an attorney and mediator specializing in family law and debt collection.

She is the author of: The Jamie Quinn mysteries; "Teatime with Mrs. Grammar person", "The Fight for Magicallus," a children's fantasy; a humorous short story entitled, "If You'd Just Listened to Me in the First Place"; and two books of humorous essays: "I'm Not Talking about You, Of Course" and "A Trip to the Hardware Store & Other Calamities," which are part of the "Quirky Essays for Quirky People" series. Both books of humorous essays won the prestigious "Indie Book of the Day" award.

Coming soon, "Jeopardy  in July"--the next Jamie Quinn mystery!