Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cat Island Regatta by Gordon England

Gordon England has a new short story, Cat Island Regatta. It is available on Kindle.

Remote Cat Island in the Bahamas is home to an annual sailboat regatta and Rake and Scrape music festival. 
Revel in this travelogue off the beaten path to explore a beautiful island and enjoy Bahamian sloop racing, beach parties, and unusual music forms.
Availble on Kindle at

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter, Luncheon - New Location and Time

May 21, 2016

GUEST SPEAKER:              John Dufresne
                                                NARRATIVE TRANSPORT

Please join us for a special treat with guest John Dufresne, who will be celebrating the release of his newest book, I Don't Like Where This is Going. John will talk to us about "narrative transport," the necessity of letting plot guide your story.

John Dufresne is the author of seven novels, including I Don’t Like Where This is Going and No Regrets, Coyote. Among other honors, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a professor in the MFA program at Florida International University. He lives in Dania Beach, Florida. For more information, please visit

DATE:  Saturday, May 21, 2016
TIME:  11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30-12:45: Business Meeting; 1:30-2:30: Presentation; 2:30: Book Signing.
PLACE: The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL 33432. (561) 372-0568.
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.

NEXT LUNCHEON IS SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016:  Please save the date.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Grand Finale for Pels Show -- CHANGE OF LOCATION

The Dan Pels Poetry Show, Wednesday May 4, 7 to 9 p.m., has been moved to:
1655 Dunlawton Ave #5, Port Orange, FL 32127, Phone:(386) 947-7929
[We are no longer at Wine-Me on Beach Street in Daytona Beach.]
Wednesday, May 4, will be this season’s final, slam-bam Dan Pels Show, featuring MACDeLand slam master Kevin Campbell and two of his team members—Allen Minor, and Scott Velazco. Adding to the excitement will be jazz singer, Lorale, known for her stylish musical phrasings.

Kevin Campbell, a talented poet himself, worked with MainStreet Art and Culture of DeLand to established a highly-competitive team of performance poets who will represent our area in regional and national competitions. Scott Velazco, an award-winning Nashville music producer, is a fine example of slam performance—full of emotion and gesture. Allen Minor, recently featured on WDSC TV’s Millennial Show, is a frequent winner at slam competitions.

Dan Pels, a well-published poet, emcees and adds his own surreal slant, performing bilingually in French and English. “The evening will be full of language fireworks. Wear protective clothing,” Pels advises. To help stoke the energy, Lorale is glad when members of the audience dance to her songs.

Pels’ show and the MACDeLand team are sponsored by Creative Happiness Institute, and made possible in part by funding from the Cultural Council of Volusia County and Michael Mullins Construction Company. The show runs from 7 and 9 p.m. at its new location—95 and Vine Wine Shop, 1655 Dunlawton Avenue (Suite #5), Port Orange, FL 32127and is open to the public, free. 
Wine-Me offers a wide selection of the world’s wines starting at $4 per glass. For more information about the Dan Pels Poetry Show, call Dan at 386-846-7966. To contact the store, call 386-871-7769.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Mystery Fest Early Birds Scoop “Killer” Deals

 Florida Keys TV host Jenna Stauffer dives into the works of some of her favorite authors in anticipation of the 3rd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, a gathering of bestselling and award-winning, mystery, suspense and true crime writers to be held in the island city June 10-12.

Key West, Florida Keys – Deadline to score “killer” early-bird registration perks for this year’s Mystery Writers Key West Fest is midnight, May 1.

Open to authors, aspiring authors and all-around book lovers, those who register to attend the Fest by the early bird deadline will score a discounted registration cost of $150 - which includes all panels, presentations, social events and four meals - plus a chance to win a walk-on cameo role in New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black’s next novel.  

“I can’t say whether the namesake will be heroic or villainous, but I’m pretty sure the winner will have fun with it,” commented Black, who is author of “Close to the Bone,” “The Price of Innocence,” “Blunt Impact,” “Defensive Wounds,” “Trail of Blood,” “Evidence of Murder,” “Takeover” and her newest title, “That Darkness,” which is set to hit the stands on April 26th. 

Set for June 10-12 in Key West, Florida, Mystery Writers Key West Fest 2016 spotlights some two dozen high-profile and award winning mystery and crime fiction authors and true-crime experts, including Black; special guest and keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum; Los Angeles-based thriller and mystery novelist Timothy Hallinan; New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Heather Graham; award-winning crime and science fiction writer James O. Born; Michael Haskins, author of the acclaimed Mick Murphy Key West Mystery series and many more.

Mystery Writers Key West Fest 2016 is sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts. Online registration, a full Fest schedule and links to accommodations are all available at

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Environmental Comic Book Series Inspiring Florida’s Kids

The future of the Sunshine State is in the hands of the children. A new project is using comic book superheroes to get kids interested, informed and involved in addressing Florida’s numerous environmental challenges, like habitat destruction, pollution and invasive species. In the recently published premier issue, the team faces Everglades pythons and an exploding oil derrick in the Gulf.

“Florida Five” is the creation of Islamorada writer and artist Erich Decker-Hoppen. He designed a superhero for each of five eco-systems: Gator for the swamps, Panther for the fields and forests, Osprey for the coastline, Dolphin for the seas and reefs, and Manatee for the inland waterways. The stories will feature their adventures fighting to protect the environment, and they will also be about Florida’s youth taking action.

“The superheroes are for inspiration,” Decker-Hoppen says. “The real heroes will be the kids who get the message and make the environment a personal priority before they reach adulthood. We need these kids to become the scientists and politicians who can solve today’s dilemmas.”

To give kids an outlet for their inspiration, the project has an interactive website, Visitors can read ECO-Alerts and ECO-Tips to get ideas for their own projects. They can share their stories and learn what other kids are doing to make a difference. They can also submit coloring pages and their own Florida Five artwork and story ideas.

“My plan is to get this rolling,” Decker-Hoppen, “and then let the kids take over!”

Florida Five #1 is available online and at Florida nature shops and bookstores. For more information, visit

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Florida Romance Writers’ May Meeting

DATE: Saturday, May 14, 2016
TIME:  9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Hilton Garden Inn Ft. Lauderdale Airport-Cruise Port, 180 SW 18th Ave, Dania Beach, FL 33004

COST: $25 per person/member, $35 non-member; includes buffet breakfast

DIRECTIONS: I-95 to 848 E. (Stirling Road Exit 22) then turn on 18th Ave.

PARKING: Open parking - free of charge.


Do you want to learn more about the life of a P.I.? In our next meeting Bob White, will talk about his experiences in law enforcement and investigation and his current misadventures as a private investigator.


Bob White was raised in the snobbish NW Chicago suburb of Northbrook. During Prohibition, it was home to the Women’s Temperance Union, then Culligan Water, AC Nielsen and finally, in 1950, the town’s greatest achievement, Bob White.
In 1966 his family moved to Florida where he excelled in high school. Well, more exactly, high school yearbook photography. He earned his degree in police science and criminology in 1970.

Bob started with Fort Lauderdale PD in 1969 until his retirement in 2000. He was a detective specializing in white-collar crime and eventually worked in crime scene investigation. His photography training played a daily role in his work. Starting retirement he worked as a freelance video photographer for local TV and print media.

For the last four years Bob has operated his own private investigative firm, working mostly for a lady lawyer whose bus bench advertising should read, “No case too weird.”

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Please e-mail Rossie Cortes at for a reservation and visit us at

THE LIGHT OF GRACE Journeys of an Angel By Kasey Claytor

“All of the greatest spiritual teachings are taught through story. Here is a story carefully crafted to entertain while raising your consciousness.” —Kasey Claytor

The Light of Grace is an amazing journey through space and time and the most
incredible journey of all—the one within.”
—Mark Anthony, the Psychic Lawyer

Since the dawn of time, people have believed in the existence of a higher power, whether it was in the form of a specific god, guardian angel, or unnamed universal force. Inspirational speaker and metaphysical teacher Kasey Claytor trusts that there is a higher power at work in the universe, and that angels are the guardians and messengers who do the day-to-day work.  In her new epic tale, THE LIGHT OF GRACE: Journeys of an Angel (April 2016; Balboa Press; $21.99), Grace, a newly-assigned angel, is given four humans from different time periods to guide.  She does this by leaping through time and space. Grace is accompanied by her loyal emissary, Aelfraed, who takes the form of a dog, wolf, cat, and fox so he can keep watch on Grace’s people and help them in desperate situations.

Mumbie is a clever, innovative prehistoric girl who loses her tribe and becomes part of another, but they are wary of accepting Mumbie and her different customs. Garth is a devout 14th century Christian who questions his faith in God after his home is repeatedly hit by death, plague, and war. Arnina is a sensitive woman living in the 21st century who is in a constant personal battle with anxiety and fear, which she numbs with feel-good drugs. Alistair is an extraordinary man living in the 26th century who explores the planes of consciousness.  His research travels to a space station orbiting Mars turn precarious when his ship is endangered by pirates.

Grace’s humans live in different time continuums on Earth, but they are all connected by a thread of intense emotion: if one of them is feeling immense despair, a burst of joy, or if Grace sends one of them a beam of extraordinary love, they can all feel it. With Aelfraed’s support on the ground, Grace can send her humans messages, sensations, and clues as she takes form as a spiritual conscience, and makes a rare appearance in human form. She guides them through hardships like clan battles, war, space travel, and lost loves, and celebrates with them as they fall in love, explore and test their strengths, and earn their hard-wrought wisdom.

Grace is entwined with her humans from their first breath to their last, and through every triumph and failure. THE LIGHT OF GRACE is an epic metaphysical journey that spans thousands of years, and teaches readers that they are not alone on life’s journey and that its secrets can be found by looking within.

Kasey Claytor is a metaphysical teacher, certified meditation instructor, money manager, and inspirational speaker. She loves to teach others ways to find happiness and has penned several books on prosperity and spirituality, including The 7 Laws of Raising Financially Independent Kids and The God of Anna. Claytor lives with her husband and dog on a lagoon in Florida.

Journeys of an Angel
By Kasey Claytor
Balboa Press
Publication Date: April 7th, 2016
ISBN: 9781504351324
Hardcover & E-book
Price: $21.99
370 pages

Monday, April 18, 2016

Book News: The Case of the Blue Diamonds by Marlene W. Potts

Miller's View: The Case of the Blue Diamonds, the third volume in the Miller’s View series, finds Detective Jonathan Miller working to strengthen his link to a mysterious Priestess and the rose-tinted glasses that assist him in his work, and embarking on the next chapter of his life with his sweetheart Callie. But Miller soon realizes the stakes are about to be raised, and the price could cost him the love of his life.

Though he’s thrilled that Callie’s accepted his proposal, Miller’s happiness is tempered by the new case he’s been working on. After illegal blue diamonds are discovered concealed in the back of priceless artwork destined for clients overseas, Miller begins to uncover a dangerous crime syndicate and some surprising accomplices in Hammond.

As Miller gets closer to digging up long-buried secrets—Callie is kidnapped, and their future is threatened when her fears over what marriage to him will mean cause her to reconsider their relationship.

When an officer and his girlfriend are murdered, and Miller learns the criminal organization has one of their own executed to hide the truth, he realizes he’s not the only one with a priestess at his disposal—and becomes more determined than ever to win Callie back and close the investigation.

About the Author

Marlene W. Potts worked in both public and private schools as well as with the federal government, but she’s first and foremost a wife, mother of three girls, and grandmother to one active toddler. Next to her family, her writing is her greatest passion.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Potts spent eleven years homeschooling her daughters and other children. She is now a full-time caregiver, author of three novellas, and is working to develop her skills as a screenwriter.

Potts currently lives in Palm Bay, Florida.

2nd Annual Day at the Bay Mini- Conference - May 7

Friday, April 15, 2016

7 Killer Reasons to Register for Mystery Writers Key West Fest 2016 Now

The 3rd Annual “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” 
themed Mystery Writers Key West Fest 
will take place June 10-12 in Key West, Florida.

The 3rd Annual “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed Mystery Writers Key West Fest will take place June 10-12 in Key West, Florida. Here are 7 “killer” reasons to register now:

  •      Sensational Star Power: Liaise with Fest keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum and other acclaimed and bestselling mystery authors, including Timothy Hallinan, Sandra Balzo, James O. Born, Heather Graham, Lisa Black, Don Bruns, Anna Castle, Robert Coburn, Bill Craig, Mike Dennis, Michael Haskins, Jake Hinkson, Victoria Landis, Siera London, Paul McGoran, Rick Ollerman, Randy Rawls, Shirrel Rhoades, Deborah Sharp, Benjamin Sobieck, Mel Taylor and Lewis M. Weinstein.

  •      With celebrated authors of action/adventure, true-crime, cozies, noir and more, it’s a mystery genre cornucopia!
  •      It’s a steal of a deal: Event registration is just $175 and includes three days of exciting panels, presentations and social events - in Paradise - plus four meals in the company of Fest guests and celebrity authors. Register by May 1 and pay just $150!

  •     You might walk into the very pages of a mystery novel: Fest guests who register by midnight on May 1 are automatically entered into a drawing for a cameo role in New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black’s next mystery tale.

  •     You’ll get to explore infamous hauntings in Old Town Key West with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham as she co-hosts a Saturday evening ramble with Sloan’s Ghost Tour Key West.
  •      Ramp up your sleuthing savvy: Learn first-hand the exciting how-to’s of crime scene investigation from leading true-crime law enforcement experts.

  •      Out-of-towner’s will thrill to “killer” hotel room rates: Fest attendee’s scoop a room rate of just $199.00 per night, in deluxe DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key digs – and that’s no small potatoes in Paradise.

 Mystery Writers Key West Fest 2016 is sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts. For a full Fest schedule, online registration and links to accommodations visit