Saturday, May 28, 2016

From Dragons to Ferine: Award-Winning Children’s Book Author Jaimie Engle’s Latest Novel is ruled by the Wolf Moon

Local children’s book author, Jaimie Engle, recently captivated children across the nation with a whimsical tale laden with mermaids and dragons, but her latest YA story has a Nordic chill that not only engrosses young readers, but also stretches the fantasy genre to incorporate Viking lore and vicious ferines.

Engle’s second novel Dreadlands: Wolf Moon was released on April 22 and quickly racked up raving reviews. Dreadlands: Wolf Moon, tells a haunting Nordic tale about a boy named Arud who fervently fights to overcome a century-old prophecy that is deeply rooted in his own family’s shadowy legacy. Shape-shifting wolves that are ruled by the moon cycle stalk each chapter of this coming-of-age novel that is sure to turn middle grade children into ferocious readers.
Kirkus Reviews said: “Dreadlands weaves Viking lore, animalistic shape-shifting (wolves), and coming-of-age adventure into a fantasy epic.”

Engle’s previous work, her middle grade novel, Clifton Chase and the Arrow of Light introduced children to a fantasy world that they quickly fell in love with. The book went on to win a Brag Medallion in 2015 and along the way, garnered media attention for its strong anti-bullying message, which resonates with childre.

In addition to appearing at local events as part of the launch of Dreadlands: Wolf Moon, Engle is finalizing edits on her third novel, a bittersweet coming-of-age tale called Metal Mouth that is perfectly executed and rife with witty realism that YA readers will undoubtedly connect with and likely read over and over again.

Jaimie Engle is a children’s book author, speaker and writing coach from Melbourne, Florida. Her past works have won a Brag Medallion and an honorable mention in the L. Ron Hubbard’s Writer’s of the Future contest. In addition to speaking at schools and writing conferences across the country, Engle shares her anti-bullying message with children across Florida. Through her fantasy tales, Engle broaches challenging topics that impact children every day and shows them that words can empower them in any situations they encounter.

Friday, May 27, 2016

New York Times Bestselling Author Robert K. Tanenbaum to Share Insights on Crime and Justice at Mystery Writers Key West Fest

New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum will headline this year’s upcoming Mystery Writers Key West Fest, set for June 10-12. Photo by Blake Little

New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum is to headline the upcoming Mystery Writers Key West Fest, June 10-12. Three true-crime books and twenty-seven novels bear his byline - including the celebrated Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi crime/legal thriller series. His twenty-eighth novel, “Infamy,” is due out in September and number twenty-nine is currently in the works.
An attorney, legal expert and true-life legal eagle, Tanenbaum has never lost a felony trial and is recognized as one of the nations most respected trial lawyers.

His true-crime book, “Echoes of my Soul,” about the dramatic and groundbreaking case that followed the infamous 1963 “Career Girls Murders” has been described as his signature work and “the most powerful story of American justice in our time.”
"As a prosecutor the most important thing you can do is exonerate the unjustly accused," said Tanenbaum, whose bona fides also include acting as Deputy Chief Counsel for the congressional committee investigations into the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a subject that he will discuss at length as keynote speaker at the Fest.
The three-day “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed gathering of authors, aspiring authors, fans, book-lovers and true-crime experts is to feature a series of panels, presentations, workshops and social events, including opening ceremonies with leading Key West City officials; a roast of Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter President Randy Rawls, MC’d by award-winning crime and science fiction writer James O. Born; a Sloan’s Haunted Key West tour co-hosted by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham and presentation of the Whodunit writing competition award.
Other leading 2016 Fest speakers and panelists include acclaimed award-winning author Timothy Hallinan, New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black, USA Today bestselling author Don Bruns; Sandra Balzo, award-winning author of the popular Maggy Thorson coffee house series; Michael Haskins, author of the Mick Murphy Key West Mystery series and many others.
Sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, registration includes all panels, presentations and four meals and is $175. For a full Fest schedule, online registration and links to accommodations visit

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Florida Romance Writer's Monthly Meeting June 11 2016

Critique-a palooza
Do you have a spot in you WIP that is giving you trouble, or are you not sure about your books beginning? Or does your ending fall flat? Well, this is the meeting for you!!
Bring five pages of your WIP and let your fellow writers help you.
Depending on attendance we will break up into groups with each group headed by an established author and each group will discuses each other’s pages. 
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Florida Romance Writers Monthly Meetings
WHEN: Monthly Meetings are held the second Saturday of every month
WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn Ft. Lauderdale Airport-Cruise Port
180 SW 18th Ave, Dania Beach, FL 33004.
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
COST: $25 for members; $35 for non-members
MENU: Full Breakfast

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Local Author’s Debut Novel Introduces Readers to a New Breed of Monster with an Age-Old Origin

 Local horror writer D. Ryan Gish’s much anticipated debut novel Enthralled unleashed a brand new version of an age-old fright on readers in late April. The apocalyptic tale has been incredibly well received and proven that readers aren’t ready to put dystopian stories to bed yet.

Gish’s dystopian novel Enthralled shares the hauntingly beautiful writing style of his popular short stories and satisfies avid readers who have eagerly awaited the book’s release. In the weeks since Enthralled launched, the response has shown that Gish’s work is what horror readers truly crave. 

Enthralled follows the heartbreaking choices Shane McCall must make to protect his family as strange and deadly events plunge civilization into chaos and stack the deck in favor of horrific monsters that eagerly fill the void. Facing a near constant state of peril leaves many in despair, which ultimately consumes and destroys them. This proves to be the most poetic aspect of the book and the one that separates it from other recently released horror novels. Gish’s monsters create the very threat that leads to the internal demise of their victims and then reap the benefits. This modern twist on a legendary monster jettisons the story’s fear factor to a new level. The brilliant storyline is furthered by Gish’s beautifully written characters, which are relatable and memorable in a way that is seldom matched.

Shortly after Enthralled was released, readers began posting glowing reviews on Amazon and Goodreads and sharing widely on social media networks. One such review by Christine Edwards stated, Enthralled is a story that lingers long after you’ve closed the book. It resonates vividly on a wide spectrum of levels that spans mature love, deep depression, and everything in-between, during rather uncertain times. Don’t share your copy because you will want to read it again.”

Prior to penning Enthralled, D. Ryan Gish authored a noteworthy collection of short stories that evolved within awe-inspiring and often frightening fantasy worlds. Although Gish’s works, including “Enthralled,” tend to center on chilling tales, faithful readers of fantasy, sci-fi and horror will find comfort in his lyrical prose, stellar world weaving and relatable characters. An ardent reader himself, Gish’s stories stay true to the genres he loves wholeheartedly, much to the delight of his fans. "Enthralled" is available in paperback and digital ebook formats.

List price: $14.99
6” x 9” (15.24cm x 22.86cm)
Black & White on Cream Paper
282 Papers
Published by JME Books
Publication Date 4/11/16
ISBN-13: 978-0997170931
ISNB-10: 099717093X
BIASC: Fiction/Horror/General
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Local Horror Writer Shares 13 Signs That You Might Be Watching Too Much of ‘The Walking Dead’ and a Novel to Hold You over Until Season 7 Starts

Local horror writer Kate Wars knows exactly how thin the line between healthy love and utter obsession is for “The Walking Dead” fans, because she treads it too. After binge-watching a couple of seasons in a single weekend, Wars noticed that her beloved show had begun to spill over into her real life. She
devised a humorous way for fans to determine if their behaviors were cause for concern or perfectly normal in a non-apocalyptic environment.

Late one night, Wars finished watching a marathon of “The Walking Dead” and noticed that she was on high alert as she took the trash out, even though there has never been a zombie sighting in her neighborhood, not even on Halloween. She felt like she should do a perimeter check, even though she didn’t know how to properly conduct one. This experience became the first of “13 Signs That You Might Be Watching Too Much of ‘The Walking Dead,’” which she composed to bring humor to the fact that the series resonates with zombie enthusiasts in a way few other television shows can.

Wars also understands the other major issue that fans of the incredibly popular series experience, which is the downright grueling lag time between each season. To help viewers fill the void, Wars penned “Catalyst: Decay Chains,” which offers readers something most other dystopian books skip right over. Wars’ novel allows readers to experience the days leading up to the zombie apocalypse in graphic detail.

“So many movies and books about zombies skim right over the actual outbreak and start after the human race has been decimated,” Wars said. “They often begin with the main character waking up in a hospital bed, and I can’t understand why. To me, that is the best part. Catalyst: Decay Chains is all about the rapid breakdown of society, the acts of heroism that try to prevent the inevitable, and the missteps and utter failures that make it an absolute certainty. It’s a great read to get someone through the gap between seasons of “The Walking Dead.”

Catalyst: Decay Chains released on May 5, 2016. All formats of the
dystopian novel are available for purchase on Amazon and Wars’ website.
The audiobook version will follow in a few weeks.
 Prior to penning Catalyst: Decay Chains, Wars published a number of
short horror stories, including a zombie origin myth, which also fills a
literary void.

“I noticed that all the other classic monsters had origin myths, but
zombies were coming up a bit short on that front,” Wars said. “It was a
shame really, because there is so much lore about them that would make
for such a rich tale. It absolutely had to be written.”

About Kate Wars

Wars’ popular stories have been published by Haunted Waters Press,
Spark: A Creative Anthology, The First Line and a number of other
publications. Her background as a reporter adds a rich layer to her
fictional works and aids her in conducting thorough research for the
military and police sequences that play out in her stories. Wars is
currently working on a sequel to “Catalyst: Decay Chains” and a horror
novel based off of one of her most popular short stories, “Free Bodies.”
The latter centers on a man with a rather unusual job that forces him to
walk a tightrope between the living and the dead.

For more information about Kate Wars’ novel Catalyst: Decay Chains or
to invite her to share her list of “13 Signs That You Have Been Watching
Too Much of ‘The Walking Dead’” with your audience, please contact
Christine Edwards at: or 321-961-7887.

Friday, May 20, 2016


                                    VISUALIZED MERCHANDISING

Learn all about selling your books at craft fairs and festivals. Find out the secrets of making your visit productive, setting up displays, creating signage, developing the right personnel image, offering handouts, and important do's and don'ts.

For many years, Judi Ciance wrote articles, short stories, and poetry "just for fun." Once her husband retired, after thirty years on the Worcester (MA) Police Department, they moved to their house on Cape Cod. She then went to work at the Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, initially as part of the drug partnership grant and finally as an Assistant Deputy Superintendent, Director of Finance. In between, Judi served as the policy and procedure coordinator, supervised the grant writer, and functioned as a transition team member for the county's new state-of-the-art correctional facility. After taking early retirement and moving to Florida, she went back to the ‘fun’ writing on a full-time basis. That’s when the Casey Quinby Mystery Series began. Last November (2015) the fourth book in the series, A TALE of TWO LOBSTERS, hit the stands. Judi's fifth book is scheduled for this October.
DATE:  Saturday, June 18, 2016
TIME:  12:30: Mingling
             1:00: Lunch
             1:45: Business Meeting
             2:00: Presentation
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.

Mystery Fest Guests May Haunt with Heather

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham is slated to co-host a Saturday evening ramble with Sloan’s Ghost Tour Key West during the upcoming Mystery Writers Key West Fest.

Lovers of mystery and mysterious hauntings take note: New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham is slated to co-host a Saturday evening ramble with Sloan’s Haunted Key West during the upcoming Mystery Writers Key West Fest, set for June 10-12.
All Fest registrants, participating authors and their guests will have first-come, first serve opportunity to explore infamous Old Town hauntings on Saturday, June 11, with Michael Jensen – also known as the Principal of Paranormal Paradigms for the popular supernatural stroll, and Graham, wildly popular author of more than 100 novels and novellas in genres that include paranormal mystery/suspense, vampire fiction, historical romance, time travel and even Christmas family fare. 
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham belted out a welcome song at the Smokin' Tuna Saloon for Mystery Writers Key West Fest attendee's in 2015.

The prolific author, who has more than seventy-five million books in print, published in more than twenty languages, admits to a passion for Cayo Hueso. She has dived for treasure on the Spanish galleon Atocha, sang from the stage at Smokin Tuna Saloon, slept in Robert the Doll's bedroom at the Artist House and has set multiple of her paranormal mystery novels here. 
Her “Bone Island Trilogy” of books, “Ghost Shadow,” “Ghost Moon,” and “Ghost Night” all take place on the island, and her 2014 novel, “The Cursed,” is set in Key West and involves the haunted “Siren of the Sea,” B&B, a murder, salvagers, a sunken ship and a curse. Will Graham reveal which B&B inspired “Siren of the Sea” during the ghost tour? That remains a mystery for now.
Set to appear with Graham at the Mystery Writers Key West Fest are some two dozen high-profile and award winning mystery and crime fiction authors and true-crime experts, including keynote speaker, New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum, award-winning author Timothy Hallinan; New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black; award-winning crime and science fiction writer James O. Born; USA Today bestselling author Don Bruns; Mad Mick Murphy Key West Mysteries author Michael Haskins and many others.
Sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, Mystery Writers Key West Fest registration includes all panels, presentations and four meals and is $175. For a full Fest schedule, online registration and links to accommodations visit


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Writing People and Places with Patricia Charpentier

People are the vehicles through which we tell our stories, and places are the containers that hold our experiences, so it’s critical that we write vividly about the people and places of our lives. Announcing Patricia Chaprentier’s next program, Writing People and Places, which begins Tuesday, June 14th with an informative call where you meet your fellow travelers on this journey. 

Writing People and Places runs for one month, and in that time, you receive more than ten instructional videos, which give you a proven method to write richly about people and places. While this program is geared toward life story writing, many fiction writers tell me the information in the videos helped them greatly in creating and developing characters. Topics in the Writing People and Places include how to:
  • write about people
  • feature major and minor characters
  • create good dialog
  • punctuate dialog
  • set the stage
  • write in scene
  • show (don't tell) emotion
  • quiet the critic
  • slay the dragon (a look at Dragon Naturally Speaking, a speech-to-text software)
  • read like a writer, and more.
With each video comes a useful note-taking outline and a helpful assignment, which allows you to apply the information you just learned. Handouts, charts, and other aids are also available with many of the videos.

In addition to the videos you watch at your convenience as often as you’d like for six full months, you are also invited to three live calls designed to answer your questions. The group calls are recorded, so if you miss one, you can always listen to a playback. You are also entitled to a thirty-minute, one-on-one coaching session with Patricia tailored to your needs.

If you’ve ever priced programs of this nature, you likely found that they cost $1,000 or more, but Patricia wants as many people as possible to experience this training, so I’m not charging near that amount.

You can participate fully in the program—receive all the videos, outlines, 
assignments, and handouts; join the three Q andA calls; enjoy a coaching 
session designed just for you—all for just $129, if you register before 
June 1st. After June 1st, the price goes up to $149.
Patricia loves to help you make the people in your life as vivid on the page
 as they are in your memory and paint pictures in the minds of your readers 
of the key places in your life. Join her for this all-important program.
Go through the first two weeks, do the assignments, participate fully, and if you find this program is not for you, she will refund your full payment, no questions asked. Sign up for Writing People and Places today. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain.