Wednesday, March 30, 2016

N.Y. Times bestseller and Space Coast author Alethea Kontis follows major literary award with release of new fantasy novel

Within the past ten years, author Alethea Kontis, known to fans affectionately as Princess Alethea, has become the darling of the science fiction and fantasy genre with hundreds of fans meeting her at dozens of conventions around the country each year and her books earning multiple honors. This month, Kontis celebrates the release of TRIX AND THE FAERIE QUEEN, her fourteenth book, and the latest entry in the multiple award-winning Books of Arilland collection. Kontis calls her fairy tale adventure world “a cross between Once Upon a Time and The Princess Bride” and says that the titles are appropriate for ages “Harry Potter and up.”

Princess Alethea was recently awarded her second Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award for Tales of Arilland. In addition to school, library, and bookstore visits across central Florida, Princess Alethea has spoken about fairy tales at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. She also gave a keynote address at the Lewis Carroll Society’s Alice150 Conference in New York City last year, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

TRIX AND THE FAIERIE QUEEN chronicles the second of Trix Woodcutter’s epic, animal-filled adventures. While traveling with his companion—the golden girl Lizinia—to see the King of Eagles, Trix is sent a vision of the Faerie Queen, who is in desperate need of his help. An evil sorceress has stormed Faerie and trapped all the fey magic under the Hill, leaving the Faerie Queen powerless. Trix’s talent for communicating with animals is desperately needed … but before he braves the wild world of Faerie, he must arm himself with nothing less than the bow and arrows of a god.

With the help of his gilded companion, her ghost-cat godfather, a blind brownie and a sister or two, the Boy Who Talks to Animals must befriend a mischievous leprechaun, best a wolf, and journey into the depths of Faerie to restore order and free the fey magic before the imbalance destroys the world. 

Princess Alethea lives and writes in Titusville, Florida, with her teddy bear Charlie. TRIX AND THE FAERIE QUEEN is the first of five releases she has planned for this year. To keep up with Princess Alethea, follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or her website: www.aletheakontis.com.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

New York Times Bestselling Author Robert K. Tanenbaum to Headline Mystery Writers Key West Fest 2016



New York Times bestselling author Robert K. Tanenbaum, acclaimed author of three true-crime books and twenty-seven novels - including the celebrated Butch Karp and Marlene Ciampi crime/legal thriller series - is to headline a hit list of mystery writers and true-crime experts at the 2016 Mystery Writers Key West Fest, set for June 10-12 in Key West, Florida.
Through a series of panels, presentations and social events, Fest guests will get the inside view from Tanenbaum and other high-profile mystery genre luminaries, including 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 and many others, as they dish on how they craft their tales of crime, murder, mystery and mayhem.
Fest highlights are to include opening ceremonies with leading Key West City officials, a luncheon with keynote speaker Robert K. Tanenbaum; a sunset waterfront dinner with Timothy Hallinan at Turtle Kraals Restaurant & Tower Bar, a Bloody Mary Morning breakfast at Key West’s historic Schooner Wharf Bar, a roast of Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter President Randy Rawls and presentation of the Whodunit writing competition award.
The “Murder and Mayhem in Paradise” themed Fest is brainchild of co-founders Shirrel Rhoades, a publisher who has held executive positions with Reader’s Digest, Scholastic, Harper’s, Marvel Entertainment and other well-known publishing companies, and author Michael Haskins, creator of the popular Mad Mick Murphy mystery series. 
"It’s not just writers and fans of mystery fiction and true-crime that come to our Fest," said Rhoades. "In our first two years we quickly discovered that, because of the caliber and accessibility of our guest authors, the fascinating panels and unique social events, our ranks were being infiltrated by enthusiasts of many genres. After all, how many writers festivals are there in which leading, world-class authors are hanging out, having fun and rubbing elbows with the audience members every day?"
“There’s no other conference like the Mystery Writers Key West Fest because there is no other place like Key West,” commented Haskins. "Key West is renowned for being a locale of suspense and intrigue and famous as a haven and inspiration for legendary writers like Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Frost. I'm not saying it's something in the water, or the watering holes, but then again I'm not saying it's not."
Featuring a criminally stellar line-up of award-winning and bestselling crime fiction authors and true-crime experts, Mystery Writers Key West Fest 2016 is sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, and numerous public and private sponsors. Event registration includes all panels, presentations and four meals and is $175 with an early bird special price of $150 for those who register by May 1. All panels and presentations will take place at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key. For a full Fest schedule, online registration, links to accommodations and complete details on the Whodunit Award visit mysterywriterskeywestfest.com.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Amazing Grace by Valerie Allen

For those who enjoy reading electronically, Valerie Allen's novel, Amazing Grace, is on sale on Kindle from March 25 through March 27, 2016. 
Click here to view it:  Amazon.com/dp/B00IKUQK6U

Amazing Grace 
a Psychological Thriller by Valerie Allen

Teenager, Sarah Hillock, has decided that death is a better alternative than life. She has attempted suicide and is determined to try again. Psychologist, Allyson Freemont, and Detective Ernie Blackwell, try to understand what has happened in this girl's life to set her on a path of self-destruction. They soon learn her father, Alex Hillock, disappeared nine years ago, under questionable circumstances. Now his wife, Grace, is contacted by an attorney from Ft. Lauderdale with startling information about Alex and life takes a bad turn for all involved. Against the advice of friends and family, Grace takes her two children and leaves the safety of the rural Florida home they share with her mother. 


Grace is a simple woman, struggling as a single parent to raise her two high-needs children. She has ignored years of questions and gossip about Alex's disappearance. Grace believes in her husband. She believes in love everlasting. Grace is desperate to pursue this new information about what happened to her beloved husband. While assessing Sarah Hillock, Allyson Freemont begins to untangle the web of love and lies and comes to understand the reason behind the disappearance of Alex Hillock.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Book News: Fraccidental Death by Donna Meredith


An eco-thriller that explores one of the hot-button issues of our times . . .

FRACCIDENTAL DEATH
by Donna Meredith

When grad student Summer Cassidy arrives in West Virginia to test water quality near fracking sites, she confronts fouled wells, puzzling illnesses, and cyberespionage. The community splits into two camps, each with high stakes: jobs that feed families and millions in investments versus clean water and the good health it makes possible.

Gut-wrenching betrayals, explosions, and murder ignite the pages of this fast-paced mystery. Surrounded by chaos and deceit, can Summer track the source of  contaminants before more people get sick—or even die— simply by turning on their taps? 

FRACCIDENTAL DEATH continues the adventures of hydrogeologist Summer Cassidy that began in the award-winning  thriller WET WORK.

What reviewers are saying:

“If you enjoy a good mystery with carefully developed characters and a social conscience, this is your book.”
—Southern Literary Review (reviewed by Pat Spears, author of Dream Catcher and It’s Not Like I Knew Her)

“If you’re a reader who’s tuned into the political debate over the environment, a younger adult fascinated by the power of science to expose truths hidden in the world, or just looking for a rollickingly good thriller . . . dig into this fun, fast 280-page whodunit.”
— the Tallahassee Democrat (reviewed by Dr. Penny J. Gilmer, Nancy Marcus Professor Emerita of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University) 

For more about the book and where to buy it: Click Here

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Yesterday's Tomorrow by G.W. Pomichter and co-author William DuPree -- Lend a hand...




Author, journalist and web talk show host G.W. Pomichter with C0-Author William DuPree announced that their latest project, a novel titled Yesterday’s Tomorrow, will compete for an Amazon Publishing contract through the new Kindle Scout program.

The Kindle Scout program is a reader driven selection process that help Amazon determine the best projects to which to offer a 5-year e-book and audio book contract.  If selected, the book will be published in these formats exclusively through Amazon, while the authors will retain the paperback rights and will be allowed to release a paperback through Pomichter’s small press Lexicon Communication Company, which also owns the popular Hangin With Web Show.

“I would like to ask for your help,” Pomichter wrote in a press release to the Florida Book News.  “We need to secure as many nominations as possible if we are going to succeed.”  

Yesterday’s Tomorrow, is ready to be published, and a Kindle Scout campaign page has been set up to gather reader input on the project.

“We have chosen to publish this book through Amazon Publishing, using the Kindle Scout program for the unique experience that realy gives readers a chance to weigh in on what they want to read,” DuPree said.  “If selected, Yesterday’s Tomorrow will receive a 5-year Amazon Publishing contract, and we will be able to bring this book to a larger audience.” 

The two Florida authors are asking for help. 

“Since first publishing, we have met and befriended so many indie, hybrid and traditional authors and so many readers and fans,” said Pomichter.  “Now, we need them all to be a part of this process.” 

Please Go to the link and support this project by nominating it for publication:  https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/1CLEZWYSY2CQI
 


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Celebration of Life at Cinematique

 
On April 3 at 2 p.m., Cinematique and friends will celebrate the life of Phyllis Lober, author, poet, educator and community activist.  Dr. Lober was an ardent supporter of arts and cultural activities in addition to being a specialist in Holocaust Studies. She passed away suddenly last November, 2015.

Her book, The Wide World through a Poetic Eye: The Holocaust Poems and Other Reflections, drew from her travels and time in residence in Europe, India, China, Israel and the West Bank. These far flung lands were joined with Phyllis Lober’s American roots to produce a collection of poems which constitute an emotional and perceptive world tour.
 
Dr. Lober consistently looked beneath the surface to reveal the best and worst of human nature, leaving readers deeply—often painfully—aware. The event will feature passages from her poems and writings in addition to commentary and performances by those who knew her.
 
Those wishing to honor her are encouraged to donate to Cinematique and/or to a Young Poets Mentoring Program established by Creative Happiness Institute.
 
The event is open to the public, free. Cinematique is located at 242 S. Beach Street in Daytona Beach. For information about the event or to make a donation, contact theatre at 386-252-3118, or email Dr. David B. Axelrod Axelrod@creativehappiness.org.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Book News: Permed To Death by Nancy J. Cohen


Permed to Death: Author's Edition by Nancy J. Cohen is now available in ebook and print formats. This revised title, originally published by Kensington, is book #1 in the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Shore.

Sassy salon owner Marla Shore is giving grumpy Mrs. Kravitz a perm when her client dies in the shampoo chair. If that isn’t enough to give her a bad hair day, handsome Detective Vail suspects Marla of poisoning the woman’s coffee creamer. Figuring she’d better expose the real killer before the next victim frizzes out, Marla sets on the trail of a wave of wacky suspects. Her theory regarding whodunit gels only after she looks for the culprit closer to home.

“Marla the beautician is a delight!”—Tamar Myers, author of the Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries.

“Fast-paced and jaunty...”—Publishers Weekly

Permed to Death is a beauty of a read. The characters are believable, the mystery is well-plotted, and the suspense is a real manicure-ruiner.”—I Love a Mystery

“A fascinating story, with intriguing, sometimes quirky characters, a touch of humor, a hint of romantic possibilities, and a look at a profession we don’t often see in mysteries.” —Mysterious Women

For more details, visit http://nancyjcohen.com/permed-to-death/

Monday, March 14, 2016

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.

Popular, multi-published guest speakers will include:

10:00 Marshall Frank The Way Things Oughta Be

11:00 Scott Tilley 7 Habits of Highly Effective Writers

12:00 Mia Crews Publishing on Create Space and Kindle for Free 

1:00 Lee Boyland Planting Seeds for a Sequel

2:00 Jaimie Engle Excellence in Publishing

3:00 Valerie Allen A Marketing We Go!

The book fair is sponsored by Authors for Authors, AuthorsForAuthors.com, 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, book displays, workshops, and author gatherings.

For more information email, VAllenWriter@cs.com, HVellkoop@cfl.rr.com, MLF283@aol.com or call Marshall Frank at (321) 254-3398.

Award-winning Melbourne Author shares advanced storytelling techniques with fellow writers at upcoming Florida Writers Association conference

Local children’s book author, Jaimie Engle, will share some of the children’s writing techniques that helped her books win awards and surge in popularity with sunshine state writers during a morning workshop at the Florida Writers Association 5th Annual Writer’s Nest Mini-Conference on Apr. 30 at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs on Northlake Blvd.

During Engle’s workshop, Florida writers will learn techniques she developed to add depth and believability to stories so that readers feel a connection to the characters. Writers have been told time and again that they must build tension, show instead of tell and build intriguing fictional worlds, but they usually aren’t provided with proven tools. Engle’s workshop digs into each of these critical areas to help children’s book writers develop writing habits that will pay off come publication time.

Upon debut, Engle’s 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, listed as a Top Ten Pick by Kids Lit Reviews, and along the way, garnered media attention for its strong anti-bullying message, which resonates with children in a way that few other efforts have. As a mother with personal experience grappling with the nationwide issue of school age bullying, Engle saw the need for change and built a campaign to help enact it. Each year, she shares her anti-bullying presentation with hundreds of students across Brevard County and challenges them to use their words to help, not hurt.

Engle will momentarily break away from the launch of her upcoming novel to speak at the 5th Annual Writer’s Nest Mini-Conference. “Dreadlands: Wolf Moon,” which JME Books will release on Apr. 22, tells a haunting Nordic style tale that is sure to turn young adult fantasy fans into ferocious readers.

“Putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, doesn’t have to be a solitary endeavor, but I find that many writers don’t feel connected to their community,” Engle said. “That’s something I want to help to change because the writing community can and should be a network that supports each other and shares knowledge.”

Engle may be a wordsmith, but she doesn’t offer any lip service. In 2014, she founded A Writer For Life, a coaching service just for writers that aims to inspire, empower and educate storytellers so that they can reach their loftiest publishing goals.

Jaimie Engle is a children’s book author, speaker and editor 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 Central Florida. Her coaching firm, A Writer For Life, walks authors step-by-step through the writing process from story idea to published book and also sponsors editing workshops at local libraries and Eastern Florida State College. Her next book, “Dreadlands: Wolf Moon” is set to release on Apr. 22.

Award-Winning Children’s Book Author Calls on Local Writers to Use Literary Best Practices to Combat Market Forces



Local children’s book author, Jaimie Engle, will broach a tough topic that affects the entire publishing industry during her presentation at the upcoming Brevard Authors’ Book Fair on March 19 at the Suntree/Viera Public Library on Jordan Blass Drive in Melbourne, Florida.

The annual Brevard Authors’ Book Fair is an event that many look forward to as an opportunity for local authors and avid readers to meet and mingle. Throughout the fair, authors will be on hand to sell and autograph their latest books and answer questions about their stories that only they can provide. Engle looks forward to meeting her biggest fans in person at this year’s event.

In addition to meeting with readers and signing books, Engle will speak to local authors at the 2016 Brevard Authors’ Book Fair. Her presentation will take place at 2:00 p.m. and will cover a topic that spells success or delivers failure to untold numbers of authors every single year: excellence in publishing.

“The publishing industry is contracting in response to changes in the business model brought on by recent technological advances,” Engle said. “This means that traditional and self-published authors have to take steps and make a commitment to publishing work of superior quality to preserve the industry’s image and be successful in a crowded marketplace.”

Engle’s presentation, “Excellence in Publishing” will arm local authors with the knowledge they need to grapple with pressing issues that are affecting the publishing industry and encourage them to never let outside forces discount their beliefs about literary standards.

“When I self-published for the first time, the marketplace was very different than it is today, and that was only a few years ago,” Engle said. “The barriers to success for indie and self-published authors are beginning to break down, but that doesn’t mean that we can lower our guard, forsake literary best practices or allow the quality of our work to be diminished.”

Upon debut, Engle’s self-published 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, a Top Ten Pick by Kids Lit Reviews, and along the way, garnered media attention for its strong anti-bullying message, which resonates with children in a way that few other efforts have. Her upcoming book “Dreadlands: Wolf Moon,” releases on Apr. 22, and tells a haunting Nordic style tale that is sure to turn young adult fantasy fans into ferocious readers.

Engel’s personal experiences with self-publishing were still fresh as she set to work on her second novel, but the industry dynamic had changed significantly, leaving her feeling unprepared. They say that knowing is half the battle, but Engle’s working knowledge left her with 50 percent of the undertaking left to handle. To ensure that she delivered the best book she could possibly write, via the best possible launch she could build in a marketplace she couldn’t control, Engle studied the industry for years. It’s this substantial breadth of knowledge that she will impart during her “Excellence in Publishing” presentation, which promises to be an eye-opener for a number of authors.

Jaimie Engle is a children’s book author, speaker and editor 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 Central Florida. Her coaching firm, A Writer For Life, walks authors step-by-step through the writing process from story idea to published book and sponsors editing workshops at local libraries and Eastern Florida State College. Her next book, “Dreadlands: Wolf Moon” is set to release on Apr. 22.

Friday, March 11, 2016

White Bird Publications Announces the Upcoming Release of Dating Death by Florida novelist Randy Rawls:


Dating Death will be released on April 5, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas – White Bird Publications announces the upcoming release of Dating Death by Randy Rawls.  Dating Death will be available in trade paper (ISBN:  978-1-63363-151-9, 328 pages, $18.99) and eBook ($5.99) editions on April 5, 2016.

Dating Death, the latest mystery by acclaimed novelist Randy Rawls, features South Florida PI Beth Bowman.   She’s tough, tenacious, brash, and bold, but Beth Bowman knows that when the Coral Lakes Police Chief calls, she’d better listen. So when Chief Elston invites Beth for a meeting at the Coral Lakes police headquarters, Beth agrees to hear him out. Seems Elston has a rather unseemly request…

To Beth’s surprise, the topic du jour is South Florida politician Roger Adamson.  Adamson may be loved by his constituents, but he’s for sale to the highest bidder, a fact not lost on the local police.  Elston wants Adamson not just for normal bribes and influence peddling, but for access to the crime lord who supports Adamson's extravagant lifestyle. Adamson agrees to cooperate— at his own pace, on his terms—if Elston agrees to keep him safe.  And that’s where Beth comes in. After all, someone will have to protect Adamson during public appearances, and who better than Beth Bowman? 

Beth agrees, even though accepting the assignment means temporarily upending her life, including her burgeoning romance with Dr. David Rasmussen. Unbeknownst to Beth, this dirty job with a dirty politician could take a shockingly nasty turn…

Adamson’s a sleazy, arrogant jerk, and protecting him is certainly no walk in the park. But this job is leading Beth down a dark, dangerous, and downright deadly path.  Quickly and viciously swept up into a vortex of kidnapping, multiple homicides and violence, Beth Bowman is on the edge of losing everything—including her life.  Backing down isn’t Beth’s style, but this time Beth may have met her match…

Swiftly paced, shocking, and full of twists of turns, Dating Death is a sizzling, action-packed tale.  Brimming with edge-of-your-seat suspense and a pulse-racer of a plot, Dating Death is hotter than a South Florida summer.  Randy Rawls, who has earned a well-deserved place among the fine writers who call the Sunshine State home, delivers a solid, irresistible and entertaining tale in Dating Death.

Randy Rawls grew up in North Carolina, then spent a career in the Army before retiring to Florida.  After retirement, he returned to work with the Department of Defense as a civilian. Somewhere along the way, he fell in love with writing—a natural progression as he has always been an avid reader. Randy Rawls lives in Delray Beach, Florida. Visit Randy Rawls online at:  www.randyrawls.com

A member of the Association of American Publishers, White Bird Publications is a traditional, royalty-based independent press headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit:  www.whitebirdpublications.com
Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about Randy Rawls are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone:  (615) 297-9875, or email: maryglenn@maryglenn.com

Irish Jewel by Julie Ann James Set for St. Patrick’s Day Release


SARASOTA, Florida – The Peppertree Press announces the upcoming release of Irish Jewel by Julie Ann James.  A sweeping, sensational and suspenseful tale, Irish Jewel will be available wherever fine books are sold on March 17, 2016. Irish Jewel will be published simultaneously in hardcover (ISBN: 978-1-61493-270-3, $21.95), and trade paper (ISBN: 978-1-61493-268-0, $14.95) editions.

When Irish Jewel opens, bride-to-be Amy Reid is living out a fairy tale.  She’s engaged to be married to the love of her life, Michael Cambridge, an Irishman. Michael, a member of one of Dublin’s most  prominent families and heir to the Cambridge precious gem business, is everything a girl could dream of—and more.   He’s handsome, loving, charming, smart, successful, and, as icing on the wedding cake, Amy and Michael will be married in an elaborate ceremony in Dublin. This lavish, spare-no-expense event will be an exquisite dream-come-true-affair—a beautiful beginning to their lives together.

But this dream-come-true quickly turns into a nightmare:  what begins as a vague threat quick escalates into something much more sinister. On the eve of what should be the happiest day of her life, Amy is quickly swept up in an insidious web of danger, kidnapping, and murder. 

When long buried truths emerge and dark secrets come to light, this fairy tale will be irretrievably fractured.  Nothing is as it seems—and the only way to win this deadly game is to get out alive. But the odds are stacked against Michael and Amy.  Will they even live to see “till death us do part”? Expect the unexpected in this twisted tale...
  
Novelist Julie Ann James weaves an elaborate, supremely shocking tale in her latest novel.  A mesmerizing page turner about lies, deceit, and secrets, Irish Jewel is a sparkling story that fuses elements of intrigue, mystery, romance and drama.  Captivating, mesmerizing, and alluring, Irish Jewel is unforgettable.

Julie Ann James is an avid speaker and author who penned her first book at the age of 10. In 2003, Julie Ann founded Pepper Tree Magazine, a literary magazine based in Sarasota, Florida, and later founded The Peppertree Press.  A longtime Sarasota resident, Julie Ann is also the author of The Pepper Tree Story: How the Seeds were Planted, Finnigan the Dragon, It’s Rhyming Peas and Carrots, The Tooth be Told, The Cows in the Garden and and Haunted Echoes.

The Peppertree Press is an independent book publisher based in Florida.  Members of the news media wishing to request a review copy of Irish Jewel or more information are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email – maryglenn@maryglenn.com.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Dear Daughter: Father’s Heartfelt Memoir Sends Message of Love and Redemption to Estranged Daughter


Written from the heart and life experiences of Bernie Donnelly, ‘Dear Daughter’ is a candid and raw message from the author to his abandoned children; an explanation as to why he left and why, before he could ever reach out to them, he first had to cut to the core of his being to discover what the truth really was. In a unique cocktail of poignancy and wit, the author proves that hope exists among estranged parents and children, as long as one person is willing to reach back out…

A true story, written by a father to his abandoned children. Its poignant and humorous, and comes to an unexpected conclusion.

Dear Daughter will surprise the young and intrigue the adult with its tale of loss and redemption. Its story revolves around the author’s attempts to explain to his estranged daughter why he had abandoned her. She had requested him to tell her the truth, but he needed to find it first.

It’s a life that no father would ever dare tell his daughter, unless she was an absolute stranger. The author takes the reader on a journey through his life molded by his family and the many nonarchetypal Dublin characters who ensured that the promise he’d made to himself as an eighteen-yearold
would come true. Dear Daughter is an entertaining and exciting story of how one person coped with a number of unique challenges - from hoping to earn his daughter’s forgiveness and wrestling with the pitfalls of a career in business to dealing with a looming corporate takeover. His three encounters with death, combined with his candid and comedic thoughts of murder and suicide, guarantee that no reader will be bored.



About the Author:
Bernie Donnelly was born in Dublin in 1953. He formed his own software company at the age of twenty nine and had operations in Ireland, England and India. Following the sale of his business in 1999, he spent some years in Portugal, and in 2008 he emigrated to the U.S.A., arriving in Sarasota, Florida, where he remains to this day. He became a U.S. citizen in 2014.


Bernie has five children and one step child. Dear Daughter is his first book, and plans are afoot to release a second volume.


He is a qualified C.P.A. and a venture capitalist. He is an avid reader of biographies and history and has travelled substantially.
Contact: Bernie Donnelly / bernard.donnelly1793@gmail.com /


For more information or to purchase a copy: www.createspace.com/6049415 
And here is the Amazon Link: http://goo.gl/Rsu9Yp