Thursday, June 30, 2016

Uncommon Sense by Seth B. Moorhead -- Retired Golfer Shares Ideas for Millennials in Essay Collection Titled Uncommon Sense


On June 14th, Cadillac Press published a series of non-fiction essays by author Seth B. Moorhead titled Uncommon Sense. This is the author’s third book, but the first by this press.



Uncommon Sense by Seth B. Moorhead tackles topics of national and international issues such as the Constitution, children’s rights, football helmets, the stock market, erasing prejudice, and religion. He shares his opinions and solutions for what he feels, after thirty-two years working for the Naval Air Development Center, Douglas Aircraft, Engineering and Research Corporation, and Lockheed Martin mostly in Advanced Design, are problems that won’t go away and will only get bigger.



“The essay collection is intended for use as a supplement for students at the college freshman or high school levels, as well as anyone who enjoys debating outside the box,” shared Moorhead. “It even offers students and readers the opportunity to submit their own alternate solutions for consideration of inclusion in a future second edition.”



“The topics are very interesting and range from serious thoughts on gravity to comedic views on lawncare. It’s a great read for a broad audience,” said Jaimie Engle who edited the manuscript.



This book is available for purchase through Amazon in both paperback and ebook formats. The author is available for speaking via sethbrownm@aol.com.



About Seth B. Moorhead

Born in Charleston, S. C., Seth B. Moorhead was educated at The Citadel, the U.S. Naval Academy, Rensselaer Polytechnic and Rollins College. He is an Aeronautical Engineer with an MBA degree. His hobbies are flying, boxing and golf. He became a writer after retirement and resides in Orlando, Florida.



·            Paperback: 78 pages

·            Publisher: Cadillac Press (June 14, 2016)

·            Language: English

·            ISBN-10: 0692741054

·            ISBN-13: 978-0692741054

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Mystery of the Irish Twin by Joyce Good Henderson

Joyce Good Henderson's latest release is now available in paperback and soon in Kindle. The Mystery of the Irish Twin is a story for grades 4-8, readers who enjoy Nancy Drew books. Here’s an excerpt:

“Imagine this —the first week of school, your Language Arts teacher wants an essay: “How I spent my summer vacation.” 

You’ve got this aced. You spent your summer discovering hidden passageways in a centuries-old castle, horseback-riding across an Irish mountain, being mistaken for an award-winning step dancer, almost inheriting a castle, and solving the mystery of your cousin’s disappearance. 

How could you write that in a one-page essay?

The MacMahon family had no clue they had a great-uncle in Ireland until he invited them to visit his castle for his eighty-fifth birthday. But worse than having to spend three weeks with her younger brother Chris, AKA the dork, the trip would destroy Molly’s summer riding camp plans.

She had to resort to the only weapon left.
The Silent Treatment.
Not a word. Nothing.  Nada.  Zip.
Starting immediately. For the week until they left, and the three weeks of the trip. 
A whole month without speaking. 
Her personal best.
Ever.”


It is available on Amazon: Click Here


Joyce will bring it to the Dublin Irish Fair the first weekend of August, along with my 4 Celtic fictions (for adult readers).

Monday, June 27, 2016

Nisei by J. J. White



Book Release:

Nisei, the new historical novel by award-winning author, J.J. White, is set for release, June 30th from Black Opal Books of Seattle.

Nisei description:
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States government encouraged all eligible young men to enlist immediately in the fight against its enemies overseas. All eligible young men except Japanese-Americans. Nisei is the story of Hideo Bobby Takahashi, a Hawaiian-born Japanese-American who must overcome prejudice, internment, and the policies of his own government to prove his loyalty to his country. Narrated by Bobby Takahashi and read by his son, Robert, 46 years after Bobby’s death, the story details the young Nisei’s determination to fight honorably for his country and return to the young love he was forced to leave, a girl he cannot have because she is white.


Library appearance:
Award-winning author, J.J. White, will discuss his latest historical novel, Nisei, winner of the Columbus Ohio Creative Novel Competition, the Royal Palm Literary Award and the Southwest Writers’ Novel Competition, at the Cocoa Beach Library on Wednesday, July, 20 at 6 pm. White’s discussion will include how Pearl Harbor drastically affected the lives of the Hawaii Nisei, including their subsequent internment, their loss of property, and their enlistment and service in the all Japanese-American 442nd Regimental Combat Team, the most highly decorated regiment in WW II. White will also talk of the rescue in Belgium’s Vosges Mountains where the 442nd suffered 800 casualties rescuing 211 men of the all-white Texas Battalion.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Spirit of America Is Strong Where It Counts

Chicken Soup for the Soul reminds us what already makes our country great, with true, personal stories from real Americans

 We live in a great country, but we can forget that sometimes amid all the negativity of the election process. It’s time for an antidote! You’ll find that in this collection of 101 true, personal stories about the good old U.S.A. From apple pie and baseball, to our military heroes and first responders, from our vast and varied geography, to our can-do attitude and friendliness, these stories will remind you why you are proud to be an American.

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Spirit of America (Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC; Amy Newmark; foreword by Lee Woodruff; June 7, 2016, 978-1-61159-960-2, $14.95) takes you on a journey across our beautiful nation, meeting our veterans, active service members and their families; revisiting the patriotism and unity of 9/11; showing you the ingenuity and positive attitude that we’re known for; displaying the diversity of our geography and our people; relating stories about our favorite American traditions; and introducing you to proud new citizens who remind us how lucky we are to live here—with our freedom to advance, to move, and to express ourselves. There’s even a whole chapter on the American flag, with inspiring stories about how much the red, white and blue means to us.

Local award-winning author Jackie Minniti's story is featured in The Spirit of America. Granddaughter of Italian immigrant, Minniti recalls how proud she was to become a citizen and vote in her first election. She dresses up every year to vote and recognized it as the privilege that it is. Minniti is a columnist for The Island Reporter in St. Petersburg, FL and is a previous contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

The book's author and Chicken Soup of the Soul's publisher Amy Newhart has traveled extensively including in third world countries and feels so privileged to live in the United States. She says in her own story in the book, “My ancestors could have moved somewhere else. But they moved here. And I get to be an American. It’s not something I take for granted.”
 
To learn more about the book and where to buy a copy, please visit www.chickensoup.com.

Beacon Audiobooks Signs Local Author Jaimie Engle for National Distribution of Third Novel


Beacon Audiobooks, a division of Spectra Records, has signed a third publishing deal with award-winning author Jaimie Engle, of Melbourne, Florida, to nationally distribute the digital rights for the audiobook format of Deadlands: Wolf Moon narrated by Diana Steele, who has worked on projects such as Wonder by R.J. Palacio and The Worsening by Olivia Stanton. Cover design by Philip Benjamin of Benjamin Studios.
“It’s pretty amazing to listen to my stories come to life by Ms. Steele,” shared Engle. “It’s especially exciting to know that reluctant and younger readers will still be able to enjoy my 3 novels. I love it when a parent tells me that my book is the first one their child read from cover to cover.”

Dreadlands: Wolf Moon begins 200 years after Leif Erikson abandoned the settlement in Labrador, Canada after the ferine, arctic shifting wolves, attacked and murdered his small crew. A band of families stayed behind to build, learning to find balance with those who hunted them. Arud is a third generation Norse on this strange soil, and with a grandmother who is unnatural, an anxious mother, and a missing father, his family tree is rooted in secrets. The harvest moon approaches, a single night when the ferine's binds to the Dreadlands are broken, freeing them to hunt. But when one appears beneath Arud's window, his mother rushes him off, urging him to take care of his sister whose sickness grows worse. After meeting a beautiful girl with questionable motives, Arud discovers a prophecy in which the blood of a human and ferine hybrid would shift all power to the Sorceress Edda and her wild pack of hunters. But when Arud learns his sister is the hybrid in this prophecy, his world is shaken as family deceptions unravel. Now the stakes are raised, and getting safely to the city in the sea becomes more than a quest. It becomes survival.

Available for download worldwide on digital sites like BeaconAudiobooks.com, iTunes, Amazon and Audible.com. Free download codes available for giveaway opportunities.
Engle is an anti-bullying advocate who empowers students across the state about their part in bullying through the power of their words. She is continually seeking partnership opportunities with schools and community programs that promote anti-bullying education. For more information about the audiobook, to purchase copies, or to request an author visit go to www.jaimiengle.com.

National Beat Poetry Festival event...

Experience Creative Happiness on Sunday, 2 p.m. on July 17th when Cinematique presents a really cool National Beat Poetry Festival event. Watch the film The Source, documenting the rise of the Beat poets. Dress like a Beatnik and get a prize for the best costume. Join in the discussion after the film and read a Beat poem on the open mic.

The film features many of the most famous poets appearing as themselves as well as actors Johnny Depp, John Turturro, and Dennis Hopper who dramatize the work of Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac. The plot “traces the Beats from Ginsberg and Kerouac’s meeting in 1944 at Columbia University to the deaths of Ginsberg and Burroughs in 1997. ... Their movement connects with bebop, John Cage’s music, abstract expressionism, and living theater. In recent interviews, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kesey, Ferlinghetti, Mailer, Jerry Garcia, Tom Hayden, Gary Snyder, Ed Sanders, and others measure the Beats’ meaning and impact.”

The National Beat Poetry Festival says it is
“dedicated to hosting, collaborating, and fostering joint partnerships for Beat themed poetry readings, workshops, plays, radio shows and much more.” “Don’t forget your goatee, shades, and beret,” says emcee and Volusia County Poet Laureate, Dr. David B. Axelrod.  “Can’t snap your fingers to applaud like a Beatnik? Bring a friend to snap for you—or a suitable clicker!” The event will crank up enough coolness for a the hottest Florida summer day.

The event cosponsored by the Creative Happiness Institute and is made possible in part by funding from the Cultural Council of Volusia County. Admission is $8 for the general public and $5 for members of Cinematique. The theatre is located at 141 South Beach Street in Daytona Beach. For more information, call the box office, 386-252-3118, or email Dr. Axelrod, axelrod@creativehappiness.org.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

EXPLOSIVE NOVEL OF ESPIONAGE BASED ON SHOCKING TRUE STORY: Ruth Anderson’s “Whistle Blower and Double Agents” Now Available Nationwide

Florida resident Ruth Anderson drew heavily from real life experience in creating her debut novel, Whistle Blower and Double Agents.  A sensational, suspenseful, and shocking spy thriller penned by a writer who worked intimately for the U.S. Government during a crisis long forgotten, Whistle Blower and Double Agents is now available nationwide.

Centered on what Anderson calls “a cover-up of epic proportions,” Whistle Blower and Double Agents is an explosive international thriller inspired by actual events. But what makes Whistle Blower and Double Agents positively combustible is the story behind the story:  Ruth Anderson, who writes as R.J. Anderson, didn’t have to look far for a plot.  Anderson was working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in the 1970s when 200 pounds of uranium was declared missing or unaccountable at a U.S. nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania.

About the bookDuring a visit to the CIA on a safeguards inquiry, an Atomic Energy Commission nuclear scientist finds that the safeguards program of his agency was flawed and allowed for nuclear material to be stolen from within the nuclear plant and passed on to other countries.  Deeply alarmed, he reported this finding to the AEC, and later to the U.S. Congress and the President.  But when the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission chairman falls in love with a beautiful female undercover CIA operative, what follows is a pulse-quickening, globe-spanning page turner that will leave readers wondering where truth ends and fiction begins—if at all…

Resplendent with intrigue, action, romance, and drama, Whistle Blower and Double Agents teems with authenticity.  Does Ruth Anderson blow the lid off one of the most shocking tales of this Century? After all, sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

When asked why she chose to write the novel, Anderson commentedThe novel is inspired by actual incidents around the 200 pounds of uranium missing, or unaccountable, from a US nuclear power plant.  The question of responsibility pointed in many directions–the man who operated the nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania, the CIA, and even the President. My employer, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission held hearings where a lot of lying and cover-up ensued—at the expense of the brave and later maligned nuclear scientist who blew the whistle on the case.  I’m often asked why I believe there was a cover-up.  I interviewed the whistleblower at my house and was haunted by the stories for years. You see, the ‘whistleblower’ found out exactly what happened to the uranium, who was involved—and who received the ‘missing’ uranium.  Ultimately, I felt that this was a story that needed to be told.”

About the author:  Born and raised in Washington, D.C.’s  Georgetown, Ruth J. Anderson served with several Congressional and cabinet-level officials for over 25 years, including the Federal Communication Commission; Senator Richard Russell, Senate Commerce Committee, Secretary of Commerce, and Postmaster General. Upon the recommendations of Sen. Henry Jackson and Judge Roy Morgan, Ruth joined the Atomic Energy Commission and then U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, as Editorial Assistant and Research Specialist.  Ruth served as President of the Federally Employed, Inc., SMC, which represented over 750,000 Federal employees.  She was selected for the World Who’s Who of Women in Cambridge, England and in 1977, was honored to be the first woman to receive the Silver Medal for Meritorious Service at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  A past member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the Society of Women Engineers, Ruth also served on the Federal Women’s Interagency Board.  Ruth Anderson resides in Florida.  Whistle Blower and Double Agents is her first novel.

Whistle Blower and Double Agents is published in hard cover, trade paper and eBook editions by The Peppertree Press, an independent book publisher based in Florida.  Members of the news media wishing to request a review copy of Whistle Blower and Double Agents or more information are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone – (615) 297-9875, or by email – maryglenn@maryglenn.com.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Meet and Greet plus Booksigning with Thomas Olde Heuvelt



EVENT DETAILS:
Meet & Greet and Booksigning
Sunday June 26, 2016
4:30 – 6:00PM
at Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789

Contact:
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida
407-335-4192

HEX by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
WRITER’S BLOCK BOOKSTORE
WELCOMES AUTHOR
Thomas Olde Heuvelt

The English language debut of the bestselling Dutch novel from a Hugo and World Fantasy award-nominated talent to watch!
Published by Tor Books / On Sale April 26, 2016 $25.99 / 384 Pages / Hardcover / ISBN 9780765378804
Whoever is born here is doomed to stay ‘til death. Whoever settles, never leaves.
Welcome to Black Spring, the seemingly picturesque Hudson Valley town haunted by the Black Rock Witch, a seventeenth-century woman whose eyes and mouth are sewn shut. Muzzled, she walks the streets and enters homes at will. She stands next to children's beds for nights on end. Everybody knows that her eyes may never be opened or the consequences will be too terrible to bear.  The elders of Black Spring have virtually quarantined the town by using high-tech surveillance to prevent their curse from spreading. Frustrated by being kept in lockdown, the town's teenagers decide to break their strict regulations and go viral with the haunting. But, in so doing, they send the town spiraling into dark, medieval practices of the distant past....

This chilling novel heralds the arrival of an exciting new voice in mainstream horror and dark fantasy.

REVIEWS:
Heuvelt offers up a truly terrifying parable about mankind’s depravity and the depths of evil of which we are capable... The story is not merely unsettling, it is horrifying.” HEX is a thoughtful horror story, and one that is all the more chilling for its uncompromising view of humanity.” “Olde Heuvelt’s
HEX sets ancient magic against contemporary technology to create a kind of dark fairy tale that seems ultimately believable in today’s world. A terrific debut novel.”
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“Thomas is a great writer, the next genre superstar.” —Paul Cornell, author of The Witches of Lychford
“HEX is reminiscent of vintage Stephen King, and I can think of no higher praise. Chilling, moving and...profound.” —John Connolly, author of the Charlie Parker series and Samuel Johnson series
“A frightening read, combining the old witch’s theme with twenty-first century technology in the most original way . . . A strong diversity of characters and story elements, building up to an overwhelming climax.” —Biblion
“HEX brilliantly exposes how psychological fear can make a modern society spiral into dark, medieval practices.... Terrifying and tantalizingly good.” —Crimezone
“HEX takes the horror/thriller genre to a whole new level. It is deeply unsettling, wholly original, and brilliantly written and contains scenes that will haunt you for a long time to come. I dare you to read it.” —Sarah Lotz, author of Day Four Jeffrey Ford

THOMAS OLDE HEUVELT is a Dutch author of five novels and many stories of the fantastic. He has been called “one of Europe’s foremost talents in fantastic literature” by BBC Radio. Olde Heuvelt has been nominated for the Hugo and World Fantasy awards for his short fiction and is a multiple winner of the Paul Harland Prijs for best Dutch work of the fantastic. http://en.oldeheuvelt.com/


Friday, June 17, 2016

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore presents Miriam Auerbach

SAVE THE DATE! July 13, 2016  6:30pm.
Finding an Agent discussion led by Miriam Auerbach, author of the Dirty Harriet mysteries series.
 Hosted by Woman's National Book Association, South Florida Chapter and held at Murder on the Beach Bookstore
 Free for Members; $10 for guests. Or join for $40. 
Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Pineapple Grove
273 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Phone: 561-279-7790

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Show, Tell, and Write with Patricia Charpentier



Show, Tell, and Write

Remember when you were in first grade, and you brought a treasure to school to share in show and tell? That was loads of fun, so why should such a time be available only for kids?

Welcome to show and tell for big people, with a twist. Join the fun at Show, Tell, and Write, presented by Patricia Charpentier each month in conjunction with Bookmark It, Orlando’s independent bookstore, and Infusion Tea, College Park’s award-winning tea and vegetarian cafe.

Come early and grab a tasty meal and cup of tea before the fun begins at 6:30 p.m. the last Tuesday of every month. This month's event will be on June 28th. Bring in a memento or item from your past or present each month (or photos, if the objects are too large) that is meaningful and holds many memories. Then, take a few minutes to share the item with the group and tell its story and significance to you.

After being given a bit of instruction, we’ll write for a few minutes about the object you brought in or some other story you’d like to tell. You’ll learn how to write vivid descriptions, convey sentiment, and detail the item’s history and importance. No previous writing experience is required for this fun, hands-on event.

Don’t want to talk about your treasure? No problem. Bring it with you anyway; come, listen, write, and be a part of the group.

Before you head home around 8:00 p.m., check out Bookmark It’s great selection of books on site in Infusion Tea, 1600 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, FL 32804.

A minimal charge of $5 is requested to participate in this event each month, but in exchange, we’ll give you a $5 coupon you can use for any of the offerings by Bookmark It, Infusion Tea, or Writing Your Life.

Sign up today and be a part of the first ever Show, Tell, and Write event.