Thursday, September 29, 2016

Women’s National Book Association South Florida Chapter


Wednesday October 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm

All meetings held at Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, Esplanade Plaza, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, 561-279-7790, unless otherwise indicated.

National Reading Group Month

Walking the Line
The line between fact and fiction is sometimes clear, and sometimes blurry.  And what happens when reality and make-believe intersect?  Our panel of three authors, Carla Norton, Victoria Fedden and Susan Boyer share their insights with moderator Oline Cogdil.

Carla Norton is the author of both true crime and suspense fiction.  Her latest What Doesn't Kill Her, won two 2016 Book awards.
Victoria Fedden, an avid blogger, has written a touching and funny memoir about her crazy and criminal family, This is Not My Beautiful Life: A Memoir.

Susan Boyer is the author of the Liz Talbot mystery series, and winner of the Agatha Award for Best First Mystery, and the Daphne du Maurier Award Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. Her new book is Low Country Book Club.

Oline Cogdil, journalist for more than 30 years, is the mystery fiction columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and over 200 other publications.  She was awarded the 1999 Ellen Nehr Award for Excellence in Mystery Reviewing by the American Crime Writers League.

$10.00 for guests ~~~ Free for Members ~~~ Join for $40.00 yearly dues

South Florida Chapter WNBA Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1429972193963417/



Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Lyrics and Lies by Susan Reedy

Lyrics and Lies
For Tracy Sims and Jared Frazier, small-town life in rural Newport, Oklahoma meant Friday night football, hanging out at the local drive-thru, strumming a guitar on the porch swing, and running free on horseback or four-wheelers through the golden wheat fields of Tracy’s family farm, all the while falling more in love with each passing year. They never knew their safe, wholesome, one-traffic light little town held the kind of secrets that government and military-trained assassins would go to any measure to hide.  At seventeen, oil conspiracies, illegal trade operations, and a Congressional-supported counterfeit ring were the farthest things from their minds. Until Jared disappeared. Without a warning. Without a trace. Without a goodbye.   
Lyrics and Lies details the struggles of Tracy Sims and Jared Frazier, two life-long friends who discover the oil company co-owned by their fathers has become the central operation of international  smuggling, Congressional trade deals, and underground corruption.  Finding out the truth is hard enough to bear, but finding that they are the main target of the assassins pushes their love and trust to limits they never thought possible.
Susan Reedy
I was raised in Memphis, Tennessee, in the small neighborhood of Graceland, just around the corner from Elvis Presley’s mansion. Some of my fondest memories are of running freely through the neighborhood and writing stories about my adventures. Early on I knew writing was going to be an integral part of my life. I went on to graduate from the University of Memphis (1985), with a degree in writing for TV and Film and enjoyed a career as a writer-producer for a national audio/visual production company. Eventually, I returned to the classroom, first to earn my teaching degree and later to stand at the helm as a high school English/Literature teacher where I continue to pass my love of reading and writing on to my students. When not in the classroom at Satellite High School,  I spend time with my husband, Jim, our children Erin and Ethan and his girlfriend, Tori, and with the true center of our family’s attention, Sugar, our cocker spaniel. I love playing golf, biking, rooting for the Packers, dragon boating, attending Daytona Speedway events, and mostly, having down-time to enjoy writing. 

Please join me in supporting many great authors of our community at the Meet the Authors Book Fair on November 19th and 20th from 9:30-4:30 at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne.  Books will be available for purchase at the fair or can be ordered through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BookLocker, and on all ebook formats.  Visit me on the web at authorsusanreedy.com

A Harry Potter Halloween at Barnes and Noble

A Harry Potter Halloween @ Barnes and Noble, Jacksonville

Authors of the Paranormal, Doug Dillon and Dave Lapham, will be
teaming up with paranormal investigators to be
the main attraction at this Harry Potter event for all ages.

·        One hour of Harry Potter activities for the Potterheads
·        3 hours of authors and investigators chatting with customers and having a book signing. Collectively, Dave and Doug will be 
showcasing seven of their books.

Barnes and Noble, Claire Lane Center
11112 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL
5 pm until 8 pm

Doug Dillon: Has been writing about the paranormal for many years, sharing his own experiences and research as well as spinning spooky tales for teens in 
The St. Augustine Trilogy.

Website – http://www.dougdillon.com
Link to the St. Augustine Trilogy - http://dougdillon.com/books/

Dave Lapham: Was the first to write about the paranormal activity in St. Augustine in his book, Ghosts of St. Augustine.


Paranormal Investigators:

A Ghostly Encounter – from St. Augustine, Fl

Beyond Investigators – from Orlando, FL

Authors of the Paranormal Presentation


Paranormal Saturday @ Barnes and Noble, Orlando

Authors of the Paranormal, Doug Dillon and Dave Lapham, will be
teaming up with paranormal investigators to do a presentation, chat with customers and have a book signing. A free event for all ages.


Barnes and Noble @ the Altamonte Mall
451 E. Altamonte Drive
Altamonte Springs, FL
Saturday, October 22, 2016
2 pm until 5 pm

Doug Dillon: Has been writing about the paranormal for many years, sharing his own experiences and research as well as spinning spooky tales for teens in 
The St. Augustine Trilogy.

Website – http://www.dougdillon.com
Link to the St. Augustine Trilogy - http://dougdillon.com/books/


Dave Lapham: Was the first to write about the paranormal activity in St. Augustine in his book, Ghosts of St. Augustine.


Paranormal Investigators: Mary Jo Fister and Greg Bush, founders of Off the Trails Paranormal Investigations with its home base located in Port St. Lucy, FL

Braved Authors Society Writers Forum


Authors Around the Corner


Friday, September 23, 2016

Carol White to speak at National League of American Pen Women (Ft. Lauderdale Branch)

National League of American Pen Women (Fort Lauderdale Branch)
presents

Carol White
a five-time, award-winning novelist, 
playwright and fellow Pen Woman member

at its first luncheon of the season

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 11:30 a.m.

Maguire’s Hill 16 Irish Pub & Eatery
535 N. Andrews Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
954-764-4453

$25.00

Please make check payable to: NLAPW
Mail to: Valerie Mafdahli 
1379 Harborview E, Hollywood, FL, 33019 

by Monday, October 3rd and
call Lois Perdue to RSVP at 954-812-1860 or email her at runner12@bellsouth.net



Updated Schedule for Sleuthfest on Saturday (SoS)


UPDATED SCHEDULE FOR SLEUTHFEST ON SATURDAY (SoS)

Join us on Saturday, October 8, 2016, in Venice, Florida. We’ve put together a crackerjack team that’ll launch your career into orbit. (Jupiter? Mars? The sky’s the limit!) But hurry because space is limited.

Where: Ramada Venice Hotel Venezia, 425 US Highway 41 Bypass N, Venice, FL 34285 (Room reservations 844-211-5710. Tell them you’re with MWA and get our special rate of $89.)

What: A full day of powerful sessions designed to accelerate your career as an author.


Time
Craft
Advanced
8 – 9:00 AM
                                               Check In
9 - 9:50 AM
Jim Born — How to write a novel basics. Part I
Gregg Brickman — EPublishing, Create Space
10 - 10:50 AM
Jim Born — How to write a novel basics. Part II
Gregg Brickman — EPublishing, Kindle
11 – 11:50 AM
David Hagberg — How the hell do fiction writers make a living? 
Amanda Leuck & Nicole Resciniti, Literary Agents — The Market Today & Tomorrow.
12:00 – 1 PM
                               Lunch (Furnished in hotel)
1 – 1:50 PM
Sharon Potts — What's the Point? Getting POV Right.
David Bishop — Marketing of Indie Published Books.
2 – 2:50 PM
Elizabeth Sims — How to Write a Mystery or Thriller that SELLS
Neil Plakcy — Social Media.
3 – 3:50 PM
Linda Hengerer — Research.
Joanne Sinchuk — The Book Biz
4 – 4:50 PM
Randy Rawls — Where Does Your Book Begin?
Vicki Landis — Everyone Judges a Book by Its Cover.
5 - 6 PM
Lisa Black — Misconceptions about Police/Forensic Work.

Agent Appointments in the afternoon 10 minutes each.  $10 charge
Lunch and mid-afternoon snack are included in your SOS registration fee. Book signing to follow the event. (Consignments will be accepted. Sales will be handled by Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore.)

How much: $125 for members/$135 for non-members.

Are you in? Then join like-minded writers who want to feel the success of being an author! Sign up today at https://www.regonline.com/SleuthFest-on-Saturday-2016.

For more information, contact Chapter President Randy Rawls (randyrawls89@gmail.com).


FLORIDA NOVELIST PENS PROVOCATIVE POLITICAL THRILLER


Dunham Books Will Release of Climatized by Sally Fernandez on October 4, 2016

FRANKLIN, Tennessee – Dunham Books announces the upcoming release of Climatized by Sally Fernandez. Climatized will be available in trade paper (ISBN: 978-0997397321, 224 pages, $15.99) and eBook (ISBN: 978-0997397338, $12.99) editions on October 4, 2016.

Novelist Sally Fernandez delivers an intense, intriguing, inventive tale in her latest novel, Climatized.  An explosive thriller with a chillingly plausible premise, Climatized features protagonist Maxine (“Max”) Ford.

About Climatized:  She’s been an analyst, a spy, an investigator, and the deputy director of the States Intelligence Agency. After resigning her post at the SIA, Max Ford formally declares her independence when she bursts onto the Washington DC scene as a private investigator. While her new incarnation as PI indulges her penchant for sleuthing, her style remains unchanged. Seems Max is still brash, tenacious, tough—and unwilling to bow down to anyone, including elite and powerful politicians. Right out of the starting gate, Max finds herself embroiled in an unseemly web of mystery, murder and intrigue. When Senator Sherman Spark, a prominent Republican from Florida, is found dead in Lincoln Park, the police quickly rule the death a suicide. But Isabelle Spark, the late Senator’s wife, isn’t buying it and hires Max to prove there is something more sinister at work. Max quickly finds suspicious circumstances surrounding the Senator: two world-renowned scientists died days before they were scheduled to testify before the late Senator’s investigative committee on climate change initiatives. But when she realizes the connection to global warming, big money, deceit, and treachery, Max’s investigation accelerates in a most dangerous way.  No sooner than Max starts to unravel the mystery, a third scientist dies under questionable circumstances. Then a fourth scientist goes missing—and this missing scientist could be the key to unearthing the motives behind the deaths. Against the backdrop of a ticking clock, Max and her partner, Jackson Monroe, launch a pulse-quickening quest to find the missing scientist, and find the truth. This twisty, circuitous path leads them to the powerful organization behind the killings.  But Max Ford might find herself on the wrong side of a lot of powerful people, because what she discovers could have devastating, worldwide implications. And when that evidence is presented to the president, he will be forced to make a crucial decision:  cover up a diabolical plot, or bring down a multi-trillion-dollar worldwide economy…

Suspenseful, spellbinding and sensational, Climatized delivers red-hot action, a sizzling storyline, and a scorcher of a plot.   Briskly paced, steeped in facts, and resplendent with political intrigue, Climatized is an extraordinary—and extraordinarily provocative—thriller.  Sally Fernandez turns up the heat in Climatized, a tale that will leave readers breathless.
Sally Fernandez is a world traveler and political junkie with a vivid imagination. She and her husband divide their time between their homes in Florida and in Florence, Italy.  Visit Sally Fernandez online at: www.sallyfernandez.com

Dunham Books (www.dunhamgroupinc.com) is an independent book publisher headquartered in Tennessee. Titles from the Dunham Books catalog are distributed by Midpoint Trade Books and available through major wholesalers.  Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about Climatized or novelist Sally Fernandez are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone:  (615) 297-9875, or by email: maryglenn@maryglenn.com

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Florida Council of Teachers of English chooses Jaimie Engle as Keynote and to Teach Award-Winning Students


Local Author Volunteers to Share Passion in Writing with Others


MelbourneFL, :“If you help enough people reach success, you will succeed!”—Jaimie Engle

The Florida Council of Teachers of English has chosen Jaimie Engle as a Keynote Speaker for this year’s conference to be held on October 13th-15th, 2016, at the International Palms Resort in historic Cocoa BeachFlorida, at 1300 North Atlantic Avenue. The Florida Council of Teachers of English's (FCTE) annual professional development conference will have something for everyone. Attendees will converse with past and present peers while exploring excellence and ethics in the English/Language Arts classrooms throughout the state. 

“FCTE prides itself on presenting breakout authors at our annual conference,” shares Kristin Pitts, 2016 Program Chair. “But Jaimie Engle is more than a new YA author; she is a bundle of energy with a knack for hooking readers as well as future writers. She is a teacher at heart!”

Jaimie will be presenting to the organization, in a special breakout session, and in a special event with award-winning student writers from across the state. 

·           BREAKOUT: Have you ever dreamed of writing a novel? Where do you begin and how do you find time? In this breakout session, award-winning author Jaimie Engle takes you through finding ideas, outlining, and getting ready to start your book. With National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starting in November, what better time to get started? 
·           KEYNOTE: The writer's journey is not unlike the hero's journey. There are plot twists, highs, and lows that push the story forward and bring growth by "The End." Listen to author Jaimie Engle share her story of heartbreak, fulfillment, and everything in between as she experienced her own hero’s journey.

“It’s very exciting to be able to share what I’ve learned about being a novelist with young writers,” shares Jaimie Engle. “There’s nothing like experiencing the raw talent of a young person and cultivating it, even if it’s just through one or two solid points that they take home.”

The Florida Council of Teachers of English is a non-profit organization promoting communication, collaboration, and educational knowledge among all responsible for teaching English and the language arts. You can register for the event at www.fcte.org. To learn more about the author, visit her at www.jaimiengle.com and buy signed copies of books at www.jmebooks.com.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dear Abba by Richard and Eve Rosen


About the book: 

You cannot get a better advice giver than the Divine Presence within each of us. He answers our musings, questions, and angst according to how we best “hear” him. Hearing the divine voice within our mind is a more direct method, one by which the answers in this book were transmitted. You’ll read of answers to life’s challenges, such as:

Choosing my life partner
Should I remain single?
Afraid to speak at a club
Divorce the bum
Guilty over abortion
Enough advice already!        
Infidelity
Arranged marriages
Stressed out
Ready to leave; is it wrong?
Homosexuality


About the Authors

Richard and Eve have spent a lifetime learning and living the life God intends for them. Their focus has been to align their wills with that of God, the indwelling spirit. From that all else follows.
Richard is a writer and teacher of the spiritual life. Together they freely counsel in areas of relationship, household finances, health, spiritual living––and whatever else may be needful.

WRITER'S BLOCK BOOKSTORE PRESENTS: JAY ASHER

Writer’s Block Bookstore Presents: Jay Asher
Theme: YA Author
Location: Winter Park Public Library
Date: October, 20 2016
Time: 6pm- 8pm
Age range: 12 and up
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida
407-335-4192

WRITER'S BLOCK BOOKSTORE PRESENTS:
JAY ASHER

Winter Park, FL (September 19, 2016) On October 20, Writer's Block Bookstore will host YA Author Jay Asher, most notable for his book “Thirteen Reasons Why.” The event will be OCTOBER 20 from 6PM – 8PM and is attended for ages 12 and up. Jay Asher will be promoting his newest book “What Light” There will be a book signing as well as refreshments.

Jay Asher has toured the country, meeting and connecting with teens in literally all 50 states. He and his previous book, “Thirteen Reasons Why” have impacted and changed the lives of countless young adults. Jay Asher‘s debut YA novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, has appeared regularly on the New York Times bestsellers list for the past 9 years. It has sold over 2.5 million copies in the US alone and is currently in production to be a 13-part series on Netflix.

In Asher’s newest book, What Light he continues to focus on themes of hope and forgiveness. He says “I wrote this book for teens who have seen dark days, but hold on to the hope that things will get better.” What Light weaves together a thought provoking and emotionally uplifting narrative on self-love.

What Light focuses on Sierra, who’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon. It’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Event will take place October 20 from 6pm – 8pm at Writer’s Block Bookstore

For those who are hoping to pre-order What Light, can be directed to the following link:
http://www.writersblockbookstore.com/event/jay-asher

Award-winning novelist Robert Lane’s THE GAIL FORCE Released


The Gail Force by Robert Lane is now available

ST. PETE BEACH, Florida – Mason Alley Publishing announces the release of The Gail Force by Robert Lane.  The Gail Force is now available in trade paper (ISBN: 978-0692670446, $14.95) and eBook ($4.99) editions.

Award-winning Florida novelist Robert Lane’s latest mystery, The Gail Force is a solid, skillful, and sensational tour de force. The Gail Force has earned high pre-publication praise.  Kirkus calls The Gail Force "a consistently entertaining crime thriller,” and adds “The plot crackles with energy and suspense. The writing is crisp...clever.” In a Five Star review, Foreword reports: "Charm and humor permeate the pages of the surprising thriller. There's little chance that anyone will turn the last page before developing a craving for the next installment."

Robert Lane, who has drawn comparisons to John D. MacDonald, has created one of the most compelling characters in mystery today.  PI Jake Travis is tough, smart, wise and wisecracking. He’s hailed as “a winning hero”—and this time, Jake has an elaborate knot to untangle.

While trying to expose a corrupt Miami art dealer, Jake goes undercover for the FBI. The gallery's owner, Phillip Agatha, is more enchanted with murder than he is with art. Aboard Agatha's luxury yacht, the Gail Force, Jake is taken with Agatha's hospitality—and with his alluring assistant, Christina, a woman who harbors her own secrets. Unknowingly, Jake plays into Agatha's hands and initiates actions that could cause an innocent girl to die.
As Jake struggles to save the girl, unearth a rogue FBI agent, and bring Agatha to justice, his greatest challenge is to stay loyal to his girlfriend Kathleen—and to withstand the Gail Force.  As Jake himself observes, “After all, everything’s a game. Sometimes you win. Sometimes you lose. Sometimes you don’t know what game you’re playing.”  This game is on…
The Gail Force is crime fiction writing at its finest.  With a storyline that races from the opening page, characters that stay with readers long after the final page is turned, and the wit, wisdom, lust for life, and cynicism of Jake Travis, The Gail Force will leave readers breathless.

Robert Lane resides on Florida’s west coast. His debut Jake Travis novel, The Second Letter, was received with critical acclaim and was awarded the Gold Medal in the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) 2015 Benjamin Franklin Award for Best New Voice: Fiction.  His other novels in the stand alone series are Cooler Than Blood, and The Cardinal’s Sin.  For more information about Robert Lane, visit:  www.robertlanebooks.com   Mason Alley Publishing, based in Florida, is an independent publisher of fiction.

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about Robert Lane, or a review copy of The Gail Force are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone:  (615) 297-9875, or by email: maryglenn@maryglenn.com

Saturday September 24, 2016 at 10 a.m. The Florida Authors Academy 2016 -- Don't Miss This



Saturday September 24, 2016 at 10 a.m.
The Florida Authors Academy 2016

Writing the Ten-Minute Play for Production.  Short play festivals continue to be popular with theater goers. Workshop includes written information on formatting, submission guidelines, themes, and much more.  Instructor: Carol White.  $25 per person.
For more detailed descriptions, go towww.FLauthorsacademy.com
All workshops are held at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, from 10am to Noon.  All instructors are multi-published authors. Charge for each workshop is $25 per person.  Please pay at the door.  Cash, check or credit cards accepted.
Make Your Reservation Now!    561-279-7790 or  murdermb@gate.net