Saturday, December 30, 2017

Brevard Renaissance Fair Opening Weekend: Year Three of Wickham Park’s Only Medieval Festival

The Medieval world comes to Brevard County as the Brevard Renaissance Fair gears up for the third annual fair “Season of the Hood” boasting food, fun, and family entertainment. Located at the Wickham Park Amphitheater, Opening Weekend begins January 20-21 with an encore on January 27-28, and February 2-4, 2018. With more than 30 entertainment acts on 7 stages and dozens of shops, enjoy a cast of colorfully costumed, exotic, and intriguing characters featuring Robin Hood and his Merry Men (and Women).

Catch a glimpse of times past and lose yourself in the Old World of Medieval Europe. Cheer your champion knight at the Joust Arena. Feast like a King on classic Ren Fair foods, such as juicy turkey legs, and quench your thirst with mead, cider, beer, and soft drinks fit for royalty. Come aboard with C. Weed and the rest of the Renegades as we explore from pub to pub to pub singing songs, playing games, and sharing a pint at each pub including the adult only pub. Delight in the antics of street performers. Come hear musicians play authentic period instruments. Watch demonstrations of time-honored arts and skills. Discover an enchanted place where fairy tales become flesh.

“It is our goal to promote and support arts, education, and imagination for the citizens of Brevard County,” shares Anthony DeRivi, the fair’s Executive Producer. “Prepare to step back in time to a simpler way of life and the festival atmosphere of a charming Olde World Faire.”

With nationally renowned entertainment acts, families and die-hard fans will experience period music, bards, and singalong with featured acts to include:
       The Craic Show, a high energy blend of Medieval Music
       Stary Olsa, known to recreate modern music with Medieval instruments and undertones
       Rambling Sailors, weaving comedy with songs of the sea in salty harmonies
       The Limey Birds, an acapella trio with engaging banter between songs
       Wolgemut, historical music, such as bagpipes, shawms, and drums

This year, the fair will also be open for one special night on January 27th, from 7pm – 10pm (additional ticket required) for a main stage performance by Stary Olsa and opening acts Aaron Bonk and Jessica Holanda. The night will include group singing, spontaneous dancing, and ample drinking.

For the kids, the Brevard Renaissance Fair offers pirates and knights, games of chance, puppets, unicorns, and mermaids. Let your children be amazed by the jousters and jugglers, engage with pieces in the human chessboard, and find trinkets to take home that capture their memories forever. Weekend and Season passes available, along with our featured Education Day on February 2nd, 2018, where children pay just $5 and adults are $2 (limited acts and vendors; not a full show). 

For more information and to get tickets in advance, visit

Save the Date for The Writers' Conference: Write, Publish, Sell!

~ ~You're Invited!~ ~


Registration opens on 01/01/18
  start the New Year off with a writing resolution!

The Writers' Conference: Write, Publish, Sell!
April 22, 2018
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Hilton Rialto Melbourne, FL 

Attached is a registration form  for your convenience
and a list of our 
* * * fabulous speakers* * *

For more information go to
                                          or contact Valerie Allen 

2018 Novus Annos Short Story Contest -- Call for Submissions

Friday, December 29, 2017

Book News: Enjoy! New and Selected Poems by Anne Bonner

Blue Note Publications, has released Anne Bonner's colorful hardback poetry book, ENJOY! New & Selected Poems; the selected poems having previously been printed in a poetry chapbook. Florida is the recurrent theme throughout the book, reflecting the state's natural beauty, wildlife and culture. Living all over the world with her USAF fighter pilot husband, there are poems offering insights into other peoples and their cultures. SHORT SHORTS are very short, but powerful thought-provoking poems. Anne's original art work graces the cover and there are colorful pictures throughout the book.


Anne Bonner attended Cocoa schools and the University of Florida. She is the author of five historical fiction books for young adults and five historical fiction novels. She has conducted poetry workshops for children and adults and has served as a judge for poetry contests. 
Anne has also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Brevard County Heritage Council, the Space Coast Writers' Guild and is a Founding Fellow of the Florida Historical Library Foundation. Anne, a Mosquito Beater, contributes poems and articles to the Mosquito Beaters Memory Book, and has been a strong advocate for the Cape Canaveral Lighthouse, Brevard County's historical landmark. A chapter in the back of the book is dedicated to the lighthouse with "then" and "now" pictures, newspaper articles about Anne's workshop in a Cocoa school and her participation in Harboring a Dream, a TV Documentary.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Following the Strandline by Linda L Zern -- The Sequel to Beyond the Strandline is now AVAILABLE

BOOK BLURB:  Seven years after solar flares destroy the power grid, seventeen-year-old Tessla Lane is living in a dangerous world. The S-Line Ranch isn’t the safe, isolated place it once was, and Tessla’s family and friends can no longer avoid the brutality raging beyond their borders.

Filled with wildfires, slavers, and violent gangs, the Florida peninsula has become a lawless land of thieves and murderers. But along with new enemies come new opportunities. Orphaned children called “doe kids” wander the forest around the ranch, and the Marketplace Mall has been fortified by a collection of hardened women fighters, including Richmond Parrish’s sisters. The new world is more complicated than ever, and the ranch family’s survival hangs by a thread. With her grandfather gone, teenaged Tessla bears the burden of defending the ranch—and preparing her family for the fight of their lives.

About the Author
 “Humor speaks to the intellect and literature speaks to the heart, so said one of my writing teachers. I try to write both.” (Linda L. Zern, Author and Word Monger)
Linda L. Zern lives in Central Florida. As a child and raised on sunshine and bug spray, she read every cereal box and every book she could get her hands on. She now spins her own stories spun from Florida mists and liquid sunshine.

Writing her way through the genre list, and starting with an illustrated inspirational book, The Long-Promised Song, Ms. Zern's latest novel is a young adult, realistic, dystopian adventure set in rural Florida called FOLLOWING THE STRANDLINE, BOOK II IN THE STRANDLINE SERIES.

Inspired by the classic
Alas Babylon by Pat Frank, the author revisits the collapse of civilization and the power grid in this romantic action/adventure/thriller.

Book II in the Strandline Series,
FOLLOWING THE STRANDLINE, continues the story of Tessla Lane and her sisters Ally and ZeeZee, along with their handsome, troubled tenant Richmond Parrish.

Survivors of collapse, war, and chaos, members of the S-Line Ranch must reach out to the violent, wounded “Amazon” women of the Oviedo Marketplace Mall. They are warriors building a fortress. Warriors planning to defend against whatever their enemies have planned:  wildfire, invasion, and return to brutal slavery.


Can Tessla convince her family to join forces with the hardened women of the Marketplace Fortress? Can she convince herself? 
For more information or to purchase your copy visit  Linda L. Zern at

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Johanna Neuman to speak at Women's Nathional Book Association

Johanna Neuman, historian, author and award-winning journalist will discuss the women’s suffrage movement with a slideshow and her book, “Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right To Vote” at the Women's National Book Association (WNBA) Wednesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, Esplanade Plaza, 273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444. Members, Free. Nonmembers, $10.  Questions - email

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Johanna Neuman to speak at Murder on the Beach Bookstore in January.

Johanna Neuman, historian, author and award-winning journalist will discuss the women’s suffrage movement with a slideshow and her book, “Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right To Vote” at the Women's National Book Association (WNBA) Wednesday, January 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Murder on the Beach Bookstore, Esplanade Plaza, 273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444. Members, Free. Nonmembers, $10.  Questions - email
Should you need a phone number, (561) 279-7790.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore January 2018

Booksignings & Events
Wed Jan 10 at 630 pm.  The Womens National Book Association monthly meeting with Johanna Neuman interviewed by Andrea Baron on Neuman's new book The Gilded Suffragists.  Refreshments served.  Free for members, $10 for non-members.

Fri Jan 12 at 7 pm.  Judge Frederic Block will speak and sign Race to Judgment $24.95.

Sun Jan 14 at 5 pm.  Robert Crais will speak and sign The Wanted 28.00

Fri Jan 19 at 7 pm.  Jeffery Deaver will speak and sign The Burial Hour 15.99.

Fri Jan 26 at 7 pm.  Lauren Doyle Owens will speak and sign The Other Side of Everything 25.00.

Book Clubs
Tuesday Jan 16 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss Someone Must Die by Sharon Potts 15.95.  The group will speak with the author on the phone.

Sunday Jan 21 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss Not a Sound by Heather Gutenkauf 15.99.

And coming soon:

Feb 2 Meg Gardiner
Feb 7  Alafair Burke
Feb 10  Lisa Gardner
Feb 13  Tim Dorsey
Feb 16  Charles and Caroline Todd
Feb 17  Lisa Black and Michael Wiley
Feb 24  John DuFresne

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Pineapple Grove
273 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Phone: 561-279-7790

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Marshall Frank to speak at DeGroodt Library in Palm Bay Florida on December 10th

Who: (Marshall Frank)
When:  Sunday, December 10th, 2 p.m.
Where:  DeGroodt Library, Palm Bay, Fl
             6475 Minton Rd., Palm Bay
What: Marshall Frank is schedule to speak about his latest book "Amerkastan: Conquest From Within."
As author of 14 books, including 7 novels, and 7 other books of non-fiction, this can be an open discussion about writing in general, memoirs, criminal justice and converting true stories into novels.
Background:  Thirty years law enforcement in Dade County, including 16 years in homicide, retired captain.  Author 14 books. Symphony violinist. President of the Creative Arts Foundation of Brevard.
More info, visit:


Theme: Meet International Bestselling Authors Preston & Charles for book signing.
Location: Jewish Community Center  
851 N Maitland Avenue   
Maitland FL 32751
Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018
Time: 6:30 PM
Contact: Lauren Zimmerman
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida


Winter Park, FL   On Thursday, January 18 Writer’s Block Bookstore will host a reading and signing with Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child at 851 N Maitland Ave, Maitland.

Event will take place at 6:30pm Thursday, January 18, 2018

About the book - A consistently exciting and never predictable series." -Associated Press
It begins as a manhunt for Grace Ozmian, the missing daughter of a wealthy tech billionaire. At first, the NYPD assumes Grace, beautiful, reckless, and a regular feature of the local tabloids, has simply sped off on another wild adventure. But the case becomes something altogether different when the young woman's body is discovered in an abandoned warehouse in Queens, the head nowhere to be found.
Lieutenant CDS Vincent D'Agosta quickly takes the lead. He knows his investigation will attract fierce scrutiny, so D'Agosta is delighted when FBI Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast shows up at the crime scene also assigned to the case. "I feel rather like Brer Rabbit being thrown into the briar patch," Pendergast tells D'Agosta, "because I have found you here, in charge. Just like when we first met, back at the Museum of Natural History."
D'Agosta hopes the case will give Pendergast an opportunity to demonstrate his considerable abilities back in the city he has made home. But neither Pendergast nor D'Agosta are prepared for what lies ahead. It quickly becomes clear that a diabolical presence is haunting the greater metropolitan area, and Grace Ozmian was only the first of many victims to be murdered...and decapitated. Worse still, there's something unique to the city itself that has attracted its evil eye of the killer--or killers.
As mass hysteria sets in, Pendergast and D'Agosta find themselves in the crosshairs of an opponent who has threatened the very lifeblood of the city. It will take all of Pendergast's skill to unmask this most dangerous foe--let alone survive to tell the tale.

About the authors: The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child "stand head and shoulders above their rivals" (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child's Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include Fever Dream, Cold Vengeance, Two Graves, and Gideon's Corpse. In addition to his novels, Preston writes about archaeology for the New Yorker and Smithsonian magazines. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly "strangely entertaining note" from the authors, at their website, The authors welcome visitors to their alarmingly active Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Florida Master Photographer’s 22,264 Mile, 50 state, 90 day Labor of Love Inspires Extraordinary Book, Dance Across the USA: Dance Across the USA slated for release on December 9, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Florida Master Photographer Jonathan Givens will celebrate the release of Dance Across the USA in December.  An extraordinary photo book featuring dancers across the country celebrating America’s beauty and diversity, Dance Across the USA will be available where fine books are sold on December 9, 2017.

In the summer of 2016, Givens embarked on an epic journey spanning 50 states in 90 days with the sole purpose of photographing dancers in national parks and beloved and well-known settings in each state.  After all, the possibilities for splendid settings abounded—a dancer on top of an active volcano, in the middle of the ocean, on a sand dune in Death Valley, in a glacier-fed lake—and Givens, undeterred by the Herculean task, jumped in feet first.   During that 90-day journey, Givens racked up some unimaginable statistics:  22,264 miles driven; 22,160 photographs created; 163 dancers photographed; 56 locations; 50 states; and 1 Mighty Buford, the van that served as the vehicle—literally and figuratively—for Givens’s odyssey.

The magnificent result is Dance Across the USA, a brilliant, coffee table style book featuring images from the journey.  Part epic photo diary, part love letter to America, part celebration of dance, Dance Across the USA is completely awe-inspiring.  Brimming with gorgeous, full color photographs, Dance Across the USA is filled with breathtaking images, swoon-worthy settings, and amazing subjects.

A passion project born of Givens’s desire to showcase the fabric of America, shine a spotlight on the importance of dance, and highlight the diversity that exists in both the physical landscape and in the dancers who make America their home, Dance Across the USA is an extraordinary—and extraordinarily real—book.  Resplendent with real photographs of real dancers in real locations—the skies are real, the landscape is real, even the dirty feet are real— the photos within this incredible book involve no digital compositing, no trampolines, no wires or strings attached. Real dancers. Real photos. Real settings. 

A book that is awe-inspiring in its sheer beauty and magnitude, Dance Across the USA features a wide range of dancers—from ages 5 to 61, professionals and amateurs, students and teachers, male and female, boys and girls, cat lovers and dog lovers. Moreover, Dance Across the USA provides an exquisite, eye-opening look at America—from sandy Florida beaches to the rugged Washington coast, from the glaciers of Alaska to Death Valley in California and all points in between.

A book that celebrates diversity, beauty, dance, self-expression, America’s majesty and America’s people, Dance Across the USA is, at its heart, a celebration. Vivid, buoyant, exquisite, and extraordinary, Dance Across the USA is an appropriately phenomenal by-product of a phenomenal journey.

Jonathan Givens is a photographer specializing in the entertainment industry.  Beginning as a performer, and then a technician, choreographer, director, and designer, Jonathan later became the Master Carpenter for the Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah suggested Jonathan pick up a camera…and the rest, as they say, is history. Jonathan is founder of EPS—Entertainment Photography Specialists.

Dance Across the USA will be published in a trade paper edition (ISBN: 9780692953709, 306 pages) in December.

For more information about Dance Across the USA, visit:    Find us on Facebook:  Follow us on Instagram:  A portion of the proceeds from Dance Across the USA will be donated to benefit America’s parks and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Members of the news media wishing to request additional information about Jonathan Givens, or Dance Across the USA are kindly asked to contact Maryglenn McCombs by phone:  (615) 297-9875  or email:

Saturday, December 2, 2017


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Raising James by Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson wanted to be a mother with all her heart. When she finally got her wish, it sent her down a path of immense grief and intense frustration. It also introduced her to the greatest joy she had ever known. She and her son, James, went through surprising diagnoses, a shocking death, and more in their shared journey. It began when Beth and her husband, Jim, brought tiny baby James home. It soon became obvious that raising James would present its own unique challenges. James was diagnosed early with bipolar disorder and struggled with self-destructive tendencies and violent behaviors.

 When Jim was killed in the line of duty as a police officer, Beth didn’t know how she would pick up the pieces of her life. Nevertheless, she found new adventures and a new family just over the horizon. Beth and James’ story will strike a chord with any parent of a child struggling with mental-health challenges. Beth hopes that her work will give you inspiration and encouragement. She knows that you may be frustrated with social systems that often fail special-needs children, but she assures you, with perseverance and faith, there are better days ahead.

Elizabeth Anderson lives in Palm Bay Florida with her husband and 2 dogs. She is the mother of 2 grown children and has been a teacher and assistant principal for over 30 years. She has a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. She enjoys traveling, volunteering and writing/producing murder mystery dinners. 

Raising James is available on Kindle ( )  and will soon be available in paper

Cyber Monday sale for A Turtle's Magical Adventure by Wanda Luthman

Wanda Luthman's children's book, A Turtle's Magical Adventure, will be on sale for .99 on CyberMonday only.

Books available on Amazon ( and 
Barnes & Noble (
The Lilac Princess
A Turtle's Magical Adventure
Little Birdie Grows Up
Gloria and the Unicorn

You can follow her at

Monday, November 20, 2017

Shoshone Sunrise By Carol Ann Didier

Anne Marie, a Swedish blonde woman, is the adopted daughter of a French Trapper in the Wyoming territory. She is kidnapped at the annual rendezvous and caught between the rivalries of two Shoshone warriors. One wants her as a trophy, the other to protect her from all hurt, harm, and danger.

Chief Washakie, great leader of the Shoshone, wants to keep the peace between the white caravans traveling the Oregon Trail and agrees to protect them as they cross his land. Another leader, Chief Pocatello, wants to annihilate every white man, woman, and child that comes into his territory.

Who will win in the clash of wills for honor, duty, and love, and who will win the black stallion, Thunder, that everyone covets.

About the Author

Carol Didier is the author of …


Her stories are about the taboo love between a Native American male and a white woman in the 1800's of Southwest America. They prove that love knows no color, creed or race; it happens in the heart when and where you least expect it, and if allowed to grow, can conquer differences in culture, hatred, and personal loss. She includes real historical facts and figures what were pertinent to the territory at the time, as well as the beliefs, customs, and culture of the tribe

Carol belongs to a local writers group, Space Coast Writers' Guild, and served on their board as secretary for eight years and now remain as a member. She has also been published in CHARISMA and LITERARY LIFT-OFF magazines. In her spare time, she writes inspirational vignettes, verses for greeting cards, and stories for her grandchildren. she reside on the East Coast of Florida. Her website is:

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Monthly Meetings of FMWA - December

DATE: DECEMBER 16, 2017 Florida Chapter Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting


Speaker:  Break out the mistletoe AND the champagne! The December FMWA meeting will be our usual celebration of the winter holidays. Even better, we’ll be combining the holiday fun with our long-delayed celebration of FMWA’s 25th Anniversary. In addition to our buffet luncheon, special events include: the viewing of a professional FMWA commemorative video; the cutting of a FMWA birthday cake along with champagne toast; a FMWA trivia competition; raffle drawings; and memories from some of our longtime FMWA members. Plus, all attendees will receive a commemorative party favor celebrating FMWA’s first quarter century.
And, to keep things festive, we’ll also be holding our usual Holiday Pirate’s Gift Exchange. Participation is optional, but you won’t want to miss out on the fun. To take part, bring a wrapped gift of up to $20 value. Liquor and wine are always popular options (hey, we’re writers—we like our adult beverages) along with anything flamingo or writing-themed. But, please, no books (hey, we’re writers – we already have tons of them).
About dessert – if you’ve attended our holiday party before, you might recall that folks traditionally bring homemade cookies, cakes, and candies to share. BUT, since this is the 25th Anniversary celebration (and since the hotel has policies regarding outside food), our special 25th Anniversary cake will take the place of the dessert potluck. So please save those sweets for other parties.
Please register early (by December 13) so that we will be sure to have plenty of cake, champagne, and party favors for all attendees! Casual holiday attire is encouraged!

TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00 – 2:00p.m.: Lunch and Holiday/25th Anniversary Party Events

PLACE: Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487; Get Directions Here

COST:  $25 for MWA members; $30 for non-members.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay online: got to website link and click on the “Monthly Meeting” tab under “Events”.. Once you reach the page, click on the “Register for Monthly Meeting Here” link. Scroll down to the “Sign up for Luncheon Meeting” box and fill in your information, then click the “Pay Now” button and follow the instructions.”

To reserve and pay via mail: Step 1–Email Harriet at with the subject line “FMWA 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. Step 2– Write your check or money order payable to “Mystery Writers of America/Florida Chapter.” Step 3–Mail your payment to Harriet Ottenheimer, at 2301 S. Ocean Dr., #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019.
Please make your reservation by December 13
Refund Policy for meeting no-shows: Members must notify Harriet before noon on Wednesday to cancel their reservation if they want a refund. People must pay the reservation fee regardless if they eat or not, to help cover the cost of the room.