Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Twelve Flags Book Three The Travel Years by Klaus Kolb

Merritt Island resident Klaus Kolb’s third book of his memoir series Twelve Flags Book Three The Travel Years was released as a paperback and on Kindle.
Kolb, 83, will hold book signings in Brevard County this fall. Twelve Flags Book Three is a 281-page soft-cover book that outlines Kolb’s life from age 21 to 30. The book opens as he and his father escape post-war Communist occupation of East Germany via the Berlin Subway. His father, recently released after seven years in prison as a political opponent , and he must leave Klaus’s ailing mother and sister without a word.
The refugees work hard to make a home for the women. Klaus moves up in responsibility and salary, marries and travels the globe to hone his people and mechanical/engineering skills. He faces challenges including language barriers, lack of  trained workers and difficulty in obtaining parts, weather, government uprisings and near-death health issues.
Kolb grew up in an Eastern province of Germany during the rise of the Nazi Party and during World War II.  In 1965, he became president of the 160-employee Bruckner Machinery Corp. in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The firm manufactured, sold and serviced textile dyeing and finishing machinery. From 1979 to 1997, he was president of ADO Corporation, a German-owned business that manufactured and exported specialty textile fabrics and custom-made draperies.
In 1998, Kolb built his own geodesic home in Spartanburg, and later formed and served as president of Kolb’s Geodesic Homes, based there. Kolb has lived and worked in more than a dozen countries. He is a licensed pilot.
Now retired, Kolb consults internationally about geodesic dome shell construction. He also deciphers and translates into English documents written in Old German Suetterlin Script.  Kolb plays accordion and keyboard with a German Band in Melbourne and the Harbor City Retirees’ Dance Band of Eau Gallie. He is an active member of the Central Florida Accordion Club.
 “This book gives a cultural history of European life. Teachers are using my books to show the challenges of life under both Nazi and Communist control of Germany,” Kolb said. The third in a series of books planned about various stages of Kolb’s life has been entered for Pulitzer Prize nomination.

Local booksignings include one at the South Creek Branch Library, Orlando at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 5 and at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29 15 at Victoria Landing, Melbourne. Reservations are needed for the Victoria Landing talk at 321-622-6730. He expects to sign books at the Meet the Authors Book Fair Nov. 18 and 19 at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, Melbourne and the Florida Authors’ Symposium at the Veteran’s Memorial Public Library in St. Cloud from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 27, 2018.

The $20 book includes more than 100 photographs, many from Kolb’s family albums. Signed copies are available directly from the author, through Amazon Books or for immediate download on Kindle for $3.99. Kolb’s web site describes his books.

Retired Florida Today reporter Linda Jump edits Kolb’s books.

Writer's Block Bookstore Presents Bryan M. Chavis

Location: Apartment Association of Greater Orlando (AAGO)
340 N Maitland Avenue.
Maitland, FL 32751
Date: September 7, 2017
Time: 7:00pm

Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida

Leah Morse | Touchstone Publicity | Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020


Winter Park, Florida On September 7th at 7:00pm, Writer’s Block Bookstore will host author Bryan M. Chavis at the Apartment Association of Greater Orlando in Maitland, Florida. Bryan M. Chavis will be promoting his latest novel The Landlord Entrepreneur.


In his bestseller Buy It, Rent It, Profit! (2009), author and real estate expert Bryan Chavis showed readers how to become successful real estate investors, providing all the forms, facts, and practical advice they needed. In The Landlord Entrepreneur, Chavis builds upon his expert advice to provide an advanced course in property management, demonstrating how to create a business that doesn’t depend on the market or a real estate bubble.

About the Book: Using practical advice, anecdotes, and the many lessons learned while creating his multimillion-dollar real estate portfolio, Chavis walks readers through the process of building a property management business from scratch. The Landlord Entrepreneur explains the importance of calling yourself an entrepreneur, and not simply a real estate agent, and shares stories of some of the many people who have taken his guidance and built successful companies. With its straightforward, actionable advice, The Landlord Entrepreneur is sure to be a key tool for any aspiring real estate investor.

About the Author: Bryan Chavis is the founder of both The Landlord Property Management Academy and of Chavis Realty and Property Management 365 Franchise, which is one of the most innovative property management franchises available. One of the world’s leading property management consultants, he (and his company) received the 2016 Best Practice award from the Florida Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials for landlord/property management training.

For those who are hoping to pre-order The Landlord Entrepreneur can be directed to the following link:

About Writer's Block Bookstore
A community bookstore in your neighborhood. We have been located off of Park Ave for almost two years and have been bringing your favorite authors into town. We curate our stock based on the community’s wants and needs, but always have the latest releases. We have your favorite book.  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Wendall's Lullaby by Kip Koelsch

Debut Novel by Kip Koelsch

On August 8, 2017, Kip Koelsch published his debut novel, the eco-thriller Wendall’s Lullaby for Kindle and as a print-on-demand paperback.

In Wendall’s Lullaby, hundreds of dolphins have mysteriously beached themselves in Galveston, Texas, and Dr. Angela Clarke is on  mission to understand why. The  US National Director for Marine Mammal Health and Stranding jets to Texas—unknowingly  a pawn in the national security plans of  THE FEW.

An intimate group of former military men, THE FEW has infiltrated key positions within the government and orchestrated Dr. Clarke’s appointment—hoping her conservative, by-the-book  approach will protect the top secret project a retired admiral sees as a lasting tribute to his dead son.

When more animals hit the beach and an unusually large group of dolphins is spotted massing in the waters of Tampa Bay, Dr. Clarke must rely on an unconventional team—sorting through the ideas of her action-oriented South African beau, the conspiratorial rants of her ex-lover, the innocent insight of a 12-year old boy and the genius of a washed-out MIT grad student —in a race to save a charismatic species loved for its built-in smile.

Wendall’s Lullaby may be Kip Koelsch’s first novel, but he wrote his first “books” in Mrs. Cook’s second grade class in Leonardo, NJ.

Koelsch has an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Media from Rutgers University in NJ and a Master’s Degree in Humanities and American Studies from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL. Koelsch lives in Dunedin, FL, with his wife and four cats.

Over the years, Koelsch has been a collegiate rowing coach, an adjunct professor in Environmental Studies, a “manatee watch” coordinator, a salesperson in two outdoor retail stores, a canoe guide, an outdoor fitness and adventure program coordinator and a trail running and triathlon race director.

Through it all, he has been an on-again, off-again freelance magazine writer, blogger and keeper of a journal of “other writing ideas”—including the seeds for a follow-up to Wendall’s Lullaby and more works of fiction.

Wendall’s Lullaby is available for Kindle (and Kindle apps) and as a print-on-demand paperback at:

Young Author First to Publish in Series - Celebrate on September 16

Celebrate on September 16
Victoria Mullins of Ormond Beach will celebrate the publication of her first book on September 16 at Main Street Station in Daytona Beach. The event will start at 3 p.m. with  an introduction to Victoria’s work and thanks to those who made the publication possible. There will be an open mic for other authors and light refreshments.
Victoria was an honors student at both Mainland High School and Volusia Virtual, participating in a variety of arts—from community choruses to drama productions to literary magazines. While in high school, she also took classes at Daytona State College, graduating with honors with an Associate of Arts degree. She is now a student at Flagler College in St. Augustine, pursuing a degree in Elementary Education.
In 2015, Volusia County appointed its first Poets Laureate, David B. Axelrod, and M. B. McLatchey, to “promote the reading, writing, and appreciation of poetry throughout the County and in so doing, promote greater literacy, cultural activity and tourism.” Dr. Axelrod established a mentoring program to publish a series of chapbooks (small, stapled books) produced by young poets who write, revise and collect poems for their first book. M. B. McLatchey is the mentor for this first chapbook in the Volusia series.
The book has thirty-one poems and represents ten months of work to prepare the manuscript to print. “I took some creative writing workshops at Ormond Library and in school,” says Victoria, “but it felt great to actually work on a book of my own.” Profits from sales go to Victoria’s college fund. The book can be ordered at
More than twenty groups and individuals donated to the project including Walmart, Daytona Toyota, and Daytona Kia, the Root Family, and Main Street Station. Creative Happiness Institute coordinated the efforts with funding in part from the Volusia County Cultural Council. “The community understands that poetry and the arts are vital to our kids’ education,” Dr. Axelrod explained. “We want more schools and students to join the program for the 2017-2018 school year.”

The event is open to the public, free. Any teachers or students who would like participate in the program are invited to come and sign up. For more information, email Dr. Axelrod,, or call him at 386-337-4567.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore September 2017

Booksignings and Events

Wednesday September 13 at 6:30 pm.  Women's National Book Association
(WNBA) Meet and Greet.  Readers and writers mingle at this annual
reading celebration. Admission is free. Lite bites & wine. Questions
- email
Friday September 15 at 7 pm.  Victoria Landis will speak and sign A Little Bit Sideways $15.95

Saturday September 16 at 6 pm.  Prudy Taylor Board and Ruth Hartman
Berge will present How to Unleash the Hemingway in You, and sign their
new book 101+ Tips on Writing Fiction $16.95.
Saturday September 23
at 4 pm.  Alyssa Maxwell and Nancy J. Cohen will discuss Character
Growth Throughout a Series and sign their new books Hair Brained by
Nancy J. Cohen 14.99 and Murder at Chateau sur Mer by Alyssa Maxwell
25.00.  Admission is free and refreshments will be served.
Tuesday September 26 at 7 pm.  Charles Todd will speak and sign Casualty of War: A Bess Crawford Novel 26.99.
Sunday October 1 at 4 pm.  Robert Watson will speak and sign Ghost Ship of Brooklyn 27.00.

Writers Workshops in September
Saturday September 9, 10 am - Noon

Everyone Judges a Book by Its Cover.  Your book cover is your readers'
first impression. Learn what attracts readers so they'll open the book
and peruse those first pages.$25 per person. Instructor: Victoria Landis

Saturday September 16, 10 am - Noon

The Road to Independent Publishing in Simple Steps. Learn what to do to
self publish. $25 per person. Instructor: Marcia King-Gamble

Saturday September 23,  10 am - Noon

FL Authors Academy Has Talent.  Attendees from our writing workshops
compete before three published author judges: Deborah Sharp, Randy
Rawls, and Prudy Taylor Board. Admission is Free.

Book Clubs
Tuesday September 19 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware 16.00.
Sunday September 17 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss This is Not Over by Holly Brown 15.99.


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

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Entombed in Verse, an Epitaph for Salem by Cynthia Morrison

West Palm Beach author Cynthia Morrison, will travel to Salem Massachusetts as part of book launch and signing event. Her contributions pay tribute to the Salem Witch trial victims and are included inside a new anthology published by Fun Dead Publications.

The anthology is titled “Entombed in Verse, an Epitaph for Salem”
A number of the works featured inside the book recognize the dark history of the town of Salem including the infamous “Witch trials” of the 17th century. One of those that perished due to the hysteria and senseless killings was an eighty-year old farmer named Giles Corey. Giles was “pressed" to death on September 19, 1692 for refusing to go to trial on charges of witchcraft.

Morrison, an associate editor for Horrified Press of London England, is a retired strength athlete and is officially recognized for being “pressed” with 938 pounds for 10.87 seconds while lying on broken glass; that’s 62 pounds short of a half ton! The feat was filmed by the Discovery channel in 2007. She will now voice her tribute poem to Giles Corey on August 5th at the very home of the Salem witch trial judge Jonathan Corwin known as the “Witch House”.

“Knowing first hand the helpless feeling and horrific circumstance of being crushed by nearly half a ton prompted my tribute to Mr. Corey and his injustice. I see my work as an expressive sympathetic parallel.”   
“Entombed in Verse, an Epitaph for Salem” Release & Book signing event
Where: Jonathan Corwin House 310 ½ Essex St, Salem, MA 01970 “The Witch House”
When:  Saturday August 5th,   2017   @   7pm – 9pm
Event on Facebook:

Free Writing Workshops with Jaimie Engle About to Start!

Eastern Florida State College continues 4th year of Supplemental Writing Courses for students, faculty, staff and the general public

Melbourne, FL, August 3, 2017:“My best work is produced by those I instruct.”--Jaimie Engle
Award-winning local author Jaimie Engle will be teaching in the writing center of Eastern Florida State College Melbourne Campus for the 2017-2018 school year. These classes are supplemental to the state required Communications 1 and Communications 2 course schedule, although they are geared for all writers ages 13 and up.

“I have heard nothing but positive compliments about Jaimie’s writing seminars,” shares Sharon Cronk-Raby, Melbourne Writing Center Coordinator of EFSC Melbourne Campus. “Her positive demeanor and conversational presentation style allow the audience to be set at ease, which further allows participants to absorb the wealth of knowledge shared during these sessions.”

The course beginning on Tuesday, August 29th and repeat on Wednesday, August 30th will run during the months of August, September, October, November, January, February, March, and April from 11-12 Tuesday & Wednesday and from 6:30-7:30pm on Tuesday nights. Full schedule attached. Course includes:

o   Image
o   Voice
o   Character
o   Setting
o   Story
o   Development
o   Revision
o   Writing for the Real World

“Jaimie Engle's workshops have helped me improve my writing in ways I never could have dreamed,” shares Nathanael Boring, former student & Phi Theta Kappa Chair, EFSC Melbourne Campus. “With her incredible teaching and valuable insight, I am now on the threshold of publishing my first of many stories. I wouldn't be even close to the writer I am today without her!”

The free 8-month long program is open to the public and held in the college writing center at 3865 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, Fl  32935. Lessons are derived from Engle’s book “Writing Your Novel” and she will have her books on hand for purchase. Pre-register with Sharon Cronk-Raby, Writing Center Coordinator at 321-433-5605 (not required). Questions? Contact Jaimie Engle at

About the Instructor

4 Book Series on America by Donald L. Gilleland on Kindle

4 Book Series on America by Donald L. Gilleland
1 Handsome E-Book Download

 On January 31st, 2017, Black Rose Writing, an independent publisher in Texas, published The America Series by Donald L. Gilleland for Kindle. This incredible compilation of four books shares Gilleland’s personal perspective of America over the past 50 years through documented text, conclusive research, and his own military background.

All four books of The America Series are now available in a beautiful box set for one low price of $5.99. Included are A Cultural Enigma, Where Great Things Happen, An Exceptional Nation, and A Conflicted Nation (Books 1-4).

“We are truly a diverse nation that fits comfortably into an interdependent world and serves as a breadbasket and security blanket for much of the planet,” explains Gilleland who spent more than thirty years in the Armed Forces. “We are a generous and caring nation that has a bright future on which the world can depend.”

America: A Cultural Enigma studies major changes of the American culture over the last 50 years. For senior citizens it is like looking through a review mirror at their lives; for young folks it explains how differently they were raised when contrasted with that of their parents. It is not a historical document, but rather Gilleland’s personal observation of huge cultural shifts that have taken place among diverse segments of our society. It may help the reader put those events into a more personal perspective.

America: Where Great Things Happen focuses on uplifting and inspirational news stories that will bring a smile to your face and make you proud to be an American. Gilleland’s motivation for the book was to share wonderfully exciting things Americans do that rarely get much media attention, because the media tends to focus on negative stories. 

America: An Exceptional Nation explains why Gilleland believes God has blessed America to be one of the few nations that can hold out hope for the 21st century.

America: A Conflicted Nation opens up a candid dialogue about national issues that Americans feel torn about, such as immigration, terrorism, and military action overseas. Instead of looking the other way, Gilleland confronts these topics head on in an effort to help readers shake off discomfort about hot button issues, and find the space where their patriotism and feelings about charged topics align.

Reviews show that readers feel Gilleland’s latest book is an essential roadmap that leads to a new perspective on the issues our nation is grappling with in current times.

"Gilleland's books are thought-provoking and eye-opening,” said Jaimie Engle, award-winning author and writing coach in Brevard County, Florida. “His review of hot topics and cultural issues gave me reason for pause and to reflect on my own life and I appreciated seeing the America Don knew and how it causes Americans today to be truly conflicted. This book should be required reading in all high schools across the country."

The box set is available for purchase on

About Donald L. Gilleland

Donald L. Gilleland has lived in 12 states, visited 35 countries and published more than 500 articles in publications in his community and around the world. In addition to his writing career, Gilleland is a veteran of the armed forces who served for 30 years prior to retiring in 1984. Shortly thereafter, Gilleland began a distinguished career in the private sector as the director of public relations and advertising for AM General Corporation and the corporate director of public affairs for General Dynamics Corporation. Today, the Melbourne based author writes books and articles that challenge the current consensus about our nation’s most controversial issues.

For more information on Don's books check out his website at, or contact him directly at

·         File Size: 2673 KB
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·         Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
·         Publisher: Black Rose Writing (January 31, 2017)
·         Publication Date: January 31, 2017
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·         Language: English
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