Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Writers' Conference: Write, Publish, Sell!

~ You're Invited ~

The Writers' Conference: Write, Publish, Sell!
Sunday ~ March 26, 2017
Hilton Melbourne Rialto Hotel
9:00 Am to 5:00 PM

Learn to write better, sell more, and market effectively.
Meet and network with successfully published authors, editors, and publishers. Make new friends, learn more skills and enjoy a day of support for your writing dreams!
There will be:
* 24+ Workshops
* 20+ Vendors
* 16+ Genre Discussion Groups
Information and registration form at Don't miss out on this fabulous writer event! Register now and avoid the rush. Please help to get the word out about the Writers' Conference: Write, Publish, Sell!

Authors for Authors,
Valerie Allen, Marshall Frank, and Holly Fox Vellekoop

Authors for Authors presents Sarina Rose Rostek at Writers Conference

 Authors for Authors is proud to have Sarina Rose Rostek at the Writers' Conference on March 26, 2017, at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto. Sarina will have two presentations, Basic Publishing, and Formatting Your Manuscript for Createspace. Come and meet Sarina at the Writers' Conference!

Sarina Rose was born to first generation Italian-American parents in  New Jersey. She graduated from the College of Saint Elizabeth. She 
taught in NJ while raising four children and working as a tutor and insurance service representative. She continued studies at Kean University graduate school and along the way enrolled in an on-line 
creative writing class.

She now lives on the Space Coast in Florida with her husband and lovable dogs, Andy, and Cici.
She is a member of Space Coast Authors of Romance and Romance Writers of America and the Melbourne Women’s Club, where she is the Arts Chairperson and contributes to their monthly newsletter. She quilts children’s blankets for 
hospitals and wheelchair bags for nursing homes. She is a docent at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology and leads a lively discussion of publishing at S.A.I.L. (Senior 
Adventures in Learning).

Friday, February 24, 2017

4 Patriotic Reasons to Own a Kindle


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

 Melbourne, Florida February 23, 2017-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. 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
·         Print Length: 996 pages
·         Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
·         Publisher: Black Rose Writing (January 31, 2017)
·         Publication Date: January 31, 2017
·         Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
·         Language: English
·         ASIN: B01MYE8G3U

18th Annual Author's Showcase = Carol White

Author/Playwright Carol White will be participating in the Delray Beach Public Library’s 18th Annual Author’s Showcase on Sunday, March 5th  2:00 p.m.  100 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida (561) 266-0194. She will be presenting her award-winning book of short stories, "Sitting Pretty."

Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women Luncheon and Speaker Program

Laugh With Pen Woman Humor Writer Lea Hope Becker
Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:30 A.M.
Delray Beach Golf Club – 2200 Highland Ave. – Delray Beach.
561/243-7385 for Directions

Lea Hope Becker, Pen Woman author, has honed special skills for creating humorous plots and characters in her published books and stories. Lea will share some of her secrets for crafting humor out of serious life experiences.
Members: $27 – Guests: $32
Gluten Free: Members $30 – Guests: $35
Checks payable to: Boca Raton Branch NLAPW
Send to: Barbara Bixon, 9674 Harbour Lake Circle, Boynton Beach FL 33437 Email Elaine Bossik for more information:
Luncheon Menu: Please circle your choice of entrée and dessert

NAME: (Print) ____________________________________Email ________________________ GUEST:__________________________________Email________________________________ GUEST’S MENU: CHOICES of entree & dessert : ______________________________________ GUESTS: How did you hear about us ?____________________________________________ (1) Thai Chicken Salad – Spicy Thai marinated, grilled chicken breast over mixed greens with sesame seeds, snow peas, peppers, bean sprouts, red onion and crispy won ton garnish, served with spicy peanut dressing on the side. (2) Poached Fillet of Salmon – Court bouillon poached salmon with creamy lemon dill sauce on the side, served with herb roasted potatoes and a vegetable medley. (3) Turkey Wrap – Deli turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato in a wrap, served with coleslaw on the side.

Dessert Choice: (4) Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cake or (5) Fruit Cup
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Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women Free Spring Family Festival – Open to the Public

Saturday, March 4, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Center for Spiritual Living
2 SW 12th Avenue, Boca Raton, Florida 33486

Enjoy a full-day festival for everyone in your family – Children and Adults. The Boca Raton Branch National League of American Pen Women, professional writers, poets, artists, and composers, will share their expertise in workshops, activities, discussions and exhibits.

Festival Events

For Children
 Participate in a musical story—the Peace Patch—composed by Sheila Firestone
 Create a pastel art mural with Dr. Myra Levick, art therapist
 Write poetry with published poet, Marlene Klotz

For Adults
 Meet Pen Women authors, artists and composers
 Open mic with MC, Etta Shaeffer
 Author Talk with published authors, Dr. Myra Levick, Alexandra Goodwin, and Carol White
 Poetry Workshop/Collage Creation with Vera Ripp Hirschhorn
 How to Self-Publish Your Book – workshop with Meryl Davids Landau

For Everyone
 Juried Art Show
 Art Demonstrations
 Storytelling with Etta Schaffer
 Closing concert with original music by Sheila Firestone, composer

Raffle Prizes
Refreshments by Cheffrey Eats – A Gourmet Food Truck
gourmet burgers, mac & cheese, snacks and lite bites
Proceeds for this event will benefit our ongoing Scholarship Fund for college women in the arts.
Visit our Web Site at to see time schedule of events for this Festival.

Savvy Press Announces the Release of Mayhem in Matlacha by jd daniels: Mayhem in Matlacha is now available nationwide

Salem, New York – Savvy Press announces the release of Mayhem in Matlacha. The latest mystery by acclaimed novelist jd daniels, Mayhem in Murder is a fun, edgy, fresh, and feisty tale set against the backdrop of a funky, artsy Southwest Florida fishing village.

Mayhem in Matlacha opens with Jessie Murphy haunted by the fact that for months she’s been stalked. Distracted, on her trip to Florida, she veers off the road when a van comes too close to her vehicle.  Unbeknownst to Jessie, that accident marks the beginning of a search for both a murderer and a stalker. With no shortage of suspects, Jessie launches a pulse-quickening investigation that leads her to death’s door. But through her own power of reasoning and feisty Irish refusal to not finish a job once begun, Jessie uncovers a startling, surprising ending.

Mayhem in Matlacha has received this high advance praise:

“jd daniels`characters are eccentric and bold.  She paints a perfect picture of a sleepy little artsy village turned upside down by mayhem.”  R.V. Reyes, Jeweler’s Mark—A Love & Diamonds Mystery.

jd daniels is a mystery writer who divides her time between Southwest Florida and Iowa City, Iowa. She has also lived, written prose and poetry, and taught writing at the college level in Boston, Massachusetts and Ankara, Turkey.  She’s published five books, receiving an Iowa Arts Grant for her biography and reached the top of a best seller list for her book of poetry. Over the years, she has worked as a college professor, an aerobics instructor, a bartender, a restorer of historic homes, a landlady and has learned the art of carpentry, dry walling and bookmaking. Quick Walk to Murder is the second release in the Jessie Murphy mystery series. Mayhem in Matlacha is the third.   Through Pelican Eyes, the first Jessie Murphy mystery, was released in 2014. Visit jd daniels online at:

Founded in 2001, Savvy Press (www.savvypress.comis an independent, micro book publisher.  Savvy Press, along with its imprints Gowanus Books and SAGA SF, has published Mayhem in Matlacha in paperback (ISBN:  978-1939113306, 260 pages, $9.99)