Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Bonnie, Bonnie Bone by Leslie S Talley

This fourth installment of Leslie S. Talley's series featuring Clarice Campion/Miss Letty finds Clarice, husband Otis, and Miss Letty acting as exchange innkeepers/caretakers of Castle Skeldon on an island in the tidal Firth of Lorn, Scotland. Miss Letty, former star of the Silent Screen, is over ninety now; Clarice and Otis wish to be near their twins, enjoying another semester abroad at Edinburgh University. Previous books featured the trio at their home base, Daytona, Florida (Make Old Bones); St. Augustine, Florida (Bred in the Bone); and Bray, county Wicklow, Ireland (The Closer the Bone).

Otis, in search of a leak, discovers two skeletons in a shaft: one from the 1970s, the other from the 1930s. The older skeleton bears a gruesome relic: a third leg growing from the abdomen. A vestigial twin.

Did the aristocratic family try to hide this deformity? Surely not Earl Randall, who sold his castle to an American (but not the manor house or his title); they like him. The Dowager Countess, not so much. Clarice and Miss Letty delve into the family archives to try to identify this skeleton. They are assisted by their twins, Kitty and Pat, the twins' new friend Mac, six B&Bers from Virginia, maid Heather, and Heather's news-gathering Gran. Explorations lead them to a tunnel beneath the firth, originally an escape hatch for the family, but now fitted up with a decaying, secret room. And what about the picture perfect village of Killnish, so self-consciously Scottish but seemingly sprung up overnight? Why is there a gap in the Earldom? And why are there no graves in the churchyard pre-dating 1940?

Finally Clarice and her B&Bers confront a killer in the tunnel. All must scramble for their lives as the tunnel collapses and water pours in from the firth!

The Bonnie, Bonnie Bone, (along with the previous three works) is available both as an e-book and paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

Bio of Leslie S. Talley

Leslie S. Talley of Titusville holds a BA and MA in English from the University of Central Florida. She taught there, as an adjunct, business writing, and technical writing for ten years. She is the author of the four "Bones" mysteries.

Leslie and her husband Luke, a McDonnell-Douglas retiree, have lived in Titusville for forty-nine years. They have two children: daughter Terri Talley Venters, a fellow author, and Damon Talley, an employee of Harris Corporation. Leslie and Luke have four grandchildren.

Sulfur Springs by Terri Talley Venters

Terri Talley Venters begins a new series with Sulfur Springs, an Under the Magic Adventure book. Her main Characters, Victoria Ventures and Tommy Garrison, are archaeologists introduced in Silver Lining, the third book in the Carbon Copy Trilogy.

They meet at  Victoria's best friend's wedding in Scotland. Wanting their first date to be magical, they agree on Disney World. They spend several days enjoying the theme parks, the food, and each other. Then, while playing golf on a Disney course, they stumble upon a sinkhole, Fired with archaeology enthusiasm, they bring gear and supplies to the site and enter the hole. They explore and find a cave system under the former 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. But that's not all they find: the archaeological find of the century. Or maybe of the millenium!

Terri's Bio

Terri Talley Venters is a graduate of Titusville High and the University of Florida. She holds a Master's degree in Accounting (Taxation) and is a CPA. She and her husband and two sons live in Jacksonville. Her latest book, Sulfur Springs, along with her previous works--Carbon Copy, Tin Roof, Silver Lining, Luke's Lithium, Body of Gold, and Copper Cauldron--are available as e-book or paper back, at, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

Seven-Day Writing Challenge with Patricia Charpentier

You’re invited to participate in Writing Your Life’s Seven-Day Writing Challenge, and guess what? It’s free! That’s right. It doesn’t cost you a cent. Your only investment is a small amount of time, and the results could be life changing.

Each day for seven days, beginning Monday, June 19th, you’ll receive a new writing prompt designed to trigger memories. Once you’ve written your response to the prompt, you can post it on a private, members-only community forum. There, you can also read others’ entries, share an encouraging word, or comment on what you enjoyed or related to in their piece.

Being a part of the Free Seven-Day Writing Challenge also entitles you to attend a free Style, Grammar, Punctuation, and More Webinar Patricia Charpentier is giving on Tuesday, June 27th that will help you improve your grammar and punctuation so that your stories will sing. 

In previous years, more than eight hundred people from forty-seven states and eight countries—Canada, Turkey, England, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, and Brazil—wrote in response to daily prompts.

Read more about the Free Seven-Day Writing Challenge and reserve your spot at our international writing table at Then share this information with everyone you know. Forward the email. Post it on Facebook, Twitter, or any of yoaur other social media platforms. Let’s make this the best Free Seven-Day Writing Challenge ever.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Q&A with John Hemingway – Special Guest Speaker at Upcoming Mystery Fest Key West

Q&A with John Hemingway – Special Guest Speaker at Upcoming Mystery Fest Key West

Event organizers have announced that John Hemingway, grandson of the late Nobel Prize winning American author Ernest Hemingway, is set to be a special guest speaker during the Mystery Fest Key West, an annual gathering of award-winning and bestselling mystery fiction and true crime authors and the readers who love them, set for June 16-18, 2017.
The American-born, Canada-based writer and translator’s articles and short stories have appeared in American, Italian and Spanish newspapers and reviews. He was a contributor to the Murder In Key West 3” short-story anthology (“Nacho y Lucrezia”) and his critically acclaimed memoir, “Strange Tribe” (Lyons Press, May 2007), examines the complex relationship and striking similarities between his father, Dr. Gregory Hemingway and his grandfather, Ernest.
A riveting storyteller, John has run 16 times with the bulls at the festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, Spain, a Spanish tradition that dates back to as early as the 14th century. A father of two, John currently resides in Canada with his wife Kristina. The author took a few questions in advance of the Fest:
Q: “Strange Tribe” is a memoir and much of your writing is about true-life events, such as running with the bulls in Pamplona. Was “Nacho y Lucrezia” your first go at mystery fiction?
JH: Well, it’s a short story, and like much of my work it’s based on true-life events – except with some exaggeration, and a murder…
Q: When you write, do you outline or go with the flow?
JH: I hardly ever have an outline; almost always go with the flow, unless it’s something I’m writing for a magazine. For example, the last one I wrote for Ducks Unlimited, I had an outline and knew exactly what I wanted to do.
Q: Do you think in words? Pictures? Both? Other?
JH: Well, yeah, that’s kind of interesting: I think about situations, scenes, whatever, and then of course you have to describe those scenes in words – and that’s how the story takes its course.
Q: Your age when you wrote your first story/article?
JH: In my teens.
Q: How old were you when you realized the impact of your last name and lineage?
JH: When I was younger, I thought “this will all blow over by the time I’m in my 20’s. But no, he (Ernest) was still there. I started reading his stories when I was in my teens.
Q: Do you have a writing ritual or quirk?
JH: I’ll procrastinate as long as I can.
Q: Favorite mystery/suspense or true-crime author?
JH: (Raymond Thornton) Chandler, I think he’s amazing.
Q: When I am not researching, writing, or promoting, for fun I…
JH: …take my wife Kristina to the movies.
The 2017 Mystery Fest Key West is sponsored by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper, Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts and supported by the Marion Stevens Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and the Helmerich Trust.  Registration includes all panels, presentations and four meals and is $195. For a full Fest schedule, online registration and links to accommodations visit

Last Call for June 1 Contest Deadline: One Mystery Fest Key West Guest Will Nab Cameo Role in Author Meg Muldoon’s Next Novel

Key West, Florida Keys – Those who have registered to attend the upcoming Mystery Fest Key West by midnight June 1 will be entered in a drawing to win a cameo ‘walk-on’ role in bestselling author Meg Muldoon’s next “Christmas River” series novel, “Meltdown in Christmas River: A Christmas Cozy Mystery Book,” which is due out this August.
Muldoon, a former news reporter and author of more than a dozen “cozy” mystery titles, is slated to be a featured panelist at the upcoming “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed Fest, a gathering of true-crime, mystery, and suspense writers and fans to be held in Key West, Florida, June 16-18.
“Part of the fun is that the winner will get to choose whether they want to be a good character or a bad character in my next book,” Muldoon said.
Appearing with Muldoon at the Fest are a hit-list of high-profile and award winning mystery and crime fiction authors and true-crime experts, including headliners John Hemingway, grandson of Ernest and author of “Strange Tribe,” Keynote Speaker Clifford Irving, investigative reporter and author of more than 20 novels, and Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter past-President Randy Rawls.
Featured presenters include New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black, award-winning crime and science fiction writer James O. Born, and New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham, each of whom will also moderate and appear on panels with mystery/suspense authors David Beckwith, Robert Coburn, Bill Craig, John Cunningham, Mike Dennis, Lewis C. Haskell, Susan Haskell and Norah-Jean Perkin, Renee Kumor, Siera London, Muldoon, Rick Ollerman, Reef Perkins, Ken Rijock, Shirrel Rhoades, Marjory Sorrel Rockwell, Paul Sinor and Charles Todd.
Mystery Fest Key West 2017 is sponsored by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper, Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts and supported by the Marion Stevens Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and the Helmerich Trust.
Event registration is $195 and includes all panels, presentations, social events and four meals. Panels and presentations will take place at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key. For registration, information and a full fest schedule visit


A three time International Women’s Jousting champion and martial artist, Cynthia Morrison, is the sole female contributor inside a new book released out of the U.K.
“A Professionals' Guide to 24 Urban Self-Defence and Close Quarter Combat Systems” published by Robin Barratt, includes twenty-one professional male combat instructors alongside Morrison.   
Cynthia is no stranger on being a lone female in a man’s world as she is noted as the first woman to compete in the Highland Games heavy athletics in Scotland during 1994 – 1995. The Oscar Heidenstam Foundation of London England bestowed the “Ambassador Award” for sport to her in 2000 for her overseas efforts. She has also been recognized locally by Proclamation and Citation from Palm Beach county commissioners and former Mayor Nancy Graham.  
In 2001 Morrison founded Palm Beach Jousting to share her skill and knowledge in teaching the medieval equestrian sport. She acted as official advisor for the 2005 US Open Polo championships training their players for an intermission display on medieval mounted techniques. She has published a novelette, “Adelia of the Coliseum”, a story about a woman Gladiator in ancient Rome. The book won its category from the Great Southeast Book festival as well as the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award during 2017.
Morrison, trained in Karado Karate, is also a graduate of the Burt Reynolds Institute in Jupiter Florida. She shares stage combat methods with actors and has worked as fight director on local independent film projects.         
Publisher's note: "Not looking so much at traditional martial arts, but at the more urban and lesser known specific combat systems and styles, written by sensei and professional instructors around the world"
“A Professionals' Guide to 24 Urban Self-Defence and Close Quarter Combat Systems” compiled by Robin Barratt can be found on AMAZON.COM:
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Butts on the Bar Stool by Ree Miller


Spend some time at Stenny's, a bar in suburban Philadelphia that is mirrored in hundreds of neighborhoods all over the country. Get to know the regulars, semi-regulars, bartenders, servers, and the (inept) owners. Through the eyes of the characters, experience occult and game nights, a funeral lunch, a holiday party, an ill-fated double happy hour, and special menus—one of which results in a lawsuit.

The main protagonists are Joanna and Matt, and their friends Leigh and Jim. They each find respite from their busy lives by bellying up to the bar and being part of an informal, no-dues club. The four of them also share a bad habit; this turns out to have significant consequences on all of their lives, and on the future of Stenny’s. 
Butts on the Bar Stool is a dialogue-driven, light-hearted (and occasionally fanciful) novel—no deep messages, but some recognizable truths about how people interact with their surroundings and each other.

About the Author

Ree Miller is the pen name of a freelance writer living and working in Vero Beach, Florida. Before moving to Vero Beach in 2014 and turning to writing for a living, Ree had a long business career in Philadelphia, primarily in call center management. Out of that experience arose her first novel, Butts in the Seat, published in 2015. Butts on the Bar Stool, her second novel, was published in 2016. Under her real name, Ree's serious writing includes health articles for a group of Treasure Coast newspapers, and ghostwriting memoirs and autobiographies for local residents.

For more information click here.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

A Dog for Leo by Kandi M. Siegel

Kandi M. Siegel's book, A Dog for Leo, won the B.R.A.G. Medallion Award. This is her second award. Her book, My Summer Triumph, won the B.R.A.G. Medallion Award in 2015. 

Other books by Siegel are: 

Bubby the Baker
Rainbow of Mine
Rainbow of Mine, the Coloring Book
Sammy the Helper
My Summer Triumph**
**A Dog for Leo**
Looking Back, No Regrets, Memoirs from the Heart

For More information, visit her webpage at

Author Kenneth D. Michaels to Debut “Only in Key West”: A Nick and Norm Gay Detective Novel

Author Kenneth D. Michaels to Debut “Only in Key West”: A Nick and Norm Gay Detective novel on June 9 at 801 Cabaret
On Friday, June 9, from 5-7pm, author Kenneth D. Michaels will debut his latest mystery, “Only in Key West” at the 801 Duval Street Cabaret above the 801 Bourbon Bar in Key West. 
“Only in Key West” is a sequel to Michaels’ first novel, “The Gay Detective,” which earned kudos in 2016: the International Readers Favorite Book Award and the Reader Views Award. He was also a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards.
“Only in Key West” reflects our local “One Human Family” philosophy,” Ken said. This is illustrated in his novel when Nick and Norm, who have radically different personalities, learn to appreciate and value each other’s gifts and quirks as they hunt down a grisly serial killer.
Billed as a work of fiction, some of the characters shooting and sashaying their way through Michaels’ pages will jingle a bell of recognition. Key West’s world-famous drag queen Sushi (pseudonym “Sho Yu”) and other “801 Girls” play pivotal roles in the story.
In order to get authentic insight into the performers’ world, Michaels interviewed Sushi and some of her team, attended staff meetings and observed them back-stage where he was able to witness their dramatic transformations.
Michaels’ will also have copies of “The Gay Detective” available for sale at the event. Purchase of “Only in Key West,” includes raffle tickets to win seats for two at a Sushi cabaret show, along with a $40 bar tab. An official Key West Pride celebration event, raffle proceeds benefit Key West Pride 2017. 
Michaels’ books are also available on Amazon. Attendees at his book debut and signing event also have the opportunity catch two rounds of the Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic Run Off – the world’s largest annual LGBT bartending competition, at 5 and 7pm. 
For more information on Key West Pride 2017 events, visit
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What will happen next! Surrounded by a bevy of glamorous 801 Cabaret drag queens (left to right) Kylie Jean, Mulysa, grande dame Sushi, and Sasha, award winning author Kenneth D. Michaels reads aloud from his latest mystery novel, "Only in Key West,' a 'Nick and Norm' Gay Detective Series novel in which the '801 Girls' appear under pseudonyms.

Friday, May 19, 2017


Location: Winter Park Public Library
416 East New England Avenue
Winter Park, Florida 32789
Date: June 14th, 2017
Free to the Public at 6:30 pm
Meet & Greet:  6:00 pm
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida


TO BENEFIT BURROW PRESS, a portion of the book sales will be donated to Burrow Press, a nonprofit, independent publisher based in Orlando, FL committed to publishing the best contemporary literature by new and established authors, as well as fostering literary community in Orlando and Florida.

Winter Park, FL On June 14th at 6:30 pm, Writer’s Block Bookstore will host author Mary Dearborn at the Winter Park Public Library Winter Park, Florida. Mary will be talking about her latest biography, “Ernest Hemingway.”  Free to the Public. Please RSVP on Eventbrite at:

The first full biography of Ernest Hemingway in more than fifteen years; the first to draw upon a wide array of never-before-used material; the first written by a woman--the widely-acclaimed biographer of Norman Mailer, Peggy Guggenheim, Henry Miller, and Louise Bryant.

We will be hosting a VIP Meet & Greet to benefit Burrow Press
Meet & Greet with Author Mary Dearborn, 6 – 6:30 p.m., Spend some time with author Mary Dearborn at this exclusive meet & greet event before the public book signing. Enjoy drinks and light refreshments and a chance to chat with the author. Tickets are $50, only one ticket per couple required and includes one copy of “Ernest Hemingway”. Additional copies of the book may be purchased at the event.  Go to to RSVP for the Meet & Greet.

About the Book:  A revelatory visit to the life and work of Ernest Hemingway, considered in his time to be the greatest living American novelist and short-story writer, winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1954. Mary Dearborn's new biography gives the richest and most nuanced portrait to date of this complex, enigmatically unique American artist, whose same uncontrollable demons that inspired and drove him throughout his life undid him at the end, and whose seven novels and six-short story collections informed--and are still informing--fiction writing generations after his death.

THIS BOOK HAS A LOT OF FIRSTS. The first full biography in fifteen years; the first to be written by a woman; the first to explore the true causes of Hemingway's suicide, and to show them to have been far more complex than previous biographies have put forth; the first to substantially deepen our understanding of the man, the artist, the self-created, larger-than-life force that became Ernest Hemingway.  A more nuanced portrait of Hemingway's complex sexuality, particularly seen considering his transvestite son, Gregory, who was transitioning to "Gloria" at the end of his life in 2001; a portrait that reveals Hemingway to have played with gender boundaries considered shocking in his lifetime.     The most detailed portrait to date of Hemingway's twenty years in Cuba.

Author Bio: MARY V. DEARBORN received a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where she was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities.  She is the author of six books.

Those hoping to pre-order ERNEST HEMINGWAY can be directed to the following link:

About Burrow Press Burrow Press is a nonprofit, independent publisher based in Orlando, FL committed to publishing the best contemporary literature by new and established authors, as well as fostering literary community in Orlando and Florida.

About Writer's Block Bookstore A bookstore in your neighborhood. We are in downtown Winter Park off Park Avenue.  We are a full-service community bookstore, with a wide range of new books, including a children’s room. We curate our stock based on the community’s wants and needs, but always have the latest releases.  We host many events throughout the year for all members of the family. 

Winner Named in 2017 Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition

Mike Pettit of Gulf Breeze, Florida, has been named First Place winner in an international competition to claim the 2017 Mystery Writers Whodunit Award, to be presented at the 4th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 16-18 in Key West, Florida.
Supported by the Marion Stevens Fund at the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, Pettit’s winning entry “Key West Flashpoint” wins him a Whodunit Award trophy, book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, complimentary Mystery Fest Key West 2017 registration, airfare and hotel accommodations for two nights.
No stranger to mystery writing, Pettit is author of 29 fiction suspense thriller novels as well as several short stories and how-to books for independent authors. Joining Pettit in the winner’s circle are Kathryn K.M. Hershberger of Richmond, VA, who took Second Place with “Triggerpoint;” Lewis C. Haskell of Key West, FL, (who was also 2016 First Place winner and 2015 Second Place winner) who took Third Place with “Kilimanjaro Snow;” and Susan Chiappone, who placed with “The Choirboy Sings.”
Candidates for the award were required to submit the first three pages of a finished, but unpublished manuscript to a “blind” judging committee comprised of Dr. Toby Armour, a playwright, author and performer whose credits include the murder mystery book “Blood Tells” and the play, “Is This 24 Lily Pond Lane?”; Carol Lazar, an author, columnist, photojournalist and former senior editor for South Africa’s Independent Newspapers; Captain Reef Perkins, author of “Sex, Salvage and Secrets,” Screwed, Blu’d and Tattoed,” and the mystery novel “Deep Air”; Robin Robinson, an author, syndicated newspaper columnist, educator and horticulturist; and Shirrel Rhoades, an author, film critic, media consultant and publisher of Absolutely Amazing eBooks.
“Why just the first three pages? That criterion is a nod to late author Jeremiah Healy, a world-class mystery writer and a great judge of mystery writing,” says Shirrel Rhoades, co-founder of Mystery Fest Key West. “Jerry's opinion was that a book either captures a reader in the first three pages…or it doesn’t. The competition judges all agreed with that assessment, and decided to use it as a yardstick for the competition.”
"I am honored and truly humbled to have won the First Place award,” said Pettit. “It is an amazing and talented group of authors that entered the contest and how fortunate I am for even placing in the run off. I thank the organization for selecting my book and look forward to receiving the Whodunit Award at the Key West Conference in June."
Pettit is to receive his award trophy at 11am on Saturday, June 17, at DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort, headquarters for the Key West Mystery Fest, and will read his entry for the audience. The Fest itself is to include multiple workshops, presentations, panel discussions and social events where attendees mingle with acclaimed crime fiction and true crime writers including this year’s headliners John Hemingway, Clifford Irving, Randy Rawls and Charles Todd, featured presenters Lisa Black, James O. Born, Nancy J. Cohen, Heather Graham and many other authors and true-crime experts.
For information on attending the 4th Annual Fest as well as complete Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition guidelines and submission details, visit
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Mike Pettit of Gulf Breeze, Florida, an Amazon Best Selling author, has been named First Place winner in the Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition.