Friday, August 25, 2017

Writer's Block Bookstore and Orange County Library host Margarita Engle and Mike Curato

Location: Chickasaw Public Library
870 N. Chickasaw Trail,
Orlando 32825
Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida


Winter Park, FL  On Wednesday, September 13th Orange County Public Library will host the Margarita Engle and Mike Curato at the Chickasaw Public Library branch. ( Start your Hispanic Heritage Month celebration early as Cuban-American author, Margarita Engle, and illustrator, Mike Curato, invite us to travel with them and explore their new picture book, All the Way to Havana. All ages are welcome.
Event will take place at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

About the book: Showcasing the colorful buildings and iconic classic cars of Havana, this verse picture book follows a Cuban boy and his family on their road trip into the city. So we purr, cara cara, and we glide, taka taka, and we zoom, zoom, ZOOM! A family drives into the city of Havana to celebrate a cousin's first birthday. Before their journey, the boy helps his papa tune up their old car, Cara Cara, which has been in their family for many years. They drive along the sea wall, along the coast, past other colorful old cars. The sounds of the city are rich—the putt putts and honks and bumpety bumps of other cars chorus through the streets. A rich celebration of the culture of the Cuban people, their resourcefulness and innovative spirit, and their joy.

About the author: Margarita Engle is the Cuban-American author of many verse books, including the Newbery Honor Book The Surrender Tree, the Charlotte Zolotow Award winner Drum Dream Girl, and the Walter Dean Myers Honor Enchanted Air. Her books have also received multiple Pura Belpré and Americas Awards as well as a Jane Addams Award, an International Reading Association Award, and many others.
About the illustrator: Mike Curato
 traveled to Havana to do visual research and bring this story to life. He is the author and illustrator of the Little Elliot series and has illustrated a number of other books for children, including Worm Loves Worm.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monthly Meetings of FMWA

Monthly Meetings of FMWA

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



Speaker:  Break out the champagne! The Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of  America is 25 years old, and we’re celebrating this milestone with a PARTY! In addition to the usual 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 anniversary party attendees will receive a commemorative party favor celebrating FMWA’s first quarter century. Please register early (by September 13) so that we will be sure to have plenty of cake, champagne, and party favors for all attendees!


TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch and 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 September 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.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Local Author Jaimie Engle in the running for Best Novelist through the “Spacie Awards” to be held Friday, September 9th through a red carpet event

Storytelling in words and Cosplay at the Space Coast Comic Con

Masks have been used by man since the beginning. We can put one on and escape into a reality that is our own or find courage to do something we couldn’t before. Disguises hide our insecurities and foster a safe haven for inner truth to surface. This is part of the reason why we connect with superheroes. We love them in their secret day-to-day persona, the one we relate to. The reporter working a day job. The cat lady. Even the billionaire philanthropist, because at his core he doesn’t fit into his world either. The alter ego, the hero, is the one we vicariously live through the pages of a comic book, the scenes of a film, and the pages of a novel.

Until the Comic Con.

The Space Coast Comic Con enters year three this September 9th -11th. Award-winning local author Jaimie Engle is in the running for a Spacie Award in the Best Novelist category, with a red carpet event scheduled on September 9th from 8pm-10pm to present final awards. The ceremony and con will be held at the Space Coast Convention Center at 301 Tucker Lane in Cocoa, Florida

“It’s an incredible honor to be voted in by my peers,” shares Engle. “I love the people who attend the cons because they understand me and we connect in our obsession for all things nerdy. Plus, you get to dress up in costumes, which is always fun.”

Engle will debut a new cosplay character at the con; her very own fictional character Scalvia from her Viking Werewolf novel Dreadlands: Wolf Moon. In the past, she has cosplayed Marty McFly, Jr., Trinity from The Matrix, Garth from Wayne’s World, and Dookie the Unicorn from the Squatty Potty brand to promote her book The Toilet Papers.

Along with her novels and cosplay photographs, which she will sell and sign, Engle will have coloring pages of shields for kids to design. She believes magic happens behind a costume and wants kids to feel empowered as they create their own magic shields. This is part of her anti-bullying advocacy program, one she brings to schools throughout Florida.

For more information about the Space Coast Comic Con held at the Space Coast Convention Center in Cocoa Florida at 301 Tucker Lane visit For more information about Jaimie Engle visit

Engle Bio:

Like stepping into a living dream, Jaimie Engle writes dark fiction where magic turns ordinary into extraordinary. She loves weaving lore into her stories and taking her readers on wondrous adventures. Engle is a cosplayer, podcaster, entrepreneur, and speaker at schools, conferences, and colleges across Florida. She has successfully published 7 books and currently works with Saritza Hernadez of the Corvisiero Literacy Agency on her upcoming projects. Check out her story-scented candle line Wick Books™ and follow her at Stalk on social media @theWRITEengle.

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.