Saturday, September 30, 2017

Booksigning at Broken Cauldron Brewery with Simon and Susan Veness

Location: Broken Cauldron Brewery and Taproom
1012 W Church Street  
Orlando, FL 32805
Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017
Time: 2:30 PM
Contact: LeAnne Rollins
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida


Winter Park, FL   On Sunday, October 15 Broken Cauldron Brewery & Taproom will host Simon and Susan Veness at 1012 W Church Street, Orlando. (
On the last regular season game of Orlando City Soccer, meet Sports
Journalist and Authors Simon and Susan Veness at the book release party
for Defying Expectations: Phil Rawlins and the Orlando City Soccer Story.

Event will take place at 2:30 pm – until game time on Sunday, October 15, 2017

About the book: As
an expansion Major League Soccer team, the Orlando City Soccer Club
marked the return of professional soccer to Florida for the first time
since 2001, selling out the sixty-thousand-seat Citrus Bowl for its home
opener and going on to have the second-highest home attendance for the
2015 and 2016 seasons. It was the successful culmination of a nine-year
process orchestrated by the team’s owner, Phil Rawlins, who sold his
successful sales consultancy company for a shot at sports ownership and a
chance to tap into America’s growing interest in pro soccer.

Rawlins was relentless in building a franchise from the ground up,
overcoming crippling setbacks, devious politics, and near financial
ruin. Underpinning his efforts was a deep commitment to re-creating the
tribal passion and community spirit of his hometown team in the United
Kingdom, Stoke City, for which he served as board member for fourteen
years. The payoff was the Orlando City Soccer Club, an attractive new
team that galvanized the region. The subsequent acquisition of
international superstar Ricardo Kak√° catapulted the club to celebrity
status and ensured that its debut season defied expectations.

Defying Expectations gives
insight into the challenges faced on the road to success, challenges
through which Rawlins has remained focused on the six core values that
he and his wife formulated at their kitchen table years ago, continuing
to foster a community institution that gives back as much as it

About the authors: Simon Veness has
covered the Orlando City Soccer Club since 2011. He has thirty-six
years of experience as a sports journalist for media including the
Guardian and Sun newspapers,, and Susan Veness is
an international travel writer and author of two books, including The
Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World: Over 600 Secrets of the Magic
Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Book Signing and Cookie Tasting Party with Kandi M Siegel

Book Signing and Cookie Tasting Party

Kandi M. Siegel will have all 8 of her children's books available for purchase
her newest cookbook, "Cooking with Kandi"
(She will be happy to autograph all purchases)
Meet the real live "Bubby the Baker" and sample her homemade cookies
FREE gifts for the kids with book purchase. 
So come on by:
815 E Strawbridge Ave, Melbourne, Florida

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Saturday, September 23rd

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

OCTOBER 2017 Monthly Meetings of FMWA

OCTOBER 2017 Monthly Meetings of FMWA

DATE: October 28, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
PROGRAM: 5 Marketing Secrets to Promote Your Novel

Have a book already self-published, and it hasn’t moved much? Sold to a major publisher, and no one knows about it besides you, family, and a few friends?  Do you have an ‘issue’ with tooting your own horn? Not sure how to build a loyal following? Simone Kelly has your back! She’ll show you how to promote your novel with just five marketing secrets!

Kelly was able to turn her self-published book into an Amazon Bestseller in two categories the day it launched. Two months later, she signed with William Morrow, a Harper Collins Publishing Company.  Her marketing strategy for her self-published fiction book was simple. She used her fans to sell it. From videos, selfies, hashtags, partnerships, and local appearances she was able to develop a cult following. Now, Kelly will share with us some of her secrets on how she did it. Self-published, traditionally published, or hoping to soon-be-published…bring a notebook and get ready to take notes. It's going to be a fun and interactive workshop!

Speaker:  Novelist Simone Kelly has managed to bring love, dating, mystery, the supernatural and all of her other passions into the all-encompassing realm of storytelling. This includes business, since Kelly used to write books and draw their illustrations as far back as the third grade, when her mother made copies for her to sell in school.

The New Yorker’s playful sense of humor and love of adventure developed through the years to serve her well in international travels to locations like Peru, enlightening experiences as a certified Reiki-Master, and in the demanding pace of being a media personality. Kelly enjoyed stints as a producer, manager, and director with record-breaking startups during the dotcom explosion like, (HBO), and

DATE:  SATURDAY, October 28, 2017 (Note: for this month only we are meeting on the 4th Saturday)

TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:30: Business Meeting; 1:00: Presentation

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. To guarantee a spot, prepayment by October 25 is strongly urged.

RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay online: go 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 October 25 so that we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.
Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, November 18, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

Upcoming Author Appearances by Nancy J. Cohen

Author Appearances by Nancy J. Cohen, author of Hair Brained (Bad Hair Day Mystery #14) and Writing the Cozy Mystery
Saturday, Sept. 23, 4:00 pm, Nancy J. Cohen and Alyssa Maxwell will discuss “Character Growth Throughout a Series.” They’ll sign their new releases, Hair Brained by Nancy J. Cohen and Murder at Chateau sur Mer by Alyssa Maxwell. Refreshments will be served. Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444. Phone: 561-279-7790.
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2:00 pm, “The Indie Experience” panel with Angela Page, Ruth Berge, Elaine Bossik, Joan Cochran, and Nancy J. Cohen as moderator at Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444. Phone: 561-279-7790.
Monday, Oct. 9, 9:30 am, Guest Speaker Nancy J. Cohen, Friends of the Library, Helen B. Hoffman Plantation Library, 501 North Fig Tree Lane, Plantation, FL 33317. Phone: 954-797-2140.
Oct. 19 – 22, Florida Writers Association Conference, Altamonte Springs, Hilton Orlando Altamonte Spring, 350 Northlake Blvd., Altamonte Springs, FL 32701. Phone: 407-830-1985.
Friday, Oct. 20, 9:10 – 10:10 am, Writing the Cozy Mystery with Nancy J. Cohen (Crystal A–B)
Friday, Oct. 20, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Dredging Up Your Dark Side (Panel – Royal Palm Ballroom)
Saturday, Oct. 21, 9:15 – 10:15 am, Book Promotion on a Budget with Nancy J. Cohen (Crystal D)
Monday, Oct. 30, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Day-Before Halloween Party and Booksigning. Costumes optional. Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore, 273 NE 2nd Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444, Phone: 561-279-7790.
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2:00 pm, “Plotting Made Perfect” with Nancy J. Cohen, Nova Southeastern University, Conference Room 2053, Alvin Sherman Library, 3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd., Davie, Florida 33314, 954-262-5466 ext. 25466. Advance reservations recommended.
Follow along on Nancy’s Blog Tour for guest posts, author interviews, character guest posts, and giveaways.

Book News: Hair Brained by Nancy J. Cohen

New Mystery Release: HAIR BRAINED by Nancy J. Cohen
When hairstylist Marla Vail’s best friend is hurt in a suspicious car accident, Marla assumes guardianship of her infant son. No sooner does Marla say, “Baby want a bottle?” than she’s embroiled in another murder investigation. Her husband, Detective Dalton Vail, determines the crash may not have been an accident after all. But then, who would want Tally—or Ken in the car with her—out of the way? As Marla digs deeper into her friends’ lives, she realizes she didn’t know them as well as she’d thought. Nonetheless, it’s her duty as their son’s guardian to ensure his safety, even if it means putting her own life at risk. Can she protect the baby and find the culprit before someone else ends up as roadkill?

Marla crossed the pavement toward her Camry, so deep in thought that she didn’t pay attention to her surroundings. A sudden roar made her lift her head. She gasped as a car barreled straight toward her.
She leapt to the side, crashed against a parked sedan, and slid to the asphalt. With a squeal of tires, the car sped away. She glimpsed a flash of silver and the back end of an SUV.
Shaking from head to foot, she rolled to her knees and managed to stand. It wouldn’t be smart to wait around in case the driver returned to make another pass at her. She had no doubt this had been a deliberate attempt to injure her, or worse.
She brushed off her pants, grabbed her purse from the ground, and hobbled to her car. Safely locked inside, she examined herself for damage. Her wrists throbbed, having taken the brunt of impact. They didn’t appear to be broken, thank goodness. And her hip felt bruised but nothing more. She’d been lucky.
She sat immobile, her heart racing like a squirrel on steroids. Get a grip, Marla. You’re okay. This proves you’re on the right track if you’ve riled someone enough to take a potshot at you.

Follow Nancy’s Blog Tour for guest posts, author interviews, character guest posts, and giveaways:

Notices from the Florida Romance Writers - October

Florida Romance Writers Monthly Meeting - October 14, 10am-12:30pm.

Guest Speaker: Al Hallonquist on Hostage Negotiation

Tigertail Lake Recreational Center

580 Gulf Stream Way

Dania Beach, FL 33004
Hallonquist, who has spoken at Sleuthfest on a few occasions, is also head of
security for Sleuthfest. A veteran of over 30 years of government service, he
retired from the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department as a Sergeant in 2001. He
served as a Platoon Commander for the patrol division, and helped create and
managed the Hostage Negotiation Team, as well as the Crime Scene Unit. Prior to
joining the PBGPD, he served as the Chief Investigator for the District 19
Medical Examiner, and as a Homicide Detective for the St. Lucie County
Sheriff’s Department. He also served for many years as adjunct faculty for
Indian River State College teaching in the Police Academy. He currently owns
Security Consults, a company that consults with security agencies and
organizations desiring tighter procedures. Al is also a published
aerospace historian.

For more
information, check Florida Romance Writers website at

Little at Members may pay
by check at the door.

Non-members are welcome to attend up to two meetings per year and are required
to make advance reservations.

The cost of the meetings is $10.00 for FRW members and $15.00 for non members
by CHECK or PAYPAL. If paying by PayPal, please bring
the receipt/confirmation number to the meeting. Checks made out to Florida
Romance Writers are mailed to: c/o Tina Stitzer, 12600 SW 5th CT, # L 207,
Pembroke Pines, FL 33027-6734

Turner with Alison McMahon
October 14, 2017, 1-4 pm: Deep Point of View and Psychic distance
Head on over
for payment info.
Some writers are born with more talent than others,
but all writers have to learn our craft. Our challenge is to find out what
elements of craft we need to know starting out. This course will show you the
techniques that make your book a page-turner: hooks, cliffhangers,
motivation-reaction units, deep point of view (POV), and rhythm and pacing.
Homework each week will include finding examples of different techniques in
published works, and submitting examples from your own works in progress.
Each class sessions will take place after the FRW monthly meeting.
There will be a break for a brown bag lunch. 
Fee: Charge $15 per session for non-members or $50
for the series. For members, $10 for one meeting, $30 for series. Lunch is
provided for members who attend the regular meeting and stay for the

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The First Annual Writer’s Atelier Contest

Writer’s Atelier will host its first ever writing contest! We are looking for submissions of fiction or creative nonfiction that fit the theme, “Misfits.”

  • Entries should be 3,000-5,000 words and submitted as a Word document to

  • Entries cannot be previously published and must be the original work of the entrant.

  • Entries must be submitted as a Word document along with PayPal confirmation for entry fee payment by the deadline: October 1, 2017.

  • Entries must be formatted accordingly: Times New Roman, 12 pt. font, double-spaced, one-inch margins.

  • Include name, phone number and email address in the top left-hand corner of the first page.

  • Entry fee: $7

  • The Prize: $100 and publication as a “WA Shorts” E-book.

Visit us here for more info:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tug of War by Ruth Rodgers

Ruth Rodgers is excited to announce the publication of her latest novel, Tug of War, from August Press. Paperback copies are available now from for $15.00; Kindle copies are $8.99. Ruth will be selling autographed copies at the Authors for Authors Book Fair in Eau Gallie in November

During the turbulent year of 1970, 21-year-old college senior Sarah Baker faces a decision that will test her identity and determine her future. Two months before graduation, when she gets word that her long-term boyfriend, Randy Hughes, after many months of rehab in an Army hospital, is finally coming home, she is exhilarated at the news. Her trip home for spring break will be the first time she has seen him since he lost a leg from a land mine in Vietnam, and she is determined to reassure him that nothing has changed between them. She feels ready to help him deal with the anger and depression of his loss, but she is not prepared for the feelings she is beginning to develop for Blake Scott, editor of the college newspaper and crusading antiwar activist whose beliefs about the war are antithetical to everything Randy believes in. When four students are killed at Kent State two weeks before graduation, Sarah must reconsider not only her feelings about the war but her choices about the future. Honor dictates that she keep the promise she made to Randy before he left for Vietnam, but her heart and mind increasingly draw her in another direction.

As she graduates from college and begins the job of her dreams at the soon-to-open Disney World, her years-old goal of marriage to Randy seems more a dreaded obligation than a joyfully anticipated event, and when Blake, now a reporter for The Miami Herald, reappears in her life, Sarah is faced with a painful dilemma. Will she remain loyal to Randy, who has given up so much for his country, or will she acknowledge that she is no longer the person she was in high school and give herself permission to move beyond that years-old promise?

About the Author

A native Floridian, Ruth Rodgers holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English Education from Florida State University and is now retired after a thirty-plus year career as an English teacher, most of those years at the Titusville campus of Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida State College). She lives in Titusville with her husband and has three grown children. Her poetry and fiction have appeared in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies, and her previous novels include Reparation (2013) winner of the Don Argo Prize for Florida Fiction Writing in 2014, and Patchwork (2015). More information can be found at her website,