Monday, October 30, 2017

NOVEMBER 2017 Monthly Meetings of FMWA

Please note.... this addition to this notice.

Because our Treasurer will be out of the country the last half of November, reservations and payment for the November 18 FMWA meeting MUST be made by 3pm Wednesday, November 15. Any reservation or payment received after that time will NOT be logged, and thus there will NOT be a spot reserved for you at the luncheon. Please note for those paying by check that this is NOT a postmark date. All checks must ARRIVE in Harriet’s mailbox by that date, so please allow 5 days for mailing. Unfortunately, walk-ins CANNOT be accommodated at the November meeting, so please make your plans early. We are sorry for any inconvenience, and we thank you for your understanding. 

“My publisher never does anything for me!” After 20 years in the retail book business, bookseller Joanne Sinchuk has heard this common author complaint far too many times. The truth is, traditional publishers do a lot for all their authors, newcomer or bestseller, but many times those writers just don’t realize it. In this presentation, Joanne will discuss what the hundreds of people in the publishing business—from sales and marketing, to publicity, to distributors—do to make your book a success. She’ll also give insight into successful book signings and explain the returns process.

Speaker:  Joanne Sinchuk is the former owner, and current store manager, of Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore in Pineapple Grove in Delray Beach, the only mystery bookstore in the state of Florida. In addition to running the bookstore, Joanne is Director of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association, and a member of Southeast Independent Booksellers Association, Florida Romance Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.  She is one of the co-authors of 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century, which won the Agatha, Macavity and Anthony Awards for Best Nonfiction Book of 2000.  In 2007, she received the Flamingo Award for Distinguished Service from the Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter.

DATE:  SATURDAY, November 18, 2017

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. Prepayment by November 15 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 November 15 so that we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, December 16, 2017

Saturday, October 28, 2017



There were quite a few more submissions than usual this week due to the upcoming Meet the Authors Book Fair. 

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Have a great day...


Friday, October 27, 2017

Gilleland’s Books on Display at Book Fair

A Meet the Authors Book Fair will be held at the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne, FL on November 18 & 19, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m..
Autographed copies of Don Gilleland’s books will be on display and available for purchase at the book fair on November 18th.  All four of his books will be available at the reduced price of $15 each.
America: A Cultural Enigma: about major changes to our society over the last 50 years.
America:  Where Great Things Happen: about exciting things our citizens do that receive very little attention because the news media focuses almost exclusively on negative news.
America: An Exceptional Nation: about God blessing our nation with attributes that set us apart from the rest of the world and give us hope for the 21st Century.
America: A Conflicted Nation: about holding positive and negative feelings for the same subjects, e.g., immigration and the military.  While proud of our immigrant heritage, we are leery of immigrants from the Middleast, and we all agree we need a strong military, but question how much of our national treasure should be devoted to it.
Don served 30 years in the military: eight years enlisted in the U.S. Navy and 22 years commissioned in the U.S. Air Force.  For seven of those 22 years he served in joint assignments with the U.S. Army. He then spent 10 years working in the defense industry, retiring as corporate director of public affairs for the General Dynamics Corporation.  Since retiring in 1994 Don has written these four books, with a fifth that will be published in April 2018.  All are available on the Internet or directly from him.  Check out his web page at  You may also reach him at
The book fair is free and open to the public.  Please stop by and chat with Don.

Angelic Planetary Management: How the world got into its terrible condition and how we’ll get out of it by Richard Rosen

Angelic Planetary Management: How the world got into its terrible condition and how we’ll get out of it
by Richard Rosen

I often meet people who despair at the seeming madness of the world. I wrote this book as a remedy to discouragement. It tells the story of celestial personalities restoring our lovely planet to the inheritance of its birthright. Read a sample here.  See it on Amazon: Angelic Planetary Management: How the world got into its terrible condition and how we’ll get out of it
Angelic Planetary Management makes visible the unseen spirit world around us that we may cooperate with the plans of our spiritual supervisors and participate in solving the problems of our generation. You will see the future through the eyes of angels.
  • the collaboration of angels and humans
  • the restructuring of civilization
  • the Lucifer rebellion and the Deep State
  • the great planetary awakening
  • men and women of destiny
  • the planetary administration, its members, & how they work
  • the altering of human consciousness
  • divine intervention

About the Author
Richard Rosen has been a seeker of truth since his teens when he did not know if God existed but knew there had to be more to life. During his 25 years of intense involvement in fundamentalist Christianity, he came across the Urantia Book in 1985 and his relationship with God has since reached the place he did not think possible.
He has authored several books designed to bring the high living of a spiritual life down to earth. You can see them on
Richard Rosen lives in Sebastian, Florida with his wife of 45 years, Eve, an avid lover of God.

You can meet Richard at the Meet the Authors Book Fair on Saturday, November 18th. (Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Feeding the Enemy by J.R. Sharp

Feeding the Enemy
is based on the true story of an Italian family’s determination to survive in the face of evil during WW II. It is a story of perseverance, ingenuity and love. This book captures the spirit of survivability against all odds and provides the reader with an appreciation of what Europeans went through during the war to end all wars.

The Zucchet family is faced with the destruction of their farm and the annihilation of all their family members by the Germans and Pro-Fascist supporters during WWII. The family patriarch and WWI veteran, Pietro, uses elaborate hiding places to store food and valuables, and diversion techniques to distract the enemy during their many visits to the farm. He does whatever it takes to prevent the same fate as so many families in the war torn area.

Pietro’s daughter, Catherina, makes a remarkable journey from young woman to wife and then mother of two while avoiding the same enemy. Woven into the tapestry of this novel is the story of her love and life within the terror of war with a soldier named Gino. The story follows his constant battles while serving in the Italian Royal Army and how he became a resistant freedom fighter battling his way back to her and their love.

About the Author
 J.R. Sharp perfected his writing skills during his nearly 32 years of Naval service by updating complex correspondence, writing and contributing to countless naval manuals and instructions. He is a retired Mustang Naval Officer (Commander) who served and lived in Europe, Middle East, South America, and Caribbean. Sharp holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Illinois University and an Engineering Degree from Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida. Feeding the Enemy is his debut book and he is currently working on his next book. Visit the author’s website at

The book is available through Amazon or on the author's website.


When Tinker Met Bell by Alethea Kontis

N.Y. Times bestseller and Space Coast author Alethea Kontis
honors local coffee shop in latest novel

 If you have ever walked into Port St. Java for “Two for Tuesday” and wondered what
those folks you see there every week are doing, the answer might be writing
award winning novels. Local author Alethea Kontis, known to fans affectionately
as Princess Alethea, often spends time on the comfy couch there writing and has
even honored Port St. Java with a grateful acknowledgement and a subtle nod on
the cover of her latest release, When Tinker Met Bell. Kontis has become the
darling of the science fiction and fantasy genre with hundreds of fans meeting
her at dozens of conventions around the country each year and her books earning
multiple honors. This month, Kontis celebrates the release of WHEN TINKER MET
BELL, her second book in the Nocturne Falls Universe series. Nocturne Falls is
a delightful mix of mythology, adventure and just enough romance.

This most recent book release joins Kontis’ extensive and varied lineup. Previous Fall releases include Haven, Kansas, a Young Adult horror novel and AlphaOops!: H is for Halloween, a whimsical alphabet picture book.

When Tinker Met Bell  is the story of Harmswood Academy students, Bellamy Merriweather
Larousse and Ranulf “Tinker” Tinkerton. Bellamy works
as a barista at The Hallowed Bean to help pay her tuition and remains active on
the cheering squad, despite her insistence on associating with the unpopular
crowd. Every day is sunny in her world and every cloud has a silver lining. The
only way to upset Bell's stalwart optimism is to threaten one of her misfit friends...or
try to take one of them from her.

Unbeknownst to everyone--including him--outcast Tinker is
about to be named heir to the throne of the Goblin King, making him ruler of
his fellow Lost Boys and the labyrinthine city they inhabit. Now that the time
has come for Tinker to leave Harmswood, will he be brave enough to share his
feelings for Bellamy? It's no secret that he's held a torch for her since the
fourth grade, but no matter how long they've been friends, goblins will always
be allergic to fairies.

will they?

Princess Alethea lives and
writes in Titusville, Florida, with her teddy bear Charlie. Her next release in
the Nocturne Falls series is scheduled for late Spring 2018. To keep up with Princess Alethea, follow her on Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, YouTube, or her website:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Legend of Roberto Confresi - A Puerto Rican Hero by Janet Balletta

Meet the Authors' Book Fair will be held in conjunction with the ArtWorks Festival on November 18 and 19, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Both events are at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935, and open to the public for FREE! The Book Fair will have more than 50 authors available to discuss, autograph, and sell their books. Writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and children's books will participate, as well as local writers’ groups. Come out for a day of fun and let your muse run wild! For more information contact: Valerie Allen

Janet Balletta, author of, The Legend of Roberto Cofresi - A Puerto Rican Hero will be there Saturday, November 18th, signing her books. The Legend of Roberto Cofresi is a creative and magical children's book that explores the mythical world of pirates and corsairs.  The legend began in the seafaring town of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, where Cofresi lived and dreamed of becoming a sailor when he grew up. As a young man, he worked as a merchant sailor and later converted to corsair, when Puerto Rico was still ruled by Spain. Historically, Puerto Rico suffered much poverty and a famine in which Cofresi generously helped the poor. For this reason, the people of Puerto Rico have recognized him as a Robin Hood and Puerto Rican hero.

If you would like to help with the relief efforts for Puerto Rico, buy Janet’s books and support her campaign to donate 100% of the royalties to this worthy cause. The damage in Puerto Rico is catastrophic and they need all the help they can get. Books may be purchased at Meet the Authors' Book Fair, or Barnes &
Never before, have the themes of generosity, loyalty, and cultural traditions been more relevant. Read the book with your families to teach them a real-world lesson on how people come together to help communities in times of need.

About the Author: Janet Balletta is a mother, bilingual K-2 teacher, and promoter of bilingual and multicultural books with good values. Her books, The Legend of the Colombian Mermaid & The Legend of Roberto Cofresi have both received the International Latino Book Awards and Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. A Teacher’s Guide is included with each book to facilitate the learning. Visit her website and download the free learning activities that go along with her books at or Amazon Page at Her books are available in English & Spanish.

No Honor in War -- Only Death by R.J. Winn

Author:      R. J. Winn
Book:          No Honor in War – Only Death

    Released in May of 2017, this novel is a multiple genre work appealing to those searching for a thriller/suspense rooted in the behind-the-lines war of espionage. The basis is historical fiction taken from the actual WWII Army Air Corps records of R. J. Winn's father, E.T. Winn. It features two protagonist, one male and one female. The B-24 pilot is shot down over Europe, and his rescue, orchestrated by the French Underground, evolves into a chase across Europe. Both the Nazi intelligence service and the British intelligence service send their agents to assassinate the American lieutenant who has discovered secrets of national importance. 

The strong female character is the beautiful English Naval officer that seduces the American pilot into a network of spies and double-agents. There is a romantic element throughout the novel, but the underlying theme found in this blend of factual wartime history and creative writing reveals the brutality and horrors that civilized beings do to each other during wartime.

R.J. Winn recently left a long career in the corporate world to return to his love of story telling. He grew up in the 50’s and 60’s listening to the wartime stories of his father and his friends. They told a story far different than the Hollywood movies featuring John Wayne and the glories of war.  The WWII veterans described the fears and horrors they faced as young men on the front lines. The Lt. Thomas MacLaine series of novels portraits the stories of those men that sat around Winn's home on Saturday nights, sipping their bourbon. As a former combat pilot during the Vietnam conflict, Winn has incorporated his flying experiences with that of WWII flying operations to provide a factual experience. 

Readers can follow him on his website at The website is under construction, but it will feature an interactive forum where readers will be able to comment on the book’s characters and events. 

No Honor in War-Only Death can be purchased on Amazon or Kindle.

Readers will be able to meet R.J. Winn at the Meet the Authors Book Fair in the Eau Gallie Civic Center on November 18 and 19th, 2017 in Melbourne, Florida.