Friday, October 20, 2017

NOVEMBER 2017 Monthly Meetings of FMWA

“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

MysteryWriters of America’s Florida Chapter Announces SleuthFest 2018 Writers Conference:SleuthFest

MysteryWriters of America’s Florida Chapter Announces SleuthFest 2018 Writers

2018 Writers Conference Will Take Place March 1-4, 2018 in Boca Raton Florida
BOCA RATON, Florida – Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter is pleased
to announce dates for SleuthFest 2018 Writers Conference. SleuthFest will take
place March 1-4, 2018 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida.

One of the country’spremier conferences for writers, SleuthFest is an intensive four day conference
featuring w
riting workshops, social events, andpitch sessionsSleuthFest includes four tracks of workshops, presentations, and panels on the craft of writing, business, traditional and self-publishing, marketing, and forensics. In addition, top literary agents and editors will be available to hear pitches
from aspiring writers, offer troubleshooting sessions, and manuscript critiques.  SleuthFest also features the annual Freddie Awards for Writing Excellence and the SleuthFest Author Auction, where attendees can bid on such once-in-a-lifetime experiences as one-on-one sessions, critiques and character naming opportunities featuring the conference’s guests of honor, agents and editors.

The 2018 SleuthFest Writers Conference features a host of luminaries, best-selling authors, and
industry insiders, including Keynote Speaker
Andrew Gross, New York Times bestselling author of The Blue Zone and The Dark Tide; Forensic Guest of Honor Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D., Professor of
Forensic Psychology and author of over 1000 articles and 60 books, including The Criminal Mind: A Writer’s Guide to Forensic Psychology; and esteemed guest authors James R. Benn, Hallie Ephron, Kristy Montee (PJ Parrish), and Hank Phillippi Ryan.

A preeminent event for writers in all genres, SleuthFest attracts writers from around the world.
Filled with networking opportunities, social events, and programming designed to appeal to a wide variety of writers, SleuthFest provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere where writers can learn from the pros—and learn the secrets of a successful career as a writer.  Moreover, SleuthFest affords writers a unique opportunity to connect with industry insiders, writers and publishing professionals.  Past conferences have featured as Keynote presenters and Guests of Honor, Sue Grafton, Robert B. Parker, Dennis Lehane, James W. Hall, Dr. Henry Lee, Dr. Michael Baden, Robert Crais, Brad Meltzer, Lisa Scottoline, and Linda Fairstein, Valerie Plame, and others.

To Register:
Space is limited. For more information please contact SleuthFest 2018 Co-Chairs
Victoria Landis
561-716-3481 or Michael Joy

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Holiday Meet and Greet, Women's National Book Association So Fla Chapter

Holiday Meet & Greet

Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) So Fla Chapter
Wednesday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Murder on the Beach Bookstore,
Esplanade Plaza,
273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach
Admission: Free
It won’t be as much fun if you’re not there, so come and bring a friend or two and mingle with readers and writers, and others in the book world. It’s a great way to network and make new friends.   We’ll have gifts for all, fortune-telling, a raffle with great prizes, food, drinks and fun!
This is our centennial year and you can find out about our national organization and our monthly programs.  We hold networking functions and house member profiles in a members-only national database to help you connect to others. Our panel events—free for members—offer industry insight into the world of publishing, marketing, production, bestselling fiction, and independent book sales, and more. Our social community on Facebook offers networking opportunities, and promotions for your company, book, or project.
 We hope to see you there.  For more information:

Find us on Facebook at Women’s National Book Assoc. So Fla Chapter
or our national website:


Four of Brevard’s premier local authors will give short presentations about their newly released books to an intimate and curious audience, inviting discussion and questions.
Following the presentations, it will be party time, wine, cheese, soft drinks and snacks. If requested, authors will be happy to sign and sell their books.
When: Sunday, November 5, 2017 -  4 p.m.
Where: Unitarian Fellowship Hall, 3115 Friendship Pl,
         Rockledge, Fl  32955 (Off U.S. #1, No. of Suntree Blvd)
Who:  Marshall Frank, author “Amerikastan: Conquest from Within”
        Helen Bennett, poet  “Autumn Leaves, Collected Poems”
        Ruth Rodgers, author of “Tug of War” – a novel.
        David Ferrier, poet, “A Cry For Mercy in the Night” 
Cost:   Free. Open to the public.

    More information, call: 321-254-3398 or e-mail:
Marshall Frank is a retired police captain/homicide investigator from Miami-Dade Police, a former symphony violinist and now the author of 14 books, half fiction, half non-fiction. Since the 9/11/01 attacks on America, Frank has taken great interest in the world of Radical Islam and the motivations behind the use of terror and the grand plans of Jihadists throughout the world, and most particularly inside the United States. He has written two books on this topic, including Amerikastan: Conquest from Within” which is the product of exhaustive research. His web site is:   E-Mail:

Helen Bennett is a poet/author from New York City who has written seven books. She has worked as a librarian, editor, and English teacher, and has been teaching at Senior Adventures in Learning (SAIL) for the past twelve years. She is also a Unitarian Universalist and Humanist, and a graduate of Brooklyn College, the University of Wisconsin, the University of California at Berkeley, and Florida Atlantic University. She will be happy to share her current book, Autumn Leaves: Collected Poems, which contains poems from her life and imagination.

Ruth Rodgers: After a 30-plus year career as an English teacher, most of those years at Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida State College), Ruth Rodgers is now retired and using her spare time for writing fiction. Author of three published novels, she will be discussing her latest, Tug of War, set during the Vietnam era as a young woman struggles with her feelings about the war and about two very different men--one a wounded Vietnam vet and the other a fervent antiwar activist.

David Ferrier: In the fall of 1967, Dave Ferrier began the first of his two combat tours with the 571st Dustoff, an elite helicopter ambulance unit operating out of the northernmost provinces of South Vietnam.  During his time in country his unit flew over a thousand front line medical evacuation missions, often under intense enemy fire.  His current book, A Cry For Mercy In The Night is a chronicle of his time in and after Vietnam, written in verse to convey the emotional impact of his service in Vietnam as well as the difficult path of recovery he, along with his fellow veterans, faced when returning home.

National League of American Pen Women presents a panel of indie authors. Moderated by Carol White

National League of American Pen Women presents a panel of indie
authors. Moderated by Carol White
The Last Victim by Elaine Bossik 
Exchange at the Border by Alexandra Goodwin 
Good-bye Russia, Hello America  by Janet Kleinman   
Downward Dog, Upward Fog  by Meryl Davids Landau 
Coffee Breaks by Carol White

    October 25, 2017    7:00 p.m.
    Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
    Pineapple Grove
    273 NE 2nd Avenue
    Delray Beach
    Free. Refreshments
Contact for information.

Speculative-Fiction Authors Take On Literary Masters in New Short Story Anthology

ORLANDO, Fl. - Imagine Alice of Wonderland joining the Count of Monte Cristo to battle evil forces unleashed through her portals. Treasure Island reset in space. Or the story of Jonah recast with an indigenous man from the Brazilian rainforest overwhelmed and tested by the power and vengeance of modern society.

The Masters Reimagined, a new short-story anthology, debuts this week at the Florida Writers Association’s Annual Florida Writer’s Conference in Altamonte Springs, Fl. The book features ten short stories by award-winning, speculative-fiction authors who reimagine literary masterpieces, creating new tales with touches of science fiction, fantasy, and mischief.

Produced by The Alvarium Experiment, a consortium of writers, and published by Blue Beech Press, The Masters Reimagined offers new takes, resets, sequels, or homages to the great works of Joyce, Tolstoy, Capote, and many more.

These re-imaginings come from some of the most imaginative writers at work today, including best-selling author Jade Kerrion whose Double Helix series has won numerous literary awards; E.J. Wenstrom, author of last year’s Florida Writers Association Book of the Year, Mud; and Ken Pelham, winner of the 2015 FWA Book of the Year.

The Masters Reimagined will be debuted at the Florida Writers Association’s 16th Annual Florida Writer’s Conference, October 19-22, at the Hilton Orlando/Altamonte Springs, 350 Northlake Blvd., Altamonte Springs, Fl.

The Masters Reimagined will be available to the public November 1, through, at $14.99. with pre-orders available for just $12. Each individual story also is available now as a stand-alone, digital, Kindle download for 99 cents apiece.

The founders of The Alvarium Experiment and creators of The Masters Reimagined, Ken Pelham and Charles A. Cornell, and other contributing authors are available for interviews by phone, and many will be available in person at the conference.

Many of The Alvarium Experiment authors of the first two anthologies also will be available to sign copies of The Prometheus Saga and Return to Earth, and to discuss these works, at the conference, at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 21.

Contact Scott Michael Powers, 407-234-5110,, for more information or to arrange interviews.

Missing by Virginia Nygard

Detective Carmella Callenda is getting nowhere with a case involving the disappearance of DeBary’s Mayor Hanson and his wife. Despite help from retired forensics expert Will Mears, the shiny substance with strange properties found at the scene fails all tests for ordinary matter. At the same time, a rash of crimes takes place in the small town of DeBary, Florida, where unexplained lights and furtive activity occur in Gopher Slough. And it’s all tied in with Carmella's internal warning system that she calls “my guardian angel, Angelo.”

Federal agent Michael Paradiso arrives in town undercover as Tony DeCarlo and, in cooperation with the sheriff’s department, begins work at DeBary Chemicals, where the mayor was co-owner. He soon discovers a shocking connection to the activity in Gopher Slough. When Carmella later discovers Michael’s deceased brother was named Angelo, missing pieces begin to come together.
When missing people, missing things, and missing links are connected, the lives of the characters are changed forever.

Virginia Nygard has written novels, novellas, poetry and short stories, with multiple awards to her credit. Previous publications include Déjà Vu Dream, Beyond Déjà Vu, and Ice Man in Paradise, as well as submissions in  several anthologies and magazines. A member of The Florida Writers Association, The National League of American Pen Women and the Academy of American Poets, she is a former editor with an online journal, and is facilitator of The Treasure Coast Writers Group.  Follow her blog at:

Virginia Nygard, Author: Deja Vu Dream, Ice Man in Paradise, Beyond Deja Vu, Missing 
Royal Palm Literary Awards: 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 NLAPW Awards: 2012, 2013, 2015
FWA Regional Director/Treasure Coast Writers Group Leader
NLAPW Vero Beach Branch, past Vice President
Academy of American Poets

Saturday, October 14, 2017


Thanks so much to Anne Bonner for her continued support as a Friend of Florida Book News.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  Please click on her badge in the right column to visit her website and learn more about her books.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Book News, Always, Psalm 121 by Renee Heinbuch

Renee Heinbuch is excited to present her new children's book , Always, Psalm 121. The book is a combination of art and scripture. Art and song have long been used as a means of teaching important facts, events, and truth. Psalm 121 is one of those songs recorded in scripture. Also there are eight pages where a child's interpretation is expressed as well as a epilogue explaining the purpose and importance of this psalm.

Renee will be selling and signing her books at the Meet the Authors' Book Fair on November 18 in the Eau Gallie Civic Center. Books may also be purchased at for $12.00.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore November 2017

Booksignings and Events
Wed Nov 8 at 630 pm.  How to edit yourself (without stepping on your Muse) presented by author, editor, and editorial Director Ronni Sandroff at the Women's National Book Association.  Members, free. Nonmembers, $10.

Thur Nov 9 at 7 pm.  Troy Amdahl and Dave Braun will speak and sign Oola $16.95.

Fri Nov 10 at 7 pm.  Pat Gussin will speak and sign Come Home $26.95.

Sun Nov 19 at 5 pm.  Diane Capri will speak and sign Jack the Reaper (The Hunt for Jack Reacher series) 14.95.

Book Clubs
Tuesday Nov 21 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss Neon Rain by James Lee Burke 16.00.
Sunday Nov 19 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss Bring Her Home by David Bell 16.00.

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Pineapple Grove
273 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Phone: 561-279-7790


Location: The Roth Family Jewish Community Center,
851 N. Maitland Avenue
Maitland, FL 32751
Date: October 29th, 2017
Time: 11:00am

Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida


Maitland, FL On October 29th, Writer’s Block Bookstore is partnering with The Roth Family Jewish Community Center of Greater Orlando to host authors Ronald Balson, Jen Glantz, Gaby Dunn, Allison Raskin and Annabelle Gurwitch at the Central Florida Jewish Book Festival.

Learn and laugh with these Jewish authors at the literary event of the year! The day will feature four Jewish authors in three time slots: legal fiction author, Ronald Balson (11:00am – 12:00pm); a panel discussion featuring professional bridesmaid Jen Glantz and YouTube stars Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin (1:00pm – 2:30pm); and a keynote presentation by actress and activist Annabelle Gurwitch (4:00pm – 5:00pm).

General admission tickets are $10 per talk, with a VIP reserved ticket option of $50, which includes seating in the first two rows of all three talks, plus a Meet and Greet from 2:45 to 3:45pm with Glantz, Dunn, Raskin and Gurwitch. Tickets include complimentary babysitting for ages 2-12, however babysitting must be requested at the time of ticket purchase.

Tickets can be purchased at Any media questions can be directed to Robby Etzkin, Executive Director of the Roth Family JCC of Greater Orlando.

Ronald Balson, a Harper Lee Award Finalist in Legal Fiction, is the author of Karolina’s Twins, Saving Sophie, and the international bestseller Once We Were Brothers. His new book, The Trust, has private investigator Liam Taggart travel to his uncle’s funeral, only to discover he was murdered.

Jen Glantz is a professional bridesmaid whose career began when she posted an ad on Craigslist advertising her services. When she woke up the next morning, it had gone viral. What began as a half-joke suddenly turned into a lifetime of adventure. Hear about her adventures, as described in her memoir, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire).

Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin are two best friends who live in Los Angeles and founded the comedy YouTube channel Just Between Us. They have worked together and separately for Buzzfeed, Sourcefed, and Fullscreen. Their new book is I Hate Everyone But You.

Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress and author of the New York Times bestseller, I See You Made an Effort. Her latest book, Wherever You Go, There They Are is a hilarious and insightful look at family. She was the co-host of Dinner and a Movie on TBS. Her essays and satire have appeared in more than a dozen national magazines.

About Writer's Block Bookstore
We are Central Florida’s only full-service, independent community bookstore, located just one block east of Park Avenue in beautiful downtown Winter Park. Serving the Orlando area since 2014, we have all your old favorites, new best-sellers, and Indie Next picks. We host author events, monthly book clubs, coordinate author school visits and offer discounts for educators and our loyalty club members.


Winter Park, FL   On Saturday, October 21 Writer’s Block Bookstore will host Eric Smith and Lauren Gibaldi at 124 E Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park. ( After the Florida Writer’s Conference, meet author and literary agent Eric Smith on tour with his latest anthology, Welcome Home. Local author Lauren Gibaldi will be on hand to read from and sign her story within this collection of young adult, adoption-themed short stories.  
Event will take place at 6:00pm Saturday, October 21, 2017

About the book:  A unique anthology featuring adoption-themed fictional short stories from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Mindy McGinnis (Not a Drop to Drink, Katherine Tegen Books, 2013), Adi Alsaid (Let’s Get Lost, Harlequin Teen, 2014), Lauren Gibaldi (The Night We Said Yes, Harper Teen, 2015), and many more. 
Welcome Home collects a number of adoption-themed fictional short stories, and brings them together in one anthology from a diverse range of celebrated Young Adult authors. The all-star roster includes Edgar-award winner Mindy McGinnis, New York Times best-selling authors C.J. Redwine (The Shadow Queen) and William Ritter (Jackaby), and acclaimed YA authors across all genres. The full list of contributors includes: Adi Alsaid, Karen Akins, Erica M. Chapman, Caela Carter, Libby Cudmore, Dave Connis, Julie Eshbaugh, Helene Dunbar, Lauren Gibaldi, Shannon Gibney, Jenny Kaczorowski, Julie Leung, Sangu Mandanna, Matthew Quinn Martin, Mindy McGinnis, Lauren Morrill, Tameka Mullins, Sammy Nickalls, Shannon Parker, C.J. Redwine, Randy Ribay, William Ritter, Stephanie Scott, Natasha Sinel, Eric Smith, Courtney C. Stevens, Nic Stone, Kate Watson, and Tristina Wright.

About the author: Eric Smith is a young adult author and literary agent who grew up in the wilds of New Jersey. When he isn't working on books (his and other peoples), he can be found writing about books for places like Book Riot and Paste Magazine. He lives with his wife, Nena, and their legion of small furry animals. Find him online at or on Twitter at @ericsmithrocks.
Lauren Gibaldi is a YA librarian at the Orange County Public Library. She has a bachelor's in literature and master’s in library and information studies. She lives in Orlando, FL, with her husband and daughter. She has written two books for young adults, The Night We Said Yes and Autofocus. Her third book is due out in February. Find her online at or on Twitter @laurengibaldi