Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Raising James by Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson wanted to be a mother with all her heart. When she finally got her wish, it sent her down a path of immense grief and intense frustration. It also introduced her to the greatest joy she had ever known. She and her son, James, went through surprising diagnoses, a shocking death, and more in their shared journey. It began when Beth and her husband, Jim, brought tiny baby James home. It soon became obvious that raising James would present its own unique challenges. James was diagnosed early with bipolar disorder and struggled with self-destructive tendencies and violent behaviors.

 When Jim was killed in the line of duty as a police officer, Beth didn’t know how she would pick up the pieces of her life. Nevertheless, she found new adventures and a new family just over the horizon. Beth and James’ story will strike a chord with any parent of a child struggling with mental-health challenges. Beth hopes that her work will give you inspiration and encouragement. She knows that you may be frustrated with social systems that often fail special-needs children, but she assures you, with perseverance and faith, there are better days ahead.

Elizabeth Anderson lives in Palm Bay Florida with her husband and 2 dogs. She is the mother of 2 grown children and has been a teacher and assistant principal for over 30 years. She has a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership. She enjoys traveling, volunteering and writing/producing murder mystery dinners. 

Raising James is available on Kindle ( )  and will soon be available in paper

Cyber Monday sale for A Turtle's Magical Adventure by Wanda Luthman

Wanda Luthman's children's book, A Turtle's Magical Adventure, will be on sale for .99 on CyberMonday only.

Books available on Amazon ( and 
Barnes & Noble (
The Lilac Princess
A Turtle's Magical Adventure
Little Birdie Grows Up
Gloria and the Unicorn

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Shoshone Sunrise By Carol Ann Didier

Anne Marie, a Swedish blonde woman, is the adopted daughter of a French Trapper in the Wyoming territory. She is kidnapped at the annual rendezvous and caught between the rivalries of two Shoshone warriors. One wants her as a trophy, the other to protect her from all hurt, harm, and danger.

Chief Washakie, great leader of the Shoshone, wants to keep the peace between the white caravans traveling the Oregon Trail and agrees to protect them as they cross his land. Another leader, Chief Pocatello, wants to annihilate every white man, woman, and child that comes into his territory.

Who will win in the clash of wills for honor, duty, and love, and who will win the black stallion, Thunder, that everyone covets.

About the Author

Carol Didier is the author of …


Her stories are about the taboo love between a Native American male and a white woman in the 1800's of Southwest America. They prove that love knows no color, creed or race; it happens in the heart when and where you least expect it, and if allowed to grow, can conquer differences in culture, hatred, and personal loss. She includes real historical facts and figures what were pertinent to the territory at the time, as well as the beliefs, customs, and culture of the tribe

Carol belongs to a local writers group, Space Coast Writers' Guild, and served on their board as secretary for eight years and now remain as a member. She has also been published in CHARISMA and LITERARY LIFT-OFF magazines. In her spare time, she writes inspirational vignettes, verses for greeting cards, and stories for her grandchildren. she reside on the East Coast of Florida. Her website is:

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Monthly Meetings of FMWA - December

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


Speaker:  Break out the mistletoe AND the champagne! The December FMWA meeting will be our usual celebration of the winter holidays. Even better, we’ll be combining the holiday fun with our long-delayed celebration of FMWA’s 25th Anniversary. In addition to our 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 attendees will receive a commemorative party favor celebrating FMWA’s first quarter century.
And, to keep things festive, we’ll also be holding our usual Holiday Pirate’s Gift Exchange. Participation is optional, but you won’t want to miss out on the fun. To take part, bring a wrapped gift of up to $20 value. Liquor and wine are always popular options (hey, we’re writers—we like our adult beverages) along with anything flamingo or writing-themed. But, please, no books (hey, we’re writers – we already have tons of them).
About dessert – if you’ve attended our holiday party before, you might recall that folks traditionally bring homemade cookies, cakes, and candies to share. BUT, since this is the 25th Anniversary celebration (and since the hotel has policies regarding outside food), our special 25th Anniversary cake will take the place of the dessert potluck. So please save those sweets for other parties.
Please register early (by December 13) so that we will be sure to have plenty of cake, champagne, and party favors for all attendees! Casual holiday attire is encouraged!

TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00 – 2:00p.m.: Lunch and Holiday/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 December 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.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Jaimie Engle nominated as Best Independent Novelist in 2017 Spacie Awards

Author, Cosplayer, Podcaster, and anti-bullying advocate receiving honor for commitment to creating

“Magic is all around you, if you just take the time to look.”--Jaimie Engle
The second annual Spacie Awards will be held Friday, December 29th from 7-10pm at the Space Coast Convention Center located at 301 Tucker Lane in Cocoa, Florida. The Spacie Awards began as a Facebook poll to find the best in independent comics, cosplay, film, novelists, and so much more. Thousands of people voted for their favorites in ten categories, prompting a formal event to emerge.

“The nominees are pillars in our community who have worked hard to get where they are today,” shared Jake Estrada of Space Coast Comixx and co-founder of the Spacie Awards.

“It is an honor to have them listed within our sacred pages,” shared David Grace of Space Coast Comic Con and co-founder of the Spacie Awards.

Voting began in April as an open forum and quickly grew to include dozens of nominees in each of category. 2017 Finalists for the Spacie Awards include:

1.      2017 INDIE COMIC BOOK FINALISTS: The Dragon Trio, Masks, Fatman Syndicated
2.      2017 INDIE COMIC WRITER FINALISTS: Chad Lambert, Anthony Zicari, Elman EspaƱa
3.      2017 INDIE PORTRAIT ARTIST FINALISTS: Scott Spillman, Scott Straka, Matthew Atchley
4.      2017 INDIE COMIC ARTIST FINALISTS: John Dixon, Ashley Witter, Pete Hernandez III
5.      2017 WEB MEDIA PROVIDERS FINALISTS: Markwho42, Orlando Collectors Deviants, Nerd Nation Radio
6.      2017 INDIE MOVIES/TV SHOWS FINALISTS: Cosplay and Me, Body Jumpers Resurrection, Dolly Deadly
7.      2017 INDIE DIRECTOR FINALISTS: Robert Scott, Alex Fernandez, Chris Turner
8.      2017 INDIE NOVELIST FINALISTS: Michael Manning, Jaimie Engle, Bob Dixon
9.      2017 INDIE SPECIAL EFFECTS FINALISTS: Scott Fensterer, Nikki Reed, Creation 13/Ginger Rose
10.  2017 INDIE COSPLAY FINALISTS: Cecil Garner of Cecil Grimes, German Abraham Chris Twellman, Cos a Commotion

“As an independent creator and author, I know how much goes into getting your product into the marketplace,” shares Jaimie Engle, nominee for Best Indie Novelist. “Visibility is much more difficult for indies, though the creative control can make the experience even more rewarding.”

Along with her novels, Engle teaches free writing classes at Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, speaks to kids about bulling in schools, and creates candles inspired by her books known as Wick Books™.  

For more information about the Spacie Awards and to get tickets visit
For more information about Jaimie Engle visit


Monday, November 13, 2017

Nuclear Terror Survival Handbook Part 1 – within one mile and Nuclear Terror Survival Handbook Part 2 – beyond one mile by Vern Blanchette

Vern Blanchette   Nuclear Terror Survival Handbook Part 1 – within one mile
                             Nuclear Terror Survival Handbook Part 2 – beyond one mile

These two books will help the reader understand what to expect if a nuclear explosion occurs in their city.  They provide a clear understanding of the many ways the nuclear bomb can harm a person and what actions citizens can take to enhance their chances of survival.  A bomb’s explosion is seen over and over again in the lives of twenty-two fictional citizens of Yorksberg; a typical American city. The bomb’s effects are correlated to the person’s location and technical details of the effects described in “The Effects of Nuclear Weapons” by Samuel Glasstone and Philip J. Dolan, U.S. Government Printing Office. 1977. By reading Part 1 and Part 2, the reader will “experience” the nuclear attack from the point of view these twenty-two fictional lives. Following each person’s story is an analysis of what happened to them and why, enriching the reader’s understanding of the effects of a terrorist’s bomb.

Vern Blanchette is a graduate of the University of Alabama (B.S. – Physics/Mathematics) and the University of Texas at Austin (M.Ed.). He has taught in public schools, community colleges, and for General Electric Company in the commercial nuclear power industry. He recently retired as an engineer with URS Corporation at the Kennedy Space Center.  Mr. Blanchette, married with six children, has been writing for more than thirty years, and is an alumnus of the Christian Writer’s Conference at Lake Yale, Florida. Comments to the author may be sent to Survive@CFL.RR.COM.

Meet Vern at the Meet the Authors Book Fair  in the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne Florida on November 18 and 19

These new books are available at Each book contains approximately two-hundred pages.

A High Price to Pay by Rick Gangraw

The fourth novel by Rick Gangraw is now available where books are sold!  “A High Price To Pay” is a Historical Fiction set during the American Civil War, and it’s quite a change from his Mystery/Suspense novels and his Romantic Comedy.

     Rensey Goode’s family has been on the same property in North Carolina for generations, and his Great-Grandfather fought against the British in the American War for Independence.  His family is against secession, but Rensey, his brother, and his neighbors associate the Northern states with Great Britain from that earlier war.  They convince themselves that the Northern states are trying to take away the rights of their state and others in the South.

     When this group of young men joins the Confederate Army to protect their state from Northern invaders, they share comradery and forced maturity while facing terror-filled scenes of horror.  Their experiences lead them to consider what life will be like after the war if any of them survive.
     Rensey expresses his feeling in letters home to his family, showing them the front lines through his eyes.  He writes of the joys of fighting under great military leaders and the anguish of killing young Yankees who the army says are his enemy.  He sees horrors never imagined and wonders if he made the right decision to fight against the North.  This young man is wounded and becomes enamored by the young ladies who nurse the soldiers back to health.  Considering what his life could be like outside of the War, he yearns for the day when he can be back home for good and start a family of his own. 

     He is constantly trying to see God’s hand in the war, but while his world is crashing around him, he struggles with his faith.  At one point, he considers desertion from the army.  After all he’s been through, he is a different person than the boy who joined the army a few years ago, and he wonders how much more he can take.

About the Author:
Rick Gangraw is the award winning author of Secrets in the Ice, Deathly Silent, Escape from His Past, and A High Price to Pay.  He lives on the East coast of Florida, and wishes he could spend more time at his family’s cabin on a lake in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  He has traveled to about thirty different countries and almost all fifty states in the US.  When he’s not dabbling in fiction, he enjoys sports, hiking, kayaking, camping, and researching his family history.

Meet Rick at the Meet the Authors Book Fair in the Eau Gallie Civic Center in Melbourne, Florida on the  weekend of November 18 and 19.  

Title: A High Price to Pay
Author: Rick Gangraw
Price: $16.95 Paperback, $3.99 Kindle
Publisher: White Feather Press
Format: Paperback, Kindle
Number of pages: 260
ISBN-13: 978-1618081612
Published: 10/3/2017
Publicity contact information: Skip Coryell at White Feather press: (269) 838-5586