Friday, March 24, 2017

madi Declassified: A Roadmap to Peace in the Most Dangerous City in Iraq By Colonel (Retired) Anthony E. Deane

Tony Deane will be speaking and signing books at the Writer's Conference: Write Sell Punlish put on by Authors for Authors this weekend.
The book is available at all major outlets (Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and most independent bookstores)
More info is at
Or on his Facebook Page
Col. Tony Deane Presents

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Florida Romance Writers April Meeting

WHAT: Florida Romance Writers April Meeting
DATE: April 8, 2017
TIME: 10:00am to 12:30pm
WHERE: Tigertail Lake Recreational Center, 580 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004

Guest Speaker: Dana Mave, Barnes & Noble Community Manager
Program: Bookstores and You

Many writers are curious about how bookstores select authors for book signings. What does the store consider a successful event? Do authors really benefit from such events? Want to know if bookstores prefer to work with a publicist or do they like to work with the author directly. Can a self-published author find a home in a big-box bookstore?

Community Business Development Manager for Barnes & Noble Wellington and formerly published author, Dana Mave, will be here to talk author/bookstore relations. She’ll discuss book signings, best author practices as well as provide tips for building a lasting and successful relationship between bookstore and author.

For more information about reservations and fees, check Florida Romance Writers website at

Reservation for FRW members should be made in advance via e-mail to Janet 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 and payments.

The cost of the meetings is $10.00 for 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: FRW, c/o Tina Stitzer, 12600 SW 5th CT, # L 207, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027-6734.

APRIL 2017 Monthly Meetings of FMWA

DATE: APRIL 22, 2017 Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
GUEST SPEAKER:  Dianna Collier
PROGRAM: Agents and Authors: the Good, the Bad, and the Vital 

Our April 22 meeting will feature literary agent Dianna Collier, who’ll discuss the value of an agent and explain why authors wishing to go the traditionally-published route almost always require one. For those authors who are already agented, she’ll give hints on how they can improve the author/agent relationship. She also will discuss how an author can leave that relationship gracefully—and knowing when they should. For those writers who are currently are unagented, she will outline the basics: various ways of finding an agent and how to keep one; presenting material; the query letter and its additional value; and agency contracts.

Speaker:  Dianna Collier is both owner and agent at Collier & Associates, a boutique literary agency based in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She grew up in New Jersey and Florida, graduating from Boston University with a degree in languages and political science. Her first position was with Blaisdell Publishing in Boston as an editorial assistant. She later moved to New York City and worked for a tobacco magazine as assistant editor. In the 1980s, she worked with Collier Associates selling award-winning cookbooks before later joining the firm as a literary agent.
In 1994, Ms. Collier took over the agency and moved it to West Palm Beach. At that time, she expanded the agency’s representation from predominantly non-fiction titles to include a larger number of fiction works: war novels, mysteries, thrillers, cozies, and romances. The agency’s nonfiction interests continue to include biographies and autobiographies of well-known people; popular works of political subjects and history; true crime; exposes; books for the general reader on investment and business; and cookbooks by highly qualified authors. Of course, their primary interests are in well-written material presented in an unusual way.
DATE:  SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017 (Please note: because of the Easter holiday and Tax Day weekend, we have pushed out this meeting only from the 3rd Saturday of the month to the 4th Saturday)

TIME: 11:30: Mingling; 12:00: Lunch; 12:45: 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, RSVPs are strongly urged.

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 April 19 so that we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only if space allows.
Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

Obama's Jihad with America by Gerald McCallum

Gerald McCallum's new book is 250 pages long and reflects what he thinks about the Obama and Hillary machine and what they have done to this country.
Gerald McCallum is a retired salesman of fifteen years who lives in Florida. He took to writing books years ago including the popular series called “Smugglers”, books one through four.
He started seeing the direction the country was heading under Obama so he felt compelled to write “Obama’s Jihad With America”.
At the age of seventy-two he’s seen a lot of decline in the political and social climate and worries about future generations. "We as a society need to clean up our state and national capitals and clean up our streets as well so that our children will be safe."
Now available on Amazon.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Karen Whiting will be in China at the invitation of Soaring Company of Beijing

Author Karen Whiting will be in China at the invitation of Soaring Company of Beijing. She’ll be using her puppetry expertise and books to develop imagination in youth and train adults.
From March 22 - April 4, a team of three ACCTS staff (Association of Christian Conferences, Teaching and Service) will join noted author and speaker Karen Whiting teaching a program of imagination, creativity, and self-worth to schoolchildren in Weifang, Shandong province and Yeng Shenyang. They will conduct two-day programs for students and also spend several days training adults in leadership, personalities, and puppetry.

This will be a high-quality Love the World program operated in China under the direction and benefit of a Chinese partnering company, Soaring. ACCTS is honored to have the interest, support and dedication of such an accomplished Christian author as Karen.  She has authored sixteen books for young teens, as well as several for adults, and speaks often on topics of family development, seeing how God's Word relates to life, and encouraging child/teen-daughter communication and interaction. The program in China will be secular.

Karen Whiting is an international speaker and award-winning author of twenty-three books. She has written more than seven hundred articles and short pieces for over sixty publications. Whiting has also been the community producer and host of a television series, Puppets on Parade, for Miami educational TV. She has appeared on a variety of TV and radio programs. Whiting raised five children, including two daughters, and she understands the perspective of parents who need guidance on raising daughters.
About the books
Nature Bible Puppet Mania
Nature Bible Puppet Maniaa
Discover unique ideas to make puppets from scrap items, develop puppetry skits, and learn the basics of manipulating puppets. Transform paper, old dusters, boxes, and inexpensive items into nature puppets to help children learn about animals, energy, and conservation.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Lee Boyland will be Guest Speaker at the Writers' Conference - Write, Publish, Sel

Authors for Authors is proud to announce that Lee Boyland will be a guest speaker at the Writers' Conference: Write, Publish, Sell!  on March 26, 2017 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto. Lee's presentation is Trials and Tribulations of Writing a Series. Learn more about Lee Boyland.

Lee Boyland, a former EOD Army officer, weapons designer, and aerospace executive has hands on experience with nuclear, thermonuclear, special, and chemical weapons and Agent Orange. He wrote his first novel, The Rings of Allah in 2003, the story of how jihadists could plant nuclear devices in American cities. Joined by his artist wife, Vista, they have continued the story in five award-winning novels and have released their sixth novel, Triple Threat.


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


Winter Park, FL On Wednesday, March 29th, Writer’s Block Bookstore will host author Randy Wayne White at the First Congregational Church in Winter Park, Florida. Randy Wayne White will be promoting his latest novel Mangrove Lightning.

New York Times Bestselling Author Randy Wayne White returns in Mangrove Lightning, the 24th electrifying novel in the series starring marine biologist (and undercover black-ops agent) Marion “Doc” Ford and his trusty, Master of Zen sidekick, the Right Reverend Tomlinson. The two laidback heroes are going to need all of their considerable resources to take on their latest challenge, which involves a life-threatening scandal for a lesser member of the British parliament, lots of venomous aquatic creatures and a century-old family curse rearing its fatal head.

Doc Ford has been involved in many strange cases. This may be one of the strangest. Tootsie Barlow is a legend in the fishing-guide community, an old salt who is revered across the coast. It turns out he has some secrets of his own, which include a family member’s involvement in the murder of a police deputy and his wife and children back in 1925. That murder has become something of an urban legend today, but Tootsie’s ancestor’s role in the crime is all too real, and Tootsie has proof. Even worse, he has some suspicions that the crime is haunting his family today. Doc Ford has never believed in curses—but he does believe in murder. He agrees to look into it, not knowing that this nearly century-old murder case is also connected to his ex-girlfriend Hannah Smith, making this investigation as personal as it is deadly.

Ford doesn't believe in curses, but as he and his friend Tomlinson begin to investigate, following the trail of the attacks from Key Largo to Tallahassee, they, too, suffer a series of near-fatal mishaps. Is it really a curse? Or just a crime spree? The answer lies in solving a near-hundred-year-old murder...and probing the mind of a madman.

Since leaving home at age 16, and skipping college in the process, New York Times best-selling author Randy Wayne White has been a farm hand, a brass and iron foundry worker, a telephone lineman, and, for thirteen years, a full-time fishing guide at Tarpon Bay Marina on Florida’s Sanibel Island.  He has been stabbed, “shot at with intent,” and was in a hotel that got blown up by Shining Path Anarchists in Peru.  As a columnist for Outside magazine he has covered the America’s Cup races in Australia, gone dog sledding in Alaska, searched for wild orangutans on Borneo, brought back refugees from Cuba, been diving in the infamous Bad Blue Hole lake on the desolate Cat Island in the Bahamas, and even participated in a mission to steal back General Manuel Noriega’s bar stools. 

For those who are hoping to pre-order Mangrove Lightning 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 three 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. 

Jeffery Deaver at Writer's Block Bookstore

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


Winter Park, FL On Wednesday April 12th, Writer’s Block Bookstore will host author Jeffery Deaver to benefit the Winter Park Public Library for a VIP Meet and Greet at 6:00, at the First Congregational Church in Winter Park, Florida followed by a book signing. Jeffery Deaver will be promoting his latest novel The Burial Hour.
New York Times Bestselling Author Jeffery Deaver’s new book features his beloved characters, forensic detectives Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs. Sachs and Rhyme find themselves playing a dangerous game, with lives all across the globe hanging in the balance.  
A businessman snatched from an Upper East Side street in broad daylight. A miniature hangman’s noose left at the scene. A nine-year-old girl, the only witness to the crime. With a crime scene this puzzling, forensic expertise of the highest order is absolutely essential. Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called in to investigate.

Soon the case takes a stranger turn: a recording surfaces of the victim being slowly hanged, his desperate gasps the backdrop to an eerie piece of music. The video is marked as the work of The Composer... Despite their best efforts, the suspect gets away. So when a similar kidnapping occurs on a dusty road outside Naples, Italy, Rhyme and Sachs don’t hesitate to rejoin the hunt.

But the search is now a complex case of international cooperation—and not all those involved may be who they seem. Sachs and Rhyme find themselves playing a dangerous game, with lives all across the globe hanging in the balance.

We will be hosting a VIP Meet and Greet to benefit the Winter Park Public Library! 
VIP Meet and Greet with Author Jeffrey Deaver
Wednesday, April 12, 6 – 6:30 p.m., First Congregational Church Fellowship Hall 
Spend some time with #1 international bestselling author Jeffrey Deaver at this exclusive meet and greet event before the public book signing. Enjoy drinks and light refreshments and a chance to chat with the author. Tickets are $50, only one ticket per couple required and includes one copy of “The Burial Hour.” Additional copies of the book may be purchased at the event. This special event benefits the Winter Park Public Library. Purchase tickets at

Book Signing with Author Jeffrey Deaver
Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 First Congregational Church Fellowship
Jeffrey Deaver a number 1 bestselling international author, will greet fans and sign copies of his latest work, The Burial Hour
RSVP on our website or through Eventbrite.

Jeffery Deaver is the #1 international bestselling author of over thirty novels and three collections of short stories. His books are sold in 150 countries and translated into 25 languages. His first novel featuring Lincoln Rhyme, The Bone Collector, was made into a major motion picture starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie. He’s received or been shortlisted for a number of awards around the country. For more, please visit

For those who are hoping to pre-order The Burial Hour 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 three 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.