Saturday, January 20, 2018

Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation hosts Vic DiGenti’s “Novel Writing 101” Workshop

The Vero Beach based Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation welcomes award-winning novelist and biographer Vic DiGenti for a special fiction workshop titled Novel Writing 101. The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, February 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at 1914 14th Avenue, Vero Beach, Florida, 32960.

Novel Writing 101 is a fast-paced, entertaining and interactive session covering many of the necessary techniques needed for completing a novel. The workshop includes both group and individual exercises designed to give writers the confidence to write their own novels. Among the areas covered are plot, dialogue, character development, beginnings, middles and endings.

The registration fee is only $45 and interested writers may register online on the Foundation’s website.

Vic DiGenti is the author of six novels, a short story collection, and three biographies. Using the pen name Parker Francis he’s written three Quint Mitchell Mysteries, including the Royal Palm Literary Awards Book of the Year mystery, Matanzas Bay. He is Executive Vice President for the Florida Writers Association, and Faculty Chair of the 2018 Florida Writers Conference.

The mission of the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation is to preserve and interpret the home of poet Laura (Riding) Jackson and promote literary programs that nurture passion for the written word. They do this by supporting young writers and advocating for the literary arts through a variety of programs for both teen and adult writers.

S.L. Menear to speak at Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting in February.

DATE: February 17, 2018, Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting
PROGRAM:  Melding Fantasy with Reality in Action Thrillers

Program:  If you’ve ever wondered how to meld life experiences, research, and imagination into writing a fantasy thriller, don’t miss this program. Author S.L. (Sharon) Menear will lead you through a somewhat bizarre process that inspires and builds fantasy elements for action thrillers. The program includes a fun audience-participation segment, “Have you ever?” which will give examples of life experiences that can be helpful in writing scenes. After covering the list, the audience will guess which eight things on the list don’t apply to Sharon. Eight valuable prizes (not books) will be awarded to the first eight people who guess correctly. Prizes include fine wines, 16-gigabyte flashdrives, and two-year pocket calendar/planners with flash drives. After the prizes are handed out, we’ll have a Q & A session, and the aforementioned list is bound to generate plenty of questions. Bonus: The entire program will be on a printed handout so you don’t have to take pesky notes.

Speaker: S. L. (Sharon) Menear is a retired airline pilot. US Airways hired her in 1980 as their first female pilot, bypassing the flight engineer position. The men in her new-hire class gave her the nickname, Bombshell. She flew Boeing 727s and 737s, DC-9s, and BAC 1-11 airliners and was promoted to captain in her seventh year.
Before her airline pilot career, which began as a flight instructor, charter pilot, and commuter airline pilot, Sharon worked as a water-sports model and then traveled the world as a flight attendant with Pan American World Airways.
Sharon has flown many of the airplanes featured in her novels, Deadstick Dawn, winner of the Royal Palm Literary Award, Poseidon’s Sword, and Blaze, the first three books in her Samantha Starr Fantasy/Thriller Series featuring a female airline pilot. She is currently working on the fourth novel in the series, Stranded. Sharon co-wrote Life, Love, & Laughter: 50 Short Stories, a mostly humorous anthology, with her mother, D.M. (Dorothy) Littlefield. They also co-wrote a middle-grade children’s fantasy/adventure novel, Journey into the Land of the Wingless Giants.

DATE: SATURDAY, February 17, 2018

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.
RESERVATIONS/PREPAYMENT:   To reserve and pay online, 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.

Next Meeting Date: SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Linda Zern to speak at the Authors for Authors Writers' Conference

Authors For Authors is pleased to have Linda Zern as a speaker at the Writers' Conference on 04.22.18 at the Hilton Rialto Melbourne. Linda's topics will be "How to Ask for and Get Reviews" and "How to Judge a Book by its Cover." 
Linda Zern lives in Central Florida. As a child, raised on sunshine and bug spray, she read every cereal box and every book she could get her hands on. She now spins her own stories from Florida mists and liquid sunshine. Writing her way through the genre list, and starting with an illustrated inspirational book," The Long-Promised Son," Ms. Zern's latest novel is a young adult, realistic, dystopian adventure set in rural Florida called, "Beyond the Strandline." The author revisits the collapse of civilization and the power grid in this romantic action/adventure/thriller. She also has completed Book II in the Strandline Series,"Following the Strandline."
~  Valerie Allen  ~

Friday, January 12, 2018

Authors for Authors to host its ninth annual writer event in Melbourne

Authors for Authors will sponsor a Writers' Conference: Write, Publish, Sell! on April 22, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto, 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne, FL 32901.
This conference is for new and experienced writers to learn how to write better, publish more, and market effectively to increase book sales. The keynote speaker will be Scott Tilley, Ph.D., with a presentation on Writing to Live. There will be vendors and multiple breakout sessions by multi-published authors including Valerie Allen, Marshall Frank, Robbie Cox, Mary Dall, Marion Coste, Mia Crews, Tony Deane, Jaimie Engle, Keith Rommel, Linda Zern and many others. There are 16 genre discuss groups to choose from and the opportunity to network with authors, editors, and publishers.
There are several scholarships available for educators in public, private, charter and home school teachers. Contact Valerie Allen at for scholarship information.
Authors for Authors co-founders, Marshall Frank, Holly Fox Vellekoop, and Valerie Allen, create venues for authors to meet the public via writers' conferences, book fairs, book launches, book displays, workshops, and author gatherings.
The registration form and more information can be found at
Questions? email


Theme: Trinity Prep Author Festival 2018  
Location: Trinity Preparatory School   
5700 Trinity Prep Lane   
Winter Park, FL 32792
Date: Friday, February 9, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM
Contact: LeAnne Rollins
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida


Winter Park, FL -- Trinity Preparatory School’s third annual Author Festival will take place in the Trinity Prep Rich Library at 5700 Trinity Prep Lane, Winter Park.  

Event will take place at 3:00 pm Friday, February 9, 2018

ABOUT THE EVENT: Trinity Preparatory School's third annual Author Festival will take place on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 from 3 - 6 p.m. in the Trinity Prep Library. The event is FREE and open to the public. This year's festival is shaping up to be even bigger and better than ever, with discussion panels, Q&A’s and an opportunity to meet and mingle with all 23 middle school and YA authors. Director of Rich Library, Reba Gordon and English 8 and YA Lit Teacher, Georgia Parker have a well-rounded afternoon planned with authors discussing their writing process, the path to publication and the importance of reading.

Authors headlining this event include: Shaun David Hutchinson, author of the new “The Apocalypse of Elena Morgan” from Simon Pulse, Nic Stone, author of “Dear Martin” from Crown Books, Sherri Winston, author of “The Sweetest Sound” by Hachette Book Group for Young Readers, Sunshine State Young Readers Author Taryn Souders, with “How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer”, Orlando’s Poet Laureate, Susan Lilley and Lauren Gibaldi, author of the new “This Tiny Perfect World” from HarperTeen. For a complete list of authors, please visit:

ABOUT WRITER’S BLOCK BOOKSTORE: We are Central Florida’s full-service independent community bookstore located 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.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore February 2018

Booksignings & Events
Fri Feb 2 at 7 pm.  Meg Gardiner will speak and sign Into the Black Nowhere $26.00.

Sat Feb 3 at 6 pm.  John Keyes Walker will speak and sign Beach Breeze Bloodshed 25.99.

Wed Feb 7 at 7 pm.  Alafair Burke will speak and sign The Wife 26.99.

Sat Feb 10 at 6 pm.  Lisa Gardner will speak and sign Look For Me 27.00.

Tue Feb 13 at 7 pm.  Tim Dorsey will speak and sign The Pope of Palm BEach 26.99.

Fri Feb 16 at 7 pm.  Charles Todd and Caroline Todd will speak and sign The Gatekeeper: An Ian Rutledge Novel 26.99.

Sat Feb 17 at 6 pm.  Lisa Black will speak and sign Perish 26.00 and Michael Wiley will speak and sign Monument Road 28.99.

Wed Feb 21 at 630 pm.  Womens National Book Association will hold their monthly meeting with speaker Dawn Masler on Love, Relationships, and Marketing.  Refreshments served.  Free for members, $10 for non-members.

Sat Feb 24 at 6 pm.  John DuFresne will speak and sign Flash! The Art of Writing the Very Short Story 15.95.

Book Clubs
Tuesday Feb 20 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss A Test of Wills by Charles Todd 15.95.

Sunday Feb 25 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss In a Dark Wood by Ruth Ware 16.00.

And coming soon:

March 2  Laura Lippman
March 10  Brad Parks
March 14  John Hart

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