Friday, June 15, 2018

Crafting the Perfect Crime: The 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, June 22-24



How does one negotiate a hostage situation? What’s the key to writing compelling historic characters? What’s the perfect poison?

Writers and fans of all genres can get the inside scoop on these questions and more at the 5th annual Mystery Fest Key West, running Friday, June 22, through Sunday, June 24 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd., in Key West, Florida.

"Anyone who writes successfully knows that authenticity in details is what separates the pros from the ‘cons,’" said Fest co-founder Shirrel Rhoades. “Our Fest attracts some of America’s top award-winning and bestselling mystery writers and true crime experts who come together and have a great time sharing details not only about WHO-dunit - but exactly HOW they did it.”

The 2018 “Mystery & Intrigue in Paradise” themed weekend features Keynote Speaker Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of 21 novels; Special Guest of Honor Otto Penzler, publisher, editor and proprietor of the famed The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City; and Special Guest Presenter Heather Graham, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, with more than seventy-five million books in print, published in more than twenty languages.

Events kick off Friday afternoon with four back-to-back workshops: The Business of Being an Author, presented by Debbie Richardson, proprietor of Deborah Richardson Editing & Marketing Services, with author/publisher Shirrel Rhoades; The Forensic Use of Fingerprints, presented by New York Times bestselling author and forensic scientist Lisa Black; How to Write and Sell a First Novel, presented by literary agent Dianna Collier; and Crisis Negotiation, presented by David J. Stark, Crisis Negotiation Team Leader, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.

Friday evening, authors and guests can enjoy a poolside reception with island hors d’oeuvres and live music at the DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort.

Saturday’s series of panels spotlights leading authors and experts representing a variety of mystery genres including, action/adventure, “cozy” mysteries, forensic, supernatural, noir and police procedural. They include, The State of the Publishing Industry, with Patrick Kendrick, Alyssa Maxwell, Dianna Collier, and Otto Penzler, moderated by Diane A.S. Stuckart; Promoting Your Book, with Lewis C. Haskell, Wayne Stinnett, and Nancy J. Cohen, moderated by Patrick Kindrick; Co-writing a Mystery, with Carl and Jane Bock, Susan Haskell, Charles Todd, and David Beckwith, moderated by Rick Ollerman; Writing Historical Mysteries, with Charles Todd, Robert Coburn, John Guerra, Alyssa Maxwell, and Diane A.S. Stuckart, moderated by Heather Graham; and a panel on Audio Books, including how readers audition, with Reef Perkins, Marjorie Sorrell Rockwell, Lewis C. Haskell, and Ross Pipkin, moderated by Mike Dennis.

More Saturday highlights include luncheon with internationally renowned author Ace Atkins as Keynote Speaker, presentation of the Whodunit Mystery Writing Award, an author’s book-signing hour, a Conch Train mini-tour of Key West and a champagne social at the Key West Lighthouse, with speakers Ace Atkins and Otto PenzlerSunday is for chilling along the waterfront with the Fest’s finale Bloody Mary Buffet Breakfast at the iconic Schooner Wharf Bar.

Mystery Fest Key West is sponsored by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper, Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Helmerich Foundation, and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.

Fest registration is $195 and includes all panels, presentations, luncheon and champagne social, or chose the Saturday only option for just $95.00. Those wishing to do bring a guest to the Keynote luncheon, champagne social or Sunday brunch can do so for only $35.00 additional per event. For registration and information visit mysteryfestkeywest.com.

Peaceful Mama by Natalie Sager and Lindsay Ambrose Debuts on Amazon



Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore July 2018


Booksignings & Events
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Wed July 25 at 7 pm.  Lori Roy will speak and sign The Dissappearing $14.99

Writers Workshops
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Saturday July 7,  10 am - Noon
Dialogue: The Voices in Your Head.  Clues and cues to make your characters come alive.  $25 per person.  Instructor: Elaine Viets

Saturday July 14, 10 am - Noon
Freelance Like a Pro.  A magazine veteran will show you how to pitch, research, and produce relevant content. $25 per person. Instructor: DJ Niko

Saturday  July 21, 10 am - Noon
Point of View. This class will tackle the problem of allowing the action to carry the story forward. $25 per person.  Instructor: Mark Spivak

Saturday July 28, 10 am - Noon
Scrivener Basics: An Audience Interactive Live Demo.  Create and save a basic novel template in Scrivener for Windows and Mac. $25 per person. Instructor: MJ Carlson

Book Clubs
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Tuesday July 17  at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss Down River by John Hart 16.99.

Sunday July 15 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss Odd Child Out by Gilly MacMillan 15.95.

Murder on the Beach Mystery Bookstore
Pineapple Grove
273 NE 2nd Avenue
Delray Beach, FL  33444
Phone: 561-279-7790
murdermb@gate.net
www.murderonthebeach.com

Hairball Hijinks: A Bad Hair Day Cozy Mystery Short Story


New Book Release!

Hairball HijinksA Bad Hair Day Cozy Mystery Short Story by Nancy J. Cohen is now available. This title is #14.5 in the Bad Hair Day series. Recipes Included!

When hairstylist Marla Vail agrees to help find a neighbor’s missing cat, she doesn’t expect to get tangled in a series of home burglaries. She gets on the trail of the lost feline, surprised to find more than the pet missing from the elderly woman’s house. The lady’s valuables are gone, and according to the police, it isn’t the first incident in the neighborhood. Can Marla outwit the crooks before they cause another cat’astrophe?

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Tampa Area Author Scott Stevens Announces International Audio Book Release of On Ice on June 30th


Scott Stevens novel  On Ice will be released on Amazon as a audio book on June 30th, 2018.
“It’s certainly been a long time in the making,” said Stevens, who has made several appearances around Florida, including in the Tampa area at book signings. The book is narrated by Jeffery Hutchins.

Hutchins is excited to be a part of the project. “On Ice has everything you could want in a story; action, mystery, romance, sex, thrills and twists and turns. What else is there to say! Oh, it also has an unexpected ending, that's for sure!”

After the success of On Ice, Stevens wrote Twister Town

Through the promotion of both books, Stevens has put together an international following. In a few weeks, he will take part in a Meet the Author event based out of the UK.

Stevens said “I have a new book coming out probably at the end of the summer. It’s a crime fiction and definitely another suspense thriller. Early feedback that I am getting on it says that it’s better than the first two. I can only hope that my fans agree.”

For more information about Scott Stevens, On Ice, Twister Town, or the On Ice audio book, just visit Scott’s website, or you can find him on Facebook or Twitter.

About Scott Stevens:

You Are Valued Founder, Inspirational Speaker Releases Sixth Book on Self Improvement by Ricky Roberts

St. Petersburg, FL—Author and inspirational speaker Ricky Roberts III has published his sixth inspirational book, Healing the Wounded Child Within. Roberts, who himself overcame a difficult childhood, has written five other books about conquering life's challenges. Healing the Wounded Child Within focuses on helping readers stop negative cycles that hold them back.

 “By healing wounds from your past, you can free yourself from distractions that prevent you from living the peaceful, productive, and fulfilling life you deserve,” says Roberts, who connects with thousands of youths and adults every year. “I wrote this book to help people come to terms with their past, and change their future.” Roberts had a transformation of his own at the age of seventeen, when he was stabbed nine times during an altercation. While recovering, he contemplated how to use the abuse and trauma he'd been exposed to in a productive way. Since then, he's made it his goal to help people from all walks of life, and he regularly meets with people in a variety of settings—from high schools and conferences to maximum-security prisons.

He also founded the You Are Valued movement, to help everyone realize their self-worth. Healing the Wounded Child Within is available at your favorite online bookseller.

For more information contact: Ricky Roberts III 727.433.1311 rickyrobertsIII@gmail.com

Q&A with New York Times Bestselling Author Ace Atkins, this year’s Mystery Fest Key West Keynote Speaker



Ace Atkins, the multi-award winning, New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels is to headline the 5th annual Mystery Fest Key West, an annual gathering of award-winning and bestselling mystery authors and true crime experts and the readers who love them, set for this June 22-24 in Key West, Florida. Those attending the Fest will have the opportunity to meet and talk mysteries with him. In the meantime, the author has agreed to answer a few questions:

Q: You had already produced several acclaimed stand-alone crime classics and two highly successful fiction series of your own conception – the Quinn Colson series and the Nick Travers series – when you were tapped by the estate of the late Robert B. Parker to continue his long running and wildly popular Spenser series. How does writing Spenser differ from writing your own originally created characters?

Ace: The main difference in writing Spenser is making sure Spenser's voice remains constant with the style Robert B. Parker developed. If I try to diverge from the style and sound of Spenser, it's no longer Spenser. And then what's the point? I might as well write a completely new character. I've been reading Parker since I was a teenager and feel very at home in his world and with the feel of those novels. I wouldn't want to write for any other author, living or dead, but Parker. His work meant a great deal to me personally and professionally. 

Q: You launched your writing career as a crime reporter for The Tampa Tribune, earning a Pulitzer Prize nomination for investigative journalism. With your true-crime background, what inspired you to start writing crime fiction?

Ace: I came to journalism wanting to develop the skills to be a novelist. Hemingway always advised young writers to spend some time in the newsroom—but not too much—and I took that advice very seriously. Getting to know the real world, meeting people of all walks of life, and seeing crime up close are absolutely invaluable if you want to write authentically. I wouldn't trade that experience for any creative writing program in the world.

Q: If you could have dinner with one fictional character from a crime novelyours or one written by another authorwho would it be and why?

Ace: That's easy. I have great respect for my main hero, Quinn Colson, and his world in Mississippi. But if I'm having dinner, there is no better companion and guide to great food than Spenser! I think we'd have a lot to discuss about beer, dogs, and music. And I'd let him advise me on what to order
In addition to panels and presentations with some two dozen high profile and award-winning mystery authors and true-crime experts who’ll be sharing the inside scoop on story-crafting and the technicalities of criminal investigation and forensics, 2018 Mystery Fest Key West highlights are to include book signings, professional publishing and marketing discussions, a mini Conch Train tour, and presentation of the 2018 Whodunit Mystery Writing Award.

Sponsored by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper, Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Helmerich Foundation and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, all panels and presentations will take place at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key in Key West.  Event registration is $195 and includes all panels and presentations, a luncheon, and a brunch at Schooner Wharf Bar at the Key West Historic Seaport. For a full Fest schedule, online registration, and links to accommodations visit MysteryFestKeyWest.com.

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Ace Atkins, the multi-award winning, New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels is to be Keynote Speaker at the 2018 Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 22-24 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key. (Photo by Joe Worthem)

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Bible and Politics, Weaving Biblical Principles into Politics by Walter Manning



The Bible and Politics, Weaving Biblical Principles into Politics by Walt Manning suggests that we stop shaping our faith by our politics and start molding our politics by our faith. Manning's book was release on June 7, 2018 and is available for $14.95 (e-Book = $3.99).

Summary Statement

In his seventeenth book, entitled, The Bible and Politics, author Walt Manning employs the use of humor as the delivery vehicle when approaching controversial issues encountered in the “art” of Washington politics. In his work, Walt challenges the reader by intertwining biblical principles with quotes from famous people, and in the process, champions the Bible as the "Gold Standard" that should be used in the political arena.

About the Author


Walter Manning is a Christian author of seventeen books. He served six years in the United States Air Force, and earned his B.S. & M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston, TX, where he graduated with high honors. His fifty-year career in the high-tech industry spanned engineering, marketing, sales, and program management.

Walt retired in 2009, as a senior manager, to write and speak of his faith. Walt’s a member of the National Honor Society, National Engineering Honor Society, and the National Electrical Engineering Honor Society. He is a semi-pro baseball umpire, who also enjoys music, reading, writing, creativity, tinkering, and keeping current with world events, particularly as they pertain to biblical eschatology.

 Manning is married to Magdalene. They are non-denominational, Bible believing Christians, whose faith in Jesus Christ has, and continues to be, the cornerstone of their marriage. Manning is married and has two children: daughter, Elise Ruth and son, Christopher David.

The Bible and Politics is available at:

1) CrossLink Publishing at  https://crosslinkpublishing.com/ 
3) Local book stores

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Building Impressive Stories with CWHO



Saturday,June 16, 10 am - Noon
Murder On the Beach Mystery Bookstore
273 NE 2nd Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444

Once we have a great story idea, we’re good for writing about 1/3 of the book before we run out of steam. We start again. Some of us have been starting again for years. We’ve got all these starts and very few finishes. What’s wrong? We have an idea but not a story. We’re going to learn how the Character-Wanted-However-Ongoing (CWHO) exercise helps us build an impressive story, one scene, or block, at a time. 

$25 per person.

About the instructor:
Christopher Hawke has a heart for teaching the craft of writing. Whether with groups, through content editing, or one-on-one writing coaching, his business is helping authors cross the finish line. His client roster includes well-known names, as well as aspiring authors. He has led a weekly critique group in South Florida for over 5 yearsand has a highly acclaimed video series and e-book the Craft of Writing available.

For more information and to register:

Friday, June 1, 2018

Winner Named 
in 2018 Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition

  
E. E. King, of Salt Lake City, Utah, has placed first in an international competition to claim the 2018 Mystery Writers Whodunit Award, which will be presented at the 5thAnnual Mystery Fest Key West.

E. E. King, of Salt Lake City, Utah, has been named First Place winner in an international competition to claim the 2018 Mystery Writers Whodunit Award.
Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, King’s winning entry “The Hollywood Portal” wins her a Whodunit Award trophy, book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, complimentary Mystery Fest Key West 2018 registration, airfare and hotel accommodations for two nights.

King is a painter, performer, biologist and widely published writer whose stories the author Ray Bradbury has called “marvelously inventive, wildly funny and deeply thought-provoking.” She’s worked with children in Bosnia, crocodiles in Mexico, frogs in Puerto Rico, egrets in Bali, mushrooms in Montana, archaeologists in Spain, butterflies in South Central Los Angeles, lectured on island evolution and marine biology on cruise ships in the South Pacific and the Caribbean, and painted murals in Los Angeles and Spain.
 
“I really can’t express how thrilled and honored I am to have won First Place,” said King. And the added benefit is I get to go to the Keys! I love the Keys and am coming early to dive and snorkel ahead of the Mystery Fest.”  
 
Joining King in the winner’s circle are P.F. Hudson who took Second Place with “The Hale Gig,” and Candace J. Carter of Aiken, South Carolina, who took Third Place with “Muddy Waters.”

Candidates for the award were required to submit the first three pages of a finished but unpublished manuscript to a “blind” judging committee comprised of Dr. Toby Armour, a playwright, author and performer whose credits include the murder mystery book “Blood Tells” and the play, “Is This 24 Lily Pond Lane?”; Carol Lazar, an author, columnist, photojournalist and former senior editor for South Africa’s Independent Newspapers; Captain Reef Perkins, author of “Sex, Salvage and Secrets,” “Screwed, Blu’d and Tattoed,” and the mystery novel “Deep Air”; Robin Robinson, an author, syndicated newspaper columnist, educator and horticulturist; and Shirrel Rhoades, an author, movie critic, media consultant and publisher of Absolutely Amazing eBooks.

“Why just the first three pages? That criterion is a nod to late author Jeremiah Healy, a world-class mystery writer and a great judge of mystery writing,” says Rhoades, who is also co-founder of Mystery Fest Key West. “Jerry’s opinion was that a book either captures a reader in the first three pages...or it doesn’t. The competition judges all agreed with that assessment, and decided to use it as a yardstick for the competition.”

King is to receive her award trophy at 11am on Saturday, June 23, at the Mystery Fest venue, DoubleTree by Hilton Grand Key Resort. The Fest itself is to include multiple workshops, presentations, panel discussions and social events where attendees mingle with acclaimed crime fiction and true crime writers including headliners Ace Atkins, the multi-award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including several in the continuation of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series; the multi-award-winning editor and publisher Otto Penzler - proprietor of the famed The Mysterious Book Shop in New York City; and New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham.

For information on attending the 5th annual Fest as well as complete Mystery Writers Whodunit Writing Competition guidelines and submission details, visitmysteryfestkeywest.com.






Kandi M. Siegel placed 3rd AllAuthors.com Contest

Kandi M. Siegel placed 3rd in the AllAuthors.com book cover of the month contest for the month of May.  You can check out Kandi's winning book, The Forever Rose,and all of her books on her website at www.kandimsiegel.com 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Editor and Publisher Otto Penzler, Proprietor of NYC’s Mysterious Bookshop, Talks About Sniffing Out Mystery Hits


Otto Penzler, renowned editor, publisher and proprietor of ‘The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.

Multi-award winning editor and publisher Otto Penzler, proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City and founder of The Mysterious Press, an imprint at Grove/Atlantic, is to be Special Guest of Honor at the upcoming Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 22-24 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key in Key West. In advance of the annual celebration of sleuthing, he has agreed to answer a few questions:

Q: You are widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on crime, mystery and suspense fiction. What does it take to hook you? Is there a #1 feature or characteristic that tells you a book is a hit? And how long do you stick with a one that does not pull you in from the very start?
 
Otto: It takes the same thing to hook me that any work of literature does. Good writing. A unique and compelling style. Characters that I want to hang out with and HAVE to know more about. A compelling premise can hook me even if the writing is kind of ordinary, but it’s harder to do these days since I’ve read so much.
 
There is never one thing that tells you a book will be a hit—and I’m usually wrong when I think one will be. Big hits are uncommon, and some of the greatest writers I’ve ever read never made the best-seller list.
 
I used to finish a book if I started it. But P.D. James, who was about 65 at the time, broke me of the habit. She guessed she had about ten more years to live. If she could read a book a week, that meant only about 500 books for the rest of her life. Why waste your time with something you don’t love. I adopted that philosophy from that day on. I think I now read one of five books that I start from cover to cover.
 
Q: Do you have a hands-down favorite crime fiction character? One that you feel is by far the best written to date?
 
Otto: No, I don’t. So many disparate characters bring so many different pleasures to the page. I’d read any Michael Connelly Bosch book, any Lee Child Jack Reacher. But also John Harvey, James Carlos Blake, Thomas Perry, Nelson DeMille, Charles McCarry—no matter who the character is. I think McCarry is the greatest espionage writer that America ever produced, though I think the early John le Carre was also brilliant. To try to name THE best is hopeless because there are so many different criteria for picking it, and mine may be very different from yours.
 
Q: What author among your discoveries has become the most widely read?
 
Otto: James Ellroy. I’ve discovered some outstanding writers, and published some outstanding writers but no one has surpassed Ellroy. “The Black Dhalia” became the first bestselling book that The Mysterious Press ever published, as well as our first New York Times bestseller.

Appearing with Penzler at Mystery Fest Key West 2018 are some two-dozen crime-fiction and true crime experts, including Keynote Speaker Ace Atkins, the multi-award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels; New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham; New York Times bestselling authors Lisa Black, Diane A.S. Stuckart, and Charles Todd; bestselling and award-winning author Nancy J. Cohen; award-winning authors Patrick Kendrick and Lewis C. Haskell and many others.

Event highlights include workshops on the business of being an author, how to write and sell a first novel, crisis negotiation and the forensic use of fingerprints, multiple panel discussions on subjects ranging from the state of the publishing industry to book marketing and promotion, plus author book signings, a Keynote luncheon with Ace Atkins, a Conch Train mini-tour of Key West, an ice-cream social event with Atkins and Penzler at the historic Key West Lighthouse, and a Bloody Mary Morning breakfast courtesy of Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter, at the Schooner Wharf Bar at the Key West Historic Seaport.

 Mystery Fest Key West is sponsored by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper, Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Helmerich Foundation, and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts. Event registration is $195 and includes all panels and presentations, a luncheon and the Bloody Mary morning breakfast. For a full Fest schedule, online registration, and links to accommodations visit MysteryFestKeyWest.com.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Heather Graham Talks About Writing, Karaoke Singing, and Why She Loves Mystery Fest Key West


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham will appear at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key in Key West as Special Guest Presenter at the 5th annual Mystery Fest Key West, taking place June 22-24.



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham has written more than 150 novels and novellas. She has more than seventy-five million books in print, published in more than twenty languages. The wildly popular author will appear at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key in Key West as Special Guest Presenter at the 5th annual Mystery Fest Key West, taking place June 22-24. In advance of the Fest Heather has agreed to answer a few questions:


Q: Can you tell us a little about your writing process? Are you an outliner or do you let the story reveal itself to you as you go?
Heather: My writing process just flows along with life. I tend to like mornings because we have five children and I spent years waking up at five-thirty to get people to school. I still like the morning. But, thanks to five children, no amount of noise bothers, and, so, while they're now grown, my style is something like a Dr. Seuss book . . . I can write in a car, going far, up in a plane, or on a train, by morning light, or the darkness of night . . .


Q: Have you ever sung Karaoke in Key West and if yes, would you do it again?
Heather: LOL -- surely, you jest. Having spent my first make-a-living adult days in musical theater, I am happy at any time to head to a karaoke bar. Yes, I've had many a great night and met many interesting people in Key West's karaoke bars!


Q: Have you ever cried over a character that you killed off?
Heather: There’s a character in a book called “The Dead Room” I was very sorry to see go. But then again, I do often write about ghosts.


Q: In 2017 you co-authored “The Rising” with Jon Land. How did the writing partnership come about and do you have any thoughts/insights to share on collaborative book projects?
Heather: I had been with Tor books editor Bob Gleason at NASA facilities many times and it was there that the concept of NASA-inspired books for young people originally came about. Jon is a dear friend and we came up with the idea for “The Rising” over dinner one night. I've also written a book with actor Chad Michael Murray. I'd first declined the offer since I am under contract, but, Chad turned out to be earnest, wonderful, and a great dad—and, when we first met, had to excuse himself to talk to his vet. His dog—he'd lived with the dog in his car when he'd first moved out to L.A. —needed surgery. I love animals even more than karaoke and therefore . . . animal talk turned into me saying yes. Both were wonderful experiences! Now, you can't write with just anyone—if you want to co-write, you need a kindred soul!


Q: Heather, you have appeared at every Mystery Fest Key West since the inaugural one in 2014. What keeps you coming back?
Heather: I love this con! The community support in Key West is like no other. I have loved Key West all my life, and it’s been a refuge and get-away for me forever. To have this con, with such fantastic information from experts in so many fields is amazing. I will always be there!

Appearing with Graham at Mystery Fest Key West 2018 are some two-dozen crime-fiction and true crime experts, including Keynote Speaker Ace Atkins, the multi-award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of twenty-one novels; Special Guest of Honor, the multi-award-winning editor and publisher Otto Penzler; New York Times bestselling authors Lisa Black, Diane A.S. Stuckart, and Charles Todd; bestselling and award-winning author Nancy J. Cohen; award-winning authors Patrick Kendrick and Lewis C. Haskell and many others.


Event highlights include presentation of this year’s Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition Award, workshops on the business of being an author, how to write and sell a first novel, crisis negotiation and the forensic use of fingerprints, multiple panel discussions on subjects ranging from the state of the publishing industry to book marketing and promotion, author book signings, a Keynote luncheon with Ace Atkins, a Conch Train mini-tour of Key West, an ice-cream social event with Atkins and Otto Penzler at the historic Key West Lighthouse, and a Bloody Mary Morning breakfast courtesy of Mystery Writers of America, Florida Chapter, at the famous Schooner Wharf Bar at the Key West Historic Seaport.


All who register for the Fest by midnight June 1 will be automatically entered in a drawing to win a cameo walk-on role in author Diane A.S. Stuckart’s as yet untitled second release in her Tarot Cats cozy mystery series from Midnight Ink, due out in 2019.


Mystery Fest Key West is sponsored by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the Key West Citizen daily newspaper, Mystery Writers of America – Florida Chapter, the Helmerich Foundation, and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts. All panels and presentations will take place at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key in Key West. Event registration is $195 and includes all panels and presentations, a luncheon and the Bloody Mary morning breakfast. For a full Fest schedule, online registration, and links to accommodations visit MysteryFestKeyWest.com.

Monday, May 21, 2018

FRW May Meeting June 9, 2018 10:00am to 12:00pm


Tigertail Lake Recreational Center
580 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach FL 33004

SPEAKER: Nancy J. Cohen – Ingram Spark vs CreateSpace
Multi-published author, Nancy J. Cohen, will discuss the differences between IngramSpark and CreateSpace for indie authors and how to navigate either site. Should you get your own ISBNs? What about pre-orders and proof copies? What other options are available? Whether you are reissuing backlist titles or publishing original material, this workshop will enlighten you.

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as the best cozy mystery, won a Reader's Favorite Gold Medal, and earned third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide, Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. These books have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi-Fantasy at The Romance Reviews.  A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy has served as president of Florida Romance Writers and president of the Mystery Writers of America Florida chapter. Visit her at NancyJCohen.com.
 
$10 for FRW members
$15 for non-members

Paypal buttons on the bottom of the page at:
http://www.frwriters.org/events/monthly-meetings/

If paying by PayPal, please bring the receipt/confirmation number to the meeting. Checks made out to Florida Romance Writers are mailed to: c/o Tina Stitzer, 12600 SW 5th CT, # L207, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027-6734.  
Please RSVP janetfrankslittle@gmail.com by the Wednesday prior to the workshop so enough tables and chairs will be available.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Florida Romance Writers: Meeting and Speakers for Summer 2018


Florida Romance Writers

Meetings and Speakers 
Summer 2018

All meetings are held at Broward College, Tigertail Lake Recreational Center
580 Gulf Stream Way, Dania Beach, FL 33004
Monthly meetings are $10 for FRW members, $15 for non-members and include coffee and continental breakfast.

Saturday June 9 at 10:00 am.

Nancy J. Cohen - IngramSpark vs Createspace

Indie authors have several choices in preparing their books for print editions. Multi-published author Nancy J. Cohen will discuss the differences between IngramSpark and Createspace and how to navigate either site. These questions will also be addressed: Should you get your own ISBNs? What about pre-orders and proof copies? What other options are available? Whether you are reissuing backlist titles or publishing original material, this workshop will enlighten you.

Nancy J. Cohen writes the Bad Hair Day Mysteries featuring South Florida hairstylist Marla Vail. Titles in this series have made the IMBA bestseller list, been selected by Suspense Magazine as best cozy mystery, won a Readers' Favorite Gold Medal, and earned third place in the Arizona Literary Awards. Nancy has also written the instructional guide Writing the Cozy Mystery. Her imaginative romances have proven popular with fans as well. These books have won the HOLT Medallion and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. A featured speaker at libraries, conferences, and community events, Nancy has served as president of Florida Romance Writers and president of the Mystery Writers of America Florida Chapter. Visit her at NancyJCohen.com

Saturday July 14
No Meeting

Saturday August 11 at 10 am.

Shannon Bell – Marketing on the Cheap

Learn about ways to market your book, regardless of whether you’re traditionally or indie published, that is free or cheap. Find out about social media, newsletters, and growing your followers. Discover a few sites you may not yet know about.

Shannon Bell is the author of six paranormal romances, and three marketing books.  She grew up in Florida and has always dreamed about vampires - and still secretly hopes they exist. She is married to someone who tolerates her crazy story-telling about Romania and has a daughter she hopes will have the same enthusiasm for vampires when she grows up that her mommy does.

Shannon has a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida as well as an online degree in vampirology. She loves writing about vampires, romance, food and drink, as well as travel. She is a full-time writer and currently hard at work on her next novel.

Writer's Block Bookstore and Quantum Leap Winery Present Fit Couple cooks with Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon

WRITER’S BLOCK BOOKSTORE AND QUANTUM LEAP WINERY PRESENT: FIT COUPLE COOKS WITH
STEPHANIE TORNATORE and ADAM BANNON


Writer’s Block Bookstore, in partnership with Quantum Leap Winery, is proud to announce YouTube health and wellness superstars “Fit Couple Cooks” (comprising husband and wife duo Stephanie Tornatore and Adam Bannon) as the third speakers in our series of book talks,  ine ◊ Wisdom ◊ Words on May 23rd, at 6:30PM. A discussion and signing will round out the evening!

About the book: Achieve your diet goals, maximize your time, and save money with meal plans and recipes. Planning ahead is the best way to ensure success when you’re trying to eat healthy, but figuring out what to make and eat each week can be overwhelming. Healthy Meal Prep is the first full-color cookbook devoted to meal prep strategy with 12 weekly meal plans, each with 4 unique recipes for 6 days of breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Each week includes step-by-step guidance on how to execute your meal prep, including time-saving shortcuts, simple strategies for making meal prep work for your diet, budget, and lifestyle, and complete nutritional information for every recipe to help manage diet goals. Healthy Meal Prep does the work for you with meal plans and recipes that guide you through preparing a week’s worth of wholesome, balanced meals in just a few hours.
About the authors: “Fit Couple Cooks” is the creation of fitness enthusiasts Stephanie and Adam who are passionate about clean eating and maintaining a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle. Their channel is packed with videos of delicious, easy-to-follow recipes, and occasional daily vlogs, which gives their viewers a glimpse of their personal life.

About Quantum Leap Winery: Quantum Leap is a local winery with a global reach and sustainable focus, and the only sustainable winery in Orlando. Committed to bringing quality, environmentally-friendly wines at a great value to the community. Quantum Leap is open for tastings, tours, and retail wine purchases Tuesday to Saturday, from 12 to 8PM—and is also a great venue for private events!

About Writer's Block Bookstore: We are Central Florida’s local, full-service, independent community bookstore, in beautiful downtown Winter Park. Serving the Orlando area since 2014, we have all your favorites, New York Times best-sellers, and Indie Next picks. We host author events, monthly book clubs, coordinate author school visits and offer discounts for educators and loyalty club members.