Saturday, April 21, 2018

Florida Romance Writers May Meeting May 12, 2018

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

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

SPEAKER: Joanna Campbell Slan – Write Like a Pro - Motivation for Authors
In this power-packed presentation, multi-published, best-selling, and award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan will share five tested ways to shift into high gear as a writer. If your goal is to get more words on paper, to finish that unfinished manuscript, and to get published, this session will be well worth your time.
RT Reviews has called Joanna Campbell Slan "one of mystery's rising stars",  She's the author of three mystery series. Previous to writing fiction, Joanna penned seven scrapbooking technique books and wrote for Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, and PaperKuts. She was a television talk show host, and adjunct professor of public relations, a sought-after motivational speaker, and a corporate speechwriter. The Slans and their two dogs make their home on Jupiter Island, Florida.
$10 for FRW members, $15 for nonmembers.

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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 by the Wednesday prior to the workshop so enough tables and chairs will be available.

Mystery Writers and the Fans Who Love Them to Convene at 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West

The 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West is set for June 22-24, 2018 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key in Key West, Florida.  (Photo by Carol Tedesco)

Celebrated mystery writers, acclaimed storytellers and the fans who love them are set to infiltrate the tropical island where so many have found their inspiration during the 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 22-24, 2018 at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Grand Key in Key West, Florida. 
Why is Key West such a popular incubator and setting for generations of authors— from Hemingway to Heather Graham, Tennessee Williams to John H. Cunningham, Elizabeth Bishop to Roberta Isleib? Maybe it’s the archipelago’s history as a haven for pirates and drug-runners, its salty off-the-grid renegade energy – or simply the hypnotic effect of swaying palm trees reflected against water on a tiny island surrounded by endless miles of ocean. Whatever it is, the locale has spawned a multitude of tales and a small army of authors.

Mystery Fest Key West was founded in 2014 and while it has grown in fame and attendance since then, “it still has the intimacy of a boutique-sized convention with lots of direct interaction between authors and audience,” commented author, publisher and Fest co-founder Shirrel Rhoades. "And, because of the exceptional caliber of our guest authors, the fascinating panels and unique social events—all in a tropical island paradise—we also attract writers and fans of other genres as well.”
During the weekend’s series of panels, presentations and social events, Mystery Fest attendees will have the opportunity to learn first-hand how to craft or simply refine their own tales of crime, murder and mystery from a stellar line-up of high-profile mystery and suspense luminaries and true-crime experts.
2018 headliners are Keynote Speaker Ace Atkins, the multi-award winning, “New York Times” bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the recent Robert B. Parker “Spenser” mysteries; Special Guest of Honor, the multi-award winning editor and publisher Otto Penzler - proprietor of the famed “The Mysterious Book Shop” in New York City; and Special Guest Presenter, “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling author Heather Graham.
Featured presenters include New York Times” bestselling author Lisa Black, bestselling and award-winning author Nancy J. Cohen; “New York Times” bestselling author Diane A.S. Stuckart; “New York Times” bestselling co-author Charles Todd, award-winning authors Patrick Kendrick, Lewis C. Haskell and many others.
Event highlights include presentation of the 2018 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, along with author book signings, a Keynote luncheon with author Ace Atkins, a Conch Train mini-tour of Key West, an ice-cream social event with Ace Atkins and Otto Penzler at the historic Key West Lighthouse, and a Bloody Mary Morning breakfast at Key West’s historic Schooner Wharf Bar.
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 Key West’s historic seaport. For a full Fest schedule, online registration, and links to accommodations visit


New from Writer's Atelier: The Writer's Atelier Little Book of Writing Affirmations

New from Writer's Atelier:

The Writer's Atelier Little Book of Writing Affirmations has arrived!

Your mind is the most powerful tool you will have. That’s why they wanted to write something that would help you work on your mindset. The Writer’s Atelier Book of Writing Affirmations features 30 positive affirmations for writers that you can revisit and repeat again and again. Order your copy on Amazon

Florida Chapter, Mystery Writers of America Luncheon Meeting - Guest Speaker: Elizabeth Sims

DATE: May 19, 2018

PROGRAM: Perils and Payoffs: The Risky Business of Researching for Fiction

Prizewinning author Elizabeth Sims will give you a fresh look at techniques that make today’s fiction jump off the page. She’ll share the keys to finding out just about anything, from real people who know what they’re talking about. Also, she’ll give solid, fast hacks on how to gain first-hand experience, having tagged along to movie auditions, attended class at Harvard Law School, played music on the street for money, used a firearm, talked with cops, opened and walked through countless scary doors, and much more. Her tales—often hilarious, always truthful—will help you bring greater authenticity to your work. Join Elizabeth for this fast-paced talk, with Q & A afterward. She will also be selling and signing her books, including, “Crimes In A Second Language.”

Speaker: Elizabeth Sims is the author of the Rita Farmer Mysteries and the Lambda and GCLS Goldie award-winning Lillian Byrd Crime Series, as well as other fiction. Her work has been published by a major press (Macmillan) as well as several smaller houses, and she publishes independently under her own imprint, Spruce Park Press. Elizabeth is a contributing editor at Writer’s Digest magazine, specializing in the art and craft of fiction. Her instructional title, You've Got a Book in You: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (Writer’s Digest Books), is recognized in NaNoWriMo’s “Books We Love” and is a favorite of writers everywhere. Elizabeth belongs to several literary societies as well as American Mensa.

DATE: SATURDAY, May 19, 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. Prepayment by May 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 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 FMWA Treasurer, 2301 S. Ocean Dr. #2005, Hollywood, FL 33019
Please make your online reservation by MAY 16 or mail your check at least 3 days prior to that date so that you will be included on the reservation list, and we can provide the hotel with an accurate headcount! Walk-ins are accommodated only it space allows.

Next Meeting Date: Saturday June 16, 2018.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Nancy Cohen will appear at the Orlando Book Festival

Saturday, April 21, Orlando Book Festival, 10 am to 5 pm; Orlando Public Library, 101 East Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801.

11:00 – 11:50 A.M., “Keeping the Mystery Alive” at Tech Central – 2nd Floor. Panel Discussion Featuring: David Hagberg, Nancy J. Cohen, Amy Christine Parker, Lori Roy. Moderator: Jennifer Morris

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Book Signing, all authors

Murder by Manicure by Nancy J. Cohen

Murder by Manicure Audiobook by Nancy J. Cohen is a 2018 ABR Audiobook Listener Award Finalist.

Click Here for the Mystery category and scroll down to cast your daily vote for Murder by Manicure.…/mystery-2018-voting/

Friday, April 13, 2018

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

Authors for Authors will sponsor its annual Writers' Conference: Write, Publish, Sell! on April 22, 2018, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Hilton Rialto Melbourne, 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne, FL 32901.
This conference is open to those who love to read books and those who enjoy writing them. Readers are welcome to spend the day with new and experienced authors to learn what's trending in the world of literature. Authors will 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 discussion groups to choose from and the opportunity to network with authors, editors, and publishers.
There are several scholarships available for educators working in public, private, charter and home schools. 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 reading 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

Turtle Point by DL Havlin

“Can good people bury bad events in their past?” DL Havlin’s new mystery/suspense novel, Turtle Point, explores this possibility. Benny Dupree, the main character, lives with the constant threat of the exposure of a deed committed thirty years in the past. Living in a paradise of white sand beaches and warm tropical waters, Benny is enjoying his senior year in college when a beautiful co-ed turns his world upside-down. Her dedication to ecology and saving sea turtles becomes his. They encounter poachers. Benny finds his new love being buried by the two criminals. Benny kills and buries them in island sands.

The threat of having his crime discovered fades during the next thirty years, but suddenly is forcefully revived by two mysterious “treasure” hunting men who threaten to penetrate all the defenses he’s erected to protect his secret. As they snoop and get close to exposing him, Benny becomes frantic and seeks help from a friend.

Enter Harper Sturgis! A friend refers Benny to this lawyer/private investigator who specializes in tough cases. A retired Marine Intelligence Officer, Harper takes no prisoners. Benny finds “she” is as tough as any “he” he’s ever met. Harper takes the case and exhumes secrets and surprises that Benny isn’t even aware. Is Harper able to save Benny from spending the rest of his life in jail? Read and find out.

Set in the beautiful Sanibel-Captiva, Pine Island area in Southwest Florida, Turtle Point will captivate the mystery/suspense reader who craves differences in characters, plot, and story resolution.
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About the author DLHavlin
DL Havlin's credo is Open Minds, Open Books for he believes readers are thinkers. Educated in Florida and Ohio public schools, he is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati. He's enjoyed a varied career as a business executive, fishing guide, football coach, world traveller, and has been involved in many more interesting endeavours. DL has been writing the past twenty plus years, has had numerous novels published, along with a short-story collection, and magazine articles. He has received a number of awards from different organizations including an Author of the Year Award in 2008.

For more information, visit his website at 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Boca Raton Resident Dayle Grande Herstik's Collection of Meditative Essays for Writers, Artists and Nature Lovers is Now Available

Florida author and artist Dayle Grande Herstik celebrates the publication of her third book, A Country House with Soul: Where Nature's Lessons Unfold. Herstik contends that everyone deserves a sacred space to rest in to their authentic Self. Nature lovers and artists of all kinds will love her nostalgic narrative as she explores this notion through the lens of looking back on life and remembering what it was like "in those days," growing up in crowded neighborhoods and cities of concrete. In stark contrast stood the country house—a place of respite from frenetic times and noise, and lack of trees—in a magical environment replete with aromas of pine and balsam, water without chlorine, and activities like berry picking, hammock swinging, and rowing in a big wooden boat. As Herstik's essays welcome us into the summertime sanctuary enjoyed by generations of her family, nature's lessons unfold before our eyes and help us all lead a balanced life. 

A seasonal resident of Boca Raton, Florida, Herstik is a writer, poet and painter whose work reflects upon life’s wisdom, relationships, philosophy, and tiny moments that linger upon the landscape of her natural surroundings. In “retirement,” she divides her time is between Boca Raton, Florida, New Jersey, and the Adirondack mountains in New York State. She is a member of the National League of American Pen Women. 

Published by Citrine Publishing, A Country House with Soul: Where Nature's Lessons Unfold by Daye Grande Herstik is available in paperback ($14.95) and e-book ($4.99) at

Writer's Block Bookstore and Quantum Leap Winery present: Steve Kistulentz

Wine, Wisdom and Words Reading Series
Location: Quantum Leap Winery
1312 Wilfred Drive, Orlando FL
Date: April 26th, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Writer’s Block Bookstore
124 E. Welbourne Avenue, Winter Park, Florida


Writer’s Block Bookstore is delighted to partner with Quantum Leap Winery presenting the second author in our series of book talks, Wine ◊ Wisdom ◊ Words. On April 26th, at 6:30PM. Join us as we celebrate the publication of his debut novel, PANORAMA. A discussion and signing will round out the evening!

About the book: In PANORAMA, debut novelist Steve Kistulentz traverses the rich inner lives of his increasingly connected cast of characters, from the very passengers of the flight to the unknowing crew on the ground to innocent passersby. Richard MacMurray, a cable news talking head who must take stock of his own life when the crash transforms from just another tragedy gone viral, lives a distinct before and after. In masterly fashion, Steve Kistulentz manages to craft exacting and intimate portraits of human loss all while capturing the expansive, dizzying scope of public tragedy and grief.

Praise for PANORAMA by Steve Kistulentz

“An interesting delve into lives that haven’t exactly gone as planned … Readers of character-driven fiction who appreciate a happy ending will enjoy this.”—Booklist

“It has been said that a good novelist is also by default a first-rate sociologist and psychologist, too—along with being a magician. In sharp, smart prose, Steve Kistulentz portrays the terrible strands of tragedy. The result is an engrossing, powerful, capacious novel, and a very impressive debut.”—Richard Bausch, PEN/Malamud Award–winning author of Peace

“Written with an intimate precision, Panorama brings tremendous compassion to people we take for granted and the circumstances we ignore beyond the momentary surface. This book, with its enormous ambition, serves to remind us that it’s necessary and human to feel.”
— Chris Offutt, author of Kentucky Straight

About the author: Steve Kistulentz, “a writer to watch” (Kirkus Reviews) will be reading from his debut novel PANORAMA, which was named one of the most anticipated books of 2018 and has been called  “a great and promising debut novel” (Washington Book Review) and “a deeply moving meditation on the nature of family and home and a celebration of our redeeming capacity for optimism in the face of tragedy, hardship, and loss” (Library Journal). He is the director of the graduate creative writing program at Saint Leo University in Florida and now lives in Tampa. Prior to that, he spent fifteen years working in national politics in his hometown of Washington, D.C.

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.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Open Mic Nite - Women's National Book Association

Fun night as members of the Women's National Book Association (WNBA)  read from their latest work on Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Coffee District, 325 NE 2nd Ave., Delray Beach, FL 33444Members, Free. Nonmembers, $10. Lite bites served. Happy hour prices at bar. Questions - email

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Call for Submissions for the forthcoming anthology, Florida

 You'll find more details at ...

Events at Murder on the Beach Bookstore May 2018

Booksignings & Events
Fri May 18 at 7 pm.  Elaine Viets will speak and sign Deal with the Devil $18.00.

Sat May 19 at 7 pm.  Solange Ritchie will speak and sign FireStorm  15.99

Thu May 24 at 7 pm.  Alex Segura will speak and sign Blackout 25.99

Book Clubs
Tuesday May 15 at 6:30 pm.  The Tuesday Murder Club will discuss The Ex by Alafair Burke 15.99.

Sunday May 20 at 3 pm.  The Sunday Sleuths Book Club will discuss Ruddy Gore by Kerry Greenwood 14.99.

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

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Otto Penzler, ‘Expert on all Things Hard-Boiled,’ to be Mystery Fest Key West 2018 Special Guest of Honor – Registration is now open

Mystery Fest Key West has announced that Otto Penzler, dubbed ‘expert on all things hard-boiled’ (Chris Talbot/AP Entertainment) and widely regarded as the world’s foremost authority on crime, mystery and suspense fiction, is to be Special Guest of Honor at the annual convention of mystery writers, aspiring authors, true crime experts and fans set for June 22-24 in Key West, Florida.
A multi-award winning editor and publisher, Penzler is proprietor of the renowned ‘The Mysterious Bookshop’ in New York City, the oldest mystery specialist bookstore in America, and founder of ‘The Mysterious Press,’ which now is an imprint at Grove/Atlantic, where it publishes literary crime fiction.
Penzler served as host for Turner Classic Movies ‘Month of Mystery’ in 2002 and has edited more than sixty mystery anthologies, including ‘The Big Book of Jack the Ripper,’ ‘The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes,’ ‘The Best American Noir of the Century,’ ‘The Best American Mystery Stories of the 19th Century,’ and ‘The Best American Mystery Stories of the Century.’
Penzler, who will appear on a ‘State of the Publishing Industry’ panel as well as co-host Saturday evening’s social event at the historic Key West Lighthouse, will be joined at the Fest by Keynote Speaker Ace Atkins, the multi-award winning, ‘New York Times’ bestselling author of twenty-one novels, including the recent Robert B. Parker “Spenser” mysteries; Special Guest Presenter, ‘New York Times’ and ‘USA Today’ bestselling author Heather Graham; ‘New York Times’ bestselling author Lisa Black, bestselling and award-winning author Nancy J. Cohen; “New York Times” bestselling author Diane A.S. Stuckart; “New York Times” bestselling co-author Charles Todd, and many others.
“I’ve had the joy of being a speaker at the Key West Literary conference and been jealous of my friends and colleagues who have been guests of Mystery Fest. I can’t wait to come back and am honored to have been asked.”
In addition to panels and presentations with some two-dozen high profile and award-winning mystery authors and true-crime experts, 2018 Fest highlights include book signings, professional publishing and marketing discussions, a mini Conch Train tour around the island of Key West, and annual presentation of the 2018 Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition and 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 Key West’s historic seaport. For a full Fest schedule, online registration, and links to accommodations visit
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Otto Penzler, renowned editor, publisher and proprietor of ‘The Mysterious Bookshop in New York City.

Last Call for Entries - Mystery Fest Key West Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition Entry Deadline is April 15

Do you have a finished, but unpublished, mystery genre manuscript?
Mystery Fest Key West has announced a ‘last call’ for submissions to this year’s Whodunit Mystery Writing Competition. Deadline is Monday, April 15.
Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, candidates wishing to compete are invited to submit the first three pages (maximum 750 words) of a finished, but unpublished manuscript to no later than April 15. There is no fee to enter, finalists will be notified by May 1, and will have until May 10 to submit full manuscripts.
The winner will claim a book-publishing contract with Absolutely Amazing eBooks, free Mystery Fest Key West 2018 registration, airfare, hotel accommodations for two nights, meals and a Whodunit Award trophy to be presented at the 5th Annual Mystery Fest Key West, set for June 22-24 in Key West, Florida.
The inaugural, 2015 award was won by J.E. Irvin of Springboro, Ohio, for her entry titled "The Dark End of the Rainbow." Lewis C. Haskell of Key West, Florida, took the 2016 Whodunit with “Tequila Mockingbird,” and in 2017 Mike Pettit of Gulf Breeze, Florida, for his entry, “Key West Flashpoint.”
Complete Whodunit Writing Competition guidelines and submission details are available at
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Key West resident Lewis C. Haskell was the 2016 Whodunit Writing Competition winner for his entry titled "Tequila Mockingbird," and took Third Place in 2017 with “Kilimanjaro Snow.”