Smith — Angel of Tears

Angel of Tears
by Irene Smith

In 1947, Summer Sobieski is sent to live with Polish relatives in Detroit. Enrolled in Catholic School, she is ridiculed for her name and her mother’s mental illness. When Alva Watson, an aging albino, moves into a long vacant house next door, she is feared and shunned. Summer sees something in Alva that no one else recognizes. The relationship between the two misfits affects the lives of everyone around them.

Summer’s reunion with her parents is less than desirable. Overwhelmed with family issues, spiritual conflicts, and two female tormentors, Summer unwittingly causes a shocking mishap. The consequences are harrowing; redemption and retribution follows.

Often humorous, this is a tale of innocence and ignorance, failure and faith, and the undeniable power of love. [more]

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Writers on the Air

Writers on the Air  (WOA) invites all writers to read their work on the radio show. You can read poetry, short stories, a chapter from your novel or anything you want to share with the public. The show is taped from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday. Just arrive at 2:30 p.m. to sign in. This is a unique venue for writers who want to connect with listeners on the radio. Also, anyone who would like to cheer on the writers is welcome in the audience. Location: Common Grounds Meeting Hall, 12737 S Tamiami Trail, North Port, FL 34287 

The Writer’s Breakfast will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3rd, at the IHOP, 1501 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda. Writers are encouraged to bring a short piece of their writing to read or discuss. If you are new to writing or would like to learn about writing, this is the place. There is no cost except for your own breakfast. This meeting is open to the public. The facilitator is Doug Houck (

The Writer’s Tea will meet on Tuesday, June 20th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the MID-COUNTY LIBRARY ON FORREST NELSON due to the summer Read and Feed program at the Port Charlotte Library. You are invited to attend and share some of your poems, stories, or personal memoirs. Please bring a snack to share. Tea will be provided. You can call Arlene Kincaid at 625-7312 or Mary Grace Patterson at 575-0739 for further information.

Make Your Story Last Forever
Monday, June 5, 1-2:30 p.m.
Florida Gulf Coast University
117 Herald Court, Punta Gorda

Share your life with people who matter…your children, grandkids, siblings, and your school friends. Your story is an inspiration to your descendants and a reflection of your generation. Learn some tips to produce a memoir of who you are and to find your voice. Class Code: HC1482. Cost: $18. Info: (941) 505-0130 or

Readers are needed to help read to the kids at the Read & Feed Program in June and July. If you can, please take a step forward and lend a helping hand. There are 14 time slots, 30 minutes each from 11:30 a.m.-Noon. Please note that readers will need to fill out a Volunteer Application that includes confidential information such as their Social Security number for a background check. Interested readers can call the library and ask for Tracy or Emily, or email Tracy at

If you are a creative writer then this class is for you! Learn and discuss techniques from the pros! Short story assignments will be given and then discussed in class. Have fun and be challenged while receiving feedback from other creative and talented writers in a supportive and safe environment!

  • Classes will meet on these dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26 & July 3,10, 17, 24
  • Class will meet for these times: from 6:00 pm -9:00 pm
  • Class location: Lee County Public Education Center

*All Lee County Lifelong Learning classes must meet a minimum student requirement or class will be canceled.

Lee County Public Education Center (LCPEC)
2855 Colonial Boulevard
East Entrance
Fort Myers, FL 33966

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May 22, 2017

Jamilla Brooks’ First Book is Published!

I am excited to announce that my first book “Beautiful You Are!: Inspired Poems” has been

I am also excited to announce that I will be a vendor at the first Memorial Day Singles Retreat “Fun in the Son” on Fort Myers Beach. My book and tees will be available for purchase! The Retreat dates are May 26-May 29 and for more information check out the website:

To conclude my good news share I would like to say how honored I am to have been a nominee in the 2017 Distinguished Entrepreneur of Southwest Florida for my business Desire To Inspire! I was one of thirty entrepreneurs so this is a huge honor!

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Beautiful You Are!: Inspired Poems  by Jamilla D. Brooks 


The 4th Annual Book Pipeline Competition is searching for authors with material appropriate for film or television adaptation. The winning writer receives $10,000 and circulation to Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby, American Pastoral), QC Entertainment (Get Out, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies), Good Fear Film + Management (Rings, Polaroid), and other top production companies, managers, and agencies best-suited for developing the selected projects.

Continuing to build upon the success of the Script Pipeline writing competitions, which have discovered hundreds of new writers over the past 17 years, Book Pipeline aims to deliver unique, compelling stories to the industry–with the specific intent of getting them on the fast-track to film and television production. The contest is open to all genres, and both new and established writers may enter.

Enter by: Thursday, May 25
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