I am excited to announce that I have acquired the Gulf Coast Bookstore on Fowler Street near downtown Fort Myers  from my former business partner, Tim Jacobs. In the coming weeks, I will be rebranding it as P.J. Boox Downtown! I will also be expanding the offer to all Florida authors rather than just local to Fort Myers. If you are interested in space there or at the original PJBoox, you can now go directly to www.pjboox.NET and submit your information for consideration.

 

Doug has a new children’s book out in time for the holidays. Entitled, ‘Morgan McKinney’s Bigger-Than-Life Bedtime Story’, it stars Morgan McKinney, a big lovable kid who is rambunctious and full of energy. No one can jump like Morgan and no one has a feather pillow like Morgan. You know, the feather pillow with the DO NOT REMOVE tag on it. It isn’t until his mother tells him a bedtime story on Christmas Eve that he discovers just what happens when the tag is pulled OFF.  Follow Morgan and all the large animals at the zoo on their amazing airborne adventure above Florida. Meet Henry, the Humongous Hippo; Ralph, the Rugged Rhino; Eloise, the Purple-Spotted Elephant Seal; Garth, the Goliath Grouper; and Martha, the Monstrous Manatee.   Watch for a guest appearance by the Big Guy himself, Santa Claus. And don’t miss the super cool surprise ending!

http://dougcreates.com/dougcreates/Morgan_McKinney.html

Kerryn Reid’s novella, “Butterfly in a Hurricane,” has been named a finalist in the Royal Palm Literary Awards. The story involves a fragile young woman with Asperger’s syndrome who falls for the Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy who spares her a speeding ticket. He sees in Lydia the beauty of a butterfly, with all its vulnerability. She’s odd, awkward, and irresistible… but if he’s Type A, she must be Type Z. Can they possibly find happiness somewhere in the middle of the alphabet? “Butterfly” is part of an anthology of short stories by Southwest Florida Romance Writers out August 2016 in ebook and print.

THE DREAMQUESTONE POETRY & WRITING CONTEST is open to anyone who loves expressing innermost thoughts and feelings into the beautiful literary art of poetry and/or writing a story that is worth telling everyone. Guidelines: (1) Write a poem, thirty lines or fewer on any subject, form or style. And/or (2) Write a short story, five pages maximum length, single or double line spacing, on any subject or theme, fiction, nonfiction or creative nonfiction. Multiple entries are accepted. Prizes: Writing First Prize is $500; Second: $250; Third: $100. Poetry First Prize: $250; Second: $125; Third: $50. Entry fees: $5 per poem/$10 per story. Postmark deadline: AUGUST 15, 2017. How to enter, visit: http://www.dreamquestone.com 

Greetings,

Just wanted to provide you an update! At the March meeting, I shared that I would be in the Table Topics Division Contest on April 1st! I’m happy to share that I came in 2nd place out of eight contestants and earned a trophy!

Also this week is the first week of the Inspirational Running Club that I was inspired to start! iRun Presented by Desire To Inspire will have our kick-off run on Tuesday, April 5th @ 6:45 pm at the Edison Bridge Downtown Fort Myers! If you like us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DTIYou) you can subscribe to our events, that way you never miss-out on upcoming events. Also to learn more about the club you can visit the website (http://www.desiretoinspireyou.com/irun-club/). “The key is to start where you are.” Let’s come together to Pray… Run/Walk… and Pray again on Tuesdays and Thursdays! Be sure to bring your running shoes!!!

Thanks so much for the amazing support and the excitement shared when I announced that the film “Ring” which I am a Supporting Actress (yes I had a speaking part, I am so excited!!!) will be in the Fort Myers Film Festival showing on Saturday, April 9th at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center the film will be in the 7:15 pm block see page 12 of the guide (http://www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com/FMFF2016GUIDE.pdf)!

April is a very exciting month. I recently learned that  “Hanging Millstone” the full feature film in which I play a Doctor was recently accepted to the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival and “Ring” will also be in this 10th annual film festival! (How cool is that?!?!) The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival will be held April 20 -24. I believe the films will be showing Wednesday, April 20th starting at 7:30 pm at the Beach Theater (http://www.fmbfilmfest.com/) I will follow up once they provide more details. Thank you for the love and support checking out this share!

Have an AWESOME Day!

~ Jamilla D. Brooks 🙂

New Constitution & Bylaws

At our January meeting (January 16, 2016), we will be voting on a proposed new Constitution & Bylaws to replace our current twelve year old governing documents.   You may view the proposed Constitution and Bylaws at:
http://gulfwriters.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Draft-CONSTITUTION-and-BYLAWS-combined-11-18-2015.pdf

If approved, the new Constitution & Bylaws will take effect on April 1.  Approval will require the vote of two-thirds of members present at the January meeting. Everyone is encouraged to become familiar with the new documents and to come to the January meeting prepared to vote.

KWIZZLES

My second book has been published called “KWIZZLES.” It’s a word game I created that uses trivia, jumbles and quizzes all in one. There are Kwizzles covering many topics (music, tv, movies, sports, personalities and more). It’s perfect for that puzzle lover, or trivia expert in your family. You’ll find it on amazon and at my website www.carlmegill.com. I hope you’ll check out this new and challenging game.

Mike Fuller releases SINK RATE

Snowbird author Mike Fuller, who spends the cold months in Naples and the rest in frosty Pennsylvania, has released the first in his Sam Deland Crime Novel series, SINK RATE. Years in the making, re-making and, with the help of a cast of several, Mike has finally published his first novel. A good guy – bad guy story of double murder in rural Pennsylvania that puts Corporal Sam Deland’s state police squad on the hunt for big city shooters. Published by Rogue Phoenix Press and available on Amazon, Mike has written a careful and compelling tale of police drama told by a colorful and diverse cast of characters.

Visit Mike at:  www.mikefullerauthor.com

Get SINK RATE on AMAZON:

http://www.amazon.com/Sink-Rate-Mike-Fuller-ebook/dp/B017L4RLA4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446853711&sr=8-1&keywords=sink+rate&pebp=1446864310629&perid=197GMWKE131EMNNAEM6C

Get SINK RATE at ROGUE PHOENIX PRESS (POD version available):

http://shop.roguephoenixpress.ieasysite.com/productinfo_v3.aspx?productid=SINKRATE

The next Florida Mystery Writers of America: Southwest satellite meeting will be held at 1pm Saturday November 14 on the campus of Florida SouthWestern State College in Fort Myers.

You do not have to be an MWA member to attend this meeting – although MWA membership materials will be available – invite your fiction writing friends.

Our guest speaker will be FSW Professor Cal Rea. He will give us the scoop on archeological digs. Pictures and everything.

We’re meeting in room 108 of the L-building at FSW – adjacent to the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. I will put up signs inside. Check the Lee Campus map here for more details <http://www.fsw.edu/about/maps>
You are allowed to park in Lot 7 next to the L-building (usually reserved for faculty) on Saturday, even if there is an event going on at BB Mann.

We will meet for lunch at 11:30 at Jason’s Deli – 13550 Reflection Parkway, Fort Myers. It’s off Cypress Lake Drive near the FSW campus.
Michael  L. Joy ( author.mljoy@hotmail.com )

Board Meeting

The GCWA Board of Directors will hold a meeting on Tuesday, November 3, from 2:00pm until 4:00pm.  The meeting will be held at the Breakfast Room of the Fairfield Inn.