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!


To all writers and illustrators of children’s books, including people who are just getting started, please join us at The Cape Coral Library on Mohawk Pkwy. {921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33914} at 3 pm Saturday, Nov 19,2016 for the purpose of exploring the formation a SWF chapter of SCBWI. Bring your current projects, questions, and ideas. SCBWI stands for the national Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
~Lori Flying Fish

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 17, 2016. How to enter, visit: http://www.dreamquestone.com 

We have a series of writing workshops coming up during our meetings. Get your favorite writing device at the ready.

You will want to bring 6 copies of a character description with you, to July’s meeting. See our Speaker’s page for more details.


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 🙂

Keiser University is holding its first Literary Festival and has requested help from our Gulf Coast Writers Association in judging the essay and poetry entries. This is an opportunity to help aspiring young writers to improve their skills and encourage them on their writing journey. Please contact either John Hoatson, Student Services, at 239-277-1336 or Cheryl Abney, GCWA member, at 863-983-3189.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this volunteer opportunity to make a difference in the lives of participating students.