Good news to share with you: My poetry manuscript has been accepted for publication by Kelsay Books of Helmet, California. The collection gathers some 50 poems culled from three decades of writing. I’ve been advised by other Kelsay authors that actual publication is “slow,” but when compared to how long it’s taken me to tuck these poems into one bed, ‘slow’ is much quicker than “never.” As “they” used to say before we hurried up, “don’t touch that dial!”
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!
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.
After six years’ research and multiple rewrites my debut novel is a reality. It is a quest novel grounded in historical facts dealing with 10th century Britain and Ireland. I have an author in the same basic genre, Historical Fiction, whom I have requested to review Life Song and am awaiting a reply. Lakes Regional Library turned me on to Jane Kirkpatrick. She is a resident of Oregon, and I have been receiving her newsletter every month for the past three years.
Why Oregon? a: I went to school there. b: Her writing is fabulous.
Best regards, Susan Thornburg
I took the advice of Henry Heitmann, who last year was a winner in the DreamquestOne writing contest, and I entered one of my short stories in this years contest. This year I won third place and was very pleased to do that. Dreamquest is a National/ International web site and draws 1000s of entries each year from around the world. Winning is a plus and I encourage you to try it. Ken Feeley.. (view the winners at http://www.dreamquestone.com )
LEARNING TO WALTZ, debut novel by Karen Auriti writing as Kerryn Reid, has been named best Regency fiction in Chanticleer Books’ competition for Women’s Fiction and Romance!
(cover photo is on the GCWA site, or I can send on request)
Jamilla has accepted a role in an Indie Film that will be produced right here in Southwest Florida. Her character in the film, Hanging Millstone, is “Dr. Anderson.” This will be a first for Jamilla and she is very excited!
I have just been informed that I am a Silver Medal winner and perhaps a Gold Medal winner for the FL Authors/ Publishers Association: The category-spirituality and the book title A TASTE OF CHOCOLATE FOR THE SOUL. I will find out August 8th, at the Awards Dinner if I am a Gold Medal winner.
I am humbled and honored by such a recognition.
Dr Carol Kennedy
Lisa Batch’s picture book won the Reader Views Award, 6-8 year olds category, 2014-15.
Judy Loose’s new mystery novel, Mangrove Madness by J.C. Ferguson, is available on Amazon.