I’m happy to announce that my book, That’s My Story, And I’m Still Movin’ On! , has been published. It’s the sixth book in a series that combines autobiography and an accounting of the character and characters of my small (population 2400 ) Wisconsin rural town. Writing a weekly column the past fifteen years for Fennimore’s newspaper has given me a vast number of anecdotes (750 and counting) from which to relate my tales from the 1940s era to the present day.
I want to thank Bob McCarthy for the incredible review he posted on Amazon and Google, for my novel, Angel of Tears. This was not just a quick overview; it was a six-point outline of why he believed the story worked from start to finish. As a published writer, professional in Media Marketing, Public Relations and other aspects of the writing process, this review is invaluable to me as a first-time novelist.
It is also an excellent reminder to me, and all of us writers, how important it is to let the rest of the world know what we liked about the books of our fellow members of GCWA.
The more reviews a book receives, good or not-so-good, help bring the book nearer to the top of Amazon’s most-read list.
Thank you again, Bob, for your encouragement. It is a definite boost for me now that I am writing my second novel.
~Irene “Susie” Smith
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
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.
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 🙂
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 )
Carl Megill’s 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.
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