Spoken Wordplay Open Mic:
January 23, 2019, 7:30 PM
Strauss Theater, Sanibel Island
The performers and audience are great and the admission price (5 dollars)
is a terrific bargain.
Nathan Hill, best-selling author of THE NIX, brings a four-part lecture series on storytelling in the 21st century to the FGCU community. This event is free and open to the public! It all starts Wednesday, January 23, at FGCU!
Doors open at 6:00 for receptions, 6:30 for lectures, to be followed by book signings.
Author Charley Valera’s own father had spent almost four years fighting during WWII and lived out the rest of his life “without a story to tell” to his four sons. To learn more about what it was like for his father and those that served, Valera conducted heartfelt interviews with WWII veterans from both theaters of war and all branches of service. He brings the reader into the battlefield, aircraft, destroyer and marching through the countrysides. These are the stories that hadn’t been discussed in decades. Within these pages are their personal photos and memories of which many of us can call My Father’s War.
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Author Charley Valera has always had a fascination with WWII and its effects on the soldiers and their families. Valera’s father was a WWII veteran and, like most of us, he never asked what life was like during the war. Years after his father passed away, forever taking his stories with him, Valera was determined to document the lives of other WWII veterans. My Father’s War: Memories from Our Honored WWII Soldiers covers both theaters and all branches of war during WWII. This book features more than a hundred personal photos and stories from WWII veterans. These are their firsthand accounts. How they beat back the bile in their throats to complete their dangerous missions. Finally, one source to learn about their lives and why WWII was my father’s war. Now an award-winning documentary.
Charley Valera has appeared on NBC/NECN, WPRI and other TV outlets. He’s been featured in magazines, newspapers and radio throughout the country. Valera writes articles and blogs for various media on topics from WWII, real estate and aviation. A licensed commercial pilot, Realtor, author, filmmaker, public speaker, father of two boys and husband to Cheryl, they live in southwest Florida. He can be reached through www.charleyvalera.com.
PRCW is accepting poems until March 17 for a poetry anthology entitled “Ironsights: A Collection of Veteran Poety” to be published by Peace River Press in April. This project is in collaboration with the Veterans Initiative for Therapeutic Arts.
For email entries please send computer generated (typed) entries using New Times Roman 12 point, with name, contact, military affiliation, with title and no more than 100 lines. You may send up to three poems and there is no reading fee for this book. We will publish at least 75 poems and have a book opening in April on FSW Charlotte Campus. Send entries to JPelot@FSW.edu
For hardcopy entries, please refer to submission guidelines above and mail to:
Peace River Center for Writers
at Florida SouthWestern State College
26300 Airport Rd.
Punta Gorda, FL 33950.
For further information, please contact Madelon at email@example.com.
Book Signings Opportunities
at Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library in Cape Coral
The Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library would like to invite authors from Gulf Coast Writers Association who have written military related books to hold book signings at their facility. Charley Valera, author of My Father’s War and GCWA member, recently held a book signing at that facility with great results and non-stop activity. The museum is located at 4820 Leonard Street, Cape Coral, Florida 33904. You can find out more about book signings at the Military Museum by emailing
Missi.lastra@veterans-Foundation.org or calling the Museum at 239-541-8704.
Charley Valera will discuss his recent book signing at the upcoming “The Pitch, One Sheet, and Promoting Your Book” workshop on Saturday, February 2, 2019, at the Southwest Florida Military Museum from 10:00-12:00.
Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at the Southwest Florida Military Museum
Charley Valera, author of My Father’s War and GCWA member will present a free workshop about developing a compelling pitch to promote your book. He will help you formulate a One Sheet that presents your book, you, and your anticipated audience in an interesting concise format.
Charley has attended several classes and an extensive week-long conference in NYC on promoting yourself, your business, and your book to all levels and types of media including many of the largest syndicated networks and papers. He has used this knowledge in pitching his book to literary agents, TV producers, newspapers, freelance magazines, national radio, and various other media.
The workshop will be held at the Southwest Florida Military Museum and Library at 4820 Leonard St., Cape Coral, FL 33904. The museum will be hosting a pancake breakfast that day from 8:00 am-11:00 am. The cost will be $8.00 per person. You are welcome to attend the breakfast prior to the workshop.
Please join us for another enjoyable Spoke Wordplay evening.
Young.Sanibel performance poet Brodie Burns will be our featured poet. Sanibel and SW Florida poets and writers will perform their works. Marjorie and Joe Pacheco will read tennis poems. Members of the audience will be invited to perform original or favorite works.
When newspaper reporter Beck Rikki receives an unsolicited call from a high-ranking government official sending him off to investigate a candidate for President of the United States, he doesn’t realize he’s stumbled onto the story of a lifetime. As he digs deeper, he follows a trail of murder, bribery, infidelity and deceit that runs from Canada to the Caribbean–but all signs point to the White House.
Beck finds nothing is quite as it appears–not his sources, not his curious new love interest and especially not the story he’s pursuing. In the confusion, he suspects the motives of everyone–including his new love. He must figure out the truth or forces waiting in the wings will covertly grab the reins of power and take over the government.
For the first time in his career, Beck may have stumbled onto a story too dangerous to handle–but too important to walk away from. And with only days before the election, just when he thinks he’s solved the puzzle, he realizes he hasn’t.
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REPORTER BECK RIKKI again confronts the deceptions and lies of the rich and powerful in America when he is invited to meet with the chief justice of the United States, only to have the jurist show up dead. As he did in his previous outing in Naked Ambition–the ﬁrst in Rick Pullen’s compelling thriller series–Beck is relentless in pursuing the truth. Yet, as he peels back the layers, he is unaware of the sleight of hand diverting his path. After all, in the real world of power, how much of the iceberg of truth can really be uncovered?
“Pullen skillfully moves his characters around on a cleverly-crafted chessboard.” –STEVE BERRY, New York Times bestselling thriller author of The Bishop’s Pawn
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