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

Angel of Tears on Amazon

Meeting Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Meeting Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Edwin R. Ellis from the Sarasota Writer’s Group/Englewood Authors
Topic: Organizational Models for Quality Writing

Meeting Location: Nokomis Fire Station—Training Room. Entrance is in rear of building.

Parking: Available behind the fire station

Everyone is invited: If you have a special need such as limited driving at night, please contact Ed Ellis at edellis20@gmail.com to make arrangements.

Directions: fwasarasota.blogspot.com


An Evening of Storytelling. Ten tellers perform tales of laughter, tears, fun and excitement. From personal stories to tall tales, folk tales to fractured tales, and more…


Monday, April 3, 2017, 7pm—9pm
Sugden Theatre (Tobye Studio)
701 5th Ave S, Naples FL 34102
Get your ticket today: $20
Box Office: (239) 263-7990
Sponsored by Storytellers of the Round Table & Naples Advanced Toastmasters

“The Elephant” – Stories You’ll Never Forget

Valerie Galante, Ph.D.

Valerie Galante, Ph.D.

Valerie Galante is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who owns her own private practice and has been providing psychological assessment, intervention, and consultation services to people of diverse backgrounds for over 25 years specializing in Health Psychology, Behavioral Medicine, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Mind-Body Medicine, Nutrition, Spirituality and Military Mental Health. As a civilian Licensed Clinical Psychologist, she has worked extensively with first responders and members from all branches of military service coping with pre- and post-deployment issues, combat-related issues, PTSD, and mTBI.

Valerie earned a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University, an M.A. in Theoretical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University, completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Health Psychology at Michigan State University, and is ordained as an Interfaith Minister by the first fully accredited interfaith seminary in the US, All Faiths Seminary International in NYC.

Click here for a listing of Valerie’s Books.

Al York

Al York

A five year Florida resident I spent much of my adult life near Seattle, Washington. I’ve lived and worked in Panama, Kenya and Rwanda, traveling to 52 countries. After a career in the nonprofit sector, international humanitarian aid and community development, I spent the last 12 years as a consultant. A large part of my work is technical writing: grants, proposals, reports, evaluations, and program descriptions.

This past year I tried my hand at creative writing and I am in the editing stage of a crime novel.