Monsters are real to children and can be found hiding everywhere, from inside a vacuum cleaner to under a bed. Even a washing machine is fair game for a monster! Fears are real and confusing for a young child. Trying to help our children overcome and conquer a fear isn’t easy. But sometimes, just a little grandmotherly love and understanding is all that’s needed. Ten Rules About Monsters, written by a grandmother and illustrated by a mother, helps a child to face his or her fear through laughter and love. If your child has ever worried about that monster hiding under the bed, then this is the story for you.
A fun book for grandparents or parents to share with kids. My kids loved it. – CB
Lovely book. Can’t wait to give to grandkids for Christmas – bglisis
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Lynn was born and raised in beautiful Ventura, California where the hills gently slope into the blue Pacific Ocean. From her hilltop, Lynn enjoyed the view while contemplating the mysteries of life.
Now, through her stories Lynn shares what she’s learned – that people can be evil. Others dishonesty and a general lack of caring is what drives her to add words to an otherwise blank sheet of paper.
After earning a Master’s Degree from Troy State University, Lynn worked for the federal government experiencing the strict life of the secret black ops world. Never running from a challenge, she stood her ground and established relationships with those she could trust while avoiding those she feared.
Within the pages of The Agency Series, Lynn shares her memories of the different personalities she worked with within this dangerous world. Indulging in one of these novels whisks a reader to places they could never imagine exists. But they do.
With her help of her friends in the space exploration field, Lynn started the Journey’s Travels series for Young Adults. The novels explore the inner workings of an elite dictatorship and the consequences of trying to control people. It just doesn’t work. People must be free to experience life to its fullest, otherwise they rebel.
The love of Lynn’s life is her grandchildren. 10 Rules About Monsters was written specifically to alleviate their fears of the dark and unknown. Children are our future and without their love and devotion, our hopes will be lost. Because of her deep passion for children, Lynn wrote The Tower, a power story about the consequences of school-aged bullying, which won the Gold Medal for 2017 by the Moonbeam Children Book Award and the New England Book Festival Award for Young Adult Fiction. Whispers deals with a young girl struggling between moral issues and family love is scheduled for release in early 2018.
Her flash fiction, The Shoes, was published by Flash Fiction Magazine in August 2017 and can be found at:
Lynn resides in North Port, Florida with her family. Lynn is an Acquisition Editor for Koehler Books where she helps new authors achieve their dream of seeing their stories in print. Lynn earned her MFA in creative writing from Lindenwood University.
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A collection of stories and poems from Marco Island Writers, covering a wide breadth of topics both fictional and true. This fourth anthology in the series contains forty-nine original stories and poems.
All 4 volumes are available for sale at every Marco Island Writers meeting & at the Marco Island Farmer’s Market [in season]. Members’ price $8.00, non-members $12.00, or a set of all four $29.00. See Pauline for purchase.
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Pineapple Wine: Poems of Maui
by Jill Jennings
Fort Myers, Florida resident Jill Jennings has completed her third full-length book of poetry, this one a chronicle of the years she spent living in Kihei, Maui. Come along with her and find out who is a haole, and who is a kama aina; taste a Hawaiian mixed plate lunch and try some pineapple wine from up island. Experience a tree in Lahaina that takes up two whole city blocks, and visit some of the best beaches in the world. In this collection of poems, every day is pau hana Friday, and we all look better in an aloha shirt!
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Jill Jennings may be reached at www.jilljennings.org.
Pineapple Wine: Poems of Maui, Jill Jennings’ third full-length book of poetry,was published in December 2018. It is available for $12.95 from the author at www.jilljennings.org, or locally at P.J.Boox, www.pjboox.com.
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.
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.
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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