CNW Members' Book Bag

Judy Bruce has a new book out: Voices in the Wind (Editions Dedicaces, February 27, 2015) - a story set in the High Plains of western Nebraska in the American Midwest. A young attorney accepts a job at her imperious father's law firm, which forces her to confront tragedies old and new, and leads her into a harrowing fight for survival and the transformation that brings forgiveness and a new perspective. Read an interview with Judy Bruce on our blog: - check out the book on Amazon.

Dr. Rob Norman has a new book out: Discover Magazine's Vital Signs. From a case of hysterical paralysis to a pregnancy puncturing a lung, twenty-five of the most thrilling medical mysteries known to man (and doctor). Available at Amazon.

Dr. Rob Norman has another book, The Blue Man and Other Stories of the Skin -- He begins by highlighting the qualities of the skin, tracing the history of its conditions and diseases, then examining the cultural, social and psychological impact of both color and irregularity. The book also features an absorbing collection of stories about some of his most intriguing patients: from a man whose skin mysteriously turned blue, to a hypochondriacal woman who begins to show signs of a life-threatening disease. Watch the book trailer, Celebrate your skin!! at

Leslie C. Halpern celebrated the recent publication of her third children's book in her Funny Children's Poems early reader series. Frogs, Hogs, Puppy Dogs: Funny Children's Poems About Animal Friends (2014, Cricket Cottage Publishing) follows her other two books, Shakes, Cakes, Frosted Flakes: Funny Children's Poems About Table Manners and Rub, Scrub, Clean the Tub: Funny Children's Poems About Self-Image. Available from in paperback and Kindle, all three books are humorously written from a child's perspective with whimsical illustrations. Learn more about her books at

Eldon Sarte has a new book for kids ages 2-7. When You're Happy, Wear a Smile!: A Fun Rhyming Picture Book was published through the new Kindle Kids Book Creator. Check it out at

Jacquelyn Lynn has a new book out: Protecting Your Business: How to Keep Your Company Safe from External and Internal Risks and Threats. Learn how to shield your business from attackers through insurance and risk management strategies, asset protection and fraud prevention, intellectual and physical property protection, strong business contracts, lawsuit avoidance, disaster planning and more. More on Amazon.

 Mary Harwell Sayler has published Beach Songs and Wood Chimes (Kelsay Books/Daffydowndilly Press), a book of poems for children. This is the first time Mary has done her own illustrations. Available on Amazon at

Charles Justus Garard has published a time-travel mystery, Of Time and the Dreamer. If you could travel back in time to your own past, would you make any changes? This story is about the issues that evolve from the concept of being able to travel to one's own past -- and the concept of visiting a parallel dimension. Hold on for the ride. Read on Kindle.

Carol J. Perry has published her latest novel: Caught Dead Handed (A Witch City Mystery).. You can order on Amazon at - but also read how her winning our contest led to the publishing contract:

Jacquelyn Lynn has a new book out: Blogging for Business: Why and How to Create Blog Content that Works (the first book in the publisher's Faith Works Business Results series) - "Whether you want to build your platform, manage your reputation, establish yourself as a thought leader, educate your customers or strengthen your search engine ranking, blogging can help. But to be effective, your blog needs great content. Blogging for Business explains why you should be blogging and tells you how to deal with the biggest challenge of blogging: How to consistently create great content your readers will love and share:.

On the Hook is Cindy Davis's newest mystery. A Picasso painting, worth a hundred million dollars, disappears en route from Chicago to New Hampshire. En route is to be taken literally because it happens while the truck is moving. The painting is there, then it's not. It's gone, but it can't be. Kendra Jean Valentine, underwriting agent for the policy, is on the hook. She scrapes together enough to hire two women to work the case. It's available in paperback or on Kindle.

Content Development and Communications Specialist Rachelle Nones has two books listed on Amazon: Wrestling a Tornado: Overcoming Writing Challenges, and In the Sky, an educational children's picture book on clouds. You can learn more at this link:

Michael L. Thal announces publication of his latest YA title, The Abduction of Joshua Bloom (Solstice Publishing). A high school track star is abducted by aliens, explores strange worlds, uncovers genocide on a planetary scale, and is thrust into extraterrestrial politics that decides the fate of an Earth on the brink of war or unification. See more at Amazon. Michael shares his book writing success at our blog. His other YA titles: The Legend of Koolura:- Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback: - Goodbye Tchaikovsky:

Patricia Fry has published The Colony Cat Caper, the 5th in the Klepto Cat Mystery series. Savannah Ivey, a veterinarian out on maternity leave, and others take on a cat colony at an abandoned building. Odd activity around the place makes them wonder if it actually is vacant; some believe it's occupied by something otherworldly.  Are the feral cats and their caretakers in serious danger? What (or who) lurks inside the old building? What secrets does it hide? And who has the key to unlocking the mystery? See more at Amazon.

Mary Harwell Sayler's book of Bible-based poems, Outside Eden, has just been published by Kelsay Books, a secular publisher. "Sometimes fierce and often funny or quick-witted, Mary Harwell Sayler's Outside Eden shows us what our world is now, after the fall, and what it can be." Paperback is available on Amazon.

Charles Justus Garard has published the third book in his Dark Journeys Trilogy - titled Dark Journeys. See more on Amazon. "Be careful what you search for -- it may find you."

Jacquelyn Lynn has published a new book, Finding Joy in the Morning: You can make it through the night (Tuscawilla Creative Services). Read it to learn simple but powerful ways to find joy every morning, even after life's darkest nights. Not a self-help book, this is an I-can't-do-it-alone book that shows you how to surrender the natural human desire to be in control so you will know the peace and joy that comes with knowing God is always with you and always in control. Each chapter asks questions you can use for private introspection or as discussion for a group study. Amazon has a KIndle edition and a paperback edition.

KiKi BelMonte-Schaller, wriitng as K.B. Schaller, has published 100 + Native American Women Who Changed the World (The Peppertree Press). LaDonna Harris (Comanche), the preeminent Native American in Indian country, President and Founder, Americans for Indian Opportunity Country calls it "...a well-researched and comprehensive representation of our Indigenous mothers, sisters, daughters and friends." Read more on Amazon (paperback edition).

Anne Loader McGee has released The Mystery of the Missing Ming, the second book in her Cedar Creek Mystery Series, available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. When an antique Ming vase is stolen from the town's elderly librarian, thirteen-year-old paranormal sleuth, Mallory Gilmartin, must not only decipher the strange clues surrounding the theft, but also try to figure out why a ghostly World War II fighter plane keeps appearing overhead trying to get her attention. The book trailer can be viewed at

Sleight of Paw is a new Kindle book by Patrica Fry. In this addition to Patricia's Klepto Cat Mystery series, Michael Ivey, the local veterinarian (Savannah's new husband) is attacked by an enraged client and then later accused of this man's murder. The evidence quickly stacks up against Michael, until Rags, Savannah's kleptomaniac cat, starts digging up clues implicating the unlikely suspect. Read more about it on Amazon.

Michael Thal has published Koolura and the Mystery at Camp Saddleback (Solstice Publication) - the sequel to The Legend of Koolura, a bestseller on Amazon this past September. Koolura has the ability to teleport, levitate, heal, and even fly. But at Camp Saddleback, Koolura wakes up drained and powerless. Who or what has stolen her psychic powers? As Koolura searches for the truth about her power loss, she and the Chumash Girls have to deal with pranksters ruining their cabin and destroying their summer. Campers plan revenge but problems escalate as lives are threatened. Will Koolura and the Chumash Girls solve the mystery at Camp Saddleback? Find out on Amazon. Watch the book trailer at

Ron Chepesiuk has a new book out: Escobar versus Cali: The War of the Cartels, which chronicles the fascinating story of history's biggest gang war. "A must read for anyone who enjoys true crime and a good story.  D4 Entertainment has optioned the film rights to the book." Available at Amazon.

Leslie C. Halpern has published two children's books through Cricket Cottage Publishing: Shakes, Cakes, Frosted Flakes: Funny Children's Poems About Table Manners ( and Rub, Scrub, Clean the Tub: Funny Children's Poems About Self-Image (

Cat-Eye Witness is the second in Patricia Fry's Klepto Cat Mystery series. It follows closely on the paws of Catnapped. Storyline for Cat-Eye Witness: Savannah and Aunt Margaret open the old Forster home to the Hammond Cat Alliance for a fundraiser to help rehabilitate the abused horses rescued months earlier from the catnappers. Before the afternoon is over, the donations collected go missing and someone is murdered in an upstairs bedroom. Read more about it at

Mary Harwell Sayler has published a new Kindle book: Christian Writer's Guide to writing, publishing, and marketing in all genres. Book page

Althia Ellis has a new book out: Coming of Age at the Focal Point: How Senior Centers Enhance Quality of Life for Older Adults, published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises.  The book raises awareness of the value of senior centers to older members of our society, promotes independence and dignity for older adults, and emphasizes the need to care for, respect, and honor the elderly. This book is a valuable resource for caregivers, eldercare professionals, and active seniors. Release date: October 29, 2013.  Order online at Also available from Amazon.

Henry Holden, author of numerous books for young readers, has published a new Kindle book: How to Write Your Children's Book and Get It Published - Guaranteed! Hentry covers the research, the free photos you can use, and writing to age-level. More info is on Amazon.

Christine Adamec has a new book  out in December 2013: When Your Adult Child Breaks Your Heart: Coping with Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, and the Problems That Tear Families Apart, co-authored with Joel L. Young, MD. Order it iand save at Amazon.

Ben Sharpton published his first novel, 7 Sanctuaries (Novel Voices Press) in September, 2012. Copies are available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple's iBookstore and 7 Sanctuaries is a story told in a series of seven vignettes (or sanctuaries) on life in a small town in the South during the 1960s. The first is from a loving mother's perspective. Another approaches the time from the view of the "Radical Preach." A third is from the perspective of a local basketball coach. They all swirl together in the final vignette in a time of hope and sacrifice.

After 40 years of writing nonfiction, Patricia Fry has published her first novel: Catnapped, A Klepto Cat Mystery. If you like light mysteries with only a little terror, if you're infatuated by interesting cats and if you love a love story, you must read this book. Available on Amazon for only $2.99.

Something Stinks is a new book by Gail Hedrick - Dead fish are washing ashore on the Higdon River, and seventh grader Emily Sanders decides to find out why. Mocked by fellow students and abandoned by her best friend, Emily investigates farms, a golf course, and local factories. Gradually she persuades friends to help her test the waters. Their investigations lead them into trouble with the law and confrontation with the town's most powerful citizen. Can a handful of determined seventh graders find out the true source of the stink in the Higdon River?  Purchase at - News update: Something Stinks was awarded the NSTA Awaard as one of the outstanding science trade books for 2014.

Julie Flanders has published her debut novel, a suspense thriller called Polar Night, through Ink Smith Publishing. The book is available in both print and ebook formats on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Henry Holden's latest book, Beyond the Stars: NASA's 50 Years of Manned Space Flight - on Amazon - deals with the development of the rockets that eventually led to space flight. Henry's many other books include:
     Newark Airport. Newark Airport was the first major airport in the New York metropolitan area. It opened on October 1, 1928, occupying an area of filled-in marshland. In 1935, Amelia Earhart dedicated the Newark Airport Administration Building, which was North America's first commercial airline terminal. Newark was the busiest airport in the world until LaGuardia Airport, in New York, opened in 1939. During World War II, Newark was closed to passenger traffic and controlled by the United States Army Air Force for logistics operations. The Port Authority of New York took over the airport in 1948 and made major investments in airport infrastructure. It expanded, opened new runways and hangars, and improved the airport's terminal layout. The art deco administration building served as the main terminal until the opening of the North Terminal in 1953. The administration building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Check it out at
     Henry Holden has taken some of the most notable women in aviation biographies from his full-length books and converted them to ebook compilations of seven to a book, priced at $2.99. He also has posted individual bios at 99 cents each. Visit Henry's Nook Page and Henry's Kindle Page.

David Tschanz has a new e-book - Petra: A Brief History, an easy to read, popular history of Petra, "the rose red city, half as old as time" and the mysterious Nabataeans. "It's not another guidebook. It is a journey to understanding the whys, wherefores and hows of these fabled people based on present day scholarship." The book provides a popular history of the Nabataean civilization and complements the guide books available. David's book helps the reader and visitor understand the whys, wherefores and whens of these fascinating people. This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to know the story behind the monuments and the people who carved them from the living rock. Available on Amazon. A print version with more pictures was published in November in the UK under the title The Nabataeans: A Brief History of Petra and Madain Saleh. Also available on Amazon.

Eldon Sarte has a new Kindle book for all you writers who want to publish and market a book without spoending any money. From Free to Book not only shows you how, but provides the links to reach his recommended tools and resources. Topics covered: Writing Your Book, Book Production, Designing Your Book Cover. Appendixes include free resources beyond the ones Eldon used for this book. Amazon;: 99 cents.

Mary Harwell Sayler has published a new Kindle Book: Poetry Dictionary For Children and For Fun encourages imaginative kids, elementary school classes, junior high students, and creative families to explore the adventures of poetry. Each A-Z topic includes a pronunciation guide and brief definition with poetic examples from the poems of present-day poets or classical works in the public domain. Amazon

Mary Harwell Sayler has published a new Kindle book: Christian Poet's Guide to Writing Poetry. Based on the poetry home study course Mary Sayler wrote in the 1980s and used for years in working one-on-one with poetry students, this user-friendly book shows you how to scan poems, revise to fit traditional forms, break lines in free verse, and consider theme, purpose, and more. Amazon

Jacquelyn Lynn has a new book out, Words to Work By: 31 devotions for the workplace based on the Book of Proverbs. It's available on,, in both softcover ($6.95) and Kindle ($4.95) versions. Also see more at

Living in the Nature Poem by Mary Harwell Sayler is now available from Hiraeth Press. This collection connects us to ourselves, each other, and the earth. As an important part of our own environments, we're also part of the complexities of nature, including human nature and those odd thoughts and moments that bring humor, wonder, perplexity, and prayer. See more at Amazon.

Ray Chatelin's latest book is The Seattle and Vancouver Book (Countryman Press/WW Norton). While covering the usual material found in a guide, it also looks at the cultural differences between two very outwardly similar cities located in the Pacific Northwest just 130 miles from one another. Scratch the surface and you'll find two cities that are unique and different. Available at

Ray Chatelin also has a book about Vancouver itself available from Amazon. A travel guide, City Smart Vancouver (John Muir/Avalon Publishing) is an honest look at one of the continent's most attractive cities, citing the city's best and worst aspects and personal insights about the city, the region and its unique cultural mosaic.

Lisa A. Wroble's latest title for teens, Dealing with Stress: A How-To Guide, released this fall and is now available. Everyone feels stressed out sometimes. School, extracurricular activities, and family obligations can take their toll on teens. But we can learn how to keep our lives from overwhelming us. In Dealing with Stress: A How-To Guide, Naples author Lisa A. Wroble explores what causes stress, how our bodies handle it, what happens when we have too much stress or don't deal with it correctly, and surprisingly, when stress can be a good thing. This title is the first of Lisa's four previous books released by Enslow Publishers to also be printed in an affordable paperbook format. Dealing with Stress is available through online bookstores, such as and through the publisher at

Gail Hedrick is excited that Solstice Publishing just re-released  Danger at Baird's Den, an e-book mystery for 8-12 year olds set in the North Carolina mountains, and gave it completely new cover art. Beginning in the 1990s, the area along the I-85/I-40 corridor became rampant with drug trafficking, and was spreading like crazy through the mountains. Gail, a former Boone, NC resident, wondered what if drugs, and those who sell them, invaded that tiny resort town. Teachers and kids alike, no matter what state they reside in, need to read this book, which is available in all e-book formats. The reviews, on both and the publisher's website have been very positive, including "This is the kind of mystery kids love." and "This story is a winner--exciting and believable all the way!" Read the full reviews at Amazon.

Eldon Sarte has several Kindle books that will help you improve your financial picture. The newest, Online Ka-Ching! (only 99 cents) - features 3 simple principles and strategies for making money online that pretty much anyone can work.  Quit Smoking - No BS! (99 cents) - from pack-a-day smoker to zilch -  how to get there. See his author page at

Frank G Anderson, a freelance American writer/translator/field investigator based in Thailand, announces the Singapore publication of Thailand's most famous forensic pathologist Dr. Porntip Rojasanund's (spelling varies) latest book, The Dead Do Talk. The book is listed for $US17.99. Frank, translator and author of Lady Mo and Herorism at Tung Samrit, a historical account of Thailand 1820's what some call "destruction" of Laos, translated Dr. Pornhip's autobiography, Doctor With 10,000 Bodies, from Thai to English over a two-year period, and the translated material is at the core of this new book. The two-year period was needed because the original Thai had to be translated colloquially into English, then through an expatriate editor in Bangkok was woven into standard English narrative. Frank recounts that in his translation of the latest work he encountered extremely sad anecdotes of injustice by Thai authorities that result in thousands of bodies annually "showing up" without official accountability.

Roland Hughes has a thriller novel ("a stark portrayal of a world gone wrong") and a series of IT nonfiction books available. Infinite Exposure - a work of fiction uses historical information and relevant news stories to draw a line from post 9/11 through the off-shoring of IT jobs and the largest terrorist strike the free world has ever known to the resulting nuclear war. More info at or epub edition at The Roland Hughes IT series is available at and includes:
The Minimum You Need to Know About Logic to Work in IT,
The Minimum You Need to Know to Be an OpenVMS Application Developer,
The Minimum You Need to Know About Java on OpenVMS   Volume 1,
The Minimum You Need to Know About Service Oriented Architecture
The Minimum You Need to Know About Java and xBaseJ

Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks: The Writer's Guide to Making Money Ghostwriting and Coauthoring Books by Kelly James-Enger. Read the full description on our Bookstore Page - or go directly to Amazon.

Patricia Fry hasa new book for writers: Promote Your Book: Over 250 Proven, Low-Cost Tips and Techniques for the Enterprising Author (Allworth Press). Your approach to book promotion is key to your book's success. And the earlier you begin to follow these tips, the better chance you'll have for publishing success. For more info, visit or Amazon

Ron Chepesiuk's latest book is Straight from the Hood, co-authored with and Scott Wilson. It features drug kingpins, entertainers, hit men, street gangs, con men, corrupt cops and reformed gangbangers. Straight from the Hood is available from the publisher at or Amazon

Nancy Lee Bethea collaborated on He3: The Novel by Benjamin Fischer, which is now available on Kindle. The book is set 25 years in the future as the USA and China battle in space over access to the moon dust which enables production of Helium 3 (an alternative energy source).

Prose to Go: Tales from a Private List has launched. Barbara Florio Graham served as Managing Editor of this book and contributed three of the 34 stories. Details about the book, links to reviews, articles about the 18 contributors (professional journalists from 14 different Canadian locations) and comments from readers are on her website:

Barbara Florio Graham is managing editor of Prose to Go, Tales from a Private List -- 34 first-person stories from 18 contributors across Canada.. Reviewers have described it as "heartwarming...stimulating...memorable and fascinating...ideal reading for relaxation and entertainment." Details at: and at:

Leslie C. Halpern has a new book: Passionate About Their Work: 151 Celebrities, Artists, and Experts on Creativity (BearManor Media). The book explores the creative process from start to finish through quotes and anecdotes by filmmakers, actors, writers, artists, comedians, magicians, dancers, singers, and other creative professionals. Named one of's 2010 Top Ten Reads, Passionate About Their Work includes insights from David Brenner, Phyllis Diller, Paul Reiser, Darrell Hammond, Kurt Vonnegut, and many other famous literary and performing artists. For more information: or on Amazon.

Althia Ellis, M.P.A. announces the publication of her book The Kids' Roadmap to Business Ownership -- which sets kids on a path to being successful entrepreneurs. Available through

Cindy Davis's latest mystery novel is Lethal Dose of Love. "What does it take to make a law-abiding, outgoing, philanthropic woman murder her only son?" Check it out at Amazon or on Cindy's website, Read an excerpt at - also check out Hair of the Dog and other Cindy Davis mystery and fantasy novels and nonfiction on Amazon and at

Lee B. Ravine, M.S. announces the publication of her memoir Riding Solo: My Journey Through Love And Madness. Riding Solo chronicles a journey through love and lust, disillusionment and deceit and ultimately, survival. Available through or visit her website

KiKi BelMonte-Schaller's (K.B. Schaller) latest book, Journey by the Sackcloth Moon, is available now at Amazon. Something is protesting Dina Youngblood's decisions... and with a vengeance. Three years after her tumultuous relationship with the handsome, bewitching Marty Osceola ends, Dina Youngblood strikes out on her first solo trip away from the Rez.

Fairy Tales and Dreams has released a new e-book by Gail Hedrick: Will and Cassandra -- A Cat's Tale of Life With a Dog. Observing cats and dogs reveals that, wow, they really are different. This book celebrates that fact in a fun way as the main characters figure out how to get along. It's available at

Dodie Ulery, Florida photojournalist and award winning artist, has announced the release of the second edition of her book, Defining Miracles, from Gladstar Publishing. In this nonfiction account of her life and relationship with an angelic being she calls Shalimar, Dodie shares insights and simple truths so often lost in the maze of metaphysical teachings. As one reviewer put it, "this book is a must read for anyone who is looking to change their lives." Book signings and free prosperity workshops are being scheduled for Florida bookstores. More info at

Gail Hedrick has a new picture book for ages 3-5, set in Florida: Bread, Bacon, and the Really Big Fish. Sometimes getting what we wish for isn't all it's cracked up to be, and Emmie figures out how to deal with it as only a kid can. It's available at

Danger at Baird's Den is Gail E. Hedrick's new children's ebook -- available at Targeted for the middle-grade reader, Danger at Baird's Den is set in the North Carolina Mountains and tells the story of a young girl and her friends and how they spend their summer.

Doug Alderson's newest book, Encounters with Florida's Endangered Wildlife, is a journey through Florida's forests, swamps, prairies and waterways in search of panthers, black bears, whooping cranes, manatees, sea turtles, and even ivory-billed woodpeckers which may or may not be extinct. Readers come face to face with these and other captivating creatures and learn firsthand about their lives and fragile habitats. The book, Alderson's third with the University Press of Florida and eighth title in print, also includes a chapter on the impact of non-native populations of Burmese pythons and Rhesus monkeys, as well as a chilling epilogue that imagines the Florida peninsula one hundred years in the future. To learn more, log onto the author's Web site:

Ron Chepesiuk has a new book out: Sergeant Smack: The Legendary Lives and Times of Ike Atkinson, Kingpin,and His Band of Brothers. (Kindle Edition) - "Sergeant Smack" chronicles the story of North Carolina's Leslie "Ike" Atkinson, an adventurer, gambler and one of U.S. history's most original gangsters. Under the cover of the Vietnam War and through the use of the U.S. military infrastructure, Atkinson masterminded an enterprising group of family members and former African American GIs that the DEA identified as one of history's ten top drug trafficking rings. Ike's organization moved heroin from Thailand to North Carolina and beyond. More info at and

Ron Chepesiuk has published The Trafficantes, Godfathers from Tampa, Florida: The Mafia, the CIA and the JFK Assassination - the story of one of history's lesser known but most important mob dynasties. Available at Amazon.

All In A Day's Work for Real Estate Agents: Humorous & Heartwarming Stories by TC McClenning shares more than 100 real-life stories from real estate agents in 44 states and Canada. Discover agents who: find dead bodies, get too close to wildlilfe, have disappearing houses, and save a life. Ceck it out at

Ron Chepesiuk has a new book out: Gangsters of Miami: True Tales of Mobsters, Gamblers, Hot Men, Con Men and Gang Bangers from the Magic City (Barricade Books, - also available from Amazon). It chronicles gang and gangster history using profiles to tell the rise of the gangster and history of crime in Miami. Known as the Magic City, the book traces gangsters that include the notorious smugglers of the Prohibition era, famous mobsters like Al Capone and Myer Lansky, the Cuban Mafia, the Colombian cartel, the Russian mafia, and the current street gangs that have come to plague Miami after the advent of crack cocaine.

Roberta Sandler's newest Florida travel guidebook, A Brief Guide to Florida's Monuments and Memorials,  published by University Press of Florida, enables readers to "see" Florida's storied past as they travel around the state. Here are 82 true stories about battlefields, forts, churches, parks, murals, statues, granite/marble monuments that memorialize people and events reflecting Florida's 500-year history. The guidebook, which reviewers have called "a monumental treasure" and "a truly spell-binding work!" includes trivia about U.S. Presidents, Seminole chiefs, Civil War and World War II soldiers, United Flight 93, the Navy SEALS, celebrities, sports heroes, circus icons, astronauts, pioneers, educators, women entrepreneurs, conquistadors, hotel and railroad barons, etc. On, a reader's review stated: (5.0 out of 5 stars) "If you're the sort of person who likes to explore history on the road, you have to have this outstanding guidebook with you the next time you drive through the Sunshine State. It's fascinating stuff," and's reviewer said: "If you enjoy getting out and seeing new sights and learning about the state's history, this book delivers." The book (280 pages; 90 photos) is available at Barnes and Noble, at online bookstores and from University Press of Florida (Gainesville).

Lisa A. Wroble's 23rd children's nonfiction book released in January 2009 from Enslow Publishers, Inc. The Right to Counsel: From Gideon v. Wainwright to Gideon's Trumpet is part of a new series: Famous Court Cases That Become Movies. This title explores how a semi-literate drifter accused of burglarizing a pool hall took pencil in hand and transformed the American legal system. Gideon v. Wainwright became an important case in the fight for Miranda Rights. The Right to Counsel describes how our legal system works, provides case background, and compares events in the actual court cases with the movie, Gideon's Trumpet, starring Henry Fonda as Clarence Gideon. This is Wroble's second book for Enslow Publishers and the first of three young adult titles to release during 2009-2010. It is available through online bookstores, such as and through the publisher at

Patricia Fry's latest book, Catscapades, Tales of Ordinary and Extraordinary Cats, features a collection of stories about curious, adventurous and calculating cats. Patricia introduces traveling cats, working cats and cats with unusual names, habits, behavior and backgrounds. There's the story of Daisy, who responds to mindtalk and Maggie, who responds to a spiritual healing. There's Gus, the babysitting cat and Trinket, the cat who frequently needed a sitter for her kittens. You'll love the stories of Sammy, who changed a heart and Frigie Frypan who was dumped in a coyote-infested wilderness. Just as he was about to settle down with a doting family, he was catnapped! And you won't forget Max, Cassidy, Alma and the other throw-away, abandoned and feral cats and kittens you'll read about in Catscapades. Most of these stories even have happy endings. Read more about it at

The Discovery Box has published The Braces Cookbook 2: Comfort Food with a Gourmet Touch by Pamela Waterman and Amee Hoge (January 2009); or Amazon. As a follow-on to the award-winning title, The Braces Cookbook: Recipes You (and Your Orthodontist) Will Love, the new book features 50 all-new recipes illustrated with fabulous full-color photography. Targeted to the more than one million adults in braces, each recipe includes a simple version developed by Pamela and an optional gourmet touch such as extra spices or wines added by Chef Amee Hoge of Phoenix TV fame. With mostly main meals (including many vegetarian), as well as several irresistable desserts, the book also works for the whole family. Includes an index, glossary, and tips for surviving the business world in braces.

Patricia Fry's latest book, Catscapades, Tales of Ordinary and Extraordinary Cats, features a collection of stories about curious, adventurous and calculating cats. Patricia introduces traveling cats, working cats and cats with unusual names, habits, behavior and backgrounds. There's the story of Daisy, who responds to mindtalk and Maggie, who responds to a spiritual healing. There's Gus, the babysitting cat and Trinket, the cat who frequently needed a sitter for her kittens. You'll love the stories of Sammy, who changed a heart and Frigie Frypan who was dumped in a coyote-infested wilderness. Just as he was about to settle down with a doting family, he was catnapped! And you won't forget Max, Cassidy, Alma and the other throw-away, abandoned and feral cats and kittens you'll read about in Catscapades. Most of these stories even have happy endings. Read more about it at

Jacquelyn Lynn's print book, In Search of the Five-Cent Nickel (with Don Abbott), is a collection of more than 399 ways to save money and get the value you deserve in this or any economy. Single copies may be purchased on for $19.95.

Persis ("Perky") Granger is author of the YA historical novels, Adirondack Gold (Beaver Meadow Publishing, 2003) and Adirondack Gold II: A Summer of Strangers (Beaver Meadow Publishing 2008). Both novels tell the story of young Hollis Ingraham as he copes with difficult family problems and the trials of farm life in the late 1890s. A most sympathetic character, Hollis faces decisions that would test the judgment of any adult. Perky also co-authored and edited Shared Stories from Daughters of Alzheimer's: Writing a Path to Peace (iUniverse Star, 2004), an anthology of writings by 10 women, each of whom tells of the emotional impact of coping with a parent's Alzheimer's journey. Read more about h er books at

KiKi BelMonte-Schaller has published her first novel -- Gray Rainbow Journey (OakTara Publishers). One reviewer called it "An enlightening peek into contemporary Native America." It's available at Update: Gray Rainbow Journey captured First Place in the National Best Books 2009 Awards, a USA Book News sponsored event, It was also a finalist in both the Fiction-Mystery/Suspense, and Fiction-Religion categories. Set in the fictional Native American enclave in the Florida Everglades, Gray Rainbow Journey provides a peek into the angst-ridden life of a young Native American convert in struggle with her new Christian faith and maintaining her Native identity.

Patricia Fry has an e-book available: The Author's Repair Kit, designed to help you breathe new life into your faltering or failing book. Use her post-publication book proposal system and heal your publishing mistakes. 27 pages,  $5.95, at

Paul Fein's third book, Tennis Confidential II: More of Today's Greatest Players, Matches, and Controversies, hs been released by Potomac Books, Inc.; see more information and links to reviews at

Madelyn Lorber has published her debut novel, The Eyes Have It (Mill City Press, January 10, 2008). Go to for a shot of the cover, a blurb on the storyline, a tidbit about the author, and excerpts from the first three chapters. There is an order page, with fulfillment through Mill City Press, and it is also available at can also learn more about the book, the writing process, and Madelyn by visiting her Myspace page

Jacquelyn Lynn's book, The Entrepreneur's Almanac: Fundamentals, Facts, and Figures You Need to Run and Grow Your Business, has been published by Entrepreneur Press. It's available from Amazon.

Prudy Taylor Board's paranormal mystery, A Grave Injustice, has been released in hardcover by Archebooks Publishing, The novel tells the story of the questionable suicide/murder of a WWII GI training at Buckingham Flexible Gunnery School in Fort Myers. The truth remains a mystery until a police reporter with the local paper haunted by the GI's vengeful ghost investigates, and learns that the murderer is alive, still living in Fort Myers, and so desperate he'll murder again to keep his secret.  Board, a native of Fort Myers, was formerly a police reporter with the News-Press, WBBH-TV, and WINK-TV. She is now a project editor with Taylor and Francis publishing in Boca Raton.

Marcia Fine has two new books out: Paper Children: An Immigrant's Legacy - A journey from 1920s Poland to 1960s Miami based on authentic letters. Order at or 800-724-1100 ext. 314. The Blind Eye - First Prize Winner, Arizona Authors Association. A parallel story of two women searching for their identities reachng back to the Inquisition. Order at or 888-728-8467. Or, for fast service and more information, go to

Lois Blackburn and co-author Florence Clowes have published the second cozy mystery in their series featuring semi-retired decorator Bashia Gordon and Connecticut State Trooper Mark Jankowski, who share Polish heritage and a romantic interest. Old Secrets Never Die (Infinity Publishing) activates the amateur sleuth in Bashia when one of her former clients is found dead in a stately, old home in Woodstock, Connecticut. Her friend, Hiram Lazarus, an antiques dealer, soon uncovers a mummified baby whose identity is someone's long-hidden secret. Soon, Bashia finds another body and wonders if she herself is in danger. Autographed copies $14.95 each (plus $3.50 S&H, $2 additional copies) from Lois Blackburn, 1101 Sioux St., Jupiter FL 33458. Read an excerpt or order online at

Ron Chepesiuk has published the following books: an updated and expanded edition of his 2005 book, Drug Lords (, Milo Books), and the British edition of his Gangsters of Harlem (Milo Books), which has the title American Gangster: The History of the Gangs of Harlem. In August 2007 he published Black Gangsters of Chicago (Barricade Books), which received a silver (2nd place) for the  Independent Book Publishers Association "IPPY" 2007 True Crime Book of the Year. Gangsters of Harlem was awarded  an honorable mention (fourth place) in the Foreword Magazine's 2007 True Crime Book of the Year, and  Drug Lords, the Rise and Fall of the Cali Cartel, was a finalist for the Foreword Magazine Award.

FFWA member Mary Harwell Sayler has a new book out  What A Body! -- A Guide for Strengthening the Church a planning guide for an in-house church retreat and renewal weekend. Check it out at the publisher's site.

Ron Chepesiuk has a new book out: Gangsters of Harlem: The Gritty Underworld of New York City's Most Famous Neighborhood (Barricade Books); or order from Amazon.

Cindy Davis' first murder mystery, Voice from the Ashes, is out. Ian Merryweather gets his dream job of police chief in the worst possible way -- as interim replacement upon the death of his best friend Chief Boudreau. Searching for Boudreau's murderer is made even more difficult by the eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980. Available at bookstores or Check out for an excerpt.

Jacquelyn Lynn's newest book, Online Shopper's Survival Guide (Entrepreneur Press), is out and available in bookstores and at (retail $19.95; $12.97 at Amazon). It will teach you how to shop online effectively and safely for just about anything. With input from expert buyers and sellers, it discusses strategies for getting a great deal on online merchandise, including the top categories, like cars, real estate, and travel services. It reveals how to recognize and avoid scams and frauds and discusses consumer protection issues. New and experienced online shoppers of all ages should find information they can use in this book.

Pamela Waterman and her daughter Brenda have written a book for patients and professionals, The Braces Cookbook. Winner of a national parenting award! Check it out at

Patricia Fry's latest book for writers -- The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book -- Your Guide to Successful Authorship -- is available - regular price is $19.95. Check it out at

Jacquelyn Lynn's latest book, Make Big Profits on eBay: Start Your Own Million $ Business (co-authored with Charlene Davis) has been published by Entrepreneur Press. This is a comprehensive guide for anyone who wants to make serious money selling products and services on eBay, and includes a chapter on eBay shopping. The book is available on and at all major bookstores. For details, visit

Ginger Curry has short stories and a novel chapter published in the anthology Tales From Below The Frost Line, Anrald Press. To order books at $12.95, e-mail Ginger at Ginger's stories: "Love's Ebbing Tide," suspenseful romance in the ocean at Dubois Park in Jupiter, FL (published originally in Woman's World) and "Shade Stalker," a story of hot aggression during the long hot crazy gas lines of the past hurricanes.  Her novel chapter is "The Abomination," Chapter I of Inside the Black Box (a supernatural thriller in the mode of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.).

Mary Harwell Sayler has a new book out. The Encyclopedia of the Muscle and Skeletal Systems and Disorders (Facts On File, or Amazon) includes more than 500 A-to-Z entries plus several appendixes.

Ron Chepesiuk reports that his book The Bullet or the Bribe: Taking Down Colombia's Cali Cartel (Praeger, 2003) has been updated and is being published in paperback by Milo Books as Drug Lords: The Rise and Fall of the Cali Cartel, the World's Richest Crime Syndicate.

Chris Adamec's newest book is the second edition of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Adoption. "  I've completely updated CIG to Adoption; contacting hundreds of adoptive parents, physicians and attorneys, and have also reviewed and written about recent research on adoption and state and federal adoption laws. CIG to Adoption covers adopting infants and older children, in the U.S. and abroad. It also describes how prospective parents should use the Internet to avoid scams. The chapter on state laws offers a state adoption law chart which I have totally updated. I also include a chapter on what prospective parents should know about a child they are thinking of adopting, including prenatal information and health issues overseas.  Save $6.06 at

Christine Adamec's newest book, Parenting Your Adopted Child: A Positive Approach to Building a Strong Family (McGraw-Hill) is out. She wrote the book with Andrew Adesman, M.D., a pediatrician and the lead author. "Why do adoptive parents need their own book? Because children have questions about adoption as they grow up, and because many parents and others have questions and concerns about adoption issues. Non-adoptive parents, however, will also find many helpful parenting tips in this book."

Home or Nursing Home: Making the Right Choices, 2nd Edition by Michael J. Salamon, PhD and Gloria Rosenthal has been published by Springer Publishing. The book was originally published in 1990 and the authors wrote this second edition at the request of the publisher, who wanted the information brought up to date. Check it out on

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Leslie Halpern has a new book out that reviews 100 of the most romantic movies for couples. Reel Romance.  The Lovers' Guide to the 100 Best Date Movies (Taylor Trade Publishing) includes film descriptions, a "make-out meter" for each film, and fun suggestions for couples who want to add some movie magic to their own romances.  Reel Romance can be found everywhere books are sold for $19.99 or less. offers a 30 percent discount on the book.

Chris Adamec's newest book, Prostate Cancer For Dummies, is out. It's available on for $15.39 (regular $21.99). Chris co-authored it with Paul Lange, M.D., a surgeon who had prostate cancer himself, and who is a clinical researcher and chairman of the urology department at the University of Washington - and a major figure in the field of prostate cancer. Chris says, "My husband is a prostate cancer survivor, so in part, I wrote the book I wish had been available to us when we found out about the diagnosis. Lots of great info for men with prostate cancer and their significant others."

Leslie Halpern has a new book out Dreams on Film: The Cinematic Struggle Between Art and Science. It is a study of sleeping and dreaming as presented in motion pictures. Published by McFarland & Company, it is available from and

With arresting childhood memories, irony, and humor, Speaking Peach addresses the defining moments a Southern poet finds her voice. Written by poetry instructor and FFWA competition judge, Mary Harwell Sayler, the 40-page chapbook is available for $10 from the poet at P.O. Box 62, Lake Como, FL 32157.

Christine Adamec coauthored with Roland Staud, M.D. Fibromyalgia for Dummies.  "It's a book with many helpful suggestions for people with fibromyalgia, which is a chronic painful muscle syndrome, and which is very REAL. I put that in caps, because there are still some people who question the reality of fibromyalgia. We also include anecdotes from people with fibromyalgia. You can order it from Amazon at a 30 percent discount for $15.39 (retail is $21.99)

Prudy Taylor Board, writing as Prudence Foster, has a reprint edition of her horror suspense novel, Blood Legacy, available at Amazon.  Her newest nonfiction book, The History of the Port Royal Club: One Man's Vision, can be ordered directly from the Port Royal Club, 2900 Gordon Drive, Naples FL 34102; or via special order from Amazon.

Beatrice G. Davis, whose poetry has won several awards, has a new book of poems: Looking Out With An Inner Eye. Order directly from Bea at 270-26V Grand Central Parkway, Floral Park NY 11005; for $7.75 including shipping and handling.

Award-winning tennis writer Paul Fein published his first book, Tennis Confidential: Today's Greatest Players, Matches, and Controversies. In this collection of features, interviews, essays, and historical retrospectives, Paul gives an intimate look at the game, with insights about top players, and analyzes the greatest matches. Available at Amazon for $26.95.  To order an autographed hardcover or paperback copy, contact Paul at  Paul's second book, You Can Quote Me on That: Greatest Tennis Quips, Insights, and Zingers, was also published by Potomac Books, Inc. (formerly Brassey's, Inc.) in February 2005.  Both books were listed No. 1 among tennis books by Barnes & Noble (, and Tennis Confidential was ranked No. 1 among tennis books for more than 50 days.

Chris Adamec's totally updated book, There ARE Babies to Adopt: A Resource Guide for Prospective Parents, is available at Amazon for $11.20. Paying the small price of this book can save you or someone you know a great deal of hardship, and maybe some money, too.

Lois Blackburn and Florence Clowes have had their cozy mystery published Bones in the Backyard: A Bashia Gordon Mystery. One of its chapters received Honorary Mention in the 2000 CNW/FFWA Writing Contest. Take a look at

Patricia L. Fry Write On: Journal-Keeping for Teens. Patricia's 11th book and her first written for the younger set. Write On shows kids how to use a journal for problem solving, anger management, getting better grades, healing hurt feelings, learning about oneself and others and even just for fun. At just $3.95, this attractive 48-page book makes a great gift. To order, contact Patricia Fry at or Liguori Publications at 1-800-325-9521.

Christine Adamec How to Stop Heartburn Joel Richter, M.D., Chairman, Department of Gastroenterology, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, calls it "Priceless and practical Easy to read A must-buy for all heartburn sufferers. Retail price is $14.95. Amazon price is $10.47

Christine Adamec Moms With ADD: A Self-Help Manual. Chris says, "This is NOT an 'I'm a victim, feel sorry for me' kind of book. It is packed with advice for people who constantly lose their keys, forget things, arrive late, and so forth.  The psychiatrist who wrote the foreword said moms without ADD could learn from it as well!" (Hmmm. Wonder if it will help grandmoms who forget things.)  Retail price is $14.95. Amazon price is $10.47.

Looking for a way to keep your young "helpers" busy at deadline time? Pamela J. Waterman has a book filled with 52 themes and activities for keeping children between ages two and seven happy, safe and creatively occupied for an extended period.  Check out The Absolute Best Play Days: From Airplanes to Zoos (and Everything in Between!) at

David Kohn, who has helped several CNW members through his experiences of ghostwriting and collaboration, is co-author of a book dealing with the Holocaust and written with Joe Rosenblum. Defy the Darkness: A Tale of Courage in the Shadow of Mengele tells how Joe Rosenblum survived the slow strangulation of his hometown, three death camps, and a death march. Amazon price is $24.95.

Patricia L. Fry has a book for writers of magazine articles, and especially for book authors who want to use magazine articles to promote their books. A Writer's Guide to Magazine Articles for Book Promotion and Profit is especially helpful for the newer writer trying to get off to a good start. Covers the structure of a book review package, the news release, where article ideas come from, the query letter, writing the article, and the business of writing. Price is $6.50 at Amazon.

Michael DeFreitas Caribbean Adventures In Nature is geared to the independent traveler and for those who want to do more than sit around on the beach or near the pool. Included: How to be an eco-traveler. Where to snorkel, scuba dive, hike, bird-watch, and more. Food and lodging recommendations. $18.95 at Amazon.

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