Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Vying for an Award: 2015 Preditors & Editors™ Readers' Poll


Concealed in Ash is competing for Best Mystery Novel in the 2015 Preditors & Editors™ Readers' Poll.

Please visit the poll to see the list of novels and authors. Right now, I'm tied for 10th place; I would be very grateful to have your vote.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

A Long Day for the Secret Service

I am such a history junkie that I can’t resist bit of history with an odd twist or two. Today is one of those historical days that I find interesting and a little odd. One hundred years ago the Secret Service and the Washington DC police department were called upon to block off the streets around the White House for the christening of President Wilson’s first grandchild, Ellen Wilson McAdoo.

The President was godfather and little Ellen’s aunt Mrs. Francis Sayre and her cousin Miss Helen Woodrow Bones were chosen as godmothers. The baby was named after her maternal grandmother, the late First Lady Ellen Axton Wilson in a private ceremony in the Blue Room with members of the Wilson family and Secretary McAdoo’s family in attendance.

Being born the daughter of the Secretary of the Treasury and granddaughter/goddaughter of the President means that security was very tight for the Christening. Secret Service members had to extend protection to the guests and inspect christening gifts from hundreds of well-wishers.

After this, you might think the Secret Service could breathe a sigh of relief, but the day was just getting started. The president attended to personal business at his bank, then returned to the White House for dinner with the family members who remained in town for his wedding. Yes, the President was married the same day his first grandchild was christened.

After dinner, streets were blocked off and the motorcade proceeded in the home of Mrs. Edith Bolling Galt where she and the President were married. The bride was 43 and he was 56.

This was a second marriage for both parties and they tried to keep the fanfare to a minimum. No matter how low key the President wants to keep his marriage to a direct descendent of Pocahontas, though, it isn’t going to be ignored. Wedding gifts filled an entire room of Mrs. Galt’s home and it took valiant efforts of the Capitol Police and the Secret Service to prevent crowds breaking through the barricades to get a glimpse of the couple.

For the twist to what makes this date in history a little odd as Wilson’s choice of wedding days has to do with little Ellen’s grandmother, Ellen Axton: the daughter of a Presbyterian minister, who married a young professor at Bryn Mawr College on December 18, 1885. That’s right, on the thirtieth anniversary of his first marriage, Wilson married his second wife.

Sunday, August 09, 2015

2015 Book Awards Press Release

On Saturday night, August 8, the Florida Authors & Publishers Association (FAPA) gave out its prestigious annual President’s Awards for the best books of 2014 and the first half of 2015 by authors and publishers in Florida and throughout the United States. The event, which took place at the Hilton Orlando/Lake Buena Vista Resort, recognized outstanding books by awarding gold and up to two silver medals in categories ranging from children’s books to adult fiction, from memoirs to self-help, from business books to e-books.  
“The 2015 award winners elevate publishing both regionally and nationally. The awards continue to command the attention of industry professionals and readers!” said Mark Wayne Adams, FAPA President.
The following winners were selected in the following categories by the competition’s 31 judges – 27 national state librarians and four publishing professionals:
Press Release Link 
SILVER:Liesel’s Ocean Rescue, Barbara Krasner, Avi Katz, Gihon River Press
SILVER:Lost Loot, D.G. Stern, Deborah Allison, Neptune Press
GOLD:Lost in Boston, Jane R. Wood, Florida Kids Press

SILVER:Same is Lame, Jimmy Vee, Mike Motz, Atlas Press
SILVER:Pelican Pete's Backyard Adventures: Nature Discoveries And Outdoor Fun, Frances Keiser, Hugh Keiser, Sagaponack Books
GOLD:Sea Slime: It's Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea, Ellen Prager, Shennen Bersani, Arbordale Publishing

SILVER:Goodnight Gators, Patricia Baloyra, Ampersand, Inc
SILVER:Baby Animals of Florida, Kathleen King, South Bay Publishing
GOLD:Eli’s Balloon, Candace Ruffin, Mark Wayne Adams, The Writing Cane

SILVER:Laura and Grandpa: Discovering Science Together, Book 3, Dr. Robert H. Krupp, Kristina Edstrom, Simple Science Books
SILVER:Lea the Christmas Angel, Brenda Sue Boulden Thompson, Kayla Lynn Olson, Middle River Press
GOLD:X’s and O’s for Gabby Ann, Petrell Marie Ozbay, Mike Motz, Adorn, Inc.
GOLD:Fast Freddie, Lee Ann Mancini, Dan Sharp, GLM Publishing

SILVER:X’s and O’s for Gabby Ann, Petrell Marie Ozbay, Mike Motz, Adorn, Inc.
SILVER:You’re a Crocagator, Kenny Rager, Patti Brassard Jefferson, Halo Publishing
GOLD:Sometimes I Dream, Jose Colon, Jennifer Schmucker, Making Memories Portraits, Halo International

SILVER:The Sparks, Kyle Prue, Barringer Publishing
SILVER:FreeK Week, Steve Burt, Steve Burt Books
GOLD:An Unrequited Fall, Leslee Horner, CalBel Productions, LLC

SILVER:The Izzy Story, Ddwlem, Chalice Mitchell, Ddwlem, LLC
SILVER:John Horse, Florida’s First Freedom Fighter, Betty Turso, CreateSpace
GOLD:The Sparks, Kyle Prue, Barringer Publishing

SILVER:The Magic Ice Cream Palace, Jose Colon, Amy Rottinger, Halo International Publishing
SILVER:Sometimes I Dream, Jose Colon, Jennifer Schmucker, Making Memories Portraits, Halo International Publishing
GOLD:Parts of Speech Parade, New York City, Irina Gonikberg Dolinskiy, Mark Wayne Adams, Mark Wayne Adams, Inc.

SILVER:2015 Weird & Wacky Holiday Marketing Guide, Ginger Marks, DocUmeant Publishing
SILVER:The CEO and I.T. Department, Donald J. Burchell, South Bay Publishing
GOLD:Protecting Your Nest Egg, Page Cole

SILVER:Captivate Your Readers: An Editor’s Guide to Writing Compelling Fiction, Jodie Renner, Cobalt Books
SILVER:The Plan that Launched a Thousand Books, Tara R. Alemany, Emerald Lake Books
GOLD:The Little Red Writing Book, Brandon Royal, Maven Publishing
GOLD:The Weekend Book Proposal, Ryan G. Van Cleave, Writer’s Digest Books

SILVER:A Taste of Chocolate for the Soul, Dr. Carol Kennedy, Westbow
SILVER:Shiloh Unveiled, Walter Joseph Schenck, Jr., iUniverse, LLC
GOLD:Still Wearing My Heels, Michelle Frazzetto, Peppertree Press

SILVER:Reeling in Time with Fish Tales, Capt. Brian E. Smith, Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
GOLD:A Secret History of the Ollie: Volume 1: The 1970’s, Craig B. Snyder, Black Salt Press

SILVER:Immigration: Obama Must Act Now, Leonard Birdsong, Winghurst Publications
SILVER:Jupiter and Gilgamesh, Scott Archer Jones, Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
GOLD:The Big Wheel, Scott Archer Jones, Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

SILVER:My Pink Airplane, Tracy Bryan, Tracy Bryan
SILVER:Lift, Tracy Bryan, Tracy Bryan
GOLD:My Silly Dog Gus, C. K. Carter, Ricardo J. Rodriguez, C. K. Carter

SILVER:The Day the Mirror Cried, Saundra Kelley, Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
SILVER:History and Mystery Oh My!, Sarah E. Glenn, Mystery & Horror, LLC
GOLD:Now We Will Be Happy, Amina Gautier, University of Nebraska Press

SILVER:Iron Butterfly, Lisa Wainland, Twin Tree Press
SILVER:Lost Twin, D. W. Harper, HayMarBooks, LLC
GOLD:The Daughter of the Sea and the Sky, David Litwack, Evolved Publishing

SILVER:Iron Butterfly, Lisa Wainland, Twin Tree Press
SILVER:Memory House, Bette Lee Crosby, Bent Pine Publishing
GOLD:The Farber Legacy, George Encizo, CreateSpace
GOLD:Good Sam, Dete Meserve, Melrose Hill Publishing

SILVER:Shark Fin Soup, Susan Klaus, Oceanview Publishing
SILVER:Murder in Nice, Susan Kiernan-Lewis, San Marco Press
GOLD:The Care Card, Darryl Bollinger, JNB Press

SILVER:Over Here, James Hockenberry, HN Books 
SILVER:Callie Kinser of Brush Creek, Ron Miller, Antebellum Press 
SILVER:Not Just Another War Story, Wayne G. MacDowell, DocUmeant Publishing
GOLD:Fate & Freedom, Book 1 - The Middle Passage, K. I. Knight, First Freedom Publishing

SILVER:Hadrian's Wall Path, Jane V. Blanchard, Jane V. Blanchard
SILVER:Oh My God, I’m Feeling Older and So Is My Mom, Scott Greenberg, Star Group Books
GOLD:Unbroken Circles for Schools, Ken Johnson, Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

SILVER:Just One Scent: The Rest is God, Piero Rivolta, Bardolf & Company
SILVER:Kinyamaswa: An Epic Poem, Andreas Morgner, Apprentice House Press
GOLD:Dinosaurs Living in My Hair, Jayne M Rose-Vallee, Anni Matsick, Rosevalle Creations

SILVER:The Care Card, Darryl Bollinger, JNB Press
SILVER:Mercedes Wore Black, Andrea Brunais, Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
SILVER:Mosquito County, Lucinda Waldron, Outskirts Press
GOLD:Save My Place, Olivia deBelle Byrd, Mercer University Press

SILVER:Shade in the Sunshine State, Liz Coursen, First Person Publications
SILVER:Right Smart to Say, Robert H. Gore, III, Middle River Press
GOLD:Images of America: Key Biscayne, James Kushlan and Kirsten Hines, Arcadia Publishing

GOLD :Women of Valor, Joanne D. Gilbert, Gihon River Press

SILVER:Walking to Woot: A Photographic Narrative Discovering New Dimensions for Parent/Teen Bonding, Jackie Chase, Adventure Travel Press
SILVER:How We Said Goodnight, Rachel Silsdorf, Bardolf & Company
GOLD:Blasted By Adversity: The Making Of A Wounded Warrior, Luke Murphy with Julie Bettinger, Inkshares, Inc.

SILVER:Things I Wish I’d Known: Cancer and Kids, Deborah J. Cornwall, Bardolf & Company
GOLD:Surviving Cancer: Our Voices & Choices, Marion Behr, WWH Press

GOLD:Attracting Birds to South Florida Gardens, James A. Kushlan & Kristen Hines, University Press of Florida

GOLD:The Air Diet: Recipes & Tips for Success in Your Allergy-free Kitchen, Laura Merrill Godfrey, Jigsaw Living

GOLD:Unbroken Circles for Schools, Ken Johnson, Southern Yellow Pine Publishing

SILVER:The Plan that Launched a Thousand Books, Tara R. Alemany, Emerald Lake Books
SILVER:Traveling Stories: Lessons from the Journey of Life, Terri Clements Dean, LifeStory Publishing
GOLD:Elderly Parents With All Their Marbles (A Survivial Guide for the Kids), Pamela Carey, Barking Cat Books - Imprint of New River Press

SILVER:Walkabout Europe, Cliff Roles, Bardolf & Company 
SILVER:Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast, Nick Stoltzfus, Live Oak Production Group 
GOLD:Birds of Fairchild, Kristen Hines, James A Kushlan Photographer, Acclaim Press

SILVER:Shorts for the Beach, J. M. Fisher
SILVER:Mark Taylor’s Checkered Past: S.S. Guilt Trip, Angelina Assanti, City of Palms Publishing Co.
GOLD:Oh My God, I’m Feeling Older and So Is My Mom, Scott Greenberg, Star Group Books

SILVER:The Big Wheel, Scott Archer Jones, Southern Yellow Pine Publishing
SILVER:The Lost Twin, D. W. Harper, HayMarBooks, LLC
GOLD:Save My Place, Olivia deBelle Byrd, Mercer University Press

SILVER:Dinosaurs Living in My Hair, Jayne M Rose-Vallee, Anni Matsick, Rosevalle Creations
SILVER:Flight  of the Golden Harpy, Susan Klaus, Tom Doherty Associate Book
GOLD:Fate & Freedom, Book 1 - The Middle Passage, K. I. Knight, First Freedom Publishing

Patricia Charpentier, Writing Your Life

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Presenting the Cover of Nightmare Noir

Presenting the cover of Nightmare Noir, available by preorder from Mystery and Horror, LLC. Nightmare Noir opens the casebook of Detective James S. Peckman, taking us into the underbelly of a world where true evil exists. Peckman and his partners take the cases that cannot be explained in the world we think we know.

The cover was done by TJ Halvorsen, a talented artist in St. Petersburg. The book comes out on April 13th, but three copies are being given away this weekend. One is being given away at Goodreads (enter below), but we're giving the others to two lucky people who comment on this blog and/or the other blogs participating in the reveal. Check the MAHLLC blog for other pages participating in the reveal. You will get as many entries as the number of blogs you comment on.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Nightmare Noir by Alex Azar

Nightmare Noir

by Alex Azar

Giveaway ends April 30, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win