Litlando is in for a treat! Pat Spears, author of Dream Chaser and the upcoming It’s Not Like I Knew Her, will join Scribbler Darlyn Finch Kuhn and publisher Joan Leggitt at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26th for The Twisted Road to Publication at the Orange County Public Library’s downtown branch. Each author will read a bit from their novels, and Leggitt will share how she started her publishing company and what she’s looking for in a manuscript.
Then the next night, Wednesday, May 27th, Pat Spears will feature with fellow Twisted Road Publications author Glenda Bailey-Mershon (Eve’s Garden) at 6:30 p.m. for Wordier Than Thou at Stardust Video and Coffee in Winter Park. Tiffany Razzano will host this prose and storytelling open mic that is the talk of Florida. Join in!
Long-Distance Scribbler, Terry Odell, has just published her 15th novel, Deadly Production (click to buy), which is Book 4 in her Mapleton Mystery series. As a special offer, it’s priced at just 99 cents through the end of May
When life seems too good to be true—watch out. Mapleton Police chief Gordon Hepler thinks his troubles with the small-town politics are behind him. The town council has even awarded him a reserved parking place. But an early-morning summons from the new mayor has Gordon on alert.
Instead of yet another budget dispute, the mayor announces an independent film company is making a movie in Mapleton. For the mayor, it means good press for Mapleton—and more importantly—more money for the town coffers. For the citizens, it means rubbing elbows with celebrities. For Gordon, the news means headaches, extra shifts, and scheduling issues. But he’s a pro. He’ll ensure the company has his full cooperation while continuing to protect his town.
When a member of the film crew is found dead, everything goes sideways. The mayor pushes Gordon to adopt a business as usual mentality, and let the film company handle the investigation. But a murder on Mapleton soil makes it Gordon’s jurisdiction, and nothing the mayor says can make him halt his investigation.
When other members of the cast and crew haven’t reported in, Gordon wonders if he’s looking for more suspects or more victims. Will Gordon listen to the mayor, or risk his job to find the truth?
Beginning at 7pm on Saturday, May 30, Functionally Literate will host a free reading event at 1300 Brookhaven Drive, featuring authors Jeff Parker (Where Bears Roam the Streets), Shane Hinton (Pinkies), and Erica Dawson (The Small Blades Hurt). The after party will take place at 10pm at Lil Indies, including the standard offer of good cocktails and bad dancing.
From 2-4pm, Saturday, June 6th Kristin Durfee will celebrate the release of her first novel, Four Corners, at the Writer’s Atelier in Winter Park (336 Grove Ave. Suite B Winter Park, FL 32789). There will be a reading, Q&A, and book signing, along with a chance to win prizes and maybe a little swag, too. More information can be found at https://www.facebook.com/fourcornerstrilogy.
This event is free and open to the public. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. 10% of all sales during the event will be donated to the Writer’s Atelier youth writing programs.