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(September 17, 2019) Bill Gralnick, Boca Raton, has a new memoir out: The War of the Itchy Balls: And Other Tales from Brooklyn, with a number of review comments from well-known persons. Take a look at the comments on Amazon at

(September 9, 2019)  Carol J. Perry has three of her books featured on the Barnes & Noble Cozy Fall Reads, running from Sept. 10 through Oct. 7; see - Her titles: Caught Deadhanded, Bells, Spells, and Murders and Final Exam. In addition, her newest, Late Checkout releases  Sept. 24; – It's a Halloween story.

(July 26, 019) Author, editor & coach Penny Fletcher has built a new website for her editing and coaching business "Write Your Heart Out," which is the name of a class she gives at a Sun City Center seniors' education college and her local Florida library system. See it, with testimonials of authors from  many countries as well as states around the country, at It is connected to her author site,

(July 14, 2019)  Carol J. Perry has signed contracts with Kensington for Books 10, 11 and 12 in her Witch City Mystery series, which takes place in Salem, Mass. Also, at the publisher's request, she has signed a two-book contract for a new paranormal cozy series she's calling "Haunted Haven Mysteries," which will take place in Florida.

(July 9, 2019) Veteran journalist Hal Morris, who writes, along with Morgan St. James, author of 17 books, appeared on Aspects of Writing, discussing "From Newspapers to Radio."  View the one-hour program, hosted by James Kelly, on YouTube at

(June 17, 2019)  Carol Brzozowski was profiled on June 6 by Natalie Beckerink, a reporter for, an SPJ publication. Read it at eer-for-florida-journalist/ (shortcut link:

(June 10, 2019)  Lee Ravine's debut novel, Villa Paraiso, reveals secrets and lies hidden behind the gates of a resort lifestyle community located on Florida's Gold Coast. Is it possible this microcosm of society is a fool's paradise where resident's learn -- you can run, but you can't hide from yourself? Villa Paraiso is available at Amazon:

(June 7, 2019) Bill Gralnick, Boca Raton, has had wonderful success in getting jacket endorsements for his book, The War of the Itchy Balls and Other Tales from Brooklyn, a coming of age memoir. The book will carry the names of Lynn Sher, female pioneer in television news; baseball legend Carl Erskine; baseball executive insider Peter Bavasi, son of the Brooklyn Dodgers' owner; and TV news 11th Hour icon Brian Williams. Others, too, including a United States ambassador, and a university president will join the list. The Barringer Book should be published this summer.

(June 1, 2019) Michigan writer Julie Ford has a new website at - take a look at her travel, gardening, and regional articles.

(May 24, 2019) Carol J. Perry's next Witch City mystery will be titled Late Checkout – about a murder that takes place in the stacks at the Salem Main Library. It will be out in time for Halloween, 2019. An interview with the series feline star, O'Ryan, appears on Sneaky the Library Cat's Blog,

(April 20, 2019) Carol J. Perry received a great review of Final Exam from Kings River Life Magazine:

(April 20, 2019) Barbara Florio Graham has won First Prize in the Ottawa Independent Writers hort story contest. All members of the largest writers organization in the Ottawa area received copies of the 2018 anthology, called "Twenty in Eighteen," and were asked to vote on their favorite stories. Barbara's story, "Plan B," was written especially for this book, which was edited by Bob Barclay of Loose Canon Press ( The prize came with a certificate and a check for $150. A description of the book is on the Recommended Books page on Barbara's  website:

(March 24, 2019) Carol J. Perry's latest Witch City Mystery (her 8th) – Final Exam – is in stores and on Amazon ( "With the help of O'Ryan, her psychic feline sidekick, Lee Barrett will have to unravel a tangled past of secrets and promises to stop a killer from making history again." Be sure to watch the book's trailer on (Scroll down just a bit for the video.)

(March 24, 2019) Will Bontrager has a new Amish Recipes and Cooking site at You'll enjoy the stories behind the recipes, such as "The Amish Boy Who Ate Candy,"

(February 19, 2019)  Patricia Cruzan has a new middle-grade mystery out: A Researcher or a Sleuth. Ten-year-old Henry and his 14-year-old sister Liz, along with their family, embark on several trips. Henry makes interesting discoveries as he sightsees and observes artifacts. One breakthrough makes him hope to be a real sleuth in other cases. His sister does help him, but it's hard for her to put the mobile phone away. Many facts come out about Nashville, Paris, London, and other interesting places. It's available online at Amazon: and other booksellers. Also see Pat's website at

(January 11, 2019) Jacquelyn Lynn's debut novel, Choices, is now available. "In a horrifying moment of inattention on a dark morning, lives change forever. When college student Samantha Lawrence takes her eyes off the road for just a few seconds to send a text, she swerves out of her lane and hits Kevin Wyland as he rides his bicycle. In a panic, she drives away." Choices is the first book in the Joyful Cup Story series. To get your copy now, go to

(December 3, 2018) Leslie C. Halpern, Oviedo, FL, reports that an essay from her latest book, Scantily Clad Truths (a collection of 15 humorous personal essays), was a finalist in the Writers Assembled 2018 Fall Writing Contest. She was invited to read another essay from the book at Femme Du Monde, a fundraiser for Victim Service Center of Central Florida. Find the book on Amazon at

(November 18, 2018)  Dodie Ulery has published her third book, Freedom Song (Taylor and Seale Publishing). The Young Adult novel describes the true journey of one young man, Salvatore Arno, 14 years old. He abandons his very wealthy and politically influential family in Sicily and escapes from an abusive Fascist-controlled Catholic military school to travel to America and a better life in 1899. The political issues may change, but the desire to be free is universal and part of the human spirit. Read more on Amazon at

(November 11, 2018)  Bells, Spells, and Murders ( is the newest title in Carol J. Perry's Witch City Mystery series for Kensington Publishers—and someone is spreading deadly holiday cheer through Salem, Massachusetts. Carol stopped by Mystery Playground recently to share a Candy Cane Cranberry Cocktail that sounds amazing and tell us more about her new novel. Read more at html

(November 10, 2010)  Wendy R. Levine's book, Butterflies Are Free…What About Me: One Woman's Battle With Anorexia Nervosa, is available online at Amazon - Suitable (and important) reading for teens and adults, the book relates how innocent actions and words by others contributed to her development of anorexia nervosa as a way of life. "It is my hope that my personal story and struggle will educate, motivate and encourage others who are currently fighting an eating disorder."

(October 28, 2018) O'Ryan, the wise cat who contributes to Carol J. Perry's Witch City Mystery Series, gives an interview on Creative Loafing:

(October 27, 2018) Carol J. Perry's latest cozy mystery, Bells, Spells, and Murders, was reviewed on King River Life at Among the comments: "This is lucky number seven in the always entertaining Witch City Mystery series, as it seamlessly weaves paranormal aspects into what is definitely a novel for the Christmas season." Plus, as we post this, Bells, Spells, and Murders is on the Barnes and Noble Top 20 Mass Market Paperback List!. Buy your copy there or order online at

(October 15, 2018) Carol J. Perry was interviewed by writer and blogger Rachel Poli at ew/ Carol also passed along the trailer for her next book, Final Exam. You can pre-order at and watch the trailer at

(August 31, 2018)  Carol Brzozowski has published Empty Nest, Single Parent: Moving the Needle Toward a Repurposed Life for Kindle and in paperback. The book affirms readers' emotions about letting go and moving on to create a life of their own. Each chapter features the author's own sharing of challenges related to living alone, de-junking the house, physical and emotional health, finances, dating and the adult relationship with a son or daughter and ends by offering solutions the readers can apply to their own lives. Check it out on Amazon at


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