January is here, the holidays are gone, the tourists have arrived, and it’s time to get a chance to meet a lot of my readers. I try to schedule a lot of my appearances during the period of January through April because our area is a favorite destination for “snowbirds.” That gives me a chance to meet readers here in Florida. Otherwise, I might never have an opportunity to chat with these folks because of geography.
I’ll be speaking at the Fort Myers Beach Public Library on January 7th at 10:30. The library is located at 2755 Estero Blvd. a little over a mile after you cross the bridge. The subject for the talk will be my book, Blue Water, Red Blood, with special emphasis on Florida’s part in World War II history. Blue Water, Red Blood is the story of the development of the LVT, that’s the amphibious vehicle the Marines used to help win the Pacific portion on the war. This book won a FWA Royal Palm Literary Award for historical fiction
From noon to two on January the ninth, I’ll be doing a presentation and book signing at Barnes and Nobles at 4010 Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. I’ll be discussing my multiple award winning literary novel, Bully Route Home, and its underlying themes of bullying and race relations. I call the book the past’s portrait of today’s problems. Many bookstores are listing the book in young adult sections as suggested reading as well as placing it on their literary shelves.
There’s a special show at Annette’s Book Nook (and the whole shopping center) at 7205 Estero Blvd. on Ft Myers Beach on Tuesday January 12. I plan to be there from 9:30 until mid afternoon (2:30 ish) It’s a meet and greet.
I’ll be doing a chit chat with readers on Friday, January 15th at Matlacha Menagerie, 4604 Pine Island Road in Matlacha. The Menagerie is one of the first stores to carry my books fifteen plus years ago. They’re old friends and so are many folks who come back to visit with me. If you’ve never been to Matlacha, visit it! It’s old Florida with a concentration of topflight artists and artisans hanging out there.
My next public appearance will be as a guest speaker on the Enchantment of the Seas the weekend of January 22nd. The Royal Caribbean Cruise leaves for a weekend in the Bahamas from Port Canaveral. I’ll be discussing my books and be conducting a seminar on developing supporting characters with a scientific assist. While I’m the guest of some writers groups, the sessions will both be open to cruise participants.
Check my web site for additions to my schedule and events further in the future.
Odds and ends. For those interested in sharing “Claus and the Consultant” with a friend, it will be up for another week – then down until next year. Bully Route Home is getting great applause from those reading it. The number of people and stores who are recommending it to younger readers has been a pleasant surprise for me. If you’ve read the book, add your review to Amazon.
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