2014 BookFest Special Guest Authors
The Kill Order
Robin Burcell spent nearly three decades working in law enforcement as a police officer, hostage negotiator and a detective, investigating sexual assault, child abuse, crimes against persons, and crimes against property (burglaries, thefts, embezzlements), and welfare fraud.
Burcell has testified as an expert in the fields of forensic art, fingerprints, and child abuse. An FBI Academy-trained forensic artist, her drawings have been used to solve a number of crimes, including homicides, bank robberies and hate crimes, and she was called upon by the various Valley law enforcement entities, including the FBI, for this skill. She has worked with live witnesses, and the dead, sometimes having to set up shop in a morgue to draw the corpses for identification purposes after they have been found in a state beyond recognition (hence the term forensic artist).
Burcell is the award-winning author of ten novels to date. Her new series is about an FBI forensic artist and agent. The first, Face Of A Killer, received a starred review from Library Journal, and was followed by The Bone Chamber, The Dark Hour, The Black List, and the upcoming The Kill Order. She is currently working on the sixth in the series.
The Kill Order
What you don't know can kill you . . .
FBI Special Agent Sydney Fitzpatrick knows nothing about the Devil's Key, except that her father was involved in its theft twenty years ago and was murdered as a result. The Devil's Key, a list of seemingly random, supposedly indecipherable numbers, poses an immediate threat to national security—and anyone caught with this code in their possession is terminated with extreme prejudice. Sydney, unaware of the standing kill order, only just recovered the list and turned it over to her superiors—but not before making a copy.
What you do know can kill you . . .
Now the hard drive containing the list's data has been compromised and two civilians are dead. But Sydney's not the only one in danger. When a young woman with eidetic memory sees the numbers, Sydney and her partner, Zachary Griffin, must protect her—and what she knows—at all costs. For if the code falls into enemy hands, it could devastate the entire country's infrastructure—and even ignite a world war.
Elaine Viets writes two national bestselling mystery series. Her Dead-End Job series is a satiric look at a serious subject – the minimum-wage world. Her character, Helen Hawthorne, works a different low-paying job each book, from telemarketer to hotel maid. Publishers Weekly called her hardcover debut “wry social commentary.” The critically acclaimed “Board Stiff” is the twelfth Dead-End Job novel.
Elaine’s second series features St. Louis mystery shopper Josie Marcus. “Murder Is a Piece of Cake" is her eighth adventure. The debut, “Dying in Style,” tied with Stephen King on the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list. Elaine won the Agatha, Anthony and Lefty Awards.
Will the Real Paddleboard Killer Please Stand Up?
Husband and wife PI team Helen Hawthorne and Phil Sagemont won’t be sparing the sunscreen on their latest assignment, but they’re about to find out murder is no day at the beach….
There’s a dark cloud over Sunny Jim’s Safety First Parasailing and Stand-Up Paddleboarding business on Florida’s Riggs Beach—especially after one of his clients is killed in a tragic paddleboarding mishap. Sunny Jim is sure it was no accident, and he hires Helen and Phil to find the murderer.
2014 BookFest Featured Authors
The Price of Innocence
Lisa Black spent the happiest five years of her life in a morgue. Strange, perhaps, but true. After ten years as a secretary, she went back to school to get a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Cleveland State University. In her job as a forensic scientist at the Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office, she analyzed gunshot residue on hands and clothing, hairs, fibers, paint, glass, DNA, blood and many other forms of trace evidence, as well as crime scenes.
She had her life sorted out just the way she liked it until her husband got fed up with Cleveland snow and moved them to Florida, 1400 miles away from her family and her career. Not that she’s bitter or anything. Now she works as a latent print examiner for the city of Cape Coral, Florida, police department, working mostly with fingerprints and crime scenes.
Lisa has lectured at writer’s conventions and appeared on panels. In her life as a writer she’s a member of Sisters In Crime, Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. In her life as a forensic specialist she’s a member of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists, the International Association for Identification, the International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts and is certified by the American Board of Criminalistics. She has had over 741 hours of instruction in forensic topics and has testified in over 50 trials.
Please check out her website for more information: www.lisa-black.com
The Price of Innocence
The key to Teresa MacLean's latest case lies in a 25-year-old unsolved murder.
Called out to investigate a suspected suicide in a luxury high-rise apartment, forensic scientist Theresa MacLean only just escapes with her life when the building is blown to smithereens. An accident – or something more sinister? A mostly empty block of trendy apartments in downtown Cleveland seems an unlikely terrorist target.
Pineapple Anthology of Florida Writers
Jim Clark was born in Washington, D.C. He began his journalism career with ABC News in Washington as a copyboy before joining United Press International as a reporter. He worked for the Columbia (S.C.) Record, Tampa Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Raleigh News & Observer and for the Associated Press in Charlotte and Philadelphia. He has been honored with the George Polk Award, Numerous awards from the Florida Society of Newspaper Editor, The Gerald Loeb Award and the Sigma Delta Chi Award. He is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College, received his M.A. from Stetson University and holds a doctorate from the University of Florida. He joined the history faculty at the University of Central Florida in 1987. He is the author of six books and has written for The Washington Post, Washington Star, Washington Monthly, The Nation, and Miami Herald.
Pineapple Anthology of Florida Writers
First in a series of writings about Florida, fiction and nonfiction, by legendary writers who have come to Florida—some to live, others to escape the winters, and some just passing through. Ernest Hemingway railed against a government he believed was responsible for the World War I veterans who died in the 1935 hurricane while they labored to build a railroad to the Keys. Audubon wasn't just the most famous painter of birds; he also wrote stories during his travels. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, author of The Yearling, wrote about what she knew best: the Crackers she met and befriended during the years she lived at Cross Creek.
Dr. James C. Clark has published two other books with Pineapple Press: 200 Quick Looks at Florida History and Presidents in Florida.
Nancy J. Cohen is an award-winning author who writes romance and mysteries. Her humorous Bad Hair Day mystery series features hairdresser Marla Shore, who solves crimes with wit and style under the sultry Florida sun. Several of these titles have made the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association bestseller list. Shear Murder is the tenth and most recent book in this series. Coming next is Hanging By A Hair.
Nancy’s imaginative romances have also proven popular with fans. Her titles in this genre have won the HOLT Medallion award and Best Book in Romantic SciFi/Fantasy at The Romance Reviews. Warrior Rogue, book two in The Drift Lords Series, is her latest title from The Wild Rose Press.
Nancy is active in the writing community and is a featured speaker at libraries, coummunity groups, and conferences. She’s is listed in Contemporary Authors, Poets & Writers, and Who’s Who in U.S. Writers, Editors, & Poets. Nancy is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, Novelists, Inc., and International Thriller Writers. When she’s not busy writing, she enjoys reading, fine dining, cruising, and outlet shopping.
Weddings always make Marla Shore shed a tear of joy and she's elated to attend her friend Jill's reception. Marla's own nuptials are weeks away and she's busy following her frenetic to-do list. Her plans go awry when she discovers Jill's matron of honor dead under the cake table and a knife embedded in her chest.
Lots of folks aren't sorry to see Torrie go, especially since the bride's sister knew their deepest secrets. But when suspicion falls upon Jill, Marla wonders if her dear friend is truly innocent. She'd better untangle the snarl of suspects and iron out the clues before the killer highlights her as the next victim.
Shear Murder is a fast-paced humorous mystery that will have you rooting for Marla to walk down the aisle with her groom before another disaster befalls her.
A Cold White Sun
Vicki Delany began her writing career as a Sunday writer: a single mother of three high-spirited daughters with a full-time job as a computer programmer. The years passed, as they tend to do, and the three daughters, somewhat hesitantly, flew the coop, leaving Vicki more time to devote to her writing. She was able to write three novels of suspense, set in Ontario, two of which, Scare the Light Away and Burden of Memory were published to critical acclaim by Poisoned Pen Press.
In 2007, Vicki took early retirement from her job as a systems analyst with a major bank and sold her house in Oakville, Ontario. At that time In the Shadow of the Glacier, the first book in a police procedural series set in the British Columbia Interior was published. Since settling in Prince Edward County, Vicki has continued with her writing career, publishing books in three different sub-genres as well as a book for adults with low literacy skills.
The Constable Molly Smith Series, published by Poisoned Pen Press, optioned for TV.
A Cold White Sun
After a break of two years, Constable Molly Smith, Sergeant John Winters and their co-workers, friends, and families are back in A Cold White Sun. Cathy Lindsay: high school English teacher, married mother of two. Shot by a sniper while walking her dog in the snowy woods. Sergeant John Winters and Constable Molly Smith have no clues, no suspects, no motive. Is it possible this was a case of mistaken identity? And if so, who in the small, close-knit community might be next?
“6th in her critically acclaimed Constable Molly Smith series, A Cold White Sun places Vicki Delany’s marvelous storytelling on full display. Delany’s formidable Canadian sleuth, Molly Smith, pits her skills against an ice-cold killer, just as her personal life heats up. I love this series!” Julia Spencer-Fleming, New York Times bestselling author
“…the author’s quietly competent sketch of police work in a small town will keep readers turning the pages.” Publishers Weekly The next book in the series, Under Cold Stone, is scheduled to come out in April, 2014.
The Devil's Dust
C.B. Forrest is the author of the critically acclaimed Charlie McKelvey mystery trilogy. The first in the series, The Weight of Stones, was shortlisted for Best First Novel in the Arthur Ellis Awards. His second novel, Slow Recoil, was shortlisted for Best Novel in the Arthur Ellis Awards. The final novel in the series, The Devil’s Dust, was released by Dundurn Publishers in June 2012, and called "exceptional" by Publisher's Weekly and "evocative, word-perfect and carefully crafted" by award-winning author Peggy Blair.
Forrest lives in Ottawa where he is a partner in a strategic communications firm. He has just completed a new crime thriller which he says has "a twist ending that will leave readers stunned."
The Devil's Dust
“Devil’s Dust is a tour de force, the crime fiction trifecta: perfectly plotted whodunit, first-rate thriller and beautifully crafted novel. The end is stunning!” – Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution and two-time Governor General Award Winner
Retired Toronto detective Charlie McKelvey runs from a cancer diagnosis and the violent memories of the big city and retreats to his hometown. A small declining mining centre, Ste. Bernadette offers McKelvey a chance to resolve old family issues, including his father’s involvement in a deadly wildcat strike in the late 1950s.
When the local police force enlists his help in tracing an upswing in youth violence and vandalism, McKelvey stumbles into the hornet’s nest of a crystal meth industry.
Central Florida's Civil War Veterans
Author Bob Grenier is a former Vice Mayor and Councilman for the City of Tavares. He moved to Florida from Chicago in 1985. He is an author, preservationist, public speaker, living historian, and Past President of the Lake County Historical Society and the Tavares Historical Society.
His latest books are Images of America: Tavares and Images of America: Leesburg from Arcadia Publishing. His third work for Arcadia, Images of America: Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans is forthcoming in Spring 2014. Bob is the author of The Gallant Captain Melton Haynes and Woodlea: Life on the Lake of the Dancing Sunbeams. He is actively involved in the historical community, and belongs to several heritage organizations, including the 17th Connecticut Volunteer Infantry re-enactors and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, where he was the first recipient of the "Distinguished Legionnaires Award".
In 2012, Bob received the “Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal”; the highest award presented by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. He is involved in many historical preservation and restoration projects including the saving of the Capt. Haynes Woodlea house. Bob, with the assistance of the Viva Florida 500 committee, created and mounted “The Story of Lake County” exhibit at the Lake County Administration Building.
Images of America: Central Florida’s Civil War Veterans
The saga of the War Between the States in Florida is not well-known beyond the borders of the Sunshine State, except the actions within the third state to secede from the Union were quite prominent - the battles of Olustee and Natural Bridge, the sinking of the USS Columbine on the St. Johns River, General William Birney’s Raid, the intrepid Cow Cavalry, Confederate spy sisters Lola, Panchita, and Eugenia Sánchez, and the “flight into oblivion” of the Confederate Cabinet members.
Following the war, in the midst of Reconstruction, many veterans from both sides of the Mason-Dixon packed what remained of their lives and traveled to the warm climate of the “Eastern Frontier” to begin a new life. This book serves as a memorial and tribute to those courageous veterans and their families who endured through this tumultuous time in American history. In the eloquent words of Captain John Jackson Dickison - “Florida may be justly proud of her gallant sons; wherever her standard has been borne, they have covered it with glory, and, with their heart’s blood, secured for her an honorable position among her sister States.”
These vintage photographs were compiled from historical societies and private collections throughout Central Florida.
Mama Gets Trashed
Deborah Sharp was a reporter for USA Today for nearly two decades. Given all the stories she wrote about killer
sharks, rampaging alligators, and human evil-doers, it's a wonder she leaves her house. She traded the sad stories of the news business for the funny ''Mace Bauer Mystery'' series, set in a sweet-tea-and-barbecue slice of her native Florida. The series debuted with Mama Does Time (Midnight Ink, 2008). Mama's out of the slammer and into the saddle in Book 2, Mama Rides Shotgun (July 2009.) In Book 3, 2010's Mama Gets Hitched, Mama ties the sacred knot of matrimony . . . for
the fifth time. And in No. 4, Mama Sees Stars (Sept. 2011), a Hollywood movie company comes to little Himmarshee, Fla., and Mama gets her close-up ... with murder. The latest, Book 5, is Mama Gets Trashed, published in September 2013. Foul play and fetish gear in Himmarshee? Mama's blushing pinker than her favorite sweet wine!
Deborah's Florida mysteries are funny, with a soft Southern edge: Think Carl Hiaasen on estrogen. She lives in Fort Lauderdale with her husband of more than 20 years, television reporter Kerry Sanders. No kids. No pets. They had goldfish once. Turned out badly.
Her short fiction and essays have appeared nationally, and her humorous commentaries have run on NPR. She's been on the Today Show -- more than once! She's grateful for the chance to have chatted with Al Roker and other TV stars about her wacky Mama character, and the transition she made from journalism to novels.
Mama Gets Trashed
When a tipsy Mama tosses out her wedding ring with the trash, she drags daughter Mace to the city dump to search for the missing treasure. While Mama fans herself in the Florida heat, Mace picks through reeking refuse until she finds something she wishes she hadn't: The scandalously clad corpse of an upstanding librarian.
Clues to the woman's murder unmask marital betrayal and a secret circle of sexual swingers. With velvet handcuffs and leather whips, the ring ensnares someone shockingly close to Mace and her family. Bondage and boinking in little ol' Himmarshee? Good Gravy! Mama's blushing pinker than her favorite sweet wine.
Olivia Brophie and the Sky Island
Christopher Tozier lives in the north Orlando, Florida area and is the author of the award-winning Olivia Brophie series for children. Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus, the first in the series recently won the Florida Publishers Association Silver Medal award for Children's Literature. His first novel is set in the Florida scrub and is widely taught in schools. World’s Around Us is the free curriculum developed by scientists and educators around the country for use with the book.
The sequel, Olivia Brophie and the Sky Island is scheduled for release in January, 2014.
Christopher Tozier was awarded the 2011 Individual Artist Fellowship from the State of Florida. A Little Book of Light History published by YellowJacket Press is his first volume of poetry.
Christopher Tozier is also an active blogger, featuring photography and writing based on life in the Florida scrub.
Artist website http://www.christophertozier.com/
Book website http://www.oliviabrophie.com
Olivia Brophie and the Sky Island
Olivia’s life is in turmoil ever since she accidentally froze all of the world’s water and her aunt and uncle were kidnapped by the Wardenclyffe thugs. With the help of a black bear named Hoolie, she must travel across America to restore the damage she caused. Hungry and wounded, she stumbles into a secret valley invisible to the outside world. There she encounters an ancient civilization with no intention of letting her leave.