Local Authors' Day, October 12, 2013
The Lake County Library System is proud to announce the 2013 program celebrating local authors and their books. The Local Authors’ Showcase will be held in the Leesburg Public Library on Saturday, October 12th, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The program is free to the public. In addition to meeting interesting Central Florida authors who specialize in children's literature, people who attend can enter for a prize drawing sponsored by the Friends of the Leesburg Public Library.
FALL 2013 AUTHORS
Harry Henry Hann
|Robert C. Miller
Mickey & Cavelle Roman
Joan S. Waller
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Born Manuel Alejandro Alonso in Havana, Cuba, Manny immigrated to the United States as a boy. He finished his primary education and attended the University of Miami graduating with a B.A. in Graphic Design and Architectural Engineering. He worked as an art director in the publishing industry for over 17 years launching in Spanish many magazines from the Hearst Corporation, Cosmopolitan being his favorite. In 1985, he started his own company in Miami, Florida where he was able to exercise his creativity for 25 years. Now he resides in Lake County where he dedicates much of his time doing philanthropic work something he had always done throughout his career.
Lulu Plays Pretend
A sophisticated book of drawings and rhymes inspired by his granddaughter and the times they shared together playing pretend. Since the drawings are in black and white the child can color them to their liking. Play pretend with someone Or play pretend alone Using your imagination You will have a lot of fun!
Deborah Baughan was born and raised in Florida, and she has lived in her favorite state all her adult life. Her passion is working with children of all ages. She worked as a preschool teacher, substitute teacher, classroom aide, and media aide for a total of 24 years. It was her love for children that lead her to start writing. She enjoys good, clean SciFi movies and TV shows; which helped inspire the ideas for her first book. She credits God, her great friends, and loving husband and daughter for helping her to commit to the project. Deborah is now retired, and continues to read to preschool children at her church and she volunteers at a local school.
The Adventures of the Secret Cave
Once they made new and unusual friends, three young children take on a big responsibility, as they hide the secret of their existence to protect them. Young readers will enjoy reading about the personal life of two boys and one girl, as they learn about the importance of family, friends, courage, and devotion to a worthy cause.
Music has been a great part of Ms. Cefalu's life, she began playing the piano at the age of 5. She attended Maryville College in Tennessee as a music major and a few years later she studied pipe organ at Penn State University. In the 50’s she moved to Boston and attended the famous jazz school, Berklee College of Music. There she achieved an excellent foundation in music composition, scoring, and arranging, etc.
She toured with different groups all over New England, parts of the South, and as far west as Chicago.
In 2011 her musical, The Adventures Of Patty-Cat And Kittle, The Musical--opened for two nights at the Coronado Playhouse in San Diego as a staged reading. She has composed and or written 3 plays, 3 musicals, 2 children’s books, and a CD of children’s songs.
The Adventures of Patty-Cat and Kittle
It rained pups and kittens in the Valley and that is how Angel, a beautiful long-haired cat, came to have two tiny kittens living with her at 112 Liver Lane. Naturally they are delightful kittens. However, some of the jealous neighbors are catty enough to make snide remarks such as “Handsome is as handsome does” or “Can’t judge a book by its’ cover.”
Allennita Cooks is blessed to see many prayers and dreams come true. Originally from Washington, DC, she dreamed of living in Florida and since 2005, it’s been her home. As a little girl, she dreamed of becoming a teacher. For over 30 years she’s had the privilege of being a teacher and storyteller.
Presently, she is retired but volunteers at Harbour View Good News Club, Kids’ Klub at her church and Village View Christian Academy’s chapel service. Allennita is the author and illustrator of her first book, Grandfather Tree. Two short stories and this book fulfill the dream of becoming a published author. With the Lord on her side, more books, poems and stories are on the way. About the dream of being rich – there’s still time.
A heartwarming, colorful picture book, for ages 8 and under. This poem shows the love of a boy for a tree that reminds him of his Grandfather. He talks to the tree and asks thought provoking questions as he wonders if the tree can think feel and love This book not only entertains a child’s senses and assists early readers using the strategy of rhyme but also helps to inspire a love for trees and nature.
Lisa DeMarco is a native Jersey girl, who chose the sunshine state as her home. She graduated the University of Central Florida with a degree in print communication, and is now a full-time mommy and part-time waitress who chooses to never grow up. This book was inspired by her older sister. Lisa says “My mission in life is to spread a little sunshine where ever I go and try to put a smile on a stranger’s face each day. I am healthy. I am safe. I am happy to be me, and I love to share the feeling.” She is married and has two beautiful daughters.
The Unusual Tales of Matilda Marmalade
Matilda Marmalade was born fifty years ago with glass-like bones. Her accidents never involved just black-and-blue marks, scrapes, and bruises. Instead they always came with words like “broken,” “fractured,” or “sprained,” and their healing never involved a simple kiss on the head or a mere band-aid. Yet Matilda was the family’s first-born, so her parents never considered that their baby girl might have a problem other than simply being rambunctious, clumsy, and a bit fragile.
The Unusual Tales of Matilda Marmalade shares a young girl’s experience growing up with a rare bone disease called Osteogenis Imperfecta (O.I). This children’s book playfully shows how even though Matilda’s body is extremely fragile, her spirit is as strong as a champion’s!
Benita served as the membership marketing manager for Citrus Council Girl Scouts, which encompasses all of Lake County, she is a U.S. Army Veteran having worked at the Department of Defense, Pine Castle Bombing Range and served as the Mayor of Umatilla. Her agenda included developing service learning projects for the community’s youth.
A Seed of Possibility
On February 26, 2007 after having a served on a mission trip in Kenya, East Africa, author Benita Dixon had “A Seed of Possibility” experience. Producer of “Destiny” The “Gotta Father Project” and “Stronger Now”, Lady Benita began to scribe a motivational moment for readers to overcome adversity and aspire to their Destiny. Ready to share how to walk your path in life, her vision is to encourage the young, lost, lonely and hurting hearts of the world. The book, also available by workshop, will inspire you to chose a path of endurance while growing in hope.
Raised in Minnesota, Su worked eighteen years there, moved to Florida in 1979 and retired in 2003. During her retirement, she discovered the joy of writing and wrote her first Bayocor’s Adventures in 2008. Today Su enjoys writing, reading, crafting and all things Bayocor.
Bayocor's Adventures - The Secret Cave
Six months prior to publication (Peppertree Publishing, 2012), Bayocor’s Adventures – The Secret Cave won the First Place 2011 Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palm Literary Award for Unpublished Children’s Chapter Books. Bayocor, a four-month-old Labrador puppy, born in a pet store, is befriended by a wily old tomcat named George who helps Bay get adopted into ten-year-old Jake’s family. Bay’s excited to learn everything about life outside his cage and bonds with Jake immediately, eagerly following his young master everywhere. Jake, a happy-go-lucky boy, can’t wait to show his new buddy the cave he found in the forest into which his parents told him not to go. On their first day together, Jake takes Bay to the cave. The danger they run into shakes Bay’s trust in his buddy and changes Jake’s attitude about listening to his parents. Bayocor calls upon every skill a four-month-old Labrador puppy can muster to protect his master and bring them both home alive. Bay learns about confidence, and Jake learns a lesson about responsibility and telling the truth, but it comes at a cost to his puppy.
Book two in the series, Bayocor’s Adventures – The Old Carriage House, is set to release the summer of 2014.
Captain Harry is a native Floridian. He is a music Composer / Lyricist, Author, Musician and Poet who has travelled the US, Canada, and the Caribbean extensively. Along the way Harry collected stories and songs which he considers a lifetime of wisdom and humor. He now resides in Orlando and spends weekends on his boat in Cocoa, Florida. http://www.captainharry.com
Down In The Tropics
Harry Henry Hann and Nancy Johnson have written a wonderful travelogue for children ages 5 thru 12 years. “Down in the Tropics" tells the story of one Saturday in the life of a West Indian island family. With rich colorful illustrations by Elaine Langille, it points out the many customs and cultural differences between the people of the Caribbean and the rest of the world.
In addition to describing the culture in detail, it is also entertaining ...with a slight dramatic twist near the end. The characters are Nigel, a ten year old boy ... his 7 year old sister Sissy and their parents. The West Indian accent can be heard in a CD that comes with the book which includes a narration as well as a song performed by the author. "Down in the Tropics” is a 20 minute journey into the island way of life.
Meg Johnson, originally from Summit NJ, moved to Tampa Florida in 1980 and attended the University of South Florida. Meg moved to Leesburg Florida in 1984 where she worked in Bookkeeping and Accounting while she and her husband Lonnie were raising two children. A few years ago Meg began writing Christian song lyrics and then realized these lyrics could also be used to write children’s books. John the Baptist is her first book and she has begun writing a second one about Jonah and the Big Fish.
John the Baptist
This book is a light hearted, rhyming story that begins with John telling the reader about his life in the desert and how people think he’s strange because he eats bugs (yuck!) Children will sense John's strong faith in God, his understanding of the purpose for his life and his joyful hope of salvation through Jesus Christ. This book will be enjoyed by young children and beginning readers.
Jeffery Lamb is a Florida native and has a true passion for the Sunshine State. He lives with his wife Sherri in Central Florida with their dog Bits. His son Justin is a Political Science major at the University of Kentucky. He loves to sail Southwind, their sailboat in their free time. Writing has become an outlet for his sense of humor and all proceeds from these efforts go directly to higher education for the son he loves at University of Kentucky, who was born with cerebral palsy in 1964. Fortunately, he has a mild case of the disease. Some children are not as lucky, and he has chosen to do a small part in helping make life better for them. Fifty cents of each book purchased goes to the UCP of Central Florida. In the past all money he raised went to the UCP school in Kissimmee. Most of his books are sold face to face at local schools and festivals. He hopes that through this website he can keep in touch with his readers, and also meet new ones.
Save the Gator Queen
“What a summer! Fourteen year old Kylee was not looking forward to spending time at her grandparent’s house near the Ocala National Forrest. After arriving she makes an unlikely friend and things change quickly. Now Justin and Kylee are trying to outsmart kidnappers and save the quiet forest community from a developer’s bulldozer. An endangered flying frog that no one has seen seems to have the answers to it all. They’re in an exciting adventure up to their elbows and should be scared, but they are having too much fun”.
Mr. Miller has worked in journalism much of his life, from daily newspapers to local television news. He has published four books at Xlibris.com. The French Drum and Hang Tight, Lori, both published in 2009, are young people’s fiction. The Life and Times of Ace Mathews, a fictional story about the early days of aviation, was published in 2010. Korea: The Last Memoir, also published in 2010, is his personal account of the last year of the Korean War where he participated in battles on Triangle Hill and Old Baldy.
Hang Tight, Lori
Lori Smattering had a great summer vacation rafting on the Mississippi River with her parents and her cat, Wallaby. Photos from the trip led to an advertising job for Wallaby, but Lori is worried about the start of sixth grade. Will Father’s latest invention bring back the taunts of ‘mad scientist’ from the kids at school? When Lori befriends Maria, the new girl in class, more problems arise. Also, a rival inventor would love to keep Father’s unusual airship from ever taking flight. Can Lori and Wallaby save the airship? How will Lori’s adventure bring together old friends and new?
Art has always been a part of Helene Murray, from working in creative areas of life, doing creative artwork, and teaching art. She and husband David have 5 daughters, 8 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. They retired from Michigan to the Plantation at Leesburg where David golfs year-round and Helene’ found friends also interested in art. She belongs to the Leesburg Art Association and the Plantation Art Club.
Kats for Kids of All Ages
This book is filled with watercolors drawn and painted by Helene’. She begins with an idea of a cat doing things cats do, then studies it and decides on a title. Each picture tells a story and the title needs to fit that story. The title also provides a starting point for creating a poem about that painting.
Dr. If, the pen name for Gordon Ralph, has written The Nose on the Back of my Head in two forms: color illustrations and black line for the coloring book. He is an attorney and poet living in The Villages and offers print and e-books of this title plus Pardon my Turkey (spoof about farm animals), Hold that Hug (caution with wild animals), and My Brother's Pants Don't Fit Me (about family relationships). Dr. If is loved by K-4 kids when visiting schools to sign books.
The Nose on the Back of my Head
The Nose on the Back of my Head is a “Midas Touch” type of story for kids to age 90 who love the ridiculous in words and pictures. The intent is to challenge with concepts and “big” words to be explored at the appropriate age with an adult reader at story time. When the silly revision of the body and the world doesn't work, the story makes the child's real world acceptable.
Lourdes Rodriguez was born in Havana, Cuba on November 1958 under the Fidel Castro regime. She came to the United States in June 1970, at eleven years old. She remembers Cuba, where her family lacked the simplest of things, not to mention the cruelties endured because of her family’s open desire to leave the country. Books were her outlet, my escape from the hardships of life.
Becoming a grandmother has inspired Lourdes to pursue her dreams. She has written Mandy, Princess of La La Land “The Green Monster” her first story. This story expresses a significant part of her own childhood, exposing the ugly truth about living under a restricting regime. It conveys the importance of family and friendship, while emphasizing that love conquers all.
Mandy, Princess of La La Land “The Green Monster”
Mandy and her Abuela shared a special bond. With their very vivid imaginations, they were constantly playing pretend, along with her cousins, Nathan and Aiden. Abuela was always reading and telling them stories about a horrible green monster from the island she was born in. This monster stole Christmas, food, toys, but more importantly, he stole their freedom.
In one of her vivid dreams, Mandy, her cousins Nathan and Aiden, and their best friends, went into the forest to free the children and people from Cuba. After fighting off guards with their magic powers, they managed to capture the Green Monster. Together, with all of their love, they had transformed the green monster into an innocent little frog.
Mickey and Cavélle Roman, being business owners as well as missionaries, have a passion to see the moral value of today's culture upheld. In an effort to make their contribution, they have released the Traditional Bed-Time Children Stories. Apart from being authors, Mickey is an Unlimited General Contractor and Electrical Contractor and Cavelle is a Worship Leader and Graphic Designer with a Bachelor in Divinity.
30 Days of Traditional Bed-Time Children Stories
30 Stories and 60 Full Color Illustrations for all ages. In the present day, we are preserving that which builds a strong healthy people group and culture. This book therefore combines four important elements: Moral Value and Ethics; American Folklore; American History; Geography and State Capitals. Children can learn valuable lessons from real life characters, while at the same time learn history. Visit us on ArisePublishing.com
Alex Russell was born in Miami and at the age of 10 his parents moved the family to Eustis, Fl. Alex was an artist in high school, but didn't start writing until he was in his thirties. The first thing Alex wrote was a script for a movie about working at a car wash. When Alex learned that his wife Michelle was pregnant he started coming up with ideas for a children's story for his soon to be child. After a trip to the Sanford zoo Alex got the perfect story and started writing and working on self publishing Sidney vs. the Tigers. Alex also wrote 2 other stories yet to be published, Sidney vs. the World a follow up to Sidney vs. the Tigers and Duck, Duck Goose a story about migration and wrong turns. Alex currently lives in Sanford, Fl with his wife Michelle and daughter Haley.
Sidney vs the Tigers
All Sidney the squirrel wants is to get his nuts, but the Tigers stand in his way. When his pal Marty the monkey devises a plan, Sidney enlists the help of animals around the Zoo to carry it out. It all leads to a showdown with the Tigers where must use all his skills to defeat the Tigers and gather his nuts.
Maria Scaris wrote, illustrated, and constructed her first book One Sunny Day in 1976 at a Language Encounters Class for teachers in Michigan when the dream to write and illustrate children’s books began. Maria has written poems, whimsical, alliterative rhymes, Christian poems/songs and 5 children’s stories. Ollie & Jumper is Maria’s first book published with a sequel to follow. The updated version of One Sunny Day now done in watercolor, and The Monkey and the Toucan illustrated with colored pencils are her 2nd and 3rd books to be published. Recently retired from teaching in Florida, she has many other writing projects that she wishes to complete and share with children and to be an inspiration to others.
The Monkey and the Toucan
The villagers in this tropical rain forest notice that something has happened to the stream flowing into their small village. Why is the toucan squawking? Following the stream back into the dense part of the rainforest, they see the problem. What can they do? From the elders to the children, they join their ideas and plan a solution that takes off with energy and momentum. Their spirit of cooperation and unity will inspire children’s creative resourcefulness and problem solving.
Diveda is a retired nurse, who, while chatting with her friend, artist Yolanda Mayhall, discussed a hummingbird sighting. Diveda relayed her experience regarding hummingbirds many years ago. Yolanda said that would make a wonderful childrens book, and then, an idea was born.
Olivias Adventure with Frick and Frack
This book is based on a real life experience. Diveda, along with her world renown Sumi-e artist friend, Yolanda Mayhall, collaborated to write and illustrate this story about two of God's amazing creatures- the hummingbird. While appropriate as a self read for 8-10 year olds, adults too will enjoy the artwork and informative hummingbird facts.
As a retired elementary school teacher, Mrs. Waller enjoys creating stories for children, but she wants the reader to be more involved in the story; to exercise their imaginations; and to play illustrator. This is her first children’s publication. There are two more BOOKS being published in this Picture It Yourself series entitled: Travis and the Silver Bike and Megan and Michael's Misadventures. The author’s first adult book was Think About It: Walking in the Fullness of Faith, A Spiritual Perspective. The author lives in The Villages, FL with her husband, Bob.
Picture It Yourself: Little Red Bird's Bright Idea and Seven Other Stories
This storybook is a delightful collection of heartwarming tales with lovable characters. As you read or listen to each story, picture what the characters look like and imagine what is happening. SEE how Red Bird solves the problem. GIVE Mrs. Berrybush a big hug for all her trouble. PEEK into Buffy’s secret double life. FEEL Nicky’s frustrations. JOIN in Jimmy and Harry’s discoveries. SHARE Charlie’s fears. CHEER Haylee’s success, and WATCH Terrible Town’s citizens change. Then DRAW your own pictures on the pages provided.
Pennie Whitt was born in Illinois, raised her 3 children Vicki, Jeff and Ronda in Texas. Pennie is somewhat of an entrepreneur, having owned a large commercial and residential cleaning service, taught small business at a local College, published a Bi-Monthly Magazine and bought and sold several homes. Pennie and her husband Dan moved to the Villages 6 years ago and now own two rental homes and love every day of their Village life. She loves the business world and the challenges that come with it.
Driving My Dream Vroom! Vroom!
Follow JJ through the challenging, interesting and fun adventures he faced while struggling to realize his dream of becoming a race car driver and the horror of racing against “Vicki” his favorite race car driver. The struggle to build a race car, make an old trailer look like new, teach two boys to become mechanics, and JJ to be a race car driver, was at times an overwhelming job for any Dad.There were many days of laughing, silly playfulness, scary and impatient times, but Dad and JJ were always proud of each other, and always respected each other, sharing all their dreams, of course most of their dreams consisted of racing, racing, and more racing. Oh Yea, and doing well in school. The words to the song and the CD are in the back of each book. Have fun!