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Authors @ the Library 2008 Event Series

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An initiative to encourage the love of reading!

The Authors @ the Library program originally ran from September of 2008 to June of 2009. Many exciting authors were featured in one of the Lake County Library System libraries each month.



Author Events

Ron Johnson (Author) Ron received his B.A. in Management from the University of South Florida and his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. During his distinguished career, He was a university professor and held top manage-ment positions with several of the nation's leading computer manufacturers and system integrators. Ron currently lectures on man-agement topics and conducts workshops on assertive management.

Assert Yourself - Cover Wed., May 20, 2009
Tavares Civic Center
100 W. Caroline St.
3 p.m.

They get the ideal job, the ideal spouse, the ideal house. The list is endless! It seems like everything they touch turns to gold. So then, why do these people always get what they want? Ronald Johnson answers this provocative question.



Lisa Black (Author) Ms. 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. Now she works as a latent print examiner for the city of Cape Coral, Florida, police department, working mostly with fingerprints, photography 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. Check out her website for more information: www.lisa-black.com

Lisa Black - Takeover  (book cover) Wednesday, September 17, 2008
W.T. Bland Public Library at 2 p.m.
Leesburg Public Library at 7 p.m.

The first in the Authors @ the Library series, is HarperCollins author Lisa Black with her debut novel Takeover a tight, riveting thriller. In the tradition of Kathy Reichs and Jeffery Deaver, this talented novelist introduces a gutsy forensic investigator caught in the middle of an explosive crisis.

Book Description:
“Early one Thursday morning, forensic scientist Theresa MacLean is called to the scene of a gruesome murder. The body of a man has been found on the front lawn of a house in suburban Cleveland, the back of his head bashed in. Although it's not the best start to her day, Theresa has been through worse. What unfolds during the next eight hours, though, is nothing she could ever have imagined.
Downtown at the Federal Reserve Bank, her police detective fiancé is taken hostage with six others in a robbery masterminded by two clever criminals. When she arrives at the scene, Theresa discovers that the police have brought in the city's best hostage negotiator: handsome, high-profile Chris Cavanaugh. He hasn't lost a victim yet, but Theresa wonders if he might be too arrogant to save the day this time around.

When her fiancé is injured, she seizes the opportunity to trade places with him. Once on the inside, she will use all her wiles, experience, and technical skills to gain control of the situation. But what initially appears to be a bank heist turns into something far more complex and deadly, and Theresa must decide how much more she is willing to sacrifice in order to save the lives of innocent people as well as her own.

Event Sponsors
Leesburg Police Department HarperCollins Publishers

Joe MooreJoe Moore is a former marketing executive and two-time Emmy® winner with 25 years experience in the television postproduction industry. Joe co-wrote with Lynn Sholes the thriller The Grail Conspiracy which became an international bestseller translated into 21 languages. Their second thriller, The Last Secret, was released in September 2006 in 14 languages; the third in the award-winning Cotten Stone series, The Hades Project was published in September 07 and is being translated into 9 languages.

Lynn Sholes Lynn Sholes has a B.S. in education from East Carolina University. She trains teachers to teach writing for Citrus County Schools in Florida. Lynn develops the content and facilitates face-to-face and online workshops for staff development. She co-writes thrillers with Joe Moore.

Lynn has presented writing workshops and lectures through The Florida Center for the Book, Backroom Writers, Florida Romance Writers, Writer’s Connection, and others. She has been a featured speaker at Brevard Community College, West Regional Library, Broward Community College, Friends of the Library, American Association of University Women, The Broward County Historical Society, Plantation Historical Society, The Graves Museum, National Council for Teachers of English, and other organizations. She has been interviewed on television and in newspapers (The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald, Coral Springs Forum) and Cultural Quarterly magazine. Currently, she is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Florida Writers Association, the International Thriller Writers, and The Authors Guild.

Visit Lynn Sholes Web site for more information.

The 731 Legacy (book cover) - by Lynn Sholes and Joe Moore Saturday,
October 18, 2008
Cagan Crossings Community Library at 1 p.m.

The second Authors @ the library program will feature Lynn Sholes and Joe Moore and their latest release, The 731 Legacy. The 731 Legacy, released October 2008, is the fourth in the popular Cotten Stones thriller series.

Book Description:
“It devastated the earth thousands of years ago. Its remnants are scattered across the human genome waiting to be reassembled into a deadly viral killer. Now a new generation of suicide bombers will use the virus to kill with something as innocent as a cough. Everyone is a target. No one can survive. Only one person can stop the heinous plot and its mastermind. From the Amazon rainforest to the remote hills of West Virginia, to a secret passage beneath a medieval castle, to the darkest place on earth—North Korea—Cotten Stone must prevent the greatest threat to mankind since the Black Plague. In doing so, she uncovers Unit 731, the long-buried atrocity of WWII, exposes one of the most disturbing secrets in America’s history.”

"A superb blend of science, myth, history, and imagination. Strap yourself to the chair and get ready for a heart-thumping ride. Lynn Sholes & Joe Moore are clearly ahead of the pack, able to satisfy even the most finicky of reader. The 731 Legacy is a labyrinth of mystery, crisply plotted and paced, with throat-grabbing twists." ~ Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Templar Legacy.

Dara EdmondsonDara Edmondson began making up stories as soon as she learned to speak. After careers in the salon industry and the real estate field, she has realized a life-long dream of becoming a writer of fiction. She lives in Orlando FL with her very supportive husband, son and daughter and two very spoiled cats. Originally from New York City, she grew tired of the harsh winters of the Northeast and opted to attend college in Florida. In 2004 she joined the Central Florida Romance Writers of America. She now serves as the organization’s President. Dara’s first contemporary romance novel, The Kitten Club, has garnered the praise of reviewers and fans alike. Dara will join members of the Clermont Writers' Club for this event which will cover Characterization in the Novel.


Falling Star(book cover) - by Dara Edmondson Wednesday,
November 12, 2008
Cooper Memorial Library
1 to 3 p.m.

Falling Star is the latest release from The Wild Rose Press. Reviews include a 4.5 blue ribbon rating from Romance Junkies! “Nearly broke and unable to find work, Hollywood has-been Jolie Farnsworth is desperate to feel loved and appreciated. Her husband, a former rock star hopes to ride Jolie's star back to the top--even if it means destroying her in the process.”

Terry OdellTerry Odell was born in Los Angeles and now makes her home in Orlando, FL. An avid reader, she always wanted to “fix” stories so the characters did what she wanted.  Once she began writing, she found that this wasn’t always possible, as evidenced when the mystery she intended to write rapidly became a romance.  With her degree in Psychology from UCLA, she loves getting into the minds of her characters, turning them loose in tight spots and seeing what they do, and too often, they surprise her.  Terry has numerous short stories published by The Wild Rose Press.  Cerridwen Press has published three of her romantic suspense novels: Finding Sarah, What’s in a Name? and Starting Over.  Hidden Fire, a sequel to Finding Sarah is next on the list.  Terry is an active member of the Central Florida Romance Writers of America chapter, the Spacecoast Authors of Romance, and the Kiss of Death chapter of RWA. 


When Danger Calls (book cover) - by Terry Odell Monday,
December 8, 2008
PJ's Coffee
2910 David Walker Drive
7 p.m.

"If someone asks single mother Frankie Castor to clear a room, she'll smile and find a vacuum cleaner.  Ryan Harper uses a gun.  Can they work together when their lives depend on it?"

When Danger Calls, an adventure romance, releases in December, from Five Star Expressions.

Bob GandtBob Gandt's flying career has been as eclectic as the subjects of his books. He has been a Navy fighter/attack pilot, weapons test pilot, flight instructor, air show performer, and airline captain. At age 20 he was, briefly, the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy. As a carrier-based attack pilot, he logged over 300 carrier landings and nearly 2,000 hours in the A-4 Skyhawk. Bob's first novel, With Hostile Intent, was released by Penguin Putnam in September 2001, followed by Acts of Vengeance, Black Star, Shadows of War and The Killing Sky. The sixth in the series of aviation thrillers, Black Star Rising, hit the shelves in January 2007.


Intrepid (book cover) - by Robert Gandt January 15, 2009
6:30 p.m.
Paisley County Library

Intrepid: The Epic Story of America’s Most Legendary Warship releases in December 2008. is a warship unlike any other. The 27,000-ton, Essex-class aircraft carrier has sailed into harm's way around the globe. At Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle in history, she sank Japanese warships and endured kamikaze and torpedo attacks. She fought at Okinawa and other Pacific battles, surviving to be the recovery ship for America's first astronauts and later returning to action in Vietnam.

Janice SimsSince 1996 Janice Sims has published thirteen novels and has had nine stories included in anthologies. She is the type of writer who feels she can always improve upon her craft, so she is a perpetual student of all things literary. If truth be told, she prefers reading to writing any day. Writing is hard work. Reading is pure pleasure. Still, she's a compulsive writer who will probably be writing on the day she dies and will ask Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates if she can bring her laptop with her to heaven.


Seduced by Moonlight (book cover) - by Janice Sims Saturday,
January 24, 2009
W.T. Bland Public Library
11 a.m.

A moonlit angel---that's what Harrison Payne sees when he wanders onto the balcony of his resort. The former pro quarterback knows nothing about the sensuous, intriguing stranger basking in the night air, except that he wants to know her much better. Harry intends to use every means available to win the woman he knows belongs in his life forever...

Linnea SinclairLinnea Sinclair, New York author of will introduce HOPE'S FOLLY the third book in the GABRIEL'S GHOST series. Linnea is a former news reporter and retired private detective who yearns for more adventure than 'Hold the presses!' and stacks of case files can provide. The role of starship captain was her dream long before James T. ever uttered "Beam me up!" and writing stories is her way of living that dream. She lives in South Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, two thoroughly spoiled cats and one equally spoiled Muscovy duckling named O.E. Her popular novels are considered Science Fiction Romance and include: Games of Command, Accidental Goddess, Finders Keepers and Gabriels Ghost ( 2006 RITA Award winner).


Hope's Folly (book cover) - by Linnea Sinclair Wednesday,
February 25, 2009
Leesburg Public Library
7 p.m.

Linnea Sinclair, best-selling Science Fiction/Romance author, will discuss her newest release Hope’s Folly, the story of an impossible mission on a derelict ship, a man who feels he can't love, a woman who believes she's unlovable and an enemy who will stop at nothing to crush them both. As a part of that discussion, she will also provide background on the other two published novels in her Dock Five Universe series, Gabriel’s Ghost and Shades of Dark. Linnea will follow her talk with a meet-and-greet session and book signing.

"When it comes to futuristic romance, it doesn’t get better than Sinclair!" ~Romantic Times

Gary CorsairAward-winning journalist
Gary Corsair
, Authorhouse, garnered 15 awards during a distinguished newspaper career that featured stints as a reporter, editor and publisher. The newspapers he headed won 24 state and regional awards for excellence. He began as a sportswriter in the 1970s in Indiana before moving to Florida , where he edited a number of papers. In The Villages, Fla. , he won awards for television reporting and served as anchor and news director. He is the author of The Groveland Four: The Sad Saga of a Legal Lynching. Gary has won 31 state and regional journalism awards.

The Groveland Four (book cover) - by Gary Corsair Black History Month Celebration
February 12 at 2 p.m.
Puryear Building, Groveland

February 19 at
9 a.m.
Martin Luther King Center,
Mount Dora

February 24 at 2 p.m.
Lady Lake Community Building

For Black History Month Authors @ the Library will showcase Gary Corsair author of the Groveland Four. February 12th at 2:00 p.m.,The  Puryear Bldg. in Groveland sponsored by Marion Baysinger Memorial County Library,  February 19th at 9:00 a.m., the Martin Luther King Center in Mount Dora sponsored by W.T. Bland Public Library and February 24th at 2:00 p.m., the Lady Lake Community Bldg. sponsored by the Lady Lake Public Library.

In 2002, award-winning journalist Gary Corsair published the first, and only, in-depth expose of the infamous 1949 Groveland Rape Trial. Now, Corsair marks the 60th anniversary of the sensational case that garnered world-wide attention with an updated version of his ground-breaking book. A Legal Lynching: The Sad Saga of the Groveland Four includes previously unpublished details and answers long-standing questions in recounting an unsavory piece of Florida history so controversial and far-reaching that it resulted in a Supreme Court ruling abolishing death as a penalty for rape.

Gary Corsair will discuss the complexities of an important, yet often overlooked chapter of Florida's tumulous race relations in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The Groveland rape case made international headlines and forced America to deal with the disturbing reality of "guilty until proven guilty" when a white teenage bride accused four African American men of kidnapping and raping her.  In dozens of presentations to school children, Corsair examines an injustice rivalring Scottsboro, and in the process teaches powerful lessons of acceptance and tolerance.