Local Author Releases New Book, TICO!

Local Author Releases New Book, TICO!Fernandina Beach resident, Dr. Richard A. Smith, releases his debut children’s book, TICO.

WHEN: Saturday, October 17th, 3:00-5:00 PM
WHERE: Lulu’s, 11 South 7th Street, historic Fernandina Beach.

All are welcome to stop by Lulu’s at the Thompson house for a meet and greet, and book signing. Rich will be there as well as the book’s illustrator, Mandy Stoffa.

TICO is the story of one girl, one dog, two countries and three languages. Poor, lonely puppy Tico lives on the streets of Costa Rica. He has no family, and barely survives on scraps and handouts. One day, Tico meets an outgoing American student, and she starts to feed and care for him. But, when the student has to return to the U.S., will Tico be forced to go back to living on the streets?

Based on a true story, TICO is written in English and in Spanish. Read it in one language and then flip it around to read it in the other. What’s the third language? Wait & see!

TICO is by Dr. Richard A. Smith and illustrated by Mandy Stoffa. María Díaz created the Spanish translation and Jude Dvorak designed the book layout.

rich-smith-authorDr. Richard A. Smith is Professor Emeritus of Elementary Education at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he taught for over 20 years. His teaching experiences at the elementary and middle school levels aided in the development of his first children’s book, TICO. He lives on Amelia Island, Florida with his wife of over 50 years, Julie, and works as Director of Parish Life at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Fernandina Beach.

Mandy K. Stoffa is a fifth generation Floridian who draws inspiration for her artwork from the beauty and natural surroundings of her native state. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts from Florida State University, and has taught and created art in various media for many years. She lives in North Florida with her husband and her kitty cat, Violette.

After the book release on October 17th, copies of TICO can be purchased on amazon.com.

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The Art of Dining on Amelia Island

The Art of Dining on Amelia IslandAuthor Joy Bateman will debut her new cookbook, The Art of Dining on Amelia Island, at an exclusive Friends of the Library dinner event to be held on Thursday, November 15, 6:00 pm at Slider’s Seaside Grill.

Joy will share her process of writing the book showcasing our favorite island restaurants and present the accompanying artwork from her book. Seating is limited and tickets can be purchased at the Fernandina Beach Library.

Joy Bateman, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, is gaining recognition nationally for her talent as an artist and a publisher. She has successfully produced two books; The Art of Dining in Memphis and The Art of Dining in New Orleans, and is now working on her third, The Art of Dining in Nashville.

When Joy is not selling, painting or writing, she is most often found babysitting grandchildren, Alex, Ben, and Bays. She also enjoys tennis and spending as much time as possible at the beach.

Joy is aware that she is living an incredible blessed life, and knows that she is proof, “With God all things are possible.” Matt. 19:26

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Unique Partnership Writes Thrilling Novels

Unique Partnership Writes Thrilling NovelsContributed by: Diane Buckner

We have been sharing new book release information with our SearchAmelia readers about Authors Gary Williams and Vicky Knerly. This thriller-writing team is quite unique.

Unlike most co-writers, who are either same-sex or married to each other, these two are neither. In fact, they each have families and live in separate cities.

Gary is a lifelong resident of Jacksonville, Florida, and his co-writer, Vicky, lives on St. Simons Island, Georgia. To my knowledge, this is the only such novelist team.

In the last few years, the course of their writing career has followed an interesting path. After partnering in late 2007, they began to solicit literary agents for their novel, Three Keys to Murder. In August of 2008, they were signed to Park Literary in New York City. Park Literary represents such well-known authors as Nicholas Sparks and Debbie Macomber. Unfortunately, two things worked against them. One, publishers had fallen on hard times. The days of instantly accepting agented author works was gone, and publishers were taking very few chances on unknown writers. Secondly, Park Literary did not have a history of representing the thriller genre. After working with the agency for two-and-a-half years, Williams’ and Knerly’s career had stalled. Their agent had been unable to achieve a sale to a publisher. Finally, in April of 2011, they opted to cut ties with Park Literary, and that summer, they decided to go in a new direction. With e-book sales climbing from seven percent of total book sales to 16 percent over the last year, and with e-book sales expected to reach 50 percent of all book sales within several years, they signed with an e-publisher, Suspense Publishing, a subsidiary of Suspense Magazine in California.

From November 21, 2011 to September 4 of this year, Williams and Knerly have published three e-novels: Death in the Beginning, Three Keys to Murder, and Indisputable Proof, and one short story: Before the Proof. The first two novels carry a decidedly provincial trait as both are set on the First Coast – St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach. The latest novel, Indisputable Proof, is a global thriller and has received rave reviews from readers. Australian best-selling writer Grieg Beck said, “Dan Brown better look over his shoulder – Williams and Knerly are here for his crown. Indisputable Proof is an edge-of-the-seat thriller with great storytelling backed by brilliant research.” A Book Vacation Review said, “It’s an age-old mystery unfolding before the reader’s eyes, giving a different perspective based on recordings and findings of the past, and the way Williams and Knerly present their novel, pulling the reader into the story and causing them to question all they know, is amazing.”

You can read more about Williams and Knerly on their web site at www.williamsknerly.com.

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