Cindy Foley James R. Nelson Kathryn Flanagan Gene Luke Vlahovic Director Director Facebook Director Event MC, Central Library Event MC, DeGroodt Library, Satelite Beach Library Substitute Event MC General Event Coordinator
Brevard Authors aspire to achieve the highest level of literary creativity and craftsmanship in writing poetry, prose, drama, comedy, fiction and non-fiction for the benefit of their fellow man. They serve as a force of encouraging and inspiring writers to promote writing as an art of skilled word weavers in the pursuit of recognition.
Brevard Authors Society was founded in the Spring of 2015, by a few volunteers as an online society of independent authors of Brevard County, Florida. It is purely a not for profit organization and it does not require any financial support. All services, presentations and seminars are provided free of charge by the volunteer writers, editors and graphic designers, whose skills are not promoted as professional and cannot be held responsible for the end results. Membership is also free and on informal basis, where each member can request to be listed in the Brevard Authors Registry mailing list and posted on the website: www.brevardauthors.weebly.com; A member can request at any time to be removed from the registry and from the website.
Brevard Authors Society is managed by the three volunteer directors whose role is to maintain the fluidity of the online society of independent authors, to coordinate the writers forums, support fellow authors with reference information about editing, formatting and publishing, and encourage new writers to create and publish their work. Board of Volunteer Directors Gene Luke Vlahovic, Founder and General Event Coordinator for Writers Forums at all locations Cindy Foley, Director and Event MC for Writers Forums at Central Library, Cocoa James R. Nelson, Director and Event MC for Writers Forums at Franklin T. DeGroodt Memorial Library, Palm Bay
Ruth Rogers - Author of Florida Historical Novels
About the Author A native Floridian, Ruth Rodgers grew up on a farm in Madison County, Florida. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in English Education from Florida State University. After a thirty-plus year career as an English teacher, most of those years at the Titusville campus of Brevard Community College (now Eastern Florida State College), she is now retired and enjoying having more time to devote to reading and writing. She lives in Titusville with her husband and has three grown children. Her poetry and fiction have been published in a variety of literary magazines and anthologies, Her first novel, Reparation, published in 2013 by the Florida Historical Society Press, won the Don Argo Prize for Florida Fiction Writing in 2014. Her second novel, Patchwork, was published in 2015 by August Press. Both novels are available in paperback and Kindle versions on amazon.com, and signed copies can be purchased from the author through her website www.ruthrodgersauthor.com.
Reparation by Ruth Rodgers
When her mother’s dislocated shoulder brings 62-year-old high school librarian Kate Riley back to her rural childhood home in northern Florida for a weeks-long visit, events from the past begin to intrude on the present, and Kate soon finds more on her mind than simply caring for her mother.
A chance encounter with Delia Carmichael, the daughter of the man who once sharecropped for her father, throws Kate headlong into a painful memory from the past. Childhood playmates before the culture of Southern segregation forced them apart, Kate and Delia had been teenagers by the time civil rights demonstrations roiled the South in the late 1950s, and Kate finds her thoughts going back to a spring night in 1960, when, despite all her avowed sympathy for the civil rights movement, she had been too cowardly to stand up for Delia when it counted. Seeing Delia again, after forty-five years, brings her to the realization that the only way to live with her conscience is to make reparation for that terrible night.
As she sets out to repair their friendship and make amends, she finds that the little town of Pine Lake still seems mired in the past that she has long since left behind. Lonnie P. Ramsey, the leader of the gang of boys who attacked Delia on that long-ago night, is now Pine Lake’s mayor and one of its most deep-pocketed citizens, and his money wields great power and influence over local law and politics.
Newly fired up by her conscience, Kate does not let that deter her from finding a way to hold him accountable for what he did to Delia, and her search soon turns up an even worse secret that the town has been keeping for forty-four years—a secret that involves Lonnie P. Ramsey.
As the story moves between present and past and Kate’s search for answers draws her and Delia more deeply into danger, she is no longer a fearful sixteen-year-old caught up in the strict rules of a segregated society, but a woman ready to do whatever it takes to finally make reparation for the past and see that justice prevails.
Wanda Luthman - Author for Children of All Ages
Wanda Luthman writes fiction for children ages 7-11. She especially likes fantasy themes that carry a thought-provoking message. Wanda Luthman’s first self-published book is The Lilac Princess. Wanda was inspired by her daughter but the story is about her own struggle. She always longed to grow up and get out of the house but once she did, she realized how much she missed home. Dreama, the protagonist, is an only child to an elderly King and Queen who follows her heart to go outside the castle walls despite being warned against it only to be captured by the most evil force in the Kingdom, Liam, the dragon. While he has a devious plan, she unravels it with a choice that not even she realizes will change the future of her Kingdom. Wanda’s second book is The Adventures Of Tad, The Turtle. Tad doesn't like his shell because it makes him too slow. He meets different characters both good and bad throughout his journey to the Wizard whom he hopes grants his wish to be rid of his shell. This story is full of whimsy and warmth that will leave a smile on your face. This book will be available on Amazon towards the end of March/beginning of April. Wanda has future plans to write a sequel to The Lilac Princess which will feature Liam, The Dragon. She has completed writing her third book about a Unicorn and a Girl who goes on Magical Adventures. Wanda hopes to publish the book later this year. Wanda loves to write and enjoys sharing her love of writing with children. Her goal is to encourage children to love reading and writing also. Wanda Luthman is a High School Guidance Counselor of 18 years and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor of 28 years who understands the need for children to engage in creative thinking. Reading allows children to use their creativity in visualizing the characters, the scenes and anticipation of the storyline. Wanda’s social media accounts are www.facebook.com/wluthman www.twitter.com/wandalu64 www.instagram.com/wandalu64 https://plus.google.com/+WandaLuthman https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14469611.Wanda_Luthman www.wandaluthman.wordpress.com www.amazon.com/author/wandaluthman here's a link to Amazon that will change to the person's country when they click on it. myBook.to/WandaLuthmanAuthor
Author Anna Flowers visits Forum Five, by Jim Nelson
Last Thursday, February 11th, our writing group, The Forum Five, had the privilege of being visited by a guest speaker, true crime writer, Anna Flowers. Anna is the bestselling author of Blind Fury, the story of serial killer Gerald Stano, and Bound to Die, the case of Bobby Joe Long, a Tampa Bay murderer. These books were selected as Doubleday True Crime and Mystery Guild Club selections. She has also authored Murder at Wayside Antiques, Vengeance at Meeting Street, and Wanton woman. Mrs. Flowers has been a Director of Mystery writers of America, Florida Chapter, and is a member of Sisters in Crime, National League of American Penwomen, and the Space Coast Writers Guild. During a two hour informal meeting, Anna answered questions from our members. She explained her extensive research preparation, how her tenacity has helped her get information from hesitant witnesses, how she became interested in true crime writing, etc. Her wit, insight, and behind the scenes anecdotes captured our attention and provided an experience that we won’t soon forget.
Ruth Rogers, Brevard Local Author from Titusville, FL has a new novel, Patchwork, published by August Press. The story is set in the same rural area north Florida community as her first novel Reparation published by the Florida Historical Society Press in 2013. It deals with the topic of unwed pregnancy.
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