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A Celebration of Sleuthing: Mystery Writers Key West Fest

A Celebration of Sleuthing:
Mystery Writers Key West Fest Set for Mid-August

This is a “must” for all mystery fans!

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Key West, FL. — World-class mystery writers and acclaimed storytellers will be gathering in Key West to reveal their sleuthing savvy and whodunit know-how during the 2nd Annual Mystery Writers Key West Fest, set for August 14-16, 2015.  And you’re invited to join them.

Sponsored in part by the Mystery Writers of America’s Florida Chapter, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, and the Key West Citizen, this “Murder & Mayhem in Paradise” themed festival offers multiple workshops, presentations and panel events, mingling with authors, consultations with publishing industry experts, and book signings.

Shirrel Rhoades, publisher of Absolutely Amazing eBooks, is a co-founder of the Fest along with mystery writer Michael Haskins.

Shirrel Rhoades and Michael Haskins

Taking place this year at Key West’s luxurious Beachside Marriott, Mystery Writers Key West Fest stars international bestselling suspense-thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, author of the wildly popular”Lincoln Rhyme” book series, the first of which was adapted to the 1999 film “The Bone Collector” starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

Jeffery Deaver and Heather Graham

Open to mystery fans, authors, and aspiring authors, Fest guests will learn first-hand how to craft their own tales of crime, murder and mystery from Deaver and other high-profile mystery genre luminaries — including award-winning Florida author James O. Born, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Heather Graham, and bestselling Chicago crime writer Libby Fischer Hellman.  The 90-minute panels also include one on Law Enforcement in the Keys, a popular presentation that provides a bird’s-eye view of what crime is really like in the Florida Keys, led by DEA agent Ken Davis.

The popular sleuth fest also includes a luncheon with Deaver, dinner with O. Born, and the presentation of the Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award.

The Jerry Award and Jeremiah Healy

Sponsored by Absolutely Amazing eBooks, the Jerry Award salutes the late author’s legacy as a beloved and influential mentor to aspiring writers. The winner receives a unique Jerry statuette, a book publishing contract, and receives free admission and lodging at the Fest. Candidates wishing to compete for the Jeremiah Healy Mystery Writing Award are invited to submit the first three pages of a finished, unpublished manuscript no later than June 30, 2015. Finalists will be notified August 1, and will have until August 10 to submit full manuscripts.

Featuring a who’s-who array of award-winning and bestselling mystery and crime fiction authors, this year’s Mystery Writers Key West Fest is sure to be a hit. Registration is only $125 for nearly three days of sleuth-worthy events. Rooms for attendees also are generously discounted, but early bird discounts end July 10.

Don’t delay. Attendance is limited. Register today!

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Are You Sure It’s the Rolling Stones?

Are You Sure It’s the Rolling Stones?

Mark Howell Tells How Two British Lads Posed As Members of the Famous Rock Band While Crossing America!

At this very minute the Rolling Stones — Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and their wild bandmates — are touring North America. Earlier this week the boys were in Detroit. Tomorrow they’ll play Orchard Park, New York. Then they wrap it up on July 15 in Quebec City.

They call it the Zip Code Tour.

But are you sure it’s the Stones?

Mark Howell chuckles as he recalls how easy it was to fool people when he and a pal crossed America, their British accents convincing pretty young women that they were members of the “Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World.” He says, “We had a blast.”

Howell’s book about it – titled The Naked Girl In The Treehouse - might be called a roman à clef, a true story masquerading as fiction. It’s a hilarious romp, the mad misadventures of two English lads crossing America in 1964 in an electric-blue Plymouth Savoy.

Mark Howell went on to become “legendary” in the publishing world, that term applied to him by Paperback Fanatic. His career stretched from Montreal to London, New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. He edited romance books, ghostwrote spy novels, published pulp paperbacks. His name became known in the underground publishing world. In Florida in the 1980s, as editor and senior writer of the Key West arts and politics publication, Solares Hill, he won 17 journalism awards.

But Howell’s favorite accolades came from those who thought he was a Rolling Stone, a pretense that held up well until an astute Midwestern girl noted that newspapers were reporting the Stones to be in California at that moment, not here in her presence!

Howell’s pal emerged from a confessional “talk” with his girlfriend du jour, nose freely bleeding. “Well, I think that went pretty well,” he announced.

As did their odyssey.

You can follow this hilarious journey, page by page, by downloading The Naked Girl In The Treehouse now — only $3.99 for the ebook, or $14.95 for the handsome 6″ x 9″ paperback.

Depending on your ereader device, go to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KoboBooks, Absolutely Amazing eBooks, or other online booksellers. You can start reading within seconds.

For the paperback edition, go here.

And yes, there is a naked blonde beauty waiting in a treehouse at the end of their cross-country trek. But let’s not get ahead of the story.

“All is true,” states the narrator of this funny almost-true novel from Mark Howell. But like they say, why let truth get in the way of a good story.

Anthrax Is Back in the Headlines:

As stated in a June 3rd article in Foreign Policy titled ”The Pentagon Anthrax Scandal Is Getting Worse by the Day”

“U.S. Defense Department officials said on Wednesday that a total of 51 laboratories in 17 states, the District of Columbia, and three foreign countries have received potentially dangerous samples of anthrax from a U.S. Army lab in Dugway, Utah – dramatically expanding the scope of a scandal that raises serious questions about the Pentagon’s ability to properly oversee its stocks of deadly pathogens.”

But this latest anthrax scare is a mere echo of that earlier 2001 anthrax attack that has never been fully explained.

The FBI case name for that deadly incident was Amerithrax. Letters containing live anthrax spores were mailed to several media headquarters and to two US Senators. Five died and 17 others were infected.

Microbiologist Bruce Edward Ivins became the focus of the FBI’s investigation and he committed suicide as a result. But today even the FBI’s lead investigator has doubts about his guilt.

Case Closed is a novel based on those true events … and as more facts come out the book seems less like fiction than a prescient revelation of what really happened.

The New Atlantian Library is proud to publish an updated edition of Louis M. Weinstein’s Case Closed — along with new material on the rejection of the FBI’s flawed case by two goverenmental agencies, numerous US Congressmen and Senators, and even the FBI agent who managed the major parts of the investigation.

This updated edition of Case Closed follows Lew Weinstein’s passion for seeing the truth come out in the FBI’s handling of the Amerithrax Case. Weinstein began writing novels when he was 55 years of age, finally taking the advice of his high school English teacher, who said he should write. After graduating from Princeton and the Harvard Business School, Lew enjoyed a long management career in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, including his last position as CEO of a biomedical research institute focused on infectious disease research. In 1980, he was a candidate for the U.S. Congress from New Jersey. Lew Weinstein lives with his wife in Key West, FL.

In the true-life-inspired thriller Case Closed you will find a plausible explanation of what really happened in the 2001 anthrax attacks … and why the FBI doesn’t want America to know the truth.

Yes, you can own the ebook edition in a matter of seconds by clicking the link below. Priced at only $3.99 it’s available in a format to fit your personal ereader device — Kindle to Nook to Kobo to you name it.

Or you can order the 6″ x 9″ paperback for only $14.95 and have it in your hands a matter of days.

Lew Weinstein’s Case Closed is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KoboBooks, and Absolutely Amazing eBooks. Or got the paperback edition go here.

Does fiction sometimes foretell reality? It certainly seems that way to readers of Case Closed.