Monthly Archives: January 2016

Authors Drop In to Visit Publisher’s Island Headquarters

Authors Drop In to Visit Publisher’s Island Headquarters
Renee Kumor, Larry Lentchner, and Joyce deCordova 
are among the AAeB authors who have recently found
their way down to Key West
Maybe these talented authors really wanted to have a conference with Absolutely Amazing eBooks publisher Shirrel Rhoades … or maybe they came just because of where he lives … but a number of AAeB writer’s have recently visited Key West.
However, Absolutely Amazing eBooks being a virtual publishing company, with no brick-and-mortar office building, these meeting had to take place in more relaxing island-y locations.
Roberta DePiero, Shirrel Rhoades, and Renee Kumor at Harpoon Harry’s

As fans know, Renee Kumor is the creator of that popular romance series, The River Bend Chronicles. Recently she made a day trip to Key West, but found time to have coffee with Shirrel Rhoades and her cousin Roberta DePiero at Harpoon Harry’s, the legendary cafe near the waterfront. As it turns out, Roberta is one of the talented photographers behind After Hours: Images of the Key West Cemetery, also published by Absolutely Amazing eBooks under its New Atlantian Library imprint.

Larry Lentchner and the gardens at the Gardens Hotel
A few weeks later, Dr. Larry Lentchner and his wife made it down for a few days, but took time out to have a glass of wine with Shirrel and AAeB associate publisher Chuck Newman at the lovely Gardens Hotel. A professional psychologist, Larry is the author of a new book titled Onederland. This is his debut novel.
Shirrel Rhoades with Robert Coburn
Another recent visitor was Robert Coburn, author of the Jack Hunter Mysteries. As usual he met Shirrel Rhoades for breakfast at Croissant de France, an open-air eatery on Duval Street.
Joyce deCordova to visit the island of Key West
Scheduled to arrive in a few weeks is Joyce deCordova, one of the North Fork authors behind a short story collection titled 7 Voices. She and her friends have set aside a night for dinner with Shirrel and Chuck. If the IRS asks, they talked business.
    
About all these books:
In the first entry in the River Bent Chronicles – Small Town Secrets –Renee introduced us to Lynn Powers, a newcomer to town, and local police detective Dusty Reid. Then she tossed in some more fascinating characters, three murders, and a marriage. In the second entry — Taking A Chance — we follow the beginnings of the romance between Lynn and Dusty. Absolutely Amazing eBooks just published Season of Revenge, the 7th book in the ongoing series. More than 20 volumes in this saga are planned!
       
After Life: Images of the Key West Cemetery is a photographic collaboration between Roberta DePiero and Carol Tedesco. It offers a fabulous visual tour of the island’s historic graveyard, a hodgepodge of above-ground crypts and mausoleums. It’s fit for a coffee table.
         
In Onederland, Dr. Lentchner spins a tale about efforts to build a religious theme park. It’s a response to the terrorism we live with as a result of the conflicts in religious thought, principles and actions throughout the world. A fictional look at real-world problems. It will be available next week at your favorite online booksellers.
7 Voices is a wonderful collection of short fiction by members of New York’s North Fork Writers Group. The entertaining stories are as diverse as this talented coterie of authors. This book deserves a few literary awards, but we’ll settle for it being a good read!
All of these wonderful ebooks are available for only $3.99 each; or paperback editions can be purchased for $14.95 in most cases.
For the River Bend romances, click  here. For After Life, click  here. For the Jack Hunter mysteries, click here. Or for 7 Voices, click here.
You can be reading any of these books on your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or Apple iPad within the next 30 seconds.
Then why not come on down to Key West and enjoy reading your book on the beach. Perhaps Shirrel Rhoades will buy you a margarita if he can find that lost shaker of salt.

Third mystery in the Will and Betsy Black adventure series!

A WEEKEND MYSTERY
Just published is the third mystery in the Will and Betsy Black adventure series!
A perfect weekend read that you can instantly download for $3.99 …
“From the opening moments in their latest action adventure, when a Coast Guard drug interdiction goes horribly awry, David and Nancy Beckwith have done it again. It’s showtime in the Keys after drugs worth $500 million sink to the bottom of the straits and Will and Betsy Black swing into action. By cannily weaving cunning suspense with a setting the authors know deeply well, A Narcotics Conspiracy brings the Florida Keys to breathtaking life, unveiling the true character of a place and a people renowned for mixing great wealth with wild play.”  
- Mark Howell, author of Like a Rolling Stone.
 
In this third adventure Will and Betsy Black, those crime-solving financial whizzes find themselves curious when Geoffrey Oliver Watson III is found dead on his boat near Key West. And then a 50-foot go-fast cigarette boat nearly rams a Coast Guard cutter, raising more questions. The answer is drug smuggling. Can the husband-and-wife sleuths thwart the local drug lords?
Yes. And you’ll enjoy reading along as they do it.
“A charming crime-solving couple,” says H.L. Osterman, author of Short Changed. “A perfect weekend read,” adds William R. Burkett, Jr., author of the Rainy City mystery series.
The good news? You can start reading A Narcotic Conspiracy within the next 30 seconds. To instantly download the ebook edition simply click on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, KoboBooks, or Apple iBooks — or you can purchase the 6″ x 9″ trade paperback by clicking here.
Only $3.99 for the electronic edition; $14.95 for the traditional paper version. Less than the cost of a coffee and croissant.
And if you haven’t read the first two books in this entertaining series — A Hurricane Conspiracy and A Calculating Conspiracy — you can easily add them to the list.
 
David Beckwith is a third-generation native of Greenville, Mississippi, with a BBA and an MBA from Ole Miss. David spent 40 years in the securities business, the first half of his career with Bache & Co. and its successors, the second half with Morgan Stanley. David’s wife Nancy earned a doctorate in finance and was the largest commercial lender and underwriter for Florida National Bank/1st Union/Wachovia, a member of their President’s Club, and a board member. David and Nancy started writing the Will and Betsy Black Adventure Series in 2010. Their unique hook was that — like the books’ protagonists — the authors were also a happily married couple. After moving to Key West, the Beckwiths were tapped to write a book review column for the Key West Citizen, which David continues to produce on a weekly basis.
 
 David and Nancy Beckwith with author Robert B. Parker

New Year’s Celebration! with New Marlow Mystery

New Year’s
 Celebration!
        
The Publication of a New
Marlow Mystery by Bill Craig:
Marlow Dark Waters
Ring in 2016 with a brand-new Marlow mystery by bestselling author Bill Craig, on sale today. This is the 7th book in the popular series about a private eye who plies his shady trade in sunny Key West. Behind the palm fronts and blood-red bougainvillea blossoms you will find murder.
In Marlow: Dark Waters we find that Vern Brisbane has been murdered after docking his shrimp boat. The Key West Police think it was a random killing, but Brisbane’s daughter Lilly disagrees. She hires Rick Marlow to look into the shrimper’s death and what he finds is a smuggling operation that is using shrimp boats to smuggle in both drugs and people. Not knowing who he can trust, Marlow must navigate the Dark Waters to get the man behind it all.
Yes, it’s another thrilling read, perfect for the kick-back-and-relax holidays.
Great news: You can download the ebook and start reading it RIGHT NOW. Or have the 6″ x 9″ trade paperback in your hands within days.
The ebook is only $3.99 — less than the price of a glass of New Year’s champagne — delivered instantly to your Kindle, Nook, Kobo, or Apple iPad. The paperback is $14.95. Simple click on the unlined link for the version you prefer.