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Heart to Heart: Writing a Verse Novel

“When characters and their emotions are the drivers of your story, consider writing a verse novel,” says Melody Dimick, speaker at the next FWA Orlando meeting being held Wednesday,  July 11th (not July 4th!) at 6:30 pm at the University Club of Winter Park. Dimick will share with attendees, 1) what a verse novel is and how to determine if writing in verse will work for them, 2) participants will learn the right questions to ask themselves in order to link poems into a complete story arc, and 3) discover the value of white space to reach a target audience. The meeting is free and open to the public. Contact Rik Feeney atusabookcoach@gmail.com for more information.

Author Melody Dimick

Directions to Orlando FWA Meeting
The University Club of Winter Park

From I-4 East or West, take the Lee Road exit and head East toward the Atlantic Ocean. Lee Road will dead end at Webster Ave. where you will make a left turn. Follow Webster through a light at Denning, then another light at the railroad tracks, then you will come to a stop sign, actually stop, then before the next stop sign (which is Park Ave) you will turn left into the University Club. Park your car in the grass, then walk up the ramp to the side door. Enter and keep going to your left inside to the library where we hold the meeting.

Authors and song writers Joseph Cavanaugh, David Ask and Chris Gantry met in Nashville for a preliminary planning for a Nashville BAMFEST in September that will be bigger than they originally planned. Details coming later!

Authors meet in Nashville

CLICK HERE to see more pictures of the Taylor and Seale Florida Authors' Meeting

Taylor and Seale Authors

APRIL 14, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Taylor and Seale Publishing will host its yearly Florida authors meeting at the Oceans Grand meeting room at 2 Oceans West Blvd., Daytona Beach Shores. From 1:30 to 4:00, the hall will be open to the public for meeting and greeting the authors. Admission is free. A number of the authors are best sellers and winners of awards in various genres — poetry, children’s books, young adult books, mysteries, historical novels, and educational non-fiction.  

Presenter will be Melody Dimick, whose works appear in 5 Florida Writing Association collections. Her soon-to-be-published "Backpack Blues" won first Royal Palm Literary Award. Melody is a prolific writer and speaker often in demand for workshops and presentations.

The authors will be discussing writing, promoting, and marketing activities and their books. In June, five authors—two from Florida and three from Nashville (winners who have appeared prominently in the US and in Europe) will be hosting their own book-signing and musical extravaganza in Nashville. They will also discuss plans for marketing presentations during the year and for the annual Taylor and Seale’s Books, Art and Music fest for November.  

Join us and meet our award-winning Florida authors and speakers. 
To RSVP click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/507374342997126/ 

Below is a photo from last year's meeting.

Taylor and Seale authors

Easter Eggstravaganza

AAUW luncheon


Dr. Mary Custureri spoke at the Florida Heritage Book Festival in St. Augustine on September 23rd. Read more here: http://www.taylorandsealeevents.com/past-events

Our President, Dr. Mary Custureri will be speaking at the Florida Book Heritage Festival in St. Augustine on September 23rd. from 11:40 am -12:40 am. For the festival schedule click on: http://fhbookfest.com/book-festival/festival-schedule

 John Marshall Gordon, author of ‘Katelyn’s Killer’, had the opportunity to meet the great John Grisham, at Malaprops in Asheville yesterday. Mr. Grisham was on his first book tour in 25 years to promote his newest novel ‘Camino Island’ that we are so excited to read! What an amazing moment! 

John Gordon and John Grisham

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Blame coverBooksigning Tic Toc


Another great book made it's debut last week. We are proudly presenting "Poetry And Prophecy" by Joanna Gilbert-Hilton. She presented her book at the WKTO (88.7FM) radio station in New Smyrna Beach Florida. An amazing Christian book.

author Joanna

Night out Marina


TIC TOC is the new GO TO place in town! Info on link http://www.taylorandseale.com/index.php?id=620

Taylor and Seale is organizing a Holiday Book Event at the Sunshine Park Mall in South Daytona. Many best-selling authors will be presenting and signing their books, some of them will offer great deals. Look below for more information on the venue. 

 Sunshine mall sale

 Frank Ceravolo, author of Little Emil Yek and the Search for the Giant Deer is also an inventor. His unique invention has generated much interest (click HERE to see the article written about his invention). Meanwhile, his book is being translated into Macedonian because of interest in an American novel for young people. Little Emil is like a cross between Bambi and Watership Down. The author is also busy at work during his sojourn in Macedonia working on a suspense story. Looking forward to his return to the United States, Ceravolo will be preparing for a presentation with other Florida authors writing about Florida in October at Daytona State College.



Dr. Lynn Hawkins, professor at Daytona State College is busily preparing for the day long conference of Florida authors presenting their works in October at Daytona State College.  A total of fourteen authors have been chosen to present.  More will be forthcoming.

Dr. Hawkins has written Always the First, which has just been released.  It is a fascinating story of a piece of American history as told to her by a woman of substance, Annie Mae Walker, who left a mark on history.




Nettie's Dream, a romantic suspense novel,  has also been released this week.  Meanwhile, Author Barbara Cairnes  is at work on another novel.  Can't wait, Barbara.  Nettie's Dream is a great summer read. 

In Living Color, our newest children's book is experiencing great sales.  Look it up for tprimary children's summer reading.  They will think creatively.


Author of To Parts Unknown and In Satan’s Shadow, historical mysteries , has now reached the status of #1 for WWII fiction on Amazon for In Satan’s Shadow. He has also participated in a Historical Fiction event sponsored by Endeavor Press in the UK for his ebook version.

Marie Bartlett, author of the historical novels Pearl MD and Pearl MD The Way West is presenting in May at the Preservation Society of Asheville. Marie, a historian, has had a number of successful presentations and kudos for her realistic portrayal of her memorable character, Dr. Pearl Stern, a forerunner to women doctors in the U.S. in the days when prejudice of working women was rampant. Great reading.

Taylor and Seale is proud to announce the full page ad which appeared in the Winter edition of PRIMO magazine featuring author Mario Fumarola, a prolific, popular writer of the Italian immigrant scene of West Utica, a microcosm of Italian American immigrants of the 20s.

Shana Smith, co-author with Chris Gantry of the book SHELDON AND THE BIG HURRICANE published by Taylor and Seale Publishing is also a singer and songwriter. (See Below). Gantry wrote the Emmy-award-winning song Dreams of the Everyday Housewife.

Shana Smith Live on stage of the Wheeling Jamboree.

Friday April 1st at WVU's Creative Arts Center! Shana Smith is part of the Lineup of a Country Music Spectacular Celebrating the 83rd Anniversary of a West Virginia Music Legend and the Country Music Show with Tradition Like None Other! The Wheeling Jamboree!

Posted by Wheeling Jamboree on Friday, March 18, 2016

This is a photo of Zona Whitaker, author of JEREMY taken at her home a year ago. A beautiful, spirit-filled Godly woman who wrote JEREMY, which is fast becoming a beloved book by children and adults because of its message that "All things are possible with Gods" she has only a few days left to live. Her passing will leave a void, but she has left behind inspiring poetry that will be published in her honor.

Comment from a reader, Jacquelyn Mathews Bennett:

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to READ!!! And I've got plenty of time to do it! In fact, I've NEVER given books as gifts to ANYONE that I haven't read FIRST! I just recvd this little gem yesterday...What makes it SUPER SPECIAL to me, is the way it came to me....Through my dear neighbor, who just happens to be the Aunt of the book's Author!!!

It was written for ALL children...but a SPECIAL NOTE to children of Military Service Veterans who have served in the war on terrorism, as stated in the book's SPECIAL DEDICATION in the front portion of the book.

Although I have 3 little HUNNYBUNNIES, in addition to 2 other very special little cousins who I will be purchasing copies for, I just wanted y'all to know, that this book touched my heart in areas I didn't even realized exsisted!!! Yep...who would even think that a CHILDREN'S BOOK could do such a thing?!!!

So, if you too are avid readers, or maybe just every now and then readers, or perhaps reading is just boring to you, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS ONE!!! It's an EASY 55 pages short (LOL) ANDDD.. The simple message of Zoe's book is simply this: "With God, all things are possible."

BTW...you can only order this book directly from the publisher, however, I was able to go through Barnes and Noble...They placed the order for me right over the phone....Should you get it, all I can say is, you WILL BE IN FOR A REAL TREAT!!! HAPPY READING Y'ALL!!!......SPECIAL THANKS to YOU, Denise♡...I have 5-more orders enroute.*:-)

On February we had a very successful book signing at the AAUW in Smyrna Beach at the delightful Smyrna Beach Yacht Club. Author's names and their books(some use pseudonyms): Jeff Boyle ('Nam World); Dee Ann Mallow (Sins of the Sisters and Web of Lies); Veronica H. Hart (Taylor and Seale Senior Editor); Dr. Mary Custureri, Dr. Angela Barretta-Herman (President of Smyrna Beach branch of AAUW); Bai Lu (Forgotten Princess: Under the Shadow of the Dragon); and Joyce Senatro (First Class to America). Great writers all! Beautiful presentations and wonderful response.

Nadine is a drama Nicholson's fourth book with Taylor and Seale Publishing. It is fast becoming as popular as for other 3 books. All books are on Amazon, Books a Million, Barnes & Noble, Taylor & Seale as well as on Kindle.

CELEBRATE THE GODDESS AND STRONG WOMEN ON MARCH 13 @Cinematique (Daytona Beach, FL) Film starts at 2:00 pm. Admission is $7 or $5 Cinematique members


Cinematique will be the gathering place for strong women and a celebration of the Goddess on Sunday, March 13. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the publication of When God Was a Woman by Merlin Stone, area women authors are invited to bring books they have written and speak out for all women’s rights.
The late Ms. Stone’s book, first published in 1976, has sold well over a million copies and remains a standard in Women’s Studies courses. Daytona resident, Lenny Schneir, her life partner for over 34 years, will present the National Film Board of Canada hour-long film, Women and Spirituality.” He and his co-authors, Drs. Carol Thomas and David B. Axelrod, won a Florida Book Award Gold Medal and a national Coalition of Visionary Resources (COVR) first prize for their critical biography, Merlin Stone Remembered.
Also featured will be Dr. Mary Custureri, award-winning educator, novelist and president of Taylor & Seale Publishing. Dr. Custureri  is a member of  the Florida Writers Association, National League of American Pen Women, and The American Association of University Women. Writing as Mary Foca, she is the author of Defy the Winds, a historical novel about an immigrant woman’s triumph in coming to America.
The event, made possible in part by a grant from the Cultural Council of Volusia County, is sponsored by Creative Happiness Institute. Any women who have authored a book are encouraged to bring a copy of their work to announce and display. The public is welcome to attend.
The film will be shown at 2 p.m. with a discussion to follow. Admission is $7 or $5 Cinematique members. Cinematique is located at 242 S. Beach Street in Daytona Beach. For more information about the program, call Cinematique at 386-252-3118 or email Dr. David B. Axelrod, Axelrod@creativehappiness.org



AAUW’s Annual Meet the Authors Luncheon and Benefit Event was a big success. With over 100 people attending, it raised over $3,000 for the New Smyrna Beach group’s AAUW Scholarship Fund.

Those who helped to make it happen were (seated) authors Bai Lu and Joyce Senatro and (standing) authors Jeff Boyle and Dee Ann Mallow, Taylor & Seale Publishers Senior Editor Veronica Hart and President Dr. Mary Custureri, and AAUW President Dr. Angeline Barretta-Herman.


New Smyrna Beach AAUW’s annual Meet the Authors benefit event attracted over 100 people for book presentations, gift raffles, and a lunch served at the Smyrna Yacht Club.  The event raised over $3,000 for the group’s AAUW Scholarship Fund that will award study grants to several area high school graduates and continuing university students in May. Participating authors and their books were (seated) Bai Lu, Forgotten Princess, her story of growing up in China during the time of Chairman Mao and the Cultural Revolution; (standing) Dee Ann Mallow, Sins of the Sisters, the story of an orphaned girl’s lost identity and her quest to claim her inheritance, and Web of Lies, the story of the ex-wife of a Florida mobster who must clear her name in a Federal money laundering case against her husband; Jeff Boyle, Nam World, about the main character’s journey of healing and redemption to recover from the guilt and trauma of war; and Joyce Senatro, First Class to America, the story of a young Italian bride who conquers the challenges of a new language, a new country and an abusive husband and succeeds beyond her dreams.

Another Successful Meet The Authors Event At The American Association of University Women Scholarship Luncheon

Meet the Authors

Taylor and Seale publishing events - Barnes and Noble event at 1900 W. Speedway Boulevard, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Dr.Linda Straubel, author of Mystic Fruit :  Her novel "takes readers on a mystical… road trip back to a time when Vietnam War protests were de rigueur and dashiki-clad young men played the party game of seduction. Straubel’s layers of details and perfect sense memory lure readers from the Eastern U.S. university culture of the late 1960s to trippy LA and the quest for enlightenment. It’s quite the ride.”(comments by Prof.Lynnette Porter, Ph.D.

Drawing on his years as an intelligence agent and his years as a producer of international music programs Cal Thomas has created the Kyle McBride series of adventures. A Stradivari Affair is an international musical mystery/thriller inspired by a true-life account of the theft of a Stradivari violin from backstage at Carnegie Hall, The story is compelling Agent Kyle McBride is caught up with a temptress in thievery, subversion and murder that takes him from New York to Florida to Europe. 

 Filled with historical detail, Lois Gerber's novel Runaway Girl  thrusts the reader into the 1920s tand the life of into the life of Connie, a girl who runs away from a disastrous future to attain a coveted role that would change her life. She could not foresee that she would fall into nursing, where she would be pulled through overwhelming hurdles and a change she and others did not anticipate.