After her successful debut novel, Dahlia in Bloom, Susan Koehler returns with a contemporary mystery, Nobody Kills Uncle Buster and Gets Away with It. Two book launches (because one isn’t enough for her fans!) were held August 21 at Midtown Reader in Tallahassee. Uncle Buster is a finalist in the Florida Authors and Publishers (FAPA) President’s Book Awards, which will be announced in July.
Dahlia in Bloom received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Top 100 Indy Books of 2019. It also won the gold medal from FAPA.
Zelle Andrews was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. With an interest in writing since she was twelve, she still has her first diary, which was given to her as a Christmas present by her parents. Married since 1987, Zelle has infused tidbits of her life with her husband and two children in her first two published novels, Paisley Memories and Dancing with Dandelions. The Adventures of Surf Dude: The Dog of Ochlockonee Bay is her third published novel. Book Three in the Paisley series is forth-coming. Zelle is currently writing a historical novel, tentatively titled Mercy Jane, about the Salem witch trials. Surf Dog is a finalist in the FAPA President’s Awards, to be announced in July.
Lt. Gen. Lawrence F. Snowden, USMC
General Snowden wrote his memoir as a gift to his family, but realized many people around the world would want to read his story. From childhood memories to impactful events in his military career, second career as a successful international businessman, and calling to community service, the General’s tale is one of inspiration and humble achievement. SNOWDEN’S STORY won a bronze medal from the Military Writers Association of America. Per his family’s wishes, all the General’s royalties are donated to the Iwo Jima Association of America.
Suzan E. Zan
Suzan E. Zan is an author unafraid to tackle emotional issues, x-ray her ego, and inject humor and sass where appropriate. In her collection of poetry, From Suffering to Salve: My Journey to Happiness, she tells her story with attitude, while empathizing with other women who have faced struggles. Suzan has won awards for poetry, non-fiction, and journalism, and has written for newspapers, non-profits, education, and corporate America. She is passionate about encouraging others, particularly women, to find their voice and tell their story.
Abby Hugill’s passion for the environment led her to focus on the benefits of bees and bats for her Girl Scout Gold Award (equivalent of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts). She wrote Betsy and Bernie, Eco-Guardians to help children overcome their fears of bees and bats and realize that these two animals are beneficial in many ways. Abby also created a bat house and a pollinator garden at her high school. Abby’s friend, the talented artist Cody Paddack, created the beautiful illustrations for the book.
M.R. Street, MPH, MSI, is a retired state health department employee who often includes public health topics in her stories. She has won awards in middle-grade and young-adult fiction. She owns Turtle Cove Press where she strives to publish quality stories, poetry, and memoirs for children, teens, and families. She and her husband split their time between Tallahassee and Ochlockonee Bay, Florida. Her first novel, Blue Rock Rescue, won first place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards (Florida Writers Association). Her second novel, The Werewolf’s Daughter, won the gold medal for Young Adult Fiction in the Florida Authors and Publishers Association’s (FAPA) Presidents Awards.