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Welcome Zelle Andrews

When Zelle Andrews learned about a stray dog that had been adopted by a nearby coastal community — one that Andrews’ previous novels were set in — the Crawfordville, Florida-based author knew she had to write the story, and now, she has! Zelle signed with Turtle Cove Press to publish her novel, The Adventures of Surf Dude: The Dog of Ochlockonee Bay. The book, which is appropriate for middle-grade through adult, is scheduled to launch in late October or early November.

Zelle Andrews

Welcome Suzan E. Zan

Suzan E. Zan signed a publishing contract for her poetry collection, From Suffering to Salve: My Journey to Happiness. Zan unflinchingly shares some of the hurts and heartaches that have shaped her life. The author uses self-reflection as an important tool to spark insight and alter the way we see ourselves and those around us. This poignant poetry collection is categorized into sections—suffering, scars, and salve—and covers a multitude of themes including relationships and self-worth, mental health and manipulation, adoption and overcoming. Zan’s poems explore a myriad of manifestations that transcend the trials of time. Many people suffer in silence from low self-image, depression, and anxiety—this book shows others they are not alone in their struggles, and they can follow their own journey to happiness.

Suzan E. Zan

Dahlia Brings Home the Gold from FAPA!

Susan Koehler’s debut novel, Dahlia in Bloom, has added another piece of bling to an already impressive collection. The book received the Gold Medal in the Florida Authors and Publishers Association’s President’s Awards, presented on August 1, 2020. Congratulations, Susan! Turtle Cove Press is thrilled and honored to publish this wonderful story.

Dahlia in Bloom advances in two book awards contests

Dahlia in Bloom has been named a finalist in the Florida Authors and Publishers Association (FAPA) President’s Book Awards contest and a semifinalist in the Florida Writers Association’s Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA). With the FAPA and Florida Writers Association annual conferences being cancelled due to COVID-19, the awards ceremonies for both organizations are being re-imagined. We will share the results here as soon as they are announced. Congratulations to author Susan Koehler!

Book Launch Party for Dahlia in Bloom

The book launch party for author Susan Koehler’s debut novel, Dahlia in Bloom., was held at Midtown Reader in Tallahassee on August 17, 2019. Over 100 copies were sold at the two-hour event at Midtown Reader — possibly a store record! Midtown Reader has copies available and provides curbside service and local delivery. Call for information: 850.425.2665 (BOOK). 


The Cover Reveal is Finally Here!

Thank you to the incredibly talented team who made the cover of Susan Koehler’s debut novel, Dahlia in Bloom, come to life.  Elizabeth Babski, cover design; Katie Clark, KM Clark Photography, cover model photography; Amanda Finch Broadfoot, Making Light Productions, for finding the model; Emma T., for representing Dahlia.

“A well-crafted, beautiful novel about a fraught childhood moment. “

– Kirkus Review

We are very proud that Dahlia in Bloom received a starred review from Kirkus Review.  The story is also featured in the June 1 digital issue of Kirkus Review.  Read the full review of Dahlia in Bloom here.

New Author in the House!

Welcome, Susan G. Koehler!  A published author with several teaching texts under her belt, Susan comes to Turtle Cove Press with her debut novel, Dahlia in Bloom.  This story won a Rising Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  We are so honored that Susan found her home with Turtle Cove!

Attack of ZomBacon took two silver medals at the 2018 Florida Authors and Publishers Association Awards!