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Bringing Readers and Writers Together – Digitally

Prototype Preview

This page is a prototype of what author booths will look like for our digital festival.

The video at the top of the page will give you a quick overview, but feel free to explore on your own. Click the Home button to return to the festival website.


Welcome to our first, and hopefully only, online book festival. Here you will be able to visit our authors’ “booths,” meet them via brief videos they have provided, and browse their books using Amazon’s “Look inside” feature. Before you begin, we invite you to watch the short welcome video at the top of the page. Our chair will tell you a little about the festival and provide helpful tips for watching the videos and navigating the page.

This page is organized by genre. As you scroll down the page, imagine you are strolling the aisle of our festival. Looking for books in a particular genre? Click Genre in the menu, make a selection and jump right to it. Another menu option let you locate books by title.


Meet Sam Berretti

Sam Berretti was born and raised in the High Plains city of Lubbock, Texas. Cotton was king and oil wells and cattle were always close by. The land was as flat as his mother’s tattered ironing board and Spring was always ushered in with dust storms, tumble weeds and tornadoes. Sam moved to Florida to attend college, met a woman who he says was gracious enough to allow him to marry her and raised two amazing children. Click to view Author’s website

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J. Elliott


J. Elliott, artist, author, post-menopausal Buddhist with hot flashes and a midlife crisis, enjoys a campy sense of humor, adores Basset hounds, murder mysteries, puzzles, clever comedy, the supernatural, getting scared but not being scared. She also loves ghost stories, foreign films, Acorn television, coffee, what’s left of old Florida, travel, delicious food, unpredictable stories, and that book you just can’t put down. Seeks readers who enjoy same. Click to view Author’s website

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Meet Marie Q. Rogers

Marie Rogers

Among Rogers’ many interests is edible wild plants and herbs. Her knowledge of wild-crafting came in handy in writing Trials by Fire. You may find her rambling the back roads, exploring historical sites, and enjoying the mountains. When not traveling, she lives in the woods of North Florida, putting the finishing touches on several novels. Rogers’ short pieces have appeared in Bacopa Literary Review and Pilcrow & Dagger, and she posts creative nonfiction on her website. Click to view Author’s website

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Meet Richard Gartee


Richard Gartee is an award-winning novelist who has authored five novels, a biography, five collections of poetry, and seven college textbooks.Both novels in his Ragtime Dudes series won Royal Palm Literary Awards. Click to view Author’s website

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Meet Mallory O’Connor

Mallory OConnor

Mallory O’Connor is a writer, an art historian, and a musician. She is the author of two non-fiction books, Lost Cities of the Ancient Southeast and Florida’s American Heritage River, both published by the University Press of Florida. Her American River Trilogy novels span three generations of Californians. Click to view Author’s website

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Meet Gail Rose Thompson

Gail Thompson

Gail Rose Thompson’s books are collections of stories of her time during a wonderful and exciting few years in the beautiful country of Iran, filled with kind, gregarious, fun-loving and intelligent people, as well as beautiful horses. Click to view Author’s website

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Sunshine State Book Festival

in 2020 was made possible with the assistance of these and other sponsors

These are only a few of the gracious sponsors of our 2020 Sunshine State Book Festival. We hope they will again support us this year and that your business or organization will consider becoming one of our sponsors for 2021