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Bringing Readers and Writers Together – Digitally

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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. Once the festival site opens, this video will be replaced by one in which 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

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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

cover of Double Mayhem cover of Good Girl Gone cover of Black Rose


Meet Laura Anne Ewald

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Laura Anne Ewald is a former university librarian turned freelance writer, editor, and public speaker. An eclectic scholar of many years, she wrote her first play in the late 1980s, her first novel in 1990, and has been writing and publishing her own work—scholarly, professional, and fictional—since 1999. Ewald continues to pursue her avocation in drama by writing for, creating, directing, and performing with puppets as founder of The Everyman Puppet Theatre. Click to view Author’s website

The Cat & Mac Mysteries: Volume 1 Words To Love By The Stars of Dreams: Book 1 of the Commonwealth Chronicles The Stars of Home: Book 2 of the Commonwealth Chronicles The Power of Story: Using good storytelling to make a lasting impression The Power of Story II: Using research to add reality to your story The Power of Story III: Making it your own The Fuzzy Forever Friend The Porcupine & The Pig


Meet Mary Beth Magee

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Mary Beth Magee lets her curiosity take her in a wide variety of writing directions. Her (LOL)4 mystery novels, short fiction, poetry, and devotions all come from a faith-based perspective. Her children’s books share uplifting stories to encourage children in their daily lives without preaching. She has appeared in three Chicken Soup for the Soul™ volumes as well as multiple other anthologies. Welcome to her world! Click to view Author’s website

Death in the Daylilies Ambush at the Arboretum Cypress Point Confidences A Cypress Point Christmas Cypress Point Spirit Devotions from the Road of Life: Hitting the Road Grandpa's Mustache Storytime Crafts, Games and Gifts Using Recycled and Inexpensive Items Pearl's Pool


Meet JW Robitaille

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JW Robitaille writes the Cory Marin Mystery series, which features a strong female detective with a complicated love life and a diverse group of friends. Julie enjoys painting, cooking, gardening, walking, house restoration, and travel. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, the setting of all her fiction. In addition to her Gainesville detective series, she writes literary fiction, short stories, screenplays, and she is getting ready to launch a Young Adult dystopia series. Click to view Author’s website

Romancing the Crime Marshland Second Self Consequences Spring of Fire Portrait of the Artist as a Wife and Mother The Dreamtime Dooms of Love


Historical Fiction

Meet Richard Gartee

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

Ragtime Dudes in a Thin Place Ragtime Dudes Meet a Paris Flapper Lancelot's Grail Lancelot's Disciple Skating on Skim Ice Mountain Breathing Watching Waves Canyon Falls

Meet Susie Howell Baxter

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Susie H. Baxter is the author of C. G. & Ethel, A Family History; Pumping Sunshine, A Memoir of My Rural Childhood; and Write Your Memoir, One Story at a Time. She has served as president of the Writers Alliance of Gainesville, as creative nonfiction editor for the print journal, Bacopa, A Literary Review, and she teaches a memoir-writing course at Santa Fe College. She is working on a coming-of-age memoir for publication in 2021. Click to view Author’s website

Pumping Sunshine: A Memoir of My Rural Childhood C. G. and Ethel: A Family History Write Your Memoir: One Story at a Time
Young Adult

Meet Gabi Justice

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Gabi Justice is the mom to three dogs and one cat. She calls Florida home. You’d be hard-pressed to find a tennis court in the state that she hasn’t visited, having three competitive junior players in the family. After graduating from the University of South Florida, she wrote editorial copy for local magazines. Florida provides the settings for all her coming-of-age stories that highlight bullying, misjudgment, acceptance, and teen anxiety. Click to view Author’s website

Dog Girl



Meet Lynne Adams Barzé

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Lynne Adams Barzé, a lover of crime and paranormal genres, moved in retirement to Picayune Mississippi, with her husband, after six generations in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 2004, she became an antiques dealer, opening Barzé Place Antique & Collectibles Mall. However, what  Barzé has done longer than anything else is write. Though she wrote poetry, essays, short stories and articles from age twelve, she penned the first of ten novels, Revenge & Perseverance, in 2013. Click to view Author’s website

Revenge & Perseverance Spirits With Love Partners The Ohualuans Ohualu Pursuit A Concerned Citizen The Diamond Dance Club Hotel Rooms & Suits The Conjuror's Collector Again, and Again, and Again...


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