#MeetTheAuthor Tea at #DeBaryHall

What a great group of ladies joined me yesterday for our tea and luncheon at DeBary Hall Historic Site! They were very forgiving of their heavily medicated and somewhat “croaky” hostess, and were an especially¬†engaging group. Nothing like spending time with fellow readers! (It’s especially exciting when MY books are among the things they read, ūüėÄ !)

Truly, they made the afternoon so much fun, I almost forgot how sick I’ve been. Loved meeting every single one of them, and hope they enjoyed themselves as much as I did!

My heartfelt thanks to DeBary Hall for giving us such a beautiful venue to hold these very special events, and to each of the lovely ladies who attended yesterday! Can’t wait to do it again, hopefully this fall.

I’m (Almost) Back & Update on Afternoon Tea, April 22

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Warning: Attending a four-year-old’s birthday party can be hazardous to your health. We had a wonderful time in Charleston, and I’m so glad we were able to go, but darn if I didn’t wake up on our last day with a fiery sore throat. It has progressively gotten worse, going through every step of a typical bad cold/flu bug. Today is somewhat better, but I’m spending more time in bed than vertical, so my posts will be sporadic a bit longer.

I did want to remind anyone in the central Florida area that I’ll be doing another Afternoon Tea/Luncheon at the fabulous DeBary Hall mansion, April 22, 11:30 AM to 2:30PM. For those who’d like to come, your $20 ticket includes my custom teas (named for characters in my books), a yummy lunch with even yummier desserts, a reading from my latest book, That Darkest Place, a Question & Answer session (usually a ton of laughs), and a signed copy of one of my books, your choice.¬† Such a deal, right?? ūüôā

Reservations are required. If you are planning to join us, the deadline to register is April 17, and we need your payment by then, so that we know how many lunches to order. Checks should be made payable to Marcia Meara, and sent either directly to DeBary Hall, or to me. (See below).

You may also drop your check off at the hall, if you live nearby. Remember, we must receive these by April 17 so we can order your lunch from the caterer.

I can pretty much guarantee a fun time at this event, and I’m looking forward to seeing you there. Don’t miss out!!

DeBary Hall Historic Site
198 Sunrise Blvd
DeBary, FL 32713
tmestre@volusia.org
386-668-3840
marciameara16@gmail.com

 

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Self-Publishing Workshop at #DeBaryHall

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DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd, DeBary, FL

Two weeks from today, I’ll be giving a self-publishing workshop for beginners. I stress the “beginner” category, because I am not an expert in self-publishing, by any means. All I know is what worked for me. But at every¬†Meet the Author talk¬†I give, I’m asked detailed questions on how to go about publishing a book on Kindle and through Createspace, so it seemed like a good idea to set up an event where we can focus on the process.¬† I’ve published four novels and a book of poetry, so I do have a lot of tips to share, and plenty of suggestions for what¬†authors should NOT do.¬† ūüėÄ

If you are a new writer, or at least new to self-publishing, and you are in the area, please consider joining us for a three-hour discussion, with handouts,  at DeBary Hall, from 1:00 to 4:00, on Saturday, April 23. Reservations are required, so call Kayce Looper  at (386)668-3840 to reserve a seat. Hope to see you there!

Come Say Hi! #MeetTheAuthor #DeBaryHall

Meet the Authors at DeBary Hall

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DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., will host a free ‚ÄúMeet the Authors‚ÄĚ event from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12.¬† Five Central Florida authors will discuss, sign and sell their works in the site‚Äôs 19th century hunting lodge.

Participating authors will include:

BILL BELLEVILLE: A Maryland native specializing in nature and conservation. He has written seven creative nonfiction books, including River of Lakes: A Journey on Florida’s St. Johns River and Losing it All to Sprawl. He also has contributed to nine national anthologies and authored more than 1,000 articles and essays. Belleville has traveled overseas as a writer for the Discovery Channel and scripted documentaries for NPR and PBS.

ROGER FULTON: A naturalist and outdoor writer who has published several successful management books and a series of trail guides for Florida, New York and Vermont. His definitive publication, Safe in the Woods, offers outdoor safety and survival tips.

MARCIA MEARA:¬†Marcia published a book of poetry and her first novel, Wake-Robin Ridge, at age 69. Since then she has published three more novels ‚Äď Swamp Ghosts, A Boy Named Rabbit, ¬†and Finding Hunter. Her philosophy is that it’s never too late to follow your dream.

JIM ROBISON: A retired reporter and editor who has written 11 books and more than 1,600 newspaper columns about Central Florida history. He is chairman of the Seminole County Historical Commission, a past present of the Sanford Historical Society, and a board member of the Friends of Wekiva River and the Seminole County Historical Society.

ED WINN: A retired insurance executive who has published many books about Central Florida’s history and folk stories. They include My Florida Soul: Florida History with Humor, Thank You, Lord, for Laughter, and I Never Had Enough Money to Leave Town. Winn has given talks across the state about his research and writings on the ancient tribes of Florida.

Works of other local authors also will be displayed and sold at the event.

Reservations are not required. For more information contact Kayce Looper at 386-668-3840 or klooper@volusia.org.  

(NOTE: I’ll be there for the entire event, so stop by if you’re in the area. Would love to meet you!)