East Coast Regional
Daytona Writers Group
Historical Fiction Society
Sisters In Crime
Having lived and worked all over the US and abroad, it's difficult to summarize my experiences. Suffice it to say, I have tried many things, succeeded at some. At the moment I am focusing on writing and working to see my works traditionally published.
One of the most successful efforts has been participating in critique groups and leading a writers workshop for the past several years. I have learned more in these sessions than I ever did in college classes. The biggest bonus is the friends I have made.
Networking at conferences has also helped my understanding of the publishing business, as much as one can understand it in these changing times.
Four of my books have been traditionally published and I'm looking forward to two more being released in February of 2015. They are Silent Autumn and Safari Stew - Blenders Book III. I have also self-published one book, mainly to gain the experience of how it is done and to see what happens with it once it is floating around in the cloud waiting to land in a reader's hands.
I also am still operating my murder mystery company for special events and benefits only. In 2013 we did no Gifts, Please and Death in Bogart's Shadow, raising money for the Flagler County Kiwanis Clubs. WE shall present An Evening with the Swami, Sindra Ramaswamy in the fall of 2014 and will perform the original non-musical version of Murder in Morocco in April of 2015.
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2004 New York State Theatre Association, 7 Outstanding Achievement Awards for Murder in Morocco, the Musical
2009 Royal Palm Literary Award, First Place in humor for The Prince of Keegan Bay, Florida Writers Association
2011 Quarter Finalist, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards for Escape from Iran
2011 Royal Palm Literary Award for Escape from Iran, Florida Writers Association
2014 Finalist, EPIC, Electronic Publications Industry Coalition, Elena - the Girl with the Piano
To Purchase Books
The Blenders Series: A Cozy Murder Mystery Series
The Prince of Keegan Bay, Blenders Book I (Champagne Books)
When the American born heir to the kingdom of Kushawa is hidden in an age-qualified retirement community, a battle of wits and tactics develops between the Kushawan Alliance of Royal Princes (KARP), determined to eliminate the infant, and a group of senior citizens, The Blenders, equally determined to save him.
The Prince of Keegan Bay: First Place Winner for Humor
Royal Palm Literary Awards (Florida Writers Association)
The Swimming Corpse, Blenders Book II
Doll Reynolds finds a corpse in the swimming pool of her new house. She once again finds herself embroiled in a life and death situation, only this time it is her life that is in danger. Can The Blenders help her this time?
Safari Stew, Blenders Book III
February 2015) The group treks off to South Africa where Doll hopes to find Barclay teaching at the university. While in Johannesburg, they meet up with a television crew who will be shooting a show at a lodge in Kruger National Park. Old Howard meets a member of the crew and is stricken by her. He encourages the Blenders to spend a few days at the lodge. Romance and murder join them.
Midnight in Mongolia, Blenders Book IV
(Champagne Book Group)
Can Doll find two kidnapped friends before they disappear into the wilds of the Gobi Desert?
Annie Karenina: A Masters Reimagined Story
(The Alvarium Experiment)
Elizabeth Killington, recently widowed at age twenty-seven, flies to England to claim her late husband, Lord Horace Killington’s estate. She finds she not only owns a grand manor house in the country, but also the “crowds of people” who made Lord Killington avoid home for many years. As she meets and recognizes characters from her favorites books, and some she never heard of, she learns a wonderful secret from her lady’s maid, Bridget. Is it possible that all stories can have a happy-ever-after ending?
Recovery: Return To Earth
(The Alvarium Experiment)
When a virus threatens the lives of everyone on board a transfer station for intergalactic travel, it's up to Dr. Candace Bertram to retrieve the only known vaccine from Earth. The risky, untested method of transport could mean catastrophic mission failure, and grave danger for Dr. Bertram.
The Reluctant Daughters - Elisabeth Ackert Riis will stop at nothing, including using her drug addicted daughter as a weapon, to stop Senator Justin Pembroke in his bid for the presidency of the United States in 1900.
Elena - the Girl With the Piano, a novel. From make believe-piano to Carnegie Hall, the story of a young girl's struggle to survive traveling from Leningrad to Germany during WWII.
*Finalist - EPIC Awards 2014
(Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition)
Silent Autumn - (Champagne Books - February 2015) a futuristic romance/thriller set in 2179 - When Taylor Left Hand F overhears a private conversation between two leaders about a project called Silent Autumn designed to destroy the leaders of The Western Territories, she knows she has to escape The North unnoticed. Max, the security guard for the president, discovers her and together they make a run for it, but to where? With chips inserted into their bodies at birth, there is no place to run, no place to hide, unless...
Escape from Iran - A Young Adult Novel - Sixteen year old Janice arrives in Tehran in the winter of 1978 to find that her archeologist father has been arrested. Fearing he may be executed for a crime he didn't commit, she goes on a search for help to get him out of the country.
Escape from Iran is a Royal Palm Literary Award winner in
Young Adult Fiction. (Florida Writers Association)
Murder in Morocco: The Musical - recipient of seven
Outstanding Achievement Awards
from the Theater Association of New York State.
A musical murder mystery set in 1937 Tangier
Every production of the musical sold out.
Presented May 2004 at The Ilion Little Theater, Ilion, NY
Musical Direction by Dave Stritmater
Musical Direction by Maestro Timothy Turner
The play, written by Veronica H. Hart as an interactive murder mystery, was converted to a legitimate stage production in 1994. In 2002, her husband suggested it would make a great musical so for two years she worked with Dave Stritmater and Carolyn Newbold, who wrote the musical score, and Margaret Z. Becker, who helped fit her lyrics into the proper rhythm and cadence for the music. Once produced, it was adjudicated by the New York State Theater Association and presented with Outstanding Achievement Awards for Original Book, Original Score, Original Lyrics, Costumes, Set and Set Dressing.
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