Thomas G. Kane, of Mediation Services of Central Florida, Inc., in Winter Park, penned Desperate Hours. The fictional thriller follows the story of Florida lawyer Matt O’Malley, who accidentally discovers a terrorist plot to blow up a large tour boat carrying a presidential candidate on Lake George. In the ensuing 14 hours, he struggles to prevent the attack, while trying to elude government agents who believe him to be the mastermind of the plot. The book is available in print and electronic versions at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and www.thomasgkane.com.
Jon H. Gutmacher, of Orlando, wrote Florida Firearms — Law, Use & Ownership. The nonfiction book is a comprehensive guide to federal and Florida laws governing firearms, weapons, and self-defense, including what the laws allow, what they don’t allow, practical suggestions, and grey areas of the law. The book is available at gun ranges, gun stores, and www.floridafirearmslaw.com. Fantasy poetry by Jon Gutmacher is also published online at www.fantasypoetrybyjongutmacher.com.
Edward M. Abel, of Spring Hill, as E. Michael Abel, authored Flushed Out! The crime novel details the story of character Santiago Garcia’s illegal drug cartel and distribution of cocaine from Colombia, South America, to the island of Curaçao, then to Tampa, and finally to New York. Abel introduces the readers to Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Jack Finch, who devises an operation to get the Tampa-based drug transporter Carlo Estevez to New York and to shut down a distribution network plaguing the northeast corridor of the United States. Finch’s plan — to intercept a shipment of drugs, make it look like a rip-off, and set up his old college classmate as a pigeon and the man who planned it all — is simple in theory, but complex in its execution. Print and electronic versions of the novel are available at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon.com, Tower Books, books.google.com, and Xlibres.com.
Melissa A. Tartaglia, of Tartaglia Law P.A. in Port Richey, wrote Adoption and Surrogacy in Florida: The Legal and Practical Sourcebook for Laypersons and Lawyers. Published by University Press of Florida, the book provides step-by-step instructions for filing any type of domestic adoption and handling gestational surrogacies in Florida. The work is a useful reference for new lawyers and pro se litigants and includes forms. Copies may be purchased at www.upf.com. For more information, visit www.adoptionlawflorida.com.
Thomas H. Thurlow, Jr., of Stuart, wrote The Early Lawyers of Martin County — the First Forty Years — 1925 to 1965. The book contains short biographies of the 40 lawyers that practiced in Martin County between 1925, when the county was formed and named for then Gov. John W. Martin, and 1965, as well as historical highlights from the period. Anyone interested in a free printed copy may contact Thurlow at email@example.com or 18 Banyan Road, Sewalls Point, Stuart 34996.
Howard A. Kwon, of Deerfield Beach, penned Provenance. The historical fiction recounts the struggles of a promising young artist during the height of the Dutch Golden Age, the plight of a desperate Jewish family in Nazi-occupied Holland, and the tenacious quest of a brilliant economics professor to reclaim a forgotten part of her past — all of whom are linked together by an intriguing painting with an extraordinary history. Electronic copies are available through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords.com, and iBooks.
Robert C. McCurdy, former house-counsel to the Lee Memorial Health System in Ft. Myers, has published a quintet of action and adventure novels dealing with the Cold War period from 1945 to the end of the Korean War. All five follow the exploits of a young American soldier in his efforts to rescue individuals from behind the Iron Curtain. Copies of the first in the series, Dog Robber, are available for free at free-ebooks.net. The other four, Rat Line, Ram’s Horn, White Eagle and Mountain Tiger, are available on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com.
Larry E. Powers, Jr., of PPI Law Firm in Longwood, wrote tHRe3, a fictional thriller, under the name T.J. Connor. After winning a big case, Trey, a young attorney, gets involved with a vicious motorcycle gang. Surrounded by dangerous thugs, he wonders how he will escape the situation. With the help of an unlikely guardian angel, Toby (a.k.a. Animal), a gang enforcer, Trey gets back on track, extricating himself from the gang — or so he thinks. The book is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and iBooks. For more information, visit www.tHRe3.net.
J. Lenora Bresler, of Bresler Training LLC in Lakeland, published Instant Insight: 15 Questions to Great Relationships. As a leadership and motivational consultant, Bresler seeks to provide simple, nonthreatening questions that enable one to motivate, persuade, coach, develop, and work with anyone. The book is available at www.jlenorabresler.com.
Thomas N. Silverman, of Palm Beach Gardens, authored Estate Planning for the Florida Resident, a guide to planning a Florida estate, protecting assets, minimizing tax exposure, and navigating will contests and guardianship procedures. The book is available at Amazon.com. Free electronic copies are available at www.floridaprobatecounsel.com.
Bruce Epperson, of Hollywood, published Peddling Bicycles to America, a technical and economic history of the American bicycle industry before World War I. Epperson is one of America’s leading authorities on the history of cycling, and has participated at conferences in Canada, the Netherlands, France, Spain, and Japan. The book is available at bookfinder.com and www.mcfarlandbooks.com.
Joanne Lewis, of Ft. Lauderdale, penned three books. Wicked Good is the award-winning novel of lawyer Archer Falcon and her son, Rory, who has Asperger’s syndrome and searches for his birth parents. In Make Your Own Luck, a Remy Summer Woods mystery, a young South Florida attorney defies the odds and represents a 13-year-old girl charged with murdering her father. This award-winning novel takes place in the Broward County Courthouse, Ft. Lauderdale, and the Everglades. The Lantern, a Renaissance mystery, takes place in 15th century Florence, Italy. Dolce Gaddi is a young girl who dares to enter the competition to build the lantern on top of Brunelleschi’s Dome. In modern-day Miami, Filippa George’s search to prove the girl’s existence is a matter of life or death. The novel won first place at the Royal Palm Literary Awards in the category of historical fiction. Paper and electronic copies are available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and www.joannelewiswrites.com.
Fred Daily, of St. Petersburg Beach, wrote Stand Up to the IRS, a hands-on, how-to book for people who have to deal with the IRS. It covers IRS audits, filing problems, and has tips on resolving IRS debt issues. This is the bestselling book on this topic all-time and has been in print since 1992 with periodic new editions. The book is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and books.google.com.
Kathleen Boyd Johnson, of Boca Raton, published ‘CAT’Astrophe, the first in Starlette Universe, a series for middle-grade girls. “It is Team Good vs. Team Evil, God vs. Devil, Starlettes vs. Eva the Evil, as six glamorous teens and their irrepressible dog, united by friendship, fashion, boys, and a strong sense of right and wrong, battle Spruce Pine High classmate Eva and her transforming abilities,” Johnson wrote in a description of the book. The second book in the series, EVA from E-VILLE, is due for publication in March. Print and electronic copies of ‘CAT’Astrophe are available at Amazon.com. For more information, visit www.starletteuniverse.com.
Joseph A. Vassallo, of Vassallo, Bilotta, Friedman & Davis in West Palm Beach, published The Kingdom. In the novel, Marine Major Joe Namad, while working at the CIA, reads NSA intercepts suggesting an Al-Qaeda operation. Then his uncle in Tehran is murdered. At the funeral, Namad learns of a planned strike on the United States that would be bigger than September 11. Print and electronic copies are available through Amazon.com, the iBooks app, and www.outskirtspress.com.
Paul Levine, of Miami, penned Last Chance Lassiter. The book is the latest in his series about a Miami Dolphins linebacker turned night-school lawyer. A prequel to the series, the book follows young Jake Lassiter as he represents Cadillac Johnson, an aging rhythm and blues musician who claims his greatest song was stolen by a top-of-the-charts hip-hop artist. Levine is an award-winning author of 15 previous books. The novel is available at Amazon.com. For more information, visit www.paul-levine.com.
Richard Kibbey, of Kibbey & Deckard, Attorneys at Law in Stuart, wrote Pat Boone, The Hollywood Years. In the biography, Kibbey seeks to explore the film history of Pat Boone and illustrate his transition from crooner to rising film star. Print and electronic copies of the book are available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, and www.patboonehollywood.com.