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Amelia Island Book Festival
Press Release
Contact: Debra Craig 706-499-0796
Marie Fenn 678-637-4605
December 5, 2014 6:53 a.m.



Nassau County is a community full of talented and accomplished people of all crafts. Our homegrown authors are among the most diverse and talented anywhere.

Don’t miss this great opportunity. Buy your tickets to an informal “Meet and Greet” to hear some of our local renown authors talk about their latest books and mix and mingle with them and like-minded individuals in a lovely, intimate setting. Eight distinguished authors will gather Tuesday, December 9 from 4-6 pm at the Amelia Island Club, Long Point Grill, share some of their insights, and answer your questions.
Among the eight authors slated to be on hand are:

???????????????????????????????Chuck Barrett is an Amazon bestselling author of the Award-Winning Jake Pendleton series—Breach of Power, The Toymaker, and The Savannah Project. In addition to thrillers, Barrett conducts seminars and classes on the art of self-publishing based on his book—Publishing Unchained: An Off-Beat Guide to Independent Publishing. Barrett, who received the Indie Excellence Award for Political Thrillers, has been heralded as an author whose intrigue comes from all directions. A local resident, Barrett’s background as a pilot, flight instructor, air traffic controller, and rescue diver, combine to make his writing excitingly unpredictable “edge of your seat” thrillers.

MF 6Local author and well-known psychologist, Terri Clements Dean, PhD, is also a former anthropologist and student of philosophy. She has been involved with the Amelia Island Book Festival since she moved here in 2006, as a volunteer, member and former President Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Advisory Board. A popular and engaging speaker, she will share insights about the writing of her new book, Traveling Stories: Lessons from the Journey of Life.


Rob HicksRob and Kim Hicks, local educators, and well-known authors of the children’s book Amelia A-Z, they are lifelong residents of Amelia Island. Rob has also produced an award-winning documentary about Amelia Island, operates an historical jogging tour through Fernandina Beach and has written three books about Amelia Island. They have also written books about Gainesville, Florida, and children’s books about St. Augustine and Charleston. Parents of children ages six and three, they have the perfect lens for crafting children’s literature.

MF 2Marc Curtis Little is a former award winning broadcast media journalist and public relations counselor who now hosts a weekly gospel radio show. Over the past six years, he has written four novels: Don’t Blink When God Calls, Angels in the Midst, Magnificent Redemption and After Obama. He was a finalist in the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the African American Category. His works are noted as spirit filled journeys through politics, power, money and mystery. Both spiritual and secular readers are captivated by the sojourns revealed in his books. In addition, Little serves as a member on the Amelia Island Book Festival board.

MF 5Ron Miller, local photographer and author of Horse Bones, 12 Tales of Secrets, Ghosts, and Legends, stories from his growing up years in his home town of Lake City, a small town in North Central Florida. Miller loves the South, its traditions, people, and history, and his stories reflect the Southern way of life. He also has written numerous newspaper and magazine articles featuring bestselling and award winning authors and other stories rich in community interest.

Now a resident of Yulee, Miller will discuss his latest book, Callie Kinser of Brush Creek. A sibling rivalry, a murder in a church/one room school, and crops saved from a drought by innovative thinking, are just a few things that combined to create an intricate plot. Add a mysterious girl named Willow and the plot takes on a new twist that will have you guessing until the end.

MF 1Don Parker, whose newly released book, Food for Thought- A Culinary Adventure Across the Country and the World will encourage us all to be creative and try new ideas, making even leftovers a masterpiece. Don Parker and his late wife, Andrea, were co-founders of the Amelia Island Book Festival and he remains an active supporter.

MF 4Nola Perez, widely acclaimed poet and author of five works and a finalist in the National Poetry Series, will be on hand to discuss her latest book, New and Selected Poems. Perez, who was born and raised on Amelia Island in a house on the beach, lived away from the island for 40 years in other Florida cities as well as Atlanta, Paris and Brussels before returning home. Her work has appeared in numerous publications.

MF 3Marsha Phelts, an author with the distinction of having written the first book chronicling the history of American Beach, An American Beach for African Americans, and more recently, The American Beach Cookbook, a 300-page culinary treasure trove. Phelts also is the author of a coffee table book, the 75th Anniversary Edition of The American Beach Book of Homes. Phelps is a full-time resident of American Beach where she conducts walking tours of the community and where she has been a life-long champion of its preservation. She will share some exciting insights about this historic locale.


Appetizers will be served and there will be a cash bar.

Tickets for this author “Meet and Greet” are $25 for Amelia Island Book Festival members; $35 for nonmembers. To reserve your spot or for more information, call 706-499-0796, or www.ameliaislandbookfestival.org

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