On May 2, 2013 Author Shelly Arkon, also a Floridian, came up to Orlando for an Author Book signing at the Orlando Hilton during the conference for the Florida Librarians Association.
Though I’ve known Shelly for a couple of years via internet, this was the first time we had ever seen each other in person. I found Shelly to be a kind, interesting, intelligent person in addition to be an excellent writer. I recently finished her first novel, Secondhand Shoes, which I could barely put down.
Florida is known for sunshine, but unfortunately that day it was raining. She made it to my house, and we went out for salad at Panera. As we headed for the hotel, we almost got lost following Google map instructions, but luckily I used my GPS on my iphone to get us there. We had an adventure just trying to get the boxes of books and other promotional items into the correct room for the exhibition. Finally we made it!
|Shelly Arkon and Lena Winfrey Seder at Orlando Hilton|
We offered the public chocolates, which naturally lured them there. It was slow not only for us, but for everyone else, too. However, I took matters into my own hands and grabbed her promotional flyers and went into the crowd armed with a smile. There was some positive interest. And I am sure they went online to check out her book further.
We were fortunate enough to have met some nice writers who also had tables there. We meet Cybil Nelson, the author of the tween series Priscilla the Great as well as other books. You can find her books at: www.littleprincepublishing.com as well as at Amazon.
|Author Cybil Nelson|
We then meet Lady Ann Sears, who has a card company (Send Out Cards) where you can go online and design a card to mail out to someone. And I just received a surprise in the mail today; Lady Ann sent me a lovely card that contained photos of Shelly and me from the exhibition. She is really a sweet woman, and her co-author is, too. Lady Ann and Sarita Charlene Johnson wrote an inspirational book entitled Focus on Healing. Check them out at: www.carejoy.org and for Lady Ann’s beautiful cards go to: www.SendOutCards.com
|Author Sarita Charlene Johnson and Author Lady Ann Sears|
After packing up, we avoided more rain before Shelly headed back home; we had coffee at Dunkin Doughnuts. However, the best thing was the conversation. I truly enjoyed Shelly’s sincerity and her humor. She has a wonderful personality. Shelly is a strong mother of five daughters. She studied law for three years and used to work in a law office. Currently, she cuts and styles hair. At the moment, she is working on a sequel called Killer Stilettos. She also has a short story that is close to coming out.
I highly recommend Shelly’s Secondhand Shoes; she crafts deep and loveable characters. And the adventure is non-stop! It is set in Florida and follows the journey of eighteen year old Lila who has allowed her mother and others to control her life for too long. She ends up mistakenly marrying a man she doesn’t love but discovers his dark secrets even before the honeymoon begins. So she is on the run while being hunted by her psychotic, criminal husband and his creepy friends. The chase snowballs and involves more people and more problems. Will Lila ever learn to stand up for herself?
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Take care and good reading and writing!