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At it again!
Tim Dorsey’s latest thriller

Tim Dorsey is hosting several book signings in Southwest Florida.

William Morrow is excited to publish New York Times bestselling author Tim Dorsey’s twentieth laugh-riot thriller, Clownfish Blues, featuring everyone’s favorite, gloriously unrepentant Florida serial killer, Serge A. Storms!  And according to its starred Booklist review, “If you haven’t already—and if not, why not?—met Serge A. Storms, Florida’s most rabid history fan and most cheerful serial killer, now is the time.” 

Hot off their “remake” of Easy Rider, Serge and his trusty (albeit addled) sidekick Coleman, are continuing their road to stardom by filming their own “episodes” of the classic TV show, Route 66. 

With Coleman riding shotgun, the duo is set to cruise down the highway in a vintage silver convertible Corvette just like the snazzy car Martin Milner drove. It doesn’t matter that the actual Route 66 didn’t pass through Florida, because as Serge discovers, a dozen episodes near the series’ end were filmed (really!) in his beloved home state. That’s all it takes to convince the two that the Sunshine State has all the road you need to get your kicks. 

But their adventure traveling the byways of the Florida’s underbelly takes a detour when they discover someone is trying to fix the state lottery. With millions at stake, every shady character wants in—crooked bodega owners, drug cartels, venture capitalists—and are all trying to game the system to get their cut. They’re also gambling with their lives, because when Serge and Coleman get wind of all the huge jackpots spinning off more chaos than any hurricane season, there’s no telling whose number is up next. Throw in Brooke Campanella, Serge’s old flame, as well as the perpetually star-crossed Reevis, and it’s a sure bet that the ever lucky Serge will hit it big. Winning has never been this deadly or this much fun! 

And the outlandish Floridian shenanigans described in Serge and Coleman’s Florida isn’t necessarily just fiction. Tim, from all his touring and writing research, is a resident expert on all things Florida-weird. He tours unlike any other author in the publishing industry, going above and beyond for his fans. 

Tim Dorsey grew up in a small town about an hour north of Miami called Riviera Beach.  He graduated from Auburn University, and while he was there, he was editor of the student newspaper, The Plainsman.  From 1983 to 1987, he was a police and courts reporter for The Alabama Journal, the now-defunct evening newspaper in Montgomery.  He joined The Tampa Tribune in 1987 as a general assignment reporter.  He also worked as a political reporter in the Tribune’s Tallahassee bureau and a copy desk editor.  From 1994 to 1999, he was the Tribune’s night metro editor.  He left the paper in August 1999 to write full time.

 – Tim Dorsey is hosting several book signings in Southwest Florida.  Catch up with Dorsey on: February 12 at 6 pm at Barnes and Noble, 5377 Tamiami Trail in Naples, FL; February 13 at 1 pm at MacIntosh Books, 2330 Palm Ridge Road in Sanibel, FL; February 13 at 7 pm at Barnes and Noble, 13751 Tamiami Trail in Fort Myers, FL and on February 14 at 1 pm at the Pine Island Library, 10700 Russell Road in Pine Island, FL.  For more information, visit www.timdorsey.com/.

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The Nerds are back!

Author, Elissa Brent Weissman

Weissman is an award-winning author of novels for 8-to-12-year olds.

There’s good news for fans of Elissa Brent Weissman’s hilariously geeky book, Nerd Camp: The nerds are back! 

When Nerd Camp took second place in the 2016 Sunshine State Young Reader Award, Weissman connected with kids all across Florida who loved reading about Gabe and his adventures at the Summer Center for Gifted Enrichment, better known as Smart Camp for Geeks and Eggheads.  The fun and critical acclaim continued with the sequel, Nerd Camp 2.0, and Weissman was thrilled to hear that readers were hungry for more.  Rather than write a full-length third book, she decided to write a number of shorter books that could reach readers fast. 

“Nerd Camp Briefs” is spin-off series of bite-size books that feature the same characters from Nerd Camp and Nerd Camp 2.0.  The first novella, Nikhil and the Geek Retreat, brings the quirky gang together for a weekend of learning, fun, and friendship.

Nikhil should be excited about the retreat; what could be better than a weekend with his best friends, Wesley and Gabe?  But his mischievous little sister, Monishah, is attending the retreat too, and it’s Nikhil’s responsibility to keep her from causing trouble.  Then Mo plans something that could get them both kicked out of Nerd Camp—forever.  Suddenly, cautious Nikhil must prepare to break as many rules as necessary, just to be safe.

Only 83 pages long, Nikhil and the Geek Retreat is a quick read, packed with humor, heart, and nerd-tastic family dynamics.  The “bite-size” format makes it an ideal pick for reluctant readers, and as a standalone story, it’s a great introduction to the rest of the series.  A second novella, about the quirky character Amanda, is due out this summer.

Weissman is excited to launch Nikhil and the Geek Retreat at the Lakes Regional Library in Fort Myers on Saturday, February 17th.  She says, “I loved meeting so many awesome Nerd Camp fans last year at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival.  I can’t wait to come back and bring Nikhil’s story to Fort Myers.”

Please note that there will not be books available for sale at the event, but attendees may bring pre-purchased copies to be autographed.

Weissman is an award-winning author of novels for 8-to-12-year olds.  The Short Seller, about a seventh-grade stock-trading whiz, was a Girls’ Life must-read and featured on NPR’s “Here and Now.”  She’s also the editor of Our Story Begins: Children’s Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids, which comes out in July of 2017.  Named one of CBS Baltimore’s Best Authors in Maryland, Elissa lives in Baltimore, where she teaches creative writing to children, college students, and adults. 

– Catch up with Elissa Brent Weissman on February 17 at Lakes Regional Library on Fort Myers, FL and February 19 at 2 pm at Barnes and Noble, located at 5377 Tamiami Trail in Naples, FL.  For more information, visit http://ebweissman.com