2019 is HERE & Great Events are Coming!

Space Coast Writers’ Guild Presents “Authors In a Box Book Bash 2019:  December 7 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM at Melbourne Square Mall – located between the Santa Set and the Children’s Play Area.  Are you an avid reader?  Did you know that books make the best Christmas gifts? And they are very economical too!  Come and meet your favorite local authors, take pictures, and buy their books!  Children’s authors will be reading for their little fans!  Lots of giveaways for everyone who stops by! Storytime with Santa starts at 10:30 am. Don’t Miss This Awesome Event !!

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Meet the Authors Book Fair:  Sponsored by Authors for Authors. Happening November 23 and 24, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935. FREE and open to the public. For more information contact Valerie Allen at VAllenWriter@gmail.com

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2019 Past Events

Historic Cocoa Village Book Fest 2019: Historic Cocoa Village Main Street is hosting our 2nd Annual Book Fest in the Village.  Sat. Nov. 2, 10am – 3pm Myrt Tharpe Square, Cocoa Village. Over 40 prominent published authors will be on hand to talk about their work & their books. Stroll through the Village and enjoy the unique shops, friendly atmosphere and great dining! As always, this is a kid and pet friendly event.

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City of Palm Bay Fall Festival 2019:  Join us at our Annual Fall Fest event on Saturday, October 26 at Fred Poppe Regional Park located at 1951 Malabar Rd NW in Palm Bay.  This year’s Fall Fest is presented by Janitorial Depot of America, Inc.

Festivities will include trunk-or-treating, inflatables, games, food and other vendors, hayrides, a costume contest, and a movie in the park at sunset.

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FIT Homecoming Fest: Bringin’ It Home celebrates the diversity of Florida Tech’s student & alumni body from around the world, as well as the spirit of gathering embodied by Homecoming celebrations. FIT has a richly diverse history with alumni from over eighty countries! The festivities planned during Homecoming Week provide many opportunities for students & alumni to gather in Melbourne to celebrate & show their #PantherPride!

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Tea & Sweets – Legacy Book Club:  Please join us for afternoon tea and sweets as we team up with members of the Cape Canaveral Branch of the National League of American Pen Women/Florida State Association, and author, Joanne Fisher as she introduces her romance and historical fiction to the group. Joanne is a Canadian-Italian American author, her books can be found at Amazon.com.

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Book Signing at The Shoppes on Strawbridge (815 E. Strawbridge Ave. Melbourne): 

Joanne will be available July 13th, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm for a Meet & Greet and book signing.  Shop local small businesses, artists, musicians, epicureans, local authors, crafters, classes, unique & vintage items, and VinnieLu’s Chocolate Covered Potato Chips!  Looking foward to seeing you there! MORE…

Space Coast Book Lovers 2019:  3rd Annual Event! Come join us at Space Coast Book Lovers Author Signing Event 2019, being held in beautiful Cape Canaveral, FL on Thursday, June 27th – Sunday, June 30th. 

We have some amazingly talented authors of all genres sure to provide you with several additions to your TBR list!    

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Indie Originals 2019: Indie Originals offers unique radio, podcast & web exposure along with social media sharing of contestants and their materials.  Publicity, marketing & promotion are key factors to any successful indiel artis endeavour.  Helmed by the CEO of Brevard marketing, 30-year marketing expert Chuck Graudins, the Indie Originals Talent Competition offers all three effectively and affordably. MORE…

Melbourne Founder’s Festival:  The 2019 Melbourne Founders Festival is your opportunity to connect with individuals interested and excited about the Culture, History and Artistry of Melbourne Florida. The Festival will be held near the banks of Crane Creek (corner of Prospect Ave. and Stone St.) on a lush green field with palms and native trees. Dates:  Fri, May 24, 2019, 7:00 PM –  Sun, May 26, 2019, 7:00 PM  MORE…

First Friday by the Bay:  This GREAT Festival event happens monthly & is held the first Friday every month, consisting of Food, Fun & Music, held across from the Bay in Palm Bay Florida. 

Enjoy food, beer & wine, margarita bar, vendors, and a kids’ zone at this family friendly event. Free Admisson & Parking!  MORE…

Book Obsessed Babes 2019: Sheer Bliss Events is excited to be hosting its fifth Author event in the beautiful and historic Saint Augustine, Florida! Come join us on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Mark Lance Armory, located in the Historic District of Saint Augustine. There you will meet nearly 60 incredibly talented Authors who are anxiously awaiting to talk all things books with you! MORE…

Authors for Authors Conference 2019:  Authors for Authors assists writers to market and sell their work. We provide venues for new and experienced writers to obtain reviews, reach readers, build their brand, and showcase their work.

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Book Signing at The Shoppes on Strawbridge (815 E. Strawbridge Ave. Melbourne):  Joanne will be available Saturday Feburary 9th, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm for a Meet & Greet and book signing.  Shop local small businesses, artists, musicians, epicureans, local authors, crafters, classes, unique & vintage items, and VinnieLu’s Chocolate Covered Potato Chips!  Looking foward to seeing you there! MORE…

Read Joanne’s Short Story “Cinderella Three”, which is featured in  “Dreams: A Space Coast Writers’ Guild Anthology”

Joanne is Interviewed by PRIMO Magazine, For and About Italian Americans.

PRIMO, the largest independent national magazine for and about Italian Americans, provides quality journalism on Italian American history, heritage, and achievements.

Tell us about your family background? Where was your family from in Italy? My parents immigrated to Canada in 1958 from Nicastro, Calabria, Italy. I was born in Toronto, as was my sister. Then in 1980, my dad decided to go back to Italy to live. I was just out of college, and it was frowned upon for young Italian women to live on their own in those days, so I followed my parents and my sister to move to Italy. We lived in northern Italy, around the south part of Lake Garda, for 17 years. My sister and I both married local Italian men. I had 3 children, and my sister had two. All five of our children were born in Desenzano Del Garda, province of Brescia. When my father died in 1994, we began to make plans to return to Canada. In 1997, both our families, along with my mother, returned to Canada, near Toronto. We were thrilled to be back! Unfortunately, my husband did not fit at all well in Canada, and we divorced in 2005. He immediately moved back to Italy. I remarried, this time to a police officer in central Florida and moved there to be with him. I still live there. I still have a very large extended family in Italy and Canada. My two sons live in Canada and as well as my sister and her husband and children. My husband and I will be traveling to Italy this summer, and we are very excited to go!

“With All of Me” is a novel about a woman torn between two men. What inspired you to write this book? At one point in my life, I was like Giuliana: I had multiple online friends and most of them were men. I was also going through somewhat of a mid-life crisis which was hardened by my ex-husband wanting to return to Italy. However, as I wrote, the plot became quite spicy and convoluted, but at the same time, quite interesting. However, I would not call it autobiographical.

How are you alike or different than the main character Giuliana? I am very much like Giuliana. When I began writing “With All of Me”, I still lived in Canada so Giuliana was somewhat of a reflection of myself during that time of my life. But as the book evolved, so did I, and Giuliana and I went our separate ways.

Although Giuliana is Italian, she has been full immersed in the way of Canada or America. Is she representative of Italian American/Canadia women? Definitely! She is a very modern representation of an Italian-American or Italian-Canadian woman because she dares to entangle herself with three men as she tries to discover where she’s at in her life, trying to balance the Old World culture and expectations with modern American/Canadian life. She’s very bold while remaining tasteful. She works hard but also plays hard. She’s very independent but she remains a good mother and caregiver for her family.

What are your future novels or projects? I have just released “Her Spanish Doll” which is another romantic erotica set in Northern Italy. Here is the LINK to Her Spanish Doll.

We had an Exciting 2018.  Looking forward
to an Even More Excitement in 2019!

Oktober Fest Community Festival:  Saturday, October 27th – 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.  Advent Lutheran Church – Suntree Campus. 7550 N. Wickham Road Melbourne, FL. 32940.  FREE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES & FUN!  Authentic German Dinner and Music!  Dinner Tickets available online! $10 / Adult and $4 / Kids 5-10 yrs old.  Kids 4 and under EAT FREE!  MORE INFO

Historic Cocoa Village Book Fest:  Book Fest in the Village. Saturday, November 3, 2018 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Where: Cocoa Village. Historic Cocoa Village is hosting our first annual Book Fest in the Village presented by the Brevard Authors Society! For more information and the list of Guest Speakers, go to the Book Fest in the Village Website.

Our Lady of Grace Holiday Hop & Shop:  Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 1:00—5:00 PM.  Our Lady of Grace – 300 Malabar Rd SE, Palm Bay. Entrance Fee: $5.  Start your Christmas shopping early: Homemade jewelry, hair ribbons, wreaths, homemade soaps, local authors, nautical décor, flavored honey, baked goods, African fair-trade items & more.

Meet the Authors’ Book Fair.  November 17 and 18, 2018, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Eau Gallie Civic Center, 1551 Highland Ave, Melbourne, FL 32935.  FREE and open to the public. For more information contact Valerie Allen at VAllenWriter@gmail.com

2nd Annual Author’s in a Box Book Bash

December 8, 2018 from 9am to 9pm at the Indian River Mall, Vero Beach. Featuring 50+ authors of multiple genres AND artists as well!  Why join us? Because books make the BEST gifts! And there will be ONLY 16 more shopping days until Christmas!  What will you find?  Books! Books! Books! Other great Christmas gift ideas!  Author’s of children’s books will be reading their stores to children.  Enter to win a basket of books by featured authors.  And our authors will WRAP YOUR BOOKS FOR FREE!  For ticket info, please visit the Author’s in a Box Facebook page

Joanne Featured in Brevard Authors Society 2018 Newsletter

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Spring 2018 Events

It was a pleasure to attend the Authors For Authors Spring Event: “Writers‘ Conference: Write, Publish, Sell!” held April 22, 2018,  9:00am to 5:00pm at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Airport, 200 Rialto Place, Melbourne, FL 32901.
It was great to meet so many of the nice people who attend the Spring Arts Boutique!  The event showcased professional women’s “Gems of Creativity”.  Presented by the National League of American Pen Women – Cape Canaveral.

Hangin’ With The Web Interviews Joanne!

Joanne’s latest book is featured on the Hangin’ With Web Show website!  The Hangin’ With Web Show is the internet’s best web talk show series and features everything the avid ready could want: from Sci-fi to fantasy to romance, horror, non-fiction and historical, they you covered! From the beginning, the Show has covered small press, Best-seller and Indie writers to help readers discover great new reads! and Joanne is so thrilled to have “With All of Me” featured! Check HanginWithWeb and all the other great authors featured!

Ask Joanne a Question!

Would you like to ask Joanne a question about her current book, upcoming events or new books in progress?  She would love to hear from you!

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