pen women in ACTION 2021

November 6 — Karen Whiting shares the covers of her 2021 October and November releases: Devos for Brave Boys , and 52 Weekly Devotions for Family Prayer. Her next book will appear in December, and she is scheduled for releases in January and February 2022. Always incredibly busy with blogs, travels, and speaking engagements, Karen has already had 27 books published, has three lined up for next year and is in discussions about book contracts for 2023. Anyone else feel like an underachiever?

November 4 - Donna Puglisi’s poem, November, is featured on the National website. Donna is becoming a regular contributor to the NLAPW features.  To read the poem, click here.

October 28 - Friend Patricia Lane announces the publication of her book, Teacher and Student Solve the Puzzle, a Memoir, by Blue Note Publications, Inc. The book relates the story of a teacher, ready to retire, who takes on the challenge of helping a dyslexic third grade student to learn to read. A reviewer writes, “Finally, a book long overdue. It confronts the need for teachers who work wioth students with specific learning disabilities to have a personal and caring relationship with their students. I strongly recommend this work to end the “masquerade of professionalism often touted as the current wave of education.” The book is available at and

October 26 - Congratulations to Kay Williamson, who received the first place award in Music and Honorable Mention in Poetry at the Florida State Assocation’s Biennial Conference. The award-winning CD is titled “Christmas Day Has Come.” Kay is our branch’s Renaissance woman, holding memberships in Art, Letters, and Music, and she is a regular award winner at Florida state conferences.

October 24 - Friend Barbara Rios’s Whimsey Series is on display at the Eau Gallery during the month of November. Opening night takes place 5:30 - 8:30 November 5 as part of the First Friday Art Walk along Highland Avenue: art, music, food, and drinks! Pictured is a painted portion of "Monday Morning" along with the corresponding original paper covered with randomly-sprayed marbleizing paint. These original, textured paintings can never be recreated and are now available for purchase.

October 16 - Art Member Pam Webb and Friend Ginny Beeby participated in the Pelican Island Conservation Society’s 7th Annual Bird & Nature Art Show at the Environmental Learning Center in Vero beach. Pam received the Second Place Award in the watercolor division for “Jungle Sea Grapes.”(image on the right)   Ginny announced that her miniatures, “Ginny’s Minis,” are now available for sale in the Green Circle Gallery in Cocoa Village and on Facebook Marketplace.

October 13 - Friend Holly Schwartztol reports that ALL FOUR of her poetry submissions made it to the finals of the Pirates Alley Faulkner Society William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition! Seller’s Remorse was on the short list, Blind Sight was in the finals, and Little Sister and New Year’s both made the semi-finals. Congratulations to Holly!

October 12 - Congratulations to Anne Bonner, whose poem, Autumn Splendor, is featured on the current blog on the NLAPW website. In her acceptance letter, Poetry Editor Karen Morris said, “[your poem] will appeal to many. Its rhythm, rhyme and imagery are very appealing. We received many excellent poems this time, so this is truly an honor.” Click here to read the poem.

October 9 - Congratulations to Pam WebbDeb Wyche and , whose artwork and poem will appear on the National website as Featured Art on October 21. Pam's painting is titled “Caribbean Colors," and Deb’s accompanying poem is  “The Lizard on the Shutter.”  Pam’s painting served as inspiration and Deb’s poem was written at Donna Puglisi’s poetry workshop at One Senior Place on June 3, 2021.

September 23 Patriotic Wreath Workshop Twenty-five enthusiastic women attended the wreath workshop at One Senior Place, with more on the waiting list. Thanks to a donation by Ocean Realty, all supplies were paid for and participants were charged nothing for the event.

September 17: Congratulations to Barb Hanson, whose poem, Cave, will be published on the NLAPW blog in the next few months! This is the second time Barb has been featured on the blog.

Congratulations to Donna Puglisi, whose new poetry book, Im No Angel in Stilettos, There’s a Little Devil in All of Us: Erotic Erratic Poetry, went live on Amazon and Kindle September 7. 

September 1: The library exhibit opened at the Melbourne Library and will be in place until September 29.  This is the last time the exhibit will be on display this year. Thanks to the Library Exhbit Committee for their efforts in creating, organizing, setting up and taking down the displays: Susana Balaguero, Marion Coste, Kathryn Flanagan, Donne Puglisi, Karen Whiting, and Debby Wyche.

July 1:  The library exhibit opened at the Cocoa Beach Library and will be  in place until July 31.

Exhibit Committee members 
Susana Balaguero, Debby Wyche
, and Marion Coste pose next to the Cocoa Beach exhibit.

June 18: Donna Puglisi’s poem, The Creative Heart, is featured in the latest Pen Woman blog. To view the blog, click HERE.

Donna’s poem:

The creative heart will heal the world

A Creative Heart will rule the world
with love and kindness,
empathy for those less fortunate.

A Creative Heart will continue beating for eternity.
It is the lifeblood of humanity,
the thread that holds the universe together.

The Creative Heart will heal the world

June 2:  An article titled “Pen Women collect plastic bottle caps for lagoon project” appeared in Senior Life and Viera Voice.  Thanks to Maria Sonnenborg for recognizing one of our branch’s community outreach projects! To see the full article, click HERE.

May 27: Pizza Gallery at The Avenue in Viera is exhibiting the art of Rylie Barrow, our 2021 Art Scholarship recipient. Stop in a take a look when you’re in the area. Thanks to Pizza Gallery for supporting women in the arts!

May 26 :  Joanne Fisher is pleased to announce the release of her second murder mystery, The Melbourne Connection.  Two beautiful cities on the opposite ends of the world linked by three horrendous murders.

Joanne will sign books at the Tampa Indie Author Book Convention June 5, 2021, and is scheduled to participate in the signing event at the Space Coast Book Lovers gathering in Cape Canaveral June 25 - 27.

 May 25: Congratulations to Anne Bonner, who used her time in Covid seclusion to complete her memoir, A Charmed Life and Its Ups and Downs. The memoir includes adventures during Anne’s 26 years as a military wife, and much more. “It is strictly for family, “ says Anne, “but it was a PROJECT!”

May 24: Cheryl Shepherd Bartoszek, nautical author, was right at home in historic downtown Coulmbus, GA during her book signing at Columbus State University's Barnes & Noble bookstore. Cheryl grew up in Columbus and attended CSU in the 1970's.  Bimini Rock: Atlantis Found?, her debut novel, was a hit and sold out in two hours.

May 12: CCPW awards 2021 art scholarship:  At the annual scholarship luncheon on May 12 at Tuscany Grill, Co-President Donna Puglisi presented a certificate and check for $1000 to Rylie Barrow, a senior at Astronaut High School in Titusville. Rylie's work was selected from a large field of female Brevard County high school seniors. Rylie will begin her studies at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Fall 2021. The scholarship committee was impressed with Rylie’s artwork and wish her much success in her education and future art endeavors. We also wish to express our gratitude to the Guidance Counselors and Art Teachers of the Brevard County Schools who encouraged and assisted their students with applications and portfolios. 

April 1: Spring Pen Woman Magazine features Cape Canaveral Pen Women
See the article by Donna PuglisiJoAnna O’Keefe' about s America at the Crossroads poem on page 3. Read Anne Bonner’s poem, Forever Yours, on page 12. Learn about our state collaboration project on page 20, featuring Cathy Rayburn, Marion Coste, Mary Dall, Debby Wyche,Pam Webb and : Creative Inspiration at a Distance: Florida Pen Women’s Year-Long Collaboration.

March 5: Congratulations to Cheryl Bartoszek for a great review of her book, Bimini Rocksin the Spring issue of Keys Women. To see the review, click HERE.

Feb. 4:  Karen Whiting announces that her 27th book, Growing Mothers Heart, will be released this month.  In addition, her publisher, Tyndale, is creating a derivative product: Devos for Brave Boys. The One Year Devotions for Active Boys will use 60 devotions from in a new and less expensive book that will draw readers into wanting the full book.This new book will have a new title cover and ISBN. Extra royalties with no work!

Feb. 2: Maria Sonnenberg’s article about CCPW appears in Senior Life.
To view the article, click HERE.

Jan 18: Joanne Fisher (Friend) has published a new book, Christmas in Florence; available at the Kindle store now.

Dante finally finds the job of his dreams: working in Italy and learning the language, but when the Coronavirus hits Italy, his world is turned upside down. The only person who gets him through it is Serenella, and all he needs to do is step out onto his uncle's balcony and there she is! On top of dealing with COVID-19, there are other wrenches that are thrown into their midst during this odd year of 2020. How will the year end for Dante and Serenella? Only one way to find out!

Link: Christmas in Florence - Kindle edition by Fisher, Joanne. Contemporary Romance Kindle eBooks @

Jan 18: HomeTownReads:You can post your book or get your own author page for free. I  a website that features authors from local communities across the country. It’s designed to help readers and librarians find authors from their local area. ncludes marketing tips. Go to for more information! Thanks to Valerie Allen for getting Melbourne Florida list