Just announced: the Audiobook version of “Rabbit in the Moon” produced by Spoken Word Inc and narrated by nationally honored radio talk show host, Barbara Whitesides, won Honorable Mention at this year’s SF Book Festival. Congrats to them all!! This just adds to the many awards the international thriller has already won including the Gold Medal for the Florida Book Award.
Good news! Without Dr. Ni-Fu Cheng’s immortality elixir (Rabbit in the Moon) average life expectancy in the US has hit another high, rising above 78 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At the same time, infant mortality has hit a record low of 6.42 deaths per 1000 live births which is almost a 3 percent drop from 2008. Boys born in 2009 can expect to at least until age 75.5 while girls will live to 80.5. Reasons for this increased longevity is felt to be a result of better medical treatment, improved vaccination rates and decreases in smoking.
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Join us at the first UCF Book Festival. This inaugural event is being sponsored in association with the Morgridge International Reading Center at the University of Central Florida.
The 2010 UCF Book Festival will be held April 16-17, 2010, at the UCF Arena in Orlando.
We will be on two panels – both in Psych 105 from 10:30 -11:20 am (Mysterious Women: Characters of Intrigue) and 11:45 -12:35 pm (Telling Stories- Adding to the Action). We’ll be talking about the novels we’ve written together including our Florida Book Award winning international thriller, Rabbit in the Moon. Deborah will also be talking about her newest thriller, “Dead Air+, co-written with her former UCLA colleague, Dr. Linda Reid.
There will be book signings after both panels. Hope to see you there!
Rabbit in the Moon won ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Silver Medal for Mystery! According to founder and publisher, Victoria Sutherland, winners were selected by dozens of librarians and booksellers who are experts in the subject matter of the books they judged, and who make purchasing decisions daily for their collections or bookstores. Naturally, we are thrilled. Congrats to fellow Oceanview author, Ward Larsen, for winning the Gold!
We returned home Thursday evening after a seven hour drive from Tallahassee. Wednesday night’s Florida Heritage awards ceremony, which included the Florida Book Awards Gold Medal winners, was quite special. After a successful book signing sponsored by the Tallahassee Museum, we were ushered into a “green Room” for snacks and pre-ceremony instructions, In addition to the Book Awards (“Rabbit in the Moon” won for Genre Fiction), legendary country singer/songwriter Mel Tillis and Harry Crews, prolific author of novels, short stories, essays and screenplays were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. Margery Kinnan Rawlings (her niece accepted for “Aunt Marie”) and Gene Patterson, Pulitzer Prize winning editor of the St. Petersburg Times, were among four Florida Folk Heritage Award winners. When it was our turn to pick up our award, we had to squeeze out of our seats (several winners had brought en entourage of friends and family) and bolt onstage to smile for camera and shake the hands of Governor Charlie Crist and Secretary of State Kurt Browning. Governor Crist whispered that with a theme about China, “Rabbit in the Moon” couldn’t be timelier – that was very nice.
According to the program, “Florida Heritage Month is celebrated from March 15 to April 15 and is the time when [we] recognize the importance of our state’s culture and heritage as well as the contributions of individuals and organizations.” The Florida Book Awards is coordinated by the Florida State University Program in American & Florida Studies, and co-sponsored by the Florida Center for the Book; State Library and Archives of Florida; Florida Historical Society; Florida Humanities Council; Florida Literary Arts Coalition; Florida Library Association; “Just Read, Florida!”; Governor’s Family Literacy Initiative; Florida Association for Media in Education; Florida Center for the Literary Arts; Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America; and the Friends of FSU Libraries.
Even though we both wrote “Rabbit in the Moon”, we only received one gold medal between us. When we left the stage, the governor asked us who would be wearing it. “I’ll wear it now,” Deb said. “Joel can wear it on the drive home.” And he did!!
We had our book launch on Thursday, May 29th at the Borders Bookstore in Boca Raton. As you see from the crowd, it was standing room only! We spoke about how we started writing novels and how we write together. Since the setting for Rabbit in the Moon is the seven weeks in 1989 from the rise of the democracy movement on April 15th to its fall with the Tiananmen massacre, we talked about those events and showed pictures Joel had taken during our travels in the 1980’s.