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Here are a few other recent titles by local authors.
Jack Harris Unwrapped by Jack Harris
Co-host of the bay area's No. 1-rated morning radio show on WFLA-970, Jack Harris muses on everything from hurricane names to lovebugs in 38 essays published as Jack Harris Unwrapped.
His folksy humor attracts legions of fans who have followed his 35-year career. Harris' credits read like a TV guide: WTOG-Ch. 44; WTVT-Ch. 13; WFLA-Ch. 8; Bay News 9 and the Mayor's Hour on CTTV. Photos of his celebrity guests are sprinkled throughout the pages.
Unwrapped wraps up with 50 simple Florida Cracker recipes from the confessed noncook who likes everything well done.
The book is available at www.seaside-publishing.com Ten percent of the proceeds will be donated to the Children's Home.
Blood In My Coffee: The Life of the Fight Doctor by Ferdie Pacheco
Ybor City native Dr. Ferdie Pacheco, who was Muhammad Ali's physician and cornerman for years, recounts his life story, and it's a colorful one.
Pacheco writes about his years as one of the people closest to "the Greatest," his later broadcast career at NBC and Showtime (where he won an Emmy), and his artistic pursuits as a lauded painter.
Pacheco's book heads down some interesting avenues as he reminisces about coming out of east Tampa's working class, making his way through medical school, and even being a young Lothario. He also takes some entertaining shots at fellow commentators Howard Cosell and Marv Albert along the way.
The book is available at www.amazon.com
Immigration lawyer Mark Weiner stopped writing legal briefs and moved to Buenos Aires for six months to finish The New Urth Trilogy, published in July under the name Marc Barclay.
"I'd been hooked on the fantasy genre since I was 13," he said. "I started developing the characters in 1965." He put the book on hold to attend law school and didn't finish it for 20 years.
The tale follows a simple young man named Landis Brynsom, who's forced to realize he is the Sweijih, the one predicted in the Book of Prophecy to slay an evil priestess seeking the key to the netherworld. He has magic on his side when an ancient wizard and five companions join him in an epic battle to save the world (Urth) from eternal darkness.
Reviews call it Harry Potter meets Lord of the Rings.
The book is available at www.booksamillion.com
Cafe Con Leche by Jack Eugene Fernandez
Cafe Con Leche tells the story of four Cuban immigrants in Ybor City from the Great Depression through the Castro Revolution. Part historical novel and part steamy love story, the book weaves romance with racism, rebellion and business. The backdrop is Ybor City, rich with a Cuban culture in which the cigar industry often takes center stage.
Retired University of South Florida professor and Tampa native Jack Eugene Fernandez wrote the historical novel. Fernandez's grandparents came to Florida in the 1800s and settled in Tampa. His grandfather worked in Ybor City's cigar factories.
Published by AuthorHouse in January, Cafe Con Leche is available at www.amazon.com
Justice from Buttermilk Bottom by Bob Anderson Mitcham
As a Hillsborough circuit judge, Bob Anderson Mitcham earned the nickname Preacher Bob from telling stories of his hard-knock childhood in Atlanta's Buttermilk Bottom. He wanted defendants awaiting stiff sentences to know that if he made things right with his life, they could too.
Those stories appear in his autobiography published this year by the International Legal Press. He has described the book as the story of a kid with few prospects who made something out of little and met a few interesting and rough people along the way. He also describes some of Tampa's biggest criminal cases of the past three decades.
The book is available at www.amazon.com
Model Scoop & Acting Info by Eve Matheson
If you're considering a modeling or acting career, then Eve Matheson's Model Scoop & Acting Info is your bible.
A former model, the South Tampa writer has spent more than 20 years in the talent industry. Her comprehensive overview includes specifics for getting started, finding an agent and spotting scams. Interviews with professionals reveal rewards and pitfalls. Advice seeks to ensure success in a risky business.
The book is available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org