Recently our book Ocoee! a novel, holding a five star rating from Amazon, was successfully launched at a packed house event at Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, Winter Garden, Florida, and at FAPA in August 2017. The enthusiastic crowd asked very engaging questions about the events in the book, making for an interesting dialogue. Many there who did not have a book bought books for the authors to sign. Ocoee! a novel has been making the rounds of book festivals, winning two gold medals and two silver medals at The Florida Authors and Publishers Association in August. Likewise, in the Young Author Category, at The San Francisco Book Festival Ocoee! a novel brought home an honorable mention. Ocoee! has again been entered into several other prestigious book festivals for 2018.

The authors are continually asked to keep writing about the characters and telling more of their stories. The comments from many readers have been that they want to know more about the happenings and where the events actually took place. In this light, the authors are developing ideas for other books.

Articles and Press Releases

Two Sisters Write Novel about 1920s Voter Disenfranchisement (Press Release, Bardolf & Company)

Local Authors Receive National Recognition (Press Release, Florida Authors and Publishers Association)

Ocoee Book Based on True Story (Article, West Orange Times and Observer)


“Those who want to better understand the Ocoee 1920 massacre will enjoy reading this fictional but realistic account, as told by the young white Georgia Kambel.”
Kay Cappleman
Past Director of the Winter Garden Heritage Museum

“Strong continuity. I liked the technique of using the journal to introduce flashbacks. Nothing felt artificial. I always wanted to continue through the story and was sorry when I had to stop reading to get on with other tasks. It is a story that needed to be told. I really liked it. Great job!”
Cheryl Johnson
Secondary language arts teacher, Pinellas County

“History, as we know can be a powerful learning tool. To truly learn from our past, we must first truthfully acknowledge the realities of good and bad in life. “Ocoee!” does this in such a splendid and heartwarming way. A captivating American story from beginning to end!”
Heather Makin
Florida native