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Behind the Scenes of Last Weekend’s Book Signing at Hudson Regional Library!

Last weekend, Amazon Best Seller, Karen Mertes participated in the Book Signing at the Hudson Regional Library! Here are a few photos from the event —

About Plaintiff 101

plaintiff-101-cover-audio“As my life hung in the balance after a tragic car accident caused by a drunk driver, I promised to spend the rest of my life helping others if I were to survive. After my four year long litigation battle, my attorney husband and I  decided to write, “Plaintiff 101” to help other personal injury victims. Being involved in a life-changing car accident is devastating. You deserve to get your life back to normal, yet the justice system is not an easy one to navigate.  That’s what this book is for. To give you inside information and what your lawyer will want you to know in order to have a wining case.

Despite sustaining a traumatic brain injury from my accident, I am the founder and president of Fulfill Your Destiny, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances. Inspiring stories of people who have been helped can be found at www.fulfillyourdestiny.org under the Who We’ve Helped tab.

The  proceeds from the sale of this book are directly donated to Fulfill Your Destiny.  We hope you find the information contained within these pages of our book very insightful.  Please know that your donation for this book is used to help others through Fulfill Your Destiny.”

To get your copy of Plaintiff 101, click here!

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Check Out Details for 2019’s Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea & Kind Words from This Year’s Event!

The next Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea will be held on Mar 30, 2019! 100 career women interested in supporting our greater Tampa Bay community through philanthropy will attend for a celebration of women for charity with tea.  It’s not just tea; its Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea!  

Here are some kind words from attendees from this year’s event and founder Karen Mertes:

“Great event – would love to be back next year!” 

“Diane McKelvey invited me in 2017.  I will come back and donate as generously as I can as long as you host this amazing event.  Thank you for what you do and the example you are!”  

“Karen – You are a God send!  Thank you for all you do!  Please put us down as a sponsor next year!”

“Love all you do!” 

“Karen, I would love to be a sponsor next year!  Please remind me next year!  As always, it has been a pleasure to attend and support Fulfill Your Destiny!” 

To lend a helping hand in the 2019 Spring Chari-Tea Event, please e-mail karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org.

For more about Fulfill Your Destiny’s Mission, click here!

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Get Some Face Time with Local Amazon Best Selling Author, Karen Mertes, at The Richter Publishing Author Awards & Book Gala Tomorrow!

Karen Mertes will be in attendance at the upcoming Richter Publishing Author Awards and Book Gala, as well as, fellow Amazon Best Sellers and local published authors. Get inspired by hearing Karen’s story of survival firsthand while getting your copy of “Plaintiff 101,” to help you through  your personal injury litigation.

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Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Hampton Inn & Suites, 5329 Avion Park Drive, Tampa  

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     This event features published authors from the Tampa Bay area who are making a difference in the community with their books. The night will be filled with music, drinks, food, prize raffles, award ceremony and an opportunity to speak with each author personally and purchase their works.

Click here to >>ORDER<< your copy of the Amazon Bestseller TODAY! 

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Featured Author Karen Mertes at Richter Publishing’s 3rd Annual Author Award Ceremony & Book Gala!

The 3rd Annual Author Award Ceremony & Book Gala will be hosted at Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant [4110 West Boy Scout Boulevard Tampa, FL 33607] on Thursday, October 20, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

This event features published authors from the Tampa Bay area who are making a difference in the community with their books. The night will be filled with music, drinks, food, prize raffles, award ceremony and an opportunity to speak with each author personally and purchase their works.


Featured Authors (More to be announced soon!):

  1. Mike Rivera & Craig Sidorowicz, “From Stand-Up Comedian to Stand-Up Teacher”
  2. Rev. Chad C. Fernald, “Living Wisdom: Principles for a Life Well Lived”
  3. Art Koch,” When Swing Was King!”
  4. Rita Lowman, “From the Farm to the Boardroom: Leadership Lessons”
  5. Karen A. Kelly, M.D., “Take a Breath”
  6. Brandon Rimes & Connor Anthony, “Become the MVP in Your Industry by Surfing the Radio Waves”
  7. Sven Boermeester, “Best of Tampa Bay”
  8. Melissa Tuttle Twomey, “Goodnight Tampa”
  9. John McKee,  “Nothing Happens Until the Meeting is Set”
  10. Karen Mertes, Lt Col (Ret), United States Air Force, “Plaintiff 101” Audiobook 
  11. Debbie Killebrew, “Finding My Way Back”
  12. Melissa Sweeny, D.B.A., “Love from Luke: Lessons Learned from a Rescued Dog”
  13. M. Rene Harris, “Flies in My Coffee”
  14. Luke Chichetto, Mobility RX Fitness


  • 5:30 Event Starts – Bridgette Simmonds “The Go Coach!” MC
  • 6:30 Short Speech by Tara, President of Richter Publishing
  • 6:35-6:45 Comedian Appearance by Mike Rivera
  • 7:45 Awards Announced
  • 8:15 Raffle
  • 8:30 Party Ends

Attire: Business / cocktail attire

Award Categories:

  • Most Inspirational Story
  • Best Self-Help Book
  • Funniest Book
  • Amazon Best Seller (The book that ranked the highest in Amazon.)  
  • Best Buisness Book
  • Best Cover
  • Best Overall Book for 2016

Ticket price includes: Entrance to the event, bottomless wine & endless appetizers!  Early bird tickets will end one week prior to the event date. Regular ticket prices will be sold the last week. Day of the event ticket sales will at the door with cash or credit card.

Sponsorship Spots: We have packages available to you at all different price ranges. Check out our rate card here or call for details at 727-940-7647. RICHTER Publishing-RateCard

For those who are interested in owning Amazon’s Best Seller, “Plaintiff 101” as a valuable resource:

Click here to >>ORDER<< your copy TODAY!

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Learn How to Become an Amazon Best Seller with Karen Mertes & Tara Richter!

When  asked, most people have the desire to write and publish a book. Why not make it a Best Seller?

I am excited to announce that myself and the President of Richter Publishing, Tara Richter, will be hosting a live presentation on how to become a #1 Amazon Best Seller next Thursday, April 21, 2016! RSVP HERE

I will be sharing valuable tips that led to the success of my book, “Plaintiff 101,” which achieved #1 Amazon Best Seller last September. Tara and I will share secrets of successful strategy, explain the process, and answer any questions so you too can become an Amazon Best Seller!

5 Key Points that Attendees will Learn

  • What’s an Amazon Best Seller?
  • What’s an Amazon Hot New Release?
  • How to Write a Book that can Become an Amazon Best Seller?
  • What to Consider when Designing and Creating your Amazon Best Seller campaign.
  • Increase your Bottom Line with an Action Plan for Leveraging your Book’s Success for even Greater Profitability.

Location: The Centre for Women

305 S. Hyde Park Ave., Tampa FL

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM – Registration and Networking Presentation promptly begins at 12 noon.

**Lunch provided with paid registration before March 23, 2016.



More About Karen & Tara:

Karen Mertes

Karen Mertes is a Professional Speaker; Award Winning, Best Selling Author; Certified Entrepreneur Coach; Certified Leadership Coach; and Certified Women’s Issues Consultant all to benefit Fulfill Your Destiny.



Tara Rictara-headshothter is the President of Richter Publishing LLC. She specializes in helping business owners write their non-fiction story in 4 weeks & publish a book in order to become an expert in their industry. She has written and published 10 of her own books. Tara now has published many other authors in her local Tampa Bay Area including Anthony Amos & celebrity entrepreneur, Kevin Harrington, Shark from ABC’s Shark Tank with their joint book, “How to Catch a Shark.”

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Karen Mertes & Mayor Bob Buckhorn 2016 City of Tampa Women’s History Month Celebration

I am honored that I got the opportunity to speak alongside Mayor Buckhorn, and several other distinguished individuals, at the City of Tampa’s 20th Annual Women’s History Month Celebration. This year’s theme was: Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government.

In my speech I talk about how to become a champion leader when you triumph through tragedy, and to fulfill your destiny when you inspire yourself, and others, to live the life that you have always envisioned. Watch below!

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City of Tampa’s Women History Month Celebration

I am excited to announce that I will be the keynote speaker at the City of Tampa’s 20th Annual Women’s History Month Celebration tomorrow, March 23rd, 2016! This year’s theme is: Working to Form a More Perfect Union: Honoring Women in Public Service and Government. City of Tampa’s own Chief Financial Officer, Sonya Little will be presiding as the mistress of ceremonies.


Jeanette LaRussa Fenton will be presented with the 2016 Josephine Howard Stafford Memorial Award by Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Later in the event, an honorary female member of the military at MacDill Air Force Base will be presented with the 2016 MacDill Air Force Base Women’s Appreciation Award by Colonel William M. Stowe.

The event will be televised LIVE on City of Tampa Television, Verizon Fios Channel 15, and Bright House Networks Channel 640, and replayed throughout the month of March.

Visit the City of Tampa Florida for more information!

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