ZP Author and Artist News for Dec 2016

December 2016

News

 

Author Rebecca Kightlinger just copyedited three fiction pieces for The Stonecoast Review. All three have been submitted for the Pushcart Prize. Wish her luck!

 

Author Roberta Rogow will be the Fan Guest of Honor at Lunacon 2017. Congrats!

LunaCon 2017

 

Artist François Thisdale recently won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. The award is the highest recognition in Canada for Children’s Literature. Two books he illustrated had been shortlisted in previous years. This year he won the Award for his illustrations in the book Missing Nimama. Congrats!

Missing Nimama

 

Artist Jared Boggess’ cover for the Assassination of Ambrose Bierce has won the Society of Illustrators 59—one of the top competitions in the states. It will be featured in their exhibit this February. This is his second book cover selected by the Society of Illustrators. Congrats!

Assassination - Jared Boggess

 

 

Book Trailers

 

This month’s book trailer is for Gloria Oliver’s YA novel – Willing Sacrifice.

 

ZP Author and Artist News for Nov 2016

November 2016

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News

 

Author Rie Sheridan Rose will be participating in this years NaNoWriMo. This will be the 13th year she has participated in the event. Rie commented “some have been more successful than others. ;)” Kudos to all who decide to participate this year. Good luck!

 

Author Gloria oliver recently released a historical/alternate history/thriller novelette titled Charity and Sacrifice.

Gloria also recently went on an overseas trip for a one week whirlwind tour in the Mediterranean. Here are a couple of tantalizing pictures from her trip.

Gloria Oliver - Mediterranean Trip - Cinque Terre

Gloria Oliver - Mediterranean - Sunset

 

Author Roberta Rogow’s song “The ship” has been nominated for the Pegasus Award for Best Classic Filk, given by the Ohio Valley Filk Fest. The winner will be announced on November 5, at the convention’s banquet. Let’s wish her luck!

 

Author Kim Baccellia’s YA thriller Candle In The Wind is a finalist in the Pages From the Heart RWA contest! Congrats!

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Appearances

 

Author Rie Sheridan Rose will be at the Wimberley Flood Gauges 1st Variety Sale & Show (Steampunk Event) on 11/5/2016.

 

Author Roberta Rogow will be attending PhilCon on 11/18-11/20/2016.

She will also be at ChessieCon 2016 on 11/25-11/27/2016.

 

We hope you have a
Happy Halloween

ZP Author and Artist News for June 2016

June 2016

News

Artist/Designer Tamian Wood has unveilied a shiny new website! You can check it out at www.BeyondDesignInternational.com

She’s also shared a neat spread of pages from a children’s book she recently finished designing and laying out.

 

Author Ann Curtin won an Honorable Mention at the San Francisco Book Festival for her ZP published Novel – Dreamcatcher. Congrats Ann!

Author Kate Dolan has joined the guys at the Jump Rope Jam as a guest on their podcast. Kate has recently published the novel “Roped In”, which deals with competitive jump roping.

Gloria oliver – recently received an Honorable Mention for her fantasy short story “The Queen Lorellai” for Q1 2016 from the Writers of the Future.

 

Appearances

Gloria Oliver will be at Fan Expo Dallas June 3-5, 2016.

Then on June 24-26, she will also be at Sooner Con!

ZP Author and Artist News for April 2016

April 2016

News

 

(writing as K.D. Hays) will be featured in Southern Writers Magazine’s “What’s the Story” section explaining the inspiration for her latest book, Roped In. Since Kate was a jump rope coach for eight years and Roped In is a mystery surrounding a jump rope competition, the story behind the story could have easily stretched to novel length all by itself.

Stephen Tiano – who works as a book designer, Page Compositor and Layour Artist – has been quite busy recently. He’s currently working on three book interiors, one of which is a sort of retelling of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol with a transgender twist!

See some of what he’s been working on below.

Author has signed a contract with Leadstart Publishing Corp. for his upcoming non-fiction work Life After Life; Lifting the veil on Death. Congrats!

has a short story titled “It’s…Complicated” in the anthology Lightships and Sabers which should see release 4/18/16.

 

 

 

Appearances

 

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    Malice Domestic 2022

    10:00 -22:00
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    5701 Marinelli Road • North Bethesda, MD 20852
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    ZP Author Attending: Roberta Rogow

    Established in 1989, Malice Domestic™ is an annual fan convention in the metropolitan DC area that celebrates the traditional mystery, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie.

     

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    Malice Domestic 2022

    10:00 -22:00
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    5701 Marinelli Road • North Bethesda, MD 20852
    Malice Domestic - More Than Malice

    ZP Author Attending: Roberta Rogow

    Established in 1989, Malice Domestic™ is an annual fan convention in the metropolitan DC area that celebrates the traditional mystery, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie.

     

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    Malice Domestic - More Than Malice

    ZP Author Attending: Roberta Rogow

    Established in 1989, Malice Domestic™ is an annual fan convention in the metropolitan DC area that celebrates the traditional mystery, books best typified by the works of Agatha Christie.

     

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Book Trailers

 

This month’s book trailer is for novel – Always Ali!

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ZP Author and Artists News for Feb 2016

News

We at Zumaya mourn deeply the loss of Roger Margason, better known as Dorien Grey, and Joan Blacher, two well-respected and talented mystery writers. Both were a joy to work with, I will miss being able to spend time with them, even if only virtually, more than I can say.

 

Award-winning author Dr. Joan Blacher, a licensed psychotherapist in private practice for the past twenty years, was a former university professor and director of a counseling and guidance graduate program. She was the author of the mystery novels Murder Canyon, Lethal Lake, and Death on the Run, and co-author of Difficult Teens: A Parents Guide for Coping.

Her works were published in counseling and educational journals, mystery publications, magazines, newspapers, and she was a former member of a counseling journal’s editorial board. In 2003, the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists awarded her its Carl Vincent Award for her literary contribution to mental health with the publication of Difficult Teens.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Norman, who has requested her mystery series featuring forensic psychologist Ardis Jensen remain available to readers.

 

When long-time book and magazine editor Roger Margason chose the pseudonym “Dorien Grey” for his first novel, it set off a chain of circumstances that led to a comfortable division of labor and responsibility. Roger had charge of day-to-day existence, freeing Dorien (with the help of Roger’s fingers) to write. Both Roger and Dorien died in November after a minor surgical procedure resulted in fatal complications.

Two years into college, Roger left to join the Naval Aviation Cadet program. Washing out after a year, he spent the rest of his brief military career on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean at the height of the Cold War. Returning to Northern Illinois University after service, he graduated with a BA in English and embarked on a series of jobs that worked him into the editing field.

While working for a Los Angeles publishing house, he was instrumental in establishing a division exclusively for the publication of gay paperbacks and magazines, of which he became editor. He moved on to edit a leading LA-based international gay men’s magazine. Then, tiring of earthquakes, brush fires, mud slides, and riots, he returned to the Midwest, where Dorien emerged, full-blown, like Venus from the sea. They were inseparable (and interchangeable) from that point on.

Roger—and Dorien, of course—moved back to Chicago in 2006, where they devoted time to writing and travel. Both Dorien’s excellent mystery series—Elliott Smith and John and Dick Hardest—will remain available to readers, as he requested. His popular blog will also remain available with the able assistance of his good friend Gary Brown.

Rajendra Kher’s non-fiction book Empire of the Gods has been released.

 

One of our artists, April Martinez, has just published a lovely coloring book called Patterns.

 

 

Gloria Oliver has received a contract for a historical/alternate-history novelette entitled Charity and Sacrifice which should see release in October 2016.

 

 

Appearances

Zumaya will have a table a ConDFW on February 12-14, 2016 in Dallas, TX. Come meet some of our writers and editors!
Author Gloria Oliver will also have a table and will participate in panels at ConDFW as well. Come on by and say “Howdy!”

 

 

Book Trailers

This month’s book trailer is for Kate Dolan’s novel – Avery’s Treasure

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ZP AUTHOR AND ARTIST NEWS FOR OCTOBER 2015

News

One of our artists, Tamian Wood, was chosen by the publisher of Pope Francis to do the cover for his Encyclical Letter Landato Si.

And now she’s even won an award for that cover from The Book Designer.com peeps! Congrats!

Greg Austin’s feature screenplay “Haven’s End” is an Official Selection at Oaxaca Film Festival in Mexico. So far, it’s a quarter finalist in Screencraft’s Sci-fi competition. How cool is that? Congrats, Greg!

And as if that wasn’t enough “Haven’s End” is also a finalist in the Hollywood Screenplay Contest and his short sci-fi screenplay “Sian” is a finalist in the National Irish Film Awards.

 

Appearances

Oct 8-11, 2015 -Author Roberta Rogow will be attending the Mystery Convention Bouchercon 2015 in Raleigh, NC.

Oct 16-18, 2015 – Author Gloria Oliver will be in the artist alley of Dallas ComicCon’s Fan Days in Irving, TX.

 

Book Trailers

This month is a book trailer is for Dorien Grey a from the Boundless Imprint called – His Name is John

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ZP AUTHOR AND ARTIST NEWS FOR SEPTEMBER 2015

News

ALWAYS ALI!, the fourth book in the Ali Caldwell series, by Christine Marciniak will be released soon. Ali finally thinks she has her life together, when a new girl at school sends everything topsy-turvy.
If you prefer getting your ebooks from iTunes – some of our more recent titles can now be found there! If you check for your favorite title here at the ZP site, there’ll be a new iTunes/iBook icon on the book page.

Yet another way to find our titles for your enjoyment! 🙂

We keep adding more venues as ties go by and we’ll keep you informed of developments.
One of our artists, Tamian Wood, was chosen by the publisher of Pope Francis to do the cover for his Encyclical Letter Landato Si. How cool is that? Congrats, Tamian!


Rie Sheridan Rose will be celebrating the release of Bruce and Roxanne: From Start to Finnish from Yard Dog Press at FenCon in Sept 2015.
Lyndi Alexander participated in the First Annual Book Sale on the Mercer County Courthouse grounds, July 25, 2015, sponsored by the West Pennsylvania authors. The event, held in conjunction with the Saturday Farmer’s Market, was well attended and very successful.

**This month we got some not so great news and our second loss to our roster**

“It’s with deep sadness that I report our fellow Zumayan, James Choron, died of pneumonia and complications of asthma in Moscow, Russia, on July 23 of this year. Jim and I were in the process of developing a new, updated version of his excellent collection of paranormal investigations, Footprints in the Snow: True Tales of Haunted Russia. He was a delightful person to talk with and will be very much missed.”

He will be missed.

 

Appearances

Sep 4-7, 2015 – Author Gloria Oliver is on the Emergency Waiting List for Animefest 2015 in Dallas, TX. What this means is if a table frees up at the last minute, she’ll have to drop everything that Friday and GO! Wish her luck! 🙂
Sep 25-27, 2015 – Will see several Zumayans at Fencon 12 in Dallas, TX. Attending will be Gloria Oliver Rie Sheridan Rose and Elizabeth K. Burton – This year they’ll be at a new venue, so should be exciting!

 

Book Trailers

This month is a book trailer is for K.D. Hays and Meg Weidman from the Thresholds Imprint called – Toto’s Tale

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ZP Author and Artist News for August 2015

News

 

Look at this gorgeous new cover work by Brad Fraunfelter for one of his many clients! Nice!

 

Since we’re based in Austin, ZP decided to go BIG at this year’s ArmadilloCon! We brought three BIG prizes to raffle away, as well as a ton of other little ones. Here’s a look at the lovely items!

Lighted Bonsai Tree – to tie with the release of the fantasy novel Jewel of the Gods

A pair of Steampunk Book Ends – to tie in to the soon to be released sequel to The Marvelous Mechanical Man by Rie Sheridan Rose.

And… because who in their right mind wouldn’t want it – the Folio Society’s 50th Anniversary Edition of Dune!

We hope to do as much, if not more, next year! So make your plans to come and win!

 

Appearances

 

Aug 1-2, 2015 – Author Roberta Rogow will be at the Pi-Con, a Science Fiction Convention set near Hartford, CT.

Aug 7-9, 2015 – will also see Roberta Rogow at Deadly Ink, a mystery convention, Brunswick, NJ.

And because she’s not busy enough, Roberta Rogow will also be busy the weekend of Aug 19-23, 2015 at Sasquan, this years World Science Fiction Convention, being held in Spokane, WA.

 

Book Trailers

 

This month is a book trailer is for Dorien Grey from the Boundless Imprint called – Calico

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ZP Author and Artist News for April 2015

 

News

Graphic Artist April Martinez is celebrating a birthday this month. Join us in wishing her a Happy Birthday!

The magic number 42. Douglas Adams would be proud. 😛

Artist Yehoshua Reyez has been busy working on his creation Axsorg! – a time-faring, psychic, were-spider!

He’s got more! So we’ll be sharing some more of Yehoshua’s cool concepts next month!

Cover Desginer Tamian Wood won an E-book Cover Design Gold Star Award! Fantastic!

  

Look at the beautiful art from artist Charles Bernard. A werewolf in love!

Rie Sheridan Rose’s short story collection RieTales from Mocha Memoirs will debut this month

Alana Lorens will be teaching a fiction writing course at the Corry Hi-Ed through the month of April, focusing on writing with diversity and creating interesting, sometimes out of this world settings.

Appearances

Apr 9-12, 2015 – Author Rie Sheridan Rose will be attending the Austin International Poetry Festival as well as participating in workshops and readings.

April 22-25, 2015 – Author Arlene Sachitano will be signing her new book, Crazy as a Quilt at the AQS Quilt week show in Paducah Kentucky. She’ll be in the Craftmans Touch Book Booth from 9-6 and Saturday 9-5.

Ma2 2, 2015 – Author Roberta Rogow will have a 15-minute “Author’s Alley” slot at Malice Domestic, the mystery convention in Bethesda MD, at 1 PM, talking about WorldBuilding, Real and Fanciful.

Book Trailers

This month is a book trailer is for Christine Marciniak’s young adult novel Honestly, Ali!

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ZP Author and Artist News for March 2015

News

Artist Kaolin Fire has a darling drawing app he originally created for his son called “Baby Paints” – Let your toddler or infant paint your screen with fingers and toes—a screenful of notes and colors will keep them entertained for hours, dragging their attention back if they stray.

 

Kim Baccellia received an OCCRWA Rose for signing her contract for Book 3 of the Goddesses series with ZP! Nice!

 

Here’s a sample of work by artist Bill Neagle – nice stuff!

 

Cover Desginer Tamian Wood is running a SPECIAL! 20% off a Book Cover design with 2 new clients and 10% off referrals.

 

Also send kind thoughts for Tamian and her dog Poppy. Poor thing has pneumonia and is keeping his parents very worried.

 

Artist Charles Bernard has New FREE art instruction videos! The free videos are a nice introduction to his Complete Illustration Art Course from Online Art Academy! A great way to get an art education without having to spend thousands of dollars going to a classroom art school.

 

Rie Sheridan Rose was the editor on Avast, Ye Airships, a new steampunk anthology. She also has a short story in Malice: Some Are Born Bad. On the ZP side, the second volume of the Conn-Mann Chronicles entitled “The Nearly Notorious Nun” is now in edits and will possibly be making its debut later this year!

 

Rajendra Kher has signed a contract with Leadstart Publshing House (Platinum Press), India for his English novel: ‘UDAYAN; The Musician King of Vatsa’. The novel will be available in Paperback and all electronic formats throughout India in 160 cities and also abroad. Congratulations!

 

Artist Brad Fraunfelter has been busy! Below is one of his newest cover creations. It was even picked as the Editor’s Choice at the Advanced Photoshop Magazine! Congrats!

 

Appearances

 

Mar 12-15, 2015 – Author Gloria Oliver andChibiChains will be in Addison in the Dealers Room during All-Con 2015.

 

Mar 12-15, 2015 – Author Rie Sheridan Rose and Elizabeth Burton will be in San Antonio for EPICon 2015.

 

Mar 21-22, 2015 – Author Roberta Rogow will be attending The Liberty State Writer’s Conference in Woodridge, NJ.

 

Book Trailers

 

This month is a book trailer is for Gloria Oliver’s fantasy novel The Price of Mercy

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