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Name the Bear, Win Stuff!

(From Elizabeth Burton – posted by GO)

Twenty-odd years ago, my mom bought me a little white wizard bear at an after-Christmas sale. When I joined Zumaya Publications, he/she became our unofficial mascot.

Now, we’re going to make the bear our OFFICIAL mascot, but he/she needs a name. So, for the next month, until ArmadilloCon 33 in August here in Austin, send us your suggestions for what to name the bear. If your name is chosen, we’ll send you a new Kindle loaded with Zumaya ebooks and some other cool swag or a terrific computer attache full of signed Zumaya paperbacks—your choice. We’ll give prizes to the nine runners-up, too.

Send your suggestion to zumayaebooks@gmail.com; please include your address with your entry. Entries will be judged by a panel of Zumaya authors and the winner announced on August 28th. You may enter as often as you like, but you must be 13 years old or more to enter. Sorry–legal stuff. And Zumaya authors and their immediate families will have to forego the fun, too. I’ll make it up to y’all, I swear.

Let the contest begin!

Name the Bear Contest!

Little fellow needs a name. Won't you help?

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2011 in Birthday, Zumaya Publications

 

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Zumaya Publications Birthday Bash Virtual Tour

Happy Birthday Zumaya Publications

Join Elizabeth Burton and the authors of Zumaya Publications as they tour the blogosphere to celebrate their  fifth year anniversary with a month long birthday bash!  Zumaya Publications is a small press publishing house based in Austin, Texas, and has been the home of many wonderful and talented authors under the direction of the multi-talented editor, Elizabeth Burton.  Together they are celebrating five years of irresponsible reading with giveaways, chats and more at Pump Up Your Book!

About Zumaya Publications

Zumaya PublicationsWE SUPPORT IRRESPONSIBLE READING

Zumaya Publications was founded in British Columbia in 1999 by author Diana Kemp-Jones and artist/author Martine Jardin. Their goal was to develop a publishing company that combined the best of the old, traditional methods with the best of the new. For them, this meant developing an internet-based house that utilized print-on-demand technology.

In 2006, Zumaya moved to Austin TX as Zumaya Publications LLC, under the direction of Executive Editor Elizabeth Burton. Over the next three years, Zumaya branched into seven imprints—Arcane, Boundless, Embraces, Enigma, Otherworlds, Thresholds and Yesterdays. In 2009, Marianne and Joyanne Moul replaced Jardin as partners in the company. Plans to implement a graphic novel imprint, Zumaya Fabled Ink, are currently underway as well as a line of artist-designed illustrated classics.

To date, Zumaya has published more than 200 titles in all areas of fiction as well as some superb nonfiction, many of which have won awards. Gideon by Chester Aaron was selected the silver medal winner in the YA-Cultural/Historical category of the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, The Everdark Gate by Elizabeth Burton received the Dream Realm Award in Fantasy for speculative fiction in ebook format, and Busting Loose: Cancer Survivors Tell You What Your Doctor Won’t by Cheryl Swanson received the silver medal in the Living Now Book Awards.

Zumaya Publications is committed to two things: allowing undiscovered talent the opportunity to be heard and moving publishing into the 21st century by actively using and promoting new technologies and business models that have significantly less environmental impact than the traditional one. To accomplish the latter means developing new strategies for marketing and distribution, which are already being studied and implemented. The cost-effectiveness of inventory-free production, eliminating both the need for stocking large numbers of books and the subsequent need to dispose of unsold copies, allows the company to take risks with both new authors and content more often than is feasible for those using traditional methods.

Publishing 20-25 titles annually, Zumaya is one of a new breed of book publisher utilizing up-to-date technology in new ways.

Visit Zumaya Publications at www.zumayapublications.com.

About Elizabeth Burton

Elizabeth Burton has had four novels and three erotic romance ebook novellas published in the decade since she decided it was past time to pursue her long-postponed career as a
storyteller. After working as a journalist and newspaper editor, she took advantage of a job hiatus to work on fiction, publishing the first novel, Dreams of Darkness, as an ebook in 2000.
She also became a much-in-demand freelance book editor and reviewer, publishing the online review zine The Blue Iris Journal from 1999 to 2003. She was a finalist in the 1999 Writers of
the Future, and is a member of the Fandom Association of Central Texas (FACT) where she is on the board of directors and serves as board secretary, and is co-chair for ArmadilloCon 32,
Austin’s oldest literary SF/F convention.

In 2003, she became a partner in Zumaya Publications as executive editor, and in 2009 purchased the company in partnership with her niece while trying–again–to find time to write.
Her most recent novel, The Everdark Gate, was the winner of the 2008 Dream Realm Award for Fantasy.

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Zumaya Publications Birthday Bash Virtual Tour Schedule

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balloonsTuesday, July 5

Elizabeth Burton interviewed at Virgina Beach Publishing Examiner

Wednesday, July 6

Zumaya author Cindy Speer guest blogging at Literarily Speaking

Thursday, July 7

Elizabeth Burton interviewed at Book Marketing Buzz

Friday, July 8

OPEN

Monday, July 11

OPEN

Tuesday, July 12

Elizabeth Burton interviewed LIVE at Barry ‘Storyheart’ Eva’s A Book and a Chat

Wednesday, July 13

Zumaya author Mike DiCerto guest blogging at Cafe of Dreams

Thursday, July 14

OPEN

Friday, July 15

OPEN

Monday, July 18

Zumaya author Wendy Dager guest blogging at Literal Exposure

Tuesday, July 19

Zumaya author Gloria Oliver guest blogging at Beyond the Books

Wednesday, July 20

Zumaya author Carole Waterhouse guest blogging at Book Reviews by Molly

Thursday, July 21

Zumaya author Linda Andrews guest blogging at As the Pages Turn

Friday, July 22

OPEN

Monday, July 25

OPEN

Tuesday, July 26

OPEN

Wednesday, July 27

OPEN

Thursday, July 28

OPEN

Friday, July 29

OPEN

 

 

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Round Robin Episode 5

“Honey, are you sure this is the place?” Beth Carlson’s brow furrowed as she looked at the wreckage in front of her.

“This is the address she gave me and look,” long arm quilter Harriet Truman pointed to the broken glass of the store front window. “It says ‘stones’. This has to be the place.”

“Why would Sarah’s cousin arrange to meet us in a bar, for heaven sake? We’re here to talk about the raffle quilt for an animal shelter benefit aren’t we?”

“It wouldn’t be the first time Sarah had things wrong,” Harriet said and pulled her aunt off the sidewalk and behind a large potted spruce tree just in time to avoid a large man in a black mackintosh as he pushed out the door and staggered across the street. She could hear the faint sound of sirens in the distance.

Harriet stepped to the door. “Wait here,” she said and went in. She followed the sound of a moan to an overturned table. A slender young woman lay on the floor at her feet, her eyes closed. Harriet kneeled and gently shook her shoulder.

“Are you okay?” she said.

Aunt Beth lowered herself on the opposite side of the girl and gently eased a black stiletto heeled shoe from the young woman’s clenched left fist, causing the girls eyes to fly open.

“Where am I?” she whispered.

A tall man with sand colored hair watched the trio from across the room, and when Aunt Beth had helped the injured woman to a seated position, he eased out the back door.

“What’s this” the young woman asked and dropped a folded piece of cloth from her right hand. Smaller sewn pieces formed a purposeful pattern.

“Where did it come from? It’s not mine.”

Harriet smoothed the square of multicolored cloth.  “Looks like a quilt block,” she said.

“Let me see,” Aunt Beth said and held out her hand. She studied the pattern.

“This block is called Robbing Peter to Pay Paul.”

Go on to Episode 6

Arlene Sachitano writes The Harriet Truman/Loose Threads quilting mystery novels as well as The Harley Spring Mysteries. You can find her at

http://www.arlenesachitano.com or

http://www. arlenesachitanosblog.blogspot.com

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2010 in Birthday, Round Robin, Zumaya Publications

 

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Round Robin Episode 1

Photo credit: Studio D

Everything was going beautifully last Wednesday before the lights went out. For the first time since Annie died, I let Winston and Terry talk me into going on a blind date. Nothing elaborate, just a drink in Milestones, the bar on the ground level of my condo so I could make a fast escape if it turned out dismal. I was approaching the whole thing more as a chore than a pleasure but I couldn’t see the guys letting go until I bowed to the pressure and gave in.

I should have asked who picked the girl for me. If I’d known it was Winston, I would’ve skipped the meet altogether. But I didn’t know, so I was waiting at a table when she arrived, smiling and wind-blown and stacked just the way I like them. She introduced herself –Riane—and ordered a bone-dry martini. I stuck to scotch. Milestones wasn’t really crowded but there was the buzz of spring in the air and people around were laughing. Riane was easy; easy to talk to, easy to like, and easy on the eyes. I began to relax a little.

“So, Jack,” she said, “Winston tells me you’re a Private Investigator.”

“When the mood strikes.”

I took a sip of scotch, waited for the usual disbelieving reaction. Instead I heard a pop, the lights when out, and my arms were filled with dead female. I couldn’t call her a woman anymore because as she fell into me she changed…

Go on to Episode 2

M. D. Benoit is the author of the SF Mystery series The Jack Meter Case Files, featuring Private Investigator Jack Meter. Visit her website at http://mdbenoit.com
Follow her on Twitter: @mdbenoit2

 

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Zumaya Publications Birthday Bash

Four years ago this month, Zumaya Publications moved from its original birthplace in Canada to Austin, Texas, and became Zumaya Publications LLC. This year, Zumaya came under new ownership, and we decided we were way past due for a party.

For the next 31 days, you’ll meet some talented authors and have a chance to win some great presents, including (drumroll, please) a Nook eReader from Barnes & Noble.

Zumaya now has 7 imprints: Embraces for romance and women’s fiction, Boundless for LGBT, Enigma for mystery and suspense, Otherworlds for speculative fiction, Thresholds for YA and middle grade books, Yesterdays for historical fiction and memoirs and Arcane for New Age fiction and nonfiction. Zumaya itself is home to mainstream and literary fiction and an eclectic collection of nonfiction.

Our goal this month is to first and foremost to entertain you and give you an opportunity to chat with us and our authors, give away some stuff and have you sample our wares. The virtual barbecue and sweet tea are out, chips and salsa are waiting.


Y’all come to Coffee Time Romance and join the party!

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2010 in Birthday

 

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