Summer in a Bowl by Joan Leotta Paperback To Be Published on September 30, 2016

08/14/2016
THEAQ Publishing announced today the forthcoming release of Summer in a Bowl by Joan Leotta in paperback format. Rebecca Michael Zeissler is illustrating this book. Publication is planned for September 30, 2016. Summer in a Bowl is intended for ages 3 through 9. "Summer in a Bowl" is a wonderful introduction to the joys of gardening and cooking with children. Rosa spends every Thursday helping Aunt Mary tend her garden. On this last Thursday of the season, they harvest the vegetables and cook them. Rosa finds that vegetables can be delicious and discovers a new way to preserve all of her summer fun. Including essays, poetry, short stories and young adult fiction, Joan Leotta is a versatile and award-winning author, poet, and story performer. Leotta has been playing with words on paper and on stage from the first time she could hold a pen and climb. She gathers inspiration for writing and performing from everyday incidents and objects. She has been a story performer, mostly for children, for more than thirty years--including historic characters and folklore shows. To her credit are four young adult novels, numerous plays and poems, and a picture book called "WHOOSH!" Joan attended Ohio University and Johns Hopkins, where she concentrated on international relations and economics. Joan grew up in Pittsburgh now lives, and spends a lot of time walking the North Carolina beaches, with her husband Joe. Her motto is “encouraging others through pen and performance.” Joan Leotta crafted this tale from her own memories of gardening and occasionally cooking with her Aunt Mary and the countless times she tired new things and foods at her father's urging. Joan has a strong commitment to using natural foods and to providing wonderful meals for family and friends. Joan writes food articles for the local newspaper and is on the Board of the Waccamaw Slow Food USA Chapter. Rebecca Michael Zeissler has been an illustrator for more than 25 years. Working primarily with pen and ink, Michael Zeissler also employs watercolor, colored pencil and digital coloring techniques with her art. Michael Zeissler's work has been widely published in newspapers and magazines, with the primary focus being children’s publications, such as “Chicago Parent Magazine,” for which her artwork won the Best Cover Illustration award from Parenting Publications of America. After a lengthy stint as a software specialist and database administrator, Michael Zeissler is once again fully committed to her artwork, creating twelfth-scale miniature oil paintings and illustrating children's books. Michael Zeissler studied art and design at Eastern Illinois University, and is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF). THEAQ Publishing partners with highly-creative authors and illustrators to design, publish and market print and digital works of literary art.

Hyena's Tree by Thomas J. Larson Paperback Published

06/30/2016
Thomas J. Larson's Hyena's Tree was released in paperback format by THEAQ Publishing today. With the savanna and wildlife of sub-Saharan West Africa as a backdrop, adventure, mystery, and terror rush together in a flood of events—sweeping the reader into a wild and beautiful world. Matt and Naabu live and work among lions, elephants, hippos—and poachers. Their lives are unexpectedly threatened when mysteries from a century earlier intersect with greed and terror to engulf innocent Africans and Peace Corps volunteers in a life or death struggle. Thomas J. Larson’s debut novel is shaped by first-hand experiences, as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, that ranged from encounters with African buffalo, lions, and crocodiles to Gabon vipers and poachers. His passion for wildlife and knowledge of African history—along with his four decade career in conservation—culminate in a riveting adventure. Thomas J. Larson is a wildlife ecologist and author of popular fiction. Larson worked 37 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. The Refuge System sent him to 20 states and China, feeding his appetite for travel. During his time with the Refuge System he worked on a wetland management district, served as project leader on two national wildlife refuges, and was the chief of the Division of Conservation Planning for an eight state area in the Midwest. Prior to this career, he joined the Peace Corps and found himself in West Africa working on a joint Peace Corps/United Nations national park development project. The two years spent living in Africa and studying the wildlife made a profound impression on him that influences his writing today. Inheriting his father’s love of the outdoors, plants, and animals, Larson attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees in wildlife ecology. The natural world has always intrigued Thomas. His fascination began on a small farm in southwestern Wisconsin where, at the age of four, he could scan the countryside as he sat perched on the back of a large draft horse, his father walking behind, guiding a cultivator to weed the young crops. The love of nature propelled him into his conservation career and is reflected in his writing. He now lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota where he, his wife, and twin daughters have ample opportunity to pursue their interests in hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. THEAQ Publishing partners with highly-creative authors and illustrators to design, publish and market print and digital works of literary art.

Not Everyone Likes Peas Wins 2016 Purple Dragonfly Book Award

06/08/2016
Honorable Mention, 'School Issues'

Hyena's Tree by Thomas J. Larson Paperback To Be Published on June 30, 2016

05/07/2016
THEAQ Publishing announced today the forthcoming release of Hyena's Tree by Thomas J. Larson in paperback format. Publication is planned for June 30, 2016. Set in multiple National Parks within West Africa, Hyena’s Tree is a story of Matt Conners, an American Peace Corps volunteer, who is working with Naabu, a mysterious African game manager.  Together they seek to protect the area’s parks and wildlife.  Constant vigilance and adaptability are required in this unforgiving environment.  With the savanna and wildlife of sub-Saharan West Africa as a backdrop, adventure, love, mystery, and terror rush together in a flood of events, which sweeps the reader in to a wild and beautiful world. This is an old world with a long history and many mysteries.  Visitors are rare. Matt and Naabu live and work among lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, poachers and other dangerous animals.  Their lives are unexpectedly threatened as they have never been before.  Mysteries from a century earlier intersect with greed and terror to engulf innocent Africans and Peace Corps volunteers in a life and death struggle. Will Matt and Naabu survive? The author’s own adventures of working in West Africa as a Peace Corp volunteer, along with his four decade career in conservation, contribute realism and a passion for wildlife.  Using first-hand experience, which ranged from encounters with African buffalo, lions, and crocodiles to Gabon vipers and poachers, Larson has woven his African experiences, biological knowledge, African history, and vivid imagination into a story that engrosses the reader. Thomas J. Larson is a wildlife ecologist and author of popular fiction. Larson worked 37 years with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. The Refuge System sent him to 20 states and China, feeding his appetite for travel. During his time with the Refuge System he worked on a wetland management district, served as project leader on two national wildlife refuges, and was the chief of the Division of Conservation Planning for an eight state area in the Midwest. Prior to this career, he joined the Peace Corps and found himself in West Africa working on a joint Peace Corps/United Nations national park development project. The two years spent living in Africa and studying the wildlife made a profound impression on him that influences his writing today. Inheriting his father’s love of the outdoors, plants, and animals, Larson attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his bachelor's and master’s degrees in wildlife ecology. The natural world has always intrigued Thomas. His fascination began on a small farm in southwestern Wisconsin where, at the age of four, he could scan the countryside as he sat perched on the back of a large draft horse, his father walking behind, guiding a cultivator to weed the young crops. The love of nature propelled him into his conservation career and is reflected in his writing. He now lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota where he, his wife, and twin daughters have ample opportunity to pursue their interests in hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and other outdoor activities. THEAQ Publishing partners with highly-creative authors and illustrators to design, publish and market print and digital works of literary art.

God, The Welder by Brandt R. Schubbe Paperback Published

04/30/2016
Brandt R. Schubbe's God, The Welder was released in paperback format by THEAQ Publishing today. A deeply troubled man with a tragic past has lost his purpose in life. He struggles to regain that purpose as well as understand the meaning of past events, in the context of his increasingly disabled reality. God, The Welder takes the reader on a thought-provoking journey, as one man struggles to reconcile his religious beliefs with his troubled life in order to interpret his existence. In a mysterious and forbidden dark room, the protagonist, who is known only as Dad, loses his ability to speak at the hands of a man with a tattooed map on his face. As Dad’s physical, metaphysical and spiritual journey progresses, a love for creative writing is rekindled and becomes a therapeutic and necessary communication tool. Through his journaling, he connects with a welder named George. Between his late wife and George, Dad is able to unravel a reality previously incomprehensible. Will Dad be able to recover and preserve his familial relationships before he progressively loses his senses? Brandt Schubbe is an author and poet who currently works for a non-profit organization that is dedicated to serving victims of human trafficking. He has had poems published in the literary magazine Haute Dish and articles in The Metropolitan newspaper. In 2013, he published a book of poems called Poems from the Inner Spark. As a contributor to the Minneapolis art scene, Brandt Scubbe wrote, directed, and produced a play called The Pat Ryan Effect, which was shown at the Minneapolis Fringe Festival. He has also participated in open book workshops as a member of the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. Along with a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Brown College, Schubbe studied creative writing at Metropolitan State University where he earned a second Bachelor degree in Professional Writing. He believes that writing isn’t just sitting in a dark room and producing work, but reaching out to fellow artists and becoming part of the work being done. He attends plays, poetry readings, and book signings, as a part of the local writing community. THEAQ Publishing partners with highly-creative authors and illustrators to design, publish and market print and digital works of literary art.

Crystal and Jade by Claudia Flisi Hardback To Be Published on August 31, 2016

04/30/2016
THEAQ Publishing announced today the forthcoming release of Crystal and Jade by Claudia Flisi in hardback format. Laura Bellusci is illustrating this book. Publication is planned for August 31, 2016. Crystal and Jade is intended for ages 3 through 8. Crystal and Jade meet in the doggy park. They like each other immediately and become friends. However, their humans don't get along. How can Crystal and Jade help their humans become friends so the dogs can play together? Sometimes it takes a crisis to bring about a two-legged change of heart and solidify a four-legged friendship. Claudia Flisi has been writing professionally since the age of 16, with articles and stories in magazines, newspapers, websites, blogs, and books, about companies ranging from Apple (computers) to Zegna (clothing), and topics ranging from abortions to zoos. Much of her work has appeared in trade publications but some clients are well-known: the magazines of BA, Brussels, KLM, Swiss, and Singapore Airlines, Fortune, International New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and Variety. She has won several awards for corporate communications when she worked for American Express, Burson-Marsteller, and J. Walter Thompson in the US and Europe. Crystal and Jade is her first published story for children. Flisi’s mother clearly had a premonition about her daughter, since the name “Claudia” was not popular when she was growing up in New Jersey, nor at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, where she earned her BA with distinction. Her first opportunity to try out her name properly came in graduate school, when she spent a year at the Bologna Center of Johns Hopkins University in Italy. Claudia has an Italian husband of long standing, and two quadrilingual sons. She herself speaks Italian, French, and a bit of Spanish. The dogs in her life -- a Weimaraner, bodeguero andaluz, and current Doberman-wannabe -- enjoy frequent trips between Milan, Monte Carlo, and Marbella. Her free time not dedicated to a number of civic and political organizations is spent advancing her prospects for the Explorers Club, open to those who have visited 100 countries. She reports being “pretty close." Laura Bellusci is a versatile artist and illustrator. She likes nature and transfers the beauty of its colours on canvas. Bellusci studied techniques of oil painting with Maestro Francesco Giovinazzo for more than 10 years, and her works – including naïfs and abstractions – have appeared in a number of art exhibitions. She has shown her paintings in private galleries at local and national levels, including B.a.r.t (Busto Arsizio), Menaggio (Lake Como), Villa Castelbarco (Milan), and the University of Calabria. Several of her works are in private collections and can be found on Italian and international art websites. Others have been used as illustrations for books published in Italy. Crystal and Jade is Laura’s first children's book, and is the realization of a lifelong dream. Laura Bellusci was born in Calabria (southern Italy) but has lived and worked in Busto Arsizio (near Milan in northern Italy) for more than 40 years. From childhood she showed promise as an artist and was soon recognized for her talent: at the age of 11 she won a contest sponsored by a national Italian newspaper. THEAQ Publishing partners with highly-creative authors and illustrators to design, publish and market print and digital works of literary art.