Rosa and the Red Apron by Joan Leotta Paperback Published

11/30/2016
Joan Leotta's Rosa and the Red Apron was released in paperback format by THEAQ Publishing today. Illustrations were done by Rebecca Michael Zeissler. Rosa and the Red Apron is intended for ages 3 through 9. Join Rosa in this next book of the Rosa series, "Rosa and the Red Apron," as she demonstrates being helpful through modeling of the folktale, "Little Red Hen," read to her by her mother. Rosa helps her mother make cookies for Grandma's birthday party where Rosa receives a surprise gift. 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.” 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.

Rosa and the Red Apron by Joan Leotta Paperback To Be Published on November 30, 2016

11/12/2016
THEAQ Publishing announced today the forthcoming release of Rosa and the Red Apron by Joan Leotta in paperback format. Rebecca Michael Zeissler is illustrating this book. Publication is planned for November 30, 2016. Rosa and the Red Apron is intended for ages 3 through 9. Join Rosa in this next book of the Rosa series, "Rosa and the Red Apron," as she demonstrates being helpful through modeling of the old folktale, "Little Red Hen," read to her by her mother. Rosa helps her mother make cookies for Grandma's birthday party where Rosa receives a surprise gift. 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.” 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.

The Incident by Hugh Williams Paperback Published

10/15/2016
Hugh Williams's The Incident was released in paperback format by THEAQ Publishing today. A classified message sent to The President of the United States informs him that a research platform in space has exploded. That platform was funded by a group simply known as The Society. The explosion was a full week earlier than originally planned. Meanwhile, Charles Radbourn, a private investigator in the midwest, went to bed early at his hotel the night before. He awoke to find that the world had profoundly changed in a dark and inexplicable way. Why are clothes strewn about the hotel lobby? I don't remember seeing white dust last night when I arrived. Is Reggie okay? Hugh Williams is a practicing attorney and author of zombie/horror fiction. Williams has written two of three volumes in the "The Trek to Elysium Chronicles" zombie fiction series and anticipates the conclusion in 2017. His next work titled "The Incident" is due to be published in October, 2016. Williams graduated cum laude from Illinois State University with Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Political Science. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law. An avid coin collector and Diamond Life Master in the American Contract Bridge League, his writing has been influenced by the movies of George Romero, the Resident Evil series, and zombie fiction by Bobby Adair, T.W. Piperbrook, and JL Bourne. THEAQ Publishing partners with highly-creative authors and illustrators to design, publish and market print and digital works of literary art.

Summer in a Bowl by Joan Leotta Paperback Published

09/30/2016
Joan Leotta's Summer in a Bowl was released in paperback format by THEAQ Publishing today. Illustrations were done by Rebecca Michael Zeissler. 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.

Crystal and Jade by Claudia Flisi Hardback Published

08/31/2016
Claudia Flisi's Crystal and Jade was released in hardback format by THEAQ Publishing today. Illustrations were done by Laura Bellusci. 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.

Not Everyone Likes Peas Wins 2016 Purple Dragonfly Book Award

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