Border Noir submission deadline extended

VAO Publishing has extended the deadline submissions for its upcoming title Border Noir: Hard-Boiled Fiction from the Southwest, edited by Álvaro Rodríguez, co-author of the recent film Machete. The anthology will be available late summer 2012 in trade paperback and eBook form.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting project, you should submit your work through our submission form. Submission deadline is March 1, 2012.

About the Editor
Álvaro Rodríguez has been writing since childhood and, in fact, did his best work when he was 11. With filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, he is the co-writer of the wishing-rock children’s movie SHORTS (2009), and MACHETE (2010) starring Danny Trejo and Robert DeNiro, and is the screenwriter of the vampire western FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER (2000). His short stories (including a Pushcart Prize nominee) have appeared in The Mesquite Review, flashquake, BorderSenses and Popcorn Fiction.

D’Angelo Chronicles

Humanity stands poised at the brink. Our next steps will either destroy us or elevate us to a new stage in our development. It is a crucial time: The actions of every person matter. A single family could tip the balance.

This is the story of that family.

    

 


About the Series
D’Angelo Chronicles is an intellectually engaging, heart-pounding science fiction series from the mind of author David Bowles.  Books I and II are available now in their original binding; deluxe editions with extended features will be released in January 2012 to coincide with the publication of The Rising Red.

 

The Rising Red

On January 30, VAO Publishing will release The Rising Red, by David Bowles, Volume 3 of the D’Angelo Chronicles, an intellectually engaging and heart-pounding space opera set 700 years in the future.  VAO Publishing will simultaneously be releasing deluxe editions of the first two volumes that include glossaries, appendices and other extras.



Book Description
The D’Angelo family is scattered: Brando and Antonio are locked away in a military prison. Miwa and Shalura have abandoned their homeworld and now must face life in a society that neither fully understands. Teri works feverishly in secret to elevate the Native Teregans, certain that dark times are close at hand.  Rhea finds herself raising a son bereft of his father.

Meanwhile, the isolationists begin to gain control of the Consortium.  The military is pulled back and reduced in size.  Megin Eypril clings to secrets that would terrify humanity, intent on any compromise that will allow her to keep her people safe.

But Samanei Kuroda has been rescued from her long years in exile, and she begins to exact a cruel, implacable revenge.

Book Details
Paperback: 515 pages
Publishing Date: January 31, 2012
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615547567
ISBN-13: 978-0615547565
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

Book Availability
In addition to VAO Publishing’s own store, the novel will be available through Amazon.com as a trade paperback or an eBook. Additionally, eBook versions will be available through Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBookstore. Red will eventually be available for order at most national bookstores. To preview and purchase online, navigate to the book’s Amazon page by clicking here.

Call for Submissions for Border Noir

VAO Publishing is accepting submissions for its upcoming title Border Noir: Hard-Boiled Fiction from the Southwest, edited by Álvaro Rodríguez, co-author of the recent film Machete. The anthology will be available in May 2012 in trade paperback and eBook form.

If you are interested in being part of this exciting project, you should submit your work through our submission form. Submission deadline is March 1, 2012.

Content Guidelines:
The simplest definition of noir is fiction that focuses on mostly amoral characters, that typically involves crime or misdeeds, and that evinces a bleak or fatalistic view of the universe. However, noir doesn’t have to be overly depressing or serious; in fact, black humor is often a secondary characteristic. And though noir usually features stripped-down, utilitarian prose, it doesn’t have to; a complex, dense and subtle style can also be used to create stories in this genre.

See this article for a very clear (and amusing) discussion of the common traits of noir fiction.

What we’re looking for in Border Noir are stories set in the US Southwest (or with origins in/implications for the area) that explore the darker, tougher and grittier underbelly of life in this region. We are interested in everything: straight-up hard-boiled detective fiction, procedural police stories, tales of ordinary losers trapped by the consequences of their own actions, gothic pieces, and even edgy magical realism that borders on the horrific or phantasmagorical.

We are especially looking for authors from south Texas or the Southwest, but we are also interested in compelling work by writers from elsewhere who are able to capture something essential about this region.

Authors will be paid an initial $25 upon acceptance, plus a 2% royalty on the first 600 copies sold.

For further information, call us at 956.246.0353 or drop us an e-mail at noir@valartout.org.

About the Editor
Álvaro Rodríguez has been writing since childhood and, in fact, did his best work when he was 11. With filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, he is the co-writer of the wishing-rock children’s movie SHORTS (2009), and MACHETE (2010) starring Danny Trejo and Robert DeNiro, and is the screenwriter of the vampire western FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER (2000). His short stories (including a Pushcart Prize nominee) have appeared in The Mesquite Review, flashquake, BorderSenses and Popcorn Fiction.

Along the River

On May 18, VAO Publishing released Along the River: An Anthology of Voices from the Río Grande Valley. Edited by David Bowles and with a cover designed by painter Noé Vela, Along the River features poetry and prose by a host of local talent, including the short story “The Time About the Dog” by Álvaro Rodríguez, co-screenwriter of the recent films Shorts and Machete.
This volume is the first in a projected series of annual anthologies that will provide a forum for the unique vision of regional writers. Proceeds from its sale will be used by Valley Artistic Outreach to continue providing art camps for children and promoting artistic expression throughout the Valley.


Contributors
Álvaro Rodríguez
David Bowles
Angélica Maldonado
Yaresy Salinas
María Ramírez
Daniel Tyx
Mónica G. Hernández
Félix Omar Vela
Evangelina Ayon
Lois Marie Garza
Charlene Bowles
Robert Brown
Cindy Jáimez
Virgilio B. Valencia
Alfredo Ortiz
Javier David González
Matthew Madrigal
Olga Lidia Cervantes
Richard D. Givens
Verónica Sandoval
Edwin de Kock
Gwenda J. González
Jonathan Corey Mangan
Kristin Michelle Keith
María Piedra
Ludivina V. Vásquez
María de la Luz Quiroga
Clarrissia Nerio
Nina Medrano
Rosalia Arriaga
Anna Lilia Castillo
Gloria M. Alvarado
Edwin Sandoval
Book Description
These unique voices combine in a harmony of Mexican and American, of magical and ordinary, of tragedy and triumph. From established writers to emerging talents, the contributors to this volume represent the depth and beauty of a community that is just beginning to make itself heard.
Book Details
Paperback: 168 pages
Publishing Date: May 18, 2011
Language: English and Spanish
ISBN-10: 0615480667
ISBN-13: 978-0615480664
Product Dimensions: 5″ X 8″
Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces
Book Availability
Along the River will eventually be available for order at most national bookstores.  To preview and purchase online, select one of the following options:

The Deepest Green

On March 25, VAO Publishing released The Deepest Green, by David Bowles, Volume 2 of the D’Angelo Chronicles, an intellectually engaging and heart-pounding science fiction series that will appeal to discriminating genre fans.



Book Description
For 15 years, Fernando Miranda has lived on the independent world of Terego, happily married, raising three children, involved in church and community, teaching at a local high school: a model citizen in all aspects of his life.

And every bit of that life is a lie.

In reality, Fernando Miranda is Brando D’Angelo, a fugitive from the law, wanted for multiple crimes, raising the clones of his murdered wife and daughter, hoping beyond hope that he won’t be discovered.

But the armed forces of the Consortium have finally tracked him down, and in an instant his carefully constructed identity is exploded. His daughters, shocked at the revelation of their true nature, have little time to assimilate the news; nearly immediately, the two teens find themselves abducted and drawn into a cataclysmic crisis that will shake the very foundations of human society.

For humans are not the only species on Terego: in the deep green shadows of its nearly impenetrable forests, fierce creatures are rallying for war.

Book Details
Paperback: 482 pages
Publishing Date: March 25, 2011
Language: English
ISBN-10:
ISBN-13: 978-1456447212
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds

Book Availability
In addition to VAO Publishing’s own store, the novel is available through Amazon.com as a trade paperback or an eBook. Additionally, eBook versions will be available soon through Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBookstore. Green will eventually be available for order at most national bookstores. To preview and purchase online, navigate to the book’s Amazon page by clicking here.

The Blue-Spangled Blue

VAO Publishing is proud to announce the release of our first book.  The Blue-Spangled Blue, by David Bowles, is Volume 1 of the D’Angelo Chronicles, an intellectually engaging and heart-pounding science fiction series that will appeal to discriminating genre fans.


 

Book Description

Jitsu. Once the center of human expansion into distant space, this world was isolated for the better part of a century, a theocratic government rising to fill the void left by its former corporate owners. Now, as Jitsu finally begins to open itself to the rest of humanity, Professor Brando D’Angelo accepts a teaching position on the dry, desolate planet, beguiled by the promise of a new life far from ice-shackled Earth. He quickly finds himself drawn to controversial architect Tenshi Kuroda and her religious reform movement. But the dogmatic struggles on Jitsu are a mask for the machinations of a truly disturbed mind, and the young professor’s life will soon be forever altered by the horrifying extremes to which Tenshi’s enemies are willing to go.

Book Details

Paperback: 382 pages

Publishing Date: December 8, 2010

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0615595359

ISBN-13: 978-0615595351

Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 1 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Book Availability

The novel is available through Amazon.com as a trade paperback or an eBook.  Additionally, eBook versions can be purchased through Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBookstore. Blue will eventually be available for order at most national bookstores.  To preview and purchase online, navigate to one of the following options: