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.

Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings

In February, VAO Publishing (in conjunction with the Donna Hooks Fletcher Historical Museum) will release Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings, combining in a single volume all the surviving works of one of the Río Grande Valley’s most legendary historical figures, the name source of Donna, Texas (subject of the new film Miracle at Donna). This volume will be the first in VAO Publishing’s Río Grande Valley Historical Series


Book Description
Pioneer. Divorcée. Entrepreneur. Rancher. Postmaster. Visionary. Spiritual guide. Recluse. Donna Hooks Fletcher blazed trails for women in deep South Texas in the first few decades of the 20th century, and her life left an indelible mark on the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. Now, for the first time, her unique view of the world can be discovered in her own words.

Book Details
Paperback: 135 pages
Publishing Date: February 2, 2012
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615580971
ISBN-13: 978-0615580975
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 0.3 inches
Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

Book Availability
The collection is available at the Donna Hooks Fletcher Historical Museum as well as through Amazon.com as a trade paperback. Additionally, eBook versions will be available this summer. Donna Hooks Fletcher: Life and Writings 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.

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.

VAO Publishing’s Pushcart Prize Nomination

Each year, small presses and literary magazines across the country get to nominate up to 6 of the pieces they’ve published for the Pushcart Prize.

We are proud to announce the nomination of “The Time about the Dog” by Álvaro Rodríguez from Along the River.

You can read Álvaro’s story here: The Time about the Dog

Halloween Story: Jack Is Back

Long ago a clever thief named Jack tricked the Devil, trapping him until he agreed to make a deal: not to take Jack’s soul to Hell when he died. Well, eventually the day of Jack’s death came, but the guardians of Heaven refused to let him in since he had done so many bad things.  Jack tried Hell, but the Devil reminded him of their deal. Jack realized that he would have to wander the world in darkness. The Devil felt a little sorry for him and gave him an ember from Hell that provided a light that would never go out. Jack carved a face into a turnip and placed the ember inside. From then on he has been known as Jack of the Lantern…
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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.

Combustible Sinners and Other Stories

On March 27, VAO Publishing will release Combustible Sinners and Other Stories, a collection of Young Adult shorts by Myra Infante.


Book Description
Lissi Linares is a pastor’s daughter whose love for others contrasts with her fear of eternal damnation.  Little Jasmine “Jazzy Moon” Luna is determined to save Jesus from being crucified.  Naida Cervantes hides a brutal secret behind shapeless, florid dresses.  Hermana Gracie tries to set her son up with a good Christian girlfriend, only to make a surprising discovery. Zeke wants a new guitar and Ben wants a cool girlfriend, but what they find as migrant workers in Arkansas changes their desires. These individuals and others try to negotiate the often rocky intersection of faith and culture in seven independent but intertwining tales that explore life in an evangelical Christian, Mexican-American community.  Frank, funny and heart-breakingly real, this volume explores themes of identity, culture, religion and sexuality in the context of a little-known subset of Hispanic culture.

Book Details
Paperback: 182 pages
Publishing Date: March 27, 2012
Language: English
ISBN 10: 0615556701
ISBN 13: 978-0615556703
Product Dimensions: 5.25 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: ? 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. Combustible Sinners 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.