On February 20, VAO Publishing released its second children’s book—Swift the Cat-Human, Book 2: Shutdown. Written by Angelo Bowles and illustrated by Charlene Bowles, Shutdown is a hilarious, adventure-filled tale for kids 7-12 years of age.

Cover for Shutdown

Book Description
Reaves has escaped, and pretty soon everyone figures out that he’s a bigger threat than ever.  He has injected himself with a virus that puts poison dart frog DNA in every cell of his body, and now no one can touch him, not even Swift.

It will take more than just Swift and Kenmei to shut down Reaves’ plans: they need to recruit a team of cat-humans.

The question is will the government let them?

Book Details
Paperback: 100 pages
Publishing Date: February 20, 2012
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0615544428
ISBN-13: 978-0615544427
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Book Availability
This chapter book will be available in the VAO Publishing store and through and Barnes & Noble as a trade paperback. Additionally, eBook versions will be available soon through Barnes & Noble and the Apple iBookstore. Shutdown 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.

Article on VAO Publishing Author

Both Mix-Up and Along the River were featured works at yesterday’s Community Book Festival in Harlingen. Even among the 18 authors and illustrators on hand from across the state, Angelo Bowles drew a great deal of attention due to his young age.  The Valley Morning Star published an article on the event today in which Angelo figures prominently: click here to read more.

Editor’s Pick: Leviathan Wakes

Leviathan Wakes is the first novel in The Expanse, a science-fiction series penned by James S.A. Corey (a pseudonym for authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck).  Evenly split between the points-of-view of Joe Miller (an aging, has-been police detective on the asteroid Ceres) and Jim Holden (a handsome and “righteous” former navy officer now serving as XO of an ice-mining vessel), Leviathan Wakes is a riveting book, the sort of adrenaline-charged, politically savvy, intensely human tale that I love to stumble across. 
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Combustible Sinners to Be Released March 2012

VAO Publishing is pleased to announce its first planned publication of 2012. Combustible Sinners and Other Stories is a collection of YA shorts by Myra Infante. The volume explores themes of identity, culture, religion and sexuality in the context of an evangelical Christian, Mexican-American community.

Myra Infante lives and teaches in South Texas. She received her MFA in Creative Writing at The University of Texas Pan American. Myra has traveled with the UTPA Study Abroad program to England, Spain, France, and Italy. She plans to spend her life teaching, writing, and traveling.

An Evening of Poetry

The Donna Hooks Fletcher Museum has invited VAO Publishing to promote this year’s anthology and organize poetry readings as part of their monthly promotion of the arts.

The event will take place on June 24th from 7-9 pm. Many contributors will be in attendance to read their pieces for the audience. There will be light snacks and free margaritas, so come out and join us if you’re in the Valley that weekend.

Awards for Along the River

At the reception for VAO Publishing’s 2011 anthology, the following awards were presented:

Álvaro Rodríguez–First Place Prose for “The Time About the Dog”
Daniel Tyx–Second Place Prose for “First Day”
Evangelina Ayon–Third Place Prose for “The Pulga”
Robert Brown–Fourth Place Prose for “The Strange Case of Hugo Rose”
Alfredo Ortiz–Fifth Place Prose for “What Hides in the Closet…”

Richard D. Givens–First Place Poetry for “McAllen Morning”
Verónica Sandoval–Second Place Poetry for “No, Trovador”
Yaresy Salinas–Third Place Poetry for “Bohemia, aquí sentada”
Kristin Michelle Keith–Fourth Place Poetry for “In My Dreams”
Edwin Sandoval–Fifth Place Poetry for “¿Tenemos?”

Congratulations to the award recipients and all the other very talented writers who contributed to the volume.

Prizes sponsored by Dr. Michael Flores, Josefina González, Maritza Park, Emily Anderson, Javier Villanueva, Luie Solís, Carol Concha, Roberto F. Loredo, Elizabeth Cásares, Betancourt Taxes, José Valdez, Abel Muñoz, Velma Rangel, and Debbie S. Rodríguez