PUBLISHING NEWS

by Mickey Mikkelson
 

 

Murder, We Spoke 
 
A dynamic new True Crime Podcast series that is changing the way that theatre podcasts are heard today!
 
Brought to you by Tantrum East

An audio fiction, true crime podcast. The nine-episode series follows three women as they attempt to become podcasting legends with their true crime podcast, ‘Murder, We Spoke.’ Bernie Brown, Paula Anderson, and Jane ‘Crescendo’ Doe cover everything from unsolved murders to iconic serial killers. As the Murder, We Spoke trio chases their dreams of becoming the number one podcast in the world, they discover just how far they’ll go for fame.
 
Episode 1 (2/14/24)— It Started with a Fire
Episode 2 (2/21/24)—Nothing Bigger Than a Bunny
Episode 3 (2/28/24)—The Dead Girl Becomes Fire
Episode 4 (3/6/24)— Don’t F*ck With a Lion
Episode 5 (3/13/24)—I Love the Sound of Bones Cracking
Episode 6 (3/20/24)— The Producer
Episode 7 (3/27/24)—The Missing
Episode 8 Part 1 (4/3/24)— The Witches of Marquette Park
Episode 8 Part 2 (4/10/24)—The Witches of Marquette Park
About The Team:
 
Mary Glen Fredrick as Bernie Brown
Mary Glen is a New York-based writer, actor, and video editor. They grew up moving around the US, then went to high school in Kansas. They received their BA in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University and their MFA in Acting from UC San Diego. They’re the third of five kids, probably would love a nap, and definitely want to dance. You can call them MG. @glenniefreddy | www.heymaryglen.com
 
 
Maria Fernanda Diez as Paula Anderson
Maria Fernanda Diez is a multilingual Mexican American New York City based actor, singer, podcaster, producer, director, writer and creator. She attended Columbia University and has worked with Two River Theatre, the Lark, The Civilians, Teatro LATEA, Tantrum East Theatre, The Latinx Playwright Circle, and more. Maria recently won the NBC Nosotros Org Ya Tu Sabes Monologue Slam. Additionally, Maria was one of the eight fellows in the first ever iHeart Radio NextUP Initiative, which led to her podcast When Youre Invisible being sponsored by Toyota, produced by iHeart Radio and My Cultura Podcast Network. In its first 6 months, it reached over 33,000 downloads. Season 2 is coming soon! @marifer_diez_b | www.mariafernandadiez.com
 
Hannah Karpenko as Jane CrescendoDoeHannah Karpenko (she/they) is a New York and DC-based actor/craft beer lover. Recent credits include Theatre: Little Shop of Horrors, Magical Thinking (Bristol Valley Theatre), The Sandalwood Box (The Flea). Television: The Equalizer (CBS) & Bull (CBS). They are a proud former member of the PTC at the Actors Theatre of Louisville. One time Tony Shaloub saw her in a show and told her she was very funny. It is the only review she has ever received and, arguably, the only one she will ever need. @hkarpenk | www.hannahkarpenko.com 
 

 
 Luli Gom Teruel as Bailey
Luli Gomez Teruel (she/her) is an Argentine actress based in NYC. She got her MFA in performance at the University of Iowa and her BFA at Ohio University. Favorite performance credits include A Midsummer Nights Dream (Helena) with the Prague Shakespeare Company, The Winters Tale (Emilia/Dorcas/Dion), Three Sisters (Natasha), Orlando (Sasha/Marmaduke), Seven Spots on the Sun (Monica), The Penelopiad (Penelope), a stage reading of Making Charlie (Charlie), and a workshop performance of Monument (4 Sisters) (Mac). @luligomezteruel | www.luligomezteruel.com
 
Tom Morin as AJ
Tom is a Chicago-based actor and educator. He holds a BA in Theatre & Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross and an MFA in Acting from Ohio University. His past acting credits include Tantrum East: Workshops of Ferals by Mr. Fitzgerald, Greater Illinois by Steven Strafford, The Brothers’ Chapel by Tyler J.C. Whidden. Off-Broadway/NYC: Vilna (Theatre at St. Clement’s); Measure for Measure (NY Classical Theatre); The Rivals (Pearl Theatre Company); Twelfth Night, A Christmas Carol (Titan Theatre Company), That Lady from Maxim’s (Robert Moss Theater). Regional Theatre: Walnut Street Theatre, Centenary Stage Company, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Great River Shakespeare Festival, Monomoy Theatre. He recently wrapped filming for the proof of concept of The Pale, a television series currently in development. Head Acting Coach & Co-founder of Polish Your Passion. @tommorin.actor | www.tom-morin.com

Jenna Zhu as Rita, Kat Pouncy, and the ensemble
Jenna earned her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from Swarthmore College and upon graduation, moved to New York City with three bucks, two bags, one me’ and learned from master teachers, especially life. She had the honor of becoming a member of the Professional Training Company at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she also discovered her love of anti-racism and equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging work, which she continues to develop as a facilitator. Jenna followed her affinity for visual art and media to Los Angeles, where she is happily pursuing film and TV opportunities. @jennahanbingzhu | www.jennazhu.com

Thomas T-Bone’ Daniels as Himself’
Originally hailing from our nation’s capital, Thomas has been performing since before he can remember. He earned a BFA in Theatre and a BA in Political Science Acting from Marietta College and his MFA in Acting from Ohio University. And so it was that in May of 2015 with three degrees, one of them terminal, Thomas found himself a permanent resident of New York City. Shortly after, he co-founded Tantrum East Productions and is the current Managing Director. After 8 years in the city he has built a career that he is proud of and hopes to continue adding to! @flomasito_80 | www.thomasrdaniels.com

Lisa Bol as Herself’
Born and raised in Minnesota, Lisa Bol is an actress, director, and producer, based out of NYC that loves: traveling, crocheting, bourboning, making people laugh, and The Muppets. She received her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, her MFA in Acting from Ohio University, and was a member of the Actors Theatre of Louisvilles Professional Training Company in 2015-2016. Shortly after moving to NYC, she co-founded Tantrum East Productions and is now the Artistic Director. She marked her seventh anniversary of moving to New York and is grateful for all of the opportunities, growth, and sometimes wild lessons this city has provided her and her family. @lisaannbol | www.lisabol.com

Author: Rachel Bykowski
Born and raised in Chicago, Rachel writes plays that raise awareness to social issues while exploring the many facets of her identity. Specifically, much of her writing explores middle-class America, matriarchies, privilege, legacy, and gender roles. Her plays have been produced and featured in festivals across the United States. She is a playwriting alumna with NNPN and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Rachel graduated from the MFA Ohio University Playwriting program where she was the recipient of the Trisolini Graduate School Fellowship. She received her BFA in Playwriting and minor in Journalism from The Theatre School of DePaul University. @rachelbykowskiplays | www.rachelbykowskiplays.com

 
Director: Lila Rachel Becker
Lila Rachel Becker is a Brooklyn-based director of new work. Born and raised in Washington DC, she has worked with theaters all over the country, including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Luna Stage, Woolly Mammoth, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Portland Stage Company, Folger Theatre, the First National Tour of THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, and the Source Festival. Recent productions: WESTPHALIA (Luna Stage); THREE SISTERS, REVOLT. SHE SAID. REVOLT AGAIN, LINGERING (University of Iowa); and come apart (Portmanteau/The Tank); bad things happen here (Edinburgh Festival Fringe); CLARABELLE, 86 (Cloud City); GOLDEN (Actors Theatre of Louisville). Member, LCT Directors Lab, Directors Lab North. BA Wesleyan University; MFA University of Iowa. Associate Member, SDC. lilarachelbecker.com
 
Stage Manager: Olivia Tymon
Olivia Tymon is a freelance stage manager that has been working all across the country, with Stage Management credits including Charlottes Web at Alabamas Birmingham Childrens Theatre, Twelfth Night and The Winters Tale at Washingtons Island Shakespeare Festival, and The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield at Kentuckys Actors Theatre of Louisville for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. She has also made her Off-Broadway debut as an Assistant Stage Manager at New Yorks Primary Stages with the production of God Said This. @queenofthecativerse
 
Sound Designer: Derek A. Graham
Derek A. Graham (he/him) is a sound designer, composer, and audio engineer based in North Carolina. Born and raised in Queens, New York, Derek holds an M.F.A. in Sound Design from Elizabeth City State University. Some of his notable works include Portland Center Stages productions of Protocol (2021) and Redwood (2019). Derek co-founded a multi-media design company with his wife, Jessica, called Life by Design Media & Production, producing a series of podcasts and advertisements for small business owners as well as photography in North Carolina. Derek is invested in using sound and music to encapsulate emotional context and subtexts, thus creating voice for the stories being told. @dgrahamsound

Tantrum East is a New York City non-profit theatre company and producing studio.

Their mission is to bring new work and new voices to the NYC entertainment scene with a particular focus on artists coming out of Ohio University.

SHADOWPAW PRESS
 
The Traitor’s Son, a new, never-before-published science fiction novel by the late, great Canadian author Dave Duncan, releases May 7 from Shadowpaw Press
 
The Traitor’s Son, a new, never-before-published science fiction novel by the late Dave Duncan, one of Canada’s most celebrated authors of science fiction and fantasy, will be released by Regina, Saskatchewan-based publisher Shadowpaw Press on May 7, 2024.

A second posthumous novel, the fantasy Corridor to Nightmare, is due out in August.

‘I’m thrilled to be able to bring this terrific science fiction adventure and the upcoming fantasy novel to the many readers who have sorely missed Dave since his untimely death in 2018,’ says Edward Willett, publisher of Shadowpaw Press. ‘I met Dave many times over the years and was a huge fan of both the man and his writing.’

At the time of his death in 2018, Duncan was awaiting final edits on The Traitor’s Son from his long-time editor, Dr. Robert Runte, who polished the novel and Corridor to Nightmare and brought both to Shadowpaw Press.

‘Working with Shadowpaw Press to bring out the last novels of the late great Dave Duncan has been extremely satisfying, not just because his many fans have been waiting for these books but because it’s one of Duncan’s rare science fiction novels,’ Dr. Runte says. ‘The Traitor’s Son is Duncan at his best: ingenious world-building, political intrigue, wry allegory, high-stakes action . . . and monster spiders. What more could one ask for?
About the book
Doig Gray is fifteen when his father is killed in a mining accident, which Doig comes to realize was no accident. Torn from his mother and sister, Doig is sent off to college, his every movement monitored in case he has inherited his dissident father’s unacceptable attitudes . . . or passwords. Doig has nothing but his own sense that there’s something desperately wrong with the world—and a last name that evokes the assumption that he’s destined to be the next traitor-hero.

The Traitor’s Son is a science fiction novel about a colony world where everything that could go wrong already has. Stuck on the wrong world at the wrong site, with the wrong leaders, the colony is doomed to extinction unless immediate steps are taken to correct—everything. But 500 years of hiding from the reality of their situation has created an unchallengeable status quo—and the Accident Squad, determined to ensure it remains that way.

A fast-paced science fiction adventure, The Traitor’s Son is in the best tradition of Duncan’s Hero, West of January, and Eocene Station.

About the author
Born and raised in Scotland, Dave Duncan moved to Calgary, Alberta, after graduating from university to take up his thirty-year career as a geologist. As the oil boom faltered in the 1980s, he sold his first novel and switched careers to become one of the most prolific and popular Canadian authors of science fiction and fantasy, with more than sixty-five traditionally published novels. Early in his career, he was producing books so fast his publisher could not keep up, so he wrote a fantasy trilogy under the name Ken Hood for a different house and a historical novel about the fall of Troy as Sarah B. Franklin.

Duncan won the Aurora Award for Best Novel in 1990 and again in 2007 and was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in 2015. He died on October 29, 2018.

Praise for Dave Duncan
‘Dave Duncan has long been one of the great unsung figures of Canadian fantasy and science fiction, graced with a fertile imagination, a prolific output, and keen writerly skills.’Quill and Quire

‘Dave Duncan writes rollicking adventure novels filled with subtle characterization and made bitter-sweet by an underlying darkness. Without striving for grand effects or momentous meetings between genres, he has produced one excellent book after another.’Locus Magazine

‘Duncan is an exceedingly finished stylist and a master of world-building and characterization.’Booklist

‘When you’re looking for a good adventure, Dave Duncan is a sure thing . . . [with] his sly and fast-paced plotting, his ability to construct intriguingly different worlds, and his knack for quick and entertaining characterization and dialogue.’Eclectic Ruckus

About. Dr. Robert Runté
Robert Runté, Ph.D., is Senior Academic Editor with EssentialEdits.ca and freelances at SFeditor.ca. He was, for nearly a decade, senior editor at Five Rivers Publishing, where he acquired and edited more than thirty books, primarily speculative fiction.

A retired professor, he has won three Aurora Awards (Canadian SF&F) for his literary criticism, wrote the Canadian speculative fiction entry for the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada, published the NCF Guide to Canadian SF, and has given more than a hundred presentations and workshops at writers’ conferences. He currently reviews for the Ottawa Review of Books.

As writer, he has published more than sixty short stories in a variety of magazines and anthologies, six of which were reprinted in ‘best of’ collections and one of which was short-listed for an Aurora Award.

About Shadowpaw Press
 
Shadowpaw Press was founded in 2018 by Edward Willett. A member of Literary Press Group (Canada) and the Association of Canadian Publishers, Shadowpaw Press publishes an eclectic selection of books by both new and established authors, including adult fiction, young adult fiction, children’s books, non-fiction, and anthologies. In addition, Shadowpaw Press publishes new editions of notable, previously published books in any genre under the Shadowpaw Press Reprise imprint.
 
 
Canadian publisher Shadowpaw Press Kickstarting fifth anthology
featuring major science fiction and fantasy authors
Shadowpaw Press (shadowpawpress.com), the Saskatchewan publishing company founded by award-winning author Edward Willett, is for the fifth year in a row running a Kickstarter campaign to fund a powerhouse anthology featuring some of the top writers of science fiction and fantasy working today, all of whom were guests on Willett’s Aurora Award-winning podcast, The Worldshapers (theworldshapers.com).
 
The Kickstarter campaign can be found at kickstarter.com/projects/edwardwillett/shapers-of-worlds-volume-v/.
 
Shapers of Worlds Volume V will feature stories by stories by Brad C. Anderson, Edo van Belkom, J.G. Gardner, Olesya Salnikova Gilmore, Chadwick Ginther, Evan Graham, M.C.A. Hogarth, M.J. Kuhn, L. Jagi Lamplighter, Kevin Moore, Robin Stevens Payes, James S. Peet, Omari Richards, Lawrence M. Schoen, Alex Shvartsman, Alan Smale, Richard Sparks, P.L. Stuart, Brad R. Torgersen, Hayden Trenholm, Brian Trent, Eli K.P. William, Edward Willett, and Natalie Wright.
 
Every story will be accompanied by an original black-and-white illustration by Calgary artist Wendi Nordell, who also illustrated Shapers of Worlds Volume IV.
 
All of the authors were guests during the fifth (and a bit) year of The Worldshapers, where Willett interviewed other science fiction and fantasy authors about their creative process.
 
Backers’ rewards offered by the authors include numerous e-books, signed paperback and hardcover books, Tuckerizations (a backer’s name used as a character name), artwork, one-on-one writing/publishing consultations and mentorships, audiobooks, opportunities for online chats with authors, short-story critiques, and more.
 
The campaign goal is $12,000 CDN. Almost all of those funds will go to pay the authors, with the rest going to reward fulfilment, primarily the editing, layout, and printing of the book, which will be published in January 2025 in both eBook and trade paperback formats by Shadowpaw Press.
 
The Worldshapers podcast continues: beginning in January 2024, it has added a video component and can be found on Willett’s YouTube channel (youtube.com/edwardwillett), although the audio-only version continues. In addition, the podcast has now expanded to other genres, and focuses more on new releases.
 
About Shadowpaw Press
 
Shadowpaw Press was founded in 2018 by Edward Willett. A member of Literary Press Group (Canada) (lpg.ca) and the Association of Canadian Publishers (publishers.ca) and distributed by LitDistCo (litdistco.ca), Shadowpaw Press publishes an eclectic selection of books by both new and established authors, including adult fiction, young adult fiction, children’s books, non-fiction, and anthologies. In addition, Shadowpaw Press publishes new editions of notable, previously published books in multiple genres under the Shadowpaw Press Reprise imprint.
 
About the editor
 
Edward Willett (edwardwillett.com) is the Aurora Award-winning author of more than sixty books of science fiction, fantasy, and non-fiction for readers of all ages, including twelve novels from DAW Books, one of the premiere New York publishers of science fiction and fantasy. A past president of SF Canada, he is currently vice-president of SaskBooks, the professional association of publishers in Saskatchewan. He lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Enigma Forced
Book 2 of the Enigma Heirs Thriller Series
 
 
The Award-Winning Saga continues by the critically acclaimed writing duo, Breakfield and Burkey
 
 
There is nothing more tragic than having your dreams of freedom stolen before you can grasp it.

 
 
This is the toughest case yet for the Enigma Heirs in this complex case of Enigma Forced.
 
Young teens get picked off and sold into slavery, called Hotel Work. The cartels draft strong young men to move illegal drugs over the border. They live or get seduced into joining the evil human traffickers. It’s cartel life if they succeed but are expendable if they don’t.

Profiteers are preying on the hapless sojourners, promising an easy crossing for a few coins. The hapless immigrants spend all they have and even barter with children for the promised illusion of safe passage to the U.S.

The R-Group and CATS team leaders are after Mateo, one particularly ruthless cartel leader. The teams want to derail the human trafficking exploitation and the opiate product flow that is killing people daily.

The present-day battle is in full swing, yet it can end badly for everyone unless the Enigma Heirs triumph.
 

 

ISBN: 978-1-946858-77-1 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-946858-76-4 (eBook)
ISBN: 978-1-946858-78-8 (audiobook)
Library of Congress Control Number: 2024906305
About Rox and Charles
 
 Charles Breakfield is a technology expert in security, networking, voice, and anything digital. He enjoys writing, studying World War II history, travel, and cultural exchanges. Charles is a fan of wine tastings, winemaking, Harley riding, cooking extravaganzas, and woodworking. 

Rox Burkey is a technology professional who excels at optimizing technology and business investments. She works with customers all over the world focusing on optimized customer experiences. Rox writes white papers and documentation, but found she has a marked preference for writing fiction. 
Together these Texas authors create award-winning stories that resonate with males and females and young and experienced adults. They bring a fresh new view to technology possibilities today in exciting stories. Visit their website for more information and free stuff. Https://www.EnigmaSeries.com


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