Press Release: Citytown Christmas Conundrum by Irv Korman

Citytown_Christmas_Conundrum_Cover_SmIrv Korman is an award-winning writer, theater critic, actor, lecturer and part-time magician. In his first children’s book, Irv introduces a cast of clever and thoughtful characters that teach kids about the true spirit of Christmas.

It’s Christmas Eve in Citytown and not everyone has a place to be. On a night when no one is thinking of them, how will five special friends spend the evening?

Join these holiday friends on an adventure as they learn to give a part of themselves to make one family’s holiday the best Christmas ever.

About the author:
Irv Korman is a writer, theatre critic, actor, clown, magician and previous senior lecturer in the School of Communication at The University of Akron.

A native of Akron, Ohio (where he has lived for over sixty years), Irv has received four Communicator Awards and one Chanticleer Award for his talents as a writer, theater critic, and actor. When he isn’t working on his books or strutting the stages of local community theaters, Irv can be found portraying one of his alter egos-Marlowe the Magic Clown (hobo clown/magician), or Mildew the Mundane (magician).

More information about Irv and his writing can at found at:

Title: Citytown Christmas Conundrum
Author: Irv Korman
ISBN#: 978-1-940466-28-6
Retail Price: $14.95 Paperback 8 1/2” x 11”
Genre: Children, Illustrated
Release Date: December 2014
Pre-order: at
Publisher: Loconeal Publishing, LLC, Amherst, OH
Contact: (216)772-8380:

Press Release: Sam Lucas, Time Traveler by Wes Karchut

Loconeal Publishing would like to welcome new YA author, Wes Karchut and his debut YA adventure sci-fi novel to the Loconeal troupe of authors. In Sam Lucas, Time Traveler, Sam and his friend Mattie travel back in time, meet Nikola Tesla, fight aliens, and try to set the future of mankind back on track.

Adobe Photoshop PDFAbout the Book:
Sam edged through the doorway. The cramped interior brimmed with gleaming metallic objects smothered within tangles of wires.
“That looks like a Tesla generator,” he blurted.
Mr. Istravsky swept his arm through the air, his blue eyes sparkling. “All are Tesla generators.”
“What do you do with them?” Sam asked in a hushed voice.
“Experiments,” said Mr. Istravsky in a tone meant to preempt further questioning.
Sam furrowed his eyebrows. After a long moment, he took the wildest of wild guesses.
“Dark energy?”

Sam Lucas is a bored high school junior on summer break, but life is about to take a dramatic turn. His brilliant and secretive neighbor, Mr. Istravsky, assisted by his young niece Mattie, has created a time portal, unleashing a terrible chain of events. Sam and Mattie must now travel back to the year 1899 in a desperate attempt to reach Nikola Tesla’s laboratory?their only hope to restore the future of mankind. But first they must survive the Colorado frontier, save the life of the mysterious alien Atton, battle Cytomorph invaders, and defeat their greatest enemy.

About the Author:
Wes Karchut is co-author of Money and Teens: Savvy Money Skills, winner of the 2013 EIFLE Book of the Year Award, recognizing the highest level of excellence in financial literacy. Wes Lives in Colorado with his wife Darby, and Sam Lucas, Time Traveler, is his first YA Adventure Sci-Fi novel.

Order your copy now.

Title: Sam Lucas, Time Traveler
Author: Wes Karchut
ISBN#: 978-1-940466-10-1
Retail Price: $14.95 Paperback
Format: 5.5” x 8.5”
Publishing Date: July 10, 2014
Publisher: Loconeal Publishing, Amherst, OH
Distributor: Handcar Press
Contact & Ordering: (216) 772-8380


Press Release: 123 Animal by new Loconeal author, Scott Starcher

Available May 28, 2014

Loconeal Publishing proudly announces the release of 123 Animal, by Scott Starcher.

123 Animal by Scott Starcher

123 count the animals with me. ABC find the animals with me.
123 Animal is a beautifully illustrated walk through letters and numbers. 123 Animal is a wonderful addition to any library of books used to help children learn the alphabet, count numbers, and read. The author, along with detailed illustrations of animals (some you may not have heard of) from around the world, take the reader on a learning journey that can be shared by family members of all ages.

About the Author:
Scott Starcher was saved as a young boy. He has generously given of his time to work with kids, in both Jr. Church capacities since 1989, and Sunday School since 2008. With a Bachelors of Theology Degree, from Columbia Road Baptist Bible Institute, Scott has since been serving as an Evangelist.

Follow and learn more about Scott by checking out his Facebook Author Page:


Title: 123 Animal
Author: Scott Starcher
ISBN#: 978-1-940466-12-5
Retail Price: $14.95 Paperback
Format: 8” x 10” 32 color pages
Publishing Date: May, 2014
Publisher: Loconeal Publishing, Amherst, OH
Distributor: Handcar Press
Contact & Ordering:  (216)772-8380




Press Release: I was Jackie Mason’s Chauffeur for 5 Minutes

Loconeal Publishing proudly announces the release of I was Jackie Mason’s Chauffeur for 5 Minutes . . . and more celebrity encounters, by Irv Korman.


Irv Korman, the author of, I was Jerry Lewis’ Bodyguard for 10 Minutes!, continues to recount his interviews and personal encounters with some of the most legendary icons in the entertainment industry. Irv once again breaks out his collection of stories to share with readers. Learn about their thoughts on acting, life, love, and politics. Be entertained by this unique collection of photos, memories, facts, and quotes. There is sure to be something for everyone, so sit back, pick an entertainer, and learn something you’ve never known about them.

Check out just a few of the celebrities interviewed.

Jackie Mason, John Lithgow, Tim Conway, Bob McGrath, George Carlin, Hal Holbrook . . . and more celebrity encounters.

About the Author:

Irv Korman is a writer, theatre critic, actor, clown, magician and previous senior lecturer in the School of Communication at The University of Akron.

A native of Akron, Ohio (where he has lived for over sixty years), Irv has received four Communicator Awards and one Chanticleer Award for his talents as a writer, theater critic, and actor. When he isn’t teaching public speaking, working on his books, or strutting the stages of local community theaters, Irv can be found portraying one of his alter egos-Marlowe the Magic Clown (hobo clown/magician) , or Mildew the Mundane (magician).

Irv received both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology and his Master’s Degree in Theater at The University of Akron. He and his wife of 44 years, Francine, reside in Fairlawn, Ohio. He has two daughters, Julie and Melanie.

Learn more about Irv by checking out his website at,

Title: I was Jackie Mason’s Chauffeur for 5 Minutes . . . and more celebrity encounters
Author: Irv Korman
ISBN#: 978-1-940466-06-4
Retail Price: $14.95 Paperback
Format: 5.5” x 8.5” 306 pages
Publishing Date: October 13, 2013
Publisher: Loconeal Publishing, Amherst, OH
Distributor: Handcar Press
Contact & Ordering:  James O. Barnes, (216)772-8380

Press Release: Sword of Jashan

Loconeal Publishing proudly announces the release of Sword of Jashan, by fantasy author Anne Marie Lutz. This is the second installment in the Color Mage Series. Continue the adventures of Callo and Kirian as Callo struggles to gain control over his power.

Sword of Jashan Cover_smSword of Jashan: Callo’s skin felt sunburned, and there was an acrid odor in the air. He looked around in the dusk and saw that he stood at the center of a blackened ring. He held his fingers up in front of his face and saw that they were blistered, the fingertips cracked and reddened.

The wild magery had escaped his control and burned everything around him. He was fortunate he had not set the mountaintop ablaze.

* * *

The walls Callo has maintained all his life to guard against his dangerous power are failing. Uncontrolled, his magic threatens his sanity and the safety of all those around him—even Kirian, who could be forced away by Callo’s misuse of his power.

Fighting with his own abilities, Callo still resolves to protect the young heir from the intrigues of the King. And Ander himself must decide whom to trust, as he becomes the target of an assassin.

About the Author:

Anne Marie Lutz is the author of the fantasy series, Color Mage, including Color Mage and book 2, Sword of Jashan. Anne Marie has always loved reading (and writing!), especially in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and an MBA, both from the Ohio State University. She has worked as an office manager, an operations analyst and more recently at home raising her children.

You can learn more about the author and her works at:

Title: Sword of Jashan
Series: Color Mage, Book 2
Author: Anne Marie Lutz
ISBN#: 978-1-940466-05-7
Retail Price: $14.95 Paperback
Format: 5.5” x 8.5” 298 pages
Publishing Date: September 12, 2013
Publisher: Loconeal Publishing, Amherst, OH
Distributor: Handcar Press
Contact & Ordering:  James O. Barnes, (216)772-8380

Press Release: Carahil’s Busy Morning

Loconeal Publishing is very proud to announce our first book series for children. Especially so, because it comes from our very own science fiction author, Ren Garcia. Ren has applied his usual talent and creativity to create a series and cast of characters that are sure to be loved by boys and girls alike. Get your copy of this soon to be household classic. Every page is a full-color treat to read over and over to your kids or just enjoy it yourself. Carahil’s Busy Morning, by Ren Garcia, is now available. Get your copy soon.

CBM_AthasTeaParty_smCarahil’s Busy Morning is the first in a series of books for children.

Meet the children of cosmic spirits, Carahil and Mabs.

Their youngest of seven, Atha of the Quest, is curious, independent, and has an uncommon tendency to cause chaos for those around her. Join Atha as she comes up with a unique way of getting her brothers and sisters to play with her. Join her and all her brothers and sisters as they learn the importance of saving face and keeping promises. Every color-filled page will delight any child or adult.

About the Author:

Ren Garcia, is the author of numerous science fiction books and creator of the popular series, League of Elder, The Temple of the Exploding Head, and The Belmont Saga, all set within the League Universe. We welcome you to join him as he expands his universe into a younger audience with his first children’s book, Carahil’s Busy Morning.

What must the children of gods be like?

Title: Carahil’s Big Morning
Author: Ren Garcia
ISBN#: 978-1-940466-00-2
Retail Price: $14.95 Paperback
Format: 8.5” x 11”, 32 pages, Full Color
Publishing Date: July 15, 2013
Publisher: Loconeal Publishing, Amherst, OH
Contact:  James O. Barnes, (216)772-8380

Local Ohio Authors at the Lake Erie Home and Garden Show

Lake Erie Home and Garden Show: – April 12-14, 2013

Midway Mall in Elyria, Ohio

Stop by the Ohio Authors booth and check out some great authors and great books.

The Lake Erie Home & Garden Show is the west-side’s only major home show. Located inside Beautifully Renovated Midway Mall in Elyria, Ohio, the show is just minutes from Lorain County Communities and only a short trip from the Cleveland area. At the Lake Erie Home & Garden Show you will be given the opportunity to meet with top notch professionals as well as take in tips from our “do it your self workshops.” You will be able to gain the resources needed to complete those long awaited home projects. From new construction to remodeling, to decorating and landscaping (and everything in between), the Lake Erie Home & Garden Show is a one stop shop. Midway Mall makes this Show a fun event for all ages. With FREE PARKING and FREE ADMISSION, kids events, entertainment, unique direct sell vendors, boutiques and mall shopping this is a fun event the entire family will enjoy. We look Forward to seeing you there!


LocoNews Update: Welcome PJ Grondin

Welcome Pete ‘PJ’ Grondin

Loconeal Publishing would like you to join us in welcoming the newest addition to the Loconeal family of authors, Pete ‘PJ’ Grondin. Pete is a mystery/suspense writer from Sandusky, Ohio, and the author of the “McKinney Brothers” novels. Pat and Joe McKinney aren’t your everyday family. They may not even be the nicest people you’ll ever meet. But, if you’re in a pinch, you definitely want them on your side. Get to know them, and the author, in the Loconeal edition of Pete’s first book, A Lifetime of Vengeance, to be released later this month (available January 22, 2013).

A Lifetime of Vengeance-'A McKinney Brothers Novel' by PJ Grondin

A McKinney Brothers Novel by PJ Grondin

LocoNews Update: LocoThology 2013 Submission

LocoNews Update: LocoThology 2013 Submissions

Anthology submission for LocoThology: Tales of Fantasy & Science Fiction 2013, is now open.

2013 Theme: Pirates. Land, sea, space or baseball, it doesn’t matter, just have fun with it.
Format: Short stories, poetry, illustrations
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, a blend of other genres as long as there is fantasy or science fiction in it as well. (Please read the guidelines thoroughly before submitting).
Who can submit: Writers and illustrators of all ages.
Submission Information:
Where to Submit:
Publisher: Loconeal Publishing, LLC,

Writing Inspiration

Hello all!

It’s been a while. Sadly life has gotten in the way, as it does for so many of us.

There are times in every writer’s life when things crop up and conspire against writing. Whether it be the latest novel, your blog (if you don’t have one, you need one!), your NaNo story (it’s coming quickly folks, are you ready?) or even just a personal journal, there are times when you have no idea what to write.

Writer’s block happens to everyone and the advice I see most often is: JUST WRITE.

Well, how can I do that, I have writer’s block. That’s the whole problem.

I know that it seems counter-intuitive. If you can’t write about anything, how are you supposed to write? That’s the beauty of it, though. You don’t have to sit there and beat yourself up because you can’t get the next scene in your WIP to come out right. You can write about anything else. Once you do, it’s easier to write what you want to be writing.

So here are some ways to jumpstart those creative muscles and get them warmed up:

1) Free writing - I admit. I’m not good at this. Abysmal, in fact. But if you can make it work for you, I hear it’s an effective tool to get you going.

2) Writing prompts – This is my personal favorite way to get moving. You can find them all over the internet and here are a few of my go-to links.

3) Have you ever seen Finding Forrester? It’s a pretty good movie. In it, Sean Connery gives the budding young author a writing exercise starting with copying the first few pages of an already published work. Pick your favorite novel, short story, article, whatever and start copying the beginning. After a little while, your imagination kicks in and you can go on your merry way spinning a whole new story. Just don’t make the same mistake the kid in the movie did and leave the beginning part in if you decide to submit!

4) Daydream – I read a great blog post about this not too long ago. Think of it more as directed daydreaming. Sit down and close your eyes. Picture the scene you’re trying to write like a movie in your head. Play it over and over until it runs smoothly just the way you want it. Then, write it down!!

5) Join a writing group! Whether online or local to you, a writing group provides a great support system for times when you’re struggling and even better when you’re not.

This is by no means a comprehensive list of ways to get you going. So please, comment below and share what works for you! We can all use a little push now and then.


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