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.

Press Release: Sands of the Solar Empire

Loconeal Publishing proudly announces, Sands of the Solar Empire, by Ren Garcia.
Ren soars with another hit in, Sands of the Solar Empire. Ren’s unique style of blending science fiction, fantasy, a hint of steampunk and epic story telling come alive in Sands of the Solar Empire, the first in The Belmont Saga set within the universe of the League of Elder.

About the book:


That’s all Paymaster Stenstrom, the Lord of Belmont-South Tyrol, has to do and the old warbird Seeker is his. He has dreamed of captaining a Fleet ship his entire life.

Little does Paymaster Stenstrom realize that he is in the grip of an old Vendetta and the short trip to Bazz might very well be his last.

Faced with a dead ship and a lost crew, Paymaster Stenstrom finds help in the strangest places: the thief Marine and the milquetoast young man from the Admiral’s office, and, though he just became acquainted with these two strangers, he discovers they have been influencing each other’s lives for a very long time.

Something sinister hovers over Paymaster Stenstrom and his two new friends, something they are only now becoming aware of. The SANDS OF THE SOLAR EMPIRE stretch out before them in an endless gulf brimming with the unknown. Can a masked Paymaster, a thief, a coward and a once great warbird face what awaits them?

Title: Sands of the Solar Empire
Author: Ren Garcia
ISBN#: 978-0-9850817-6-8
Retail Price: $14.95 Paperback, 300 pages
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Publishing Date: August 2012
Publisher: Loconeal Publishing, Amherst, OH
Contact:  James O. Barnes, (216)772-8380

About the author:

Ren Garcia is a Science Fiction/Fantasy author and Texas native who grew up in western Ohio. He has been writing since before he could write, often scribbling alien lingo on any available wall or floor with assorted crayons. He attended The Ohio State University and majored in English Literature. Ren has been an avid lover of anything surreal since childhood, he also has a passion for caving, urban archaeology and architecture. He currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with his wife, and their four dogs.

Order your own copy now from Amazon.

For distribution sales, contact the publisher at

Loco-Thology Update 2012

Loconeal Publishing would like to thank its readers for the submissions that we received for this year’s Loco-Thology: Tales of Fantasy & Science Fiction. We received a large number of submissions this year from some very talented writers. Unfortunately, we can not fit them all into this year’s Loco-Thology. Our selection committee has notified the authors included in this year’s Loco-Thology.

Due to the large volume of submissions we were not able to send a reply to each individual whose story was not selected. We apologize for this inconvenience. If your story was not chosen, please continue with your writing and consider submitting for next year’s Loco-Thology.

This year’s Loco-Thology is scheduled for release by summer’s end.

Press Release: Shadow Over Shandahar

Loconeal Publishing proudly announces the Shadow Over Shandahar Epic Fantasy Series by T.R. Chowdhury & T.M. Crim.
Epic fantasy authors T.R. Chowdhury and T.M. Crim have a lot to say and a story to tell. The Shadow of Shandahar fantasy series was developed from the original story concept of the Shadow Over Shandahar duology, no longer in print. It told of the story of Adrianna, her group of friends, and a prophecy that set Shandahar on a path to a new era.

Now, readers can enjoy in greater detail the long awaited newly expanded series of, Shadow Over Shandahar. The newly remastered scenes, characters, storylines and artwork of artists Carol Phillips and Lindsay Archer will bring alive the trials of Adrianna, a young talent, and her companions fighting against the powers of darkness. Sometimes the battles from within and with each other prove just as dangerous.

About the books:

Dark Storm Rising, (Book 1): A world swirling with mystical realms, enchanted forests and crowded cities, things are not always what they seem. An evil darkness approaches in the form of Lord Thane as the lord of the Azmathous, created by the powerful sorcerer Aasarak. With life as they know it threatened, battling necromancers, the undead, and other dangerous creatures, Adrianna and her friends, the Wildrunners, must find the courage and power to overcome the evil shadows that threaten Shandahar.

Echoes of Time, (Book 2): Darkness looms over Shandahar as Lord Thane and his ghastly azmathous lay a swath of destruction across the continent. Still, even he is not as great an evil as his creator. The necromancer, Lord Aasarak and his legions of warriors fallen in past battles await the day they are free to wreak havoc over the world. Adrianna must decide whether to stay with her companions and search for a way to destroy Aasarak, or leave them to be trained and develop her talent for the battle that lay ahead.

Whispers of Prophecy, (Book 3):  The Wildrunners have split their ranks to accomplish the needed preparation for the coming battle with the necromancer, Aasarak. It proves more difficult than anticipated and miserable defeat shadows their every step. Meanwhile, Adrianna apprentices to the powerful dimensionalist, Tallachienan Chroalthone. Beleaguered by strange dreams and visions that cause her to doubt her sanity, Adrianna fights to keep her will and her mind her own behind the mysterious walls of Tallachienan’s gloomy citadel. But, Adrianna’s ancestral bloodline is strong and she struggles to complete her tasks in hopes of soon returning to the Wildrunners and her sworn Protector.

About the authors:

Tracy Chowdhury, one of the authors of the Shandahar series, graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology. Since then she has worked for the University of Cincinnati as a scientist in cancer research, gotten married, had four children, and written the first few books in her fantasy/adventure series. When she is not writing and taking care of kids, she is helping her husband run their small real estate business. Tracy currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ted, one of the authors of the Shandahar series, has been an avid role gamer almost his entire life. In his younger years he worked as an animal caretaker for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, and then as a technician at a local veterinary clinic. Later he got his degree in audio/video production at Brown Mackie College, and then worked with Tracy on the first few books in their fantasy/adventure series. Currently he lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his two cats.

More information about Shadow Over Shandahar can at found at:

Shadow Over Shandahar - Dark Storm Rising Shadow Over Shandahar - Echoes of Time Shadow Over Shandahar - Whispers of Prophecy
Titles & ISBNs:
Dark Storm Rising     (Book 1) 978-0-9850817-1-3
Echoes of Time     (Book 2) 978-0-9850817-2-0
Whispers of Prophecy  (Book 3) 978-0-9850817-3-7

Authors:  T.R. Chowdhury & T.M. Crim
Retail Price: $14.95 Paperback
Genre:  Epic Fantasy



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