Percussion Publishing Commissions Jason Seiler for Work on Forthcoming Novella

NEW YORK: Trumpicana, Percussion Publishing’s forthcoming satirical novella will feature work by Jason Seiler, the world renowned illustrator.

Courtesy Jason Seiler, www.jasonseiler.com

Courtesy Jason Seiler, www.jasonseiler.com

The visual will play a central role in showcasing the overall theme of the book, which features short stories by authors Presley Acuna and Kendall Smith.

Jason’s illustrations and paintings have been featured as covers and interior pieces for Adobe, Rolling Stone, TIME, The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, among others.

In addition to illustrations, Seiler has worked with Imaginism Studios, including as a character designer on Tim Burton’s "Alice In Wonderland," helping create such characters as the Red Queen, the Tweedles and the Bandersnatch. Most recently, Seiler painted six stamps for the United States Postal Service's Forever series.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with one of the best illustrators in the business,” said Kendall Smith, author of the short story, White House Arrest.

“The combination of our satirical fictions theorizing outcomes of a Trump Presidency with tongues firmly planted in cheeks, and the rapier artwork of Mr. Seiller will make for a 100% concentrated, enjoyable experience for readers of Trumpicana,” added Presley Acuna, author of the short story, Performance Anxiety.

Presley Acuna is the author of the 2016 thriller, The Day and The Hour. Kendall Smith penned Vault 21-12 in 2015. Both thrillers remain available on Amazon and Kindle.

Trumpicana will be made available on Amazon and Kindle for pre-orders in the near future and released officially in late July. It will be made available in English globally wherever Amazon and Kindle services are available. Pricing has yet to be determined.

Trumpicana Synopsis:

In the current election cycle, ridiculous is the new sublime. That makes it the new normal… and that is the definition of satire. Trumpicana will features two satirical stories set in the age and aftermath of Trump!

About Percussion Publishing:

Percussion Publishing is an independent publishing house dedicated to new and aspiring authors, publishing stories and novels that provide a fresh perspective on writing, storytelling and helps facilitate relationships with exceptional resources. Our mission is to provide the clearest line of sight between authors, readers and great stories. To enable widespread distribution through digital retailers like Amazon, Kindle, Nook and Apple. We service an audience of millions, one reader at a time.

Elementary School Teacher Encouraged Author To Pursue His Passion

Guest Blog Post by Kendall Smith, Author of Vault 21-12

RIDGEWOOD, NEW JERSEY:  There is little doubt that teachers (good ones) can have a profound impact on the students they teach. Fortunately, I had an exceptional one who motivated me to follow my passion.

My second novel (Vault 21-12) continues to sell on Amazon and Kindle after debuting earlier in June. It is a thriller that represents a four-year effort and fortunately it has garnered solid reviews. I can directly associate my interest in writing back to one teacher at the Ho-Ho-Kus Elementary School. Fortunately, she was kind enough to provide me with a keepsake that motivated me to pursue the art of writing.

Mrs. Stenvall was my Ho-Ho-Kus Elementary School English teacher during the 1983-1984 school year and it represented my last before entering high school. She was one of the good ones, as many teachers were at that particular institution. The writing assignments she gave us included some freestyle opportunities; Write what ever you want. Given my age and interests at the time, I took a rather liberal interpretation to the assignment.

I wrote about war.

It was gory, it was detailed, and it raised her eyebrows on more than a few occasions. She did however see something in how I approached the assignment. I recall her telling me that despite the brutality of the short stories themselves, there was an element of talent in how I told them (her words, not mine). When asked if I could try to write about something else, I declined, but she encouraged me to keep writing.

Dozens of stories poured out thereafter. It was the result of reading too many Vietnam War novels during my adolescence. I can only imagine what went through her mind when she read these, but she never once discouraged me to stop writing. On many levels, it was thoughtful; She could see I was passionate about the subject.

Graduation day came in late June of 1984 and when it did, she handed me a gift. It was a book titled, The Next To Nothing Book, and it was filled with blank pages. It encouraged one to write down ideas, memories and stories. She inscribed the book and noted she was sure I would be published one day. I cannot recall her exact words, but it did indeed light a fire in me. I have treasured this keepsake not only for the message it conveyed, but also her hope that I would pursue writing.

The book she gave me sat on my bookshelf for decades, but not a year went by when her suggestion, and encouragement, didn’t come to mind. My first novel was self published in 2007 (Double-Edged Justice), a satirical blog project followed but I returned to penning thrillers in 2011. I have another that will be published by Percussion Publishing this year and a special project in draft mode that will see the light of day in 2016.

It’s going to take a case of dementia or Alzheimer's to shut me up at this point and I hope I can contribute (on some level) to what Walt Whitman referred to in Leaves Of Grass: “That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.”

Thank you Mrs. Stenvall.

A book that inspired the author, and his latest thriller, Vault 21-12

A book that inspired the author, and his latest thriller, Vault 21-12

 

The Story Behind the Cover of Vault 21-12

NEW YORK: Kendall Smith was featured as a guest writer on Brook Ward's blog (www.Brook-Ward.com). He summarized the experience of putting the cover together for Vault 21-12.

Brook Ward's work was featured on the cover of Vault 21-12 and you can review the blog post here.

He represents an international photographer and is highlighted in the 'Services' section of PercussionPublishing.com.

Percussion Publishing Releases Vault 21-12, a Thriller by Kendall Smith

NEW YORK:  Percussion Publishing released its latest thriller today, VAULT 21-12, by Kendall Smith. It is both an international and cross-generation thriller that harks back to the end of World War Two, and the mysterious contents in a Swiss bank. The story is set in the modern day, where descendants from both sides of the war clash to secure the vault's contents for themselves.

It is being made available on Amazon, Kindle and Nook digital services in both print and e-reader formats. Readers can find it via the links provided.

Readers are encouraged to engage with the author, Kendall Smith via Twitter (@authorkendall), Percussion Publishing’s Facebook page and via email. (Kendall@percussionpublishing.com).

Feedback is welcome, and for those who enjoy Vault 21-12, we encourage them to provide feedback via Amazon’s Customer Review section, located on the page dedicated to Vault 21-12.

Brief synopsis: Two brothers inherit a World War Two-era Swiss vault from their heroic grandfather: Descendant Nazis set a lethal trap.