I was thinking of children and kittens today. My child is fifteen tomorrow and I am so proud of all he can do and of who he is, but like any parent, I mourn the little baby he was. I miss the sweet, faltering steps. Kitten are the same. I love cats but always miss the kittens they shed away. It's a bittersweet part of life. We loved JEA Press when it was a baby, even as it frequently toddled into things, fell, got back up, and occasionally wailed. We nurtured and fed it well, and JEA grew. May presses fail so we are thankful that JEA has become a "teen-aged" press. Sadly , we also have to make changes and overcome challenges. Trevor Smith and I established JEA to catch some of the exceptional, wonderful books that other presses didn't have room for, and to give them great covers, edits, and make them available.I would never have done this without Trevor. T recently retired from the military and moved, not knowing his bandwidth plan would be almost zero; it's certainly not enough for him to do projects. After soul searching, it is best that Trevor step down as co-CEO. He will remain as an author, a mentor, and friend. I will assume all CEO duties and responsibilities. I am happy, but I do miss the old ways as well. It's actually a way of growing, even if we must adjust and let go of the "kitten version" we love. With no losses, we gain Trevor's ability to write more; we hate that technology, the reason JEA thrives, is also the reason T had to make a hard choice.
Meanwhile, try one of T's books!
Edward P. Cardillo is the awarding winning author of Automaton, and Odd Tales of an Old Man. His story telling has dubbed him the nick name “Campfire Grandpa” for his ease in relating meaningful yet frightening tales. (Vampires of Exeter / The Devil is in the Details)
R.J. Spears is the author of Sanctuary of the Dead and Lord of the Dead. His zombie tales are realistic and action packed. (Grilling With Zombies / Toofers)
Daniel J. Williams penned the “Mace” series. His novels are gritty and realistic post-apocalyptic drama. (Evil Calls)
Nick Hatfield reminds everyone, when you tell your kids they can be anything, sometimes they decide to be classic horror writers. Nick is a young author with unlimited potential. (Out of the Corner of Your Eye / Night Calls / Back Roads / Seeing Monsters)
catt dahman has a penchant for turning history into horror. Her ability turn even scary events into scarier fiction has her among the leading horror writers of our day. (Counterpoint / End Justifies)
Sharon L. Higa is a purveor of the supernatural. Her novel #6 relates tales from a post death experience. (Dreaper/ Here Kitty Kitty / Dare Ya / Funeral Parlor Blues)
Mark Woods is one of the most talented authors in JEA. He began his penmanship by blogging reviews for other authors, and then moved his extensive knowledge of good story telling into his own work. His novel “Time of Tides” is a block buster. (Plot Holes / Dairy of the Dead)
Michael Fisher is a multi-talented man. He not only contributes writing to this collection, but also the cover. (Return of the Devil Fly)
Tabitha Baumander masterfully tells tales of modern day fantasy and high stakes adventure. Her novel “The Pond” is a prime example of her artistry and skill. (Class Reunion / Hey, Come Here)