The Fresno Bee — the major metropolitan newspaper at Quill Driver Books’ world headquarters — profiled our new fiction imprint, Pace Press … including highlights of our new contemporary fantasy novel Memortality by Stephen H. Provost and our upcoming legal thriller Fractured Justice by James A. Ardaiz, author of Hands Through Stone.
Murder most feminine: A shockingly entertaining look at female killers in California’s Deadliest Women
“California’s Deadliest Women is a good, horrific read. Just don’t dip into it too soon after, say, eating.” —Tony Mostrom, LA Weekly
Despite decades of feminist activism, our culture still likes to put women on pedestals. We find it shocking when women are violent. Maybe it’s because we hold women to a higher standard of ethics. Maybe it’s because we find it shocking when women show any kind of agency at all. But the fact is that women can be just as violent as men, even to the point of committing senseless murder — as David Kulczyk, the master of bizarre true crime, shows in his new book California’s Deadliest Women: Dangerous Dames and Murderous Moms.
A masterpiece of pure trashy tabloid fun, California’s Deadliest Women is the definitive guide to the murderesses of the Golden State, a horrifying compendium of women driven to kill by jealousy, greed, desperation, or their own inner demons.
California’s Deadliest Women presents 28 mini-tragedies — sardonic, tightly written profiles of some of the most ghastly crimes ever committed in California. Each lethal vignette presents a murderer’s early life, the circumstances that drove her to murder, her detection, her punishment, and the aftermath of her terrible deeds, plus quirky, disturbing caricatures of the killers by artist Olaf Jens. Kulczyk brings to light fascinating details about these crimes, many of which have been long forgotten.
From Brynn Hartman, who killed her husband, comedian Phil Hartman, to chemist Larissa Schuster, who dissolved her husband in acid, to dominatrix Omaima Aree Nelson, who cooked and ate her husband, the killers profiled in California’s Deadliest Women show that the fairer sex can be as evil — and as deadly — as any man. The crimes are so bizarre, so puzzling, so corrupt, so disgusting, so gory, so inhumane and so despicable that they are unforgettable … and perversely fascinating and entertaining.
The rise of adult coloring books has been a publishing phenomenon. In today’s busy, constantly rushing world, there’s something appealingly simple, calming, and meditative about the simple act of coloring. Maybe coloring reminds us of our childhoods, or maybe coloring is a great way to experience a work of art and make it part of you. Either way, adult coloring fans will like the two new adult coloring books we’re launching this month, Elegant Tea Party and Crystal Meadows.
Elegant Tea Party Coloring Book will immerse you in the supercivilized world of a proper afternoon tea. Hand-drawn by acclaimed artist Laurie Triefeldt, these 70 absorbing illustrations of cups, saucers, teapots, muffins, and flowers will give colorists hours of calming focus. Triefeldt’s illustrations range from intricate geometric patterns on fine bone china to fluid, organic shapes of floral prints, cut flowers, and even a kitten in a tea cup. These complex images offer colorists endless opportunities to create personalized works of art through use of color and shade.
Crystal Meadows Coloring Book will take you back to the refreshment of the natural world, as seen through the intriguing artwork of noted Lithuanian artist Sigita Alekne. Colorists will lose themselves for hours in these intricate, otherworldly images of plants, flowers, and trees, reflecting Alekne’s unabashed love of nature and living things.
Both these books are designed to give the best coloring experience possible. Thick, high-quality paper, printed on only one side, gives a smooth, firm coloring surface with no bleed-through, and perforated pages will let you share and preserve your creative work.
And stay posted — we’ll soon be releasing two more exciting coloring books this year.
Plus enter our Greatest Travel Story contest to win a two-piece Travelpro® luggage set!
Our newest book, “Where Did They Film That? Italy” is all about inspiring a love of travel. And we thought we’d sweeten the deal by offering you a chance to win a Travelpro® Platinum® Magna™ 2 two-piece luggage set — a $1,400 value!
All you have to do is tell us your greatest travel story. We want to hear about your biggest adventures, your most fun times, your most inspirational travel experiences, the most fascinating person you’ve met, your most hair-raising escapes, or even that really weird conversation in the Cincinnati airport. Enter anytime before May 31, 2016, for a chance to win this stylish, durable, and ultra-functional travel set to take on your next adventure.
And what better place to take your new luggage than Italy, to explore the art, the cuisine, the culture, and the many picturesque sites where the world’s greatest movies were filmed?
“Where Did They Film That? Italy” is a unique travel guide that invites the reader to explore the beauty and cultural riches of Italy through the universal language of cinema.
“Where Did They Film That? Italy” shows readers where to find the exact locations where many of the most famous movies set in Italy were filmed — plus nearby attractions, museums, restaurants, shops, and must-experience slices of Italian life. The beautiful and historic sites immortalized in great films are the reader’s keys to experiencing the best in Italian travel, art, dining, and living.
Author Romina Arena, a celebrated Italian popera star and native of Sicily, gives a personalized tour of the real Italy as only a real Italian can know it. Every page of “Where Did They Film That? Italy” is filled with Arena’s native knowledge and unique personal touch, revealing secret treasures of Italy unknown to most tourists, advice on navigating Italian culture and Italian ways, and Arena’s own classical Italian love for living life to the fullest.
An irresistible combination of film history, travel guide, and the zest and seductiveness of la dolce vita, “Where Did They Film That? Italy” is a new kind of travel guide that will turn Americans’ love of movies to a love of travel and new experiences.