Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ZOVA Books Releases Mike Sirota’s Acclaimed Twentieth Novel Fire Dance

ZOVA Books announces the release of Fire Dance, the twentieth novel by legendary writing coach Mike Sirota.

Los Angeles, CA, March 21, 2011 - ZOVA Books announces the release of Fire Dance, the twentieth novel by award-winning author Mike Sirota. ZOVA Books is a boutique publishing firm representing such acclaimed authors as Dances With Wolves novelist and Academy Award winning screenplay writer, Michael Blake, as well as the Pulitzer Prize nominated bestselling author of Sacajawea, Anna Lee Waldo. Mr. Sirota's well-established career as an editor and writing coach in Southern California brings a wealth of experience and commitment to the company's impressive catalog.

Fire Dance builds on his previous forays into horror/paranormal fiction established with such early releases as The Well (1991). Fire Dance tells the story of a small cast of characters in the Anza-Borrego Desert. A young mother, a bartender with a dark past, and an old prospector find themselves trying to reconcile a hoard of ghosts – trapped since their demise in a horrific fire over a century ago – to the afterlife. These ghosts are harmless enough, but for one – a psychopathic murderer in life, now in death, a terror with unlimited potential for destruction.

Mr. Sirota's work has received wide acclaim since its release. John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of Treasure Hunt and Damage, wrote: “Mike Sirota is an absolute pro of a writer and, even for non-aficionados of ghost stories, these pages sing.” Publishers Weekly gave it an equally animated review: “Sirota returns…with this atmospheric tale of horror in the American Southwest. Horror fans will enjoy this updated take on the western ghost town.”

Mr. Sirota's previous publishers have included the Berkley Publishing Group (Penguin-Putnam), Bantam Books, Pocket Books, and Kensington Publishing Corp. He is widely recognized as one of the most respected writers of his genre, having pioneered the sword and planet subgenre of fantasy/science fiction with his original Reglathium series. He has been an established editor of fiction for almost two decades.

For fourteen years Mr. Sirota was an award-winning feature writer and editor for a Southern California newsmagazine. He is an instructor for the University of California, San Diego Extension and is presently a workshop leader for several writers' conferences in Southern California and Alaska. His journalism honors include a prestigious Simon Rockower Prize for investigative reporting, and an award from the San Diego County Medical Association. He was also honored as the first "Person of Letters" by the 2002 La Jolla Writer's Conference "for his ongoing and unselfish contributions to and support of the writing community."

Daniel Silva, Editor-in-Chief at ZOVA Books says, “Anyone who has ever worked with Mike Sirota has come out the better for it. In Fire Dance, we see all his narrative powers at work in a story that manages to be both suspenseful and endearing. It is an honor to partner with him in his success.”

Fire Dance was released on February 8, 2011, and is available from book retailers across the country, on all digital platforms, and through Baker & Taylor Distributors.

About ZOVA Books:

ZOVA Books is an independent publisher of genre and literary fiction based in Los Angeles, California. Established in 2010, they are one of the fastest growing small publishers in the nation, representing such notable authors as #1 New York Times Bestseller Michael Blake, author of Dances With Wolves, #1 New York Times Bestseller Anna Lee Waldo, author of Sacajawea, and acclaimed bestseller Michele Scott.

ZOVA Books has entered into a groundbreaking partnership with Hollywood production and management company Circle of Confusion to represent its catalog for film, television and foreign rights.

Established as a creative organization focused on the success of individual authors and the development of multi-platform creative projects, ZOVA has developed the next generation publishing company that reconciles the best practices of traditional publishing firms with the innovations of small and specialized firms, embracing the opportunities of both print and digital distribution in its commitment to providing the best possible literary works to readers around the world.

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