Jayel Gibson - Tales Touched by Magick

05 - 7 09

IPPY Award Goes to Oregon Author

ipawardsJayel Gibson’s Ancient Mirrors Series Received Sixth Award

Port Orford, ORE., May 5, 2009 — QUONDAM (Synergy Books, May 2008) winner of last year’s National Indie Excellence Award for fantasy and science fiction and a USA Book News “Best Books” 2008 Finalist award was announced a 2009 National IPPY Awards finalist today, bringing Jayel Gibson’s Ancient Mirrors series its sixth national award. Other titles in the series were acknowledged with two National “Best Books” 2007 Finalist awards and a 15th Annual Writer’s Digest International Book Awards Honorable Mention. The IPPY Awards will be held May 29th during a gala awards ceremony at BookExpo America in New York City.

The “IPPY” Awards are a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to small press publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market, are independently owned and operated, managed by a foundation or university; or long-time independents that became incorporated but operate autonomously and publish fewer than 50 titles a year. Read the rest of this entry »

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01 - 24 09

Oregon Writers

Friday and Saturday, February 13 and 14, 2009

The South Coast Writers Conference is an eclectic gathering of writers of various genres, novice and published authors; returning and first-time attendees. It is our goal that participants and presenters leave the conference inspired and renewed, with new insights and skills, and better connections to fellow writers and resources. Once again we have invited some of the Northwest’s best writers to guide you in an exploration and celebration of the many facets of writing.

This year’s South Coast Writers Conference weighs in on the side of fantasy and science fiction with award winning authors Jayel Gibson, Leslie What and Timmothy Zahn to present workshops.

In addition to a full time writing career, Jayel Gibson serves as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Oregon Community College where she teaches writing for publication. She is a two time Teacher of the Year award recipient for her innovative use of technology and video gaming in the elementary classroom. She is an Amazon Celtic Mythology bestselling author, the recipient of three USA Book News ‘Best Books’ Finalist Awards and the 2008 National Indie Excellence Award for fantasy and science fiction. Gibson is also the online book club moderator for Realms of Fantasy Magazine. Her articles on video gaming as an educational tool have appeared in Louisiana Parent’s Magazine, Dallas Child Magazine, Education.com and Thefatherlife.com. She is a popular panelist and presenter at conventions and conferences.

Leslie What is an award-winning author of fiction and nonfiction.  She has performed commentaries on public radio, published two story collections and a novel, and written a humor and health column for an alternative weekly.  She was the senior editor for the literary magazine Silk Road and has twice been invited to teach at the Clarion Writers Conference.  She currently teaches writing at UCLA Extension.  New works appear at Shape of a Box, Perigee, Asimov’s, and Calyx.

Timothy Zahn has published over eighty short stories and novelettes, thirty-four novels, and four short fiction collections since leaving grad school in 1980. Along the way he has won a Hugo Award (for the novella Cascade Point, in 1984) and has been nominated twice more. He is best known for his eight Star Wars books: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, Survivor’s Quest, Outbound Flight, and Allegiance. Other books include the Quadrail series, the Cobra series, and the young-adult Dragonback series. Zahn’s most recent books are Dragon and Liberator, the sixth Dragonback book, and The Third Lynx, the second of the Quadrail series.The third Quadrail book, Odd Girl Out, was published in November 2008.

Other presenters at this year’s conference include: Linda Barnes, Robin Cody, Robert Hill, Elizabeth Lyon, Jim Malcolm, Elizabeth McKenzie, Elizabeth Rusch, and Floyd Skloot.

Along with all day workshops on Friday and Saturday, the Conference is hosting an ‘Author Night’ on Friday, February 13 from 7 pm to 10 pm. Join the Gold Beach community in this exciting and uplifting evening. Timothy Zahn will give the keynote presentation on:  What in the World Are We Doing in This Crazy Business?  Following his keynote address will be readings by the other conference presenters, as well as an opportunity to purchase autographed books.  Free and open to the public, this event is held at the Curry Showcase on the Curry County Fairgrounds in Gold Beach, Oregon.

Participation in workshops is limited to 30 students or fewer, register early to secure a seat in the workshops you want.

The Conference is always scheduled on Presidents’ Day weekend in the hopes that attendees will extend their stay to write and to explore the splendor of America’s Wild Rivers Coast. Visit our miles of spectacular beaches, explore our many hiking trails, or spend time on the mighty Rogue River.

For more information on the Conference, contact the Gold Beach Center of Southwestern Oregon Community College (541) 247-2741 to request a brochure.

The 14th Annual South Coast Writers Conference is co-sponsored by Southwestern Oregon Community College and the Gold Beach Visitor Center.

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11 - 28 08

ORCCA Board of Directors

Port Orford, Oregon November 28, 2008 - For the past year, fantasy author Jayel Gibson has been campaigning to ‘make hunger a fantasy’ along the southern Oregon coast. During her charitable book events, Gibson encourages visitors to drop off boxed and canned foods, give cash donations and volunteer their time. She is on hand with a bright smile and a bookmark to autograph copies of her award winning Ancient Mirrors fantasy series, and each event’s book sale proceeds go to help keep the pantries filled. “Currently, South Coast Food Share distributes over 100,000 pounds of food each month through 30 member agencies. It serves over 5,000 low-income residents and distributes approximately 1.2 million pounds of food each year. Just keeping pantries full is a daily challenge,” says Gibson. “Someone had to step up and help. The community response has been wonderful and the book sellers hosting the events have contributed as well.”

This month, Ms. Gibson was appointed to the Oregon Coast Community Action [ORCCA] agency’s board of directors, where she will continue to work against hunger in Oregon’s south coast counties in an official capacity.

Oregon Coast Community Action was originally incorporated in 1965 as Southwestern Oregon Community Action Committee. In 2006, the name was changed to create greater distinction in the communities they serve. ORCCA is one of the first Community Action agencies created during the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson. ORCCA works with low-income people in Coos, Curry, and Western Douglas Counties to alleviate the effects and the causes of poverty. ORCCA also provides a number of services and activities that benefit the entire community, improving the quality of life throughout the south coast.

ORCCA is a nonprofit network of programs that feed, house, warm and educate people. ORCCA employs more than 150 people, with an annual budget that exceeds $7 million from a multitude of funding sources spanning several fiscal years. ORCCA’s mission statement is: Empowering people to work toward social and economic justice and independence. South Coast Food Share, Head Start, and CASA of Coos County are among the programs that help support this goal.

To schedule an interview or event with Jayel Gibson, or to request a review copy of Quondam please contact Shelby Sledge, Publicist at (512) 478-2028 ext. 227 ssledge@phenixpublicity.com.

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10 - 31 08

POAC Event

Port Orford Arts Council Honors Local Author and Artists
Included in the weekend showcase at the Port Orford Arts Council Gallery (320 Oregon Street, Port Orford, Oregon) December 12th through 14th are fantasy author Jayel Gibson, ceramist Jean Stephenson, artist Dana Amarisa and musician Joani McNerlin.

Jayel Gibson is the author of the award winning Ancient Mirrors fantasy series. Her most recent work, Quondam, won the 2008 National Indie Excellence Award for Fantasy and Science Fiction and was a  USA Book News ‘2008 Best Books’ Finalist. In addition to a fulltime writing career, Gibson teaches writing for publication classes at Southwestern Oregon Community College, hosts the Chapters Author Talk radio show and serves as the Realms of Fantasy online book club moderator.

Jean Stephenson is best known for her stunningly unique ceramics but she also does painting and sculpture.

Artist Dana Amarisa has been involved in writing and visual arts for many years with a focus on pastels.

Joani McNerlin will provide musical entertainment on flute and clarinet during the opening reception, Friday, November 12rh from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Artist and author works will remain on display during the ‘Show and Sale’ Saturday, December 13, 2008 and Sunday, December 14th between 11:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Port Orford Arts Council members will be on hand to assist visitors.

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10 - 21 08

Quondam Wins

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 21, 2008 — Quondam (Synergy Books, May 2008) winner of this year’s National Indie Excellence Award for fantasy and science fiction has picked up a USA Book News “Best Books” 2008 Finalist award, bringing Jayel Gibson’s Ancient Mirrors series its fifth award. Other titles in the series were acknowledged with two National “Best Books” 2007 Finalist awards and a 15th Annual Writer’s Digest International Book Awards Honorable Mention.

USABookNews.com, the premiere online magazine and review website for mainstream and independent publishing houses, announced the winners and finalists of The National “Best Books” 2008 Awards (NBBA) on October 20, 2008. Over 500 winners and finalists were announced in over 140 categories covering print and audio books. Awards were presented for titles published in 2008 and late 2007.

Winners and finalists traversed the publishing landscape: Simon & Schuster, Tarcher/Penguin, HarperCollins, Hyperion, St. Martin’s Press, McGraw-Hill, John Wiley & Sons & hundreds of independent titles contributed to this year’s outstanding NBBA competition. “NBBA’s success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise,” says Jeff Keen, President and CEO of USA Book News.

Described as a “saga of survival amid persecution in a richly detailed universe” by The Library Journal, “riveting fantasy” by Midwest Book Review, and “a well-conceptualized story which seems to reflect real history yet maintains definite originality.” by ForeWord, Gibson attributes Quondam’s successful appeal “to the story’s strong female leads and their subtle and healthy message of can-do capability.” When asked if her male readers had given her any flack about her strong female characters, Gibson responded with a smile, “It seems the guys like strong, intelligent women too. Plus there are plenty of strong, intelligent men in my books as well.”

In addition to a full-time writing career, Jayel Gibson serves as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Oregon Community College where she teaches writing for publication. She is a two time Teacher of the Year award recipient for her innovative use of technology and video gaming in K-12 classrooms. Gibson is also the online book club moderator for Realms of Fantasy Magazine. She has been a contributor for Louisiana Parent’s Magazine, Dallas Child Magazine, Education.com and Thefatherlife.com. She is currently at work on her next novel.

To learn more about Jayel Gibson and her award winning Ancient Mirrors fantasy series, visit Gibson’s official web community Tales Touched by Magick.

A complete list of the winners and finalists of the USABookNews.com National “Best Books” 2008 Awards are available online at USA Book News.

To schedule an interview or event with Jayel Gibson, or to request a review copy of Quondam please contact Shelby Sledge, Publicist at (512) 478-2028 ext. 227 or ssledge@phenixpublicity.com

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09 - 10 08

Chic Geeks

Author makes fantasy fiction cool.

PORT ORFORD, Ore. – Nerds may never have to peer out at the world from the inside of a locker again. The success of the “Lord of the Rings” and “Spiderman” movie trilogies, as well as the Harry Potter book series, has proven that geek is now chic.

Author Jayel Gibson is embracing the entertainment trend with her new book, Damselflies (Synergy Books, November 2007, ISBN 978-1-933538-64-8, $14.95), and proving you do not have to sport coke bottle glasses and suspenders to enjoy fantasy fiction. The third installment of Gibson’s “Ancient Mirrors Tales,” Damselflies features Arcinaë, a damselfly seen by men as a threat to the humankind, who must learn to fight for an enchanted land, seek vengeance for wrong doings and ultimately save the line of her race.

Gibson was inspired to create this story by her personal enjoyment of the fantasy genre and her participation in the video-gaming world. More and more Americans are opening their eyes and homes to the gaming phenomenon. According to a study by the Entertainment Software Association, from 1996 to
2006 American computer and video-game software sales nearly tripled to $7.4 billion. In fact, 67 percent of heads of households in the United States play computer or video games.

“I have been an avid fan of science fiction, fantasy and gaming since before it was cool, so I can certainly relate to those that carry the ‘geek’ label,” says Gibson, a former grade school teacher. “I am thrilled to know that being a nerd is now something to be proud of, rather than something to be ashamed of.”
Gibson says that despite the risk of being called a geek, she has always been driven by her passion for gaming and fantasy. This passion inspired the setting of “Ancient Mirrors Tales.” In Damselflies, Arcinaë comes to realize she is the last of her race and the subject of ancient prophesies. In a quest to right
wrongs, Arcinaë becomes a warrior and finds a love she never thought possible. Out of this love, Arcinaë is able to preserve the race of the damselflies through her daughters A’Janae and J’yorie.

In an interview, Jayel Gibson can discuss:

  • Dating tips for chic geeks
  • The Celtic connection: From Tolkien to modern fantasy novels
  • How fantasy fiction’s moral themes positively influence young readers

An accomplished author, Gibson often speaks at conferences, including Wordstock and the South Coast Writers Conference, and yearly attends OryCon, Oregon’s popular science fiction convention. The first two books in Gibson’s “Ancient Mirrors” series, Dragon Queen and The Wrekening, were 2007 USA Book News Awards finalists. Gibson currently lives in Port Orford, Ore., with her husband, and a number of furred and feathered companions. For more information, visit www.ancientmirrors.com.

To schedule an interview with Jayel Gibson or request a review copy of Damselflies please contact Shelby Sledge at (512) 478-2028 ext. 227 or ssledge@phenixpublicity.com

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05 - 7 08

Fantasy Series Wins

Port Orford, OR (PRWEB) May 7, 2008 — Oregon fantasy author and video game advocate (Jayel Gibson) is joining the entertainment trend that promotes a new era of fantasy from an uncompromisingly feminine point of view, and it seems to be working. The first two books of her “Ancient Mirrors” series, Dragon Queen and The Wrekening, have received USA Book News ‘2007 Best Books’ Finalist Awards, and the third book, Damselflies, reached #1 and remained on Amazon’s Top 100 Celtic Mythology Bestseller List for seven weeks.

Gibson was driven to create this platform for fearless females in her (Ancient Mirrors fantasy series) because of her own past frustrations with the genre, as well as from her experience with online role-play gaming. She is not alone in the female gaming phenomenon. A recent study by the Entertainment Software Association indicates that 42 percent of on-line gamers are female.

“There is no shortage of negative publicity for the video game industry,” says Gibson, a former grade school teacher and supporter of gaming as an educational tool. “It’s time the truth was shared by those who actually play games, study the positive effects, and understand their use as an educational tool.” A two time ‘Teacher of the Year’ recipient in southern California’s Escondido Union School District, Gibson excels at using innovative technology strategies in education.

Women drive the storylines and hold positions of power in Gibson’s novels. Gibson says she draws the inspiration for these independent women from inside herself as well as other women she knows. “Each of us has personal demons,” says Gibson on the motivations behind Cwen, her most popular protagonist. “It is only through the unselfish act of helping others that we can defeat them.”

In addition to her novels, Gibson is the creator of the popular writers’ workshop “From Brainstorm to Book and Beyond,” and teaches community interest writing for Southwestern Oregon Community College. She is an expert on video gaming in education and the Celtic mythos. Her numerous non-fiction articles,include topics ranging from her experiences living and traveling with exotic pets to dating tips for chic geeks. She is also the moderator of Fealms of Fantasy magazine’s online book club.

Upcoming appearances include Oregon Mensa’s regional gathering in Portland, OR (May 2-4) and BookExpo America in Los Angeles (May 29-June 1). For full 2008 event schedule details, visit . (Tales Touched by Magick).

To schedule an interview or event with Jayel Gibson, or to request a review copy of Quondam please contact Shelby Sledge, Publicist at (512) 478-2028 ext. 227.

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