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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TWO NEW BOOKS BY ZENJO PRESS EXPLORE NATURE ART AND ZEN

Shifting our Focus to "Nurture" within Nature in Today's Hectic Pace

Combined Book Signing with Peaceful Warrior: The Life of Ken Paul Lozada at Harbor Books & Gallery, Saturday, August 20th, 2011, 1:00 to 3:00PM.


Half Moon Bay, August 15th, 2011—Two new books by Joanne Ehrich pay tribute to mother nature on opposing sides: one with figurative representations of fauna and flora and, another by symbolizing the push and pull of the natural world exemplified on a visual plane out of which harmony must emerge.




The visuals featured in Nature Spirits: Intaglios and Mixed Media, showcase the beauty all around if we tune in to our environment with greater awareness; by recognizing the inherent value of "nurture" within nature, we can bring more authenticity and purpose to our lives. The etching catalogue raisonnée was rounded out by accompanying quotes by the likes of John Muir, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walt Whitman, and others uniquely befitting of each image.

Nature Spirits, originally a printmaking portfolio showcasing the artist's works of animals and landscapes, segued into different media ranging from mezzotint and aquatint prints to oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, drawings, monotypes and computer art. The images can be enjoyed in the book, as limited edition etchings, or framed giclée prints.




Zen Art: Origins in Abstract Expressionism and Art Therapy, explores the connections between abstract expressionistic modern art, Zen art, philosophy, and poetry, and ways in which Zen relates to the modern field of expressive art therapy.

Showcased are monoprints, monotype prints, and etchings that illustrate the laws of sacred geometry, color, and contrast by way of nonfigurative compositions. Images are accompanied by short Zen proverbs with messages of clarity, realization, and lightness of being.

The process of refining visual building blocks in abstract expressionism mimics the process of attaining enlightenment according to Tao teachings in which judgment needs to be suspended and any thought is to be questioned. Resulting images become a doorway to the soul, and viewers bring their own associations to bear as these visual symphonies unfold.


About the Author/Artist: Joanne Ehrich attended photography trade school and holds a University degree in art with emphasis on printmaking. She created numerous abstract etchings, lithographs, and monotype prints, as well as paintings of animals and landscapes. Ehrich made her debut as author in 2006 with the release of Koalas: Moving Portrait of Serenity, a book of her writings and images by 120 photographers from 24 countries. Since she has published in excess of twelve books to make a contribution to wildlife preservation under her Koala Jo Publishing label. In 2008, she founded Zenjo Press to expand the offerings to the genres of art and spirituality.

Order Info: To find out more about Zen Art: Origins in Abstract Expressionism and Art Therapy (140 pages, 8' x 10; ISBN-10: 1441409572; ISBN-13: 978-1441409577; $24.99), or Nature Spirits: Intaglios and Mixed Media (94 pages, 8' x '8; ISBN-10: 1441411151; ISBN-13: 978-1441411150; $19.99), to download free book excerpts, or purchase a hardcover book, visit www.zenjopress.com. Paperback editions are available at Ocean Books, Harbor Books & Gallery, and Bay Book Company. A book signing will be held at Princeton's Harbor Books & Gallery, August 20th, 2011, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM.


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NEW BOOK PAYS TRIBUTE TO BELOVED HALF MOON BAY ICON

Zenjo Press Offering Now Available in Paperback and Hardcover

July 25, 2011—Zenjo Press today announced the release of its new book, Peaceful Warrior: The Life of Ken Paul Lozada. Filled with beautiful photographs and sculpture dialogues, it explores the art and spirituality of the iconic creator of the gravity-defying tree sculptures standing guard at Main Street in Half Moon Bay, California.

Of those once drawn to Ken Paul Lozada's sculpture garden to get a closer look at pieces of wood he has given a new life with shiny, undulating lines, cavernous abysses, and chiseled squares, many found their initial interest giving way to a sense of wanting to know more about their creator. A biographical glimpse at the sculptor and author of The Seven Treasures of Life (as well as thousands of pages worth of soul messages), includes family photos spanning five generations.

A near-death experience after a car accident left Ken, who spent many years in an orphanage, with a new understanding about the gift of life which he has since sought to share with others--revealing his arboreal creations to be messengers about the sacred nature all humans possesses within. He has surrendered to complete honesty and openness, while becoming a conveyor of truth. His fragments of wood become symbols of restoration as these once-majestic trees that have been discarded get a new lease on life.

About the Author:
Joanne Ehrich made her debut as author in 2006 with the release of critically acclaimed Koalas: Moving Portraits of Serenity, a book of her writings and photographs by 120 photographers from 24 countries. Since she has published in excess of twelve books to make a contribution to wildlife preservations under her Koala Jo Publishing label. In 2008, she founded Zenjo Press to expand the offerings to the genres of art and spirituality.

Availability:
To find out more about Peaceful Warrior: Portrait of Ken Paul Lozada, to download a free book excerpt, or purchase a hardcover copy please visit publisher's website at www.zenjopress.com. Softcover editions are available at Ocean Books, Harbor Books & Gallery, and Bay Book Company. Book signings are scheduled for August 18th, 2011, at 7:00 PM at Cameron's Inn, and August 20th, 1:00 to 3:00 PM in Princeton Harbor's Books & Gallery.

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Financial Self-Help Book for Tough Economic Times Goes Into Second Edition

Zenjo Press Offering Now Available in Paperback and on Kindle; Audio Version to Come

July 12, 2011—Summer may be a time for roller-coaster rides, but the truly scary ever-downward momentum of the economy offers more chills than thrills. And Zenjo Press is ready with help: its premier offering, Common Cent$: Getting Off the Financial Roller Coaster, by financial guru Gerard J. Andrews, is back in a second edition only seven months after its initial release. Now available in paperback, the book is also slated for an audio release in the near future.

In a time when everyone's financial well-being is threatened, if not already compromised, Zenjo recognizes that people need help dealing with financial problems in terms that are easy to understand. Financial advisor Jerry Andrews has put together just such a book, a self-help manual in plain English that's different enough to really guide its readers through tough times.

Filled with practical, common-sense advice on how to save and manage money, avoid and conquer debt, and survive the tough situations faced every day in this tough economy, the book was originally chosen by the holistic publisher in keeping with its mission: to promote well-being and growth in all areas of life by offering wisdom and empowerment in mind, body, and spirit. Andrews fulfills this mission as he offers practical, down-to-earth actions that can help people keep their heads above water and even prosper in these tough economic times. He also offers ways to lay the groundwork for future prosperity so that opportunities aren't wasted and strategies are in place for a comfortable retirement.

Feeling helpless about money is scary in the best of economic climates, when that dizzying rush to the top can leave people unprepared for financial windfalls and unsure how to preserve them. In these times, with an even more dizzying rush toward the bottom threatening nearly everyone's security and survival, it can be positively terrifying.

But there are things everyone can do to help safeguard what they've worked so hard for, defend themselves against financial catastrophe, and ensure their families and businesses ride out tough times in better shape. And Jerry Andrews is here to explain them, in terms even a financial beginner can understand. He can help you get your ducks in a row, hit your money targets, and turn that stomach-churning financial carnival ride into a smoother glide toward prosperity.

Told through stories of everyday people who make all-too-common mistakes, Common Cent$ gives readers insights into possible errors they might be making with their own finances—and then shows them how to avoid those errors. Did you have to sign over the house you grew up in to pay for nursing home care for Mom? Are you worried about how to make sure your money keeps helping out a special needs child after you're gone? Afraid you'll be denied access to your loved one in his last moments, or even lose everything you've both worked for all your lives, just because you're not married? Worse yet, have you not even thought about it? These and other everyday crises are covered in chapters that deal with everything from teaching teens how to avoid credit card debt to protecting domestic partners and forestalling the crushing bills that come with uninsured medical care.

Eleven chapters covering situations that these days seem to happen every day show how easy it is to go wrong—and how those errors can be avoided. In each case, Jerry asks the question, "How could they have done things differently?" and then provides a wealth of information, in plain English, on how to do just that. The twelfth chapter talks about investing and the author's wisdom on how to keep your portfolio safe, no matter what your holdings are. A glossary, an appendix, and a bibliography offer additional information and resources for those interested in the more technical details.

Finances don't have to be a ride through the Tunnel of Terror. Let Jerry Andrews help you step off that financial roller coaster.

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Zenjo Press Launches with Book of Financial Self-Defense

Holistic Publisher Offers Common-Sense Advice for Hard Times in Its Premier Offering

San Mateo, Calif.—January 4, 2011—Zenjo Press is proud to offer as its first title Common Cent$: Getting Off the Financial Roller Coaster, by Gerard J. Andrews. In a time when everyone's financial well-being is threatened, if not already compromised, Zenjo Press recognizes that people need help dealing with financial problems in terms that are easy to understand. Financial advisor Jerry Andrews has put together just such a book, a self-help manual in plain English that's different enough to really guide its readers through tough times.

Feeling helpless about money is scary in the best of economic climates, when that dizzying rush to the top can leave people unprepared for financial windfalls and unsure how to preserve them. In these times, with an even more dizzying rush toward the bottom threatening nearly everyone's security and survival, it can be positively terrifying.

But there are things everyone can do to help safeguard what they've worked so hard for, defend themselves against financial catastrophe, and ensure their families and businesses ride out tough times in better shape. And Jerry Andrews is here to explain them, in terms even a financial beginner can understand. He can help you get your ducks in a row, hit your money targets, and turn that stomach-churning financial carnival ride into a smoother glide toward prosperity.

Told through stories of everyday people who make all-too-common mistakes, Common Cent$ gives readers insights into possible errors they might be making with their own finances—and then shows them how to avoid those errors. Did you have to sign over the house you grew up in to pay for nursing home care for Mom? Are you worried about how to make sure your money keeps helping out a special needs child after you're gone? Afraid you'll be denied access to your loved one in his last moments, or even lose everything you've both worked for all your lives, just because you're not married? Worse yet, have you not even thought about it? These and other everyday crises are covered in chapters that deal with everything from teaching teens how to avoid credit card debt to protecting domestic partners and forestalling the crushing bills that come with uninsured medical care.

Eleven chapters covering situations that these days seem to happen every day show how easy it is to go wrong—and how those errors can be avoided. In each case, Jerry asks the question, "How could they have done things differently?" and then provides a wealth of information, in plain English, on how to do just that. The twelfth chapter talks about investing and the author's wisdom on how to keep your portfolio safe, no matter what your holdings are. A glossary, an appendix, and a bibliography offer additional information and resources for those interested in the more technical details.

Finances don't have to be a ride through the Tunnel of Terror. Let Jerry Andrews help you step off that financial roller coaster.

Available in paperback from www.koalajo.com and www.amazon.com. Also available in an environmentally friendly version on Kindle.

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Resolving to Clean Up Your Finances in 2011? Here's Help

Expert offers easy-to-understand advice on how to protect what you have and get into better financial shape

San Mateo, Calif.—December 23, 2009—In financially troubled times, a common New Year's resolution is to work on making oneself more financially secure—whether that's paying off debt or taking steps to ensure that what you and your family have is better protected. People unsure of how to do that have a new place to turn for help, courtesy of a new publisher, Zenjo Press.

Titled, appropriately enough, Common Cent$: Getting Off the Financial Roller Coaster, Zenjo's premier offering by financial guru Gerard J. Andrews offers simple, practical advice, in plain English, on how to deal with a wide range of common financial problems: caring for an elderly relative or a special needs child; digging out of debt; making sure your significant other is protected financially (and in other ways) if you're not legally married. Whether you're a small business owner in need of a means of protecting the value of the business you've built, a couple planning for retirement, or an anxious parent trying to figure out how to send your child to college, Jerry Andrews has down-to-earth strategies to offer that you'll understand even if you're not a financial wizard.

Zenjo Press, a new holistic publisher, is building a line of practical wisdom for body, mind, and spirit, beginning with a book that offers real help to everyday people in bad times. Future titles will include other self-help books, spiritual insights, and offerings for a balanced life.

Start the New Year with new resolve, and new help. Look to Zenjo Press for Common Cent$ and additional commonsense releases in days to come.

Visit us at www.zenjopress.com for inspiration and guidance, and watch for new titles and offerings in diverse areas.

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Zenjo Press Launches

Holistic Publisher Offers Gateway to Wisdom

San Mateo, Calif.—December 18, 2009—ZenJo Press announces its genesis, as it seeks to promote well-being and growth in all areas of life by offering wisdom and empowerment in mind, body, and spirit. This holistic approach to knowledge is an outgrowth of one of Zenjo's goals—to nurture the spirit while at the same time providing mind and body with needful wisdom.

The name ZenJo comes from the Japanese word used by Buddhists to describe the summit of Mt. Fuji, a place so sacred and perfect in proportion and elegance that it seemed to them to embody the essence of concentration in its perfect state—that sharp focus of meditation that can become the gateway to nirvana as we learn to leave behind the common distractions and errors of daily living. ZenJo Press seeks to be that meditational focus: a gateway offering access to that essence through its forthcoming titles offering wisdom and guidance along many pathways of daily life, encompassing art, self-help, philosophy, and spirituality.

ZenJo seeks to offer a way to reconnect with the source of wisdom and guidance, through diverse paths leading toward our highest purpose. We welcome you on this journey, whether you seek a return to ancient wisdom or choose to venture forth on a life quest. Our authors can illuminate your travels, whether those journeys are inward reflections or outward explorations. We hope that you will find your path enriched by them and by their wisdom—of heart, of mind, of body, and of spirit.

Visit us at www.zenjopress.com for inspiration and guidance, and watch for new titles and offerings in diverse areas.

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In Celebration of Gaia's Very Own Paint Brush, Zenjo Press Debuts with a Colorful Splash

A 24-Month calendar features 84 images of Costa Rica's magical flora and fauna

San Mateo, Calif.—December 6, 2009—Gray winter skies got you down? Longing for a getaway to a tropical paradise? Look no farther than Costa Rica 2011-2012, by Joanne Ehrich.

This glorious two-year calendar from Zenjo Press offers photographs that will lift your mood every month for the next two years, as it takes you on a scenic tour of enticing landscapes from Central America.

Bordered on both sides by water—the Pacific Ocean to the northwest and the Caribbean Sea to the east—Costa Rica shelters within its borders 5% of the world's biodiversity. A generous sampling of that is contained in this calendar's 84 striking images. The rich blues and lush greens of a Costa Rican rainforest, punctuated by the brilliant hues of colorful birds and butterflies, offer the perfect setting as regional wildlife populates these pages. In settings that include not just forests but waterfalls, pools, and beaches, the creatures of Central America—including the shy tree sloth and her baby—make their appearance.

Colorful frogs and the intense jaguar vie for your attention as their images practically leap off the pages. Birds of paradise, orchids, and other colorful blooms bring cheer to eyes wearied by winter landscapes and office cubicles. Fantastic birds, from the exotic toucan and multi-hued parrot to the blue heron and the more commonplace chicken—looking strangely at home in such wild surroundings—flaunt their bright plumage in a feast for the spirit.

Many different types of lizards vie for attention, and deer and cattle show that the familiar can be seen from an entirely different point of view. Lest the wildlife adventure seem too safe, the stare of jungle cats and the lurking silhouettes of crocodiles punctuate this adventure with the breath of danger.

Calendar pages list major holidays and events, and provide space to record appointments and special dates. The calendar covers two full years, providing plenty of opportunity to daydream about that tropical vacation or record long-range plans to make your own escape to Shangri-La.

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