Publisher’s Note: Diving into Fall Reading

We have two fantastic new releases coming up from Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and they’re both available on preorder in ebook. So, if you want to start planning your fall reading (once you finish all those awesome books in the Light in the Dark YA Storybundle I told you about last week, of course), here’s what you need to know.

First up is the latest novel in Kris’ Diving series, The Runabout. If you missed it in Asimov’s (the first full novel ever printed by that magazine, btw), or you just want a standalone copy, you’ll want to reserve your copy today.

Here’s the synopsis:

A graveyard of spaceships, abandoned by the mysterious Fleet thousands of years earlier. Boss calls it “The Boneyard.” She needs the ships inside to expand her work for Lost Souls Corporation. Yash Zarlengo thinks the Boneyard will help her discover if the Fleet still exists.

Boss and Yash, while exploring the Boneyard, discover a small ship with a powerful and dangerous problem: The ship’s active anacapa drive.

To escape the Boneyard, Boss must deal with the drive. Which means she’ll have to dive the ship on limited time and under extremely dangerous conditions. And she can’t go alone.

A heart-stopping adventure that continues the thrill ride of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s award-winning Diving series.

As avid readers of this blog might remember, I’ve been a fan of the Diving series since before I took the helm of WMG. So, I’ll let you in on some inside information. I have the next Diving book in my hands, too. It will be released sometime next fall, although you’ll get pieces of it in Asimov’s along the way. For more information on the Asimov’s details, go to Kris’ website directly and sign up for her newsletter.

The Runabout releases Sept. 22 in ebook, paperback, and audiobook. But you can preorder it here.

And for you Kris Nelscott fans—that’s Kris’ historical mystery pen name—we have a new release coming up that we’re very excited about.

Protectors features characters Kris has written about before in short stories or, in Val’s case, Stone Cribs. Now, Kris brings them together in 1969 Berkeley.

Here’s the synopsis:

A former combat nurse, a former legal secretary, and the owner of one of the first women-only gyms form an unlikely alliance in this fast-paced and riveting new work by the acclaimed historical mystery novelist Kris Nelscott.

The novel opens on the day of the Moon landing, July 20, 1969, two years after the Summer of Love changed Berkeley forever, and left lots of broken teenagers in its wake.

One of the first (if not the first) women-only gyms in the nation and the start of the Women’s Self-Defense Movement bring June “Eagle” Eagleton, Valentina “Val” Wilson, and Pamela “Pammy” Griffin together.

They never intended to face the kidnappings and murders of college students. But no one else paid attention.

An amazing trip into the experiences and lives of 1969 Berkeley told with riveting attention to detail. A read that will keep you turning pages into the late night and shock you at the same time.

This book was originally released on preorder as A Gym of Her Own, but we realized that name wasn’t working (for the behind-the-scenes look at why that is, click here to read Kris’ blog post on that topic.)

Protectors will be released Oct. 17 in ebook, paperback, hardcover and limited-edition hardcover. To preorder the ebook, click here.

So, start with the Storybundle, then preorder two amazing, and diverse, books.

What better way to dive into fall!

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.

Publisher’s Note: A Light in the Dark

I love young adult fiction. And I’m not the only far-from-young adult who does.

I was born during what was considered at the time the golden age of young adult fiction. By the time the genre’s popularity began to flag in 1990s, I was busy getting a degree in English Literature, so I was immersed in Shakespeare and other works not often considered YA (although, um, hello, Romeo & Juliet…). And I was not far out of actual young adulthood before Harry Potter revitalized YA fiction and sent its popularity into the stratosphere.

Even before I had my daughter, I continued to read YA. Of course, when my I was reading to a baby and toddler every day, my fiction repertoire shifted significantly younger, and I discovered a renewed love of children’s fiction, as well.

In fact, when I was first dating my partner, John, one of the first books I bought for him was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. John’s an amazing landscaper and loves working with nature, so I wanted to share with him a book that helped spark my love of nature and our connection to the Earth.

And as Nola has matured reading-wise very quickly, we’re already reading young adult fiction together. I love reading with her.

So, when I had the opportunity to curate another Storybundle, I knew YA was the way to go.

Welcome to the Light in the Dark YA Storybundle.

Each book in this bundle spark a light in the dark. Sometimes, that light comes from within. Sometimes, the characters must fight back the darkness to find it. And their stories demonstrate the incredible diversity of young adult fiction, from lighthearted and inspirational to dark and gritty.

These eleven fantastically versatile authors provided thirteen books that offer magic, triumph, humor, daring, hardship, and resilience. Sometimes, all in one.

Join in the adventure as Buffalo Jimmy and his friends as they seek survival and revenge in Dean Wesley Smith’s Headed West, Galen and his clan sacrifice everything in hopes of finding a future and a hope for their families in Darcy Pattison’s Vagabonds, the Prentiss twins discover more than they bargained for in Deb Logan’s Thunderbird, and Turtle and Agata delve into a dangerous mystery in John Biggs’ Mytro.

Experience youthful defiance with “Rabbit” Labelle as he deals with racism in David H. Hendrickson’s Offside and Elinor Pembroke as she chooses an unorthodox path in Melissa McShane’s Burning Bright. Go back to high school with Tiffany VanDerHoven as she comes to terms with her newfound mortality in Kristine Grayson’s Tiffany Tumbles, and Gabby DeCorte as she plays the LifeGame in Thomas K. Carpenter’s Gamers Trilogy.

And journey along with diverse tales of magic, adventure, dragons and more in Jody Lynn Nye’s Daring, Anthea Sharp’s Tales of Feyland and Faerie, and Fiction River: Sparks, edited by Rebecca Moesta.

The books featured in the Light in the Dark YA Storybundle feature bestselling authors along with newer names you’ll be glad you tried. And, as always at StoryBundle, you name your own price—whatever you feel the books are worth, and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity—in this case, SMART (Start Making a Reader Today). Each year, SMART reaches thousands of Oregon children with vital one-on-one reading support, and books for those who need them most. And if you pay at least $15, you’ll get all thirteen books!

The Light in the Dark YA Bundle starts Wednesday, Sept. 13, and runs for three weeks only. So, reconnect with your youth and enjoy everything that young adult fiction has to offer. You can read more about the bundle at https://storybundle.com/ya once it goes live.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.

Publisher’s Note: A Global View

One of the things I enjoy most about my job is its international nature. Not only do we publish books around the globe, but I have the privilege of working with authors from around the globe, as well.

I’m a firm believer that one cannot truly mature as a member of society without exposure to other cultures. There are many ways to do this, of course. But without that expansion, the human experience is rather limited imho.

I’ve had the good fortune to live abroad for a time and work in international settings in several of my jobs. And I’ve lived a good deal of my life in places with a diverse mix of cultures. I much prefer it that way.

So, when we were coming up with stretch goals for our most recent Fiction River subscription drive on Kickstarter, a volume called Writers Without Borders topped my list.

We set a series of stretch goals—a wish list of sorts for things we’d love to do if we made that much more money—during that campaign, and we blew through all of them.

Thus, Fiction River Presents: Writers Without Borders came to life.

Here’s the synopsis:

Fiction River crosses the border (and sometimes the galaxy) in this latest volume of Fiction River Presents. From a look into the Canadian side of World War II to the streets of London’s East End to worlds altogether alien, Writers Without Borders offers up international perspectives from Fiction River authors living outside the US. Spanning genre lines from historical mystery to fantasy to science fiction, this volume proves why Astro Guys says: “The Fiction River series is a wonderful mind-expanding read.”

Table of Contents
“Neutrality” by Karen L. Abrahamson
“Because” by Melissa Yi
“Dog Boy Remembers” by Jane Yolen
“The Red-Stained Wishing Tree” by Eric Stocklassa
“The Magnificent Citadel” by Rebecca M. Senese
“Impressions in the Snow” by Mark Leslie
“She Walks in Beauty” by Brenda Carre
“Magic and Sacrifice” by Felicia Fredlund
“Muggins Rules” by Russ Crossley
“Winning the Ocean Pearl” by T. D. Edge
“Blown” by Diana Deverell
“Closing the Big Bang” by Michèle Laframboise
“The Verdant Gene” by Marcelle Dubé
“The Moon was Bitter and Hungry” by JC Andrijeski

The majority of the authors in this volume were born and live in countries outside the US (and North America in several cases). Three of our authors are US-born but live either full or part-time in other countries. In fact, we have three of the seven continents represented here. (And if I can ever find a reason to publish a story from someone in Antarctica, that would just make my year.)

So, if you’re looking to do some traveling abroad—from the comfort of your own home—pick up a copy of Writers Without Borders here.

I think you’ll find it a very enriching experience.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.

Publisher’s Note: Much Ado About Nothing

Well, the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017 came and went, and it was a great disappointment in these parts…but not in the way you think.

The eclipse itself was spectacular. I mean, truly amazing. If you’ve never seen totality, you really must add that to your bucket list. I now understand why people chase these things. I really don’t have the words to describe it properly.

But the Apoceclipse that everyone (and I do mean everyone) predicted for Lincoln City…well, the opposite happened. Its own apocalypse, in a way, for local businesses.

As late as Wednesday, predictions for up to 100,000 people flocking to Lincoln City were alive and well. The police closed crosswalks and streets in preparation for the impending gridlock. Portable toilets were lined up in public spaces. Stores stocked shelves and announced they’d be open 24 hours over the weekend. Locals stocked up on food and water like we were preparing for a major winter storm. Here at WMG, we adjusted work schedules to accommodate the influx of people and the predicted lack of services, especially internet.

Then, on Thursday, things started to get weird. The town started to empty. And it didn’t fill up again. At all. By Friday, Lincoln City was a ghost town. On Saturday, you could have run down Highway 101 naked and no one would have been around to witness it.

This was peak summer tourism season, but I’ve seen more people out and about on a winter Wednesday in the middle of a hurricane-force windstorm.

If you’ve ever watched The Leftovers, that was what it felt like. The tourists just disappeared.

Town is just now returning to normal. And local businesses have plenty of ire to spread around about who is to blame. It’s ironic: Many locals complain endlessly about the tourists and their wish that they’d go away. Last weekend, they got their wish. Like the saying goes: Be careful what you wish for…

So, while we spend the week in a state of in-between (night in the middle of the day, deserted streets in the middle of the high season), I will remind you that we’re right in the middle of a bundle inspired by the in-between: The Universe Between Storybundle curated by Dean Wesley Smith.

If you missed my earlier blog on this bundle, you can read all about it at https://storybundle.com/fantasy.

But don’t dally. This bundle ends in a couple of days.

And that’s a prediction you can count on.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.

Publisher’s Note: Prepping for the Apoceclipse

I’m posting this blog early because of the impeding Apoceclipse, as we’re calling it here on the Central Oregon Coast.

No, we don’t think the world will end because of a total solar eclipse. (Although if you want to read an interesting article about eclipse superstitions, click here.) But we are preparing for this eclipse as if it were a natural disaster.

Why? Because the small coastal town in which WMG calls home is directly in the path of complete totality for the Great American Eclipse. Our permanent resident population is about 8,700 people. And although we are a tourist town, which swells our population greatly during peak season (aka summer), the number of people estimated to descend on Lincoln City for the eclipse is in the tens of thousands. Traffic is expected to come to a complete halt, making travel by foot the only option.

We are preparing for power outages, water shortages, food shortages, gas shortages…you name it.

And we’re pretty well guaranteed to have no internet or phone service for a couple of days at least.

So, I’m stocking up on food and water and getting ready to take a break from modern society.

If you need to reach us here in the next few days, well, we’ll do our best.

In the meantime, why not read about actual apocalyptic events in Fiction River: Visions of the Apocalypse.

If you missed this one, here’s the synopsis:

The end of the world might come in many forms: ecological disaster, alien invasion, cosmic chaos…the possibilities for destruction seem endless. So, how will those facing the end of the world deal with impending doom? The fourteen talented authors of Fiction River’s latest volume explore just that. From an intrepid adventurer fleeing a world-destroying terror to a man who discovers the most savage destroyers of civilization are closer than he thought, to a chilling tale of our whole planet hurled into the icy black reaches of space, these gripping stories demonstrate why Astro Guyz calls Fiction River “a wonderful, mind-expanding read.”

Table of Contents
“String of Pearls” by Eric Kent Edstrom
“The Shoes I Wore This Morning” by J. Daniel Sawyer
“The Dust Devil, the Riffraff, and the Big Orange Sunset” by Valerie Brook
“Goin’ to the Chapel” by Rebecca M. Senese
“With Wings the End” by Rob Vagle
“Cogs in the Machine” by Paul Eckheart
“The Faerie Invasion” by Anthea Sharp
“Demon-touched” by Travis Heermann
“Same Time Next Year” by M. E. Owen
“The Story That Has to Be Written” by Louisa Swann
“Tyrph Rights” by David Stier
“Paradox. Lost.” by Stefon Mears
“The Night of Brahma” by Leigh Saunders
“Three Degrees Above Zero” by Doug Dandridge

And for those of you ready to experience the eclipse, please remember your safety eyewear. Because losing your ability to read would be its own natural disaster.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.