Publisher’s Note: Something old, something new, something bundled

My partner, John, and I recently started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’ve seen the series before, but this is his first time. It’s so much fun experiencing it again with him, but it’s hard at the same time. I don’t want to give any spoilers.

That joy of introducing a friend or loved one (or even a random stranger) to a beloved series is, I believe, universal, at least for story people like us.

That’s one of the many reasons we started releasing series bundles this year.

And this month, I have two new bundles to tell you about. Another three-book series starter and the first of the WMG Starter Bundles.

But first, the series starter. The Cold Poker Gang Starter Bundle is hard-boiled mystery.

Here’s the synopsis:

If you love puzzle mystery novels, complicated cold cases, and detectives tackling the most twisted crimes, take this opportunity to introduce yourself to USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith’s Cold Poker Gang.

This starter bundle includes the first three books in the Cold Poker Gang series: Kill Game, Cold Call, and Calling Dead.

The second new bundle this month is the WMG Starter Bundle: Science Fiction.

Here’s the synopsis for that one:

Find your next science fiction adventure from WMG Publishing in this four-book bundle containing the first book in some of the best sf series being written today.

Meet Miles Flint—called one of “the top ten greatest science fiction detectives of all time” by io9—from Hugo Award-winning Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Retrieval Artist series. Gear up for page-turning space adventure in Rusch’s Diving series. Get ready to travel in time to the Old West with USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith’s Thunder Mountain series. And prepare to unravel the mysteries of the human race in Smith’s Seeders Universe. 

This starter bundle includes: The Disappeared, Diving into the Wreck, Thunder Mountain, and Against Time.

So, whether you want to share a new mystery series with a friend or sample several new science fiction series yourself—or anything in between—these starter bundles are a great way to launch into something new.

Or, like me, rediscover something old in new ways.

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

Publisher’s Note: A Blast from the Past

The year 1991 was a very important year for me. It’s the year I graduated from high school. It’s the year I started college. It’s the year I turned 18. Really, it’s the year I became an adult.

It was an important year in US history, too. The Cold War ended. The first Gulf War began. We watched a videotape of LAPD officers beating Rodney King, and police brutality became a national discussion topic.

And in the publishing industry, a publication called Pulphouse: A Fiction Magazine, edited by Dean Wesley Smith, was launched.

Now, 26 years later, I’ve found myself reconnecting with classmates I haven’t talked to since high school and college. Topics such as the Cold War, the Gulf War, and police brutality continue to make the news. And Pulphouse Fiction Magazine will soon return to print.

And although time changes all things, many aspects of Pulphouse will remain. Dean remains editor, so the tone of the magazine will remain very similar to its original incarnation. And Kristine Kathryn Rusch, who edited Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine, is tied to this new project, too.

Despite the fact that WMG didn’t exist during the magazine’s first run, we will honor all unfulfilled Pulphouse subscriptions with either a four-volume ebook subscription (no need to figure out how many issues you had left…you’ll automatically get a full year) or a lifetime ebook subscription (for lifetime subscribers). Just email us at subscriptions@wmgpublishingmail.com.

We’ve been working on this for a while, and I’m thrilled to add this magazine—a three-time Hugo Award finalist—to our product line.

The first release will be a limited edition Issue Zero, which will be available only via Kickstarter later this year. So, stay tuned.

And if you read this blog regularly, you might remember me mentioning I was surrounded by some amazing authors and editors a couple of weeks ago. Well, while other WMG editors bought stories for seven new volumes of Fiction River, Dean bought stories for five issues of Pulphouse.

See, I told you it was exhausting and exhilarating around here. My brain is still recovering, but I couldn’t wait any longer to tell you about Pulphouse. You can read more about the history and future of Pulphouse in Dean’s blog here.

And really, you should.

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

Publisher’s Note: The Makings of a Mysterious March

 

I’ve just wrapped up a long and exhilarating week with about 50 amazing fiction writers and editors here on the Oregon Coast. It was the best workshop yet, I believe, and I’ll have lots to tell you about from it. But not yet. Right now, I’m so exhausted, I’m a bit brain dead.

Which is appropriate, because what I am going to tell you about right now is a brand-new collection by Dean Wesley Smith called Dead to Me.

The first in a new line of collections for Dean’s short fiction, called, appropriately, Smith’s Fiction Collections, Dead to Me offers five funny, creepy and strange mysteries.

Here’s the synopsis:

Dean Wesley Smith, famous for being one of the most prolific and wide ranging authors working today, draws on his library of short mystery stories to produce this collection, Dead to Me.

Hard-boiled Las Vegas coughs up a very dead and very cold body for the retired detectives of the Cold Poker Gang to deal with in “The Case of the Pleasant Hills Murder.” In “Two Roads, No Choices,” the legendary Sherlock Holmes tackles a lingering mystery surrounding the ill-fated Titanic, with a science fiction twist. A creepy Bryant Street story offers up a strange couple in the suburbs in “An Obscene Crime Against Passion.” Cold-blooded vodka-sipping Mary Jo in “Make Myself Just One More,” offers more twists and turns, and the better halves of two “Husband Dummies” make clear that woman win more than they lose.

I’m thrilled to be able to offer Dean’s work in this way, because these collections give you a true sense of just how diverse Dean’s stories are, even within the same genre.

Speaking of diverse writing, I have another new bundle to tell you about. As you might remember, we have a limited-time bundle that focuses on a Fiction River volume—The Escapist Bundle—which introduces you to the longer work of our great Fiction River authors.

This new bundle I mentioned earlier is on BundleRabbit and is called The Haunted Bundle. It contains stories about ghosts, hauntings, and mysterious things by twenty different authors. WMG has two stories in this bundle: “Waltzing on a Dancer’s Grave” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and “Roses Around the Moment” by Dean Wesley Smith.

Here’s the synopsis:

Have you ever felt as though someone was watching you, but when you turned around no one was there?

How many times have you been unable to find something, then it later turned up in the exact place you’d searched over and over?

Why does your cat act as though it’s staring at something, even though you can’t see anything?

Just because you can’t see anything doesn’t mean there isn’t something there…

But don’t worry. Ghosts aren’t real.

Or are they?

Mysterious things or just plain mysteries…March has a lot to offer. And it’s only the beginning.

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

Publisher’s Note: Fiction, Fiction Everywhere

I’m surrounded by writers this week. Literally. Our annual anthology workshop runs this week here on the Oregon Coast, and we have about 50 writers from all over the world here.

It’s a ton of work and some of the most fun I have doing this job.

The product of these workshops is Fiction River. So, it’s apropros that we have a brand-new release hitting while all these folks are here.

The newest Fiction River Presents (for those of you who aren’t already subscribers, that’s the reprint line for Fiction River, which I edit) officially publishes tomorrow. It’s called Legacies, and the theme for this one is families—in all their beautiful and sometimes messed up glory.

Here’s the synopsis:

Family time takes the stage with this latest volume of Fiction River Presents. From the gut-wrenching struggle to survive a broken family to the heartbreaking loss of a child to the all-encompassing power of familial love, Legacies takes readers on a roller-coaster of emotions. Spanning genre lines from literary to fantasy to paranormal romance, this volume proves why Adventures Fantastic says: “If you haven’t checked out Fiction River yet, you should. There’s something for everyone.”

Table of Contents
“Prism of the Crab Gods” by Kelly Washington
“Sisters” by Leah Cutter
“Deathmobile” by Michele Lang
“The F Factor” by Chrissy Wissler
“Shaman” by Leslie Claire Walker
“Legacy” by Irette Y. Patterson
“My Real Cousin Ruby” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“The Man Who Decided” by Dean Wesley Smith
“The Farewell Gift” by Louise Marley

And don’t forget that another volume in the Fiction River family—Recycled Pulp—and ten of its authors are featured in the Escapist Bundle of Storybundle, which launched last week. You can read more about it and buy it here.

But I’m still not done. In addition to Legacies, Dean Wesley Smith’s latest Cold Poker Gang novel publishes Tuesday, as well.

Here’s the synopsis for Ace High:

1991. The famous Las Vegas hotel The Landmark scheduled for destruction. A girl’s body found in one of the old rooms. Impossible to even tell her identity or what happened to her.

Seventeen years later Cold Poker Gang members Pickett and Sarge take up the girl’s long-cold case. And layer by layer they uncover one of the most twisted crimes in the history of the famous sin city.

A crime that still needs to be covered up with even more death. Ace High wins the award for the most twisted crime novel yet in the series of Cold Poker Gang novels. If you love great mystery books, grab this one.

So much fiction, so little time. Sounds like a great excuse for a vacation day, don’t you think?

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

Publisher’s Note: A Much-Needed Escape

Ever feel like you need to escape from reality for a while? A day, a week, four years—whatever it takes. It seems like many of us feel that way right now, so what better time for some escapist fiction?

Hence, the new Escapist Bundle I’ve curated for Storybundle (my first as curator, by the way), an entertaining vacation of the written word and a bit of a new format for Storybundle.

You see, the eleven fantastic books in this bundle come from authors tied together by, among other accolades, their inclusion in a single volume of Fiction River, in this case a volume called Recycled Pulp. For those of you unfamiliar with Fiction River (if you’re new to this blog, for example), it’s an original anthology series that Adventures Fantastic calls “one of the best and most exciting publications in the field today.”

With 22 volumes published so far, Recycled Pulp proves one of the most creative volumes. Inspired by the fantastic, escapist pulp fiction of the last century, the amazing authors in this volume were tasked with creating modern escapist fiction from nothing but a pulp-inspired title. The results were fantastic, indeed.

Ten of those authors have provided books for the bundle. Like the diverse genre mix of stories Fiction River is famous for, this bundle also features a diverse genre mix of books. But they all have one very important thing in common—they are the perfect escape from everyday life.

Included in the bundle is, of course, Fiction River: Recycled Pulp, edited by John Helfers. We also have: Lisa Silverthorne’s Isabel’s Tears, a novel about a magical inn; Dayle A. Dermatis’ Waking the Witch, a gothic mystery novel with some paranormal elements and a light romance; Kelly Washington’s The Pale Waters, the first novella in a four-part epic journey; and Erica Lyon’s Hot Waters, a steamy sea adventure novel.

As a bonus, we have Rebecca Senese’s ten-story science fiction collection Tales of Possibilities; Thomas K. Carpenter’s Revolutionary Magic, a historical fantasy and the first in the Dashkova Memoirs; Annie Reed’s A Death in Cumberland, a moody police procedural; Nebula Award finalist Cat Rambo’s Neither Here Nor There, a double collection of alt-world and real world fantasy stories; New York Times bestselling author Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s The War and After, five historical fantasy stories of magic and revenge; and last but not least, USA Today bestselling author Dean Wesley Smith’s The Slots of Saturn, the origin story for his fan-favorite superhero Poker Boy.

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). For $5, you’ll get the basic bundle of six books in any eBook format—worldwide. If you pay $14, you’ll get the five bonus books as well.

The Escapist Bundle goes live on Wednesday, February 22, and runs for three weeks only. This is cheaper than any vacation, and best of all, you get to enjoy it from wherever you are.

Now, that’s a true escape.

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

Publisher’s Note: A Shining Star of a Series

I’ve been spending a lot of time in a distant galaxy lately, which is cool because I’ve always wanted to travel in space.

It’s even cooler, because it was created by the incomparable mind of Dean Wesley Smith. Fortunately, given my busy schedule, I didn’t have to leave my desk to get there.

You see, sometimes, months or years after we’ve released books in a series, we need to go back and tie them together in a way we couldn’t have before they were written. We don’t always know—because the author doesn’t always know, especially when he or she writes into the dark—that we’re publishing a trilogy, for example. Heck, sometimes we don’t even know it’s a series until later.

And sometimes, we’re just waiting to see where it goes.

Dean’s Seeders Universe is one such series. The universe is so vast, that with each new book, we look at the series as a whole to see where it fits. Sometimes, it’s obvious. Sometimes not.

But books four through eight in the series marked a very clear direction. The first three are a trilogy: Star Mist, Star Rain and Star Fall. And the latest, Starburst, expands the universe even further.

So, we’re in the process of bundling the trilogy together (watch for that to release later this month). And I’m pleased to announce the publication of Dean’s latest Seeders Universe novel: Starburst.

Here’s the synopsis:

Exploring the vastness of space: The mission of the massive Starburst ships.
Chairmen Cole and Echo of the Starburst ship Star Trail get wrapped up in finding lost ancient cultures.
And in the process find far more than they ever could imagine.
Starburst takes the vast Seeders Universe and expands it yet again beyond where humans dare go.

So, if you’re looking to get the hell out of Dodge, why not join me across the universe?

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