As I look out my office window at the gray skies and torrential misting that marks an Oregon Coast February, I find myself wishing for a bit of magic to whisk me away to somewhere warm and sunny.

Alas, such a feat is outside my skill level. Instead, I shall lose myself to a great fantasy book (or ten), such as those included in the latest StoryBundle Kristine Kathryn Rusch has curated, including WMG books Familiarity: A Winston & Ruby Collection and Fiction River: Alchemy & Steam.

Here’s what Kris has to say about the Sorcery & Steam bundle (available now through March 15 at

Sorcery. Steam. Ghosts. A touch of romance. Mythic creatures. Some truly violent bad guys. And one little black cat.

We have everything in this bundle that a fantasy reader could want.

Including magic.

We have magic in all forms, from the magic that gods use when they come to Earth to magic that a familiar inspires when she helps a man with limited ability keep his spells fresh. We have vampires and werewolves. We have parasols and tea and lovely chocolates. We have FBI agents facing killers and assassins who can kill with a blink.

A fantastic story for every mood, and steampunk. Not enough to call this a steampunk bundle, but enough that we could add “steam” to our subtitle. (We can also add “steam” for another reason. One or two of these books have steamy scenes, that have nothing to do with engines and everything to do with heat between humans.)

We also have new releases in this bundle. Usually writers contribute the first books in a series or a book that fits the theme but has been published for a long time. Four writers—Dayle A. Dermatis, Catherine Banks, Michelle Fox, and me— decided to put their most recent book in the bundle. In fact, Catherine and Michelle have contributed books exclusive to StoryBundle. You can’t get those books anywhere else!

Click here to read much more about the bundle.

No magic wand necessary.

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