It’s that time of year. The easy days of summer slip away into brisker autumn afternoons. Some of us sigh with regret and some of us rejoice at the prospect. But one thing doesn’t have to change for anyone: the delights of summer reading don’t have to go anywhere. In fact, fall is a terrific time to romp around outdoors, go for walks and bike rides, and come home with ruddy cheeks and a big appetite just in time to settle in for an evening with your favorite books…

Wait a sec. Hold that thought.

Every self-respecting squirrel knows that before you can snuggle in for chilly weather and page-turners, you have to stock up! And boy is this the week to do it.

Our Fiction River Subscription Kickstarter is ticking down to its final hours. Guarantee yourself dozens of gripping stories by award-winning authors by subscribing to electronic and/or print editions. We have hit six of our stretch goals so far, which means more books for all backers at $15 or higher.

Thank you all!

And now, for writers, or those of you with family or friends who are writers, we added a new reward at the $100 level. Lectures, writing books, subscription, and a chance to submit a story to Fiction River.

Some of you—a record number, in fact—had the foresight to squirrel away (preorder) Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s latest novel in the award-winning Diving Series. The wait is over: Searching for the Fleet, arrives this week! September 18, get your copy from your favorite book retailer. It is available in paperback, too.

Planning on bundling up in front of a crackling fire? What better way to provide yourself with hours of uninterrupted absorption than indulging in a Storybundle. Dean Wesley Smith’s novel Dry Creek Crossing from his time-travel Thunder Mountain series and Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s novella The Application of Hope from her Diving series are both part of the 2018 Adventure SF Bundle. There is much more to the bundle: Kevin J. Anderson’s anthology of science fiction stories; Fiction River: Superpowers; thirteen works in all. But it ends Wednesday, September 19.

Is that all? Of course not! We are busy creating those chestnuts for everyone to squirrel away. Fiction River: Pulse Pounders: Countdown is on its way, Pulphouse Fiction Magazine Issue 4 is in the works, Kris and Dean both have novels in an upcoming Storybundle called Dark Fantasy, and Dean is embarking on a project of writing ten novels in 100 days. Which reminds me, if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to work…

By Gwyneth Gibby, Associate Publisher