Now that the holiday season is over, it’s time to start planning ahead for the New Year. But first, I have some new releases I wanted to be sure didn’t get lost in the festivities.

Associate Publisher Gwyneth Gibby briefly mentioned our latest volume of Fiction River in her fantastic end-of-year recap last week, but it’s time to shine a spotlight on that incredible volume.

I’ve recently had to make some very hard choices of my own, so I can empathize with some of the situations faced by the protagonists in Hard Choices, edited by Dean Wesley Smith.

Here’s the synopsis:

In this latest volume of Fiction River, editor Dean Wesley Smith pulls together an eclectic but cohesive group of stories filled with difficult decisions. From a man who must question the line between justice and vengeance to a teenage fixer fighting hypocrisy to a post-apocalyptic survivor’s mission to deliver one last message, each of these stories demonstrates extremely hard choices—and some very real consequences.

Table of Contents
“Equal Justice” by Annie Reed
“Payback” by Tonya D. Price
“Eric the Monkey” by Dan C. Duval
“Prospecting” by Ron Collins
“Toots” by Michael Kowal
“The Devil’s Muse” by Laura Ware
“Clean and Godly in Denmark” by Diana Deverell
“Killshot” by Annie Reed
“Four Hundred Yards” by Dale Hartley Emery
“A Life with Meaning” by David Stier
“Nightmare Scenario” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Echo” by Leslie Clare Walker
“Haunted” by Jamie Ferguson
“Skinwalker” by Valerie Brook
“Missiles of October” by Dan C. Duval
“Girl with a Mission” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“A New Day” by Kendall Heintzelman
“They Taught Us Wrong” by M.L. Buchman
“Tendrils” by Leigh Saunders
“Little Byte and Big Pieces” by Valerie Brook

You can buy it here. Or subscribe here and let Fiction River show up in your inbox automatically and start the year off right.

But Hard Choices wasn’t the only magazine we released in December. We also released Issue #4 of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, also edited by Dean Wesley Smith (we kept Dean busy, as you can see).

Here’s the Table of Contents:
“Bigger Than the Monkey” by Robert Jeschonek
“The Coyote Equation” by J. Steven York
“THE Wereyam” by Kent Patterson
“The Apple Tart of Eden” by M. L. Buchman
“The Dead on Somerset Hill” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Home” by Michael Kowal
Peace and Quiet” by Jerry Oltion
“Word from on High: A Lucifer Jones Story” by Mike Resnick
“For the Love of Killer” by Mary Jo Rabe
“Earth Day” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Why” by O’Neil De Noux
“Ornamental Animals” by Ray Vukcevich
“Crossing Over the River” by Sabrina Chase
“Graymatters” by David Stier
“The Chicken Time Machine” by Valerie Brook
“People Person” by Stephanie Writt
“The Old Guy” by Annie Reed
 “Wishful Thinking: A Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Adventure” by Kevin J. Anderson

Click here to buy Issue #4 or here to subscribe to the magazine.

Now, those are some easy decisions.

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