Publisher’s Note: We All Need a Little Magic In Our Lives

My daughter, Nola, is determined to catch a Leprechaun. She builds a new trap every year. I’ve included a photo of this year’s version. Needless to say, she never catches one, but she finds “evidence” of their visit every year.

The irony: I don’t plant that evidence. This year, the evidence was in the front yard. She decided the leprechauns left some green ties in our yard. Now, those ties have been there since before she was born, but she never noticed them. Ah, the power of wishful thinking.

Obviously, I know she’s never going to catch a leprechaun. But I won’t discourage her from believing she will (even if I have to spend $40 on craft supplies). I firmly believe everyone needs a little magic in their lives.

So does Kristine Grayson. She put her own twist on the legend of the leprechaun in her story “Cosmic Balances, Inc.” Click here to read the synopsis and download that story for free for one week only.

We’re entering an exciting time for Grayson fans. Next Thursday, we’ll be releasing the first of four omnibuses. It’s called The Charming Trilogy, Vol. 1, which contains the novels Utterly Charming, Thoroughly Kissed, and Completely Smitten, along with a ton of bonus materials. We’re also rebranding the series to better align it with the genre and provide a comprehensive reading order. So, watch for a relaunch of Completely Smitten and a redesign of the Grayson website to correspond with the omnibus release. I’ve included the covers of the omnibus and Completely Smitten to give you a sneak peek.

We’ll release a new omnibus every month, in series order, until June (along with any rebranded books we have the rights to publish).

Now, I saved the best news for last, because in June we will have the first new Grayson novel in years, Hidden Charm, so stay tuned for more information on that release.

We’re in for a magical spring.

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

Publisher’s Note: Retrieval Artist Series ebooks are on sale—for a limited time


Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Retrieval Artist novels are dangerous ones for me to work on. Dangerous, because of the amount of time it takes me to do anything with them.

You see, they are so compelling that I get sucked into the narrative and can lose vast parts of my day reading. It happens every time. The books are that good.

And obviously, I’m not alone in thinking that. This series is extremely popular with fans and reviewers alike.

And now it’s on sale in ebook for a limited time.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Retrieval Artist series, it all began with the Hugo Award-winning novella, The Retrieval Artist, about a future private investigator of sorts, working a case on the Moon. That one novella (which is actually set much later in Miles Flint’s career than the novels) sparked a series so richly developed that Miles Flint has been called one of “the top ten greatest science fiction detectives of all time” by io9 and one of “14 great sci-fi and fantasy detectives who out-Sherlock’d Holmes” and “a candidate for the title of greatest fictional detective of all time” by Blastr. Analog has said of the series, “The SF thriller is alive and well, and today’s leading practitioner is Kristine Kathryn Rusch.” And The Edge Boston says, “If there’s any such thing as a sci-fi CSI, the Retrieval Artist novels set the tone.”

The series has garnered much more acclaim, but you get the point.

For those of you who haven’t yet experienced this intriguing universe, you’ll want to start with The Disappeared, which is available for free for a limited time in ebook here.

Here’s the synopsis:

In a universe where humans and aliens have formed a loose government called the Earth Alliance, treaties guarantee that humans are subject to alien laws when on alien soil. But alien laws often make no sense, and the punishments vary from loss of life to loss of a first-born child.

Now three cases have collided: a stolen spaceyacht filled with dead bodies, two kidnapped human children, and a human woman on the run, trying to Disappear to avoid alien prosecution. Flint must enforce the law—giving the children to aliens, solving the murders, and arresting the woman for trying to save her own life. But how is a man supposed to enforce laws that are unjust? How can he sacrifice innocents to a system he’s not sure he believes in? How can Miles Flint do the right thing in a universe where the right thing is very, very wrong?

This Endeavor Award-winning novel is Flint’s first adventure, the story that turns him from a police detective in the Armstrong Dome on the Moon into a Retrieval Artist.

The rest of the novels in the series (all 14 of them) are $3.99 for the ebook (again, for a limited time). There are seven books in the original series and another eight books in the Anniversary Day Saga. You can read more about the series and find the complete reading order here.

Just remember that I warned you about these books—once you start reading, you’ll find it very hard to stop until you get to the very end. Now, that’s great writing!

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

Publisher’s Note: Our First Pulphouse Book is Here!


For those of you who supported our Pulphouse Kickstarter in 2017 (again, thank you!), you might remember we had three books we promised as stretch goals.

Well, now that we have a year of Pulphouse under our belts, we’re ready to publish the first of those books. And we started with a compilation of reader’s favorites, called—in true Pulphouse style—You Really Liked That?

Pulphouse editor Dean Wesley Smith has spent the past year keeping track of reader comments to put this book together. Here’s the synopsis and table of contents:

The readers, the fans, the reviewers all weighed in over the first year of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine. Five issues, almost 100 stories. They raved about some stories, liked others, and found some eye-opening, shall we say?

And editor Dean Wesley Smith kept track.

So now, as promised in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine’s first Kickstarter campaign, here come the favorites, the stories the readers and reviewers loved from the first full year (plus Issue Zero, our test issue). These stories wonderfully represent Pulphouse’s mission: attitude, feel, no genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories.

This might be one of the strangest anthologies ever put together of extremely high-quality fiction. But editor Dean claims no credit. He just listened to all of you.

Includes:
“Spud Wrangler” by Kent Patterson
“A Few Minutes in the Plantation Bar and Grill Outside of Woodville, Mississippi” by Steve Perry
“Graymatters” by David Stier
“The Clockwork Man’s Canteen” by J. Steven York
“A Good Negro” by Ezekiel James Boston
“Collector’s Curse: A Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. Adventure” by Kevin J. Anderson
“nanoturds” by Ray Vukcevich
“Queen of the Mouse Riders” by Annie Reed
“Who’s the Abomination?” By Johanna Rothman
“In the Empire of the Underpants” by Robert Jeschonek
“At Witt’s End: A Spade/Paladin Conundrum” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

If you’ve never read Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, this book is a great way to experience the cutting-edge fiction that epitomizes Pulphouse.

So, what are you waiting for? You can buy the book here (it’s available in ebook and trade paperback). And if you like what you read, you might want to consider a subscription. You can find out more about that here.

Our next issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine publishes later this week, so stay tuned.

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

Publisher’s Note: A New Edition of A Dangerous Road


As promised in my blog two weeks ago, WMG has released a new edition of A Dangerous Road by Kris Nelscott featuring a reader’s guide and book discussion questions.

This is by popular demand. Kris has been getting inquiries for years about this kind of edition, because A Dangerous Road—the first book in the Smokey Dalton series—is perfect for book clubs and reader groups to discuss.

But writing discussion questions is a particular skill. One I don’t have any experience doing. Fortunately, multi-talented associate publisher Gwyneth Gibby does possess such experience.

She wrote the questions and I designed a whole new cover for this edition.

If you’ve never read A Dangerous Road, this is a great time to start. Here’s the synopsis:

Private Investigator Smokey Dalton works for Memphis, Tennessee’s black community. He has almost no interaction with the white hierarchy, even though they exist only blocks away. So he’s surprised the day a white woman walks into his Beale Street office. Laura Hathaway has sought him out because he’s a beneficiary in her mother’s will, and Laura wants to know why.

So does Smokey. He’s never heard of the Hathaways, but his search will take him on a journey that will challenge everything he’s ever known, including his own identity.

Set against the backdrop of the strike and protests that will end with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, A Dangerous Road combines the politics of race, betrayal, unexpected love, and the terrible cost of trust.

It’s a story so memorable the Mystery Writers of America chose it as one of the top five novels of the year and the Historical Mystery Appreciation Society honored it as the winner of the Herodotus Award for Best Historical Mystery.

The new edition is available in ebook and trade paperback and is the same price as the regular edition. You can buy the new edition here.

The regular edition—which is available in ebook, trade paperback, and audiobook—is available here.

So, if you’re looking for a new book to recommend to your book club or reading group, consider A Dangerous Road. I promise, you won’t regret it.

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

Publisher’s Note: Vision 2020


When I was in graduate school studying journalism, we created a special insert into the Columbia Missourian called Vision 2020. I don’t recall now what stories we published, but as you might expect, it was trying to envision what Columbia, Missouri, would look like in 2020. This was 2003, and 2020 seemed so far off. Now, it’s only months away.

I felt the same way when the Prince song “1999” came out. When that came out in 1982, it seemed like the world would be a much different place in 1999. And it was…but not as much in the way we expected. We thought for sure there would flying cars by 1999, for example.

As we approach 2020, still no flying cars. But we do have cars that drive themselves, so I suppose that’s something.

I’m thinking about all this because WMG just announced its 2020 Vegas Workshops schedule.

We have three craft workshops, our annual anthology workshop (which is where we buy some of our Fiction River and Pulphouse stories), and the annual Business Master Class, which is where some of the best minds in the publishing business look at where we are in the industry and what’s on the horizon.

You can read more about the 2020 workshop schedule here.

And don’t forget, if you want to sign up for the 2019 Business Master Class, you still have time (although it’s filling up fast). And there’s still a couple spots in the fall craft workshop. Sign up here for the Master Class and here for the Romance Workshop.

And, of course, our online lectures and workshops are available year-round. You can check those out here.

So, go check them out. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that we all need to keep learning and growing; because you never can predict where the future might lead you.

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