Publisher’s Note: Black History Month Kicks Off with a Powerful “Truth”


Note: The link below to download a free copy of “The Arrival of Truth” has been fixed. Thank you for informing us of this issue.

February 1 marks the start of Black History Month and to kick it off, the Google Doodle featured African-American abolitionist and American women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth. You can read more about this amazing woman here.

Seeing that Doodle nudged something in my memory. I seemed to remember that Kristine Kathryn Rusch might have written a story about her. (And this is one of the many reasons WMG keeps me around—with almost 700 titles, I’m usually the only one who can recall such things.)

Turns out I was right. It’s an alternative history story called “The Arrival of Truth.” And I thought in honor of Black History Month, I thought I’d share it with you for free.

Here’s the synopsis:

Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s alternate history stories have won or been nominated for every award in the sf field. “The Arrival of Truth” shows why. In pre-Civil War Virginia, some slaves tell a story about Sojourner and the Truth. One young girl, forced to give up her own children and nurse a white baby, wonders what the Truth will mean. Will it set her free? Or will it force her to make terrible choices of her own?

In “The Arrival of Truth,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch casts light on the powerful struggle between right and wrong, slavery and freedom.

You can download the story for free here.

Kris has written a number of stories and novels about the injustices faced by the African-American community, most frequently under her Kris Nelscott pen name.

Speaking of Nelscott, WMG will be releasing a new edition of A Dangerous Road featuring book discussion questions later this month.

So, stay tuned.

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

Publisher’s Note: The Power of Love


Love is a powerful thing. I’m talking about the kind of unconditional love of which we humans are capable. Sometimes, we find that love in a partner. Sometimes, we find it for the animals we share our lives with. Every child should feel a parents’ love, in my opinion.

But love is also a risky thing. Love can bring great joy…and devastating pain.

Fiction River editor Mark Leslie guides us through the ups and downs of love in all its forms for our latest volume, Feel the Love.

Here’s the synopsis:

Love. An essential and important part of the human experience. And in Feel the Love, editor Mark Leslie takes readers on a journey through the various forms of that powerful emotion. From the heartwarming to the heartbreaking, these eighteen talented writers brilliantly capture the concept of love. Comforting and thoughtful, uplifting and warm, these stories might just restore your faith in humanity.

Table of Contents
“Thief” by Michael Kowal
“Death’s Other Cousin” by Lisa Silverthorne
“Making Amends” by David Stier
“Frostwitch vs. the Ravages of Time” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“The Goddess Killer” by Lauryn Christopher
“Love Locks” by Dale Hartley Emery
“Love Bots” by Dæmon Crowe
“Loving Abby” by Angela Penrose
“Foiled” by Brigid Collins
“A Love to Remember” by Tonya D. Price
“The Refurbished Companion” by Kelly Washington
“The Secret of Catnip” by Stefon Mears
“Lifeblood” by Alexandra Brandt
“Who Loves the Unloved?” by Laura Ware
“Henry and Beth at the Funeral Home” by Joe Cron
“Truth and Lies” by David H. Hendrickson
“With Love in Their Hearts” by Robert Jeschonek
“Every Day New, Bright and Beautiful” by Annie Reed

Like the last Fiction River volume Mark edited (Feel the Fear), Feel the Love is the product of a publishing partnership with Kobo. And as such, if you buy the paperback edition, you will find a code in the back for a free ebook edition exclusively from Kobo.

Feel the Love’s official pub date is January 31, but the ebook is available for preorder now. You can find it here. This page will be updated on release day to provide links to the paperback, too.

We love great short fiction here at WMG. And if you want to keep feeling the love, you can subscribe to Fiction River here.

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

Publisher’s Note: Fantastic Mysteries


I remember having my first TV crush when I was 10. It was 1983, and a new show called Automan hit the air. The show followed the adventures of a police officer and computer programmer who had created an artificially intelligent crime fighting program that generated a hologram (“Automan”) which could leave the computer world at night and fight crime.

I was in love: with the concept, the plot, the futuristic sf/superhero world the show created, and, of course, with Automan himself, Chuck Wagner.

As these were the days before we had a VCR, it was appointment viewing in my household, at my insistence. I remember taking a two-minute shower once because my mother wouldn’t let me watch it until I’d showered. I think I showed up in the living room in a towel, but I didn’t miss a minute of the show.

Unfortunately, my relationship with Automan was short-lived. The show only lasted 12 episodes.

That was 35 years ago. And I still remember it.

Those fantastic detectives really stick with you.

And while none can ever compare with your first love, there are plenty more fantastic detectives in the world of fiction. And Dean Wesley Smith has curated a Storybundle full of them.

The Fantasy Detectives Storybundle offers ten titles sure to light your interest: Fiction River: Fantastic Detectives, edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; They’re Back: A Poker Boy Adventure by Dean Wesley Smith; Five Fantastic Tales by Kristine Kathryn Rusch; Slimy Chicken Zomnibus Edition by Kevin J. Anderson; Modern Sorcery by Gary Jonas; The Greatest Sin: Books 1-2 by Erik Kort and Lee French; Searching for Sanctuary by Chrissy Wissler; Devil’s Shoestring by Stefon Mears; Earthshaker by Robert Jeschonek; and The Shredded Veil Mysteries by Leah Cutter.

You can name your price, but if you pay at least $15, you get all ten fantastic mysteries.

Find out more about the bundle here.

But you’d better hurry. Like Automan, this bundle won’t be around for long.

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

Publisher’s Note: Hard Choices and Easy Decisions


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.

Publisher’s Note: Whew! What a year it’s been!

Guest blog by Gwyneth Gibby, Assoc. Publisher

It has been an exciting year for WMG Publishing, with Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith moving from the Oregon Coast to Las Vegas. Talk about a change of pace; the first thing Kris and Dean did after settling in to their new digs was to start running 5K and half marathon races. We here in Lincoln City were left playing Wile E. Coyote to their Road Runners. That’s kind of the way WMG always worked, but Dean and Kris have kicked everything into high gear.

In addition to publishing new fiction, nonfiction, and a new magazine, we almost doubled our revenue from book and magazine sales in 2018. Dean’s Cold Poker Gang series of eight novels, about retired Las Vegas detectives who play poker once a week and solve cold cases, proved to be a huge hit. The Smokey Dalton series by Kris Nelscott, an open pen name for Kristine Kathryn Rusch, also saw a resurgence. The seven novels centering around an African American private detective, set in the explosive late 1960s, were rediscovered by readers who recognized how important and relevant the series is, now more than ever.

We published Searching for the Fleet in September, the latest in Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s acclaimed Diving series. Two novellas excerpted from that novel were first published in Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine in 2018. Asimov’s editor, Sheila Williams, got so caught up in “Dix” she wrote, “I found I could barely breathe while reading our March/April cover story.”

Also in September, the author preferred edition of FantasyLife and Other Stories came out. Having never been happy with the original publication of the novel FantasyLife, partly because the original publisher got the title wrong (!) Kris collected three of her stories set in the same locale, Anchor Bay in Seavy County, and created an omnibus.

Fan favorites Winston & Ruby got their own collection, too, with the publication of Familiarity. If you haven’t met them yet, Winston is a kind and quiet wizard possessed of small magic, and Ruby is his familiar, with a big mouth and even bigger heart. This collection is a great way to get to know them.

Meanwhile Dean launched a new magazine. Pulphouse Fiction Magazine saw its first full year of quarterly publication since its rebirth in January. The original Pulphouse from the 1980s and 1990s was known for its attitude, and Dean has lost none of his edge nor his taste for great fiction, no matter the genre.

Dean likened the launch to starting out on a rollercoaster ride, and hearing the click of the gears. “That’s what firing up this magazine again after twenty-one years has felt like. Pure excitement, anticipation, and terror, all mixed. Kinda fun, actually.”

Pulphouse continues to publish a combination of original stories and reprints of favorites from the past. So far the magazine has been a terrific success, and there is much more to come in 2019.

Fiction River: An Original Anthology Magazine started the year with Justice, edited by Kris, a collection of stunning stories that tackle the theme from some unexpected points of view. Kris writes in her Introduction: “What these stories have in common, besides their high quality, is a thread of righteousness that goes through them.”

Wishes, Rebecca Moesta’s volume of YA stories,appeared in the spring. As she says: “Each tale in this book shows teens struggling with issues like young love, self-acceptance, being on the wrong end of someone else’s wish, a handicap, being an outcast, making impossible-seeming choices, or feeling neglected. In each story someone makes a wish—usually with unexpected results.”

Wishes gives readers a refreshing interlude before diving into the third in our thriller series, Pulse Pounders: Countdown, edited by Kevin J. Anderson. Tangent Online called Countdown, “fast-paced and explosive…thrills and excitement.” Buckle your seatbelts, readers!

August saw the publication of a Fiction River Special Edition: Editor Saves, edited by Kris. She collected an entire volume of terrific stories that Fiction River editors wanted to see published, but couldn’t fit in any of the regular volumes. Kris, an award-winning editor, “worked her magic” as Dean says in his introduction, and from that diverse list of stories created this wonderful volume.

The year ended with Hard Choices, edited by Dean, chockfull of gripping stories about some of the toughest decisions human beings can face: to kill nor not to kill, to face the truth or hide, to fight and survive or surrender.

Fiction River also had a very successful Kickstarter campaign this year, raising more than twenty-five thousand dollars to fund the next two years of publication. Boy do we have loyal and generous readers and fans. We can’t thank you all enough, but we try.

In nonfiction we published a new title in the WMG Writer’s Guide series: Creating Your Author Brand, by Kris. The culmination of a lot of research, this book tackles the subject of branding specifically for authors trying to grow their readership and expand their book sales. No other branding book does this.

Because Kris and Dean moved to Las Vegas, the workshops that have been on the Oregon Coast have moved as well. The Business Master Class held its first Las Vegas gathering in October. Industry experts covered topics from book production and distribution, to long-term planning, intellectual property law, contracts, writing productivity, audiobooks, and overseas sales. Much fun was had by all including the zip-line down Fremont St. (And please forgive the salty language.)

The last Coastal Anthology Workshop happened in March, 2018. Hundreds of fabulous stories were read and discussed and bought for future publications, now including Pulphouse. In just a few months, March, 2019, writers and editors will gather for the same purpose in Las Vegas.

WMG also has many new online workshops, including Pop-Ups, and new subjects in the Classic series. https://www.wmgworkshops.com/

I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to the coming year. We accomplished a lot in 2018, there were many surprises and challenges, and much to be grateful for. And now, onward!

Thank you, and Happy New Year.

Gwyneth Gibby is Associate Publisher at WMG Publishing.