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
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:
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 Riverhere.
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an
award-winning writer, editor and designer.
This week Allyson, the
wonderful publisher of WMG Publishing, turned her blog over to me to write a
little about a really fun project I am doing. So let me start from the very
A couple years back
Kickstarter started a promotion to get people to make one hundred of a certain
object and have a limited to one-hundred copies award of the object. When I first
heard that, I figured I could make 100 short story paperbacks, all never-before
published short stories.
That’s right, the stories
would be out in electronic form, but also in small, very short paperbacks. I
have done a number of these before and the length runs from 24 pages to about
50 pages. Too thin for writing on the spine, so they sort of feel like
chapbooks, only with real glossy paperback covers on them.
Everyone who holds one thinks
they are really nifty.
Last two years I didn’t have
time to even try this challenge, but this year, when Kickstarter offered the
promotion again, I figured why not? I would do almost all the work. I would, of
course, write the short stories. I would lay them out for print, create the
covers myself, and even load them up.
Allyson and the wonderful
crew at WMG Publishing convinced me that they could load them to the stores
like Amazon (I would just mess up the works is what they were saying,
basically) and that they would do all 100 short stories in 3 limited (and very
So I went for it and started
a Kickstarter campaign. You can get different forms of my stories or the three
final collections. (If you support the campaign at all you get the three
collections of all 100 stories in electronic form.)
Also, since I teach a lot of workshops for WMG Publishing, we decided to include discounts to all our writing and publishing workshops. So you can support the Make 100 Paperbacks Kickstarter Campaign by getting a discount on a workshop you’d like to take. Nifty, huh?
So I do hope you will take a
look at this really crazy idea. I am going to have a great time doing this and
I hope you would have a great time reading all the stories as well.
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
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.
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
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:
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
Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is
an award-winning writer, editor and designer.
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 Storiescame 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.
It’s Christmas Eve, and tonight I’ll be trying to marshal a very excited 8-year-old off to bed. But before I do, I wanted to bestow a Christmas gift to our readers.
I first learned about the Icelandic tradition called Jólabókaflóð last year, and this year I vowed to adopt my own version of it into our family tradition. So, I will be giving each member of my family a book, which they can unwrap Christmas Eve.
(Added bonus: Reading a book in bed is a good way to help my daughter drift off to sleep…)
As anyone reading this blog falls in the category of WMG family, I’d like to do the same for you. And Dean Wesley Smith has written the perfect book for this purpose.
The Christmas Gift is the second book in his Ghost of a Chance series, which is an offshoot of his fan-favorite Poker Boy series. Poker Boy and his team have saved the world countless times. The Ghost of a Chance Agency follows a similar charge. Superheroes and ghosts, all working for the greater good.