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Founded in 2010, WMG Publishing, Inc. is located in Lincoln City, OR. The company publishes more than 700 fiction and nonfiction titles in trade paperback, ebook and audiobook formats. In 2013, the company launched Fiction River: An Original Anthology Magazine, which publishes six volumes a year containing short fiction from New York Times bestsellers to debut authors. In 2018, the company relaunched Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, a quarterly publication containing short fiction from New York Times bestsellers to debut authors. WMG Publishing, Inc. is also an industry leader in the cutting edge of independent publishing, offering online lectures and workshops as well as in-person workshops in Las Vegas. For more information about WMG learning opportunities, go to www.wmgworkshops.comFor more information about the company, go to www.wmgpublishinginc.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Latest News

Publisher’s Note: We’re All Bundled Up for Spring

The daffodils my husband planted this winter are just about ready to pop open and reveal their buttery yellow heads, and I must tell you, I’m more than ready for spring this year.

Part of the reason is the new crop of book projects we’ll be releasing. I already told you about the Grayson news last week (to read that blog, click here), and now I have two new Storybundles to tell you about—and one of them includes our first Fiction River Presents release of the year!

Dean Wesley Smith has curated a space opera Storybundle that launches Wednesday and has three WMG products: Dean’s Star Rain: A Seeders Universe Novel, The Runabout: A Diving Novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and that new Fiction River Presents volume I told you about called Among the Stars.

Here’s the synopsis:

Editor Kristine Kathryn Rusch reaches for the stars with this latest volume of Fiction River Presents. With stories that take the reader from pulse-pounding terror and utter darkness to sheer joy and wish fulfillment, this volume runs the gamut of the space opera genre. So, get ready for a wonderful journey and see why Adventures Fantastic says: “If you haven’t checked out Fiction River yet, you should. There’s something for everyone.”

Table of Contents
“Get Inside” by Dayle A. Dermatis
“Sole Survivor” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“The Mooring Buoy” by Jamie McNabb
“Schrodinger’s Bar” by Kim May
“Upon_A_Starship.png” by Brigid Collins
“Jelly’s Heroes” by Louisa Swann
“Dreams of A Moon” by Dean Wesley Smith
“Charlie Company” by JC Andrijeski
“H-Hour” by Steven Mohan, Jr.

The book will release about the same time as the Storybundle, this Wednesday, and you’ll have your choice to buy it as a standalone or the bundle. Check back here on Wednesday for buy links. (Shop Now!)

Subscribers of Fiction River Presents will receive Among the Stars automatically. To learn more about subscriptions, click here.

But if you’re looking for something to buy now, and you’re a fan of epic fantasy, Kevin J. Anderson has curated a bundle that includes not one but two of Kris’ Fey books: The Sacrifice: Book One of the Fey and The Changeling: Book Two of the Fey.

Called the Truly Epic Fantasy Storybundle, you can get the two Fey books as well as thirteen other books for $15. Click here to learn more.

So, what are you waiting for? You’ve got a lot of reading to do.

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

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: Pulphouse Enters Year Two

On Feb. 28, we released the first issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, Year Two (that’s Issue #5, for the record). It’s the Winter Issue for this quarterly magazine edited by Dean Wesley Smith, and like all Pulphouse issues, it has some spectacularly creative stories.

Of particular note is Robert Jeschonek’s story, “Offensive in Every Possible Way.” This one was hell on our staff because we had to figure out how to format (and we had different issues in the epub and paperback versions) it while still maintaining the author’s voice (which takes Planet Bob to a whole new level). But the story is consummately Pulphouse. It’s a unique (and I don’t use that word lightly) must-read.

So, now that I have you intrigued about Bob’s story, check out the entire fantastic table of contents:

“The Geezer Squad” by Annie Reed
“The Dog That Ate Homework” by J. Steven York
“Battery-operated Boyfriend” by Barbara G. Tarn
“Offensive in Every Possible Way” by Robert Jeschonek
“Gravity Well” by Kent Patterson
“The Sport of Queens: A Lucifer Jones Story” by Mike Resnick
“The New Crop” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“The Blind Lagoon Misadventure” O’Neil De Noux
“Practice” by Ray Vukcevich
“One-Night Stands for Love and Glory” by David H. Hendrickson
“Maiden’s Dance” by Rebecca Lyons
“The True Story of Stanley and Stella” by Johanna Rothman
“Death Be Nimble” by James Gotaas
“Under the Blood-Red Maple” by Joslyn Chase
“Head Case: A Dan Shamble Zombie P.I. Adventure” by Kevin J. Anderson
“Minions at Work: Allen Wrenched” by J Steven York

Click here to buy Issue #5 or here to subscribe to the magazine.

And if you missed my blog last week announcing the release of our first Pulphouse book, You Really Liked That?, you can buy that here.

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: 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.

Make 100 Paperbacks A Kickstarter Project


A guest blog from Dean Wesley Smith

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 beginning.

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 large) collections.  

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. 

Thanks.

Click here to view the kickstarter project.

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.