Category: Authors

New Book Release: “Pious Rebel” by Jory Post

We are extremely pleased and honored to be able to announce the immediate availability of Pious Rebel by Jory Post.

After her partner dies suddenly, Lisa Hardrock realizes how little she knows about the life she’s been living — and starts exploring her questions in a blog that unexpectedly goes viral.

Following the sudden death of her domineering partner, Lisa Hardrock begins to discover how little she really knows about the life she’s been living for the last seven years — and the man she was living it with.

As she confronts the secrets and unpaid debts her partner left behind, Lisa also begins to investigate the mysteries of her own life by beginning to write. Begun as a journal for her daily thoughts, her blog ends up going viral

Along the way, Lisa discovers the truths and lies about those she has considered friends, learns more about Central Valley motorcycle gangs than she ever thought she needed to know, and unexpectedly ends up with a pantry full of sockeye salmon for her cat, Eloise.

Pious Rebel is available now in hardcover, trade paperback, and digital editions.

Join Us for the (Virtual) Book Launch Celebration for “The Found Child” by Nancy Wood

Join us for readings and live Q & A with author Nancy Wood about The Found Child (A Shelby McDougall Mystery).

(Virtual) Book Launch for “The Found Child” by Nancy Wood

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Time: 10:00AM Pacific Time

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The Found Child (A Shelby McDougall Mystery) is available now in hardcover, trade paperback, and digital editions. Signed editions are also available.

New Book Release: “The Found Child” by Nancy Wood

We are extremely pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability of The Found Child (A Shelby McDougall Mystery) by Nancy Wood.

Private Investigator Shelby McDougall is out for revenge.

Repeated miscarriages have caused Shelby’s marriage to disintegrate. Financial ruin lies ahead. A cheek swab sent to an online ancestry service turns up a surprise child: Shelby’s genetic offspring — found in the misty ether of the internet.

The only way Shelby can hang on to her shredding sanity is to take things into her own hands and, once and for all, locate and apprehend Helen Brannon — the woman responsible for hijacking her fertility … and her future.

As Shelby closes in on her target, the stakes get higher and higher. But when Shelby finds Helen Brannon … how far will she go?

The Found Child is available in hardcover, trade paperback, and digital editions. Signed editions are also available.

And for a limited time, get the digital editions of the other books in the “Shelby McDougall” series, Due Date and The Stork, for only 99¢!

Visit Us at NASFiC 2020!

We are excited to inform you that we will be (virtually) attending NASFiC 2020 from August 21st through August 23rd.

Visit us in the virtual Dealers Room to meet our authors and receive special deals on our books.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for ongoing updates during the convention!

Join Us for the (Virtual) Book Launch of “Love on Fire” by Leah RS Braun

Join us for the (virtual) book launch event for Love on Fire: Practicing Embodied Intimacy After Sexual Trauma by Leah RS Braun.

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Walk again with Leah RS Braun as she guides her readers through the swirling and often murky waters of recovery from sexual trauma.

Love on Fire: Practicing Embodied Intimacy After Sexual Trauma is available now in hardcover, trade paperback, and digital editions. Signed editions are also available.

New Book Release: “Grimaulkin Collected” by L. A. Jacob

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of Grimaulkin Collected by L. A. Jacob.

Mike LeBonte went to prison for summoning demons and using magic. At the age of 18, he is let out for good behavior. Now he’s trying to make a better life for himself.

He’s trying to stay out of trouble. However, trouble finds him, because someone has summoned a demon in a local park, and he is called in to assist the police in figuring out who did it — that is, if he didn’t do it himself.

At the same time, he is attempting to make inroads with a handsome young man in the city, the owner of a New Age store in downtown. Mike also assists his cousin who is being stalked by someone—or a group — while fighting off his new boyfriend’s ex.

And when you think it’s over, someone has summoned Lucifer. But with the help of modern chemistry, Mike doesn’t have magic anymore.

This is just a few of the adventures that befall Mike, also known by his prison name: Grimaulkin.

Grimaulkin Collected is available in digital formats from Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, and Apple Books.

Call for Submissions: Heartwreck

Heartwreck: Romantic Disasters at Sea

Life at sea presents many challenges, and finding (and keeping) love is one of the biggest. Heartwreck: Romantic Disasters at Sea is a collection of true and semi-true stories about love gone wrong on the high seas, curated by Melanie Neale, Emily Greenberg, and Laureen Hudson, and published under our Unruly Voices imprint.

Rough weather, small spaces, long days in the boatyard, and an eclectic mix of personalities make personal relationships among the seafaring community challenging and rife with struggles. We’re looking for personal essays and memoir/creative nonfiction pieces about your experiences. Be real, be honest, be funny, be brave. Maybe a relationship fell apart and you got stuck with a boat you didn’t think you wanted. Maybe, after five days at sea with a partner and five months to go, you realized you can’t possibly live with that person on a small boat. Whatever the disaster, if it happened on or around boats, we want to read about it.

Submission Details

We are seeking submissions for this anthology. Our targeted release date is October 2020. Please carefully read the submission guidelines, as we will only consider submissions that follow the guidelines.

Open for Submissions: January 1, 2020 through July 30, 2020
Expected Publication: October 2020
Story Length: 2,000 – 5,000 words
Payment: 0.02 per word + two (2) contributor copies

You can find our general submission guidelines on our Submissions page.

Submission Requirements

Please submit your complete story in standard manuscript form in digital format (DOCX, RTF, or ODT) to submissions (at) (If you want bonus points, also attach a MOBI file; that will help our editorial team be able to read it faster.)

Please include “Heartwreck Anthology” in the subject line of your submission.

Include the following in your cover letter/email:

  • Title of your story
  • Your real name
  • Your physical mail address
  • Your preferred email address
  • Genre
  • Approximate word count

Submission Guidelines

  • Your story can be from whatever genre best fits its theme. However, we are not looking for erotica or stories that contain excessive gore or violence.
  • No simultaneous submissions, please. You may submit more than one story, but please send each one as a separate submission.
  • We will accept stories that have been previously published. If your story has been published before, please provide proof that you hold the current publishing rights for it when you submit your manuscript.
  • We highly recommend that you change any names based on real people in your story to protect the innocent — and to prevent possible further harassment by the guilty.

Check this page for the latest information about the Call for Submissions for this anthology.

New Book Release: “Corporate Catharsis (An Anthology)”

We are extremely pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability of our long-awaited anthology Corporate Catharsis.

We’ve all been there: standing behind a desk or a counter for ridiculously long hours, letting the movie of our imagination roll behind our eyes. We’re certain that you can, far too easily, find inspiration from your workplace. Magic, mayhem, revenge — and, yes, perhaps even redemption — can all be found here.

Corporate Catharsis is the anthology we all need — one that can help us survive our corporate servitude with our hearts and souls intact.

With stories by J Dark, Laureen Hudson, L. A. Jacob, Sophie Kearing, Andrea Monticue, Stephen Pimentel, Steven Radecki, Bob Schoonover, Vern Smith, Steve Soult, Ryan Southwick, and Kimberley Wall.

Corporate Catharsis is available in hardcover, trade paperback, and digital editions.

New Book Release: “Fruit of the Devil” by Mary Flodin

We are extremely pleased to be able to announce the immediate availability of Fruit of the Devil by Mary Flodin.

Ms. Aurora Bourne would do anything to protect her students from harm … even if that means going up against the most powerful corporation on the planet.

While getting her fourth grade classroom ready for Fall, Aurora begins to feel sick, and it’s more than back-to-school blues. Outside her windows next to the playground, strawberry fields have just been fumigated and pesticides are drifting into the classrooms, causing serious health issues for children and adults. When the teenage sister of a migrant student goes missing from the strawberry fields, it becomes clear that pesticide poisoning isn’t the only thing threatening the children’s safety, and Aurora begins to understand why farmworkers call strawberries Fruta del Diablo — the Fruit of the Devil.

Aurora starts asking questions and gets caught in a web of gangs, drugs, trafficking, and high-level corporate crime. When a Catholic priest comes to her aid, she falls in love with him, complicating her life further. She has no idea he’s actually an ancient nature god out of Pacific Coast indigenous legends.

Fruit of the Devil is available in hardcover, trade paperback, and digital editions. Signed editions are also available.

Nancy Wood: What is my measure of success as an author?

Wow, that’s a challenging question, and one with many answers that have shifted over time.

When I first started writing, my goal was to publish commercial fiction. I started writing decades before I published anything, working on novels and short stories. Thankfully, they never saw the light of day! I attended workshops and conferences, and joined writers’ groups. I wanted to learn about the business of publishing, as well as how to improve my fiction writing skills. I read and read and read. When attending a workshop in 2006, I came up with the idea for mystery, using the themes in the book I’d been working on (families, adoption, relationships).

With this kernel of an idea, I felt that I’d surpassed a hurdle. I thought I had something that people might actually want to read! A character and a compelling social topic. Most importantly, my idea was within my grasp as a writer. I felt I could be successful.

I went to work, sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, chapter by chapter. It took years. When I had my first draft, I felt successful. When I received comments from early readers and my writing coach, I felt like I was on the right track. And, when Due Date was accepted by a publisher and published in 2012, I felt like I’d reached my goals.

But my goals for success then shifted. I decided that if at least one person I didn’t know read my book, I’d consider that a success. (Of course, it would be all the better if they liked it.) After that happened, I decided that if ten or twenty people I didn’t know read it, I’d consider that a success. And now, almost seven years after the first edition of Due Date was published, I feel like the book has been a success. I have a lovely number of happy readers on Amazon and Goodreads. I can’t help but get a lift when I think of that.

Now, my measure of success is a bit different. Naturally, I want readers to discover the Shelby McDougall series and enjoy the books. But I also want readers to think about the cultural and social issues I raise in the books. I hope that the issues are so compelling that it will get readers thinking — enough so that readers will spread the word and talk about these issues with their friends, in their book clubs, on Goodreads and Amazon, and over dinner and cups of coffee.

Who knows though? By the time the third book in the series is available, my measure of success may have shifted yet again! At that point, I’ll have to check back in!