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We’ve been hard at work with our authors and graphic artists putting together a slate of wonderful new reads for summer.

Also, thanks to all who submitted short stories for Metamorphosis, our Anthology to be released later this year. We received dozens of interesting, well-crafted submissions. We appreciate your interest and attention to this effort, and are in the process of selecting the final pieces. Authors will be notified in the coming weeks.

Watch this space for release dates for four exciting new works representing some of the finest fiction, poetry, and non-fiction writers we’ve had the pleasure to read. You won’t be disappointed!

Sahara Freezing, by J. Scott Feldman

ThComing Soon!is month we are ramping up for a very busy publishing season, with eleven (yes, 11!) titles confirmed and under contract to publish over the next nine months. Several more are under contract negotiations to expand our catalog well into 2017.

Here is a sampling:

Sahara Freezing, by J. Scott Feldman
With all the incisive emotional whirlwind of Ishiguro’s When We Were Orphans and written in a gritty style reminiscent of Pahlaniuk’s Lullaby, the Japanese underworld begets the joining of a couple whose child becomes inflicted with pituitary cancer. In a controversial procedure of last resort, her doctors implement a truly shocking and revolutionary stem cell protocol distilled from glacial moss. The child’s journey across the globe in a struggle to survive takes her from Montreal to Hokkaido, the Falklands to war-torn Africa. For Sahara, tragic world events collide with science, love, betrayal, and destiny, jeopardizing not only her own survival, but ultimately affecting the fate of every woman on Earth.

Acropolis, by Howard Winn
After fighting the “Good War,” a small group of soldiers enters Vassar College, previously a women-only institution, courtesy of the GI Bill and each attempts to settle in to civilian life. The clash of cultures between privileged and working classes combined with personal struggles with PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and simple readjustment battles amid the creative intellectual world of higher education makes for an engaging tale, as young men struggling to recapture lives disrupted by war encounter the beginnings of the McCarthy red hunt years. The response of the students and the Vassar administration to politically-motivated attacks upon academic freedom, free speech and freedom of thought blur long-held beliefs of patriotism and service, as the men are exposed through their college studies to the thinking of Rheinhold Niebuhr and others who question the nature of war, nationalism and aggression.

Parade of Shades, by Jewel Hopson
All her life Karen Baker reacts to people who either praise or resent her tawny complexion. When her mother abandons the family, a biracial (Arab/White) woman from the Big Brothers-Big Sisters’ mentor program briefly steps into place and the encounter begins a change in Karen. She quickly learns that everything has a price. For instance, her entertainment choices are even more unpopular among her classmates than her vocabulary. Lacking a sense of belonging, Karen feels misunderstood in high school and defensive in college. Her failed romances with men of various ethnic groups make her life worse. Her problems follow her into the business world as Karen leaves Homewood, Pittsburgh’s largest ghetto. As she journeys through her life, she gives up the idea that light skin and long hair are the main definitions of beauty. She also stops believing college graduates are better than people who do not have an advanced education. As in Passin’ by Karen E. Quinones Miller and Good Hair by Benilde Little, this coming-of-age novel explores African-Americans’ internal color and cultural discrimination.

The Revlon Slough, by Ray DiZazzo
A collection of engaging and thought-provoking poems by this talented writer, artist and poet, who in striving to find a voice and some level of acceptance, stumbled onto the works of Robert Peters, James Dickey and Margaret Atwood. The subsequent years found him scribbling lines of verse in quiet moments and during half-stolen pauses of a busy life. We found them delightful, strong, dark, honest, and some disturbing in a powerful, clean sort of way that strikes deep at the heart of all of us. We believe you will find something here that touches you in similar fashion, and leaves you with much to think about in your own journeys.

The Fortunate and the Damned, by Susannah Eanes
“A continuation of acquaintances begun in Lucky Southern Women…” Here Phoebe still is learning that secrets can and will out, that Sophie has a lot of fight left, and that the nicest of people can harbor the darkest of intentions. Kenyon Marks has by no means forgotten her, no matter what his Mama thinks. He shows up at the most inopportune times to firmly but respectfully show her her own shortcomings, addressing racism and ignorance at its core – where Phoebe (the realist) struggles to accept reality for the first time in her life. Sophie’s husband and soulmate Aaron, meanwhile, is off fighting a war half a world away, and has his own reckonings to resolve, culminating in an horrific and dangerous manhunt through the sultry, reeking, mosquito-infested swamps near Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

This short list is the partial result of over two years of consistent, careful work between our editors, graphics team, and the authors themselves. Congratulations to all of you! Here’s to the best year yet.

Happy Reading!


We are finalizing a short story collection to be published this year in our first Anthology, imagesand are very excited about the submissions received thus far. We have begun making our final selections for this unique collection, with the theme centering on Metamorphosis.

In this collection, the stories chronicle deep changes in at least one of the characters, where by a lesson, a journey, discoveries, the confluence of ideas, an accident or some other more esoteric circumstances the central character becomes more attuned to the inner and outer worlds than they were at the beginning. More than a coming-of-age or life crisis, it might be said each of these stories begins with a seed and opens into flower. Sometimes the flower could be said to continue the cycle back into the earth, but this is never for naught. Something always remains as a result of this evolutionary transmogrification that gives the reader something to consider, that perhaps wouldn’t have happened otherwise.

If you have a short tale of less than 20,000 words that you believe fits into this thought motif, please follow up through our Submissions portal. Deadline: April 30, 2016.

The Anthology Metamorphosis is scheduled for the Fall of 2016.


Richtexts aka Bibliolust has published a grand review of Susannah Eanes’ Lucky Southern Women. Check it out at the link below!


To say that the main characters and narrators in LUCKY SOUTHERN WOMEN, by Susannah Eannes, are aspects of the same a duality is to risk stripping the story from its rich complexity. Yet it is difficult to see Phoebe and Sophie as irreducibly distinct. Friends since pre-adolescence, these two Alabama natives evoke light and shade, fire and water, yin and ying. They are, essentially, two aspects of a culture whose icons include opposites such as Scarlett O’Hara and Harriet Tubman. But it is not far-fetched to conclude that their differences helps cement their relationship. Cool headed, grounded, analytical Phoebe needs dramatic, romantic, fanciful Sophie to jolt her out of her primness. Sophie, on the other hand, needs Phoebe to be her to remind her of the advantages of seeming balanced and conventional. In Eanes’s South, the tendency to deviate from conventional morality is not forbidden. What is forbidden is the…

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We do love submissions, to be quite honest. The Submissions page has recently been updated to reflect a bit of feedback we feel would be helpful for those considering sending a piece of work to us.


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It’s been an interesting year, and we’ve enjoyed getting to know many new and established authors. We’re finalizing decisions on several pieces, some of which we expect to release in 2016 as ebooks and paperbacks. After several fits and starts we also are happy to say that our long-awaited Anthology is coming together. If you’ve been holding out on submitting your short story, we encourage you to send it for consideration prior to the end of February.

We’ve also talked about audiobooks and issuing some of our most popular titles in hardcover. With all this in the works, this is certainly going to be our busiest year yet.

So …if you’ve read this far you probably have something you’d like to send us. What are you waiting for?

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