I run World Weaver Press out of my home office, and keep a bookshelf stocked with WWP books so I can send them out for website orders, give them to reviewers, or take them to conventions. However, my shelf is starting to look a little crowded, and I need to make room for the advance review copies of the 2017 books that will start to come in very soon. So I'll make you a deal.
Order any paperback(s) directly through the World Weaver Press online store during the month of December 2016, and you'll pay no shipping. No coupon code needed, just fill your cart and check out. (Please order by December 16th if you need it in time for Christmas.) This offer is only available within the United States, though I'll be working toward international shipping options in 2017.
But wait, there's more!
The books I have the most of in stock have been discounted by a dollar.
And because they're great for the holidays, I'll take a dollar off of these two as well:
"But I can get free shipping through Amazon too, why should I order through WWP?"
We adore our Amazon Overlords. Really. Our books live and die by Amazon reviews and rankings. But here are three reasons you might consider purchasing paperbacks directly through our website:
1) Buying directly through the WWP website allows me to pay our authors slightly more, since the fees deducted by PayPal or Stripe are smaller than the fees deducted by Amazon.
2) See all that junk stuffed into the corner of the bookshelf? Some of that includes bookmarks I'll be glad to stick inside the books before I send them.
3) If we're able to clear out enough room for the 2017 ARCs, I'll post an unboxing video when they arrive—which will likely include sneak peaks of covers that haven't been officially revealed yet.
Free shipping on any WWP paperbacks for the month of December when you order directly through our website, extra discounts on some.
We are thrilled to announce the relaunch of Alexa Piper's story collection LUMINOUS DREAMS with a sexy new cover, an additional story, and a lower ebook price. The new edition will be available December 13, 2016. Pre-order the ebook on Amazon for only $0.99 (or read it for free on Kindle Unlimited), or snag the paperback direct from World Weaver Press for only $9.99.
If you loved Alexa Piper's stories in DEMONS, IMPS, AND INCUBI and THE NAUGHTY LIST, you'll definitely want to check out her collection.
Relax, close your eyes . . . and dream. Nine tales, nine sensual dreams of enchantment, wanderlust and lovers’ longings, of searching and finding; these dreams tell of birds of fire, curses that lie like bridges between night and day, and hunger for sweet seduction.
“Phoenix and Styx”
See descriptions of the other six stories, and read an excerpt of "Fortune's Song" here.
About the Author
Alexa Piper enjoys writing, romance, and the paranormal. This said, becoming a paranormal romance writer seemed perfectly reasonable, but for Alexa, it is more than that; it's fun. Alexa’s work has appeared in the anthologies Demons, Imps, and Incubi and The Naughty List. Luminous Dreams is Alexa's first collection, and she hopes her readers will have as much fun reading it as she had writing it. Check out Alexa’s online home (alexapiper.com) for all things related to her writing and be sure to follow her on Twitter @prowlingpiper.
All week, we've been participating in Small Press Week, the brainchild of Upper Rubber Boot Books. Today, we're talking about books from other small presses that we've read and loved. A few of our staff members recommend a small press book (or two) they read this year.
Trysh Thompson, Assistant Editor
The very first book hangover of 2016 for me was far and away one of the best: Blackbird Summer by Em Shotwell (City Owl Press). I loved the southern charm, the special powers, and it got to me so much, I literally tweeted the author my distaste for one of the main character’s decisions. It wasn’t my typical read, but I’m so glad I picked it up.
A second one that got me from word one was Beautiful Masterpiece by Gen Ryan (Hot Tree Publishing). Once again, not my typical read, but so glad I did. It’s dark from page one but once I started I absolutely could not put it down until I got to the bitter end. I was absolutely destroyed by the ending—but to be emotionally invested enough that it touched me that deeply has got to say something.
Rhonda Parrish, Assistant Editor & Anthologist
I haven't finished it yet (because of a lot of demands on my time, not because of an absence of desire to read it) but I'm about halfway through E.C. Bell's Drowning in Amber from Tyche Books and I'm really enjoying it. It's darkly funny, but also has sincere emotions, interesting characters and--I won't lie--some appeal because it's set in Edmonton. I read and liked the first book in Eileen's series so I wasn't surprised to discover I was enjoying this one, but so far I actually like it better than the first. That's not something that happens very often!
Sarena Ulibarri, Editor-in-Chief
I've heard this book described as "Drag queens fighting aliens," and that was enough to sell me on it. The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again by A.C. Wise (Lethe Press) is most definitely that, but it's also so much more. This collection of connected short stories is about a group of fabulous ladies (about half of them trans*, half of them cis) saving the world in high heels (or roller skates) and lamé dresses. It's book-ended by ensemble adventure stories, and each of the tales in between zooms in to one of the characters, many of them telling the story of how each one came to join the Glitter Squadron. These stories are just as pulpy and silly as you would expect them to be, but A.C. Wise is a damn fine writer who always keeps the characters deep and the plot coherent. The stories have darker moments too, which often delve into important LGBT+ issues, but do so in a way that I feel is authentic without being triggering. I read one of these stories in the magazine where it was originally published, and I'm very glad I picked up the whole volume.
I've also been dipping in to The Shapeshifter Chronicles (Windrift Books) whenever I have the chance, and every time I do, the stories blow me away.
Check the hashtag #SPWreads for more small press book recommendations!
For today's Small Press Week post, we're talking about why we're thankful to be in publishing.
Trysh Thompson, Assistant Editor
I could not have survived this crazy year without, first and foremost, Sarena Ulibarri who believed in my projects when all faith had been lost. Also to my fabulous editing mates, Cori Vidae and Laura Harvey who are entertaining as all get out, and held my hand, never once making me feel dumb, while I was wrestling my first anthology. This year also wouldn’t have happened without the amazing authors I was lucky enough to work with: Sara Dobie Bauer and all nine of the authors featured in Covalent Bonds. Thank you all for trusting me with your work.
Rhonda Parrish, Anthologist and Assistant Editor
I am infinitely grateful to all the people I work with, directly and otherwise, who make what is an emotionally difficult industry to work in so very rewarding. That includes readers, fellow writers, editors, publishers, publicists... the list goes on and on. When a list is that long and inclusive it's easy to disregard its import, kind of like the line from The Incredibles, "When everyone's special no one is", but sincerely, it's the people in this business who make me love it so much. I could no sooner pick out one or two than I could choose a favourite book.
Kate Wolford, Anthologist
I'm thankful that being an anthologist with a small press allows me to work with talented writers willing to take risks with stories about Krampus, Santa's dread sidekick. The fact that I've been able to do folklore and fairy tale anthologies with World Weaver Press has allowed my creativity to flourish, and also means that the writers I work with can do the same.
Sarena Ulibarri, Editor-in-Chief
As an English major, and later an MFA student, I fielded plenty of questions from well meaning friends and family like "Don't you think you should major in something that will actually make you money?" and "What on Earth are you going to do with that degree?" I had my answers, both serious and snarky, but I always feared they were right, that everything I was pursuing was useless. But when I hold a World Weaver Press book in my hands—especially a book that I edited, formatted, and designed—I know my entire windy path has been leading me right here all along.
Thank you to the authors who have trusted us with your work, especially those of you who had to suffer through my steep learning curve this past year.
And a huge thank you to my amazing editorial staff. You are the heartbeat of this company, and I am so lucky to work with all of you.
by Kate Wolford
When you think Krampus, what do you see in your mind’s eye? Horns? A ghastly tongue? Sly eyes? Hooves and a whole lotta fur? Add a few chains, a basket, and a switch, and there’s your man-demon, all dressed up and ready to serve up his own brand of justice.
Think about that last word. Let it settle. “Justice.”
Krampus traditions suggest that his duty is to provide a balance for the gentleness and generosity of Saint Nicholas. After all, most children are naughty sometimes, and some kids are just plain rotten. The presence of Krampus suggests that for hundreds of years, long before the Christmas season began to be a materialistic bacchanalia, adults began to want to see the darker side of Santa. After all, it’s parents who allow children to partake in traditions, and what parent doesn’t want an antidote for impudence?
In He Sees You When He's Creepin': Tales of Krampus, Krampus is thrown into some very odd, terrifying, funny, and thought-provoking situations. The twelve stories demonstrate that Krampus provides rich material for writers.
In Steven Grimm’s “Villainess Ascending,” Krampus and Cinderella meet, and there is no way you’ll be able to predict what happens.
In Lissa Marie Redmond’s “He Sees You When You’re Sleeping,” a hipster coffee shop owner named James, with a history of dealing with the supernatural, helps a good friend in a terrible situation. (This is the second outing for James. His first appearance is in the anthology Frozen Fairy Tales.)
In Beth Mann’s “Santa’s Little Helper,” Krampus has a life-changing encounter with an attractive and devilish woman who gives him a big assist.
In Anya J. Davis’s “The Business of Christmas,” a talented artist becomes an employee of “Petra Krampus,” who has an essential business plan to save Santa from his worst impulses.
E.J. Hagadorn lets Krampus have his way with a genuinely horrible monster kid named Rolf. Things get enjoyably rotten for Rolf in “Schadenfreude.”
In “Family Tradition,” by S.E. Foley, a bold, creative, guitar-playing big sister named Laney fights the good fight against the horned one to save her family.
In Brad P. Christy’s “Krampus: The Summoning,” we go back a thousand years to the vengeful beginnings of a Christmas tradition.
In “The Outfit,” by Ross Baxter, two boys are out to enjoy Krampusnacht, but one of them is in a truly transformative costume. His pal doesn’t fare too well.
In “Family Night,” by Nancy Brewka-Clark, Krampus is a family man who faces the frustrations of being a parent, but his troubles are far from ordinary.
“A Winter Scourge,” by Tamsin Showbrook, places a British detective in Florida at Christmas time. She encounters both Santa and Krampus in surprising ways. Mayhem ensues.
“Bad Parents,” by E.M. Eastick, has Saint Nick begging Krampus to come out of retirement to save a village that is going to hell thanks to idiot parents.
Rounding out this collection is Jude Tulli’s “Memo From Santa,” in which Krampus lays out the way Christmas will be for kids in the future—and it’s not all sugar plums and toys anymore.
I hope you’ll like this book. It’s a companion to Krampusnacht: Twelve Nights of Krampus. So if you need another Krampus fix, go to here to find out more.
The new Krampus anthology is here! This collection of twelve original stories about Krampus, Santa's dark companion, is compiled and edited by Kate Wolford (who also did FROZEN FAIRY TALES, KRAMPUSNACHT: TWELVE NIGHTS OF KRAMPUS and BEYOND THE GLASS SLIPPER: TEN NEGLECTED FAIRY TALES TO FALL IN LOVE WITH).
Krampus is the cloven-hoofed, curly-horned, and long-tongued dark companion of St. Nick. Sometimes a hero, sometimes a villain, within these pages, he’s always more than just a sidekick. You’ll meet manifestations of Santa’s dark servant as he goes toe-to-toe with a bratty Cinderella, a guitar-slinging girl hero, a coffee shop-owning hipster, and sometimes even St. Nick himself. Whether you’re looking for a dash of horror or a hint of joy and redemption, these 12 new tales of Krampus will help you gear up for the most “wonderful” time of the year.
Table of Contents
“Villainess Ascending” by Steven Grimm
“He Sees You When You’re Sleeping” by Lissa Marie Redmond
“Santa’s Little Helper” by Beth Mann
“The Business of Christmas” by Anya J. Davis
“Schadenfreude” by EJ Hagadorn
“Family Tradition” by S.E. Foley
“Krampus: The Summoning” by Brad P. Christy
“The Outfit” by Ross Baxter
“Family Night” by Nancy Brewka-Clark
“A Winter Scourge” by Tamsin Showbrook
“Bad Parents” by E. M. Eastick
“Memo From Santa” by Jude Tulli
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Want more Krampus stories? Check out Kate Wolford's 2014 anthology, KRAMPUSNACHT: TWELVE NIGHTS OF KRAMPUS.
Featuring original stories by Elizabeth Twist, Elise Forier Edie, Jill Corddry, Colleen H. Robbins, Caren Gussoff, Lissa Sloan, Patrick Evans, Guy Burtenshaw, Jeff Provine, Mark Mills, Cheresse Burke, Scott Farrell
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For the second Small Press Week topic, #SPWPast, we're flashing back to the very first books we published when World Weaver Press started in 2012. I (Sarena Ulibarri) was not in charge of WWP back then—I came on board as assistant editor at the very end of 2014, and took over management in early 2016. World Weaver Press was founded by Eileen Wiedbrauk and Elizabeth Wagner, who poured their blood, sweat, and tears into getting this wonderful press off the ground. Fortunately, they had the help of some absolutely excellent authors.
Cursed: Wickedly Fun Stories by Susan Abel Sullivan
CURSED: WICKEDLY FUN STORIES was our very first release on March 4, 2012. Since then, we've been able to publish two of Susan Abel Sullivan's paranormal mystery novels, THE HAUNTED HOUSEWIVES OF ALLISTER, ALABAMA and THE WEREDOG WHISPERER. Rumor is there may be a third one on the way in the next year or so. Susan's writing is delightful and funny, and we're lucky to have her along on this small press journey.
Shards of History by Rebecca Roland
While CURSED was our first story collection, SHARDS OF HISTORY was our first full-length novel, released August 21, 2012. A sequel, FRACTURED DAYS, came out in 2015, and we'll be rounding out the trilogy with SHATTERED FATES in 2017. We also have a short collection of Rebecca Roland's stories, THE KING OF ASH AND BONES AND OTHER STORIES. SHARDS OF HISTORY is a unique fantasy set in a world of magic, dragons, and peril, with a Native American-inspired fantasy culture and a kick-ass heroine who discovers her people have been afraid of the wrong invaders. This was the book that first made me excited about World Weaver Press, and confident in the quality of small press books.
Opal by Kristina Wojtaszek
OPAL by Kristina Wojtaszek was our first novella, a rare and beautiful book length, published December 18, 2012. A standalone sequel, CHAR, was published earlier in 2016. In addition, Kristina Wojtaszek has appeared in a number of World Weaver Press anthologies, including FAE, SCARECROW, SPECTER SPECTACULAR, and SPECULATIVE STORY BITES. I think it's safe to say we adore her lyrical, heartbreaking prose, and we love it just as much now as when her words first appeared in our slush pile.
We've picked up quite a few amazing authors during our journey, but those above are the ones that have been with us for the whole ride.
We have more Small Press Week Posts coming up later this week. Check the hashtag #SPWeek16 on Twitter to find more great small presses!
This week we're participating in Small Press Week, headed by the wonderful people at Upper Rubber Boot Books. The first topic is "Secrets." See below for some excellent insights about our editors and their work.
Rhonda Parrish is an assistant editor for World Weaver Press, and the editor behind the Magical Menageries anthologies—that means FAE, CORVIDAE, SCARECROW, SIRENS, and the forthcoming EQUUS. At her blog, she talked in depth about what it means to be an editor for an anthology, and all the many steps that go into the publication process. Read the full blog post here: "What Do You Do Again?"
Kate Wolford is the editor of Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine, as well as the editor behind the anthologies KRAMPUSNACHT: TWELVE NIGHTS OF KRAMPUS, FROZEN FAIRY TALES, and HE SEES YOU WHEN HE'S CREEPIN': TALES OF KRAMPUS. She also annotated a book of lesser known fairy tales: BEYOND THE GLASS SLIPPER. On her blog, Kate talked about how to clean up your writing before you send it off to a publisher, and tricks for catching your own mistakes. Read the full blog post here: "Editing Your Submissions."
Bascomb James is a clinical virologist, author, and editor who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Bascomb is the editor behind the science fiction adventure anthologies FAR ORBIT and FAR ORBIT APOGEE. At his blog, he talked about the role editors can play in shaping our expectations of the future and the science fiction genre. Read the full blog post here: "SF Authors and Editors as Agents of Change."
Laura Harvey is an assistant editor for World Weaver Press, and the editor behind the paranormal romance anthology DEMONS, IMPS, AND INCUBI. At her blog, she talked about the negotiations authors and editors often go through during the editorial process. Read the full blog post here: "Stet Wars."
Sarena Ulibarri is editor-in-chief of World Weaver Press (as of March 2016), and the editor behind the SPECULATIVE STORY BITES anthology. In shameless imitation of Rhonda Parrish's blog post, she also blogged about what goes on behind the scenes of editing an anthology, this time delving into more detail about the nitty-gritty of publishing such as formatting, cover design, and (*gasp*) marketing. Read the full blog post here: "What Does It Actually Mean to 'Edit' An Anthology?"
Covalent bonds aren’t just about atoms sharing electron pairs anymore—it’s about the electricity that happens when you pair two geeks together. This anthology celebrates geeks of all kinds (enthusiasts, be it for comics, Dr. Who, movies, gaming, computers, or even grammar), and allows them to step out of their traditional supporting roles and into the shoes of the romantic lead. Forget the old stereotypes: geeks are sexy.
Featuring nine stories ranging from sweet to hot, by authors G.G. Andrew, Laura VanArendonk Baugh, Tellulah Darling, Mara Malins, Jeremiah Murphy, Marie Piper, Charlotte M. Ray, Wendy Sparrow, and Cori Vidae, Covalent Bonds is a chance for geeks get their noses out of the books, and instead to be the book.
COVALENT BONDS, an anthology of geek romance edited by Trysh Thompson, will be released February 14, 2017, and you can pre-order the ebook from all of your favorite stores. If you want the paperback version, pre-order it directly from World Weaver Press, and we'll send it out a week early.
See what early reviewers are saying about COVALENT BONDS:
"Romance? Geekiness? Yes, please! I was very excited to get my grubby mits on this one. It didn’t’ disappoint. The stories range from sweet to steamy, and cover a wide array of geekery...it drives home the point that I have known all along: Nerds are sexy, ya’ll!"
"Every story in this anthology is well written, and interesting. Each story brings something different to the table, and is full of well-rounded and likeable characters. Some of the stories are pretty steamy, while others are on the sweeter side. As a self-proclaimed geek (and proud of it) I really enjoyed this book."
"Very geek chic, Covalent Bonds explores a variety of nerdoms and romantic entanglements from horror movies to video games, from innocent to delightfully dirty. I'll say one thing for misfit men: they sure are full of sexy snark."
"Wild Corner" by M.T. Reiten is original fiction from the anthology Speculative Story Bites. Get the whole anthology from Amazon, Kobo, or World Weaver Press.
Every backyard needs a wild corner. This is the final haven of dark thoughts and old dreams in an orderly and rational world. Where seeds blown in by chance may take root and grow, harming no manicured lawns or pampered garden plots.
Jason had kept the tangled shadowy area as it was when he and Amy had moved into the old neighborhood. Adolescent redbud saplings huddled together along the chain link fence in the far corner of the lot, partially hidden from view behind the garden shed. Strange sharp-edged ferns lurked in the shadows, afraid of the bright light of midday. Twisted grapevine bound the other growth in a slow strangling embrace, comrades against the precision and order in the surrounding subdivision.
Pushing his decrepit Craftsman lawnmower, Jason weaved between the haphazardly planted trees that the previous owners had put in to spruce up the landscape. Vibrations from the underpowered engine numbed his arms and the drone deadened his ears. Sweat and flecks of grass clung to his face as he turned, cutting swaths parallel to his red brick house. The moist smell of cut grass mingled sickeningly with blue-gray oil fumes as he ducked beneath the dead limbs of the ornamental plum.
The whirling blades only did their work on the lawn when moving forward; everything else was wasted time. Jason wanted his time back, the time that the lawn ate after a hectic day. So he maximized the forward motion and minimized the maneuvering to be finished as soon as possible.
Jason scowled across the metal fence dividing his yard from the next and caught his neighbor, Carver, moving away from the glass of his French doors. The vertical blinds swayed, the telltale that he watched, disapproving of Jason’s slipshod lawn maintenance.
Carver was a wiry old man, long retired from delivering Wonder Bread every morning for thirty-five years. His face had frozen in the morally offended frown of a neighborhood lawnmower Nazi. He never did his own yard work when Jason was around. Carver labored in the morning before the full heat and humidity of the day could settle in. Too often the snarl of Carver’s mower would sound just as the dew lifted from the grass on Sunday mornings when Jason and Amy tried to make some time alone in bed.
Carver’s turf was close-cropped, like a military haircut, and the first on the block to brown in the heat of August. Not a pinecone or fallen branch was suffered for more than twenty-four hours. But his extremist brand of lawn care encroached on Jason’s space. The narrow strip of yard between the fence and the road—legally Jason’s private property—bordering Carver’s lawn was always cut on Sunday morning. The strip conformed to the half-inch level that made Carver’s lawn rival a putting green. And weekly the encroachment grew, bit by bit, foot after foot, farther onto Jason’s land.
Jason fumed. He pushed his sputtering mower toward the wild corner, and smirked, knowing how the disarray behind the garden shed must drive Carver mad.
Purple grackles, eyes a malevolent yellow rimmed with black, peered out of the lush branches hanging over the garden shed. They croaked like rusty hinges before flapping away. A swarm of gnats coalesced into the sunlight like animate dust in the still air.
Jason had considered tearing the corner up, but who knew how many dead dogs with muzzles grayed by age had been put to rest there? How many children had cried over tiny graves for robins with broken necks turning the plot into hallowed ground? Some places were best left alone.
As a poorly practiced Catholic, Jason didn’t truly believe anything mystical happened in the wild corner, but he did honor the old spirits in a fashion. His faith wasn’t a contradiction, but a reflexive necessity, like those who lived in the hinterlands of Europe when the One God appeared. Pious mouths may have sung hymns during the daylight. However, wine was spilled to the dirt at night. An unnamed reverence felt proper within the green and shadows where he could forget for a moment that he was surrounded by neighbors.
Jason pivoted the mower around the garden shed. He released the kill-switch and let the engine die when he saw the remains of the wild corner.
The gangly redbud saplings stood, though trimmed of ground drooping branches, so to a casual glance it looked like the wild corner still lurked in the back of the property. Vines turned brown in a twisted tangle on the ground. The untamed growth had been torn free of the fence and cut down to the bare soil drying cement-like in the sun. Nothing remained of the lush foliage except heaps of yard waste on Jason’s side of the fence. Not even a stray leaf lay on Carver’s yard.
What should he do? Take pictures of it? Get his gloves and pile it up by the curb for trash day? Dump the remains over the fence into Carver’s yard? Jason mowed around the defiled debris, glaring across the chain link fence at his neighbor’s dark house.
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