Category Archives: New Releases

Prepare Yourselves to be Heroically Inspired!

Congrats to fellow wordslinger Michael Critzer on the May 15 release of his new book Heroic Inspirations from Hero House Publishing.

Heroic Inspirations Front Cover

The source material for the book comes from the many classes Michael teaches on superheroes as mythology. Heroic Inspirations will be available in all the usual places and directly from Hero House Publishing.

As a bonus, Michael has collected some of the handouts from one of his courses into a short e-book entitled Heroic Archetypes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He plans to give copies of these away to anyone who reviews Heroic Inspirations on Amazon.

Check Michael’s website for details over the next few days and prepare to be inspired…heroically, of course!

Heroic Inspirations Back Cover  Heroic Inspirations Full Cover



Once More, With Feeling

At the Write Stuff writers conference next Thurs-Sat (March 23-25), I will be leading a 50-minute session on “Writing the Compelling Short Story.”

Additionally, the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group will launch their 2017 anthology, The Write Connections, which includes my vignette, “Once More, With Feeling,” about a dying man’s final conversation with his guardian angel.

The Write Connections marks my first publication of 2017. Hopefully, there will be at least two more short stories and a novella coming out from me this year.


The Write Connections anthology



Zippered Flesh 3: Body Enhancements Gone Bad!

Calling all horror and speculative fiction readers. Boosting the signal for a new Indiegogo campaign from Smart Rhino Publications.
Smart Rhino Publications began in 2012 with the horror anthology ZIPPERED FLESH: Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad! The book included stories by Graham Masterton, John Shirley, Lisa Mannetti, L.L. Soares, Scott Nicholson, and 15 other notable authors. The book was so well-received, we decided to do a second anthology with the same theme.
In 2013, Smart Rhino published ZIPPERED FLESH 2: More Tales of Body Enhancements Gone Bad! This anthology included two Bram Stoker Award nominees—”Primal Tongue” by Michael Bailey and “The Hunger Artist” by Lisa Mannetti—as well as 20 other stories. We’re incredibly proud of this anthology.
And now we are pulling together the third in the ZIPPERED FLESH series … and this time you can help with the project! Our main goal for this Kickstarter campaign is to increase our payments to our authors, aiming for professional rates. Our superb writers deserve it! As a small independent publisher, Smart Rhino Publications strives to publish quality books and provide venues for talented writers. Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated … and rewarded!
Check out the many great rewards we’re offering for your support! We’re sure you’ll find something of interest, especially if you love horror and suspense fiction.
Zippered Flesh 3 Cover

Never Fear…GAL WONDER Will Soon Be Here!

Firebringer Press is proud to present GAL WONDER, a new novel from debut author Diane Lee Baron! Cover art by Todd Brugmans.

Sara Goode is awkwardly ignoring her mid-life crisis and relationship difficulties by becoming consumed with finding Adam West, the star of the 1960s BATMAN TV show.

Her quest to thank Mr. West for his impact on her childhood leads to a series of wacky escapades worthy of a superhero. But does she ultimately fulfill her quest, and will she be able to face up to the challenges in her own life?

Stay tuned to the misadventures of Gal Wonder!

We’ll be hosting a “soft” book launch for GAL WONDER at Farpoint SF convention, February 17-19 in Timonium, MD.

Gal Wonder Book Cover

Beach Nights – Countdown to Launch

For those of you within driving distance of Rehoboth Beach, DE next Sunday, November 13, consider stopping by Browseabout Books on Rehoboth Avenue, just two blocks up from the boardwalk. Between 2-4PM, Cat & Mouse Press will be launching their fourth annual Rehoboth Beach short story anthology, BEACH NIGHTS.

In Beach Nights, readers will encounter a ghostly WWII tower (Phil says: Hey, that’s my story!) and a couple with an unusual annual tradition; a girl who finds her voice at a jazz club and a boy who learns the snow cone king has a secret; an old lady who is inspired to get a tattoo, and a despondent man who is resurrected through the tango.

Beach Nights opens with a funny and romantic story involving a high school prom, and continues through tales that involve a mermaid’s moon, a “Vampire Surf Club,” senior disco queens, a seemingly haunted Funland ride, a murder at a Rehoboth hotel, a moonlit sea turtle rescue, and a kid who sneaks into a James Brown concert and meets the man himself.

Many of the authors will be in attendance to sign copies of the book, as well as the editor and judges. Refreshments will be served, and prizes will be given away!

Beach Nights