Hot Off the Presses Issue 20: Metempsychosis

thefarsideofpromiseTitle: The Far Side of Promise
Author: Matthew S. Cox
Genre: Horror and Sci-Fi, Anthology
Release Date: November 14, 2016
Available: Amazon

Blurb: The Far Side of Promise is an anthology of short stories encompassing several genres.
Ouroboros and Innocent Deception bring the reader into cyberpunk themed worlds, where things are not always as they appear to be. Into the Beneath follows Kirsten Wren (from the Division Zero series) on the night she ran away from home as a child.
The Tower and The Roommate delve into the genre of contemporary thriller, the first in the vein of The Twilight Zone, the latter a glimpse into the life of a man, the girl he loves, and the skeleton that lives in his closet.
A Queen’s Lament is a high fantasy tale of a lonely wife who regrets that one night’s indiscretion may doom her entire kingdom.
In One More Run, one man braves a post-apocalyptic wasteland in pursuit of his dream to no longer get shot at for a living.
Daughter of Mars, The Far Side of Promise, and A Ghost Among Fireflies leave Earth behind for deep space with science fiction stories of a battle for independence, a battle for real food, and an irresistible dream pulling a woman to a child that needs help.


hotforxmasTitle: Hot for Xmas
Author: Trinity Blanco
Genre: Erotica
Release Date: November 30, 2016
Available: Amazon

Blurb: Emily Garland always feared she’d end up a cat lady, but she’d have dogs instead. Her sex life—what sex life? Any time she had hopes for seducing a man, he’d disappear. Emily was giving Santa one last opportunity to bring her a mate, but if something didn’t happen by Christmas, she was giving up.
Ever since his parents were murdered on Christmas Eve, Baas Sather has hated the holiday, so he never celebrated it. Now, at 50 and in his prime as a werewolf, he and four other pack leaders need to find a mate. But not one female in their group or the bordering ones carries the special scent. Baas had never considered anyone that wasn’t as a possible mate. Alphas were known for their aggressive behavior and their strong sexual needs were too much for one human female, at least that’s what he’d always believed. Then a week before Xmas, everything changed when she walked into their lives.
One careless, and if he had anything to say about it, soon-to-be-dead wolf had beaten and starved his mate and cubs. It fell to Baas and his brothers to take care of anyone who got out of hand within their pack. However, when Emily Garland, a local social worker, showed up, he’s unprepared for her smart aleck mouth. Now all he can think about is how to convince her that she was made for him and his pack leaders… and how they were going to protect her from a psychotic stalker.


glasstidingsTitle: Glass Tidings
Author: Amy Jo Cousins
Genre: LGBTQIA Romance
Release Date: December 5, 2016
Available: Amazon

Blurb: Eddie Rodrigues doesn’t stay in one place long enough to get attached. The only time he broke that rule, things went south fast. Now he’s on the road again, with barely enough cash in his pocket to hop a bus to Texas after his (sort-of-stolen) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Midwest, USA.
He’s fine. He’ll manage. Until he watches that girl get hit by a car and left to die.
Local shop owner Grayson Croft isn’t in the habit of doing people any favors. But even a recluse can’t avoid everyone in a town as small as Clear Lake. And when the cop who played Juliet to your Romeo in the high school play asks you to put up her key witness for the night, you say yes.
Now Gray’s got a grouchy glass artist stomping around his big, empty house, and it turns out that he . . . maybe . . . kind of . . . likes the company.
But Eddie Rodrigues never sticks around.
Unless a Christmas shop owner who hates the season can show an orphan what it means to have family for the holidays.


grossgregTitle: Gross Greg
Author: Alvin Irby
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Release Date: December 8, 2016
Available: Amazon

Blurb: A hilarious rhyming picture book from award-winning educator and comedian Alvin Irby. This laugh-out-loud story about one young boy’s big appetite for chewy little treats will make kids queasy with laughter.




waveformTitle: Waveform (Twenty-First-Century Essays by Women)
Editor: Marcia Aldrich
Genre: Nonfiction (Essays)
Release Date: December 15, 2016
Available: Amazon

Abbreviated Blurb (for full blurb, visit Amazon): Waveform champions the diversity of women’s approaches to the structure of the essay―today a site of invention and innovation, with experiments in collage, fragments, segmentation, braids, triptychs, and diptychs. Focused on these explorations of form, Waveform is not wed to a fixed theme or even to women’s experiences per se. It is not driven by subject matter but highlights the writers’ interaction with all manner of subject and circumstance through style, voice, tone, and structure.
Contributors: Marcia Aldrich, Jocelyn Bartkevicius, Chelsea Biondolillo, Eula Biss, Barrie Jean Borich, Joy Castro, Meghan Daum, Jaquira Díaz, Laurie Lynn Drummond, Patricia Foster, Roxane Gay, Leslie Jamison, Margo Jefferson, Sonja Livingston, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, Brenda Miller, Michele Morano, Kyoko Mori, Bich Minh Nguyen, Adriana Paramo, Jericho Parms, Torrey Peters, Kristen Radtke, Wendy Rawlings, Cheryl Strayed, Dana Tommasino, Sarah Valentine, Neela Vaswani, Nicole Walker, Amy Wright


theroyalghostTitle: The Royal Ghost (A Mina Scarletti Mystery)
Author: Linda Stratmann
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: January 1, 2017
Available: Amazon

Blurb: A Victorian murder mystery set in fashionable Brighton and featuring a determined young detectiveBrighton, 1871: a book by two respectable spinsters claiming to have seen the ghost of the Prince Regent in Brighton Pavilion shocks the town and attracts the attention of spiritualist Arthur Wallace Hope. Young Mina Scarletti, a writer of horror stories and investigator of psychic phenomena, suspects fraud. As the summer heat rises and hearts flutter dangerously, Mina and her associates delve into the mystery and, in doing so, they soon discover that nothing is as it seems.