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The Corner of East and Dreams

by Joan Connor

Published by Running Wild Press; available January 8, 2024

Genre: literary short stories



A collection of nineteen stories which are off-kilter in some way. The stories include re-tellings — Cassie Bunyan’s Yarn which gives a voice to Paul Bunyan’s wife; The Lion’s Honey which narrates the Biblical story of Samson and Delilah from the point-of-view of Samson’s savaged lock; The Missing Days of E.A.P. which imagines itself into the interstices of Poe’s mysterious death; The Unnaming, a metafictional reversal of the Edenic myth; and The Devil in Decline in which a defanged Satan speaks for himself. Aesthetically, the tales range from the social-realistic to cross-genre, from the comic to the somber, from the credible to the fully fantastic of I Married Yeti, from naturalist to fabulist – making every story a surprise.

About the Author

Joan Connor is a former professor at Ohio University, Fairfield University’s MFA Program, and the University of Southern Maine’s Stonecoast Program. She has published four collections of short fiction and one of personal essays. She is the recipient of an AWP award in short fiction, the Leapfrog Press award for adult fiction, the River Teeth award in nonfiction, a Pushcart Prize, and individual artists award from the Ohio Arts council.

ISBN (pbk) 9781955062268
ISBN (ebook) 9781955062275

Far Out

by Khaled Talib

Published by RIZE Press; Available January 8, 2024

Genres: Thriller/Mystery


Hollywood movie star Goldie Saint Helen comes out of a coma after a car accident with an altered identity. She now believes she is a hippie detective living in the Sixties, hired to find a missing teenage girl who is about to end up a guinea pig in a CIA drug experiment. Goldie also thinks screenwriter Blake Deco, her husband, is an intern at her detective agency. For the time being, Blake plays along as advised by the hospital until she recovers her memory. However, sinister plotters think it is better that Goldie does not wake up from her fantasy– and they have their reasons. The couple finds themselves embroiled in a dangerous situation. Blake must use his past military skills as he raced against the clock to save his wife before she loses her mind forever.

About the Author
Khaled Talib’s books have received reviews in Publishers Weekly and international newspapers. Born and raised in Singapore, the author is also a member of the International Thriller Writers. Before he started writing thrillers, Khaled was a magazine journalist and public relations consultant. You can visit him online at

“Screenwriter Blake Deco’s life is upended when his Hollywood movie-star wife, Goldie Saint Helen, comes out of a coma after a car accident with a makeshift identity. Her lawyers see her condition as an opportunity to swindle her. Far Out is a standalone thriller but the key characters were recast from another novel, Gun Kiss.” –Maryse’s Book Blog.
“I found this book to be an entertaining light read, perfect for offering a bit of escapism.” –LoveReading.

ISBN (pbk) 9781955062923

ISBN (epub) 9781955062930

Serpents of Eden by RW Goldsmith

Published by Running Wild Press; Available January 8, 2024

Genres: Fantasy/Paranormal/Horror



Clay Middleton has made a career as a wilderness artist with his paintings of the American southwest. His remote desert journeys have also earned him the reputation of a deranged man who is best avoided. The reputation suits him, however, as other than for his immediate family, he prefers the company of cacti, coyotes, and sidewinders to the company of man. His idyllic life comes to an end when his wife dies, and his daughter abandons her son to his care. He believes things cannot get worse. He is wrong. His grandson is kidnapped by three supernatural beings, and Clay alone possesses the means to rescue the boy. But to do so, he must endure the incessant chatter of a young paranormal investigator as they pursue the kidnappers across alternate post-apocalyptic Earths in a race against the countdown to universal destruction.

Paperback ISBN: 9781955062763

eBook ISBN: 9781955062794

About the Author

R W Goldsmith began writing in the mid-90s when the California wild-west re-enactment troupe he performed with needed a scriptwriter. After a decade and a half of award-winning skits, he tried his hand at writing science fiction, fantasy, and horror and has been at it ever since. He currently lives in Missouri overlooking The Lake of The Ozarks with his wife Crystie and their two cats, two ferrets, and one dog.

Thirteen Tunnels by Suzanne Samples

Published by Running Wild Press; Available January 8, 2024

Genre: memoir



On September 17, 2022, the literary world, indeed the whole world, lost a unique voice with the passing of Suzanne ” Hammer” Samples. Her final journey began in 2017 with a brain tumor diagnosis. She chronicled her struggles and triumphs even as she worked through post-surgery rehab including regaining the loss of arm and hand function. Suzanne’s rare courage and candor gave us a brutally honest and unflinching view of her life. Though she ” nagged” her editor and publisher to get her first book into print before she died, Suzanne outlived her prognosis. The memoir, ” Frontal Matter: Glue Gone Wild” went on to be named among the best books of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews and sent Suzanne on a phenomenal book tour where she wowed listeners with her experiences, stellar personality and dark wit. She continued on to write two sequels, ” Stargazing in Solitude” published to acclaim in 2021, and the ” 13 Tunnels”, even as she returned to teaching and started a literary magazine. Her trilogy offers insight, comfort, and understanding to the patients, caregivers, and loved ones dealing with this and similar devastating diagnoses.

About the Author

Suzanne taught English at Appalachian State University and received a Ph.D. in Victorian Literature from Auburn University. She won the 2020 Prime Number Magazine Award for Short Fiction. Her memoir Frontal Matter: Glue Gone Wild, available from Running Wild Press, received a starred review from Kirkus and was named a Best Book of 2019. Suzanne bravely detailed her life with brain cancer in The Frontal Matter Trilogy (Running Wild Press, LA) which includes, Frontal Matter, Stargazing in Solitude, and her latest Thirteen Tunnels.

Paperback ISBN: 9781955062855

eBook ISBN: 9781955062848

This Then Is What Counts by HJ Brennan

Published by Running Wild Press; Available January 22, 2024

Genre: mystery/romance



“This Then Is What Counts” renders an unlikely, contemporary couple bound in love and forced into a tragic odyssey. James is thirty-something and emotionally adrift when he encounters a tall, heroic and deserted June. They work and sweat side-by-side on a historic construction project in the forest along the Chesapeake. Their mutual passion is lit, June’s secrets are revealed, and love and life are threatened. Twenty-five years later, James is alone. He reflects on that short time he and June shared. It seems like yesterday, and she was bigger than life and the only love he’s known. It was a physical year of working with their hands and enjoying their bodies, and they took hold of those days and swung them over their heads. When June’s troubled past showed up, she laid out her options: “I either fight hard, run hard, or I’m screwed.” They ran. As James tells the story in his darkly comic and unsettled retirement, a mystery builds as to why he’s alone when his memories of that single year with June present such a wide-screen love.

About the Author

H J Brennan’s many gigs include musician, hospital orderly, barn builder, bartender, inner-city teacher and creative director. Raised along a river in Pennsylvania’s Rust Belt, he attended Kutztown, Temple and Stanford universities. He has motorcycled many of The West’s two-lane blacktops and lives in Northern California with his wife and their big-clown-of-a-dog, Lucy. ” This Then Is What Counts” is his second novel. Visit:

Paperback ISBN: 9781960018038

eBook ISBN: 1960018035

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Before You Met Me by Agatha Sicil

Published by RIZE Press; Available January 22, 2024

Genre: memoir poetry



Most people have skeletons in their closet and go through the motions of life meeting new people who are unaware of their past experiences. As a result, a person has more than one life to tell. The purpose of this book is to open the reader’ s eyes that the person whom they refer to as their friend, colleague, in-law, or neighbor, is not who they really say they are but their previous interactions begin to make sense.

“With an unflinching voice, Agatha Sicil uses her remarkable firsthand survivor’s account to help readers better understsand the trauma of childhood abuse — and how reckoning with it in an effort to cauterize the wound can have unexpected results. This therapeutic memoir shows the power in reclaiming one’s own vulnerability — and the hope that it allowed to thrive as a result.” — Brendan Dabkowski, Senior Editor

About the Author

Agatha Sicil was born in New York City. She is a graduate of Pace University, and received her M.A. from Mercy College before returning to Pace University where she received an M.A.T.. She is a full-time special education teacher and a part-time writer. Agatha is the author of many works including “Burn,” the prologue to her creative nonfiction piece, “Before You Met Me.” She lives in the New England region with her husband and children.

You can visit Agatha Sicil at and follow her on Twitter @agathasicil and on Instagram @read_agathasicil

Paperback ISBN: 9781955062695

Bonus Content: Reader’s guide

Obsidian Waste by Rudolfo A. Serna

Published by RIZE Press; Available January 3, 2024

Genre: psychedelic dark fantasy

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Obsidian Waste is a psychedelic dark fantasy space odyssey born out of a mysterious technology transmitted from a universal mind that takes root and grows as the Earth is reseeded by the new technology. Growing and inhabiting all those receiving the message of Peace and Love as remnants of their mother world disappear in budding forests and fields, resisting the plagues and radiation that finished off what once was once under control of Earth’s tyrants and their governments. A poetic journey grounded in the harsh echoes of modern society, seeking hope, a utopia that could not exist without its reflection, as bodies are split and joined in the psi-tronic mixing boards of the seers. What was once called “human” seeking eternity in the heart/mind of giant animal ships filled with biomechanical hybrids striving to survive without the anger that destroyed Earth’s dream.

About the Author

Born under the nuclear shadow of Los Alamos National Laboratories and raised in the orchards, mountains, and fields of northern New Mexico. Rudolfo A. Serna is a writer and educator with a penchant for ‘ 70s horror B-movies, psychedelic doom metal, and permaculture. A writer of short stories, novels, and poetry, he lives with his wife and daughter in Albuquerque, NM.

Paperback ISBN: 9781955062909

ebook ISBN: 1955062900

Song of the Samurai by C. A. Parker

Published by Running Wild Press; Available May 7, 2024

Genre: Historical



Japan, 1745, is a land under the iron grip of the Tokugawa shoguns. Roads are monitored, dissent stifled, and order maintained through blackmail and an extensive network of informers. Amid rumors of rebellion, Kurosawa Kinko– samurai and monk– is expelled in disgrace as the head music instructor of his Zen temple in Nagasaki. He begins an odyssey across Japan, dogged by agents and assassins from an unknown foe. Along his journey, Kinko encounters a compelling cast of merchants, ronin, courtesans, spies, warriors, hermits, and spirits, on a quest to redeem his honor. Inspired by the life of the historical Kurosawa Kinko (1710-1771), master of the shakuhachi flute and founder of the Kinko-ryu school, Song of the Samurai takes the reader on a richly-textured exploration of feudal Japan and the complexities of the human spirit.

About the Author

For over twenty-five years, C. A. Parker has studied both the shakuhachi (an end-blown Japanese flute) and the martial art of Aikido, both in the United States and Japan. Prior to life as an author, Dr. Parker spent his career at the intersection of spirituality and social justice, and he has spent many years exploring the commonalities between Christian and Buddhist contemplative traditions. He lives in Washington, DC, with his two amazing and creative children, and two rescued pets (a grumpy old dog named Chewbacca and a neurotic cat named Luna).

Paperback ISBN: 9781960018007

eBook ISBN: 9781955062992

The Mango Chronicle by Ricardo José González-Rothi

Published by RIZE Press; Available May 7, 2024

Genre: Biography & Autobiography / Hispanic & Latino / Memoirs



He leaves his birthplace during a nuclear missile crisis. As a refugee in a foreign land he struggles to adjust to a new set of life circumstances. The author recollects his childhood in his Cuban barrio from the eyes of a child, and then decades later, from the vantage of a grown adult. From stealing a rowboat and being nearly capsized by a Russian tanker, to befriending an old fisherman who tells him a haunting tale, to being bullied by a neighborhood thug, to cockfights gone wrong, to witnessing the plight of political prisoners during an invasion, to dealing with the injustices of growing up in a machismo and homophobic culture, he had led a Cuban Huck Finn childhood. Arriving in an at-times unwelcoming culture, he struggles to assimilate while preserving his native soul. Eventually he finds redemption upon circling back to his roots when he returns to the island.

About the Author

An academic physician and scientific writer, Ricardo has had his fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry featured in multiple literary journals in the U.S. and in the U.K. both in English and in his native Spanish. Born and raised in Cuba, he came to the United States as a refugee in his teens, achieved a distinguished career as an academic physician, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and former Department Chair in Clinical Sciences. His second career and passion is creative writing.

Paperback ISBN: 9781960018199

eBook ISBN: 9781960018151

Undetectable by Casey Charles

Published by Running Wild Press; Available May 6, 2024

Genre: Biography & Autobiography / Memoirs / Medical (incl. Patients) / LGBTQ+

Not Rated yet.


Undetectable is a story of love, loss, and viral loads, a memoir of long-term survival with HIV. From graduate student in 1989, who contracts the virus from the love of his life, to writer in 2018 visiting the slums of Nairobi, the author finds his own drama intertwined with the astonishing stories of his HIV+ peers, narratives that intersect the path of his travails and act as foils to the foibles of a gay man who comes out, falls in love, and faces a death sentence at the beginning of his career. In the fight for medicine, support, and love, the author learns the power of linking self to other as he faces stigma, heartbreak, and fear with a visceral resilience.

About the Author

Casey Charles lives in Missoula, Montana and Palm Springs, California, where he writes across genres. His first book, The Sharon Kowalski Case: Lesbian and Gay Rights on Trial (2003), was nominated for a Publishing Triangle Award in nonfiction, and a collection of essays, Critical Queer Studies: Law, Film, and Fiction in Contemporary America followed in 2012. He is the author of two novels: The Trials of Christopher Mann and The Monkey Cages, which appeared from Lethe Press in 2018. He has also published two poetry chapbooks and a full collection entitled Zicatela.

Paperback ISBN: 9781955062978

eBook ISBN: 9781955062985

Rize Short Story Anthology, Volume 1:Volume 1 by Feng Gooi,Tony Martello & 8 more (Author)

Published by RIZE Press; Available May 7, 2024

Genre: Fiction / Anthologies (Multiple Authors) / Literary Collections

Not Rated yet.


I was not originally scheduled to edit the RIZE Short Story Anthology, Volume 1, but sometimes fortune smiles. The opportunity to select and edit this collection, written by authors from underrepresented groups, was one of those professional milestones that ultimately has a way of getting into the psyche and marking my personal map with moments of growth, insights, and cherished value. With an eclectic gathering of voices, these stories add dimensions to leave the readers’ perspectives more worldly, experiences widened, and thoughts stretched out of their conditioned molds. This inaugural edition of the RIZE Short Story Anthology represents stories and authors from around the corner and from around the world and, by design, offers a diverse adventure into storytelling that leads to a great adventure of story reading. – Benjamin B. White, Editor of RIZE Short Story Anthology, Volume 1, and author of The Recon Trilogy +1

About the Author

Feng Gooi was born and raised in the sunny tropical island of Penang, Malaysia but is currently in snowy Buffalo, New York. Be careful, he is easily startled. You can find his work in Shoreline of Infinity, Hexagon, and Vincent Brothers Review. Connect with him on Twitter: @FengGooi Tony Martello is a family therapist who grew up surfing the wild waves of Hawaii and California more………

Paperback ISBN: 9781960018113

eBook ISBN: 9781960018106

Forces of Nature: A Memoir of Family, Loss, and Finding Home by Gina DeMillo Wagner

Published by Running Wild Press; Available May 14, 2024

Genre: Biography & Autobiography / Memoirs / Nonfiction / Sibling Relationships / Sociology of Death



Gina DeMillo Wagner’s brother Alan had a rare genetic disorder that caused him to veer from loving to violent. When Alan died suddenly, Gina was pulled away from the safety of her adult life and thrust back into a family she has been estranged from for nearly ten years. FORCES OF NATURE follows this rewinding of the past, Gina’s caregiving journey and reckoning with complicated grief, plus Alan’s Christmas-themed funeral, and an investigation into his cause of death. It’s a personal story that asks universal questions: How much of ourselves should we sacrifice to those we love? And, what forces shape our sense of family and home?

About the Author

Gina DeMillo Wagner is an award-winning journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Memoir Magazine, Modern Loss, Self, Outside, CRAFT Literary, and other publications. She is a winner of the CRAFT Creative Nonfiction Award, and her memoir was longlisted for the 2022 SFWP Literary Award. She lives and works near Boulder, Colorado. Website:

Paperback ISBN: 9781960018793

eBook ISBN: 9781960018335