Sometimes, being a book publisher is like being a parent. You’re not supposed to have favorites, but let’s be honest, you do.

On the parenting front, I get an out. My daughter is an only child.

One the book front, well, I have a confession to make.

I love Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Diving series. Now, to be fair, I fell in love with this series before I took the helm at WMG. So, maybe my love for this universe is grandfathered in. Fingers crossed.

And if you love this series as much as I do, you’ve been waiting for the next book for a while now (no pressure, Kris). But wait no longer: The next book comes out tomorrow!

A word of warning: This one doesn’t have any of the characters you’ve come to know and love. But don’t let that dissuade you. The universe Kris has created is so rich and intriguing, I look forward to her diversions into other times and places. Sometimes, these side stories trigger more questions than they provide answers. The Spires of Denon, for example, took us to a part of this universe and a timeframe as yet unknown in relation to the rest of the series. But it’s still one of my favorite stories. I love archaeology, and this novella delightfully mixes a more traditional form of archaeology with space exploration.

the-falls-ebook-cover-web-284The Falls, however, takes us in a different direction. Set in a part of the Fleet universe we’ve never seen before, it’s a captivating mystery that provides rich detail about life in the Fleet as well as crucial backstory for the next Boss novel.

Here’s the synopsis:

Fleet sector bases close as the Fleet moves on. Everyone knows and expects it. But still, the announcement that Sector Base E-2 will close—although still thirty years in the future—breeds a mood of tension and anxiety.

So, when Rajivk Agwu finds two pairs of shoes on a trail near Fiskett Falls, but no sign of their occupants, his already heightened senses warn of danger.

Those on the base fare no better. Bristol Iannazzi, working on the notoriously delicate anacapa drive for a runabout, also notices something strange, something out of place, something dangerous…

Expanding the rich history of Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s captivating Diving universe, The Falls provides an exciting and crucial backstory for future events.

Speaking of the next Boss novel, that book, The Runabout, is set for release next fall.

I know: I can’t wait either.

But like all good things, it’s well worth the wait.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer.