I’m living in a fantasy world this week. One, because I’m busy designing branded fantasy series covers as part of a WMG online workshop (more on that in the next couple of weeks). Two, because of the Uncollected Anthology.

For those of you unfamiliar with this project, let me be clear about something: WMG doesn’t publish the Uncollected Anthology as a whole (although we do, of course, publish Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s standalone stories contained within it). It’s a collaboration of multiple authors and publishers. It’s a very cool and innovative project, in fact.

Published quarterly, the core authors and one guest author write fantasy stories around a central theme. Each author or publisher puts the stories up independently but with links to the other stories in the volume. Readers can buy one or more stories in the volume. Finally, all of the stories are collected Uncollected, which makes buying ALL the stories super easy.

The most recent volume is Mystical Melodies, which contains Kris’ newest Abracadabra Incorporated story “At the Crossroads.”

Here’s the synopsis about that story:

When Kailani arrives in Greenwood, Mississippi, for her latest job, she knows she faces a daunting task. With her job at Abracadabra Inc. on the line, she determines to rise to the challenge.

But when she tries to find the magic shop she has been sent to investigate, she finds nothing but mysteries and mirage.

She worries her magic will prove insufficient to penetrate the deception. Until she realizes her magic might be the least of her fears.

If you haven’t read anything in the Abracadabra Incorporated world, you should. It’s fantastic writing. Another the Abracadabra stories will be part of a new Storybundle that launches later this week. More on that in next week’s blog.

In the meantime, you can read yet another of Kris’ Uncollected Anthology stories for free this week on her blog. “The Most Recent Madame Fortuna” is part of the Fortune Tales Uncollected Anthology. Click here to check it out.

It’s good to live in a fantasy world, isn’t it?

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