Sometimes, a new release hits the timing perfectly.

That can sometimes be a bad thing. It happened to us very early on in my tenure with WMG when a new release, Bleed Through by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, was about to hit the shelves. Bleed Through is a brilliant and poignant book that explores the aftermath of a school shooting and the fallout of such traumatic events. But the week before we were set to release the book, another major school shooting happened. We just couldn’t justify promoting involving a school shooting (even tangentially) given the timing. So, we released it quietly. That book has never really gotten the attention it deserves, sadly, because school shootings have been far too common over the recent years.

But sometimes, the timing works in our favor. And that’s exactly the case with our newest volume of Fiction River, which releases this week. Called Doorways to Enchantment, this anthology is filled with portal fantasy stories.

And who wouldn’t want to open a portal to a different world right now, right?

Here’s the synopsis:

The passage from real life to an imagined, magical one has fulfilled a childish yearning for many a young person, particularly those who grew up in less than desirable circumstances. Writer and editor Dayle A. Dermatis tapped into that yearning to bring together this collection of stories that take their characters through portals to fantastical worlds—although sometimes the new worlds prove more problematic than the old ones. Still, for anyone who sees herself as the hero of her own story, these stories can’t help but tempt the imagination. And this volume itself opens a doorway to enchantment.

“Restoration” by Sabrina Chase
“Father Otto” by Mary Jo Rabe
“Common Cause” by David Stier
“The Higher Duty” by Leah Cutter
“The Realm That Didn’t Suck” by Robert Jeschonek
“Honed Sharp and Ready” by Brigid Collins
“Elf Help Seminar” by Stefon Mears
“Stone Tower” by Dory Crowe
“The Door to Nowhere” by Leigh Saunders
“You Can’t Take What I Won’t Give” by Leslie Claire Walker
“Into the Fire, the Second Time” by Chuck Heintzelman
“Fun House Mirrors” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“And the Bears Will Sing You Home” by Dayle A. Dermatis

With titles like “The Realm That Didn’t Suck,” it’s kinda perfect.

Click here to learn more.

I wish you a happy journey into other realms.

Allyson Longueira is publisher of WMG Publishing. She is an award-winning writer, editor and designer, working mother, and brain tumor survivor.

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