My blog last week was eerily timely. Truman slipped away at home with me by his side in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

I was right: It has been beyond brutal.

As such, I’m not much of a conversationalist right now. But the world keeps spinning and with each revolution comes the potential for new worlds to get lost in when living in one’s own is far too painful.

Ironically, the first project I have to tell you about has an orange tabby on the cover, so Truman certainly would have encouraged you to read it, having been a beautiful medium-haired orange tabby himself.

Smith’s Monthly #58 published last week, and it features a brand-new short novel all about cats. Here’s the synopsis:

This 58th issue of Smith’s Monthly contains more than fifty thousand words of original fiction from USA Today bestselling writer Dean Wesley Smith, including a new short novel, Big Eyes, in his Pakhet Jones series about the superhero for cats, and four new short stories from some of his most popular series: Marble Grant, Bryant Street, Sky Tate, and Thunder Mountain.

Also included is The Case of Pilgrim Hugh: Five Strange Detective Short Stories, from Dean’s series about the always weird cases that private detective Pilgrim Hugh takes on.

Settle in for some great reading!

You can read more about the latest issue of Smith’s Monthly here. And you can subscribe to the series here.

Pulphouse Fiction Magazine: Issue #16 also published last week. Cats prowl its pages, too, in places.

Here’s the synopsis:

A three-time Hugo Award nominated magazine, this issue of Pulphouse Fiction Magazine offers up nineteen fantastic stories by some of the best writers working in modern short fiction.

No genre limitations, no topic limitations, just great stories. Attitude, feel, and high-quality fiction equals Pulphouse.

“For All Your Head Needs” by Rob Vagle
“Jingle, Waddle, Hop…Penguin Style” by Louisa Swann
“Just a Old Lady” by O’Neil De Noux
“A Fool and His Money” by Jerry Oltion
“An Uncommon Tern of Events” by Johanna Rothman
“Over The River” by Ray Vukcevich
“To the Grave” by Brigid Collins
“Quiet Voices” by Chrissy Wissler
“Daffodils Full of Tears” by C.H. Hung
“Collision” by Sebastien de Castell
“Ways of Counting” by Jim Gotaas
“For the Captain, my Captain, Again and Again” by Stephannie Tallent
“The Root Canal Tango” by Robert J. McCarter
“To Rescue My Best Friend” by Kent Patterson
“Advisors at Naptime” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
“Snowman’s Chance in Hell” by Robert Jeschonek
“Homeless” by Annie Reed
“The Steam-Man’s Plantation” by J. Steven York

You can read more about the latest issue of Pulphouse here. And you can subscribe to the magazine here.

Before I go, a quick shout out in gratitude to authors David H. Hendrickson (you read it, right?) and Johanna Rothman (I love a good pun) for making me smile with their story titles.

I needed that.

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