This summer stands a good chance of being declared the hottest summer on record (at least here in the Northern Hemisphere). Even if it doesn’t hit that mark, it’s certainly breaking a lot of records. [link to ]

That certainly comes as no surprise to me. I suffered from heat illness myself this summer while in Las Vegas during the July heat wave. That’s something I haven’t experienced since Madrid in ’92. Years of living on the Oregon Coast have made me more susceptible to heat because we don’t get much of it here.

For example, although we are under an excessive heat warning all of next week, the predicted high temperature where I live will range from 70 to 79 degrees. Supposedly. If the marine layer doesn’t get sucked in by triple-digit heat in the Valley. Then, we’ll be lucky to get out of the 50s.

High temps in the 70s doesn’t sound high, but it actually is for here. We usually don’t break out of the 60s in the summer. And no one here has air conditioning. So, 79 can get rather warm, especially when you don’t expect it.

I certainly didn’t expect to suffer from heat illness while I was in Las Vegas. I knew to be careful, since Vegas was having record-setting heat (it was 115 degrees the day I fell ill). But I never expected five minutes on a sidewalk to take me out.

Still, nothing like some parts of the world are dealing with—which pairs record-breaking temperatures with high humidity. That’s a brutal kind of heat.

Here at WMG, we prefer to heat things up on the page instead. No chance of heat stroke there!

If that kind of heat sparks your interest, look no further than Summer Sizzles.

In this fourth Fiction River Special Edition, bestselling romance author and editor Kristine Grayson takes readers into the world of romantic suspense. These nine breathtaking stories—from military romance to love in the criminal underworld, from a highly unusual shipboard romance to a modern gothic novella set on an idyllic island—make a perfect beginning to summer reading. The heat of attraction, the sparks of passion, and the frisson of suspense all thread their way through every story in this spectacular volume.


 “Night Moves” by Katie Pressa

“Safe Like Cedar” by Lisa Silverthorne

“Flying Above the Hindu Kush” by M.L. Buchman

“Love on the Run” by Kelly Washington

“Need to Know” by Sabrina Chase

“Bribing Ghosts” by Leah Cutter

“Come Summer, Come Winter, I’ll Come for You” by Rei Rosenquist

“Totality” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

“That Summer on Blue Heron Island” by Dayle A. Dermatis

Intrigued? Of course you are. Buy the ebook now here. It’s a great choice for any summer reading list.

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