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Hot Lips

Joe Baumann

"Hot Lips takes your expectations and turns them upside down…These stories force readers to dwell on our own lives, the guards we put up for ourselves or the guards we wish to lower to get closer to others…[Baumann's] superpower is writing wonderful stories; read this collection and see what I mean."
—Aura Martin, author of
Butterflies Over Flame

Joe Baumann's Hot Lips centers around a group of fraternity members at a small school in upper Missouri who are linked by unusual capabilities, by nickname identities, and by the close-knit Phi Kappa Gamma (PKG). One member can speak to food; another can breathe fire; yet another is followed perpetually by bees. Through self-discovery, each of their quirks only grows more vibrant and illuminating than before.


Sparrow Days

Russell Sebring

Having escaped from yet another foster home, Terra Delarosa is found alone in a grocery store one Valentine’s Day, determined to stay the night. Taken into custody with a seeming fate of juvenile detention, Terra’s last option is to stay with her estranged grandfather on his farm. Meanwhile, a farm sparrow named Zeezoo attempts to form a family of his own, learning how to defend he and those he loves in a predator-prey world.

Sparrow Days is a middle-grade story about overcoming and redemption, addressing challenging topics such as belonging, purpose, alcoholism, drug abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Travel between worlds in a tale that balances light-hearted humor and emotional turmoil with each flap of a sparrow’s wings.


The Elementals

Abby Lattanzio

Eastport, a place of former peace, has rapidly turned its back on natural power wielders known as "elementals." Under the rule of domineering Magistrate Rufus, elementals are subject to fates of imprisonment, death, and forced exposure to a mysterious substance known as eusgare. While the future continues to look grim for elementals, the ocean tides seem to have other plans. Four brothers, united by royal blood and a shared goal of restoring the kingdom, must find a way to work together before it is too late.


The Great Pyramid and Other Stories

Zach Docter

Zach Docter's debut short story collection is a perfect blend of stark reality and the zany! Full of ambiguous happenings, twist endings, and deep truths about humanity, this collection will keep you on the edge of your seat and chuckling along the way.

Are the pyramids right-side up or upside-down? What if there was an app to alleviate human rage? What's up with the moody man at the entrance? What does it mean to lose one's mind? Is anything real? These are just a few questions posed in this must-read collection!


Wildflowers in the Dark

Lexis Mae

Lexis Mae's debut poetry chapbook captures the wonder, struggle, and resilience of the human spirit through a simple and accessible form. Illustrations by Kiriaki Moulinou accentuate and bring imagination to the words on the page.

Follow the young character of Sparrow as she navigates through troubling times. Sparrow's down-to-earth perspective and transformation are contagious. Sharing her most intimate thoughts and words of advice along the way, Sparrow strives to unveil a path of wildflowers and freedom.

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