Dear Leader Tales – Available Now

2020 has been a very trying year for humanity. In addition to a barely-checked viral contagion causing widespread economic distress, there are the usual cavalcade of Dear Leaders doing exactly what they do best, oppressing and dividing the rest of us. Politicians don’t have an exclusive in this regard, although sometimes it seems that way. These stories and poems are meant to humorously talk truth to power, even though we fully understand the narcissists simply won’t see themselves represented. Whether your Dear Leader is an orange-haired Wendigo, Asian Dictator, Religion, CEO, spouse, demon, or feline overlord — all are fair game in this wide-ranging collection.

As the contentious American Presidential Election campaign comes to a close, many of us could use a humorous respite and to remind ourselves the problem is not new or different, just oppression’s same old song. Take a break, read these stories — the things we worry about today will pass and new ones will emerge. This collection will take you to the next screen.

Featuring original stories and poems by Cathy Adams, Daniel Ausema, Eric Avedissian, Paul L. Bates, Jane Blanchard, Ben Boegehold, Warren Brown, Jim Courter, Devo Cutler, Derek Des Anges, Buzz Dixon, Katrina Dybzynska, Mike Ekunno, Louis Evans, Robert Morgan Fisher, Andrea Goyan, N.E. Griffin, Lauren Stoker, Jill Hand, Langley Hyde, Will Isenberg,  Andrew Jensen, John H. Kalin, J.J.J. Kearns, Richard Lau, Kate Maxwell, Teresa Milbrodt, Lena Ng, Peter Ntephe, Mark Nutter, Nicole M. Pyles, Jim Robb, Jeff Seeman, Margaret S. E. Smith. Guest editor E. E. King joins this illustrious group as well as in-house authors Dan M. Kalin and Sarah M. Kalin.

Dear Leader Tales is now available for purchase at Amazon for Kindle and paperback

It is also available world-wide for order through local bookstores (reference ISBN: 9781970087130)

Dear Leader Tales – Story Lineup

Below is a content listing of the line-up for our upcoming Dear Leader Tales volume. The book is currently being formatted for print and planned release date of 9/30/2020.

FOREWORD, by E. E. King
ROGUE SCHOLARS, by Eric Avedissian
CATMANDER-IN-CHIEF, by Richard Lau
THE CURIOUS CAT OF CULPEPPER COUNTY, by Margaret S. E. Smith
FLORENCE, by Jane Blanchard
THE Z WORD, by Jeff Seeman
CONRAD’S MOUSTACHE, by John H. Kalin
AN HONEST POLITICIAN, by Jim Robb
DEAR JOYCE, by Langley Hyde
THE MUG LIED, by Sarah M. Kalin
NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH, by Lauren Stoker
BABA YAGA’S APPRENTICE, by Louis Evans
CHARISMA, by Dan M. Kalin
SUPERLATIVE, by Robert Morgan Fisher
A GREAT GOAT, by Peter Ntephe
AN OFFICE PARTY, by Nicole M. Pyles
TEAM BUILDING AND OTHER HORRORS, by Jill Hand
THE ELVES’ REBELLION, by N.E. Griffin
REVOLT OF THE TUBAS, by Mark Nutter
THE DICTATOR’S DREAM ABOUT PAINTING, by Katrina Dybzynska
THE FAITHLESS ANGEL, by E. E. King
A NIGHT OF RAPTURE, by Margaret S. E. Smith
A FEAST TALE, by Cathy Adams
IDEA DOLLY BOSS, by Warren Brown
CORVID-19: THE CROWS! THE CROWS!, by Andrew Jensen
MINUTES, by Buzz Dixon
A MORALITY TAIL, by E.E. King
DAMAGE CONTROL, by Will Isenberg
FEMALE GOD, by Mike Ekunno
HEREDITY, by Paul L. Bates
THE SCOURGE, by Derek Des Anges
SIX VIEWS OF THE WALL, by Daniel Ausema
FREEDOM OVER GOOD, by Devo Cutler
HINDSIGHT 2020: THE DEVOLUTION AND HISTORY OF THE NEW BREED, by Kate Maxwell
A FRIEND OF THE WORKING MAN, by J.J.J. Kearns
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH, by Lena Ng
A HISTORY LESSON, by Ben Boegehold
DEAR MR. PRESIDENT, by Jim Courter
THE ELECTION-YEAR GENIE, by Richard Lau
THE MASQUE OF THE 19, by E. E. King
HOSTAGE AT THE HILTON, by Teresa Milbrodt
THE WENDIGO, by Andrea Goyan
COPYRIGHT AND AUTHOR INFORMATION 194

Image by John Hain from Pixabay

Stardust Sentinels

Debut novel “Stardust Sentinels”, by Sarah M. Kalin – to be released in the fall of 2019.

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“Sometimes you have a dream; and other times the dream has you.”
Dan M. Kalin

Bex hated dreams. She was getting better at ignoring them, but if it was up to her the summer nights would pass peacefully without constant interruptions. So she wasn’t entirely displeased when she was recruited by the Stardust Sentinels to help guide dreamers at night. Now each night was filled with new adventures instead of her own thoughts. But life starts catching up with her and Bex must choose between doing what is easy or what is right.

Buzz Dixon

As part of the release promotion for our Bubble Off Plumb collection of short stories, we will periodically post sample stories from the book. We start off with a delightfully odd story by Buzz Dixon, “Barn Raising”.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Details for our “Pin the Tale on the Editor” contest will be announced next week.

Bubble Off Plumb Available

Guess what was just delivered? Good news, Bubble Off Plumb will be available in all formats by Friday, December 14th, 2018!

We’re very pleased with the end result.

Bubble Off Plumb – Availability

As an update, Bubble Off Plumb will be fully available by December 14th 2018. The ebook versions should be in most marketplaces as of this afternoon.

We’re cutting a few corners on the print versions, in that only one source will have gotten a proof to us before the actual launch date. We have two sources for print versions and, since we felt it unlikely both would be flawed, considered it unnecessary to delay any further.

We’ll post a sample story here in the next few days!

Bubble Off Plumb: Pre-Orders

Bubble Off Plumb ebooks will be available for pre-orders on Amazon and Barnes & Noble no later than 11/30/2018. Release date is scheduled for 12/14/2018, which is when we expect to have paperback versions generally available.

We will be covering the balance of the ebook distribution channels no later than 12/14/2018.

A preview of the Table of Contents follows:

Keep in mind the manuscript page numbers are meaningless, it will change upon formatting for print. But this is the line-up and we’re really excited about the finished product.

Bubble Off Plumb – Formatting

Our Bubble Off Plumb anthology has completed the editing process and is being formatted for print. We are targeting availability no later than the end of December.

Draft back cover text reads as follows (and will likely form the description for eBooks):

“What do stories about ephemeral Martian settlers, fascinating dimensional rifts, Spanish-speaking hummingbirds, Loki’s children, WWII twins, hitchhiking swamp cats, a steam-punk octopus, Arkham card-games, using bad luck for fun and profit, demon home security systems, alternative criminal justice, workplace time travel, marketing to body-snatchers, alien attraction, and way too many barns all have in common? Simple: in one way or another they are all Bubble Off Plumb.

This genre-busting collection is meant for readers who prefer an odd story with their tea and biscuits. So sit back and let these tales delight, confuse, and surprise you!

Featuring original stories by Marie Brennan, David Tallerman, E.E. King, Art Weil, Sarah M. Lewis, Pepper Hume, Karen Ovér, Liz Schriftsteller, Mariah Southworth, Mickey Kulp, Robert Millet, Valerie Manwill, Beth Winokur, Simone LW Mounsamy, Buzz Dixon, James Campbell, Frank Kozusko, Ellen Denton, Jill Hand, Veronica Brush, and Tim Jeffreys. Joining this stellar group are in-house authors KG Finfrock, Sarah Kalin, and Dan M. Kalin.”

There may also be some illustrations, if the artist can render something exciting to enhance the stories in time. Stay tuned!

BoP Selections Complete!

Short story selections for the Bubble Off Plumb anthology have been completed! We will be notifying authors no later than 10/16/2018.

We selected 27 stories, of the 921 submitted. The response was hugely gratifying and we’re shifting gears to produce the final version for publication.

The stories submitted were at a very high level of quality, in our opinion. Below is an illustration of the ranking distribution. On this scale, a 5 means a workmanlike effort without the intangibles like a compelling concept or complete story. A 10 is something we would be able to publish with only token changes. Lower ratings could have any number of failings, but usually it meant a lack of coherence or facility with language. There weren’t many in that category.


In short, we chose 27 of a perfectly suitable 150 stories (9s and 10s). Not a terrible result!

We will be reaching out to every author over the next few days. We appreciate the response received and want to thank every author who resonated bubble off plumb.