Book Smugglers Publishing

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Like many foolhardy ideas, The Book Smugglers was born of a time of great adversity. Faced with threats from their significant others concerning the overwhelming volume of books purchased on a daily basis, Ana Grilo and Thea James resorted to "smuggling" books home in huge handbags to avoid scrutiny. In 2008, the devious duo founded The Book Smugglers - a review blog dedicated to speculative and genre fiction for all ages, and an outlet for Ana and Thea's bottomless obsession with books and assorted SFF popgeekery. In 2014, they launched Book Smugglers Publishing, an electronic publisher of SFF short stories for all ages with a focus on diverse voices and perspectives. Book Smugglers Publishing will release 6 short stories in 2014.

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When the Letter Comes
Pre-release—available May 22, 2018. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,360. Language: English. Published by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Henry believes that someday, something awesome will happen--everything will turn out all right and all her problems will disappear once her letter arrives, welcoming her to magic school. So even though puberty is already here with changes (like her voice deepening and hair growing in places she does not want), she also knows it's only a matter of time. After all, hundreds of books have said so.
Girl Reporter
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 34,330. Language: English. Published: December 19, 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
From the award-winning author of Cookie Cutter Superhero and Kid Dark Against the Machine comes a brand new novella about girl reporters, superheroes, and interdimensional travel
Food and Horror: Essays on Ravenous Souls, Toothsome Monsters, and Vicious Cravings
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 61,730. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Science Fiction & Fantasy
Hansel and Gretel. Turkish Delight. Viscous blood and meaty gristle. From the rituals that surround mealtime to the culture-spanning tales of insatiably hungry monsters, food is often used as both tool and metaphor in speculative fiction. In this award-winning collection of fifteen essays from Octavia Cade, the intersection of food and horror is explored in bone-crunching, marrow-slurping detail.
Avi Cantor Has Six Months to Live
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,580. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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Avi Cantor Has Six Months To Live A romantic, #ownvoices fairy tale for trans boys.
Temporary Duty Assignment
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 38,040. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
From the author of Luminous comes a high stakes sci-fi romance.
Duck Duck God
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,600. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
For kindergarten teacher Monica Quintana, it seemed like any other day right up until the point when little Nicky Swanson became a god. (It might not sound like a big deal, but a five-year-old possessing the power to turn people into literal pests is a challenge even for the most seasoned educator.)
It Came Back
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,600. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Occult
After five years of avoiding her past, Luna finally returns to her childhood home. Her imposing grandfather may be long gone, but his specter hangs over the estate like a curse--Luna is eager to sell everything and leave the Anderson House behind her for good. But when she stumbles across a sheath of letters, a secret is uncovered, and a monster awakens...
Bearly A Lady
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,100. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Zelda McCartney (almost) has it all: a badass superhero name, an awesome vampire roommate, and her dream job at a glossy fashion magazine (plus the clothes to prove it). The only issue in Zelda’s almost-perfect life? The uncontrollable need to transform into a werebear once a month.
A Question of Faith
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,270. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Alternative history
In the Temple of Ra, Ceke works on cutting edge research investigating the connection between music, identity, and the realm of the gods. When the most promising subject of the temple's tonal experiments, Wahibra, mysteriously disappears and rumors of a god awakened follow his path, Ceke finds herself leading a dangerous mission to bring him back to safety.
The Waters and Wild of Winter Street
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,640. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fairy tales
Welcome to 222 Winter Street, home to loving parents Matt and Geoffrey, and their two adopted daughters. Moira and Mystique Brighton-Briggs may be identical twins, but the girls couldn't be more different. One is all softness and light, the other sharp corners and magic.
Beauty, Glory, Thrift
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,730. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
On a lost planet in the depths of space, goddess-sisters Beauty, Glory and Thrift split their time between stasis and bickering, forever waiting for new visitors to their forgotten temple. Enter a thief, who comes searching for treasure but instead finds Thrift—the least of the goddesses—who offers powers of frugality in exchange for her escape. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Reenu-You
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 32,970. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
New York City, August 1998. On a muggy summer day, five women wake up to discover purple scab-like lesions on their faces—a rash that pulses, oozes, and spreads in spiral patterns. City clinic doctors dismiss the women’s fears as common dermatitis. But as more women show up with the symptoms, one clear correlation emerges: an all-natural, first-of-its-kind hair relaxer called REENU-YOU.
Keeper of the Dawn
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 41,260. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
All Lai has ever wanted is to become a priestess, like her mother and grandmother before her, in service to their beloved goddess. That’s before the unthinkable happens, and Lai fails the trials she has trained for her entire life. She makes the only choice she believes she can: she runs away. Keeper of the Dawn is a tale of new beginnings, second chances, and the endurance of hope.
The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,740. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2016 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
A dark retelling of The Little Mermaid from the author of HUNTING MONSTERS
Hurricane Heels
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 44,450. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2016 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Five ordinary girls discover magical powers in this new series of interconnected short stories from Isabel Yap. When Alex, Ria, Aiko, Natalie and Selena met at summer camp, they never expected the goddess would ask for their help, enlisting them as soldiers to protect the world from the forces of darkness.
The Convergence of Fairy Tales
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 19,060. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2016 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The Sleeping Beauty woke with a heartbeat between her legs. Five classic fairy tales are reimagined by award-winning master of horror Octavia Cade in The Convergence of Fairy Tales. Sleeping Beauty. The Snow Queen. Snow White. The Frog Princess. Rapunzel. Five new fairy tales. Five different accounts of betrayal, of power, and rage.
The Life and Times of Angel Evans
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,450. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2016 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Life and Times of Angel Evans is a story of prophetic burden, destiny fulfilled, and the choices that one young woman has to make in order to survive.
Superior
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,100. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2016 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Gay & Lesbian
A superhero's intern falls in love with a supervillain's apprentice in this star-crossed LGBT YA story from The Book Smugglers.
How To Piss Off A Failed Super-Soldier
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,680. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2016 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
From the Hugo Award-winning author of "The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere" comes a new short story about family, loyalty, and symbiont-enhanced super-soldiers
Kid Dark Against The Machine
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,340. Language: English. Published: June 14, 2016 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
From the award-winning author of Cookie Cutter Superhero comes a brand new story about sidekicks, supervillains and saving the world
The Indigo Mantis
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,970. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2016 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
A crime-fighting praying mantis avenges her father's murder in E. Catherine Tobler's The Indigo Mantis
The Beatriceid
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,360. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2015 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Set before the start of Cold Magic, The Beatriceid is a brand new, standalone short story written in Iambic Pentameter that reimagines The Aeneid in a feminist, Phonecian light.
The Long And Silent Ever After
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,870. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2015 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
When Rose Briar--cabaret singer, drug lord, and notorious secret-keeper--disappears without a trace from her club, The Poisoned Apple, Jimmy Prince and Jack are on the case once again. This time, the duo may have bitten off more than they can chew, as their investigation drags them into the path of the Spindle’s greatest and most formidable criminal.
The Price You Pay Is Red
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 23,610. Language: English. Published: November 24, 2015 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
When Jimmy Prince--excessively stubborn gumshoe and maker of terrible life choices--stumbles on the corpse of Spindle City’s darling actress and heiress Sarah “Snow” White, he and street-savvy sidekick Jack are once again on a case that threatens to expose ugly truths from Spindle’s dark underbelly.
The Case of the Little Bloody Slipper
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,350. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2015 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Jimmy Prince is a private detective with a tendency to make bad decisions, take on hopeless cases, and ask too many questions. In Spindle City, all kinds of tales get told… for a price. Asking the wrong question is a guaranteed one-way ticket to the long and silent ever after. Taking on this new case might just be Jimmy Prince’s biggest mistake yet.
The Bridegroom
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,680. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2015 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
When Valentine was born, no one celebrated. No cigars were distributed, and no pats on the back were given. But a hasty phone call was placed, and a promise was made. Now, as her eighteenth birthday approaches, Valentine's small world of solitude and unhappiness begins to unravel--just as a powerful, catastrophic plague of death, fire, and ice sweeps across the country. He is coming.
Fighting Demons
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,370. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2015 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Xiao Hong travels to her mother's homeland in pursuit of Rosa in the sequel to Hunting Monsters.
The Vishakanya's Choice
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,770. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2015 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Who would you be if you had a choice? What would you do? Early in her life, Sudha's fate was divined to be a lonely, fruitless future of young widowhood. So, it was considered a blessing when she was brought to the Hastinapur harem to become a vishakanya--a weapon, an assassin, a poison maiden whose very touch is toxic. Sudha has never had a choice, until now.
Luminous
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,330. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2015 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
On a planet far removed from everything, the last human and a fallen star find companionship in each other–and perhaps something more. Something beautiful, shining, lasting. Something luminous.
Speculative Fiction 2014
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 116,210. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2015 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism, Essay » Literature
Speculative Fiction 2014 collects over fifty of the best reviews, essays and media commentary from all facets of SFF. From insightful deconstruction of major blockbuster films, to considered arguments for diversity and inclusivity in science fiction and fantasy, this edition highlights many of the most complex, fraught, and important events in speculative fiction fandom from 2014.
Retold: Six Fairytales Reimagined
You set the price! Words: 46,030. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2014 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
From Beauty and the Beast to Scheherazade, and Baba Yaga to the North Wind, fairy tales have inspired readers for generations. In Retold, six fables from across the globe are re-imagined--with a subversive twist. This anthology collects six short stories from diverse, feminist, and original perspectives. These aren't your storybook fairy tales.
The Ninety-Ninth Bride
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,590. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2014 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Middle East
Dunya is just fifteen years of age when her father, the Grand Vizier, gives her over to the mad Sultan for his bride. Ninety-eight Sultanas before Dunya have been executed at the break of dawn following their first night with their new husband. But on her own wedding night, the ninety-ninth bride finds help from the mysterious and beautiful Zahra, who proposes to tell the Sultan a story...
The Astronomer Who Met The North Wind
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,540. Language: English. Published: December 2, 2014 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Children’s books » Family / General
Once upon a time, high in the northern mountains, there lived a great astronomer and his daughter. Though Minka was clever and loved the stars as much as her father, no one believed she would ever become an astronomer—for this was not a path meant for little girls. But on her twelfth birthday, the North Wind blows at Minka’s window, beckoning her to leave safety and warmth of her bedroom.
The Mussel Eater
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,900. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2014 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Karitoki is fascinated by the Pania, who beckons him with her plump, scaled flesh, her razor-sharp nails, her fish-oil scent. His Pania, he believes, loyal to him just as she is loyal to the lives of the dolphins and whales she guards. His Pania, if only she would eat the delicate mussels he cooks for her, every day, by the sea. But a Pania never eats cooked food.
Mrs. Yaga
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2014 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
On the outskirts of a quiet Canadian town, in a cabin perched on chicken feet and surrounded by a fence of skulls, live Baba Yaga and her ward. Young Aurelia yearns for romance, for adventure, for freedom from her baba--but every one of Aurelia's suitors so far has failed Mrs. Yaga's three simple tasks. Aurelia must decide to continue her daydreams of freedom, or embark on an adventure of her own.
In Her Head, In Her Eyes
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 8,510. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2014 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Horror » General
Pot Head, they called her. Heavy-head, they teased her. In a noble house of dye masters, Island-born Hase is an outcast, ridiculed by her fellow servants and employers – all because of the smooth, reflective sphere that covers her head. Little does the household know that Hase has a mission and a purpose, carried behind her pot-covered head, in her impenetrable eyes.
Hunting Monsters
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,220. Language: English. Published: October 7, 2014 by Book Smugglers Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Ever since she was a small girl, she has learned to be careful on the hunt, to recognize the signs that separate regular animals from human-cursed grundwirgen. On her fifteenth birthday, when her mother is arrested and made to stand trial for grundwirgen murder, everything she thought she knew about her family and her past comes crashing down.

Books

Gods and Monsters
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 64,200. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Gods and Monsters collects six tales of great and terrible powers.
The Book Smugglers' Quarterly Almanac: Volume 4
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 34,010. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
A quarterly collection of awesome, selected and edited by The Book Smugglers. Collecting original short fiction, essays, reviews, and reprints from diverse and powerful voices in speculative fiction, THE BOOK SMUGGLERS’ QUARTERLY ALMANAC is essential for any SFF fan.
The Book Smugglers' Quarterly Almanac: Volume 3
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 46,870. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
A quarterly collection of awesome, selected and edited by The Book Smugglers Collecting original short fiction, essays, reviews, and reprints from diverse and powerful voices in speculative fiction, THE BOOK SMUGGLERS' QUARTERLY ALMANAC is essential for any SFF fan.
Speculative Fiction 2015: The Year's Best Online Reviews, Essays, and Commentary
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 119,260. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Literary criticism » Science Fiction & Fantasy, Nonfiction » Entertainment » History & Criticism
Speculative Fiction 2015 collects over fifty of the best reviews, essays and media commentary from all facets of SFF. From insightful deconstruction of major blockbuster films, to considered arguments for diversity and inclusivity in science fiction and fantasy, this edition highlights many of the most complex and important events in speculative fiction fandom from 2015.
The Book Smugglers' Quarterly Almanac: Volume 2
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 35,870. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
A quarterly collection of awesome, selected and edited by The Book Smugglers. Collecting original short fiction, essays, reviews, and reprints from diverse and powerful voices in speculative fiction, THE BOOK SMUGGLERS’ QUARTERLY ALMANAC: VOLUME 2 is essential for any SFF fan.
The Book Smugglers' Quarterly Almanac: Volume 1
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 38,700. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Collecting original short fiction, essays, reviews, and reprints from diverse and powerful voices in speculative fiction, The Book Smugglers' Quarterly Almanac is essential for any SFF fan.
Tales of First Contact: Five Short Stories of First Encounters
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 34,680. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Book Smugglers Publishing presents its sophomore anthology of out-of-this-world short stories. First Contact: Five Tales of First Encounters collects five short stories that examine the concept of "first contact" from diverse, feminist, and original perspectives.

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