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Issue # 4 / April 2015

Greetings, Avid Readers!

It’s finally spring in Wisconsin, and after dropping off all the preordered copies of The Dark Space, our very first Brain Mill Press title, at the post office today, we are feeling newly born and dewy-eyed.

We can’t wait to hear what you all think of our strange little brain-baby. If you missed out on preordering, there will be some print copies of The Dark Space available when the ebook releases in early June.

April is National Poetry Month, and Brain Mill Press is celebrating with lots of links and conversation posted on our Facebook page and through our Twitter account. If you’re not already following us, now is a great time to pull the trigger, because this week we are running the first of two poetry month contests.

On April 15, we posted our first prompt to write a poem on the Brain Mill Press blog. Submit your finished poem via email to by the end of the day Monday. Poems will be posted on the blog on Tuesday, April 21. Then we do it all again with a new prompt on April 30.

Three winning poets, chosen by the editors, will be announced May 3, and the poems re-posted. The first place winning poet will receive Brain Mill Press Member Level privileges, a BMP pen, a BMP t-shirt, a letterpress print, a free signed print first edition of The Dark Space, and recognition by BMP.
We’re very much looking forward to writing our own poems and reading what you submit!

Also, poets, remember that Brain Mill Press will be accepting chapbook manuscripts for our Mineral Point Chapbook Series in the month of June, which gives you plenty of time to get your work polished up and ready to submit. Chapbooks selected for the series will receive a $250.00 prize and a publication contract from Brain Mill Press.

But enough about poetry. Spring is a time for new things, and today we are pleased to announce six exciting upcoming Brain Mill Press titles -- your first peek at what you’ll see coming from us over the next few seasons.

Without further ado . . .


Mary Ann & Ruthie

An Edgy Literary Novel from Award-Winning Author C.M. McKenna


Adrian Birch is nobody.

She once sold her sister’s engagement ring to get numb on Vicodin. Now in recovery, out of work, and burrowed in a dingy Boston apartment, it’s clear sobriety doesn’t make her somebody. 

The first time she feels something isn’t when her wrist is broken from a hit-and-run but when the accident is avenged by a local antihero, the Badger. Then Adrian isn’t numb. She’s obsessed.

She scores her next hit of the Badger by faking a suicide attempt on a bridge over the Charles River. After her rescue, she takes what she needs however she can get it – following the hooded vigilante through the streets of Boston, forcing encounters until she knows better than anyone alive that the Badger is trouble.

He has no remorse. No moral code. He’s nothing but a ball of human impulse, racing through the streets on a bike with a paint gun weaponized against petty injustice. But he’s her buzz that kills the numb. Just the latest addiction Adrian can’t seem to quit.

When Boston police put a price on the Badger’s head, her actions spawn a movement she can’t control, and Adrian can’t guess if she’s saving the Badger, the city, or herself.


Coming Summer 2015; preorders open in May

C. M. McKenna, writing as Cara McKenna and Meg Maguire, is an award-winning author of more than thirty-five romances and erotic novels. Her books are acclaimed for their fresh voice and defiance of convention. A recent transplant from Boston, she now lives with her husband in the Pacific Northwest, where people make a startling amount of eye contact. You can find her online, at, or on Twitter at the handle @caramckenna.


Brain Mill Press supporters will receive the first three chapters of BADGER in their inboxes today. If you’d like to join them, become a supporter yourself by April 30 to take advantage of this bonus-content offer.

A Moody and Romantic Historical from Award-Winning Author Alexis Hall


Hellum & Neal Series in LGBTQ+ Fiction

1864: Thomas Mandeville, a priest searching for faith, finds instead Michael Dashwood, a whore searching for oblivion in the worst opium den in London. Quiet, incendiary truths burn between them in Thomas’s London home, where he nurses Michael back to health, even as he's increasingly undone by the discovery that he desires him, finds his faith in him, loves him. The third son of the Marquess of Montrose, Thomas has surrendered his dreams to his father’s expectations. But with one brother dead and the other shattered by the horrors of the Crimean War, dreams seem futile, and crushing duty inevitable. 

Abandoned by his lover, Isidore, Michael has lost his youth, his senses, his hope, to opium and prostitution. No will left but the wish to see the stars and breathe country air, Michael relents to Thomas's wish to retreat to his country parish of Nettlefield. In the red-gold lanes of the eccentric Oxfordshire village, far from the fleshpits of Tiger Bay, the two men find a fleeting sense of intoxicating belonging and acceptance away a from larger world that has no place for them. NETTLEFIELD is a tale of passion and truth, and the freedom to find both. 

Coming Fall 2015

Since graduating from Oxbridge in the early 2000s, Alexis Hall has held a variety of jobs, none of them entirely suitable. His debut novel, Glitterland — a contemporary male / male romance – was sufficiently well-received that he chose to follow it up with a lesbian paranormal series and set of steampunk stories about skypirates and krakens. He has come to accept that consistency is something that happens to other people. Despite his unorthodox approach to personal branding, his work has garnered a number of accolades, including a Lambda nomination. He blogs vigorously for anyone who will have him and was involved in the organisation of Queer Romance Month in 2014.

A Burnsides Series Romance Novella from Award-Winning Author Mary Ann Rivers

My Only Sunshine

In LAUGH, Book Two of the Burnsides series, you met Sam and Nina, who got married in a muddy field with their family and friends all around them. In the corner of your eye, if you were noticing, was a lanky musician, the owner of that muddy field and the lonely house that sat on it.

This is a story about the musician, John Lake, and the girl he never forgot, Mallory Evans. When they were sixteen, they found and lost each other, and then they both grew up. John owes his label a record and can’t find the music, but he realizes that maybe he could write again if he just found her. 

MY ONLY SUNSHINE follows John and Mallory back and forth in time as they reunite in rural Lakefield, Ohio. With guest appearances from Carrie and Shelley, our favorite librarians from THE STORY GUY, this side trip from the journey that was LAUGH will offer readers a few sighs and swoons before PJ’s much-anticipated book, LOVE.

Coming Fall 2015

Mary Ann Rivers has been wearing a groove in her library card since she was old enough for story time. She’s been writing almost as long—her first publication credit was in Highlights magazine.  She was an English and music major and went on to earn her MFA in creative writing, publishing poetry in journals, and leading creative writing workshops for at-risk youth. She’s a co-founding publisher of Brain Mill Press with Ruthie Knox, and lives in the Midwest.


A Collection of Haunting and Provocative Shorts from Karen Vaughn

A boy devastated by Rudolph Valentino's death contemplates suicide in a New York City tenement apartment. A woman gets pregnant from listening to a song on the radio. A middle-aged husband turns into a merman. Vaughn’s collection of short stories is dark, playful, and stirring from a writer with a capacious imagination and great insight into the human heart.

Coming Winter 2015

Karen Vaughn rattled around eastern Kansas for much of her life before finally settling in Lawrence, where the best weirdos are. For several years she edited for a medical journal (just ask her about the famous Eyeball Issue), and now does academic editing on a freelance basis. She loves reading and writing off-kilter fiction. Her work has appeared in A cappella Zoo, Whiskey Island Magazine, Illya's Honey, and REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters. Karen enjoys traveling to mountainous places with her husband and daughter, watching supernatural horror films, and teaching herself guitar so that she can fill in for Jack White if he should ever become ill.

A Late-in-Life Romance from New York Times Bestselling Author Noelle Adams

If you knew that you would fall in love and it would feel just the same --  just as gorgeously preoccupying as it always did when you were young -- would you welcome your old age?

The beloved bestselling romance author who brought readers complex and heartwarming instant classics like A Negotiated Marriage, Bittersweet, and Listed challenges and delights us again with a story about finding new love after a long and full life has been lived.

Coming Spring 2016

Noelle Adams handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

A Survival Story from Rebecca Rogers Maher, Author of The Bridge


After a solar flare knocks out the entire North American power grid, workplace enemies Daniel and Margaret must stop fighting each other and instead fight for survival -- together.

Coming Spring 2016

Rebecca Rogers Maher writes gritty, realistic stories that push the boundaries of typical contemporary romance—uniting the genre’s explicit sex scenes and happy endings with the crisp, layered prose of literary fiction.

Publishers Weekly describes Rebecca’s writing as “gripping and touching,” Library Journal calls it “gut-wrenching,” and USA TODAY declares it “very well-done romance…so satisfying.”

Rebecca lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and children.

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