Chapter 1

There was still plenty of heat in the late afternoon sun, and the asphalt was releasing what it had stored during the day. The hitchhiker, a boy on the verge of manhood, was near the limit of his endurance. His shoulders burned and ached like salt-packed gashes where the straps of the backpack pressed. He had been carrying it for over a week. This day marked the collapse of his plans, but a stubborn sprig of faith remained, a belief that, if he kept on walking, something good would happen eventually.

Sticking out his thumb had become a formality…


On April 23rd, in honor of National Poetry Month, several of our esteemed poets will be reading and discussing poetry. Our team would like to invite you to attend the reading, which will be held via Zoom.

The virtual poetry reading will feature Douglas Cole, Catherine Moore, Tyler James Russell, Bekah Stogner, and Suzanne S. Rancourt. Join us for a lively and inspirational conversation about writing, poetry, and poetry’s relationship with life. Poets will read several poems as well.

ABOUT THE POETS

  • Douglas Cole writes, teaches and lives in Seattle, Washington. …

PORTLAND, OR; March 23, 2021 — Starting over is always easier among strangers. For Ford Carson, the process meant leaving behind the waves of South Florida in order to forge a new life as a visual artist in the mountains of North Carolina. At the peak of his reinvention, he meets Grace Burnett — a young, wealthy Texas transplant in the midst of her own transformation. A mutual infatuation develops. But when Grace’s estranged husband arrives complications ensue. Matters only worsen when Ford’s own estranged son announces plans to visit for his eighteenth birthday.

Unsolicited Press announces the much-anticipated debut…


PORTLAND, OR; March 16, 2021 — Unsolicited Press is proud to announce the immediate available of Anne Leigh Parrish’s a winter night. Part psychological study and part romantic comedy, A Winter Night reintroduces the fictional Dugan family of upstate New York. Eldest daughter Angie may have found the man of her dreams, but has trouble believing a word he says. Told bluntly yet with tenderness and humor, A Winter Night brings Angie face-to-face with herself, her fears, and her ability to truly love.

Advance Praise for A Winter Night
“Anne Leigh Parrish does it once again. In A Winter Night, she…


PORTLAND, OR; March 9, 2021 — Unsolicited Press announces the release of WHILE THE KETTLE BOILS by S.B. Borgersen, a short fiction collection that reaches into the hearts of every reader.

WHILE THE KETTLE BOILS by S.B. Borgersen is a fervent and economical collection featuring 150 perfectly manicured micro-fictions. Jude Higgins, the event organizer at Bath Flash Fiction, called the collection, “Witty and insightful… Borgersen’s tiny stories have inspired other writers from all over the world.”

About S.B. Borgersen

S.B. Borgersen is a British/Canadian author, of middle England and Hebridean ancestry, whose favoured genres are flash and micro fiction, and…


PORTLAND, OR; February 9, 2021 — Unsolicited Press announces the much-anticipated debut of THE DISTANCE OF MERCY by Shelly Milliron Drancik. A story of human connection across the ethnic aisle, The Distance of Mercy centers on Nicolette, haunted by her mother’s death in postwar Vienna. As a young adult, she betrays her father by accepting money from her grandmother, a former Nazi supporter, to study the violin in Chicago in the late 60s. Nicolette is hired to work with Tillie, an African-American widow who lost her young husband in the war. Through many barriers, an unexpected friendship develops. …


MeaningFULL: 23 Life-Changing Stories of Conquering Dieting, Weight, & Body Image Issues is a blend of motivational self-help, memoir, psychology, and health and wellness. Alli Spotts-De Lazzer is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, an expert in eating and body image issues, and a woman on the other side of her own decades-long struggle with food and body.

A $702 billion global diet/nutrition and weight loss industry shows that people worldwide are devoted to achieving maximum health and their desired bodies. Yet mainstream approaches are failing these individuals, and sadly, science proves this. Intent on gaining the “health” and “happiness”…


PORTLAND, OR; JANUARY 26, 2021 — Unsolicited Press announces the much-anticipated debut of MeaningFULL: 23 Life-Changing Stories of Conquering Dieting, Weight, & Body Image Issues by Alli Spotts-De Lazzer, a nonfiction collaboration that takes on the normalized rhetoric of eating and body image.

A $702 billion global diet/nutrition and weight loss industry shows that people worldwide are devoted to achieving maximum health and their desired bodies. Yet mainstream approaches are failing these individuals, and sadly, science proves this. Intent on gaining the “health” and “happiness” that diets promise, consumers keep trying. They become sad and frustrated, believing they’re failing when…


Readers and the media are invited to join the conversation between three award-winning and ferocious authors.

Unsolicited Press announces a light-hearted and intellectual fireside chat featuring Raki Kopernik, Anne Leigh Parrish, and Lizz Schumer on January 30th, 2021 at 5 PM PST using Zoom. Kopernik, Parrish, and Schumer are known for their queer and feminist tones, often working to dismantle stereotypes often ascribed to men and women.

Readers, writers, and the media are invited to watch the event. The authors will discuss a variety of topics and briefly read from one of their books. …


PORTLAND, OR; JANUARY 12, 2021 — Unsolicited Press announces the much-anticipated debut of Swallowing the Stem of Adam’s Apple by Laura Kiesel. Kiesel plumbs the depths of familial dysfunction, and the wretched inheritance of addiction, thoroughly and with impressive nuance in Swallowing the Stem of Adam’s Apple, combining integrity and personal grit that’s interwoven throughout her lyrical style. She writes beautifully about her fractured relationship with her mother, and the ripple effect it has had throughout the rest of her life. …

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