What's New

February 16, 2015

Thanks to Bethany W. Pope of Sabotage Reviews for this review of Among Animals, "expanding [the human-animal] connection from the realm of pets, through domesticated livestock, until it encompasses all of the things that we call ‘nature,’ revealing (in a way that is wholly free from the saccharine flavor of sentiment) that we are and always have been part of the web of the world."

February 10, 2015

Among Animals is "a poignant and moving compilation of stories that remind us at once of our own human limitations and at the same time of our animalistic possibilities…as provocative as it is urgent, and as accessible as it is emotional," writes Ashley E. Reis in The Goose: A Journal of Arts, Environment, and Culture in Canada.

December 19, 2014

Learn about environmental scientist and writer Mary Heather Noble, winner of the 2014 Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature, in this article in the Ashland Daily Tidings.

December 18, 2014

Thanks to Jennifer Molidor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund for this lovely article on Gwyn Hyman Rubio and her novel Love and Ordinary Creatures!

December 1, 2014

Bestselling author Gwyn Hyman Rubio chats about writing, book tours, and her new novel, Love and Ordinary Creatures, with Silas House on NPR station WUKY (the interview begins 35 minutes into the program).

November 21, 2014

Love and Ordinary Creatures author Gwyn Hyman Rubio appears on Louisville's WHAS11 Great Day Live! program. Click here to watch the interview.

November 7, 2014

"[Blair] Richmond has created a lasting environmental and supernatural hybrid that opens readers' eyes to the wonders of nature and the ease with which we can live symbiotically with it, rather than cut it down in the name of progress," reads this review of The Last Mile in Savvy Verse & Wit.

November 6, 2014

Bestselling author Gwyn Hyman Rubio talks about Love and Ordinary Creatures with Pamme Boutselis at The Penmen Review.

November 3, 2014

Thanks to Publishers Weekly for including Ashland Creek Press's latest acquisition in its Book Deals, for journalist Jacki Skole's forthcoming book DOGLAND: A JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF AMERICA'S DOG PROBLEM.

October 30, 2014

Among Animals "will satisfy literary longings as well as interests in nonhuman animal lives," reads this review from Jennifer Molidor of the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

October 29, 2014

Love and Ordinary Creatures is "a story that’s rich with insights about love, belonging, the power of nature, and the complex connections between humans and other species," writes Linda C. Brinson for the Greensboro News & Record.

October 29, 2014

Thanks to Linda C. Brinson for this insightful interview with Love and Ordinary Creatures author Gwyn Hyman Rubio in the Greensboro News & Record.

October 27, 2014

Thanks to Meat Free Monday (UK) for this review of The Green and the Red, "a great introduction to environmental, health, and ethical issues surrounding our dietary choices."

October 21, 2014

Blair Richmond's The Last Mile, Book 3 in The Lithia Trilogy, is "well worth the wait," writes Erica Settino of Karuna for Animals.

October 17, 2014

Thanks to Vickie Aldous of the Ashland Daily Tidings for this review of The Last Mile, Book 3 in The Lithia Trilogy, "a fast-paced book with a cast of memorable characters."

October 12, 2014

Learn more about Gwyn Hyman Rubio and Love and Ordinary Creatures in this Lexington Herald-Leader article.

October 10, 2014

The Green and the Red is "a funny, honest and entertaining read that resonates beyond all dietary lines," writes the Urban Vegan. "This novel will challenge your notion of tolerance and stereotypes – about both humans and animals – regardless of how you choose to eat...a great read."

October 1, 2014

Everyday Book Marketing author Midge Raymond offers tips on building an author website in this Publishers Weekly article.

October 1, 2014

In Love and Ordinary Creatures, "Rubio does a good job of expressing the mind-set of another creature and gives spot-on descriptions of the local landscape," reads this review from Booklist.

September 22, 2014

Everyday Book Marketing author Midge Raymond talks with Publishers Weekly about the essentials of author websites.

September 22, 2014

Love and Ordinary Creatures "tells of the powerful and often surprising human-animal connections, transcending species, and explores the way we connect with our environment, its creatures, and one another," reads this Huffington Post Books review. "...a gripping tale of the human condition and the deeper meanings of love, life and sacrifice."

August 20, 2014

The Last Mile, the final book in The Lithia Trilogy, is reviewed by Kirkus: "One (OK, three) of a kind for readers who prefer their fantasy tinted green, with fangs that sink into grains, not veins."

June 4, 2014

"The stories assembled in Among Animals provide rewarding reading–alternately moving, intriguing, inspiring and harrowing," writes Sascha Morrell in Animal Studies Journal.

May 13, 2014

"...a disarming, romantic comedy with elements of Shakespearean farce...The Green and the Red is delicious." Thanks to Robin Lamont for this review on Our Hen House!

April 30, 2014

"Add this to your summer reading list for the beach, plane, or train...This summer read would also make a great summer movie." Thanks to Shel Graves for this review of The Green and the Red!

April 29, 2014

Among Animals is "a touching and raw collection of beautifully crafted, moving short fiction stories, where human and animal lives intertwine in unexpected ways," reads this review from Global Animal.

April 29, 2014

"Profoundly insightful...[Armand] Chauvel does a remarkable job of demonstrating the complexities of the human psyche, as well as the consequences—both personal and global." Thanks to Karuna for Animals for this review of The Green and the Red.

March 22, 2014

"Everyday Book Marketing is an indispensable resource for aspiring authors, novice authors, self-published authors, and even authors from large mainstream houses with their own promotions departments," writes Karl Wolff for the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography.

March 6, 2014

Congratulations to Jean Ryan, whose short story collection Survival Skills is a 2014 Lambda Literary Award finalist!

March 4, 2014

Among Animals is "very fine literary fiction." Thanks to The Chattahoochee Review for an excellent and thoughtful review.

March 2, 2014

"It is a rare thing for an anthology of original work written by various contributors to be at once uniquely dynamic and consistently gripping and profound," writes Erica Settino of Karuna for Animals. "Yet Among Animals is just that. It is a collection of poignant and insightful investigation into the lives of animals, both human and non, and how each impacts the other."

February 28, 2014

Thanks to Vickie Aldous at the Ashland Daily Tidings for this article about our Siskiyou Prize for New Environmental Literature. The 2014 prize offers $1,000 and book publication and is judged by bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler.

February 21, 2014

"Among Animals is "a deeply introspective look at the role of animals in society," writes Ti Reed in Book Chatter. "I cannot recommend this collection highly enough."

February 19, 2014

"The beauty of [Among Animals] lies in the different voices of the veteran short story writers and the variety of animals who come alive in each story," writes Robin Lamont in this review for Our Hen House.

February 18, 2014

We so enjoyed this Late Night Conversation with Steven Clauw of Late Night Library about publishing, writing, eco-fiction, and much more.

February 17, 2014

Thanks to Vegetarian Times for this interview with Midge Raymond about Among Animals.

January 21, 2014

Among Animals is reviewed in Booklist: "Whether whimsical, sorrowful, or simply satisfying, the tales [John] Yunker has brought together ask us to pay attention to not only our actions toward animals but also the emotions that motivate our behavior. Any animal lover or connoisseur of high-quality fiction will appreciate this collection and the artistry of its contributors."

December 6, 2013

"The intersection of flora, fauna, and humanity informs the stories in Survival Skills," reads this High Country News review of Jean Ryan's story collection. "Ryan’s prose particularly shines when she's describing animals—whether beagles, hummingbirds, or tattletale parrots—and their relationship to people."

November 26, 2013

Thanks to Andrew Keyser for this review of Everyday Book Marketing in Portland Book Review: "This book is exceptionally well written, and is broken into manageable sections that allow authors to easily glean ideas for better promotion. After each section the author gives tangible advice on what to do with 30 minutes of spare time, 15 minutes of spare time, or just a couple minutes each day. Whether you are a seasoned writer, or just beginning your first novel, this is an important book to own."

November 13, 2013

Thanks to Stephen Lucas at Our Hen House for this review: "Survival Skills: Stories affirms the intrinsic value of all living things. Paying closer attention to lives that are not ours is the first step toward changing the world for animals. Each of these stories is a lesson in how to take that step."

October 22, 2013

"In her debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, Mindy Mejia strikes just the right balance between interrogation of societal behavior and compelling entertainment," reads this review from Booklover Book Reviews. "I was impressed by the way Mejia structured this novel to aid character development, enhance suspense, and imbue gravitas…Mejia’s writing style is refreshingly down-to-earth and accessible while still conveying dignity and a sense of grandeur in passages…an entertaining story that will leave you with a broadened mind and a sense of hope."

October 19, 2013

Everyday Book Marketing "is an incredible resource for writers of all kinds," writes Norelle Done in her review on Seattle Wrote. "This is the kind of book that you'll want to buy and highlight throughout with things you'll want to come back to for reference."

October 13, 2013

"[JoeAnn Hart's] characters are observant and engaging, her prose layered with metaphor, her setting lush with realism, and her themes linked to the beauty and tragedy of the natural world." Thanks to Hothouse Magazine for this lovely review of Float and a Q&A with JoeAnn.

October 5, 2013

"Survival Skills uses the natural world to amplify its characters’ reflections on their longings, fears and losses," writes Brent Walth in Colorado Review.

September 24, 2013

"Every writer should take a good look at Everyday Book Marketing." Thanks to Ed Battistella for this review on the Literary Ashland blog.

September 20, 2013

Everyday Book Marketing: Promotion Ideas to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life "is a practical guide for authors on the verge of being published, already published, or still drafting their masterpieces," writes Vickie Aldous in Ashland Daily Tidings.

September 17, 2013

"The Tourist Trail by John Yunker is a an action-packed, poignant adventure of people involved in animal rights," reads this review from Global Animal. "Weaving between four main characters, the book is an exciting tale of intertwined fates."

August 28, 2013

Thanks to Global Animal for this review of Mindy Mejia's The Dragon Keeper: "Mejia beautifully tackles the subjects of animal captivity, endangered animals, human-animal connections, and even evolution. She manages to eloquently bring these subjects together in a realistic fashion while also unfolding a dramatic story…"

August 25, 2013

Thanks to the Maine Sunday Telegram, in which reviewer Nancy Grape writes that JoeAnn Hart's novel Float "presents in novel form serious environmental concerns now being discussed pretty much anywhere ocean brushes up against land and man and sea interact…Intersecting with all of these is the role of art in our world. In Float art is far more than decoration. It is the power of achievement and change. Out of it, we're encouraged to believe, may come the transformation of our world."

July 22, 2013

John Colman Wood's novel The Names of Things is "an exciting debut" by "an author with a distinctive experience and a lovely and powerful voice." Thanks to David Bernardy for this review on Terrain.org.

June 30, 2013

John Colman Wood's novel The Names of Things, is "an exquisite and memorable tale of humans’ social needs layered on top of our inescapable inner solitude," writes The Times-News.

June 16, 2013

"JoeAnn Hart's newest novel, Float, takes a darkly comedic look at [a] very serious topic," reads this review on the BookNAround blog. "There are weighty and important issues buried in the black humor: the human impact on the world's oceans; infertility, which might be caused by our careless disposal (and over-reliance on) plastics; and overfishing and the economic impact of this, to name a few…an enjoyable read which shines a light on the possible toll our continued inattentiveness to our environment could exact."

June 9, 2013

"The natural world looms large in Jean Ryan’s meditative short-story collection, Survival Skills," writes Sara Rauch in Lambda Literary. "Ryan has a knack for details, and her language is delicate, understated. Her stories have a lingering, quiet power."

May 19, 2013

"Raymond writes in a way that gives the reader real hope that a writing life is possible," writes Annie Peters in Portland Book Review. "Everyday Writing is a book worth owning and pocketing for those who struggle to make time for writing."

May 17, 2013

"Ryan’s prose is controlled, engaging, insightful, and optimistic in its portrayal of its characters' abilities to overcome hardships," writes Robert Keegan of Survival Skills in Four Ties Lit Review. "All of Ryan’s stories chart humans’ survival patterns in careful, controlled detail."

May 6, 2013

"With her debut collection Survival Skills, Jean Ryan brings to the short story what Mary Oliver does to poetry," writes The Los Angeles Review. "Both writers enrich their work extolling the wonders, as well as warning of the dangers, found in nature; and both intimately align women with the natural world."

May 1, 2013

Thanks to the Animal Legal Defense Fund for choosing The Tourist Trail as an Animal Book Club pick: "Throughout the book, the passions and sincerity of animal advocates are captured with immense respect…the story becomes unstoppable."

April 28, 2013

"Survival Skills by Jean Ryan is a life-affirming short story collection that role models understanding, acceptance, and celebration of differences in life, in all its forms," reads this review in Booklover Book Reviews.

April 25, 2013

"In these jewel-box stories, Nature often serves as a metaphor for the conflicts or questions bubbling between the human characters–and Nature also plays the foil," writes Rachelle Newbold in Newbold Ink of Jean Ryan's Survival Skills. "These stories examine core issues of life–love, loss, change, damage, togetherness–but in such a precise way that one doesn’t feel weighed down by the truths as they are revealed."

April 23, 2013

"Life's brutalities—amnesia, coma, and quirks of human nature—are extreme yet familiar in this captivating collection," writes Publishers Weekly of Jean Ryan's Survival Skills. "Ryan controls devastating psychological material with tight prose, quick scene changes, and a scientist's observant eye."

April 20, 2013

"[Jean] Ryan gently examines her characters and lays them out for the reader to love and protect," reads this review of Survival Skills in Luxury Reading. "Her stories invite introspection and an encouragement toward empathy…I loved each one."

April 19, 2013

Congratulations to John Colman Wood, whose debut novel, The Names of Things, is a finalist for the 2013 Chautauqua Prize.

April 19, 2013

Thanks to the Ashland Daily Tidings for this article on green reading and publishing.

April 18, 2013

Thanks to the Napa Valley Register for this feature on Jean Ryan and Survival Skills.

April 3, 2013

"This collection touches on the insecurities that exist within all of us and manages to capture the moment when happiness intersects with longing," reads this review of Survival Skills in Book Chatter. "Ryan handles both with dignity and grace."

March 28, 2013

"Stunning," writes Serena Agusto-Cox of Survival Skills in Savvy Verse & Wit. "[Jean Ryan's] collection melds nature and human nature flawlessly as Ryan explores the parallels between the natural world and the human world."

March 15, 2013

Author Jean Ryan "is not only a gifted wordsmith but a skilled anthropologist, creating, analyzing, and pulling apart at the cross section of each character," writes Lindsay Denninger in The Summerset Review. "Ryan's writing is honest and hopeful, tinged with compassion and the sense that there is always tomorrow, no matter what today brings. This combination of reality and humility is few and far between in today's fiction, and it is impeccable in Survival Skills."

March 8, 2013

JoeAnn Hart's novel Float "is pitch-perfect and stays precisely on point," writes Rae Padilla Francoeur in The Cape Ann Beacon. "It’s a stellar model of eco-literature."

February 28, 2013

"In a literary alchemy, Gloucester author JoeAnn Hart has transformed the essence of the word 'float' and its multiple meanings into an environmental novel featuring Maine characters as complex as those who reside in this city, the nation’s oldest seaport," writes Gail McCarthy of Float in The Gloucester Times.

January 25, 2013

"I loved The Ghost Runner as much as I loved the first book, Out of Breath," reads this 5-star review of The Ghost Runner in Booklingly Yours.

January 25, 2013

"You'll love the surprises!" Thanks to Books, Books & More Books for this review of The Ghost Runner!

January 13, 2013

"I didn't stop until I read the whole book," reads this review of Out of Breath in Booklingly Yours. "This is what I'm looking for in a novel…I truly loved Out of Breath."

January 6, 2013

"Only a skilled writer could make readers care about a Komodo dragon. That's what Mindy Mejia does in her debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, a sort of ecological love story in which zookeeper Meg Yancy guards and protects Jata, the Komodo dragon that has been in her care at a Minnesota zoo since it arrived from Indonesia," writes Mary Ann Grossmann in Twin Cities Pioneer Press. "After a heartbreaking/terrifying scene (I dare you not to cry), we're given a perfect ending."

January 4, 2013

"[Kat] is such a great character that she's made it into my top 20 favorite heroines." Thanks to Books, Books & More Books for this review of Out of Breath!

December 28, 2012

Out of Breath is "worth reading just to experience that feeling of being completely taken in by the story," reads this review on Carabosse's Library. "Kat, the protagonist, [i]s the kind of resilient heroine that we need to keep in most young adult books. She is a fully capable young woman who you immediately start cheering for."

December 16, 2012

The Dragon Keeper "is a skillfully, well-researched story that will keep your attention from the very first page. The book will entertain you, but more importantly make you question the ethics of keeping animals in captivity," writes Lee Khatchadourian-Reese in The Vegan Version. "A stunning first novel by Mindy Mejia, this is well worth the read and would make for some interesting book club discussion."

December 12, 2012

"The Dragon Keeper is a layered and complex story…In this wonderful debut novel, [Mindy] Mejia captivates her readers with a story in which the fates of an exotic Indonesian dragon and a Minnesotan zookeeper are intertwined. She addresses themes of freedom, independence, wildness versus captivity, and the (im)possibility of any living thing ever being tame…A highly ambitious and complicated debut novel," writes Inge Lamboo in Switchback literary magazine.

December 8, 2012

The story in Balance of Fragile Things "is developed through eloquent prose and original, vivid details that leave the reader with a clear portrait of each character’s internal and external design. Like the earth itself, the layers of the narrative may seem simple and insignificant at first, but the chapters coalesce into a complete novel that is greater than the sum of its parts," writes Kristen Leigh in The Los Angeles Review.

December 7, 2012

Mindy Mejia is "simply a beautiful writer," says books editor Mary Ann Grossmann in this Twin Cities Pioneer Press review of The Dragon Keeper.

November 27, 2012

Blair Richmond's The Ghost Runner "mixes environmental concerns with themes of finding your ground amidst a turbulent sea and the ghosts of the past," reads this review in Savvy Verse & Wit. "It’s about dealing with your responsibilities as a part of nature and as a part of a wider society, and more than that it’s about changing your own actions and behaviors to make the changes in the wider society and world you seek."

November 23, 2012

We are thrilled that Ashland Creek Press authors Jean Ryan, JoeAnn Hart, and Mindy Mejia are featured on Dime Stories' Virtual Open Mic: Inaugural Showcase, reading from their fabulous books.

November 19, 2012

John Colman Wood's The Names of Things is among the wonderful books on Nina Sankovitch's Thanksgiving 2012 list on Huffington Post Books.

November 8, 2012

The Names of Things "gives everything you would want and more," writes Michelle Donahue in Flyway Journal. "I had been looking for a book I couldn’t put down and in The Names of Things I found one."

October 31, 2012

Thanks to Cascada Travel for this review of The Tourist Trail: "[T]he multiple narratives romp along at an exhilarating pace whilst the classic trick of consistently switching viewpoints keeps you pressing on through the quieter passages…Ultimately, this is a story of a group of individuals each struggling in their own way to find a path through the conflict of what it means to be human. As animals of instinct we are drawn to consume the earth’s resources and to dominate the natural world for our own comfort and enjoyment. Yet our self-awareness and rationality have led us to question the morality of our interaction with nature, and to understand that our own success is often unsustainable."

October 30, 2012

"Maintaining the fast-paced, mysterious tone of the first book, [Out of Breath], Richmond has succeeded in developing Kat’s character and that of those closest to her. Never wavering from the unexpectedly blended themes of environmental awareness and the paranormal, the reader is reminded that things are often not as they seem, and that sometimes we have to look back in order to move forward," writes Erica Settino of The Ghost Runner in this new review.

October 26, 2012

The Ghost Runner is a "fast-paced trilogy…[Richmond] does a great job capturing the flavor, politics and issues of the town…The Ghost Runner perfectly captures its setting while adding in engaging characters and a dose of the supernatural," writes Vickie Aldous in Ashland Daily Tidings.

October 26, 2012

"Everyday Writing: Tips and Prompts to Fit Your Regularly Scheduled Life by Midge Raymond is a slim book, just what writers need — practical advice, but not lengthy practical advice that causes them to procrastinate about their projects. Raymond’s writing style as engaging as her advice, and the writing prompts can be used for any project," writes Serena Agusto-Cox in this review in Savvy Verse & Wit.

October 23, 2012

"Mindy Mejia’s debut novel, The Dragon Keeper, is a rare combination of suspense and eloquence," writes Erica Settino in this review of The Dragon Keeper. "Factually precise and educational—providing scientific theory and research—while also creatively drawing on the moral issues that surround said research, Mejia has managed to produce a story that will leave the reader questioning everything they thought they knew about the animals held captive in zoos, and even more about the individuals whose duty it is to care for them."

October 22, 2012

"[Olivia] Chadha's absorbing first novel depicts a family of first-generation immigrants in upstate New York encountering the difficulties of survival, assimilation and longing for home…It's a delightful intrigue, with strong characters who develop and grow throughout the book as they face frightening turns," writes Publishers Weekly of Balance of Fragile Things.

October 22, 2012

Float "is all of these things: joyful and troubling, hilarious and somber, evocative and introspective," writes Stefanie Freele in Necessary Fiction. Check out this Q&A with JoeAnn Hart, author of Float (coming in February 2013).

October 19, 2012

Angela Decker of the Ashland Daily Tidings writes about Olivia Chadha's novel Balance of Fragile Things and its gorgeous cover art, "On the Wings of Butterflies," by Ashland artist Pegi Smith.

October 8, 2012

"The question of who will prevail in this battle of good against evil, of humility against greed, is the most pressing of several cliffhangers that will keep readers eagerly awaiting the third and final volume in Richmond’s compelling trilogy," writes Our Hen House of Blair Richmond's The Ghost Runner.

October 6, 2012

Mindy Mejia's The Dragon Keeper is "an excellent novel with real, imperfect characters," writes 5 Minutes for Books in this five-star review.

September 26, 2012

Blair Richmond's The Ghost Runner is "thoroughly entertaining," writes Kirkus Reviews.

September 20, 2012

John Colman Wood "knows the best way to write about the research anthropologists conduct, while at the same time maintaining the reader’s engagement in the story of his protagonist and his wife…A well-written and paced debut novel that will surprise readers with its journey into the customs that bind us together and how they are shaped by the people that create them," writes Serena Agusto-Cox in Savvy Verse & Wit.

September 3, 2012

"John Colman Wood’s novel, The Names of Things, a quiet story with a philosophical center, is [an] example of how a well-traveled theme becomes relevant and remarkable in its retelling. This isn’t just the transposition of a familiar story into an updated timeline; this is a story that takes all of its intensity from its contemporary context…In short, what could be just another grief story becomes absolutely unique, even exotic," writes Michelle Bailat-Jones in Necessary Fiction.

September 2012

"Raymond has a gift for dispensing gentle, intelligent advice that even the most harried and overworked will find inspiring," writes Melissa Hart in the September 2012 issue of The Writer magazine. "Everyday Writing gives us permission to call ourselves writers, and found time to practice our craft."

August 27, 2012

The Dragon Keeper is a "layered, complicated, and challenging story…While painting a portrait of an imperfect but idealistic and dedicated woman, The Dragon Keeper also raises some difficult questions about the preservation of endangered species and our responsibilities for non-human animals," writes Our Hen House in this review.

August 14, 2012

Johan Mathiesen and his book Mad as the Mist and Snow are featured in this Bend Bulletin article on Oregon cemeteries.

August 6, 2012

"Author [Cher] Fischer explores an impressive number of environmental concerns, including little-known problems like the fatal consequences to sea life of desalination machinery. While entertaining, Falling Into Green is also an education," writes Piper Hoffman in this review from Our Hen House.

August 2012

"With vivid detail and thoughtful prose, [John] Wood delivers a unique and heartbreaking story of love, loss, and the universal human experience of seeking acceptance," writes Dani Burlison of The Names of Things in The Los Angeles Review.

July 18, 2012

The Names of Things "is a beautifully written book permeated with a sense of sadness and regret, set against the backdrop of the desolate Kenyan landscape," writes Kim Kovacs in this review in BookBrowse.

July 17, 2012

The Tourist Trail is an "entertaining page-turner that offers romance, engaging characters, and a fascinating plot," according to this five-star IndieReader review.

July 5, 2012

Mindy Mejia, author of THE DRAGON KEEPER (September 2012), talks about writing, research, publishing, and Komodo dragons with Rosemount Town Pages.

June 15, 2012

Everyday Writing "offers good tips for busy writers," writes Vickie Aldous in Ashland Daily Tidings. "One of the most useful things about Raymond's book is the list of more than 150 writing prompts…Raymond's prompts are so intriguing."

June 8, 2012

John Colman Wood's The Names of Things is "beautiful and haunting. I highly recommend reading this book," writes David S. Atkinson in this review in The Lit Pub.

June 1, 2012

"From the first page, Fischer’s debut eco-mystery novel [Falling Into Green] pulls the reader into a mesmerizing whodunit adventure that weaves the motivation behind the victim’s murder with the self-destructive acts that human beings are committing against nature," writes the Palos Verdes Peninsula News. Read the PV News interview with author Cher Fischer here.

May 25, 2012

Falling Into Green author Cher Fischer is interviewed in the Ashland Daily Tidings.

May 9, 2012

"Two of Ashland Creek Press' latest releases, The Names of Things by John Colman Wood and Falling Into Green by Cher Fischer, are among the best books I've read this year," writes Nina Sankovitch in The Huffington Post. "The writing in The Names of Things is beautiful, hypnotic, and exacting…[Falling Into Green] is an eco-mystery set at a fast pace, punched through with staccato sentences, twisting plot, shifting landscape, and a mighty heroine for the 21st century."

May 1, 2012

Cher Fischer's eco-mystery, Falling Into Green, is reviewed in Library Journal: "Fischer's debut mystery introduces a fascinating topic—ecopsychology…readers intrigued by a New Age topic, psychological work with troubled clients, and Los Angeles's cultural diversity may enjoy."

April 27, 2012

Midge talks about book trailers in this Ashland Daily Tidings article.

April 25, 2012

Neuroanthropology reviews John Colman Wood's The Names of Things: "The Names of Things explores fieldwork in the deepest sense of the word, the transformative effect of moving our lives to another place, often a strange place, for months or years at a time...The novel is also the story of a journey, a seeking of truth or at least revelation, and the inevitable gaps and betrayals and transcendence such journeys can bring."

April 24, 2012

Erica Settino at This Dish Is Veg writes of Falling Into Green: "Cher Fischer, an ecopsychologist who writes fiction and mystery as well as any veteran novelist I can name, has produced an exciting, educational, and thought-provoking story that is a must read for anyone interested in learning more about the interrelation of environmentalism and our mental health."

April 15, 2012

Thanks to Lee Khatchadourian-Reese at The Vegan Version blog for this wonderful review of Cher Fischer's eco-mystery Falling Into Green: "Both a love story and a murder mystery/thriller, Fischer skillfully makes you think about the linkage of the psyche to our surroundings and the world in which we live. This book will capture and keep your attention until the very last page."

March 12, 2012

Publishers Weekly reviews Cher Fischer's eco-mystery Falling Into Green: "Fischer’s appealing fiction debut introduces feisty Irish Latina eco-psychologist Esmeralda Green…the aptly named Dr. Green and her friends are fresh enough to recycle."

February 12, 2012

The Sunday Oregonian features Johan Mathiesen's "Secrets of the Graves," including five of Oregon's hidden cemeteries, also appearing in Mad as the Mist and Snow.

January 12, 2012

Out of Breath gets a wonderful recommendation from Booklist: "Combining mystery, romance, vampires, and strong vegan and environmental messages, this will have readers of light paranormal novels running to the next book in Richmond’s trilogy."

January 2012

An important public service announcement from Ashland Creek Press...

December 28, 2011

Out of Breath is "a fast-paced, clever story with a protagonist who is both tough and sympathetic and with equal measures of the paranormal and the ecological," writes Literary Ashland.

December 2, 2011

Out of Breath is "a well-written novel ... an entertaining, fast-paced book that would make a good holiday present for that teen or young adult in your life," writes Ashland Daily Tidings.

November 2, 2011

The Snowdrop Dreams of Books blog writes that Out of Breath is "a great story based on trying to find out who you really are, who you want to be, and how to get there."

October 31, 2011

"Out of Breath is a fast-paced read…a haunting and inspired read…not just another vampire novel," writes Lost for Words.

October 28, 2011

Thanks to the Curling Up by the Fire blog for this review of Out of Breath: "Out of Breath is the first novel in a planned trilogy and features a host of intriguing characters who are mysterious, quirky, and interesting. I found myself fascinated by the added running culture that was intertwined throughout the novel and how it was woven so seamlessly into the plot and into the characters' lives...an enjoyable novel." Read the whole review here.

October 25, 2011

Another great review of Out of Breath: "You'll find this one a treat because it's much along the lines of a Twilight venue...Blair Richmond is a very strong author. Her style is not only agreeable but engaging, and it has a flow that makes one want to keep digging for answers. I was hooked from the beginning." Read the whole review at Bookish Dame Reviews.

October 24, 2011

Lovely review of Out of Breath from 1000+ Books to Read: "From the very first page you get hooked into this book...I couldn't put it down...This is a book to add to your collection. A unique paranormal twist added into a spectacular story of an odd town with good-hearted people."

October 21, 2011

Tiffany Eckert of Eugene Public Radio talks with author Johan Mathiesen about Mad as the Mist and Snow. (The interview begins about five minutes into the broadcast.)

October 20, 2011

Thanks to Literary R&R for this lovely review of Out of Breath: "This book is extremely well-written. I became engaged in this story from the first page...I would definitely recommend this book to readers of YA and mystery books."

October 18, 2011

"An eco-friendly, vampire-ridden mystery with a love triangle...a quick read with love of the environment, vampires, and a little mystery." Click here for the full review of Out of Breath on the Girls in the Stacks blog.

October 15, 2011

Mad as the Mist and Snow is "part of the library you need in the back seat when you wander Oregon," according to The Gresham Outlook.

October 14, 2011

Another fabulous review for Out of Breath, from Our Hen House: "In this young adult novel, author Blair Richmond weaves together the seemingly incompatible themes of vampirism (in other words, killing and consuming sentient beings) and veganism (not doing that) in a tale that explores the moral implications of what we eat and how we treat the environment along with the more traditional literary themes of romance, friendship, and the inescapability of one’s past. All this in a compulsively readable story..."

October 13, 2011

Wonderful new review from the Savvy Verse & Wit blog: "Out of Breath by Blair Richmond is a young adult novel that will have readers quickly turning the pages to find out what secrets Kat Jones is hiding and why the town of Lithia where she ends up seems so ethereal and mysterious...Readers will enjoy the mix of paranormal, young adult coming of age story, romance, and suspense mixed with a theme of environmental conservation and appreciation."

October 7, 2011

Mad as the Mist and Snow is featured in the Newport News Times.

October 2011

Out of Breath and Mad as the Mist and Snow are now available as e-books on the Kindle, iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

September 2011

"This series opener blends genre tradition with West Coast environmentalism ... the pseudonymous author delivers plot twists with minimalist (for the genre) panache, producing a green parable infused with a rich sense of place: an organically grown confection." — Kirkus Reviews.

August 2011

"Out of Breath far surpasses the industry standard for young adult literature, and introduces an exciting and rare form of thought-provoking subject matter into mainstream storytelling," according to this review.

July 2011

A few Ashland Creek Press Shorts are now available in new formats: "Translation Memory" on the Nook, "The Ecstatic Cry" on the iPhone and iPad, and "Beyond the Kopjes" on both.

June 16, 2011

Thanks to The Vegan Version for this wonderful review of The Tourist Trail: "The book is full of excitement and suspense and reads easily while adeptly addressing ethical issues of animal protection and animal rights..."

May 20, 2011

The Tourist Trail receives an excellent review from The Literary Lioness: "The Tourist Trail by John Yunker is an exciting, thoughtful, intelligent, and extremely well-written ecothriller...kept challenging me at every turn."

April 26, 2011

Ashland Creek Press is pleased to present Patti M. Marxsen's essay, Archaeologies, available in Kindle and PDF formats.

March 16, 2011

Ashland Creek Press is featured in the business section of the Mail Tribune.

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March 10, 2011

The Tourist Trail is "an emotionally charged story of personal evolution, sacrifice, and redemption," writes Erica Settino in this lovely review.

March 2011

John Yunker is interviewed by FARM about animals, writing, The Tourist Trail, and who our biggest heroes are today.

February 2011

The Tourist Trail "is a reader’s pleasure" ... read more in this review by Phoebe Journal of Literature and Art.

December 2010

John and Midge produced a book trailer, of sorts...