BWG News

The newest "Sweet, Funny, and Strange" book from the Bethlehem Writers Group is a 

Finalist for the 2019 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award!

Stoke the campfire and get ready for some chills and goosebumps when you open this paranormal addition to the award-winning Bethlehem Writers Group's "Sweet, Funny, and Strange" anthologies.

Among our twenty-seven stories, we bring you Jeff Baird's "Bailey's Mountain," where a romp with man' best friend through Mother Nature morphs into a visit to the supernatural.  Dianna Sinovic's :Point of View" describes a mys terious shifting painting and its sinister effects on its new owner. Jodi Bogert brings us "Old Man Omar" to teach us that sometimes those we think of as crazy might just know wome things we don't. In DT Krippene's "Hell of a Deal," a man buys a house for a price that is too good to be true--until he discovers the bizarre strings attached. And Kidd Wadsworth's "The Beast," brings a monster story to life--but can her characters escape with theirs?

n addition, we have new stories of the unexplained from favorite authors Courtney Annicchiarico, Walter Bego, A. E. Decker, Marianne Donley, Headley Hauser, Ralph Hieb, Jerome McFadden, Stanley W. McFarland, Emily P. W. Murphy, Christopher D. Ochs, Paul Weidknecht, and Carol L. Wright. Also included are the winning stories from the 2017 and 2018 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award by Suzanne Purvis and Christine Eskilson, respectiely.

So sit back and enjoy a drift through the paranormal--but don't let the firs go out!
Also from BWG:

Once Upon a Time is a collection of stories for children--ages preschool through middle school--from the minds and muses of the Bethlehem Writers Group. This anthology grows with your child. We start with several stories 
written especially for those who still enjoy sitting on a grown-up’s lap, having new worlds open up to them. Following those are several more for those who are ready to immerse themselves in the fantasy and adventure of reading on their own. Included among our award-winning authors' work is an imaginative fantasy from Eleanor Ingbretson, the winner of the 2016 Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Short Story Award competition. And each story is enhanced with illustrations by artist Agy Wilson. All together, this collection of sweet, funny, and strange tales will entertain and delight children of all ages--including grown-ups!

Finalist, 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Whatever your taste, this collection of food-related stories from the multiple award-winning Bethlehem Writers Group has all the ingredients to satisfy your reading palate. Our menu includes twenty-seven appetizing stories from light fare and sides of fantasy to sweet romance and savory bites of mystery. To complete our day's specials, we offer tasty tales from Tracy Falenwolfe and C. A. Rowland, winners of the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable SHORT STORY AWARDS in 2014 and 2015 respectively. All of our authors have honed their recipes to write sweet, funny, and strange stories to savor. See more here.

Let It Snow 
The Best of 
Bethlehem Writers Roundtable
Winter 2015 Collection

Discover tales, all as different as snowflakes, in Let it Snow: The Best of Bethlehem Writers Roundtable Winter 2015 Collection. The multiple award winning Bethlehem Writers Group, LLC brings you stories in a range of genres selected from their bi-monthly Writers Roundtable Journal. So, while the weather outside is frightful, curl up by the fire, read, and Let It Snow. It's available here.

Finalist, 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Best Anthology

Winner of Best Anthology and Best Short Fiction, 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Jerome W. McFadden's "Weird, Wicked, and Wacky" stories can soon be found in this new collection of some of his most popular fiction. OFF THE RAILS came out in October, 2019. It placed as a finalist in the 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and in the National Indie Excellence Awards. In addition to his new book, Jerry has won HONORABLE MENTION in the 86th Annual Writers Digest Writing Contest in the Magazine/Feature Article category for his work, "Port Aviation." It's just the latest praise for Jerry's work. He won Second 
Place for Flash Fiction in the GLVWG "The Write Stuff" conference in March 2015 and second place in the Flash Nonfiction  contest at the GLVWG "The Write Stuff" conference in March 2013. "Paved With Good Intentions" is another of his stories, published in the anthology The Neighborsfrom Zimbell House in February 2017. In addition, he has stories in both the 2016 and 2017 anthologies, Write Here, Write Now and The Write Connections, from the Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group. 

from Cozy Den Press was a finalist for the 2018 Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award, and for a 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award. The story is about recovering lawyer and stay-at-home mom, Gracie McIntyre who, 18 years after the death of a client by an apparent murder-suicide, opens a new-and-used bookshops in her sleepy, New England college town. Days after her grand opening, she and store receive threats. As violence escalates, she suspects a police officer is involved. She soon realizes she is on her own to save her store--and possibly her life.
In addition, she has many short stories published in literary journals and award-winning anthologies. Her latest, "Method for Murder" appears in the 2020 Malice Domestic 15 Anthology, Murder Most Theatrical. She has published a collection of several of her short stories in A CHRISTMAS ON NANTUCKET and other stories, published in 2019.

Poet and romance writer Diane Sismour has several works now available.
Her story "First Impressions, Second Chances" (that appears in Once Around the Sun) can be
purchased as a stand-alone. Her work also appears in several anthologies, including Sisters Born, Sisters Found, and MandelaFor poetry, see her work in the anthologies: World Healing, World Peace 2012 anWorld Healing, World Peace 2014and in the Aquillrelle Wall of Poetry and in Book Two and Book Three of the Aquillrelle poetry series.

Christopher D. Ochs' won Second Place in the GLVWG's 2018 Flash Fiction contest. His latest book, a YA horror, comes out in fall 2020. His latest fantasy novel, If I Can't Sleep, You Can't Sleep, is full of scary bedtime stories. This follows his book Pindlebryth of Lenland: The Five Artifactswhich was a recommended book by the US Review of Books. It is now available in paperback or e-book. He also has a story in the 2016 anthology, Write Here, Write Nowfor which he served as editor.

Ralph Hieb
Valley Writers Group's 2016 anthology, Write Here, Write NowIn addition, a story appears in the 2015 anthology GLVWG Writes StuffHe also took second place in the 2014 Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group's "Write Stuff" conference Flash Fiction competition with his story, "Dragon's Breath."  

A. E. Decker's third book in her Young Adult fantasy series, MOONFALL MAYHEM is out! Into the Moonless Night  brings us more of the world first introduced in The Falling of the Moon and The Meddlers of Moonshine from World Weaver Press. We look forward to more, too, because this is a five-book series.

You can also enjoy her short stories, "Forever Now" in the April 2016 issue of Fireside Magazine, and "Common Knowledge" in The Sockdolager Spring 2015 issue. In addition, don't miss her chocolate wizard in the short story "Theobromancy," which appeared in Crowded Magazine. These stories are only the latest of several short works A. E. Decker has had published in recent months. You can read "Whistler's Grove,"  available from Beneath Ceaseless Skies (, "The Last Deduction," written in the tradition of Sherlock Holmes, and in Phobos Magazine (Autumn/Winter 2013). As if that isn't enough, her story, "Death and Taxes," appears in the 2012 anthology Specter Spectacular, in print or as an e-book. She also has a story, "In the Woods," published in the October 2012 issue of In Fabula-Divinos. 

Paul Weidknecht
is the GRAND PRIZE WINNER  of the 2017 Lodestone Prize for Short Fiction for his story, "Resurrection Fern." In addition, his collection of short stories, Native to This Stream: Brief Writings About Fly-Fishing & the Great Outdoors, brings you 
essays, and poems that lift you from your chair and put you on the stream ready to drop a fly three feet upstream of a rising trout. It's now available in paperback or as an e-book. A great read or gift for your favorite outdoor sports enthusiast. 
But that's not all Paul has been up to. His short story, "Doppelgangers," appears in Every Writer in November 2015. They previously published his story "Wildebeests," in the January 2015 issue. In addition, his story,  "A Portioning of Leaves," appears in the Fall 2014 Potomac Review (Volume 35). 
His earlier story, "This Peculiar Angle of Light" was in decomP Literary Magazine.
His work has appeared recently in, Poetry Salzburg Review, The Comstock Review, Fractured West, Rosdebud, Shenandoah, and The Los Angeles Review, among others.
He placed third in the 2012 Writers Magazine short story contest with his story, "Her Piece of the Yard." He also won the 2012 Peter Barry Short Story competition in the UK with his story, "Driven."  The judge of the latter competition is quoted as saying,  Driven” stood out for me from the first sentence. This short story is impeccably written in a crisp, clean voice and has a wonderful completeness to it. The story has an unexpected ending without being contrived. Outstanding. This writer will go far!!" We couldn't agree more. Congratulations, Paul! 

Will Wright has published his debut novel, Cinderthe story of an orphaned dragon who, with the help of the wizard Tig and his apprentice 

Alex, must become human in order to fight those who would destroy all of dragon-kind. It is now available from

While you're there, take a look at Will's two collections of children's stories, Salt for the Journey: Humor, Tragedy, and Acts of Bravery, and Without a Tear: Kindly Tales for Open Hearts.

Don't miss Headley Hauser's humorous take on the Wild West in the novel, Trouble in Taosthe first in his "Genre Series"  And, Volition Man, a Superhero spoof, is the second in the Genre Series.  Both are available as ebooks.

Jeff Baird's
ook, Redhead Ruminations, is 
now available on Learn about the trials and triumphs of being a redhe
ad--and get another copy for each of the redheads in your life!