Hot Water Press

Welcome to Hot Water Press, an independent publishing company dedicated to stories set in the American Southwest and inspired or influenced by cultures that collapse (the Anasazi and their contemporaries in particular). New titles are listed here as they become available.

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Price on their Heads: A Novel of Income Inequality and Mayhem

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Short Description

Warning! This story contains impolite language, graphic violence, a little sex, and is very politically incorrect.

Jackie Key inherits a full scholarship from a rich man murdered by his brother. To justify his complicity, he studies the economic ripple effect of the dead man’s assets.

What he discovers and tries to publish makes him become public enemy number one among the country’s rich and powerful because Dr. Jackie Key can calculate a true price on their heads. Read the full description, see reviews, research, character profiles and much more…

 Novels

The G.O.D. Journal: a search for true gold (a novel), by Jeff Posey

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After he accidentally kills his wife, Baxter runs. Hiding in his derelict boyhood home in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, he discovers a journal that leads to a treasure of gold. With the guiding hand of a deranged hunter and Wall Street financier, Baxter discovers true gold is concealed in the heart of a woman who helps him search for an Anasazi pictograph that is the key to the family treasure. Read the full description…

Anasazi Runner: a novel of identity and speed, by Jeff Posey

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It’s a quirky romance. An athletic fantasy. A mystery of identity over the ages. A spine-tingling race to the finish. Anasazi Runner: a novel of identity and speed is told from the perspective of Coach Jesse, a retired history teacher and reluctant running coach. Read the full description …

 

Less Than Nothing: A novel of Anasazi strife, by Jeff Posey

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When the Crab Nebula Supernova appeared on July 4, 1054, it hung like a tiny sun in the daytime sky. What did the ancient ones of Chaco Canyon, N.M., do when they saw this unpredicted event?  Went into a cannibalistic frenzy.  It takes the combined efforts of the Chaco mob, a secret society of mad-as-hell women, and Tuwa with his band of orphans to try and make their world right again. Read the full description …

Short Story Collections

The Witchery of Flutes: Forty-seven short dramas of Anasazi daily life, by Jeff Posey

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What was life like for the Anasazi Indians of the Four Corners area of the United States a thousand years ago? What took the attention of their daily lives? What forces compelled them to act? Now you can walk in their yucca sandals as you read “The Witchery of Flutes” and forty-six other stories.  Read the full description …


Unwoven: six short stories, by Jeff Posey

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This sixpack of short stories includes Girl on a Rock, The One-Hundredth Goliath, The Pump Jack Potion, An Invisible Man, Arturo’s Brains, and Walk, Not Stay. The title, Unwoven, refers to each of these stories providing strands for future work. Read full description …

Short Stories (in ebook form only)

Tied to the Earth but Sailing: a short story, by Jeff Posey

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Peter’s wife is killed in what appears to be a traffic accident with a commercial truck. But he digs and finds out the truck was sabotaged by a company mechanic stealing genuine parts and replacing them with shoddy imitations.

He sets out for revenge. But his sister-in-law and his own guilt get in the way. Read the full description …

Making Spares: a short story, by Jeff Posey

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Take a juvenile delinquent bowling? Preposterous. Mr. Meyers put it out of his mind. But one day he found himself at the detention center offering to take a kid bowling. Reuben defied all expectations. Especially his own. Read full description …


Miss Papa B.: a short story, by Jeff Posey

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For a mere ten grand, Miss Lilly Newcastle brought Cousin Vallee back from the dead. At least that’s what everybody else in the family thought when he appeared at Papa B.’s funeral. But Miss Lilly hired Cousin Vallee for a specific purpose. To take care of her biggest obstacle now that Papa B. is gone: Miss Lacey. Read full description …


Carl’s Hat Wins Marathon: a short story, by Jeff Posey

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At age ninety-two, the last surviving player from Super Bowl XXI in 1987, Carl decides to win the New York Marathon or die trying. And that’s exactly what he does. In front of the world’s cameras, he crashes to the ground, finished. But his hat doesn’t stay finished. Read the full description …


Walk, Not Run: a short story, by Jeff Posey

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Samuel Langhorne Serles lived up to his name by being curious about everything to the point that he never developed a direction to his life. He loved the philosophical realms of science and math, but he loved solo backpacking along the Rocky Mountain spine even more. Read the full description …


An Invisible Man: a short story, by Jeff Posey

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He waited outside the window until he saw what he wanted. What he needed. What he felt entitled to. Read the full description …


Arturo’s Brains: a short story, by Jeff Posey

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Despite his powerful heritage that linked him to the Aztecs of Central Mexico, even the Anasazi of ancient New Mexico, Arturo was a desperate man. He hadn’t had paying work in months. When Erik approached him, Arturo saw the warning signs. An aura of violent colors around the man burned like the fires of Hell. Read the full description …


The One-Hundredth Goliath: a short story, by Jeff Posey

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What if Michelangelo carved Goliath instead of David? What would it look like? In the rundown squalor of old industrial Albuquerque, New Mexico, the nephew of a modest sculptor awakens from a fifteen-year trance. He had witnessed a David-and-Goliath battle, only Goliath had won. Read the full description …


The Pump Jack Potion: a short story, by Jeff Posey

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What will petroleum be worth after we use up the easy reserves? It’s the year 2349 and American society has remade itself to run off sustainable energy. But they’ve also found that crude oil contains something so magical it’s one of the most valuable substances on the planet. Read the full description …


Girl on a Rock: a short story, by Jeff Posey

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When Anasazi archaeologist Tucker Roth found a pretty girl in pink sitting on a rock in the wilderness north of Pagosa Springs, Colorado, he couldn’t help but worry. Such strange behavior sent a chill up his spine. The girl, Marissa, said she wanted to hide. To sneak. To not be seen. When she finally climbed down and he saw her, he understood why. Read the full description …

 

 

 

 

12 Responses to Hot Water Press

  1. Wow, I finally found you again, and I must say it pleases me no end to see all these titles. I’ve always loved your stories and am so glad to see you doing well.
    ~jon

    • Jon! Great to hear from you. Yeah, it probably looks like I’m hiding, but in fact I’ve got this grand crazy plan: Publish 25 titles in one year, mostly short stories, but four or five novels, too, and a couple of collections. I’m about on target so far. October 1, 2012, is my one-year anniversary. Beyond that, I want to write ten novels in three years or less to “master” the craft (if it’s even possible). Then, well, the hand o’ luck has to help out a little, but I’d love to make a modest living writing fiction. For the first time in my life, that looks possible as a cottage industry. I love that. I hope you’re doing well. Take care.

  2. Hey man, April 15th done passed!

    • What, you think I just sit around updating my web site? Heck no! I got a life here. A writer’s life. Which means boring as hell, except in my own mind.

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  4. Just met you through John Panico. Looking forward to seeing how it all works out! Now for the content… Clan of the Cave Bears was one of my very favorite series…. Great to meet you!

    • Thanks, Carra. “Clan of the Cave Bears” as a comparison? Sure, I’ll take that. That book was, I admit, a small but not insignificant influence on my decision to try and recreate an ancient world as alien to me as the lives of early humans and late Neanderthals. I love digging through archaeological minutia and filling the gaps with my imagination. I also love writing contemporary fiction that ties back to the ancient world of the Anasazi. For decades, I knew I had a gift for writing and a desire, but I didn’t see a clear pathway. Then the Anasazi slipped into my consciousness and hijacked it to a powerful degree, leaving me on a trajectory I love. Thank you for your interest and support.

  5. Hey Jeff!

    I like the approach. I will start with Anasazi Runner: a novel of identity and speed. Let me do that before I commit to reading more.

    But I will tweet it out to my 27,000 folks and will also create a blog post about how you are going about this (which I like)

    Let me know what else I can do to help support your efforts!

    John

    • Thanks, John. I really appreciate it. Finding that initial burst of readers who post reviews is perhaps the first and most important hurdle for any startup indie author. As an author, you hope that the content of your stories will attract and engage people, but in reality people buy a book based on expectations before they’ve even read it (of course). Reviews in public places, perhaps most importantly Amazon these days, are what create those expectations (along with sales rank, which is an outcome of those early reviews). I truly appreciate your help, and if you want to know anything about my methodology, just ask. Meanwhile, I will soon send you a reviewer’s copy of “Anasazi Runner.” I hope you enjoy.

  6. Hi, Jeff. Thanks for reaching out. I’ll read Anasazi Runner for you and provide a review. I’m currently reading a manuscript for a new writer, but will read yours when I’m done. Congratulations on your new found freedom! I was just wondering what conference my husband was going to send me to next year. I really benefited from DFWcon this year.

    • Thanks very much, Daphine. I’ve sent you “Anasazi Runner” as a gift book through Amazon, so expect an email on how to download that soon. Good luck on your own writing, and I really appreciate your help!

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