Writers and freebies are best friends!

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I love getting free stuff! Free cookies from my local bakery. Free donuts from my local donut shop (Hmm, maybe I should shop at those two a little less.) Free shampoo samples from my local hair salon. The best things in life are free. And of course, the very best free thing is books!

Why do you think writers love libraries so much. It’s because a library is a place a writer can go to be surrounded by books that are totally and completely free! They can take books home by the bucket load and not pay a dime.

its-a-stony-road-through-hell-coverIn honor of free books and all their joys, I am happy to announce that my latest book “It’s a stony road through hell” will be available on Amazon for free starting March 11th through March 15th. Click on the links below to get started on this spine chilling adventure and get the whole story right now!

Go directly to the Amazon page

Read the first chapter

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The page isn’t missing, it’s new!

IMG_0133Well, not really new, it’s just renamed. After much thought I decided that the Freebies page title wasn’t really representing the content of the page very well, so I changed the page title to Short Stories. Don’t worry, everything on my Short Stories page is still free, the name change just helps people understand what’s in there. At the moment wordpress is being grumpy with  me, so I have to hunt down my old links to the freebies page and rename them by hand. Uhg! So some of the stories will be tricky to get to via old links for a while. Sorry! But you can alway just click on the page tab at the top of the home page and it will take you there in a jiffy!

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Short and rarely seen

IMG_0128It has been so long since I’ve written a short story to add to my freebie page, I’m sure many thought I had completely forgotten about it. Honestly, it wouldn’t have even crossed my mind it if wasn’t for a picture book that I was responsible for processing.

The children’s book had such an odd title (Into the pumpkin) and I thought, Hmm, wouldn’t that make a great title for a Halloween short story. And then I remembered that I hadn’t written any short stories in a really long time. Oops!

Even for a novelist, writing novels isn’t enough. Writing short stories keeps you limber as a writer. The small format forces you to stay flexible in your story creation. It also forces you to cut out all the extra frills in your writing and only leave what is absolutely necessary to move the story forward. It’s really hard to have much character development in such a small format, so every word and every action your characters make have to convey their personalities. Short stories really keep a writer on their toes.

So I’m hoping that I will have enough time this month to write up a new Halloween short story.  It will probably have the  title “Into the pumpkin”. And hopefully it won’t be a complete disaster. After all, I’m really out of practice.

If you want to read last year’s Halloween story click here.