Smashwords is running an Authors Give Back Sale from March 20th to April 20th to give readers access to more books during social isolation and closures due to COVID-19. If you’re looking for something to read, you can browse the books on sale, and all of my ebooks are free during the sale with the coupon code AG100.
The easiest way to get all of my stories at once is to download my collection Sorcery & Widgets, which contains all 16 stories that I currently have on Smashwords. Each of those stories is also available individually, and in its original collection: Sorcery & Spaceships (Collection 1) includes 7 of the stories, while Widgets & Wizardry (Collection 2) includes the other 9, but it’s much more efficient to go with Sorcery & Widgets(Collections 1 & 2). If you’re interested in a particular genre or length, check out the menu under “All Stories” at the top of my website.
Whichever you choose, I would love to hear about your reading experience! It doesn’t have to be a formal review (although those are great too!)–you can comment here or on social media, post a picture of you reading, or send me a comment directly through the “Contact Beth” page on my website.
I was recently discussing book clubs and book club questions with another local author, so I’ll leave you with some questions to ponder about while you read my collection:
Which story did you like best, and why?
What themes or ideas did you find that carried through more than one story, or even the entire collection?
Who was your favorite character, and why? (an alternate version of this one: Which character would you most like to meet?)
Which story makes you want to see what happens next?
Which story would make the best movie/TV show?
Which characters do you wish you could follow in another adventure?
Which cover art is your favorite? (if you have the ebook of the collection, you’ll have to scroll through a list like the one here to see all of the covers)
Feel free to suggest more questions for the list, and happy reading!
It’s Read an Ebook Week this week at Smashwords! Now through March 7th, you can get the ebook version of Sorcery & Widgets for 75% off with the coupon code EBW75 at checkout. This collection includes eleven fantasy and five science fiction stories, so you’ll be getting sixteen stories of varying lengths and subgenres for $1.50!
If you enjoy the ebook version and want to get a signed copy of the print version, you’re in luck! I’ll be at Hyde Brothers in Fort Wayne, Indiana on March 7th from 5pm-7pm signing books. Feel free to stop in to buy a copy of your own or just to say hi (to me or the bookstore cats) and check out the store!
Visit Hyde Brothers on March 7th between 5pm and 7pm where I’ll be selling and signing Sorcery & Widgets. Even if you already have the book, feel free to stop by just to say hi and shop the store! You’ll probably be able to find me in the aisle with the cat 🙂 Check out the Facebook event page for more details.
It’s still a few months away, but I’ll have an artist table at Muncie Comic Con on May 23rd. I’ll be selling and signing copies of Sorcery & Widgets, giving away download codes for free sample stories, and hopefully a few other things that I’m still working on. In the meantime, you can find links for tickets and vendor tables on their website and keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates.
Since I have several upcoming events now, I’ve made an events page on my website where you can find past events as well as links and details for the events that I have already scheduled for this year–next up is my book signing at Hyde Brothers on March 7th!
Sorcery & Widgets is available at Hyde Brothers Booksellers in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It’s right up front in the local author section, but you should also check out the rest of the store, which has so many books that you probably won’t be able to leave without getting a few more. Plus, there are bookstore cats!
Also, mark your calendars: on March 7th from 5pm to 7pm, I’ll be at the store signing Sorcery & Widgets and giving away download codes for free sample stories. Hyde Brothers normally closes at 6pm on Saturdays, so you get an extra hour of shopping just for stopping by my book signing!
The Smashwords End of Year Sale is just around the corner! This year, you can get the ebook version of Sorcery & Widgets, which includes nearly all of my published stories, for half price! Just enter the coupon code SEY50 at checkout. Not only do you have the advantage of the sale price through Smashwords, but you also get a variety of ebook formats, including mobi (Kindle) and epub. The sale starts on December 25th and runs through January 1st.
Also, if you picked up one of the tiny books with free sample story codes at my table at the ACPL Local Author Book Sale, be sure to redeem it soon–the code expires on January 1st.
I received an email yesterday from the editor of Factor Four Magazine informing me that the magazine has closed and all stories have been released (you can read the full announcement here). Unfortunately, this means that my story “Employable Skills,” which had recently been accepted by the magazine, will not be published in its pages. I’m disappointed that you won’t get to see the story in print any time soon, but I’m grateful that the editor took the time to notify authors and release stories–I’ve had several stories caught in limbo before when a magazine disappears without a trace, and it is nice to know that I’m free to find a new home for my story.
In the meantime, you can check out my published stories here, or you can find almost all of them collected in Sorcery & Widgets. Also, keep an eye out for the Smashwords End of the Year Sale, which will take place between December 25th and January 1st and include a deal on the ebook version of Sorcery & Widgets.