If all had gone as planned this year, October 4th would have been my day to participate in a Local Author Meet and Greet as part of the Get Lit events at Promenade Park presented by Hyde Brothers Booksellers in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Unfortunately, since all of the Get Lit events have been canceled, you won’t have the opportunity to listen to me read an excerpt and answer questions about my book in person.
Instead, today only, you can use the coupon code YS95L (the coupons might be automatic now, but just in case, here it is) to get an ebook of my science fiction and fantasy collection, Sorcery & Widgets, for free at Smashwords. Even though we can’t chat in person at Promenade Park today, you can read the stories on your own and let me know what you think through a review, a post, or the contact form on my website. I even made up some book-club style questions a while ago if you want to tell your friends and start a discussion. Either way, enjoy!
I’ve been releasing a lot of reprints and collected editions lately, but this one is new! “Recipe for a Mage” is a stand alone story, but if you enjoy it and would like to read more stories in this world, check out “H2O” and “Changing Keys.” Happy Reading!
The July Summer/Winter Sale has already started at Smashwords! Through the end of the month, you can get my collection of stories Sorcery & Widgets for 75% off. That’s 16 science fiction and fantasy stories for $1.50! As a bonus, you can also get “Fish and Fools” for free–it’s my only story not included in the collection, so with these two ebooks, you’ll have all of my published work! According to a recent email from Smashwords, the coupons for the sale are now automatic, so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of the codes, just click the “Buy with coupon” button to get the sale price. Enjoy!
If you live in Allen County, Indiana, you can borrow the ebook of Sorcery & Widgets through the public library’s OverDrive app. Don’t be dismayed if you can’t find it in the regular ACPL catalog–for some reason, it doesn’t show up there. Just go to the OverDrive (or Libby) app and search for the title.
If you’d like to check out Sorcery & Widgets, but you live somewhere else, consider asking your local library to buy the ebook. I have my distribution network set up through Smashwords in such a way that my ebooks are available for libraries to purchase, which should make things easier on their end. I’d like to include a list of libraries that have my work in their collections on my website, so if your library does get any of my books, I would appreciate it if you’d send me a message through my contact page to let me know.
My story “Fish and Fools,” which was originally published in Stupefying Stories (March 2017), is now available as an ebook (you can find ebookstore links here). This one isn’t included in my collection Sorcery & Widgets, but if you pick up a copy of both, you’ll have a complete set of my published stories as of right now. Even better, both “Fish and Fools” and Sorcery & Widgets are free at Smashwords with the coupon code AG100 until the end of the current sale, which runs through May 31st. Enjoy!
I only had one upcoming event officially scheduled–Muncie Comic Con–and it has been postponed until May 22, 2021. I was working on putting together a few book signings at local stores, but those have been put on hold as well. I added an Events tab to my website menu, and I’ll keep it updated with my events as I schedule them.
In the meantime, I wanted to do a roundup of the places that you can find me online:
My website (you already found it!) Facebook Twitter Instagram (new!) Goodreads (all of my books should be listed, and if you find any missing, let me know) Amazon (not sure what it does, but you can follow authors on Amazon) Smashwords (I believe Smashwords will notify you when I release a new ebook)
Find My Stories:
Smashwords (currently on sale–see below for details!) Amazon (including my paperback collection, Sorcery & Widgets) Barnes & Noble Apple Books Kobo Scribd and other ebookstores! I recently learned that Smashwords distributes to the companies that supply ebooks to libraries, so you can also check your local library. If they don’t already have my ebooks, you can request that they add them to their collection.
While many of us are spending more time at home and online, is there something else you’d like to see from me? (a virtual reading, Q&A, writing tips, pictures of my cat…)
Smashwords Sale Extended
Smashwords has extended their Authors Give Back Sale, and I’ve left my ebooks enrolled. Until May 31st, you can get any of my ebooks for free with the coupon code AG100. I recommend downloading Sorcery & Widgets, which includes all 16 of my stories that are published individually on Smashwords.
Feedback and Reviews
As you read, I’d love to hear from you–you can connect with me on social media, write a review, or contact me though the Contact Beth page on this site. Even if you have a paperback copy from one of my in-person events, you can still review the book on Amazon (let me know if this isn’t the case) and Goodreads, or tell me about it on social media. I wrote some book-club style questions on my last post if you need inspiration. Take care and happy reading!
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!