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 Unfortunately, this means that my story “Employable Skills,” which had recently been accepted by the magazine, will not be published in its pages.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.
Thanks to everyone who attended the ACPL Local Author Book Sale yesterday and to those who weren’t able to make it but supported my work from afar! I enjoyed visiting with friends and family who stopped by along with meeting new readers and chatting with other local authors. Many people took advantage of my free sample stories shaped like tiny books (don’t forget to redeem the codes by the first of the year!). I recently added a free stories page to my website so that there will always be sample stories for you to check out. If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for my mailing list, but want to be notified of news and new releases, just send me a message through my contact form and mention that you want to be added.
Almost everyone who stopped by my table entered for a chance to win a signed copy of Sorcery & Widgets. I drew the winner today, and they have been notified–congratulations!
Thanks again to everyone who made this event a success!
Everything is ready for my table at the ACPL Local Author Book Sale! I’ll be selling paperback copies of Sorcery & Widgets at a special event price, and I’ll be on hand throughout the event to personally sign your copy. If you’d rather leave your reading to chance, you can enter to win a signed copy of the book. I’ll also be giving out coupon codes so that you can download a free sample story from the collection–all you have to do is visit my table!
In case you missed the details in my previous post, the ACPL Local Author Book Sale is coming up this Saturday, November 30th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Main library. Over 40 authors representing a variety of genres will be there, so there should be something for everyone! The sale is part of the Holly Shopping event on Small Business Saturday, which means that you can ride the trolley for free all over the downtown area and visit shops along the way. The library is stop #20 on the red line. Check out the full guidebook for info on the other stops, parking, and a map of the locations.
If you have any questions prior to the event, you can get in touch with me through my Contact page. Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!
Looking for a story to read, but you can’t decide whether you’re in the mood for something short or long, science fiction or fantasy? I have the collection for you!
I finally finished putting together the collection of nearly all of my published stories: Sorcery & Widgets: Collections 1 & 2. And for the first time, this collection is available in paperback as well as ebook format. Sorcery & Widgets contains the entirety of Sorcery & SpaceshipsAND Widgets & Wizardry, which means there are sixteen fantasy and science fiction stories of varying lengths in all.* Each story is represented by one of the symbols on the cover of the collection. In addition to the stories themselves, I’ve included brief author notes after each story in the collection to give you some insight into what I was thinking when I wrote them.
Please note: all of these stories have been previously published in magazines, individually as ebooks, and in collected editions, so before you buy, be sure it includes something that you don’t already have on your virtual bookshelf! And don’t forget, I’ll be selling and signing paperback copies of Sorcery & Widgets at the ACPL Local Author Book Sale later this month (the first batch arrived today!)–I’ll also have giveaways and a special price for the event, so consider attending if you’re in the area. But in the meantime, check out the cover–I did all of the design and layout for the cover and the interior–and scroll below the image for the description from the back of the book:
Explore new worlds—both magical and those among the stars—in this collection of science fiction and fantasy stories:
Claimed by the Sea: Itziar knows Guardians are supposed to protect the islands and call dragons from the sky, but she’s looking for power…and redemption
Konstantin: Konstantin’s brain is hardwired to the ship, and there’s just one problem: someone is trying to shut down the ship—and him—for good
Inheritance of Nightmares: Sian’s hound form isn’t fast enough to outrun the beastie that hunts her, and she doesn’t think the reclusive Dagr can help, especially since he has nightmares of his own
Changing Keys: Niall never wanted any magical updates, but it looks like he might not have a choice if he wants to protect those closest to him and the woman he loved and lost
Running Into the Rain: Pursued by the citymen, intergalactic spy Greg Meredith flees toward the ranchlands, desperate to access his neurochip to find what went wrong
Captain Sable’s Crew: Some would call him a pirate, but Captain Devlin Sable is more concerned with forming a reliable crew. The Empire has other ideas—it wants him dead, and it’s willing to pay in gold
From novelettes to flash fiction, this collection features sixteen stories. Mages, new tech, prophecies, superheroes, intersecting timelines, dragons, spaceships, and more await within the pages of Sorcery & Widgets.
*Stories included in Sorcery & Widgets: Claimed by the Sea, Konstantin, Dear Superhero, Racing the Sand, Retirement, A Small Kindness, H2O, Inheritance of Nightmares, Sparkles, Changing Keys, Nothing Altered, The Day the Future Invaded, Trying to Fly, Running Into the Rain, Captain Sable’s Crew, A Prophecy and the People
The Allen County Public Library will be having a Local Author Book Sale on November 30th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. I’ll have a table where I’ll be selling my soon-to-be-released story collection, which contains almost all of my published work. I’m also putting together some fun things for the event, and I’ll have more details on those soon. But if you’re in the Fort Wayne, Indiana area, I wanted you to be able to mark it on your calendar so you can plan to attend the event.
My story “Employable Skills” has been accepted by Factor Four Magazine! It will appear in an upcoming issue (and I’ll let you know when it does), but in the meantime, you can check out the magazine here. Enjoy!