If you haven’t read the summer sales announcement, check that out first: Summer Sales!
I’ve put together an order form to make ordering signed paperbacks of Sorcery & Widgets more efficient. Click the link above or the button below to reach the order form. If you’d prefer an ebook, check out the Smashwords sale. Both sales are through the end of July.
I have a handful of paperback copies of my story collection, Sorcery & Widgets, which I had intended to have for sale at in-person events last year. Since none of those events happened, I still have the books, and I don’t need this many copies of my own book! Instead, I’m going to sell them at my event price plus shipping, which makes them $13 each. We won’t get to chat in person like we would at an event, but you’ll still get a cheaper price than elsewhere, and I’m happy to sign and personalize the book before I send it your way.
***EDIT: I made an order form to make the ordering process easier. You can still send a message through the contact form if you prefer (the info is sent to me either way), but the order form will be more efficient.***
If you’re interested in a copy, send a message through the contact form on my website. I’ll write back to get the details about how you want the book personalized and send you an invoice, so that I can get it mailed to you as soon as possible, and you can start reading! I’m not familiar with international shipping, so I’m limiting it to U.S. only for now, but if you’re elsewhere and interested in a book, send me a message.
This sale will coincide with the Smashwords sale (see below), ending on July 31st. I only have a dozen or so copies on hand, so if there is an overwhelming interest, I’ll have to order more before I can send them out, but if you contact me to request a book before August 1st, I’ll make sure you get one at the sale price even if it takes a little longer.
July Summer/Winter Sale at Smashwords:
It’s time for the Summer/Winter Sale at Smashwords! During the month of July, you can get two of my ebooks at discounted prices: Sorcery & Widgets (which contains 16 of my stories) for 50% off, and my short story “Fish and Fools” (the only one not in the collection) for free!
Sorcery & Widgets
Explore new worlds—both magical and those among the stars—in this collection of science fiction and fantasy stories.
From novelettes to flash fiction, this collection features sixteen exciting stories. Mages, new tech, prophecies, superheroes, intersecting timelines, pirates, shapeshifters, dragons, spaceships, and more await within the pages of Sorcery & Widgets.
Are you looking for some variety in your reading this summer? Perhaps you like a mix of science fiction and fantasy with both traditional and urban settings, or you might be in the mood for short flash fiction that fits with your busy schedule, but when you have some time to relax, you want to delve into a longer novelette-length tale. If so, Sorcery & Widgets is the book for you, and you can get it on sale as an ebook or paperback during the month of July!
Fish and Fools
Inspired by the howling wind of the wildlands, the Bard carves a tale of misfits, monsters, and what it means to be a hero.
You can find another Bard story, “Brimstone and Brine,” in Stupefying Stories #23, which was released earlier this year. For more information on how these stories are connected and a recommended reading order, see my piece “On Writing” on the Stupefying Stories blog–and as a bonus you get to see the full-color version of the interior art that accompanies the story along with the article. If you took advantage of either of the sales to get a copy of Sorcery & Widgets, you can find a third connected story, “A Prophecy and the People,” within its pages as well.
My story, “Brimstone and Brine,” is out in Stupefying Stories #23. It’s available in paperback and ebook versions, and the issue includes interior illustrations (in color in the ebook!) in addition to this fantastic cover art:
In “Brimstone and Brine,” the Bard carves a tale filled with adventure, sacrifice, and a demanding dragon. Along with my story, the issue includes eleven other stories of different lengths and genres. Check them out for yourself!
Smashwords Sale: Happening Now!
I’m late with my announcement, but Read an Ebook Week is happening this week at Smashwords–it ends Saturday, March 13th. I have two ebooks in the sale this year:
(And I’m happy to have reached the point where I have enough published stories that I can draw connections between the characters in them…)
If you enjoy “Brimstone and Brine” in Stupefying Stories #23, you can get another of the Bard’s tales, “Fish and Fools” for free during the sale (I think the sale coupons are automatic now, but just in case, the code is EW100). “Fish and Fools” was originally published in a now out-of-print issue of Stupefying Stories, but it lives on as an ebook.
Sticking with my theme, the Bard also makes an appearance in “A Prophecy and the People,” which can be found in my story collection, Sorcery & Widgets. During the Smashwords sale, Sorcery & Widgets is 75% off, making it only $1.49 (with the code EBW75). The collection includes a range of sixteen science fiction and fantasy stories from novelettes to flash fiction–something for every reader!
I didn’t realize the End of the Year Sale at Smashwords was starting early this year, and I’m behind on my announcements!
This year, you can get Sorcery & Widgets, my collection of 16 science fiction and fantasy stories, for 50% off with the coupon code SEY50. Only one of my stories on Smashwords, Fish and Fools, is not included in this collection, and you can get it for free with the coupon code SW100. The coupons are good through January 1, 2021.
Enjoy, and ring in the new year with some reading material!
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.
EDIT: Sorcery & Widgets is showing up in the catalog now, and you can find it here!
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!