Fish and Fools is available as an ebook – free through May 31st!

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!

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Events + Where to Connect Online


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.

Connect Online

In the meantime, I wanted to do a roundup of the places that you can find me online:

Follow Me:

My website (you already found it!)
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
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!

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Authors Give Back Sale at Smashwords

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:

  1. Which story did you like best, and why?
  2. What themes or ideas did you find that carried through more than one story, or even the entire collection?
  3. Who was your favorite character, and why? (an alternate version of this one: Which character would you most like to meet?)
  4. Which story makes you want to see what happens next?
  5. Which story would make the best movie/TV show?
  6. Which characters do you wish you could follow in another adventure?
  7. 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!

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Read an Ebook Week at Smashwords!

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!

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Book Signing at Hyde Brothers on March 7th

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.

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Mark your calendars (and get your tickets!) – Muncie Comic Con May 23rd

Muncie Comic Con

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!

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Sorcery & Widgets is available at Hyde Brothers + Book Signing 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!

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Smashwords End of Year Sale – December 25th to January 1st

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.

Sorcery & Widgets cover

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.

Enjoy the holidays and happy reading!

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Story Update – Factor Four Magazine has closed

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.

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ACPL Local Author Book Sale – Event Wrap-up

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.

Image of the winning ticket being drawn

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!

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