Pentucket Publishing releases Offside for e-books

Pentucket Publishing has released my latest novel, Offside, in all electronic formats. The paper version will become available in early January.

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Officially, it’s a Young Adult title because its hero is a teenager and the content is age-appropriate for readers 13 and up. Offside will also span both the Young Adult Sports and Young Adult Historical categories. Even so, I expect that, as was the case with Cracking the Ice, most of its readers will be adults and they’ll love it. Offside is truly a story for all ages.

Those who like football (and fans of the 1967 Boston Red Sox) will find extra things to appreciate, as will those who remain fascinated by the sixties and all the conflicts that existed in that era. But I’ve also had first readers who aren’t sports fans (and a couple who aren’t American so they aren’t into the historical angle), and they still loved the story.

It’s all about the story.

Here’s the description along with the links:

“Rabbit” Labelle loves football, but the tiny, rural Maine town where he lives isn’t big enough to support a team. After his father moves the family to the big, bad city, Rabbit finally gets his chance to play the sport he loves the most, but he must also confront the dangers of “Lynn, Lynn, City of Sin.” Since it’s 1967 and cities are torn by racial turmoil, this includes his father’s greatest fear: “the Negroes.”

Rabbit, who’d been the most popular kid in Plainfield, Maine, struggles to make friends and wonders if he’ll even survive. Only football can save him.

Find Offside here: KindleNookKobo, and Smashwords. $5.99

“Huram’s Temple” to appear in March/April Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine

My story “Huram’s Temple” will appear in the March/April issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.  The issue will appear on the newsstands in late January, so keep your eyes out for it. I’m honored to have this story appear in such a prestigious publication.

“One-Night Stands for Love and Glory” appears in Fiction River

A new story of mine appeared a few days ago when Fiction River: Universe Between released. Fiction River is a terrific multi-genre anthology series that has gained great renown in little over a year. The Universe Between issue includes a rarity for me, a science fiction story, “One-Night Stands for Love and Glory.” What isn’t rare, at least I hope not, is that it will make you laugh; it may also make you cry.

Fiction River is available in electronic and paper formats, and by subscription or individual issue. I’ve been a subscriber since the very first issue and highly recommend it. Click here for further details.

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Price drop

Pentucket Publishing has dropped the price of the electronic editions of Cracking the Ice and my sex comedy Bubba Goes for Broke (written under the pen name David Bawdy). If you haven’t read them yet, now’s the time.

Upcoming publications

Here’s an update of what’s on the way the next few months.

My next Young Adult Historical/Sports novel is scheduled for an October 15 release date. If you likedCracking the Ice, you’ll love this new title. It’s set in 1967, the year before Cracking the Ice, and includes a minor role for that novel’s hero, Jessie Stackhouse. This time, the sport is football with some baseball sprinkled in. But whether you’re a sports fan or not, I think you’ll find this book a compelling read.

For romance fans who liked Body Check, your next title is slated for a Christmas release. I’m hard at work on it now and although there’s still a long way to go, I’m really excited about this one.

I still don’t have a publication date for my story “Huram’s Temple” in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, but I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as I know.

Body Check featured in Georgetown Record

The Georgetown Record‘s  Jessica Sacco interviewed me about Body Check in its May 2 issue. I’m very happy with the result.  Read it here.

Rusch gives “Little Blue Fuzzy” rave review

In her January Recommended Reading List, USA Today Bestselling Author Kristine Kathryn Rusch said of “Little Blue Fuzzy”:

I love this story. I first saw it in a workshop under a different title. The story was funny then, and it’s funny now. David H. Hendrickson is one of my favorite writers. Use this piece as an introduction to his work.

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Available in all electronic formats. Download a sample and try it.

Fiction River to publish “One Night Stands”

I’m delighted to announce that my story, “One-Night Stands for Love and Glory,” has been selected for publication in Fiction River: Universe Between, which will be released on June 17, 2014.

Fiction River  is a wonderful, multi-genre anthology series that has deservedly received high praise in just its first few issues. I’ll be honored to have my story appear in its pages.

Jenny Dell’s dilemma at NESN matches Body Check

If you follow Boston-area sports, you’ve no doubt heard that Jenny Dell has been taken off Red Sox broadcasts due to her relationship with the team’s third baseman, Will Middlebrooks. If you’ve haven’t, here’s the rundown.

Dell’s situation is exactly the quandary Olivia Turnbull finds herself in my novel Body Check, released by Pentucket Publishing in electronic formats a month and a half ago. A trade paperback is forthcoming.

Cracking the Ice now available in electronic formats

Pentucket Publishing has released my novel Cracking the Ice, which was released in hardcover by WestSide Books two years ago.

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In 1968, at the height of the Civil Rights struggle, Jessie Stackhouse leaves home to break the color line at an elite, all-white prep school. He arrives filled with dreams of winning championships and eventually playing in the NHL, but soon finds that the coach doesn’t want him there and neither do most of his teammates. They’ll go to almost any extreme to make him leave. Jessie must overcome not only the team in the other locker room, but the even more dangerous one in his own.

“Hendrickson’s debut novel paints a gripping account of a courageous young man rising above evil.” — Booklist

“A worthy, if heartwrenching read…. The best of humanity is explored — and some of the worst, exposed. It is very readable, written with a clear and powerful voice, and is engaging from beginning to end.” — Long and Short Reviews (four stars)

“One of the most interesting books I’ve read this year, a one-of-a-kind book.” — Reading in Color

“Cracking the Ice scores the literary equivalent of a hat-trick: funny, harrowing and finally, heartfelt. This book is a winner.” –Greg Neri, author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty, a 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor book

“I started reading Cracking the Ice and could not put it down. Jessie Stackhouse’s generosity, hope, and intelligence touched my heart…. Usually I go to bed early; however, I kept reading Cracking the Ice until I turned to the last page.” –Joyce Carol Thomas, National Book Award and American Book Award winner.

“A compelling, civil rights tale of a young man’s coming of age on the ice. Hendrickson personalizes history with unforgettable characters.” –Jewell Parker Rhodes, author of Ninth Ward, a 2011 Coretta Scott King Honor book

“The riveting plot and realistic characters powerfully expose the racial stereotypes, racism and violence that plagued African-American students recruited to elite prep schools in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Hendrickson shows the turmoil of these critical years through the eyes of his story’s heroes, villains and victims, marvelously and realistically portraying one of the most critical moments in school integration and civil rights.” — Lillie Johnson Edwards, Ph.D., Professor of History and African-American Studies at Drew University