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

“Little Blue Fuzzy” released

My humorous story “Little Blue Fuzzy” has been released.

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When Mickey DeMarco clicks his PC’s mouse on spam that promises to “Unleash the Monster in your pants,” he hardly expects an actual monster to appear.
Inside his boxers.
Hilarity ensues when the two-inch, fuzzy blue monster learns the facts of life  and tries desperately to help Mickey get laid.

Also included is the humorous bonus story “Beloved.” Available in all electronic formats.

Body Check released in e-book formats

Body Check, my new romance novel, is now available in most electronic formats.

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Sportswriter Olivia Turnbull covers the Blades, Boston’s professional hockey team. She’d never break the taboo against dating one of the players. The temptation never even crosses her mind.

Until, that is, the Blades trade for Chad Finnegan. She and Chad enjoyed a torrid love affair during their college days and when he arrives, one look dooms them both.

Their love breaks all the rules, but the forbidden fruit tastes too sweet until they learn that it could cost them everything.

Body Check provides an insider’s view of newspapers, sports writing, and hockey, but most of all, it tells a captivating tale of star-crossed lovers.

Available on KindleNOOK, Kobo, Smashwords, and other formats. $5.99

Ellery Queen’s to publish “Huram’s Temple”

I’m ecstatic to announce that Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, one of the most prestigious short story publications anywhere and a giant among mystery magazines, has accepted my story “Huram’s Temple.” Ellery Queen’s is available in paper and digital formats and by subscription as well as on newsstands.

I’d like to think that all readers will enjoy this unique mystery, but fans of my stories “Beloved” and “Back to the Garden” should especially appreciate the setting.

The publication date hasn’t yet been set. I’ll announce it as soon as I know.

 

Signing on Oregon coast

If you’re on the Oregon coast, swing by North by Northwest Books in Lincoln City on Saturday, July 20.  From 2-4 pm, a mega-lineup of authors headlined by Kristine Kathryn Rusch will be signing their books. I’ll be signing copies of Cracking the Ice and Bubba Goes for Broke. Also signing will be Annie Reed, Matt Buchman, Barton Howe, Karen Abrahamson, Marcelle Dube, and Dayle Dermatis.

Tiffany a long-term bestseller

Tiffany Goes for Broke, the prequel to Bubba Goes for Broke written under the pen name David Bawdy, has now reached twenty months(!) on Kindle Bestseller lists. It still ranks in the mid-fifties in both the Short Story and the Fiction- Humor categories (free downloads).

Trade paperback for Bubba Goes for Broke

Bubba Goes for Broke, my sex comedy/crime caper published under the pen name David Bawdy, is now available in trade paperback.  Go to Amazon or contact me at dave dot hendrickson at gmail dot com for a personalized copy.