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“Shooting for the Moon” part of new Romance bundle

Romance readers, this one is for you. For the Heart is a bundle of six romance novels as well as my hockey romance short story, “Shooting for the Moon.” Even though subscribers to my mailing list–you are one, aren’t you?–already have this story, you can’t go wrong with those six novels for just $3.99.

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Young Adult bundle features Offside

If you’ve haven’t read my novel Offside, you’ll never get a better opportunity. (And if you have read it, there’s a great opportunity for you, too.)

Offside is part of an exciting bundle of Young Adult novels called The Light in the Dark YA Bundle. And the neat thing about really good YA is that adults love it, too. (Ever hear of Harry Potter?)

With this bundle, you can spend as little as five dollars and get five novels (including Offside), or spend fifteen and get thirteen novels.

From Allyson Longueira, who curated the bundle:

Each book in this bundle sparks a light in the dark. Sometimes, that light comes from within. Sometimes, the characters must fight back the darkness to find it. And their stories demonstrate the incredible diversity of young adult fiction, from lighthearted and inspirational to dark and gritty.

These eleven fantastically versatile authors provided thirteen books that offer magic, triumph, humor, daring, hardship, and resilience. Sometimes, all in one.

It’s such a great deal, you really can’t go wrong even if you’ve already read Offside. What’s more, you can designate part of the proceeds go to a charity called SMART (Start Making a Reader Today). Since 1992, SMART has been pairing caring adult volunteers with children to provide reading support and books to take home and keep. SMART volunteers read one-on-one with students weekly during the school year, modeling a love of reading and building children’s reading skills and self-confidence in a positive, child-guided environment.

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Four(!) simultaneous bundles (almost)

Actually, it’s only three because one ends today and another starts tomorrow, but I’m almost in four bundles at the same time.

The Bump in the Night Thriller Bundle ends today, so snooze any longer and you’ll lose. This bundle includes Fiction River: Pulse Pounders: Adrenaline and 15 other books for $15. That edition of Fiction River includes my short story, “Death in the Serengeti.”

A new bundle called Universe Between, based on the old Twilight Zone theme of “in the middle ground between light and shadow,” includes 10 books for $15. One of those books is Fiction River:Universe Between, which includes my story “One-Night Stands for Love and Glory.”

The third bundle, Crimes, Capers, & Rule-Breakers, is still ongoing and includes my story, “The Beautiful People.” Twenty stories for $3.99.

And starting tomorrow, Ghosts, Phantoms, Wraiths offers twelve ghost stories, including my “She’s No Shimmer,” for $2.99. More on that when it goes live.

 

 

A terrific bundle for a ridiculously low price

Crimes, Capers, & Rule-Breakers

Crimes, Capers, & Rule-Breakers is a new bundle of 20 short stories written by some awesome writers. It includes my story, “The Beautiful People.”  And for a limited time, you can pre-order it for just 99 cents, a bargain of ridiculous proportions. The price will go up (I believe on the actual launch date of July 11), so pre-order today.

Sometimes, you gotta be bad.

Steal away with this bundle of thieves and miscreants and join them on their criminal adventures! From burglars to assassins, grifters to con artists, these are mysteries from the other side, from the criminal point-of-view.

Break some rules and snag the Crimes, Capers, & Rule-Breakers Bundle today!

Click here to pre-order today.

New stories appearing the 24th of each month

On the 24th of every month, I’m releasing a new short story in all electronic formats. This actually began in April with the release of “The Beautiful People,” and continued in May (“One-Night Stands for Love and Glory”), and June (“Huram’s Temple”). Each short story only 99 cents!

Huram, the Phoenician, crafts bronze masterpieces for King Solomon’s temple. When the two most highly prized pieces disappear, suspicion falls on the only three Israelites in the camp. With one of them missing and the king’s guards slain, the other two Israelites must learn the thief’s identity before the sword falls on them all.

“Huram’s Temple” first appeared in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine.

Just 99 cents.

First-rate stand-up comedians don’t waste their time far out on the galactic fringe. Enter Earl Weatherbee, who depends on his AI, “Artie,” to translate his culturally dependent jokes into what evokes hilarity among the local bumpkins.

When the rubes turn to throwing rotten tomatoes, Earl concludes that his longtime sidekick has gone bad. Even so, Earl refuses to abandon the AI with whom he has shared a career, his only true friend. Loyalty, it turns out, goes both ways.

This memorable story, which first appeared in Fiction River, will make you laugh and will make you cry.

Only 99 cents.

Everything comes easy for Lisey, one of the Beautiful People. Pearly-white teeth. Long, flowing blonde hair and blue eyes. Borderline anorexic and with all the brains and wit of a gob of spit. And filled with total disdain for the uglies.

Until trouble finds Lisey, and she needs help from the ugliest of the uglies.

Just 99 cents.

Five new stories to appear in 2018

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve sold four new stories to the Fiction River anthology series and another to Pulphouse, the legendary, award-winning magazine that is being revived after about a twenty-year absence. These stories will appear sometime in 2018. To say that I’m psyched is an understatement of epic proportion.

New stories in Fiction River

I have not one but two new short stories now available in the fabulous Fiction River anthology series. (It has been called “one of the best and most exciting publications in the field today” by Adventures Fantastic.)

One story is called “The Kids Keep Coming” and it’s part of Fiction River: Tavern Tales.

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The other story is my ghost story, “She’s No Shimmer,” which is now available in Fiction River: Haunted.

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I’m delighted to have these stories appear in this wonderful anthology series, and also know that there are more in the pipeline. I highly recommend a subscription, either in paper or electronic formats. I’ve subscribed since the very first issue. Alternatively, the anthology is available in e-book and paper form at all the usual online stores or you can purchase a signed paper copy from me (same prices as shown in the left sidebar for all my novels).

Lynn English High adopts Offside for summer reading

Lynn English High School (Lynn, Massachusetts) has adopted my novel Offside for its entire student body and staff to read this summer. Needless to say, I’m thrilled. It’s especially gratifying because it all started with positive word of mouth.

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It certainly didn’t hurt that I’m an alum and most of the book takes place in Lynn and in the hallways of that school, but ultimately the book’s qualities, applicable anywhere, made it the ideal choice.

“This coming-of-age tale of a young country boy from Maine who must adapt to a new life in the city is a perfect choice for the students of Lynn English High School,” said Anastasia Mower, the chair of the English Language Arts department. “It was a perfect match for high school students of all reading abilities. The quick pace of the story keeps the reader springing after “Rabbit” Labelle as he encounters all kinds of people in his new environment. Especially meaningful to us as a school are the book’s themes of bullying, alienation, friendship, and family, as these will offer much to talk about in discussion groups in the fall. We are excited for our students to connect with “Rabbit” and to join him as he learns about compassion and friendship in his new surroundings.”

Story reprinted in Fiction River Presents

For the very first time, a magazine or anthology has chosen to reprint one of my previously published stories! In this case, the second volume of the Fiction River Presents reprint series has gone back over the eighteen or so volumes of Fiction River originals and decided to include “One-Night Stands for Love and Glory” by yours truly. It’s a quirky story that will make you laugh and make you cry. I’m truly honored to share the Table of Contents with all the awesome writers listed there.

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Fiction River Presents: The Unexpected is available now.

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Dropping e-book prices of all five novels

Pentucket Publishing has lowered the e-book prices of all five of my novels as well as my short story “Blue Note Heaven.”

My romances No Defense and Body Check have been discounted from $5.99 to $3.99. Bubba Goes for Broke is also now priced at $3.99. My Young Adult novels Offside and Cracking the Ice now list for $4.99.

“Blue Note Heaven” now sells for just 99 cents.