Category Archives: On Writing

A post about writing, either mine or someone else’s.

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.

 

 

New story part of Fiction River and an awesome bundle

“Death in the Serengeti” is one of my favorite stories for many reasons. It’s a thriller that’s a fun read, it brings me back to my trip of a lifetime to Africa, and it also involves an all-time favorite writing experience.

Let me tell you about that experience.

New York Times bestselling writer Kevin J. Anderson was editing the Fiction River Pulsepounder: Adrenaline anthology, and I submitted “Death in the Serengeti.”  He bought the story and said many very nice things about it, but he also wondered if the tension could be amped up even further.

Long story short, we got together over Thai food and brainstormed the possibilities. As writing experiences go, it doesn’t get much better than brainstorming improvements to your story with a writer of Kevin J. Anderson’s stature and abilities. Just awesome!

So I’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of Fiction River Pulsepounder: Adrenaline, which includes the amped up version of “Death in the Serengeti.” That’s now happening this month.

But the news gets even better.  Kevin J. Anderson has curated the “Bump in the Night Thrillers” bundle, which includes the anthology (and therefore my story) plus fifteen other books. All for just $15!

Yes, sixteen books for fifteen bucks!

The bundle will only be available through August 16, so get it now here.

Here are Kevin J. Anderson’s words about the bundle.

“She’s No Shimmer” available as a single title

My ghost story, “She’s No Shimmer,” which appeared several months ago in Fiction River: Haunted, is now available as a single title for just 99 cents.

Shimmer, the legendary female impersonator, haunts the Key West cabaret she made famous and the pale imitators who try to fill her stilettos. They inevitably fail, until a new contender to her throne arrives and insists on a very different Barbara impersonation. Not Streisand, but Bush. Barbara Bleeping Bush!

“She’s No Shimmer” first appeared in Fiction River: Haunted.

Just 99 cents.

Free short story to all who sign up for my newsletter

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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.

Novel print prices slashed

Pentucket Publishing has slashed print prices for all my novels. My romance novels, Body Check and No Defense, which are coincidentally my longest works, now list for $13.99. Offside, Cracking the Ice, and Bubba Goes for Broke come in at $12.99.

These price reductions were made possible by distribution changes, so the books may not be available at all brick-and-mortar stores, but they remain available from your favorite online distributor or directly from me.

I can provide personalized copies at the following reduced prices. For any combination of books, the cost is $13 for the first, $25 for any two, $36 for three, $46 for four, and $56 for five. That includes standard shipping within the continental United States, autographed and personalized per your request.

Pay by Paypal or check. Send Paypal payment to my hewriter@uscho.com account; mail checks to PO Box 482, Andover, MA 01810-0009.

 

For writers: getting out of your comfort zone

Play it safe or get out of your comfort zone?  Here’s a two-part essay I wrote on the topic, drawing on my own experiences.

Part 1

Part 2 

A wonderful day at Lynn English High School

Oh… my… God. What a response at Lynn English High! The school adopted my novel Offside for its summer reading and on Friday, September 30, I spoke at two assemblies (one for Freshmen/Sophomores, the other for Juniors/Seniors). Those kids loved the novel and they loved me coming there to speak to them.

It took my breath away. The applause was thunderous, especially with the juniors and seniors, and went on and on and on, with one group chanting, “Offside! Offside! Offside!

After the talk, I signed copy after copy after copy of the novel, with the students telling me how much they loved it, and for those students who didn’t have their books with them, I signed agenda books, post-it notes that the students were going to put in their books, and–no exaggeration– about a dozen bare arms and a couple backpacks.

This was Writers’ Heaven. There can be no drug possible to induce a high like the one those students made me feel. Just unbelievable. Thanks to everyone at LEHS for making the day possible.

[I’ll upload a couple photos as soon as I get past some formatting issues.]

Recommended for high school students

For Lynn English High School students who have read and enjoyed Offside this summer—and really for all potential readers—let me suggest that you also try Cracking the Ice, my other Young Adult novel. It’s also set in the late sixties with some of the action taking place in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Cracking the Ice is Jessie Stackhouse’s story, taking place a year after Offside. He leaves home to attend an elite, formerly all-white prep school so he can chase his dream of becoming the second black professional hockey player. He soon finds, however, 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.

I think you’ll like it. Order it for your e-book reader or email me (dave.hendrickson@gmail.com) for a special price on the paper version.

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“I started Cracking the Ice and could not put it down. Jessie Stackhouse’s generosity, hope and intelligence touched my heart…I kept reading until the last page!” –Joyce Carol Thomas, National Book Award winner

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.”