Category Archives: On Writing

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

Offensive Foul to release on Oct. 24!

Did you love Offside? If so, the Rabbit Labelle story continues with Offensive Foul, which releases on Oct. 24.

Rabbit, the lovable and improbable football hero of the first book, moves on to the even more formidable challenges of the basketball court, but must also deal with racial conflict,  serious family problems, and maybe, just maybe, his first girlfriend.

Pre-order information will appear here soon. Better yet, be sure to subscribe to my newsletter so you don’t miss a thing.

Just two more days to get The Light in the Dark YA Bundle

Thursday will be the last day you can get this outstanding Young Adult bundle that includes my novel, Offside. For as little as five bucks, you can get five novels, or you can get all thirteen for fifteen dollars. It’s a great deal, and you can also allocate some of the proceeds to a terrific charity, SMART (Start Making a Reader Today).

See my previous post for more details, or click here.

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.

 

 

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