Free Short Stories

I’m currently running a promotion on Kindle ebooks of my short stories “The Lottery,” “The Vigil,” “Wanted,” “The Oasis,” and “The Basement,” through Friday, December 18. You can find them at this link. Get ’em while they’re hot!

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Savant, 2nd edition (update below)

SavantFinalI’m now making revisions to my science fiction novel, Savant, for a (New & Improved!) second edition. The changes I have planned aren’t too major—mostly polishing prose and bringing it more in line with the style I’ve developed in the year since I first published Savant—but I also intend to add a few new plot and character developments that should make the story flow more smoothly and compellingly.

Once I have a solid second edition manuscript, I’ll republish both the ebook and paperback  versions, then finally get to work on the sequel I’ve been planning for some time. I’ve put off writing the sequel for months now because I keep getting pulled into new ideas, such as the stories that make up my Troubles collection.

Speaking of new stories, I’ve begun writing one of them, and judging from how much fun I’m having with it so far, I think this one could be really great. I wish I could say more, but you’ll just have to find out when it’s done!

Till next time, all the best.

UPDATE: The second edition is done. I’m very proud of this improved version.

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TROUBLES – now available for Kindle and paperback (UPDATED)

TroublesTroubles, my multi-genre collection of short stories, is now available in paperback or Kindle ebook formats. I’m very proud of this body of work.

[UPDATE: Enter to win a free paperback copy on Goodreads! The giveaway is open until February 15.]

Included in this collection are the following short stories:

“The Lottery” (science fiction)
Joseph Freeman, a low-wage airport worker, drives himself to the brink to support his family in an America that has long lost any trace of upward mobility for people like him.

“Wanted” (suspense/thriller)
Natalie could really use the two hundred dollars offered in the online wanted ad, but to get it she’ll have to cut her hair in front of a total stranger, in his home.

“The Oasis” (horror)
A young reporter discovers the shocking truth about a controversial assisted living facility, and the deeper he plunges into the facility’s dark secrets, the more he realizes the depths of his own capacity for evil.

“The Basement” (horror)
A nefarious force lurks in the basement of a party house rented by four college friends.

“The Vigil” (science fiction)
Emaciated and increasingly desperate, Sergeant Renee Burgess fears she may be one of the last human beings to survive nuclear armageddon.

Cover by Keri Knutson.

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The Vigil, Updated

VigilCheck out the all-new, extended version of my science fiction short story, “The Vigil,” free through January 21. It is a much more complete story, three times as long as the original. One of my best.

Emaciated and increasingly desperate, Sergeant Renee Burgess fears she may be one of the last human beings to survive nuclear armageddon. For more than four years she has lived in an underground bunker, only occasionally ascending to the surface in her radiation suit to survey the vast, lifeless wasteland around her.

But salvation may be at hand. In the skies high above, an operational space station continues to orbit earth. Her only hope: make contact with the station so she can somehow find a way back to the remains of human civilization, if such a thing still exists.

Available on Amazon, for the Kindle. Also free for the next five days are “The Lottery” and “Wanted.”

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Coming Soon

Troubles

Cover by Keri Knutson.

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Upgrades!

Just about done with substantial revisions to two of my short stories, “The Vigil” and “The Basement.” Regarding “The Vigil,” as I mentioned before, I had wanted to write an extended, alternate ending—which I did, and I’m very pleased with the results. The revised versions of both stories will appear in a collection of short fiction I hope to release in the next month or two, in ebook and paperback formats.

With that out of the way, I’ll finally be able to turn to some long-form projects I’ve been putting off. Super excited.

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“The Vigil,” Extended?

I’m considering writing an alternate, extended ending for my new science fiction short story, “The VigilVigil.” I still love the story as it is—I had wanted to leave things dark and somewhat ambiguous at the end—but I’ve increasingly been imagining what could have happened to the characters afterward, in specific detail. Also, it might be good to have the story be a bit longer; as written, it stands on its own strength, but I know some readers prefer short stories to be longer than 3,000 words.

It’s just an idea, and the beauty of being an indie author is that I can explore that idea freely and see how readers respond to it immediately after its finished, without having to wait for a publisher’s approval, which may never come.

And that brings me to some other thoughts I’ve had recently. As an indie, of course I had heard all about author Hugh Howey and the breakthrough success he’s found in self publishing, primarily through his Wool series. His personal story has been an inspiration to me since I ever started on this self-publishing path myself, but it wasn’t until I finally read “Wool” Part I—the short story whose sudden popularity compelled him to extend the series into an omnibus—that I felt a truly visceral sense of possibility.

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Two New Short Stories

Just in time for Labor Day weekend, I have released two new short stories, “The Vigil” and “Wanted.” Both are free until August 28, as are my other Amazon-exclusive short stories, “The Lottery” and “The Oasis.” Plus, my science fiction novel, Savant, can be downloaded for only 99 cents until August 31.


“The Vigil,” a science fiction short story.

Emaciated and increasingly desperate, Sergeant Yvette Burgess fears she may be one of the last human beings to survive nuclear armageddon. For more than four years she has lived in an underground bunker, only occasionally ascending to the surface in her radiation suit to survey the vast, lifeless wasteland around her.

But salvation may be at hand. In the skies high above, an operational space station continues to orbit earth. Her only hope: make contact with the station so she can somehow find a way back to the remains of human civilization, if such a thing still exists.

Vivid, tense, and moving, “The Vigil” is a story of a woman’s relentless instinct to survive in a world of desolation as endless as the black of space.

For Kindle. (Get free Kindle ebook reader software for non-Kindle platforms here.)

Cover by Keri Knutson.


“Wanted,” a thriller short story.

Natalie could really use the $200 offered in the online wanted ad, but to get it she’ll have to cut her hair in front of a total stranger, in his home. It’s an odd request, but she thinks she’ll be safe if she brings her friend Brian along.

They go to the house, and despite the man’s unsettling presence and creepy behavior, Natalie completes the task. But when Brian angrily demands to know why the man wants Natalie’s hair, what could have been a simple transaction quickly turns into a living nightmare.

Suspenseful and thrilling, “Wanted” is a story of worst fears come true in the online age.

For Kindle. (Get free Kindle ebook reader software for non-Kindle platforms here.)

Cover by Keri Knutson.

 

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A Novel for a Buck and Two Short Stories for Free

For the next few days, my science fiction novel Savant (Kindle edition) will be only 99 cents, and my short stories “The Lottery” and “The Oasis” will be free. Go get ’em!

In other news, I’ll be releasing two new short stories soon.

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Story Seed: “The Vigil”

VigilThe woman traced a sinewy finger along the lines of her hand-drawn chart, the plastic sheet dimly reflecting the glow of the solar-powered lights in the ceiling. She turned to another sheet, this one a calendar, also drawn with her own hand. At the top, the year: 2073. Normally, the calendar served as little more than a grim reminder of how long it had been since she last had contact with another human being—eight months and four days—but now it triggered a rush of hope.

Her head snapped left and right between the drawings, lips twitching with silent thoughts. Her pulse quickened, the jittery tingle urging her on, but she had to be patient. She had to be absolutely sure before she risked going up again.

The charts checked out, at least according to the pattern she had calculated from the last two sightings. This was her next chance—possibly the last—she had no choice but to take it. She jumped up from her chair, went to the opposite side of the tiny room, and opened the sealed door to the quarantine room.

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