Black Friday Book Sale

Hi folks, hope you had a happy, safe and yummy Thanksgiving. The best way to shop this year is right here from your computer and I’ve got together with a bunch of other awesome indie authors to offer a couple of my titles for just 99 cents this weekend.

Check out the 99 cents Book Blast. Truly something for everyone in here from children’s books to sci-fi, to fantasy, to romance.

Also check out these other awesome promos by clicking the banners below. You’re sure to find something for everyone on your list!

A Disgruntled Ghost and A Vampire’s Apology!

Hey, everyone. I hope you had a good Halloween. Normally around Halloween I get to hang out with my local author friends at The Book House in Maplewood. This year because of COVID, our Candle Game event took place online last Friday evening. As with many online events we started with some technical difficulties but those were overcome and in the end oodles of spooky tales were shared.

In case you missed it, here is the link to the Facebook Live video. My two stories, A Spirited Request (about a recently deceased bored ghost dude) and Vlad (about a vampire who took the wrong job) are early on in the recording. Take a listen.

Like what you listened to? Both stories are part of my collection ANOTHER CUP OF TEA that was published earlier this year.

You can pick up a copy in ebook, audio book or paperback!

Shades of Black – Now in Audio!

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Shades of Black is a story I wrote originally for anthology that never happened. An idea conceived by Misha Burnett – Sins of Elsewhen. The concept was a series of horror tales set in alternate timeline.

I grew up in London in a outer suburb of the city, Barking, where the air was not great. I’ve had asthma since I was four-years old and probably Barking’s poor air quality contributed to it. But at least the local factories were controlled. I knew my history and knew that in 1956 Parliament passed the Clean Air Act otherwise air quality in London would have been a whole lot worse.

So, for my Sins of Elsewhen story I imagined a world where the Clean Air Act never passed due to an unscrupulous businessman called George Weeks. Read my story on ebook or listen to this wonderful new recording by the perfect narrator for the job, Londoner, Paul Winter.

Now available on Audible or if you would prefer you can pick up a review copy from Story Origin.

Ebook – 99 cents – everywhere.

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Storyorigin – review copies – FREE but reviews appreciated.

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Happy Reading and Listening (Or maybe Thoughtful is a better word here as this is NOT a happy story.)

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Tea 4 Two!

Short tales for review

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Hey folks, Happy March. Today is one month before the official release of ANOTHER CUP OF TEA. And I’m offering a special deal for followers of this blog and my newsletter. Preorder signed copies of one or both books and pick up free audio book versions to listen to at your pleasure. The audio for TEA & DARK CHOCOLATE with be delivered immediately, while the audio for ANOTHER CUP should be out around May (depending on when Audible approve it.)

Prices include shipping to anyone in the US. If you’re somewhere else or would like to pick up your copy from me personally at RavenCon or Archon let me know and I’ll adjust the price.

Signed copies of TEA AND DARK CHOCOLATE available for just $10 including shipping (US only)

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Signed copies of ANOTHER CUP OF TEA available for just $10 including shipping (US only)

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Or order both for $15

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Or preorder Another Cup of Tea on Kindle for just $2.99.

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Meet Rich Linville

Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome, children’s author, Rich Linville.
Tell us a little bit about yourself, Rich.

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Born in 1946. Graduated and Married in 1968.
Wife: Sulastri Two sons: Jon and Kris
Two grandchildren: Mia and Kai
For 48 years, I enjoyed teaching elementary, middle school, high school, and college. I retired in 2016. Since 2016, I have published on Amazon over 70 ebooks and paperbacks. Plus, I have published over 50 audiobooks.

That’s an awesome and inspiring list, Rich. Tell us when did you first start writing? 

When I retired from teaching in 2016, my wife suggested that I start writing children’s books. I asked my grandchildren what kinds of books they liked.

Who are your favorite authors?

My favorite authors are Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson) and Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel). Both reread many times.

(Two of my favorites – in fact I read Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland over and over again when I was a kid and made it the favorite book of my main character in my series. DMK)

You have a LOT of books out. How do you come up with your ideas? What inspires you to write?

I might start with a question like “Why Are There Bullies and What Can You Do About Them.” Also, when I taught a fable or a folk tale, I would ask the students to think about its meaning. We would discuss it at the next class meeting. At that time, each student would give what she/he thought was the meaning. I explained that the meaning of a fable or a folk tale has changed over centuries. It means what you think it means.

Which is your favorite book or books you have written?

The one that I’m writing at the time is my favorite. (Is that a writer’s cliché?) If I had to choose, they would be “Growth Mindset for Kids” and “Why Are There Bullies and What Can You Do About Them.”

How are your books illustrated? Do you illustrate them yourself, hire an illustrator or something else? 

As a teacher, I used PowerPoint with clipart when it first came out because I could teach using the Socratic Method. On the first slide with pictures, I asked the students a question, let them discuss and guess the answer. On the next slide I would show possible answers with pictures. For my ebooks and paperbacks, I set up PowerPoint slides set at 6.138 inches width and 9.250 inches height. I purchase clipart and use Photoshop Elements to modify the clipart if needed.

What are you currently working on?

“Murphy’s Laws for Kids”

If you had a superpower what would it be?

The ability to stop all wars.

(Yep, that definitely would be a good one. DMK)

Do you have any pets? (Feel free to include pics if you do. My readers love pet pictures.) And if you do have any of them ever appeared in your stories?My wife and I have five rescued cats and one dog. Choco is short for Chocolatte. He’s half hairless chihuahua and half toy poodle. We think he’s a gremlin because of his ears and fur. We don’t give him baths or feed him after midnight (LOL)

How can readers connect with you?

My email is teachersask@yahoo.com .
I manage two Facebook groups:
Books for Children
https://www.facebook.com/groups/549460848889850/edit/
Free Audiobook Codes for Honest Reviews
https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreeAudiobookCodesForHonestReviews/

You can check out Rich’s books on Amazon. He truly has something for everyone.

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Cecilia’s Tale – just 99 cents for a limited time.

Cecilia's Tale 99 cents for a limited time

Meow! Want to read a story?

Cecilia’s looking for a new human, but how will she know if she’s found the right one. She’s heard they’re very difficult to train.

For a limited time pick up Cecilia’s Tale by Debbie Manber Kupfer with art by Victoria Szulc for just 99 cents on ebook.

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*Bonus offer* Message me a screenshot of your order confirmation and I’ll send you a FREE audio book of the story narrated by the awesome British voice actress, Fiona Thraille. Offer limited to the first 20 readers who contact me. Audio book available in the US and the UK.

London Calling – A Charity Anthology

It’s London week for me. Tomorrow is the official release day of book 4 of my P.A.W.S. Saga – LONDINIUM, (Join the FB release party tomorrow for oodles of authors, books and prizes)

But today I’m excited to announce another release. I have a story in this charity collection, LONDON CALLING.

Quill & Ink PR’s charity anthology London Calling is LIVE!!!
One click your copy today while it’s 99c before the price is increased to $2.99!

All proceeds go to #LitWorld where your purchase will help strengthen kids and communities through stories!

Available now on Amazon ➞ http://amzn.to/2jKQUHw
Add to your TBR ➞ https://goo.gl/9ETk1b   

Join the release party – I’ll be hanging out there this evening

Join Quill & Ink in a multi-genre exploration of London. Within these pages, we fall in love, go back in time, sit on the edge of our seats with sweaty palms and racing hearts, and even solve some mysteries—all in support of LitWorld, a charity tackling worldwide illiteracy.

Featuring
Slings & Arrows by Sarah Buhrman
Ring Me by C.L. Cannon
Postcards from London by Rebekah Dodson
Ripping the Sheets by Shakyra Dunn
Mistaken Identity by Stacey Johnston
My Partner, The Brit by Jessika Klide
The Life and Death of George Weeks by Debbie Manber Kupfer
The Cave by Claire Lalique
Destination Wedding by Lily Ryan

Please note that some of these stories contain adult content.

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Fauxpocalypse – July 15, 2015

So today’s the day. The day when the world was supposed to end and didn’t. So what happened next? Where did Susie and Sasha go after the world didn’t end?

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Another Slice of Watermelon

A few hours later we’re out on the street pushing through the hordes of people. I’d convinced Sasha that we needed to get out of the city for a while. Told him I figured the landlord would be after us for rent, now that the world hadn’t ended. I hadn’t told him my real reason for wanting to leave, that I needed to check that the outside world still existed. He would have laughed at me, thought I was being ridiculous . . .

We made our way down Jaffa road, weaving through the multitudes, the soldiers, the black hats, the beggars. There were many, many people in the street, but while there are still a few cars, most were on foot. There had not been much petrol for months now. We passed the bus station. There were just a few buses running and the crowds were pushing and shoving to get on board. Sasha and I didn’t have any money for the bus in any case. We walked on past the bus station and out of the city.

There was a junction there which we knew from many of years of experience was the best place to hitch a ride out of Jerusalem. There were a few soldiers standing there with us and we knew already that any cars that stop would take the soldiers first.

Still we had one advantage over the soldiers. We had nowhere in particular that we needed to go.

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Out in the streets of Tira there was total silence. No one had emerged from their houses at all today. Nahram sat on the stone wall outside her house. So it was still here – the world – she knew it would be despite everything her family and friends told her. Despite what they had told her at school. Despite what she’d seen on the TV screens, those hysteric voices from Al Jazeer blaming Israel and the Jews for all their troubles.

She had kept going to school even when most of her friends had stopped. Yesterday there had only been her and her teacher.

Nahram was going to be a doctor – there would need those even more now. Now the world was still here. She wondered how long the rest of the village would sleep. When they would wake up and realize there were all still here.

She looked down the street – a girl and a boy were walking towards her wearing shorts and T-shirts. Where had they come from? There had been no visitors to the village for months now.

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We waited at that junction for nearly two hours, watching all the soldiers disappear into vehicles. We had almost given up when a small truck stopped and asked where we wanted to go. We said we didn’t care; wherever they were going was fine.

The guy driving the truck, Hamid, was trying to get back to his village. There was very little petrol left in the truck so this was unlikely. Still, he said, if Allah had saved the earth, surely another little miracle would be in order and maybe they’d find a petrol station along the way that still had petrol.

Many years before, I had spent a year volunteering in the Arab village of Tira. I had been young and idealistic then, believed I could change the world – didn’t realize that the world was not willing to change. It had been years since I’d been back to Tira, yet today a few hours after the end of the world we found ourselves on the outskirts of Tira. Hamid’s truck had broken down several hours before and we were on foot unable to find another ride.

As we walked into Tira I recognized the houses – it seemed like nothing had changed, yet it was eerily quiet. Where were all the people? I had friends in the village, or at least I used to, but I felt suddenly shy, unwilling to knock on a door, though we desperately needed water. I’d almost decided it was hopeless and was going to leave again when I saw the young girl in the distance sitting on the stone wall. Was she the only one left?

As we walked closer – she rose to meet us, smiling,

“Hello,” said Nahram, “Would you like some watermelon?”

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Fluffy’s Request

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Dear Santa Paws,
Now let’s get something straight. I’m not dreaming of a white Christmas. Never did get the attraction to snow. Nasty, yucky, stuff—makes my fur all wet. So if you could keep it away this December that would be great. Better still how about a sunny December in Hawaii instead? Then I could lounge on the beach and take a nice long catnap. Then when I wake up, the waiter will serve me a fresh fish on a platter. Yes, that’s what I want for Christmas
(and a new catnip mouse would be nice.)
Yours Sincerely,
Fluffy

 

Read more holiday drabbles in May All Your Wishes

On Amazon for 99 cents or as free PDF on the WritersAnarchy.com

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Fiction Friday – Esmeralda Grunch and the Red Tulip

Today’s fiction Friday is a little story I wrote for a contest a few months back. I recently wrote a sequel with a Chanukah theme that appears in a charity anthology, Winter Wishes.

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Esmeralda Grunch opened her eyes and stretched. She reached up and tugged apart the crimson petals above her head and gazed out at the sunrise.
“Ouch,” screeched the Tulip, “what did you have to do that for? I’ll open up in a little if you just wait for the sun to come out.”
But Esmerelda couldn’t wait. She pushed her way up through the deep red petals and out into the cool morning air. She breathed deeply and let the first rays of the sun touch her tiny gossamer wings. She flew down to the pond, where she gazed at her reflection, satisfied. She was a very fetching flower sprite even if she said so herself, with deep red hair that matched her tulip and a scarlet dress that sparkled in the early morning rays.
The Tulip rearranged its petals and settled down for the day, grumbling to itself. It knew it was supposed to be an honor to be chosen by a flower sprite, but still she could be a bit more grateful; after all the Tulip was unique – she was the only red Tulip in the flower patch.
She gazed haughtily at the other flowers. Such vulgar shades. Only she was the purest red. Her bulb had been a ruby set in the soil, a promise of a fragrant future. Yes, the garden was truly hers, despite what Esmeralda believed.
But still as the day progressed the Tulip became restless. Where was the sprite? She would need to close her petals soon and rest for the night. There in the distance, a fluttering of wings, and Esmeralda landed with the plop in the middle of the Tulip.
“Where have you been?” scolded the Tulip, but Esmeralda didn’t answer. She was already fast asleep. The Tulip sighed as she enfolded Esmeralda in her petals and joined her in peaceful slumber.
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