Summer/Winter Promotion – All of My Titles are #Free or #Discounted on #Smashwords

Summer_Winter Sale 2019

Hi, everyone. It’s that time of year again, when I heavily discount my eBook titles on Smashwords. The great thing about the Smashwords platform is that there are formats available regardless of which eReader you use. Here are direct links to my books on the site, broken down by discount level. The promotion runs July 1-31, 2019. Thanks for checking it out!


2010 Hindsight     A Light Across the Lake     Around the World in 80 Pages
Bayou Fire     Clytie’s Caller     Down on the Corner of Love     His Beloved Infidel
Last Stop: Storyville     Les Pensées Dangereuses     The Rock Star in the Mirror
Some Brief Advice for Indie Authors     Sui Generis     Two Days in June
Yellowjack and the River Man

50% off

Brief Interludes     In The Eye of The Beholder     Music, Mayhem, and Bad Decisions
Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes: The Omnibus Edition

25% off

Hugs and Hisses     In The Eye of The Storm     Through the Opera Glass

Sample Saturday: Thirty Days Later

thirty-copyHi, everyone.  Today is Bastille Day; the French equivalent of our Independence Day here in the United States.  In honor of the occasion, I wish to share a snippet from “Two Days in June, Part 1,” one of my stories in an anthology entitled Thirty Days Later, published by Thinking Ink Press. Enjoy!

“A toast to fallen comrades, my friends. General Lamarque has gone to his reward.”

Grantaire drains Bahorel’s glass and smacks his lips in satisfaction as he returns it to his dismayed companion.

“What do you know of the funeral plans?” Combeferre inquires. “Surely there will be a procession, with catafalque and all.”

“Indeed,” Feuilly joins in. “The people of Paris will want to pay their respects.”

“We must find out,” Enjolras speaks with authority. “For we may well use this somber occasion to make a change for the better, all over France.”

Grantaire sees the familiar light in his friend’s eye and shakes his head.

“Innkeeper,” he calls out genially. “More of your wine, and good meat pies, for all. Plotting has ever been hungry work.”

With that, he throws some coins on the table. The innkeeper’s daughter snatches them up when she brings the requested items, barely acknowledging Grantaire as she slaps greasy trays on tables.

And so it is that the night wears on, in discussion of weapons, gunpowder and treason. Revolution has ever been thus.

Want your own copy of Thirty Days Later, an anthology benefiting literacy charities? Here are purchasing options and the book blurb:

Hang on to the edge of your seat with the latest anthology of Steampunk flash fiction, featuring pairs of stories thirty days apart. Filled with rayguns and corsets, ghosts and gamblers, dragons and airships, Thirty Days Later is the latest from the Treehouse Writers, fifteen talented authors, artists and poets returning with a sequel to Twelve Hours Later, the must-read Steampunk anthology of 2015. Thirty Days Later features stories of intrigue and deceit, of comeuppance and conspiracy, of myths and monsters, of defectors and dilettantes, of time travel and time relentlessly passing. Join us again in another nail-biting exploration of the churning worlds of gears, steam, action, and adventure!

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Chapters Indigo (Canada)

FNAC (France)


Smashwords (ePub only)

Like Short Fiction? Check out the “… Later” Trilogy

I had the good fortune to participate in each of these books, published by Thinking Ink Press as charity projects.  A percentage of royalties from each volume has been donated to library systems in San Jose, Calif., Dixon, Calif., and Modesto, Calif., thusfar.

I’m in exceptionally good company on these anthologies as well, sharing space with the likes of Harry Turtledove, Lillian Csernica, A.J. Sikes, Kirsten Weiss, Anthony Francis, T.E. MacArthur, and more.

My stories in each volume are as follows; please click through on the book titles to purchase.

Twelve Hours Later

The premise in the first book sets the tone for the rest of the series:  two stories, each 12 hours apart.  Fans of Seen Through the Phantom’s Eyes will be particularly interested in this volume, as we return to the Opéra Garnier in Nous Sommes Deux Heures and Nous Sommes Quatorze Heurs (2 AM and 2 PM, respectively).  Apprentice woodworker Lucien Dubois is determined to learn more about the opera house in which he works … and his curiosity takes him to the fifth basement, where he finds far more than he bargained for.

Thirty Days Later

This time, we enter the world of Les Misérables with Two Days in June, Parts 1 and 2.  Long-time friends Jean-Claude and Henri plot their place in the June Rebellion of 1832, while their lady friends face their own challenges.

Some Time Later

Flowers of London and Flowers of Paris introduce charming rogue Thaddeus Flowers, would-be inventor.  Thad takes us on a trip to the Electrical Exhibition in London and to the opening of the Eiffel Tower in Paris … where he also encounters a masked genius who until recently lived beneath the city’s elegant opera house.

International Literacy Day

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Today is International Literacy Day.  Designated by UNESCO in 1965, the aim of the event is to celebrate and amplify the importance of literacy to individuals and communities alike.

I don’t remember being taught to read; I entered school already able to do so.  I was read to regularly, and there were always books in the house.  I loved using the school and public libraries to expand my horizons.  Yet, there are people for whom this is not part of their landscape.  Some 880 million people worldwide.

One of the things I’m most proud of in my authors’ group is our commitment to literacy.  With our partners at Thinking Ink Press, we have published a series of three anthologies (Twelve Hours Later, Thirty Days Later, Some Time Later) for which a significant portion of the proceeds are donated to local literacy programs.  Since starting this project, we have donated in excess of $1,500 to help people in our community learn how to read.

atw80p-v2In celebration of International Literacy Day, I am promoting Around the World in 80 Pages.  This is a collection of 10 short tales, across history and cultures … and it’s free.  Just click here to get a copy in the format that fits your eReader.  Thanks, as always, for reading.



Remembering the June Rebellion

On this day, in 1832, the students of Paris’ Sorbonne University led an uprising. They were protesting against inequality that saw the poor starving to death and the rich getting richer. The June Rebellion lasted only two days; many of the students were killed by the military. In fact, we would probably know nothing about it had author Victor Hugo not been accidentally caught behind one of the students’ barricades.

My tales in Thirty Days Later, “Two Days in June, Parts I and II,” are about this event.

This performance is a reminder that we are all, no matter our country of origin, the people whose voices matter and must be heard.