Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"Miss Lucy Parker and Other Short Stories"

Hey, everyone. I wanted to let you know I've released a short-story collection. And...wait for it...a favorite four-letter "F" word. No, not that one. The OTHER four-letter "F" word.

FREE!

Yep, that is right. This short-story collection is free, at least for a promotional period. Who knows how long that period will be? Probably a week, at least. I will see how things go. When (if) I charge for this collection, I envision a price of $2.99 or thereabouts. So, still affordable.

This collection is called "Miss Lucy Parker and Other Short Stories." This is a general fiction collection, which means that these stories appeal to anyone, whether they be a Sasquatch, an umbrella, or gay or straight. Sexuality is not an issue. However, in a month or so, I am releasing a lesbian short-story collection. The general fiction collection cover was ready first, so it goes out first. I am undecided on whether I will do a free period for the lesbian short-story collection.

Anyway, I do not plan either collection in print. If you want print, then go to Smashwords and choose the .pdf option. You can print a .pdf. This collection is available now on Smashwords and will be up on Amazon Kindle and Barnes and Noble Nook as soon as the sites go through their usual process.

Two "warnings":
-- Amazon and BN would not let me set the price as free. My understanding of how "free" works with them -- they have crawlbots that search for lower prices on other sites. If they find lower prices, they match that price. So, once the crawlbots find the free price on Smashwords, then Amazon/BN should lower to free the $0.99 price I had to set.

-- The BN file has an error in the second story. Wait to upload this file until I have posted another go-ahead.

I have posted partial excerpts of two of the stories ("Miss Lucy Parker" and "A Weird Situation") on my website:(http://qkelly.blogspot.com). 

The collection has seven short stories. The lead story is "Miss Lucy Parker."

"Miss Lucy Parker" Miss Lucy Parker is a prim, proper elderly lady. When a Volkswagen Beetle—the new kind, and pink—PINK!—turns onto the winding road that leads to Lucy's farmhouse, Lucy is sure the car's occupants are lost. And that the car contains hippies, because hippies drive Volkswagen Beetles. Lucy plans to tell the hippies to get lost. She has no need for their odd speech, beads and marijuana aroma. Except hippies are not in the car. A woman is, a woman wearing a short, blood-red dress that hugs her body. Thus begins Lucy Parker's great adventure.

"A Weird Situation" Karen does not believe her boyfriend when he tells her that he turns into a woman for seven hours every day.

"The Interview"
The person interviewing Debby has a giant booger. Should she tell him and risk not getting the job?

"First Day at Work" A security guard's first day at a bank has repercussions for him and three workers.

"Every Day"
A man struggles every day to follow through on a promise to himself.

"The Doctor" A doctor salivates at the prospect of delivering bad news to a twelve-year-old girl and her mother.

"Guardian Angel" Gabriel fancies himself a guardian angel. But is he really?

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