About Annie Reed

I'm a writer. What do I write? Well, all sorts of fiction, from science fiction and fantasy to mystery, crime, suspense, and thrillers, and even a little romance thrown in just for fun.

Special Holiday Offer!

Happy two days before Christmas!

Have all your holiday shopping done? Did I just give you a panic attack by mentioning holiday shopping? Did you just remember someone you inadvertently forgot to check off your gift-giving list, and now there’s no way you can get a present delivered in time?

Well, do I have a deal for you!

(Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the used car salesman voice.)

Seriously, though, if you have a reader on your list, or just a person who loves Christmas movies and Christmas music and maybe even a little Christmas mayhem, the Good Cheer Holiday Bundle makes an excellent gift that doesn’t rely on the poor, overworked and overwhelmed package delivery services to arrive on time for the holiday. It’s a great, low-cost gift that will gives hours of social-distancing enjoyment for that special person on your list. PLUS it’s easy to give the bundle as a gift—there’s a button that asks if you’re giving the bundle as a gift. You just have to click that button, and voila! Gift giving made easy. And at this time of the year, easy is good, right?

AND I have an extra-special deal for you, too!!

FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY, if you purchase a copy of the Good Cheer Holiday Bundle for yourself or someone on your gift-giving list, you can get a FREE!! copy of my new collection Unexpected Holidays.

(Yes, I promised to nix used car salesman voice. Oops.)

How do you get your free copy of Unexpected Holidays?

Simple!

Just shoot me an email to annie DOT reed DOT writer AT gmail DOT com. (Substitute in the . and @ in that email address – you know the score. *g*)  Attach or embed a copy of your receipt from Storybundle to your email, and I’ll send you a link where you can download your free copy of Unexpected Holidays.

This offer’s good until the Good Cheer Holiday Bundle goes away. If you’re too busy to email me until after Christmas, don’t worry. I’ll still honor your purchase and send you a totally free copy of Unexpected Holidays for your post-Christmas, self-care reading enjoyment.

Happy holidays, everyone!!

(And stay safe out there, okay?)

Good Cheer Holiday Bundle!

I’m in a great new Storybundle just in time for the holiday season – the Good Cheer Holiday Bundle!

My contribution is the Diz and Dee Holiday Mysteries, which includes a Thanksgiving mystery you won’t find anywhere else.

This bundle was put together by Dean Wesley Smith. He has fantastic things to say about the ten books in this bundle here, but I want to point out this part:

“And then finally, the best of the best of the best. The Santa Claus Stories by L. Frank Baum. (Yes, the Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum.) This was edited, with all the original art, by James Romag and somehow published by Wordfire Press and guided by Kevin J. Anderson. A massive task and a book that you should not miss.

“Santa Claus and many of our Christmas traditions came from these stories. Of course, lots of sources before these stories contributed, and Coke ads after these stories refined what we think of Santa Claus in looks. But the L. Frank Baum stories were the center of it all. And James Romag, in his introduction, lays it all out for you.

“This book is an amazing treat to read this holiday.” — Dean Wesley Smith

You can get The Santa Claus Stories along with the other nine book in this bundle for as little as $15 plus you can contribute to AbleGamers, our fantastic charity!

Because this is a special holiday bundle, and we probably all need a little extra holiday cheer this year, this bundle’s available for a longer period of time — another twenty-eight days.

The Good Cheer Holiday Bundle will not only make a great gift to yourself, but also a great gift to give to the readers in your life.

Twist of a Knife special offer!

How’s your Small Business Saturday going? I hope you’ve gotten a lot of shopping done at your favorite independent, locally owned stores. Local businesses can really use the support, especially during this holiday shopping season. If you can, please purchase online, or if you can’t and have to shop in person, please wear a mask, wash your hands often, and follow social distancing guidelines so that you and your loved ones will still be around for Christmas.

Speaking of Small Business Saturday shopping, I’d like to remind you that independent and small press publishers are small businesses too, and so is Storybundle.  I’m lucky enough to be in two bundles going on right now, although the Twist of a Knife Bundle is going away in only five more days!

My contribution to the Twist of a Knife Bundle is early edition of my short story collection Unexpected Criminals, which isn’t available anywhere else! With this bundle, you not only get an early look at some of my favorite crime stories, you get some really nifty fiction from some of my favorite mystery writers. These books run the gamut from cozy mysteries to gritty noir to hit lady to the best twisted mysteries featured in Pulphouse Fiction Magazine, including my unexpected spy story, “The Geezer Squad.” (See what I did there?)

For as little as $15 you can get all ten books in this bundle, plus support a great charity.  But hurry, because The Twist of a Knife Storybundle’s going away in just five more days.

PLUS, because this is the season for holiday specials, I’d like to throw in a little extra incentive – an added bonus if you’ve purchased the bundle.

From now until the end of the bundle, I’m going to throw in an extra collection—call it a companion collection to Unexpected Criminals for FREE!  This one is Unexpected Good Guys.

Both Unexpected Criminals and Unexpected Good Guys won’t be available for sale until next year, but for a limited time you can get both collections by purchasing the Twist of a Knife Storybundle.

So how do you get your free copy of Unexpected Good Guys?

Simple!

Just shoot me an email to annie DOT reed DOT writer AT gmail DOT com. (Substitute in the . and @ in that email address – you know the score. *g*)  Attach or embed a copy of your receipt from Storybundle to your email, and I’ll send you back a link where you can download your free copy of Unexpected Good Guys.

But don’t delay!  This offer – along with the bundle – is only available for another five days.

I’ll be back on Monday to talk about the other great bundle I’m in this holiday season! Stay tuned!

Reminder about a Great Bundle!

I feel a little odd about promoting a Storybundle during this particular point in time, but this bundle’s special.

I’m talking about the Young Adult Megabundle.

Like all Storybundles, you pay what you want. But for this bundle, the minimum payment’s only a dollar, and for that you get all these books, including my novel Faster.

Plus half the proceeds from this bundle go to support Mighty Writers, a non-profit organization benefiting children’s literacy that is also doing some important food security outreach right now for the disadvantaged population it serves.  That’s the kind of charity I’m proud to support.

To sweeten the pot, for the last six days of this bundle — (YES, IT’S ONLY AVAILABLE FOR SIX MORE DAYS!!) — I’m throwing in a free copy of my story “Hunted” which in a behind-the-scenes prequel to Faster.  You don’t even have to tell me that you’ve purchased a copy of the bundle.  Just head on over to my Free Stuff page to read the story.  And then check out the Young Adult Megabundle.  You don’t need to be a young adult to enjoy these books, just a fan of great writing.

Bundles!

Bundles galore!

I’m participating in not one, not two, but three terrific Storybundles going on right now!  If you’re looking for some great reading to keep your mind occupied with all the craziness going on in the world, look no further!

I love a good mystery, and the Mysterious Women bundle features ten of them!  Well, more than ten since a couple of the books in this bundle are story collections.  All the books are by kickass women writers.  My contribution is Paper Bullets, the second book in my Abby Maxon mystery series.  I’m busy working on the third book — Private Affairs — so this bundle’s a great way to catch up with Abby Maxon. If you haven’t read Protectors by Kris Nelscott or one of Juliet Nordeen’s Modesta Quinn mysteries or Christy Fifield’s Spy Girls stories about female spies in World War II, this is a great opportunity to pick up all these books at a great low price! And you’ll have an opportunity to support a great charity — Able Gamers — by donating a portion of your purchase price (I hope you do).

The Mysterious Women bundle goes away in only 9 days, so don’t delay!

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If mystery’s not your thing, or if your tastes run more to science fiction adventure, Kevin J. Anderson’s put together a nifty bundle that’s right up your alley!

I don’t have a book in this bundle, but I do have a story in Snot-Nosed Aliens.  Every story in that book’s a hoot.  Where else could you read a story called “Bushtits Gone Wild”? That’s by Stephanie Writt, by the way, and if you haven’t read any of Stephanie’s stories, you really should.  Snot-Nosed Aliens also includes stories by Michael Warren Lucas, J. Steven York, Dayle A. Dermatis, and David H. Hendrickson, among others.

And if that’s not enough to convince you to pick up the Far, Far Away Adventure SF Bundle, which goes away in only 16 days, this bundle also includes a great Retrieval Artist novel by Kristine Kathryn Rusch – Recovery Man’s Bargain (I love the Retrieval Artist series!), an awesome Thunder Mountain novel by Dean Wesley Smith – Lake Roosevelt, and a beautiful new edition of H. G. Wells’ The Complete War of the Worlds!  The 13 books in this bundle are well worth the low Storybundle price. Plus, you can support The Challenger Center for Space Exploration by donating a portion of your purchase price to this great charity!

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But what if you have a young reader at home who’s jonesing for something to read?  And if your budget’s tight (like most of us) and you’re looking for a great bargain, look no further than the YA Megabundle!

This bundle’s special.  Thanks to all the amazing writers and the fine folks at Storybundle, you can pick up the 28 books in this bundle for whatever you want!  Plus, we’ve set the minimum price for this bundle at the ridiculously low price of one dollar.  If you’re in a position to pay a little more, that’s great, and here’s why: half of the profits from this bundle are going to Mighty Writers, a non-profit organization benefitting children’s literacy that’s also working in food security outreach right now with the disadvantaged population it serves.

The YA Megabundle features books by NYT and USA Today bestselling authors and spans a wide variety of SF/F genres.  My contribution is my superhero origin novel Faster.

Another way this bundle’s special: it’s not going away right away. You’ve got another 53 days to snap this one up, but it’s such a great value, why delay?

Cats! Storybundle promotion!

The Cats! Bundle Thank You Promotion!

If you’ve purchased a copy of the Cats! Bundle, I want to take a moment to Thank You!!

And offer you a special added bonus.

If you’ve purchased the Cats! Bundle, I’m going to throw in a free copy of my superhero origin novel Faster! This goes for anyone who’s purchased the Cats! Bundle, so if you haven’t already purchased the Bundle, don’t wait! Storybundles don’t last forever, and this one’s about to go away in only ten more days.

Jackson’s not a normal high school kid, but he has no idea just how special he is.

Stuck in the foster system with a body that’s slowly betraying him, Jackson struggles just to make it through every day without attracting attention.

Attention from doctors who can’t fix him. Attention from foster parents who can’t cope with a kid in a wheelchair. Attention from bullies who pick on the weak.

He especially doesn’t want to attract the attention of a star football player who could snap Jackson in two without breaking a sweat, but it looks like that’s not going to happen.

And he can’t do a thing about it.

Or can he?

So how do you get your free copy of Faster?

Simple!

Just shoot me an email to annie DOT reed DOT writer AT gmail DOT com. (Substitute in the . and @ in that email address – you know the score. *g*)  Attach or embed a copy of your receipt from Storybundle to your email, and I’ll send you back a link where you can download your free copy of Faster.

Easy peasy, right?

Don’t delay, though!  This offer, along with the bundle, is only available for a short time.

Exciting new releases!

Exciting times we live in, right?

A car just drove down my street. I don’t live in a high traffic area, so cars don’t drive down from the top of the hill often, but it made me realize how few cars I’ve seen when I’ve been out and about lately.

Like a lot of people, I’m staying home as much as possible. The last time I ventured out, I went to one grocery store, got there early, found most of what I needed, and came home early.  I tend to be a homebody anyway, but it’s weird staying home because I’m supposed to, not because I want to.

Although the family and I are starting to catch up on a lot of the series we’ve DVR’d. [WTF Evil?? Did you really plan to emasculate a totally great villain or what? Sheesh!]

I know some people are using the down time to catch up on their reading. If you’re like me, you have a huge TBR pile. But what if you don’t? What if you’d like something new to take your mind away from all the craziness of these “exciting” times?

Have I got a deal for you! [cue used car salesman voice]

Now, for a limited time only, Storybundle presents The Cats! Bundle!

Our furry feline friends have not only invaded memes and videos on your social media of choice, now they’ve invaded Storybundle!

[/end used car salesman voice]

Whew! I can only do that just so long.

Seriously, though—I’m really excited to be a part of this bundle. My collection Life With Cats is exclusive to this Bundle, but that’s not the only exclusive I’m in.  I have a brand new cat story in Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse, a spanking new anthology (not available elsewhere) that turns the “boy and his dog” post-apocalyptic tales on their… well, tails.  Plus, I have a story in Fiction River Presents: Cats!, also exclusive to this bundle.

I’ve been a cat person all my life. Haven’t turned into the crazy old cat lady down the street yet, but give me time. If you’re like me and harbor a love, secret or otherwise, for kitties of all flavors, grab this Storybundle today.  For as little as $5, you can get four of the books in this bundle, including Fiction River Presents: Cats!  But for as little as $15, you can get all ten books in this bundle, including not only exclusives like Life With Cats and Cat Ladies of the Apocalypse, but also exclusives by Dean Wesley Smith, Lisa Silverthorne, and Stefon Mears.  None of these books are available elsewhere.

All of the authors in this bundle have not only banded together to bring you great cat stories at a terrific low price, we’re also supporting Able Gamers. We’re stuck inside for what (hopefully) will only be a relatively short time. For most of us, we can read or play video games or otherwise distract ourselves without too much effort. Many disabled folks have to contend with much harsher conditions on a daily basis. Able Gamers helps them participate in online games by providing equipment tailored toward their needs. If you decide to purchase a bundle, I hope you’ll also add a donation to help support Able Gamers. Every dollar counts.

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If your reading tastes don’t trend towards cats, or if you’d like your fiction a little more on the dark side, I’ve got a brand new collection just for you!

This collection focuses on shapeshifters of all types.  Changelings. Were-creatures. Beings who live in the shadows, hiding their true selves from the world.

This six-story collection’s available in ebook form for $2.99 US from your favorite distributors.

Special Promotion!

Visions of the Future Special Promotion!

Have I got a deal for you!

If you’ve been waiting to purchase your copy of Visions of the Future, wait no longer!

Storybundles don’t last forever, and this one’s about to go away in only eight more days. To sweeten the deal (as if Storybundles aren’t already a killer deal), I’m going to throw in a free copy of my near-future novella In Dreams for everyone who buys Visions of the Future starting today through the end of the bundle.

A near-future tale of love, loss, and redemption.

Nature videographer Jerome and his lover Andy, an environmental activist, dedicated their lives to rescuing the planet from the disasterous policies of generations past. Just when their efforts began to make a difference, Andy lost his life at sea.

Or did he?

A mysterious man has entered Jerome’s lonely, solitary life. A man who wears Andy’s face but has none of his memories. A man who’s haunted by an unknown presence that cloaks itself in the fog.

And watches.

So how do you get your free copy of In Dreams?

Simple!

Just shoot me an email to annie DOT reed DOT writer AT gmail DOT com. (Substitute in the . and @ in that email address – you know the score. *g*)  Attach a copy of your receipt from Storybundle to your email, and I’ll send you back a link where you can download your free copy of In Dreams.

Easy peasy, right?

Don’t delay, though!  This offer, along with the bundle, is only available for a short time.

And if you’d like a little more information about Visions of the Future, be sure to read Ron Collins’ blog post about his novel Wakers and the other writers in the bundle (in which he says embarrassingly nice things about me).

New Releases!

What have I been up to since the holidays, you ask? Good question! As it turns out, I’ve been fairly busy on the writing and publishing front, so I’ve got a lot of stuff to talk to you about.

First and foremost, I’m delighted to be part of a brand new science fiction Storybundle, Visions of the Futurehttps://storybundle.com/scifi  (I’m including URLs in this post in case the links don’t work, since I’m having a heck of a time with links this morning.)

Look at the writers in this bundle! Wow! Is this an amazing lineup or what!

Yes, I’m overusing exclamation points, but holy cow. Not only does this bundle offer a wide variety of bestselling authors, but you’ve got a whole spectrum of science fiction to choose from, from military scifi to post-apocalyptic to far future to space opera to the totally unique visions of Bob Jeschonek and Leah Cutter–and then you’ve got the awesome Retrieval Artist series and the prequel to The Seeders Universe series.

And four of these books are Storybundle exclusives, including my book, the expanded edition of The Forever Soldier and Other Future Tales, which is now nearly twice the size of the original edition I published back in 2011 and includes the award-winning story “The Shape of a Name.”

As always, Storybundles offer readers a choice on what to pay and whether to donate a portion of the proceeds to a worthy charity.  This time around, we’re supporting AbleGamers.  But Storybundles are only around for a short time, so don’t delay!

I hope you participate in the bundle (https://storybundle.com/scifi) and that you support our charity.  And if you do, stay tuned to these pages for a special offer from me next week. (Yes, I promise – next week.)

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What else have I been up to? Thanks for asking! I’ve got a brand new collection out just in time for Valentine’s Day.

MAGIC FROM THE HEART (https://books2read.com/u/3k1WBW) is for the romantic in all of us.   Love—in all its various forms—and magic go hand in hand in these heartwarming stories.

Want a sneak peek at the types of stories you’ll find in MAGIC FROM THE HEART?  For a limited time, “The Library of Orphaned Hearts” from the collection is free to read on my website.

Collected here for the first time, these ten stories are available for the low price of $3.99US. (https://books2read.com/u/3k1WBW)

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That’s not all I’ve been up to. I’ve got a brand new Uncollected Anthology story available. “Room 308” is part of the The Crossroads Hotel, the Uncollected Anthology’s 20th issue!

For our 20th issue, we decided to do something a little different. Not only do we have a common theme among all the stories, we have a common setting — the Crossroads Hotel, a place where anything can (and does) happen.

“Room 308” tells the story of Claire, an entertainer who’s misused magic in her act just to keep herself employed. Twenty-five years ago, she made a promise in room 308. This Christmas Eve, she’ll return to room 308 and keep her promise. Because what happens at the Crossroads Hotel doesn’t always stay at the Crossroads Hotel. When it does, it stays forever.

Creepy, right?

We’ve got nine great stories in the Crossroads Hotel issue of the Uncollected Anthology.  You can buy the stories separately for $.99 each or purchase a bundle of all stories (https://bundlerabbit.com/b/crossroads-hotel/) for the great low price of $4.99. I hope you’ll buy the whole bundle.

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And finally for this update, if you missed the Storybundles I was in last year (I hope you didn’t, but just in case), the two collections of mine previously only available through Storybundle are now available at your favorite ebook distributor (and soon in print as well)

SPELLS GONE BAD is available for $3.99US. (https://books2read.com/u/bMpa75)

CRIMES OF YESTERYEAR is available for $2.99US (https://books2read.com/u/mZKPv2) which is a fantastic price considering this collection contains three brand new stories not published elsewhere as well as the award-winning story “The Color of Guilt.”

If you haven’t read either of these collections, I hope you’ll pick them up from your favorite ebook store!

Free Diz & Dee holiday story!

From my brand new Diz & Dee collection, The Diz & Dee Holiday Mysteries, “The Case of the Missing Elf” is free to read on my site for one week only. The collection’s on sale now.  Enjoy!

The Case of the Missing Elf

by Annie Reed

I was having a non-argument argument with my partner about whether we should get a Christmas tree for the office when the front door opened and a whole passel of elves piled in.

Up front, I should tell you that my partner is an elf. A tall one. Broad-shouldered, pointy-eared, strong-jawed, and with the most drop-dead gorgeous blue eyes I’ve ever seen. You might be thinking Legolas from those movies, but Diz is more The Rock than Orlando Bloom. He even has The Rock’s glower. The cinnamon and marshmallow-colored mullet, though—that’s all Diz’s own.

Yeah, I know. A mullet. But considering how great the rest of him looks, who am I to complain?

Together, Diz and I run a private detective agency called D & D Investigations out of a former bakery in a rundown neighborhood on the mainland side of Moretown Bay. I’m Dee, the other D in D & D. I’m not an elf. Or a dwarf. Or a fairy or any one of a hundred other kinds of magic folk who call the area around the Bay home. I’m a plain old vanilla human with curly brown hair that tends to frizz when it’s humid, which is just about all the time. I also have a touch of precognition I’ve yet to learn how to control any better than my hair.

“You find missing people?” the nearest elf in the pack said.

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