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?

Free Fiction Thursday – Bluesman

Good morning, everyone!

This has been a pretty cool week so far.  Fiction River #1 – Unnatural Worlds – released this week with my brand new Diz & Dee story “Here, Kitty Kitty.”  I always love getting contributor copies.  There’s just something about holding the book in my hands — I don’t think I’ll ever get past the awesomeness of that. *g* If you’d like your very own copy, it’s available at Amazon in both ebook and paperback, and also from Ella Distribution.

I also have a new release from Thunder Valley Press.  “Bluesman” takes me back to the days when I actually played guitar– in front of an audience, no less — only thank goodness, I never had an experience like the blues guitarist in this story.  Enjoy!

Bluesman ebook cover small

Bluesman

 Annie Reed

Published by Thunder Valley Press

Copyright © 2013 by Annie Reed

Cover art Copyright © Depositphotos | InConcert

Johnny ripped the wrapping paper off what he knew had to be another lame-ass inspirational poster as his momma belted out the last off-key strains of “Happy Birthday.”

He’d put her call on speaker so he could hear her sing while he opened her present.  There for a minute, she’d actually made his cell phone rattle around the metal top of the battered TV tray he used for a table in the low-rent motel room where he lived.

She didn’t have the greatest singing voice, his momma.  She used to tell him he yanked whatever musicality she had right on out of her when he was born and took it all for himself.

What she lacked in skill, she more than made up for with enthusiasm and volume.  Every year she insisted on singing to him on his birthday whether they were together or not.  This year found him in Vegas trying to get a gig.  She was still back home in Mississippi.  As far as Johnny knew, she’d never left the delta, not in her entire life.

“Happy birthday, baby!” she said when she was done singing.  “How you like my present?”

For once, Johnny didn’t know what to say.

The posters his momma sent always had sayings like Soar With The Eagles or Believe In Yourself coupled with photographs of high mountain peaks covered in snow or beautiful, sandy beaches, the sun setting low over the water.

She was a great believer in the power of positive thinking.  Life had pretty much sucked the positive out of him, but every year he still thanked her for her gift and said something nice about it because she was his momma and she loved him, and it was only polite.

This year he couldn’t quite bring himself to say “Cool picture, momma,” or “You’re so good to me, thinking about me like that,” like he did usually did, even though he always threw the poster away as soon as he got off the phone.

“You got me dead rock stars?” he said instead.

(read the rest of the story here)