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?)

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.

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.

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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Local Appearance!

Yes, I’m actually doing a public appearance!

This Saturday, my friends Jennifer Rachel Baumer and Louisa Swann (kickass writers, both of them!) and Brandon Swann (kickass artist!) are going to appear with me at the North Valleys Library in Reno for an hour of fun, fiction, and free food!

I’m going to be reading one of my stories–“Queen of the Mouse Riders”–and giving away a bunch of my books as door prizes.  We have other giveaways planned, other readings, and Brandon’s going to show off some of his digital art.

I don’t do these types of things often, so if you’re in the area, stop by the North Valleys Library in the Raley’s shopping center at the Golden Valley exit off 395 North at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, May 18th, and have some fun with a few crazy writers and one very tolerant artist.  The event is free and open to the public.

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This program has been funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

poster background art copyright SergeyNivens@depositphotos.com

Freebies, New Releases, and a Great New Bundle!

Boy, there’s a lot of stuff going on around here for a Monday! Let’s dive right into it, shall we?

An astute reader recently asked me where the heck my Free Fiction Thursday stories went. Good question! I’ve been so busy working on new projects that my weekly free stories have fallen by the wayside. But no more! Free fiction rides again, only instead of once a week, I’ll be posting free stories once a month under the Free Stuff tab on this website.

First up is “The Magic of Home,” the first story I wrote for the Uncollected Anthology. “The Magic of Home” introduced Twig, my street-smart elf, and her friend Jocko, the oversized dwarf.  Why did I start out with a Twig and Jocko story?  I’m happy you asked, because I have a brand new release featuring my favorite mismatched elf and dwarf.

UNBROKEN FAMILIAR won’t officially be released until October 1st, but if you’d like to get your copy now, UNBROKEN FAMILIAR is part of the wonderful new The Universe Between Bundle over at StoryBundle!

In addition to UNBROKEN FAMILIAR, this bundle features nine other great fantasy books by some of the best writers working in urban and contemporary fantasy today. Here’s what bundle curator Dean Wesley Smith has to say about the idea behind the bundle:

I grew up on Twilight Zone back in the late 1950s and through the early 1960s. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I heard the sentence, “In the middle ground between light and shadow…” in that opening sequence to the Twilight Zone.

Thankfully, my parents didn’t seem to mind that I watched that show every week. And for some reason that sentence out of the opening sequence stuck with me for my entire life. I loved living in that middle ground. All my writing falls in the middle ground between two places. Every story. Some more obviously than others, but without a doubt, every story or novel that I write, or every book or magazine I edit, falls in the “between” place.

I revel in that, no matter how hard rules tried to force me one way or the other. I liked living there in the middle, in that place between light and dark. With this bundle, I was looking for the very same thing.

This bundle once again features one of my favorite charities, AbleGamers. So not only can you get UNBROKEN FAMILIAR two months early along with nine other great titles for one low price, you can support a nifty charity, too!  Don’t delay, though. StoryBundles are only available for a short time and then they’re gone for good.

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UNBROKEN FAMILIAR is just one of my new releases.  The latest issue of Fiction River – PULSE POUNDERS: ADRENALINE features my story “Dust to Dust.”

Here’s what editor Kevin J. Anderson had to say about “Dust to Dust.”

Annie uses her mystery and fantasy chops to create a heroine with a mission straight from Hell, a ruthless demon bounty hunter with a hole in her heart and a quest from that most horrible of bosses—and she manages to give us a story both edgy and touching.

Nifty, right? PULSE POUNDERS: ADRENALINE is available now in ebook and paper from your favorite online booksellers.

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And last, but certainly not least, the latest issue of the Uncollected Anthology – MYSTICAL MELODIES – just released my new story “The Last Night at the Crowley.”

People say haunted houses contain the longings and nightmares of the dead who couldn’t leave their lives behind.

But what about places where the living left parts of their souls behind? Where singers and musicians willingly played their hearts out, night after night, just for the love of music?

What haunts places like The Crowley?

Mazie’s about to find out.

You can purchase each individual story in MYSTICAL MELODIES from your favorite ebook distributor, or you can purchase the entire issue at one great low price!


That’s right, due to popular demand (and the great folks at BundleRabbit), we ‘re collecting the Uncollected these days. Check it out!

And happy reading!

Free Fiction Thursday – Love Stinks, Inc.

Annie HS cover webLove Stinks, Inc.

Annie Reed

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Dyte glared at the black cat perched on the center of her desk. It couldn’t stare back at her since it was just one of the many wildly successful plush toys her company produced, but that didn’t stop her from hating its adorable little guts.

The cat held a puffy red heart in its front paws. The universal Don’t Do This symbol, a circle with a slash through the center, was printed on the red satin fabric along with the stylized logo for Dyte’s company—Love Stinks, Inc.

The plush cat was part of this year’s line of stuffed animals meant to appeal to chronically unattached women (and chronically unattached men confident enough in their masculinity to buy themselves a stuffed toy). Given her company’s more than healthy bottom line, the world contained about a bazillion single people who didn’t mind dishing out $9.95 for a fuzzy toy to cuddle with on Valentine’s Day just to make themselves feel better about being alone.

Just like Dyte was alone.

She leaned forward, planted her elbows on the smooth surface of her desk, and rested her chin in her hands so she could gaze at the cat at something approximating its eye level.

“What’s your secret?” she muttered at the cat. “Why do people love you so much?”

She should be happy the toys were so successful. A significant amount of her company’s research and development budget had gone into determining a perfect size for the plush toys (big enough to cuddle but not so big they would give a real cat or dog or skunk a run for its money), the length and thickness of their fake black fur (somewhere between shorthair and Persian, when measured in feline terms), and the color of their over-sized eyes (a washed out blue somewhat darker than the noontime sky uncluttered by clouds but not as deep as the clear blue of a high mountain lake). That still didn’t the ridiculous popularity of the things. Even the skunks.

At least the toys weren’t spelled. She’d put her foot down (metaphorically speaking) at the mere suggestion, even though both R & D and her sales department had lobbied long and hard for inclusion of a compulsion spell—a “minor” one, they had assured her—in the stuffing inside the red satin heart all the plush toys held.

As far as she was concerned, customers would either buy her company’s products because they wanted to, or they wouldn’t. The last thing she wanted to do was compel people to fall in love with a stuffed toy.

Compelling people to fall in love was her dad’s thing, not hers. It was hard enough to be taken seriously in business when you were the immortal daughter of Cupid and Psyche, and you had a ridiculous name like Dyte because your mom thought it would be a nice tribute to name you after your grandmother.

Like Aphrodite had ever given one whit about her granddaughter.

Which was fine with Dyte. From the stories she’d heard, grandmother had a vindictive streak a mile wide, just like a lot of the old gods in the family tree. Even though Dyte was an immortal like her parents, she was glad to stay off grandmother’s radar.

If only she’d managed to keep her private life off her dad’s radar.

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Love Stinks, Inc.

Copyright © 2015 Annie Reed

This story is no longer available to read for free, but it can be purchased at Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble.

Be sure to check out the other stories in the Uncollected Anthology series!