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?

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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Exciting news!

First of all, a belated Happy Thanksgiving to those in the U.S. who celebrated the holiday yesterday! If you’re not out braving the crowds or the weather, or you’ve already done both, I wanted to take a couple of minutes to share some exciting news about what’s been going on behind the scenes.

A BRAND NEW ME!

Well, sort of.

I primarily write mystery and crime related fiction and urban fantasy. When my muse struck me over the head recently with a clue-by-four and I surfaced with the idea for not one, but a series of sweet romance novels and stories, I figured it would be best to split my writerly personality in two. In other words, I’m now going to be writing sweet romance under the pen name Liz McKnight.  The first novel will be out shortly, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at the cover:

Isn’t that pretty?

Wedding Belle Blues, the first in the Liberty Springs series of sweet romance novels, will be available at your favorite e-book retailer on December 10th, and will be available in print shortly thereafter.  I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it.

And if you’d like a sneak peek one of my romance stories, check back here on Sunday, December 1st, for a special holiday story I’ll be sharing on my website for one week only!

NEW DIZ & DEE STORY!

That’s right, our favorite detective duo are back for a brand new holiday story “Gobbler, Gobbler, Who’s Got the Gobbler?” which will be exclusively available in The Diz & Dee Holiday Mysteries:

As you might guess, “Gobbler” is Diz & Dee’s first Thanksgiving mystery, and tells the story of our detectives’ attempts to locate Dee’s mother’s missing rescue turkey Simpkins before the very special bird becomes someone’s very special dinner.

The Diz & Dee Holiday Mysteries will be available on December 3rd.  Look for it at your favorite e-book distributor!

THE UNCOLLECTED ANTHOLOGY TURNS 20!

No, not twenty years old, but twenty issues strong!

Wow. That’s hard for me to wrap my mind around, but the Uncollected Anthology, which started out as a “let’s try it for a year and see how it goes” project among a group of friends who also happened to write urban fantasy is now twenty issues strong and still going. We’ve got great issues planned for the foreseeable future, but in the meantime, we did something extra special for our twentieth.

This time around, we not only decided to write on a common theme, but also in a common location: The Crossroads Hotel.

Each of the stories in The Crossroads Hotel issue starts with a very Twilight Zone-esque opening, and then dives into a story set in each writer’s vision of the hotel.  My story is “Room 308” and tells the story of a performer who returns to the hotel on Christmas Eve to keep a promise she made twenty-five years ago.

The Crossroads Hotel issue of the Uncollected Anthology is out December 1st, but “Room 308” is available for pre-order now at your favorite e-book retailers.

New Mystery Bundle With a Twist!

Today’s the official launch day for CRIMES, CAPERS & RULE BREAKERS, a brand new short-story bundle from the awesome folks over at Bundle Rabbit (which I always want to call Bundle Bunny, but don’t tell them I said so).

This bundle contains twenty short stories from some of my favorite writers, and the best thing is that it’s on sale this week at all the usual outlets (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo) for the low, low price of 99 cents!

After this week, the price goes up to $3.99, which is still a killer deal for a lot of nefarious summer reading.

My story in the bundle is “Strike Two,” a twisted tale about a pickpocket who nabs the wrong wallet from the wrong girl in the worst town in the world to make that kind of mistake.

Here’s the official description for the bundle:

Sometimes, you gotta be bad.

Steal away with this bundle of thieves and miscreants and join them on their criminal adventures! From burglars to assassins, grifters to con artists, these are mysteries from the other side, from the criminal point-of-view.

Break some rules and snag the Crimes, Capers, & Rule-Breakers Bundle today!

A Bundle for my Mystery Fans!

First of all, a big THANK YOU to all the folks who made the Moonscapes scifi bundle such a roaring success!  We were able to give AbleGamers a nice chunk of change thanks to you.

But we’re not done yet!

Announcing the DARK CRIMES bundle!

This bundle’s for the mystery fans out there, and a portion of the proceeds also supports AbleGamers. This one’s especially nifty for folks like me who like mystery and crime stories, whether short form or novel length. And the bundle features not only my first Abby Maxon mystery novel PRETTY LITTLE HORSES, but also two of my short stories!  “The Color of Guilt” is part of THE YEAR’S BEST CRIME AND MYSTERY STORIES, and “Jackrabbit DMZ,” a Jill Jordan/Cumberland short story, is part of FICTION RIVER: CRIME.  In fact, for you Cumberland mystery fans, FICTION RIVER: CRIME is the only place you can find this story of Jill Jordan’s early days as a Deputy Sheriff.

What books are in the DARK CRIMES bundle?  Glad you asked!

The initial titles in the Dark Crimes Bundle (minimum $5 to purchase) are:

  • Grim Reaper by O’Neil De Noux
  • Easy Innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Spree by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Fiction River Special: Crime by Fiction River
  • Pretty Little Horses by Annie Reed

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $15, you get all five of the regular titles, plus five more!

  • A Trace of Smoke by Rebecca Cantrell
  • Notorious D.O.C. by Melissa Yi
  • Year’s Best Crime & Mystery Stories 2016 by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and John Helfers
  • Desecration by J.F. Penn
  • Kill Game – A Cold Poker Gang Mystery by Dean Wesley Smith

This bundle is available only for the next ten days. The books can be read on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books!

And here’s something else to consider. StoryBundle makes it super easy to give the gift of reading thanks to gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle. Who wouldn’t enjoy a gift of crime? (Fictional crime, guys. Just fictional crime.)

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

  • Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
  • Pay what you want (minimum $5): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of exceptional titles.
  • Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
  • Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to AbleGamers!
  • Receive extra books: If you beat the bonus price, you’ll get the bonus books

So what do you say, fellow mystery lovers?  Feel like a bunch of great summer reading while you support a wonderful charity?

Remember, this is only available for the next ten days!

Publishing news!

Some exciting publishing news this week!

First of all, I can finally announce that my story “The Color of Guilt” has been selected as part of the YEAR’S BEST CRIME & MYSTERY STORIES 2016!!  Look at the names on this cover — Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Higgins Clark — wow!  Another one of my stories, “The Flower of the Tabernacle,” made Honorable Mention (along with a Stephen King story; color me gobsmacked!).

Mystery_Anthology_draft_ver6_8Many thanks to editors John Helfers and Kristine Kathryn Rusch for including me among such stellar writers. THE YEAR’S BEST CRIME & MYSTERY STORIES 2016 is available now at Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.

The newest issue of the Uncollected Anthology is also available!

TrampsThievesReed600x900The theme this time around is Fortune Tales, and features my story “Tramps & Thieves” along with stories by guest author Stephanie Writt, and UA members Leah Cutter, Rebecca Senese, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Leslie Claire Walker.  Great urban fantasy reading!  Check it out here.

FINAL+cover+-+3200x4800And in case you missed the Fantasy in the City bundle, all twenty stories are now available in one big book for $3.99, but for a limited time only!  What a deal!  The book’s available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks for $3.99.  FANTASY IN THE CITY includes my Diz & Dee story “Here, Kitty Kitty.”

Cool stuff!

The newest issue of the Uncollected Anthology is out!  Woohoo!  This time around we’ve got great stories by guest author Ron Collins and regulars Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Leslie Claire Walker, Leah Cutter, Dayle Dermatis, and our newest regular member Rebecca M. Senese (rhymes with menace *g*).

Oh, and I have a story in this issue too. *g*  A brand new Diz and Dee mystery, no less! Take a look at this cool cover:

Woods cover 200x300Here’s the blurb:

Private detectives Diz and Dee have worked for some pretty odd clients. Leprechauns. Fairies. The occasional Greek God.

Even Dee’s mother.

But their newest client could be the oddest yet.

Horror movie director Morte (as in death; he had it legally changed) can’t find the star of his latest B-movie flick, currently filming in the woods outside Moretown Bay. The guy’s a method actor who needs to “live the part,” and he occasionally takes off to do a little research. Only this time he’s playing a werewolf, and the full moon is right around the corner.

Hollywood invades the offices of D & D Investigations in this latest addition to the Diz & Dee mystery series!

Nifty, right?  The story’s available at the usual ebook vendors.  I had a blast writing this one. I hope you enjoy it!

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I’m participating in an upcoming bundle over at Bundle Rabbit (which my subconscious insists on referring to as Bundle Bunny).  More details to follow, but in the meantime, take a look at some of the great bundles going on right now.  Great deals on a whole lot of good fiction!

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Speaking of great deals, Dean Wesley Smith has put all six weeks of his Originality in Fiction online workshop up on YouTube for free!  Go check this one out, especially you writers out there.  I took this workshop a couple of years ago, and it’s well worth your time.

Free Fiction Thursday – The Case of the Missing Elf

Missing Elf webThe Case of the Missing Elf

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.

I looked down at him. Unlike Diz, who’s a good foot taller than my medium height, these elves were all way shorter than I am. I counted seven of the mini elves. They all wore variations of the same outfit: forest-green pants, red-and-green shirts that were more tunic than shirt, and red, green, or white scarves. The elf who asked me whether we find missing people had curly salt-and-pepper hair peeking out from beneath a red knit hat with a white pom-pom on top. They made the office look like a seasonal munchkin convention.

“Uh, yeah,” I said. I resisted the urge to point to the lettering beneath the agency name on the plate glass window of our office—Missing Persons Are Our Specialty. We’d paid extra for that, but no one ever seemed to read it.

The elf behind the guy with the red knit hat elbowed him. “I don’t care what you say, this can’t be the right place,” he said in a stage whisper I could hear fine even though his voice sounded like he’d just taken a hit of helium. “Just look at it.”

The rest of the elves nodded and muttered among themselves. Except for the elf with the red hat, they all sounded like helium addicts.

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The Case of the Missing Elf

Copyright © 2014 Annie Reed

This story can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords.

If you liked The Case of the Missing Elf, check out these other Diz and Dee Mysteries!

New Release!

Paper Bullets webI’m thrilled to announce the release of the latest Abby Maxon mystery novel, Paper Bullets.

This novel’s been a couple of years in the making, but it’s really been a labor of love. Abby’s back, along with police detective Kyle Beecham, daughter Samantha, ex-husband Ryan, and attorney Norton Greenburger. This time around Abby’s on the trail of a stalker.  Here’s the official description:

One simple favor for her ex plunges private investigator Abby Maxon into a deadly game of cat and mouse.

The job seems easy enough: find the man who’s been stalking her ex-husband’s girlfriend. Even though the last thing Abby wants to do is spend her day tailing pretty fitness trainer Melody Hartwell, no woman should have to put up with a stalker. Not even the woman Abby’s ex dumped her for.

The easy job turns tough when Abby discovers more than one potential stalker. The tough job turns deadly when someone torches Melody’s car while she’s still inside.

With the official police investigation focusing on Abby’s ex, she sets out to track down the real killer–a deadly opponent determined to leave no loose ends behind.

The book’s currently available for purchase on Amazon and will be available shortly at other major e-book outlets.  A trade paper edition will be released in May.