The Gift of Stories

35 stories in 35 days! The gift that keeps on giving, whether you get it for yourself, your best reading buddy, or both of you to share over the holiday season. Years ago, I wondered what it would take to give a holiday story per day to readers. After all, in the holiday season, animated calendars give everything from music to games to those who […]

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Saving The World and Historical Mysteries, and A Plethora of Writing Tips

I love having an excuse to use the word “plethora.” And really, I need it here. I’ve been busy with the Business Master Class, then trying to catch up on a lot of work, not to mention a bit of exhaustion from the schedule. (Yes, you Writing With Chronic Illness readers, you know what I’m talking about.) So, with all of that, I’ve been remiss […]

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Recommended Reading List: October 2019

October went by very, very fast. I have no idea how that happened. One day, the month started, and the next, it ended. Part of that was because the Business Master Class was at the end, and required a lot of prep. Next October, we hold the final Business Master Class, and we’ll limit attendance, so if you’re interested, sign up sooner rather than later. […]

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Last Day For Big Deals And Fun Stuff!

As I write this, you have 24 hours to get backer rewards on our Holiday Spectacular Kickstarter. We have more core backers on this project—people who love the project—than we get on most of our Kickstarters, and that has me happy. This Kickstarter project is a baby of mine. I’ve wanted to give away a lot of stories during the winter holiday season for almost […]

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Business Musings: Creating Content, Using Licenses, Making Something New (Rethinking The Writing Business Part 13)

A few months ago, I found myself in an odd situation. My attorney and I were trying to write a contract for something brand new, something we believe has never been done before. We were trying to find the right language to create contract that would cover everything we wanted to do—I wanted to do—on a brand-new project that would go live in November. The […]

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Free Fiction Monday: FOL

Jonathan Alexander Nicholas Ashworth the Fourth—called Nico—fears nothing. He lives a life of power, prestige, money. He makes his own way, but when that fails, he uses fixers, the best money can buy. Until FoL begins targeting him. Against FoL, fixers can’t help him. Can he help himself? Or will FoL win? A powerful story about truth and consequences. “FOL” by New York Times bestselling author […]

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Special Project

The observant among you will notice that there’s a new Kickstarter on the right side of this web page. Yes, we just finished one Kickstarter and we started another immediately. That’s not the best way to run a Kickstarter, but we made a few decisions along the way that made us decide this is the way to go. First, “we” are me, Dean, and everyone […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Heroics

Maxwell Scobel writes about heroes for a living. He studies them, imagines them, imagines being them. But when a routine drive turns into a fight for his life—and the life of his soon-to-be-adopted three-year-old daughter—he must rise to the occasion. Or lose everything he never knew he held dear. Voted one of the top ten stories of the year by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine readers. […]

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Free Fiction Monday: The Perfect Man

Paige Racette envisioned the perfect man over and over in her romance novels. But when Josiah Wells starts using those novels as a blueprint for the way to romance her, she finds the attention creepy, not attractive. When Wells escalates, adding violence to his role-playing, Paige realizes she must escape the perfect man. But she might find help from someone unexpected—someone a little more flawed, […]

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Free Fiction Monday: Crunchers, Inc.

Edith works for Number Crunchers Incorporated. Her job? Determine the monetary worth of each human being. But her corporation faces a nemesis—the EISHies. The ridiculously sentimental organization sabotages Crunchers, Inc. and other places just like it. Edith must discover how the EISHies infiltrated her business—and then figure out what to do about it, without succumbing to the EISHies’ subversive message: Everyone Is Someone’s Hero. “Crunchers, […]

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