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The All-You-Can-Read Buffet

Posted in Books, eBooks, humor, Stories with tags , , , , , on February 3, 2015 by oneoveralpha

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The All-You-Can-Read Buffet is a collection of forty stories covering various genres and themes ranging from six to over 4,200 words in length. They also cover a wide time range. Some of these stories I began writing a decade ago, while others were written especially for this collection. All together, they are a buffet of my writing. As such, I encourage you to read as much as you want. Go back for seconds, thirds, fourths even. I won’t even mind if you skip over the stuff you don’t like, but, to quote your mother, “How do you know you don’t like it? Have you tried it?”

Here is a taste of what you’ll find within.

“Dark Anniversary”

With a dozen roses in hand, the man dressed all in black walked towards the tombstone. The lettering had already begun to fade, but the words were drilled into his brain: Edith Robyn Sommers, April 4, 1956 – June 14, 1975.

After a few moments of reflection, the man knelt and set the roses on her grave.

“You are so maudlin, Eric,” a voice said from the darkness.

Without turning, Eric said, “You never forget your first, Robert.”

Robert stepped from the shadows. “My first was just some peasant.”

“And after all these centuries you still remember that.”

Robert stood for a few seconds, then turned and disappeared.

Eric chuckled, then stood. He nodded to the tombstone and said, “Until next year, Edith.” He then spread his wings and flew into the night.

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If you are at all curious, then check out the page for The All-You-Can-Read Buffet on my website to find out where you can find it.

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A Man of Few Words

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on January 16, 2015 by oneoveralpha

Coming up with ideas for stories, writing them out, polishing them up, putting them together in a manuscript, getting a cover, and publishing a book is a lot of hard work. But that’s only half the battle of writing, because then you have to sell your book. In many ways, that’s the harder part. I have several books and ebooks out, and while I send out tweets about them on a regular basis, few people know they exist. So I’ve decided to take one day each week and really push one of my books. One aspect of these pushes is to write up blogs about each, which brings us to:

FewWordsA Man of Few Words is a collection of 50 of my flash fiction stories. How does a teenager work up the courage to call a girl? What would happen if a “T-Rex on steroids” attacked a city? Why do science fiction writers make the best lovers? How does a company get to Second Base with VIPs? These questions and more are explored using less than 1000 words and in various genres from humor to horror and general fiction to science fiction.

The majority of the stories were previously published (most by myself on my website) but all were revised for the collection. In addition, each piece is accompanied by some background information giving a fuller story experience.

For an example, here is one of the stories you’ll find within.

“Until the End”

Anne moved her chair next to her husband Gregory. From her purse she took a thick paperback, bought just over a week before. Putting on her glasses, she studied the glossy cover and read the blurb on the back. Shaking her head, she said, “I never did see why you read these sorts of novels.” She opened to the receipt used as a bookmark and said, “You only had forty-some pages left.”

Without knowing anything about the characters or plot, she began reading the end of the story to her husband as he lay silently in his best suit.

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If you are at all curious, then check out the page for A Man of Few Words on my website to find out where you can find it.

Check out QuarterReads

Posted in humor, Stories, Writing with tags , , , on October 17, 2014 by oneoveralpha

QuarterReads describes itself as “A short read at a fair price.” Basically, you read short stories or poems for a quarter. What’s really interesting is what happens for writers. Of that $0.25 you spend on a story, the author of said story receives $0.22. Having things the other way around where the author only gets $0.03 is more common. But that’s not all. If you enjoy the story, you can tip the author an additional, $0.25, $0.50, or $0.75, and all of the tips go to the author.

As someone who usually writes short stories, you can understand why I’m excited by something like QuarterReads. But for the site to really take off, requires readers. So I encourage you to check it out and hopefully find some stories you like. If you’re curious about my stories, you can check out my author profile.  Right now, I have two stories up but I’m hoping to add at least one a month.

A Man of Few Words for only $0.99!

Posted in eBooks, humor, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 1, 2014 by oneoveralpha

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A Man of Few Words was my first anthology I self-published four years ago.  Here is the blurb for it:

A Man of Few Words is a collection of 50 flash fiction stories by Stephen L. Thompson. How does a teenager work up the courage to call a girl? What would happen if a “T-Rex on steroids” attacked a city? Why do science fiction writers make the best lovers? How does a company get to Second Base with VIPs? These questions and more are explored by Stephen using less than 1000 words and in various genres from humor to horror and general fiction to science fiction.

The majority of the stories have been previously published (most by Stephen himself on his website) but all have been revised for this collection. In addition, each piece is accompanied by some background information giving a fuller story experience.

It’s available in paperback, but also for Kindle.  And it’s because of Kindle that I’m posting this blog.  Last year, Amazon made a change to their promotions.  Before the only promotions were to have your ebook for free for a few days.  But the change allowed you to have discount sales.  For example, the Kindle version of A Man of Few Words is normally $2.99, but I could now have a discount sale for $0.99.  This will be the first time I’m trying this discount to see how it works.  Unless I screwed something up, you should be able to get the Kindle version of A Man of Few Words for $0.99 starting early on the morning of May 2, 2014.  It will stay at that price for about a day and a half, and then go up to $1.99.  After another day and a half, it will return to it’s normal price of $2.99 in the wee hours of May 5.  (They do have set start times, but they’re not always on time.)

So, take a look at my ebook, and if it looks interesting pick it up in the next few days and save a dollar or two.

 

Ebook sale!

Posted in eBooks, Give away, humor, Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 23, 2013 by oneoveralpha

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On December 25th and 26th, ten of my ebooks will be FREE to download to the Kindles that Santa brought you.  Together, they contain 144 short stories and 10 essays that can all be yours for the price of a click.  To learn more about each one, check out my Amazon Author Page.

Happy Holidays.

Check out my Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales!

Posted in eBooks, Give away, Stories with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2013 by oneoveralpha

If you are buying a Kindle for someone this holiday season – or just buying one for yourself – wouldn’t it be a good idea to have some preloaded ebooks on it?  Instead of putting out more money to buy these ebooks, you can find some that are free to download.  For example, on Black Friday, you’ll be able to download these ebooks of mine:

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They are, A Man of Few Words, Political Pies, Brain for Rent and other stories, The All-You-Can-Read Buffet, and Lonely Phoenix.

On Cyber Monday, these ebooks of mine will be free:

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They are The Only Certainty, The Most Powerful Man in the World and other stories, Rise, and Duty.

So check them out and add them to your gift, or just keep them for yourself.  😀

Check out my story serials

Posted in Stories, Writing with tags , , , , , , , on November 8, 2013 by oneoveralpha

I’m trying something new over on my Bubblews account, serial stories.  These are stories I try to post one or two sections to each week.  One reason for doing this is it forces me to write these stories.  These were stories I had started, but just never did much with.  But if I want to post something every week, I need to write.  Also, it’s a cheap way for me to get people to keep coming back to my Bubblews profile.  😀

The first story is Rediscovery.  I had been thinking of doing a serial story, but I couldn’t think of one.  Then I remembered my idea for Rediscovery which is written as a series of blog posting.  So each blog posting became a part.  The story is set 2025 where terrorists are using a new type of bomb that destroys brain tissue.  It normally just kills the victims, but the terrorist miswired his bomb and instead of killing people, it just wiped their memories.  The writer of the blogs is a survivor of the Memory Bombing who was an author of a popular YA fantasy pentology.  She begins the blog as therapy for coping with the bombing.  If that sounds interesting, you can start here with Part 1.

(As a note, I’m taking a break in the series figure out some plot points, but I’m planning on going back to posting a new part every Friday come December.)

My second serial story is The Erd Hunter.  The Erd Hunter is different than Rediscovery in that it is a Choose Your Adventure story.  You start on Page 1, but then the main character, Jonathon, is faced with a choice.  If you think he should do one thing, you go to Page 2, but if you think he should do something else, you go to Page 3.  If you choose correctly, Jonathon eventually ends up in a fantasy world where, surprise surprise, he ends up hunting these things called Erds.  This was something I’ve been thinking about for years, but after I started Rediscovery, I figured Bubblews would also be a good place for The Erd Hunter.  I try to post two pages a week, although that may change.  Right now the decision points come pretty quickly, but when he starts interacting with some of the characters in the fantasy world, there will be long conversations.

If either of those sounds interesting, I hope you’ll check them out.

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