Thank you Ben for allowing me the space on your blog to blather on about my first book, Sandcastle and Other Stories. Best to you in your curious Ohio fall . . . watch out for the ghost of Tecumseh.
"When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself." -- Chief Tecumseh
Since I grew up in Ohio, Tecumseh was a huge school hero of mine. I even went to the touristy outdoor theater performance of his Shawnee life with my family. His words stay with me and I listen to his wisdom. We had to leave the recreation of his life and death halfway through because my sister got something in her eye -- it wasn't one of the prop arrows.
I published Sandcastle and Other Stories last May, 2012, and it received a very good welcome. By the book's third day of publication, it was on two paid best seller lists at Amazon for short stories. This result blew my expectations out of the water -- as the Great White was blown to bits at the end of Jaws (sorry for that spoiler).
Now, months later, I want more readers to experience the tales. So, the book is going to be free at Amazon all weekend long, from September 29, 12 AM Saturday through Midnight on Monday October 1st. Please tell all your friends with kindles to check out the Amazon page and download the book and then to please read the book. That's a lot to ask of friends and readers, and I appreciate every single one.
Here's the link to the Sandcastle and Other Stories Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/
Sandcastle-and-Other-Stories- ebook/dp/B0081NXXO8/ref=sr_1_ 1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348769941&sr=8- 1&keywords=sandcastle+and+ other+stories
I promised Ben I would create a special haiku for the occasion of my first Amazon Select Event, but I couldn't stop with just one. Here are my two haikus:
dreams haunt and laugh at needs and
wants - thy kingdom come . . .
Thy will be done - in
global pockets, Sandcastle
builders unite now.
I began writing fiction too long ago now to remember what became of the short stories written after school homework, chores, and nighttime television -- All In The Family, Charlie's Angels, Fantasy Island, and the inspiring monster show The Night Stalker. Each story began in short form and, as years passed, these tales expanded, became more complex, richer in themes and intricate characterization. These are literary, psychological, and suspenseful short stories. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed writing them. Please let me know how they hit you too. You can find me here:
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"Show respect to all people, but grovel to none." -- Tecumseh