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Desert Trilogy Releases Today!

Desert Trilogy cover smallMy chapbook of three short stories set in the California desert is now available for your ereading devices. It’s officially $2.99, but if you hurry, you might still get it at the $0.99 pre-order price. (It takes a while for Amazon and other retailers to adjust the price.)

Here are brief descriptions, and you can click the linked titles for longer excerpts:

Glass: Derek can’t understand why his hiking partners don’t want him wearing his Google Glass. But alienating friends isn’t the only danger of his obsession with Augmented Reality. (Takes place in a slightly future world in which Google has released an updated version of its ill-fated device.)

Chill Out: Is now the right time for Brad and Amy to have kids? Brad wants to start a family right away, but Amy wants to focus on her writing career. Will a drive in the desert help them settle the argument?

What I Did for Love: Dave is a journeyman carpenter. Now he needs to drill a hole in his girlfriend’s head. Does he have the nerve to finish the job?

Here are all the places you can get the ebook:

Amazon

iBooks

Kobo

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

A print version will be available soon, at a price yet to be determined.

(Cover photo by Steve Berardi, used by permission.)

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Only Six Days Left to Get Desert Trilogy for Under a Buck

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, where two of the stories in Desert Trilogy take place
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, where two of the stories in Desert Trilogy take place

Desert Trilogy goes live in just six days, and I’m hoping you’ll pre-order it before then. You’ll get it for just $0.99, and the book will get a bump in sales on the official on-sale date. Win-win!

Here’s a little teaser to get you to plunk down your hard-earned buck. (More excerpts are available here.)

The amount of blood is incredible. It pours out of the wound the instant the bit chews into Jane’s scalp, soaking the T-shirts beneath her head. I stop drilling and try to press the rags tight around the hole with my left hand, but nothing seems to help. Superficial bleeding, I tell myself—it looks worse than it is. Jane’s eyelids flutter, but she shows no other sign of consciousness. There is a nauseating smell like that of burning hair.

How deep to drill? How thick is the human skull, anyway? The bit is covered in blood, strands of Jane’s long hair that have gotten wound up in it, and now fine bits of bone, so that I can’t tell how deep I’ve gone. I try to pretend that I’m drilling around hot wires—just another goddamned job site—and I need to ease back pressure as soon as the bit breaks through. I put the drill back in place, and the grating sound of bit against bone begins again.

If that sounds too gruesome, I promise that this is a romance story. A horror-romance, but a romance nonetheless. (And not nearly as horrible as Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. That’s a horror movie, no matter what he says.)

Here are all the ways you can order Desert Trilogy. (The print version is on hold for now as I sort through issues with a possible distributor.)

Amazon

iBooks

Kobo

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

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Teaser Tuesday – Excerpt from Desert Trilogy

Photo of sabre-toothed cat diorama
A typical day in Southern California during the Pleistocene. (Photo by La Brea Tar Pits, www.tarpits.org).

Derek gasped, resisting the impulse to roll away from a mammoth lumbering at him, its curving tusks waving dangerously. The thundering of its tree-trunk-sized feet hurt his ears, and he could swear he felt the ground shake—or was that the Glass vibrating to give a sensurround effect? The beast crashed past him and headed off over the mud hills.

Except the barren hills were gone now, replaced with a rolling savanna of bunch grasses dotted here and there with shrubs and larger trees. South of him, the tamarisk-lined wash was now lush with trees: cottonwoods and palms and others he couldn’t identify. Ash and laurel were the others, Glass told him when he zoomed in.

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Desert Trilogy Now Available for Pre-order

Desert Trilogy cover smallMy new collection of short stories set in the California desert is now available for pre-order as an ebook, at the special price of 99 cents. When it goes on sale November 15th, the price will be $2.99 (still only a buck a story).

These stories are hard to classify in any one genre (one day I’ll learn to write a straight-up genre piece!). Mostly they’re stories about relationships between people dealing with changing technology and conflicting careers. The first two are a little bit sci-fi, and the third is a little bit horror. Think of them as Jane Austen meets Mary Austin in the Twilight Zone. If you liked Hari Kunzru’s Gods Without Men, you might enjoy these.

Excerpts of all three stories are here.

If you’re wondering about that pre-order discount, it’s all about making the book visible to more readers. Pre-orders of ebooks all land on one day, giving the book a boost in sales charts, allowing it to show up in those “customers also bought” and “you might like” recommendations. You get a discount, I get a bit of a bump in my book sales. So don’t delay [insert car salesman pitch lines here].

Desert Trilogy is available for all of your e-reading devices at these retailers:

Amazon

iBooks

Kobo

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

A print version will also be available at a price yet to be decided.

(Cover photo by Steve Berardi, used with permission.)