My latest short story is now available at Amazon and other online retailers.

Peepr is the hottest new online video platform. And Reywood Foster is quitting his miserable day job to become a full-time streamer. Of course, gaining followers and becoming an online sensation isn’t as easy as one, two, three.

Or is it?

When Foster initiates an open chat session for people to ask him anything, viewer Methisto makes him an offer that is impossible to turn down.

Follow the escalation in this 17k-word story, a cautionary tale for the YouTube page.

Check out The Streamer page for links an an excerpt.

That’s right, The Masq short story is three for three days on Amazon. The campaign runs from Sunday to Tuesday.

Specifically: Sunday, April 21, 2019, 12:00 AM PDT to Tuesday, April 23, 2019, 11:59 PM PDT.

It’s three-month stint in Kindle Unlimited will have run its course in May and I will not be re-enrolling it the program.

Instead, I will be putting the story up on other platforms, such as Barnes & Noble, Kobo, 24 Symbols, etc. (I’m still on the fence regarding Smashwords).

However, I’m not abandoning the Kindle Unlimited, and my upcoming novella The Humid will be available through Kindle Unlimited. It releases April 14 and is available for pre-order on Amazon. (The ebook can be pre-ordered, the paperback version cannot.)

In a follow up to yesterday’s post about using Prolific Works to give away free Advance Reader Copies (ARC), I am also trying out some other avenues.

There are 20 copies available on Booksprout, and you can grab one here.

The Humid

Jack just wants to raise his children in a safe environment, while being able to afford to give them a comfortable life. With the promise of low crime, safe streets, and a hefty pay increase, he accepts a job in Tokyo and they leave Chicago behind. 

He’s read about the uncomfortable summers in the sprawling city, but they’re no strangers to the heat. Lake Michigan dishes out its fair share of humidity.

Shortly after their arrival, the first day of summer is a record-breaker, and the temperature continues to climb. When the power grid collapses, Jack’s family is trapped in the sweltering foreign metropolis, and escape seems all but impossible.

(WARNING: this story contains strong language and graphic situations that may not be suitable for all readers.)

My novella The Humid will be going live on Amazon next month. On Sunday, April 14, to be precise.

If you would like to receive a free Advance Reader Copy, you can download it through Prolific Works (formerly Instafreebie). There are ePub, mobi, and PDF versions available.

The link is: https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/5gvGpw6o.

To receive invitations to future ARC’s and updates of new releases, please join my newly created readers list.

Cover---The-Humid-ARC

As mentioned in the previous post, I’ve decided to start selling stories on Amazon.

Amazon has an interesting system in place. They’ll pay 70% if you price your book between $2.99 and $9.99, but everything priced outside those parameters will only reel in 35%.

Looking at other short fiction pricing on the site, and as my first story is only 7,400 words, I’ve priced it at $1.99.

I’ve also enrolled it in KDP Select, which means anyone with Kindle Unlimited can read it for free. (They offer a 30-day free trial when signing up.)

The first story is The Masq and what follows is the blurb I wrote for it. Did I compare myself to three of the greatest speculative storytellers in history? No, of course not. I simply mentioned them out of respect.

“How many photos are you in?” Francis Tipple asks his audience.

“Suddenly you’re a meme. Famous overnight, for all the wrong reasons, and you are forever digitally enshrined on the internet.”

A brilliant young engineer, Tipple has invented a groundbreaking new device. A pair of glasses with the power to block a person’s face from registering on the sensor of any camera in the world. He is offering something his generation has never known.

Anonymity.

The success of his product will not only change his life, it will change the world.

This 7,400 word short story follows in the vein of Mary Shelley, Ray Bradbury, and Neal Stephenson, where new technology takes man to questionable new frontiers.