Fantasy & Sci-Fi Fans:
I actually would rather have people enjoy my stories than make money. That is why I write. Therefore,from now to the end of October, my books are available for free on Smashwords - https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/bobcraton
You can get "The High Duties of Pacia," "A Princess of Fae," and "Jesika's Angel" all for 'reader sets the price' so just set the price at $0.00. (Note - "The High Duties of Pacia" contains all three volumes of that trilogy so you don't need the individual volumes which are also listed there.)
Naturally, I would love reviews but you have no obligation to write one if you don't want to. The books are still free.
When he was a child, Bob Craton’s teachers often remarked (not always favorably) about his day-dreaming. He spent much of his time lost in his own imagination, often creating elaborate elementary school tall-tales, and the habit never went away as he grew up. Coming of age in the 1960s filled his head with dreams of saving the world and having a career in academia. Then the real world closed in. With a family to support, he took a job at the corporate grindstone, just temporarily until he could get back to grad school and earn the PhD he desired. Somehow ‘temporarily’ turned into thirty-three years of stress and boredom but he kept entertaining himself by creating stories inside his head. Interestingly (well, he hopes it’s interesting anyway), his best ideas came to him while he was stuck in rush-hour traffic during his daily commute.
At age fifty-seven, he retired early (a euphemism for ‘got laid off) and had time to put his tales on ‘paper’ (an ancient product now replaced by digital electronics). The ideas in his head were all visual, like scenes from a movie, and as he began writing, he learned to translate visual into verbal and improve his skills. Or at least, that’s what he says. He admits that sometimes minor characters – or some who weren’t included in the original plan at all – demand attention. Frequently, he agrees with them and expands their roles. Many people believe he is bonkers for believing that fictional characters talk to him, but he calls it creativity and remains unrepentant.
on Aug. 19, 2013 :
I really liked it! Made me feel like I was there with him. It was funny and I want more!!
(review of free book)
on Aug. 11, 2013 :
Good short story. Keep on writing!
(review of free book)