Interview with Michael Jasper

What motivated you to become an indie author?
Short answer: I'm kind of a control freak.

Long answer: I had three novels and a story collection published by two different small presses, and while I was happy with the results from those four books, the grind of submitting and waiting waiting waiting (did I mention that I'm impatient?) and never hearing back from 75% of the people I'd sent my work, I got fed up.

I did some research and saw that the learning curve wasn't terrible for creating ebook versions of my other novels, so I created UnWrecked Press (number of employees: 1) and started ebooking. I love the control I have over my covers, descriptions, and layouts. And if I come across some new ebook tricks, it's a snap (well, more or less) to update all of my novels and story collections with new stuff, or if I need to make some edits.

Luckily I retained the ebook rights to three of those four books, so I could publish the electronic versions here at Smashwords.

Watch this space for MORE new ebooks from me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Short answer: My sanity.

Long answer: The greatest joy of writing is creating something out of nothing, and watching it grow each day as I add to it. I've been doing this since 1995, and I've tried to quit, really. But I can't.

And when I don't write, or when I'm not working on some sort of creative endeavor -- whether it's a novel, a screenplay, a comic script, or even tweaks to my website -- I go a little nuts. I get antsy. I feel like I'm not pursuing my dream, and that I'm just taking up space and wasting time.

Trust me, it's not pretty.

So the world is much better off if I write.
Published 2013-08-22.
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Books by This Author

Unassisted Living
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 20,180. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2013. Category: Fiction » Drama » American
Retirement: it’s not just for the elderly. Thirty-six-year-old JB lives to inspire the old folks at Whispering Pines Rest Home. He listens to their stories, encourages them to get some fresh air, and makes sure they aren’t just sitting around waiting for the end to come. But he’s not a doctor, not a therapist. He’s a resident of Whispering Pines, too.
Contagious Magic
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Series: Contagious Magic. Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 241,440. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Magic: more contagious than the common cold... Kelley and Jeroan get infected by magic one cold and snowy morning, and soon find themselves fighting for their lives, using their new-found magic skills. Contagious Magic collects A Sudden Outbreak of Magic, A Wild Epidemic of Magic, and A Lasting Cure for Magic.
A Lasting Cure for Magic
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Series: Contagious Magic, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 83,720. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Picking up two minutes after the shocking and unnerving ending to A Wild Epidemic of Magic, this book finds Kelley and Jeroan stranded in Dubuque, Iowa, just after their parents—and all the Sorcerers they met in the past two months—were whisked away by the vengeful Druid. Kelley and Jeroan now must work together, for the first time in their lives. The conclusion to the Contagious Magic trilogy.
A Wild Epidemic of Magic
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Series: Contagious Magic, Book 2. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 83,620. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Picking up two months after the explosive ending to A Sudden Outbreak of Magic, Jeroan is now at Dr. Azure’s magical training center while Kelley is stuck in Dubuque. When people they care about start disappearing, and people they didn’t think they should care about—like Dr. Azure—get attacked by rogue Blood Sorcerers, Jeroan and Kelley must act before this growing epidemic of magic turns deadly.
A Tale of Two Sh*ts
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,160. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
Gabe is about to do a bad, bad thing. He's on his way to meet someone of the fairer sex. And she's not his wife. But first, he has to pull over at a rest stop and pull it together... A dark horror-comedic tale about marriage, growing old, and what the graffiti scrawled on the men's room walls really means. First published in Necrotic Tissue 13, January 2011. Also includes a free bonus story.
Comfort and Joy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,350. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Two things, and two things only, kept Lew Zimmerman from quitting his job at the toy factory. The first was driving Marty Thier to and from work. The second thing that kept Lew from quitting was his desire to get under Marty’s skin during their fifteen-minute trip through their sleepy hometown before and after work. A story about two guys in a rut who are about to get knocked for a loop.
Riverrun Alley
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,720. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Humorous
In the ramshackle slum of Riverrun Alley, just east of the City of All-Worlds, winter started early and stayed longer than an uninvited guest, and Tockle the otherworlder was beginning to doubt he’d ever see spring. In a land filled with aliens, nobody is at home, and Tockle feels this the most at the height of winter. He hopes to drive off the chill with holiday tales from his diverse friends.
Takedown
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,660. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Andy doesn't want to be at the tournament, yelling at his young wrestlers until he loses his voice. He wants to spend his Saturday with Sarah, the older sister of his best wrestler, and find out why she thinks she needs time away. But he has to be responsible and do his job, despite the coldness filling him with each match.
Home Court Advantage
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,410. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Steve Johnson is the new teacher at the tiny high school next to the Indian reservation, and as a result, he can't say no when his boss recruits him to help referee the upcoming varsity basketball game against Winnebago. Steve feels superior to the townies, who in turn feel superior to the 'Bago players and residents. By the end of the game, new lessons will be learned by all.
Death in the City
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,550. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Urban
"His story can be summed up in this cold, uncaring manner: another death, another homeless man found, this time on a bench next to the river. His name was Porter. These few facts are the only I truly know, without speculation." A tale of one man's desperation and another man's determination, though neither man truly knows one another, despite living so close together in the city.
Breathing Trouble
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,870. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
Joe was too good for this town, too good for this life that the world had carved out for him. Which was why, of course, he was sitting in a bar, drowning his sorrows the night Andie walked in, took his breath away, and changed his life. Whether that change was for the better or not is left to be seen... First published in The Pedestal Magazine.
The Brotherhood of Trees
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,520. Language: English. Published: November 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
In an attempt to get in better shape, Matthew has taken to jogging in the woods behind his house with his two dogs. One morning he encounters a strange visitor to his woods: a boy, lost. He and his partner Fred never wanted kids, but Matthew forms a bond with the boy that he neglects to tell his partner about. First published in Aeon SF, this is a story about aging, selflessness, and compassion.
The Disillusionist
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,300. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
"I was a day behind him, riding west as fast as my horse would allow. He held my future in his rotting, trembling hands, though neither of us knew it then." In the summer of 1834, a newly deputized journeyman finds himself hot on the heels of the monstrous man known only as the Disillusionist. Can an honest man defeat such a being? A dark fantasy tale from the distant past.
This Divided Land
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,570. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
"Once upon a time, not long from now, there lived two people who had fallen in love." Though separated by distance and a nearly insurmountable border, they were determined to be together, no matter the cost. A tale of love that lights up the darkness of a science-fictional near-future. First published in Jigsaw Nation, May 2006.
Remainders
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,130. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
As a man with a past he'd rather forget, Jaret Lazarus cares little for history. But at the present, he's must lead his ten-creature crew of alien conscripts onto a dying planet to clear the place of any "remainders" still living there. But Jaret finds that he can't run from his past in this hard-edged, prize-winning science fiction story.
The Death Sentence
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,040. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
"The City had never been cleaner, safer, or quieter than it was on Erik Dankelson’s twenty-ninth birthday, and he couldn’t have been more heartsick about it." When all you want to do is be able to speak your mind, but all society wants is to keep everything clean, what do you end up with? The death sentence, the last words Erik Dankelson will ever speak.
The Deck
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,060. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
In the not-too-disant future, space is at a premium, and parking decks are no exceptions. Poor Jerry Lassiter and new Ford Slipstream are about to learn the dangers of illegally parking. The lesson is to be delivered by the infamous park-cop, Officer Strickland, who's about to begin his second shift of enforcing the Old Raleigh Downtown Parking Deck. Three strikes and you're out.
Halloween Six-Pack
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 24,310. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Six stories of spooks, freaks, ghosts, and dark tasks, from author Michael Jasper (Family, Pack and A Sudden Outbreak of Magic). Stories include "Black Angels," "One Night in Rosecroft," "The Disillusionist," "Painting Haiti," "Never, Incorporated," and "A Tale of Two Shits." (Yes, you read that last one right.) Enjoy!
Science Fiction Five-Pack
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 25,790. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Five stories of dark and turbulent futures, the best and worst of characters, and a range of science fiction themes and sub-genres, by author Michael Jasper (The Wannoshay Cycle and A Sudden Outbreak of Magic). Stories include "Working the Game," "The Death Sentence," "Unplugged," "Remainders," and "The Deck."
The Last Sorcerer
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Series: Contagious Magic. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 17,670. Language: English. Published: August 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
An old man sleeping in a cardboard box in snowy Chicago holds the secret of sorcery in his head. But thanks to the damage done to him by using magic decades ago, he doesn't realize it. But when two teens try to jump him in an alley, the magic Words come back to him. And soon Chicago has a sudden outbreak of magic on its hands... An earlier version of A Sudden Outbreak of Magic (also an ebook)
Dark Fantasy Five-Pack
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 28,930. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Five tales of dark, contemporary fantasy from author Michael Jasper, including: “Gunning for the Buddha,” “Natural Order,” ”Visions of Suburban Bliss,” “Coal Ash and Sparrows,” and ”Goddamn Redneck Surfer Zombies.”
A Game of Contact
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,430. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
A group of boys playing Dungeons & Dragons in the '80s. A high-tech worker finding an old friend in Baghdad, of all places. And a man who spends most of his life in a cocoon of his own making. These three stories come together in this science fiction tale of the past and future. Originally published in the Exquisite Corpuscle anthology.
Painting Haiti
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,090. Language: English. Published: August 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Claudia drives a taxi and paints, but not necessarily in that order. She must face a new form of violence in her adopted city of Raleigh, a kind of violence that bring back dark echoes from her past, when she was living in Haiti with her family.
An Outrider's Tale
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,020. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
A mysterious hulk of a man, a tragic romance, and a violent life among a band of criminals and outcasts. This is the tale of a distant land and a curse that shattered two lives, and one man's hope for their reunion and redemption.
Meet the Madfeet
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,240. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Forget the friendly hobbits of the Shire, and the kind smiles of Gandalf the Grey. "Meet the Madfeet" brings you hobbits gone bad, as our young wizard hero is forced by the Wizard's Guild to protect the Madfeet who live in caves carved out of the petrified mud and crumbling rock of the Brown Hills. And yes, there is a dragon in our hero's future...
The City of All-Worlds
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,270. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Bartolamus the Sorcerer is dying, and his apprentice approaches his bedside with a silver whistle in his right hand and a tarnished bell in his left. The wizard shares his history and his plans for one last quest, and the worldview of his young apprentice shifts violently as a result. Learn more about the weird City of All-Worlds and the portal at its center in this fantasy novelette.
Family, Pack
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Series: Family, Pack. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,510. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Some family curses are worth passing on... Tommy Roling does everything humanly possible to raise his infant daughter Corinne the right way. But when you’re half a year out of high school, you’re flat broke, and you have to deal with losing control of yourself every full moon — well, being a perfect dad becomes quite a struggle.
A Sudden Outbreak of Magic
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Series: Contagious Magic, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,710. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Kelley Strickland and her family just moved to Dubuque, Iowa, after some trouble in Chicago. One cold morning in November, Kelley gets "infected" by magic after reading aloud from a small leatherbound book she finds. Soon Kelley and Jeroan must face a power-hungry Sorcerer who wants to rid the world of what he calls "renegade" magic-users. A novel about power, growing up, and responsibility.
Mother of the Bride
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,160. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
She just wanted the perfect wedding for her daughter, Angelina. Her little Angel. But Angel's little Yankee fiancee is outside the bedroom door now, knocking, and she won't let him in. Not after what happened in there...
Unplugged
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,900. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Rehab for cyberpunk hackers. Mickey's been here before, with a head full of junk, trying to get better so he can go back to his Lia. This is Jonathan's first trip to Rubin’s non-tech health facility, and being away from his tech is making him start to melt down. Find out how two recovering cyber-cowboys decide to reboot their lives, if they choose that option at all... A near-future SF tale.
Gunning for the Buddha (story)
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,940. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
You know what they say - if you meet Buddha on the road, kill him. A group of misfits pile into their souped-up '75 Firebird and travel the world in search of false Buddhas. This band of anti-establishment punks have also stumbled across the secrets of time travel (hint: it involves bridges). Strap on your seat belt for a violent ride through time and space, in search of Buddhas on the road...
Goddamn Redneck Surfer Zombies
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,470. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
"People stopped coming to the North Carolina coast when the dead returned to the beach after four decades away." A story about a small beach town that's slowly dying, only to have a wave of zombies drop in on them. On surfboards. A tale of life, death, and life after death, but most of all, a story about living.
Mud and Salt
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Series: The Wannoshay Cycle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,430. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
In the near future, three armed men enter a snowy woods in search of a runaway alien. Only two men will walk away from the trees in this story of violence and first contact. "Mud and Salt" was first published in Writers of the Future 16 in September 2000, and it was reprinted in The Wannoshay Cycle (also an ebook).
Crossing the Camp
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Series: The Wannoshay Cycle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,910. Language: English. Published: June 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Two priests, one young and one old, stand at the gates to the detainment camp where the alien Wannoshay have been rounded up and contained. On this day, they will learn valuable lessons not only from each other, but from the aliens themselves. "Crossing the Camp" was first published at Strange Horizons and was reprinted in the SF novel "The Wannoshay Cycle" (also an ebook).
Wantaviewer
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Series: The Wannoshay Cycle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 14,150. Language: English. Published: May 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
A young girl with a nasty drug habit finds inspiration with the newly arrived aliens in her small Canadian town. She starts recording them, and witnesses their integration into human society firsthand. And then a tragedy strikes that reverses all of her hopes and dreams about the future. Part of The Wannoshay Cycle (also an ebook).
Back to the Old Neighborhood
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Series: The Wannoshay Cycle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,340. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Continuing the story started in "Explosions," Terri makes good on her promise to find out just what caused the fatal explosions at her former place of employment, the brewery. So she goes back home to her old neighborhood, determined to meet one of the alien Wannoshay, to get the whole story. She gets that, and more in this near-future SF story. Part of The Wannoshay Cycle (also an ebook).
Explosions
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Series: The Wannoshay Cycle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,390. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
"Of course everyone blames the aliens. But they were working right up until ten minutes before the blast, that’s what really bothers me, and that’s what makes me think it was all just bad timing." A near-future SF story about a mother, her daughter, and how they react to the integration of aliens into their neighborhood, school, and job. Part of The Wannoshay Cycle (also an ebook).
Redemption, Drawing Near
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Series: The Wannoshay Cycle. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,790. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
"There were armed soldiers in Father Joshua’s church again." An aging priest in the near future becomes one of the first humans allowed to interact with the alien Wannoshay -- creatures whose ships have crash-landed on the Great Plains of America and Canada. Father Joshua finds his faith tested as well as his own beliefs about humanity. Part of The Wannoshay Cycle (also an ebook).
Drinker
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Series: The Wannoshay Cycle. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,880. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
There are Elders, and then there are Drinkers. Our narrator, alas, is a Drinker, and his life on the planet called Wannoshay is one of hardship and unimaginable labors: he must travels many miles to gather water and carry it back to his people, in his belly. A prequel story to the novel The Wannoshay Cycle (also an ebook).
Visions of Suburban Bliss
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,930. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
"Richard Tolliver was proud of the fact that his was the first black family to move into the Olde Carriage Ridgewood subdivision in Cary, North Carolina." A twisted tale of the delusions and visions and dreams that guide us through our days, and the lies we tell ourselves and our loved ones. Suburban horror at its most cutting, and most explosive...
A Miracle in Shreveport
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Series: The All Nations Team. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,660. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
"We were lucky to make it out of Shreveport alive on that early spring day in 1917." A story of the first truly integrated baseball team, decades before Jackie Robinson, set during the early years of World War I. Magic, miracles, and more... Part of the historical baseball novel, The All Nations Team (also an ebook).
Coal Ash and Sparrows
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Series: Contagious Magic. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,180. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A story of a book, trains, boats, barns, heroes, and loss, along with impossible things like talking sparrows... and magic! The story takes place in the same setting as the Contagious Magic series of books, starting with A Sudden Outbreak of Magic (all three books are also available as ebooks). "Coal Ash and Sparrows" also gives you a taste of the weird, tragic history of magic in those books.
Formatting Comics for the Kindle and Nook: A Step-By-Step Guide to Images and Ebooks
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,940. Language: English. Published: March 23, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Digital publishing
Formatting comics and image-heavy eBooks can be a confusing and sometimes frustrating task. Every e-reader on the market has a different screen size, meaning that as a creator/publisher, you have to format your comic multiple times. This how-to guide covers how to assemble your comic pages or other images for Amazon's Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook. Now updated for the new Nook Touch Reader!
What Was Left Standing: Four Stories
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Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,640. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Four interconnected stories about rough lives, tough choices, and bittersweet loves. Meet Joey and his Pop (who isn't really his father), Ellie and her boyfriend (who will become her grudging husband), and the odd and intriguing people who come and go over the course of an eventful year in small-town North Carolina.
Siding the House
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
The often-silenced voices of the various members of a rural family speak out in this story set on a dead-end road in the country, as two white men come to work on their house. "I love summer because I get to ride my bike and run races all day with my best friend Toshera from down the road and I can stay outside until Grandma yells me in for supper."
Winter Hunt
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,860. Language: English. Published: February 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
Two brothers, armed, walk into a snow-filled woods, in search of their father as well as deer. Brad, the younger, has been away at college, while William has been the good son, staying at home to help his father on the family farm. And Mom just left Dad... A story of family and the damage the members can do to one another, as well as the chance each one has at saving the others.
Working the Game
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,930. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
"I knew it was going to be a bad day when I saw the scrag almost get cut in half twenty minutes after work began." In the future, scrags work outside the wall, dreaming of one day earning enough to go inside to the cocoons and security. Marcus and his girlfriend believe the dream, but reality is more of a nightmare...
Fences
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,310. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
One cold morning in the middle of nowhere, a young man struggles to finish the fence he's building for his disapproving father. Nobody asked his neighbor, but wheezy old Ray joins him anyway. "Jasper’s writing is full of vivid descriptions of the struggle of digging fenceposts, the chain-smoking neighbor with emphysema, and Canton’s own internal struggles." — Greensboro News & Record
The Fifty-Minute Nietzsche
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,930. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
"Peter rushed into the classroom and fell onto a seat at the bottom of the horseshoe of tables aimed at the professor. Pulling a three-ring binder from his rain-soaked bag, he squeezed his toes in the wet lining of his shoes and wished he could be somewhere else." Brothers, a memory of a skateboard, and an endless class on literary theory. A short story about reality, imagined and otherwise.
Wrecked
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,180. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2011. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
"My day so far had been pretty gray, but at least I hadn’t butted my head into a windshield like the guy driving this Festiva just did. The windshield was a maze of tiny little cracks, and I couldn’t tell if he was alive or not." One man's story of a choice made on a narrow two-lane, far from anyone else but the travelers in a wrecked car... and himself.
Natural Order
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,620. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
They picked me up outside Wilmington, North Carolina, just before the rain began, but not before the gale-force winds blew the cigarette out of my mouth. In the dark, I touched the fresh pack of Camels in my coat pocket with relief, feeling more tired than usual. But as long as I had my smokes and my ride, the wind and the rain didn’t bother me. That was just my nature. In a matter of speaking.
The Doorstop Thieves
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,290. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2010. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
"When I was eleven years old, my best friend was Chris Thomas, and together we were doorstop thieves." In a small Iowa town, two sixth-graders create their own brand of mischief during their final year at the Catholic elementary school -- they steal all the doorstops in the entire school, including the replacements set out each new day. All's fun and games until Sister Virginia gets involved.
Orc in the Family
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,530. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
"It always rains here in the heart of the Sludge Mountains." Humans aren't the only creatures who must deal with unappreciative offspring and housing problems, not to mention bad backs and body odor. Our hero, once a member of the Orkish Army, has his hands full with his family. Is it so wrong for an elderly orc to try to get some rest after a hard life? And still the rain falls...
The Chicken Project
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Series: The Prodigal Sons. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,520. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
William Koopman could never get off the family farm, while John Koopman had no other place to go. As adults, the two brothers find themselves living together again, to their dismay. John must not only straighten up his life, but provide for the one hundred and eighty baby chickens his father just bought home for John to raise on their farm. Related to the novel The Prodigal Sons (also an ebook).
Triplets: Brief Tales of the Future, Futility, and Family
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,310. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2010. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Three short-shorts about a pair of futures that we hope will never be, and a past that's shrouded in failed memories and exaggerated bravado. Brief glimpses of lives we wouldn't necessarily want to share, but stories we need to hear.
The All Nations Team
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Series: The All Nations Team. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 103,160. Language: English. Published: September 3, 2010. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
The All Nations Team tells the story of the first fully integrated, "post-racial" baseball team, very loosely based on an actual team that played in the years before World War I. Haunted by the ghost of their white, former head coach, George must hold the All Nations together, or he'll miss his chance to reunite with his estranged family. If he doesn't score this final run, he loses everything.
The Inverted Bearded Boy of Chicago
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Series: Contagious Magic. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,350. Language: English. Published: June 29, 2010. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
A story about magic, the true cause of the Chicago fire, and a bunch of adventurers gathered together to tell their tales, while a shadowy stranger lurks outside. The story is part of a Chain Story called The Wanderers’ Club. Each story in this anthology is connected, though you can read the stories in any order. This story is also part of the Contagious Magic novel series (available as ebooks).
The Prodigal Sons
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Series: The Prodigal Sons. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 75,490. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2010. Category: Fiction » Literature » Literary
At 30, William Koopman knows he needs to move out of the family farm house, where he still lives with his parents and grandmother. But his wife escapes first. A week after she leaves him, William's shiftless younger brother returns home. As rain pelts the family farm all season, William must go after Marcy, keep from killing his brother, and save the farm - and maybe himself - in the process.
Heart's Revenge
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,800. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2010. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A haunted romance. Off the rough coast of North Carolina's Outer Banks, Ella tracks down one man -- the infamous pirate Blackbeard. Her goal is to ID his shipwreck off the coast of Ocracoke Island, but she and her divemaster discover much more than that. They find mystery, adventure, and even romance as they struggle to stay alive against long-dead pirates, including Blackbeard's headless ghost.
The Wannoshay Cycle
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Series: The Wannoshay Cycle. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 108,970. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2010. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
In a near future filled with violence from terrorists and suicide cultists, the Wannoshay aliens crash-land on the Great Plains of America and Canada. A handful of humans who made early contact with the Wannoshay converge on the aliens' mother ship to stand up for the oppressed aliens' rights. Once there, however, they soon learn that the aliens, just like humans, are not without guilt, either.
Gunning for the Buddha
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Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 85,830. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2010. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Gunning for the Buddha collects fifteen stories that range from near-future science fiction to historical dark fantasy and contemporary horror, touching on a range of genres in the process. All but two of the stories were previously published in magazines such as Asimov's, Strange Horizons, and Writers of the Future. Take a look at the stories that Publishers Weekly called "evocative and vivid."