Chris Garson

Biography

Officially, I was laid off and have a severance package to prove it, but really, it was an early retirement. Very early, I was just shy of fifty. When the time came to make the cut, I gladly volunteered. I’d had enough. Now, after three years of writing, rewriting and rewriting, I’m dipping my toe in commercial waters. I haven’t sold a word, not yet, but then again, I haven’t tried until now. Don't worry, I’m no starving artist. I provided twenty-five years of leadership as an IT executive with a Fortune 200 company. That’s a quarter century of corporate moments, some of which have already found homes in short stories. I was nationally known, in insurance technology circles, which is to say entirely unknown, led an organization commanding a nine figure budget not counting pennies, and spoke to thousands at industry events.

THE CURSE OF ARVYL’S FOLLY is my first full length work seeking an audience since my fourth grade classmates were subjected to “Augusta the Dragon” forty-two years ago. After leaving Mrs. Hamilton’s classroom, I attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where I devoured fantasy and science fiction classics and became an avid gamer on my way to graduating with degrees in psychology and sociology and a minor in King Arthur. Now, I live in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and my seven year old son Neil lives on the east coast. I named my cats, China and Rider, from a Grateful Dead set list, and I still like dragons. My collection is large, Neil ran out of fingers and toes just counting the winged ornaments dangling from my mantel, and very cheesy.

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Books

Perk Noir
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 120,900. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
What do jazz, coffee, football and ninja girls have in common? Me, that’s who, Mason Ezekiel Barnes. I’m a retired NFL tackle turned author, a big-headed man (as in large, not proud) living in a world dominated by small-headed people. Pinhead insults wear thin, especially when they come from Conrad Bancroft, whose head isn’t much bigger than a light bulb.
Madness Ascendant
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 185,280. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Hali's story continues in this second volume of the Scales over Sangrithar trilogy. When the story resumes, Hali and his stalwart companions have left Pel Aesylle to search for the Humadin in the northern steppes, hoping they can point him in the direction of the the long lost earthsong, which holds the key to defeating the God-Emperor.
The Curse of Arvyl's Folly
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 103,660. Language: English. Published: March 7, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Hali Halyvl is Lord Warden over Sangrithar's mighty legions. He answers only to the God-Emperor, whom the Curse is driving mad, and his conscience, which demands that he free the empire from the tyrant's grip. To do so, Hali must embrace power and fend off the madness or become that which he seeks to defeat. Volume 1 of the Scales over Sangrithar trilogy
What, So What, Now What
Price: Free! Words: 770. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Development / general
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A simple model you can use to assess and develop your people's analytical skills. Also, help eliminate chart junk in your monthly reports. This article references the content in the article "Diagnostics vs. Key Measures."
Diagnostics vs. Key Measures
Price: Free! Words: 300. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Knowledge capital
Measurement in business is essential, for goal setting, for understanding results and for targeting improvements. But, with all the tools and data available today, data miners need new canaries.
Job Challenges: People, Processes and Products
Price: Free! Words: 2,020. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Management
For those in new management positions struggling to get started, here's a framework you can use to discern the particular challenges your job presents.
It Takes Two ...
Price: Free! Words: 1,060. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Time management
It takes two to tango, but three to meet. A quick primer to improve your meeting effectiveness.
Duty
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,150. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
When Hali was a child, he'd held his father's absences against him. Now that he was Lord Warden, he understood. When the God-Emperor called, he must answer or suffer the compulsion.
The Vanara
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,440. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
And lo, the Vanara came into the Firmament, born of treachery and hope, and from them sprang dragons and god-fire.
Stripes
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,760. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Blade might have named Tomello to run the Fins' day to day operations, but that didn't mean the older rogues respected him. Alziri had wanted the job and many thought it should have gone to him.
Masks
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,460. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Devotees aren't born, they're nurtured. When Renjarro Palluri, a legionnaire in the God-Emperor's elite guard saves a red-haired woman, he has no idea how much it will change his life.
Snake
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,180. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Fins have had a stranglehold on Sangrithar's black market since Blade founded the guild a century before the God-Emperor exiled Hali. Blade has led them all this time and many have stood at his side as guild second. The latest, Kaizal, died recently and Blade has just named young Tomello to replace him.
The Bull and the Rat
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,310. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Which would you bet on? If you picked the bull, get good odds. High Warden Avery Tavistern knows which one to put his coin on and it's a bet that pays handsome dividends.
Plaid Elbow Macaroni Salad
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
It's said that empowerment must come from within. Sometimes it does and sometimes ...
Monkeys in the Palace
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,970. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
All hell is breaking out in the state penitentiary located in the Florida panhandle between Pensacola and Mobile. One of the worst inmates, Hector Escandia, is on the prowl and looking for vengeance. If Hector catches up with his nemesis, blood will spill, but whose?
A Figment of Competition
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,890. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
From the dining room to the board room, Karl Milton could never shake his rival, Caldwell Van Buren.
Section 6: a memoir of family, football and fandom
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 26,830. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby
A memoir of family, football and fandom celebrating the sixty year romance between the Garsons and the Cleveland Browns.
Bacon and Eggs
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,620. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Bert fell in love with Connie the moment their eyes met in Macroeconomic Theory. First coffee, then breakfast, then a lifetime together.
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for ... Gingerbread?
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,530. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
You'd think acquiring a smartphone a simple enough task, but it's a perilous path to tread. For your next contract, you'd be wise to consider a Faustian deal instead.
Access Code
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,140. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
If you're going to enter the world of consulting, you can't avoid the dreaded all-day meeting.
The Perfect Gift
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,150. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Gary and Erin are getting married, posing a problem those Gary works with. Hardly the typical couple, their wedding gift requires special thought, which Gary's friend Karl is happy to provide.

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