I have Peaceable Kingdom for free starting the 26th and running for three days. Since this story is rather extreme or some might find it offensive, it’ll be interesting if I get any negative reviews or comments. However, I think that the sample should give an idea of what it’s like. It’s just one paragraph but that paragraph has that one word that some hate so we’ll see how it goes. If you haven’t read it, now is your chance. 🙂 Just head over to Amazon tomorrow and pick it up at no charge. Just click here Peaceable Kingdom
I just got my first review on Amazon by someone I do not know in the least. What I mean is sure, my friends loved my story and left me good ratings and feedback. I also have some great people I met through here and Facebook that left good reviews and I love them for that. However, this is a total stranger. She wrote….well heck, I’ll quote it here and by the way, it’s for Peaceable Kingdom.
I generally don’t read this type of thing but I figured I could hack a few pages just to see how it has such high reviews. oh wow! that’s all I can say. I never imagined that ending. sure it was a touch on the crude side but whatever, it was a good read that will stick with you.
Now how cool is that? I love that someone left a good review and it wasn’t someone that may feel obligated or my be biased simply because they know me. Then again, maybe my friends that haven’t left a review are the ones that didn’t like it. Either way, I’m thrilled!
Now if I can just get this new story to flesh out like I want it. I read something by a great author. He basically said that the qualities of a great writer are (1) that you can think up a great story and (2) that you can execute it. I can think up some great stuff but it’s the execution that is hard for me. I know what I want it to say but making it pan out right is the hard part. Hey, I’m learning though. 🙂
I really need some sleep but while I’m up I might as well do something constructive. I had decided to Google myself and found the other places I have my short stories listed such as iTunes, Diesel and Barnes&Noble. What I found though was a bad review on B&N.
I have my stories listed on Smashwords and on there it lists Peaceable Kingdom as an adult story. What I did not realize is that it would not list it that way on the other places it is sold. So what happened was that someone read it for free on their Nook and was offended. Offended enough to leave a one star review and say that it had atrocious language and a sadistic plot choice.
Okay, so when I wrote it I had apprehension. I mean I use the C word for Pete’s sake! However, everything is pivotal to the plot and once a few people read it and liked it, I was less worried about the extreme adult nature. Oddly, my girl friends seem to like it better than the guy friends. I have no idea why that is either. It’s definitely something to think about though.
Anyway, that brings me to another post I’ll write later about my trepidation of using such an adult theme, C word and all. For now, I have added a disclaimer to the description on Amazon and Smashwords. That should fix any stray readers that were looking for a lighthearted story about a cute little rescue pug. 🙂
I’ve always loved horror. From movies to books and whatever I could find, I devoured it. I have also always loved writing. Believe me, I have some horrible poetry that is horror related. Something about the hounds of hell, I kid you not. Perhaps one day I can get over my embarrassment and post them here. Then again, maybe not.
I actually got started because a friend of mine that I met via Facebook has a publishing company and had a contest for a flash fiction piece. Grave Demand Publishing ended up being the motivation that gave birth to Peaceable Kingdom. However, I got ahead of myself and published it not realizing that they would need the publishing rights so I lost out on being a part of that. However, Vincent Daemon, a great writer, read my story and liked it so that gave me hope. Since then, I’ve asked a few awesome writers to read my story but that’s going to go in another post about me pimping my stories out.
That’s it for now, although I have plenty to say and can usually never shut up, just ask my friend Melissa about how narcissistic I can be without meaning to.
By the way, I only have two short stories out there right now and yeah, that’s nothing in the grand scheme of things but I’m proud of my two stories and while life gets in the way sometimes, I promise to write more. Honestly, I have too many crazy ideas floating in my head not to spread the joy around! (that was a joke, people)