My first two books are on line
by Kelvin Wade
When I came across an article on publishing phenomenon Amanda Hocking last year, a light bulb clicked on in my head. Hocking is the 20-something writer who rocked the publishing world by self-publishing a series of paranormal teen romance e-books that sold over a million copies. Like most writers, fiction has always been my first love and after reading her story, I knew I had to see my short stories in print.
Vanity or self-publishing has always had a bad rep. It was always seen as something writers who weren’t good enough resorted to. “Real” writers steered clear of vanity presses and went the tradition route, submitting their work to publishing houses and wallpapering their bedrooms with rejection slips.
But e-books have exploded and print-on-demand printing firms have brought the cost of printing books down to a level accessible to the masses. This, coupled with the fact that the fiction market is all but dead to new writers, was the impetus I needed to embrace self-publishing.
It took the better part of a year to select, rework and write my two collections of short stories. I’m proud that the end result is “Morsels: Twisted tales of life and death,” Volumes 1 and 2. My stories can best be described as “The Twilight Zone” meets “The Night Gallery.”
Several of the stories in these two books started in two newsletters I wrote in the mid-90s. The newsletters were entitled “Iniquity” and each one contained about half a dozen short horror stories. I never did anything with the newsletters except show them to friends.
Then in 2007, the fiction writing bug hit me and I churned out a dozen stories that I shared with friends on MySpace.
Last year, I expanded some of the original stories from “Iniquity,” reworked some of the stories I’d written in 2007 and added several new tales. I divided the resulting 28 stories into two books.
I describe Volume 1 this way:
“What if you made a rash life and death decision right before your fortunes changed? Or imagine being a teenaged vampire nauseated by the thought of tasting blood but tempted to bite everyone you see. Salim Akkad, a dedicated member of a terror cell in Washington DC, is also dedicated to a daily television soap opera that clashes with his plans for Jihad. Picture a carnival sideshow where the Fat Lady, dog-faced man, strongman and midget pale in comparison to the wildest collection of freaks you’ve ever seen. What if a domestic violence victim refused to let a little thing like death stop her from seeking revenge on abusers? Anna Mae Solomon has the incredible gift of being able to move objects with the power of her mind. The problem is she lives in Massachusetts in the 1600s when girls like her are being burned at the stake for witchery. And just what does that new machine invented by Dr. Adam Zeale do that would change the world as we know it?
“Within these pages no good deed goes unpunished, cows fly, nightmares become reality and your jaw just might hit the ground when you find out the true identity of that stranger sitting next to you on the bus. These 15 twisted tales will enchant and envelope you. They will get under your skin with twists and conclusions you won’t see coming.”
Both e-books are available at the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Barnes and Noble and Amazon websites. You can download a free sample. After you read them, please leave a review. If you don’t have a Kindle, Nook or iPad/iPhone, you can purchase a print copy at http://www.thebookpatch.com/BookStore.aspx. Just do a search for my name.
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