Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Josie Dorri and the Coffee Ban" Free On Kindle

My short story, Josie Dorri and the Coffee Ban, is available on the Amazon Kindle today for free. My brother-in-law suggested I write a story about someone not having their morning cup of coffee and it results in a lot of bad things happening in their day. I liked the idea a lot, realizing it could lead to a humorous story about coffee.

I modified his suggestion, basing the premise on a coffee prohibition (of which some have actually happened in human history) and another twist to explain the bad day. The result is a story I enjoyed writing a lot, and one that should bring a few smiles to your face.

Come back tomorrow to find out the latest free or discounted offer for my ebooks.

What would you do if someone told you not to drink coffee? What if it was the law? Follow Josie Dorri on her day without coffee, and you'll be glad the ban hasn't happened!

Free today on Amazon! (Hint: Click the word Amazon.)

If you missed today's offer, it will be free again on the following dates:

  • August 11, 2014
  • August 31, 2014
  • September 20, 2014
  • October 10, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

"The Present" Free On Kindle

My short story, The Present, is available on the Amazon Kindle today for free. It's funny how certain things inspire a story. I was watching a movie from 1997. The scene was in a kitchen. On the table was a box of doughnuts, and I'll tell you, those doughnuts were huge! I thought to myself, "They don't make them that big any more, and on top of that, they cost more!"

That was the inspiration for this eBook. It made me think about how the same can be said now of the past, and more in the future as we look to what is now our present. I took the idea, wrapped it around a man who has a good life but has complaints about it. As you read the story, you'll notice the reference to the inspiration. But more importantly, you'll no doubt come to appreciate your own life and understand that you should never take the little things for granted.

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Miles Gray has a wonderful life that he has refused to recognize. One day, he receives a present from a friend that is strange and peculiar. Unable to resist the present, Miles goes on a journey that he never could have imagined and that will change his life forever.

Free today on Amazon! (Hint: Click the word Amazon.)

If you missed today's offer, it will be free again on the following dates:

  • August 10, 2014
  • August 30, 2014
  • September 19, 2014
  • October 9, 2014

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"Going Home" Free on Kindle

My short story, Going Home, is available on the Amazon Kindle today for free. This short story was based off a flash fiction piece I wrote on my site. I liked the 100 or so word story so much, I decided to expand it.

As I wrote this story, I couldn't help but feel the emotions of Commander Patrick Murphy. From the moments that my fingers pecked on the keys, I knew this one would be something special. It's an emotionally moving tale, and it might even bring a tear to your eye. While in many ways, it is a sad story, I think it speaks to the human qualities of love and commitment.

Come back tomorrow to find out the latest free or discounted offer for my ebooks.

For Commander Patrick Murphy every new mission serves as a reminder. They are a reminder of a promise he made and always must keep. Without that promise, he'd have no reason to keep going home...

Free today on Amazon! (Hint: Click the word Amazon.)

If you missed today's offer, it will be free again on the following dates:

  • August 9, 2014
  • August 29, 2014
  • September 18, 2014
  • October 8, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

"Copy Bird" Free On Kindle

My short story, Copy Bird, is available on the Amazon Kindle today for free. This is a sci-fi post-apocalyptic tale that I came up with while taking a shower. (Though I didn't do the actual writing in the shower. I'll save that for a future project.)

This is the first of a three month run of free and discounted ebooks I'll be offering. Come back here every day to find out the latest offer.

Caught in a trap of his own devising to keep him safe, Bill begins to get lonely. It makes sense to him that he should now proceed into the open world. His goal is simply to find someone to be his friend and keep him company. Will he find what he is searching for or is he destined to be alone?

Free today on Amazon! (Hint: Click the word Amazon.)

If you missed today's offer, it will be free again on the following dates:

  • August 8, 2014
  • August 28, 2014
  • September 17, 2014
  • October 7, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Let's Put Survivors on Survivor!

Brendon Villegas & Rachel Reilly (Brenchel)
Reality TV Stars from Big Brother and The Amazing Race
Image: CBS
I'll say it now, I'm not a big fan of reality television shows. Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Amish Mafia, Deadliest Catch, overall, I couldn't care less about these types of shows or enjoy them.

However, we all have our guilty pleasures that we have to watch. I have been a longtime fan (since the beginning) of Survivor and Big Brother. I love that these are essentially game shows. They require strategy on the part of contestants. They're a study into human behavior and reaction. They're a lot of fun to watch and not too much different than watching your favorite sport. You begin to root for somebody to win and if they do, it's exciting.

My biggest Survivor moment was the first season when Richard Hatch won. He set the tone of strategy for seasons to come. My wife and I rooted for him to win it and he did. That's a very exciting moment.

Another big moment in reality TV for me was when Rachel Reilly won Big Brother. It was her second time on the show, and like the previous, she faced adversity. She faced what I feel was unjustified ridicule from those she competed with and the public alike. And despite all this, she didn't quit or give in, even when her fiancée Brandon was voted off. She survived the adversity and won the game. My wife and I were really excited to see that win. For me, it's my most favorite and memorable moment of reality TV.

So, it was exciting to hear that my favorite reality couple, Brendon and Rachel (or Brenchel as fans, haters, and they themselves have dubbed), would be on The Amazing Race 20. Ultimately, the couple finished in third place, which was pretty good. Once again, I enjoyed watching the couple's interactions. Rachel breaking down, Brendon building her up. She gets upset with him. He apologizes. They're very entertaining people. Makes me wonder why they don't have their own Kardashian type show.

That was the second time I ever watched The Amazing Race. And the third time was this past season that wrapped up last Sunday. The Amazing Race: All Stars (Season 24). Guess who was on it? That's right, Brendon Villegas and Rachel Reilly. Yep, Brenchel. This was another intense season with the two. Not only that, as competitors in reality shows, they showed themselves as very seasoned and matured. As a couple, too. All the goo-goo eyed talk was thrown to the wayside. But the two seemed closer than ever and determined to win the race. There was a role reversal, with Rachel keeping Brendon's spirits up more so than he had to for her.

Once again, the couple proved to be entertaining and people to root for. They never quit. And though they came in third place once again, they survived and pushed themselves to make it. They even had some adversity to contend with. (It seems to find them easily.) They've been on The Amazing Race twice and have never been eliminated.

All this fun watching them compete prompted me to tweet out the following to Brenchel:
To which I was surprised when Rachel Reilly not only favorited the tweet but even followed me! AWESOME like The Lego Movie! (I'm no fool. I'm sure there are multiple people running her account, but still.)

See that last part in my tweet? Watching these two compete on Big Brother and The Amazing Race was so much fun. Let's go for the hat trick or trifecta. They should be on Survivor next. That would be so much fun to watch. If not both of them, then at least one of them. Can you imagine a starving Rachel being consoled by a smelly Brendon all while trying to strategize and win the game? Imagine all the other survivors turning on them for one stupid reason or another because they're facing real competitors? Oh boy, the thought of it is reality TV heaven!

This is my call out to CBS, Mark Burnett, and Jeff Probst to make this idea a reality (no pun intended, honestly). Get Brenchel on Survivor. It will be ratings gold. A lot of people love the couple and a lot of people hate them. You'll get those people to watch Survivor. For the people who have no clue who they are, introduce them to this reality couple that they can love or hate. And then bring them back for All Stars! (Yeah, I got this all mapped out.)

It has to happen. These reality TV survivors must be on Survivor! What do you think?

Click any link below to send an automatic tweet saying you want Brenchel on Suvivor!

Mark Burnett
Jeff Probst

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Announcing "Name Your Price" Edition E-Books!

One of the hardest things for an independent author to accomplish is making a name for themselves. Sure, they write books and they put them out there for people to buy. Friends and family might buy a copy of a book and they might read it. But overall, it's a lottery in finding success with lots of sales and unknown readers that in turn buy other books by the author.

There are several ways authors try to improve their sales. They advertise on Facebook and other places for people to buy their book(s). They regularly write on a blog, giving information to potential readers. They're active in the Twitter community. They offer a book for free for a limited time. They keep writing book after book, letting those speak for themselves and be their marketing.

There are a lot of options. And some authors find success with one way of doing it. But most don't. The best books might never be read and the worst can be bestsellers.

I've tried a lot of things over the years to improve my book sales. None have set the world on fire. But does that mean I quit trying?

No way. I keep writing and putting out stories. And I find different ways to market my books.

And that includes today. I've decided to add a section to the site called Name Your Price Edition E-Books. Currently, only The Permanent Man - The Complete First Season is available on the page. But more are to come!

How does it work?

Directly from the page, you can download the book of your choice for free. That's right. No cost. It's yours. They are available in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats. Before, during, or after reading the book, you can choose to pay me (through PayPal) the value of the book to you. So, you could not pay me at all. And that's fine. Or you can pay me. That's much better!

Either way, the choice is yours.

I'm doing this as another way to promote my books. The offer is valid only through my site. My hope is that this way of selling the book gives me more exposure over time and eventually leads to loyal readers. And I assume the loyal readers will be those who choose to pay me for the hard work that went in to entertaining them.

So what are you waiting for? The Permanent Man - The Complete First Season is available now. Name your price!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Permanent Man - The Complete First Season is Live!

I'm happy to say that The Permanent Man - The Complete First Season is now available in digital and print!

If you haven't read all the individual episodes (or even the free pilot episode) here's your chance to get into the series. On top of that, you'll get bonus author commentary in the book that will give more insight into the stories, my writing process, and why I made certain decisions with the plot.

What are you waiting for? Pick up your copy today!

From Desmond Shepherd, author of Imaginary Me, comes the breakthrough adventure told in a serialized format. Private Investigator Patrick Hold’s life is turned upside down when a secret agency claims he is someone called the Permanent Man—a man incapable of dying. Fearful of what they want with him, Patrick attempts to escape, only to find himself catapulted back in time. With a pregnant wife waiting for him in the future, Patrick is determined to find his way home, even though all hope seems lost.

From the exciting first episode to the action-packed finale, relive every detail of the first season of The Permanent Man. With all 12 episodes of the season and bonus commentary from the author that takes you behind the scenes of each episode, The Permanent Man - The Complete First Season is a real find.

Digital Edition Available at Amazon | iTunes | Barnes & Noble | Google Play | Kobo Books | Smashwords

Print Edition Available at Amazon (includes free digital copy) | Barnes & Noble