Robert Swartwood

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Pillar of Salt

I just released a new ebook called Pillar of Salt. It’s a short story that originally appeared in Postscripts a couple of years ago. As I mentioned before, I plan to make more of my short stories available as single ebooks because … well, why not. Plus, with the recent announcement of Kindle Unlimited, I figured it would be a good chance to test the system.

What’s Pillar of Salt about? Here’s a short blurb:

In a small Pennsylvania town, the dead still get their mail.

The rule is simple: do not open the mail.

Somebody is about to break that rule.

I priced this ebook at $2.99, much higher than I normally price short stories, mostly because I don’t expect anyone to actually buy this. Instead, I want people to download it via Kindle Unlimited, seeing as how everyone has a free 30-day trial. You download it for free, read it (or at least get past the 10% mark), and I still get paid. Win-win.

Obviously, because this ebook is exclusive to Amazon right now, it won’t be on Nook, Kobo, iTunes, or Google Play for another three months. Also, from what I understand, Kindle Unlimited is only available to U.S. residents right now. Sorry.

In the meantime, download Pillar of Salt on Amazon, and add it to your Goodreads bookshelf.

Operation: Ice Bat – A Benefit Anthology

OPERATION: ICE BAT is a new benefit anthology edited by Brian Keene. It’s available for $2.99 on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

It contains new stories and reprints by Brian Keene, Christopher Golden, J. F. Gonzalez, Kelli Owen, James A. Moore, Mary SanGiovanni, Geoff Cooper, Robert Ford, Mandy DeGeit, Nate Southard, and many, many more. My story is a rare reprint entitled “Noogle Knock.” Here’s the whole table of contents:

Introduction – Brian Keene
Breathe My Name – Christopher Golden
The Tin Box – Kelli Owen
For Whom We Mourn – Geoff Cooper
Inviolable – Mandy DeGeit
Mouth – Nate Southard
Little King – Nikki McKenzie
Home – J.F. Gonzalez
The Taste of Our Indiscretions – Robert Ford
In the Details – Michele Mixell
The Guardian of Tsalal – Brian Keene
A Family Birthday – Jacob Haddon
Emily’s Kiss – James A. Moore
Pretty, Pretty Shiny – Alyn Day
I’m Dreaming of a White Doomsday – Mike Lombardo
The Mime – Mary SanGiovanni
The Wretched Spawn – Michael H. Antonio
Arrearages – Wesley Southard
Noogle Knock – Robert Swartwood
Biographies

100% of the proceeds go to our friend Dave Thomas, who is going through hard times right now.

DOWNLOAD TO KINDLEDOWNLOAD TO NOOKDOWNLOAD TO KOBO

Writer’s Digest Conference Two Weeks Away

So in the next two weeks I’ll be at the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City, hanging out with the likes of Harlan Coben and Hugh Howey … or, at least, seeing them from a distance. The dates are August 1 – 3, at the Roosevelt Hotel. I’m on two panels  Expanding Your Brand with Co-Writers, with my Refuge co-authors Jeremy Robinson and Kane Gilmour, as well as Sean Ellis, and Getting Real about Self-Publishing, with Jeremy and Kane, as well as Judith Gille and Ember Reichgott Junge. You can see the rest of the schedule here. AND, if you haven’t signed up yet, you can use this (case sensitive!) discount code for $50.00 off the Basic Conference or Pitch Slam/Basic Conference Package: WDSPEAKER. Hope to see some of you there!

Two New Bundles

I’ve just released two ebook bundles. The regular price for both ebooks is $6.99, but for a limited time you can grab each bundle for just 99 cents on Kindle and Nook.

  • Two Complete Novels: The Calling & The Dishonored Dead (Kindle and Nook)
  • Two Complete Novels: Legion & Man of Wax (Kindle and Nook)

Already have the books?

Gift them to a friend!

Seriously, I think I may have lost my mind. That’s four novels for just $2.00. But act fast — the price goes up to $6.99 after this weekend.

The bundles will be available on Kobo, iTunes, and Google Play very shortly. If you use those retailers and don’t want to miss out on this amazing deal, you can purchase the bundles directly via Ganxy (here and here).

Eleanor and Neverland

Two new books have just been released into the wild that you should definitely check out.

Jason Gurley is a relatively new name that has been making a big splash everywhere. He’s one of the best graphic designers in the business (I mean, hey, look at that beautiful cover!), and he’s already making a big name for himself in the world of science fiction. In fact, Hugh Howey says Jason will be a household name someday. Believe it. His latest novel has just come out, what many are comparing to Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane. It’s called Eleanor and it’s available now exclusively at Amazon.

Douglas Clegg is a great writer and good friend, and while it’s not new per se, his novel Neverland has just be reissued with a snazzy-looking cover. You want quality horror fiction? Doug writes some of the best horror fiction out there, so grab Neverland at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo while the grabbing’s good.

Seashore

The very awesome and talented Dustin Grella animated the winning story of this year’s Hint Fiction Contest. In case you missed it, here’s the story:

AT THE SEASHORE
by Monica Wang

After the accident that summer, he stopped listening to seashells. The ocean was bad enough—what it told him to do was worse.

Now here’s the animation.

Check out more of Dustin’s work!

Podcast: Ben Loory And His Many, Many Stories

Ben Loory is one of my favorite people, and I’m not just saying that because one time he picked me up from the airport. His short stories are so unique and exciting I could read them all the time. His collection Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day was released in 2011 from Penguin (the paperback is currently a steal at $6.00!), and his kid’s book The Baseball Player and the Walrus will be out next year from Dial. I’ve been wanting to do a podcast with Ben for a long time now, and I was thrilled talk to him about his collection, his upcoming kid’s book, and a whole lot more. Enjoy!

Ben Loory And His Many, Many Stories

XOM-B Digital Sale

Just what the banner there says. XOM-B, the new novel by my friend Jeremy Robinson, which is usually $12.99, is currently $2.99 on all digital platforms for a limited time, including Kindle. What’s XOM-B about? Oh, you know, just zombies and robots and the end of the world, the usual. I’ve already read the book (well, listened to it) and it kicks ass. Really, this is a great deal, and you don’t want to be left out. Check out the book trailer and more buy links here.

And The Winners Are …

Over 500 stories were submitted to this year’s Hint Fiction Contest. From that 500 a top 20 was chosen. From that top 20, 483 votes were cast. Finally, a top 10 was declared. However, as the creator of Hint Fiction, I felt at least two stories deserved a shot as finalists, so 12 stories were sent to Benjamin Percy. And, interestingly enough, the two stories I included ended up in the top five. Anyway, without any further adieu, I present to you this year’s winners …

1st Place

AT THE SEASHORE
by Monica Wang

After the accident that summer, he stopped listening to seashells. The ocean was bad enough—what it told him to do was worse.

2nd Place

OUTSIDE THE FIVE-DOLLAR SHOWERS AT HOOTER BROWN’S TRUCKSTOP
by Teague Bohlen

“Got a sleeper cab?”

I nodded.

“Good enough.” She kissed me. She tasted like Old Style, asphalt, and menthols. Not you, but yes, good enough.

3rd Place

RED ALERT
by Kevin Curow

Forgot my mask on the subway. Recess was in the bunker, anyway. Momma packed mushrooms again. Gramps says the birds we read about could sing.

Honorable Mentions

BYGONES
by Lisa Rubenson

He swirled his cocktail and walked in circles on a pile of my mother’s clothes. Every few steps, we’d hear the crunch of plastic hangers.

NO MORE
by Frank Ladd

Steady snow erased her trail to the lake’s precipice. Broken ice would scab by morning, and what would the old biddies in town say then?

 

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Bullet Rain Is Here

Bullet Rain is now available on most ebook platforms, including Kindle, Nook, and Kobo (iTunes and Google Play forthcoming). Regular price is $4.99, but for the next several days you can pick it up for $2.99 at a special introductory price. That’s a savings of $2.00, so grab it quickly!

Also to celebrate the release, No Shelter will be 99 cents until the end of the month on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iTunes. After all, Bullet Rain takes place right after the events of No Shelter. That being said, you don’t have to read No Shelter to enjoy Bullet Rain, but it definitely helps. Here’s what Bullet Rain is about:

WHEN IT RAINS, IT POURS

Nova is a free man. Having just walked away as a non-sanctioned hit man for the U.S. government, he’s purchased a classic Mustang to drive across the country. But when his car breaks down in the middle of the Nevada desert, Nova ends up in the small town of Parrot Spur. There’s something strange about Parrot Spur. Something … off. Maybe it’s the fact the town is full of ex-servicemen. Maybe it’s the fact the abandoned mine might not be abandoned. Maybe it’s the fact the knockout brunette in the bar is clearly more than what she seems. In the end, none of it matters. What matters — and what Nova is soon going to learn — is that in the desert, the only thing that rains is bullets.

The paperback should be out in about a week. No Shelter has finally been released as a paperback too. If you want signed copies, let me know. Purchasing both copies gets you a discount. And, of course, if you purchase the paperbacks from me, you also get the ebooks free.

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