Robert Swartwood

USA Today Bestselling Author

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New Free Ebook, Plus Holiday Sale

Long time, no blog. Sorry about that. Have just been really busy, you know? Also … I’ve become bored with blogging, I hate to say. It’s become too much like work, and I’d rather spend that time writing. Sooooooo …

To Save Her - Different Version

To Save Her is a brand new ebook that’s only available to newsletter subscribers. If you’re already a subscriber, you no doubt received the ebook Seeds when you signed up. Well, now that ebook is gone. Kaput. Disappeared, never to be seen again. Just like To Save Her will eventually no longer be available, once I decide to finally release a new ebook (the plan is a new ebook every year but, well, you know how things go).

Finally, for a limited time, all of my novels (except New Avalon) are currently $2.99 on Kindle and Nook. And the ebook bundles? They’re 99 cents, because I’ve gone and lost my mind. Also 99 cents is my collection Real Illusions. Again, lost my mind! Go grab them while they’re hot, and have a great holiday.


Muse - High Resolution

My most recent ebook, Muse, is now available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes, Google Play, or directly via Ganxy. I originally wrote this story for a tribute anthology for David B. Silva that was supposed to be published over a year ago. Actually, make it more like a year and a half ago. Maybe some day the anthology will be released, but I finally decided screw it and am releasing it on my own. Why? Because I like this story a lot. It’s one of my favorites, and I’m excited for people to read it.

Also, as I haven’t done a contest in a while, I thought it was a good time to have one.

Here are the details:

Purchase Muse and leave a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Goodreads. That’s it. Let me know in the comments section and your name will be entered to win.

Win what, you ask.

A rare copy of the limited edition trade hardcover of Walk the Sky by David B. Silva and myself which Thunderstorm Books published two years ago. This edition is long sold out and only available on secondary markets like eBay. But you — yes, you! — could have your very own copy.

Want more chances to win?

Leave reviews for Walk the Sky or At the Meade Bed & Breakfast or both. Or, hell, leave a review for any of my books between now and the end of the month, and your name will be added again and again. The more books you review, the better chance you have at winning. And if the response is especially promising, I’ll add another limited edition copy of Walk the Sky to the mix, so your chances will increase even more.

Good luck!

Me At Elizabethtown College


I’ll be speaking at Elizabethtown College later this month, at the Bowers Writers House to be exact, on October 28. I’m doing a workshop in the afternoon, which I believe is just for students, but I’ll also be speaking later that night at 7:30, and that is open to the public. What will I be speaking about? That’s a good question. I should probably find that out. If you’re in the Central Pennsylvania area, I hope to see you there!

Me In StoryBundle

All Covers Large

Every since Jason Chen started his website StoryBundle, I’ve wanted to participate. And, thankfully, it’s finally happened. Check out the post before by Jason Letts, who runs BookSends and who curated this bundle. Want to win a FREE bundle? Simply link to this post on Twitter, Facebook, wherever, and let me know in the comments. Two winners will be randomly selected on 10/1.

We see a lot of great authors and titles come through on the BookSends Mystery/Thrillers list, which features the best deals in the genre each day, but there are some that prove themselves to be a cut above the rest. We’ve gathered eight of the top authors in this Best-Of-The-Best Bundle and are presenting them here in this special collection, available from September 24th to October 16th.

Certainly the accomplishments of these authors speak for themselves. Many have reached the New York Times or USA Today Bestseller lists or are mainstays of Amazon’s bestseller lists. Many have made a name for themselves as stars in the genre. It’s no stretch to say that between them they’ve sold far more than a million copies. That’s all incredible, but there’s another reason we’ve put them together. At BookSends, we’re standing right there when readers decide to buy books and the data that we see shines a bright light on these titles. From the volume of clicks, the conversion percentages, the number of views and social media shares, these are the books that have that magic something that makes readers say they’ve got to have ‘em and take action.

In the BookSends Mystery/Thriller Bundle, you’ll find an impressive variety of protagonists and situations, but all continue to deliver beyond the initial punch with stories that get readers invested and continually turning the pages. From rogue detectives to tough-as-nails cops, a mother whose son has been kidnapped to rookies meant for something more, struggling FBI agents to savvy criminal investigators, special ops to private eyes, there’s only one conclusion to draw: the criminals out there don’t know what they’re up against.

What I love about these books is that they all bring something new and fresh to the table in the way that they form and develop their heroes and heroines. These are stories about the dark criminal elements that exist in the world, but they’re also close examinations of the very human individuals who take it upon themselves to stand up and confront them. That’s what drew me in and made these stories more than something on a page. That’s why I’m bringing them to you now with all of the urgency of an EMT rushing in at full speed after shots fired during an armed robbery. There’s only one way to stanch the bleeding. Read. – Jason Letts

The initial titles in the bundle (minimum $3 to purchase) are:

• Becoming Quinn by Brett Battles
• The Devil’s Hour by J. Carson Black
• Departed by Nick Stephenson
• Blood Land by R.S. Guthrie

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $12, you’ll get another four books:

• JET by Russell Blake
• The Serial Killer’s Wife by Robert Swartwood
• Justified by Carolyn Arnold
• Deadly Accounts by C.R. Wiley

The bundle is available for a very limited time only, via It allows easy reading on computers, smartphones, and tablets as well as Kindle and other ereaders via file transfer, email, and other methods. You get multiple DRM-free formats (.epub and .mobi) for all books, but after the three weeks are over, the bundle is gone forever!

It’s also super easy to give the gift of reading with StoryBundle, thanks to our gift cards – which allow you to send someone a code that they can redeem for any future StoryBundle bundle – and timed delivery, which allows you to control exactly when your recipient will get the gift of StoryBundle.

Why StoryBundle? Here are just a few benefits StoryBundle provides.

• Get quality reads: We’ve chosen works from excellent authors to bundle together in one convenient package.
• Pay what you want (minimum $3): You decide how much these fantastic books are worth to you. If you can only spare a little, that’s fine! You’ll still get access to a batch of thrilling titles.
• Support authors who support DRM-free books: StoryBundle is a platform for authors to get exposure for their works, both for the titles featured in the bundle and for the rest of their catalog. Supporting authors who let you read their books on any device you want—restriction free—will show everyone there’s nothing wrong with ditching DRM.
• Give to worthy causes: Bundle buyers have a chance to donate a portion of their proceeds to charity. We’re currently featuring Mighty Writers and Girls Write Now.
• Receive extra books: If you beat our bonus price, you’re not just getting seven books, you’re getting thirteen!

StoryBundle was created to give a platform for independent authors to showcase their work, and a source of quality titles for thirsty readers. StoryBundle works with authors to create bundles of ebooks that can be purchased by readers at their desired price. Before starting StoryBundle, Founder Jason Chen covered technology and software as an editor for and

For more information, visit our website at, Tweet us at @storybundle, Like us on Facebook, and Plus us on Google Plus. For press inquiries, please email

Giotto’s Circle

My latest ebook has just been released. It’s called Giotto’s Circle. It’s a short story, about 6,000 words long, and it’s quite good if I may say so myself.

Anyway, here are the buy links, including Ganxy, which is basically as direct as I can get to selling you my ebooks besides knocking on your front door and pulling some electrons out of my pocket. iTunes should be available in the next day or so. Add it to your Goodreads shelf here.

Kindle | Nook | Kobo | Google Play | Ganxy

Included in the ebook is an excerpt from my forthcoming novel New Avalon, which is up for pre-order on Kindle, Kobo, iTunes, and Google Play. It’s coming out November 15th. Soon!

Another Kobo Sale

The people at Kobo are the best. They’ve included me in the past several promotions and I’m eternally grateful. This month my novels Legion and Bullet Rain are eligible for a 30% off promo code. It’s an unlimited code, so use it as many times as you please on select books. Check out other books by Douglas Clegg, Nick Stephenson, Hugh Howey, and many, many more. Offer ends Monday, so check it out!

Kobo Weekend Sale

The good folks over at Kobo are having what they’re calling a TGIF Summer Sale this weekend, where you can get 30% off select titles using coupon code TGIFSAVE30. You can use the code as many times as you want, but only for those select titles. Two of my titles are included in the sale — The Serial Killer’s Wife and The Calling — so if you have a Kobo and don’t have either of those books, now would be a good time to grab them. And check out the other books on sale too!

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

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


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!

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