Storytellers are a strange bunch, who tend to be deeply invested in the stories they tell. They have, after all, spent months, even years, imagining and bringing to life the people, places, and events that inhabit their stories. Why wouldn’t they want the resulting book to be read and appreciated by as many people as possible?
Yet in today's brave new world of ‘Print on Demand’ publishing, where splashy promotional budgets are not part of the landscape, how will prospective readers ever know about self-published books they might find worth reading?
The range of today’s ‘indie’ fiction is astounding, ranging from whodunits, young love, time-travel, zombies and vampires, or in the absolute extreme---October seniors stumbling toward relational success. As for the quality of self-published fiction, it ranges from ‘downright ugly’ to ‘better than you expected.’ The only way to know for sure is to check it out.
I will admit there was a time, as a youthful seventy-year old, when I was a too timid to stand up for my October Years stories. But I have moved past that. More to the point, I am proud of what they represent---tales of real people meeting late-life challenges head on.
And---like many of my ‘indie’ peers---I have turned to Amazon’s Free Kindle Ebook promotions to gain additional exposure for my stories. With that in mind I have arranged for the Kindle version of yet another book to be available Free of charge on Amazon for the next five days. (March 30th thru April 3rd.)
You see, I’m guessing that you were once a teenage, a high schooler, stumbling through the ebb and flow of adolescence. I'll bet most of you can remember those days? Those heady, and sometimes confusing, times provide the background for Second Chances - making the most of their 50th reunion. How would you deal with an October return to that earlier time? If you gathered fifty years later would you remember the names and faces that were perhaps special to you in those teenage times? Have your memories lasted that long?
But in the real world it might not be that easy, not fifty years after the fact. Adolescent infatuations can be complicated, even in October. As it was in those earlier times there may be rivals to contend with, possibly dangerous rivals. And from the beginning there can be doubts to overcome. With all that in mind would the following tease, from the book’s Amazon page, have you wanting to learn more?
Could there be Second Chances at their age?
It was their fiftieth high-school reunion. Widowed brothers Clint and Gary Harris
were expecting a quiet evening spent among one-time classmates they scarcely
remembered. They were certainly not thinking of relational possibilities. Still,
sometimes those things just seem to happen.
And the ladies? Were they buying into that?
What about Elly and Claudia, each of them attending their first ever high-school
reunion, each nursing her own history of relational failure----Elly’s bitter divorce and
Claudia’s cruel betrayal. Small wonder neither of them had a Second Chance in mind.
As in their long-ago high-school days, it would take a determined and persuasive suitor
to win their interest.
There was bound to be mischief and mayhem along the way.
The Harris brothers might have been showing their age, but there was no doubting
their determined pursuit of a last Second Chance. Whether it was Clint’s
intimidating excursion into Elly’s country-club world, or Gary’s tense standoff with
Claudia’s son, intent on saving his mother from another heartbreak, they would carry
on in the face of obstacles most seventy year olds had long since outgrown.
Until finally, old men were fighting to win the one-time Prom Queen.
Soon Clint and Tom Berry, Elly’s one-time boyfriend, the one with the nasty temper,
were locked in an increasingly-intense battle of wills, with Elly as the pawn in their
dangerous game. What began as a geriatric tug-of-war over the girl they had each pined
for in high school, would become a violent, potentially lethal showdown that had old
men playing with guns. Before it was over everyone concerned had learned that
Second Chances sometimes carried a very high price.
If a 50th reunion story sounds interesting to you, here is your chance. Amazon sells the paperback for $11.95, but you don’t have to spend a dime for the Kindle Ebook version of Second Chances - making the most of their 50th reunion. Amazon is offering the Kindle edition for FREE right now---from March 30th through April 3rd. Just click on this Amazon page link to order your copy.
Finally, if I am able to transport you back to that time, if only for a while, would you be willing to give me your unvarnished opinion of the story I tell and how well I tell it? I would appreciate your feedback in the form of Comments, emails, and especially Amazon Reviews, which are the holy grail for any self-published writer wanting to win an audience.
Amazon Reviews are a straight forward process. On the Second Chances Amazon page (see above) click on ‘Customer Reviews,’ which will take you to previous reviews and a box labeled “Write a Customer Review.” Click on that. Once on the review page click on the star rating you are offering and the ‘Comment’ space will appear. Just leave your comment and check out. It’s that simple.
Thanks again for checking in. I hope I can interest you in taking a Second Chance.