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11/28/2018 - SHADY DAYS AND BLOGGY NIGHTS

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Officially on sale for a week, the signed/limited hardcover edition of SHADY ACRES AND DARKER PLACES is a shade over 60% sold out. I’m not saying ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ but it’s selling quicker than expected. If you’ve been considering it, copies are in stock and available by either clicking the banner above or going to the brand-new BUY page.

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In a related story, the trade paperback edition has FINALLY been approved for distribution. You can order one RIGHT NOW at Lulu.com, (which is actually my preferred provider, given my cut with Lulu for each copy sold is about seven times greater than with ANY OTHER 3rd party provider from whom you’ll ever be able to order it) by clicking the link above. It will take several weeks yet to populate to other distributors’ sites. Lord knows if it will ever populate to Amazon. I’m not going to lose sleep over that.

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In addition, over on the BUY page you can also order a signed copy of the trade paperback directly from me. The BUY page is a brand-new work-in-progress, mainly because of multiple fulfillment channels (me, distributors) and multiple formats (hardcover, trade paperback, and e-book.) But there, you’ll find more info about the book, formats, and ordering, plus links to a couple of other currently in-print items with newer stories that may not be collected for another ten years.

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Today’s new blog post is a little different - a real-life mystery with a call to action and audience participation, revolving around a pair of 90-year old journals discovered in a second-hand bookstore in Houston. And you might even win a book in the process, because who doesn’t enjoy a game of chance? I hope you’ll hop over to the blog to dive in on “The Lost Diaries of Florence Baumrucker”

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Meanwhile, it’s back to work on the third Robillard novel this week and fashioning the framework for things to do in the coming year, which I don’t need the I Ching to tell me is going to be a season of change. Back before the holidays!

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11/6/2018 - COUNTDOWN TO SHADY ACRES

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 - two weeks from today - will see the publication of my first story collection, SHADY ACRES AND DARKER PLACES. The book will be available in three formats:

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- a general trade paperback containing 21 stories, plus an introduction and story notes ($15)

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- an EPUB formatted e-book ($2.99)

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- a hardcover first edition, signed and numbered, limited to fifty copies worldwide and containing five additional old, odd, and uncollected pieces in a bonus section titled IT CRAWLED FROM THE TRUNK! ($25)

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AS YET I have no sales links for the trade paperback or e-book. As the book populates through sales channels, I should be able to better point you to where you can purchase either of those online. A small number of signed copies of the trade paperback will be available through the website for those who want their book defaced, something Amazon has yet to learn to offer on demand. Details to come.

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The limited hardcover is ONLY available through this website. You can place your order beginning TODAY, November 6, by clicking the banner at the top of this page OR by clicking here. Once they’re gone, they’re gone.

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The table of contents for the book:

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    The Golem-Maker of Buchenwald

    Good Bait

    The Sinking Tomb

    The Last Ride of the Hole In The Well Gang

    Dial ‘C’ For Consultant

    The Jail In Shinjuku Ward

    Lorem Ipsum Donald

    Ark of the Revenant

    Fear #7

    Every Hero An Hombre, Every Wolf A Clown

    To The Devil, A Goat

    One Man’s Famine

    The Shaman In Relief

    Shady Acres

    Erin Beiber’s Wild Ride

    The Trapdoor

    Tacklesmooches

    Physicians’ Ball

    In Days of Auld Cheil’s Crime

    Bobby Boxster in Eight Measures

    Withering

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The limited hardcover edition includes everything in the trade paperback, plus an additional section titled "It Crawled From The Trunk!" with material covering the formative years from high school to my first professional sale:

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    In Need of Mental Help (1983) 

    Pals (1988)

    Waiting For…Godot (an unproduced short film script) (2000)

    Mister Eddie (2006)

    Linus On The Savanah (1997)

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It’s going to be a squirrelly two weeks here on the home front, but the good kind, not the kind that steals ten pounds of peaches off your tree.

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In other publishing-related news, a dead-trees edition of PULP MODERN containing “The Great Unknown” (which gets a call-out in the review on the UNLAWFUL ACTS blog) is now available via Amazon here

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And finally, my story “The Floor Is Lava” leads off the October 2018 issue of Bards and Sages Quarterly, which can be purchased here.

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“… FOR FURTHER DETAILS, SEE THE MOON”

Hardcovcer limited (left) and trade paperback

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“I was eleven the summer he rolled into Peninsula on a rehab assignment for the Mustangs. Three weeks later, he dropped dead mid-pitch in the third inning, feet on the mound at Mirabeau Lamar field, face in the grass on the first base side, eyes locked in a sightless stare.”

from “Dutch Dawson’s Last Curve”

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