I was checking out Goodreads, as I am wont to do (especially when I have work for my actual job that almost pays me a living wage), when I came across this review for my short story “Let Down My Hair:”
A comparison to Practical Magic? I’m flattered beyond belief right now.
My new short story anthology Paranormal Dating includes paranormal creatures, dating, and sex.
There’s an urban legend that people think about sex every 7 seconds. Now, most people think that’s not necessarily the case, and really, there’s probably no unbiased, empirical method to prove it, but most people like sex and think about it, though the degree to which it is thought about is unclear.
As such, you, as a human being reading this blog post, probably occasionally think about sex. Sex is not all that my stories are about, but it is featured frequently, and so it stands to reason that you might like to read my sexy stories.
Since 50 Shades, the fact that erotica is a thing that people legitimately like, whether they are ashamed of it or not, has become public knowledge. As a result, erotica is a rather trendy thing to have read, to have in your library, etc.
Love erotica, but want to read something seasonally appropriate? Never read erotica, but want to give it a try? Want to get in on the latest reading trend? A short story anthology with erotic elements is a great way to fulfill all of these reasons.
My short story collection, entitled Paranormal Dating, includes the paranormal, and most of them have an element of horror to them, as well.
October is, for many of us, a month of horror. Time to plan scary costumes,
watch an abundance of scary movies,
and tell and read horror stories.
As such, my short story anthology is a great way to get into the spirit of the month. Scare yourself – snag a copy of Paranormal Dating today!
No literary purchase has a guarantee – there are people who don’t like Pride and Prejudice, who don’t like The Great Gatsby, who think Jane Eyre should just damn her soul and become Rochester’s mistress because they feel sorry for the bigamist asshole. However, I am proud of the short stories included in Paranormal Dating, and I think that if you procure a copy, you will like to read them.
One of the best things about my short story anthology Paranormal Dating is the length of each tale.
There are a lot of reasons to read short stories —
- Reading Slump: Sometimes, you’ve recently read a lot of novels and/or non-fiction works that are not your thing. You don’t like the writing, the characters, and have no idea what to read next. At times like this, a short story can be the perfect answer. You might love it, you might hate it, but it doesn’t take long to read, and can help you build up your reading momentum.
- Commuter Friendly: A short story can be finished during a bus or train ride from home to work/school, or vice versa.
- You can finish it: We all get a sense of accomplishment when we complete something, whether that is achieving a goal that allows you to mark a check on your list, or finishing a story, allowing you to look up from the (e-)book.
In other words, short stories are the shit. So why not purchase mine?
Tiny Toons Image: By FontanaLand (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
Something that I like to read and write are honest characters. By this, I do not mean characters who always speak the truth…
… I mean characters who are realistic, who have faults, and speak authentically (but still interestingly). While all of the stories in my recently released anthology revolve around instances of the paranormal, the human characters within those stories are real.
So, if you are a character reader, like me, then you should try reading Paranormal Dating.
Let’s be real: when it comes to e-books, if you do not already know that you are a fan of the author (in which case, you probably prefer a physical copy, be it paperback or hardcover), you probably don’t want to spend a lot of money on trying them out. Luckily for you, you can procure a copy of my short story anthology for the low, low price of $2.99, unless you have Kindle Unlimited, in which case, you can read it free of charge.
Stag image: By derivative work: Massimo Catarinella (talk) Red_deer_stag.jpg: Mehmet Karatay (Red_deer_stag.jpg) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
The National Endowment for the Arts recently released a study that indicates that the percentage of American adults who read literature – defined in the Washington Post article I read as any novel, short story, play, or poetry – is declining.
Since you are currently reading this blog post, I would not be surprised to discover that you are amongst the percentage that does read literature, and would like to continue to do so. I could be your next favorite author, an author you quite like, or even an author you don’t hate.
Regardless, if you believe that literature should continue to be produced, you are not wasting your money by supporting a self-published author. Buying any piece of literature supports its continuation. So if the idea of an anthology of short stories with a paranormal and often erotic twist intrigues you, please purchase a copy of Paranormal Dating today. And if my anthology sounds awful, because it does not suit your interests, please purchase another piece of literature today. I want to see new literature being created; don’t you?
Crossed fingers: By Evan-Amos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
The air is crisp as a ripened apple, bringing a flush to your cheeks as you shiver slightly in your light jacket. The leaves are changing hue, turning violent shades of red, orange, and yellow before drifting to the ground, leaving their trees unclothed. Bare branches reach for the sky, and the moon peers down on people hurrying to the store after work to procure costumes and candy to hand out at the end of the month. It is October, a month made for pretend and horror stories.
Thus, what could be more fitting than a collection of short stories on the theme of paranormal dating?
It has paranormal activity, erotic elements, and terrifying moments. It is like all of the elements of Halloween we love, rolled up into a commuter-friendly size package. The perfect way to get into the seasonal spirit, continue to enjoy the impending day of sweets and make-believe, or enjoy some spooky short stories, if you’re in the mood for that type of thing year-round. So you should probably snag a copy today.