A Quiet Tuesday Night

Phil Slattery, 2015

Tonight is uneventful.

I was notified yesterday via direct message on Twitter that Namri’d Publishing of Edgewood, NM, is awarding me an advertising package of “two reviews on Amazon, Goodreads and Barnes and Noble and sharing of your book on Facebook and Twitter at least weekly for one month” valued at $100.  I have not heard of them and don’t know how they got my name, but I won’t look a gift horse in the mouth.  They asked for a copy of one of my books and a cover photo, so tonight I sent them A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror.  We’ll see how this goes.  I tend to be leery of deals too good to be true, especially if they come out of the blue, but I do not see that I have anything to lose here either.  They are not asking for any money (at least at this point).  I looked up the company on the Internet, and it seems to be a straightforward, small publisher.  If things go as well as I hope, then this will be a good deal for us both and I will always be grateful to them for this opportunity.

Interestingly, I have passed through Edgewood many times.  For some time, my wife has lived and worked in Midland, TX, and when I go to see her, the most direct route from Aztec, NM, where I live, takes me through Edgewood.  Often, I stay the night at an America’s Best Value Inn in the town of Moriarty, which is just east of Edgewood.  Edgewood is about as typical small town America as they come, situated on the edge of the rolling plain just east of Albuquerque.  From what I have seen, it is a beautiful little community with a large nature park.

Other than that, I have collected some information together for my taxes and have been advertising my upcoming interview on KSJE (90.9 FM, March 7 at 10:30 a.m. Mountain Standard Time) on Goodreads and sending out a few invitations to listen to it.

I usually keep the TV on in the background, and these days it’s usually on YouTube, which I love for the wide variety of programming (admittedly, some is of dubious sources, but nonetheless entertaining), but you can also find great articles on topics you can’t find on regular TV, such as staging of classical plays like “Death of a Salesman”, “Long Day’s Journey Into Night”, “The Iceman Cometh”, or “Waiting for Godot”.  You can also find great biographies.  One of my favorite programs of all time was A&E’s Biography.   I can now watch its re-runs.  The biography of John Steinbeck is playing now.

So now I sit at my laptop, typing this article, having hot tea, watching Biography, and waiting for my wife to call.  After I finish this post, I will start my writing for the night.

 

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Three of My Works Now Available on Kindle!

Available on Amazon Kindle

Available on Amazon Kindle

Just a reminder for those seeking Christmas gifts at the last minute:  I now have three works available on Amazon Kindle.

My novelette, Click, has received a five star rating from one reader, who stated, “Author has a wonderful ability to develop the characters using few words. Great foreshadowing to build suspense. And then a really outstanding twist at the end that left me smiling.”  In Click, A Texas policeman, on a secluded island while recovering from the guilt of shooting an unarmed man, suddenly finds himself under attack by unknown assailants and caught up unknowingly in a web of intrigue.

Several of the stories contained in my two short story collections have garnered high praise from readers.

In my first collection of previously published and unpublished short stories,  A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror, I offer a look into the minds of people who perpetrate horrors, from acts of stupidity with unintended results to cold-hearted revenge to pure enjoyment to complete indifference. Settings range from 17th-century France in the heart of the werewolf trials to the Old West to the present and on to alien worlds in the distant future.

In The Scent and Other Stories, another collection of short stories, I explore the dark, sometimes violent, sometimes twisted, sometimes touching side of love, the side kept not only from public view, but sometimes from our mates. Set in the modern era, these stories range in setting from forbidden interracial love in the hills of 1970’s Kentucky to a mother’s confession in present-day New Mexico to the callous manipulation of a lover in Texas

Both The Scent and Other Stories and Click are also available in paperback.  A Tale of Hell and Other Works of Horror will be in paperback before the week is out.

While you’re surfing Amazon, don’t forget to check out my author’s page.