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Six of One

How about a little excerpt from one of the stories? Like this one:

“I’m Gabe,” he answered. Well, that explains the horn. And the cheeks.

“Pleased,” I said. “I’m Ish.” We waited a while longer. I was beginning to get fidgety again, when he was just- there.

We’ve all heard about Mike, but seeing him right there behind the Gate was something. Big as Lucky, all muscle and tan, he’s wearing white, also, but his shirt is open at the collar and he’s got bling. Big gold chain with a fancy cross hanging around his neck. Hanging off his belt is a white scabbard with the gold hilt of a sword sticking out of it. Didn’t quite go with the outfit, but I wasn’t in any position to criticize. His big baby blues are all storm clouds and thunder as he’s looking at me. His right hand is resting on the hilt of that famous sword. I held up my hands.

“Hey, look,” I said, backing up a step. He just stood there, staring at me, like I was something the hell hounds dragged in. “I don’t want any trouble. This is Lucky’ s idea of a joke. All I want is to get home. Okay?”

“Lucky always did think he was funny.” Mike’s voice was like the rest of him: big and deep. It rolled over me like a tsunami.

“Yeah, yeah,” I said. “But let’s forget all that and just send me back. Just point me in the direction of the staircase.” He pulled the sword out of its scabbard with a metallic sliding sound. The blade was shiny steel and it looked sharp. Like hot knife through butter sharp. The hilt and cross thingies were gold and inlaid with jewels. Little flashes of lightning rode up and down the blade. Mike gripped it in both hands and leveled it at my chest through the Gate’s bars.

“I should smite you where you stand, minion of evil!” His voice boomed out like breaking the sound barrier. Even Lucky didn’t get that dramatic sounding.

“Hey, hey, now,” I said, trying to buy time while I thought. “No need for any smiting. No need at all. It’s not like I came here on my own or anything. I didn’t have a choice. All’s I want is to get out. Let’s not be hasty, okay, Mike?”

He considered me for a long moment. I held my breath. I wasn’t particularly fond of the idea of getting smitten. Or smited. Or smote. Or whatever it was. Mike took a half step forward and pressed the blade against my chest. It burned, let me tell you. Demons are kind of allergic to stuff like that.

“Or perhaps, you are the one who took it,” he mused, his voice back to its normal roar. He pressed a little harder. I started to smoke, and I don’t mean a Cuban. I winced and took a step back.

“Took it? Took what?” I managed to get out. “If something’s missing, I don’t know anything about it. I just got here, remember? I haven’t had time to take anything.” I was thinking fast now. Maybe there was a way out of this yet. Not that I liked where that train of thought was going, but it was better than a burning sword in the chest.

“If something’s missing, you might want to talk to me about it. Not that I know anything, but finding things, see that’s kind of my specialty. Lost that soul you were about to steal? Someone lifted your pitchfork? I’m the guy to call. So why don’t we discuss your problem. Maybe I can help.” I looked down. The thing left a nice burn hole in my good suit. Great. I looked across at Mike. He’d let the sword point drop, but I could tell he was ready to slice and dice at any second. Again, I get the long, slow look. I raised an eyebrow and tried to look like I didn’t care.

“He’s got a point, Mike,” Gabe said. I jumped. I’d forgotten about him. Mike glanced at him.

“He did just get here,” he continued. “I was right there. And it’s been gone a while now. I’m not saying we should let him nose around on his own, but your guys haven’t had much luck.” I could see the wheels turning in Mike’s head. He seemed a bit more of the intellectual type than Lucky.

“Look, can it hurt to tell me what’s missing?” I asked. “You can always get back to the smiting later if it doesn’t pan out. Tell you what? I won’t even charge you my usual fee, how’s that?” He slid the sword back into the scabbard. That alone did my mood a world of good. “So what are we looking for?”

“The scales.” He said it quietly, for him. I didn’t get it at first.

“Scales? You’re all tensed up because some scales are missing?” Mike looked at me like I was nuts. Maybe I was. Gabe spoke up.

“The ones he uses to weigh the souls,” he explained. The light dawned. Those scales. Not something you misplaced lightly up here. I mean, even where I come from, we all know about the scales. Every soul who wants in at the Gate has to take its turn on the scales. If you don’t weigh up right, you get cast down to us. I whistled.

“Helluva thing to lose, pardon the language,” I said. “So what’s it look like?” Mike glared.

“A scale, dummy,” he says. Now, I’m getting insulted.

“Hey, no need to get personal,” I groused. “I’ve never seen them, so it might be easier to find them if I know what I’m looking for.” Gabe moved over to stand next to Mike. He was shorter by a head.

“The scale is pretty standard issue,” Gabe went on. “Two pans suspended from a post with chains. Gold, with curlicues and stuff on it. Stands about yay high.” He held his hands apart about 24 inches. I raised both eyebrows at that.

“That small? And you can weigh a whole soul on that?” I was impressed.

“A soul is not a body,” Mike says. “It is ephemeral. It can dance on the head of a pin.” I held up a hand.

“Okay, okay, I get it,” I said. “Where was it last?” Gabe looked at Mike, who nodded. Gabe reached out and opened the Gate, letting me in. Never figured I’d be getting an invite inside, but here we were. Gabe showed me a box carved out of the one of the side posts of the gate. It had gold plated doors that swung open behind a pure white curtain. He opened the doors and I stepped forward to peer inside. It was empty except for a single white feather. I reached in to pick it up, but Mike’s hand grabbed my wrist like iron shackles.

“Do not touch that!” There was the rolling thunder roar again. My hearing was never going to be the same.

“That is the feather by which the soul is weighed,” he went on. “If it is lighter than the angel’s feather, it is acceptable. If not…” He spread his hands. Yeah, I know, cast to the depths. Which aren’t so bad, if I do say so myself.

“How long’s it been gone?” I asked. Mike glanced at Gabe, who shrugged.

“Time is irrelevant here,” Mike said. I grinned.

“So, a while then,” I answered my own question. “What have you been doing with all the souls in the meantime? I mean, they haven’t stopped coming, right?”

“They go to the waiting room,” Gabe said. “That’s why I’m here. I meet them and send them to wait.” Waiting room. Cute. Purgatory, he means. Limbo, where you don’t know up from down. Not a place I’d want to be stuck for long.

“Huh,” I said. “You said you had someone working on this, right? Maybe I should talk to them. See what they know.” Mike nodded, and spoke to Gabe.

“You go with him,” he said. He sounded tired, not something I’d expect from the Right Hand. “Don’t leave him alone.” Back to me. “If you can find it, I will see that you get what you want.” I nodded.

Excerpt from Where Angels Tread, “Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy” by M.A. Kropp

Want to read more? I’m doing a giveaway of paperback copies of the book. It ends Tuesday, September 30. There are two ways to enter-

You can post a comment at the following blog post to win one of five copies (odds are really good there right now):

http://makropp.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/monday-mania-psst-want-a-copy-of-my-book/

Or enter on Goodreads for one of ten copies:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105732-six-of-one-a-collection-of-short-fantasy

Either way, time is running out!

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

Friday Review: Mainspring by Jay Lake

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The story is interesting. It revolves around Hethor, apprentice to a New Haven CT clockmaker in an alternate Earth steampunk society. The Earth here rotates around the sun on a gigantic brass gear system. Hethor is visited by an entity claiming to be the Angel Gabriel and is told the mainspring of the world is running down and Hethor must find the Key Perilous and rewind it.

It’s a different take on the classic quest story. The steampunk elements are done well, with air ships and many other things you would expect in a story of this type. The problem I had with it was that the style made the book read slowly to me. It was a bit stilted and stiff, which I think was meant to evoke the strict Puritan-like upbringing Hethor has had until his visitation. But I found it awkward and slow going.

One of the problems I had with the story is that there seemed to be a real lack of tension. Despite running into roadblocks and malicious opponents, it never really felt like Hethor was in true danger or that he would not, in the end, fulfill his quest. That left the second half of the book feeling a bit flat.

There are some original ideas here, and the world-saving quest is a tried-and-true story foundation, but the language and some pacing problems left me a little disappointed in the end.

 

Finally, a reminder- you have 4 more days to enter to win a paperback copy of my book of short stories! Enter here:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105732-six-of-one-a-collection-of-short-fantasy

OR comment on this blog post:

http://makropp.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/monday-mania-psst-want-a-copy-of-my-book/

Ten copies are being given away on Goodreads, and five from the blog.

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

 

Wednesday Wanderings: Typewriter Art, Solid Light, Creepy GIFs, and What Ladies Love about Fall

What this man does with a typewriter is just amazing:

http://themetapicture.com/paints-masterpieces-typewriter/

Solid light? These scientists may be on the way to doing just that:

http://www.iflscience.com/physics/crystallized-light-reveals-potential

These gifs made from old black and white photos are creepy:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/rossalynwarren/a-designer-has-made-the-most-terrifying-ghostly-gifs-on-the#1mm3c6z

I can relate to most of these. Others, not so much:

http://elitedaily.com/women/25-things-ladies-love-fall/746905/

 

One week left to enter to win a paperback copy of my book of short stories! Enter here:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105732-six-of-one-a-collection-of-short-fantasy

OR comment on this blog post:

http://makropp.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/monday-mania-psst-want-a-copy-of-my-book/

Ten copies are being given away on Goodreads, and five from the blog.

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

Apple iTunes Bookstore

Barnes and Noble:

Monday Musings: Chili Weekend, Visiting Family, and Cooling Down

We were in New Haven, Connecticut on Saturday for the CT State Chili Cook Off. This was the 22nd annual CT State, and, as always, it was a great event. It benefits the Community Action Agency of New Haven so that they can continue their Meals on Wheels program. It was a beautiful day, and we had both cooks and public turn out in large numbers. We had to have two preliminary tables and a final table in Red chili because of the number of cooks. We advanced three very good cooks to the World’s Championship in late October.

We stayed both Friday and Saturday with Jill, John, and Carter in Norton, MA. It was about two hours to New Haven from there, so not too bad a drive. Carter just turned three, so it was nice to spend some time with him, and his parents. He just got glasses, due to astigmatism in both eyes. He’s not very fond of wearing them right now, but he will get used to them, and they cetainly will help his vision.

He’s a typical three year old. Even though he wasn’t feeling very well, he still is non-stop energy. Like all toddlers, he has no patience. He knew there were presents to open, but was told he had to wait until Daddy got home from work, which, of course, took way too long. Once he did get to open them, he was pretty happy. Naturally, all the toys had to be opened NOW, and books read by everyone. It really was a good time.

The weather definitely has been cooling down, despite some return of warmth and humidity yesterday. There is color in many trees and leaves are falling more and more rapidly. I have not had to keep the air conditioner on during the day most of the time. That means it is getting to be time to start cleaning up in the garden. I’ll start that this weekend. The tomato plants are starting to get more and more brown branches, although there are a lot of tomatoes out there yet. I have some herbs I want to pot up and bring inside. Of course, there is the never-ending fall chore of leaf clean-up. I hope the vacuum/shredder thing works this year. It makes it easier to compost the leaves since it shreds them as it vacuums.

It will also be time to start pulling out the Halloween decorations, won’t it? I don’t have a lot of stuff for Halloween, but there is enough. I also have a few ideas for new things this year. Then, it’s on to Thanksgiving. Thinking about those things means summer is just about over, doesn’t it? Ah, well, the seasons turn, as always.

And a reminder- you 8 more days to enter to win a paperback copy of my book of short stories! Enter here:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105732-six-of-one-a-collection-of-short-fantasy

OR comment on this blog post:

http://makropp.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/monday-mania-psst-want-a-copy-of-my-book/

Ten copies are being given away on Goodreads, and five from the blog.

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

 

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

 

Wednesday Wanderings: Beautiful Stairs, Map of the Universe, Cat Playground House, and Suspended Food

Gorgeous stair designs:

http://www.boredpanda.com/modern-stair-design/

Stunning map shows where the Milky Way fits in the Universe:

http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread1030869/pg1

Yes, another house that has a cat playground built in. Mine would love a house like this:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tasmaiuppin/house-of-cats#1mm3c6z

These photos of food in mid-air are delicicious!:

http://www.foodrepublic.com/2014/08/18/these-5-photos-food-suspended-middle-air-are-incre

And a reminder- you have till the end of the month to enter to win a paperback copy of my book of short stories! Enter here:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105732-six-of-one-a-collection-of-short-fantasy

OR comment on this blog post:

http://makropp.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/monday-mania-psst-want-a-copy-of-my-book/

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

 

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

 

Monday Musings: Garden Bounty, and Scriptito Woes

I’ve been canning (or “putting up,” as the quaint term goes) a lot these days. I’ve done several jars of refrigerator pickles, some dill and garlic dill, sweet pickle chips, pickled jalapenos, and two types of tomatoes. I’ve been trying to keep the San Marzano Roma type separate from the mixed garden varieties of tomatoes to see if there is a noticable difference when we use them this year. It’s a bit of work, yes, especially since I’ve been doing maybe half a dozen jars a day, but it will pay off this winter when we are using all that good stuff!

The nights are getting colder. If it wasn’t noticable because I’ve had to pull the down comforter up on a few, I would know by the look of the basil plants on the porch. Basil does not like cool weather, and it is starting to look a bit pale. Some of the tomato plants are beginning to look a bit worse for wear, as well. We are slowly winding down to the end of the gardening season, I am afraid.

I will need to do some different planning this winter for the garden. If we continue with the CSA we bought this year, I will need to adjust some of what I plant. It was a very good CSA, with things we use and we were very happy. I just want to avoid planting things we got a lot of from that, and concentrate more on the things we don’t. Always tomatoes, of course. Not only is it nice to pick a fresh, ripe tomato for eating right out there in the yard, but I can always use the extras for canning. And peppers, since we do like a variety of hot peppers. I’m going to turn one whole section of the raised beds to asparagus. It is only half now. So we will see how the plan works out over the winter.

On a completely different front, I had been trying out the Chrome app Scriptito for writing. It was a nice little app, at first. I liked the way it worked. I used it for the expansion of my novelette to novel length. It let me add all the chapter outlines in one place, and they were readily available for review. And it was pretty much out of the way when I was actually writing. So, what happened? Well, last week, on Thursday, I believe, I tried to log in to my account, and got an error page. That had happened once before, and waiting a bit was all that was needed. As of this morning, I still cannot get into my account. That just annoys me. I did decide about a week or so ago that I should copy the chapters I had written to files and save them in another location, just in case. Precognition? Perhaps. Of course, the night before the thing disappeared, I did not copy out that day’s work. So I lost about a chapter and a half. Better than ten, but a disappointment. I did email their support address, twice, and have gotten no response so far. It seems it will still allow you to create an account, but I would advise against it. Oh, well, at least I had the foresight to back up most of the work. Remember- back up all your work! Often!

And a reminder- you have till the end of the month to enter to win a copy of my book of short stories! Enter here:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105732-six-of-one-a-collection-of-short-fantasy

OR comment on this blog post:

http://makropp.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/monday-mania-psst-want-a-copy-of-my-book/

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

 

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

 

Wednesday Wanderings: Yes, Fall In Love with a Reader, Cables Crowding Streets, A Very Cat Friendly House, and Intricate Papercut Art

Why you should fall in love with a reader (as if we didn’t already know we are the best):

http://elitedaily.com/life/culture/date-reader-readers-best-people-fall-love-scientifically-proven/662017/

These photos from the days when thousands of cables crowded the streets are kind of weird and kind of cool at the same time:

http://io9.com/photos-from-the-days-when-thousands-of-cables-crowded-t-1629961917

What this man did in his house for his cats is truly amazing! Mine would love this:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tasmaiuppin/house-of-cats#1mm3c6z

The artistry in these papercut designs is breathtaking:

http://www.viralnova.com/papercut-art/?mb=pd

And a reminder- you have till the end of the month to enter to win a copy of my book of short stories! Enter here:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105732-six-of-one-a-collection-of-short-fantasy

OR comment on this blog post:

http://makropp.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/monday-mania-psst-want-a-copy-of-my-book/

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

 

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

Monday Musings: Catching Up, and a Reminder on How to Get a Free Book

We were out of town again this weekend. We were running the judging area at a chili cook off in Connecticut. First time at this location, which was a park along a river bank. It was a day long festival with six or seven bands for entertainment, a whole line of food trucks, and the chili cook off. It was a good cook off, but the day could have been better. It was hot, humid, and sticky most of the day. Not exactly comfortable for the cooks or spectators. We were under a pavilion near the water, so we were shaded from the direct sun, and there was some breeze all day, but it was still not very pleasant. And, just as we were finishing up the red scoring, the skies opened up, and it POURED! That, of course, chased a lot of the public away. The cook off was pretty much wrapped up by then, but the festival was still going on until evening. The organizers were a bit disappointed, but certainly understood that you run into these things at outdoor events. We had a great time with all our chili friends, and look forward to the event next year.

About the bands- some good, some not so much, some just what the heck? The first band was supposedly an 80’s band, but their choice of music was, umm, odd. At one point, the lead singer was telling the crowd there would be bands playing all day and that “we are the worst band you will hear today.” Unfortunately, he wasn’t kidding! They launched into “The Time of My Life” from Flashdance, and neither one of the singers had the range to sing it, and the duet part was- well, lacking in the harmony parts is being kind. And then they tried ABBA! Yikes! The second band was pretty good- soul and blues, mostly. The next couple were ok, but nothing spectacular. Then came the really weird. These guys started out with The Beastie Boys, ran through a few other weird things, into Elvis, and then Vanilla Ice! What a mix of stuff! We didn’t stay much past that band, so I don’t know what was on later.

When we got home on Sunday, we did a bit of dinner prep, and then we took Lambeau for a long walk on the Derry rail trail. He’d been cooped up in his crate a lot over the weekend. Steph stayed at the house to take care of him, but she does have to work everyday, so he had to spend a lot of time in his crate. We figured he could use the time outside and active. He was better than I was afraid he’d be, and not as good as I want him to be. But we did know that we need to get him out to more places like that, so he gets used to more people, dogs, and other distractions. We are going to try to make the effort to do just that before we go into a level 3 obedience class. He just needs to learn a little bit of control and calmness, and that he can’t play with every dog he sees. It will take some time and effort, but I am confident we’ll get there.

On a completely different note:

We are heading into the second week of my book giveaway. If you missed last week’s post, I am giving away paperback copies of my short story collection, Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.  You can enter on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105732-six-of-one-a-collection-of-short-fantasy

The other way to win is to add a comment to the original post here:

http://makropp.wordpress.com/2014/09/01/monday-mania-psst-want-a-copy-of-my-book/

And say you want to win a copy. If you tweet or post on Facebook the link to the that blog post, and use the hashtag #6of1giveaway, you will get an extra entry for each of those, as well.

Both contests will run until the end of the month, at which time I will send out the books.

 

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

Monday Mania: Psst! Want A Copy of My Book?

I have made my short story collection, Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy, available as a print-on-demand paperback. I am also hosting a couple of giveaways to coincide with this new venture.

First, I am giving away ten copies of the book on Goodreads. If you are a Goodreads member, just go to

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/105732-six-of-one-a-collection-of-short-fantasy

and enter to win one. If you are not a Goodreads member, you can sign up for free.

Second, I am also giving away five copies of the book here on this blog. To enter here, just post a comment saying that you would like to win. If you want additional entries, tweet the link to this blog post with the hashtag #6of1giveaway. You can also post the link to Facebook,with the same hashtag. If you don’t use the hashtag, I may not see your entry. You’ll get an extra entry for each tagged post.

Both giveaways run till the end of the month, at which time I will randomly pick five winners from the blog comments and tagged posts, and Goodreads will notify me of the winners there. I’ll get your books to you asap after September 30.

All I’m asking in return is that you review the book after you’ve read it. If you are a Goodreads winner, you can post your review there, and if you would be kind enough to copy/paste it to Amazon, B&N, or wherever you get your e-books from, that would be lovely. For those who win on the blog, wherever you would like to post your reviews is more than appreciated.

Oh, and for those who may prefer a digital copy, I will be making the e-book available for free for the first week of September on Smashwords.  You can get a Kindle format copy at Smashwords. Amazon won’t let me list it as free, so I’ll drop it to 99 cents there, as that is the lowest price they allow.  Links are below. Again, all I ask is that you post a review after you’ve read it.

Thank you, and Good Luck!

 

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

CreateSpace: (paperback)

https://www.createspace.com/4916076

Wednesday Wanderings: Crystal Cave, WInd and Ocean Currents, Carousels, and Creative Inventions

Mexico’s Naica mine:

http://www.discoverychannel.com.au/images/the-cave-of-crystals/

Neat look at wind and ocean currents across the globe. Click on the word “earth” for the menu:

http://earth.nullschool.net/

If you know me, you know I love carousels. Here are ten really nice ones:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tjane/top-10-carousels-in-america-to-check-out-5r4h

For those who have everything, or so you thought:

http://www.boredpanda.com/useful-creative-inventions/

 

 

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Six of One

Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy by M.A. Kropp is a set of short fantasy stories. Meet wizards, imps, gangster angels, and frogs in this group of varied tales of magic and mischief. Escape from the everyday into worlds of fantasy with Six of One: A Collection of Short Fantasy.

Download a free sample or purchase in your favorite ebook format at:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354855

Also available at:

Amazon: (Now also in paperback)

http://amzn.to/1brIXLN

 Apple iTunes Bookstore

 Barnes and Noble:

http://bit.ly/17DmCXz

Kobo:

http://bit.ly/16ZWZXf

CreateSpace: (paperback)

https://www.createspace.com/4916076

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