Stay-at-home reading promotion: all my ebooks free on Kindle, Wednesday March 25 through Sunday March 29

On account of the various lockdowns around the world, I’m following the lead of several friends who are running free or deep-discount ebook promotions. You can read these books directly on your Kindle, your smartphone (with the free Kindle app for iOS or Android), or you laptop or desktop computer (with the free Kindle app for MacOS or Windows).

WW II alternate history

On March 21, 1943, a general staff officer came within a hairbreadth of killing nearly the entire Nazi top in a suicide bombing.
In timeline DE1943RG, he succeeded.
And then the conspirators discovered killing the tyrant was the easy part of the job.

Episode 3, “Spring Awakening”, is presently in copy-edit.

Campus romance, with lots of music

“On Different Strings: A Musical Romance” was my writing debut. Between a penniless young music tutor and a British-born engineering professor, an unlikely romance cemented by music develops. Until Kafkaesque academic politics and jealous exes make appearances…

Novella

“Winter Into Spring” is a sweet romance novella set in suburban Chicagoland.

Contributions to anthologies

This one I cannot set free, but my story in it fits entirely in the free preview segment, and is hence permafree.

Novella “Winter Into Spring” out on Kindle for $0.99

 

Veronica “Ronnie” Zielinski is a librarian in the Chicago suburbs. She’s always dreamed of writing, but has never dared pursue her own dreams — the needs of others have always come first. Until one day, a mysterious new library patron changes her life by opening her eyes to her self-imposed prison and encouraging her to break free…

[Here’s a little something while I finish one or both of my novels in progress]

Debut novel, “On Different Strings”

My debut novel, “On Different Strings”, was just released on Amazon. The eBook is available for $2.99 (Kindle Unlimited subscribers can read it for free), while a paperback version will be released soon.

Basic RGB

Amazon summary:

Guitar virtuoso Amy Ziegler ekes out a precarious living as a teaching assistant in the Mays College music department. One day a mysterious older student shows up: Ian Keenan, an engineering professor and closet songwriter. Opposites attract, and music is the language of the spirit.

Each is passionate about music, and each has been deeply wounded in love. Thus a weird yet wonderful friendship grows between the reserved English academic and the outgoing small-town Texan girl who grew up in poverty. Each secretly starts yearning for more, but the world has other ideas. Soon they become caught in a maelstrom between rivals, exes, their own pasts, activists, and campus bureaucrats. Will the rapids tear them apart, or will love and sanity prevail?

Multi-genre author extraordinary Sarah A. Hoyt and her “huns and hoydens” have a lot to answer for, as it was they who first gave me the courage to try my hand at fiction. The good people at the CLFA were also very generous with practical tips and valuable insights.

I greatly enjoyed learning the mechanics of storytelling “on the job” through writing this topsy-turvy student-teacher romance, then polishing it with the kind assistance of two excellent editors and a beta reader. If you love music and/or are familiar with academia, you may enjoy reading it. Note that no Kindle device is required: Kindle book reader apps exist for all major mobile platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Mobile), as well as for both Windows and Macintosh. The browser-based Kindle Cloud Reader is available as a last resort.