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Saturday, January 24, 2015

EBook Universe: #BookPromo #FindEBooks

EBook Universe: "Discover your next favourite book here on EBook Universe. Take a look at the Free kindle books page and get a free read for your kindle. Are you an indie author? Then visit the indie author sign up page to get your ebooks listed."

Friday, January 23, 2015

"A brilliant new adult paranormal romance with action, adventure, suspense and supernatural fantasy. "

#IndieBooksBeSeen: More Than Just a Hashtag

Bloggers, booktubers, readers, and writers should visit the interactive new blog #IndieBooksBeSeen. Join a network of indie book supporters, or just read about some new authors. The blog also encourages participation through scavenger hunts, retweets, book giveaways, book review writing, and much more.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Free Book Promotions

I used FreeBookPromotions.Com to promote one of my books. Details from their site:

“Free book promotions is a small contribution to the indie and small press authors. Reviews, mentions, retweets and shares can make all the difference to the success.

“This site is my way of saying thank you to for all the wonderful indie books I’ve read since buying my kindle a few years ago. Listing on here is free, regardless of whether your indie book is free or paid, as is promotion of blog tours and giveaways.”

They created a page for my book Degranon: A Science Fiction Adventure.

I have found many other author sites over the years that helped me reach an audience. Click the label “Writer Resources,” under this post. Please check back here and follow my Twitter account for more news of interest to authors and readers. I often trade retweets with other writers.

Please also help spread the word about my comedy eBook, which is free at and Smashwords.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Sky Is Always Falling in This West Texas Town!

From romantic comedy to razor-sharp satire to moments of quiet reflection, these tales transform a fictional West Texas town into a tapestry of human experiences.

“Acorn”: When we arrive at the fictional West Texas town of Acorn, the narrative keeps shifting between Regina and Dirk, who both seek control over their relationship.

“Flip, Turn”: A different scene from the narrator's amusing but unproductive life comes to him every time he turns to swim in the opposite direction.

“Keeping A Secret”: A little boy wants to shield his mother and his little brother from a dangerous situation.

“Survival”: A young high school teacher (both deaf and gay) clashes with a popular football coach.

“Paying The Rent”: In this politically incorrect tale, an inarticulate young man hopes to marry a rich woman so he can pay the rent, but he finds her repulsive.

“Morgana Le Fay”: A widow finds her new romance disrupted by her Siamese cat's strange behavior.

“Your Daughter”: Gretchen's approach to raising a daughter and maintaining a marriage requires ignoring problems and carefully orchestrating conversations.

“Knock”: A father sees his daughter abandon her Mexican heritage, and he now fears other types of abandonment.

“Come With Me”: The conflicting influence of her overbearing sister and her supportive husband forces Becky to re-evaluate her ambitions.

“Dead Enough”: Farcical look at English departments, tabloid TV, the publishing industry, and America's superstar culture.

“Mae”: Standing by her husband's grave, an elderly woman looks back at the joys and challenges of marriage and motherhood.

“Timothy Fast”: In this satirical retelling of the Faustian myth, a Jewish businessman finds himself pulled into small-town politics.

“Mirrors: A Blackmail Letter”: The owner of an art gallery becomes the target of a “family values” witch-hunt, spear-headed by Acorn's closeted (and supposedly “ex-gay”) mayor.

“Echoes”: A time of unexpected changes for Becky and her husband.

“Oak”: Julie Briggs can only talk to her mother by leaving messages on her answering machine, but she refuses to give up her voice.

“Acorn Pie”: An unusual weekend in the life of an unusual town.

Rave Reviews!

“A lush tangle of small-town life branches out in this engrossing collection of short stories.” –Kirkus Reviews

“The ability to depict such a wide cross section of humanity, including details of each character’s breadth of knowledge and experience, takes a talented, insightful author, and Duane Simolke is such a writer.” –E. Conley, Betty’s Books

“There are people that you like, some that you can't wait to see if they get theirs.” –Joe Wright, StoneWall Society

“When you finish, when you put the book aside, Acorn will still be with you.” –E. Carter Jones, author of Absence of Faith


Like my books Degranon and Holding Me Together, The Acorn Stories received a StoneWall Society Pride in the Arts Award.