Tuesday, 23 July 2013

home of D L Richardson, fiction author: Free short story anthology - Fear of Falling D L R...

Have you shared this Freebie yet!!! 11 short stories, 70 pages.


home of D L Richardson, fiction author: Free short story anthology - Fear of Falling D L R...: Eleven of my personal favourite short stories have been compiled into my first anthology. For a limited time this anthology is free to do...




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Monday, 22 July 2013

Free short story anthology - Fear of Falling D L Richardson - now on Smashwords


Eleven of my personal favourite short stories have been compiled into my first anthology. For a limited time this anthology is free to download at Smashwords.

Here's a taste of what's inside:



“I don’t know what all the fuss is about?” my boss shouted down the phone line. “You go skydiving all the time. Either you’re on the plane to London or you’re looking for a new job. Got it?”
The line went dead. So did my insides at the thought of a plane trip.
That night during dinner Susie put down her cutlery and said, “You look like someone’s died.”
“I’ve got to go to London tomorrow.”
She’d resumed eating. Susie never let anything spoil her appetite since falling pregnant with twins. “So you’d better get packing.”
“I can’t go to London.”
“You’re not afraid of flying. You go skydiving every month.”
“It’s not that.”
“You have a passport, though god knows why, it’s not like we can afford to go anywhere on your salary.” Her shoulders drooped. “Sorry, love. I didn’t mean to be such a bitch. These kids had better pop soon or I’ll be a nutcase.”
I pushed the plate away and reached for the bottle of cheap wine instead. I understood her agitation. I was anxious for the twins to be born, too.
“It’s not heights I’m afraid of, Suse. It’s x-ray machines.”
Susie’s face froze mid chew. Her cheek looked stuffed like a squirrel’s. She gulped and looked me square in the eye. “Craig. If x-ray machines were dangerous they wouldn’t use them.”
I managed a weak smile. “Are you trying to get rid of me?”
She sighed. “I’d love to leave this huge belly at home and come with you. Christ knows I’m dying for a few days off from carrying these boys around.”
I said nothing.
“Look, if you really don’t want to go, don’t go. You’ll get another job.”
We both getting another job wasn’t an option. There just weren’t any other jobs to get.
“But what if you go into labour while I’m away? I’ll miss the birth.”
She gave me a comforting smile. “I’m sure I’ll be on so many drugs I won’t even notice if you’re there or not.”
Hearing Suse laugh away her ordeal sent a knife through my heart. She’d be in terrible pain. The worst kind of pain she’d ever experience in her life, and if the twins came early, I wouldn’t be there to help her through the pain. I would’t be there to explain.
***
“Napier Insurance. How may I help you?”
I was calling from a public phone so the call couldn’t be traced, but I had to call, for Susie’s sake. “I have a question about my life insurance policy. Do you have to have the body as proof of death, or does a disappearance count?”
“What do you mean by disappearance?”
“Well, if there are witnesses to a disappearance, but no actual body could be found after this disappearance, would the policy still be paid out?”
“Sir, I’m going to have to put you through to my supervisor.”
I hung up. I was fast running out of options. I couldn’t get another job. I couldn’t disappear and leave Suse flat broke with twins on the way.  But I also couldn’t go to London. I was screwed.
***
The cab pulled up at the airport. Why London? Why not Brisbane or Melbourne? I could drive through the night and make it in time to conduct the briefing. Damn the global economy forcing our company to expand.
Inside the terminal, everything went against me. No long lines. No problems issuing tickets and checking in the luggage. No choice left but to confront the x-ray machines and hope my worst fears didn’t come true. I placed my carry-on onto the conveyor belt and stepped through the body scanning machine. And that’s when everything went dark.
***
A TV screen flickered on and a face came into view.
“Can I help you?”
I decided to start with the truth. “I’m Argaron. I’m wanted for treason.”
The face on the screen remained impassive while it downloaded information. “Ah, Argaron. Welcome back. You need not look so worried. You will be pleased to know you are no longer wanted for crimes against the government. Since you’ve been gone there have been twelve changes in government. All escapees were pardoned decades ago. You are free to return to your old life here on Tetron 5.”
My old life? I could barely remember it. I’d escaped the war on Tetron 5 as a boy, an act punishable by death but a band of us had escaped anyway, via the portals our government used to steal knowledge from other planets. Because my father was head of security for Tetron 5, I knew the portals to capture escapees would be installed inside airline x-ray scanners on Earth, the place where I’d fled to. I’d lived amongst the humans knowing I’d be safe, as long as I didn’t have to fly in a commercial airline. To avoid that, I’d stayed in low paying jobs to ensure I’d never be able to afford to fly anywhere. Six months ago Susie had fallen pregnant, she’d lost her job, I’d been promoted by threat, and yesterday I’d been ordered to London.
“What if I don’t want to come back?” I asked.
“If you don’t wish to return, the portal will remain open for two minutes and your time here will be reversed so it will appear as you have not disappeared. But you do realise that staying on Earth is problematic? You know what you are. Are you sure this is what you want to do?”
I didn’t wait around to explain. I turned and ran towards the light.
***
Susie picked me up at the airport. “You’re alive so you obviously overcame your fear of x-ray machines.”
I kissed her on the cheek and smiled. “And you’re obviously still pregnant so you never gave birth while I was away.”
“And have you miss out on a single day of nappy changing? No way. Seriously, you were very worried. Is everything all right?”
I leaned my head back into the head rest and closed my eyes. I was a free man. I could live the rest of my life without fear of persecution. Now all I had to do was figure out a way to cover up the fact that I wasn’t human.
I opened my eyes to find Suse watching me. “You look like you’re hiding a secret,” she said.
“I’m just tired.” I didn’t want to tell her that she’d find out my secret soon enough...when the twins were born.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1
 





Saturday, 13 July 2013

D L Richardson's street team promo buttons

I have discovered something new. Pixlr. I've no idea what it is, but I will of course Google it right now and find out how a street team member made some wonderful promotional buttons for me.

Right, now that I've disappeared for a few seconds and Googled Pixlr, I've discovered it is a free online image editor space. What inspired me to check out Pixlr? One of my "An Ex-Muso's Street Team" members created promo buttons as part of her street team promo. I love them.

Pixlr looks simple to use, even a novice like me should be able to create promo buttons. In the meantime, I'll share with you the images created by Ashley. 





The designer of these buttons is Ashley. She runs a blog called Book Marks The Spot. She is often called "Ryan" though you'll have to read her blog to find out why.

For her efforts, Ashley will receive a little gift in the mail shortly. If you'd like to join "An Ex-Muso's Street Team" and earn little rewards for your promo efforts, check out the below.

About street teams:
The street team is a phenomenon rooted in the music world, where fans are so committed that for nothing more than the love of the band they will gladly do the grassroots marketing that big companies have to pay even bigger money for – leveraging social media, word of mouth “advertising”, postering or even the mundane chores of helping the band set up or sell tickets. The pay-back is being in the trusted inner circle for a beloved band.​

About "An Ex-Muso's Street Team":
For a very long time I sang in a choir or in front of a band. When I left school, I helped form a rock band and I played bass and sang lead vocals. That is, until I decided, at 26, I decided I wanted to be a writer. Writing is the fire in my belly, it gets me up each day and keeps me moving, but music never leaves a person.​ In some ways I'll always consider myself an ex-muso

Why a street team?:
As an indie author, I get access to promotion I wouldn't normally.  As a street team member you get access to an author you wouldn't normally.   
If you'd like to join Ashley and other members, click here to read the complete lowdown and how to join.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1