Monday, April 22, 2013

Lost and Found: Free Shit!

Hiya, folks. Today's post is a brief one but a good one. As is often the case around here, we're announcing a new story release. However, instead of asking you for money (as is also usually the case) today we're happy to announce that not only is the e-book edition of the novella free for the next two days, but we're also giving away two free paperback copies! Cool, right? This is the cover:


This isn't photoshop trickery. We actually captured this on Brandon's camera using a 19th century skeleton key, the printed manuscript, and so, SO much gasoline. Because you see, it wasn't as easy as just lighting a match and setting the paper on fire. No, it turns out that apparently it's incredibly hard to set things on fire.








Which makes us wonder, if a gas soaked piece of paper ignited with a gas lighter can barely stay aflame, how the hell do people burn down an entire forest with a fallen cigarette butt?

Regardless, we think the cover turned out well, and unlike our usual writings, this novella is actually a psychological horror story. It's not like anything we've ever written before. This is what it's about:

Alan Densmore is a failing novelist whose downward-spiraling career is driving a stake through the heart of his marriage. In an effort to repair the crumbling relationship with his wife, Lisa, he brings her to the Blue Skies Inn, a bed-and-breakfast nestled away in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. But, instead of bringing the couple closer together, the weekend getaway only delivers unexplainable terror.

Haunting memories are traded for haunting spirits as the story unfolds in this dark novella, which is told in two parts, from two separate decades.


The second half of the tale marks the arrival of a mildly famous paranormal investigator, who finds himself completely unprepared for the terrifying events that begin to unfold at the Blue Skies Inn.


So, head on over to Amazon to snare your free digital copy of the book. You can get it >>HERE<<

All we ask in return is that, if you enjoy it, please leave a review on Amazon.

Now, as to the paperback giveaway...to enter, all you've got to do is mention the novella's release somewhere in your next blog post (within one week from today) or in a Facebook post for you non-bloggers, and let us know about it via e-mail (abeerfortheshower@gmail.com). Hell, if you do both, that's two entries. Then, we'll use our cutting-edge "name-on-a-slip-of-paper-drawn-from-an-old-hat" technology to select two winners. We'll announce the winner next Monday (4/29).

And remember, it's only free today and tomorrow. After that it's regular price.

Lastly, if you don't want a digital copy, the paperback version's only $4.99 + shipping >>>HERE<<<

Stay tuned for Thursday, when we talk about some killer Indie music that is not armpit farts and kazoos (our current musical ability).

Cheers and stay classy, folks!

-B&B

Beer: Upslope Brown Ale
Music: South of France

53 comments:

  1. It was worth the trouble because that cover looks awesome!

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  2. You two are really on FIRE lately- so prolific! Can't wait to read the new novella. And you can count on me to help you with the promo. Consider it done. :)

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  3. The image of you guys trying to create this cover is magical.

    Anyway, damn good cover! I was surprised to find out it wasn't photoshopped by the digital artists of The Life of Pi. Look forward to reading the novella!

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  4. Loved the imagery of trying to light the book on fire. That knocks one of the potential uses of my stack of partially-edited manuscripts off the list!

    Just picked up the ebook - will be glad to leave a review once I've read it.

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  5. That does sound like a pretty cool story and something that is a bit outside your regular works. That's something that makes it interesting. The cover looks exceptional too and it's awesome how you got it sorted. I've never had many problems setting paper on fire (I use it to light the oven sometimes) but it doesn't burn very well once the fire gets going.

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  6. I already downloaded it and I promise a review. I'll also tack a note onto Wednesday's blog. My blog closes with the song "Panama Red' by New Riders of the Purple Sage - that should be appropriate.

    Great cover, but please don't play with matches. Remember 'Only you can prevent a forest fire.' That never did make sense.

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  7. There isn't anything autobiographical in that plot synopsis, is there? Good luck with your new book!

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    1. I assume you're talking about the second half of the synopsis, in which I can safely say that yes, in my off time I am a mildly famous paranormal investigator.

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  8. What a great plot! I can't wait to read it. I'll be sure to leave a review.

    I love the cover. Aside from the burns, the typeset is pretty creepy. It looks like it was done with a typewriter or something. It makes it seem so eerie! I love it.

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  9. It is rather hard to burn crap, or maybe I just suck at it, except maybe burning yourself, that is rather easy. Will dwl away and leave a review, if crummy amazon let me.

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  10. I got the book and posted it to FB. I posted today, but will be off again until next week. Busy painting.

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  11. Congratulations! I'll mention the release tomorrow, but I'm just eBooks now so no need to enter me.
    And just how do people burn down a forest by accident? I recently tried to burn a pile of wood and brush and it took two hours and every piece of scrap paper in the house to get that sucker going. I could've used a flamethrower by that point.

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    1. You aren't kidding. The last time we went camping we spent hours trying to light a campfire, in a fire pit, with blocks of wood, paper, sticks, brush, you name it, and only ever got a very sickly little blaze going that fizzled out as soon as the sun went down.

      We couldn't even burn a log designated for campfires, so how the hell do people set whole trees ablaze?

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    2. I too can commiserate at failures in pyrology. I tried to start a fire in a fireplace at a hotel, and never managed to get a draft going in the chimney flue... so mostly the room filled with smoke, not terribly romantic and my hands where terribly sooty. Just this last weekend I had cause to try and use a rocket stove I constructed a while back. I'm hoping it's just a matter of the plywood I was trying to burn not being terribly flammable, or poor chimney design because it just smoldered in there.

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  12. Oooooh sounds great, sort of like a mix between The Shining and The Amityville Horror.

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  13. It sounds great! And I do love that cover. I will definitely be checking it out!

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  14. First you have to soak the paper in the tears of a failed writer, the more homeless and depressed the better. That should ignite it faster.

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  15. Make thermite, ignite that on the book, ????, profit.

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  16. I think that the cover looks so cool buddy, thanks for sharing this with us. Your flame retardant line made me laugh so much, such a way to finish the cartoon.

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  17. You guys really do sacrifice it all for the craft. Thanks for burning down everything you own to make that awesome cover. It was worth it.

    CONGRATULATIONS on your new book. I think you've hit the "unstoppable" zone!

    Cheers,
    xoRobyn

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  18. Thanks for that boys, just highlighted it on Facebook!

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  19. hooray, also carpet is much easier to set on fire than paper!! i tested it :)

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  20. The cover looks great but I know from just working with my fireplace that fire is a lot harder to start than it EVER should be. Kudos for your patience.

    The novella sounds awesome. I can't wait to get my hands on it. I'm holding out for the paperback! I love having your ebooks but I want concrete B&B work. :D

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  21. There are some people that just have the fire skill. Apparently, you do not. Nor does Alex.

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  22. Congrats guys! Can't wait to read it.

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  23. Outstanding, I need more stuff to read, right about...... Now.

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  24. That's awesome, guys. I would totally be there, but I can't handle horror stories of any kind. I'm a bit of a wimp like that. But I am totally supporting your awesomeness from behind the safety of my Jane Austen novels. :)

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  25. Cool, I just bought it. Tell me the Indie music doesn't feature the didgeridoo.

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  26. Next time, instead of gasoline, try covering it with human hair. Sadly, I know first hand that hair goes up in flames with a quickness. I will absolutely pick it up and leave a review. Congrats on completing yet more in your growing, self-generated library.

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  27. Okay, snagged. I promise to leave a little something for all the e-books I've gotten.. I'm seriously just now, HALFWAY through The Missing Link. Do you realize how long it's been? But it'll all be rewarding for all of us.. I think.

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  28. How bizarre. A writer friend of mine was asking about new books for her Kindle today as she won a $50 gift card from Amazon.

    I will recommend this to her as well.

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  29. That's really awesome :)! The cover looks great, and as always, I love your illustrations. Made me smile indeed.

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  30. Sounds fantastic. Right up my alley! I am going to buy the paperback, I think, just for that awesome cover :) I'll mention it on my blog, but don't enter me in the drawing, since I'm buying it anyway, plus I've already gotten my free book from you guys :)

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  31. "Alan Densmore"?

    Shoulda named him Jack Torrance.

    Now THERE'S a failed writer who knows how to have fun in a mountain getaway!

    I'll check it out anyway, but if you tell me there are no ghostly twins, I'm out of here...

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  32. Plenty of reading to do over the summer...Hopefully you guys will never have to quit your so called day job to become pyromaniacs....lol. I loved that you're fire retarded..ah ah, you kill me !

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  33. Oooooh - another book release... wow... you guys are on fire!!! :)

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  34. Beer: Upslope Brown Ale

    Is that anything like 'DownJohn Brown Ale'?

    You B Boys b naming some good beers nowadays. "Good" not b'cause I like 'em, but "good" b'cause I ain't never even heard of 'em (and I thought I'd heard of ALL of 'em!)

    >>...Now, as to the paperback giveaway...to enter, all you've got to do is mention the novella's release somewhere in your next blog post (within one week from today)

    Alright, I'll try to do it, but... the next blog bit I have planned will be titled 'MY SH#T LIST'. So, how'm-I gonna mention your novella's release in my next blog bit WITHOUT making it appear that your novella is a part of MY SH#T LIST? I guess that's just where my God-given imagination and creativity will come in, eh? (You'd better hope God gave me some!)

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

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  35. Congratulations! I love the cover. You guys did a great job with the picture. I've been looking through my collection of pictures for my current WIP.

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  36. It is never easy to burn stuff, unless you have a flamethrower of course

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  37. Here's a question... and maybe it's too obvious... but did you try a cigarette butt? I mean, it works for forests. Paper comes from a forest. Maybe?

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    1. We actually did not try that. Neither of us smoke, so all we had access to was a grill, a can of gas, and a big-ass lighter, which... we thought more than suitable at the time.

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  38. Well...sounds like neither of you should try out for Survivor...
    Love the cover. LOVE IT!
    However, I'm a scaredy-cat and don't do horror, but thanks for making the book free for those who do.
    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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  39. Great cover and I picked up my free copy!

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  40. I am impressed by the cover...and even more impressed to learn that it is an actual photo and not photoshopped. Wow. I do know how hard it is to get a great shot of something on fire...it is not easy. Best to you.

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  41. Oh you better believe Imma read this novella.

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  42. Sorry guys I've been MIA for a bit. Damn life and stuff getting in the way. Will def spread the word of the new writings. love you guys!! :) Happy Tuesday!

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  43. A possible free book? I will mention this on my next blog post! I can't get any more ebooks on my laptop though since I'm running out of space. If I'm not the winner, I'll buy a paperback version. (But I really do like free things......)

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  44. Congratulations on the new book. Sadly I missed the freebie but I might just have to look at getting it over the weekend.
    Love the cover, and the drama involved to get that effect just makes it all the more special

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  45. Thumbs up on the cover, congrats!

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  46. New follower from Jaybird's blog. Congrats on the new book and better luck next time with your efforts in burning things (or maybe that's not the kind of thing you say to people you're just meeting...or at all). Okay, I'll just stick with the new book congratulations. :)

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