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“The Family We’re Born With” released

December 14, 2013

My free holiday short story, The Family We’re Born With, is now available from Smashwords. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get it up on ARe, and for the usual initial .99 price to charity at Amazon.

ETA: Now up both places ๐Ÿ™‚ Links ARe, Amazon.

Enny Kraft helped me get the cover pretty:

I hope you enjoy meeting Devin and Jesse, Jesse’s half-brother, Sam, his mom, and the rest of the family he was born with. I hadn’t planned to do a holiday story this year, but these guys insisted.

Any formatting errors are my own. I’m expecting real life to get hectic for a bit, and wanted to release this now. So despite my Nook suddenly not taking any downloads, I’m going to just hope the Smashwords epub is as good as the pdf. If anyone finds a significant problem, please let me know. One of the good things about freebies is the ability to edit them, if need be.

A big thank you to everyone who lent a hand (Jess, Kiracee and Enny) or cooked dinner (thanks, honey) to let me get this out today. Happy Holidays to you all.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. December 16, 2013 2:12 pm

    Excellent. Will have to go download it. I have a Nook. I’ll download direct and let you know if it works or not.

  2. December 16, 2013 5:13 pm

    Apparently, going to the website on a smartphone doesn’t show existing comments, so I’m just going to post since I shut down my computer. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I downloaded the epub to my Nook Color and it worked beautifully. I didn’t see any glaring problems with format or grammar/spelling either. Really neat story. I’m glad it’s the start of the series. I would like to see Rick’s story.

    • December 16, 2013 8:27 pm

      Thanks for checking it, and for the feedback. I’m glad you liked the story. Rick’s is next in the series, but behind a couple of other books I need to finish first. Thanks also for the re-blogging ๐Ÿ™‚

      • December 18, 2013 1:06 pm

        You are welcome. For the feedback and the reblog. ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait for Rick’s story.

  3. December 16, 2013 5:14 pm

    Reblogged this on Moonbeams over Atlanta and commented:
    Lovely story…and it’s free. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. December 16, 2013 10:30 pm

    Loved it! Are there any plans to write more about Sam or Clint/Rick?

    • December 16, 2013 10:50 pm

      Rick’s story (which of course includes Sam) is planned for the next book – “The Family We Make.” But I have a couple of other novels to polish off first.

  5. December 19, 2013 2:18 am

    I love the way the cover came out! I’m looking forward to reading, as always.

    • December 19, 2013 3:53 pm

      Thanks – I liked the picture so much, I had it on here back before I ever wrote their story, but Enny gave it the touches that made it pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ (You should definitely not have seen it with my original font – blech. She was great.)

  6. Van Hardison permalink
    December 19, 2013 10:35 pm

    Here’s to all our families, the one we make and the one we are given. What a lovely story! Always on the lookout for your new releases so nice I saw this one.

    • December 19, 2013 11:23 pm

      I’m pleased that you enjoyed it. Clint/Rick will need to make some family, but I’m looking forward to writing his part of the story soon.

  7. Missy C. permalink
    December 20, 2013 6:00 pm

    thank you for another lovely story, and just in time for Christmas. Love a holiday story at Christmas time. As always, hoping for sequels, I loved Jesse and Devlin, and hope to meet more of Clint/Rick? I am a sucker for sequels! Thanks again, for all your wonderful stories and many happy hours of reading with a smile on my face. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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