Spring is just about upon us, and I figured as part of my ongoing promotion of my self publishing excursions, I’d offer up a different ebook in my Watershed Tales series of digital short stories for free for the Amazon Kindle every day of the first week of March. Here’s the run down of what’s available, when, with the obligatory link to the store site. Enjoy!
Monday, March 5- The Long Walk
What happens when your conscience is over-ridden by your orders? Is it better to simply do as you’re told, even when you find the actions abhorrent? And if you do, despite your better judgment, what kind of consequences will follow, if any? In The Long Walk, a young cavalryman gets assigned the duty of escorting some particularly violent prisoners to their place of execution. The manner planned for the deaths of the condemned is particularly horrible, but no one questions their actions or orders until it’s far too late. Honor doesn’t supersede duty in the unforgiving desert, and the results are severe.
Tuesday, March 6- Journalistic Integrity
Reporters and war correspondents regularly put themselves in harm’s way all in the name of journalism, ratings and informing the people. Most times, things work out; sometimes they go horribly wrong. When a military madman rises to power in a former Russian province after the collapse of the Soviet Union, threatening Moscow and London with some old Soviet nukes he’d managed to get his hands on, it looks like the story of the century. A bevy of reporters from all the major news agencies in the world make their way through the war-torn countryside in pursuit of an exclusive. But when they find what they’re looking for, these newsmen discover that instead of covering the story, they are about to become it.
Wednesday, March 7- The Garden
Isolation can do strange things to a person, and there can be no place more alone than in the depths of space. Duane is an astronaut on a 20-year mission to test technology that could lead to mankind’s greatest exploration ever. His ship, being fully automated, leaves him with nothing but time to fill. The large garden that provides his food, water and oxygen for the journey is his only distraction from the tedium. But several years into his mission, things start to go wrong and he loses contact with Earth. The constant loneliness begins to dredge up memories of his unhappy past, and the garden that provides not only the elements for his survival but also his sanity, is threatened. Will Duane find within himself what it takes to survive and make it back home or will he be lost forever? This edition of Watershed Tales also includes a short bonus tale, Travis Walton Never Had It So Bad, a story of planetary exploration and how very wrong things can go.
Thursday, March 8- Faded Summer Leaves
You hear so much about the innocence of youth, but in truth, youth isn’t all that innocent. The same mean-spirited viciousness, rage and emotional trauma adults suffer through exists for the young, as well. And often, the lack of experience of youth amplifies the problem. Growing up is a hard row to hoe sometimes, and for a small, scrawny little kid like Tommy, it can be even tougher. But everyone has their limits, even someone who you wouldn’t think could ever stand up for themselves. A group of young boys on an afternoon fishing excursion is the stuff of sweet anecdotes and quaint paintings. That is, until things go sour. On this particular day, Roy, the town bully, really should have kept his mouth shut.
Friday, March 9- the Trail
Are you afraid of the dark? What if you find yourself alone in the woods with the sun rapidly setting and darkness falling in all around you? Would you be afraid then? That’s the situation Aaron finds himself in as he realizes that his peaceful day of hiking is quickly turning into a nightmare when he underestimates how long it would take to get back to his car. Alone in the woods, desperately trying to find a way out, he runs across a mysterious hiker who offers his help. Should Aaron take it or find his own way to safety? This Watershed Tales edition of The Trail includes the bonus tale, The Tell-Tale Heartache. Amontillado lives a solitary life, father who ran out on him, mother who died years earlier and no one but the residents of the trailer park he resides in for company. One Christmas day, a strange thumping sound attracts his attention and he goes on a quest to find its source. The odd noise leads him to what he thinks he desires most, but will he like what he finds?