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Did you know I have covers for sale?

I don’t talk about this side of my life or my blog for that matter, but I actually have covers on here to sell. I am only offering them up for ten dollars, not a professional, just trying to help people get their start in the Independent Business. I wish someone would have had cheaper covers for me when I was starting out. Hopefully, I can help out a few people and they won’t have to put in a ton of money up front. Sometimes, writing as an Independent Author isn’t for everyone. I myself am about to take a break in order to pursue Traditional Publishing (my dream and goal). Anyway, above and below are two of my covers and this link will send you to the rest of them: awrenfro.com/covers-for-sale/. Thanks for letting me rant and sale for a bit. Have a great day.

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New Cover and Free to Read – Demon Energy

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A short story about 1 man possessed and tormented by a 1000 demons who must fight for a soul he is starting to lose. Will he ever find salvation or is his body now an eternal host of hell?

3 out of 5 Stars – Scary good!

3 out of 5 Stars – This story is worth reading for the ending alone!

4 out of 5 Stars – Demon Energy is a quick and satisfying read.

 

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TRAHLV0

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A man lay on a bed.

His dreams were vivid and strong–evil things done by evil beings haunted those dreams.

His soul felt lost, departed.

He wasn’t himself.

How long had he been this way?

How long had he suffered in this torment of a hellish nightmare?

He wasn’t sure.

A distant knock on the door.

No, it wasn’t a knock. It was pounding. It was the sound of breaking. The door shattered inward. He managed to turn his sweaty head, brown hair matted to his skin, face covered in a thick sweat, body covered in cuts and bruises–all self-inflicted by his fingernails and his own fists.

He felt his soul losing again. The demons were crawling around inside of him, pushing his soul back to the shadows. He had no choice but to watch. He was a passenger inside his own body.

The demons raised him into the air, levitated him for all to see. Then his small skinny frame started to spin like a pig in a roast. Spinning violently around and around and around and around, and then he stopped. He was now sideways, and looking at the crowd who had come to take him away. He hung there like a limp rag doll. His blue eyes were not his eyes. Those two orbs now belonged to the thousand demons who tormented him.

“We are legion!”–their voices screamed through this man’s bloody and bruised mouth. He flipped end over end and dropped back onto the bed, bouncing a couple of times on his back before coming to rest. He then shook violently up and down, spasms erupting across his body like an earthquake.

He managed to scream–“Help me!”-while shaking.

The crowd who had come to take him away (some had torches, some had swords, some had guns) removed the people who had been praying beside the man’s bed. He felt hands on him–rough hands. They grabbed him as he fought and struggled, but he wasn’t doing the fighting. Someone else was using his hands and fists to fend them off. It was no use. The crowd was just too strong.

The man felt shackles placed on his ankles and on his wrists.

The struggling started to cease.

The demons inside of him were going away. They were allowing him to be lifted up off the bed. They were allowing him to be led out of the room and into the street.

The moon was high in the cool autumn night.

A truck sat idling.

The man was forced into the back of the truck, as men gathered around him, chained him to hooks placed in the metal frame of the bed.

Doors opened.

Slammed closed.

Out of the village, the truck started to move. Past small homes and tiny shops this man had loved all his life. He was heading towards the mountains. He could see the now snow-covered peaks, white in the distance, bathed in the light of the full moon, as the truck drew closer to them.

The truck moved onto a small, two-lane highway.

The road was smooth.

The ride was easy.

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Haiku – Up and Going

Dragging out of bed

Re-writing time once again

Filled with dread and hope

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Haiku – Author 21

Rewrites once again

Creative monster unleashed

Ripping it to shreds

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Quick question.

Do you like the title Final Damnation or The Hands of the Devil?

Here’s the description for my new book.

Tom is a ghost hunter and a good one at that. He is a man without morals, without laws, a one man do-it-yourself kind of guy. Then the devil shows up, and Tom finds he is now face to face with pure evil. This sends Tom on a journey that will bring him into contact with all of those he has loved and lost throughout the years. He will reconnect with his ex wives, his kids, and himself. He will explore a side of himself that he never thought existed while the devil tries to regain the soul he is losing. In the end Tom must face down the devil or succumb to a fiery eternal damnation. Win or lose. Tom has no choice but to fight.

Now, the opening.

It stood in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by desert, and just off a rarely used two lane road. A road that hadn’t been paved in a long time with faded solid lines, patched up holes, and age creeping up to its outer edges in the form of high weeds and grass. Golden yellow lights splashed out of its windows and glass filled door. It was a shiny, round, and circular diner – a forgotten silver object lost in time. You could almost see Sam Spade sitting in one of the booths having a cup of Joe while thinking over his latest case.

A figure appears from out of thin air in the small area of shadows on the darkest side of this diner. He’s dressed in black shoes, black three piece suit, black tie, black fedora, and a black coat. He shakes off the cold, missing the warmth of his fiery home, ready to be done with this meeting. Today, he wants to look older and wiser, ready for business. He has aged himself to the age of sixty with short hair and wrinkled features.  A doorbell clangs, as a lonely trucker, unwashed and unshaved, ready for a quick meal, steps inside the small building. The devil follows after him.

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Free to Read: SHe and 2 Bonus Short Stories Part 2

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What haunts the city of Tampa Bay?

This short story is about a monster who stalks the city of Tampa Bay. This monster is savagely attacking women, taking only the one thing it needs. Tim Roberts, a detective, is hot on its trail. Will Tim catch this creature in time or will this creature feed until it has its fill?

Bonus Short Story: The Living Sand – A short story about two boys who discover a hidden beach and the evil deadly secrets that lie within its soft white grains of sand.

Bonus Short Story: A Haunted House Tale – This short story is about five college students on Halloween night who set out to discover the secrets of the town’s most famous haunted house. Will these students live to see the morning or will this house claim five more victims?

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I decided to run this one free this weekend and it will be available to download this way until Tuesday (7/5/2016). Normally it would be a Friday Freebie, but the promotion period was running out so I thought it might be nice to use those days this weekend. You guys are home, and the Fourth is running strong. What better time to read some free short stories? You can grab your copy at the links below.

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UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B011VGBT7Y?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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EXP: THE LIVING SAND

On the wall, was a skull and crossbones symbol, blood red, dripping and running like it was bleeding or freshly painted?

Below this skull and crossbones there was a message:

‘let yea who pass here be warned, this be the devil’s virgin sand, he be the beast that walk amongst the ground, he be the beast inside the grains, life is in the sand, if you be here when the moon is full, use the seas water, mix it with the sand, whatever is created, next night, the devil’s life it will have’

After Seth read this message out loud, a mouth appeared on the red skull. The mouth opened up revealing large sharp teeth and a black empty portal. Two red eyes appeared in the empty black eye sockets a second later, and then this symbol laughed at them, laughed an evil sinister laugh.

The boys turned to look at one another, fear upon their faces; and without a word, they ran.

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Wednesday’s Quotes (5/25/2016): Famous Words from Famous Writers – Ernest Hemingway

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

Ernest Hemingway

Source: ernest hemingway quotes – Google Search

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Wednesday’s Quotes (5/18/2016): Famous Words from Famous Writers – Stephen King

“Even a zombie lurching through the night can seem pretty cheerful compared to the existential comedy/horror of the ozone layer dissolving under the combined assault of a million fluorocarbon spray cans of deodorant.”

Stephen King

Source: Goodreads 

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Wednesday’s Quotes (5/11/2016): Famous Words from Famous Writers – Anne Rice

“To write something you have to risk making a fool of yourself.”

Anne Rice

Source: Goodreads 

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EBook Cover 9

I’ve moved my other blog over to this site. You will be seeing new covers I have created after I create them here from now on. This is Cover 9, but if you look at the end of this post you will see the other 8. All are currently for sale if you find one that meets your needs.

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Cover 9

I’ve been playing around with Gradients and the Blend tool in Gimp. One night I was toying around with these two tools and came up with this cover. I honestly don’t know if it looks grand or terrible, but there is something that draws me in when I look at it. That could be the fact that it stinks and it stinks so bad I can’t look away or maybe it really is something worthy of a cover for an Ebook. Who knows? It is available for 10 bucks in case you think it works for your story.

Here are the other 8 covers I have designed.

Click here to find out how to get one if it suits your needs: Covers for Sale.

Thanks again for all the support. I would love to hear your thoughts if one stands out to you.

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Killer Treads is Free to Read on 9/24 and 9/25.

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This short story doesn’t get a lot of press (none of mine do really). I guess a quick read about a killer treadmill isn’t for everyone. However, if you want to kick start your Halloween or grab an example of one of my short stories found in Nightlight Tales then you can grab this one free for the next two days. So, do you dare climb aboard this evil treadmill?

Excerpt: 

“Do you have twenty dollars?”

“I do.”

“Is it in your hands?”

“No.”

“Can it be in your hands?”

“Yes, I guess. I need to get my wallet.”

“Get it then,” the screechy voice replied.

“Hold on a minute.” Bob went downstairs and got his wallet. He then went back upstairs and picked up the phone. “Okay. It’s in my hand.”

“Thank you for doing business with me Bob. You will find your treadmill in the garage.”

Bob paused for a moment. “Wait, how do you know I have a garage? How do you know my name is Bob?” The phone line went dead as the money evaporated from his hand. A second later he heard a large bang in the garage. Something had just crash landed on the floor.

He put the phone back in its cradle and went downstairs to investigate. With a cautious ease, he opened the door that led into the garage, and flipped on the light. In the corner where he wanted to put the treadmill, there it sat, gleaming in a pool of light, all shiny and new.

Find it here for free today and tomorrow (if you want an EPUB or PDF of Killer Treads instead, email me at atothewr@gmail.com).

US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D4BG0VK?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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Pre-Order Nightlight Tales today.

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Cover Reveal for A Zombie Christmas and A Zombie Holiday Trilogy

I have changed my covers for my paperbacks of these two stories. I thought I would share them with you in case you like to read print over electronic formed books.

1st: A Zombie Holiday Trilogy

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PAPERBACK

I know it doesn’t look very holiday like, but that’s not what I was going for when I made it on Createspace. The picture just has this look of hope in it, which is what these stories are all about. Sure, there are rotting corpses everywhere, but we can’t lose hope during the holidays. We have to keep ourselves going with those traditions we have all come to love.

2nd: A Zombie Christmas

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PAPERBACK

I know it doesn’t scream Christmas, but I like the simple look of it. I have been a big fan of Anne Rice’s cover of Prince Lestat (red letters and black background), so I wanted to recreate it here. I used yellow instead of red, because it looks more like a Christmas color.

These two stories can also be found in Paperback on other sites other than Amazon. I know I found A Zombie Christmas on Barnes and Noble once, so if you don’t like Amazon you might be able to find them elsewhere online.

My other novel, which is published through a small Independent Publisher recently got a face lift. I thought I would share that one with you as well before closing out this post.

Thanks again for following me, reading me, and enjoying what I do on this blog.

GOLDEN

AMAZON

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Haiku – Writer’s Pain

Common sense says quit

My passion will not listen

Obsession rules me

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Do any of you writers reading this feel like banging your head against a wall? I know you do. We all feel the same way each day. I wrote this Haiku this morning after feeling like no matter what I do in the writing world it will never matter. I will never catch that break. I love to write, but it really does feel like a curse some days.

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Haiku – 24/7 and Sometimes 8

Daytime or night-time

Writer always on the job

Stories never rest

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In case you want something to read, my short story The Living Sand is free to read today and tomorrow. It has the short story Joyride attached to it. That’s two shorts for one freebie. Grabbed your copy at the links below and find out what happens when these 2 boys discover this hidden beach.

EBook:

US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00766SS3M?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00766SS3M?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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Free to Read Today (7/9): Joyride

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Well, there’s the new and final cover for this story. I think I will not be changing the cover for a while now. This one, to me at least, seems like a great cover for this story. I also made it myself (snickers, who did that?), and I am kind of proud of my efforts. I have no skills when it comes to this stuff (snickers again, who is doing that?), but with the help of You Tube and Gimp I managed to figure it out. The story involves cars, and evil people who use books with pentagrams on the cover to get their desires. I guess you can see why it has 666 on the cover.

Anyway, this story is running free today. Grab your copy, and ride shotgun with this short story.

I also wanted to post my Dedication.

Just seems right to do so.

Here it is.

Thank you to the Lord for the talent you’ve given me.

Thanks Marty for your tireless Grammar Checking Efforts.

Thank you to my family and friends for supporting me.

Thank you Sherry, Laura, Emily, and Kim for keeping me writing.

Thank you to all of those who read, like, and enjoy my work.

Thanks Danielle and The Empire of the Claw for the fonts.

(Revised and Updated: 2015) A Joyride in a Chevy Chevelle. The car was just sitting there for the taking. What could possibly go wrong? Vinnie and Mike are about to find out what can and will go wrong once they turn the key. Evil awaits. Ride shotgun if you dare with this short story.

Reviews: 

4 out of 5 Stars – Joy for the Reader

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EBook:

US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0075O2DBS?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0075O2DBS?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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Haiku – Today

Living out your dreams

Day by day, one forward step

Till we reach the end

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For more daily prompts go here: A Prompt Each Day

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Free to Read Today (7/3): A Haunted House Tale

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“What about that picture? I swear it is looking at me,” Suzy replied, light upon a painted portrait of a man in an army suit standing in front of a large Oak tree.

They all looked up at it, and even though the eyes were staring at them, they were blank, dark, and motionless.

“Just your imagination,” Nancy replied, trying to comfort her. “Besides, those eyes are painted on. Wouldn’t there be holes there instead for someone to look through?”

Suzy nodded, her nerves started to calm.

When no one was looking at the painting, the painted eyes flashed out, and two real eyes appeared in their place. These green evil eyes watched the kids as they set up for the night.

“Help me move this,” Scott replied, as he motioned to the dining room table and chairs.

The other two guys jumped in and helped him get it all out of the way. When they were finished, they now had a big open spot in the middle of the room to set up their gear.

“I’ll get a fire started. You guys set up,” Kevin replied, as he walked over to the fireplace with the gigantic brown wooden mantel piece and red brick hearth.

Grab your copy here:

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JJMOW2C

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00JJMOW2C?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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Free to Read Today (7/2): Demon Energy

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A man lay on a bed.

His dreams were vivid and strong–evil things done by evil beings haunted those dreams.

His soul felt lost, departed.

He wasn’t himself.

How long had he been this way?

How long had he suffered in this torment of a hellish nightmare?

He wasn’t sure.

A distant knock on the door.

No, it wasn’t a knock. It was pounding. It was the sound of breaking. The door shattered inward. He managed to turn his sweaty head, brown hair matted to his skin, face covered in a thick sweat, body covered in cuts and bruises–all self-inflicted by his fingernails and his own fists.

He felt his soul losing again. The demons were crawling around inside of him, pushing his soul back to the shadows. He had no choice but to watch. He was a passenger inside his own body.

The demons raised him into the air, levitated him for all to see. Then his small skinny frame started to spin like a pig in a roast. Spinning violently around and around and around and around, and then he stopped. He was now sideways, and looking at the crowd who had come to take him away. He hung there like a limp rag doll. His blue eyes were not his eyes. Those two orbs now belonged to the thousand demons who tormented him.

“We are legion!”–their voices screamed through this man’s bloody and bruised mouth. He flipped end over end and dropped back onto the bed, bouncing a couple of times on his back before coming to rest. He then shook violently up and down, spasms erupting across his body like an earthquake.

He managed to scream–“Help me!”-while shaking.

Grab your copy here:

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TRAHLV0

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00TRAHLV0?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B00TRAHLV0?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

CA: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00TRAHLV0?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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Cover Reveal for Joyride and Demon Energy is free to read on 7/1 and 7/2

Just wanted to reveal the new cover for Joyride, which will be re-releasing next Friday (7/10/2015).

I also wanted a bit of help with it. Trying to figure out which cover works better.

This story is about two boys who take a Joyride only to find out that evil lurks once they turn the key.

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I’m leaning more towards 1 myself. That 666 just gives it a little more creepy factor. Just me though.

Simply, drop a 1 or 2 in the comments below. Shouldn’t take up too much of your time.

I also have Demon Energy running free on 7/1 and 7/2. Run over and grab your copy today.

That’s it. Thanks for the help.

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A short story about 1 man possessed and tormented by a 1000 demons who must fight for a soul he is starting to lose. Will he ever find salvation or is his body now an eternal host of hell?

REVIEWS:

3 out of 5 Stars – Scary good!

3 out of 5 Stars – This story is worth reading for the ending alone!

4 out of 5 Stars – Demon Energy is a quick and satisfying read.

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EBOOK:

US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TRAHLV0

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00TRAHLV0?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/gp/product/B00TRAHLV0?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

CA: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00TRAHLV0?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

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Is it Paid or Made Two? Free EBook for your efforts.

I thought I might try this again with another brand new cover, which lies below.

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I’m digging this one as well, the colors – orange against black, the moon, the skulls. Nice feeling of dread. Kind of sets the tone for this story, which is about a woman trying to scrounge up a Thanksgiving meal in a world filled with zombies. Here are a few examples of what has come before.

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Neither one of those grabs you right away like the new one. But I digress. Here’s what you came for? The free EBook. Here’s how to get it. I want you to tell me if this cover is paid or made?

Paid means I went out and paid for it, got a professional to make it.

Made means I created it myself.

You may be able to spot it right away, you may not, maybe the ones I made only look great to me. Who knows?

Anyway, send an email to atothewr@gmail.com with your answer. If you get it right or wrong, I will send you a free copy of Nightlight Tales when it releases in the Fall in MOBI, EPUB, or PDF just for taking the time to take the challenge.

In the body of the email put the title of the story, paid or made, and the file format of your choosing.

Should look like this.

Story Title

Paid or Made

MOBI, EPUB, PDF

Nightlight Tales - High Resolution

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Answer for is it Paid or Made – Cover Reveal for Daylight Vampires

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This one is made by me, and not paid for. I created it using free software provided by Gimp, and free images from Pixabay.

If anyone thinks this is half way decent, I might try to work one out for you. I’m thinking about doing it free of charge, and then if you like it getting payment then. That way if it sucks then you aren’t out a dime. I have also found a great site to format Ebooks as well – Pressbooks. I might also do a free of charge thing for that service as well. Then discuss payment if you are happy with my efforts. For the future though.

Anybody out there tried any of these sites? Just curious as to what you thought about them.

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