I’m not the best salesperson. Back when I worked at a kiosk in the mall (cut me some slack; I was nineteen), I sold “Diamond Dirt.” It was this gelatinous goo that one could put plants in and they would “grow” just like normal plants. Seeing the mangy, sad sticks poking out of the suffocating pink and green glop, I did not believe in this product, and could not get behind it. Whenever any potential client asked me questions like, “Is it better than dirt?” my reply was a quick, “Probably not.” I quit the sales business in rapid order.
Having said that, I will, on occasion, pitch something to people whenever I truly believe in it. Dyson vacuums would be one of them. Apple computers would be another. Fluevog shoes, a third. And now, author Charles Gramlich joins the ranks. Charles is a talented writer whose diverse range of work always proves a good read. His ebook, Killing Trail debuted today on Kindle for Amazon. From the author’s blogger page:
RIDE INTO DANGER!
Killing Trail is a collection of western short stories by Charles Allen Gramlich, the author of the Talera Trilogy and Cold in the Light. It contains:
Killing Trail: When they dumped Angela Cody on Lane Holland’s ranch she was scant moments from death. She managed to speak only a few words, but those were enough to make Lane strap on his guns and ride out on a killing trail.
Showdown at Wild Briar: Accused of a murder he didn’t commit, Josh Allen Boone has ridden a long way from his Wild Briar Ranch. But now he’s coming home, and the real killers are waiting for him with a rope. (Never before published.)
Powder Burn: They said Davy Bonner’s luck had run out and they ambushed him along a dark road. But luck or no, Davy wasn’t going down without a fight. (Written specifically for this collection.)
Once Upon a Time with the Dead: For the gray raiders, death was an old friend.
The work also includes two nonfiction essays, one about Louis L’Amour and another about the real Wild West.
As I said before, Charles is a great writer. And, by selling his ebook for just $2.99, he’s also quite the bargain master. That grocery-store-coleslaw-tub-of-useless-glop I had to sell back in 1992 wasn’t even that cheap!
Go download a copy (and get yourself a Dyson, while you’re at it).
July 15th, 2010 at 10:26 am
I'm calling him HWIWSFYCAPIST. I assume he won't mind. Most of my friends get called worse… ;-pJust finished the title story– bloody good fun!!
July 13th, 2010 at 8:21 pm
He has, indeed. I need to figure out what kind of mojo he's using.That's a really long name. I hope your friend doesn't mind nicknames or acronyms.
July 12th, 2010 at 8:31 pm
I am monitoring Charles' online ebook experiment carefully. He's done a great job marketing himself online. Outstanding, actually. He is everywhere. At once. That's why I am tempted to let him have a nickname belong to a friend of mine…He Who Is Without Shape Or Form Yet Cognizant Of All Points In Space And Time. But it would only be a borrow.
July 9th, 2010 at 8:38 pm
You're welcome. Love me some Gramlich's. : )
July 9th, 2010 at 7:54 pm
That's very kind of you. Thanks, hon. 🙂
July 6th, 2010 at 4:57 pm
Ditto to what Kate said. And we love our Dyson!
July 6th, 2010 at 3:33 pm
Getting a book by Charles is a no-brainer for me.Dyson, huh? I do need a new vacuum…
July 6th, 2010 at 2:50 pm
Avery, you prove my old adage that horror writers are the nicest folks. Thanks very much for the link and blurb. I Appreciate it.