Sunday, March 2, 2014

Read an Ebook Week at Smashwords!

read an ebook week

This week, Smashwords is hosting Read an Ebook Week, which is basically a huge promotion on ebooks all across their site. I'm participating this year by offering Hanged to Death and Tweet the Police for free. The Aspen House and The Fornarina Affair are both 50% off ($1.50).

There are a ton more authors participating, so if you like a deal be sure to check out Smashwords' Read an Ebook Week catalog for more discounted books!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Just a reminder...


Today is the last day The Lonely Hipster will be offered for free on Amazon, so if you haven't downloaded it yet, you know what to do.

ALSO! Starting tomorrow, January 23rd, I'll be offering another one of my short stories, The Sea Queen's Daughter, for free through the 27th. Grab it up if you haven't already.

Thanks to everyone for making The Lonely Hipster's debut week a success!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

THE LONELY HIPSTER now available, free for a limited time!

the lonely hipster cover

Today's the day! The Lonely Hipster is available for purchase on But you don't even have to purchase it because it's free to download for the next five days, January 18th-22nd. So click, read, and enjoy!

Want a summary? Of course you do:

A mystery where murder meets coffeehouse romance, beards, and flip-flops... 
Stantonville is a small town where everyone knows everyone else and they all get along—or do they? Adam McGill, Stantonville’s lone hipster, gets a lot of flack from the other residents for being lazy and suspicious. So when the town’s wealthiest resident, Peter Stanton, is found shot with a note that reads “McGill” in his hand, suspicion immediately falls on Adam. And the police aren’t the only ones he has to worry about—he's also being followed by the people who actually shot Stanton! 
With the help of the cute barrista in Stantonville’s lone coffee shop, Adam needs to find Stanton's shooter—and move out of his mom’s basement—before he winds up in prison. Or worse.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Pssst... One Day to Go!

the lonely hipster cover

The Lonely Hipster has a scheduled release date—tomorrow! Remember I'm going to offer it for free during the first week, so make a mental note to check this blog for buy links or search Amazon for it between January 18th and January 22nd.

Thanks to all my readers for their support and encouragement! I'm excited to finally be sharing this story with you.

Sunday, January 12, 2014


the lonely hipster cover

We're getting close to the release date of my next mystery novella, The Lonely Hipster! To whet your appetite, here's an excerpt from the book. And, if you're a member of Goodreads, The Lonely Hipster has its own Goodreads page! Feel free to add it if you're into that sort of thing.

And now here's a peek at our lonely hipster detective in action. Enjoy!

Dubiously, Adam closed his eyes. He felt Moira touch his hand and a zing traveled up his arm.
“Okay, now. In your mind, I want you to replay finding Old Man Stanton, starting from the beginning, and describe it to me. But instead of telling me what you see, tell me what you smell and hear, and touch if it’s applicable. Ready?”
Adam took a deep breath. “Cut grass. Bad Books.”
“Bad Books?”
“It’s a band. I was listening to music. Ummm vibration from the mower. Then a loud pop. Silence. Too much silence, not even a bird. Cool grass on the sides of my feet. The slap of my flip-flops on the stone steps. Rough stone under my left hand. The faintest tinkle of falling glass.”
Adam stopped and swallowed hard. Moira reached out to squeeze his hand again, and he squeezed back.
“There’s a strange smell. Gunpowder? But that’s only part of it. There’s something else, something I’ve never come across till now.”
“Keep going.”
Adam drew a shaky breath. “The curtain on my face. Stiff, rough. Crunching as I walk in to the study. The glass cutting the bottoms of my feet. There’s that smell again. It’s perfume.”
He opened his eyes a found himself staring directly into Moira’s. “Whoever was in the room before me wore perfume.”

Will Adam be able to sniff out the killer, or is the perfume a red herring? Questions! Find out later this month when The Lonely Hipster is released.

Friday, December 27, 2013


the lonely hipster by ellis drake cover

Hello everyone! I know things have been rather silent on ye olde blog lately. I've been focusing mainly on non-fiction writing for the last few weeks and didn't really have any updates available.

However! I wanted to let you all know that I'm gearing up to publish The Lonely Hipster, a mystery—or hipstery, as I like to call it—about the only hipster living in a small factory town, in January. I already have the cover put together (thanks to my brother for agreeing to be my model! You can also see him on the cover of Tweet the Police) and just have to work on formatting. Very soon it will be ready to publish!

My plan is to offer The Lonely Hipster for free on during the first week after it's published, then price it at 99 cents for the next three weeks before raising the price to the typical $2.99, where I will keep it indefinitely. This way the first people to purchase the novella will get the best deal on it. So watch this blog for the release date and you'll be able to download the novella for free!

I also recently published two novellas, The Fornarina Affair and The Aspen House, to Smashwords. I'm still waiting on them to be published to B&N and iTunes, but I will update the buy links on my books page once they're available. In the meantime, if you use a reading device other than Kindle or a Kindle app, you can download the EPUB, PDF, and LRF versions of both those novellas at Smashwords.

I want to thank all my loyal readers, friends, family, and fellow authors for their support this year. I honestly would have given up on writing a long time ago if it wasn't for your encouragement and help. I hope you all have a great holiday season and here's to a fabulous year of reading and writing in 2014!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Writing Links Wednesday—Venice and Writing

torcello road
The yellow brick road of Torcello.

Almost forgot about WLW! This week I have several Venice-related links and a few writing opportunities.