I don’t typically recommend blatant self-promotion in blog posts, though I do have a post here somewhere entitled Blatant Self-Promotion…ha! This week, however, I’m getting excited about my upcoming release, and decided it’s time to talk about it again.

I thought I’d posted about Rides From Strangers recently, but I was wrong. I haven’t blogged about it, anyway, since last August. (Wow! I blew my own mind with how the time has flown.) The last time followers of this blog would have read the title Rides From Strangers, I actually hosted a contest here, where the prize was a free e-book. Now, I’m not posting the story again. The time has come to announce the upcoming publication – in September, no less – of a new book, which is indeed called Rides From Strangers, after the first story in the collection.

For those of you already on my email newsletter list, I’m going to give it to you for free. But that’s not all. I’m also going to offer the e-book for free to anyone who joins the email list.

See, I’ve been going to these business conferences lately, mostly run by companies making seven or more figures per year. And these highly successful business people all have something in common: they give away great content. Some of their best stuff, in fact, is free. It’s all about delivering value.

So that’s where I’m going with Rides With Strangers. I’m putting it out there for free. I really hope people like it. And if they like these short stories enough to buy one of my full-length works of fiction, great; if not, so be it. You don’ t have to subscribe to the email newsletter forever to get the short stories. Sign up, and as soon as the ebook is available, you can download it for free. If you unsubscribe to the newsletter afterwards, that’s okay too. The ebook will still be free – no strings attached.

The one thing I did want to ask via blog post (and I’ll probably create a Twitter poll, too) is what kind of format do you prefer for ebooks? I figure I’ll make it available in PDF and MOBI, since some people will want to send it to their Kindle readers. But is there anything else? Any EPUB people out there? Let me know, and if there’s enough demand for formats in addition to PDF and MOBI, I’ll be happy to oblige.

Again, Rides From Strangers will only be available through my website – not Amazon,  iTunes, or anywhere else. You can sign up for the email newsletter updates as we get closer to the date, here. Right now I’ve got designers competing to deliver the best cover, so I’ll be doing a cover reveal soon, too. Meanwhile, if you have a format preference, let me know in the comments below. Looking forward to getting this out there to you all!

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