Most of you who read this blog know that I’m not a big one on writing about the perils of evil…at least not at the same level as the serial killers or the kings of genocide.

Sure, I’ve got some pretty bad people in my books: Johnny, the doper and rapist in Brothers’ Hand; homophobe Barbara in Jana; and Graham the white collar thief of Miles of Files. Still, it’s not often I really put something out that really addresses Good Vs. Evil in an overt manner. I believe most people are shades of grey, and my novels reflect that.

Every once in a while, though, something clicks into place, and I write a character who is beyond the pale. Such is the case in the title story of Rides From Strangers, where one of the two main characters…well, I think he’s the devil. Read it and let me know what you think!

The Giveaway

So I’m not shy about saying, “Hey, read this,” because it’s free. Yes, free. If you click that Rides From Strangers link above, you’ll see it takes you to my Home Page. Subscribe to my free monthly newsletter, and you can get the e-book for free. And if you want it right away, you can also get it through an Instafreebie giveaway.

Now, I’d never done an Instafreebie giveaway before, but I’ve found it a pretty good way to reach more new readers. My fellow author Jay Lemming has enrolled a few of us in this one, and it’s called the Instafreebie Meditation on Evil and Death: Free Books and Stories that Contemplate the End. I leave it to you to decide who else to download, but, most importantly, I leave it to you to determine who that dude is in Rides From Strangers. The giveaway closes down in a couple more days, so get ’em while they’re hot, folks.

Finally, if you like what you’ve read from me (and these other authors), please tell your friends, relatives, and neighbors. Heck, tell the mail carrier! We indie authors find word of mouth the best way of spreading the word. As always, thanks for reading.

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