Friday, May 16, 2014
Friday Freebie: Stay Up With Me by Tom Barbash, Train Shots by Vanessa Blakeslee, and Songs for the Deaf by John Henry Fleming
Congratulations to Emma Cazabonne, winner of last week’s Friday Freebie: I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira.
This week’s book giveaway is a special contest in honor of National Short Story Month. One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of three new collections of short fiction: Stay Up With Me by Tom Barbash, Train Shots by Vanessa Blakeslee, and Songs for the Deaf by John Henry Fleming. Here’s a little more about the books from the publishers’ jacket copy:
No Regrets, Coyote, had to say about Train Shots: “Evidently, Vanessa Blakeslee was somebody’s big secret until now. I just don’t know how they kept her from us or why they would. No one writes this good the first time out, do they? Train Shots is more than a promising first collection by a formidably talented writer; it is a haunting story collection of the first order. I was flat knocked out. Blakeslee’s range and confidence are astonishing. I can’t forget these beguiling and unsparing stories and I don’t want to. They are exhilarating to read; some are breathtaking and achingly beautiful, others will keep you up at night. When I finished Train Shots, I walked around for days seeing the world through its lens. Do yourself a favor, buy this book, get in on the secret before everyone else knows what you soon will: here is the future of contemporary fiction.”
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If you’d like a chance at winning copies of Stay Up With Me, Train Shots and Songs for the Deaf, simply email your name and mailing address to
Put FRIDAY FREEBIE in the e-mail subject line. One entry per person, please. Despite its name, the Friday Freebie runs all week long and remains open to entries until midnight on May 22, at which time I’ll draw the winning name. I’ll announce the lucky reader on May 23. If you’d like to join the mailing list for the once-a-week newsletter, simply add the words “Sign me up for the newsletter” in the body of your email. Your email address and other personal information will never be sold or given to a third party (except in those instances where the publisher requires a mailing address for sending Friday Freebie winners copies of the book).
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