Friday, January 15, 2016
Congratulations to Tisa Houck, winner of last week’s Friday Freebie contest: The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee.
Nothing But the Dead and Dying by Ryan W. Bradley. If you’ve been paying even the tiniest bit of attention to the blog lately, you’ll know how much I love this short story collection. I’m very excited to be putting a copy into one lucky reader’s hands this week.
On the back cover of the book, you’ll see my words of endorsement: “Just like the State of Alaska itself, in which they’re set, the stories in Ryan Bradley’s Nothing But the Dead and Dying are beautiful, dangerous, hardcore, and strong enough to break your ice-brittled bones. Here are the losers and the strivers, the broken and the just-fixed, the down-but-not-out and the ones crawling back for forgiveness on hands and knees. These are the people of Alaska, yes, but they are also all the citizens of the world. They are you and me in our best and worst hours. Ryan W. Bradley goes full throttle down an icy road with these stories. GodDAMN, can he ever drive a story!”
It was one of my picks for Best Books of 2015. And earlier in the week, Ryan talked about his “first time.”
If you’d like a chance at winning a copy of Nothing But the Dead and Dying, 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 Jan. 21, at which time I’ll draw the winning name. I’ll announce the lucky reader on Jan. 22. 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).
Want to double your odds of winning? Get an extra entry in the contest by posting a link to this webpage on your blog, your Facebook wall or by tweeting it on Twitter. Once you’ve done any of those things, send me an additional e-mail saying “I’ve shared” and I’ll put your name in the hat twice.