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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Blow Up the Roses will be free for three days starting March 2. Beware.

I unpublished Blow Up the Roses from Smashwords because that site uses Paypal to make their payments and Paypal has told them that if Smashwords has any works for "...which rape, bestiality and incest are the major theme..." that Smashwords will be banned.

I do not consider that rape, bestiality or incest is a major theme in Blow Up the Roses, but it does have a really bad character who is a pedophile serial killer so I thought it best to unpublish from Smashwords. If you want to check out the latest on this issue the Smashwords site update url is here:

Since I've unpublished from Smashwords, I've enrolled it in Kindle Select, which mean Kindle Prime subscribers can borrow for free. It also lets me offer it for free to anyone and I'll be doing that for three days starting March 2.

I like to warn people away from Blow Up the Roses because it does have a serial pedophile killer as one of the characters and I do write realistically. The goal of fiction is to create reality with words. And there is some horrible reality going on in this book.

But the story, and I hope the writing, is compelling.  Here's what one reviewer wrote:

After reading the first two paragraphs of this book I wanted to stop because I knew it would be disturbing. I continued reading because I've looked at my neighbors' homes and thought about the possibility that they're hiding terrible secrets in their basements and attics and no one will ever know. Apparently, Randy Attwood has also. Thought about it, I mean. I hope.

The plot in "Blow Up the Roses" is clear and easy to follow, the setting painted a vivid picture in my mind - as I read, I could see the characters. The subject is cringe-worthy but the author's skill in telling a story is worth the read.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Just Because I Can Post What I Want

A ferocious wind followed, and my father spoke as if that great gust had demanded from him some kind of answer.

"Let the winds scream.
"Let the winds reflect and mirror
"The rage that man has felt
"Since first he stood upon this vast and mighty plain.
"Oh yes, let the winds scream
"And express for us
"All our torment and our pain."

I had never heard him recite poetry before.
"Shakespeare?" I asked.
"Shakespeare?" He laughed lightly as he repeated my question. "No, not Shakespeare."
"Who then?"
"Something I wrote when I was in college."
"You? You wrote poetry?"
"Some of it even publishable. Never got published. But publishable."
"Could I read 'em?"
"Scattered, literally, to the four winds. They were lost in the tornado. You don't remember that, do you."
It was not a question because I had told him before that I did not. I shook my head one more time no. But it was a lie. I couldn't tell him my very first memory was of waking up and having my room fly all around me.I never told Dad the tornado was my first memory because it seemed wrong that I could remember the storm that killed Mother, but I had no memory of her.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Forced Pregnancies? It happens in Rabbletown. Could it happen in Virginia?

“We’ve got to fornicate again tonight, Bob.”
“So soon?”
“I failed the pregnancy test again at the clinic today and they said if I failed next month, they’d have to art-preg me.”
“Well, tell them I can’t get it up anymore.”
“That wouldn’t matter. You know that. They’ll haul you in and hook you up to the electro-ejaculator. Bob, I don’t want to be one of those women who have to be art-pregged.” She was starting to cry. “My Personal Pastor Counselor says God looks with disfavor on art-pregged wives. Other men perform their duty to God’s Church of the Evangels. I don’t know why you can’t.”

From Rabbletown: Life in These United Christian States of Holy America

Monday, February 20, 2012

Events Trending Too Quickly Towards My Future History Dystopia I call "Rabbletown"

Dear Readers,

I fear the real world is starting to resemble the terrible beginning of Rabbletown: Life in These United Christian States of Holy America, which has this introduction:

The Sacred Exchange

When the Mossad obtained incontrovertible evidence that the Grand Ayatollah of Iran not only had a nuclear bomb, but it was installed ready to launch on a missile in a silo disguised to look like a mosque, Israel pushed the button on its own secret missile and Tehran was obliterated. Although Iran had only one nuclear tipped missile, it had distributed nuclear knapsacks to hundreds of willing suicide bombers who entered Israel and detonated the small devices in as many Jewish settlements as they could, thus helping the Palestinians to gain their own long-sought-for, if now-irradiated nation. Al Qaeda, not content with that great victory over the Zionists, unleashed its own nuker-knapsackers on the Satanist capitals of Europe and the costal cities of America. The newly-elected American Christian Pastor President and his Christian Pastor Vice President were evacuated before a nuker-knapsacker leveled a two-mile radius around the White House. Retaliation was ordered. No backpacks from America. Missiles. To Cairo, Damascus, Baghdad, Kabul, Jeddah, Mecca. Sometimes their arrival nearly coincided with missiles from France and Great Britain. Mecca got a triple whammy. North Korea used its one missile to kill millions in Tokyo. China solved its Taiwan problem; there was no more Taiwan. India and Pakistan nuked each other to their hate’s content. For some reason, cooler heads prevailed in Russia. They decided to sit and watch and wait.

The world entered another Dark Age. Religion ruled again.

Monday, February 6, 2012

One More Victim Keeps Getting Downloaded

My work most currently downloaded is One More Victim. I don't understand how readers find or choose one work over another. One More Victim has a Jewish and Holocaust tag because those elements are essential to the plot. It's a story I started writing in the mid 1970s when I looked outside the window of our back door and saw crows pecking their way into our garbage. That started a poem in my head. And a story. The story got written, but the last lines of the poem that ends the story didn't come to me until some 30 years later. Victim is getting some good reviews. Like this one:

WOW! What a wonderful short story. This book starts out in 1958 but ends up in 1994. This book has so much in the few pages that I am amazed at how well the author was able to created such a wonderful story. Please be aware that this review may contain spoilers.

This book starts out with Greg being a 5 year old child woke up by a strong thunderstorm. He walks in the living room of his home and sees his father holding a flashlight looking out into the night sky. 

Greg has a father and a step-mother but his real mother died a couple of years ago during a different thunderstorm that had a tornado with the storm. Greg talks about the storm to others but not his father. Greg remembers the storm but is sad that he does not remember the mother who died in the storm. 

Greg is a little bit of a weird child. He goes through people's trash for treasures. Greg find some amazing stuff. After the storm Greg builds a hut so help hide some of his treasures. While there one day Greg has an unexpected visitor, Kathy. 

Greg shares some of his treasures with Kathy and that starts everything in motion. 

This book covers so much in the few pages that it is just a great read. This book can be read in less than an hour but it is an hour well spent. I have not read anything by this author before but I look forward to some of his additional work in the future.

I used a wonderful image from the penetrating Kansas photographer Jared Wingate for the cover.

Nice review for Then and Now

I wanted to acknowledge a nice review for Then and Now: the Harmony of the Instantaneous All by blogger and twitterer Hales, who uses the same design template for her blog as I do. If you lived through that turbulent spring of 1970 or are curious about the 1960s, I think you'd enjoy Then and Now. The occupy movement reminds me much of those times.

Book itself is on Amazon and Smashwords and at B&N