Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New to You stories ...

Thanks for the input about my short stories.  I'm pleased to say that all three of them are up as Kindle downloads. But the Biggest News -- New Jeff Resnick short story!

Well, not quite new . . . Cold Case was the first Jeff Resnick story that was ever published.  But it was included in an obscure anthology that had a very small print run, and disappeared within months of publication. Here's the blurb and a couple of testimonials:

Cold Case:  

Psychic Jeff Resnick has no expectations when investigating the disappearance of a four-year-old, until he confronts the mind responsible--a shattering experience for all involved.
"A compelling mystery that will grip you tightly and not let go--even after you've finished reading."
-- Leann Sweeney, nationally best-selling author of the Yellow Rose and Cats In Trouble mysteries

L.L. Bartlett’s “Cold Case” tells the emotionally packed story of Jeff Resnick, a psychic, who is hired to solve the disappearance of a four-year-old boy. The conclusion to this story is bound to have you questioning those around you.

-- The Romance Readers Connection
As for the others, You can find them here:

Abused:  A Daughters Story by L.L. Bartlett
Lorraine Bartlett's powerful "Abused:  A Daughter’s Story" grabs hold immediately and doesn't let go. This heart-tugger's hero, Emily, displays amazing resilience and strength. I know I'll remember this story for a long, long time.
--Julie Hyzy, Barry- and Anthony-award winning author of the White House Chef Mysteries

Only Skin Deep by Lorraine Bartlett

What I Did For Love by Lorraine Bartlett
We are all vulnerable in love, and Lorraine Bartlett's "What I Did For Love" touches on all the emotions we face when we open ourselves to others: heartbreak, need, loss, and hope. Read it, and you'll find yourself saying, "Yes--yes, I understand."
--Julie Hyzy, Barry- and Anthony-award winning author of the White House Chef Mysteries

Why the two different names?  My first readers thought Abused was a bit too gritty for a "cozy author."  And since my L.L. Bartlett name is associated with edgier material, they thought it best to go this route.

I had intended to set the shorter ones at a lower price, but the Kindle minimum is $.99. (Bummer, eh?)

I was really leery about doing covers.  I thought the stock photography would be a lot more expensive than it turned out to be.  (Still, I'll need to sell a lot of copies to cover the cost.)  I think I'll have a lot of fun going through the archives and finding some interesting photos to be used for the basis of the new banner for my Lorraine Bartlett site, which will get a refit later this summer when I get the first Victoria Square cover. And I must confess, that while I chose the pictures, it was actually my husband who put all the elements together.

If you enjoyed the freebie version of What I Did For Love, I hope you'll give *Abused: A Daughter's Story and Only Skin Deep a try.

(*By the way, these stories are purely fiction.  I was not an abused child, although certain instances in this particular story did happen to a childhood friend.)