“Squeeze Play” Read and Critiqued During MWANE “Author Idol”

On May 16, a portion of my short story “Squeeze Play” was read and critiqued by members of the Mystery Writers of America New England Chapter at their annual  themed Author Idol meeting via Zoom. 

The format for Author Idol is: the first few pages of anonymous submissions are read by a professional voice. Three judges listen for style and plot; when they have heard enough, they signify by raising their hand or ringing a bell. Then they give their feedback.

My story reading followed by critique begins around 10:40 into the video, and ends at the 15:50 mark.


“Hold My Rum” and “Imaginary Companions” Accepted by Whisky Blot

The Whisky Blot coverThe online magazine Whisky Blot has accepted a visual art piece and a very short fictional story for publication.

“Hold My Rum” is an artsy fartsy photograph of a rum bottle; “Imaginary Companions” is a micro story in the horror genre. (Yes, I know that rum and whisky are different!)

Both photo and story are expected to be published at the end of May in their “Flashes of Darkness” themed issue.

“Strange Wars” Anthology Available On Amazon

Strange Wars Anthology cover[The anthology Strange Wars includes my short story, “Star Dust.”  Please consider downloading the Kindle version available now using one of the links, below. The Kindle downloads are free from now until May 4. -Phil]

David Shultz <tdotspec@gmail.com> writes:

Strange Wars has launched! Paperback copies are en route to all project backers. Cry havoc and let slip the blogs of war!

The eBook is currently a free Kindle download, from Saturday April 30 through May 4!

The link for USA is here: https://www.amazon.com/Strange-Wars-Speculative-Coalitions-Conflict-ebook/dp/B09Y2M46B9/

Please share this link with any family, friends, and social media–the more downloads the better. Amazon’s ranking system is based on number of downloads, not paid sales, and it’s our hope to hit #1 through this promotion.

Also, if you have the time, please leave a review or encourage someone to do so. Reviews are super important for Amazon (after a three month grace period, if a title doesn’t receive enough reviews, it is buried by the algorithm; reviews are also the second most important thing from the consumer’s point of view, next to the cover.) So if you can help us in getting reviews, I’d really appreciate it!
Please let me know if you have any comments, questions, or anything.
Thanks everyone for being part of Strange Wars and for helping to make it such a success!