Half the town, it seemed, was gathered at the door, peering in, peeking over shoulders, querying, feral rumors slinking around the edges while, closer to the front, more respectable theories were being advanced in hopes of winning a laurel of knowledge for the price of a guess. But no one knew. Mr. Henkle was one of the most dependable, successful men in town, having led the seemingly perfect, enviable life, with the business, the home, the wife, the kids. Never a whisper of trouble. The news was unsettling, inexplicable. The world was no longer right. Everyone liked Mr. Henkle. He had always made sure of even that….
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For Valentine’s Day, and particularly for those still looking for their one and only, my story “A Prelude to Pleasure” will be available for free on Amazon all day tomorrow, February 14. Feel free to share the story as a little Valentine’s gift, which you can do directly from the Amazon page @ http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005IDQFCQ
“Before the five-year search there had been fifteen long years of watching and waiting to fall passionately in love the way he had always believed he would, the way he once thought he had. But on his fortieth birthday, he stood alone on a rock above a restless ocean and cried. There was no one with whom to share his world, and there seemed to be nothing he could do about it. In business he could do anything, achieve anything, he refused to accept failure–but he couldn’t create a woman, and he couldn’t fall in love with one who simply wasn’t there. Lifting his head, he had angrily wiped away the tears: he had been more than patient with the world, and the world hadn’t delivered on its promise. And if he couldn’t have what he wanted–he swore he would get the best that could be had. . . .”
“A Prelude to Pleasure” is the tale of a man of accomplishment and wealth trying to find true love–and what he discovers along the way, with the help of a boy who reminds him of who he once was. First published by The Atlantean Press in 1991.
In response to the Corinthia Hotel attack in Libya today, I’m making the anti-ISIS story “Mujahid” available for free all day tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28th, starting at midnight Pacific. You are welcome and encouraged to share the “screenplay jihadists will hate and civilized people will love” with all civilized inhabitants of the planet. ISIS must be and will be defeated. The sooner, the better. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R8QP8NI
The Cordair #IamCharlie shirts are now available on Zazzle. Declare your freedom proudly and publicly. Men’s and women’s, all styles.
White text on black @ http://www.zazzle.com/iamcharlie_shirt-235589522664259007
Black text on white @ http://www.zazzle.com/iamcharlie_tees-235115239469596762
Graphic design courtesy Wingspan Graphics, creator of beautiful, eye-catching, affordable custom-logo design.
Royalty proceeds will be donated to support Charlie Hebdo and the families of the victims (https://www.leetchi.com/c/solidaritecharlie or equivalent)
187 free copies of “Mujahid” were downloaded yesterday via Amazon’s U.S., Canadian, Australian, German, Spanish, Indian & UK websites. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R8QP8NI
“Mujahid” is already the #1 free download in Performing Arts this morning. Thanks for helping spread the word. #IamCharlie
In response to the Charlie Hebdo attack, I’ll be making the script for “Mujahid” available free of charge for 24 hours, starting at midnight Pacific tonight. In the story, Islam is explicitly invoked and resisted during a planned terrorist attack by the Islamic State. Prior to midnight, “Mujahid” remains available through Amazon at the usual price. Your assistance is appreciated in spreading word of the script to the corners of the earth. Freedom of speech must be upheld and defended. Let’s try to get this film made. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00R8QP8NI