Cover Reveal - A Change of Mind and Other Stories

Today I'm helping fellow blogger/writer Nick Wilford with the reveal of the cover for his forthcoming book.  Here are all the details from Nick himself.

Genre: Contemporary speculative fiction
Cover Design: Rebekah Romani
Release Date: May 25th 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.

But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone.

The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him.

Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition.

The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.


Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working, he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. You can find him hanging out on his blog or on Goodreads or Twitter.

Preorder Links: Amazon US, Amazon UK
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A Call for WRiTE CLUB 2015 Volunteers

WRiTE CLUB 2015 is just around the corner, which means I'm starting to get my ducks in a row.  It also means I need some help.  Although the number of contest participants has expanded this year, it’s still limited at 40 (twenty bouts).  In order to do that, I must narrow down what I estimate will be 200-225 open entries (500 word samples) during the month of April...and that’s where you come in.  In order to go about this is a fair and unbiased manner -- my plan is to create a central repository (via Dropbox) where my wife will store all of the submissions as they roll in, then have a selection committee of 10-15 judges read all of those entries and vote on their favorites, which I will then use to select the top 40.

Before you raise your hand, I want to fully explain what you would be volunteering for.  This is a big commitment!  First you must be open to installing and using Dropbox (a free file sharing program that I will provide complete instructions on how to use). Then you will have until May 16th read what could be 225+ entries, each one approximately 500 words long -- which equates to the length of a small book – and select 40 of what you believe are the best ones.

Most importantly – you cannot be a WRiTE CLUB contestant if you do this. 

So, what do you say?  Interested in helping shape how the competition plays out – without officially participating?  If so, leave a comment below (be sure to include your email address), and I will be in touch by the end of the week.

Thank you in advance.


Going Commando

Ahhhhhh…the freedom!  The sense of unbridled expression. The unencumbered stream of creative juices.  Nothing can match it!


Why all the looks? Oh geez – get your minds out of the gutter! I’m talking about tackling the A-Z Challenge for 2015 without a theme.

It’s been a couple years since I’ve taken on the challenge.  For those of you who live under a rock, the A-Z Challenge involves posting on your blog every day during the month of April (except Sundays), the first post revolving around a topic with the letter A in it, then B, then C.  You get the idea.  It’s the brainchild of Arlee Bird and been around since 2007. The past couple of years the use of a theme to bind all of your posts into a cohesive presentation has become common, so much so that they now have an A-Z Theme Reveal event on March 23rd.

I’ve never been a fan of themes when it comes to A-Z. I prefer to treat each day as a mini writing prompt and see what pops out. To be frank…some of my best posts have been written on-the-fly for A-Z. My readers enjoy it as well because without the time to prepare, those post are some of my most personal and forthright.
One of my writing goals for this year was to breathe life back into my blog, and doing the A-Z is like sending a 10,000 volt shock from a defibrillator through it. It’s not all about the post either.  I’ll continue to pay a return visit to anyone’s blog who leaves a comment while A-Z is going on, and hopefully I’ll make some new friends as a result.  After all, that’s what A-Z is ultimately about.

April is sizing up to be a pretty busy month. Spring is definitely coming in like a Lion! :)
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