Congrats Nick Wilford

Happy Friday! Last weekend I took off four days and it was absolutely wonderful. Since then I’ve been trying to get caught up with work. Luckily today is Friday and soon I’ll be relaxing once again. I wish every week was short and sweet.

Tomorrow is the last day to enter May’s e-book giveaway. Don’t miss your chance to win five fabulous e-books from some of my favorite authors. Click here for more details. On Monday I’ll announce the titles for June’s giveaway.

Today I’m tickled pink to help Nick announce the publication of his collection: A Change of Mind and Other Stories. Nick’s a blogging buddy and a great writer. Check out the excerpt below. Have a marvelous weekend, folks!

 

Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Speculative fiction
Format: Ebook only
Page/word count: 107 pages, approx. 32,000 words
Release date: 25th May 2015
Publisher: Superstar Peanut Publishing

Blurb:
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.

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Excerpt:
“Not seen you in here before,” said the barman, while dispensing the frothy liquid into a glass. Fascinated by the collection of grubby beer mats on the ceiling, I was jolted by the fact another person was apparently trying to start a friendly conversation with me.
   “Errm… I don’t get out much.”
    Well, there it was. I’d revealed himself as a loser already, as if this guy didn’t already know.
   “Why’s that, pal?” The barman put the dripping glass onto a stained towel covering the bar. I gazed into the bubbly liquid as if it held all the answers to life’s dilemmas. The urge to simply walk out was overwhelming, but I steeled myself and took a deep draught of the beer. It settled in my stomach and then seemed to radiate outwards, imbuing a sense of calm.
   “Well, I don’t have any friends.”
   I expected the barman to walk away and find something else to do, although there were no other customers at the bar, but the man remained where he was, absentmindedly running a cloth over the discoloured bar top.
   “Seems to me, if you got out more, you might make some friends. Seems to me you’re in a bit of a vicious circle at the moment. What’s your name?”
   “Reuben.”
   “Reuben. I’m Dave. Now let me give you a bit of advice. When you came in just now like a drowned rat – I know, it’s not your fault it’s raining – you stood there like you owed the world an apology. Like you were sorry for using up air. And you looked like you were terrified of everyone. If you stood up straight, acted a bit more confident, you might get on better.”

   I had to stop myself from rolling my eyes and telling the guy he sounded like my dad. Somehow, I didn’t think that would help.

Meet the author:

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. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. Visit him at his blog or connect with him on Twitter or Goodreads.

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About TBM

TB Markinson is an American living in England. When she isn’t writing, she’s traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs, or reading. Not necessarily in that order.
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14 Responses to Congrats Nick Wilford

  1. Nick Wilford says:

    Thanks so much, TB! It’s been a good week. I’m off to enter your great giveaway. 🙂

  2. Congrats to Nick! That looks like a great collection. Now, it’s time for TBM to play writing teacher. What exactly is the difference between a novella and a short story? And, what the heck is flash fiction?

    • TBM says:

      You want me to think on a Friday afternoon 🙂 I’ll do my best. A short story is usually between 1000-7500 words. A novella is 20,000-50.000. But these are just for reference and can be fluid. Flash fiction is a story that’s extremely short, more than likely under 1000 words, but can be much shorter. Whew…time for the pub.

  3. Congrats to Nick! His new collection is awesome. 🙂 Have a lovely weekend.

  4. Chrys Fey says:

    Congratulations, Nick! I’m so thrilled to see you and your collection making the rounds for your tour. 🙂

  5. Thanks for the introduction, TBM. Sounds entertaining. 🙂

  6. ethornberg says:

    TBM,

    Hi. I’m not sure how to enter May’s e-book giveaway. Once I “Click here for more details” I go to your web site. Then I click on Rafflecopter giveaway. Then I don’t know what to do. Or is that all I have to do?

    Thanks.

    Ernie

  7. Sounds like a great collection of short stories + novella. Congrats, Nick!

  8. lexacain says:

    If only weeks that are short and sweet were the norm, right? Congrats to Nick on his new release!

  9. T.F.Walsh says:

    Huge congrats, Nick. Awesome collection:)

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