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My Shorts Are Cheap!

Hey 3.5 readers.

BQB here.

Totally important announcement, so drop everything you are doing and pay me your rapt attention.

No, that’s not rapt enough. More…more…more…alright, your attention is now sufficiently rapt.

My three short stories, now on Amazon, part of BQB’s Twisted Shorts series, have been priced down to 99 cents.

Is that a reflection of what they are worth? No. I’d charge a million bucks a piece if I could but I don’t think anyone would pay a million bucks for any book.

I’m just testing the waters to see if going cheaper works. We’ll see how it goes. If it doesn’t work, I’ll eventually go back to a higher price.

Here you go. When Superheroes Quit. 99 cents.

Check this out. The One That Got Away:

And finally:

I can’t believe how cheap my shorts are, 3.5 readers. Do you want cheap shorts? Then buy my cheap shorts today!

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William Sherlock Scott Holmes? (QUESTION)

Hey 3.5 readers.

BQB here with a question for my 3.5.

I’m writing a Sherlock Holmes book, but with my sense of humor. Briefly, Holmes and Watson time travel to modern times and their take on everything modern is funny.

There is a scene where Sherlock’s brother Mycroft, who has been posing as a modern day American for quite some time, saves Sherlock by helping fit in with a bunch of unruly yanks, slapping him on the back and calling him “Billy Boy” – from there on when they are in private, Mycroft calls Sherlock, William.

I thought this was his full name but after doing more research, apparently Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never called Sherlock this. The best I’ve found is that it comes from a 1962 book from another author about Holmes and apparently it has been passed down throughout fans over the years.

And it has been popularized by the famous BBC show with Benedict Cumberbatch setting Sherlock in modern times.

I guess the question is should I 86 the William Sherlock Scott Holmes and just leave him as Sherlock? In my version, he introduces himself as Sherlock Holmes. Watson always calls him Holmes. Mycroft is a double agent, sometimes posing as an American and thus refers to his brother as “Billy Boy” but when they are alone and Mycroft becomes British again he calls him William.

Writers have free reign to write about Holmes now given the 2014 copyright ruling. But I’m nervous about the William Sherlock Scott Holmes thing. If it is something passed about by fans over the years, perhaps its fine to use it. If it is more modern and created by new sources then maybe I shouldn’t touch it.

Maybe I can give him my own name like his name is Fred Phillip Sherlock Holmes or something.

It’s hard to explain. It’s just there’s a sibling rivalry in my book where Mycroft and Sherlock are constantly at odds and Mycroft calls him William to piss him off.

Overall, in my research it has been difficult to sort out what was invented by Doyle and is this fair game (Sorry Doyle) and what has been invented by more modern adaptations and thus isnt.

Thoughts?

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YOU CAN STILL GET MY FREE BOOK!

Hey 3.5 readers.

Your old pal BQB here.

Do you want a FREE BOOK?

No, you don’t. OK. Don’t worry then.

Oh, wait. You do? Cool. Because this FREE BOOK is FREE so go get it.

Are you intrigued by conspiracy theories? So is Harry Blanding. This wacky, crazy old vagrant shows up at a subway stop every day, shouting out absurd claims about aliens, UFOs, Bigfoot, Russian spies and more.

Most write him off as a performance artist with a twisted sense of humor…but one particular government agency that may or may not exist is not laughing.

In conclusion, this book is FREE and really, noble reader, how often do you get something for FREE? You should get this FREE book for FREE right now.

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Get My Next Short!

Boy, 3.5 readers, my little Amazon catalog sure is growing.

My third short, “The End Is Nigh” is now available. Wacky conspiracy theorist and alleged nutball Harry Blanding shows up at a subway stop every day, ringing his bell while he blurts out his absurd claims.

Most believe him to be a performance artist with an absurd sense of humor, but when cell phone footage of Harry’s antics goes viral, one particular government agency that may or may not exist is not laughing.

Get your copy today:

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LAST CHANCE TO GET A FREE BOOK

What’s that 3.5 readers? You are Elon Musk? You are super rich and able to drive a Tesla on the moon and you don’t want to get my book for FREE?

Well, that’s ok. If you are rich then you can buy it tomorrow.

But for those of you who are not super rich space tycoons, my book is FREE today and it would be a big help if you grab a FREE copy by the end of the day. I have given away 88 copies so far so it would be awesome to make it an even 100.

Ahh, the joys of writing where giving away free copies can be considered a success.

You’ll enjoy it, 3.5 readers. It’s a quick read. It is poignant and sad and it even has a twist of dark humor here and there. And if you don’t want to read it, you don’t have to because there isn’t going to be a pop quiz or anything.

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GET MY FREE BOOK

It’s free. You’ll be supporting your old pal BQB by picking up a free copy. Thank you.

FREE through August 10

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The One That Got Away – Rising Up the Charts

Hey 3.5 readers.

BQB here.

My FREE promotion for The One That Got Away is ongoing until August 10.

Check out these stats:

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It’s currently #94 in Single Authors Short Stories and #51 in Dystopian Science Fiction (Note these stats are for books that are free in these genres. I’m not number 1 in paid dystopian sci fi. That’s George Orwell. Look out, George. Big Brother and I are comin’ at ya.

Anyway, if you could grab your free copy so it keeps climbing the charts, I’d appreciate. A review would help even more.

Check it out, 3.5:

What’s it about?

It’s basically a case of be careful what you wish for. Evan Brooks spends twenty years on a bar stool, drinking and complaining about Lisa, the fiance who broke up with him. A mysterious stranger gives him a trial run of a version of the world where Lisa stayed.

Unfortunately, Lisa and Evan married…and their son grew up to become the most ruthless dictator the world has ever seen.

Ever feel bad when something didn’t go your way? Maybe…don’t…because the world has a funny way of making the right things happen and when people try to push back against the unseen hand of fate, the results are rarely good.

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Buy My Next Short!

Hey 3.5 readers.

Well, I just spent twenty minutes writing a nice description for you all only to hit a random button and lose it, so let me give you the short version.

Man has fiance. Fiance leaves. Man becomes drunk. Man loses lawyer job. Man sits at bar stool for 20 years, crying about how his ex, Lisa, kicked him to the curb.

Man meets mysterious stranger. Man states he wishes Lisa had never left.

Stranger grants request. Man wakes up to find himself in dystopian world. Turns out in the version of the world where he and Lisa got married, they had a son who turned out to be a ruthless dictator who conquers America, racking up a hefty kill count as he controls all.

Evan is given a choice. Stay in this version of the world as his son’s captive. He and Lisa are forced to stay in the Eye House (formerly the White House) under close surveillance. He’d get to be with the love of his life but, you know, the whole dictator son thing.

Or he can return to his old life as a drunken bum.  It’s no picnic, but hey, at least Democracy is still a thing.

Will Evan put his country over his own selfish needs? Will he even get to make a choice? Get this fine book on Amazon and find out.

 

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It’s not too late to get my Free Shorts!

Hey 3.5 readers.

Have you gotten your hands on my free shorts yet? No? Why not? What, are you too good for my shorts? You think there are better shorts to be had out there? What, are you made of money? Do you prefer shorts that are not free?

Sorry for the guilt trip. Anyway, my BQB’s Twisted Shorts series has begun with “When Superheroes Quit” and you can still get a free copy on Amazon tonight and all the way through tomorrow night.

You want to wait to Sunday? Don’t do it. If you wait till Sunday, my shorts will no longer be free. You’ll be kicking yourself in your shorts over losing out on this great opportunity to get my free shorts.

Do you know how many people have gotten my free shorts this week? 18. Can you believe it? 18 people cared so much about my free shorts that they grabbed my free shorts for free. They didn’t leave a review about my free shorts, so if you grab my free shorts and you want to leave a review, please do so. I love it when people review my free shorts.

In conclusion, please get your free copy of my shorts:

 

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My Book is FREE!

3.5 readers, do you like free books? What’s that? 2.5 of you are distant cousins of John D. Rockefeller and ergo, you prefer to pay for your books?

Fine, but the remaining 1 of you who isn’t related to John D. Rockefeller should go on over to Amazon and get this free book.

Also, there is a shark on the cover.

 

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