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New book is on it’s way to your next coffee break

cbsI’m putting the final touches on my the next Perk at Work book. This one is unique in that, instead of a collection of comics, it is a collection of the first four short stories:

  1. Introductions Are In Order
  2. Party of Two
  3. This Beautiful Life
  4. Psycho Chick

Now, some of you may wonder why I would collect these stories and package them for sale when I have the stories online to read for free. Good question. I have some answers for you:

  1. Regardless of what is free online, people still like to have the printed version to read and share with others (by the way, I don’t mind anyone sharing my books).
  2. It’s cheaper than buying all four of the individual short stories (each goes for $3.00 and this book will sell for $7.99)
  3. When I’m doing a comic convention, it’s great to have something different to offer folks. I sold quite a few of my individual short stories at the last con I did.
  4. They make great, unique gifts. You can’t give someone a link for their birthday. Well, you can but that’s a crummy gift.
  5. I would love to do readings and book signings using fiction. That’s just a benefit for me.

I have one more reason but I’m not 100% sure it’s a good reason so I’ll keep my trap shut about that for the time being.

In any case, the plan is to offer this book both through my website as well as on Amazon. I’ve been wanting to go through Amazon for some time now but did not set myself up to do so. This time will be different. At least, like I said, that’s the plan.

Work, by itself, is just a means of making money. The beauty of working is it allows us to interact with people — to meet and connect with a variety of folks. I have met some of my best friends through work. The workplace was an environment where we could learn about each other and build bonds.

Perk at Work is about our experiences as humans. Sure, at it’s core, it is about a lowly cafe worker who chats it up with his regular customers. But they are sharing moments of their lives together, learning and sharing bits of information and, hopefully, learning to care about each other. Is there any greater purpose in this life than to love and be loved? Well, maybe to get the perfect cup of coffee but we can do that while we talk.

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Perk at Work Short Stories

#1: “Introductions Are In Order”

It’s Perk’s first day on the job, only he’s the only one unaware of this fact. In this short story, you are introduced to Perk and the whole group. Find out how he got the job and what it was like for him to meet everyone for the first time.  Click here to read.

#2: “Party of Two”

Henna’s cute friend Nell invites Perk to her birthday party — a costume based shindig. Unbeknownst to Perk, Nell’s cat was fatally injured earlier that morning and the party is off. Perk arrives ready for a good time only to find out what happened. Undeterred, Perk suggests a smaller event, one made for two.

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#3: “This Beautiful Life”

It seems to Moxy that guys are interested in her only for her looks. To test this theory, she decides to dress down to the point of homliness to see how guys will react. In the process of her experiment, she meets a stranger who sheds a strange and refreshing light on her perspective.

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#4: “Psycho Chick”

Cal’s loverboy ways landed him involuntarily tied to a bed and at the mercy of a jaded woman. But who is she? What did he do to her? And more importantly, what is she going to do to him?

Click here to read.

Currently being brewed…

The Scholarship Test

While walking to class on campus, Henna notices a $20 bill with the words “I will pay for your schooling” on it. She reaches for it and it eludes her. She chases it only to find out that she has been baited by an eccentric reclusive billionaire who will only give her a full-ride scholarship if she passes a series of strange and possibly life-threatening tests. Does Henna accept the challenge?

Estimated completion date: June 21, 2015

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