Monday, October 25, 2010

Cover, Release Dates, and First Excerpt

My wonderful publisher at JMS Books LLC just sent me a copy of the cover for Angst, Anger, Love, Hope, my first full-length collection of poetry. I love this cover; it is exactly what I wanted. If you want to see it for yourself, just look at the top of the right-hand column.

The ebook will be released on November 14, and the print book will be released on November 30. The book will be available from the publisher and from Amazon, and possibly from other outlets as well. I will make all sales links available as I get them.

Meanwhile, please enjoy the first excerpt:

Stripped Poker

It takes five seconds to speak this fifteen-syllable sentence.‭ ‬Five seconds face to face is more than enough time to risk it all with naked gambling.

Deal:‭ ‬I killed someone ten years ago.
Deal:‭ ‬I'm HIV positive.
Deal:‭ ‬Are you having an affair‭?
Deal:‭ ‬I want you to leave me alone.
Deal:‭ ‬Will you marry me‭?

If you wanted to be generous with the other players,‭ ‬you could front them thirty seconds to react.‭ ‬Most people don't bluff well,‭ ‬so it might be to your advantage.‭ ‬You could even front them ten seconds to rake in their words and ten more to lay them down.

Five seconds to place your bet‭; ‬fifty seconds to win or lose.

Ante up.
Ante up your fig leaves and your silence and your pride.
I will spot you anything you ask,‭ ‬and‭
I will put all my money on your dignity.