Monday, October 25, 2010

Discount Noir

I am thrilled to announce that my story, "Secret Identity" appears in the Untreed Reads crime fiction e-book, Discount Noir, edited by Patricia Abbott and Steve Weddle.

Here's the description from Untreed Reads:

If you thought standing in line at your local warehouse store was murder, then you haven't been to Megamart. These flash fiction tales of superstore madness and mayhem will make you think twice the next time you hear "clean up on aisle 13."

This anthology contains works by: Patricia Abbott, Sophie Littlefield, Kieran Shea, Chad Eagleton, Ed Gorman, Cormac Brown, Fleur Bradley, Alan Griffiths, Laura Benedict, Garnett Elliot, Eric Beetner, Jack Bates, Bill Crider, Loren Eaton, John DuMond, John McFetridge, Toni McGee Causey, Jeff Vande Zande, James Reasoner, Kyle Minor, Randy Rohn, Todd Mason, Byron Quertermous, Sandra Scoppettone, Stephen D. Rogers, Steve Weddle, Evan Lewis, Daniel B. O'Shea, Sandra Seamans, Albert Tucher, Donna Moore, John Weagly, Keith Rawson, Gerald So, Dave Zeltserman, Dorte Hummelshoj Jakobsen, Jay Stringer, Anne Frasier, Kathleen A. Ryan, Eric Peterson, Chris Grabenstein and J.T. Ellison.

A tremendous thank-you to editors Patricia Abbott and Steve Weddle, agent Stacia Decker of the Donald Maass Literary Agency, and Jay Hartman of Untreed Reads.

Discount Noir lists at $5.99, but is on sale at Untreed Reads for $4.49 until October 31, 2010, and is available in PDF, EPUB and Palm Reader formats (I downloaded it straight to my laptop). The ebook is also available for Kindle at Amazon for $5.99.

"Secret Identity" was written in response to a flash fiction challenge posed by Patricia Abbott in 2009, and it had a different title then. My story won a Flash Fiction Award in the Public Safety Writers Association's 2010 Writing Competition. I proudly accepted the award during their Las Vegas conference this past June.


  1. Congrats on your story. This one is on my list for my next book order.

  2. Thanks, Charles! The stories are quick and fun...I think you'll be a satisfied customer! Thanks for your kind words and support :-)

  3. Congratulations, Kathleen! And I love the description of this antho. :)

  4. Thanks, Madeline! Have you "met" Charles, the commenter above? He is also in the Hint Fiction anthology. Congratulations to both of you on the upcoming release of the book!