Next Time is Now

The second Patreon short story, Next Time is Now, is finished and up for everyone to read!  It’s a story about a love so timeless that… well, I’ll give you a taste of the story itself. (Cassie Cook-Ward’s idea inspired this one. Thanks, Cassie!)

Peter lay on a queen-sized bed in a nondescript Super 8 motel room in Westbrook, Maine, strapped to an EKG monitor, trying to calm his nerves. This would work. It had to. He couldn’t go through losing her again.

“It’ll be okay, Peter,” said Marnie Amari, squeezing his hand. “I still wish you’d let me do it, though.”

They’d argued about this for days. Marnie had a heart murmur. If her heart were stopped, it might not start again. His would, or at least he hoped it would.

Want to read more? Just subscribe to my Patreon (below) for at least a $1 a month and you’ll have access to this story, last month’s story, and all future short stories!

https://www.patreon.com/posts/next-time-is-now-23124105

 

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

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The First Story is in the Books

My Patreon short story contest appears to be a success! Each month, I draw a name from my patrons and they get to tell me what kind of story they want me to write. I  completed October’s short story, titled Tom, on Halloween.  

Want to read it? All you have to do is subscribe to my Patreon, below. Even just $1/month will get you access to this and all future stories AND will get you an entry into the hat to tell me what to write!

I’m already working on November’s story, as suggested by Cassie Cook-Ward. I hope you’ll join me on this amazing ride!

https://www.patreon.com/joederouen

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Want to Tell Me What to Write?

Have you ever wanted to tell me what to write? Well, now you can. I’ve decided to write a book of 13 short stories based entirely upon what my patrons tell me to write. Everyone who subscribes to my Patreon (link at the bottom of this post) will have their name entered into a monthly drawing. If you subscribe for $1, you’ll get one entry. If you subscribe for $10, you’ll get ten entries. If you subscribe for $25…well, you probably get the idea by now. As far as I know, this has never been done before, so let’s make history!

Once a month, I’ll draw a name out of the hat, and that person will tell me what short story to write. Setting, time period, characters, genre…whatever you want. You can be as vague or as specific as you feel like, and I’ll write the story to the best of my ability. (If you win once, you’re still eligible, but will only get half of your usual entries entered into the drawing.) When all 13 stories have been written, I’ll send the book off for publication. Depending on the tier you subscribe to, you’ll either get a free eBook of the book or an autographed physical copy. Winners will get an autographed physical copy no matter their tier.

Theoretically, you could subscribe for a $1, have your name drawn, and unsubscribe next month. But don’t do that, please. 🙂

As a test of sorts, I’ve already had the drawing for the first story, and Irene Knouff won.  Congratulations, Irene! The next drawing will happen on November 1st, and on the first, second, or third of every following month until all thirteen stories have been written.

My Patreon page is below. And remember, the more you subscribe, the more chances you have of winning and telling me what to write!

https://www.patreon.com/joederouen

 

 

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I Did a Thing

I’ve just done something I’ve thought about doing for the past few years. I’ve joined Patreon. You can now “subscribe” to me for as little as $1/month to see more of my stories, get advance access to my novels, etc.  Please check out my Patreon page for more details!

https://www.patreon.com/joederouen

 

 

 

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