Well, let's be honest, there's rampant self-promotion afoot all over the Internet. And here's my bit. :-)
I've compiled a short chapbook—four short, humorous stories—and made it available for free download at Smashwords.com. Of course by making it free I hope to be read by as many people as possible, and then those people will be so taken by my writing skills, my blistering imagination, and my utter humility, that they'll be sure to look in on my novels Digging up Donald (itself available on Smashwords for a veritable pittance of cash) and Burying Brian.
That's the plan, anyway. Of course the exact opposite may occur, and folk might run screaming from Smashwords, vowing never again to download a suspicious looking ebook from that Pirie fellow. It's a chance I have to take.
It's called Mrs Mathews is Afraid of Cricket Bats. This is the cover:
It can be downloaded here: Mrs Mathews is Afraid of Cricket Bats
Go on, it's free. I've already downloaded it, and I haven't even got a Kindle or anything.
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