Jobs Like That: A Novella

Hey Folks,

I’ll get to the novella Jobs Like That in a moment.

But first, like all fiction writers everywhere, I Need Reviews.

So I’m creating a Smashwords coupon for each of my major works of fiction. One for each novel, novella and short story collection.

In addition to being a major distributor, Smashwords is also an online bookstore.

But unlike the other online bookstores, once you purchase a book at Smashwords you can download it in ANY eformat you choose, including .mobi (Kindle), .epub (Nook and Apple) and .pdf.

The coupons are for 100% off, and I’m trading them for reviews.

The reviews should be honest, of course. The only thing I’ll ask is that you post your review at Smashwords and at least one other place of your choice (B&N, Amazon, GoodReads, etc.). Of course, if you’re so inclined, more places would be better for me. (grin)

Visit, then click the tabs for Mystery Novels, Action-Adventure, SF or Western. Then email me at with your selection(s). I’ll send you the coupon code(s) for the title(s) you select.

Then go to, find the title you want, and apply the coupon code during checkout. That’s all there is to it.

There is no limit on the number of works you can download, read and review. You may email me to request one title or several. I’ll send coupon codes for whatever you select.

Now, here’s the first story I want to talk about.

Jobs Like That

Jobs Like That is a novella that’s likely to become a series.

The protagonist, Nick Spalding, is neither big nor small. But he’s wiry and tougher than a barrel full of nails.

In this Hemingway-esque tale, Nick Spalding has been a warrior. He’s been in places and situations where decisive action is not only allowed, but necessary. But he’s grown weary of that life.

Now he’s opted to drop out of life and out of his chosen profession. He takes a job on the docks, one where the biggest decisions are whether and how tightly to snug the boats to the pilings against an incoming storm.

The only other Anglo around is Mary Jo McWherter. She has also experienced war, hers in Northern Ireland. She too has dropped out and is escaping her own past. She works as a waitress in a road house near town.

But in any case, where you work doesn’t change who you are.

The fact is, some folks are cut of a particular kind of cloth. Some folks are only suited for “jobs like that.”

Internet search terms: action-adventure / war & military / psychological suspense

Jobs Like That is available at all e-tailers through this Universal Link.

To get a FREE review copy, email me at I’ll send you the code and the link to the book page at Smashwords.

Next week, a post on bad writing instructors (with examples).

‘Til then, happy writing!