Ebook distributor Smashwords is running a promotion through July for authors to discount or give away their publications.

Readers of my non fiction (by Andrew Means) and fiction (by A.L.Means) can take advantage by going to links as follows:

Non fiction: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AndrewMeans

Fiction: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/ALMeans

The non fiction titles are biographical works about novelist and essayist George Orwell and rock group Pink Floyd, and a memoir about country music great, Marty Robbins.

Fiction features my novel Shine Like The Sun, children’s story The Trouble Upstream, and short stories Foreign Ways.

Additionally, I’m listing someone close to me, Notlyn Sneam, whose short stories and other ramblings can be downloaded free at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NotlynSneam

The format may be digital, but the thrill of seeing one’s work on public display is tangible enough no matter what the medium.

I’m among the creative spirits featured in the Spring 2013 issue of The Blue Guitar, an Arizona-based ezine that takes its name from a Wallace Stevens poem, “The Man with the Blue Guitar”.  

As always, I look forward to reading the work of fellow contributors and hope that they find similar enjoyment in reading the featured excerpt from my novel, Shine Like The Sun.

Sometimes it seems that the book world is altogether too preoccupied with celebrity and sales. Of course most of us want recognition. But a publication like The Blue Guitar is a reminder that the essence of creativity is close to home. The themes may be universal, but the details and the passion are right in front of us. And that’s why local support counts for so much. So thank you editor in chief Becca Dyer and her talented team.

http://www.theblueguitarmagazine.org/resources/Blue+Guitar+Spring+2013_FINAL.pdf

Can rock stars find solace in retirement? Roy Huntley thought so, but it’s hard to shed the role that had dominated his life. He’d come of age believing music could change the world, and that he could play a part.

As with each generation, he struggles to reconcile advancing years with the aspirations he held in former days. His identity is defined by the spotlight. Can he give it up? Will fans and family let him?

As the new century dawns, Roy Huntley is in his early 50s and well past the usual shelf life for a rock and roll star. He has had his share of fame and fortune, and settled for a scenic Shangri-La in Arizona and a second wife young enough to be his daughter.

Hanging out with fellow British bandmate Chris Russell has passed the time nicely for a couple of years. But time to reflect has had its down side. A chance to reactivate their rock group revives dormant dilemmas. Is Huntley ready to let go of the role that has been so central to his life? Is he still capable of a comeback? Questions of legacy and self worth come into play. After all, performing music and the accompanying acclaim seemed to have come to him as a birthright.

Leaving the old life behind seems to be the rational choice. It’s not so easy to walk away though. There’s one last chance to prove himself. As the group assembles for its comeback concert without him, Huntley confronts his estranged colleagues. His credibility hangs in the balance. Even Huntley isn’t sure what he wants. But his fans have not forgotten him. Whether he likes it or not, he can’t escape what he has become. Even his wife will not allow that.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009F7JKXC

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/240012

http://www.xinxii.com/en/shine-like-the-sun-p-337766.html