A Random Assortment of Cautionary Tales

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https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/701251

 

Dear readers,

Just for fun, I recently put together some of my recent comics as an “ebook” on my old Smashwords account. I don’t often use that website, but if nothing else it is a useful vehicle for sharing free PDFs.

Feel free to read and download. This complication of one-page stories is hereby titled A Random Assortment of Cautionary Tales.

I also have hard copies in Shenzhen to happily share if you bump into me in person 😀

Tell your friends!

 

Moreover, if you happen to be a friend of mine on Goodreads.com and you want to be very very kind… Well, the funny thing about Smashwords is that even such a small ebook gets a listing on Goodreads. And I can always use reviews. So, wanna read and then quickly rate a few stars with your honest opinion…?

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34213809-a-random-assortment-of-cautionary-tales

 

 

Synopsis

A Random Assortment of Cautionary Tales is just that — a random collection of one-page comic stories by Ray Hecht about the little things in life that haunt us so. No lessons to be learned really, just cautionary in the sense of the warning that everyday can bring new adventure in frustration, ennui, and meh.

Featuring: Umbrella Thief, Why Does This Always Happen to Me?, The Train, Sketch, a Run, Yet Another Semi-True Story, and the 4-part series Unnecessary Cries For Help

 

 

 

Amazon Giveaway: THIS MODERN LOVE!

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https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/b5d33a961dd79fc8

 

Enter now for the chance to win one of three hard copies of THIS MODERN LOVE, now as part of a promotion on Amazon. There is a one in one hundred chance of winning.

What do you have to lose? Sign up! Tell your friends!

(Sorry, but only available in America and for those with a Twitter account)

 

And if anyone would be interested in reviewing, I would be happy to send a promotional eBook edition. Email me at rayhecht@gmail.com.

 

 

Thanks for being a reader,

THIS MODERN LOVE: Goodreads Giveaway

If you are a member of Goodreads.com, please enter my giveaway for the chance to win a free hard copy of my novel THIS MODERN LOVE.

And even if not, email me at rayhecht@gmail.com and there are always eBook editions to be easily distributed. Reviews always appreciated.

 

(Perhaps even a positive distraction to read a book, what with all the recent turmoil. Yeah I may have scheduled this at an inopportune time. More on that next post as I gather my heavy thoughts…)

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

THIS MODERN LOVE by Ray Hecht

THIS MODERN LOVE

by Ray Hecht

Giveaway ends November 18, 2016.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

THIS MODERN LOVE: free promotion

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https://www.amazon.com/THIS-MODERN-LOVE-Ray-Hecht-ebook/dp/B01MA54L4I

 

For this week, my new novel THIS MODERN LOVE is free for downloading. As part of a Kindle Direct Press promotion, you can receive the novel for your Kindle device, or Kindle app/program on your smartphone or PC (the Kindle app is free by the way, no excuses!)

I hope you will enjoy the read. I am also still happy to directly share for reviewers via email if PDF is your medium of choice. In any case, I am slightly proud of this work and would like to know what readers think.

 

Tales of American love and sex, or lack thereof, in the 21st century…

 

 

Due warning: some graphic content

THIS MODERN LOVE: a novel

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https://www.amazon.com/THIS-MODERN-LOVE-Ray-Hecht-ebook/dp/B01MA54L4I

 

I am pleased to announce the release of my latest novel, This Modern Love.

Unlike my previous writings about China, this story is primarily concerned with America. It is about the way that technology has skewed modern relationships, and explores various themes of youth and immigration, sex and emptiness and the whole soul-of-my-homeland thing.

Please check it out on Amazon. It is available as a Kindle eBook as well as a paperback edition. I believe it works well as a digital read.

If you would like to review, please contact me and I’d be happy to send it to you.

Thanks for reading!

 

Synopsis:

American love isn’t what it used to be.

Roommates Jack and Ben are complete opposites when it comes to romance. For Jack, a mere waiter, it’s easy to use to the latest to app meet a new girl every weekend. But Ben, even though he’s a programmer, can’t seem to figure out how to maneuver online dating.

On the other side of town, sisters Andrea and Carla have their own issues. Andrea is a bit of a wreck, stumbling from one dramatic episode to the next. Carla is more concerned with blogging than dating, though she does get lonely at times. In an age of narcissism and alienation, it’s just so hard to meet someone.

Over the course of one day, these thoroughly modern men and women keep passing each other by. From yoga class to the club – all in a haze of drugs, sex, and selfies – opportunities for true love come and go, and no one notices because they were too busy staring at their phones.

Welcome to the 21st century.

Loser Parade – my first novel, now free on Amazon KDP edition

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http://www.amazon.com/Loser-Parade-Ray-Hecht-ebook/dp/B00ETYSS5W

 

With this, the last of my free giveaways this season. Allow me to present my first novel: Loser Parade

(Well, my first halfway decent novel)

Written many years ago, so please don’t judge too harshly…

 

Fenton Ota is at his wit’s end. He thought he would have been more of a success at this point. What happened? He finds himself in Los Angeles an utter failure as an actor, and in the end there is nothing he can do but call Mom and go back to Ohio. The shame!

What is it they say about how you can never go home? Once back in Cincinnati with his tail between his legs, he reconnects with old pals, struggles to build himself up, and eventually embarks on a new goal: writing and directing his own play. Ostensibly based on his own “experiences.” Based on this author’s experiences. Writing about the fictional character who is him, writing about this author, writing about him, and so on. It gets a bit metafictional and postmodern.

He is, of course, doing this all for a girl. And their relationship is all based on lies. Ain’t love grand?

A tale of the creative process, the white lies that get out of proportion, and the deeper questions of just what is a story. Sometimes we are all losers, but hopefully its never too late to grow up.

Free eShort Story: 411

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More free eBooks, do enjoy. This promotion will be lasting for several days further.

If you get anything out of this short story, tell your friends and share! And please feel free to post a review if so inclined… (As always, the Kindle app is free)

 

411 being an old horror tale I wrote years back, loosely based off of my time as a 411 operator. Does it disturb at all?

 

http://www.amazon.com/411-Ray-Hecht-ebook/dp/B00EUBZRL2

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Free eBook: The Ghost of Lotus Mountain Brothel

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For today, my old historical eNovella is free on Amazon:

And don’t forget, the Kindle app is free as well.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Lotus-Mountain-Brothel-ebook/dp/B00JJUXZFE

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My Interview on Speaking of China:

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Please read my interview concerning my eBook Pearl River Drama for the website Speaking of China.

Many thanks to fellow Ohioan-expat Jocelyn Eikenburg for the interviewing me, and for appreciating my meager writings.

 

Interview with Ray Hecht on “Pearl River Drama: Dating in China”

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Smashwords Edition

Here is the latest…

 

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A new edition up on the Smashwords eBook website:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/532806

 

One advantage of Smashwords is that you can download in multiple formats, and don’t need a Kindle account. There’s the direct PDF, as well as .ebub.

I can also do a coupon code to give free copies, if anyone is interested. Just ask!

Of course, reviews as always are appreciated (especially – sorry SW – on the Amazon link: Amazon.com/dp/B00RQQIA26)

Calling all writers, calling all proofreaders!

A fond hello to all you brilliant aspiring writers out there.

Who would like to help me on a manuscript? That whole I’ll-scratch-your-back-if-you-scratch-mine setup…

I, an experienced professional copyeditor, will help scour your manuscript for typos. And you can help me. Networking and all that.

My latest is a slim eBook at under 50,000 words. I suspect you will find it a good read. It’s my last eBook before I officially get “real published” and I hope to polish it as much as possible. Please help me with one last edit.

 

My contact information is on my About Me up there, but let me reiterate: let’s correspond and do say hi via rayhecht@gmail.com

Can’t wait to read your own works of genius and soon 🙂

 

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My humble namecared. See? I am a pro

 

The Ghost of Lotus Mountain Brothel – Smashwords Edition

Behold, after careful editing comes a new edition of my historical novella — The Ghost of Lotus Mountain Brothel. Now live on the eBook website Smashwords.

 

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https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/464248

Although the KDP version is already available for Amazon’s Kindle – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JJUXZFE – an advantage with Smashwords is that there are multiple formats: EPUB, MOBI, PDFs, and more. It can also be read online. Do check out the preview on the site.

If anyone would be interested in writing a review, I’d be happy to send a free copy. And I’d surely help out other writers in this regard, know what I mean. The usual deal.

Most of all, I simply hope a few people out there will enjoy read this story and get something out of it…

 

Synopsis:

1911, Canton. It is the eve of the historic Hsinsai Revolution, when China shifted from the Qing Dynasty to the short-lived Republic. Asia is overrun with foreign businessmen of questionable character. Political upheaval is on everyone’s mind. The country’s economic future is uncertain.

And there was a girl who witnessed it all.

She had many names, Ling Yoo, Ling Ling, Little Sister, and Alice. She was a girl from a simple background, toiling away in the world’s oldest profession, but ambitious, and she worked hard to educate herself. A little person stumbling through history, observing from the sidelines. Her story should have been lost forever.

Torn between love for her homeland and the love of a wealthy British merchant, how can she remain true to herself and find her destiny?

And there is a ghost. A shadow of a figure follows her and her decisions, questioning her every step. Is it a warning… or a vision?

Free download of my first novel

Please take a look at my first novel from all those years ago, Loser Parade.

Coupon code for free download: CB93G

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/390703

“Fenton Ota is at his wit’s end. After not making it big as an actor in Hollywood, he’s forced to return to his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio with his tail between his legs. Once home, he embarks on a creative journey of lies and (failed) attempts at brilliance, as he struggles to produce a postmodern metafictional play, all for the love of a girl…”
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“Fenton Ota thought he would have been more of a success at this point. What happened? He finds himself in Los Angeles an utter failure as an actor, and in the end there is nothing he can do but call Mom and go back to Ohio. The shame!What is it they say about how you can never go home? He reconnects with old pals, struggles to build himself up, and eventually embarks on a new goal: writing and directing his own play. Ostensibly based on his own “experiences.” Based on this author’s experiences. Writing about the fictional character who is him, writing about this author, writing about him, and so on. It gets a bit metafictional and postmodern.

He is, of course, doing this all for a girl. And their relationship is all based on lies. Ain’t love grand?

A psychedelic Fourth Wall-breaking tale of the creative process, the white lies that get out of proportion, and the deeper questions of just what is a story. Sometimes we are all losers, but let’s hope we can still find a way to grow and evolve.”

Happy Mid-Autumn Fest, with short short herein:

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Enjoy eating your mooncake, and take the time to consider the rise of China and human development and the logical conclusion that one day people will celebrate the tales of Chang’e while literally on the moon. Presented is my science fiction short short, simply titled Mooncake. Did I mention its free?

“It is Mid-Autumn Festival in Lunar Colony 01111001’s Chinatown, a holiday celebrated by eating mooncake and regaling with tales of Chang’e flying to the moon. Little Xiao Yue asks her grandfather what it all means. There is always a generation gap. How can precocious children in the future understand the metaphor? Enjoy this short short, a taste of one writer’s science fiction and Sino overlap.. “

Somebody out there rated it 4 stars, can’t be that bad.


https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/354896