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Welcome to my website! Whether you were brought here by interest in my work or a Google search gone terribly wrong, I encourage you to hang around and start clicking away!

My novella Cold Dead Hands is available now in a Kindle edition.

My latest novel, Bang Up, is now available in a Kindle edition. (Most of my books are not for kids. This is REALLY not for kids.)

My second-latest novel, Bring Her Back, is available in a Kindle and paperback edition.

My new YA comedy, How You Ruined My Lifeis available at your local bookstore or from the online retailer of your choice!

Sick House is available in Kindle and paperback editions.

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November 20

There’s a quick interview with me (in fact, the headline is “A Quickie With Jeff Strand”) is up at Redrum Reviews. Find out my darkest fantasy! That is, find out my joke answer when asked about my darkest fantasy!

I write a lot of short stories, but I hadn’t submitted any of them through the slush pile since Blood Lite in 2007. If I write a short story, it’s either for my newsletter, to add unpublished stories to a collection, or because an editor said “Hey, will you write something for this project?” However, a friend brought an open submission call to my attention for a project that was looking for exactly the kind of stuff I write, and so today I sent off “Captain Pistachio’s Charming Rampage.” Will it get accepted? Will I get a form letter saying that while they read my submission with interest it doesn’t suit their present needs? We’ll find out…

 

November 17

An item that’s been on my To-Do list for quite a while is “Archive YahooGroups Newsletter.” Back in July 2000, a couple of months after my first novel Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary) was published, I started a newsletter that went out 208 times. Because I don’t follow the workings of YahooGroups at all anymore, I figured I wouldn’t know until it was too late if they shut the place down, so at some point I wanted to copy everything into a Word document. “At some point” became today.

It ended up being 100,000 words’ worth of material. My favorite part (based on the skimming I was doing while cutting and pasting) is how it transitions from frequent apologies for sending a newsletter so soon after the last one, to apologies for how long it’s been since the last one. (For the first few years after I started it, it was my primary way of communicating with readers. Once I started a blog, the newsletter became less frequent. When I got into social media, it became WAY less frequent.)

I also liked seeing an early example of sharing negative comments: “These aren’t the kinds of books I would download even if free, and certainly I would not read them.
After all, the mind is much like any programmable device, and the time worn
adage ‘garbage in, garbage out’ fully applies.”

November 14

Ferocious got set aside for a couple days to focus on a short story for the anthology And Hell Followed. This story was a rarity for me in that I went over the minimum length (3000 words) and even the preferred length (4000 words), finishing at a little over 4500 words. The editor bought me a barbecue dinner at KillerCon this past summer, so it was extremely important that I meet the deadline, lest he send his goons to get the meal back.

Cold Dead Hands had a very strong launch. If it were a novel, I’d be setting off fireworks to celebrate. Unfortunately, it’s a 99-cent novella. I usually get 70% royalties when somebody buys a Kindle edition of my books, but that drops to 35% when a title is priced under $2.99. So Cold Dead Hands has to sell six times as many copies as something like Bang Up to generate the same amount of cold hard cash. (Not that it’s difficult to sell six times as many copies as Bang Up. Maybe Sick House is a better example.)

 

Cold Dead Hands Available Now!

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Yes, my novella Cold Dead Hands is available now in a Kindle edition! A vicious attack on a grocery store has turned into a hostage situation. But things are much worse for the ten people hiding in the walk-in freezer…

 

November 11

Here’s the official cover for Cold Dead Hands (by Lynne Hansen). Expect the Kindle edition of the book this week!

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November 10

Coming very, very soon…

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