Just for fun, I turned one of my old free reads, SPRING FEST into a free eBook on Smashwords. It was my very first ever experience with self-publishing and I gotta say it was lots of fun. Of course, I didn’t do anything complex (for me) like hyperlinking my table of contents or whatever. This is just a very simple, straightforward short story. I’m thinking about turning all my free reads into eBooks just because I think that giving them snazzy covers and having them available in all kinds of fancy downloadable formats is super cool.
Anyway, here are the first few paragraphs from SPRING FEST just to whet your appetite…
The Annual Spring Fest at McCain’s Farm was one of the biggest events of the year in Alexandria. It signaled the official end of the winter and heralded the warmer weather with music and dancing, games for the kiddies, drawings and bingo for the adults. The whole town came out for it, dressed in their pastels and linens and Easter bonnets. Everyone took the night off from the chores and TV and just kicked back with some lemonade (or perhaps something a bit stronger) and chatted with their neighbors.
This was Julia’s first Spring Fest. And hopefully, her only one. She’d been in Alexandria for about a month now and she was already bored out of her skull. Small towns were not the hotbeds of sex and murder and wildly sexy, rugged men who wore flannel and such like the TV wanted everyone to believe. Like Julia had hoped.
When the town’s only lawyer had called her to claim a ranch that had been left to her by her mother’s uncle’s cousin’s brother or some such nonsense, she had been initially excited. A whole ranch, all her own, left to her by a mysterious distant relative—it was the stuff of stories. Unfortunately, reality didn’t hold up and now she was stuck with a property she had no idea what to do with, in a town so tiny it made her claustrophobic. In fact, all the quiet, small town cheer—and nosiness—was beginning to drive her slightly insane. She couldn’t wait to get back to New York. But paperwork and things she didn’t quite understand needed to be done, and until that was all completed, she was stuck.
She twisted in front of her mirror, examining her outfit. The knee-length, wispy purple skirt was the only thing remotely festive she had packed, but it did go well with the blousy, white shirt she’d chosen. Not exactly a sex-goddess outfit, but simple and carefree and good enough for a farm dance.
Maybe Derek will be there, she thought, and a little shiver of anticipation raced down her spine. Derek Cafferty was the lawyer’s only son and from all that she had heard, he was set to take his father’s place when the elder Cafferty retired. Tall and charming and devastatingly handsome, Derek was the one thing that made the town even somewhat tolerable. And he was 100% of the reason why she was going to the Fest at all. Julia knew she probably didn’t stand a chance with him, he was waaaay out of her league, but just looking at him was such a treat, so incredibly pleasurable, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
If you’d like, you can download it totally free right here: SPRING FEST