Sharing imaginary friends since 1985

Sharing imaginary friends since 1985

My name is Chuck Waldron, and I’m a writer. I love to write. Previously, a professional mountain climber, if you view work as climbing mountains, I now spend most of my time trying to make sense of what to do when the plot bunny bites with story ideas. Luckily, when the plot bunny bites, I have many imaginary friends, and yours truly is not afraid to use them. They allow me to tell their stories, on many occasions, even demanding it. Who can ignore their shouting? Not me. My imaginary friends whisper stories that turn into thrillers mixed with mystery and action, character-driven stories spiced with plot twists. I want to share my imaginary friends. That’s a tall order. I must keep them. It’s a crime to cheat readers out of their precious reading time. I’m in awe of readers. They can give a story five stars. What writer doesn’t want that? What about thumbs down. Oh no, you say? Smart writers learn from mistakes. The reader is the ultimate judge. Credentials? Does one need a license to get creative? When I found out I didn’t need a government-issued permit to write a story, it was simple. I just started.…

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Giving in to the characters in my head

Sometimes when writing a sequel, or the first installment of a planned series, I like to take a break and write about the other characters that are floating around in my head. Please enjoy my various short stories that feature characters just as important as those in my core novels. https://www.chuckwaldronauthor.com/stories/

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Season’s Greetings

Season’s Greetings

  Is an apology in order? For all the Facebook post, all the tweets marketing The CleanSweep Conspiracy as a holiday gift? I know it comes under the heading for shameless self-promotion, but — hey — why not fill someone’s need for a 99 cent ebook. The clock is ticking, there may be a second book in the series coming out this next summer. Matt Tremain and his friends once again have their hands full. And, once again they are having a hard time convincing those in charge. So, don’t wait. Order the ebook now for only 99 cents (until December 31). Kindle version  Oh, there’s a great print edition for only $14.99. Amazon print edition So, no apology, But I do want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and winter solstice. Chuck

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It’s Hard to Beat Free, eh?

Marketing The CleanSweep Conspiracy and breaking through the “noise” of the millions of book titles on Amazon alone is a challenge for the Indie author. Putting myself in a reader’s place, I look for individual authors as well as genre. So, who would pick a book by Chuck Waldron? I tried an experiment. Kindle Direct Publishing, KDP, offers promotion and ad campaigns. One choice was a free book promotion. Who wants to give inventory away for free? Me, for one. I ran a free book promotion from June 24th through the 29th. Then, the waiting game to see who might be interested in a free read. Day 1: 138 Day 2: 82 Day 3: 57 Day 4: 123 Day 5: 31, and still counting Sure, it ‘d be nice if those were paying customers, but I treasure having 450 new readers, sharing the word about my novels. If you’re a writer, let me know what your thoughts are about creating exposure for your name recognition. Chuck

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The Thin Black Line – Part two

I overheard the woman say “he was her all and her everything” to the waitress when she brought over the cherry pie. I wanted to look, but she was in the booth in front of me, and I didn’t want to stare. I’d noticed someone sitting there when I walked in, but I was a little preoccupied with the fact I was dripping mud and water everywhere. “Where did you come from?” asked the waitress. She wore blue jeans and a big, pink, crew neck sweatshirt with horses running on it that said, “Be Wild and Free.” “My car. It stopped moving, and the roads were gone,” I said, slightly out of breath. It felt like I swam the last mile. “Well, sit down here,” said the waitress and pointed with an empty coffee pot at a booth beside the other woman. “Everyone took off for home a while ago. Looks like you’re stuck with us. Probably should have closed,” she said this as if to herself. “We’re the stupid and unlucky,” said the woman across from me. She had a tired expression on her face as if she’d also come a long way. At once I noticed her bright…

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The Thin Black Line ~ Part one, by M. Brogan

The phone call about her heart came while I ate canned peaches and contemplated the grocery list. I had not heard my land line in over a year and for a second, I thought it was some kind of alarm. Avalanche or tornado randomly went through my head for some reason, neither of which occurs in New York City. While I thought of what natural disaster the sound signified, Simon came into the kitchen and answered it. He stood and listened to someone in silence and then abruptly handed me the phone. It was my father. We hadn’t spoken in months, and his voice sounded far away as if he held the phone at arm’s length. “Why didn’t you call my cell?” I asked. “I’m using the hospital phone, and I couldn’t remember it. I memorized this one when you moved.” “Hospital?” Then there was silence. “Your mom passed away tonight, Annalyn.” I hung up the phone on him. Moments or minutes or an entire hour passed before I finally I stood up from the table and said out loud, “my mother is dead.” Simon didn’t say anything. I sat there, tapping my pen incessantly on notebook paper while my…

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Who doesn’t like free?

There are still 23 free copies of The CleanSweep Conspiracy. Just click  https://bookgrabbr.com/books/39887-the-cleansweep-conspiracy For your copy now.

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Coming Soon. The Thin Black Line, a short story in three parts

I’m excited about a new writer that will be joining me. Her story, The Thin Black Line, will appear in three parts, the first starting tomorrow, April 22. It will continue for the following two Fridays.Brogan knows discipline, from a young Tae Kwan Do student working through the forms, to tours as an MP in Iraq and Afghanistan. She applied the same discipline earning a Master’s degree. She’s gifted with an imagination that allows her to create thought-provoking stories. Brogan now lives and works in the District of Columbia. If you have a short story you would like to submit, send your request using the form below

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The CleanSweep Conspiracy

How many civil rights are you willing to give up for safety? In the aftermath of devastating riots, investigative blogger Matt Tremain thinks his city may have surrendered too much.     Chapter 1 UNEXPECTED EVENTS   So far, it had been an ordinary day. It was a Thursday morning, his least favorite day of the week, when he walked into Le Rôti Français, a popular coffeehouse in Yorkville. A caffeinated menu filled an entire wall. He tried to ignore the TV mounted on the wall behind the service counter. Ever since the riots, there had been little news other than continuous coverage of the destruction. Action 21 News was the only station back on the air, and they had been airing commercial-free, nonstop updates about the rioting. Many, like Matt, were beginning to feel anesthetized by the recurrent stories and images. Walking through the door, Matthew Tremain noticed a woman watching him—or, rather, noticing his slight limp. The limp was evident but not prominent. A speed bump in his DNA’s double helix had caused one leg to be a bit shorter than the other. It was that way the day he was born, and it was still that way…

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