Short and Sweet: DANGEROUS SANCTUARY (with giveaway)

UPDATE: The giveaway winner (thanks to on this, the release day of DANGEROUS SANCTUARY, is Michelle Hamilton. Congratulations, and I’ll be in touch to get your details.

I am excited to announce that I have a short historical story coming out in a week’s time, DANGEROUS SANCTUARY. It is part of my Susanna Horenbout and John Parker series, starting just after IN A TREACHEROUS COURT left off and ending just before my second release, KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS, coming on April 3rd, starts up.

I decided to write DANGEROUS SANCTUARY because I had always imagined the events that take place in it would be in either IN A TREACHEROUS COURT or KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS, but it didn’t work out that way. But I really wanted that part of the story told. And I thought the ideas I had would work for a short story, and be a great way for new readers to find out about both the first and second Susanna and John books, and a way for readers looking forward to the release of KEEPER OF THE KING’S SECRETS to get a taste of what’s to come.

Because it’s an ebook only (and will be available for around .99c), I was able to link to some fun things. Like images of how St. Paul’s Cathedral looked in 1525 (hint: nothing like it does today, it had one of the highest spires in the world, and one of the most amazing rose windows, although they weren’t called rose windows then) as well as a link to monks singing the Te Deum, which is what was sung in the service at St. Paul’s during the ceremony that forms the main event of the story.

I have personally started reading a new series based on a short story I found in the Kindle store (Alpha and Omega, by Patricia Briggs) and I’m sure readers of Cynthia Eden’s short stories have gone on to buy her full length books (I was buying her full length books anyway, but I love her short stories, too!), just as readers of Edie Ramer’s short stories, like Dead People in Love, and Mixing It Up, have, as well. Karin Tabke is another author with a great short story that springs to mind, and I’ve bought some of Ilona Andrews’ short stories as well.

But what about you? Do you buy very reasonably priced short stories to try an author out, like I (and obviously many others) do? If you like what you read, do you go on to buy their full length works? And what is it about short stories that you love and / or dislike?

Do you like the way the ebook revolution has enabled authors and publishers to put up short stories to keep readers happy between full length books?

I’m giving away 4 short stories to one lucky commenter. The winner will need an ereader or computer, though, as all of them are ereads:

Dangerous Sanctuary by Michelle Diener (due out on March 6th, 2012)
Bound by Blood by Cynthia Eden
Dead People in Love by Edie Ramer
A Knight to Remember by Karin Tabke

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21 Responses to Short and Sweet: DANGEROUS SANCTUARY (with giveaway)

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    I’m so eager to read your short story! Thanks for including DPIL in the giveaway!

    When my son was younger, and I worked and wrote and tried to do everything, I gobbled up short stories. It was good to read a complete story in a short time. I found some great writers then.

    Right now I’m reading Guns and Roses by the Murder She Writes bloggers, including our own Karin Tabke. I jumped ahead to Karin Tabke’s story, Rebel Rose, which is actually a novella (I think the rest of the stories are shorter). I’m loving it! Her hero and heroine are unique and fun and funny and strong. I know she’s going to get new fans from this. I know you will, too!

  2. Hi Michelle!
    Yes, I’ve found new authors through short stories and novellas- and like you, once I find someone I like, I buy all the books in the series. Then look to see what else they’ve written.
    I’m a glutton.
    Can’t wait to read yours!!!

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  4. Misty Evans says:

    Congrats, Michelle, on the short story!

    I definitely enjoy checking out new authors through their short stories and novellas. I’m hooked on Cynthia Eden’s books thanks to her short stories (A Bit of Bite in the Entangled Anthology and Bound In Sin).

    As an author, I use short stories and novellas as a way to bridge novels in a series and give my readers and newsletter followers a special free read.
    Misty Evans`s last blog was …Welcome!

  5. Michelle,

    I love short stories about characters in books. One reason I love them is beyond the characters, sometimes a short story is one I can read it one reading space and feel a sense of completion and joy and how much the author accomplished with such few words. And then I can go back to MY writing.

    Can’t wait to read all of these as I enjoy all the authors. πŸ™‚
    Casey Clifford`s last blog was …A Genie On My Mind

  6. Michelle, I freaking love the cover!! Ok, so do I read short stories? No. Not on purpose. That said, I will give yours a try because I heart you. But I have a wee confession to make. Since I’m in the GUNS AND ROSES anthology, I figured I should read the other stories on principal. And lo and behold, I have been enjoying the hell out of all of them! So, I think, there may be other on purpose short story purchases in my future!
    Karin* Tabke aka Harlow!`s last blog was …CAPA Winner!

    • I’m the same, Karin!!!

      It was only when we put together the ENTANGLED anthology that I realized what I’d been missing. Now I buy short stories all the time. Can’t WAIT to read yours in the Guns and Roses antho!

  7. I love reading short stories, Michelle! Essays and flash fiction, too… I think these are a fabulous way to get a sense of an author’s voice and the way he/she handles characterization and dialogue. When I know for sure that I like these things about a writer, I’m quite sure I’ll enjoy that author’s longer fiction, too. VERY excited about your Dangerous Sanctuary — out in just a few days — yay!! πŸ™‚
    Marilyn Brant`s last blog was …Leap of Faith

  8. Thanks, Marilyn. I used to read tons of short stories and essays, then went off them a bit, and now I’m rediscovering the joy of them. Yep, not long to go πŸ™‚ .

  9. I love short stories. And Michelle is one of the sweetest ladies around. I won a copy of Keeper of the King’s Secrets and can’t wait to delve into it!
    Pepper Phillips`s last blog was …The Devil Has Dimples is out!

  10. Liz Kreger says:

    Sorry I’m coming in so late on this comment, Michelle. But I think I mentioned that I love reading short stories … particularly if they’re part of an anthology. There are times when you want to get a taste of an author’s writing style. If I like the short story, chances are really good that I’ll go in search of that author’s full length books.

    I have the same Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega book on order. I probably should have just downloaded the e-book version, but there are times when I enjoy having the actual book in hand.

  11. Michelle Hamilton says:

    Dear Michelle,

    As a long time reader of Tudor fiction I love your new series–just when I thought the genre had about bit the dust you brought new life into it. Keep up the good work, I love the relationship between Susanna and John and can’t wait to read the next enstallment.

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