I love the title of this one, shamelessly stolen from JD Salinger only leaving Esme behind.
Having checked it out to remind myself what's in it, I can let you know that it features:
'An Arm And A Leg', first published in Crimespree Magazine and then in Mammoth Best British Crime 8. It became the inspiration for Smoke.
'Fisher Of Men' follows an American girl trying to lose her virginity in Paris only to become involved in something a little mysterious and supernatural.
'A Whole Lotta Rosie' is about an arm-wrestling, sheep farmer from Australia who meets her match in the state championships.
'Reaching The Summit' has a reporter hoping to capture the DNA of President Obama.
'No Pain No Gain', features a man who can't feel pain. It's a genetic condition that is actually dangerous to the people who have it. It also features The Guthrie test, given to babies to make sure they can feel pain, and that feels like a nod to my hero Mr G.
There are others, including a couple of my favourites, but I don't want to take you too far nito what's available.
It's available for free today and for the next 5 days from Amazon.
It also happens to be the last time this is to be available for nothing.
I'm withdrawing my titles from the Amazon KDP scheme (all the titles that are for grown-ups at least) which means that I shan't be able to do the 5 day free thing any longer.
This isn't because I have any real problems with the scheme itself, but reflects a shift in me and an understanding of how I'm affected by it.
KDP and giveaways has become like an addiction; I'm prone to addiction, so I'm not at all surprised.
I've been chasing numbers and keen to see my stats change on an hourly basis, to the point of me doing whatever I can to get things rolling.
There's a down side to that chasing as you might imagine. I spend a lot of time trying to get the unpaid advertisers of free books to put out the word. I spend time checking my stats in a ridiculously compulsive manner. I get excited when the giveaways go well and then disappointed when the anticipated increase in sales doesn't happen.
Other down sides are that my work gets into the hands of people who have little chance of enjoying what they find if they read and don't mind saying so when they don't. And there's the issue of having a book surrounded by 'also boughts' including travel and cookery and fantasy books that happened to have been free at the same time.
The plus sides, the increased income gained by a KDP borrow and the opportunity to gain new readers are very welcome and I've enjoyed it to date, it's just that I need to put myself out of this particular misery.
What I hope it means is that I'll be able to concentrate upon writing (when my next idea eventually comes) rather than on the business of writing.
If you see me changing this plan at any point, don't hesitate to ask me why; I'll do my best to find an answer for you.
In the meantime, feel free to check out WLAS and to let me know what you think.