Goodreads Giveaway

Remember my little book of short stories? I’ve set up a Goodreads giveaway for it! Five print books, which I will sign in purple (because I always sign in purple, because why not), and send to the five people Goodreads selects for me.

Let’s see if this widgety thing works, shall we?

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Survival Tactics by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Survival Tactics

by Elizabeth Bonesteel

Giveaway ends November 23, 2021.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway
https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/widget/333979

The giveaway is open to folx in the US and Canada, and ends on November 23, 2021 (just before US Thanksgiving).

I wrote in detail about the stories in this book, but for those looking for a shorter summary:

This is an anthology of all my short fiction. Most of these are from the last four years; one, a wee flash piece, was written in 2013. Eight of these are reprints; two are new for this collection. Quick story blurbs for each:

“About Time” – Alone in a crowded city, a woman seeks the origins of a haunted clock connected to a captivating stranger.

“Factory Reset” – On a planet that should have been long abandoned, a salvage operator discovers an impossible ecosystem.

NEW: “The Haunting of Jessica Lockwood (A Central Corps Short)” – Charged with a crime against her government, a teenager finds her fate may not be as decided as she believes.

“Overlay” – A father undertakes a risky mission to rescue his revolutionary son.

“Single Point of Failure” – On an isolated mining outpost on Mercury, a woman dreams of suicide – and wakes to find other people dead.

“Unto Dust (A Central Corps Short)” – A father struggles to look after his children after the sudden death of his wife.

“Thinking Inside the Box” – Hoping to earn his freedom, a convicted murderer takes a job working with a dangerous alien artifact.

“Friends Like These” – Sometimes lawn care requires help. In the middle of the night. To remove stray corpses from the yard. You know how it goes.

“Govi (A Central Corps Short)” – A former soldier leads a rescue mission on a volatile ocean world.

NEW: “Birthdays at the End of Time” – An ancient starship prepares for one final mission.

I call them genre-spanning, but they’re really sub-genre spanning. One is paranormal romance, one is horror; three are Central Corps tie-in stories, and are thus space opera. The others range from straight-up SF adventure to mystery to technological utopia.

They were all great fun to write.

In addition to my little background blog post, I do have a content warnings page up. Please be aware there are spoilers there; my goal was to be as thorough as I could be. For those who don’t want to risk spoilers: the main thing is, there’s a lot about death in these stories. Sometimes it’s handled with humor, sometimes it’s mired in grief, but it’s present, shadowy or otherwise, everywhere.

Which is interesting, because I don’t feel like I write about death. I write about family, found and otherwise. I write about connections. I find myself exploring how – and why – we find ways not to be alone. When we do it for the wrong reasons, it can be incredibly self-destructive. But when it’s right? It can be a lifeline, that light that makes all the darkness suddenly worthwhile.

One last thing about the giveaway: it’s geographically restricted to the US and Canada. That’s a Goodreads restriction. My plan is to do another giveaway early next year that’ll be open worldwide. It won’t have the same reach – I don’t have any promotional tools that can give me anything close to the visibility Goodreads does – but it’ll also be or 5 signed copies, and I’ll send them to any country where I can legally mail them. Watch this space.

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