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Shooting Monkeys Giveaway Winners

And the winners of the Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel eBook giveaway as selected by the God of Random Numbers are…

Cecilia Huddleston
Marcus Thomas
Robyn Swan
Jane B.
Mona A.

Congratulations to the winners. If you haven’t done so already, please email me at scott@sgbrowne.com for instructions on how to claim your free copy.

And to everyone else who posting your comments and/or retweeted my posts on Twitter, thank you. You’re all made of awesome.

Filed under: Contests,Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel — S.G. Browne @ 9:06 am

Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel Giveaway

media-upload-1To celebrate the fact that I just feel like celebrating something, I’m giving away a fistful of copies of my short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel: Ten Twisted TalesHow can you enter to win? I’m glad you asked.

While I tend to read novels more than short story collections, I’m a fan of the short form. Some of my favorite collections include The Deportees by Roddy Doyle, St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell, and Skeleton Crew by Stephen King.

Sometimes entire collections stay with me. Other times, it’s a specific story, like Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” or Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis.” (Technically a novella rather than a short story, but it’s on the short side as far as novellas go.)

However, there’s one short story that tends to stick a little more than the others and which floats around inside of me as if it’s become part of my genetic makeup, and that’s “The Ballad of the Flexible Bullet” by Stephen King (which can be found in Skeleton Crew.)

Which brings us back to the contest. In order to enter for a chance to win, all you have to do is leave a comment to this blog post with your favorite short story or short story collection in the comments. Feel free to elaborate or just post the title. That’s all there is to it.

As I mentioned, I’ll be giving away five (5) copies of Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel, which is available as an eBook for Kindle, Nook, iPad, and Kobo. Since I haven’t been able to figure out how to gift an eBook on Kobo, I’ll be gifting the collection on either Kindle, Nook, or iPad. Winner’s choice.

Now if you’re like me you might be saying: “Hey, I don’t own a Kindle, Nook, or iPad because I like my books to be three-dimensional with actual pages I can turn and on which I can accidentally spill my cappuccino without having to fork over a few hundred bucks to get a new one. How can I get a hard copy of Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel?”

The answer is: You can’t. But what you can do is download free software from Amazon or Barnes & Noble for your desktop or laptop or smart phone. (They also have options for Mac. Or I believe you can just use iTunes.) In any case, even if you don’t own an eReader, you can still win a copy of Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel and read it on your computer.

And now for the disclaimers:

  • Contest open only to residents of the United States.
  • Contest ends Sunday, June 8, 2014, at 11:59pm PST.
  • Multiple comments are allowed but will count as a single entry. However you can re-tweet the post on my Twitter account for another chance to win.

Thanks for playing and good luck!

Filed under: Contests,Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel — S.G. Browne @ 7:10 am

The Summer of Bastards and Egos: Lucky Bastard

Lucky Bastard - trade paperbackIn April 2012, I published my third novel, Lucky Bastard. Or rather, Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books published my noir and luck-themed dark comedy, starring the luck poaching private detective Nick Monday.

Now Lucky Bastard is back, this time in trade paperback with a brand spanking new cover. And to mark the occasion, I’ve included a reading of Chapter 1, narrated by yours truly. Just click on the link below to access the MP3 file:

Lucky Bastard, Chapter 1

The opening line to the novel was something that just popped into my head during a writing exercise at my writer’s group back in July of 2006. I didn’t know where the line was going to lead me, so I just went with it and wrote a short scene about a guy being held at knife point on the roof of some fictional hotel. At the time, I had no idea that scene would end up as part of the opening chapter for a novel about luck.

But one day, after finishing up the final draft of my second novel, Fated, I sat down to figure out what my next book was going to be. I started flipping through my journals and that scene on the rooftop caught my attention. I still wasn’t sure what to do with it, until I combined it with some of the concepts I’d created in a short story about luck poachers called “Softland,” which I’d written in 2004. (You can find “Softland” in my eBook  short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel).

So that’s how Lucky Bastard was conceived, by a short story getting together with a journal entry. A little over nine months later, I had a newborn novel.


Name My Monkey Contest Winner

Over the past month, I received 118 suggested names for my monkey in the Name My Monkey Contest. I waited until the contest was over to check out the entries and had a tough time coming up with a winner. So thank you for making my job difficult.

There were more than a dozen entries that incorporated a monkey theme, including Chimply, Chimp Charlie, Mr. Monkeypants, Banana, Bananas, Bongo Bananahands, Sir Simian, Howler, Bonobo, Thelonious Monk(ey), and Chunky Banana Monkey (which played to my love of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream).

Some entries offered up full names, like Walter Lamar Booth and Charlie Buckhead, while a handful provided regal names like Princess Consuela Banana Ha-mach and Captain Reginald Carpaccio of Winchester that resonated with royalty.

Several entrants who are very secure with themselves suggested I name my monkey after them. Another thought I should name my monkey Jason Bateman (which played to my love of Arrested Development).

The majority of the names were of the Madonna or Prince variety—single names that needed no surname to complete them. Xavier, Maynard, Feldspar, Rasco, Rufus, Schroedinger, Calvin (which played to my love of Calvin & Hobbes), Mercutio, Barnaby, Grums, and Beppo, who is apparently Superman’s pet monkey. I had no idea Superman had a pet monkey. But if he did, his name would be Beppo.

Half a dozen people suggested the name Spank, Spankie, or Spanky, while another threw out Slappy, just in case spanking my monkey grew tedious. Three offered the names Lucky, Son of a Bastard, and Dirty Bastard (which played to my love of my new novel). And one entry suggested I name my monkey Balboa Browne (which played to my love of myself).

But after careful consideration and mulling and rolling the names around on my tongue and in my head, I finally settled on a winner: Reginald Muffintop the 3rd, suggested by Cassandra Rose.

Congratulations! You’ve won signed copies of all three of my novels, a copy of my eBook short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel, and a $50 gift card of your choice to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iTunes.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and who took the time to come up with a name. I appreciate you playing along and helping to make the contest a success.

Oh, and just for the record, Reginald Muffintop the 3rd’s gangsta rapper name is Reggie M3.


Monkey Launch Day

I’m excited to announce the official launch today of Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel, my exclusive eBook short story collection that contains ten twisted tales of dark comedy, social satire, and the supernatural.

Back in the 1980s when I read Night Shift and Skeleton Crew by Stephen King, I imagined one day having my own collection of short stories published. When I penned my first short story in 1989, a rambling, forgettable Catcher in the Rye inspired tale titled “The Dog Died,”  I figured I was on my way. Now, more than twenty years later, that moment has finally arrived.

A few of the stories in Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel have appeared previously in other print anthologies. More than half of them are brand-new tales, while several are ancestors or descendants of novels I’ve written or have yet to write. And one story took third place in the Gross-Out Contest at the 2008 World Horror Convention.

But this is the first time these stories have gathered together in one place. Kind of like a family reunion, if the family included a serial killer, a zombie gigolo, extraterrestrial sex toys, a group of professional guinea pigs, and the Seven Deadly Sins.

And you thought your family had problems.

So I invite you to order up a copy of Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel for your Nook, Kindle, or iPad. Or, if you’re like me and don’t own an eReader, you can download FREE (that’s right, FREE) software from Barnes & Noble and Amazon for your PC or Mac.

And as always, thanks for reading!

*No monkeys were harmed in the writing of this collection.

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