My book is out

I’m happy to announce that last week, my book about geeky romance on a university campus was released by Ylva Publishing in e-book format. (The paperback edition will be available in another two weeks.) It’s been doing quite well, sitting at #5 in its various Amazon categories when I looked this morning. Not that I’m looking twice a day or anything.

Mac vs PC cover

Mac vs. PC is a novella, about 110 pages long, and great for a beach read or a lazy afternoon. It’s a sweet and humorous story at heart, but since I can never write anything without taking the opportunity to peer into the human psyche, it’s also a look at how easily we let our prejudices trip us up.

You can get the Kindle version on Amazon, or find the epub, pdf and mobi versions at Smashwords. (Please note that the Amazon link is to the US store, but it’s available on all Amazon platforms worldwide.) Personally I think it’s a steal for less than $5, but that might be my own prejudice at work.

Here’s the blurb:

As a computer technician at the university, Anna Petrowski knows she has one thing in common with doctors and lawyers, and it’s not the salary. It’s that everyone thinks her advice comes free, even on weekends. That’s why she keeps a strict observance of her Saturday routine: a scone, a caramel mocha, and nobody bothering her. So when she meets a new campus hire at the Bean Grinder who needs computer help yet doesn’t ask for it, she’s intrigued enough to offer. It’s the beginning of a beautiful friendship and possibly something more.

But Elizabeth Markel is a little higher up the university food chain than she’s let on, and the truth brings out buried prejudices that Anna didn’t know she had.

People and computers have one thing in common: they’re both capable of self-sabotage. The difference is that computers are easier to fix.

Readers who already enjoyed this story in its original form on my website will be happy to know that in the rewrite, I added two chapters and about 4,000 words, along with a lot of editing tweaks. It is a much better story now—and I can say that officially, because my editor, publisher and wife all agree. My wife’s opinion is of course the most important; after all, I originally wrote this story as a birthday gift for her.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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25 Responses to My book is out

  1. Rick Taylor says:

    Woo Hoo on the new book! I’m so pleased for you (and more than a little envious) to have a project like this published. I look forward to reading it, and my congratulations to the author. To borrow an expression you made up about 30 years ago, you have really “earned your gerps”.

    I’ll let you shovel through your memory for that reference…

    rick

  2. joanarling says:

    Congrats! I am *so* looking forward to read the new edition. And, of course, to see (and second-guess why) you made changes. Nothing like learning from the best 🙂

  3. Linda Briganti says:

    Ordered 1 minute ago! Yay, you!

  4. HCarvalho says:

    Is it strange that I thought you were a guy?

    • oregon expat says:

      No, not strange (and you are certainly not the first). But it does say a lot about cultural expectations. I write about science and tech, and observations of nature, and rejoice in being geeky…and so most people assume I am male. Why? I don’t really know, because most of the women in my circle of friends are also smart, geeky, and interested in science, tech, and/or the natural world around them.

      Of course, referring to my wife furthers that assumption, despite the fact that I live in a nation which does not require a specific gender combination in marriage. (A fact for which I am devoutly grateful — thank you, Portugal, for being so far ahead of my home nation in social policy.) So, the cultural expectations add up. I look forward to the day when those change, but I think it’s going to take a very long time.

      • HCarvalho says:

        Geekiness is the ultimate aphrodisiac, lol, but you’re right, it was a cultural bias, not on purpose of course, maybe due to the fact that all my friends are straight, but that is just by chance and not choice.

        • oregon expat says:

          Laughing at your aphrodisiac — fortunately for me, my wife feels the same way. (As do I; a match made in heaven.) As for the cultural bias, the very fact that it’s rarely on purpose is precisely what makes such things so hard to change, and why it usually requires a generational shift.

  5. Cathy White says:

    Got it !!!

  6. JR says:

    Congratulations–it must feel rewarding to have it available so broadly. Will a hard copy feel even more rewarding, or does format matter anymore?

  7. Scout says:

    Congratulations! Loved the old version, and the new one is even better:) Yes I’ve read it already, because when given the choice between reading your work and studying… do I even have to finish this sentence? But just in case you’re feeling guilty for distracting me, I did just fine on my tests today:) Congrats again, am anxiously awaiting the new book.

    • oregon expat says:

      Congrats on your test scores, and I’m relieved that I don’t have to feel guilty. As for the new book — 74K words and counting, and I’m pretty excited about it. I have a whole new universe to play in.

  8. cw says:

    Awesome! Read It on your web site a few months ago and yes, I liked it enough to buy the ebook. Now, please please keep working on that novel! I also read Without a Front and cannot wait for the prequel and revision of that to be published. I’ll be buying those as soon as they are available.

    Geez, I love the Past Imperfect series and I’ve never been a ‘Trekie’, not sure if I ever saw any episodes of that particular show! (Can anyone tell that I love your writing?)

    Congrats.
    cw

  9. AAlmaguel says:

    Really enjoyed reading ‘Mac v PC’ AND I’m so very glad to have had the opportunity to read your ‘Past Imperfect’ series…I am a Trekkie and love your characters and their development! Keep uP the great work.

  10. Bad girl, no cookie. I’m in the middle of exams (Computer Systems and Network Maintenance). And of course I had to then hop over to Red Moon for any other book related news. Now I just want to reread (for the umpteenth time) the Past Imperfect Series and Without a Front. But I’ll be a good girl and revise my TCP/IP protocols instead.

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