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An Odd Quartet is free to download today and over the Easter break.



A quartet of dark short stories (10,000 words) to thrill and chill.

The Yellow Lady
Grave robbing is a dirty business, in more ways than one. When he disturbs the grave from a childhood scary story he discovers it's not always treasure to be found.

This Empty Place
At the heat death of the universe, Death contemplates his existence.

Forced Entry
Terrorists seize an average suburban house. A Special Forces hostage rescue team is sent in and encounter more than they were trained for.

The Reluctant Demon
A young demon prepares to take his possession exam.

I'm pulling all my books out of Select so this is likely to be my last free promo,so grab a copy while you can!

UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/An-Odd-Quartet-ebook/dp/B009QJMMPC/
US: http://www.amazon.com/An-Odd-Quartet-ebook/dp/B009QJMMPC/
 

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An Odd Quartet is a collection of four dark short stories, each with a twist in the tale.

The Yellow Lady

A grave robber encounters a ghost from a story he was told as a child.

This Empty Place

At the heat death of the universe, the Grim Reaper contemplates his existence.

Forced Entry

A special forces team enters a suburban house to rescue a family taken hostage, they encounter more than they were trained for.

The Reluctant Demon

A young demon prepares to take his possession exam.

This Drabble Enhanced edition also includes some of my favourite drabbles (100 word stories).

Reviews

"I recommend this book to all fans of darker stories. It's an enjoyable collection of shorts and you'll race through them eager to find out how each finishes. What stands out for me is that everything here is turned on its head. Where will your sympathies lie? And which is worse: evil itself, or the being that manipulates the evil to their own purpose?"

http://www.jhillwriter.com/2013/06/review-odd-quartet-by-michael-brookes.html?spref=tw

"I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it entertained me from start to finish. Recommended reading for fans of horror! "

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/613675892

"As the name implies, this is a novella length book containing 4 short stories. Their themes are both the usual and the unusual - the ghostly haunting, the personification of Death - a Swat Team entering a building and a Demon undertaking his Demon Test! They are dealt with very imaginatively and I really enjoyed reading them. The endings are all a little different from what you'd imagine and I like that in a story. I don't like to know or guess the ending."

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/435880625

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Thanks to Anita Kotlarska I now have a shiny new cover for An Odd Quartet. I think it's pretty cool! Check out her site to see more:

http://anitakotlarska.wix.com/anitak

An Odd Quartet is a collection of four dark short stories, each with a twist in the tale.

The Yellow Lady

A grave robber encounters a ghost from a story he was told as a child.

This Empty Place

At the heat death of the universe, the Grim Reaper contemplates his existence.

Forced Entry

A special forces team enters a sunurban house to rescue a family taken hostage, they encounter more than they were trained for.

The Reluctant Demon

A young demon prepares to take his possession exam.

This Drabble Enhanced edition also includes some of my favourite drabbles (100 word stories).

Praise for An Odd Quartet:

"I loved these short stories. Especially the one titled The Reluctant Demon. This is a great concept that I have never thought of before and really loved it."

"I liked it. A nice assortment of tales, each presented in a slightly different manner. Very original!"

"Michael Brookes' writing style is easy and accessible. He can certainly turn out a story you will remember."

"This book was a truly amazing collection of four short stories. Each one was imaginative, beautifully written and clever. I was particularly amazed by the second story, which managed to span the entire life of the universe in so few words."
 

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The Mega-Dark Book Blog Tour continues, today I have provided a post about writing my first short story collection 'An Odd Quartet'. You can read it on the Hot Space Station Justice blog here:

http://pattodoroff.com/2013/08/01/blog-tour-with-author-michael-brookes/

Work continues on the follow up book 'An Odder Quintet', details will be revealed in my final guest post for this blog tour!
 

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There's still time to win one of ten copies of 'An Odd Quartet':

"All of these stories were excellent. I enjoyed the darkly satisfying twists that surfaced in a couple of the tales, and I loved the imagery throughout. I was impressed by how atmospheric the third story really was, even though the entire story is a dialogue exchange of a radio conversation. Don't get me wrong, the other stories were very good but the third one was just brilliant."

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/an-odd-quartet-e-book-giveaway.html
 

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There's only a few days left to enter for a chance to win one of ten copies of 'An Odd Quartet'. You can enter via my blog:

"I enjoyed reading this collection of four short stories particularly 'The Yellow Lady': a ghost story with an unusual twist. I liked the writing style in 'Forced Entry' which gave a fairly predictable story-line a strong sense of urgency and unease. 'The Reluctant Demon' was really good with a great twist at the end and some very funny contrasts between the young demon and its parent. I liked the way the stories were written: clear, direct, slightly tongue-in-cheek and I was interested to see what else the author could offer so after checking out the sample I downloaded his novel The Cult of Me (The Third Path). "

http://thecultofme.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/an-odd-quartet-e-book-giveaway.html
 

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Two days and two great reviews for 'An Odd Quartet', this one is a five star review on Goodreads:

"Excellent. I am not usually a fan of horror and paranormal (I get scared easily, especially if I read them at night) but I loved it. An Odd Quartet is a collection of four short stories (hence the name) plus a collection of 'drabbles' (100 word stories, I just learned). I thought I did not like short stories but lately, I have read some good ones, and I think these are really good because and they are together in one book, which is a bonus."

Read the review in full here:

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/717286572
 

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Today is a good day to pick up your copy of An Odd Quartet, a collection of four dark and strange short stories, it's currently available from Amazon for only 82c (49p for UK readers). Here's what one reviewer thought of this book:

"All of these stories were excellent. I enjoyed the darkly satisfying twists that surfaced in a couple of the tales, and I loved the imagery throughout. I was impressed by how atmospheric the third story really was, even though the entire story is a dialogue exchange of a radio conversation. Don't get me wrong, the other stories were very good but the third one was just brilliant."

You can buy your copy now from the links below:

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/1iQg1SW

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/OK7R3A
 

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I'm pleased to announce that my first short story collection 'An Odd Quartet' is now available on Scribd:

http://www.scribd.com/book/230514469/An-Odd-Quartet

An Odd Quartet is a collection of four dark short stories, each with a twist in the tale.

The Yellow Lady

A grave robber encounters a ghost from a story he was told as a child.

This Empty Place

At the heat death of the universe, the Grim Reaper contemplates his existence.

Forced Entry

A special forces team enters a suburban house to rescue a family taken hostage, they encounter more than they were trained for.

The Reluctant Demon

A young demon prepares to take his possession exam.

This Drabble Enhanced edition also includes some of my favourite drabbles (100 word stories).
 

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Good news! An Odd Quartet is now available from Page Foundry:

http://www.inktera.com/store/title/3bff79ef-7b6d-4f7e-8f44-aba8744216e7

An Odd Quartet is a collection of four dark short stories, each with a twist in the tale.

The Yellow Lady

A grave robber encounters a ghost from a story he was told as a child.

This Empty Place

At the heat death of the universe, the Grim Reaper contemplates his existence.

Forced Entry

A special forces team enters a suburban house to rescue a family taken hostage, they encounter more than they were trained for.

The Reluctant Demon

A young demon prepares to take his possession exam.

This Drabble Enhanced edition also includes some of my favourite drabbles (100 word stories).

An Odd Quartet is available from these online stores:

Buy now from Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/1iQg1SW
Buy now from Amazon (UK): http://amzn.to/OK7R3A
Buy now from Barnes & Noble (Nook): http://bit.ly/1o9uqeU
Buy now from iTunes (US): https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id636526301
Buy now from iTunes (UK): https://itunes.apple.com/uk/book/id636526301
Buy now from Kobo: http://bit.ly/1iBxFNc
Read now on Scribd: http://bit.ly/1o9uCe8
 
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