Freebie eBook and question from writer Michael Ross

Hello everyone. I know you don’t usually hear from me unless it’s a guest piece, book review or I set you some writing exercises, but tonight I have something a little different.

Michael Ross coverBeing Black Friday, you’re probably busy grabbing all those last-minute (or in Amazon’s case last-second) bargains and here’s another one for you… a freebie actually.

Author Michael Ross has made his short story collection Twenty Short Stories – Settling a Score free for the next three days (today, tomorrow, Sunday), and as he says, “A good way not to spend money on Black Friday”. You can download it from or for those of us in the UK (yep, I have it and will be reviewing it in February) from

Now for those of you eagle-eyed readers who spotted the second part of this blog post’s title, Michael also has a question for you so I’m handing you over to the man himself to explain…

I am in my final year of a part time 6-year course at Bristol University. For my final dissertation (The BIG one), I have penciled in the following for my essay. “The short story – why is it not longer?” Do you think you and @your@ people would like to offer a suggestion or two?

Of course you would because you’re so lovely. So to do so, and feel the warm glow of helping a fellow writer for the time it takes to drink a cup of tea (unless you’re like me and have little milk so it takes a while… and my other half would say I cut a short story long!)… please contact Michael with your suggestion (or three – he asked for two but I did say you were lovely) via email (preferred) or you can leave a comment below and I’ll pass it on. Thank you.

I’m going off now to make a cup of tea (Typhoo One Cup, in case you’re curious, with a little bit of tea, little bit of sugar, little bit of milk) and ponder Michael’s question…

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