July ACLU Fundraiser: “The Life Cycle of Stars (Ignition)”

Weird, long title, eh? Read the story — it’ll make sense. I promise.

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ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS STORY BENEFIT THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION!

With her son now in school, bored stay-at-home mom Heather no longer needs to stay at home. At the local university, she starts auditing classes, looking for something to do as her husband desperately tries to turn his garage band into something more. She studies cinema and literature and then astronomy.

Where she meets Jamie.

In the life cycle of stars, ignition is dangerous, powerful, and necessary. In the life cycle of Heather, it can be all of these, and more.

As with all of the fundraisers, this story is only available for one month and costs $1.99. Please buy the story and spread the word!

ACLU Bonus: “Four Minutes”

Of the six stories published thus far for my series of ACLU fundraisers, the one that’s gotten the biggest reaction has been April’s “Four Minutes.”

As a result, I’ve decided to put it back on sale for the foreseeable future, so that people who missed it can have another shot at it. The new price is $2.99, to give even more money to the ACLU.

Download it, read it, and spread the word!

 

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS STORY GO TO THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION!Four Minutes cover

The place: The suburbs.

The time: Tomorrow, maybe.

The situation: Ray is just trying to get by in the newer, greater America. With a wife and a new baby, he can’t afford to get mixed up in politics or the fight for civil liberties. But as the world shrinks and darkens around him, Ray finds that the safe harbor he’s crafted for himself and his family may not be big enough or strong enough to stand.

And then one night, there’s a knock at the door. Now there’s nowhere to hide, and soon Ray will have to make the hardest decision of his life.

With cold, relentless precision, Barry Lyga explores a future that is too close for comfort in what might be his darkest, most disturbing work to date.

“Four Minutes” may, indeed, be the most brutal thing I’ve ever written. And that’s saying something.

You can find “Four Minutes” here:

June ACLU Fundraiser: Her Decade

Here is June’s fundraiser short story for the ACLU:

ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS STORY GO TO THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION!

A young man celebrates his eighteenth birthday with some drinking. Who could get hurt?

Susan Ann Marchetti, that’s who. Killed in a drinking and driving accident. And now the young man who killed her will grow to adulthood visiting her each year, as the anniversary of his birth becomes the anniversary of her death. Ten birthdays at a grave could harden anyone; who will he be at the end of this decade?

Set in the same world as Bang, Boy Toy, and other Lyga novels, “Her Decade” forms a crucial backdrop to those stories, opening up new details as it reveals a powerful history for the town of Brookdale.

As with all of the fundraiser stories, “Her Decade” sells for $1.99 and will only be available for one month. Please buy the story and spread the word!

May ACLU Fundraiser: “Pulse vs. the Killing Fiend”

Pulse vs. the Killing Fiend coverAfter last month’s extremely dark turn, I thought maybe something a little lighter for this month… So, let’s read about a super-powered serial killer!

A hero. A villain. And a cop caught in between.

“Sometimes it feels more like they’re all involved in some kind of celestial chess match and we’re less than pawns. We’re the board. And no one cares what happens to the board.” — Capt. J. Fannon (Chicago Police Dept.)

Blending his serial killer bona fides and his love of super-hero comics, Barry Lyga presents a tale from the point of view of a Chicago cop trying to hunt a super-powered murderer. But which is more vexing: discovering the identity of the killer or uncovering the secrets behind the super-hero who’s helping out on the case?

As always, the story is $1.99 and all proceeds benefit the American Civil Liberties Union.

Please buy the story and spread the word! Thanks!

March Fundraiser: “The Ideas of March”

This month’s fundraiser is shorter than the others, but I think what it lacks in length, it makes up for in punch. At the risk of sounding incredibly full of myself, I really, really love this story!

The Ideas of March coverA girl receives the most disturbing Valentines present ever. While everyone is talking about that, a famous actress adopts her latest child overseas, to the camera flashes of the paparazzi. And while sanctions in the Middle East cause chaos and controversy, ten teenagers are dumped from their sailboats into frigid water…even as another group of teens plans to rocket a giant mirror into space to protect us from global warming.

What connects these stories? How are they related?

Maybe they’re not.

But maybe, just maybe, they are.

As with all of this year’s fundraisers, “The Ideas of March” costs a mere $1.99 and all proceeds go to the ACLU.

Also, the story will only be available for the month of March, so go get it now! And please, spread the word to your friends!