Shell Out

Shell Out Cover Image
Shell Out Cover Image

Check out my short story about overcoming poverty in the most ridiculous of ways at any of these retailers. It’s a free short story about spending money:

Amazon Kindle

Shell Out on Amazon Kindle

Note that Amazon requires me to set an initial price. It may end up price-matching for free, but I cannot manually set the price for free. If you’d like a guaranteed free version, check out one of the other retailers below.

Apple iTunes

Shell Out on iTunes and iBooks

Barnes & Noble

Shell Out at Barnes & Noble


Shell Out on Inktera


Shell Out on Kobo


Shell Out at Smashwords

Note that Smashwords gives you the option to download a number of formats including epub, mobi (for Kindle), pdf, and others.


Shell Out on Oyster


Shell Out on Scribd

Apple, Barnes & Noble, Inktera, Kobo, and Smashwords provide downloads for keeps.

Oyster and Scribd operate on a monthly subscription service.

Please review or comment on the book’s store page wherever you get your copy. And please share your discovery with others.

Book Description:

What is the price of making dreams come true? Can they simply be bought with money, or do they require something different? Greg wants to see his dreams come true — to furnish his apartment with nice things, to find the perfect girl to share it with, and to ultimately become a bigger success than his father had been — but life keeps finding ways to alter his plans. Can Greg adapt to life’s little wrenches and overcome impoverishing events to bring his dreams to reality? Or will he succumb to the hardships of being twentysomething and accept the life of economic misfortune that hounds him?

“Shell Out” is the humorous story of a college student’s battle with those pesky opposing forces of nature that plague us all: life and desire, ambition and contentment, dreams and reality. It is the story of any of us who has ever had to fend for ourselves in the real world but weren’t sure if we’d ever make it. Greg’s farcical journey to tame his wallet and fulfill his dreams takes him through the common struggles of young adulthood, including figuring out how to survive a Friday night on a ten-dollar bill, acquiescing to paying bills in spite of not having a job, taking jobs that only a desperate loon would take, working toward a better life in order to win the heart of a girl, and other crazy situations. The question is, are his efforts worth it, or is he just chasing yesterday’s American Dream?

For those thirty and older who wish to remember their own crazy experiences as a twentysomething, Greg’s strange odyssey of economic survival is a comedy. For those currently living the twentysomething life, or those about to approach it, Greg’s journey is a horror story. It’s a lot like life: a scary comedy that forces us to question our choices.

“Shell Out” also comes with previews for some of my upcoming books, hence the 25,000+ word count reported on its store pages. Actual word count for the story is roughly 12,000 words.

Each storefront will provide links to my other books, so check back often.

You can visit my main author page (for ebooks) at Smashwords:

My Smashwords Author Page

Or my Author Central page on Amazon:

My Author Central Page

If you would like to leave a review on Goodreads, I would certainly appreciate it:

Review Shell Out on Goodreads

Update 12/30/16:

You can now read Shell Out in its entirety at Drinking Cafe Latte at 1pm. Choose your chapters directly in the dropdown menus above (My Books > Shell Out > Part), or start at the beginning here:

Read Part 1

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