Monday, June 1, 2015

A Change of Mind and Other Stories by Nick Wilford

Today I'm happy to host Nick Wilford on my blog.  He's promoting something pretty awesome, but I'm sure you'd rather hear about it from him. Take it away, Nick!

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Thanks for hosting me on my tour today, Laura. I’d like to offer your readers a microfiction piece inspired by my book’s cover.


Reuben stared at his reflection, trying to find some sign of his former self that he could recognise. There was a new resolve to his stare, a cool assurance to his eyes that hadn’t been there before. But he didn’t want to fight this new incarnation. Here was a man who could do anything he wanted, with nothing holding him back. No more mistakes to blame on other people. He would be a success now. He turned away, but the piercing gaze of that man still blazed in his head like headlights on a dark road.

The old Reuben was gone for good.

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Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Speculative fiction
Format: Ebook only
Page/word count: 107 pages, approx. 32,000 words
Release date: 25th May 2015
Publisher: Superstar Peanut Publishing


A Change of Mind and Other Stories consists of a novella, four short stories and one flash fiction piece. This collection puts the extremes of human behaviour under the microscope with the help of lashings of dark humour, and includes four pieces previously published in Writer’s Muse magazine.

In A Change of Mind, Reuben is an office worker so meek and mild he puts up with daily bullying from his boorish male colleagues as if it’s just a normal part of his day. But when a stranger points him in the direction of a surgeon offering a revolutionary new procedure, he can’t pass up the chance to turn his life around.  

But this isn’t your average surgeon. For a start, he operates alone in a small room above a mechanic’s. And he promises to alter his patients’ personality so they can be anything they want to be…  

In Marissa, a man who is determined to find evidence of his girlfriend’s infidelity ends up wondering if he should have left well alone.  

The Dog God finds a chink in the armour of a man with a megalomaniacal desire to take over the world.  

In The Insomniac, a man who leads an obsessively regimented lifestyle on one hour’s sleep a night finds a disruption to his routine doesn’t work for him.  

Hole In One sees a dedicated golfer achieving a lifelong ambition.  

The Loner ends the collection on a note of hope as two family members try to rebuild their lives after they are torn apart by jealousy.

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Meet the author:

Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those rare times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. Visit him at his blog or connect with him on Twitter or Goodreads.

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  1. Congrats Nick. It's fun seeing your book everywhere!

  2. Love this microfiction piece. It's so unsettling in the best of ways!

  3. That would be almost eerie to know the real you was gone.
    Congratulations to Nick!

  4. TBM - Thanks!

    Heather - Thanks, good to unsettle you. ;)

    Alex - Certainly. Thanks!

  5. I'm glad, Nick, you wrote the interpetation of the cover; it is a fascinating one to see and now I know how you came up with it!


  6. There's something terrible about the thought of just losing a piece of yourself because of surgery.

  7. Congrats, Nick! Great excerpt! I especially love those last two lines.