A few years ago, I started reading books in the Western genre, and I thought it would be fun to create a cowboy hero who would go from town to town to right wrongs, bed bad guys, and shoot maidens fair. I came up with the barest idea for the character, and suddenly thought, "What if he had a kid sidekick, like Batman, Captain America, Green Arrow, Aquaman, the Human Torch, and (once) Indiana Jones? They could have a series of adventures together, wherein the little boy becomes a man!" I absolutely LOVE the idea of the child sidekick, and will make no apologies for it.
The story I wrote, "Birth of a Sidekick," was the result. It's not really the first story in a series (though Big suggested I could write more), and it's not a true Western. But it's something I wrote that was a bit different from everything else I had written, and I decided to put it out in both text version and audio.
I sat down and recorded the whole thing . . . and then left it there. It sat for months, gathering virtual dust, and went nowhere, just like everything else I create.
But no, I mustn't think like that. I must put out my stuff, give people at least the CHANCE to read it (or listen to it, if they prefer). And so, here it is.
I was lucky enough to get some pretty impressive cover art by David Krummenacher (above), and if I could somehow employ him to do art for every one of my stories, I'd put out . . . well, probably one or two.
Link is here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MQMX05C at Amazon and http://www.smashwords.com/upload/details/468527 at Smashwords.
And here's the link to the audio version on Audible: http://www.audible.com/pd/Teens/Birth-of-a-Sidekick-Audiobook/B00NAC94MU/ref=a_search_c4_1_13_srTtl?qid=1410209624&sr=1-13 I performed it myself, and I'd appreciate it if somebody out there buys it.