Posts by aaronfrale

Aaron Frale has been writing comedy for years. He won "Best Writer" as co-writer for a feature film called Hamlet: The Vampire Slayer at the B-Movie Film Fest in New York. You can check out an in depth review of Hamlet from the film critic Obscurus Lupa. Various plays, sketches, and films written by Aaron have been lurking about the Albuquerque scene. In May 2010 he received a Masters of Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from the University of New Mexico. Music is another one of his past times. His rock band, Spiral, was rated 9 out of 10 by the DPRP for their 2011 release The Capital in Ruins. He currently resides with his wife, Felicia, and a small black dog that thinks he is a giant black dog.. Check out his personal humor blog at: https://wontchangetheworld.com/ and his rock band: http://thespiral.bandcamp.com/

My Mother

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My mom, brother, me, and my sister

 

My mother was a selfless woman. That is not to say she’d step in the way of an oncoming bus because you’re playing Pokemon Go. You’re on your own with that one. She was selfless because she always put everyone in the family first. Even if it was the small things like making sure there were always shrimp cocktails at every dinner because I had loved them as a kid to the larger things like when she had sacrificed the last few good days she had left with her daughter, so my sister could go on the trip to South Dakota that was supposed to be my mom’s last hurrah, but the cancer had eaten away too much of her body.

That final trip, that she had enjoyed through photos and facetime was how she wanted us to be together. Rather than crowded around her bed waiting for the ticking clock that awaits us all, we laughed, saw the sights, played games, and ate meals together. That was how my mom was selfless. Even in her final moments, she wanted us to be with each other.

That’s not to say it didn’t break her heart that she couldn’t be there. She just wanted us to be there and would have a light in her eyes when she would see us and the grandkids. One of the hardest parts for me, was how this will affect my son Oliver as he is almost one and a half years old. I love him dearly, as much as my mother loved me. Because of circumstances entirely beyond his control, he may never know his Babcia beyond photographs and videos. And that breaks my heart.

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At my wedding

I was lucky to have been old enough to have known all my grandparents, and even had learned how to play chess with my mother’s father, even though I was in elementary school when he died. I remember the day clearly. We were singing songs for chorus in the library at school. I saw my dad at the desk with a distraught look in his eye. Even if I hadn’t been keen enough to sense the emotion, I should have known something was happening because chorus was in the morning, and my dad never came to school in the morning.

While Oliver is his own person and has his own life to live, I know had my mom been given more time. She would have that sense of selflessness for him too. She did buy him a singing dog, and he loves to press the buttons, over and over and over. He would have gotten to eat Babcia cookies, pierogis at Christmas, and would have attempted to turn on every single one of her holiday themed music boxes at the same time like I did when I was a kid (now I know why my mom bought the dog).

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My mom and sister make pierogis

Maybe when he might come forward with dietary restrictions my mom would have seen to it to accommodate much like she did for me. Even though the gluten free pierogis she had scoured the internet for were more a gluten free apocalypse that ended up as gluten free pierogi balls, my mom went through with it anyway. She never worried about appearing silly or foolish as long as people were having fun.

We had spent many hours through the years, performing our own private MST3K on movies we thought were silly (much to the detriment of my brother and sister, who didn’t like when we talked over the movie). My mom used to laugh at the absurdity of life as a public school teacher. When my wife, Felicia, and I lived in New Mexico, we went to dinner parties at my parent’s house on a regular basis for no better reason then just to eat a meal. Of course, all the major holidays were covered too.

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The prize winning egg at Easter

And while cancer could take my mom’s body. It couldn’t take her spirit. Even when she was in a coma, and all I could do was tell her how much I loved her over the phone, she summoned enough to tell me how much she loved me as well as Oliver and Felicia too. Even on her very last day, the last time I could utter words above how much I loved her. Her eyes flickered opened. That was that selflessness again. She wanted to comfort me. Even though it was my time to comfort her.

I love you, mom.

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Our last Christmas

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Announcing Atmospheric Pressure 2

Atmospheric Pressure 2The second book in the Atmospheric Pressure series is finally ready to be released. In celebration of the occasion, I am going to giveaway the first book for free. You can snag your copy with many other books in this group giveaway until 7/15/18. Traditionally, I have given away my books during a free promotion near release day. As I attempt to move my business model to focus on book sales, I will not be doing a free giveaway for Atmospheric Pressure 2, but rather a 99 cent promotion. Keep watching this space for details.

Here’s the description:

Olson is trapped in a city that is on the hunt for him. He has nowhere to run as the whole place is sealed from the toxic atmosphere. Nobody wants to help him until he meets a scientist who knows his true origins. Meanwhile, back home, his friends are caught under the thumb of a brutal regime, until they decide to fight back.

Have Another Free Book

Playlist of the Ancient Dead

Free until 5/28/18!

Because all of you helped make ORION a success, I’m going to give you another free book. From now till May 28th, Playlist of the Ancient Dead will be free on Amazon! But that’s not all! Right now, I’m participating in a group giveaway of over 100 books! You can grab them over here. No email sign up required! (Though I’m sure the other authors could use the support like you supported me). I also want to do one more thing for all of you. The first ten people who reply to this email will get a free audible download code for the ORION Audiobook.

So how did the ORION promotion go? The book hit #74 in the free store on Amazon over all, and there were over 4.5k downloads!

So what does all this free giveaway do? It seeds Amazon’s “customers who bought this also bought this” lists. Since the book is new, it will have a period of time with higher visibility on the site. If you want to help during this time period, please share the book with a friend or leave a review. Those small things add up. Thank you again. I appreciate your support.

ORION: Free on Kindle!

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Orion is dead again. Whether death comes from a stab wound, a bullet to the brain, or just plain dumb luck, he always comes back. He is glad to have the second chances because there is a princess in each life who seems to be in trouble. Whether she’s a nurse in the Vietnam war or medieval English royalty, Orion is determined to win her over.

I’m pleased to announce that ORION is officially out and free on kindle until 5/23/18. Better yet, you can get a paperback copy or an audiobook version too! You can find all the editions of ORION here. Did you know that the audiobook version is free if you sign up for audible? Thank you to everyone who supported this book. I truly appreciate it.

If you want to help out, there are a couple things you can do. The first and easiest way is to get your friends to download it! Free promotions are a very good way for indie authors like myself to get noticed because it seeds the “Customers who bought this, also bought this,” list on Amazon.The other thing you can do is leave a review. They seriously help out a whole bunch. Reviews are how books get noticed. Sorry friends and family, you cannot leave reviews, while I know you will be unbiased, the general public and Amazon do not. However, friends and family can still help, tell your friends to download it. It’s free! You can’t beat free!

Thank you all again and enjoy ORION. I had fun writing this story. I hope you have fun reading it.

-Aaron

The Ashes of Kindle Scout

ORION-AaronFrale6x9Who would have thought that I would have such an appropriate book cover for what would be my last Kindle Scout campaign? I want to thank you all for supporting ORION. You folks are truly what keeps me going. So let’s get to business. How do you get ORION for free?

It’s pretty simple. May 20th through the 23rd the book will be a free download for Kindle on this link here. I couldn’t do it any sooner because I need to book advertisers or else it would disappear in the mountains of literature on Amazon.

Lastly, if you want to support me financially speaking, you can either preorder ORION or buy the many in my back catalog (I recommend Time Burrito).

Bonus Lastly, if you think you know someone who might like one of my books, lend them it on your kindle, recommend on social media. It’s the small things that help in a big way.

Thank you all again, and I will remind again in May when the free download is up and running.

Updates

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to give you all a quick update. As many of you know, Kindle Scout is no more. According to Amazon, ORION could still be selected for a publishing deal. If it is selected, you’ll have till May 31st to get the free copy if you nominated. The far more likely option of it not being selected will still result in a free copy. However, in order to make the most of a free promotion, I need to book advertisers. I can only do that with about a month or two before the free period.

So what that means is the book will be on preorder until the ad dates because it’s always better to run those promotions closer to the release date. I have received many comments from folks interested to read the rest of the tale. Thank you all for those. Seriously, they keep me going. You will get to read it, but in order to make sure ORION isn’t buried under the 500 other books released this month alone, I need to be smart about my release. I like to be transparent about what happens behind the scenes so you know why are you waiting, instead of just waiting.

Thank you all for your support,

Aaron

The Clock is Ticking for ORION

ORION-AaronFrale6x9There are only days left to nominate ORION and get a free copy if it selected. Your support is critical to the success of this book. The more people who nominate, the more people will see the book. Even though Time Burrito wasn’t selected, your help let it reach a wider audience, larger than I had anticipated.

If you haven’t done so, click here, check out the excerpt, and then click nominate if you like what you see. I appreciate the support you have given me. I want to give a little back. For the next five days 4/1/18-4/5/18, Living Material Inside — Open Immediately will be free. Time Burrito will be 99 cents from 4/1/18-4/7/18, a perfect gift to brighten a friend’s day!

Did you know you can find info about any of my books by clicking the book link to the side and then clicking on any of the books?