Posts Tagged ‘funny stories’

July Book Sale!!

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

During July, all my ebooks on Smashwords (except the freebies!) are discounted 25%.  Use theGundarlandEbook3D coupon on the book page.  This sale includes my newest books, Mini-Collection and Brunnhilde’s Quest.  The award-winning Tales From Gundarland is also discounted as is Zaftan Entrepreneurs and Build a Better Story.Brunnhilde_150dpi

Summer Reading

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Summer is here!  Time to read a few good books.Zaftan3D_2a

By an odd coincidence, I’m holding a book sale.  You can get signed copies of my books at reduced prices and I’ll pay the postage (within the USA)

This is a limited time offer and will expire the next time Earth is hit with a civilization-destroying meteor.  So act now!

Go to my online bookstore to learn more

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Tales From Gundarland: new 5 star review

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

I found this review on the Librarything site this morning.  Short, but to the point

Really fun read! I love the twist on well known tales – my favorite being Romeo and Juliet. Oh, just thinking aboutTFG award cover it still makes me smile.

This is a brilliant collection that comes highly recommended! Be warned – you won’t be able to read these without getting a chuckle (or a belly laugh) or two )

Tales From Gundarland is available in print and ebook versions.  Get a print copy from Amazon or B&N and a ebook copy from Smashwords

Read all the reviews and a sample on my website.

Read an Ebook Week

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

I’m participating in International Read an Ebook Week by offering 25% discounts on three of my books published by Smashwords.  The books are Tales From Gundarland, Zaftan Entrepreneurs and Build a Better Story.  On Smashwords, click on the title and you’ll go to a page that has a discount coupon to use while checking out.  It’s that simple.  The discounts are available from 3/6 to 3/12.


Laughter is like free health insurance: you can’t get too much of it. This book will give you enough laughs toTFG award coverboost your health.

It’s filled with delightful entertainment. Without commercial interruption!

Gundarland is populated by humans, dwarfs, elves and other races; it’s the backdrop for unique adventures, brilliant heroes and cunning villains.

There are six short stories and two novellas in here. All are new. You’ll meet some of Shakespeare’s most famous characters, a warrior-cook, vigilantes, a trio of beautiful, lusty princesses to mention just a few of the memorable characters in the stories.


Tired of reading scifi and fantasy stories that take themselves too seriously? Zaftan Entrepreneurs is a uniqueZaftan3D_3aFirst Contact story; it is part adventure and part corporate and political satire spiced with comic relief.

Here, you’ll find nasty, snarly aliens, fantasy creatures, humans, romance, magic, and–just like the real world–incompetent politicians and feuding bureaucracies. What more could a fantasy/scifi reader ask for?

Aliens, fantasy creatures and humans in one story? They don’t mix very well. Neither do untrustworthy aliens and deceitful government bureaucrats.


Have a story that needs to be told? Here’s the best way to go about doing it.BABS Cover

The book describes a process that eases the work involved in developing a story. This reduces the time spent in reworking flawed and imperfect drafts. Following the process allows more time to be spent on the creative activities and shortens the time spent on less creative work.

Besides the process, this book takes a unique approach to character building and plotting. It identifies problem areas that inexperienced writers struggle with and explains how to address those problems including character motivation and scene design.

Got a Nook?

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

If you do, you can read the award-winning Tales From Gundarland on it.  You can download from Smashwords

You can also get a copy from Barnes & Noble:

Get a copy now and get some laughs


A Terrific Book Deal

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

As in introductory offer for my new novel Zaftan Entrepreneurs, I’m offer that book with my award-winning Tales From Gundarland for a package price of $30.  I’ll even pay the postage within the USA.  In addition, you’ll receive two free ebooks, Humorous Yarns and Other stuff and Real Recipes and Fake News Stories.

Go here for more book details


Holiday Gift Idea

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Want a great gift-giving idea?  Buy a copy or two of Tales From Gundarland to wrap and give as a present.

This award-winning book is a collection of stories: six short stories and two novellas.  The common theme that links the stories is that they all take place in Gundarland, the largest land mass on the planet Gundar.

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The Gundarian solar system is in a parallel universe only a short wormhole jump away from our own universe.

The collection has been described by reviewers as “hysterical”, “…side-splittingly funny” and a “…comical roller coaster.”  Those comments bring me to the great benefit you get from reading this book: better health.  It is a well-known medical fact that laughter is good for your health.  It reduces stress levels and lowers blood pressure.  What more can you want from a book?   What more can you ask from a gift?

This year, give the gift of entertainment and better health.

You can read all the reviews on my website.

Go here to buy the print version and here to buy the ebook version.  It comes in a number of formats for all the current e-readers.

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A new review for Tales From Gundarland

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Dwarves, elves, yuks and laughs  By Mark Henderson

This collection of stories is fun from beginning to end. Hank Quesne has a Pratchett-like gift forTFG award cover extracting humour from science fiction and fantasy settings and characters and managing to slide social commentaries among the jokes. Unlike Terry Pratchett, however, he can construct long stories that don’t disintegrate into sequences of vignettes – he’s good at plot construction. And his Shakespeare pastiches would, I believe, have met the Bard’s approval.
The writing style is good and uncomplicated, with clever word use that doesn’t demand an over-rich vocabulary on the part of the reader. The settings are vivid, and the fantasy world of Gundarland is surprisingly familiar. Here and there one finds a few editing glitches, but they are few and unproblematic – they don’t interrupt the flow of prose or challenge comprehension – so they’re no more than minor irritants.

I’ve bought copies of this book as Christmas presents in the certainty that the recipients will enjoy it as much as I did.

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Radio Interviews Scheduled

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

I have two radio interviews scheduled this week to talk about my Tales From Gundarland.

The first is Monday 10/18 with Barbara Hodges on Robin Falls Kids Show-Let’s Talk.  The call-in number is (646) 595-4478TFG award cover

The second is with Rob Batista on The Funky Writer show, Thursday 10/21 at 8:00PM. The call-in number is 347-843-4784

Tales From Gundarland Group Reading Guide

Friday, October 15th, 2010

(Faux News Network Exclusive Report)

Our Cultural Reporter Marcia Hammerhead filed this report.  She obtained a guide for Reading Groups covering Hank Quense’s latest release, the award-winningTales From Gundarland.

Reading Group Guide:

1: Do you think Romeo really loved Juliet or did he woo her to simply piss off her brothers? Find material in the story to support your position.

2: Do you think Rolf and Ralf are sissies because they worry about what Ma thinks?

3: Why are heros like Zarro and The Lone Stranger so inept?  Do you think it is a result of theirTFG award coverupbringing? Or are they simply the wrong stuff?

4: Do you think the princesses will eventually seduce Knuben?  Who will win their contest?  Why will she win?  Will she be happy she won?

5: Why does Maestro Andante only use three kazoos in his band?  Would more kazoos have effected the outcome?  Would five kazoos make a more mellow sound?  Defend your answer?

6: Did Duchess Stilken cheat on her husband with General MacDwarfen before the husband’s death?  Cite evidence to support your opinion.

7: How many passive sentences did I use in the book?  List them.

8: In Merchant of Venison, can you add any ‘D’ words to the court scene?

9: In Rescuing Princesses, why didn’t Burga throw the recalcitrant princess, over his shoulder and rescue her anyway?  Explain this lack of dedication to the rescue.  Does this indicate a possibly fatal flaw in Burga’s psyche?

10: How can the stories in this collection be used to foster galactic peace? Explain in twenty-five words of less.