Posts Tagged ‘humorous fantasy short 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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Tales From Gundarland review

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
Here is Fran Lewis’s review as posted on Amazon: 5 stars

Welcome to Gundarland, a unique place filled with humans, dwarfs, Yuks, elves. Enter this world created by a god who sneezed. You read that right He sneezed with such force caused byGundarlandEbook3D snorting an overdose of His favorite recreational powder. Gundarland is the largest land mass of planet and you’ll want to read this outstanding, hysterical, humorous, creative and wildly funny novel by author Hank Quense. Buy the book and you’ll get your very own gold passport to visit this wonderful place.

Hank Quense is the master of humor, satire and hilarity in this great book filled with magic, wizards, humans, and many races and, of course, some zany characters that I hope he brings back in his next book.

As to the stories themselves:

When Romeo and Juliet meet in ballet class it’s love at first sight. But her brothers do their best to destroy any hope of happiness for these two lovebirds. With a chaperone that is evil and brothers who think they can best Romeo, this story will delight readers, renew your faith in love and make you definitely crack up laughing.

Next we meet the newest superhero Zarro who rides his fractious mule Belinda, and hopes to make the world safe from Yuks and Elves alike. Stopping the execution of a dwarf and ridding the town of Yuks, Zarro hides his identity from friends, foes and family to make his world a safer place for the dwarves. This is the only the first part of the novella, Chasing Dreams.

In Boggerts Blue, we meet a kidnapped princess who refuses to accept her rescuer because he is not a noble and not part of the right social class to rescue her. What a rude thing to do.

The Big Bang is about loyalty, friendships, caring, protecting others from harm. It’s heartwarming, and tears that will fall from your eyes and soak a tissue from laughter,

In the Queen’s Hero, the longest story in the book, you’ll meet a tinker-warrior, a semi-honest ship’s captain, a weather witch, a yuk pirate admiral, a queen, her three daughters and a band of irritating bureaucrats. Great fun!

In the Merchant of Venison, you’ll learn what happens when a man wants a pound of flesh as a loan payment rather than the money. What does the judge decide and how is the debt finally paid? What law is invoked at the end that changes everything? Read this story and learn why lending money can be hazardous to your health and more.

The Inter-Racial Musical Playoffs involves wizards trying to fix the competition so they can rake in a bundle of money on their bets. Wait until you read this ending filled with twists, turns, spells and more.

The final story in this book is Tactical Surprise and it will endear you to the main characters and renew your faith in friendship, honesty and laughter.

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Tales From Gundarland: Announcement

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Laughter is contagious.  Enjoy some by reading this book. It’s filled with delightful entertainment.  Without commercial interruption! Gundarland is populated by humans, dwarfs, elves and other races;Dwarf2 it’s the backdrop for unique adventures, brilliant heroes and cunning villains. This collection of humorous short stories and novellas is now available in both print (Amazon)and ebook (Smashwords) versions.

Check out the trailer on Youtube.

Brian Knight, a reviewer wrote: “Tales from Gundarland is an action packed, roller coaster. This wonderfully developed land with its inhabitants is a refreshing get away from the world we live in. All of the multiple characters are both believable and unique which is a testament to the author’s talent.

Each of the eight short stories deliver a fresh, humorous spin on some of the classic tales such as Romeo and Juliet and Zorro; while poking fun at political greed and social aspects of life. Action and adventure keeps the pace moving at a steady pace; when combined with the humorous aspects the stories take on a vivid presence in the readers mind. The common denominator that holds them all together is Gundarland.

From the first word, Hank Quense’s passion for crafting gripping tales and quick wit takes center stage. Instantly, you are immersed in the land of Gundarland next to the multiple individuals that inhabit the planet. With each passing page, it is virtually impossible not to become part of the humor and adventure within “Tales FromGundarlandEbook3D Gundarland.”

“Tales From Gundarland” delivers nonstop action and laughs with an intriguing pinch of romance. The unique stories, strong characters and multiple plots carry from story to story and page to page. This book is a must have for those seeking action, adventure and comedy bundled in short, deliberate stories.”

Here is a list of the stories and a brief synopsis of each:

Romeo and Juliet: Romeo, a dwarf miner, and Juliet, the elfin daughter of a rich gem merchant, have a rocky courtship because Juliet’s brothers are avowed enemies of Romeo’s family.

Chasing Dreams: This novella tells the story of twin yuk brothers on their journey from strong-armed thugs to highway robbers to bawdy house owners to politicians. The brothers are plagued and harassed by vigilantes.

Boggerts Blue: A warrior-cook seeks to rescue a kidnapped princess.  She refuses to be rescued by someone who isn’t noble-born.

The Big Bang: A wizard has to eliminate a dragon and his minions.  Along the way to complete his mission, he is tested by a shape-changer and a pair of trolls.

The Queen’s Hero: This novella is about a young tinker-warrior asSkiletManhe struggles to save his Queen from a pirate admiral trying to overthrow her and become king. The Queen’s three beautiful daughters have their own plans for the young hero.

Merchant of Venison: A dwarf butcher borrows money to help his best friend and soon regrets it.  The dwelf money lender has bloody ideas about the default payments.

Inter-Racial Musical Playoffs: A few greedy wizards attempt to fix a musical competition.  Other wizards try to protect the band leader who is favored to win the competition.

Tactical Surprise: A general develops unusual tactics to defeat a rebel army.  The enemy leader is a close family friend making the general’s decisions more difficult.