Monday, March 23, 2015

We Can All Relate To Nick Wilford's: A Change of Mind



When our boys were growing up, I often struggled with following through on threats and punishments that I made in the heat of the moment. Many of our "discussions" revolved around making even the slightest changes. Changing from considering everything finger food to eating with utensils, changing their dirty clothes, and constantly changing their rotating bedtimes were only a few on the list.  As hard as I tried to invoke strict bedtime rules, they would usually charm their way into staying up later, and they learned early on how easy it was to get me to change my mind.

Though they're all grown up now, I've noticed that some things never change, but maybe this will help:
                                                                   
www.dumpaday.com



Congratulations to Nick on his latest release!






Title: A Change of Mind and Other Stories
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: Contemporary speculative fiction
Cover Design:  Rebekah Romani
Release Date: May 25th 2015

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.

Bio

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. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. You can find him hanging out on his blog or on  Goodreads or Twitter.


Preorder Links: Amazon USAmazon UK

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47 comments:

  1. Congratulations to Nick!
    I like that sign.

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  2. This sign cracks me up. :D
    Very happy for Nick and his stories sound great.

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  3. Alex - I got a kick out of the sign too!

    Julie - I'm also happy for Nick!

    Julie

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  4. >>... "Changing the toilet paper roll will not cause brain damage."

    Actually, GEM JULIE, that's NOT true!
    How do you think I got this way?

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. Stephen - Well, that explains a lot! Hahaha! Very funny! You never cease to amaze me, Stephen!

      Julie

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  5. I'm STILL not a huge fan of change. (Our youngest kid is almost forty, but I wouldn't be surprised if there's still an old baby bottle or two hanging out on the top shelf of a barely-used too-high cabinet in our kitchen.)

    Good luck to Nick. These stories all sound terrific.

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  6. Congrats to Nick on his cover. And I hope your sign helps.

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  7. Good luck Nick and congratulations

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  8. Congrats to Nick as this book collection sounds really good. I love that sign:)

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  9. Congrats to Nick. That's a great sign, by the way. Can I get one for my wife? Along with one that says "Fun fact: the light switch actually flips both ways."

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  10. The problem with that sign is that it's only a matter of time before some wag scribbles "unless you butt your head against the wall" at the bottom. There's another one specifically designed for a woman sharing her home with men which begins:

    If you sprinkle
    When you tinkle


    If you don't know the next two lines, you'll have to google them.

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  11. Thanks for the entertaining introduction to my book!

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  12. Nice intro, Julie. Congrats, Nick!

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  13. I'm very happy for Nick. This book looks like a winner and we know that he is one.
    Thanks for featuring it, Julie.

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  14. If Nick can be found cleaning something, then please send him to my house.

    Love,
    Janie

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  15. Awesome indeed as he is at many a feed. Congrats. I literally can't change the TP as the cat eats it and it cause him constipation. Still not brain damage though lol

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  16. I used to embrace change, now it's too much trouble. I also think that all my brain cells that loved "new and improved" all popped in the last decade and I am just left with "used and worn out".

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  17. It's very easy to give in to little boy charm.

    And congrats to Nick! Lots of good exposure today for the cover. :)

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  18. Great for Nick and I wish him every success. Trouble is, giving in like that they continue to get their way all through their growing up period. Not good.

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  19. Susan - I know what you mean. I finally got rid of some old sippy cups that I found buried in the cupboard. I'll bet you have some baby teeth hanging around somewhere too!

    Natalie - If only I found that sign years ago!

    Yvonne - I'm sure Nick is thrilled with all of good cheer coming his way today!

    Birgit - That sign really caught me by surprise, as I was just looking for a funny quote about change.

    B & B - Oh, my hubby would especially appreciate your light switch sign! We used to constantly remind our boys to turn off the lights. When our younger son moves out, we'll probably give anything to have those days back.

    Julie

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  20. Good luck with that sign, Julie!

    ...And congratulations to Nick on his book!

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    1. Cynthia - I might have to print out another version for my son's apartment!

      Nick has been all over the blogosphere today, and this is only the beginning! Thanks Cynthia!

      Julie

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  21. Gorilla - "...please be a sweetie, and wipe the seatie." Well that certainly would've come in handy too. I must admit this was much more G-rated than I anticipated. I'm glad you stick to such a strong code of hygiene in the jungle.

    Nick - I'm so excited for you, Nick! A Change of Mind and Other Stories sounds like a wonderful collection of creative stories! It was my pleasure featuring your book, and thanks for being such a good sport about the introduction.

    Shelly - Thank you, and I also couldn't be happier for Nick!

    Robyn - I couldn't agree with you more! Nick definitely is a winner!

    Janie - You know I'll bet he does a great job! He definitely puts his all into everything he does! I'm not sure if he washes windows though.

    Pat - If you're constipated long enough, it probably does play tricks on your brain. Take good care of your cat, Pat!

    Arleen - "Used and worn out" would probably be the most accurate way I could describe myself on an online dating site. I'm sure I'd get some great responses with that one! Hopefully, I'll never have to find out. You always crack me up, Arleen!

    Luanne - Sometimes "charm" was also code for whining, and crying with other people's children! Yes, it's great that Nick has been popping up all over the place today!

    Jo - I couldn't agree more. Even though we gave in more often than we probably should have about certain things, we're very proud of how our sons turned out. Not only are they kind and caring young men, but they're good to each other.

    Thanks to everyone for all of your support for Nick!

    Julie

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  22. Hi Julie - it's great Nick's getting lots of exposure .. and I'm sure I gave my parents heartache by pushing the boundaries ... and I do now - so no change there. If I helped out with families ... it was nice to be in a home with a degree of routine, which could and would be broken occasionally by the kids, or allowed by the visiting adult (me)!!

    I love the sign - so funny ....

    Cheers Hilary

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  23. Wishing Nick great success! Talented writer...

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  24. nick is having quite a blog blast. Good luck to him

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  25. Hilary - You've more than made up for any mischief and mayhem you may have caused your parents growing up! The sign struck me funny too!

    Susan - Yes, Nick is very talented, and he dabbles in many things!

    Joanne - Nick has been all over the blogosphere! This looks like a great sign of things to come!

    Julie

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  26. Congrats to Nick!
    The book sounds wonderful!

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  27. I loved what you teach us, like you I always serve as inspiration.

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  28. Michelle - I'm also excited about Nick's new book! It seems like only yesterday that we both wrote stories in Overcoming Adversity, Michelle!

    Inma - Thanks for the kind words, and for following me!

    Julie

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  29. Hope Nick's book does really well! Just followed you. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  30. That little placard hit home for me. I try to regularly anticipate the toilet paper running low in my wife's bathroom and change it before it does run out. She seems to have a fear or aversion or something to putting a new roll on the dispenser so I try to beat her to it.

    Wishing Nick well with the release.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Wrote By Rote

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  31. Happy, happy for Nick. My husband and I used to have arguments about whether the TP should be left with the pref side up or under. Silly when I think about it. Now I don't care.

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  32. Mary - Looking forward to seeing you at A to Z! Thanks so much, Mary!

    Lee - Many men don't realize the importance women place on the quality and quantity of toilet paper! Your wife is very lucky to have such a considerate husband! See you on
    April 1st, Lee! Thanks for all you do!

    Love of Words - I prefer it going under, but some guests have pointed out that it's easier to access when the paper is going over the holder. Many arguments are over
    silly things, and I'm sure your hubby understood.

    Thanks to everyone for supporting Nick!

    Julie

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  33. I am the same, limited follow through, especially with punishments passed out in the heat of the moment. Nick's book sounds great.

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  34. That quote about the toilet paper is just so funny. :D
    Good luck on the A-Z challenge. I'm sure it's gonna be a good one from you again.

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  35. Rhonda - I think you've done a fabulous job with your girls! Though you've traveled all over the world with them, they're still very down to earth and gracious. Rhonda, you have the perfect Mini-Me's! I also look forward to reading Nick's book!

    Lux - I agree with you about the toilet paper sign! I hope that I get through A to Z in one piece! I'm still at the beginning of the alphabet. Thanks Lux!

    Julie

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  36. Great post!
    Would you like to follow each other ? let me know and I'll follow back!
    have a good weekend!
    http://mosaictrends.blogspot.com/

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  37. I had trouble following through on threats when my kids were younger too. They could always talk me out of things when I cooled off again.

    Congratulations to Nick!

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  38. Mosaic Trends - Nice to meet you! I'll head over soon. Thanks, and I hope you have a good weekend too!

    Daisy - I think we'll feel better when we watch them go through it with our grandchildren! It looks like Nick has been having a great week in blogland! Thanks Daisy!

    Julie

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  39. I liked the sign. Congrats to Nick, nice to see his book everywhere.

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    1. Rachna - That sign is the perfect reminder for boys of all ages, and probably a few girls too! I know how much Nick appreciates it! Thank you, Rachna!

      Julie

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  40. What...they would charm their way into staying up later? I tried that once... didn't work. Guess I wasn't the charmer I am today ;)

    Hope you're doing fine.

    Blue

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    1. Blue - I find it hard to believe you weren't always the charming and debonair fellow you are today! I'm doing well thanks, and hope you are too!

      Julie

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  41. My all -time favourite toilet notice is "Gentlemen, we aim to please. You aim too, please." Oh - and I have it on good authority ("someone said it on the internet") that the correct way to hang the paper is under!

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  42. I felt like the world was always conspiring against me in my efforts to be strict. But that didn't stop random people on the street from stopping me and telling me what I was doing wrong!

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  43. Greenpatches - What a perfect sign! Oh, and if they said it on the Interner, it must be true! Hahaha! Thanks Greenpatches!

    Charly - Isn't it something how everyone thinks they're an expert?! These people probably didn't even have children! Thanks Charly!

    Julie

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