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Who is that ink-stained wretch anyway?

 Author of The Beta Testers

This is a true story, and it happened five years from now.

They’re working in an out-of-the-future facility, doing things that matter. But something’s wrong. Joni, Kevin and Lorraine put everything on the line to discover what they’re really beta testing.

Other books by Eric Pulsifer

If you’ve given up, can you start again?


Braden is an outrageously talented musician who decides it’s time to grow up Karen writes and has the credentials to prove it, along with nagging self doubts. Robert paints portraits, landscapes, and … billboards. Only one of these pay the rent. After a series of adventures and lots of dysfunction, they reunite with a fresh challenge:

“Here’s the deal. Each of us decides to ourselves what becoming a pro is all about. Then we do it. I’ll tell both you hairy-legged types what. I don’t care what you think, but I’m gonna be the first to make that jump …”

A contest gone bad …

… A corporate executive who stops at nothing to save his company.

… A reporter with a chip on his shoulder.

… A retired homicide cop with a mission.

… A secretary who knows too much.

Result: Damage control taken to new levels.

Including murder?    

Two warring families in the desert …

Desert Vendetta

Riverbend, Arizona sits across the Colorado River across from Sagebrush, a Nevada town with a casino and not much else. The side-by-side towns grew from a rivalry between two powerful families – a rivalry that turns deadly. It’s up to misfit reporters Alfredo “Fred” Walker – a hard-drinking Tex-Mex on his way down – and the talented, Tennesseean Richard Lawrence to sort through the ever-growing mystery. Can they, along with card dealer Diana Cook and cocktail waitress Beth Rodgers, expose the high-level corruption without getting killed?


Plus multiple nonfiction titles …

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Free-range harmonica

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Scratching out: State of Franklin Mysteries

East Tennessee Mysteries is a series of Christian thrillers set in the Tri-Cities area and surrounding hill country. Much edgier than your standard fiction of the genre, East Tennessee Mysteries blends likable but flawed (read: realistic) characters with taut story lines.

Who is that guy?

A genuine ink-stained wretch

Much younger, with actual hair, in my old newsroom in Fontana CA. Notice the ancient computer equipment — the mainframe and disk drives were on a buggy behind me.
I think I was in ninth grade when a social studies teacher marked up a report I handed in. He wrote on the top, in that red ink you could only get with a teacher’s credential, this little note: “Have you ever thought of becoming a writer?”

Yeah. More than 45 years later I still entertain the prospect.

Actually I did make a career out of writing. In the 1980s and 1990s I wrote for a handful of newspapers in five states, won one Arizona Associated Press award for in-depth coverage, maybe helped escort a couple of crooked and/or incompetent elected officials out of office (and watched as their replacements turned out to be even worse), and had a lot of fun. This was when journalism was still about something, when you could still smoke in the newsroom, when you could still write your copy on a hooch-stained cocktail napkin. Before a gang of politically-correct weenies took over the business and destroyed its last shreds of credibility.

Let’s move forward a couple of decades. In 2010 I started freelance writing online. By 2014 I stopped all freelance work and devoted my writing to fiction and the occasional nonfiction. My first, B.I.C. Cartel, came out that year and introduced me to the world of indie publishing. Since then I published Damage Control, Desert Vendetta, and The Beta Testers. I work as a caregiver to a couple of elderly people. I’m also an accomplished musician, a veteran of the Charleston SC music circuit. That’s the subject of my nonfiction book, Playing Harmonica Like a Real Musician.

Why indie?

Because it’s fun. Because I have full control over the contents of my books. I have some input on what the book cover is going to look like. I have some say in what the book’s title shall be. Because I can name my own price. Because my per-copy royalty is anywhere between 50 percent for a print copy, to 95 percent for an ebook. An author might get 10 percent of the cover price when he publishes via a legacy bookseller, and he has to buck 15 percent of that over to the agent who got him the contract. Because the legacy publishing industry is dying and authors everywhere are getting ready to dance on its grave. But mostly because it’s fun. I can even put up a website with a cool name and hey, I’m a publisher.