FRED Release Day Blitz and Giveaway!

It’s here! It’s here! It’s FINALLY here!

Happy Book Birthday to the latest book from REUTS Publications, The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes.

The book cover for The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes

Look at the shiny!

The Giveaway!

In honor of such a momentous occasion, REUTS is having a special e-book giveaway! Take a mo and submit an entry for your chance to win:

  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant by Drew Hayes
  • The Rose Master by Valentina Cano
  • Flux by Ellie Carstens

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The raffle will only run for 24 hours, so get your submissions in tout de suite!

About the Book

Not sure what FRED is about? Check back next week on August 5 for my book review of FRED. In the meantime, here’s a blurb of epic blurbage!

Some people are born boring. Some live boring. Some even die boring. Fred managed to do all three, and when he woke up as a vampire, he did so as a boring one. Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort.

One fateful night – different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful – Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos that is the parahuman world, a world with chipper zombies, truck driver wereponies, maniacal necromancers, ancient dragons, and now one undead accountant trying his best to “survive.” Because even after it’s over, life can still be a downright bloody mess.

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About the Author

Drew Hayes, author

Drew Hayes – probably not a vampire accountant

Drew Hayes is an aspiring author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.

Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.


Grab your copy of FRED today!

My Friend: Track Changes

When I first started working as a writing intern in college, my knowledge of Microsoft Word was pretty much ‘word processor’ and ‘an improvement from WordPerfect’. (Sorry, WordPerfect – you were on my parents’ computer too long for my taste.) Still, if I wanted to edit something, I’d print out the copy I needed, pull out my handy dandy red pen and limited knowledge of proofreader’s marks and go to town.

Then, my boss showed me Track Changes. And life was never the same.

Track Changes allows you to edit a word document in a non-destructive way. All your words are still there, and you can choose to keep or reject whatever edits were made to the document. And, for the nostalgic, it still has that look like your middle school literature teacher slashed it to pieces with the Red Pen of Doom.

Here’s a little primer on Track Changes. First, get yourself a word doc to edit:

A word document.

Nice to meet you. I’m a word doc.

Then, open up the Review tab, located between Mailings and View.

review pane

The Review Pane in Microsoft Word.

If you haven’t opened up this tab before, it looks a lot of new buttons to take in, but it’s not that bad. Just focus in on the Track Changes icon toward the middle of the pane, and click on it to turn it on.

track changes icon

Track Changes is on and ready for editing, Captain.

And now, you can edit your document. You can get REALLY crazy with it too.

edited text

It’s getting all Christmas-y up in this word doc, yo.

If you remove text, it will (usually) color it red (it can vary between how many people could be editing the doc) and strike it through. New inserted text will be given the same color and underlined. If you decide to move a line of text, it will give it a separate color from your other changes, double-strike it through, and double underline the text in its new location.

Accept and Reject icons

You pick the red button, and all of this goes away. You pick the blue button, and I’ll show you how deep the rabbit hole goes…

Once your word doc is all marked up, you can go through and Accept or Reject the edits that were made to it (though I recommend saving it out to a new file before you do this – having backups is mucho important – just in case you want to reference changes later.) Choose, but choose wisely.

So, first blog post officially complete! I hope you enjoyed it and found it useful. I’ll be back with more funness soon!