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You're probably wondering where the catch is, because it costs time and money to keep this website operational. You're right about the time and money, but there is no catch. What do I, the writer, get out of this?

1. Comments
     Your feedback is valuable - not only to improve my writing skill, but as a source of encouragement as well. Your constructive criticism is always welcome. On those occasions when someone tells me why this website is important to them, it makes the effort worthwhile. Use the comments section of the Guest Book to share your thoughts.

2. Exposure
    Writing a book is an accomplishment, but the most difficult and time-consuming part for me is promoting it. It doesn't matter how good the book is if no one is aware of its existence. If you enjoyed a book, recommend it - review it - post it on social media or simply tell a friend. Word of mouth is still the best advertising a person can get.

​3. Membership
    Yes, all short stories on this site are free to read without joining or providing any information. Only the first chapter of Novels or Novellas are free to read online. If you want to read the rest of the book, you will need to purchase it or become a DEAR TALES member. Membership is free.

4. Pleasure
    "I write for pleasure - yours and mine." Seriously; I love to write, but it is much more fun for me when others enjoy it as well.  Please feel free to direct friends and relatives to this site so they can enjoy free reads too.

​At the end of each story, a purple button links to my publishing website HomeSpun Literature. This site lists each of my books as well as information about it: Complete descriptions, reviews, all formats and everywhere it can be purchased. If there is a gray box "FREE READS" beside the picture, there will be a link for members to download a free PDF file for computer or phone. You will need a password, which is available to members. 

PUZZLES!
Do you like to work jigsaw puzzles? My book covers, as well as my epaintings and photos, are now available as online puzzles. 

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