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Audiobook Release: Friday Night Knife & Gun Club

For immediate release

December 26, 2017

Friday Night Knife & Gun Club, the audiobook

Story written by L.S.Collison

Performed by Annika Connor

Cover art by Annika Connor

Author Linda Collison and New York based artist Annika Connor have collaborated to produce a 45 minute audio performance, Friday Night Knife & Gun Club, from Audible.com.

The short story is absurdist fiction, a near-future noir thriller about a shooter in an urban hospital in the American West.  Annika Connor, as Kit Carson, RN, narrates the story as her shift from hell unfolds. Collison calls the story a fictional memoir, as much of it is based on incidents in her own life as a single mother and nurse working the night shift in Denver area hospitals. “It’s a satirical statement of the current culture of gun violence in America,” the author says. “I wrote the first draft in a response to the Newtown school shootings. Unfortunately, it’s becoming less fictional every day.”

Linda Collison, who sometimes publishes as L.S.Collison, is the author of novels, essays, short fiction, and screenplays. Her historical novel Star-Crossed was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age – 2007.  Collison worked more than a decade in Denver hospitals as a registered nurse.

Annika Connor, artist and actor, performed and produced the audiobook. She also created the cover art, from her own original water color, Night Trigger.

Friday Night Knife & Gun Club is the first of a series of “nurse noir” fiction from L.S. Collison and Annika Connor. The audiobook is available on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

For more information, contact Linda Collison at Lscollison@gmail.com

Follow the author and the actress/artist on their websites and on social media:




Twitter:      @lindacollison     @AnnikaConnor

Instagram:  lscollison               annikaconnor

Facebook:   https://www.facebook.com/lscollison https://www.facebook.com/annika.connor




Friday Night Knife & Gun Club fiction

Meet Kit Carson, RN — gun-toting critical care nurse on the night shift in fictional hospital in Denver, Colorado.  “Guns and cowboy boots; it’s a western thing. Part of our culture,” Kit explains as she guns up to go to work.

Author/editor Tim Queeney compares the story to Paddy Chayefsky’s screenplay, The Hospital.  Queeney writes “Gun-toting nurses and doctors do their best to make it through a wild, snowy night shift in an under-staffed hospital in the American heartland. This is a well-written funny book filled with sharply observed detail that entertains even as it touches deeper issues of disconnection and alienation in modern society. Highly recommended!”

Friday Night Knife & Gun Club is an absurd fictional memoir. Read ’em and weep.

Friday Night Knife & Gun Club is on its way to becoming #1 bestseller on Kindle in the Medical and Violence in Society categories.

Available now in paperback and electronic format — and coming soon as an audiobook, performed by Annika Connor. Stay tuned…



Literary agents: How to fall in love.

Agents, how many times this week have you written these words, “Sorry, I just didn’t fall in love with it” ?   How many blog posts have you titled  Five Things That Make Me Fall in Love with a Manuscript. Or, Sex Moves Your Lit Agent Can’t Resist?

What is this, Cosmo magazine?  Literary eharmony?  You ask for a partial, then a full, OK, now we’re intimate, then you dump me.  Why?  Because you’re not in love?

Oh, pu-lease!  You all say you want to “fall in love” with a manuscript.  But what you really want is to sign the next blockbuster.  Sure, I get it. And I want Maxwell Perkins OK?

Look, can we be honest? Why are we talking “love” when everybody knows the writer is the prostitute, the agent is the pimp, and the publisher is the desperate, dumpy guy on vacation looking to get laid?   Or maybe that’s the reader…  Anyway, if you want to “fall in love” so bad, why don’t you write your own Pulitzer Prize winning bestseller?

These days, writers have a choice.  Independent publishing is growing and traditional publishing is struggling, let’s face it.  Me, I’m looking for life-long commitment, which is a funny thing for a hooker, ain’t it?  Back in the day, you didn’t need a middle man, you sent your manuscript directly to the acquisitions editor.  Where are the nurturers and the mentors, the wise editors who stood by their green but promising writers through the awkward mid-list years?  These days it’s all bottom line and bean counters.  And agents, hungry for love.

Here’s a little of my history — pretend to be interested.  After a short-lived, three way affair with my ex agent and my second editor (unnamed but from one of the giant New York based publishing houses) I fell lower and lower, hanging out at the dive bars,  flinging myself at a series of horny, failed agents, resulting in sordid, one night stands.  The next day they’d text me,  “Sorry babe, there just wasn’t any magic.”

Finally a portly gentleman editor from a legitimate small press did fall in madly in love with my manuscript.  He wanted to publish a series!  Oh, it was happily ever after I thought, but then he up and died.  Yes, died!  Alas, I was a literary widow, single again.

Agents, you don’t fool me.  You’re all gold-diggers.  You talk about love but what you really want is money.  And where’s the ring, huh?  Oh, you’ll never commit.  It’s a book-by-book world we live in.

You say you wanna fall in love with my manuscript?  Here’s some unsolicited advice:

1. You never call.  You could at least text once in a while.

2. Little terms of endearment are appreciated, as are flowers, chocolate, and a bottle of Moet Chandon when you close the deal.

3. Be professional. Never insult me with snarky tweets making fun of the stupid query letters you received today.  It’s your JOB to read query letters.

4. Always remember that writers create the product. Which is a book. Without us, you’re back at your former lame-ass job, whatever that was.

5. Can you appreciate a little satire?  If not, I’m afraid I just can’t fall in love with you.  That’s OK.  Like Mama always said, there’s plenty more fish in the sea.





From historical fiction to sci-fi space opera; time-jumping through the ages

1422813_10202691951928752_195430826_n I have a hard time developing a “platform” as a writer because I don’t stick to one genre.  Instead, I time-hop from past to present to future.

I’ve just published a new short story.   Holiday on Planet Jolieterre; a Nova Skylar Space Nurse Adventure  is available in electronic format on Smashwords  for 99 cents.

This space opera satire was inspired by a Mediterranean cruise Bob and I took last year aboard Independence of the Seas,  along with fellow writer Margaret Muir (who will guest post here on Monday).  I used my nursing background to create the protagonist, Nurse Nova Skylar, a hermaphrodite from planet Skeksio.

I LOVE the cover design by Albert Roberts, who also designed the covers for Friday Night Knife and Gun Club, and Looking for Redfeather.  Albert is a very talented graphic artist who also plays a ship surgeon aboard HMS Acasta.

Holiday on Planet Jolieterre takes place in the distant future on board a cruise ship, Looking for Redfeather takes place on the road in the 21st century,  and the Patricia MacPherson Nautical Adventures take place in the 18th century.

In spite of the diverse settings and time periods, I strive to create interesting, believable characters.  What’s your favorite setting?