Elevated Madness and Other Stories

New Release – Elevated Madness and Other Stories

Now available in eBook $2.99 or paperback $7.99

Available at Amazon.com

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th of July to all my American friends and readers.

Thank you for all your support and for following my blog.

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New Release – Elevated Madness and Other Stories

I’m proud to announce the release of my 7th book!

Elevated Madness and Other Stories

The real world is filled with people who live quiet, productive, uneventful lives. These are not the characters you’ll meet in author John D. Ottini’s world of twisted fiction.

Elevated Madness & Other Stories consists of 11 short stories that will amuse, shock, and enlighten you. The twists and turns in each story will keep you guessing until the conclusion, where you’ll be left shaking your head and wondering, “Why didn’t I see that coming?”

Stories Include:

Find out why a casual meeting in the elevator of a downtown office building turns into Elevated Madness.

In A Brotherly Game of Chess, two brothers use a game of chess to settle a deadly score.

The simple and seemly idyllic farm life of Abe and Dell masks a dark secret in Life among the Fireflies.

In Late Night Killer, a mysterious object and a late night visitor with deadly intentions turns one man’s life into a living hell.

A mystery author discovers in Smoke & Mirror that she’s not the only one who can craft a heart stopping surprise of an ending.

In Professor Homeless, a teenager discovers that a chance meeting is not what it appears to be.

And Much More.

Available at Amazon.com

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Happy Canada Day 2020

I want to wish all of my Canadian family, friends and readers a very Happy Canada Day.

Enjoy and be safe!

Happy Birthday Celeste & Gabriel 🎈🎈

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I have the Proof!

I just received the proof for my upcoming paperback, Elevated Madness and Other Stories and I must say that it looks great. The cover is awesome looking and I heard from a knowledgeable source that the content is pretty darn good too. 😁

So the July release date is looking very solid. More on this when I know with certainty.

I don’t know about other writers, but I’m always filled with mixed emotions when I’m about to release a new book.

On the one hand I’m excited and satisfied to see that the 6 months of sweat and toil spent creating the book is over and that it is finally coming to fruition. It’s always a sweet and bittersweet feeling because at the very same time that I’m thinking how wonderful this is, I’m also filled with anxiety and doubt.

Even after publishing 7 books,  these crazy thoughts still bounce around in my head

What if nobody buys the book? What if nobody likes it? What if no one posts a review? What about my next book? How long before someone asks me if I’m working on another project? Yikes! I have no idea what my next project will be and that thought can be rather unsettling.

This is when I need to stepback and remind myself that it’s all about baby steps!

Left foot forward, right foot forward, breathe and enjoy. 😁

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What is it about Short Stories?

What famous writers have said about short stories.

Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner. – Neil Gaiman

A short story is a different thing all together – a short story is like a kiss in the dark from a stranger. – Stephen King

“A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick – a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart.” – Neil Gaiman

“I’m not interested in writing short stories. Anything that doesn’t take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.” – Cormac McCarthy

“When seriously explored, the short story seems to me the most difficult and disciplining form of prose writing extant. Whatever control and technique I may have I owe entirely to my training in this medium.” – Truman Capote

It’s hard to believe that with the release of  Elevated Madness and Other Stories next month, I’ll be celebrating the fact that I will have published 40+ short stories over the last 6-7 years.

As I look back I can honestly say that I’m proud of every darn one of them.

Thank you for all your support. Without you my readers, there’d be no point to any of this. ❤

John D. Ottini

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Crazy Stuff!

This continues to crack me up every time I see it on Amazon.

If you’re thinking, why should I purchase one of John’s books… after all he’s a nobody when it comes to writing. Then perhaps you should think again!

If you had purchased my first book, A Reason to Kill upon it’s release in 2014, you would have paid a mere $7.99. It’s now selling for the unbelievable price of $869.97 on Amazon. LOL!


Not only was that a great read, but it turns out that it was also one hell of a great investment.

Alas, the book is no longer in circulation, but I hope you’ve all learn an important lesson.

Moral of the story – Buy my books and you won’t be disappointed.

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Book Note

My new book, Elevated Madness and Other Stories is coming along nicely.

I’m currently formatting the book for Kindle ebook and Paperback release. I have a stunning new book cover ready to go. If everything goes as planned I’m hoping to release it sometime in July 2020.

More on this soon.

Happy Reading!


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Literary Humor – I love these classics!



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What’s in the works?

The Latest Book News

I’m currently working on edit corrections and rewrites for my upcoming ‘tentatively titled’ book, Elevated Madness and Other Stories.

The title is based on a story I wrote that was previously selected and included in Writers at Work – Volume 11, the 2019 collection of short stories written by members of the Florida Writers Association. Unfortunately the FWA decided to charge $16.95 for the paperback edition and choose not to release it in ebook version, so I’m quite certain that only a handful of people actually got to read my story.

That’s why I decided to include it in the upcoming book along with Things You Can’t Control and No Return Address which were included as bonus stories in my previous release, A Fool For Love & Money.

I’ve written 7 fresh new stories to complete the content of the book. If the encouraging words from my editor and my wife are any indication as to the quality of the content, then I think you will really enjoy these latest tales of murder, deception, laughter and just plain weirdness.

Now back to the job at hand… I l-o-v-e rewrites. Ha!

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