Tour: 50 States

By Richard Becker

May 13 – 16

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  • Genre:  Contemporary short story collection
  • Print length: 378 pages
  • Age range: This is an adult book but suitable for mature teens age 16+
  • Trigger warnings: PG13. Adult situations: non-graphic references to sexual relationships, sexual abuse, suicide, violence, deaths of family members.
  • Formats available for the Tour: all standard electronic formats (sorry, no paperbacks)
  • Amazon Rating: New publication not yet rated

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About 50 States

50 States is a debut collection of short stories that take place across the American landscape over the last 60 years — the kind and cruel, heroic and criminal — in unpredictable and suspenseful ways. 

An Idaho farmer who aches for absolution after a tragedy is given one more chance at redemption. Two runaways cross paths in a Tennessee bus station with only one ticket between them. A family sees looters racing toward their home as they escape an Oregon wildfire. A young couple takes a reckless turn off a state highway in Utah and find themselves in a nightmarish government biohazard area.

These and 46 more shorts make up an anthology that will surprise readers as each new thought-provoking story presents different genres, moods, and states of mind. Together, they provide a character-driven sampling that captures the human condition, with each short story set in a different state.

Praise for 50 States

“A cleverly conceived, character-driven, if overstuffed, anthology sure to delight and enchant.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A stellar debut with 50 States! I stayed for Richard’s imaginative writing that made me feel as though I was really beside these characters and experiencing their pain and joy. I fell in love with how each short story packs a punch and is memorable on its own.” – Readers’ Favorite

“The author’s writing flows from story to story effectively keeping readers wanting more.” — Entrada Reviews 

“An impressive short story collection that will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.” — The Reading Bud

“Richard is a superb writer, with an eloquent tongue and a tremendous turn of phrase, and these gems are each a standalone high-brow work of art.” — Matt McAvoy Book Reviews

“The writing is gripping, the characters are regular people from all walks of life forced to survive with the hand that destiny dealt them, the action is fast and entertaining, and the atmosphere is immersive.” — The Audiobook Blog

About the Author

Richard R. Becker is an award-winning American writer. His debut collection of literary fiction and psychological thrillers began as a project to write one story a week for 50 weeks. It became a top 100 literary short stories bestseller in January 2022.

As a journalist, Richard has written hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles, with his byline appearing in the Denver Post, Los Angeles Times, and publications for Simon & Schuster and Paramount Communications. He also scripted a documentary produced with PBS and contributed to five books related to marketing, public relations, and management.

He currently serves as president of Copywrite, Ink. and, for 20 years, previously taught at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In addition, Richard currently serves as a city council-appointed volunteer commissioner on the Las Vegas Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission. He has assisted more than 60 nonprofit and professional organizations as a consultant and board member during his career and has been featured as a speaker for a variety of organizations, including Wizard World Comic Con, G2E World Gaming Expo, National Recreation and Park Association, Regis University, and U.S. Small Business Administration.

Aside from writing, Richard has a broad range of interests, including travel, hiking, parks, fitness, illustration, photography, and spending time with family. He is married and has two children.

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