Just click on the one you want for Christmas folks. Happy reading.
Chris Graham, aka The storyreading Ape is the first to add his very generous five star review on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon Canada and Amazon Australia:-
Phew, writing Cataclysm has just finished. I’ve already sent copies of it off to my beta readers. I’ve given them seven days to read it through. Meanwhile I’ll use the time while I’m waiting for their verdicts to edit it one last time. All being well you can expect to see its Kindle edition at your nearest Amazon outlet in about ten days time. The paper back version will follow a few days after that.
Did I enjoy working on what in effect is a love story? Hell yes.
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My new cover. Just click on it to see it properly
As you’ve all been so patient, with only two chapters to go I thought you might like to be among the first to see the cover for my new adventure novella Catacylsm. Once again I have created it myself.
Yesterday I showed it to two professionals I know, one a leading American cover artist, the other an American graphic designer with over thirty years experience. Both of them specialise in digitally created book covers. In each case the cover met with their approval. Words like ‘stunning’ were uttered, not by me, but by them which did a lot to boost my ego. It’s always gratifying when experts heap praise on your work, don’t you think? These days a cover must be ‘eye catching’ to attract readers. This one certainly is.
Before you ask, no it is not a digital painting. It is a photograph, just like all of my previous covers. It took me ages trawling through my favourite site for photographs – Morguefile.com free stock photos to find the one I wanted. I resized it, improved the quality of the photograph then applied the lettering, all by using my Corel Paintshop Pro X6 64 bit programme. Next I checked the end result in thumbnail and eBook sizes using another indispensable tool I rely on – Calibre.
Here’s hoping that when it appears on Amazon, Cataclysm will be favourably recieved. As I have said previously, if the trolls, armchair critics and pedants want to tear it apart, they’ll have to buy a copy just like everyone else. Just remember that thanks to them, there will be no free giveaways with this one.
When I upload the Kindle version to Kindle Direct Publishing in a month or so, I’ll be pricing it at US$3.00. The cover size is large enough (2000 x 3000 pixels) to suit CreatSpace when I get round to uploading it to them for its paperback version. What the paperback price will be, all depends on their pricing regime. Don’t worry, I’ll let you know.
Once I have finished writing it, it will be down to my faithful team of Beta readers to give the novella the once over while I go about that all important final edit. If any of them think that something needs changing, that’s the time when I will do it.
Meanwhile I am relatively happy with the the way the ‘blurb’ reads at present. Here it is:-
Nothing is every straight forward. Consider what would occur if the origins of mankind, together with many of the preconceptions we hold dear concerning religion, were proven to be false. How would you react? At the end of the twenty-first century, time travel became a reality. Humanity was about to get an unwelcome wakeup call. For hundreds of years history books went unchallenged and all religious beliefs were considered to be inviolable, never to be questioned, until the era of the Teleportation Gate.
Now I’d better get back to the penultimate chapter. Things are really beginning to hot up.
PS – Even Chris the Storyreading Ape approves.
PPS – The woman on the cover is exactly how I envisioned one particular character – beautiful but deadly.
It might be here
Well folks, yet another progress report for you. I’ve been up since 4.30 am just to finish the revamped Chapter Eight, having axed the original after merging the two preceeding chapters into one, which gave me the opportunity to steer that part of the story in a more logical direction. The word count now stands at 21,858 and almost forty-two A4 pages.
I changed my mind, yet again, about the cover. I’m betting that despite what he said to me yesterday, the Story Reading Ape is quietly cursing me about it. Still, because of the troublesome new OS software on his Mac, at least he hadn’t got as far as beginning to work on what I had originally asked of him, or so he says.
Believe it or not, but I’ve been having fun developing Briggs’ love affair. Normally I steer well clear of the depths I have entered into with the subject, preferring to simply suggest any romantic involvements, leaving it up to the reader’s imagination to fill in the gaps. But, as this highly controversial love affair is an integral part of the plot it needs to be spelt out, but only by writing it as tastefully as is humanly possible.
Since doing the major edit of the first seven chapters, I became aware of something I’d normally not pick up on until the final edit – inconsistency. For instance, you can’t have a character enter stage left in one paragraph, only to say later in another that he entered stage right when reminding the reader about his entrance, now can you.
Well that’s about it for now, except that I’ve a feeling that it will end up as a novella by the way its going.
PS – still confused by the pictures I put up for each progress report? Good, that’s precisely my aim, to get you curious enough to want to buy yourselves a copy when I publish it. They may be relevent to the story, or they may just be nothing more than red herrings. You’ll have to wait and see won’t you.
I’m exhausted, so I’m taking tomorrow (Sunday) off. Chapter nine will begin on Monday morning.
Thank God! I’ve finally finished doing the major edit of the first seven chapters. Yes I did say seven. As I predicted in the previous progress report, I ended up amalgamating two short chapters into one, as well as adding just over five hundred extra words, which means that the word count now stands at 19,792.
During the previous four a half days of total concentration on my part, a thought occurred to me. Why in the name of everything we hold dear as writers would any of us wish to become a full-time editor? It’s bad enought doing it for a few days. But to do it for a living? I don’t think so. Anyone contemplating it as a career, is either totally insane, or they are some kind of control freak on a power or ego trip, or maybe both, who loves the idea of tearing the product of someone’s hard work to shreds. Perhaps secretly they get their rocks off by inflicting doubt and angst in the minds of the unsuspecting writer in their clutches. Maybe editors are recruited from the ranks of trolls, pedants and armchair critics. Who knows?
Anyway, enough of that. Now its on to the next chapter and episode in the story. After I’ve had lunch and taken a much needed break to ready myself…
That should read – Do Not Disturb, Editor At Work
Well folks, hopefully you will be pleased to know that I have now completed eight chapters, or 18,177 words in thirty five A4 pages. Chapter eight has proved to be a real challenge as I have moved well outside my male comfort zone to introduce the beginnings of a highly controversial love affair involving the principal character, Dr Gilbert Briggs.
Who he has fallen in love with, and why, will have to remain a mystery for now. Sorry about that, but I love teasing you. To write about Gilbert’s love affair, I have drawn on the way I met and fell completely head over heels in love with the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, back in the nineteen sixties in South East Asia. She was a Montagnard named Mai. (You will note that I did say ‘was’. Both Mai and our four month old son, John, were killed in a bombing raid while I was away.)
All I will say at this stage of the proceedings is that the object of his heart’s desire is not at all like Mai. In fact, I doubt that there are many books in existance which involve the kind of person Gilbert is attracted to. Mind you I may be wrong. I haven’t checked. 😉
As I feel that I’m about halfway through the story (at the moment, it looks as if it will be a novella), before I go any further its high time I did a full line by line, paragraph by paragraph edit, even though I have been constantly editing as I go. Besides which, I need to check out each chapter in its entirety, adding things which hadn’t occurred at the time of writing, as well as subtracting others that contribute nothing overall to the story so far. The other thing I need to do is look at each chapter as it stands. It may be that I might find the need to amalgamate two chapters. Only time and careful editing will tell.
As I have said previously, it does contain a certain science fiction element. But the further I progress, the more the story dictates what will happen next. There is now no doubt that it has developed into a full on adventure. That’s the beauty of being flexible about adding various elements to the mix. Sooner or later one will become dominant over the rest. By doing this major edit, hopefully it will ensure that the story will become, as far as is humanly possible, a troll, armchair critic and pedant free zone. When I’m happy that I have brought the story to its conclusion, I’ll do another major edit.
PS – In the future if I decide to add a few more chapters, it may well wind up as a full length novel.
It might even be here. What might?
Well folks, the word count now stands at 13,119. Or if you prefer it, twenty-five A4 pages. I’m still working on Chapter Seven. While I’ve added those two extra characters I was talking about in Progress Report 8, I’m still trying to work out how I draw one particularly nasty individual out into the open – the second of the new characters. There are so many ways to achieve this. I just have to decide which is the best scenario, considering my main characters and the way they react when it comes to any form of danger to themselves. To that end, progress in this chapter is slow. But, I’ll get there.
This story is definitely dictating how it wants to be written. So far I have broached two highly controversial subjects, Religion and Sexual Identity, within the context of the story. My character’s views on both thorny issues are guaranteed to upset some thin skinned people out there who are easily offended. All I will say is that they/you need to remember one thing. When you read this novel, it isn’t reality. It’s nothing more than a fictitious tale. That’s the beauty of fiction. You can ask questions, or suggest explanations for practically anything you care to name, without it reflecting your own personal beliefs and prejudices. Some individuals forget that when they read a book.
With all of the clues I’ve given you so far, do you think you know what the story is all about yet? Maybe they’re not clues at all. Why have I used photographs of various cityscapes for each of these progress reports? Could they be Red Herrings? You’ll just have to wait and see, won’t you. Even some of the categories listed below this and all of the ‘Progress Reports’ could be nothing more than Red Herrings.
More later, but only if you’re good.
This time, I give you two five star reviews for one of my books – the sequel to my best seller, The Seventh Age, set beneath the Giza Plateau. The first is by the world’s leading author on all things Egyptian, Robert Bauval, who has also collaborated with his friend and fellow author Graham Hancock on many occasions. The second is by an ordinary reader just like your good selves.
This five star review is for a science fiction adventure of mine which became a best seller in 2012 and onward into 2013. While it’s popularity has wained, it still sells copies…