Great News for Crimson Knight!

Crimson Knight was successfully rereleased by Kindle Direct Publishing earlier in the week.  Several days before that, I was successful at getting the ebook version finally edited and formatted properly so it could be published as well.  It’s now live on Amazon.com along with the print version.

Over the last few days, I’ve begun work on producing the audio book version of Crimson Knight as many of my friends listen to audio books and requested one of my book.  I don’t speak as well as I once did now that I have dentures and a fake palette covering most of the roof of my mouth so doing the narrative myself is out of the question.  I posted the job on Audible, Amazon’s audio book production arm, and I actually sent a proposal to a narrator after listening to some of the narrators’ audition recordings the same day I posted the job.

She turned me down.  I began to worry about finding someone much less figuring out how to pay them.  I wondered if I should even pursue this avenue.  I let it go a day and then, early yesterday morning, I got a message from Audible saying someone had sent me an audition recording.  I listened to it, and I was amazed by the man’s talent.  I read his profile, and it said he’d just completed his 50th book on Audible!  I began to think he was out of my league!

Since he’d sent a message with his audition recording wanting to know more about the book, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to talk to him a bit.  We exchanged messages, and he was very understanding of this being my first attempt at creating an audio book and working with Audible.  Long story short, I listened to two more audition recordings from two other narrators, and I decided to go with the first guy.

We have a contract now and are moving forward with the project.  I will get the first 15 minutes of the story in about a week and after going over that with the narrator, I won’t get anything again until the initial recording is complete.  My projected release date is 10 May, 2019 – the day before my birthday.

I am learning a lot from this process, and I’m feeling a bit more confident with it.  I’m going to be editing cover art for the audio book next.

Below is the link to the print and ebook versions of Crimson Knight.  If you do decide to grab a copy, please leave a review!  I don’t care if it’s bad or good, I welcome all feedback!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

 

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Crimson Knight Update – 1/27/19

Today was my only day off this week which meant trying to pack a bunch of things I wanted/needed to do into this one day.

One of those things I wanted/needed to do was work on Crimson Knight’s manuscript formatting so I could get it rereleased by Kindle Direct Publishing.  I was working with the site’s book creator program last week, and I had a lot of issues with it when it came to the formatting part.

I decided to use Scrivener to create a new manuscript using only the sizing and formatting required by the program for Kindle.  I got this Scrivener program years ago for free for participating in NaNoWriMo, and I’ve been quick to update it every chance I get.  It’s a user friendly program. 🙂  I have copied and pasted from my original digital manuscript to the Scrivener program and now, I’m just tweaking things so it all looks uniform.  Once I get it looking like I want it to, I’ll use the program from KDP to create printable version of Crimson Knight.  I am hoping this time, things go a lot easier and faster so I can move on to getting an audio book version started.

That’s all I have for this week.  I would’ve done more on the manuscript, but I did have other things I had to do as well.  I’ll work on it again on my next day off, and I’ll let you know how things go.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and screwdriver!

Writing News – Jan. 21, 2019

So, last week, I ended up with three days off, and I spent most of that time catching up with housekeeping and some other projects that had been neglected of late due to my work schedule.  One of these projects was me cleaning out my huge amount of email.

One of the emails I received while I was offline was a notification of things happening over on Kindle Direct Publishing.  I moved to them when they merged with Create Space.  I was initially told all my published work would be seamlessly moved over and would be available from Amazon just like before.

Well, this new email made this all a lie.  Apparently, the site has changed publishing applications so everything from CreateSpace is no longer compatible.  Of course.  Knew something like this was going to happen.  So, I started with the ebook I had been making before I went offline.  The program for this is not that user friendly, and I got frustruated with it after working on it for several hours.  I decided to leave it alone and go back to it on my next day off.

As luck would have it, I worked one day and was off again yesterday.  I managed to figure out the issue I’d been having with the ebook creator program and completed the ebook – finally.  It’s now available of Amazon. Yay me.  Anyway, I began work on the release of the novel the ebook is for: Crimson Knight.

First off, neither of the programs used to create the print version of my novel is user friendly.  The book cover creator program also forces you to use templates that are quite limited.  I tried to use my old cover and found no option for that – if anyone finds it please let me know!  After I finally got the cover made, I turned to the program used to actually create the book – you have to upload your manuscript initially and then do some other things before it will accept your book for publishing.

I am now having formatting issues from hell.  My own manuscript is great, but it looks awful on KDPs previewer even after I’ve followed the guidelines for saving, formatting, sizing etc.  I messed with it for hours before giving up and saving it for my next day off.  That should be Sunday, and I’ll let you know what happens when it does.  Wish me luck.

That’s it for this post, folks.  I’ll see you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

The Steel Kiss – Jeffery Deaver

My copy of this book is a trade paperback printed in 2016 by Hachette Book Group.  The Copyright of 2016 is held by Gunner Publications LLC.  This story was originally published in hardback and ebook by Grand Central Publishing in 2016.

As usual, Mr. Deaver does not fail to put in some plot twists. One is very ingenuous as it’s in what he doesn’t say 🙂  I can’t say more without giving away the story so, I won’t.  The story is a real attention grabber as well because it makes you think: what if?

The story is about a man who is using remote access to cloud based “brains” to kill people from afar.  This same man also uses a ball peen hammer for close up work.  Lincoln Rhyme, our fearless quadraplegic detective, has retired from police work to teach and persue more “civilian” work.  Detective Amelia Sachs, his lover and partner, is not happy about that but is working out of police headquarters despite him.  Lincoln takes on an intern as he accepts a job helping a family whose father and sole provider is killed by what appears to be a faulty escalator at a local mall.  Detective Sachs is hunting for a killer who crushes people’s heads in and whose unusual physical attributes still don’t help her find him.  The action revs up almost from the get go and runs almost full throttle all the way to the end!!  I read this one in one sitting as well!!

Love Mr. Deaver’s work!!  Can’t you tell? 😀

I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves crime books and whodunits!  Still, don’t take my word for it.  Get a copy from your local library and try it out for yourself!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!  Maybe you should get a tattoo to keep from being possessed. 😀

Cop Town – Karin Slaughter

Read a new book by an author I’d never heard of thanks to a friend of mine whose reading tastes are similar to my own. 🙂

My copy of this book is a trade paperback produced by Dell Books Copyright 2015.  The story itself is approximately 431 pages long.  There’s an Acknowledgments page which is needed for all the research that went into creating this fantastic story, and there’s a teaser for the next book in the series.

This book is a snapshot in time as a great deal of it is based on fact.  The murders, the cops, they’re figments of the writer’s imagination, but the rest of it is fact.  I like how the writer was able to weave these two things together into such a compelling tapestry.

I have to admit to not liking the story at first – it was slow, to me.  However, I kept reading, and the story got better.  Characters began to flesh out and become more like people than just descriptions and dialogue.  Scenes began to flash and take on color, to move faster.  It was a fabulous ride!

Our story begins with Kate Murphy’s first day on the job at Atlanta PD in 1974 – a time when women were just beginning to get into “men’s jobs”.  A cop has been killed, a cop who was the partner of the brother of Kate’s first partnet, Maggie Lawson.  The only thing the two women have in common is their gender – Maggie is from the poor side of town, and Kate is from a wealthier Jewish family.

Still, as the two women find a way to help track down the cop killer despite all the male testoterone trying to keep them from it, the two find ways to connect.

I can’t tell you much more than that without giving away the story so, I’ll stop here.  Read the book for yourself, don’t listen to me and my opinion.  Think for yourself and maybe, you’ll enjoy yourself.  I know I do!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver.  Keep an eye out for a black 67 Impala too!  There’s always an adventure waiting when you see it!

15TH Affair – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

I’m a big James Patterson fan, and I’ve become a fan of his teaming up with Maxine Paetro for this series.  I must confess to only having read the first two books in The Women’s Murder Club series before reading this one, but I do plan to fix that by finding the rest of the series as soon as I can afford to.

My copy is a paperback – trade size – and the story is roughly 357 pages.  There’s the usual About The Authors in the back as well as some other things in there the reader will like.  This copy was published by Grand Central Publishing,a division of Hachette Book Group Inc., and has a copyright of 2016.  The hardcover version was originally published by Little, Brown and Company in May 2016.

Now, this story centers around Detective Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department.  She’s married with a baby girl and a dog, as well as a wonderful neighbor/nanny and her murder club friends.

A murder and a disappearing woman threaten her marriage and, at one point, her life!  The book is full of twists and turns as well as some strong feels as Lindsay works the case and tries to deal with her life crumbling around her.  The action is fantastic and nothing is wasted as everything you learn leads to something else – sometimes unexpected things!

I really enjoyed the book, and I think you will too.  Just don’t take my word for it – read it for yourself! 🙂

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver.  If you can’t have a Tardis, get a black 1969 Impala or, my personal fave, a cherry red 1969 Firebird!

Solitude Creek – Jeffrey Deaver

This book is a Kathryn Dancer novel, not a LIncoln Rhyme novel, but I liked it anyway. 🙂 My copy is a paperback published by Grand Central Publishing Copyright 2015. It’s roughtly 579 pages long plus a bit of a lead in to another book and the always present, Author page, every novel should have – if only so we have a picture of the author. 🙂

Agent Kathryn Dance works for the California Bureau of Investigation and lives in the area.  She’s a widow with two children, boy and girl, and several dogs.  She is friends of Lincoln Rhyme(might we see another pairing of this intelligent and determined duo?) and Amelia Sachs.  She is also an expert in kinesics – the study of body language and how to read people.  She uses it as one of her main interrogation techniques.

In this story, a man named Antioch March(he prefers Andy) is staging stampedes – for profit!  Kathryn is sent as part of an undercover operation for another ongoing case dealing with gangs to the site of the initial stampede, and she decides she’s going to work this case too.

With two cases going and with two men she’s really into, you’d think her dance card would be full!  Then, there’s the kids.  Wes, her son, is hanging out with new friends and not quite telling her lies about what he’s doing with them.  Maggie, her daughter and the younger of the two, is moody and a bit withdrawn – to the point of not wanting to since at her school’s talent show even though she’s a great singer!

Agent Dance manages all of this chaos in her life and doesn’t get shot once! A shocker to me too especially when her demotion means she can’t carry a weapon!  Still, she does her job, on all fronts, superbly!

You have to read this book!  I refuse to give away the ending or even tell you any of the really good parts – because I can! 🙂 As you all know, I’m a big advocate for doing things yourself: see the movie critics are panning, read the book everyone seems to hate, listen to the music everybody else scoffs at.  Don’t be a lemming who just follows what everyone else is doing – you’ll miss out on a lot going over the cliff with the others.

So, see you on the flipside and don’t forget to bring your towel and sonic  screwdriver!  Who knows, we might run into some evil alien lemmings bent on throwing us off the cliff! 🙂