New worlds, new stories.

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , , , on November 7, 2017 by Kate Jack

Since I retired, back in May, my writing productivity has increased way beyond my expectations. I’ve written and published two short story books, learned how to seek out and purchase covers for them, and am now currently working on my third volume of short stories, which will, hopefully, be  out in time for Christmas: A Pocketful of Stories (permanently free), A Hatful of Stories, and the current WIP, A Stocking full of Stories.

I realise, of course, how lucky I am to have the time to be able to do something I truly love, which is just as well, as my previously written books, The Silver Flute Trilogy, will also be undergoing a metamorphosis. They will soon no longer be available on Amazon, in their current form, as my publisher and I have parted company (amicably).

Instead, after some re-editing and new covers, I will be self-publishing them.

Added to which, I’ve decided to write a prequel to The Silver Flute Trilogy,  called: Midnight Tales. It will take the reader back to the beginning, outlining how, where, and when, the main protagonists came together. 

So, as you can see, I’m going to be fairly busy for the foreseeable future. Where on earth did I get the time to go to work? 😀

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New review for Through the Gloaming.

Posted in New Authors section with tags , , , on April 30, 2014 by Kate Jack

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Had a really long, dreary day at work, but soon bucked up when I saw this review on Goodreads, for book II in The Silver Flute Trilogy.

The second book in Katrina Jack’s ‘Silver Flute Trilogy’ finds Jeremiah Tully thrust back in a world he doesn’t want to return to, one where he has no voice and the truth of his past is catching up with him.

When he enters the Gloaming, a space between his world and his mother’s, the secrets start unraveling fast. Among them, what happened to his father and the truth behind his muteness.

The author did a fantastic job creating multi-layered worlds and characters that bend and stretch as they travel through them. Character-types that we’ve encountered in other types of fantasy have been given makeovers, reimagined and renamed, with faint echoes of their predecessors.

Jeremiah’s muteness is handled so well, it blends in with the rest of the story, making you forget anything is wrong with him until he encounters a new character. The mention of finger motions are a quick reminder without fixating on his disability.

There is a book prior to this one, which I read quite some time ago and did not have all the details fresh in my mind. It didn’t matter as this works as a standalone and can be enjoyed without having read the previous one.

So thanks to Emily McKeon for this sterling review of my book, and the four stars she awarded it. 😀

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Land of Midnight Days – YA Urban fantasy

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on March 27, 2013 by Kate Jack

 http://askdavid.com/reviews/book/urban-fantasy/4787

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Do you judge a book by its cover?

Posted in General with tags on May 12, 2018 by Kate Jack

In the past, I’ve read some great books that’ve had terrible covers and conversely I’ve read, or tried to read, some dire books with great covers.  Nowadays, with the rise of self-publication, it’s more important than ever to present your work in its best bib and tucker, and although it should go without saying, that includes the content.

My first published works were published the traditional way, which meant I had no control over how they looked. That said, I was so delighted to have obtained a contract I wasn’t too unhappy.

However, in retrospect, although the covers were okay, they didn’t truly reflect the stories which are set in my chosen genre of urban fantasy. Looking at them now, they have a definite sci-fi look about them. Anyway, eventually my publisher decided to pull out of the book business and to give them their due, returned the rights to my books free of charge. So here I was, at liberty to revamp the look and the contents of my first published works – heady stuff! 😀 Whilst I was rewriting and re-editing, I began to shop for covers and during the process, came across an article which said that it was preferable that the covers for Trilogies should have a similar theme. Now I don’t personally consider that to be a hard and fast rule, but as it happens I stumbled across a set of eBook covers that I considered perfect, both for their look and for their connection to the stories.

Covers by James, at

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Their dark, dystopian look was spot on and after purchasing them, I waited impatiently for them to be made ready.

Since regaining the rights to my first set of books, and my retirement in May 2017, the writing floodgates have opened for me and the pleasure of being able to pick my own covers is fantastic! I have also returned to writing short stories, something I hadn’t done for years. I was revamping my website, and decided to offer a free eBook of short fantasy tales to entice subscribers. Once the book was completed, I then commissioned a cover for it and was more than happy with both the service and product supplied.

Book cover by Matthew Jones

And that was just the start of the renaissance of my short stories. I have since written and published two more compilations both with, I think, brilliant covers!

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And so the journey continues, as I am preparing to self-publish the first book in my new Trilogy, Elawyn, book I of The Songstress Trilogy.

 http://www.thecovercollection.com/

All in all, this journey has been fruitful and has given my writing a new lease of life, one which I’m very grateful for. When I first embarked on a writing career, I had most of the misconceptions of a newbie, such as fame and fortune; but now? I’m happy to be in charge of my own creativity and hope to continue on for many years to come.

Coming soon

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Being Cocky in the Social Media Age

Posted in Uncategorized on May 9, 2018 by Kate Jack

Would you take the chance of ruining your writing reputation by acting like this?

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By now, most of you have heard about #Cockygate. If not, let me catch you up to speed:

Romance author, Faleena Hopkins, filed a trademark on the word “cocky.” Once her trademark was approved, Faleena allegedly sent cease and desist letters to other authors who happened to have the word “cocky” in the titles of their books. There have been reports that she also asked Amazon to remove some of these books, though I’m not sure how many authors have been affected by this. Faleena has said she trademarked “cocky” in order to protect her series and her brand. She says her readers were getting confused because when they searched for her books, they stumbled upon books written by other authors.

Over the past several days, authors have been furious… and frightened too. What gives Faleena the right to trademark a commonly used word? A word, in fact, that other…

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The Keyboard Tap Dance

Posted in General with tags on April 9, 2018 by Kate Jack

Since I retired last year, I’ve re-edited and republished The Silver Flute trilogy, written three new books of short stories, and am now working on my current WIP Book I of The Songstress Trilogy, Elawyn.

 

My writing output has increased enormously, when compared to my previous activity, mostly because my time is now my own. However, I still retain, although not as much, that curse of the author – procrastination!

       

When I returned to my WIP, having put the project aside to concentrate on the trilogy, I mentally girded my loins to resume work on it. Several games of Spider Solitaire later, plus other distraction activities, I finally opened the word document and sat looking at it with absolute dread.

Of course, once I forced myself to begin writing, my fingers flew over the keyboard with all the dexterity of a tap dancer’s feet and my enthusiasm for the story came flooding back, along with a positive tsunami of ideas; why is that? Why do most writers carry on like this, when creating worlds, characters and stories are their reason for being?

I think that as far as I’m concerned, I don’t relish kick starting my brain into doing some work for a change. Sheer laziness? Possibly 😀

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Fantasy fiction fans! It’s easy peasy to grab a freebie!

Posted in General, Uncategorized with tags on March 28, 2018 by Kate Jack

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Calling all speculative fiction fans, if you love reading and you love freebies, why not combine the two and download a copy of my collection of short fantasy stories? Visit my swishy, revamped website today and subscribe to my emails list, also for free, and claim your copy today. 

You can also browse, and learn more about, my other books and learn a little bit about me.

So don’t wait, don’t be late; drop by and say hi 😀

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Why a great book…

Posted in General with tags , , , on March 22, 2018 by Kate Jack

…can really lift you up.

As an avid reader, I really appreciate the effect a well written novel can have. No matter what kind of mood I’m in, getting stuck into a brilliant read lifts me up. Discovering new writers and stories that I really enjoy, is like hitting the mother lode. 

I’m pretty eclectic when it comes to what genres I read, but my absolute favourite out of all of them, is speculative fiction; more specifically, urban fantasy. A few years ago, I was stuck in hospital with a viral infection and as I began to feel a bit better, bored off my head. A friend kindly loaned me a book by an author I’d never come across before, writing in a genre I’d never heard of; urban fantasy. The author’s name is Jim Butcher and the book was from his Harry Dresden series.

Initially, I was bit dubious as to whether I would take to it, with its mixture of dark magic, mythology and faerie; let alone that the main character was not only a private investigator, but a wizard to boot! That said, the minute I began to read I only stopped, when the consultant dared to interrupt me to discuss my prognosis – bloody cheek! 

I finished that book in one day – something I rarely do. I waited, with increasing impatience to be discharged and when I was, did I go home? No, not straight away. The hospital I was in wasn’t far from the city centre, so I jumped a taxi to the nearest book shop, this was before I had the internet, and had never heard of Amazon, and bought the next two books in the series, then I went home to start reading.

So why did these books engage me so much? Well, it was the freedom of choice the writer had. By that I mean, he had the freedom to craft his stories around the real and the speculative. The setting is Chicago, a Chicago imbued with the gritty realism of everyday life, but also coexisting alongside the world of Faerie. As a reader that really appealed to my imagination and I had no problem suspending my disbelief. The books possess a number of elements that appealed to me: mystery, detectives, murders to be resolved, the fantastical and so on. As I said, what made me dubious about the first book was what seemed to be a chaotic mixture of all the above, but boy was I wrong! The stories work – really work!

So, what’s your favourite reading matter and why? What floats your reading boat and carries you away into the realms of imagination and wonder? Whatever it is, carry on reading and never look back 🙂

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The journey continues…

Posted in Writing with tags on March 6, 2018 by Kate Jack

… from the Land of Midnight Days

…to The Gloaming, Jeremiah Tully and his companions enter a whole new world.

2nd editions of Books I & II of The Silver Flute trilogy available now from 

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YA urban fantasy at its best. Miss it – miss out.

Satisfaction

Posted in Writing with tags on March 1, 2018 by Kate Jack

As many writers out there will know, there’s no greater satisfaction than completing a book. That said, I found to my great surprise that rewriting a book can give the same sense of accomplishment. Since my publisher and I parted company, I have re-written and self-published book I of The Silver Flute Trilogy, Land of Midnight Days. I have derived not only satisfaction from doing so, but the opportunity to improve the story and polish it until it gleams.

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I’m now in the process of revamping book II, Through the Gloaming and relishing every minute of it.

As I near the finish line, I am already thinking about the third and final book, Dawn Horizon and looking forward to the prospect of getting to work on it. 

So if for any reason all you writers out there find yourselves faced with the prospect of issuing 2nd editions, relish it; there’s always room for improvement 😀

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