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

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Available now!

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Without hard work, talent is not enough – Henri Matisse


What part does a book cover play…

Posted in Uncategorized on October 20, 2016 by Kate Jack


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…in selling books? 

The saying: “don’t judge a book by its cover,” doesn’t always fit the bill. It’s also true that a great cover doesn’t necessarily mean great content. However, a dull or poorly executed cover can sometime put people off, even if the content is fantastic. 

midnightBefore my first book, Land of Midnight Days,  was published by Ecanus Publishing, I intended to go the self-publishing route and so commissioned the the above cover. I paid quite a lot of money for it. As you can see, it’s nowhere near as polished and finished as the present cover.


As in most things in life, good presentation is the key. An outstanding cover goes a long way to grabbing a reader’s attention. So what happens after you get the attention, how do you make the reader actually open the book? Well, that’s down to the blurb, or brief synopsis, outlining what…

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What’s your choice of genre/s?

Posted in General with tags , , , on October 16, 2016 by Kate Jack

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Authors, how did you discover your writing genre? As some of you may know, I write YA urban fantasy. It took me a long time to discover that I wanted to write in this genre. Why? Well, when I first started writing, many years ago now, it didn’t exist. The choices, in those days, were quite limited. You either wrote grown up fiction, or you wrote children’s fiction. Of course, these were subdivided into fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, romance, and so on. But there was nothing for people in-between. 


Initially, I wanted to be taken “seriously” as a writer, which to me meant writing adult fiction. I tried all kinds of genres, from romance, to mysteries, but finally settled on fantasy. I wrote about dungeons, dragons, lost princes and princess, etc; but the feedback I got, each and every time, was that they were too childlike to qualify for adults. 


Then I wrote the first book of The Silver Flute Trilogy, Land of Midnight Days. Week by week, I took it to my writers group to read out the chapters and garner feedback. One of the other writers, who worked in a school library in a secondary school, made a remark that it was ideal for young adults, aged between fourteen and mid-twenties; that was when my writing life changed! At first I thought it was a compromise, which I suppose it was, but then I settled into it and although I read myriad genres myself, as a writer I’d finally found my niche.

So, what kind of writing journey have you had and where did it lead you?


Six geese still alaying and another 5 gold stars!

Posted in Book review with tags on October 12, 2016 by Kate Jack

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Yet another five star review for book l of The Silver Flute Trilogy. I dunno, you wait ages, then two five star reviews turn up; not that I’m complaining.😀 To see how much Shefali Banerji enjoyed the story, go here:

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Writing Isn’t Easy

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2016 by Kate Jack

Does this resonate with any writers out there? It certainly does with me.

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Writing is difficult. Sometimes it’s torture. Other times it’s blissfully easy. Most of the time, for me, it’s hard work. Over the past four days, it’s been all of those things.

As I iron out the final chapters of The Coven, I’m forcing myself to write one sentence at a time, one after the other, no matter how much it hurts. For months, it was torture knowing the book was so close to completion, but not knowing how to finish. Then Saturday, I had an aha moment where the end of the book seemed so clear, so obvious. Blissfully, I sat down and pounded on the keyboard as the words poured out of me. Easy, right?

Not so much. It’s down to the final showdown, the big action scene at the end of the book. I hate writing action scenes. Some people might feel differently, but I’m not a fan…

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…6 geese alaying, 5 Gold Stars!

Posted in Book review with tags on October 10, 2016 by Kate Jack


As all writers will know getting any reviews for your work, let alone 5 stars, is difficult. So when you do, it’s cause for celebration, especially if they’re honest and genuine.


I am, therefore, extremely chuffed to show off the latest review, posted by a reader who appears to have really enjoyed the story. To read her sterling feedback, please go to:

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Writing evolution

Posted in Uncategorized on October 7, 2016 by Kate Jack



I was scrolling through Facebook the other day, when I  came across a post by an author friend. She was saying she’d recently re-read one of her early published books and absolutely hated it! She was bemoaning the fact that there were a few clumsily phrased passages, along with various other minor errors – sheer poison to any writer who values their work. Now I have to say I’ve read the book in question and loved it. My friend was being a little hard on herself, as most first novels can be a tad on the naive side, perhaps due to lack of experience.

writingAnother friend pointed out that all writers, if they’re serious about their craft, evolve and grow as they travel along the rocky road that is writing. Even big name authors start out in this way, growing and changing as they gradually don the mantle of great…

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Something for almost nothing.

Posted in Book review with tags , , , on October 4, 2016 by Kate Jack


Want to read for free in exchange for an honest review?

That’s right, a free Adobe copy of the first book from The Silver Flute Trilogy, in exchange for an honest review to be posted on: Amazon UK Amazon  US 

What’ve you got to lose? Absolutely nothing and you may even gain a favourite new read 😀

If you’re interested, contact me at




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