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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https://goo.gl/IdfXVD AMZN UK KATE

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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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What if…

Posted in Book Club with tags on December 5, 2017 by Kate Jack

…you had the chance to start afresh? Would you – should you? Hell, yes! 😀

That’s just what I’ve done. Since my publisher and I parted company, I’ve embarked on a writing Odyssey, self-publishing three new books of short stories. I haven’t written short stories for a good few years, so was pleasantly surprised when I found it fairly easy, not only to produce brand new tales, but also to refine and edit existing ones I’d started, but never finished.

The result was an eBook of fantasy writing, called: A Pocketful of Stories, which is permanently free and available, via my website: http://katejack9.wixsite.com/kate

I was then encouraged by a good writing buddy of mine, to carry on the theme and produce another book, called: A Hatful of Stories, also available via my website. This contains brand new stories, which of course involved a great deal of unaccustomed thinking on my part. I’d not written anything fresh for quite some time, and although it was quite hard to get started, once I did my imagination reignited, and I was pleased to find I’d not lost the facility to dream up new ideas.

You think it’s all over? Far from it. I went for the hat trick and since it’s nearly that time of year again, and it’s snowing on my blog, I decided to create something for the season and came up with: A Stocking full of Stories.

I’ve also regained the rights to The Silver Flute Trilogy and am currently engaged in re editing it, smoothing out the odd glitch or wrinkle in the plots and giving them a brand new makeover.

Before

After

So, come one, come all to the new fantasy ball 😀

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Calling all fantasy fiction fans!

Posted in Book Club with tags on December 3, 2017 by Kate Jack

fans visit my website today and claim your free book!  

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The Essential Self-Publishing Guide

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2017 by Kate Jack

For those of you contemplating the self publishing route.

Tricia Drammeh

This is an exciting week for me! For the past several months, I’ve been working on putting together a self-publishing guide. My original plan was to compile previous articles I’d written, but the project got away from me and turned into over 170 pages.

The Essential Self-Publishing Guideis for writers who are considering self-publishing. The second section of the book is a step-by-step guide that is geared toward people who aren’t tech-savvy. So, if you or someone you know would like to self-publish, but are intimidated by formatting or uploading to KDP, this guide might be helpful. My hope is that writers who might consider turning to an expensive vanity publishing service, or who are contemplating handing over rights to a fly-by-night, start-up publisher will feel confident enough to try independently publishing instead.

If you’re not sure you want to self-publish, or if you are already a published author…

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Spammers – IQ level – Zero

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

 

What is it about spammers? Why are they so thick? Is it something in the water? Or were they dropped on their heads when they were babies? Whatever the reason, I think I know the cause.

I’m obviously annoying some of them, 😀 😀 😀 as just lately they’ve been posting streams of gibberish and porn against one particular post:Spammers, predictable and stupid Does this annoy me? No, it doesn’t. Why? Because it’s easy enough to block the morons and delete their crap. Added to which it gives me a sense of satisfaction to dump their metaphorical fecal matter in the metaphorical toilet.

What does continue to baffle me, is why they do it in the first place – spam that is? I should imagine the few people sucked in by their feeble attempt to rip them off hardly makes it worthwhile. Most of the dialogue posted  makes no sense whatsoever, or is usually pornographic. Okay, you might get some takers on the latter posts, if your tastes run that way, but most people don’t respond.

So, thickos, carry on wasting your time and making yourself look as though you possess the IQ of a brain damaged newt. Most of you, in fact thousands, are blocked by my inbuilt filter. Those of you who do make it through never actually reach my blog, but are dumped in the spam folder and from there are deleted, blocked and obviously pissed off by my response to your cretinous attempts 😀

 

 

A Word On Literary Agents To New Authors

Posted in New Authors section on November 3, 2017 by Kate Jack

Another interesting article on self-publishing.

Scribe's Scribbles

If you are writing your first novel I want to share some advice with you. Whatever you do, once the manuscript has been polished to perfection:

DO NOT APPROACH AN AGENT WITH IT. EVER!!!!

Join writers groups and have them critique it. There are many very good editors out there and they are very affordable. They are also well worth it. Find one and have them work on your manuscript. Then, once it is in its final draft stage do not let an agent anywhere near it. I wouldn’t even let one of the old guard Big Five publishers anywhere near it either. They are the dinosaurs. A profitable future lies elsewhere.

So, what exactly am I supposed to do with it, oh wise Scribe, you may ask.

Publish it. Yourself. It is easy and it is free.

Go to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, Createspace or any other platform…

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Looking for a Halloween read?

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , on October 23, 2017 by Kate Jack

Here it is, available from: 

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From horror, ghosts & fantasy, fifteen stories to entrance, scare and enthral.

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