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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Available now!

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , on September 24, 2012 by Kate Jack

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Without hard work, talent is not enough – Henri Matisse

From:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Silver-Flute-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B008Z10Y3E/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1345235895&sr=1-2

http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Silver-Flute-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B008Z10Y3E/

Become a Millionaire Selling Books on Amazon (Or Not)

Posted in Uncategorized on May 28, 2017 by Kate Jack

A great article from author Tricia Drammeh.

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A few weeks ago, I stumbled across a book on Kindle that promised authors they could make a million dollars selling books on Amazon. A quick search yielded dozens of titles promising writers they can easily become best-selling authors, or promising to teach them how to write a best-selling book in 30 days. There are even books that tell people that publishing a book is “easy money” and good way to generate “passive income” because their published book will continue to bring in a steady income month after month without the author having to do anything at all!

I can already hear the grumbling and grinding of teeth from those of you who know how difficult it can be to write a book, much less publish and promote it. I’ve read many well-written, engaging books (self-published and traditionally published)…

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Too Many Newsletters

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2017 by Kate Jack

Something for writers to think about.

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A year or two ago, I wrote an article called Five Easy Ways to Declutter your Email to help people (including myself) who struggle with an overwhelming inbox. Over the past week, I’ve revisited the advice laid out in this article because once again my email inbox has gotten out of control. It seems that every time I open my email, there are at least two dozen new messages for me to delete.

Over the holidays, I did a lot of online shopping and consequently, I landed on a billion different mailing lists. I unsubscribed from all of those. I also got serious about kicking actual spam (mail from unsolicited sources) into the spam folder where it belongs.

I was surprised to see that one of my biggest problems seems to be newsletters – specifically author newsletters. Over the years, I’ve subscribed to many newsletters. Dozens, I thought. Or maybe hundreds…

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… shortest post ever …

Posted in Uncategorized on May 7, 2017 by Kate Jack

Course of Mirrors

Broke and happy … please help the story to spiral out to readers … available  worldwide.

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A place to be, for you and me.

Posted in General with tags , , , , on April 29, 2017 by Kate Jack

What kind of people are you and me?

Where do we come from, what caused us to be?

We’re all the same, under the skin,

in what we are and how we begin.

We are citizens of the world, 

we’re all kith and kin.

We should not be enemies, you and I.

We belong to humanity, under the same sky.

So let’s  join hands and support the cause,

of one for all without any pause.

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… meetings – poem …

Posted in Uncategorized on April 21, 2017 by Kate Jack

Course of Mirrors

At times, our inner landscapes allow for communing with nature’s elements. Ana has this knack in Course of Mirrors. As long as she remembers to calm her heart, she senses invisible presences, the timeless spirit within things – telling her that nothing dies, only reforms. She also picks up thoughts forms from uncluttered minds, and some animals talk to her.

Aspects of my protagonist’s receptive traits are based on my own experiences, expressed in a poem I composed during the 1970s. The poem, as such, does not feature in the novel but I like to share it here, with minor tweaks insisted upon by my inner editor.

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earth –

you swallow my hand

giving way with fluid grace

to this dream of flesh and bone

yet as I recall the form

you allow me to retrieve it

tree –

circling round and round

spun by the mesh of…

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Why do people do it?

Posted in General with tags , , , , on April 14, 2017 by Kate Jack

Why is that when you follow someone on Twitter, who’s just followed you, some of them immediately send spam messages, asking you to read/promote their books or products? Some even positively demand you like their Facebook page, or follow them on Instagram with no hint of reciprocating. For instance, I received a message from one such person, asking that I “share the love” by liking them on Facebook. What love? Yes, they’d followed me, and because I liked the look of their tweets, I followed back; I always do if I like what I see. But there was no offer of reciprocation, Facebook wise, and no enquiry as to whether I had an Instagram account.

If someone retweets my tweets, or asks for a mutual exchange of likes on Facebook, I always return the favour. If I would like to hopefully engage with someone, I will like and retweet, without messaging them. If they return the favour, great, if they don’t that’s fine. I was always taught to offer something first and to never, ever demand that someone does something for me first; it’s just good manners.

It also drives me mad how many “buy twitter follower” follows I get. I have no intention of spending my hard earned money on such rubbish. I want genuine followers, not phantoms who may, or more likely not, follow me. I always, without exception, block these con artists. Almost as bad, are people who follow me and then a short time later unfollow me, once I’ve followed them back. My theory on this is that some of them, not all, do this to increase the number of followers they have. Unfortunately for them, I have an app that keeps me informed of my twitter stats and if anyone does the above, I also block them.

Twitter has been a mostly positive experience for me and I get on very well with the majority of people I engage with. I try to be generous with my retweets, but regrettably there will always be the few that try to take advantage. However, I will continue to engage with those happy to engage with me, but I will never allow anyone to try and use  me solely for their own ends. So people, share and share alike, it’s to our mutual benefit after all. 🙂

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The freedom to write!

Posted in General with tags , , , on April 8, 2017 by Kate Jack

Most authors don’t earn enough from their writing to survive without going to work. This can have a detrimental effect, in that sometimes there’s a lack of energy and motivation to indulge in the creative process. It’s also very difficult to get in the right mindset too, when for most of the day dull routine saps the imagination and the writer finds themselves bogged down, their wits and imagination stuck at rock bottom.

This is a rut in which I’ve been stuck for a long, long time. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, as I’m now taking early retirement. I will have the time, the energy, and hopefully, the inspiration to at last begin writing seriously again. I can’t wait to free my brain from the excruciating miasma of paid employment. Of having the use of the majority of my time dictated by my, soon to be, ex employers. I can’t wait to walk the streets of my imagination and bring to life new characters, new worlds and new stories – I can’t think of anything better. 🙂

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