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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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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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An interview with author, William Macmillan Jones

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , on October 18, 2017 by Kate Jack

Welcome to my guest author today, William Macmillan Jones.

Will lives in Wales, a lovely green, verdant land with a rich cultural heritage. He does his best to support this heritage by drinking the local beer and shouting loud encouragement whenever International Rugby is on the TV. A just turned sixty lover of blues, rock and jazz he has now fulfilled a lifetime ambition by filling an entire wall of his home office with (full) bookcases.

When not writing, he is usually lost with the help of a satnav on top of a large hill in the middle of nowhere, looking for dragons. He hasn’t found one yet, but insists that it is only a matter of time.

When not performing as an oral storyteller and poet, he writes Dark Fantasy, fantasy he fantasises is funny, and books for children. Some of his pieces have won awards but he doesn’t like to talk about that as it draws
attention to the fact that other pieces haven’t.

So Will, after that sterling introduction, let’s find out about your latest book, Demon’s Reach.

 

Q. Will, this seems a departure from The Banned Underground series, which is
much lighter in tone; what took you down this path?

A. I love writing humour. I’m so sad that I even laugh at my own gags. But I also
have a much darker side that I used to keep very well hidden. Since I’ve been
doing more oral storytelling and performance poetry around the South Wales
area, I have found that the audiences like hearing the much darker material and
since I find that fun to write too, I’ve let my inner darkness come out to play.

Q. What inspired you to write Demon’s Reach? Was it because you wanted a
change in writing direction, or did the inspiration come out of the blue?

A. Demon’s Reach is the fifth in a collection of stand alone horror – or perhaps
Paranormal Mysteries is a better term? – featuring a middle-aged man who gets
drawn, very much against his desires, into a world of dark magic. The collection
began when I decided to write a novel (The Showing) based on my own real
experiences as a child. My Grandfather’s house concealed a rather aggressive
and unpleasant entity. I still do not know what it was, or why it was there, but
that it was extremely hostile to my father, my sister and myself was clear to all
three of us. The Showing was an attempt to write out the real demon in my
family’s past, and perhaps to speculate a little on why it was there. The
collection then developed as I began to expand on this character’s experiences
and to try to resolve his life. To confess, I’ve spent the next four books trying to
kill him off, and so far have failed miserably. His survival instinct is too strong.
Demon’s Reach expands on the history of the character’s family, and their
involvement in dark deeds.

Q. Once you decided what you were going to write about, how did you set about
it? For example, did you plot the whole book out, before settling down to fill in
the spaces, as it were? Or did you just go for it and then refine and hone the
manuscript later?

A. As with most of my books, I prepared a brief outline of the plot. The main
points and a hint of the final destination. Then I started writing. I like to leave the
outline as sparse as I can, to allow the characters to develop naturally within the
book, and give space for new characters to arrive – and to leave in a blaze of
glory. Or gore. No, not often gore. I don’t do gore. Honest. I prefer to frighten my
readers by letting their own minds do the hard work for me. Lazy, or what?

Q. How long did it take you to complete Demon’s Reach?

A. I’m a fast writer, and I write shortish novels, usually at around the 65/70K
word count mark. So normally the first draft of a novel takes me a couple of
months, or thereabouts. If I’m really having fun, less time. But then it needs a
second draft, professional editing and improving. As Stephen King said: the first
draft is the writer telling himself/herself the story. The second draft is where the
book gets written.

Q. Do you have a set writing routine?

A. No. I hate routine. I write when the mood takes me, even if it is at 3am. My
partner is quite used to my getting out of bed to write in the small hours, and
luckily she is very easy going about it. As long as I tell her any especially
frightening or funny bits when I get back in bed!

Q. I’ve always found promoting my work a little onerous; do you have any advice
on that score?

A. No. I’m terrible at marketing. Awful at it. Can’t say much more than that really.
The one thing I really do like though, is taking a table at book fairs and genre
conventions. The chance to meet readers face to face and engage with them is
great fun.

Q. Is Demon’s Reach the last in this collection, or do you intend more books
along the same lines?

A. There will be one more in this collection, to complete the overall story arc.
Then I will be looking at more horror stories, but with new characters. A fresh
book every time, rather than a series. There is one I’m working on now, which
will be called ‘The Tenant of De’Ath Grange’, about a young couple who rent a
large empty property, and find that it is not quite as empty as they thought. I’ve
a project that I have been asked to complete for an anthology for a US based
Publisher first, then I’m going to drive this one along.

Q. What drew you to the horror genre?

A. Darkness drifts down the river of the night.
Not crashing, like a Tsunami:
But sleek and silent as a Predator.
I hadn’t realised quite how the darkness can call to me until I wrote The
Showing. Now I find that I enjoy scaring audiences and readers, and it is quite
addictive.

Q. What are your future writing plans? Do you intend to stick with the
horror/fantasy genre, or branch out?

A. I’ve a number of projects in mind. There is some YA Science Fiction going
through the editing process at the moment, a YA fantasy novel, and (whisper it
quietly. It is funny, but it’s not meant to be a joke: ) I’ve even got a Romance
novel in a draft form that one day might claw its way to the light of day. Then
again, I am also producing some collections of short stories, flash fiction and
poetry – all from the dark side, and I do take time out to write those.

Q. When can we look forward to your next book?

A. Demon’s Reach will be released on 20 October. The three Science Fiction books:
Scout Pilot of The Free Union; Infinity is for losers; and Rogue Pilot, will probably
be out next spring and the next in The Banned Underground collection, A
Teacher’s Lot, will be available by next summer. In the meantime for any new
readers, there are a dozen other books besides Demon’s Reach to investigate!
And my rubbish marketing means that I can be very confident that no one has
read everything I have to offer

Well, thanks for a very entertaining and informative interview, Will. If anyone wants to find out more about Will and his writings, visit him at his website:

http://www.willmacmillanjones.com

Blurb

All families have secrets or skeletons in the cupboard, hidden away from view. Most
of those secrets are better left undisturbed, for very good reasons. When Mister Jones
agrees to deal with the Estate of a recently deceased cousin, he finds that the secrets
hidden by his family are very dark indeed, and that the skeletons in this cupboard are
very real – and not yet entirely dead.
Drawn once more by Fate into a world where magic and myth are all too real and
danger lurks at every turn, Mister Jones confronts a past that seeks again to become
the present, and to plunge his future into a rising Darkness.
Can he escape the Demon’s Reach?
When Mister Jones discovers that he has been asked to be executor of the Estate of a
cousin he wasn’t aware he had, he thinks that the request is innocent, a family matter.
But when he travels to his late cousin’s home, he finds that the local village is a dark
place, full of mistrust of his family and with unsettling whispers of a dark past.
Indeed, his arrival is enough to spark of an attempt by the villagers to destroy part of
his late cousin’s home – and the first death. The mystery deepens as another lost
relative finds Mister Jones – but is she all that she seems?
His first visit to his late cousin’s house is almost his last, for Mister Jones finds first
evidence of Black Magical Rituals among the effects in the house, and then discovers
that a Demon still walks the grounds. The Demon makes herself known to more than
just Mister Jones, and the body count rises. Joined by another relative stranger who
reveals that she is his half sister, Mister Jones struggles to unravel the web of deceit
and mystery and uncover the truth – only to discover that his half sister is more
involved than he believed and that the plot centers around his presence, there in the
house. He is to be a sacrificial victim, in a Ritual that will restore his long-lost father
to life – at the expense of Mister Jones’.
Can Mister Jones’ half sister bring herself to sacrifice the brother she doesn’t know,
for the father she fears?

Calling all fans of fantasy fiction!

Posted in Book Club with tags on August 25, 2017 by Kate Jack

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A sense of achievement…

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , , on August 10, 2017 by Kate Jack

…there’s nothing like it.

Gaining a sense of achievement is, for me, akin to getting a five star review for my books. Since I retired back in May, I’ve achieved more – writing wise – than I’ve done for years. Freeing myself from the shackles of work has indeed given me a better perspective on life.

I’ve even gained achievement in other aspects of my life, such as ridding myself of excess possessions and dispensing them to various charity shops. Having said that, every time I drop off a load of bin bags filled with goodies, I end up buying something else to take their place 😀

However, my greatest achievement to date, is formatting and uploading to various online retailers, my first self published novel, A Pocketful of Stories. Over the years, I’ve watched people self publish with increasing confidence and most self published novels, nowadays, are of the highest standard and quality. So I thought now that  my time is my own, why not have a go? I have to admit I did wonder if I’d bitten off more than I could chew, but I girded my loins, downloaded Smashword’s free guide to formatting and set to.

I can honestly say I’ve never worked so hard in my life! At the beginning of the guide it warned that it would take a few hours to carry out the formatting to the standard required by Smashwords. Hours? Try two days! However, I got there in the end and I have to say I’m very proud of the results. The book cover I commissioned from a site called: Custom e-book covers, for the very reasonable price of £49.99. They guarantee to deliver the goods within 3 days and they did; excellent customer service, as far as I’m concerned. 

Custom e-book covers 

When it came to actually uploading the manuscript, I can tell you I was dreading it. However, I was pleasantly surprised when it uploaded first time and apart from a few spelling errors, which I immediately corrected, it was accepted for Smashwords Premium catalogue. This means they will distribute it more widely than other books that don’t make the grade. I then uploaded it to Amazon and it went without a hitch. 

So, my little chick-a-dees, the moral of this tale is that if a technophobe like me can format and upload to a digital retailer, then anyone can 😀

Grab your free copy from any of the retailers listed below.

 

Amazon UK

Amazon.US

kobo

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Smashwords

 

 

Available now…

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2017 by Kate Jack

… from Amazon, Smashwords, itune and Kobo.

For your delight and delectation – absolutely FREE! 😀

Welcome to a world of faeries, dreamers, history and much more. A Pocketful of Stories contains twelve short fantasy tales, filled with delightful, and not so delightful, characters, plus a bonus free chapter from book I of The Silver Flute Trilogy, Land of Midnight Days. From the dreamer who does not wish to face up to reality, to the shopkeeper and his daughters who yearn for adventure, A Pocketful of Stories will take you through multiple worlds and situations.

 

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