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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. 

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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 😀

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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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Happy Halloween

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , on September 30, 2015 by Kate Jack

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Walk to Paradise Garden, by John Campbell

Posted in Book Club with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2012 by Kate Jack

This is the story of John and Evie, who meet at the front, during the First World War. He is a stretcher bearer, she is a nurse, and as far as John’s concerned, it’s love at first sight.

Walk to Paradise Garden spans the years between the early twentieth century, right up to the early 21st. Along the way, the reader enters the rich tapestry of John and Evie’s lives, woven with such depth and perception that one feels one can step through the pages and join them in their journey. John Campbell is a consummate writer. His prose flows and carries anyone lucky enough to come across this book into the three dimensional world he’s created.

I’ve added it to my Kindle library and will read it again and again, knowing I will never tire of the colour, the sadness and the happiness of its characters.

Kate Jack’s Book Club.

Posted in Book Club with tags , on May 18, 2012 by Kate Jack

Welcome to my book club. My first review focuses on Liverpool writer, Cath Bore.

Comprising of three short stories, this e-book is a little gem. Written with style, verve and imagination it’s like the Tardis, bigger on the inside than the out, offering the reader three very rich and diverse tales.

The first is Killing for Company. This is a superbly written, mini murder mystery. It opens in Liverpool’s bombed out church, St Lukes, and centres around the murder of a small boy. I don’t want to go into too much detail and spoil the twist in the tale, but I will say that the chilling theme of how frightening love can be is beautifully depicted.

The second story is called Say it with Flowers and is spun around one of Liverpool’s most famous figures, Eleanor Rigby of The Beatles fame. Highly original and entertaining, this little tale is full of pathos, eloquence and a touch of fantasy. The exposition, dialogue and narrative are wonderfully descriptive. It isn’t hard to lose oneself and muse along with Eleanor on life’s trials and tribulations.

The final story is The Picture Frame, a tale of a woman’s fight to break free of her oppressive marriage. The main character is skilfully depicted. She is an innocent young woman who enters the matrimonial state with stars in her eyes, but is swiftly disillusioned by the oafish behaviour of her husband. The touches of humour amongst the bleakness, lifts this story beyond the normal, offering inspiration and hope.



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