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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 😀

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

 

Amazon UK

Amazon.US

kobo

itunes

Smashwords

 

 

First 5* review for “A Pocketful of Stories”

Posted in Book review with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2017 by Kate Jack

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Having read and thoroughly enjoyed the Silver Flute trilogy I looked forward to reading some short fiction by the same author. I was not disappointed. Katrina Jack delivers a collection of wonderful fantasy stories that have an immediate impact on the reader. It is not easy to write engaging short stories but she has brought together a very satisfying collection of quite different tales, some lighter, some quite dark. A personal favourite was A dream of thorn and bramble, and I found Starlight, starbright very moving.
Free to download from: 

Amazon UK

Amazon.US

kobo

itunes

Smashwords

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The middle…

Posted in Book review with tags , , , , on December 27, 2016 by Kate Jack

Amazon review Through the Gloaming (The Silver Flute Trilogy Book 2 by Dee Harrison) eBook: Katrina Jack: 

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I was fortunate enough to win a copy of this, the sequel to Land of Midnight Days. Once more we meet Jeremiah Tully, the mute flute player and continue his exploits in a Dystopian future. This is just as well written and involving as the first book and we see the characters change and develop as they meet with fresh and disturbing adventures. Some sequels fail to live up to the promise of the first book, this does not.
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Bargain Hunter Alert!

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , on August 31, 2014 by Kate Jack

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How much does the average hard back book cost? £15.99? £18.99? I’ve paid more than that in the past. Well, Land of Midnight Days, hard backed version, is now for sale at the stupendous, knock down price of £6.59; mere coppers for, even though I say it myself, a beautiful book that would grace anyone’s shelves. Even better, the ebook version is now only £1.85! What more could any collector of YA Urban fantasy ask for, apart from a story that will take your breath away?

Believe me, I’m not in the writing game to become rich, I’ve no illusions on that score – although it’d be nice. I write because I’m blessed, or cursed, depending on your point of view. with an imagination that just won’t quit. 

When I first embarked on my writing journey, I never thought I’d see the day my work would be out there for people to read (self publishing didn’t exist, when this old dinosaur was a girl). But here I am, a published author, with a hell of a lot to offer 🙂

So peeps, grab yourself a bargain – you won’t regret it 😀

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http://goo.gl/qw64zu Land of Midnight Days
http://goo.gl/c0rR2K Through the Gloaming

A review of…

Posted in New Authors section with tags , , , , , , on May 31, 2014 by Kate Jack

firelords crown…The Firelord’s Crown, by Dee Harrison.

A true epic fantasy that takes the reader on a tumultuous journey, from the conquered land of Dinith, through mountain strongholds, rivers, cities, and much more.

Dee Harrison has created a truly wonderful and three dimensional world, and the characters that inhabit it will engage the reader’s emotions to a startling degree. Travel with Prince Falath, his cousin Rollo and their companions, on a journey that fills the imagination with a plethora of images.

I took my time reading this book, simply so I could absorb the contents, like a fine glass of wine. I also didn’t want it to end, as the characters became almost real to me. I loved the heroes, hated the villains, and felt each wound inflicted. I bowed my head against the winter storms and shivered with the biting cold.

From start to finish, this book offers any fan of speculative fiction the chance to indulge their passion. A must read for anyone who appreciates a good story.

Available from amazon as an eBook or paperback.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Firelords-Crown-Legacy-ebook/dp/B00ERVQ0FW/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401516139&sr=1-2&keywords=The+Firelord%27s+crown+dee+harrison

http://www.amazon.com/Firelords-Crown-Legacy-ebook/dp/B00ERVQ0FW/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1401516219&sr=1-3&keywords=The+Firelord%27s+crown%2C+dee+harrison

 

For your delectation and delight…

Posted in New Authors section with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2013 by Kate Jack

Ever wondered what happened to the godmother in fairy stories? Well now’s your chance to find out.

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Take a walk on the geriatric side and find out what happened to your favorite fairy tale character after they retired.

Available from Amazon as an e book.

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Love to love – how about supernatural romance?

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If you like mystery, romance and fantasy, this’s the book for you. Available as both an e book and paperback from Amazon.

Miss ’em, miss out.

There’s nothing like…

Posted in New Authors section with tags , , , , , , on December 23, 2012 by Kate Jack

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holding a book in your hand and now you can!

Land of Midnight Days is now available as both a hardback, as well as an e book.

Miss it – miss out.

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Land-Midnight-Days-Katrina-Jack/dp/0957412649/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1356112665&sr=1-1 (Hardback UK)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Midnight-Silver-Flute-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B008Z10Y3E/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1351100423&sr=1-1 ((Kindle UK)

http://www.amazon.com/Land-Midnight-Days (Hardback US)

http://www.amazon.com/Midnight-Silver-Flute-Trilogy-ebook/dp/B008Z10Y3E/ (Kindle US)

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