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Innerscape, Episode 2 – live and kicking. :)

Happy Monday, all. πŸ™‚ Before we begin, a quick recap of the changes: the prize for Episode 2 is one $20 Amazon gift voucher, and the answer to the multiple choice question can now be found in the Amazon ‘Look Inside’ feature below. You will have to click the back button on your browser to exit the ‘Look Inside’:


To enter the competition, please read the ‘Look Inside’ for Episode 2 [above] and answer the multiple choice question below:

Miira’s little black cat is called:

  1. Rosie?
  2. Golli?
  3. Timmy?

When you know the answer, please type the name [or the corresponding number] in comments below, and that’s it. You do not have to purchase anything and you do not have to download Episode 2 [unless you want to]. πŸ™‚

As with Episode 1, the competition will run for 5 days until Friday, November 25, 2016. Once the competition closes, I will write the names of the correct entrants on pieces of paper and they will go into a blind draw on Saturday, November 26, 2016. The winner of the $20 Amazon gift voucher will be announced in a post and on Twitter. I will also try to leave a message on your blog or website.

If you simply want to download the free copy of Episode 2, you can find the link here:


If you prefer to browse to the Amazon page, you can find Episode 2 by typing ‘kindle Innerscape’ in the Amazon search box. Just be careful as Episode 1 will be at the top of the list, not Episode 2.

And now a video of another track that inspired the writing of Innerscape:

This one is part of the soundtrack to ‘Colin Frake’, and I love it. πŸ˜€



Doors of Pine – Reader beware!

As most of you know I’m an avid reader of ebooks thanks to the low cost. I’m still picky though, so this post is not so much a review as a warning – ‘Doors of Pine’, by Mark Williams, is not a novel, it’s just the introduction to something that may, eventually, become a novel.

At the end of this snippet of a story, the author wrote this :


http://doorsofpinenovel.blogspot.com/ for updates.”

Excuse me?

Despite being a Kindle user for a year now, it still took me a while to realise Mark Williams must be serializing his novel. [Believe me, that was the kindest interpretation I could come up with].

Now I know that Dickens serialized most of his novels, so there is nothing new about the concept. John Scalzi is doing the same with one of his stories, perhaps to counterbalance the outrageous prices his publisher charges for his ebooks. So I can’t really argue about serialization being a scam. It’s not. However a serialization should be advertised as such.

I couldn’t remember seeing anything to that effect when I bought Doors of Pine [$0.99], so I went back to double check. This is what the blurb says :

“Doorways separate one space from another. Open a door and enter another dimension. We’re not alone in the Universe, just in our dimension. This is a preview to the beginning of Earth’s awakening to inter-dimensional travel.”

The bold on the word ‘preview’ is mine.

I guess I’m a bit of a purist, but to me, preview does not mean serialization. I certainly interpreted it to mean something like ‘first book of a series’ rather than ‘first chapter[s] of a book’.

With the wisdom of hindsight I’d have to concede that the author ‘sort of’ told the truth, but I’m still very annoyed. $0.99 is not much to waste on an ebook, but my time is a great deal more valuable than that, so I resent having my expectations dashed. This isΒ notΒ a good way to market a book, especially when the author is an unknown.

Publishing-as-you-go is also not a great way to write a book. Some of the concepts underlying Doors of Pine [what there is of it] were interesting, however the writing itself could have done with a good edit by a professional editor. But of course no indie can afford to hire an editor for one chapter at a time.

Essentially then, Mark Williams is asking readers to pay for the serialization of a first draft. It’s not illegal by any stretch of the imagination, but it left me with a sour taste in my mouth, and enough anger to write a very negative post.

Not a great way to market a book. Sorry.




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