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Science fiction on parade!

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I’ve never published a print book version of any of my books, but this wonderful graphic by Chris Graham is the next best thing. He just ‘whipped it up’ and sent it to me in an email. I have no idea how he put it together, but I love it. Thank you, Chris!

And while I’m at it, I’d like to thank everyone who left reviews on Amazon for Innerscape. You may not know this, but if you add up all the pages in all the episodes of Innerscape, they total about 1014 pages. I say ‘about’ because Amazon only displays page counts for episodes 2-5, so I had to guesstimate the page number for episode 1. Slight inaccuracies aside, that makes the story of Innerscape about 200 pages longer than George R.R. Martin’s ‘A Game of Thrones’ which comes in at 819 pages. So to all those brave souls who have read all the way through to the end…THANK YOU!

Now, I’m a polite girl, and polite girls don’t crow, but here are the reviews for Episode 1, including the 1 star by Austin Myers. 😀

David Prosser
Can Innerscape really live up to it’s reputation, can Miira live on without her bodily ills and find some happiness. Given an introduction is like watching world building at it’s best. You’re there and can see it but don’t have to cope with all the technical side.
Ms Flory has created characters real enough to evoke emotion in the reader. You’ll like, love and possibly hate too but you won’t want to stop reading.
I was given an advance copy by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Stephanie Briggs
Personal hopes and private fears leap from this writer’s imagination and grab the reader’s attention. Once she piques your interest, the conviction to know more will fuel your desire to read the next Episode. A. C. Flory does for science fiction what sunlight does for soil. She incubates an idea until it flourishes and feeds the deep hunger in us all.

Chris James
Anyone who’s read this author’s first book, Vokhtah, will know that she can deliver when it comes to entertainment. Innerscape part 1 doesn’t disappoint. The story tackles one of the most thought-provoking ideas in science fiction: what if, as your health failed and you approached death, you could effectively download your mind to a virtual reality and live on in the freedom of youth for as long as science could keep your decaying body alive?
We follow the dying Miira as she enters Innerscape and goes through her “orientation” into this virtual paradise. But right from the beginning, Innerscape shows one side to its Residents, while hiding real-world complications behind its pristine veneer of professionalism.
I finished this first part with my curiosity peeked and wanting to know what will happen next. It is a terrific introduction to what promises to be an outstanding series of books.

Candy
I thoroughly enjoyed Episode 1 of Innerscape and just downloaded Episode 2! The alternating perspectives, the vivid characters, and the intriguing vision of the future all work together to create a compelling narrative. Miira and Dr. Wu are sympathetic protagonists and the prospect of futuristic corporate villainy in the next couple of episodes seems likely. A.C. Flory has succeeded in creating a coherent, reasonable, and scary future, where the virtual and real exist side-by-side.

Candace Williams
This is the first episode of a smart, well written sci-fi series with a fascinating premise. I’m looking forward to finding out what’s really going on in both worlds, Kenneth’s real world and Miira’s utopian VR, Innerscape. There’s plenty to think about – a must in sci-fi, imo – within a storyline that captivates. An excellent read!

Dawn
Well. This was a delightful surprise. I’m quite traditional in my thinking- I always say to people I’m more of a crafter than an artist; and I think that shows in my reading. Much as I like to be fully absorbed in a novel, I find that most fantasy is just too fantastic for me to suspend disbelief. Same often goes for science fiction. For example – TV wise – I’m more of a Battlestar Galactica / Caprica girl than Farscape. My favourite authors writing for adults in this genre are Margaret Attwood and Iain Banks.
Having completed Episode One of Innerscape, however I think I might be adding AC Flory to my list.
Really convincing new technology and logic behind it; borderline dystopian; well realised characters; interesting premise throughout. Additionally it’s set in a future just sufficiently distant as to make all these things feel as though they may be about to occur, yet the lead character (a woman – hurrah) is incredibly relevant; especially reading this at the tail end of 2016. Oh – and unusually well written; no typos, no gaps or character name swaps, no odd leaps or discrepancies.
I bought this book, and am looking forward very much to buying all the remaining ones in the series.

EllaDee
A great start, introducing engaging characters who invite you to champion, fall in love with or hate them.

Austin Myers
There may have been a story of some sort but it was taking far too long to get to it.
Note to author: The first few pages / chapter has to grab the reader and pull them into the story. This book failed to do anything of the sort. This was disjointed and boring. I hope your next effort is better.

Penny I Howe
From page one, I could not put the book down. It was simply wonderful. Gripping & excitingly realistic. I’m getting ready to order the next episode (book ) right now. I would highly recommend this book. Excellent and entertaining. Exactly the way I like my Sci-fi!

And thank you to everyone who comes to my blog as well. You’ve made me a ‘very happy, Meeka’.

-hugs-

Meeks

 


Gruel, and The Vintage Egg

I love being one of the Indies Unlimited minions…ah, I mean team members. 😉 Not only are the other members fantastic people, and extraordinary writers, the gruel is pretty good too. You might want to bring your own sugar and milk though. Oh and a bowl… and a spoon… and maybe a bib…

Ahem, I digress. I’m pleased to announce that The Vintage Egg is now featured on the Indies Unlimited website, and a pic of the cover is on the sidebar too. Happy, happy.

http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/08/19/featured-book-the-vintage-egg/

Thanks, and a big hug to Kat Brooks, and the Evil Mastermind from a very happy minion.

cheers

Meeks


5 free days start now!

I know everyone’s sick to death of the EGG so I’ll make this quick.

The Vintage Egg is now officially free on Amazon for 5 days – i.e. from July 28 to August 1, 2013.  I wish I could make it permanently free, but failing that, I hope everyone grabs the freebie with my thanks.

http://tinyurl.com/kratzam

For the same period of time I’ve dropped the price on Vokhtah to $1.99. lol Apparently this is a good marketing strategy. I have a funny feeling it won’t work because the two books are so very different, buy hey, a bit of experimentation is never bad.

Once the free days are finished I’ll let you know how the promotion went, however until then I plan on posting about anything and everything except the EGG!

For those whose weekend is ending – commiserations. For those still in weekend mode – enjoy. 🙂

Meeks


The EGG has landed!

Massive hugs to Metan for letting me know The Vintage Egg is up on Amazon! After all that angst the nice tech people came through. Thank you Metan and thank you tech people at Amazon. 🙂

Now, you can find the Egg here :

http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Postcards-From-Tomorrow-ebook/dp/B00E58M1UU/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1374921891&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Vintage+Egg

BUT DO NOT BUY IT!

No, this is not reverse psychology. I intend to use KDP Select to make the EGG free for 5 days starting tomorrow. So please, just wait a little.

Okay, that felt really weird. It’s not as if I’m a David Jones sale and hordes of people are camped outside,  waiting for the doors to open. The whole ‘please wait’ bit is so I can give you guys something for free, as a thank you. Thank you for the feedback on the cover, and thank you for encouraging me the last couple of days. And thank you just because. 😀

-hugs-

Meeks


The Vintage Egg is AWOL

I had hoped to be crowing about my newly published book today, but the beast has disappeared off the face of Amazon. As in… I can’t find it anywhere. 😦

When I log into my KDP page, this is what I see :

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The Egg is definitely showing as live. It even has an ASIN. Unfortunately that page is the only place on Amazon where the Egg appears. That means it has been AWOL since about 11pm last night [aussie time], ten and a half hours. Where has my baby gone?

I contacted Amazon support by email last night, and there was a reply from support waiting for me this morning. Sadly the nice support person was just asking for more info. With the relevant, and not so relevant screen shots duly sent off, there’s nothing I can do now but wait. I hate waiting, especially as I had this nice campaign all mapped out. 😦

Has this ever happened to any of you? More importantly, will I get my book back eventually?

-sigh-

Meeks

 


And the winner is…. The Vintage Egg!

vintage egg FINAL

Thank you to everyone who responded to my call for help on the new cover!

As you can see, ‘The Vintage Egg’ was your favourite title, but only by 9 votes to 6. I looked at those numbers and realised ‘Postcards from Tomorrow’ would be great as the title of a series, so that’s what I’ve done.

For the moment, a series of short story books is more aspirational than anything else, but I like the idea. 🙂

I’ve also fixed the layers issue I was having, and now the graphic shows the cockpit cover as it was meant to. Phew.

Finally, I took note of the comments about the readability of the small text, and changed the font. I realise this still won’t show up on the normal Amazon book list, but should work on the ‘look inside’… assuming anyone gets that far.

Thanks to all your feedback I believe this cover is now done! And I have to say I’m proud of it. Very proud. I’m also very touched at all the support you guys have given me. David, Ilil, Metan and EllaDee did a superb job as beta readers, [and proofreaders as well!] and all of you helped make the cover an order of magnitude more professional than it would otherwise have been.

Thank you. I love you all.

Meeks


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