Thursday, 11 December 2014

Hard Copy!

It took a while, with so much else going on around here, but I got my hands on 20 hard copies of Called To Battle recently. Don't ask how... don't ask me about smuggling things across the border... Honestly I didn't!

I've approached the school which our sons attend, and the principal sounds enthusiastic for me to go into some classes and present a writing and science lesson. Then I'm hoping I can set up a table at their next Book Fair.
After that, what next? Honestly I've done almost zilch publicity for a long time. The truth is, there's not a huge market here in Thunder Bay. The biggest potential sales are online, and that means putting money into an online ad campaign.

I'll get round to it one of these days. To be honest, I much prefer writing to promoting what I've written. So I've started Part Three of Beyond The Elder Stars. Do I hear a request for a sneak peek? I hope not. I've only written the first chapter so far.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Called To Battle - Finally In Print!

Yes, it's been a long time coming, and I won't bore you with the reasons why I was too busy to finish off the cover design on CreateSpace, but I offer my apologies to those who were waiting. Here's the link to the print version page...

And here are links to the Amazon pages.

I'm putting all these links on the sidebar of The Calling web page. 

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

New Cover Art for Called To Battle

Why bother changing a perfectly good cover, is perhaps the question to be asked. I kept looking at the last version, with the central figure who's one of the enemies of Valin and the Tellarine Squadron, and I thought: why should she be the main image in kids' minds when they think of my story? Why hold a female up on display as evil?

It's true that there are several female characters in the story who are further up the moral spectrum towards the 'good' end, so the story itself is balanced. But I felt much more comfortable having the main character of the story pictured on the front cover. So there he is.

Thanks again to Victor Habbick for accomodating my request at short notice.

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Another Cover

I now have an alternate cover image for Called To Battle. Victor Habbick agreed to put Valin central to the picture, rather than one of the enemies. I will get it out on the blog when I'm back from a short trip.
Meanwhile, over on my other writing blog, I'm writing about Mars and what it would be like to live there. Can you omagine being stuck in a small vehicle with 3 other people? And knowing that you will never return to Earth? What sort of people would do that?

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Called To Battle - cover art

Graphic artist Victor Habbick designed this cover image for the book, and I've added the rest to make it ready for printing.

What do you think?
The central figure is one of the dark enemies of the People of Elha. She isn't the central figure of the story, but Victor has done such a great job including several themes from Called To Battle.

The book is now available as a print book at Createspace and as an ebook on Amazon Kindle.

Friday, 31 January 2014

Preview, anybody?

Finished the story. 'Called To Battle' is now complete and edited once. I need to read through it thoroughly and then format it before it can be published. Anybody want a sneak preview? I can send you a pdf copy. In return, you can review it for me.
Oh yes, I also need a good cover picture for the new book. Time to get back in touch with my friend Victor Habbick, sc-fi-artist extraordinaire.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Zac Manchester Blasts Off!

Here's a guy who had a great idea and wouldn't give up until he had got the thing working. Zac is a graduate student at Cornell University in New York. His vision: Design and fly a spacecraft that anyone can afford.

Intrigued? Disbelieving? Have a look. It's called KickSat.

With thanks to the BBC News for the pic

The BBC News page where I saw KickSat first is here.

For my blog posting about other home-made space projects and commercial space, see this link.