August 2013

Price rise alert!

It’s the last day of August, and that means it’s the final day of the summer promotional discount for WANTED. After today, it’ll be on sale for the full price of $4.99 / £3.49, so if you want to save a couple of bucks, get over to Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble or iBooks before the clock stops ticking…

Chapter Titles

Every time I do a new revision, I wonder to myself, should I have chapter titles? I kinda like books with chapter titles – it seems more friendly than simply “Chapter 1,” Chapter 2″ and so on. So it just happens that I’m working on the Second Edition release for the print paperback (it has the new cover, plus a reveal of the book 2 cover on the back, as well as interior text changes to bring it into line with the 31/8 Kindle update.) and once again, I’m thinking to myself, should I include chapter titles?
You may or may not be surprised to know that the chapters all do have titles, whether they appear in the book or not. The titles appear in my Scrivener project file, so I see them, even if no one else does. And actually that goes for the individual scenes within chapters too, and those you never would see in the final book.

Well, regardless of how I eventually decide this time, I thought it might be fun to show you the first few chapter and scene titles as they appear to me in Scrivener. They look to all intents and purposes like a Finder window (or Windows Explorer if you’re a Windows user). At the top I have a manuscript (blue), and that contains a series of folders (green), which are my chapters, and those folders contain a number of documents, which are my scenes. These scenes contain the actual text of the novel. I’ve colour coded the scenes according to which character’s Point of View (POV) we are seeing – Orange for Shea, blue for Flick, mauve for Adam.

Anyway, you can see here the scene and chapter titles that possibly no one else will ever see…


Certificate U, 1h 32m ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

We’ve seen from the Red Bull air races that racing aeroplanes can be fast, exciting and dangerous, and arguably even more so than car rallying or the (boring) processional laps that dominate Formula 1. Disney has tried to capture that excitement and bring their successful Cars format to the world of flying.

Kick Ass 2

Certificate 15, 1h 53m, ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

The original Kick Ass was the shock hit of 2010. Reviled by critics because of its strong language and ultra-violence, it nevertheless became a huge success with real moviegoers. So can we expect the same from Kick Ass 2?

Brilliant 4★ Review

I’m really chuffed with this ★★★★☆ review from Kat Steiner on Goodreads: 😀

I really enjoyed Tim Arnot’s first book, Wanted, which features a post-apocalyptic Oxfordshire without electricity or modern technology. Instead, farming and horse-drawn carts are the order of the day, except that the carts are more often than not old non-functional cars, and there is a mysterious organisation of Scavs who scavenge and try to fix up any old tech they can find. And then there’s the sinister Kingsmen, who ‘disappear’ anyone found using tech, but nevertheless are suspected of using it themselves.

`Wanted' was chosen for an online book group that I'm a member of. Without this, I suspect I wouldn't have come across this novel which would have been a shame as I found it to be utterly gripping.

The plot is summarised in detail in other reviews so I'm not going to say too much here, suffice to say it contains all the elements of a great young adult adventure. You have romance, political intrigue and fast paced action set against a wonderful backdrop of a 23rd century Britain where what few people are left live off the land or scavenge in the derelict cities.

The characterisation is strong with 16 year old Flick Carter in particular standing out. The Villain of the piece, a corrupt local mayor is suitably creepy and I enjoyed the idea of `The Kingsmen' an elite law-enforcement organisation with the power of life and death over the other citizens.

The books has a great ending with lots being left open for book 2, which can't come soon enough for me.

S. Morris (Top 500 Reviewer)

What I’m Reading

Duallists by David Wailing

This comes from the Edinburgh  eBook Festival 2013, an online celebration of indie writing and publishing, which runs from the 12th to 25th August 2013. As part of the festival, the organisers are giving away a free Goody Bag of up to 18 eBooks for free, including David’s 50,000 word SciFi novel, Duallists.

Duallists is ONLY available during the festival fortnight, and from the festival site. SO GET IT NOW!!

Duallists-2013-cover-midON THE MOON, EVERYONE HAS A DARK SIDE.

One hundred years in the future, enormous mining vessels scour the surface of the Moon, prospecting for valuable metals and minerals. Trapped onboard for months at a time, the crew use drugs, virtual environments, gambling and pitfights to make life bearable.

Joel Miller doesn’t need any of those things. He has a new reason to live.

An enemy.

Few Are Chosen

Few are Chosen, by MT McGuire

8732892 I found it curious that this book should be classified as fantasy, because really it’s not. There’s no magic for one thing, despite the blurb (everything is explained scientifically as ‘quantum’). Sure it’s got “creatures of colour” to be politically correct, with wiggly antennae, but so what? It’s sci-fi straight down the middle. Well, comic sci-fi really, much like The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, but with a plot.

The Pan of Hamgee is a coward, and very good at it. He’s been on the run from Lord Vernon for 5 years, longer than anyone else, ever, and is still alive (staying alive is not something that Lord Vernon likes to encourage in fugitives). This strange longevity brings him to the attention of Big Merv, a gangster. Big Merv is looking for a getaway driver for a string of bank robberies that he “isn’t” going to commit, and figures that someone who has evaded Lord Vernon for so long is just the ticket.