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Posts made in October, 2011

Reviews of The Shadowed Path

»Posted by on Oct 24, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Thought I’d just post a few reviews I’ve had so far:

“This is an amazing book so far (I’m halfway through).  Complex and intriguing characters, a masterfully-written plot and a world much like Gladiator (movie) mixed with dark fantasy and all the awesome monsters and peoples related to it–and intense action!  (I wrote this in quick layman terms which won’t be in its final review).  I’m bracing myself for what will happen when Marcus and Sheena meet, as I foresee sparks flying one way or the other–or both!”  –  http://infinitydreamt.blogspot.com/

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First Edition Trade Paperback of The Shadowed Path now available!

»Posted by on Oct 21, 2011 in Blog | 26 comments

Click the link below or to the right to view the print version of my debut novel.

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This is a 6″x9″ Trade Paperback First Edition

To celebrate the release of the First Edition Trade Paperback of my debut novel I’m giving copies away at Goodreads!

This will be the first of several promotions coming up within the next month, so take advantage of it, it’s completely free to enter and.

If you win, all I ask is that you write a short review of the book and post it online.

ENTER NOW

 

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Add Custom Screensavers / Lockscreens to your Kindle!

»Posted by on Oct 20, 2011 in Blog | 49 comments

Okay so I got my new kindle a few days ago (see here: http://www.simonstoneauthor.com/archives/341) and right away I NEEDED to change the lockscreens. As much as I admire these long-dead writers and great minds I didn’t really want portraits of them every time I saw my little hibernating ereader. So, I tried searching for a way to change the screensavers. Should be easy right? That’s something people would want to change so I was sure Amazon would have some conspicuous folder somewhere where I could add/delete lockscreen images.

No. No such luck. That would be too simple.

On to plan B. Jailbreak it.

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Kindle 3 vs Kindle 4 and the wonders of Amazon-not-com

»Posted by on Oct 19, 2011 in Blog | 5 comments

Little review post today that snuck up on me essentially due to Amazon’s business model. Read on to find out what the hell I’m talking about and especially if you’re interested in buying either of the kindle’s mentioned in the title…

For reasons to do with accidental coffee spillage I found myself suddenly and tragically e-readerless. Now as much as I will always love printed books and will always prefer reading from them, I do most of my reading nowadays on my e-reader, and I read a LOT, so this was a situation I couldn’t stay in for very long.

So, off I went to amazon.co.uk because I’d heard about these fantastic new kindles (specifically the Touch and Fire). On a side note I almost jumped up and down when I heard about the full colour Fire until I realised it wasn’t some new kind of colour e-ink but was just a generic tablet. Scratch that, I want e-ink for reading or nothing…

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Why become an independent/self-published writer?

»Posted by on Oct 7, 2011 in Blog | 8 comments

Firstly, this has been done to death in many a blog. I’m aware of that and I’m not going to cover the same ground. If you want details, how-to guides and pros and cons, do a search and you’ll find plenty of material. But at the same time this is my personal blog so I figure I should probably write about why I, personally, am going down that route.

What makes a writer? I’ve said this before. If you write, if you love it, if it’s your passion, you’re a writer. You might not be any good, you might struggle to find the time, you might only be able to manage one hundred words on a really productive day, you might have ten bestsellers under your belt and a learjet in your garage; whatever, you’re still a writer. Congratulations. (Especially if you’re the one with the learjet.)

But for the rest of us normal people having a contract and a fat advance from a big publishing house is great, of course it is, but that isn’t why we write. At least that’s not why I write and I suspect it’s true of many. I write because

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