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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

$2.99
Kindle Edition published 2013-08-14
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Big Al's Books & Pals 2014 Readers' Choice Awards: Young Adult Nominee

A ruthless murder and a stolen shipment of gold.

At school, sixteen-year-old Nikaia Wales endures the taunts of bullies who call her a “half-breed.” At home, she worries about how her family will react if she reveals her growing feelings for the quiet boy next door.

Those are soon the least of her troubles. Nikaia discovers a hidden cache of gold, and when police find a corpse nearby, her father becomes a suspect. Worse, Elias Doyle is circling, hungry to avenge his brother’s death.

Nikaia desperately searches for clues to save her father. In her quest to find the killer, she learns about the power of family, friendship, and young love....

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Just joined and added my books. About to put the code onto my website. :)

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This is a very, very cool thing you've done.  Good Karma headed your way.


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Okay, I signed up and am ready to add to my website, which I just created...question for wordpress.com people!!! I went to widget, and sidebar, but not sure which widget I pick? I know I need to copy/paste, but not sure on the widget.
Can someone guide me? And again, sorry for the dumb question....

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Okay, I signed up and am ready to add to my website, which I just created...question for wordpress.com people!!! I went to widget, and sidebar, but not sure which widget I pick? I know I need to copy/paste, but not sure on the widget.
Can someone guide me? And again, sorry for the dumb question....

Just pick the Text widget.

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Just pick the Text widget.

I picked text, pasted the text in and hit save. But it shows the text (link), not the photos. What am I doing wrong?

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Thanks for this.

Also I have a question.

I am trying to start a coop for fiction podcasters. Code like this would be great for that. It should be an easy tweak now that you already have the basics built. Wanna give a brother a hand?

PM me on it

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I picked text, pasted the text in and hit save. But it shows the text (link), not the photos. What am I doing wrong?

PM me with the address of your site and I'll have a look for you.
« Last Edit: May 22, 2015, 03:56:04 PM by geraldmkilby »

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This is an awesome idea, and thank you so much for putting your effort into it. One problem, though, I can't seem to get mine to "verticalize". I made the height and width changes Vera suggested, and for the first refresh, it was vertical, but now it's gone back to horizontal (I didn't change the code), and it looks goofy. Hope someone's got an idea on this.

This, and only this, is what I have stowed in my text widget:
<iframe style="border:none" src="http://bookpromocoop.com/showbpc.php?aid=23&cid=6&xid=1" height="390" width="250"></iframe>

Thanks in advance!

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Two ways around that, off the top of my head.  Gerald could (and maybe already does) code this to use his Amazon affiliate ID.  Therefore he'd technically make his revenue off of any books sold.  Second idea, and the one I'd favor more, is allow for a subscription fee and for us to be able to add our own affiliate IDs for a chance to make this a potential revenue stream.

Yep, I would second this idea.

And, yes, this is what happens when you come up with a cool tool for people to use -- you are flooded with suggestions more, more, more!

:) Maria

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This is an awesome idea, and thank you so much for putting your effort into it. One problem, though, I can't seem to get mine to "verticalize". I made the height and width changes Vera suggested, and for the first refresh, it was vertical, but now it's gone back to horizontal (I didn't change the code), and it looks goofy. Hope someone's got an idea on this.

This, and only this, is what I have stowed in my text widget:
<iframe style="border:none" src="http://bookpromocoop.com/showbpc.php?aid=23&cid=6&xid=1" height="390" width="250"></iframe>

Thanks in advance!

Where it says height="390" width="250" change it to height="500" width="200" and your good to go.

Have also reduced the size of the font for the title.

Have checked this on your site to make sure it will work.

Really need to have a vertical banner option. Number one on the list  ;)

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My widget doesn't show the covers.  >:( I'm out of time at the moment, but I'll come back to this later and read through the entire thread to see what I've done wrong.

My blog is a wordpress blog (I'll try my author website later, too. Maybe it will work there. It's wordpress as well.)

I used a text widget. Maybe I need to use a different one.

Anyway will come back to this on Sunday.

I think you have a great idea here.

Thanks for creating this!

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Adding this also gave me the impetus to change my blog background and add dedicated links to my stories on the sidebar.

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Where it says height="390" width="250" change it to height="500" width="200" and your good to go.

Have also reduced the size of the font for the title.

Have checked this on your site to make sure it will work.

Really need to have a vertical banner option. Number one on the list  ;)

And, boom, fixed! Thanks, Gerald.

Sure, vertical option would be nice, but we worked around it! Next suggestion, but not top of list: Make it so our own books don't show up on our own website. As Vera said, looks a bit skeevy to recommend "other authors" who happen to be yourself :) .

ETA: One more suggestion (you're gonna start to hate me): Make the number of books displayed a changeable setting. I've got tons of space down that right-hand column; I'd love to fill it with great book suggestions!
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Two ways around that, off the top of my head.  Gerald could (and maybe already does) code this to use his Amazon affiliate ID.  Therefore he'd technically make his revenue off of any books sold.  Second idea, and the one I'd favor more, is allow for a subscription fee and for us to be able to add our own affiliate IDs for a chance to make this a potential revenue stream.

I have my Amazon ID on this so theoretically I can generate some revenue from it, if and when books are sold. So, in some respects, it's a good motivation. But to be honest I don't need to make anything out of this for a while as I have access to lots of fancy servers that can handle the traffic. (it's the day job).

I'm more interested in developing something that's a win / win for Indie Authors. Being one myself I know how difficult it can be to get our books out there. It seems there is a quantum jump from starting out with one or two books to getting to a point where we can get some reasonable sales. Something like this could help along the way. I also like the idea that it's Authors helping other Authors, pooling our own resources, one web page at a time.

There is a saying (I thinks it's from Cloud Atlas) it goes something like 'Your own efforts are but a drop in the ocean. But what is an ocean only a great many drops.'  ;)
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And, boom, fixed! Thanks, Gerald.

Sure, vertical option would be nice, but we worked around it! Next suggestion, but not top of list: Make it so our own books don't show up on our own website. As Vera said, looks a bit skeevy to recommend "other authors" who happen to be yourself :) .

ETA: One more suggestion (you're gonna start to hate me): Make the number of books displayed a changeable setting. I've got tons of space down that right-hand column; I'd love to fill it with great book suggestions!

Keep the suggestions coming.  I'm keen to hear what people want.

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And, boom, fixed! Thanks, Gerald.

Sure, vertical option would be nice, but we worked around it! Next suggestion, but not top of list: Make it so our own books don't show up on our own website. As Vera said, looks a bit skeevy to recommend "other authors" who happen to be yourself :) .

ETA: One more suggestion (you're gonna start to hate me): Make the number of books displayed a changeable setting. I've got tons of space down that right-hand column; I'd love to fill it with great book suggestions!


Yup, after I just came back after being offline and checked, my own vertical stopped working too, so I used the suggested values 500 and 200 and that took care of it. However, now there is a large amount of white space below, so wondering if it can be made more economical to the screen real estate... :)

But hey, no rush! This is all good for starters, excellent!

And I like the idea of not having our own books be displayed on our own site!

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But hey, no rush! This is all good for starters, excellent!

Agreed--no pressure! Just really impressed and excited about the possibilities with this little toy. I hope more folks will hop on the wagon.

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Ok I've done everything, signed up added books got my code but I don't know HOW to drag a text block to the widgets area at all! Please clarify for me. I've also spread the word about this to my author group ;D

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Would this work with Wordpress?  I have a Wordpress site and code generally doesn't work with those.  It tends to just show up as a very plain, small link. 

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I just signed up, listed my books, and installed the widget. I hope I get a few new readers for the books that cycle through on my site.


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Would this work with Wordpress?  I have a Wordpress site and code generally doesn't work with those.  It tends to just show up as a very plain, small link.

Yes, Holly, totally. We're on Worpress, too. Just stick a text widget wherever you want it, and copy & paste the code in. Read upthread if need instructions on making it vertical instead of horizontal.

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I've signed up, and dropped the book block on my Blog page, but the first books that showed up were not Fantasy book as I had selected.

One was a Mystery and the other Romance.  Hopefully the authors of those books simply selected an incorrect category, and this was not a problem with the system.

I would like to be able to display more than 2 books as well.

Here's the page: http://www.triadinesaga.com/index.php/my-blog

One other suggestion. Use a small logo for the link back to the site and some promotional text rather than just the URL.

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I don't have books of my own to enter and my blog doesn't have much traffic, but I'm willing to help. So, we'll see what happens. I'll go and try to add the code (emphasis on 'try', me and code don't get along very often).



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