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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

Kindle Edition published 2013-08-14
Bestseller ranking: 713665

Product Description
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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Writers' Cafe / Re: Indie Sci-Fi Author Slack Community
« Last post by iamRickPine on Today at 03:47:58 AM »
Cool... thanks for the invite.
No problem. Gald to have you with us.

This is a cool idea. I'm interested in joining.
Thanks, and glad to have you.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Vellum: the official thread
« Last post by Steven McKinnon on Today at 03:47:16 AM »
Looking forward to playing around with the added features in the new update :)

For those wondering about the font sizes for print since the little bar doesn't really indicate it, I run a mock test for each of the ticks in the bar for Garamond and checked the font sizes in the PDF and here are the sizes from smallest to greatest:

10 - 10.5 - 11 - 11.5 - 12 - 12.5 - 13

For those of you who have formatted paperbacks (and thanks in advance to Erica Alexander for the above data), what do you use for line spacing and font size? My epic fantasy is clocking at 190+ words (currently with betas, I'm looking to get that number down), and for a 6x9 paperback it's a meaty 604 pages (I'm at work just now so can't check the specific settings I've used, but going by the above, I'm pretty sure it's 11-point font with the second-to-lowest line spacing option in Vellum's option bar).

The words on the PDF look fine (actually, it looks readable at the 10.5 point, but I think that may be too small for some readers), and I'll print out a few pages later, but if I was to select the smallest font and the narrowest line spacing, would that be unreadable? I uploaded it to CreateSpace and it looks like I have room to play with in the margins too, which should help lower the page count and make it a touch less expensive.

When I'm home, I'll check the name of the font etc. if that helps.

Thanks in advance!
Writers' Cafe / Re: Hi, I'm Lisa from ProWritingAid
« Last post by lisalepki on Today at 03:42:20 AM »
Hi Donovan,

That's a good question. I don't think I ever had that problem myself but I'll pass your concern onto our developers and ask them to look at it. 

Writers' Cafe / Re: YA Book Cover illustrations by CDS Studio
« Last post by komicer on Today at 03:36:56 AM »

New artwork completed and made public! In the Company of Valkyries, an add-on for the Pathfinder RPG is published by Rite Publishing. Our artist did the illustration for the front cover.

Do get in touch with us at ohayo@collateralds.com if you are interested in having a chat on what we can do for you.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Hi, I'm Lisa from ProWritingAid
« Last post by DonovanJeremiah on Today at 03:19:20 AM »

We also spent the last 6 months created a new and improved version of the MS Word add-in. I was just sent a copy to test this morning so I'll let you know how it works. It hasn't been updated in a long time and currently doesn't have some key features that the other versions have.

Does this update address the fact that  word would stop displaying correct word counts? This happened regularly when I had the plug in and found I was forced to save, close the document and reopen far too regularly when trying to write in word.
If one person tells you that you're drunk you can consider it their opinion.
If two people tell you that you're drunk you should think about it.
If three people tell you that you're drunk you should go and lie down.   ;)

I've stopped reading books when I found I didn't like the MC. Doubtful that I would pick up any more books by that author.
I think you should move on. Most probably the reviews will get better.
I went and checked out the reviews, too, and was definitely expecting to see a lot worse than I did. There seemed to be plenty positive as well as negative. And, from what I can see, the main issue of most of the complaints seemed to be that she was afraid of everything. And it sounds like that's kind of central to your storyline, so it might not be an easy thing to change. It may just be a case of writing a story with a less relatable heroine than your usual. That doesn't necessarily mean it's a bad book or will put your regular readers off your brand.
Writers' Cafe / Re: Hi, I'm Lisa from ProWritingAid
« Last post by lisalepki on Today at 02:25:52 AM »
Wow - it's so great to hear that so many of you are already using ProWritingAid and finding it helpful! 
"How does it compare to Grammarly?" I would say that it works a lot like Grammarly, but ProWritingAid goes deeper. Grammarly is excellent if all you are worried about is grammar, but if you want to go into style analysis too (passive voice, sentence construction, etc) then ProWritingAid is better for that. But as Fleurina said, they work well together too.
Regarding the crashes, this usually happens when people try to analyze entire manuscripts at once. There is just so much information going from your computer to our servers and then back again and it's sometimes too much. We recommend running the analysis on just the portion of text that you are planning to edit in your current sitting. There's not much point analyzing the chapters that you aren't going to be working on. That said, it can usually handle up to 60,000 words if you want more of an overview.
We also spent the last 6 months created a new and improved version of the MS Word add-in. I was just sent a copy to test this morning so I'll let you know how it works. It hasn't been updated in a long time and currently doesn't have some key features that the other versions have.
Regarding an iOS version, it's in our long-term plan but if I'm honest, it's not a priority at the moment. The feeling has been that it's quite difficult to do a proper edit on a tablet. But, I would certainly be interested to hear if there are a lot of users interested in it. We could always move it up the to-do list! 

And let me know if there are other features that you think would be useful. Lots of our newest features were developed as a result of user suggestions.  

It's Wednesday. Why aren't you writing? Why aren't I writing? Why hasn't destiny sent me a bucket full of money and a peanut butter, honey and banana sandwich???

Let's get on with today's list, shall we?

Remember - the campaigns that need nominations the most are the ones that are closest to the LAST DAY LEFT, 1 day left, 2 days left etc.

Updated List

1 day left An Occupied Grave by A.G. Barnett
3 days left Island on Fire by Sophie Schiller
3 days left Knight School by Robert G. Culp
3 days left The Thief's Son by Jose Carlos Antunes
4 days left Blood Will Tell by Colleen S. Myers
8 days left Acts of God and Other Damage by Missy Wilkinson
8 days left Secret of the Lost Key by Paul Kilmartin
9 days left Angels In The Basement by Kristi Lane
9 days left The Human Dilemma by Rupert Exavier Moore
10 days left The Ancient Tripod of Peace by Kalen Cap
10 days left My Love Is Vengeance by Georgiana Derwent
18 days left Justified Sins by Brian Drae
18 days left Imperfect Li(v)es by SA Krishnan
23 days left Trip to Turbulence by James F. Walsh
24 days left Electric Gardens by M. Black
29 days left Wards and Wonders by Kay L. Ling
29 days left Ghostly Intentions by Jill James

I put this list up every morning and I strive to keep it up-to-date so that this thread needn't dissolve into a flurry of "NOMINATE MY BOOK, NOMINATE MY BOOK" posts. No one is under any obligation to nominate any of these books. I'm just trying to keep the thread clear of unnecessary clutter. This way once a day there is a complete list of current candidates and folks can readily check out the kboards members who have a book in the running and can make up their own mind. I try and stay nonpartisan about it - which is why I don't comment on any particular book by title. I just keep the list.
If I have missed anyone please let me know either with a PM or by posting a link here in the thread.

Happy scouting, folks!

PS: Don't forget, if you HAVEN'T been selected for Kindle Scout and you are wondering what to do next you can get just as much help from the "My Book Wasn't Accepted For Kindle Scout - Now What?" thread. Even if you already know what you are going to do I guarantee you'll get an awful lot of support from the gang over there!

Check it out - https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,243477.0.html

I would trade a Kindle Scout deal for the sandwich you just described. Mmmm
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