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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

$2.99
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: Unauthorized Sellers on Amazon
« on: Yesterday at 05:06:28 AM »
Wasn't it proven at one point that some of these folks use the higher price point to launder money?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Trends in epic fantasy?
« on: January 20, 2018, 05:31:43 AM »
Yup.  Grey B@stards is limited 3rd POV; Path of Flames and Crimson Queen are multiple limited 3rd Person POV.

Songs of insurrection is decent, as well. 8)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Strong Women in Fantasy Cross Promo
« on: January 20, 2018, 05:04:50 AM »
Mark and Herefortheride, Im going to stick to straight epic fantasy on Amazon for this one, as the purpose is really to get some alsoboughts going, but I will probably run an instafreebie one soon, and may try a wider fantasy one as well. Seems like theres plenty of interest!

Sounds good.  ;D

Mine is epic fantasy by the way. I built the world from scratch and is quest-based coming of age with a female lead.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Strong Women in Fantasy Cross Promo
« on: January 19, 2018, 10:41:50 AM »
I have one free during those days as a magnet(instafreebie) but not free through Amazon. Is it possible to join?

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Epic Fantasy Box Set 3d Cover Image mock up
« on: January 18, 2018, 11:07:31 AM »
I went with the single character, and the graphic designer came back with these options.  What do you guys think?



I like option B. The books with different colors look more "real" and for some reason it attracts me.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you often rewrite your works?
« on: January 18, 2018, 05:40:56 AM »
Rewrite before publishing?  Constantly.  After publishing?  Sure, I'll correct a random typo here and there and reupload the ebook file.  I haven't done any extensive rewrites, although I am thinking of reworking the first chapter of my first published story.  I know a lot more about storytelling now.  On the other hand, there's something to be said for just moving on and not walking back and forth on the same ground.  On the third hand, a stronger first chapter might lead more people into the subsequent novels.

Conflicted on that one.

Yeah, that's sort of where my dilemma lies. I really like my first book and think it has a lot to offer but I know I can easily smooth out a sentence here and there to make it as good a read as my second and third volumes.

The good thing is seeing how much you've improved.

When my beta readers read through my third book recently I got back a lot of messages like "Wow, your best book, waiting to see how this wraps up." and "Your world really expanded and came to life."


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you often rewrite your works?
« on: January 17, 2018, 06:58:00 AM »
How often do you rewrite your books?

I am seriously considering touching up my first book. I've just completed book three and am deep into my first murder mystery and my writing has grown so much since the first book and since I'm using it as a reader magnet and it's the first book in my series I don't want to let some of the choppier descriptions keep people from getting to the next books in the series which I'm really proud of.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Your Best Idea
« on: January 17, 2018, 04:22:48 AM »
Wow, no "Earth Angel" yet? I would have thought someone would have suggested that...or perhaps it's just a affinity for American "oldies" music.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Your Best Idea
« on: January 17, 2018, 12:32:10 AM »
 ;D "Love From Above", "Heaven On Earth", "Falling in love", "A Beau Down Below"  :P

 

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Writers' Cafe / Re: When Amazon removes a legitimate review
« on: January 17, 2018, 12:26:03 AM »
You are free to disagree, but what I said was true.

It certainly isn't true. Most authors are well aware that most 5-star reviews are fake and that some one star reviews are fake. But most of us readers NEVER read 5-star reviews and go to read the 1-2 star reviews because these reviews tend to be the most accurate.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: When Amazon removes a legitimate review
« on: January 15, 2018, 06:25:50 AM »
Decided against it. Sorry for cluttering the forum.

You are wiser than I. I shall learn from your example  ;D

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Writers' Cafe / Re: ways to be less Amazon dependent
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:12:26 AM »
Great stuff here, guys! I'm soaking it all up...I hope. :o

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Epic Fantasy Box Set 3d Cover Image mock up
« on: January 14, 2018, 09:03:25 AM »
I am going to make a box set of my sword & sorcery/epic fantasy quartet, and am considering these two images.  The title and font contrast will change, with the individual titles on the spine. This is just a mock-up with my poor photoshop skills, and I will have my graphic designer do it; I just want to know if the images are clear at the size and angle, or if I should just commission a whole new image.



Hey JC,

The first image is cool but a little too busy. The second one is pretty nice. I would slip the question into a mailing list poll and get the reader's feedback, too.

Good luck!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Scrivener compile question
« on: January 14, 2018, 08:22:41 AM »
The first question with Scrivener is always: PC or Mac?

This answer is for PC. It will be similar for Mac, but probably easier and have a whole lot more bells and whistles. (Come on, PC version 3.0!!)

Assuming all your chapters are in one Scrivener binder (visible on the left side of the screen) and are in the order you want them compiled, it goes like this...

--Great Book (you might have set it up with the manuscript icon, as a book icon under the manuscript, whatever. Or no icon, no title. )
--Folder icon: chapter 1 ("chapter 1" being the title you may want included in the compile--I sometimes use em dash/space/1/space/em dash, or "Greatest Chapter Ever Written". Whatever you want to name it.)
--text icon: scene one
--Folder icon: chapter 2
--text icon: scene one


Two different approaches get you to the same place....
Look at the general meta data for each section (chapter folder or scene text). It's in the middle of the column on the right side. If you don't see the column, click on the circled i at the top right of the screen. You'll have 3 check boxes: "include in compile", "page break before", "compile as is".  Click the boxes you need. For me, Chapter folder and scene text both get "compile". Chapter folder gets "page break before", text doesn't. Text usually gets "compile as is" because I had problems with that first paragraph flush left not showing in compile. This solved it.

If every folder and text you want included is checked appropriately, they will appear in the compile. But this really is something you're better off setting up with your template and forgetting.
     
Second approach, and one you should always check, especially since you have to work in "compile" anyway:
Click on Edit/Compile/Contents

You will see a table listing EVERYTHING in your binder (character notes, research...all of it). It shows the icons and titles of everything and the same boxes from the meta data: compile is called "include" in this view, then page break and as is. Click (or unclick) each entry as appropriate for everything in your binder. If you find compile errors in what's included and how, most of the time the problem will be here, where the category is checked or wasn't checked. Don't click "include" if you don't want it. If that's not clicked, it doesn't matter whether the other boxes are clicked.

Showing titles--to do that, you have to go to "Formatting" under Compile. That shows you the levels and gives you the option of clicking on Titles or not.

Levels still confuse me, but the PC version was finally updated last year to show in color what parts of the binder were at which level. Easy peasy now.  For me, chapter folders are Level 1+, scene text are Level 2+. For Level 1+ the title box is checked, for Level 2+ it's not.

If you don't have all your chapters and material in one binder (big mistake! having them together is what makes Scrivener so wonderful!), just copy them from whatever binder they are in (or import them from a Word file), into the binder that you're compiling, and in the order you want them compiled (so far as I know, there's no way to correct it through the compile function if they're in the wrong order, but that's easy enough to fix by dragging and dropping to where they should be)

Hope that helps. It's not nearly as hard as it sounds, but it does take a little time for the brain to sort the details--it's like learning to ride a bike. Once you can, you can't remember why it was so darned hard when you couldn't.   ;)

Thanks! A lot of good info. I hope I did it right.  =  )

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Writers' Cafe / Scrivener compile question
« on: January 14, 2018, 07:14:06 AM »
If I want to compile (into a single file) to give to my editor how do I go about that? I keep getting them as separate files for each chapter but I just want to send one file to the editor...not 40+

HELP!  :o

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do you still consider yourself an Indie author?
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:45:44 PM »
Until I start advertising/promoting I consider myself a hobbyist. :P

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Music While Writing
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:39:50 PM »
There's also Brain.fm.

Yeah, Brain.fm is surprisingly good. Maybe I should resubscribe.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: When Amazon removes a legitimate review
« on: January 13, 2018, 06:11:41 PM »


I think you are still missing the point. You have no way of knowing it's a "legitimate review". Amazon doesn't explain why it removes reviews (as many authors have attested) and have others have said, Amazon is more likely to watch you after you show such strange suspicion toward reviews.

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How can you be certain that I am missing the point? Two of the reviews were by bloggers who received free copies and published legal disclaimers with their reviews. The reviews were legitimate.

Your statement "Amazon is more likely to watch you after you show such strange suspicion toward reviews" makes it sound as though you believe Amazon will put me or anyone else on their radar for questioning their removal of reviews. I don't think it's a "strange suspicion" to wonder why reviews are removed. It's a valid question, and it happens to writers all the time. It would help if there was transparency, which will never happen. The OP had a legitimate question, and so did I and others who have posted.

The only point I can agree with you on is that Amazon doesn't explain why it removes reviews

I never said I was certain which should have been rather obvious from the bolded "I think". Also, as has already been stated by multiple people, you have no idea if the reviews were legitimate because you don't know what the reviewer does with his OTHER reviews. Amazon may have found them monetizing them in a way that violates the TOS. But you seem to be willfully ignoring this possibility because it doesn't fit with how you WANT to see the world.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Music While Writing
« on: January 13, 2018, 10:56:33 AM »
I like sounds more than music usually. Sometimes, I'll put on sounds of a train, or songbird by a river, rain on a tent. For some reason, those really work well for me.  8)

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Writers' Cafe / Re: When Amazon removes a legitimate review
« on: January 13, 2018, 07:53:46 AM »
Reviews are not authors' property, but it is legitimate to question why older legitimate 5* star reviews are removed for no discernible reason, such as a review that was posted in 2014. Who removes these reviews and why?

I think you are still missing the point. You have no way of knowing it's a "legitimate review". Amazon doesn't explain why it removes reviews (as many authors have attested) and have others have said, Amazon is more likely to watch you after you show such strange suspicion toward reviews.

I'm still waiting for someone to ask how to remove a 5 star review or re-add a "deleted" 1 star.

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Interesting stuff!!

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Writers' Cafe / Re: When Amazon removes a legitimate review
« on: January 13, 2018, 12:12:41 AM »
Did I say there was a campaign? Did I even mention such a possibility? And what the heck is 'confirmation bias' when it's at home?

I'm not sure what you mean by "at home". I'm talking about people cultivating and protecting their 5 star reviews and always asking if there are ways to remove the one-star reviews. The reason it seems 5 stars are taken away so much is because the reviewers getting in trouble are often padding reviews for authors which helps drive business.

If you notice, 100% of the time people asking about removing a view are always looking to remove a negative review and when asking about deleted/vanishing reviews it's always about a high ranked review.

That's all I'm saying.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: When Amazon removes a legitimate review
« on: January 12, 2018, 11:40:51 PM »
But they never do, do they? They only ever remove the good ones and I've even heard people (authors mostly) declare that they think all 5 star reviews are fake. Very irritating when I know my reviews are all genuine. I did ask one author who said this if that meant she didn't have a single 5 star review that was genuine, but I never got an answer.

That's a form of confirmation bias. There is no Amazon campaign to remove 5 star reviews. It just so happens that there is big money in reviews for paid reviewers and authors want good reviews so indie reviews often tend to skew toward 5 star.

They are fighting this.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: When Amazon removes a legitimate review
« on: January 12, 2018, 10:39:10 PM »
As far as I understand it, reviews don't belong to the author. They aren't something authors should be asking about removing or adding. People always try to "add" the 5-star reviews that got removed and "remove" 1 stars that they don't like.

Reviews are an Amazon system to help readers NOT author's property.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: How Does One Select Books About Writing?
« on: January 11, 2018, 09:59:50 PM »
Books about writing are another thing I don't believe in. The old saw was: "He who can, does. He who cannot, teaches." Now it should read "... writes about it."

The only truly useful thing written about the writer's craft is Stephen King's adage: "The road to hell is paved with adverbs." Last year I decided to revive my first novel, published long ago by Doubleday and mass-marketed by Avon. It got good reviews in the NYTBR and TNY, and was optioned by a notable playwright (the option died, as most options do). So it was worth reviving, right?

But when I took the adverbs out, there was almost nothing left.

Stephen King also has a book about writing...and many other successful writers so your opinion on this is demonstrably false. Chris Fox is quite successful and his book are helping many of us. Are you claiming he can't write?

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