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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

$2.99
Kindle Edition published 2013-08-14
Bestseller ranking: 713665

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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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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover model stock photo search tips please!
« on: Yesterday at 04:52:13 PM »
In my search terms, I usually specify white background and set it as transparent. That doesn't always work. The next best thing is to find someone on Fiverr that will cut out the background for you. I've used a couple of people there and have had good luck.

Then pick the background you want, insert the png photo, and blend or soften the edges.

I'm certainly no pro and I never mastered GIMP or Photoshop or even Paint.net. But I can set up a basic image. My downfall is typography which is why I've been gradually switching over to professional covers.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Cover model stock photo search tips please!
« on: Yesterday at 11:36:35 AM »
Depositphotos has a place where you can eliminate certain keywords. You can put in quite a few.

First, I do a broad search to see what's out there such as "medieval woman". Then I look at the elements I don't want in the photos that come up such as sword, horse, man, illustrated (even though I asked for photo), child, glass, goblet, blond, blonde, etc. Doing that really cuts down on the number of photos you have to look at.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: Yesterday at 04:29:06 AM »
I've seen postings from some of you suggesting that you weren't completely enamoured of DG's later novels in the Outlander series. I think I must be a rather undiscriminating reader - I am so wound up in the series that I have not had any disappointments so far.

So if any of you are of a similar vein of being happy with all of the novels so far, here is an excerpt from 'Go Tell the Bees That I am Gone' ... 'A Bit ofTrouble'

(I might add that there are other series where I have tired of later books, but not here in the Outlander series)

That doesn't mean you are undiscriminating at all. As they say, YMMV. Even though I'm not all that happy with subsequent books, I've kept reading all these years.

I finished reading Virgins late last night. It was good but disappointing at the same time. Young Jamie and Ian in France before Outlander. I expected it to be more about what happened to Ian there. Instead, it was just a story of one of their adventures. It did show the close relationship between Ian and Jamie and I suspect there might be a sequel since the last thing they said was that The King of Prussia needs good men.

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The Book Corner / Re: Rex Stout-Nero Wolfe/Robert Goldsborough-Nero Wolfe
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:38:43 AM »
I just tried to read one of the Goldsborough novels. Number 7, The Missing Chapter.

After seven books, he should certainly have gotten the characters down pat. He hasn't. Goldsborough should have written his own characters.

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The Book Corner / Re: "Most Read" kindle books, per Amazon
« on: November 16, 2017, 10:51:23 AM »
It seems I never like or want to read what the rest of the world "hungers" after.

Maybe we should start a top 98 (just to be different) outliers list.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Christmas came early this year, Santa Zon gave us...
« on: November 15, 2017, 06:57:52 PM »
I had three that had been annoying me for years. Gone!

Thanks for the heads-up.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 15, 2017, 09:50:41 AM »

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 15, 2017, 09:44:30 AM »
I was looking for an Outlander calendar and saw a bunch of other stuff. I resisted all but the shopping bag. I wasn't looking for a mug although they have a wonderful one that's out of stock. But while browsing, I came across this one that I got a kick out of.


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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:12:26 AM »
Yes, I look forward to each new series of Doc Martin. I enjoy the wonderful ensemble cast. Acorn also have the two prequel movies that introduced the character, albeit in a much different form. Did you know that the co-creator of Doc Martin character was Craig Ferguson? The Doc was first seen in the movie Saving Grace as Dr Martin Bamford.

If you subscribe to Acorn, check out the Agatha Raisin and the Brokenwood Mystery series, as well as a number of others.

I did see one of the movies but I can't recall the name. Doc Martin was an entirely different character and ended up in Portwen for an entirely different reason. I didn't know there was another prequel movie. I sure have a lot of catching up to do.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you binge-watching?
« on: November 14, 2017, 05:15:12 AM »
I finished watching the new Season 8 of Doc Martin on Acorn streaming. It was a good series (i didn't care much for S5, which included their wedding in the 1st episode). I watched a behind the scenes episode at the end. Part of that was about all the fans who come and watch them filming. Almost every one that they interviewed was American.

Goodness, I didn't realize Doc Martin was still going. I've been procrastinating about signing up for Acorn but now it's time.

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Anything Else Amazon / Re: Amazon to Adapt Lord of the Rings
« on: November 14, 2017, 05:14:01 AM »
It does appear that the Tolkein estate is on board, and the producers of the movies as well. I think the stories can NOT feature the same characters unless they get the same actors -- but if they're talking about stories set BEFORE LotR -- those people are all older now and it'd be hard for them to play the characters younger. So either it'll be a whole different batch of characters, or they'll find people who can pass for Wood, Astin, et al as teenagers.

They could go with an original story of the Took who left the shire -- Bilbo and Frodo's ancestor. :D

Don't forget Frodo was about 50 yrs old when he and Sam set out for Mordor.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 13, 2017, 07:32:43 PM »
Her blindness was such an important part of her character & actions, I would think they would have to.

And yet, they completely changed the character of Rev. Campbell by making him a fortune teller instead of a minister. You just never know what these writers will do. But they do seem to have a method to their madness.


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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:57:57 PM »
She absolutely was white haired & I'm sure Kennedy's will be for filming as well

And blind. I wonder if they are going to include that.

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Anything Else Amazon / Re: Amazon to Adapt Lord of the Rings
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:20:54 PM »
Sounds like it's going to be a prequel to Fellowship of the Ring. I always thought The Hobbit was the prequel.

I'm afraid it's going to be pretty watered down, whatever it is.


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Anything Else Amazon / Re: Amazon to Adapt Lord of the Rings
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:57:01 PM »
I honestly can't imagine what this is going to be like.

I have to admit I was disappointed in The Hobbit. It wasn't until the third movie that I got a sense of LOTR. Nothing wrong with those movies, really, just underwhelming.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:52:04 PM »
Cagnes, I see in your sig you're reading Seven Stones to Stand or Fall. I just got that from the library. What a doorstopper!!

I had already read Roger's father's story and two of the Lord John's. I was really only interested in Virgins, Ian and Jamie in France. The ebook was only $3.99 so I picked it up. Reading it now.


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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:44:36 PM »
I don't think anyone posted these two new cast members for Season 4.

https://media.bookbub.com/blog/2017/10/11/outlander-season-4-cast-announcement/

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:37:29 PM »
Here's a bunch of articles from EW including a video of the photoshoot.

http://ew.com/outlander/


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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 13, 2017, 04:19:38 PM »
Just came across this cover. Wow, look at Jamie in that outfit!  :-*



Goodness, he looks like a teenager. He can take me to the prom in that outfit any day.

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Writers' Cafe / Re: Draft to Digital now distributing to libraries
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:37:33 AM »
I'm certain that libraries get inundated with physical books from well-wishing residents and yes, probably a few authors too. The problems I foresee for the library is that of space and turnover. Even in libraries the book takes up shelf space and if there's no turnover of that book, then it's stopping other faster-moving items from being stocked. So, I can envisage a situation whereby they would sell off books that weren't shifting to make room. Luckily, eBooks take up no space at all, but we shouldn't expect the libraries to end up stocking them (people, let's be honest here, not all our books are worthy of virtual shelves). If the libraries get requests for a book, they are obliged (if possible) to fill that demand. So, instead of discounting books to get them INTO the library, encourage readers to take them OUT of the library.

The branch near me just opened less than two weeks ago. They were begging for books. Between my mother and I we donated six carloads. Mostly they were Mom's books because I'd gotten rid of a lot of mine years ago.

I asked that they donate the books to the new library and any not worthy of the shelves, they sell and give those funds to the new library as well. I also donated $25 for a mystery book with a name plate in memory of my mother. I hope I come across it some day.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 13, 2017, 06:31:45 AM »
Having a bit of trouble with the pronunciation of Marsali's name:
Davina Porter pronounced it 'Mar SAH lee', but
here in the TV series, it sounds very different. Maybe 'MAR sah lee'

In my head, it's always been MAR sah lee.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 12, 2017, 05:47:51 PM »
Ships ships, ships everywhere. I love ships.  ;D I know want a house and then I want one room in that imaginary house to be turned into a ship chamber, preferably the captains. I told my husband as we were watching. I just got a side eye.  :P

So, he didn't go for it, huh?

I got the urge to play the music from Pirates of the Caribbean.

The Porpoise looked exactly like the HMS Victory that I saw in Bristol.

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Not Quite Kindle / Re: Outlander - Starz - Season 3 September 10th
« on: November 12, 2017, 04:58:11 PM »
Starz sends me an email when the episode is available. Yay!!!

I missed the email so I just watched it. The best part was Mr. Willoughby's life story. Very well done. A lot of good moments from the book, too. Fergus is growing on me.


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Writers' Cafe / Re: Draft to Digital now distributing to libraries
« on: November 12, 2017, 02:08:43 PM »
For me it's not a monetary gain thing, it's a 'what world do I want to live in?' thing.

I think Indy authors should be encouraged to get themselves in libraries because you can make new fans, and potentially ones who haven't yet discovered the joys of Indies and think that e-books are always 9.99 a pop.

I donated two of my books a few years ago and they are still on the shelves. A new branch just opened up near me and I gave them six books. I expect them to be approved and up on the shelves in a couple of weeks.

You need to send them to the acquisitions department at your main library.

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