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The Sun God's Heir: Return (Book One)
by Elliott Baker


Kindle Edition published 2017-01-02
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For three thousand years a hatred burns. In seventeenth century Bordeaux two souls incarnate, one born the child of a prosperous merchant, the other, steals a life determined to continue a brutal incarnation begun long ago.

Under the guidance of Pharaoh, two brothers grew strong in knowledge and power, one a physician, the other a general. With the pharaoh’s untimely death, a deep hatred blossoms. One remembers, one does not.

The year is 1671. René Gilbert’s destiny glints from the blade of a slashing rapier. To protect those he loves he must regain the power and knowledge earned in an ancient lifetime. From Bordeaux to Spain to Morocco, René is tested and with each turn of fate he gathers enemies and allies as the memory and power of a lifetime as physician to Pharaoh returns.

Determined to continue a reign of terror that once caused the Nile to run red, Horemheb takes over the life of a young man mortally wo…

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... the number of pages Amazon assigns a KU book for the purpose of KU pages. This figure is worked out by a different (unknown) algorithm and is only visible to the author via their kdp dashboard.

Where is this exactly? I have looked and looked and can't find it. I am only able to see a page count when I view one of my novels in the Amazon store, but now I understand this is *not* the KENPC of that particular novel.
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Yes, but unlike most of the rest, he didn't engage in obvious shenanigans that would lead any of us to expect it, so it isn't really fair to speculate in public. It could be nothing more than an unfortunate association.

Props for using 'shenanigans' that's what's up.
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Ugh.  "If you know you already know (wink wink nudge nudge) and if you don't you'll never find out." 

This is so helpful.


Yes, but unlike most of the rest, he didn't engage in obvious shenanigans that would lead any of us to expect it, so it isn't really fair to speculate in public. It could be nothing more than an unfortunate association.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do writers make bad readers?
« Last post by P.J. Post on Today at 06:13:47 PM »
I don't worry so much about typos or the prose, but I'm super aware of how the sausage is being made. I need story and I need character and I need it now. I have zero patience for long-winded exposition or authors trying to show me how clever they are. Same for movies and television; and any of that "8 hours ago" stuff following an action scene is an automatic dnf. I can deal with cliche tropes all day long, to an extent they're to be expected, but I'm not a fan of lazy writing. I'm still looking at you TLJ.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Borrowing and KDP Select?
« Last post by Bill Hiatt on Today at 06:13:02 PM »
Thank you for your replies. Besides Amazon, I am also listed on Smashwords which redistributes through their 'affiliates' such as Barnes & Noble and others. I don't have enough ebook marketing experience to even hazard a guess as to which is the best or most profitable way to go.
There is no single answer to that question. Some people do better in Select, others by going wide. Genre and a variety of other factors play a role.

The other thing to consider is that Amazon has had a lot of administrative problems with KU. You can find several threads on that subject.
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The legs and hands go out on a swordsman long before the arms do, because you don't actually "swing" a medieval sword. A swordblow is a whipcrack that starts in the feet; all the arm does is aim.

But, you know. Fantasy. Plenty of scrappy little lost princes and princesses out there who seem to do just fine swinging a sword the first time they pick it up, so hey, roll with the trope. Handwavium is your friend and expected inaccuracies are on your side, here.

Haha it's looks that count!  How many readers of fantasy have any real-life experience with swords and will notice stuff like that?

Apparently, way more than I'd expected. 8)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do writers make bad readers?
« Last post by C. Gold on Today at 05:46:34 PM »
I've been a book addict since I first learned to read, so reading is very necessary to my happiness. I've always had certain triggers that pop me out of the story, but they are things like choppy sentences that read like an adult Dick and Jane book or incomplete sentences (and not in the artistic narrator thought way). Missing words, extra words, wrong words... sometimes annoying if I can't figure out right away what was meant, but otherwise not a problem. There's an entire sci fi alien abduction series (go ahead, laugh at me, but I like those!) where some of the formatting in the older books is horrid with tense flipping and missing/extra words. But the story was so awesome, I didn't care! Story trumps grammar almost every time. But if the story has problems...  :-[

Becoming an author hasn't changed my reading at all, except to read more romance and less fantasy since I'm currently writing fantasy and want to avoid any 'pollution'. The only thing I do differently now is I record the mistakes if I have a way to send them to the author so they can fix them.
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Writers' Cafe / Re: Do writers make bad readers?
« Last post by Jena H on Today at 05:40:36 PM »
I'm not sure if it's because of my writing, but there is a certain genre of book that I can no longer read, at least not happily.  It's not a genre I write in, either, so perhaps I simply got bored with all the usual tropes (even though they're there for a reason).  I do occasionally try to read a few of these books, but most of the time I end up DNF-ing them after a chapter or three.

Other than that, my only complaint about reading is that I don't take enough time for it.  (For well-written books, that is.)
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Writers' Cafe / Re: KU Borrowing and KDP Select?
« Last post by John Hunter on Today at 05:37:56 PM »
Thank you for your replies. Besides Amazon, I am also listed on Smashwords which redistributes through their 'affiliates' such as Barnes & Noble and others. I don't have enough ebook marketing experience to even hazard a guess as to which is the best or most profitable way to go.
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