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Stone and Silt
by Harvey Chute

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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If you don't have a Bookfunnel account but are interested in trying it out, let me know.

Still time and still room :)

Oh, yeah. I don't plan on emailing people except to actually offer them something. I don't want to go down the road of hassling them for reviews or anything. I figure that will come naturally if they want to.

If you set your Instafreebie offer to 'ask for reviews' you will get some. They could be on Amazon or Goodreads.

So a little update: one of the group giveaways started, and I logged on this morning to see like 20 people had signed up.

Obviously a small amount, but it's all working at least! Also - pretty cool to see the automatic Mailerlite set up spring open and send them emails. Even cooler to see half of them opened the emails.


Now don't screw it up and lose them all. ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Canadians Can Now See The Ads Of Any Facebook Page
« on: November 15, 2017, 03:01:49 PM »
Interesting. They say 'This effort aligns with Facebook's election integrity work in Canada that's already underway.'

Which is what I figured was really behind this. Could be useful to us as guinea pigs advertisers. ;D

Writers' Cafe / Re: Somebody just offered to buy one of my domains . . .
« on: November 15, 2017, 01:27:27 PM »
Google 'free domain appraisal' and you will find a value. Keep in mind it's only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.

But...it is a good name and if it's a series name, I would keep it. It never hurts to have online real estate
for people to find you. If someone ever googles 'unicorn whisperer' looking for those books you can have them
on there as well or do a redirect to your publishing site when they click on the link. Your web host can help you
with that.


Have I missed something really obvious? Or is it just because I smell?

Yes. Patience :)

It takes a bit of time before readers know you exist. And you have to work at it.
Once your group promos start running you will see subscribers. Some folks use
posts on Twitter or Facebook but my experiences show group promotions are
the best way to get exposure.

You might try emailing Instafreebie and see how you can get featured on one
of their mailings to start. That will give you definite exposure (and not the kind that gets you arrested) :)

p.s. You are in my Dec giveaway and you'll get anywhere from 200-700 subscribers - no promises  ;D

Still time to build your list ;)

mine is 17,800 words. Does it count?
Ahmad yes as long as it is a complete story. I use 20,000 words as a basis but I'm flexible. I've had some participants with
a collection of short stories that have done okay as well.

Submitted. I think. The form is very different to those of previous Instafreebie efforts I've joined. I didn't have to provide a link, short description, cover  or email address. Not sure what the stuff about blurbs for other authors is all about.  It's somewhat confusing.


Hi Philip

Those 'blurbs for other authors' are seen when someone clicks on the 'Read More' button under the books blurb on the promotion page.
It's like those positive author comments or blurbs you see on Trad Pub books - 'Dan Brown says Philip Gibson's book Berlin45 is ground breaking.'

I am interested, but only in a sample up to 11,000 words. Will that work for you or are you only keen on full books?
Sorry but in the promos I've run I get negative feedback when it's not a complete story.

Give Bookfunnel a try and join our promo :)

Step right up and join the fun ;)

If you don't have a Bookfunnel account but are interested in trying it out, let me know.

Newbies welcome :D

Ok, thanks. What's the cutoff point for entering? I may well make it as I'm well ahead of schedule, but don't want to commit just yet!

This will be book one of a traditional mystery series.
Anyone is welcome to join right up to the last minute.  Now get to work, ;D

My book won't be ready until the end of December. Can you clarify the dates in the op? Are the same books running for the whole date?

Yes, the same books run through the promo from Dec 18 - Jan 7.

Anyone else want to join?

Okay, I went through the steps for joining the promo. We'll see if it works. If I've had Yesterday's Thief in too many of your promos, feel free to reject it.

Okay, Al, I added your link & your book shows up on the promo page now.
I get a small warning icon on my dashboard saying 'this link will not collect email address' so it looks like they can d/l your book.

The Bookfunnel setup for this promo is set to 'collect emails' so I'm not sure how (or if) it would work
if the booklink you added wasn't set up that way.

Looking for participants for a *Bookfunnel* Giveaway Promotion

*If you don't have a Bookfunnel account but are interested in trying it out, let me know*

-Target Dates Dec 18 - Jan 7 -
-Thriller - Mystery - Suspense
- Novels & Novellas only
-One book per author
-All authors agree to email their lists once and promote on social media during the promotion- Twitter - Facebook - your website etc.
Note: You need an account level that lets you collect emails to build your list.

***Please create a NEW link to your book so we can track stats. Thank you.***




No list - no problem. :)

Join now.

Here is an Instafreebee opportunity to get your stories on new Kindles & eReaders over the holiday season!
-Target Date for promo is Dec 19 - Jan 7
-Thrillers - Mystery - Suspense (all sub-genres)
- Novels & Novellas only - minimum 20,000 words
-only One book per author
--Instafreebee will host the page and I will supply some images
-All authors agree to email their lists once and promote on social media during the promotion- Twitter - Facebook - your website etc.
-You need to create a giveaway & the Instafreebie Link MUST have /free/ in it -go to your Dashboard - Choose Book - Choose Giveaway To Join
-Important: You can't do an Instafreebie giveaway of a full book if you are in KU - against TOS
NOTE: You can do an A/B split test on your book's blurb - send your book's name & alternate blurb to author@EugeneLloydMacRae.com


Sign up for an Instafreebie account if you don't have one https://www.instafreebie.com/authors?invite_code=SmsxegSc63

Writers' Cafe / Re: Looking for experts on logging machinery.
« on: October 23, 2017, 12:34:25 PM »
I can give you some basics to help you out but keep in mind that they would probably be able to overcome whatever you do in a short amount of time. They expect falling tree limbs or accidental equipment strikes to take out a piece of equipment and they're prepared in some ways to overcome it.

Google 'modern logging operation' or 'logging equipment British Columbia' and you can see the type of equipment used. Using the names and seeing where the components are can add to the flavor of your story.

Here is one website http://www.oregonloggers.org/Forest_Logging_Technology.aspx

Keep in mind most large logging operations will leave the equipment on site but will usually bring in a trailer to act as a guard shack and will probably have one or two men watching.

The 3 'weak spots' to attack - computer - diesel engines - hydraulic (lines & tank) - I'll deal with the last two.

Google adding gasoline to diesel fuel and you can see how it will make the engine run hot and ruin it  - replacing or repairing the engine would take time. But keep in mind often the larger companies lease their equipment and they could just bring in a new piece to the logging site.

You could put water in the hydraulic tank - depends on how much you could put in - even 1% water in hydraulic oil will cause pump cavitation and take out the bearings. They will drain the system & replace the pump to get going again.

You can 'cut' the hydraulic lines but keep in mind the heavier equipment uses hydraulic hoses with several wire braids in them that are very difficult to cut through. ( Google 'four spiral hydraulic hose' as an example to see what it looks like). You could use a chainsaw (with a lot of sparks and possible dangerous rebound) or an ax and brute strength - but if there are guards nearby, they would probably hear it. Depending on the operation they would probably have spare hoses in a supply trailer on-site, they could have a pick-up truck with a portable hydraulic swager to crimp up a new hose, or they simply drive into town and get the local hydraulic shop to crimp them up a new hose and get back in operation.

There is one devious way to sabotage the equipment that could actually hurt the loggers involved. I mentioned crimping a new hose. A length of hydraulic hose is cut from a roll - let's say it's 15 feet long. A machine puts the hydraulic fitting on each by squeezing it down around the outer cover. Those fittings or ends have pipe threads or JIC threads to piece them into the equipment. Google 'hydraulic hose crimping' and you will see YouTube videos showing you how the crimping is done. Those ends have to be squeezed on precisely. If it's not, when the hose is under pressure in the field, it can come apart. The oil under pressure is sprayed around and can actually be driven into the flesh of anybody standing nearby. Even a low pressure hose at 100 PSI can drive oil into the skin and do damage. Google 'hydraulic oil injected into skin' and you can see the damage that can result. You could have your protesters replace any hose supplies on-site with faulty hoses or find some way to alter the crimping equipment at the local hydraulic shop to make it work improperly.

Hope this helps you some.

Anyone else want to throw your hat book in the ring?  ;D

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