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The Book Bazaar / Short Story FREE today (Monday May 7th)
« on: April 21, 2012, 04:00:24 am »
My new release, The Heir - a sequel to my Portal series, is free across Amazon today.

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When Lilith's unborn child is threatened, there's only one place she can go. She flees her home to find her lost twin sister, the only person who might understand the choice that Lilith must make.
The Heir, the story of the birth of Lilith's heir is set three decades before the events of The Portal Between.
US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007TT3MUA/
UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007TT3MUA/

Please feel free to help yourselves.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / Kindle Lifesaver...
« on: April 06, 2012, 06:44:14 am »
I've loved and appreciated my kindle since the day it arrived. But recently it really came into its own.

I moved house, and in those days and weeks when all my own books were packed, the bookshelves in pieces and I'd deregistered at one library and not got round to registering at the new library.... I read so much on my kindle!

Absolute lifesaver.

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Not Quite Kindle / I moved house!
« on: April 06, 2012, 06:37:18 am »
I moved house, and into a new country. We've gone from England to Wales and we love it here. The house is bigger, the views are stunning and we're only half an hours drive from the beach. We're closer to family, happier and more settled, even having only been here a month so far.

But I had to leave my chickens behind. No more gentle clucking as I open the back door, no more fresh eggs, no more raucous squawking at every garden trespassing cat. I do miss my hens, but they went to a good home and are laying well.

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Not Quite Kindle / Christmas tree.....
« on: November 26, 2011, 02:31:27 pm »
When? What sort? Artificial? Real?

and, erm, is tomorrow way too early?

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Let's Talk Kindle! / I still love paperbacks...
« on: April 30, 2011, 07:53:03 am »
But for the past week while I've been travelling, hanging about waiting for people and being away from home, my Kindle has been a total God-send.

Home now and back to library paperbacks, but the kindle will not be put away or forgotten.

Where and how do you use your kindle most?

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Writers' Cafe / Images eaten by mobipocket
« on: March 10, 2011, 05:50:14 am »
I've been working out how to make a table of contents with nice clickable links so I can upload slinkier versions of my books. I'm using Mobipocket creator, and open office writer for the source document.

No problems for 2 of them...

But the third has images scattered through it, and they show up fine if uploaded through the KDP interface. But I've just been making the clickable contents, and Mobi eats the images! I get 2 warnings per image: image file not found and image file format not supported.
All images are JPEGs, in B&W or grayscale, simply inserted where I want them.

Help?
Pretty please?
Thank you.

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Writers' Cafe / Passed 100 total sales
« on: March 09, 2011, 03:35:26 am »
I just realised that I passed 100 Kindle book sales sometime during last week.

Now there's a number worth celebrating, anyone want to share some virtual cake?

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Not Quite Kindle / Chicken news
« on: March 03, 2011, 06:42:19 am »
Ages ago, I was chatting with some of you about chickens and we swapped pics and stories and advice....

Just to let you all know that we lost our oldest hen this morning. Rainbow was around 4 or 5, a rescued battery hen who had been with us for around 3 years. She'd been declining and clearly unwell for a few days and although we did everything we could she needed that final trip to the vets today.

We still have the other three and they're all in fine health and laying eggs regularly, causing mayhem and generally being wonderful.

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Let's Talk Kindle! / I got a kindle!
« on: February 24, 2011, 09:29:56 am »
It was a legitimate business expense, honest?
Anyway, I've had it about 6 weeks, and OMG! How did I manage without one?

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Writers' Cafe / Imogen Rose - Portal book
« on: August 19, 2010, 12:30:36 pm »
Look at you at Number 7....
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PORTAL Portal
   
7.
PORTAL (Portal Chronicles)
Imogen Rose (Author)
4.5 out of 5 stars (2)
Available for download now
0.74
How very cool is that? Had to post it up here for you.

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Writers' Cafe / Right...
« on: August 15, 2010, 05:05:53 am »
That's 2 covers sorted so I'm a lot happier with the way they look on screen.

Time to sit down and do some writing. Right after I put the kettle on, make some lunch, vacuum the floor in here......

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Writers' Cafe / It looked rubbish...
« on: August 14, 2010, 12:16:04 pm »
The cover for The Portal Between looks fab on my bookshelf, in my hand, on a proper book. But as a forum thumbnail, as a kindle/other ebook thumbnail, it's just rubbish. It's a dark blob that may or may not have any writing on it.

Now I like the tree, I've met that tree, it's special... So I've kept it. (Yeah, I know.. There's a tree on the cover? Exactly.)
But the font and the lighting weren't right for tiny little thumbnails, so I've been tinkering and I'd like your opinions please.
Umm, gentle opinions please. Don't say you like it if you don't but if you don't can you say why? in a constructive way? Not that I've seen anything but supportive and constructive on these forums, but jus' sayin' ....

I'm thinking of replacing the cover for the ebook editions of The Portal Between and may run through the same process for The Portal Sundered. So they'll be similar to the print edition but not quite the same. Does that make sense.

Anyway, cover 1:


Or cover 2:


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Writers' Cafe / If a trad publisher asked, would you?
« on: August 14, 2010, 05:43:31 am »
Here's the thing.
I love my books, I love being indie and I love the total control that gives me.

But I struggle with the promo and marketing and I wonder if a trad publisher would do that better and improve my sales, if I could get one to take me on. I wonder how it would work, and if I'd be any better off or whether it would just frustrate the heck out of me.

So, I'm debating touting one of my books around to see what happens - I'll be totally honest and tell them that it's been available and where and how.

But I'm curious. If you were offered a trad deal, would you go for it? Would you trade that control you have now?

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Writers' Cafe / Smashwords formatting issues
« on: August 11, 2010, 01:27:03 pm »
I've been polishing my Smashwords editions as, quite frankly, they were in dire need of more work since the initial acceptance and subsequent raising of standards as well as my own learning curve.

So, I've fixed everything, one step at a time, on my first book, and it all makes sense (I've made notes and will apply it all to the remaining books and any future books too) But they now want me to "remove all section breaks" Now, in word I use the section breaks so I can start page numbering from the start of the story and have no page numbers on the copyright, title, acknowledgements pages. Any ideas how I might manage this without section breaks? Or should I just ditch the page numbering completely? I know that trad page numbering is a bit useless on ebooks anyway because you can change the font size and therefore page length, but I like my numbers.....

All advice, or chocolate, gratefully received.

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The Book Bazaar / The Map and The Stone
« on: August 02, 2010, 07:56:53 am »
My new book - released first on Kindle.



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Rhys is 10 and he has a problem. There's a Darkling on his bed and it needs his help.

Rhys lives with his mum in a house that could use a lick of paint and a bit of love and he was called a daydreamer by his teacher at school.

But out of the corner of his eye Rhys saw things moving, in the hedges, in the trees and then when he looked closer he found things.........

Haunted by the dying Darkling he tries to find the magical Nexus to help the Darkling and his people return home.

The Map and the Stone is part of the Portal Series and was written for younger readers. But that doesn't mean that you adults can't enjoy it too!

From the Amazon Kindle store page. The Map and The Stone was written with my 10 year old son in mind, but he is a confident reader and enjoys books for older children too. Don't let the age stop you, after all, Harry Potter was initially written for 11/12 year olds!

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The Book Corner / Kids books.
« on: July 29, 2010, 07:43:01 am »
Would you expect or want to see kids books available for Kindle?
I'm launching a new book over the weekend and I'm wondering whether to make it into an e-book or not. It's aimed at 10/11 year olds and over, or could be shared with younger kids but they'd possibly need help with the reading.

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The Book Bazaar / The Portal Sundered
« on: July 29, 2010, 03:26:17 am »
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At the end of The Portal Between, Lily returned alone; Kate's world was rocked again. Sam has problems of her own, the magic is out of control, and Lily can't help this time. Kate tries to pull her life back together but it's hard and she finds comfort where she can. But who else can wield the magic? Who challenges Sam's right to rule?

In the Kindle Store
At Smashwords

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The Book Bazaar / The Portal Between
« on: July 29, 2010, 03:23:12 am »
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Sam has been missing for two long years. Kate struggles on with her own children and Sam's after Jack left her but she continues to believe that one day Sam will be back. It's Hallowe'en, Samhain and it's a dark moon. Abruptly in a flurry of mystery and magic, Sam is back and Kate's already insecure world is torn apart as forces beyond her experience and understanding flood into her life.

On Kindle
At Smashwords

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Writers' Cafe / Sarah Barnard - Fantasy author.
« on: July 29, 2010, 03:13:20 am »
Just dropping by to find the kettle, make tea and say Hi!

I've been writing forever, used to act out or write down scenes and ideas from when I was a teen but didn't stay with anything long enough to finish it until 2005 when I wrote The Portal Between.

So, the kettle is always hot, tea and coffee are fresh and there's usually some cake here somewhere right? I'll just settle in and make myself at home.

If you want to know anything about me, or my work, then please ask and I'll promise to be honest as long as I also have the right of refusal to answer!

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Introductions & Welcomes / Helloo!
« on: July 28, 2010, 05:05:48 am »
Hi KindleFolk,

I'm Sarah and I'm an indie author with 2 books available on Kindle so far.
Just dipping my toe in the water here...

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