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A word can change a mind. A sentence can change a life. A book can change the world

Ever had the feeling you’re going round in circles and never getting anywhere? I get that a lot with trying to figure out why a book sells or a free book is downloaded.  I have three free books I give away all the time, see the links at the end of this piece. For no […]

Ballantine Learns the Truth. It had taken Harker weeks of enquiries, bribes and threats, to find his quarry and his tireless work and diligence had finally paid off. Having confirmed a few weeks ago that Magda, or rather Maggie, was living with Mary James, Harker had started wondering about why she had moved from Blackmore’s […]

Harker’s Search. “What do you mean you don’t know where she is? Don’t tell me you’ve lost her? How can you lose a person? You should have brought her to me at once, instead of playing this cat and mouse game… you… you…” Ballantine’s anger and agitation were palpable. Harker on the other hand stood […]

Storm Warning. The sinking of the Titanic had demonstrated to the world and the world’s sailors that the new invention of telegraphic communication was going to save many lives. What wasn’t known at the time was that communications between vessels in distress at sea were hap-hazard affairs, with more emphasis on pleasing passengers by sending […]

A Parting of the Ways. Richard Blackmore was once more subservient to Gordon Bellagon’s wishes. He was pacing on the dock at the foot of the Arabia’s gangway, impatiently waiting for his erstwhile engineer to allow him on-board. At Bellagon’s insistence, Blackmore was to apologise for his treatment of Bellagon’s nephew. It had been a […]

March 15, 1931. The sidewalk on 42nd wasn’t especially crowded for an early spring Sunday in New York. The well-dressed old man walked freely between passing pedestrians, jauntily swinging his cane, the cane he told everyone he needed for the war wound he had never received. He whistled a soft tune to himself, something from […]

If there’s one thing in this life that is certain, it’s that there will always be someone out there ready and willing to steal your book from you. Picture this scenario A friend tells you about a great new service they have discovered, where you can buy best-selling books, any books in fact, on kindle, […]

“And she will obey my every command? No questions asked, none of this 3-Laws crap?” The salesman nodded, enthusiastically. “Yeah, 3-Laws have been taken out. It’s illegal but hey, in your line of work I…” “…keep your voice down,” the customer growled. The salesman’s face reddened and he took a step back. He knew it […]

So, you’ve written your book with your word processor and now you want it out there making money for you. What’s the quickest and best way to get your book uploaded to the main sales sites for an indie author? Sites like kdp, Kobo and Smashwords. A lot of indie authors use Microsoft Word to […]