Firstly I have an ENORMOUS apology to make to everyone who has pre-ordered the first Smith and Skarry book and is as disappointed as I am with the formatting mess that landed in their kindles on Friday 😦 Despite hours (read months, lol) of careful checking and formatting, the file has landed and it’s … weird… fonts which I carefully embedded haven’t been embedded properly, page breaks carefully added haven’t worked, for some reason some is in capitols and some in lower case… I am going to enlist help and sort it out somehow asap.
I can only apologise to anyone who has pre-ordered and say that if you’d like a free PDF of the file and / or a free copy of my small tea painted book on gender and identity ‘Utterly Myself’ featuring Max and Collin as an apology get in touch via fb or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you one.
I have published digital books before and not had this problem, and the digital proofs they sent me all looked fine but it seems all the research I did into the new KDP publishing platform hasn’t paid off or perhaps there is a discrepancy between the digital proof they send for us to spend hours going through with a fine toothed comb… and the actual way they format the final book? I don’t know. Any experienced advice with the new system would be hugely appreciated!
So, yes, very contrite and disappointed, I apologise enormously and if you have pre-ordered and are as disappointed as I am, please message me and I’ll find a way to make it up to you.
In the meantime, HAPPY SATURDAY! (maybe, lol!)
Here’s my #RainbowSnippets post for this week – if you’re new to this, Rainbow Snippets is a chance to read and share 6 sentences of LGBTQIA+ fiction every Saturday. There’s a huge variety from Steampunk, like mine, to Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Comedy and everything in between. You can join the fun and read all the other fabulous snippets at the wonderfully friendly and supportive official facebook group here.
As it’s still the spooky season I thought I’d do a few snips from a WIP which is the very last book (probably) in my Steampunk series Ashton’s Kingdom.
About 500 plus years after the events in the first book (The Curious Adventures Of Smith And Skarry) a forgotten cult are still obliviously serving their long-dead leader, Wiz, and trying to find the secret of immortality. Sort of. Actually daily temple life revolves more around knitting circles, bridge nights and summer fetes… until two novices stumble upon the secret of undeath themselves and unleash a couple of very unlikely ‘gods’ (and one disgruntled octopus) upon the unprepared and erstwhile peaceful community.
If you missed the last part you can catch up here: #RainbowSnippets: Necromancers
Douglas gulped as tapers flared on either side of him and the candles were slowly re lit illuminating hundreds of furious faces all glaring at him. He fumbled frantically with the circular tin he had been cradling…
“I…. I brought cake…”
“What?” Arch Cleric Francis lowered their knitting needles and the rest of the assembled necromancers did the same.
“Sticky toffee double fudge triple chocolate tray bake with crystalised ginger?” Douglas ventured, prising off the lid and offering the tin with a trembling hand.
General pandemonium ensued as the Necromancers all abandoned their half completed cast-ons and scrambled for a slice of Douglas’s offering.
Cake really is the answer to everything isn’t it?! 😉 Have a fabulous weekend folks 😀 and don’t forget to check in at the #rainbowsnippets facebook group for more fabulous snippets of LGBTQIA+ fiction