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Thursday 29 May 2014

New Story

I'm a little lost now that Billy has left my computer and made his way to the virtual bookshelf. Work continues on the third anthology, but I have a constant sense of something missing, a deep seated feeling that I've mislaid something.

Never mind. The writing continues. Speaking of which, there is a new story on the QT website today, inspired by a challenge set by Richard. This one is called 'Click' and is the story of a hard-up teacher taking on an evening class to help older people improve their computer skills. Hope you enjoy it.


Tuesday 20 May 2014

Billy 3 Launch Success

This weekend's promotion for the Boldre Wood Trilogy went very well with 'Billy and the Carinthean War' seeing especially strong downloads. I hope you all enjoy the concluding part of the story. Please feel free to contact me either through this blog or through the Quirky Tales website if you have any comments or queries, and of course feedback on Kindle is always very welcome.

I am now working on two long stories for the third QT Anthology, which should put me close to completing the latest collection. Updates on that to follow.

Happy reading.


Saturday 17 May 2014

Free Promotion Starts Today!

The Boldre Wood Trilogy is available to download free today, 17th May 2014! The latest addition, 'Billy and the Carinthean War' will also be free tomorrow, 18th May 2014!

Click the links in this post, or the books to the right to reach their Kindle pages. Happy reading!


Thursday 15 May 2014

Book Promotion

It's nearly time for the Boldre Wood promotion! Don't forget to download your copy of 'Billy and the Carinthean War', available on free promotional offer on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May 2014.

And if you don't already have your copies of books one and two, they'll be on offer on Saturday 17th May 2014.

Work on the third anthology in the QT collection continues apace. It will be the usual assortment of humour, drama and intrigue, some short, some long.

Updates to follow.


Monday 12 May 2014

The Boldre Wood Trilogy Promotion

It's all happening in Boldre Wood! Billy's 1 and 2 have just been updated, Billy 3 has just launched, and they will all be on free promotion to celebrate. 'Billy of Boldre Wood' and 'Billy and the North Oakian Alliance' will be on offer on Saturday 17th May 2014. 'Billy and the Carinthean War' will have a two day launch promotion on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th May 2014.

The Boldre Wood Trilogy is primarily aimed at young readers between the ages of ten and twelve, but their appeal extends to anyone who enjoys a dramatic plot in a beautiful setting. The story is about a society of homunculi living in an ancient forest whose world is suddenly threatened by the arrival of human sailors. There's drama, humour and heartbreak.

So if you haven't taken a look at them so far, why not download the trilogy this weekend and take a stroll through Boldre Wood. I hope you like it there.

I'll post reminders closer to the weekend.


Saturday 10 May 2014

Billy 3 Available Now!

'Billy and the Carinthean War' is now available to purchase for Kindle. I'm planning a promotion for the near future. Watch this space for updates.


Billy and the Carinthean War: Book Three of the Boldre Wood Trilogy

Billy 3 is on the launch pad. Countdown has commenced. He will be fired into Kindle space very shortly!

The people of Boldre Wood wait for the day they know will come, the day they must fight the giant Carintheans. When word arrives through the Barlowian spy network that the Carintheans have set up a permanent camp and are travelling ever deeper into the Wood, the united armies gather.

The odds are impossible. The Carintheans are huge, with fearsome weapons. How can the tiny people of Boldre Wood hope to defend their homes against this monstrous invader?

I'll post as soon as the book is available on Kindle.


Wednesday 7 May 2014


Energy levels low. Voice failing. Legs weakening. So. Very. Tired. Okay, I exaggerate. It's not that bad, but I am finding that reading 'Billy and The Carinthean War' aloud from start to finish to be more of a physical challenge than anticipated. It is, however, an excellent way to squirrel out any last errors that have squeaked through the multiple stages of editing.

If I need inspiration to keep me going, I probably need look no further than a remarkable Canadian lady, who is not only active at 95 years of age, but is competing athletically and setting world records. What an amazing lady. I especially liked the giggle and sneaky kiss at the end of the BBC's video after her dashing helper rushes in to assist when her running bib gets tangled.

I wonder if there's a world record for reading a 156 page novel out loud whilst pacing around ones house ...

Nearly there. Billy 3 is on his way to the launch pad. Countdown will commence as soon as I'm absolutely happy all his words are in the right place.


Friday 2 May 2014

Performing Billy

Anyone walking past our house today would have been treated to the spectacle of me pacing back and forth reading 'Billy and the Carinthean War' out loud, complete with actions, accents and full facial expressions. I hadn't set out today with the intention of acting out Billy 3, it resulted from my latest read through of the manuscript. However, it has proven an effective method of spotting those annoying lingering mistakes and typos. You tend to stumble when a word is missing or misspelt when you read out loud.

I've made good progress. The manuscript is nearly ready. I've had to take a brief rest to allow my voice a chance to recover - being a writer doesn't really equip one with the vocal gymnastics required to do a full days performance! Hopefully the book will be cleared and ready for take-off by the end of next week.

Updates to follow. Have a great weekend.