Monthly Archives January 2013

Standing Guard – Free 30th, 31st Jan and 1st Feb

January 30, 2013 Select  No comments

Standing Guard is free to download on Amazon for the next three days: 30th Jan, 31st Jan and 1st Feb, world-wide.

Flying home from their display seems a perfect time for Jim to train his wife on radio procedures. An SOS on a non-aviation channel was the last thing he expected to hear. The laws of sea and air are clear: the person who receives a distress call is bound to assist.

Even if they are in a very old aircraft, over a very large ocean, looking for a very small boat.

Standing Guard is a short aviation story.


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Sample Sunday – Going Under

January 27, 2013 Uncategorized  No comments

Going Under : The first 1500 words



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When Karo saw the woman drowning in the canal, she did not think twice before diving in to save the victim. Too late, the teenager learned that the accident was not an accident. Now the people who tried to drown Liz to keep her quiet want to make sure Karo does not say a word.

A girl who legally does not exist has very few options. As the pressure from police grows and threats from the attackers increase, Karo needs to decide where to turn and who to trust if she is ever going to be able to leave her past behind.

Going Under

Karo did not even think before she dived in. The water in the canal was thick and greenish and she could hardly see the other woman below

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Behind Reviews: Part 1 Ethical Issues

January 25, 2013 Articles and Opinions  One comment

I decided to start another multi-part post on the new blog, this one about the mechanics and structure of book reviews. This is the first, about the sources of reviews and ethical issues. The second, coming soon, will be about indies and reviews. Part III - on spoilers - might be where my blood boils. There's a news story that's set Kindleboards ablaze a while back:  Book reviews for purchase.

It's an old story, so why am I posting about it now? Well, with a few more recent stories, this is now back in the news.  Fake or commercially placed reviews are a hot topic at the moment. Forbes Magazine did a piece back in July. There are calls for reviews to require a guaranteed purchase, or vetting, or preventing authors reviewing other authors books, but unfortunately these are likely

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Librarything Giveaway – Fire Season

January 23, 2013 Uncategorized  No comments

For the next week there will be a giveaway available on Librarything for UK readers: ten paperback copies of Fire Season.

To apply, librarything members can find on this page:

It's UK only because of postage costs.

Sadly, some of the copies came back to me due to the closure of my local indie bookstore. However the owner has opened a new children's bookstore in Kingston and I wish her all the best.

In other news, I have finally set up an amazon author page:

http://www.amazon.com/author/vhfolland

and switched the feed from my old blog to redirect to this one, which should update any sites I missed that are still getting the old feed.

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Going Under – New Novella Release

January 21, 2013 Select  No comments


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When Karo saw the woman drowning in the canal, she did not think twice before diving in to save the victim. Too late, the teenager learned that the accident was not an accident. Now the people who tried to drown Liz to keep her quiet want to make sure Karo does not say a word.

For Karo, the pressure from police and threats from the attackers are nothing compared to the real threat: the family she changed her name to escape. Changing her identity again means losing everything, but a girl who legally does not exist has very few options. As the pressure increases, Karo needs to decide where to turn and who to trust if she is ever going to be able to leave her past behind.


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Narrative Issue – Updates

January 18, 2013 Uncategorized  No comments

Following up on my last post, it has been a busy week. The novella is now fully in third person, gained quite a few words and has gone back for a read-through and editing.  It is surprising how much of a difference changing the viewpoint can make, since the beta readers increased their initial ratings by half a star to a star . One clanger did occur in early editing: I removed an overt reference to political events which could date the story badly, replacing it with a vague replacement. Then the editor came back to me and filled me on a potential way the new line could be taken...and I hastily changed it again to avoid dating the story again.  If there are no major problems there might be a SampleSunday post this week or next, so people can get a preview. It is a great relief knowing that

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A Narrative issue

January 14, 2013 Uncategorized  No comments

I had probably the most useful,  short, and pithy feedback from an editor yet on the current novella:"It's better in third person. Drop the I's.  Otherwise good story."(Yes, over email, he can be very terse.) This involves changing a virtually completed novella from first person into third person limited which, not surprisingly, is a lot of work and means going back from near completion to revising several times. So I did the first chapter, and I can see what he means. It becomes a very different story, and I think a better one. Most YA is written in first person, and I used that for myself for The Docks. It is more immediate, you can hide things from the audience that the character would not know, or alternatively put clues in for the readers to pick up that the character misses or

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A good and bad day

January 9, 2013 Uncategorized  No comments

Today has definitely been mixed. The good? I got two short stories finished as first drafts and ready for revision.

The bad? I discovered that a story I put out two years ago, that went through two rounds of third-party editing, a spelling and grammar check, and a beta read, has a word missing on the first page.  I find myself rather baffled. Now, overall I'm actually quite pleased. A lot of today was taken up with work on marketing and promotion, which is why I only got 4,000 words completed (not including editing work on a novella). That was enough to get another of the Days in Brooke's Vale stories into first draft. While I could put it live after editing, I'm not sure whether to do so or keep this one back for the full ebook. What it does mean is that I will definitely have

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New Year, New Projects

January 6, 2013 Uncategorized  No comments

It's the first weekend in 2013, and Twelth Night so the Christmas decorations come down today and it's time to get down to work for the New Year.

My first project for the year was the two free days in Select at the start. These can be best summed up as "never done it before, very happy with the result, will do it again". The second is continuing to expand the new website, since it is a lot easier to manage than the old website-and-blog and get the book minisites migrated over.On the writing front, I have a few things already underway: My main priority is a stand-alone novella, almost complete at 30,000 words. After editing that should be out in June some time.I also have the other "Days at Brooke's Vale" stories to finalise for the anthology, and I am hoping to get the next one out for

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Thoughts on Select

January 3, 2013 PromotionSelect  No comments


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Over the last two days I tried out the Free Days offered by Amazon Select. On the 1st January I scheduled a Free Day on Amazon Select for the short story Standing Guard to test how this worked.  I extended this to the 2nd January during the run, as it was gathering momentum. Here are my thoughts on the immediate results of the promotion. Where possible I will add hard figures, which should make this more useful:Starting Rank: nowhere. Final rank (at 8:20 3rd January):Amazon.com #4,117 Free in Kindle Store#76 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Short StoriesAmazon.co.uk#3,047 Free in Kindle Store#44 in Kindle Store > Books > Fiction > Short Stories#76 in

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