James is Dimension hopping again.

Oh the life of James Purcell is one that is full of interesting events.

Feeling a touch of boredom, he has crossed the long earth (copyright Sir Terry Pratchet) and arrived at a non alliance linked earth and ended up in the middle of a multiple murder case.


Preview (ish)

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Here is a shot using the online previewer to check the graphic/copyright page.

The image at the bottom is the publishing logo I am keeping to and is a spoiler to the second series of this book set (after I get the first 9 books published along with starting my fantasy series!

The Lady with the Wyvern – Penny Blake

The Lady With The Wyvern…

By Penny Blake.

Once upon a teatime merry, as I set my table heavy

Laden up with scones and crumpets, florentines and cakes galore

Whilst I sat, my tea a –lapping, suddenly there came a tapping

As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my parlour door

‘Tis some visitor,’ I muttered ‘tapping at my parlour door

Wanting tea, oh what a bore!’

Up I leapt, I well remember, flung the tea into the fender

Grabbed the table, newly laden, cast its contents to the floor

Eagerly I sought the dustpan, with its brush and so I began

To erase the scene of plenty, lest this guest from me implore

Sustenance. I, diligently, swept each last crumb from the floor

Evidence was there no more.

Still the tapping came, now ruder, heralding this bold intruder

‘Gods above’, thought I, ‘a teatime never suffered thus before’

So that now, to still the beating of my heart, I stood repeating

‘Let them in, tis merry meeting, not a crumb sits on the floor.

Chat a while and then, politely, show them once again the door.

Then begin the tea once more.’

Presently my soul grew stronger, hesitating then no longer,

‘Sir’ said I ‘or Madam truly your forgiveness I implore;

But the fact is I was lapping tea, no, sorry, I was napping

And so gently you came tapping, tapping at my parlour door

That I scarce was sure I heard you’ – here I opened wide the door: –

Darkness there and nothing more.

Feeling vexed, my temper miffin, at this wanton waste of tiffin

And unfounded fears that caused me to cast all upon the floor,

Silently I stood upbraiding, all my senses and degrading

Every cell which had imagined rapping at my parlour door

‘Fool’ I muttered ‘now the table must be spread as was before.

What an utter bloody chore.’

Back again to spread the table, just as fast as I was able

Soon again I heard a tapping, somewhat louder than before

‘Surely,’ said I ‘tis no fancy, this time and I must happensee

What it is that so insists on plaguing thus my parlour door

Let my teacup rest a moment and this mystery I’ll explore

Then I’ll sup in peace once more.’

Open here I flung, with meaning, parlour door and, brightly gleaming,

In there stepped a clockwork wyvern, hot breath crackling the air

Not a single greeting gave he, not a moment stopped or stayed he

But, as I cried ‘some god save me from this beast oh I declare,’

Perched himself upon the silken cushion of my favourite chair –

‘Look here, sunshine that’s my chair!’

Not forgetting I was British, though I felt a little skittish

At the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore

‘Sir,’ I said ‘Would you partake, with me, in having tea and cake?

As you can see a finer table never was there spread before –

But the creature shook its head and, pointing to me with a claw,

Quoth the wyvern ‘One cup more.’

Much I chuckled this creation to hear hest, as if libation,

One more cup of this sweet nectar for myself I should now pour

‘sure’ said I ‘some fiend hath sent thee, For amusement he hath leant me

Tempter sent to thus torment me, with this mantra ‘one cup more’

Sent this brass abomination for amusement to implore

Me to drink ‘just one cup more’

But the wyvern, sitting brazen, on my cushions it had taken,

Fixed me with its burning eyes and, once again, it did implore

Nothing further then it spoke – till I said ‘tis some bad joke

But to appease thee I’ll oblige’ and so a cup I then did pour

Drank and thought the matter ended, rose to show the thing the door

Then it chanted ‘one cup more.’

‘Be that phrase our sign of parting, Hullish fiend!’ I shrieked, upstarting

‘Take thy talons from my teapot, and vacate my chair once more

Thou hast made a grave mistake in thinking I would certain break

My will and meekly thus partake, at your demand, this ‘one cup more’

Certain your corruption I will not endure a moment more

Quoth the wyvern ‘One cup more.’

‘Villain’, said I ‘thing of evil – sent from Hull and certain devil

I will lap this tea at leisure, and if I chose now to pour

For myself another cup, it’s only for myself I sup

And not a shred of credit to you, fiendish thing that doth implore

Wicked wyvern, by your words I’m putting neither stock nor store,

Still, I will have one cup more.’

And, alas, I still am sitting, still am sipping, still am sipping

On bequest of this grim wyvern, one cup more, just one cup more

And his eyes have all the seeming, of a demon’s that is scheming

And his scales, still brightly gleaming, I have come now to adore

As I, dutifully lift the teapot and again outpour

For myself ‘just one cup more…’

So close, yet so far!

Last night marked a milestone in getting my first book finished!

Writing – Done!
Editing – Done!
Formatting – Done!
Testing – 90%!
Target release date – Still on target! All Hallows Eve/Halloween/Oct 31st!

There are a few graphical glitches with the internal artwork but it’s nearly there!
So excited!

My neck hurts!

I’m once step closer to getting the book ready for its release next month!
I have now finished the low level formatting and cleanup and now can start on the high-level formatting that readers will see.

My neck hurts so now i’m going to try and get drunk!

See you in port next time Airship Captains.

NaNoWriMo and Competitions.

NaNoWriMo 2014 is just around the corner (starts the day after my book is supposed to be available on Amazon) but the Local Surestart competition is also opening soon.

I hadn’t planned on doing anything for them but I think I have a plan for the surestart (only 2.2k) and while I have several books that need attention I think I have a plan for NaNoWriMo.

Does this mean that I will enter? I don’t know, I guess I will wait till november to see.

Still Not got your Free U2 Album from iTunes?

If your not aware, If you have an iTunes account and like U2, Last night to celebrate the announcement of the iPhone 6, U2 released a free Album. When you go to iTunes, it says that it has been purchased.

There is a step missing from the instructions, to get the album follow these steps (if the clouds are nots visible in iTunes)

1, Open iTunes,
2, Open the Preferances,
3, Goto store,
4, In the bottom of the panel fleck the check box next to “Show iTunes in the Cloud Purchases”,
5, Click ok,
6, Click Music,
7, Scroll around till you find “Songs of Innocence-U2”
8, Click on the track to download (2finger on MAC, right click in Windows)
9, Play to your hearts content.

For iPhone goto iTunes Preferances and make sure the “auto download Music” slider is green.

What if every book was filled with blank sheets of Psychic Paper?

Sometimes Facebook users share some very interesting things and this came up.

What if every book you ever read was just blank, but full of Psychic paper, and you were reading only what you wanted to read?

What if the real reason why people like to boast that they “Don’t Read” or “I never read a book in my life” is because they tried to, but only saw blank pages due to a lack of imagination?

Talk about food for thought?

BTW 15 chapter have had their low level formatting completed!

Editing: Done, Next: Formatting.

After the long hard word by an amazing friend, I have my manuscript back from the editor with a closing report. Now comes the hard work of formatting it for kindle and Createspace (iBooks is to follow!)

Some things that I have fund so far.

1) Random double spaces,
2) Carats on dots,
3) Why on earth did I zero the paragraph spacing and put double returns!

Once I fix this low level stuff I can move on the the higher level formatting and presentation and then upload!

By Gaia and Hecate this book is nearly finished.