Working on the Active Table of Contents.


Working on the Active Table of Contents.

The current files for the Paperback copy of the book are in the Createspace review process so I’m back to working on the ebook. In the image above you can see the Table of Contents from the physical version. This looks far better then the current version in the ebook so will port this one over (well convert the paperback manuscript to the ebook version.) In the smaller window you can see the contents from the books NCX file, this is the file that amazon refers to as the “Active Table of Contents“. Once you understand the basics of it, then the file is not at all daunting.

EDIT 1: So now have the NCX and of files but can’t use them with .doc files so I have waisted all that time.

Adding Xray Support

Apparently there is this additional information lookup service for kindle books called XRAY, there seams to be a lot of confusion over how this works but one way is via the website Shelfari (amazons version of goodreads) It seams that Xray enabled devices will connect to Shelfari and download a file for the book your reading and display a menu option to view this content.

I’m still baffled how this works and I’m hoping a ready will discover it working.

BTW the extra content is on my Shelfari page here =

First fail of Challange.

Well it feels like a fail to me.

it’s the 9th today and only written 8000 words on book two (well 8395) but did add 2413 words back into book one that I had previously removed. Still feel like its taking away from the main story line but it does introduce Marcus, Alison and Davis to the story instead of just dumping them in.

I need a holiday to gain some experience to help refresh the brain.

See you in port next time Airship Captain’s

The Diaries of James Purcell (The story behind the story.)

The Diaries of James Purcell (The story behind the story.)

So finally it’s time to unleash the story behind my books.


The Diaries of James Purcell


They say that for every decision made, there is a world where the opposite has been made. The worlds of England and Albion are two such worlds. Both developed technology the same way how ever Albion’s point of divergence was caused by the birth of one child.

Arthur Pendragon, the prophesied child that would create a new kingdom and be the greatest ruler of all time. In our world, the birth of Arthur and death of Uther’s wife lead to a mass purge of magic users and disappearance of magic from our world. However, in Albion The queen didn’t die and Uther did not hunt magic users. The Pendragon’s rule lasted for over five generations and with the support and aid of magic users, Camelot has lasted to this day.


This long rule has come with unfortunate side effects, Magic wars have lets the world dying, Storms ravage the land and monsters caused by wild spells are slowly destroying the natural life of the world.


Our worlds are separated by the Vail. This sub world is a barrier that keeps are world separated. This barrier is not solid, there are hidden pathways that connect our worlds. Those magic users of our world new of them and used them to escape Uther’s purge however they are small and not able to transport anything bigger then a horse or cow so difficult to get enough people through to form an invasion force.


Lord Norlan Bracegirdle, a genius with steam and Aetheric technology invented a ship capable of transporting large objects and groups across the vail. The first ship was able to cross the vail but due to lack of magic or Aether as scientist now call it, was unable to travel back. A second ship was created that could make a return journey across the Vail.


Something went wrong and the second ship was lost. The project was delayed and the first ship was sold to a captain of our world. After years of study Lord Bracegirdle has figured out how to get the ship and its technology back to his world but there is a problem.


The ship is now rebuilt, crewed and in constant use by a Captain who will not give it up. As the plans are drawn up for a fresh invasion of our world, the captain and the crew have to fight to protect not just family and friends, they also have to fight to protect there world from the coming darkness.