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The Desert Keeps Its Dead - my 1st ever crime thriller

20 December 2014 17:31 (GMT)

Down the years, I’ve largely become known as a writer of supernatural fiction, dark fantasy, and horror. I’ve written science fiction too, and even some short mystery stories, but those have almost always had either a supernatural or a futuristic twist. But now my very first full-blown crime novel – THE DESERT KEEPS ITS DEAD – is out from Telos Publishing. No spooks, no sf, nothing but action and intrigue and evil-doing. It’s available in eBook format and in a paperback version too. The back-cover write-up is below:

The desert … it prefers to keep its dead. It wraps them up in its hot, dry arms, leeching the moisture from their skin ….

Ex-FBI agent turned private eye Matt Barrett arrives in Sunset City, Arizona searching for a teenage runaway, only to find her dead and buried in the desert sand. Investigating further, he learns that other young girls have gone missing. It seems there may be a serial killer on the loose. But Sunset City is an unwelcoming place of dark, closely-guarded secrets, and Barrett is resisted at every step of the way, soon finding his own life in danger …

A gripping, noirish debut crime novel from acclaimed horror and dark fantasy author Tony Richards.

‘He’s convincing … convincing enough that the locals will read about their city as described by Tony Richards and shudder. And that’s what we call a writers’ writer’ – John Pelan.

THE DESERT KEEPS ITS DEAD is available in eBook format from Amazon, B&N Nook, Kobo, and as a fine looking trade paperback from Telos Publishing.

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Free Christmas Short Romances

18 December 2014 14:54 (GMT)

I have two seasonal short romances that are free on Nook and Kobo, 'The Office Party:'



and 'All The Trimmings:'



If you read and enjoy the stories, I would appreciate reviews, recommendations and ratings on Nook, Kobo and elsewhere.

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Nook Press Publishing Platform - Absolutely God Awful!

29 November 2014 14:55 (GMT)

Moan alert, but I'm sorry: I really am fed up! Angry

For the past two weeks I've been trying to publish my book Big Brother by uploading the .epub file onto the Nook Press system. I want to sell it in the UK and Europe as well as the US. I was successful with Epiworld, but for some inexplicable reason Nook is having none of it with Big Brother! All I want is the first three pages centred and it won't do it!

I have checked the .xhtml codes in the Sigil epub, I've tested the pages in Notepad, I have checked the file in .epub reader - those pages are centred! Then I upload the file into Nook press - all the centred formatting disappears and everything goes left aligned: looks rubbish in the preview and downloaded .epub. I was advised not to use the editor function as it has major problems. The editor doesn't seem to work at all in Internet Explorer, but I did try typing those pages from scratch into the editor in Firefox. Thought I'd cracked it: in the preview it looked great. Downloaded the resulted .epub: back to square one, everything centred = left aligned again! NOTHING works!

Stuck. Draft2Digital is no good because it only puts the book out for the US market.

Don't suppose anyone here has a clue?!

Doin' me 'ead in! Angry

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Editing An Epub On Nook Press - Can Anyone Help?

08 November 2014 17:20 (GMT)


I've now started putting my books onto Nook. I uploaded an epub but it needed tweaking. The annoying thing is I save each chapter after editing, and deleted an unwanted chapter, but those saves are not being reflected in the preview and I can still see the deleted chapter! Angry Does anyone know if there's a problem with it?

The other annoying thing about using Nook Press is that although it recognises the .xhtml files there is no way you can make amendments using a code view!

Thanks Smile


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Kobo Desktop

27 October 2014 19:39 (GMT)

My Kobo Desktop wasn't working properly so Kobo Helpline told me to uninstall it and re-install from their website. I did this only to find that the latest version of Desktop will not run on my computer with Windows XP. I emailed the helpline again only to be told that they do not support XP. I have books purchased and now cannot download them to my Kobo. Does this mean that my Kobo Glo is now useless? Any suggestions welcome. I have complained to Kobo but as yet no response.

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eBooks and Dead-Tree Statistics

24 October 2014 01:01 (GMT)

Here's an interesting infographic about ebooks. It seems that most readers still prefer dead trees.

Another statistic I noticed this week (source unknown) is that the average male in the UK reads four books a year, and the average female six. I suspect these figures are pulled down by many people not reading books at all, whilst 'readers' probably have a rather higher batting average. I average about thirty a year, but I bet that is nothing compared with some in this forum!

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