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The Two Part Finale

copyright 2015 Dominic Sceski

You can blame me for not speaking about this as much as I should.  I’m usually the type of person that laughs at my own jokes, replays my own highlights in football, and acts out the greatest feats I’ve accomplished.  That being said, I think my own books are awesome.  What author wouldn’t?  Why else follow through with a book idea, if you don’t think it’s great?

Consequently, you can take my word for it: Volume 4 of The Golden Lands will be the best yet.  I’m not sure why I haven’t been blogging about it as much as I should be!

Pretty much, this how I’m viewing the “plot/story flow” of my series:

  • Things begin in Volume 1: Shadows in the Sunlight
  • Things get personal between the characters, and also between the characters and the readers in Volume 2: Wrath
  • Things get exciting in Volume 3: The Ghost of Hedekira
  • And finally, for Volume 4, things get epic, intense, and reach their pinnacle and ultimate fulfillment.

The title of Volume 4 may be undergoing some changes.  Why?  Well, Volume 4 is turning out to be much longer than expected, at least in comparison to all the other volumes.  So far, I haven’t published a volume of TGL that was longer than 90 pages.  Volume 4 is already 125 pages long, and I haven’t finished it yet (although I’m very close to).  Because of Volume 4’s length, I’ve decided to make it into two parts.  Don’t worry, it will still be one volume!  I’m just going to divide the actual book into two parts.

Part one, as of now, will be called either “The White City”, or “Howaito Maki” (the white city is called “Howaito Maki”, so both optional titles are centered around the same idea).

Part two will be given the original name for Volume 4, “The Red Captain” (a reference to Nirak, the antagonist).

If you haven’t already downloaded Volume 1 (which is a free ebook at Smashwords.com [click the image in the sidebar]), then I would highly encourage you to if you’re interested in my series.  The Golden Lands is a fantasy based story with characters that behave and think like characters from anime shows.  Why characters that resemble anime characters? Because anime characters (if it’s a good anime) have so much determination in whatever they’re doing, and the way they portray realistic, human emotion is one of the most beautiful portrayals I’ve ever seen in any form of art.

I’ll be releasing the overview of Volume 4 (containing the cover, description, and excerpt) very soon!


Dom

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Aul

 

Calibre—eBook Reader Review

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REVIEW—eBook Reader: Calibre

I will admit that when it comes to eReaders, I’m not too experienced, meaning that I haven’t tried very many of them.  However, I have to say, Calibre-E-book Management has to be one of the coolest eBook readers out there!

Calibre is virtually your own eBook library that grants you the ability to gather books from multiple sources.  It’s a way to read books that are distributed as EPUB files; and EPUB files, in case you didn’t know, are usually the most professional-looking out of any possible eBook format.

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Okay, now down to the simply stylish/cool things.  Calibre just has a modern, organized feel to it.  Whenever you select a book, it gives you the cover of the book, the name of the author, the format it’s in, the tags given to it by the author, and a summary of the plot (granted that the book possesses one).  I think that it’s awesome and amazing that ALL of that information can be extracted by simply downloading an EPUB file on your computer and transferring it to Calibre.

Then there’s the button that allows you to convert books to whatever format you want.  Or what about the button you can press that allows you to search for eBooks online WITHIN the program?  THAT’S a handy feature.  Any kind of eBook from whatever site; you can search for them right from Calibre!

When it comes to reading, everything looks nice and crisp; both because of the way Calibre presents every book, and because EPUB files—so long as the book is formatted correctly—always look sharp.

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Yes, I know my example images are blurry…that’s because I try to make them bigger or just leave them at the same size 😛

Overall, the only downside to Calibre is that sometimes it seems like it makes the computer a little slow when you run the program.   But other than that, it’s totally worth it!

I often suggest Calibre to those friends and followers of mine that don’t have any other eReading devices.  It gives you a modern, intriguing way to read eBooks on your computer, if a computer is all you have available for reading eBooks.

Here’s the link to download Calibre…and it’s FREE: http://calibre-ebook.com/

Enjoy! I hope you get as much out of Calibre as I do!

BY THE WAY.  Shout out to Elizabeth M for providing an awesome picture to use as the background for my blog.  Here’s the original picture.  It’s a scene taken from the end of Volume 1:

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Pretty epic, right?  Thanks Elizabeth.


Your Author,

Dom

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Aul

Calibre—eBook Reader Review

calibre image

REVIEW—eBook Reader: Calibre

I will admit that when it comes to eReaders, I’m not too experienced, meaning that I haven’t tried very many of them.  However, I have to say, Calibre-E-book Management has to be one of the coolest eBook readers out there!

Calibre is virtually your own eBook library that grants you the ability to gather books from multiple sources.  It’s a way to read books that are distributed as EPUB files; and EPUB files, in case you didn’t know, are usually the most professional-looking out of any possible eBook format.

calibre review pic

Okay, now down to the simply stylish/cool things.  Calibre just has a modern, organized feel to it.  Whenever you select a book, it gives you the cover of the book, the name of the author, the format it’s in, the tags given to it by the author, and a summary of the plot (granted that the book possesses one).  I think that it’s awesome and amazing that ALL of that information can be extracted by simply downloading an EPUB file on your computer and transferring it to Calibre.

Then there’s the button that allows you to convert books to whatever format you want.  Or what about the button you can press that allows you to search for eBooks online WITHIN the program?  THAT’S a handy feature.  Any kind of eBook from whatever site; you can search for them right from Calibre!

When it comes to reading, everything looks nice and crisp; both because of the way Calibre presents every book, and because EPUB files—so long as the book is formatted correctly—always look sharp.

calibre image review 2

Yes, I know my example images are blurry…that’s because I try to make them bigger or just leave them at the same size 😛

Overall, the only downside to Calibre is that sometimes it seems like it makes the computer a little slow when you run the program.   But other than that, it’s totally worth it!

I often suggest Calibre to those friends and followers of mine that don’t have any other eReading devices.  It gives you a modern, intriguing way to read eBooks on your computer, if a computer is all you have available for reading eBooks.

Here’s the link to download Calibre…and it’s FREE: http://calibre-ebook.com/

Enjoy! I hope you get as much out of Calibre as I do!

BY THE WAY.  Shout out to Elizabeth M for providing an awesome picture to use as the background for my blog.  Here’s the original picture.  It’s a scene taken from the end of Volume 1:

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Pretty epic, right?  Thanks Elizabeth.


Your Author,

Dom

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Aul

Good Work Everybody

Good work everybody 🙂 Volume 3 is definitely a hit!  Downloads are really spiking for all three volumes (especially for Volume 1).

To be honest, Volume 3 has been the biggest pain in the neck for me.  It still hasn’t qualified for Smashwords’ “premium distribution”, all because of the image I placed in the back of the book.  And I still can’t seem to resolve that.  Also, Createspace over at Amazon isn’t allowing me to create a print version because it says my margins are too small, even though I’m using the same margins I used for the other books.

Well, I’ll find time to work everything out.

But YOU guys are awesome, even if I’m really not doing so great 😀

Funny how things are working that way….

ANNNNNYYYWAY.   Just wanted to let you guys know that I may not be posting very much because of football camp.  It takes up the greater part of my day.

Stay awesome!

Dom

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/Aul

P.S. All three volumes are still available and free at Smashwords.com (https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/569002)

The Golden Lands, Volume 3, is now an eBook!—FREE TODAY ONLY!!!

Well, as promised (since yesterday), Volume 3 has officially been published at Smashwords!  Thus continues my series of fantasy/anime novellas.  I hope you enjoy this volume as much as I did writing it!  From what I’ve been told, the forte of Volume 3 is the action.  Of course, maybe you’ll think otherwise!

Here’s the link to Volume 3: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/569002

And let’s not forget that Volumes 1, 2, and 3 are all free today!!!!

Here’s an overview of Volume 3 to get you up to speed:

Copyright 2015 Clare Sceski
Copyright 2015 Clare Sceski

PLOT SUMMARY:

A name is being whispered throughout the northern region of the Golden Lands. And wherever it is whispered, death quickly follows. “Hedekira” is the only word voiced by the strange “ghost” who appears at random, causing chaos wherever he strikes. Neither John Hedekira nor his friends know why the ghost is after John…nor that they are going to be in the fight of their lives if they’re caught.

GENRE:

Fantasy/Action/Anime/Emotional


Thanks for all of your support and happy reading!

Praise God 😉

Dom

Another Book Ready to be Published!

Copyright 2015 Clare Sceski
Copyright 2015 Clare Sceski

It’s that time again 😀  The only left for me to do is press the “publish” button, and Volume 3 will officially be published at Smashwords!!!

Click here to read a post to discover what Volume 3 is all about!

Sure, it’ll take some time before it is distributed to other retailers, but in the meantime, I’m just relieved that I’ve finally gotten to this point.  That it’s finally time to publish yet again.  Make no mistake, publishing three books–whether you’re self publishing or not–is a tough thing to do.  And Volume 3, I must admit, has probably been harder to publish than Volume 2…for multiple reasons like formatting, editing, and polishing things off.  In short, completing this manuscript has been somewhat difficult.  But I’m glad that it’s finished and that I finally get to share it with you.

And, just so you know:

ALL THROUGHOUT TOMORROW, VOLUMES 1, 2 AND 3 WILL BE FREE AT SMASHWORDS.COM!

I believe that the occasion deserves a bit of celebration, and that includes a super nice discount for all of you faithful followers!

Thanks again for making this possible!

Praise God 😉


Dom

Coming up Next on The Golden Lands

In case any of you missed it, I successfully self published the first volume of The Golden Lands.  If you’re interested, feel free to take a look at it here.  This is a really big step for me, and I’m excited that finally I can share my work with all of you!

There’s a lot more coming to this blog.  I’ve decided to start a series (called “Soul Bleeder”) based off of The Golden Lands that will be presented to all of you on this blog.  The series will be based off of a character that will appear in a later volume of The Golden Lands.  You’ll get to meet him, therefore, before he’s even seen in the original series!  (Think of it as your own personal, back stage tour of The Golden Lands!) Just so that you know how and when to look out for the upcoming blog series, all posts entitled “Soul Bleeder: (insert chapter name)” will be a part of the series.

But it doesn’t stop there.  I’m going to take it further than a special series created just for you.  This is going to be an “open” series.  

What does that mean?

It means that you are free to add/insert your own chapter into the series.

Now take note, I’m going to write the first couple chapters so you can get a feel for what’s going on in the series.  Subsequently, however, you will be free to create your own chapter (I’ll alert you when I’ll begin accepting chapters).  You can post it to your blog, (and I’ll re-blog it here), or you can send it to me via email (aultsom23@gmail.com).

Also, it would be very helpful if you could alert me when you begin the process of writing a chapter for the series, so that I’ll know when to stop and “leave room” for you, so to speak.  If I write a chapter, and then you write the next chapter, but don’t tell me, I might end up posting the next part instead, and then your chapter won’t make sense anymore.  FURTHERMORE, please comment in order to tell me if you posted another chapter.  I’d love to see what you can come up with!

This should be fun!

Your Author,

Aul