Book Review – Goodreads and Amazon – 4 Stars

The Golden Scarab**** 4 stars – Saving History, Saving the World

January 30, 2012
By Mallory Supernatural Aficionado (Montezuma, GA)

This review is of: Quest One. The Golden Scarab (The Quest Series) (Kindle Edition)

An immediate plunge into danger and distress gets the book off to a fine start, capturing readers’ interests while we sit with heart in mouth, waiting for the outcome. Poetic imaging accompanies a rapidly-paced plot. The twelve-year-old protagonist, JJ Sterling, is an imaginative boy who spends quite a bit of time thinking about the world, and the Universe beyond; about those who lived centuries ago, and of leaving a legacy for the future. He’s rather advanced in this for his age, perhaps, but it also foreshadows his eventual purpose in the novel.

No one, least of all JJ, could have guessed that visiting his father, a Senior Curator at a Museum of History, would result in an encounter with an animated statue possessed by Anubis, Ancient Egyptian god of the Underworld-nor that JJ himself would be called upon to travel throughout time in order to combat the evil, world-dominating plans of the god Seth-and if JJ and his friends cannot succeed in halting Seth’s intent, their own modern world will be engulfed in the evil of this Ancient Egyptian deity as well!

I really enjoyed the descriptive settings in this story, as the author demonstrated a fine poetic turn of voice, and this brought the locales to vivid life for me. Author Lothian skillfully introduces much information about Egyptian history, theology, hieroglyphics, and culture, so that readers absorb new data while enjoying the story.

The author states in his dedication that this book was written for his children, and it reads to me much like listening to a father reciting a story at bedtime. It has that kind of warm and cozy feeling. It would be well suited as a story read to children at bedtime, or read to them to encourage both reading, and an interest in history.

Are you ready to join the Quest?

Jump there now … http://www.amazon.com/Quest-One-Golden-Scarab-ebook/dp/B006X00KVA/

Uploaded ….. eBook launched.

The final book cover.

Well…. after a long road I’ve finally uploaded my first novel to Amazon. I have mixed emotions … excited … cautious … humbled … nervous … and so on.

What if people love my story? What if people hate my story? What if …. What if …. What if?

As I always say, nothing ventured nothing gained.  If you don’t give something a go you’ll never know what may have happened.  Naturally I’m super nervous at the feedback from readers.  In the perfect world everyone will love the story and be enthused to read the next one when it’s published. But in reality everyone has different opinions so there’s bound to be some that aren’t too thrilled.  I’m hoping that this will be a very small minority.

My whole reason for writing is to share ideas from my head and introduce them into the lives of others.  To provide an escape for the children that read the book to a place where they can imagine all sorts of things.  In my wildest dreams the books will be a success and make many children find the joy of reading.  One can only wait and see.

In my preparation for this day I’ve been hooked by a fantastic blog written by David Gaughran ( http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/ ) which has given me so much information and the inspiration to get me over the line ….. and to remind me that I can do it if I set my mind to it.

Now I’m published … next step is some sales and hopefully some happy readers.

My book can be found at:

http://www.amazon.com/Quest-One-Golden-Scarab-ebook/dp/B006X00KVA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1326507864&sr=1-1

It’s cover time!

My draft design for 'Quest One. The Golden Scarab' cover

Well, over recent days I’ve managed to sort all of my formatting based on the Kindle guidelines and I’ve got to say I’m pretty happy with the look of the Kindle file and how the book will look on an eReader.  I had no major issues so my experience with Word over the years seems to have paid off.

A lot of my time has also been spent in sourcing and researching software that I can use to make the all important cover for my book.  After a lot of reading and watching some helpful hints on You Tube I’ve taken the plunge and created my cover.  I used Paint.net which is a free software package that has some great features and I purchased some stunning royalty free pictures for use from Shutterstock.com.

I’ve managed to put together a cover that combines a number of pictures into something that I think provides a teasing glimpse into the book – one that will hopefully hook potential readers to investigate further, and hopefully buy my book.

I’d be pleased to have some feedback on how I went.

Getting Ready to Publish – The moulding of an eBook.

Well I’ve finished the final proof read of my first novel ‘Quest One. The Golden Scarab’ and I’ve got to say that every time I read it my heart races as the action unfolds. I hope this same feeling is experienced by anyone who reads it when it’s finished.

I’ve decided that I’m going to publish on Amazon Kindle first to see how it all goes and then give Smashwords a go. I figure it’s best not to put all my eggs in one basket.

Now that the final changes have been done to the story I’ve started to finalize all of the formatting. To help prepare the manuscript for upload I’ve been doing plenty of research on the fundamentals of creating an ebook.  It’s essential to make sure that the final book is top quality and meets the guidelines for Kindle and Smashwords. One thing I’ve found is that there are so many opinions out there … I just need to digest them all and make a judgement on what’s best for me.

At the same time I’ve also been working away on designing the book cover and searching for software that allows me to create what I have in my head. I want something that’s impressive and hooks the interest of anyone who sees it. One thing I do know is that I need to find royalty free pics for the cover. I have to say I’ve found a great site called Shutterstock.com which has some absolutely stunning royalty free pictures, so I’m hoping I can find something on there that will really help my book stand out from the crowd.

Anyway, back to it…