The Wake Crasher

November 4, 2013 in Books, Fiction, General, Humour, Romantic Novels

The Wake CrasherThe Wake Crasher is a new book and debut novel from new Indie author Robert Durrant.

It is a book that examines moral principals and can divide opinion on whether you think the principle characters are just having some harmless fun or are a little bit sick and misguided. A dark humoured romantic comedy that describes the consequences of being a ‘Wake Crasher’.

The Wake CrasherInitially the perpetrators embark on what they see as a harmless way of getting a few free drinks and a bite to eat at a time when they are struggling to pay the bills in a world that is in financial meltdown.

It is not too long however before they come to realise that there is no such thing as a free ride and that every action they take comes at a price, especially when they dabble in the dark side of life!

New relationships are formed and the principle characters get a little more than they expected from their endeavors. Trouble is the starting point for any new relationship is from a position of deceit and dishonesty and how can that work in a modern world where everyone knows everyone and life is little like living in a goldfish bowl?

A book that will appeal to young adults and teenagers but also for those that like to cringe a little!

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If you would like to purchase this book it is now available in Kindle format from Amazon for immediate download. You can literally be reading it in minutes. Available worldwide and for ease in the USA or UK via the following links:

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Understanding Amazon’s Rules – Amazon Royalties

August 15, 2012 in Articles, Royalty Payments

Amazon RoyaltiesThere is a common misconception that if you price an eBook published using Amazon’s KDP facility in the 70% range that all sales will consequently accrue a 70% royalty payment. Not true unfortunately, there are some regions in the world where no matter what price range is selected or royalty option chosen, the payment will only be 35%.

Basically the royalties paid on Kindle books depends on a few factors, if you set the price correctly you operate in the 70% royalties region. But if the price is outside the designated range for 70% you only receive 35% royalties.

For 70% royalty the book must be priced between $2.99 and $9.99 in dollars, £1.49 and £7.81 in GBP and €2.60 to €9.70 in euros.

But there are a couple of other considerations, when you adopt the 70% royalty there is a delivery charge dependent on the size of the book, this reduces the payment a little more and is slightly different for each book (because the sizes differ affecting file transfer time and consequently cost). So when you do select the 70% option, as stated above, not every country is included. Here is the list of countries where the 70% does apply, any country not listed will only pay 35%.

  • Andorra
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • San Marino
  • Switzerland
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom (including Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man)
  • United States
  • Vatican City

The good news is that most of the high selling countries do support 70% royalties so the impact is not perhaps as serious as you may think. Still worth knowing however if you have decided to target a specific geographic location, especially one that only pays 35%.

Who Is The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? – Stieg Larsson

May 11, 2012 in Books, crime, Fiction

From the top 100 books in Amazon, they don’t come much more recommended than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The book has held it’s place in Amazon’s best selling list in the top 100 for nearly two years (at the time of writing at least) and has over 1200 reviews with an average four star rating in the UK alone. In itself that is some recommendation, the author has not only prompted that many people to firstly write a review, no mean feat, but then secondly to maintain such a high standard of recommendation.Stieg Larsson could certainly have been proud of his achievement had he lived to see his success. This even more astonishing when you consider that this was his début novel and was published posthumously after his death, due to a heart attack, in 2005. Here we are in 2012 and it is still selling by the millions.

Who is the girl with the dragon tattooSo what is the book about: It is the first of a trilogy called the The Millenium Triology and is essentially a crime novel set primarily in Sweden, Stieg Larsson’s native country.

It covers the disappearance of Harriet Vanger a member of a very wealthy Swedish family some forty years earlier. Mikael Blomkvist a journalist is hired to investigate the case and establish exactly what happened to Harriet. Her uncle in his eighties and now approaching the end of his life stongly suspects she was murdered and wants to find out exactly what happened to her. His own investigations since her disappearance have all drawn a blank which is why he turns to Blomkvist.

Blomkvist teams up with the girl with the dragon tattoo, Lisbeth Salander, to investigate the case. Both parties are to an extent damaged goods themselves. Blomkvist has just lost a libel case effectively making him a disgraced journalist and Salander, at only 24 years old, is an extremely ruthless but highly talented computer hacker who has suffered sexual abuse at the hands of her legal guardian. This is not a one sided affair however, she uses a hidden camera to record his abuse and then uses that to get her revenge and freedom from his control, rather unpleasantly it has to be said.

Discoveries of corruption at the highest levels are made, surprising links back to the central characters are revealed and all the characters in the book demonstrate a deep and dark side to their past and present lives. The plot twists and turns, leads to dead ends, unanswered questions and many completely illogical discoveries. It is also a book about sexual abuse of the worst kind and the central character, Lisbeth, was construed as a result of Larsson witnessing a rape when he was only fifteen years old.

As you can see the book is now also a film and it is said that the American version is closer to the original book than the Swedish version. That’s sounds a bit unusual, and I guess that it will need to be left to you to decide if it’s true.

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Available now from Amazon in Kindle format, you can be reading it in minutes if you chose the Kindle version. Use the links below:

If you prefer your books on a Nook you can also purchase it from Barnes & Noble

For a comprehensive look at the book go here for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Reviews

More Books of Interest

The Full English by Mike Carden

March 12, 2012 in Books, Non Fiction, Travel

Travel Adventure - Cycling in the UKPedalling through England whilst trying to deal with a mid-life crisis and man-flu all at the same time – you just know this is the basis for a very funny and witty dialogue.
George East, the best-selling author of The Mill of the Flea series, says of the book:
… engaging, informative, entertaining and witty. This bloke makes good writing look as easy as riding a bike. I wish it was…

Funnily enough he even gives his bike a name, ‘Scott’ and an attitude, a bad one. On route from the Dorset coast to Northumbria the author indulges his passion for the history of England and engages with the locals,  meeting more than his fair share of eccentric, funny and friendly characters on the way. You will be able to see if your local landmark is included in the tally of castles and abbeys he visits as he passes through the ancient towns of England.

A Travel Adventure in the UK

Of the kind many aspire to, warm, well-observed, unpretentious, very funny… the kind of cycle tour we can all imagine ourselves taking,  at least when you are not suffering with the man-flu.

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Available now in printed format from Amazon, you can purchase the book and be reading it in a matter of days. Use the links below:

Book Reviews

In the ‘The Full English’, Carden (and his bike Scott) take the reader on a funny and fascinating journey from one end of England to the other. Never too weighty, but always interesting, Carden’s historical knowledge blends perfectly with his warmth and humour to provide a wonderfully human and informative read, which always hits the right note. I’m very much looking forward to his next adventure. Written by Megan Taylor on Amazon, a well known author in her own right.

To see more reviews of this book click Here.

Diver – Tony Groom

March 9, 2012 in Books, Memoirs, Military History, Non Fiction

Diver by Tony GroomThis is more than a book about the Falklands War. It tells the story of some of the bravest and most professional men in the Royal Navy. The Royal Navy Clearance Divers, not the SAS, were the British mystery unit of the Falklands War of 1982. But this is more than a book about the Falklands War. The gripping accounts are spiced with `black’ humour of the sort that only men engaged in a dangerous profession can really appreciate. Read this book and you will learn why. You will want to turn every page, especially as 2012 is the 30th anniversary of the conflict.

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Available now in printed format from Amazon, you can purchase the book and be reading it in a matter of days. Use the links below:

Book Reviews

“DIVER is an absolutely fascinating insight into a little known elite group of men within the Royal Navy. A boys will be boys account of a most rewarding career. Both sad and hilarious, Tony tells of his role as a specialist and the never to be broken bonds of friendship that came as a result.
This story will surely stand with the best of Military history literature past and future, once you start reading this book, I challenge you to put it down..”  
Michael W. O’leary “Watchman” on Amazon

To see more reviews of this book click Here. There are 90 reviews at the time of writing nearly all 5 stars, this book is very highly regarded.

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