The Kindle Fire Comes to the UK

December 17, 2012 in Articles, Kindle Devices

There are now two versions of Kindle Fire available from and a new Kindle e-reader:

  • Kindle Fire HD, an advanced tablet with a customised HD display, very fast Wi-Fi connection and an exclusive Dolby audio. It has 11 hours of battery life and up to 16GB of storage space. Not too shabby and long awaited in the UK.
  • Kindle Fire, this device has been the number 1 best selling product on for the last year and has been introduced to the UK with a faster processor, double the memory and a longer battery life. This and the HD version can be used for movies and TV show accessible through or an Amazon company serving the UK
  • The new Kindle e-Reader is small, lightweight and you can now turn pages even faster than before, but the main advantage is that is now on sale for only £69 pounds

That is the good news for anyone that likes the Kindle format for their eBooks, now you can upgrade and get the latest technology or perhaps get the latest Kindle devices as a present for Christmas.

eBook Author News

There is also some good news for writers and authors of eBooks, there is a new feature on the Kindle Touch and Kindle Fire called ‘About the Author’. This means that anyone that has bought your book will be able to click on your biography and see a complete list of your books.

This is a very big incentive to go to ‘Author Central’ and make sure you have an up to date profile and, even more importantly, an up to date list of all the books you have published. Also if you publish any new books and claim them through author central, the ‘About the Author’ will be updated on all the Kindles that have your books downloaded. So your fans will know directly through their Kindles that you have published a new book and can purchase it immediately if they so desire.

Amazon’s marketing Tidbit of the Month, as stated in their KDP newsletter, is that authors should also have their very own website. This is so that as an author you can maximise exposure and build your credibility as an author. Another benefit is that your own personal website gives you the opportunity to direct search engines such as Google, Bing etc. to the information they need to help your name come up when people are searching either for you or for the subject of your book. Your own website also gives you the opportunity to link to your books and profile wherever you have them, another benefit highlighted by Amazon. I quote:

“Also, be sure to include links to and from your Amazon Author Central page, your personal website and your book’s detail page, all of these links tell search engines that your book is relevant to people searching either for you or the content of your book.”

Of course another way to do this is to use the facilities on a site like this one, where authors get their own author and book pages or posts. Nice to know we are doing exactly what Amazon recommends :-)

David Leadbeater – Author

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David Leadbeater - AuthorDavid Leadbeater is an avid reader of all kinds of fiction. He uses his reading and his life’s experiences to inspire the books that he writes and after publishing his second novel ‘The Bones of Odin’, an international mystery thriller, he has gone from strength to strength as an independent author and book publisher.

His first novel was a supernatural thriller called ‘Chosen‘and he is following that theme again for his third novel a collection of short stories set around his home town of York in the North of England. Anyone that has visited York will understand the rich mix of sources that can be drawn upon to inspire the ghostly ‘goings on’ which will be the basis of his next book, a place and environment packed to the rafters with the history of days gone by.

But his real success story has been his Matt Drake series of books about this ex-SAS action hero and his battles of good versus evil. The latest in the series is book number 5 ‘Brothers in Arms’ which, like it’s predecessors, is already and Amazon best seller. Big congratulations to David, who has proved, with the right material, even the little guys in the book publishing world can be very successful. Hats off and here is to long standing and continuing success for many years to come.

David’s Books

Websites and Blogs

David maintains a blog to provide further information about his novels and writing:

David Leadbeater Novels Blog.

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January 26, 2012 in

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when-sorrows-come-kdpWhen Sorrows Come – A WW2 Story of Ukrainian Oppression

Now available as both an eBook and a Paperback, this amazing story is based around the events that occurred in Ukraine during the Second World War. A people oppressed by the Bolsheviks and Stalin’s Russia in 1939 and again in 1941 when the German Nazi’s were driven out as their war efforts on too many fronts started to fail.

It was a period of merciless killing, deportations and the brutal suppression of any ambitions the people had for the country or of being able to govern themselves.

It won The Big Bingham Book Read in 2015 and was one of four finalists for the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016.

The Story

When teenager Anna’s family in Ukraine is torn apart by Stalin’s bullies, she and her mother must try to survive the Russian occupation of their village. But the violence intensifies in the Second World War when the Nazis invade, and as the Fascists’ cruelty affects those close to her, Anna’s resilience grows. She has the will to survive the occupying force despite the dangers.

When her lover joins the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, she decides to help the partisans in their fight against powerful enemies. Her courage does not fail as she loses those she loves…but being brave doesn’t guarantee survival.

Read More….. When Sorrows Come or visit Maria’s author page.


Out of Africa - The House Called MbabatiThe House Called Mbabati – A Novel Out of Africa by Samantha Ford

Now available, the second, long awaited, novel out of Africa by Samantha Ford, author of The Zanzibar Affair.

Set in the deepest wilds of Eastern Africa, there is a deserted mansion that refuses to give up its dark history without a fight.

In a magnificent music room on the top floor sits a Steinway Grand Piano, covered in years of dust, no longer played and neglected; the doors to the room boarded and nailed shut. It is worth a fortune, but the risk to the owners if they return to claim it and the house is just too big a risk to take.

One man stands alone, looking after ‘The House Called Mbabati‘, as he has for more than twenty years, protecting both the property and the secret past it hides.

With the house left empty and decaying for so long, an act of desperation leads to an attempt to contact the owner. But people start to ask questions about exactly who does own the house and why it was left deserted so many years ago, why would such a magnificent house with its highly valuable contents simply be discarded?

One man, a journalist called Alex Patterson, decides it is time to unravel the mystery that surrounds ‘The House Called Mbabati’ and the people that used to live there in conditions of such splendid privilege.

Read More….. The House Called Mbabati or visit Samantha Ford‘s author page.


Sci Fi BooksThe Fortress – A Sci Fi Adventure from Daniel Snyder

This is Daniel Snyder’s first science fiction book, a short story which is the founding member of a new series called the Win or Die series. Commander Daniel Stone finds himself to be the first line of defense against an alien invasion from the Delonian Empire. A ferocious alien species that are armed to the teeth with highly sophisticated weaponry capable of mass destruction. Not even a nuclear deterrent can stand up against the futuristic arsenal the Delonians bring and they only have one objective…. total control of the Universe and total annihilation of anyone or anything that tries to stand in their way.

A fantastic first book for a talented sci fi author, you can find it on Amazon in Kinde version and be reading it in minutes.

The book is competitively priced at only 99c in the USA and 99p in the UK… more

A reluctant heroes story

The Reluctant Killer – An HIV Story from Robert Durrant

The ‘Reluctant Killer’ is a story of a man, diagnosed as being HIV positive, who believes he has finally managed to get his life back together. Then, on a celebratory trip to New York, he finds himself at the centre of a hostage situation involving terrorists that have only one agenda – get their demands met or kill every hostage they have managed to capture.

They quickly demonstrate, in brutal fashion, that they have no regard for human life and will kill without hesitation.  An innocent victim pays the ultimate price for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Memories of 9/11 come flooding back for all those that experienced that terrorist attack either directly or through the media. New York was under attack again, but this time they are better prepared.

Along with many other innocent hostages, Mark Thorpe is now at the mercy of the terrorists but, realising that they have no mercy, he decides that he is not going to face this second life threatening situation without a fight. Now only 99p…………… read more here

Corporate greed in the banking world

The Latest Book from the Author of the Carcassonne Affair

Enter a world of corporate greed and a corrupt financial systems where banks are set to lose all credibility as their employees line up to feather their own pockets and increase their already enormous bonuses even further.

But some have had enough and set their store on revealing the corruption and bad practice. Customers being miss-sold products they don’t need, interest rates being fixed to secure huge profits no matter the cost to the public or the country. Someone has to speak out and a whistleblower is born…………read more

The Whistleblower Affair now available on Amazon





Also Susannah Carlton’s – Biting the Stick

Susannah Carlton is not an author to shy away from the important issues in life and her new book, out now, is no exception to the rule. Susannah takes on the topical issue of Female Genital Mutilation in her very latest novel……….. Biting the Stick. 

The book is going to be available initially as an exclusive Amazon offering in Kindle format and also as a paperback via Createspace.  The story describes the events and circumstances  surrounding the life of Tania, a support worker, who stumbles upon a cutting party (not sure party is a particularly appropriate term) taking place on a University Campus in the UK. Shocked and horrified Tania, who is already under tremendous personal pressures, struggles to come to terms with what she has discovered and even more importantly what to do about it………..Read More

Biting the Stick – Now available as a paperback on Createspace or Amazon

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