Sunday, 28 December 2014

Product recall - Poison in the Pond - free replacement

Dear readers

Please accept my sincerest apologies. It was identified that there were typo errors in my horror/thriller novella "Poison in the Pond", and when I had a look, I realised the amount of typos was unacceptable, hence I am recalling it and replacing it free of charge.

It is not my belief that short reads, cheap reads, or free reads should be of a lesser quality. No matter whether a book contains 1,200 or 120,000 words, everything about that book should be of the highest quality. That means free of typos, good resolution on the book cover, easy to find, easy to read.

It's Murphy's Law that the moment you hit Send or Publish you'll notice the typo that you didn't during the previous 10 reads. In my case it is usually haste that causes me to skip over text. Instead of putting my proof reader's hat on, I sometimes put my reader's hat on. I get swept up in the story. But that's not acceptable. My readers deserve the best from me.

You may have downloaded this novella during the Kindle free period in October. You may have purchased it, or may have received it as a prize. However you obtained it, please note that it will be exchanged free of charge for the correct version.

How to obtain your free replacement copy:

1. Go to
Smashwords and use the Coupon Code QJ35A to download your new version. https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/499345

2. Send an email to dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com and you will be emailed the corrected version.



 
Many thanks for your understanding. Once again, my apologies for this inconvenience.
 
D L
xox

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas reading pile

The end of the year is coming and it's when we make new year's resolutions. Mine will probably be READ MORE BOOKS, because I wish I'd read more books this year. I've now got a huge stack of reading to do that I keep saying I'll do over Christmas break, but in reality I have 11 days off work and too many books to read. Just thought I would share my list and how they ended up on my reading pile.

Not all of the books in my reading pile are straight out purchases. Some were gifts, some were loaned to me, some are bought to support other authors. Some were bought for my reading pleasure.

I hate to think that any books are discarded. I prefer to think that some are borrowed, some are loaned out, some are handed down from one person to another and some are given new homes. 


The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
 
Be careful what you wish for. A small town librarian lives a quiet life without much excitement. One day, she mutters and idle wish and, while standing in her house, is struck by lightning. But instead of ending her life, this cataclysmic event sparks it into a new beginning. She goes in search of Lazarus Jones, a fellow survivor who was struck dead, then simply got up and walked away. Perhaps this stranger who has seen death face to face can teach her to live without fear. When she finds himhe is opposite, a burning man whose breath can boil water and whose touch scorches


***A friend I go walking with suggested this book to me. The next day she brought it in for me to read.

 
Cull by Stafford Ray

The planes are in the air, a madman is in charge and Harry, the only man who can stop the carnage, is in jail. Harry Fromm’s life’s work as an ambassador has been dedicated to finding peaceful solutions to political conflict. But when he finds himself party to an international conspiracy to solve the twin problems of overpopulation and climate change, by destroying half the world’s population, he is torn between loyalty to his president and human decency. He cannot have both and cracks begin to show, until he loses the confidence of the conspirators and they decide he must be killed. His wife Felicity and his daughter Sam are also threatened, but whisked into hiding by his Russian friend Yuri, who then joins Harry as they are pursued across the USA and into Canada by the CIA. When they are arrested by Canadian Police, who refuse to listen to them, the violent deaths of over three billion people becomes inevitable. Meanwhile, to help Defence Dynamics sell more planes and to put pressure on Australian Prime Minister Mulaney to join the conspiracy, CIA Chief Creswell Bunton facilitates the purchase of boats for refugees. Soon thousands of desperate people are approaching Australian shores in too many boats to be intercepted. Mulaney stirs up fear of an invasion in the electorate to ensure his re-election; then secretly orders them destroyed


***I bought Stafford's novel at a book launch. He is a writer in my writer's group, and he is also the president of said writer's group. This isn't a pity purchase, I love thrillers so I can't wait to read this one.



Guardian Witch series by Ally Shields
 
 

***I won a few of these ebooks in a contest. I've read the first and I'm looking forward to reading more of this series.



 

Name: Stella Sweeney.  Height: average.  Recent life events: dramatic.

One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed.  The resulting car crash changes her life. For she meets a man who wants her telephone number (for the insurance, it turns out).  That's okay.  She doesn't really like him much anyway (his Range Rover totally banjaxed her car). But in this meeting is born the seed of something which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, and, along the way, wrenching her whole family apart. Is this all because of one ill-advised act of goodwill?  Was meeting Mr Range Rover destiny or karma?  Should she be grateful or hopping mad? For the first time, real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach.  But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it?


***This is my Christmas gift from my husband. Every few Christmases I get the latest Marian Keyes novel.


  
 
 
 

Horror thrillers are my cup of tea. The First Bird is apparently sort of like modern version of The lost World or Jurassic Park. Science-fiction/action/adventure. Arcardian Genesis is a novella about something that crashes to earth and isn't opened until thousands of years later. Can't wait to discover this author.

***Momentum Publishing were having a sale. I couldn't resist. I purchased The First Bird Omnibus because the blurb looked great, and Arcardian Genesis was free.





About the Author
 
D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has six books published. Her debut YA novel The Bird With The Broken Wing reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second YA novel Feedback reached number 1 at OmniLit. Her third YA novel Little Red Gem was 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings and the book trailer which features an original song performed by the author appeared on USA Today website. she is currently writing a science-fiction/adventure/apocalyptic action series for adult readers. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog. when she's not writing she likes to play the piano and guitar, read, or do work on the house and garden.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Twitter             www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1 

Friday, 12 December 2014

WIN PRINT BOOK - ends 31 December - Win curious (3 novels in 1)

One print copy to give away
 
Open to international
 
Ends 31 December  2014
 
 
Why you need to enter
 
Over 500 pages
 
3 novels in 1 book
 
 5 star YA paranormal tales
 
 
  
 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

When supporting characters steal the show

Once again a reviewer has stated that Juliett (Jet) Jones, my supporting character in The Bird With The Broken Wing, has stolen the show. This isn't the first time a reviewer has said she steals the show. She is an awesome character and she plays a vital part on the book - she has to or she wouldn't be there. But the story isn't really about her, it's about an angel who discovers that she isn't perfect.

I've had reviews where people were pissed off that the book wasn't all about her. Others have said they were surprised because she's not really mentioned in the (very short) blurb but she steals the show. In the full blurb so she is mentioned, but she's mentioned in the way of supporting characters. But the story isn't really about her, it's about an angel who discovers that she isn't perfect.

Now I will add here, that there's a difference between a scene stealer and incorrect casting. There's no way I could project Jet's personality only Rachael - the character who's story The Bird With The Broken Wing is actually about. It wouldn't work. It can't work for reasons made obvious in the story line. We may watch movies and say that lead role should have gone to somebody else. That's wrong casting. But when we find a character who is perfectly cast but just happens to capture out attention, that's scene stealing.

So, in honour of Jet Jones stealing the show once more, I thought I'd dedicate this post to a few of those wonderful supporting characters out there who are just so charismatic and endearing that they end up pulling the rug out from under the lead character.

In no particular order:

Han Solo (Harrison Ford) - Star Wars




For me, there is no bigger scene stealer on the planet than Han Solo. From the moment Harrison Ford leaned back in his chair and gently traced his finger along the wall while underneath the table he aimed his gun at the alien, I, (and I'm not alone I might add) fell in love with Han Solo. I stopped caring as much about what happened to Luke Skywalker, and cared more about Han Solo coming to everyone's rescue, mainly mine. He's the bad boy with redeeming quality and a giant walking teddy bear at his side. I should add that Chewbacca also is a major scene stealer.


Rizzo (Stockard Channing) - Grease
 

I grew up in public housing in the 70s, so I instantly connected with Betty Rizzo who spoke her mind and strutted her stuff and looked like she didn't give a shit what anybody thought of her. She was tough yet vulnerable. I loved Stockard Channing in this role (in fact in any role). A complex character with great one liners and a fabulous pink jacket, it was no surprise Rizzo stole the show. To this day the song she sings "There are worse things I could do" is my favourite. She holds her head high and rightly so. Because that's what scene stealers do.


Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt) - Twelve Monkeys


Brad Pitt tends to steal the eye whenever he is on the screen, so it's no wonder he raced up the billing ranks from supporting actor to lead actor. I also love Bruce Willis in Twelve Monkeys and at times it's difficult for anyone to take any thunder away from Bruce. I think they're both compelling, in that we want to know what happens to both characters. And I think the reason why we say Brad steals the show in this movie, is because the moment he appears he's an invested character.  

 
Fonzie (Henry Winkler) - Happy Days


The show was created to focus on Richie Cunningham (Ron Howard) but a tough looking dude in a leather jacket and motorcycle stole the show once more proving that viewers like bad guys and gals with redeeming qualities. Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli stole the show so much that apparently BBC wanted to name the show after him. Henry Winkler vehemently opposed this idea, crediting the success of the show to the entire cast. Which is what makes his character a scene stealer, and perhaps Winkler knew that fans create cult status, not the TV directors.


Mrs Cooper (Laurie Metcalf) - Big Bang Theory


Laurie Metcalf is an A-grade scene stealer. She stole the show in Roseanne as Jackie Harris. And every time she's in a scene on The Big Bang Theory she's just a presence you can't ignore. I was getting concerned that all my scene stealers were bad boys with redeeming qualities, but Mrs Cooper is not a bad girl, she's a God-fearing, Jesus praying Texan and she rocks in this role.


Castiel (Misha Collins) - Supernatural


I can't believe I first completed this post and forgot about this celestial scene stealer. Castiel is so popular with the fans that he's a regular feature in their promotion, if not the show. I love his playfulness which I think is actually his personality which only makes him more endearing to fans. It is also ironic that this emotionless celestial being has connected with the audience emotionally. Maybe Castiel is broody and serious, but Misha has a lovely smile and he's not afraid to show it. He also proves you don't need to be a badass to steal the show. We love you Cass/Misha.



Those are some of my favourite scene stealers. Do you have any more to add?

I guess it doesn't matter that I tell everyone that The Bird With The Broken Wing is a story about a guardian angel, there are scene stealers in literature and movies and TV. And to have readers connect with and fall in love with Jet Jones makes me real proud of her as a character. And I will cheer her on as she steals the show. You go girl!

And lastly, here's a fact you might not know about my supporting character Jet Jones. The name Jet was taken from an animal rescue clipping in the paper for a kitten they'd called Juliett (Jet for short). It is also a tribute to my favourite musical artist Joan Jett.





About the Author
 
D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has six books published. The Bird With The Broken Wing reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Feedback reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem was 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings and the book trailer which features an original song performed by the author appeared on USA Today website. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Twitter             www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1