Monday, 16 February 2015

A Quick Update

A quick update on what I've been up to in case you thought I've been kidnapped by aliens.

I confess I have still not gone anywhere near the old haunted house model I was building last year, but during a frantic search for something a few weeks ago I came upon the missing plans for the building.  

I have however been giving some love and attention to the Doctor Who Tapestry which has also been suffering from the time I spent last year working on the final part of Karl’s adventures.












I’ve gone back to listening to Big Finish albums and sticking the needle in and out of the canvas in the evenings to create a Draconian and a few Jelly Babies on the picture. I’m working on a Voc Class Robot at the moment. 


That’s not to say that Karl is finished 100%. 


The countdown to the official launch is underway. The Kindle edition goes live on the 23rd February, and pre-orders are already open. The final manuscript has been sent over, so why not pre-order and have them load it onto your machine on the day of release? Click here for more details.

I am now in the process of reformatting all three books ready for launch onto the other eBook platforms, so watch this space and Karl’s Facebook page for further announcements. 

We have now added ‘Buy Now’ buttons to the pages on this blog dedicated to each book. You can order a copy direct from me, whilst my stock lasts, and I will sign and dedicate the book for you. Just follow the links on the right hand side of the blog for more details.

And finally congratulations to the two winners of the Goodreads Giveaway promotion for book one of the trilogy. Your books are in the post to you.

That’s my quick update for now, hopefully I will be back with some model work soon.

All the best
Derek

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Goodreads Giveaway Book 1

Sorry this event has now finished - but watch out for further promotions coming soon

Quick heads up folks. For UK users of Goodreads there is currently a chance to win one of two copies of the first book just before we release the final adventure.


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Karl - Birth of a Mystery by D.J. Kettlety

Karl - Birth of a Mystery

by D.J. Kettlety

Giveaway ends February 13, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter to win

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Karl - Demolich Rising Preorders

It's been a long time coming but the end is in sight, Karl - Demolich Rising is now available to pre-order on the Kindle.

The release date for the Kindle edition is 23rd February.

The paperback edition will be listed soon.
They should be hot off of the press very shortly.

Watch this space for further updates.


And then I can get back to model building and the Doctor Who tapestry.

Kindle pre-order

Friday, 21 November 2014

The story is nearly finished

We’re finalising the typeset pages, ensuring the full stops and page breaks are all in their right places. One last run through the text to ensure everything is right, and what a lot there is to read. It seems the way with fantasy novels they start out a reasonable size then explode by the time you reach the conclusion. 


The final part of Karl will be with you shortly, and this time it is huge. It is approximately (2xBook2)+Book1 thick.


The question of splitting it did come up but although the story is in three parts it felt wrong to break it, there would not be a natural break halfway through part two. Plus although the cover price of number three has increased it is nowhere near as expensive had this book been split into two or even three parts. It was always going to be a trilogy and I’ve decided to keep it that way.



I knew number three was going to be longer since there was a lot to tell, so hence “Gerranthaul’s Story” found its way out of book three into book two. The first part of book three takes place parallel to Gerranthaul’s visit to Mishdine, and picks up where the main part of book two concluded – but that’s all I’m going to tell you for now.

I think the cover is brilliant and once again has that eerie feel to it, just like the mysterious forest on book one. This time we feature the Niton Mountains, where the legendary Demolich is said to be rising from. Many thanks to Rob Hammond for the wonderful work he has put into these covers.

Some of the promotional material arrived this week; this is always exciting when you unpack this. Here is a sample of the mugs and fridge magnets. Once again, as with the earlier paperback books ordered direct from me, they will be signed and will include a fridge magnet.

So watch this space for further updates – coming soon.


More details also available on the blog page here Karl – DemolichRising.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

November Update

Just after Guy Fawkes Night I took another brief tour of the local streets gathering up some of the fallen sticks. It’s the night it rains building material from the sky.

Although there were far fewer bangs and flashes this year, which has to be a good thing for our fury friends.

But while they still go up and the sticks come down I’ll gather up what I can and recycle them into something that will last slightly longer than a quick flash and bang.

Here is this year’s haul, not as vast as I said as the previous gatherings, but hopefully enough to complete the model of the haunted house that has also taken a back seat.

The main reason for the tardiness with the building is the final instalment in Karl’s adventure. The final part of the trilogy is undergoing final preparations now for publishing.

Although it will not now make a November release I hope to see it published early in the New Year. Watch this place for an announcement quite soon.









There are several reasons that the manuscript for the final part has taken longer than expected, one of them is the size. In the style of many fantasy series it weighs in more than twice the second volume of the series. 

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Congratulations Marc

I posted a few days ago about Marc's Thames Path Challenge. 100km in 24 hours. 

Well, he's done it. Marc finished the walk at around ten to eight this morning. Official timings are yet to come. But he has the medal. 

Marc was raising money for the Celia Hammond Animal Trust.

Once again, congratulations Marc a great achievement. 

https://www.justgiving.com/marcmajor/

Monday, 8 September 2014

Ten Books of Yesteryear

Over on that scourge of social media a friend challenged me to name 10 books from my youth of some significance – or words to that effect. It’s amazing, the second I’m asked that the first thing is I can’t remember any. But with a little coaxing the mist cleared slightly and out came some jumbled thoughts. Here I explain why I picked the titles I did, but I’ve not mentioned very much regarding content of these stories.  

Ten books that have stuck in my mind for one reason or the other. In no particular order, the books that have survived the memory wipe to be recalled here are:

My first book review

The Secret of Moon Castle
By Enid Blyton
This appears to be part of a series that I never knew at the time. I think the combination of the words Moon Castle must have been the trigger for me. I have a some memories of this, particularly an L shaped room. The book itself by the time I no longer owned it was falling appart, I do remember that.

Interestingly I just looked this up on Wikipedia, it states it is part of a series of 5 books then goes on to list 6 titles in the series. Certainly was a mysterious series of books.

Doctor Who and the Cybermen
By Gerry Davis
I've limited myself to just two Doctor Who titles in this list, and I've a different reason for selecting the two I have done. This was one of the first Doctor Who novelizations I owned and in the end I actually knew the backcover blurb off by heart. One day our school library obtained three Doctor Who titles, this being one of them. A mate and I stunned the school's librarian by performing a 'mind reading' act where as he read the back cover in front of her, with my back turned I recited what it was they were looking at.

The Belgariad (series)
By David Eddings
One of my first forays into sets of fantasy fiction. This epic series set me on my path for fantasy.

Silly Verses for Kids
By Spike Milligan
There is no way I could leave this book off the list. My copy had the orange cover, I've seen it online with a blue one since. It was just bonkers, and so many of them stuck in my mind to the extent that it doesn't take much to set me off quoting it even today. 'String is a very important thing...'

Doctor Who and the Horror of Fang Rock
By Terrance Dicks
My second Doctor Who of this list. TV series and novel both by Terrance Dicks and the edition that stands out for me is the original with art work by Jeff Cummins. I remember reading a library copy of this whilst off sick from school. It was hard going, since all my body wanted to do was sleep, but I wanted to read it. I remember the GP calling back round to see how I was a couple of days after his first visit even now, but I had no memory of his first visit even then.

I could quite so easily have filled this list with Doctor Who books, but I made sure I allowed other titles to get a look in. I had to include a Terrance Dicks since he wrote so many of the Doctor Who novels and it really was these books that made the young me want to read. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Terrance at several Doctor Who conventions and having the opportunity of thanking him for these books that got me enthusiastic about reading which has had a massive impact on me.  I’ve also got several prints of the covers from artist Jeff Cummins who also attends these events and every time I see this artwork it gives me a buzz and happy memories.

The Servants of Ark (trilogy)
By Jonathan Wylie
Another collection of fantasy and prophecy that caught me and I remember reading quite obsessively.

The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe
By C.S. Lewis
I first encountered the wonderful world of Narnia during story time at school. Could even have been the start of my love of fantasy. Enough said...

Fantastic Mr Fox
By Roald Dahl
This book is as old as I am. Although the edition I had was from the Puffin print a few years later. We had the Puffin book club at school where parents were encouraged to buy books from a small leaflet which we brought home every few months. I think that was where my Spike Milligan Silly Verses also came from. There were a few Roald Dahl books, I also have fond memories of 'The Magic Finger' as well.

Twentieth-Century Short Stories
By various authors
The Machine Stops, by E.M. Forster, Odour of Chrysanthemums by D.H Lawrence. The Destructors by Graham Greene and The Lumber Room by Saki are the stories I recall in this collection which was part of our 'O' Level English course. There was beauty in the bleakness that Lawrence wrote, but just do not get me started on the farce that was our English Literature class. That is another story in itself.

Another point to mention, was that my next-door neighbor also grew Chrysanthemums and so as I child I knew their scent every year when they bloomed.

Ninety-Nine Dragons
By Barbara Sleigh
A young boy goes to bed, but rather than count sheep he counts dragons. Just my sort of thing and something I could imagine doing on those summer nights during the summer holidays as a child when I couldn't get to sleep.



At the end of the assignment I’m supposed to nominate other friends to do the same. But I’m challenging you my reader, if you made it this far try for yourself to think over those books that have some significance to you.