Sunday, 25 January 2015

Almost 100 reviews for City of Blaze on Amazon.com!

It's taken three-and-a-half years, but we're almost at one hundred reviews for City of Blaze on Amazon! Only three more to go... I can't believe it!

http://www.amazon.com/City-Blaze-Fireblade-Array-Book-ebook/dp/B0057XSNGS/


Now, what to do to celebrate when the number hits the big one-zero-zero??

Monday, 5 January 2015



Here's a conundrum - recent review of CoB: "This book needs to be more carefully edited. There are missing words and grammatical mistakes throughout. (The author consistently uses the pronoun "he" as the object of a preposition instead of "him.")"


Now, I'm pretty sure that the "he"s and "him"s are where they should be, and I'm wondering if... perhaps... this person is not aware that pronoun agreements in comparative sentences are different. e.g. "...though she did not quite have the same discipline as he," is grammatically correct, while "...though she did not quite have the same discipline as him," is incorrect.


Brief summary in the paragraph on subject and object pronouns: http://inmadom-myenglishclass.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/personal-possessive-and-reflexive.html


What do you think? Did you find any examples of strange pronouns in the first book (and should I therefore climb down from my soaringly high horse)? Should I comment on their review?

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Thanks to everyone who has put themselves forward to be a beta reader - I'm still receiving offers of help!
Because so many of you have so kindly offered your services, I'm thinking of dividing you up into groups to do a first-read of some other books I have planned for the series... These books would be:

THE PREQUEL!!
and
AN ALTERNATIVE REALITY!!

More exclamation marks!!!

The prequel would cover the period from Artemi's first encounter with Hedinar Kantari, right through to the fall of Old Gialdin.

The alternative reality is pretty much what it sounds like, will be set in the Darkworld as the others have been, and will of course feature A & M's relationship as a central theme. Don't want to give too much away about that one though!

Those of you who have already emailed me directly, I will keep you down for Vol 6. Everyone else, would you like to beta-read these books? If so, please get in touch via email: hadleigh.o.charles@gmail.com and let me know which format you would prefer.

Thursday, 6 November 2014


Hello to the new readers out there, and welcome to my blog! Hope you're enjoying my book(s) and that you find some items of interest here. If you want to say hi, please feel free to do so. I work from home a fair bit so appreciate the company!

Also, if you haven't already done so, please consider leaving a review or rating on the site from whence my books came (or on Goodreads) - reviews really help other readers.... but mostly they help ME >:D
Thank you to everyone who got back to me about beta reading - I'm not sure why, I never expected such a great response! I'm on holiday at the moment, which is why I haven't yet replied to all of you. I shall do so upon my return, however :)

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Book six is under way...

On we go with the series... how will Artemi cope with the events of the last book?!

More twists and turns to come :)

Technical stuff:

To avoid any more typos slipping through next time, I'm thinking of getting a beta reader or two. This person or people would need to read through the whole book within a few days, have a good grasp of grammar, be able to allow for some British quirks in the language and have a keen eye for errors. Of course, they'd be among the first people to read it (for free), but the version they'd receive would have already been through the editing process (i.e. the worst of the errors would be gone, but there might be a few left). If you'd like to volunteer and have access to a free copy of the book, drop me a message via Facebook or this blog.

Please also note that we do have a publisher address - publish@idolatree.com - where, if you're feeling generous, you can report any typographical errors you've spotted in previous books. :D

Friday, 19 September 2014

Oops

After some nights of limited sleep(!), I've finished checking through the book. I did find a handful of errors - not a vast amount of them, but enough to make me go, "Ergh." Sad to say, they were down to me rather than any Amazon processing problem. Some of them I remember we fixed before, so it may have been that I just didn't save the final draft properly. I'm not sure. Anyway, it's all my fault for being rubbish :(. Sorry if your reading experience has been affected by this. Everything has been updated (Amazon, Createspace, Smashwords, iTunes etc. - the lot) and double, triple and quadruple-checked! You should be able to download the updated version 12 hours from now on most sites. In most cases, you will only need to visit the book page and click on 'update', but on Amazon, you may need to contact customer services and ask them to update it for you. I think you can subscribe to automatic updates with them, but I've never been able to get this to work with my own books!

Barnes & Noble do tend to take a bit longer to update their book versions, so you may need to wait a few days before that happens.

Once again, sorry, but please feel free to chew me into little pieces in your reviews if you feel you need some revenge!