The sun is out, bulbs are just poking green shoots up in the garden, and it really feels like spring is almost here. But I've learned to be cautious; we've had frost this week and it wouldn't be the first time we'd have snow in March, April, or even May! Still, I'm going to enjoy the good weather while it's here.
And for your enjoyment I have a new giveaway - Fantasy Series Starters - and a first look at another giveaway - Where Friends are Family. We've got March's ereader competition, and another question in our series about the Choices and Consequences world. Do keep those questions coming - just hit reply and ask about whatever bit of that world is puzzling you.
And I've got a favour to ask you. One of the things that is vital for indie authors like me is reviews of our books. It helps other people find them and decide to buy, and it helps us access promotional opportunities. Please, if you've read any of my books, would you go to that book's page on your preferred eretailer, hit the review button (usually below the book details and alongside other customer reviews) and leave a review. The review doesn't have to be long - a couple of sentences about how the book made you feel or what you did and didn't like would be great. And you don't have to have bought the book at that eretailer to leave a review.
Thank you so much for your help, I really appreciate it.
Your Freebies and Competitions
Fantasy Series Starters: If you enjoy fantasy, which is a very wide genre, and you like something more than just a single standalone novel, try this Fantasy Series Starters giveaway. All the books are either prequels or first in series to give you a chance to find your next favourite fantasy series. They're available until March 21st, so grab your copies now.
Where Friends are Family : An all-genre giveaway for stories where friends are or become family. These may be full novels, samples or prequels and they focus on the positive aspects of family - love, support and encouragement etc. Runs until end of March, but get a head start and grab your copies now.
What technology is there in the Choices and Consequences world?
We know there are solar panels, even if they don't look quite like the ones we have, because they are mentioned in Strand of Faith. They are still photovoltaic, but thinner than ours and very flexible. There are computers as well but the extent to which these are used and widely available depends on the House and its access to resources. They are nothing like as powerful as the ones we are familiar with today.
Development has concentrated on medical and energy generation technology, then transport. It’s early days for communication technology – for example landline type phones are around, but rare and expensive due to the need to lay and protect cabling. They are also treated with suspicion by a lot of people. Entertainment related technology is coming, but it’s not there yet.
In House St Peter, technology is mostly found in the hospital and in energy generation rather than personal use. In House Eastern (which features in Thread of Hope) it is more widespread and there is also a reference to electric vehicles.
Here's an extract from Weave of Love which explains why one family doesn't have a telephone...
“Perry?” I asked. “Why don’t your parents have a telephone of their own?”
I knew telephones tended to be the prerogative of the wealthy but I was sure Perry’s family fell into that category.
Perry grinned at me. “Officially, or the real reason?” he asked.
I shrugged. They were different?
Perry answered anyway, “Officially, not many people round here have them, so they’d make little use of one. Ma doesn’t want anything that sets them apart from everyone else, or marks them as different. And installing them is expensive and that would be a waste of resources.”
“And really?” I asked.
“If they don’t have a telephone, Lord Neville can’t get hold of them quickly or easily. Which means it’s much harder for him to place any demands on them.” Perry laughed slightly. “Except I happen to know that it was Lord Neville who arranged and paid for the one to be installed at the Pastor’s house. It’s used by most of the community but the real reason it’s there is in case Ma and Pa need it.” He grinned at me again. “I don’t think they know any of that, so don’t let on.”
If you haven't got your free copy of Trader's Child grab it now.
It's a short story that's a prequel to my Choices and Consequences series, free exclusively to all newsletter subscribers - only available as an ebook.
And don't miss out on your free copy of Strand of Faith either.