Welcome to the Darkside...

...join me, Akasha Savage, as I brave the deepest dungeons and scale the misty mountains to achieve my dream: to see my novel Bathory in print. I will take you by the hand and keep you beside me as I cross this uncharted territory...

...let us step into the moonlit darkness together...

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Akasha Savage is papped!

My Saturday morning has got off to a funny start.

At 9.45am precisely ~ which is never a good time for me at the weekend ~ the local press were in my kitchen interviewing and taking photos of my alter ego, Akasha Savage. Bearing in mind I always do 'night duty' for my six week old grandson every Friday so his parents get a full night's kip...and I have to drive my daughter to her Saturday job for a 9am start, 9.45 is not a good hour to have my house invaded by a big tall bearlike man with a camera!

The photograper was supposed to turn up at 10.00am ~ I had been rushing around like a blue arsed fly to be ready for this time, was still doing my make-up when there came a knock at the door.

I was so not relaxed.

I dread to think what my pictures are going to look like in our local rag this week!

Friday, 29 April 2011

Proud to be British!

I have just spent an enjoyable few hours watching the TV coverage of Prince William & Kate Middleton's wedding. It was such a wonderful event to watch. She looked like a fairy tale princess and I wish them all the happiness in the world.

Congrats Wills & Kate xx

No one does it like the British!!

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Slight Technical Hitch!

Somehow, when I transfered my word document to kindle publishing, it buggered up the formatting! I have sorted out the problem now, but it does mean that the handful of you who have already purchased Calling 666 (thank you) will have to read it in a dodgy lay out. Sorry!

If you don't own a kindle I've just discovered at amazon/kindleforPC you can download software for free that will allow you to purchase ebooks and read them on your computer/laptop. Cool.

Friday, 22 April 2011

WARNING: Akasha Savage has stepped out from The Darkside!

I've done it!

As from now, my ebook of short stories ~ 'Calling 666: Tales of Dark Horror & The Supernatural' is available to purchase for your kindle at amazon.co.uk

Later the same day....

Typical. I've just been sent an email from kindle publishing on how to tweak the layout of my ebook.

Er...bit late now!!

Ah well, hope Calling 666 reads okay. Not much I can do if it doesn't; a learning curve me thinks!


Wednesday, 20 April 2011

For the last couple of weeks I have been slogging my little guts out trying to get my collection of short stories ready for kindle consumption. I am not finding it easy; I am a writer...not an IT expert!
The first bit was plain sailing: I chose the stories - eleven in all - that I wanted in my anthology; they were all stories I'd written over the past five or six years and just needed a quick spit and polish. I printed out a couple of copies and gave them to 'willing' friends and family members to proof read.
So far so good.I even came up with a title that I was happy with: CALLING 666~Tales of Dark Horror and the Supernatural.
Then came the hard part.
I had saved my MS as a word document, but before I could upload it to the kindle publishing site I had to convert it into a HTML.
HTML? What the devil was that? (Although 'devil' wasn't actually the word I used!) One quick phone call to my sister (she's a graphic designer for James Villa Holidays and does all their digital layouts etc) and I sort of knew!!! She told me how to save my document in the correct way...and I think I've done it...
Okay. Cracked it? No. Now there was the book cover to contend with.
It has to be so many pixels this and so many pixels that. Humph! Another call to sis.
I think I know what I have to do....

I'll keep you updated - just don't hold your breath while you're waiting!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Pirates of The Caribbean 4 Official Trailer

The bit at the end of the trailer where the wagon is on fire is the bit I saw being filmed!! Yay!!!