Sunday, 20 July 2014

Rory is the main story in a weekend dominated by Unlimited news.

Well, what a weekend of golf it has been at The Open Championship and once again, Rory McIlroy has rediscovered the form that lifted him to number one in the world and he picked up his third major of his career.  What is more impressive is that he has now won three different majors and is on the verge of becoming one of the few players in history to do the clean sweep.

You do have to give a lot of credit to the chasing pack though as well.  Although Rory never had a lead of less than two on the final day, Sergio Garcia and an ever improving Ricky Fowler certainly made sure that Rory couldn't relax.  Talking of the Californian, that is now three top five finishes in the three majors in 2014 and surely it is only a matter of time before he picks up a win.  His interview on the BBC afterwards was one of respect and intelligence and he certainly has made a lot of friends in the UK this week.

Roll on the PGA in a couple of weeks, and of course, The Ryder Cup at the end of September.

The big story that is going to rock the world of reading is the announcement by Amazon of their new subscription service called Kindle Unlimited.  At the moment, it is only in trial in the US but it certainly looks like the more active readers amongst us will get great value for money.  Priced at $9.99, it allows the customer to download upto 10 books at any one time.  Once read, you can return the book and download another.  You can do this as often as you want, hence the Unlimited nature of the name.
I believe that this can only be a good thing for us aspiring authors as it should encourage readers to take more risks on the unknown names, trying their books "for free" which may lead to full sales rather than the hire of the books under the subscription.

As for me?  I have been receiving some nice reviews for my latest book, Under A Blood Moon, including one where a reader from the USA stating that she has fallen in love with my new teenage vampire, Alex.  I have also just been interviewed this afternoon by Heibooks, a new website that helps advertise books.  I've been told that it should go up in the next week or so.  I have also started work on my next project, which is book two in The Alex Hayden Chronicles.  I've been hard at work, re-reading Blood Moon so that everything is fresh in my mind again, and with the general plotline and ongoing series plots laid out, I am just about in a place where I will start putting the proverbial pen to paper and start writing "The Howling Wind".  I know that Lucy, my cover designer, has already started putting together ideas for the front cover so it's all exciting once again.

I have also been hard at work with reading and reviewing other books and here is one for you to have a look at.

4.0 out of 5 stars Quick fire fun action
By Michael Andrews
Format:Kindle Edition
This short story is a quick paced action book based around the Hartman siblings, who's company run the online game Dragonfire. This is a game where you transpose your human self inside the game, but while there are safety measures in place to protect you, things can go wrong.

It is an intriguing read as the author meshes in the idea of the game, the differing characters of the "real" world with the computer world and in my opinion, would work well if he ever decided to turn it into a full length novel.

If you want to pick it up, it's priced at just 99c or 77p and you can do it here for the US and here for the UK

In other news, it was with sadness that I have just heard that James Garner has died at the age of 86.  Famous for his roles in Maverick and the Rockford Files, as well as appearing in The Great Escape.  He will be missed.

Well, that's my lot for this week.  Hope you have all had a good weekend.  Peace!

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