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Small Press & Self-Published / Under the Stone of Destiny : Discounted.
« on: February 14, 2020, 10:22:16 AM »
The ebook of Under the Stone of Destiny is reduced to only 99c from $3.99.
Amazon, Apple, Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes & Noble etc.

Amazon Smashwords

Blog post

The real story of the Stone of Destiny, An Lia Fáil (may mean The Stone of Shadows), how it got to Scotland and  what the English had in Westminster is an interesting tale. Then it was stolen and a copy made. Which is the returned stone?
"As King Edward I approached the palace, the monks of Scone hurriedly removed the Stone of Destiny and hid it, replacing it with another stone of similar size and shape."

Wikipedia (if you read carefully) suggests the Tourist Board pillar at Tara isn't the stone and that the Scottish one is probably not, no matter which was "original" to King Edward.

Destiny (Fáil) may be a corruption of the old Irish for Shadow. There are references to shadows in old stories about the stone. A King would have sat on it to be confirmed. Crowning (Coronation) is a more modern idea and is why the Stone of Scone has to be returned to Westminster from Edinburgh for English Coronations.
The Original Stone of Scone is a known fake, and the pillar at Tara can't be the Stone of Destiny. It's for sitting on and was sent to Scotland. Then hidden. We know roughly what the real stone looked like. The Stone of Scone was copied when it was stolen from Westminster. There was also a display replica made. It's made of local sandstone, so can't be the stone sent from Ulster to Scotland. It's likely the monks gave King Edward's men a cesspit cover or similar. The original would have had a dished or bowl like depression on the top, like the stones in Neolithic Newgrange and Knowth. At least one account claims it's made of marble. It might have been brought to Ireland from elsewhere and may have been made of marble.
The idea it was once Jacob's pillow stone is probably a late addition by Irish monks. The pillar at Tara is something else. Not a seat.


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Small Press & Self-Published / The Seven Talismans
« on: January 19, 2020, 10:47:40 AM »
This is the first of a new series. The 2nd book is virtually completed.

Fortunately my novels are better than my blurbs. My best Beta reader says, "Yes, your blurbs are terrible, but I'm not writing them!" So no blurb here. It's on the links below.

About the Trader's Isle series:  http://www.raymccarthy.corvidspress.com/traders-isle/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/989854 They also distribute to  Barnes&Noble, Apple, Kobo, Tolino etc. Smashwoords downloads are suitable for very old or newer Kindles, Kobo, Nook, epub or Kindle apps, old Sony LRF or later epub Sony models.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081552VWW Also all other Amazon Marketplaces. Only for Kindle or Kindle App. Download via PC and transfer (sideload) via USB or else Amazon adds unwanted DRM via KFX.

Corvids Press are now looking at several suppliers because CreateSpace rebranded Amazon. So I don't think any paper editions, even of the older books, are available right now. I hope that's sorted out soon. No Corvids Press title as DRM because paper has no DRM. DRM is about control, not protecting copyright or prevention of piracy.


Currently I'm rewriting the 7th Talent Universe book and have nearly finalized four Celtic Otherworld books, started one and three are ready for release. The hard SF "Eden Seeds" is on the backburner as is the "Dark Ops" series. Dark Ops is about a group of people working in an Irish Data Centre, but secretly employed by a very secret Irish Agency. There is a real one so secret that no-one knows its name.

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Small Press & Self-Published / Celtic Otherworld
« on: August 17, 2018, 08:23:55 AM »
One book just out and two coming in September.

Amazon (Kindle only) and Smashwords (Kindle and all other readers / apps).
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DSC32HM
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GD1YR59
All books: https://www.amazon.com/Ray-McCarthy/e/B01DWGJLQM/ref=dp_byline_cont_pop_ebooks_1

also
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/841574
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/889041

Likely also in September is 'Conspiracies and Rooks'.

There is some possibility of more already completed titles in October. All the "Rooks" books are done (six titles). The Talents Universe Series 'The Legal Talent' final edit is nearly done.
 

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Small Press & Self-Published / Talents Universe: Starship Chief
« on: December 09, 2017, 04:51:36 PM »
Though Starship Chief is #4 in the series, that's only because it MUST be read before "The Master's Talent."
Otherwise it's quite standalone and doesn't have any unresolved plot points etc.
Right now it's free on Smashwords (not on Amazon as I refuse to sign up to the monopolistic aspect). All the series is on Amazon, Smashwords, Apple, Kobo etc.

I don't believe in DRM, but I DO believe in Copyright. So no copying or uploading even though all is DRM free!

Free Starship Chief (don't know how long!). All formats.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/633057

Work has started on Audio versions and paperback versions (9 books are being proofed, one is out).

I have 3 other Talent Universe books (#6, #7, #8) in draft/review and noted some ideas for two more that might not happen.
I have five "Celtic Otherworld" books done and FIVE MORE coming. Some in Draft and three nearly polished.
One other Fantasy needs re-written and another SF project. Also text for a Fantasy book of board games a game designer is working on. So I won't be bored next year

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Small Press & Self-Published / Corvids Press Releases
« on: May 14, 2017, 01:23:13 PM »
Corvids Press isn't really a publisher, but it's handy for Google's Playstore books (not open to new "publishers") and branding. There are four authors.

(Maintained by Quoth the Raven, but we like rooks too)

On 19th May 2017 Hero Genesis, #4 of Celtic Otherworld, but with a sideways shift at the start. Also on most other retailers.


Then on 23rd June, No Silver Lining, #5 of Celtic Otherworld set slightly in the future (months or years) when we are more dependant on Cloud Computing. Sample may have some “typos”. Final version will be uploaded by 10th June 2017. Also other retailers.


No DRM.
Available for Kindle, Kobo and all other eReaders and eReading applications. Paperback eventually.

Both $3.99

I'll add information about other books to this thread.
See
Talents Universe
and
Celtic Otherworld
(also on Smashwords via series (Otherworld and Talents) and Amazon via author)

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