L Frank Turovich

Biography

L Frank Turovich (1956- ) was born and raised in Flint, Michigan to parents of Polish and Netherlands descent. He became a rabid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, comics and devoted his free time to drawing. After graduation he spent 12 years in the United States Marine Corps.

A fascination with computing led to him to purchase an original Macintosh 128K in April 1984. He used it to learn programming and used that knowledge to write articles for Nibble Mac and Inside BASIC magazines and eventually two books on programming. After leaving the USMC he worked as a technical writer, manager, and consultant for several bleeding edge technology companies including Metrowerks, Motorola, Freescale Semiconductor, Nokia, and Silicon Laboratories where he concentrated on documenting software development tools and other related technologies.

He currently resides in Austin, Texas in a home filled with books, computers, and two cats (Java and Misty) working on short stories and novels in multiple genres.

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Books

Carving Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,750. Language: American English. Published: August 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Adventure » General
When Leon’s friend Charles convinces him to visit a local museum he discovers an engraved bone and becomes convinced he can solve the puzzle of its creation. But his life changes when he touches the ancient artifact.
Pirates of Misfortune
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,820. Language: American English. Published: June 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Colonial America, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Captain Bartolo de Soto commands the Troubadour, a cursed and unlucky pirate ship. If de Soto's fortune doesn't change soon the crew led by first officer Pieterzoon will mutiny. Only the beautiful singer Maritza has the answer, if he can survive long enough to hear it.
Amaranthine Dreams
Series: Young Hieronymus, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,200. Language: English. Published: December 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The dreams are tearing him apart. Unless Hieronymus can get to Kyr-Darst while avoiding the Huntress he may never get the answers he needs to survive. Once there he discovers his problems have only begun. A short story set in the fantasy world of Bulinnärn.
A Painful Blessing
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,480. Language: American English. Published: July 18, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
Young Bergulf is running for his life. Pursued by vengeful Veritoori knights, he's forced to flee into the forbidden Oolinor forest, an enclave controlled by Alfr, a race known to kill intruders on sight. Berguld is soon captured by a young Alfr with plans for his eventual fate. But his determined pursuers have plans for both of them. A Skar Doorishmurk Adventure set in the fantasy world of Buli
A Lesson in Power
Series: Young Hieronymus, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,560. Language: American English. Published: June 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
On the run from Lady Ilarhia, called the Huntress, young Hieronymus finds refuge in a retreat of Mrynlinn. There he discovers a world he’s never imagined before, one of knowledge and exploration he has always dreamed of. That is, until the Huntress reappears and accuses him of murder! A short story set in the fantasy world of Bulinnärm.
The Missing Wizard
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,920. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(4.00)
Master Librarian Alethea Vincencé is upset. The wizard Hieronymus has disappeared before completing the translation of an ancient tome for the Library of Choy, and she wants to find out why. In reaching out to her current and new friends she also runs into enemies of the wizard. A short story set in the fantasy world of Bulinnärm.

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Smashwords book reviews by L Frank Turovich

  • Smashwords Style Guide on Aug. 04, 2011

    Updating the guide is always good, but different versions of Word have their settings in different locations. Showing where to find them in Word 2011 would be extremely helpful and cut down confusion and save many users time. Also, showing the differences for Win and Mac clients would help as well. For example, on page 21 under Step 2 - Activate Word's Show/Hide, the Show/Hide command does not appear on the ribbon or toolbar by default in the Mac version. It has to be added by the user to appear. In addition, the overlays that appear on some images could be more readable. Instead of hand scrawling the words and arrows, enter it using a readable font in any graphic's program and use an arrow tool (both supported in SnagIt, btw, a great PC program for grabbing screen images and marking them up). Finally, I think the guide would be much improved if the steps were more layered in organization. I know I don't want to wade through page after page looking for that one specific step I need to remember, then read through several long paragraphs for the exact info I need. In other words: 1. Provide a step overview section that described all the steps at a high-level so experienced users can find the info they need immediately. 2. Provide step-by-step instructions like you have now, but organized slightly differently. Begin with a short rule, then any settings required to satisfy that rule, then follow with a more in-depth description. For example, in the step describing images, tell the reader up front the max dimensions an image should be. Don't bury it deep in the description. 3. Whenever possible, provide the user an example that illustrates the step done correctly. A great place to see how one should document software programs/processes using well known, defined style conventions and languages can be found in the Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications. The current guide has all the information a user needs to be successful, but with just a bit more organization and by layering the information to facilitate the readers level of experience, it could be so much easier to read and comprehend for everyone.