Niall Teasdale

Biography

I'm a computer programmer who has been writing fantasy and sci-fi since I was fifteen. The Thaumatology series is, therefore, the culmination of 30 years work! Wow! Never thought of it like that.

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Series

Death's Handmaiden
Nava is a mysterious young woman who just wants to live a normal life... while learning sorcery in a magic school.
Death's Handmaiden
Price: $3.99 USD.
Bitter Wind
Price: $3.99 USD.
Ultrahumans
Ugly
Price: $2.99 USD.
Shadows
Price: $2.99 USD.
Hunting Mink
Price: $2.99 USD.
Frostburn
Price: $2.99 USD.
Guardian
Price: $2.99 USD.
True Dark
Price: $3.99 USD.
Princeps Venator
Set in New York where a young cop finds himself suddenly flung into a world where vampires are real, and he is working with the one tasked with making sure they obey the rules and stay hidden.
Hunter's Kiss
Price: $2.99 USD.
Be My Valentine
Price: $2.99 USD.
Blood Magic
Price: $2.99 USD.
Fox Meridian Universe
Tara 'Fox' Meridian is a cop in New York in 2060 dealing with murder in an America changed by technology, climate, and social upheaval.
Fox Hunt
Price: $2.99 USD.
Inescapable
Price: $2.99 USD.
DeathWeb
Price: $2.99 USD.
Criminal Minds
Price: $2.99 USD.
Emergence
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Ghost in the Doll
Price: $2.99 USD.
Fox Meridian
Tara 'Fox' Meridian is a detective in the middle of the twenty-first century, a time when technology is changing fast, crime is changing along with it, but murder tends to stay the same as it always has been.
Fox Hunt
Price: $2.99 USD.
Inescapable
Price: $2.99 USD.
DeathWeb
Price: $2.99 USD.
Criminal Minds
Price: $2.99 USD.
Emergence
Price: $2.99 USD.
The Ghost in the Doll
Price: $2.99 USD.
Thaumatology
Thaumatology 101
Price: $2.99 USD.
Demon's Moon
Price: $2.99 USD.
Legacy
Price: $2.99 USD.
Dragon's Blood
Price: $2.99 USD.
Disturbia
Price: $2.99 USD.
Hammer of Witches
Price: $2.99 USD.

Books

Freedom, Humanity, and Other Delusions
Series: Death's Handmaiden. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 72,990. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Nava’s second year at the Sonkei Alliance School of Sorcery begins with a strange new student who seems to have a real invisible friend and just gets stranger. By the time she’s going off-world to rescue a friend during her summer break, events have conspired to make her question a lot of things, including her very nature. Just how alien is Death’s Handmaiden.
Bitter Wind
Series: Death's Handmaiden. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,010. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Nava Ward, the mysterious first year student at the Shinden Alliance School of Sorcery, is about to receive an offer she would be stupid to refuse. Then she gets an offer she would really prefer to refuse but can’t. And soon she must deal with the ghost of a dead actress and the bitter schemes of a mad metaphysicist. It’s all pretty normal for the top student at Shinden’s best magic school…
Death's Handmaiden
Series: Death's Handmaiden. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 126,550. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2020. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
As a new year starts at the Shinden Alliance School of Sorcery, a mysterious new student takes her seat in the hopes of living a normal life with normal friends. With a history shrouded in secrecy, Nava Ward is far from a normal student. Can she really hope to learn the science of magic in peace?
The Girl Who Dreamed of a Different World
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,520. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Japanese schoolgirl Kana Shimizu is stuck in a fantasy world where she’s really no use to the person who summoned her. Her only consolation is that nothing like this ever happens in reality. She has to be dreaming. Now, if only she could figure out how to wake up…
Royal Flush
Series: Ultrahumans. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,430. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Trouble brews on the west coast as Mink’s real identity is revealed and the villains crawl out of the woodwork to get her. But is this the opportunity she, Cygnus, and Twilight need to finally take care of California’s criminal royalty?
Blood Magic
Series: Princeps Venator. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,770. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
(4.00 from 1 review)
Blood is life; any vampire will tell you that. Blood is power; any magician will tell you that. With a magician conducting rituals in New York City, no one is safe.
Dance with The Devil
Series: Fox Meridian · Fox Meridian Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,060. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk
Satan is abroad in Brooklyn. A bizarre suicide starts Fox Meridian and newly promoted detective Janice Nebbs on the trail of a twisted serial killer with the most unusual of murder weapons: The Devil.
The Hellas Find
Series: Fox Meridian · Fox Meridian Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,520. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
When evidence of an ancient Martian civilisation is uncovered by a geology team working in the Hellas Planitia on Mars, the American government sits up and takes notice. When that same geology team goes missing under mysterious circumstances, the government calls for Fox Meridian.
Liberty
Series: Ultrahumans. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,800. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In the Land of the Free, liberty is always worth fighting for.
True Dark
Series: Ultrahumans. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 105,270. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Twilight is missing. Much of the world is in chaos. New Ultrahumans are rising. A hero thought lost is returning along with a menace thought dead. Cygnus, Guardian of Earth, has a lot of work ahead of her if she is to set everything straight and save Twilight from her own darkest personality.
Guardian
Series: Ultrahumans. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,700. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Cygnus and Twilight, the Protectors of New Millennium City, face their greatest threat yet. The Guardians – the alien peacekeepers which Cygnus unwittingly joined when she got her powers – have found Earth. But the Guardians are not what they seem, and they want only one thing from the newfound world: subjugation.
The Iron Princess
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,990. Language: English. Published: May 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water: the five elements have inspired the creation of five martial Forms. Everyone learns one. A few learn two. Ayah, an unremarkable girl from a small village in the Western Plains, is determined to master all five. Sometimes, all you need to become a legend is a stubborn streak.
The Eyes of the Huntress
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,660. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
This is the story of Shil the Huntress, one of the most famous, effective, and deadly bounty hunters in the known galaxy. The great and the good celebrate her victories. Criminals dread the day they hear she is hunting them. But it was not always thus…
The Vanity Case
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,620. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
In 1962, the world was changed forever, and Sondra Blake’s life was shattered along with her mind. Now, as the most senior detective in the NYPD’s Arcane Crimes Unit, Sondra is faced with a most unusual murder. Against a background of mounting tension in the Orctown district, Sondra must bring down a serial killer who has escaped detection for decades.
Dominance
Series: Fox Meridian · Fox Meridian Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,110. Language: English. Published: November 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
With new year, Fox Meridian is settling into her new position as the security and terrorism specialist of Palladium Security Solutions, and she’s finally getting over the death of her boyfriend. Then the violent murder of a vote broker throws Fox into a mire of sex and politics, and her friend Naomi Lind is in the hot seat.
Eden Burning
Series: Fox Meridian · Fox Meridian Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,690. Language: English. Published: August 26, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Eve, the first ever artificial woman, is finally being introduced to the world, but it’s a world in the grips of apocalyptic memes. Halley’s Comet is in the sky and someone is doing their best to panic the public about the future. When spaceships start crashing, apparently because of alien ‘ghost ships,’ Fox Meridian has a very personal reason for taking an interest.
Misfit Witchcraft
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,540. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Following a cryptic message, Krystal Ward and the other misfits set out on a trek into the depths of the magical, some say cursed, forest of Tangleroots.
Misfit Magic
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,560. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Once upon a time, a handsome prince met a beautiful princess and they fell in love. Everyone in the land of Draconia rejoiced, the prince and princess were married, they had a daughter who was pretty and wise, and they all lived happily ever after. Yeah, like that’s ever going to happen…
The Zanari Inheritance
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,630. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Kaya Trevorny’s world came to an end in the student welfare office of Abertine University. The colony where she had grown up, her family, was gone, dead under circumstances the authorities seemed keen to hide. To find the truth, Kaya must team up with a mercenary and a rag-tag group of smugglers. And the truth is something which will change her life forever.
Gunwitch: Rebirth
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,720. Language: English. Published: December 18, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The Gunwitch, hero and genius, saviour of the Long Island Enclave and known to all. But not all heroes are born to it. Some have to be reborn…
Be My Valentine
Series: Princeps Venator. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,010. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
A serial killer stalks the city, preying on young women, but for New York’s vampire community he represents more than just a perverted psychopath. The Valentine Killer is a threat to the secret which maintains the delicate balance between humans and vampires, and it’s up to Dione and Mike to bring him in before everything is lost.
The Ghost in the Doll
Series: Fox Meridian · Fox Meridian Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,120. Language: English. Published: August 22, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Fox Meridian’s life has changed a lot recently and she is not sure how to deal with it. When it seems that someone may have stolen corporate secrets from MarTech, Fox starts digging into the case with Yuriko Fukui. Soon they embroiled in something far more horrific than corporate espionage when the uncover the truth behind the Doll Factory.
Emergence
Series: Fox Meridian · Fox Meridian Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 89,570. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Emergence: noun. 1. The process of becoming visible after being concealed. 2. The process of coming into existence or prominence. 3. In philosophy, art, and systems theory, a process where complex systems can exhibit properties none of its constituent parts possess. Sometimes, when something emerges, you’re better off not knowing.
Frostburn
Series: Ultrahumans. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 104,320. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Fire and ice in New Millennium City. An arsonist and a serial killer are taking lives and Twilight must face the fact that one of them may be her boyfriend, Jacob.
Hunting Mink
Series: Ultrahumans. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 103,240. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Mink, enigmatic heroine of San Francisco. Some say she’s a mutant, some a sorceress. Few have ever seen her and no one seems to know who she is. Now she’s wanted for murder and everyone is hunting for Mink.
Criminal Minds
Series: Fox Meridian · Fox Meridian Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 72,980. Language: English. Published: March 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Jack the Ripper has returned and is stalking the streets of New York Metro… on screen at least. But when life begins to imitate art, Fox Meridian is faced with finding a serial killer who murders with the same, gruesome methods as the old Jack, and then vanishes like a ghost.
Hunter's Kiss
Series: Princeps Venator. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,470. Language: English. Published: February 6, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
Everyone knows that vampires are a myth; the vampires have been working hard to keep it that way since 413 BC. In New York, one young detective is about to find out the truth.
DeathWeb
Series: Fox Meridian · Fox Meridian Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,140. Language: English. Published: December 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Death is stalking the users of LifeWeb, the most popular social network in the world of 2060. Now Fox Meridian is hunting the killer, but can she stop him before more people meet a horrifying end?
Inescapable
Series: Fox Meridian · Fox Meridian Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,930. Language: English. Published: November 2, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Fox Meridian, ex-military, ex-cop, has a new job and a strong feeling that she is never going to get to be a detective ever again. But when young women start turning up dead and a friend’s old cases come under scrutiny, Fox finds herself investigating a far stranger serial killer than anything anyone has seen before.
Fox Hunt
Series: Fox Meridian · Fox Meridian Universe. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,980. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
(5.00 from 1 review)
Death in 2060 is much like death has always been, and cops like Fox Meridian are still there to uncover the truth. When a murder mystery writer dies in her apartment block, Fox is pulled into a fight to the death as the body count grows.
Reality Hack
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 83,600. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Reality: the state of things as they actually exist. Reality is an illusion, albeit a persistent one. – Albert Einstein. The belief that one’s own view of reality is the only reality is the most dangerous of all delusions. – Paul Watzlawick. Not creating delusions is enlightenment. – Bodhidharma. Which delusion do I pick? – Nisa Harper, aspiring Reality Hacker.
Shadows
Series: Ultrahumans. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,150. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
The shadows are gathering. Can Twilight and Cygnus make it through to the light?
Hope
Series: Aneka Jansen. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,150. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Since the end of the Herosian War, the galaxy has seen almost thirty years of peace and quiet. And then Ella went and had an affair…
Kate on a Hot Tin Roof
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 80,660. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Steampunk & retropunk
(4.00 from 1 review)
The Wonder Metal, Unobtainium, changed the face of the world. It powers great cities and creates impervious battleships. It allows men to work miracles of science, and to turn their hands to horror. And it also made Kate.
The Lowest Depths of Shame
Series: War, Honour, Shame · Aneka Jansen. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,110. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
The Herosian War is over. Now all Aneka has to do is survive the peace.
Vengeance
Series: Thaumatology. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 84,110. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Ceridwyn Brent is now the most powerful sorceress on the planet, undisputed ruler of the Demon Realm, and a favourite of the Summer Court, but that doesn’t mean her life is easy…
Ugly
Series: Ultrahumans, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,210. Language: English. Published: June 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
In a city full of beauty and ugliness, can one newly forged swan make a difference?
The Greatest Heights of Honour
Series: Aneka Jansen, Book 5 · War, Honour, Shame, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,840. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
The Lorenti Federation has kept the peace between the three known sentient races of the galaxy for almost 530 years, but war is coming and Aneka Jansen and her friends are among the few who know it.
The Winter War
Series: Aneka Jansen, Book 4 · War, Honour, Shame, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,590. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Aneka Jansen, Twentieth Century girl in the Thirty-First, has returned to the Earth which was her home, but nothing is the same as it was and she can’t stay. But things are not the same in Federation space either: it seems as though war is on the horizon.
Steel Heart
Series: Aneka Jansen, Book 3 · The Steel Trilogy, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 105,030. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
(4.00 from 1 review)
Aneka Jansen, born on Old Earth, has come to think of New Earth as her home, but when a chance piece of information leads to the lost location of her old home world, how can she refuse to go back? Even though she has no idea what will have changed in a thousand years.
The Cold Steel Mind
Series: Aneka Jansen, Book 2 · The Steel Trilogy, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 98,460. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Aneka Jansen was born on 20th Century Earth, and then spent a thousand years in suspended animation aboard an alien science vessel, the Agroa Gar, adrift in deep space. Now, awake again in the far future, she is part of the team studying the wreck. But others are after its secrets too and a simple archaeological mission will soon turn into a trip into uncharted space.
Steel Beneath the Skin
Series: Aneka Jansen, Book 1 · The Steel Trilogy, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 93,460. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » General
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
Aneka Jansen is a woman out of her time. Suspended in nano-stasis in deep space for over a thousand years, she is awoken to discover that the world is very different, but in some ways the same as the one she left. But a changed environment is not the largest thing she has to deal with; Aneka is a changed woman. There is steel beneath her skin.
For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll
Series: Thaumatology, Book 11. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,970. Language: English. Published: March 2, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Ceri, Lily, and Michael are going to a wedding, but it is not a wedding they want to see happen. Twill is to be the bride in a marriage she ran away from a long time ago and the three friends are determined that it will not go ahead. A simple rescue soon turns into a fight to save their own lives, and seal the fate of the entire fae Otherworld.
The Other Side of Hell
Series: Thaumatology, Book 10. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,010. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The world is safe, but Ceridwyn Brent’s world is in pieces. Her best friend and lover, Lily Carpenter, is dead. Even with all the power Ceri has, Hell may be too far to go to save the one she loves.
Dragonfall
Series: Thaumatology, Book 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 61,450. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Ceri Brent is busy building the power station of the future; a thaumic generator converting magic into electricity to run a city. Everything is going well, but as the year moves on there are rumours that Earth is to be the theatre for a new war between demons and dragons. Ceri is part dragon and her lover, Lily, is half-demon…
Ancient
Series: Thaumatology, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,040. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
(5.00 from 1 review)
Ceri and Lily walk into one of the most dangerous parts of Europe in the name of science. But when they walk back out again, they are followed by something ancient, deadly, and out for blood.
Eagle's Shadow
Series: Thaumatology, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,500. Language: English. Published: June 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Ceri and Lily are moving in exalted circles, attending the Chinese Ambassador’s New Year ball and meeting the US President. When Ceri is accused of trying to assassinate that President, however, the find themselves in a maze of political intrigue far from home.
Tales from the Dubh Linn
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,160. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Six dark tales of urban fantasy set in the same universe as the Thaumatology series.
Hammer of Witches
Series: Thaumatology, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 69,730. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Malleus Maleficarum, the Hammer of Witches, was a treatise on witches and how they should be tried and sentenced when found guilty. When Ceri and Michael discover a woman burned alive on Clapham Common it is just the latest in a line of murders, and not the last. Ceri and Lily must track down the killer, but when that man appears to have divine help it might be too much, even for them.
Disturbia
Series: Thaumatology, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 71,310. Language: English. Published: March 3, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
(5.00 from 1 review)
When bodies start piling up under mysterious, violent circumstances, it’s up to Ceri and Lily to discover who is doing the killing. As the link between the deaths becomes clear the couple have to delve into a world Lily thought she had left behind for good, digging through the ugly underbelly of London’s night life to find a killer bent on revenge at any cost.
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Smashwords book reviews by Niall Teasdale

  • Elemental Magic on Jan. 24, 2012

    I'd go more around 2.5 stars really, I find this one a little difficult to rate and I'm giving the benefit of the doubt, so to speak. I picked up the sample of this from Smashwords and was intrigued more or less despite myself, so I put it on my "too read" list as much because it seemed a little outside my normal reading as anything. Our heroine is Aileen Undina, one of an elite group of people with the power to control one of the four elements; in her case it's water. She is not a "kick-ass female" so if you prefer your female leads to be able to take on the world without breaking a sweat, don't go here. Aileen is insecure, something of a romantic, certainly a workaholic, and typically oblivious to the attentions of Colin, the hunky Coast Guard who we all know she'll be solidly in love with by the end of the book, even if she isn't. I guess Elemental Magic falls into the paranormal romance category, but there is enough "action" plot in there to keep one interested even if you find romance a bit boring. My problem with Aileen early on in the book was her tendency to get into trouble she could have avoided by not keeping secrets she had no real reason to keep. She's a scientist, an oceanographer, and dedicated to that, but her reasoning goes right out the window as soon as things get a little odd. It seemed like a plot device rather than realistic behaviour, especially since she hated keeping these secrets from people she had no reason to. Once she got over this things got a fair bit smoother. The McGuffin for the story did not seem to operate entirely logically either; that could be just me. The copy I read included a sample of the next of Ms Wallace's books, Dry Spell. I'll be looking out for it. With the introductions out of the way, I'd like to see a good plot married to interesting character development, and that's often easier in the later books in a series. The teaser certainly had an interesting punchline (even if, given the title, I can almost see the plot from here). All in all, not bad, certainly better than I might have imagined, but not quite as good as I feel was possible.
  • The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success on April 26, 2012

    Sadly I was a little disappointed with this one. It gets marks for including a lot of points which are valid, and almost certainly appear in a number of books which you have to pay money for, and for being free. There are some very good points, though it would have been better if they were backed up by the graphs and charts Mark has now released from his presentation since the book gives broad ideas and the charts give more accurate figures. There was an element of "teacher, take thine own advice." After telling us to have a book carefully edited and proofread, I found glaring errors and a severe need for repeated points to be edited out. What I really didn't like, however, was the propaganda. It may be a very valid point that exclusivity is bad, but an entire section on why Amazon KDP is bad (because it requires exclusivity) is just a focussed attack. If you want to make the case that DRM is bad (and it may be) then put forward your quite cogent arguments for why it is (not that it really makes much practical difference), don't say things like "don't infect your file with DRM." Intelligent readers will recognise this for what it is, propaganda, and downgrade your other arguments. Some useful tips for the first time publisher. Some useful tips to help sell more books, particularly around pricing, for existing authors. Cut back on the repetition and self-advertising/propaganda. But thanks for the advice (and for Smashwords) Mark.