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Initial post: 3 Dec 2011 17:39:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Dec 2011 16:57:02 GMT
Carl Ashmore says:
Hi everyone,

As a father and children's author, I thought it might be nice to have a thread that highlighted books for the younger reader that embraced Amazon's new technology, particularly with Christmas coming.

Anyway, I have four books, but I'd like to mention The Time Hunters (Book 1 of the acclaimed series for children of all ages) which has garnered 44 out of 48 five star reviews. Amazon have also just reduced the price of it to 72pence.

There is also a sequel The Time Hunters and the Box of Eternity which was released a few days ago.

As I said I'm also a dad so if anyone (readers or authors) has any other reccs then I'd love to hear them.

Thanks for reading this,

Posted on 4 Dec 2011 15:40:39 GMT
I've just retired this year as a school librarian. So I should know something about books for 10 to 14 year olds. I'm also a writer who had two novels published three times and eight plays produced by the BBC, Traverse Theatre, etc. I know the two books I've written for 10 to 14 year old are good because I tested them out on tons of kids and had them write out questionnaires after telling them they were written by someone called Alison Main. The difficulty I had in getting them read, far less published, is part of TheBlissBook. I've got ten books on kindle now, all at 86p!! The two for 10 to 14 year olds are In the Land of the Demon Masters and Bugtown. They're pretty new to Kindle, but the latter got a cracking review from someone out there!

Posted on 5 Dec 2011 07:41:46 GMT
Carl Ashmore says:
Thanks, John. Best of luck with your books.


Posted on 5 Dec 2011 11:13:15 GMT
Mr. Ns Whyke says:
My story is similar to John's. I retired as a junior school teacher and started writing, mainly children's fantasy which are available on Kindle. I have also gone down the self-publish route, my first being a true WW2 story, Ey Up Adolf which is selling well locally, and I am publishing my first children's book, Bring It On in the New Year.
Although the feedback has been excellent getting noticed is virtually impossible.

Posted on 5 Dec 2011 15:34:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Dec 2011 15:34:44 GMT
Carl Ashmore says:
It is difficult, Mr Whyke.Would you care to put some links to your books? I'm sure some people might like to check them out.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2011 15:52:20 GMT
Mr. Ns Whyke says:
Hi Carl
Thanks. My book is Ey Up Adolf, a true story from WW2 Ey Up Adolf and the children's books on Kindle are Bring it on (The Black Crystal) and Bag of Doome

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Dec 2011 17:31:47 GMT
Best of luck with yours too, Carl! My ebooks were all up last month and kindle sent me a Ģ10:88 royalty payment. Couldn't believe it!! First time I've made money from writing since I was last published in 1997!

Posted on 5 Dec 2011 20:16:25 GMT
Domwire says:
Days away from his fourteenth birthday Saul Calvin is moving to yet another children's home. Highly intelligent and practical Saul's only concern is missing his friend and social worker Joanna. His new care home seems too good to be true and it isn't long before Saul's suspicions about the house creep into reality. The house leads Saul to question everything; Where is his father? How did his mother die? Is Joanna who she says she is? The house eventually answers all the questions Saul has been too scared to ask....and more. Saul Calvin will spend the days leading up to his fourteenth birthday fighting on the battlefields of World War One against the might of the German army, and fighting for the survival of the human soul against a much deadlier foe......

The Triumvirate of Souls

Posted on 5 Dec 2011 20:19:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Dec 2011 20:20:35 GMT
Carl Ashmore says:
Thanks, Mr N. Might as well make it easy for others to find :)

Hey, well done John. That's the beauty of the modern ebook revolution. And surely you're not the John Mackenzie that directed The Long Good Friday [1981] [DVD] ? ;)

Oh, and thank you Domwire.
Can I just mention that Amazon have just reduced the kindle version of The Time Hunters (Book 1 of the acclaimed series for children of all ages) to 72pence.

Posted on 5 Dec 2011 22:19:02 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Dec 2011 22:20:29 GMT
I find it fascinating seeing which books are available as ebooks - there seems to be no rhyme or reason for it! Some classics are available, e.g. Famous Five 1: Five On A Treasure Island and The Dark Is Rising, and some are not, e.g. Alan Garner's The Weirdstone of Brisingamen. The same is true of more modern books: Lizz Kessler's stories are, e.g. The Tail of Emily Windsnap, while Helen Dunmore's Ingo series are not.

Congratulations, Carl, your book seems to be doing well on kindle!

My first two books - part of a series - are now available in both forms. Kindle links: Blood and Allegiance and Escape and Betrayal.

Posted on 5 Dec 2011 22:32:59 GMT
Could I offer my book? The Princelings of the East by Jemima Pett, a fantasy adventure for ages 9+. "When the King's Birthday feast is ruined by an unnatural power drain, our Princeling heroes leave their scientific experiments to set out in search of answers. They quickly move from a rural, feudal setting to the towers and heights of the curious Isle of Hattan, but where, or when, are they? Time is of the essence in solving this puzzle, and our heroes must keep their wits sharp and their heads clear if they are to survive."
Feedback from readers would be welcome!

Posted on 6 Dec 2011 10:20:04 GMT
Carl Ashmore says:
Thank you Mrs A.

And thanks, Epping. Please leave a link to your books :)

Posted on 6 Dec 2011 10:32:39 GMT
The Princelings of the East
Thanks for asking!

Posted on 6 Dec 2011 14:04:08 GMT
Carl Ashmore says:
It's a pleasure, Epp :)

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2011 10:39:27 GMT
Sheila Quinn says:
As a mother and author can I mention my own newly published ebook The Day of the Dragonfly, available on Amazon? My thirteen year old Daughter is reading Malory Blackmanīs Noughts and Crosses and adores it. She liked mine, too.The Day of the Dragonfly

Posted on 7 Dec 2011 13:06:48 GMT
Martin King says:
Hi Carl,

I loved your book from the moment Bernard preston stumbled out of the three wheeler car. Excellent stuff. I just hope my humble offering can follow in your footsteps.

Jack Hunter - Secret of the King is a fast paced modern day 'Famous Five' style adventure. Not only is it bang on the money for keeping kids attention from start to finish, there are also hidden clues for readers to uncover their own puzzle along the way.

Love to hear your feedback if you get chance to sample the first few chapters via the 'look inside'. Successful younger children's author, Gillian Rogerson also gave it five stars in the Amazon reviews.

Jack Hunter - Secret of the King

Posted on 8 Dec 2011 16:56:26 GMT
Carl Ashmore says:
Of course you can, Sheila.

And that's very kind of you to say, Martin. Jack Hunter - Secret of the King sounds like great fun, too :) We also have a thread on the Kindle forum for 'reduced priced books' where other writers share thoughts should either of you want to pop along.

The Time Hunters and the Box of Eternity (Book 2 in the acclaimed series for children of all ages ...)
The Night They Nicked Saint Nick (A Christmas Story for the whole family)

Posted on 8 Dec 2011 19:21:42 GMT
Have you tried 'Return To Allapatria' its a children's book in a harry potter style.

Return to Allapatria (The Allapatria series)

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Dec 2011 18:12:01 GMT
I think I can explain why so many much-loved books are not available as ebooks... older publishing contracts did not include the digital rights, and others need renegotiating for fairer percentages - which takes time! Also, publishers are naturally converting their best selling titles first... they might get around to the others eventually?

Since my Seven Fabulous Wonders books have now gone out of print, I reverted my rights and am doing the Kindle editions myself for a reasonable price.

The latest in the series "The Amazon Temple Quest" is on offer at 99p until the end of December (suitable for readers aged 10+ who enjoy fantasy adventure.)
The Amazon Temple Quest (Seven Fabulous Wonders)

Posted on 10 Dec 2011 16:27:09 GMT
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Posted on 11 Dec 2011 00:13:35 GMT
D. Jones says:
Here's a holiday addition for your young reader and for you! Parents like it too! I've gotten (4) 5 star ratings.

The Runaway Christmas Tree by: d. washington-jones

The Kent family wants to purchase a real Christmas tree this year. When they finally pick one from Nick's Magic Christmas Tree Grove, they get more than what they bargained for. They wanted a real tree, but just how does one define "real"? That is precisely what the Kent family is about to find out! Get your copy here:
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Posted on 12 Dec 2011 10:57:42 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Dec 2011 10:58:03 GMT
Carl Ashmore says:
Thanks all, There are some wonderful ideas there.

If I may, I do have a Christmas story for readers aged 5 - 8 (although adults seem to enjoy it, too) : The Night They Nicked Saint Nick (A Christmas Story for the whole family)


Posted on 12 Dec 2011 20:41:30 GMT
gary says:
A two book series several local headmasters are recommending for their teenage pupils are `Viking Sword Saxon Shield' and `Vikings! Saxon Holocaust.' By Keith Scrivener. These are Historical thriller novels with a romantic thread. The main storyline is about a tenth century teenage warrior a teenage Saxon Princess and their adventures when Vikings attack. They recommend them because they are based around real historical battles of that period. One headmaster told me teenagers aren't interested in strait history books as they are boring. But history with a fast moving adventure theme is OK. His pupils rate these novels stories as more exciting than Harry Potter or Pirates of the Caribbean. Viking Sword Saxon ShieldVikings! Saxon HolocaustViking Sword Saxon ShieldViking! Saxon Holocaust

Posted on 13 Dec 2011 07:39:29 GMT
Enchantika says:
im doing a give away at its for a teen fantasy novel you should check it out =]

Posted on 15 Dec 2011 08:38:39 GMT
Carl Ashmore says:
Thank, Gary and Enchantika. Best of luck :)
The Time Hunters (Book 1 of the acclaimed series for children of all ages)
The Time Hunters and the Box of Eternity (Book 2 in the acclaimed series for children of all ages ...)
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