Thursday, 28 August 2014

Shovels at the Ready!

Right, that's it. I'm off to Folkestone with my bucket and spade. According to the BBC, German artist Michael Sailstorfer has hidden thirty 24-carat gold bars on the beach and is encouraging people to hunt for them at low tide, which is ... yikes, now! Given my need to circumnavigate the M25 to get there, I may be a little late. Could I possibly ask all you gold hunters down there to hang on a mo?

It would seem the generous German has said that finders will be keepers. I'm not entirely sure how that's art, but it sounds like fun. Good luck to any prospectors lucky enough to be at the Kent seaside today.

K.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Downloads and Updates

Downloads of the third anthology, as well as the first two, were strong on Sunday's free promotion. I hope you all enjoy the stories.

I've been giving a lot of thought to the new image of the Quirky Tales website, as well as this blog. I still find myself drawn to the books, but it really is time for something simpler and cleaner. The new image will definitely feature the reader beneath the wonky tree that appears on the new covers of the anthologies, but how that will manifest is still something of a mystery.

Over the coming weeks, we'll be experimenting with some of the new ideas, so don't be alarmed if the background changes a few times and books, readers and wonky trees come and go. The library will be available for readers at all times. If you feel moved to offer feedback, good or bad, I shall be very happy to consider it.

K.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

'Stories of Serendipity' Free Promotion

Don't forget to get your copy of the third anthology, 'Stories of Serendipity', today, Sunday 17th August, while it's on free promotion. The first and second anthologies are also on promotion for anyone who has not already downloaded them.

Happy reading.
K.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

QT3 Stories of Serendipity

It is my happy duty to announce the publication of the third QT Anthology! 'Stories of Serendipity' is available now on Kindle. All the anthologies will be on free promotion on Sunday 17th August 2014. I'm having a slight issue with changing the cover of Book One. It should be resolved by the end of today, so hopefully soon all three books will be sporting the new look.

Updates to the blog and website will follow when I can get my head around the technicalities!

Don't forget, all three anthologies will be free this Sunday, 17th August 2014.

Happy reading.
K.

Monday, 4 August 2014

High Speed Chase

The LAPD are to be commended today for their heroic capture of a dangerous criminal in a high speed chase through the streets of Alhambra. A spokesperson said the miscreant tried to evade them but the LAPD officers are 'pretty fast'. The offender has been identified as Clark the tortoise, and has a reported top speed of 1 mph. In case you're worried, Clark was spared the indignity of a prison cell and has been returned to his family.
K.

Friday, 1 August 2014

Creating a New Look

I have been mulling a change for some time. I'm not about to dye my hair green or have a dragon tattooed across my back (I confess, at dull moments I have imagined such things, don't tell Mum!), but I do think it's time for an update of QT. As much as I love my books logo, it's possible they've done their job and deserve a peaceful retirement to a quiet shelf where they can reflect upon their heady days in the spotlight.

With QT3 nearing completion and work underway on the graphics for the book, it seems like a good time to get to work on a new image. It's a little scary, but it's time for something brighter. With that in mind, we've been working on new cover designs for the QT Anthology series. Details aren't finalised yet, but the new design is bolder and simpler, and perhaps a tad whimsical:


The new QT design, featuring a reader lazing beneath a wonky tree on a hill

There's a lot more work ahead before the new design can be rolled out across the range, not least because I have no idea how to incorporate an entire tree into the blog and website! But updated covers for QT1 and QT2 should coincide with the launch of QT3, whose title, as you might see from the picture, is 'Stories of Serendipity'.

The final edit of the latest collection is underway, so the launch of the third book should be fairly soon. Watch this space for details.

K.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Happy?

The news is awful. Fighting, disease, fraud, nuclear bombs, banks misbehaving, politicians misbehaving, escalating cost of living, doom, doom, doom. It's hard to stay cheerful.

Isn't it?

Well, the residents of Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch New Zealand don't seem to think so. They and the staff got together to create a tribute of Pharrell William's 'Happy'. Watch that and tell me you didn't smile.

K.