Yes, she has arrived!
Writing under my pen name of Sean M. Mallam, I have just released my new book Finding the Goddess
Amazon, in print and Kindle versions. (They are linked on the one page.) It's also available in print on
, but Amazon's page has a few more features. Plus a pic of the print book's back
cover, for people who like to see what's on the back.
I'll put it here as well, for folks who like everything in one place.
That's probably fairly close to what the Great Pyramid looked like for about 3800 years until the casing stones were disturbed by a big earthquake in
1303. Until then, the pyramid looked smooth and shiny because of its highly polished tura limestone casing.
While that's all very interesting, you're probably wondering what the book is actually about!
Short and sweet, it is the story of a woman from our own era who goes back in time 4500 years to fourth-dynasty Ancient Egypt and lives there as a
I guess that might raise a couple of questions. Like: “Why does she go there?”
That's a good question. The back cover says a little, but fortunately, the Goddess herself tells us a bit more about it in the final page of her
golden diary, which you can read in the book's prologue. Here's how it starts:
I sit here as I have sat on more than twenty thousand mornings before, and still I always stop a moment and draw breath in wonder at the sight of
the mighty pyramid, gleaming in the sun like a jewel from the gods. It is probably the most astounding thing ever made by the hands of man, and I have
watched them build it, and I changed its purpose as I decided.
So, there you are. She went back to change the purpose of the Great Pyramid. Simple, really.
Okay, maybe not so simple. Because it begs a few more questions, such as how she was found and who she is (in our time), how she gets “back
there”, and what the purpose of the pyramid was before
she decided to change it. And yes: “Why did she need to be a goddess?”
Well, I could tell you the answers right now, but obviously I won't!
So instead, I'm asking you to take the plunge and actually get a copy and read
If you like, you can read the whole prologue plus the first three chapters of the book (minus the last 4 lines!) via the Kindle version's “look
inside” feature. The print version's “look inside” will happen when – umm... when Amazon gets round to it!
To be fair, the book only went “live” a day or so ago and they need a little while to do the extras like “look inside”. They got the print and
Kindle pages linked pdq once they had the ASIN to get it done. Oh, and just a note: on the Amazon Kindle page right now, it shows “Lustlocked” as
a “similar book”.
No... Just – no. My book is not about lust and sex and goblins and paranormal weddings in New York City. The only similarities between my book and
that one are they are (a) both books, and ( b), they are both in the fantasy genre. That's all. I've asked them to change it for something that
similar, but the response is they can't as it's part of the way they do promos on their site.
While we wait for Amazon to get the print book's “look inside” up and running, here's a pair of pages from the Proof's pdf. So, at least you'll
know what the printed pages look like. Right-click then "view image" to see both pages:
Now you can read the last 4 lines of Chapter 3 that Amazon KDP's “look inside” doesn't want to show you! (If you think the typesetting and design
looks pretty good -- and I hope you do -- then it's largely due to Bookow.com
and the top-class, professional work of
Steve Passiouras who owns the site. He created the software to create the printed book's text file and also the MOBI file for uploading to Kindle. A
great guy, who knows his stuff and is very approachable. I'll definitely be using his services for my next book!)
If you have any questions and I can answer them without spoiling the story, then fire away!
For those who like technical details, the book's main text comes out at about 128,000 words, including my few pages of notes at the end. The cover was
a joint effort between our very own Blaine and myself. Blaine offered to help and then designed and set up the two main scenes: the front cover's
temple and the night-time view of the pyramid on the back, along with a separate image for the night sky. He also created a couple of sample images of
“the Goddess” to try out some slightly different makeup styles for her. I chose the one that my own (young adult, female) students preferred.
After all, they have a better sense for this kind of thing than I do!
Working with Blaine's big-format main image files, I simply put them all together in some Adobe image manipulation software and messed around with
them to balance things out and get the sizing right, tweaked the pyramid a little (I made the capstone smaller), added in the “falling star”, then
adjusted a few lighting and contrast effects. Then I put the Goddess into the scene. After that, it was just a matter of loading it all into Gimp,
adding in the title and other text, then converting it all to a CreateSpace-spec pdf so they could print it. Yes, it took a while, but without
Blaine's efforts to create the main images I'd probably still
be trying to get it done!
Autograph copies, anyone? I have some copies on order and am just waiting for them to be printed and shipped. They should arrive within a few days.
Then, if folks are interested, I can offer a few autographed and sequentially-numbered copies for whoever wants to bid for them.
Finally and most importantly, a huge thank you
in advance to anyone who buys the book! I'd also really appreciate your feedback and reviews –
especially if you enjoy the story!
edit on 6/3/16 by JustMike because: (no reason given)