Hello!

In the not-so-distant past, I announced I would be giving away an original painting.

This is it....

The figure was still wet and the lighting not great when I took the picture, but I’m pretty happy with how the painting turned out.

How do I get this sweet piece of art? You might be asking.

Head over to here: https://unbound.co.uk/books/transilience

Order your eCopy of Transilience and then tell your friends, family, the whole world about it.

Once Transilience hits 20% funding, I’ll draw a name out of a hat and that person will receive the painting. I’ll pay for shipping anywhere on this planet of ours. All you need to do is wait for it to arrive.

That’s it! Super easy. Super Simple.

For one token of generosity, you get a book people have said nice things about. Your name is added to a list of Patrons or even Super Patrons. And you have a better chance at winning an original piece of artwork than the lottery. If you order the Limited Edition Artwork, you are guaranteed one print and plus the chance at something I’ve made.

Please have a look and support Transilience.

I think it will be worth your while.

Cheers!

Kevin

More Giveaways!!

Hello! 

As some of you may know, I paint.

I’ll resist the urge to qualify my ability on a scale of good to bad. I like what I paint. Others have said nice things about my paintings and I’ll leave it at that.

Lately I’ve been working with greyscale silhouettes in acrylic with one other colour to focus the piece. This is the first piece I did in this style...

My plan is to give some paintings away based on the theme of Noir. 

I started one. I am very pleased with it so far. Here’s the progress.

It’s based on this rather iconic Noir image...

The plan is to paint his hat a different colour. I’m leaning towards a shade of blue. 

When Transilience hits 20% Funding, I will raffle this off. Everyone who has pledged will be eligible. 

Want a chance at a unique piece of artwork? 

Order a copy of Transilience today at: https://unbound.co.uk/books/transilience

I will only ever paint this once and it could be yours. 

You, dear reader, have an opportunity to do an incredibly noble thing: Support my novel. 

In return, you get a book with your name forever engraved into its pages and a chance at something cool to hang on your wall. 

Cheers! 

Kev

Again the URL: https://unbound.co.uk/books/transilience

Hello everyone!

Again, I feel a bit cheeky using my site on Inkshares to peddle my book on another. They say they’re okay with it and I guess that has to be good enough.

Now on with the show....

Transilience has reached 10% funding on Unbound and I am very grateful for that. However, I’d like the pick the momentum up and to do that I will raffle off a signed (by me) copy of Level 99’s awesome deduction game, Noir when Funding Level Reaches 25%(Gigantic image incoming....)


Be a part of an awesome book (every supporter will get their name in either the front or the back) and be entered in a chance to win a free game! 

Win-Win?

Hell yeah!!

Head over to Unbound and pledge today!

https://unbound.co.uk/books/transilience

Cheers!
Kevin
Close up A.C. Weston · Author · added over 3 years ago
Congratulations, Kevin! I want to read your book!
Mike midshot Mike Donald · Author · added over 3 years ago
Congratulations. I just gave you your first funding!  Keep at it, and you’ll get there...£10 from all your followers and you’re on your way...:)

I feel a tad strange writing this here, but....

Transilience has been picked up by Unbound as an eBook. Unbound is a crowd-funding site like this one; however, goals are based on money raised and not number of books sold. All funding books (regardless of format) are professionally edited, designed and typset. No half-measures there.

With that said, take a look at my site. It’s pretty cool. I even have a video this time! A lot of funding options especially if you live in the London area or what a reason to go there. Yes, I believe I am a reason to travel to one of the great epicenters of modern civilization.

Here is the link:

https://unbound.co.uk/books/transilience

Thanks for being an amazing community!

You can also follow me here where I plan to be, henceforth, much more active.

Cheers!

Kevin

This is it. The final day.

I’d like to thank everyone who supported Transilience.

This campaign has afforded me an opportunity to meet some very generous souls. Not only with their money. But their time. And their advice.

I have learned a great deal over the past three months. About myself. About my novel. About how to move forward.

In the short term, the plan is to try and hoodwink an agency or a publisher into picking up Transilience. In the long term, I will always keep my options open. I will continue to lurk on this site. Perhaps another contest will come along for which Transilience is ideally suited.

I have no idea what life on Inkshares is like after a campaign, but I am fairly confident I can keep Transilience up here as a draft. 

I will also devote more time to my blog, Skid Rogue Haven. If you have enjoyed my updates here, perhaps you will enjoy whatever it is that appears on the pages of that site. :)

Thank you again, one and all. Due to the nature of our collective acquaintances, I can only ever use words to describe my gratitude, and I fear words alone can not do the feeling justice. You are all wonderful people.

Cheers,

Kev

Cxh300 Christopher Huang · Author · added over 3 years ago
Can you get an extension?

Three days left and 176 orders to hit the light funding goal.

Three is a magic number, so I hold out hope that there are a gaggle of readers out there looking for something new to read.

If Transilience does reach 250 orders by Monday, it will confirm that I am actually living in a Disney movie. Where else could this sort of magic happen??

Although, the self-awareness of actually existing inside a film could also imply that I am the One.

The Matrix is real!

or...

The Matrix is real?

If I am Neo, how could would it be for you to support my book?

Let me answer that: Very cool.

This is it.
The last hurrah.
The final countdown.

Order now so we can confirm my identity and a chance for me to free us all from the machines.

Spread the word!
Tell everyone before time has run out.

The Matrix is real!(?)

Kev

None of this "before I get any further" nonsense...I’ll just start with it.

Mike Donald did an incredibly noble, and kind, thing by supporting Transilience. I am still a tad stunned by his generosity. Again, Thank You Mike. For the rest of you, dear Update Readers, I encourage you to check out his project Louisiana Blood. A new take on Jack the Ripper. The opening paragraph, alone, demonstrates the skill Mike possesses as a writer.

The Nerdist Space Opera contest is in its final 10 days. The race for 2nd and 3rd is very close. Two authors in the contest have supported Transilience and I cannot recommend in strong enough terms their books. Check out The Madness of Mr. Butler and The Life Interstellar. Their updates, alone, are worth the price of admission.

Tomorrow is World Book Day. To be perfectly honest, I only learned this fact through happenstance. Fortunately, this accidental discovery has given me fuel for this Update.

I mention in the About section that Transilience was spawned in a creative wiring course I took online through one Sweden’s many small town colleges. I took the course because it was taught in English and I didn’t have much else going on. I figured why not?

Who knew it would become this??

The course was held in the Fall (or Autumn) and by January I had a rough idea of what began life as a 1000 word short story could become as a full-length novel. What I didn’t have a clear grasp on was the progression of the Hard-Boiled Detective genre, which had inspired it. So, like a good academic, I launched into researching the subject.

I knew the classics. Chandler. Parker. Hammett. But Parker aside (whose Jesse Stone novels I’m not a huge fan of, I hate to admit) I didn’t really know anything about the genre since its heyday in the 40s and 50s.

Some internet research allowed me to compile a list of books that I felt represented the development of the genre up to present day.  A retrospective, if you will. 

Hard-Boiled Detective, This is your Life...presented by Alcoa.

Here is the list of books (in no particular order) I read, and took notes from, before I began writing Transilience in earnest...

The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely and The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler.
The James Deans: A Moe Prager Mystery by Reed Farrell Coleman
The Guards by Ken Bruen
The Last Good Kiss by James Crumbly
Lost Light by Michael Connelly
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

Not an exhaustive list by any stretch of the imagination. However, since those initial books, I have read more. I’ve become a huge fan of Connelly. If you haven’t read any of his books, do so. The man has a way of keeping the reader invested in a story without pushing the "thriller" aspect of crime novels to the edge of improbability. His endings aren’t always Hollywood, either, which I respect.

Ian Rankin is another author I’ve come to enjoy. His Rebus character is a fine addition to the Hard-Boiled genre.

So there you have it. In honor of World Book Day, a list of books which helped me write my own novel. I recommend one and all.

What are your favorite novels?
What has inspired you to write the stories you have written?

Cheers,
Kev
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