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Of wheels and witches

3 December 2014

I’ve just made my children’s story Of wheels and witches available as an e-book on Smashwords, where it can be downloaded in various formats.

cover picture with textIt is probably suitable for children aged 9-12, and 25 and over.

In the story Jeffery Davidson, a schoolboy from Johannesburg, goes to spend the school holidays at a farm. There he meets Catherine, an orphan from England, Janet, a rich white farmer’s daughter, and Sipho, a poor black peasant’s grandson. They have fun riding horses and exploring caves, until they encounter an ominous symbol of a wheel, and through a witch they learn of a plot to harm Sipho’s father. In trying to find a way to warn him of the danger, they find themselves up against the power of the apartheid state, and they themselves are in danger.

It is available on Smashwords for US$ 2.99, though you can download a couple of sample chapters to see how you like it, and it might be suitable as a Christmas present for children aged 9-12. Alternatively you could check its availablity at Books2Read: Of Wheels and Witches.

It is possible to arrange for free copies for serious reviewers.

And reviewers, whether serious or not, are welcome to post comments below, though I would hope that you had read it first.

Read this if you have a proprietary e-book reader like Kindle, Kobo or Nook

If you don’t buy an e-book from the manufacturer of your e-reader (eg Amazon in the case of Kindle), you will need to “sideload” it on to your reader. So if you buy The Year of the Dragon from Smashwords, you will need to “sideload” it. Instructions for sideloading are given at the following links:

7 Comments leave one →
  1. 4 December 2014 8:35 am

    That’s awesome, Steve! Congratulations! 🙂

    I take it you’re aiming for Premium Distribution through Smashwords? If so, I’ll read it when it finds it’s way into Scribd, since I have a year’s reading subscription there, to burn through. 😉

    I see it’s not on Goodreads, yet. Would you like me to add it there for you?

    • 4 December 2014 7:15 pm

      Thanks — I thought I’d put it on Good Reads when the premium distribution is approved.

      Perhaps you, or someone else, can help with something though, Someone downloaded the Kindle version and now they don’t know how to get it on to their Kindle to read it. Do you know? They mentioned it on the Facebook post that points to this one.

      • 5 December 2014 8:30 am

        Good idea on waiting for Goodreads. 🙂 Did you put it on Amazon seperately? Smashwords distribution to Amazon is quite iffy, because they (Amazon KDP) don’t have a way to automatically get books into their catalogue, so Smashwords has to do it manually. It’s generally recommended to switch off Amazon distribution from the Smashwords Channel Manager, and uploading manually to Amazon.

        I think your friend on Facebook is sorted, but I’ll re-post what I posted there, for the benefit of your other readers:

        Every Kindle app or device has its own unique e-mail address. If you log into your Amazon account (on the web), and then go to Your Account -> Manage Your Content and Devices, and then click on Your Settings, you will see the unique e-mail address for your device. Take note of that, then scroll down to “Approved Personal Document E-mail List”. Add the e-mail address that you will be sending FROM to that list.
        Then e-mail the mobi file to your Kindle’s e-mail address. Wait a couple minutes, and sync your Kindle. The book should appear on your device. 🙂

  2. 23 December 2014 1:33 am

    Thanks to Graham Downs for reading and reviewing it. His review is here so now you can get an independent opinion, sort of. You can also read about Graham’s books here.


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