21% Free!

If you tootle across to this page here, you can read – for free and without signing up for anything – the first 21% of The Wound of Words in ebook form.

21% is, you may think, a rather odd percentage to set for a sample size or preview of a book. Well, it is odd. But not prime – or at least, not in the mathematical sense.

21% is just enough to get you to the end of the third chapter (if you go for the online reader option) or tantalizingly just short of the end of the third chapter (if you prefer epub, mobi or lrf).

Like a certain father who shall remain nameless, it stops just at a good bit and you have to wait till next time to find out What Happens Next – next time, in this instance, being Release Day, May 15.

I am, however, mulling over the possibility of a presale (so you can buy and read before Release Day) just for the readers of this blog – do let me know if that appeals.

Progress is also happening on the paperback front, but as with so much in the world at present, nothing is certain until it happens. I’ll keep you posted.

Be in to Win the Restoration Day ebook!

Ten questions is all it takes – and if you’re a regular reader, you have the advantage over the people who did the quiz at the launch party, because a lot of the answers are in the archives.
If you were at the launch party and heard the answers, I will trust you not to make a false identity to enter under.

Likewise, I’m trusting all of you not to ask the internet for the answers not available on this site.

1. Approximately how long has Deborah been working on this book?
a) 1 year
b) 3 years
c) 10 years
d) 15 years

2. Roughly how many words was the first draft when Deborah finally finished it?
a) 60,000 words
b) 100,000 words
c) 160,000 words
d) 260,000 words

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3. What colour ink did she write most of the first draft in?
a) brown
b) purple
c) black
d) green

4. What was the book’s working title?
a) Crowner’s Quest
b) Tsifira
c) Lily
d) all of the above

5. How many of the 7 most prominent characters still have the names they started out with?
a) none
b) one
c) three
d) seven

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6. How many volumes did the first draft run to?
a) two
b) eight
c) ten
d) twelve

7. What is the ‘seed’ in seed-cake?
a) caraway
b) cardamom
c) cumin
d) trick question; there are no seeds in seed-cake

8. What famous monarch was not permitted to go down stairs unaccompanied as a child?
a) Queen Elizabeth I
b) Queen Elizabeth II
c) William the Conqueror
d) Queen Victoria

Palazzo Reale, Napoli
9. What time is afternoon tea generally served at Buckingham Palace?
a) three o’clock
b) half past three
c) four o’clock
d) five o’clock

10. Something which happens every 50 years is called
a) bicentennial
b) semicentennial
c) sesquicentennial
d) sesquipedalian

And one more question (not part of your score): which ebook format would you prefer if you win?
a) epub
b) mobi
c) pdf
d) I’m not sure but I read ebooks on a ________

Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa, Reading Her Kindle, After Mary Cassatt
Put your answers in the comments, or, if you prefer not to give away your competitive advantage, put them in the contact form (under Contact in the top menu). One entry per person; answers on Friday.
Good luck!