Non-writing tech stuff

I am used to electronic kit being mostly reliable but have had an epidemic of failures in the past few months, several discovered yesterday:

Two spare BD players – both no longer play BDs

Satellite receiver/positioner – died.

Spare satellite receiver/positioner – remote control dead, half of positioner not working.

Universal programmable remote control – dead.

I have had the multisatellite system for quite a long time and it has undergone several modifications. The dish is moved by a 36 volt jack actuator, which will mean little to most people, but it is a scheme which has become obsolete for domestic-sized dishes. Similarly the integrated satellite receiver/ positioners have become obsolete. The makers of my two do not seem to be even making any satellite receivers of this type any more.

Which leaves me with a problem, since the whole system is currently unusable with no working positioner. How to repair and future proof the system? I intend to purchase a stand-alone dish positioner box, which will get the system working and allow both receivers to work. All components of the system will then be replaceable with parts that are currently available new or used.

Too bad that the all4one remote died as I was going to program it to replace the dead satellite remote, but a replacement for the Echostar remote is only £10. I could work it from the front panel but it seems worth the investment to avoid crouching over the set-top box.


Free book promotion

The Witch's Box cover

Free book promotion – you can download “The Witch’s Box” for free on 15 Feb 2020 from Amazon (worldwide). Links below. Don’t miss out!

Upcoming Internet Radio interview

The Witch's Box cover This Thursday (6 Feb) I have an interview booked on Chat and Spin Radio at 4:50 pm, where I will be interviewed for about 6 minutes about my latest title “The Witch’s Box.”

If you are not already a listener to internet radio, you will need to download an app, e.g. TuneIn (for PC).

CHATANDSPINRADIO.COM

“Welcome to the website of Chat and Spin Radio! The home of MORE MUSIC and MORE VARIETY. Listen to us on the go via our app and on the Tune In Radio app. We are a 24 hour Internet Radio Station Broadcasting over 6 years covering UK Local, National & International with our Head Office based in Tyne & Wear. We interview Book Authors / Bands / Singers / Charities / Businesses / Groups.”

“The Witch’s Box” now published

The Witch's Box cover“The Witch’s Box” (Kindle and paperback versions) is now available on Amazon. See details in post below.
Handy links:
amazon.co.uk/kim+j+cowie
amazon.com/kim+j+cowie

Please be aware that you don’t need to own a Kindle tablet to buy Kindle books – you can download them to a PC and you should see a link to download the Kindle book manager for PC.  The same applies to Android devices IIRC.

What early readers said:

“That was a very good read, by some margin the best I’ve read by this author .”
“…the execution of teaching Maihara about life is fabulous.”
“This isn’t the usual genre I’d read but I really enjoyed the book.”
“This is a well-structured, fun read with some incredibly well done battles and an intriguing magic system.”

Apologies for the pricing of the paper back, but it is 500 pages long and some 30mm thick.

 

Upcoming novel

Kindle Cover I will shortly be releasing another epic fantasy novel: “The Witch’s Box.”
I started writing this over five years ago, based around a character from an earlier story, and on the way the plot and the working title have changed, and the story has grown in length.

Imperial Princess Maihara grew up cocooned in luxury, but as she nears adulthood, her cocoon becomes a trap. Her father dislikes her and suspects her of having witchy powers, just like her dead mother. And reformist rebels are besieging the city. With the Empire in peril, Maihara opens a magical Box gifted to her by an unknown hand, but it all goes horribly wrong when she is caught conjuring a flying monster and imprisoned on her father’s orders. The rebels and their barbarian allies capture the city, and Maihara, with no experience of life outside the Palace, must use all her courage and intelligence to survive. Unable to find safety anywhere, and hunted by her father’s sinister Fifth Bureau, she must contend with warfare, politics and a handsome rebel general while clinging to her dream of becoming Empress.

 

Publication date should be 15 Jan 2020 on Amazon in Kindle and paperback editions.

paperback cover
Draft paperback cover

Fantasy Map
Draft map

New editions of ‘Nigel Lurch: Anarchist

A second edition of ‘Nigel Lurch: Anarchist’ by “Jeff Bain” has been released in e-book and paperback formats, with a new cover.

‘Nigel Lurch: Anarchist’ is a comic novel with fantasy elements, about an unruly British student.

Available from Amazon.

New Novella ‘Deadly Journey’

I have released a new novella ‘Deadly Journey’ on Smashwords, as a free download. This novella is the sequel to ‘Deadly Relics’.

Female figure in distress, yellow
Cover image

Starsin, an army cadet and minor member of the nobility, has escaped from a prison colony in the far north of the Virnal-administered Empire. He hopes to contact fellow rebels by traveling south, but disaster strikes, and his physical and moral courage is tested to the limit.