Sanchin: Free for One Week

I’ve finally decided to stop feeling sorry for myself after my disastrous couple of months and get back into the swing of things. And to mark my return, I come bearing gifts. Okay, I have an ulterior motive but more about that in a second.

I have decided to give away the ebook version of my novel, Sanchin, for one week only.

To grab your copy just go along to Sanchin on Smashwords, add it to your basket, and use the coupon code VN48R to get it for free. The coupon is valid until 24th March.

So, what’s the catch?

All I ask is that if you use an ebook reader, or read ebooks on you phone or your microwave oven some other gadget, that you let me know if the formatting is okay.

If you don’t do the gadget thing, it’s available in PDF format to be read on your computer. In that case there’s no catch – unless of course you would like to leave me a review either here on my site or on Smashwords. It would be nice but it’s by no means compulsory:)

You can get in touch via my contacts page if you have any problems with the formatting or you would like to leave a review.

I hope you enjoy reading Sanchin as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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2 thoughts on “Sanchin: Free for One Week”

  1. Brian Roxburgh says:

    Hi Karen.

    First of all many thanks for your book. I will be recommending it around the club as there are a lot of the younger ones who I’m certain will enjoy, and be inspired, by it. You capture the kyokushin spirit nicely.

    Formatting etc – I downloaded the BBeB version for the Sony Reader. I have a PRS-505 which is last year’s version of the reader before they made it smaller and worse! It was 389 pages on this setting. Text size was fine for me on the “small” setting ie I didn’t have to magnify the text. The chapters didn’t start on a new page but just continued on (which wasn’t an issue for me, just trying to note everything). There were occasions where 2 words ran together – about 20 times throughout the book. There was an extra word on one page near the end. None of this spoiled my enjoyment of the book, just caused a slight pause while I worked out what was going on.
    Bottom line is that it read just fine on the Sony.

    Story etc – Reminded me of being a teenage boy – always in some kind of (mild) trouble, and always getting thumped and sent to bed. I still cringe when thinking of some of the things I did – I don’t think anyone really ever grows up! At that time is was also common in Scotland for parents to take their hand to their children, but not nearly so much these days. It went through my mind that this would make a good Neighbour -type soap series, which is what Goran P also mentioned. The whole lifestyle beach/school/karate thing would work very well and especially so set in South Africa. You may not thank me for that comment but you did ask for feedback!

    I read it through quickly and found that it kept me fully engaged, which isn’t often the case as I rarely read any fiction at all these days. Strangely, my all time favourite books are about a teenage boy and set in Africa – Laurens Van Der Post “A story like the wind” and “A Far off Place” (I realise he’s a controversial figure but just taking the books on their own merit).

    Thanks again, and keep up with the writing!

    Brian

  2. Karen says:

    Hi Brian,

    Thank you so much for the feedback and for your comments.

    I will see what I can do about the slight formatting issues with the words running together.

    I did wonder about the chapters not staring on a new page because the Smashwords style guide says not to use page breaks. Apparently they upset the formatting on some of the readers.

    Have you read The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay? It’s about a young boy growing up in Africa who dreams of becoming a boxing champion. I loved it and I can highly recommend it if you haven’t already read it.

    Thank again for your feedback. I really appreciate it.

    Karen

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