Tarnished Gold by Lynn ThompsonAs you all know, I am in the process of writing Sam’s story-Tarnished Gold. Since it is a series off my Montana Dayton Novels I figured I would re-read my first book, Blake and make sure I didn’t need to make any references from that book. I know, I know, I should remember the whole book, right? Sometimes there is little details that are missed. Of course, I found some grammar errors and misspelled words. Things my old editor didn’t pick up.

Not a problem, just time consuming. There wasn’t much so I decided I’d fix the problem text and re-publish. Great done! Hmm… I also decided the cover could be re-done. I went through my print version (open office) so I could upload that back into create space and saved the copy. Perfect it didn’t cost me too much time until…

After I saved my print copy my page numbers started showing, numbered pages, not 1,2,3,4… I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of the text and get my numbers back, even after researching the problem.

I work with Scrivener for all of my writing. You need a learning curve to work with the software but when you understand what you’re doing you can easily convert your files into pdf, epub, kindle, word. So I went back into Scrivener and downloaded Blake into a .rtf format. I wanted to add extra space between the header and text and have found it easier to do in open office. I use Open Office for small adjustments because Word is pricey and has a learning curve also. I got my page numbers back for a split second and they disappeared again. Argh!! Pulling my hair out. Or at least, all of the grays!

Fine, I set the .rtf aside. I wanted to get some writing done. A couple of days later I had a few minutes to spare at my day job so I researched the problem. And walla first hit I got the answer. Hmm… The universe works in mysterious ways:)

“OpenOffice.org uses a feature called fields to manage page numbers. To insert a page number field, position the cursor where you want to insert the number and choose Insert > Fields > Page Number. The page number appears with a gray background. The gray background denotes a field.

Note: The gray background is simply there to denote a field. This background is not printed. Choose View > Field Shadings (or press Ctrl+F8) to turn this feature off.

If you have seen lists in OOo, you might have noticed this gray background. OOo lists use fields. The page number field always displays the page number for the current page. If you see the words “Page number” instead of a number, press Ctrl+F9. This shortcut key toggles OOo between displaying the field’s contents (what the field is for) and the field’s results (what the field creates).” wiki.openoffice.org

Ctrl+F9? I could have fixed the problem days ago! Did I mention the universe works in mysterious ways? I opened my office document and hit Ctrl+F9 and I’m back in action. Yay! Everything looked great.

Next, I uploaded my file into Create Space. Everything looked great except I received a notice on my interior picture needing to be 300 dpi. I fixed that problem by raising my resolution to 320 dpi, checked to make sure the file still looked good and uploaded it again. Create Space warned me that my picture was still not at 300 dpi which I ignored because I knew it was and I’ve had this problem with them before. The page numbers were now acting funky again. Page numbers are the bane of my existence. 

I went back into my file and re-checked it. Everything looked great so I uploaded it again to Create Space. No such luck there. That’s when the lightbulb went off. Page numbers can’t rearrange themselves in pdf format:) I exported my files into pdf and uploaded the pdf into Create Space. The file took and everything looks great.

It’s not the writing that takes forever, sometimes it’s the converting into print!

 

 

Excerpt:

Blake by Lynn Thompson
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If Montana had known what she would be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max.

Lottery winner and venture capitalist Montana Dayton is on vacation, sorely needing a break from her business. She purposely had a house built deep in the mountains, away from civilization in hopes to spend the winter alone with her dog Killer. Unfortunately, the universe is conspiring against her. Montana’s getting creepy feelings from something or someone on her property and Rose, her neighbor, is bringing new “friends” into her life.

If that wasn’t enough to ruin Montana’s vacation, the dangerously attractive Max surely would! Max has the uncanny ability to show up when he’s not wanted. What Montana doesn’t realize is Max knows what’s out in the woods and it’s his job to find it.

Max knows Montana can sense it even though she cannot see it and has decided that she needs to be protected from the unseen danger, but who will protect Montana from Max?

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Sneak Peek Chapter Four: 

I rode for a while with no success before coming to a shallow section of water. Lightning and I trudged through the stream and were hiking up the bank when I heard a loud whine. I glanced back; Killer paced the bank behind us with his tail tucked between his legs. With a long sigh, I jumped off Lightning and called to Killer a few times. He wanted nothing to do with the water, so much for my vicious wolf. Oh well, my imagination didn’t seem to warrant any serious writing on my part anyway. I would leave that up to my favorite authors.

I cringed when I stepped into the stream. The icy water started to seep through my boots and jeans immediately. Great! I was still lost and now I was going to freeze to death because I had to get my dog. I crossed the stream, coaxed Killer through the shallow water, finally got him across, and squished back up the bank. I had to get home now, my freezing wet pants glued themselves to my legs. I shook my legs and jumped up and down for a minute to get some feeling back in my feet. Tired and cold I yanked the map out of my jacket and found the area I thought I might be in. I smiled. If I was right my cozy cabin was close. I snatched up Lightning’s reins, thinking I’d stay warmer if I walked, and had only taken a few steps when my skin began to crawl. My adrenaline soared and panic pulsed through my blood.

I searched the riverbank, turned around in a full circle and reached in my jacket pocket for my gun. Empty. My hand skimmed over my other pocket, empty too. I glanced at the pack on Lightning’s back. Was my gun in the pack? I wanted my gun, yet I didn’t want to take the time to look for it and I didn’t want to make whatever was threatening me feel threatened enough to attack me. Crap. Why hadn’t I kept my gun on me? I glanced over my shoulder but didn’t see anything. I wanted to run; instead, I slowly moved my head searching the area around me one more time. I noticed Killer and Lightning patiently waiting. I grimaced. Was I losing my mind? Not even Lightning reacted to the invisible intruder. Did I really have two defective animals?

I cleared my head, even if I’d lost my mind I knew I had to move. Though my nerves stood on end, and my hands shook I started walking. Better to be a moving target. Right?

My gut kept telling me something circled me. Strange shadowed blurs of movement contorted tree branches in my peripheral vision. As soon as I’d turn my head to get a good look the movement would be gone. I started to sidle up to Lightning to get my gun. Several things happened at once. My hand brushed Lightning’s saddle an inch away from the pistol grip, a roof blurred through my vision beyond the trees, then something yanked my feet out from underneath me, and started running with me in tow.


 

Reviews:

Lynn Thompson’s Book, Blake is spot on with her dialog and descriptions. She really makes you feel as though you are part of the action. Endings often conclude as you expected but not so with Ms. Thompson’s book, Blake. You want to keep reading until you come to the exciting and unexpected conclusion. — C. H.


 

The authors skilled use of words to describe the environment helps to create an atmosphere that makes you feel as though you’re in the book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it kept me involved until the end. I highly recommend this title and look forward to future works from the author. Concerned Mom


 

Montana Dayton is one tough lady – wealthy, attractive, tattooed and sporting a .357 revolver. When the story opens she is driving to her new home in the mountains, with her dog Killer.

In a moody and highly atmospheric couple of opening chapters we meet some of the other characters who live up in the mountains. There is Montana’s friend Rose. There is also Rose’s boyfriend Bear.

And then there is the handsome and mysterious Max.

“I’ve decided you need to be protected,” Max tells Montana. And sure enough, when she has a horse riding accident he unexpectedly comes to the rescue.But then he keeps intruding into her life. Is it just that he finds her desirable? Or is something more going on?

In any case, Montana has feelings for Max, too, and a relationship develops.

It all develops into an exciting story with many twists and an unexpected climax.

This is a lively, fast-moving novel, with well-drawn characters and a strong sense of atmosphere. I shall look forward to more books in this series. –Martin Roth


I really enjoyed reading this. What I particularly loved is the way the author so skilfully sets a pace and takes you with her. Avery clever plot, some twists and turns which is what make the book gather pace and keeps you reading. I really liked the characters and could feel with them, such is the use of descriptive and emotive language. Its a gripping plot that holds you! For me, what I really enjoyed is the way the author describes the environments and action the characters are in, its becoming unusual to find an author who takes the time to be seductive in the art of description. A must read for anyone that likes to be taken on a journey. Really looking forward to the next novel which is out in the new year.Watch this author…….I think we will see some great books come from her!— Sarria


 

This is a book with a wonderful, very intriguing plot and a very atmospheric writing style. I honestly didn’t see what was coming, and the characterisation was so strong that I quickly found myself caring for the characters. It’s been a while since I read something so gripping. Highly recommended — Crossy 1975


 

Lyn Thompson has created a storyline that is both riveting and gripping. Once I started reading Blake, I found it hard to put down. The suspense involved keeps you on the edge of your seat and leaves you wondering what is going to happen next. Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a book with suspense, mystery and a little bit of magic. I can’t wait for the next book. –K. T. King


 

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