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Kolkata Heat – An author destroys a perfectly good image


Kolkata Heat - A Shadow Company Novella

Kolkata Heat – A Shadow Company Novella

It’s amazing just how much damage an author can do when he’s knocking up a cover for a book that his Beta Readers are going to receive. It didn’t help that Photoshop Elements decided that for today, all of the menu options would be in bloody German! However, I managed to put something together just so that it looked ‘okay’ on their kindles.

But that’s not the point of this post. The point is that I’m still looking for people who want to be Beta Readers. This will mean that they get to read books before they’re even published, have a say in what happens, even become characters in the books themselves (if they want that is), as well as a few other things I have planned.

So, if you want to read steampunk, or near-future military sci-fi, or LitRPG – the latest genre to hit the bookshelves and very much still in its infancy over here – all you have to do is signup to my Beta Readers list.

About mattsylvester

Father of two beautiful daughters and married to the beautiful Karen, Matthew has been reading and writing fantasy and science fiction since he first read the Hobbit at the age of 7. Matthew was Features Editor, Technical Consultant and regular columnist for magazines such as ‘Fighters’, ‘Combat’, ‘TKD & Korean Martial Arts’ and ‘Traditional Karate’. These are the four leading martial arts magazines in the United Kingdom. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed 'Practical Taekwondo: Back to the Roots', which has been sold around the world. With regard to his martial arts background he has been studying martial arts since 1991. In 1995 he hosted Professor Rick Clark of the ADK and since then has been studying pressure points and their uses in the martial arts and on the street (initially as a Special Constable and as a Door Supervisor). All of this practical hands-on experience means that he is uniquely placed to write fight scenes that are not only plausible but some of which are based on personal or anecdotal experience. Matthew has had a number of short stories published by Fringe Works, KnightWatch Press, Anderfam Press and Emby Press.

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