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The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Rob Houghton » 08 Nov 2017, 00:37

Courtenay wrote:My copy arrived today! :D It's beautifully printed, too — I'm impressed. I was half afraid that a "print on demand" book would look just like it had been hastily run off and stuck together, but this one looks very professional. Thanks, Rob — I'll look forward to reading it.


I only hope the content is as pleasing to you as the printing! :oops: :lol: Yes - I agree, I was pleased with the way its produced, and the quality of the paper etc. Its amazing how quickly they get them printed. :-D -
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby pete9012S » 08 Nov 2017, 17:38

I have mentioned on another forum that this writer's bug seems to be catching Rob.

I have uploaded a very short story to amazon for kindle download. I must wait 72hrs for it to be approved etc.
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Julie2owlsdene » 08 Nov 2017, 18:58

Good luck with it, Pete. Sadly I don't have a kindle, so won't be able to read it.

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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby sixret » 08 Nov 2017, 19:14

pete9012S wrote:I have mentioned on another forum that this writer's bug seems to be catching Rob.

I have uploaded a very short story to amazon for kindle download. I must wait 72hrs for it to be approved etc.


Well done, Pete! :D
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Eddie Muir » 08 Nov 2017, 19:15

Good luck with your short story, Pete. I’ll keep a lookout for it on Amazon. :D
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby sixret » 08 Nov 2017, 19:18

What is the title of your short story, Pete? And your full name? It must be Peter plus your surname, right? Is it a children story? :D
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Rob Houghton » 08 Nov 2017, 19:24

Good for you, Pete! Sounds great and I'm pleased my foray into Amazon publishing encouraged you! 8)
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby sixret » 08 Nov 2017, 19:27

Hope you will let us know the blurb or synopsis of your book, Pete. :D
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby pete9012S » 08 Nov 2017, 20:21

Julie2owlsdene wrote:Good luck with it, Pete. Sadly I don't have a kindle, so won't be able to read it.

8)

Don't worry Julie, you won't be missing much!

Thanks for everyone's good wishes - it's only a very short, short story really.
Will post a link if it gets online ok - they said it can take 72 hrs,

I have just edited it quite a bit so it may take a day or two for the final draught to go live.
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby John Pickup » 08 Nov 2017, 22:16

Good luck with your story, Pete.
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby pete9012S » 09 Nov 2017, 00:25

Thanks John and apologies for discussing this on Rob's book thread! :oops:

I will shut up now and get back to reading The Last Summer.
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Rob Houghton » 09 Nov 2017, 00:31

To be fair, this thread's probably a more interesting read, lol! :lol:
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Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
through the night.'

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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Rob Houghton » 17 Nov 2017, 14:40

Here's a 10 minute clip from The Last Summer -- chapter 25 extract -

Hate my voice - think (know!!) I'm mispronouncing 'Strychnine' but hey...! ;-)

https://clyp.it/n14f4l1n
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 17 Nov 2017, 14:56

I listened to the first minute or two and thought you read it well, Rob! I only stopped because I thought the excerpt might give away too much of the story and I may well buy the book at some point.
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Re: The Last Summer - Robert Houghton

Postby pete9012S » 17 Nov 2017, 15:43

Creep Alert!!!

Rob that was fantastic!

Much,much better than my lamentable attempt - and you added fitting background music too.
It's really great to hear your book read as you the author originally intended.
Unlike Anita, I found I was unable to stop listening and really enjoyed the whole excerpt.

Can the book be made available to purchase an an audio download?


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