Walls (Bon Jovi)

Bit strange being on my own this morning. Only one us should have to be at work by 7am and that one is not me. 🙂
And then I realized that this time next week I’ll be home. Back in the cold. 😦
Talk about a sucky realization. So, I’m cheering myself up knowing I have an entire week left with my Knight and that Joshy (youngest son) will be home for a holiday not long after I am.
Also, I cleverly planned a tequila night with my tribe for the Saturday as a distraction. But wait there’s more … I have a slow-cooker waiting for me at home, and as I haven’t cooked for a glorious fucking month (bliss!!) I’m actually looking forward to using it.
This has been a creatively productive holiday with the completion of #cryptobyte to the point where I’m fairly happy and it’s out with beta readers for the second time. I’ve begun the next book. (We’ll talk more about that at some stage.) Got some other bits and pieces done for Cryptobyte as well. Ready to talk covers with my cover designer.

Cryptobyte:

“Truck hijackings, missing families, stolen chemicals, distinctive photographs, cryptic text messages, and a friend with a curious dilemma.

Life is never straightforward for FBI Special Agent Ellie Iverson and the Delta teams. Juggling twin toddlers and a new position as Special Agent in Charge of Delta, Ellie answers a request for help from a Missouri Police Officer which calls into play her extraordinary skill set and arrant determination to find the truth and protect the vulnerable.”

Here’s a lovely pic of the cutest little guy …

This is Crash Bandicoot, he lives in the backyard! 🙂

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Carry on wayward son

Or daughter, whatever. 🙂 So, what’s new? Well, Qubyte is now available from http://www.writersplot.org.nz as a paperback. The launch was fun and occurred at Upper Hutt Central Library on March 22nd. If you were there, thank you for coming if not you can view the video on my Facebook page just search for @cat.connor. There are a couple of signed books available from Writers Plot – the rest are unsigned but I’m happy to sign yours when I’m back from my trip.

That’s right, if you’ve been paying attention on Facebook then you’ll know I’m not in New Zealand at the moment.

I am having a marvelous time with My Knight in Western Australia.

Other news? Cryptobyte is back with notes from my beta readers. So, that’s a step closer to a release date! Next it will fly off to my glorious editor. Was an icky story to write but not too icky as long as I didn’t dwell on it. You’ll see.

Other other news? I started writing the 12th byte. Don’t get too giggly to quick, its completion is a long way off. Not even sure what it’s about yet. It starts with an IED. So, you know, it has promise.

Meanwhile … I have coffee to drink and somewhere to be. 🙂 Take care out there.

Read an eBook week!

Smsahwords Read an eBook week is on now!

Here are the links you’ll need for the Byte Series books:

In-between bytes are mostly free this week.

Byte novels (including Qubyte) are 50% off.

Boxed sets are 50% off.  

That is exceptional value for money right there! Remember the Boxed Sets have an extra story each that you cannot get anywhere else, and those stories give a bit of insight into other things that have happened in the SSA Conway/Delta A timeline.

Get amongst this folks. These are some great deals!

QuByte by Cat Connor – 2018

Scary time for an author … 🙂

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Hand sanitizer anyone?  You will want some after reading the latest in Cat QubyteConnor’s Byte series, QuByte, which deals with biological terror threats.

Special Agent Ellie Iverson (nee Conway) from Delta A, an elite force within the FBI, gets involved in disparate cases – the links between which are a bit of a puzzle: Her FBI Director Cait O’Hare has been killed, as have heads of various intelligence agencies, and the Trump administration’s isolationism makes working with overseas colleagues a bit tricky.  And then there’s the kidnapped monkey, and the hit and run of the Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, who had managed to sneak out a file hidden in a song that talked about the theft of a mysterious infectious agent, and the proof is in the contaminated bottled water that has been distributed to high-end hotels.

Delta A is a close-knit team, extremely…

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes …

Remember when I said my publisher changed? Yeah? Of course, you do. Due to this change, my books are NOT available in a paperback version from any overseas site. Waiting for it to happen is futile. There are NO plans to make The Byte Series paperbacks available overseas. Remember I am a kiwi. Overseas is EVERYWHERE that is not New Zealand. 🙂

If you like reading paperbacks you can purchase them from Writers Plot Bookshop. 

Writers Plot website has a gorgeous shopping cart and Paypal.

When I say they are ONLY available from Writers Plot Bookshop, I mean it. The decision was made to stay away from Amazon with my paperbacks. Why? A few reasons but the biggest is that they allow 3rd Party Sellers to flog off authors books at whatever price they see fit … but (for mine at least) I can find nothing that says those books were purchased from Amazon (or anywhere else) via my former publisher. That means there was no royalty payment. So how exactly are these 3rd Party Sellers getting the books they’re selling? I have no idea! How are they allowed to sell books and cut the author out completely? Again no fucking clue. But I will not be part of this shitty scheme. So, my books are available from New Zealand. And ONLY NEW ZEALAND. For absolute clarity, they are ONLY available from Writers Plot bookshop. Should you see them anywhere else, please do not purchase them. They are not authorized copies, I have not and do not receive any royalty when they’re sold.

Digital versions of my books are available from all good digital retailers. But not all of my books are available from Amazon. Some have been reformatted and are available, for example: Eraserbyte, Psychobyte, Metabyte. Qubyte is available on Amazon. The first six novels are not yet available. Mostly because I don’t have the files for Flashbyte, Soundbyte or Databyte. I didn’t have the files for Eraserbyte, Psychobyte or Metabyte either, so had to find the last edit I did have for those files, cross my fingers and format those. It’s a little bit frustrating and annoying.

On the plus side, you can buy them all in ePub from ePub distributors everywhere. Why? Because Smashwords allows publishers to revert rights to the author and Amazon does not.