Under the pen-name Roland Lindsay, I have been writing novels for decades. They are all ‘Speculative Fiction’* and a page presenting a synopsis plus the first chapter is available here for each book.
Find all novels by Roland Lindsay on his Author page at , where they are available as eBooks for the Kindle, or for Kindle Reader apps on other devices.
* Speculative Fiction – what is it?
Stories that rely on What if? elements are known as Speculative Fiction – but it’s an ‘umbrella’ category, because ALL fiction is essentially speculative. Most novels have a bit of What If in them. They are fiction, after all.
Despite using scientific or technical descriptions of the ‘What If’ factor, my books are not Science-Fiction. Nor are they Fantasy – they have no magic or paranormal elements. They are General Fiction with an unusual twist to a core idea, used to logically rationalize things that we know don’t normally happen. I use that twist to explore new ideas.
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• Book Sales is a separate page outlining marketing options for eBooks, because the issues are too complex for simple news-page listing.
• Homo Magnetica is a tetralogy following four separate generations of the Tyler family – all sensitive to planetary magnetic fields. The tetralogy comprises: Sensitive Sapiens, Mag Mandate, Defender’s Destiny, and Red-Hand Heritage. Amazon for the tetralogy, all US$2.60.
• The Warder Cycle is a trilogy following a unique character and his people. The trilogy comprises: Throwback’s Realm, Tree Thinker, and Heavy Biscuits. Amazon for the trilogy, all US$2.60.
• The Archimedes Project – A trio of inventors are surprised that their wonderful new device does NOT win them friends. They end up running for their lives. Amazon, US$2.60.
• Cocoon Gambler – A dedicated anti-gambling man finds a way to gamble successfully – but at great personal cost! Amazon, US$2.60.
• Quantum Elbow is currently undergoing a re-write. It will be un-published, then re-published when that is complete.
• Shadow Hacker – a network and surveillance expert uses new technology to help the Police to catch hackers and other criminals, but the Police suspect that he uses illegal methods. Amazon, US$2.60.
• Skipping Diablo – The integration of a new technology falls under the influence of political interests... bad move! Amazon, US$2.60.
__—— Page-counts: The standard formula for most fiction books, released as paperback ‘pBooks’, is 300 words per page allowing about ½-page per Chapter for blank space. That formula must be based on tiny 8-point or 9-point type with very narrow margins, because it’s very optimistic, but it is the industry standard.
But that just doesn’t work at all for an eBook. Pages are variable on an eBook Reader like the Kindle to allow users to set their own comfortable font-size. I specify 11-point as the default font-size when opening one of my eBooks, because most people prefer to read eBooks with text about that size... but that means way less than 200 words fit on each Reader ‘page’ – or only about half a ‘standard page’. Book length doesn’t really matter much – a long eBook isn’t any ‘fatter’ than a short one, it just uses a fraction more device memory.
Amazon seems to use a more realistic ‘page-count’ – about 245 words per ‘page’, or about 20% fewer words than the pBook ‘standard’ – still more words than actually appear on a typical eBook page, so it’s not perfect, but a reasonable compromise. Most of my books are around 130-150,000 words with about 30-40 Chapters, so that’s between 500 and 600 ‘Amazon pages’.