Richard T. Burke Author Blog

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Evolution of a cover

The Colour of the Soul recently received a gold star award in The Book Designer April cover competition. They even sent me a badge (woo-hoo!).

My badge

Most of the credit belongs to my cover designer, Michelle Arzu, not least for her boundless patience as I dithered between alternatives. As it happens, the cover design went full circle, ending with one that was very similar to the first she proposed. I thought it might be interesting to show the evolution of the cover.

Can anyone see the colour of a soul?

In my latest book, The Colour of the Soul, the main female protagonist wakes from an eleven month coma with the ability to sense auras. But how common is this condition? Can anyone really see the colour of a soul? In this short article, I’m going to explore the science behind auras.

Writing About the Future

This is a copy of an article I wrote for Emma The Little Bookworm’s blog.

It’s May 2017. A deadly new virus has emerged. Within weeks it will sweep across the globe and infect every living person. The true horror of the pandemic will only become evident when pregnant women start dying moments after giving birth. This will have a catastrophic effect on the global population and in less than twelve months the birth-rate will reduce to practically zero. For the next seventeen years, scientists will strive to develop a cure. They will be unsuccessful.

Welcome to the world of Decimation: The Girl Who Survived.

The Colour of the Soul

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I can see the colour of your soul. 

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Annalise Becker wakes from an eleven month coma with the ability to sense a person’s aura. But why won’t her family tell her what happened? What dark secret is her mother hiding? And why is there a guard outside her hospital room?

Hunted by a psychopathic killer and accused of a crime she can’t remember, she must use her new skill to separate the truth from the lies before it is too late.

Coming soon – The Colour of the Soul

The editing is nearly done on my next book, The Colour of the Soul. Here is the blurb:

I can see the colour of your soul.

Annalise Becker wakes from an eleven month coma with the ability to sense a person’s aura. But why won’t her family tell her about the accident? What dark secret is her mother hiding? And why is there a guard outside her room?

Hunted by a psychopathic killer and accused of a crime she can’t remember, she must use her new skill to separate the truth from the lies before it is too late.

I’m aiming for a March release, but things may change. Join my mailing list to keep up to date.

Free book competition

OneStopFiction are running another book giveaway competition. Win 60 paperbacks and eBooks (including a paperback copy of Decimation). The competition is free to enter and is open until the end of June.

Click here to enter.

Good luck!

Using Animated GIFs in Facebook Posts

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This post is just a quick tip about how to put an animated GIF onto a Facebook post. See how the tear in the above picture is flashing on and off? It doesn’t go into how to create an animated GIF – more on that in a later article.

Firstly, you need to upload your animated GIF to another site – your WordPress site for example! You can use any website you like. If you don’t have your own site, you can easily create a WordPress blog at https://wordpress.com/.

Next, copy the link to the GIF file (from whatever website you have uploaded it to) and paste into your Facebook post. The easiest way is to right click the picture and copy the image address. This is a screenshot from the Chrome browser.

In my case, the link is https://www.rjne.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Decimation-animated-tear-small.gif.  When you post to Facebook, just make sure it’s the first link in the post. Facebook will follow the link and embed the picture, together with its animation.

That’s all there is to it.

Thriller Giveaway

A paperback of The Rage is included among the prizes in the Thriller Giveaway at OneStopFiction. It costs nothing to enter and you automatically receive six eBooks. The 14 paperbacks for the lucky winner include The Girl in the Ice by Robert Bryndza.

The full list of paperbacks is as follows:

  • Butterfly Garden – Dot Hutchison
  • Deadly Still Water – Roger Stelljes
  • The Girl in the Ice – Robert Bryndza
  • One Night In Tehran – Luana Ehrlich
  • The Best Friend – Shalini Boland
  • Time to Play – K.A Richardson
  • Ward Zero – Linda Huber
  • The Rage – Richard T. Burke
  • Talisman  – David Evans
  • No Safe Home – Tara Lyons
  • Tears of Sand – Sandra Bass Joines
  • Loose Cannon – Jack Steele
  • Stone Dead – Kelvin Jones
  • Nemises Roger A. Price

The free eBooks include:

  • Death in a Dirty Afternoon – Colin Garrow
  • Stealing Elgar – Andrew Barrett
  • Altered Genes: Genesis – Mark Kelley
  • Storey – Keith Dixon
  • Shadow House – A.J. Sendall
  • Re-Wired – Greg Dragon

Decimation: The Girl Who Survived

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 In 2017 a virus sweeps across the world and infects every living person. It lies dormant until a woman gives birth. Then she dies.

 

 Fifteen years later, nobody has survived childbirth since the outbreak began. Teenage wheelchair athlete, Antimone Lessing, thought she would be competing at the Delhi 2032 Paralympics. Instead, she is nine months pregnant and commencing labour. When she unexpectedly survives, she becomes a vital clue in the race to develop a cure before the global population declines beyond the point of no return.

 

 But survival comes at a price. As her doctors try to understand why she is still alive, she must choose between preserving humanity’s future and protecting the life of her newborn child.

 

How far would you go to save the human race?


A Christmas Killing

I’m dreaming of a red Christmas.

Dave lives alone in the house he inherited from his parents. His solitude enables him to pursue a gruesome hobby. But how much does the rest of the family know about his sinister activities?

A Christmas Killing is a dark and twisting tale that will challenge your assumptions and keep you guessing until the last line. It may even put you off your Christmas dinner.

Buy it here.

Dark Minds featuring A Christmas Killing

Dark Minds featuring A Christmas Killing

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