Magic exists everywhere, even in Amazon reviews #akcra #rtaylorward #YA #globalwarming #indie #climatechange

MAGIC …. Now you see them, now you don’t.


For some ‘very, very, very strange reason’ sometimes I see my reviews on Amazon and sometimes they ‘just disappear’ only to ‘re-appear’ at a later stage ………

Here is the latest reviews I could find. A big thank you to Ron Merrin and Kim ….. and YES, definitely a sequel coming.

And please, keep the reviews coming too. 

5.0 out of 5 stars     Fabulous       10 August 2014

By Ron Merrin –
This review is from: AK-CRA: (Kindle Edition)

I enjoyed the book immensely. A great storyline with the characters being refreshingly aware of global issues that confront us all. The Kindle version is excellent value for money. There has to be a sequel!

5.0 out of 5 stars      R Taylor Ward knows the meaning of “Cliff-hanger”!               5 August 2014

By Kim 

This review is from: AK-CRA: (Kindle Edition)

R Taylor Ward knows the meaning of “Cliff-hanger”! I was just getting into this book when it ended in serious suspense! I can’t wait to find out what will happen next! The world of Ak-cra is cleverly crafted and different to any other underwater world I’ve ever read about before. I love how bits and pieces of the civilisation are revealed throughout the story. The characters are strong and quirky like the CE Trio LOVE THEM! This is a great book to read with kids. My 9yo daughter loved the book specially the idea of aliens living in the ocean. It also sparked a conversation about climate change.


“And so are the Days of My Life”….my Ak-cra publishing soap opera continues #akcra #rtaylorward

When is black too black?

It seems when it comes to printing …….. anything over 240% is too black.

Ak-cra’s sensational covers are still being tweaked …. to get the ‘blackness’ down from 300% to 240%.

It’s all got to do with the ‘ink’ apparently.

*insert heavy sigh and a tear drop sliding slowly down my cheek*….and CUE the VIOLIN MUSIC coz I am feeling very sad and sorry for myself at the moment.

The finish line has been insight for so long now it is driving me crazy ! ! ! !

Alright …. rant over.

Onto more pleasant things ….. more Ak-cra promotional ‘stuff’ arrived today – which brought a smile to my dial and a lift to my spirits.

Hopefully my next update will be to say that a printed ‘proof’ copy of Ak-cra is on its way.

Cheers Ak-cra promotional stuff

A 'fun' poster


AK-CRA poster sandRtw





Ak-cra …will be with us soon, very, very soon. Meanwhile promo T’s have arrived

Visit my facebook site and check out the promotional t-shirts that have arrived


Now ………..if only ‘Ak-cra’ could hurry up and be published ……

I promise you …………it will happen soon.

‘Ak-cra’ will be available from in the near future (both in digital format and epub).

I will also have print copies (autographed off course) available to be shipped to you.

cheers (and thanks for your patience)





Ak-cra update: “And so….are the Days of Our Lives”…..I feel like I’m caught up in a publishing soap opera #akcra #rtaylorward



Man, the Gods are certainly playing with me.

FINALLY….. after many weeks of (*little cough*) patient waiting my publisher profile has been setup and approved — and cyberspace and I are finally in sync.


Or at least I thought so.

This is where the Universe comes into play

I’ve just found out that Ak-cra’s sensational cover has too much black in it (***WHHHHHAAAAATTTTTT*****) and will need to be revamped.

INSERT very big SIGH …. from both @Sally Jelbert and myself (okay, okay …..INSERT lots of swearing and screaming).

ALL THIS MEANS ……… is more ‘patience’ will be required on my behalf (and yours) before we can hit the publish button.

Poor Sally is working furiously trying to sort it out (and I thank her enormously for all the talent, effort and hard yakka she has brought to this project).

So… my little friend below…… we’ll have to put our heads back, chill out and ‘wait a wee bit longer’.

To those that haven’t read Ak-cra (in manuscript format)….. I promise you the wait will be worth it…..and thanks for sticking with me.

To my beta-readers ………. believe it or not, you will soon have a hard copy in your hot little hands.

Layback koala


Time has no master. #rtaylorward #akcra #YALit #YA #globalwarming



AK-CRA chapter 6: Destiny


“Time has no master, it is uncaring and unforgiving”

Or so it seems to 16-year-old Cerr who has been thrust into the role of savior.

And he’s not ready but ‘time’ refuses to wait for him.

His success equals Ak-cra’s survival …………his failure, her total destruction and annihilation.

Can Ak-cra be saved? Can Cerr be her savior?

Or will humanity and global warming destroy this ancient alien race?

Ak-cra available soon on Amazon.

Don’t know how to fill in the next 10 minutes or so? Take a look at this. #rtaylorward #akcra #YALit

Although the wait for ‘Ak-cra’ is nearly over with a publication date ‘visible on the horizon’ I thought you might like to read some more facts and teasers.

Visit my Pinterest site for a ‘board’ full of Ak-cra teasers.



Pinterest - Ak-cra teaser board

Ak-cra ch 14 teaser: Being followed, and having no idea #akcra #rtaylorward #RTW #YALit

Here’s another teaser for you.

This time from Chapter 14: Major Alistair Daniels (or MAD as I like to refer to him).

Every good story needs a good villain.


ch 14 teaser: MAD