For the good of mankind and all discerning and merciful readers of fiction I can announce that ‘Linda Versus God’ can now be found on the shelves of all top-notch e-book vendors. Even if you live in Mexico, Montenegro or Myanmar. That’s the deal with the Internet – you just cannot escape the marketing arm of any corporation.
Now, why should you part from your hard-earned cash in order to read this little old novel of mine? And it is quite old. I must have originally put pen to paper on the endeavour ten years ago. Well, it is now professionally edited, an aspect of self-publication all writers should consider as the fresh eye is invaluable when it comes to erasing easily overlooked errors. Even the top professionals would not go to print without the assistance of a seasoned proof-reader and an editor, luxuries the impoverished self-publisher cannot always afford. So since its original publication the novel has been spring-cleaned, tidied up and polished so that every aspect of it sparkles with the expectation of a bright new day. Coincidentally the novel begins on such a day.
A second reason for purchasing this most interesting of novels is at £1.99p it represents great value for money when you consider the knowledge and insight that for a one-time reading it will provide. For instance, did you know that God doesn’t like trad-jazz?
All you need to know about the novel can be found on the book’s cover page and the accompanying blurb. But to whet your intellectual appetite: The titular character of the novel, Linda Ellis, is on a crusade to switch Mankind’s adherence to God and all other unsubstantiated deities to Atheism and worship of Mankind itself. As you can imagine, when you take on an institution as broad and encompassing as religion its supporters get rather peeved by beautiful women who go around bad-mouthing God – so good a God no one thought to give Him a proper name - and by the climax of the book it is truly Linda Versus the God Corporation. Though who are the heroes and who are villains of the piece does become blurred and it depends on whether you think of yourself as religious or atheist as to which side of the mismatch you take.
A word of warning: the novel is written so that each chapter can be read as a one-off story. This is why there are so many characters in the story and why a chapter will start with a character or characters that seemingly have nothing to do with the plot. This device does keep the reader on his or her metaphorical toes and may stop the more discerning reader from falling asleep.
A second word of warning: this is not an intellectual novel.
I have always thought it polite of a reader to read a book to its conclusion once the first page has been turned. Writers put a ton of effort into writing their books and though criticism and praise walk hand-in-hand and no writer can expect one without also receiving a dollop of the other either can only be truly awarded by the reader if every word is read. Oh heads up, as they say in the U.S.: the last chapter is very different to what goes before. I mean, really different. There’s an avenging angel fresh from Heaven for one thing.
So there you have it: Linda Versus God, an atheist novel by K.D.Knight and published by Modest Publishing, priced £1.99p.
P.S. On this website you will find ‘The Abomination’, my religious novel. And you can read it for free. Though it would be nice, and polite, if you bought ‘Linda Versus God’ before you avail yourself of the freebie.
My grateful thanks and good wishes for supporting a Modest publication.
Also now published as both an e-book and (by April 2018, fingers crossed) as a print-on-demand paperback 'GOING TO THE LAST', a collection of horse-racing related short stories. Also priced in the bargain basement zone of £1.99.