Free Book Coupon for my DIY Drones Friends

A number of years ago while I was doing research for a little story I was working on I stumbled upon DIY Drones and, later, sUAS News.  Hanging out on the DIY Drones forum, building my own amateur UAV and other life-changing events became distractions to finishing my story.  Well, I finally got around to doing just that, i.e. finishing it.

This has very much been a DIY effort from writing the story, to putting together the simple cover, to self-publishing and on to self-marketing.  It has taken a little while, but I have finally received enough feedback that I no longer worry about having embarrassed myself with my first book.

I have never been able to contribute much to this community in a technical sense, but maybe I can provide the entertainment--although I fear that some of my less intelligent posts have already done that.  In any case, using the coupon code below you can download a free copy of my book from Smashwords in any number of e-book formats. While it's intended for the young reader, adults have found it entertaining. Indeed, below is some of their feedback.

Happy reading!


Coupon Code: QQ26W

Click HERE for book on Smashwords.

Reader feedback:

From Amazon -- 4 stars; "I mainly read to see how well the author did the drone technical details. He did a really good job explaining the workings of the model aircraft drone. I quite liked the book."

From Facebook -- "I read LITTLE EYE IN A BIG SKY and thoroughly enjoyed it! It would be well worth anyone with a young reader in the family to purchase. If the young reader in your family has a scientific bent they will really enjoy it. Has something for the mystery lover as well as a teenage friendship/crush story line. I plan to get it for my great-niece who loves to read and is 13."

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Comment by Rana on March 14, 2013 at 1:11am

Hi Paul ! Just downloaded the PDF version, its really nice but missing photos and diagrams etc.

Comment by Stephen Gloor on March 14, 2013 at 2:47am

I am glad that my comment was well received.  I actually did quite like it.

Comment by Paul Marsh on March 14, 2013 at 3:58am

@Rana--It probably could benefit from a diagram or two.  I actually like it when the occasional novel includes those.

@Stephen--I did indeed appreciate your comments, particular from one so well read (I was looking over some of your other book reviews).


Comment by Joshua Johnson on March 14, 2013 at 4:17am

I'll have to download it Paul! I have a young niece and nephew who I know would enjoy a new book for me to read to them.

Comment by Paul Marsh on March 14, 2013 at 4:51am

That's excellent, Joshua, thank you!  I hope they'll enjoy, and you as well.

Comment by Joshua Johnson on March 14, 2013 at 1:09pm

No Paul Thank you!  I'll let you know what "we" think. :) It's really nice to see all these Diydrones members giving back to the community.

Comment by Carl La France on March 14, 2013 at 6:49pm

Hi Paul I clicked into your book a bit was there any particular age group you were aiming for ?I likes the Quotes ."Christi's room was all girl" "Guilt so short never really knew it was there in the first place. 'Little Brain in the plane 3/.4 mile from home it was on it's own The odds of a container making it ?  Joshua has a point  From  what I have read so far  it would be a good "Bonding " Book for parents to read to children a bit each night  pausing to explain any unknown technical term or action all the time building on the underlying mystery . I will Read some more and I will get back to you . Have a Great day!

Comment by Joshua Johnson on March 14, 2013 at 7:15pm

@Carl La France- What I like is that it's a book I can enjoy and get something out of and also children will enjoy it while your teaching them something at the same time! *****5 Stars to Paul Marsh!

Comment by Paul Marsh on March 15, 2013 at 4:15am

@Carl--Thanks for your feedback.  You always wonder if there is a particular passage that people will enjoy, so it's great to hear when that happens.  I was targeting young boys in the early to mid-teen age group, although young girls with a technical bent might enjoy the story as well.  It's said that young people don't read too much, so something really rewarding would be to learn that a simple story like mine might encourage young people to read more.  Maybe it takes something not terribly complicated but a little interesting to accomplish that.

@Joshua--Thanks for your additional comments.  They are truly appreciated.


Comment by Carl La France on March 15, 2013 at 6:02am

Hi Paul  The reason I said and is  Refreshing to see. It is a good "Bonding Book " is because More and More computers ,video games,cell phones ,and Tv are being used as baby sitters in a young  child's developing years . by the time they are 9 most parent's can't communicate with them any more ? and the Awe and Wonder of child hood is Gone? Kids will soon be growing up not knowing how to write or  do math with a pen .by the time they are adolescents and striving for a need to be accepted  they join gangs and such.  When I was growing up most kids had Well? Nothing.  They were out doors  they were in streams chasing polly wogs catching snakes and frogs to take home and give mommy a fright  they took milk weeds apart and dandy lions to blow in the wind  they climbed all the known apple and cherry trees they went home sick from eating green apples they went fishing in in the local streams some times the pole was a stick with string wrapped around it and the hook a bent nail they dug for fishing worms and if they caught a fish they brought it home proud as hell  and ate it even if it was 3 inches long . They had no money and if they found a pop bottle they took it to the local store and cashed it in for penny candy. The girls did every thing the boys did some times better . There was a strong sense of community and adults did the best they could with what they had for themselves their family and their friends  With a book like yours parents

should make the effort shut the tv off bring the kids over to the couch (maby mom can make some popcorn?) and read to them , and they have to do it at a child's development when they are still asking questions ? I think it is a good book for girls as well as boys .By the time they go through puberty a child s focus changes and if they already haven't got information important to them out of a book they are not going to turn to a book for information. To show you how bad tec is getting.  I was in the mall the other day and there were 4 girls walking side by side talking to each other on their cell phones l will read some more and get back to you


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