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After much redrafting and the usual problems with reformatting, I have at last uploaded a second ‘Gray’ story to Kindle. This time it’s a novel, Kimball’s Kiss, which deals with the beginning of Gray’s career. Readers of ‘How to get out of Tax’ will find here some of the history mentioned there.
Here’s the blurb:
“Kimball’s Kiss: a pretty name for a deathly planet. 1,200 years ago Aoan Sommerer, ‘the Youthful’, lost a battle and an empire and reputedly now lies hidden on Kimball’s Kiss, awaiting rescue. When Graham Bradley finds Aoan, they set out to win back the empire. With hardly any ships or personnel, conquest by force is beyond them, but they can seduce, drug or trick the people of the galaxy into accepting them.”
On Amazon.co.uk it’s at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kimballs-Kiss-Gray-ebook/dp/B0072Y2ZWS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1327959616&sr=8-2
And on Amazon.com it’s at: http://www.amazon.com/Kimballs-Kiss-Gray-ebook/dp/B0072Y2ZWS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1327959584&sr=8-2

I’ve put it on to Kindle at the minimum price I’m allowed to charge, and by way of celebration I’ve made Gray Matters free for three days, from 30 Jan. to 1 Feb. inclusive.

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One of the most important things that Kindle authors can do for each other is to write reviews of each other’s work – particularly books which don’t have sales rankings, and so are clearly in need of some encouragement. I’ve done a few of these recently. Problem: it does take a while to read a book properly!

When I start reading a book which hasn’t sold, it generally becomes obvious quite quickly why it hasn’t sold. The general problem is that it’s written in what I should probably call idiosyncratic English – but without any explanation at the beginning to point out that this is written in mid-western USA street language (for example). Kindle colleagues: a few words of introduction can save your readers a lot of confusion.

Meanwhile, a friendly reader is going through Gray Matters. He’s already found a typo that I and the spell-checker failed to pick up, so I’m very grateful. When he’s done, I have some re-writing to do.

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