Kindle Fire

A few days ago, Amazon announced its new Kindle Fire tablet.  It looks pretty amazing, especially for the price of $199.  I suppos the real test of how great a buy it is will be how easy it is to add content that doesn’t come from Amazon.  It only has 8g of storage vs. unlimited cloud storage for your Amazon purchases.

It’s all up-side for me though.  The more people who have Amazon ereaders, the more potential customers that are out there.  If you get yourself a new Kindle Fire, check out one of my books from the Kindle Store.  I think the cover of Blood Trade will look particularly good on this device with its black border.

Women of Power: Now Available at Smashwords and Amazon

Women of Power is finished!  It’s already up at Smashwords and should be up at Amazon’s Kindle store by the time you read this.  You can follow the links at the bottom of this post and purchase your own ebook edition for 99 cents.  It should be available at iBooks, B&N, Kobo, Diesel, and Sony within the next two weeks.


His Robot Wife at Amazon Kindle

His Robot Wife continues to sell well and I want to thank all the Kindle users out there who purchased it.  It is available at many fine ebook stores, including, for 99 cents.  As of this date, it has sold over 2500 copies and I couldn’t be more please.  I guess technically I could, say, if it sold 5000.  🙂

Five Star Review for His Robot Wife

The following review is from Amazon UK.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A really great little book!, 11 Mar 2011
By S. Horrigan (London) – See all my reviews

This review is from: His Robot Wife (Kindle Edition)
Mike Smith is a happily married, early retired, middle class ex-school teacher. The only unusual thing about him is that his wife Patience is a robot.

Told in a deceptively simple style this is a classic Asimov style robot story. It is not particularly long (it took me about two hours to read) but it does cover some very emotive issues about the rights of an artificial intelligence.

The character development of Patience is the key to this story. Starting as a very robotic robot, her discovery of her real self and her development as an individual rather than just being “His Robot Wife” are beautifully handled by the author. The story actually had me questioning my own opinions.

The Kindle presentation is perfect with no formatting or presentational errors that I could see. The cover picture is also included. The cover picture deserves a quick mention too – it is absolutely perfect for the book and is what first attracted my attention when browsing the Kindle science fiction section.

Overall 5 stars! The biggest compliment I can pay the author is that after finishing this book I immediately searched to see if he had written anything else. I found several other Kindle books by him and will definitely be reading some more of his work.

See the original here.

His Robot Wife – Now Available

His Robot Wife  — the long awaited sequel to His Robot Girlfriend is now available.

Five years ago, Mike Smith was an unhappy man living all alone. Then he purchased a Daffodil. Far more than regular robots, his Daffodil Patience, changed his life in ways that he had never thought possible. Now it is the year 2037, and Mike and Patience have been married for five years. Retired and enjoying life, Mike thought that all his troubles were behind him, but it seems as though they are creeping up again. California Proposition 22 proposes to define a person as a biological entity, thereby annulling marriages, like Mike’s and Patience’s, performed in other states. Battle lines have been drawn, at least as far as the proponents of the bill are concerned. Now Mike must muster his own support to defeat the measure. But there is more going on than just politics. Daffodil, the robot maker, is in the news again. Hardware issues are leaving robots across the globe unable to function. Is it only an antenna issue? Now Patience herself is behaving oddly. Is there something really wrong with her, or does she just need a software upgrade?

His Robot Wife is available for 99 cents at Smashwords or the Kindle Store.

Thanks to all the Post-Christmas Ebook Buyers

There was a mini-run on my books right after Christmas at both Amazon and Smashwords.  I won’t know until later if the same was true on Apple, B&N, Kobo, and the others.  Thanks to everyone who purchased one of my books.  Feel free to email me and let me know what you thought.

Mixed Reviews

I just got my feedback from the Amazon novel contest and it was a mixed bag.  Two reviewer gave me feedback on my excerpt.  There were some things they liked and some they didn’t (most of which I had already fixed in a later revision anyway), but one urged me to consult my dictionary (which I do on a daily basis).  She gave me two examples and one was true– I had mispelled a word into another word, one that I didn’t want to use.  The other example though showed that she should have used the dictionary.

It’s very hard to get a manuscript ready and people spend years and years going over theirs again and again to get it just right, sometimes hiring editors who argue over what to change.  So even though this whole episode puts me in kind of a funk, that doesn’t mean I won’t have another book ready for next year’s contest.  It’s going to be The Jungle Girl.

Amazon Breakthrough Novel- Round 2

The Amazon Breakthough Novel Contest has announced the novels that will advance to round two– 10,000 pared down to 2,000. The Voyage of the Minotaur has made the cut. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear where you can vote, because round two lets Amazon customers vote.

Random House on Amazon

Random House comments on Amazon Pricing


The American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute meeting was held today, and for the most part it wasn’t good news for Amazon. When the representative from Macmillan stood up he received a standing ovation from the crowd (mostly independent booksellers). David Young, chief executive of Hachette USA, also spoke and said he “saw only a bleak future at $9.99”. He also indicated that Hatchette would be adopting the agency model.

The only bright spot for Amazon, and Kindle owners, came from Madeline McIntosh, the President of Sales, Operations, and Digital for Random House. She pointed out that publishers “have no real experience at setting retail prices.” She also revelaed that one of the reasons Random House had not been party to the iBook Store at launch was because of the pricing issues.

In regards to delayed releasing of ebooks, McIntosh said, “Our current policy is we release e-books at the same time as physical books,” followed by “I haven’t been convinced that it’s good for the author or consumer to delay the release. My fear is that the consumer who has fully embraced the technology will buy another e-book that is available or lose interest altogether. What if I train the consumer that the best scenario is to get it free?”

Reprinted from Mobile Read Forums.