Blow your kiss hello

Published by: John Taylor on 24th Sep 2012 | View all blogs by John Taylor
Seing as the author himself is reluctant to post this, here is a nice little spot to post your reviews and comments on Blow your kiss hello, the EXTRAORDINARILY addictive book by Andrew James.

Me, I'm halfway through... more when I finish the journey... 

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90 Comments

  • John Taylor
    by John Taylor 2 years ago
    ...and I blame Debi... for being a blooming good editor to a wonderfully talented writer.
  • Debi
    by Debi 2 years ago
    That's the way to do it! You've got the hang of this social networking lark, John. When the reviews start piling up, people can also use the little tabs at the bottom of the post to share it on FB and Twitter.
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    flippin' eck. You're all too lovely,
  • Debi
    by Debi 2 years ago
    You forgot to credit me for knowing how promo works and how to use social networking as a force for good, John. ;-)
  • John Taylor
    by John Taylor 2 years ago
    It's a new world out there, Debi...
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 2 years ago
    Here's my contribution...in chronological order...I get more coherent as I go on.... ;-)

    What I wrote on my Cloud status:
    I've just finished Blow Your Kiss Hello by our own Guero Davila (aka Andrew James) . Buy it. Read it. Can't say anything else right now. Too emotional.

    What I wrote on facebook:
    This is a brilliant book. Mind-blowing, unique, thought-provoking, edge-of-your-seat thrilling, heart-string-pulling....I've run out of cliches. Buy it. Read it. You'll never have read a book quite like it before. I'm not sure what to do with myself now that I've finished it.

    And what I wrote on Amazon:
    This book is like nothing I've ever read before. It's thrilling, heartbreaking, intriguing, mind-blowing. It's rock'n'roll and crime and love and guns and quantum physics. The story and the characters completely consumed me; my real life put on hold until I finished it. And now I'm at the end, I don't know what to do with myself. So much to think about and I wish I was back at the beginning. It's definitely one to read again and again.

    Back in a min with a copied/pasted version of the conversation Andrew and I have been having between our walls yesterday and today...
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 2 years ago
    Here's the conversation Andrew and I have been having about BYKH before Debi suggested moving it to a blog so everyone could join in the fun....

    by Skylark 1 day ago
    Just finished reading. Wow. Really. WOW! I'll pop an amazon review on when I've mopped up myself off the floor.

    by Andrew James 1 day ago
    May I pass you a towel? And thank you. So much

    by Skylark 22 hours ago
    No, thank you! I've read a lot of mediocre stuff in the last few months and it was so refreshing to get immersed in something so totally different and compelling. I've posted that amazon review now - I'm MB :-) Also, I shared on facebook and one of my friends is planning to recommend to her book group and another has bought it and my sister wants the paperback for Christmas (is that likely? Wasn't sure when you intended to launch the paper version...??). They were all hooked on the premise, as was I and I was not disappointed :-)

    by Andrew James 22 hours ago
    Can't tell you how glad I am that you enjoyed, but more, that you get it! BYKH isn't for everyone, I know. It's quite a personal story in some ways and...and... well, just thank you again. Paperback? Next on the list to get sorted. I'll know more within a fortnight & will keep you in the loop. And book 2 is a semi-sequel. Very different, but Peel's in it. And Bassett. And Jamie (Kokomo Records) Freeman, as a main character....

    by Skylark 22 hours ago
    Intriguing! I wait with baited breath for no.2 :-)

    by Andrew James 22 hours ago
    Might take a little while. But I'll give you a quick heads up: it's (being) written as 10 short stories ("Ten Tracks") that can be read individually, or as one whole novel. I might release the first one as a teaser before Xmas...

    by Skylark 1 hour ago
    Even more intrigued :-)

    by Andrew James 1 hour ago
    by what, by what??

    by Skylark 1 hour ago
    By what you posted on my wall about 'Ten Tracks' - just a long pause in our conversation last night because I went to bed before reading your last comment so I've only just caught up with it. I tell you though, you've really got me with BYKH. I can't stop thinking about it - I'm a bit of a sucker for parallel universe theories, it has to be said. Going to have to read it again because I think that now I know how it all ends, that might put a different slant on how I read some of it as it goes along, IYSWIM.

    by Andrew James 1 hour ago
    I am sooooo pleased. The 10 tracks thing is almost certainly going to be called 'Almost Over Now' (the initial trial story for which saw an outing on this very cloud a lifetime ago). released as 10 tracks rather than ten short stories because I want it to reflect where I think ebooks are going, i.e. more like an album - buy one story, two stories, or buy the whole novel (album). I love the idea that some characters come back and take over, but not Joe, or Thea. But it's all connected. And it'll be to do with 'that place between reality and what we don't understand'
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    this is like having your life flash before you... :-)
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 2 years ago
    So, Andrew, what I was going to say next:

    The idea of an 'album' of short stories is interesting. Is the idea that each story will be stand-alone but with common themes that tie them altogether? I'd definitely like to see more of some of the other characters, particularly Bassett. I liked him :-) I can see why Joe and Thea couldn't come back. Their story has been told. You have me totally hooked on 'The place between reality and what we don't understand'. It kind of fits with what I like writing, though my ghosts are proper dead people ghosts rather than Nearly Ghosts. But I like the idea that something like that could be real but it could be imagined and then playing around with that a bit, putting in just enough factual stuff so that by the end of the novel, you're still not 100% sure about what has happened and what has not and what to believe in. I don't want to say too much here because of spoilers but you had me guessing all the way through about the reality of the theories and how much was the manifestation of grief/longing.
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 2 years ago
    Crossed with you :-)
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 2 years ago
    So, did I buy bykh because of a social media campaign, did I buy it because a Cloudie wrote it, did I buy it because of the reviews, did I buy it because of what I read here, or did I buy it because GD (as was) does a mean limeric?

    You know what? I don't know either.
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 2 years ago
    Hooray, Alan's bought it :-D Enjoy!
  • Debi
    by Debi 2 years ago
    Oooh, I do love it when a plan comes together.

    Skylark, darlin' - what goes around, comes around. When you're published you can bet this is going to come back to - and for - you.

    Alan - I don't know either. But I do know it's a bloody amazing book or I wouldn't be putting this much effort into telling people they should read it. My own professional reputation demands I couldn't do what I'm doing if that wasn't the case.
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    hoorah, thanks Alan.

    Skylark: the stories will link together, but not obviously. Together they will form a novel. Some will be now, some will be now but from a different perspective, some will be past. The idea is that they contribute to each other, but in passing, not obviously. So for example, you think you understand Track 1, and you do, but as you go through, you get more from it through other stories that help to contextualise things.

    There will be a real ghost. But does that make him/her different from everyone else? And what's real? What's imaginary? What's possible? Only the 'currently discovered'. It will still play with concepts of 'reality'. Oh, and it's a bit political, too!
  • Debi
    by Debi 2 years ago
    Can't wait to see it! It sounds every bit as mind-bending as BYKH.
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    Debi, we crossed. Just thanks. Thanks.
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    Debi, Track 1's almost finished. Am planning to run it past you first. Then might release as a short
  • Debi
    by Debi 2 years ago
    We'll talk. ;-)
  • John Taylor
    by John Taylor 2 years ago
    The ten track idea is a fascinating one, Andrew. And maybe Skylark will now understand why I have been raving on about her book for so long: specifically because you both enter that field of the sometimes tortured relationship between reality and understanding. The fact that Skylark manages it in a children's book is even more extraordinary.
    Related to the ten tracks idea, my original concept for The Blackbird Effect was to write a number of independent novels with an overlapping set of characters. With a following wind, it might still happen. And just this year, when I finally got to read the wholly wonderful 'Trading Tatiana,' I discovered that one D. Alper had got to that concept before me!
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    'Cause you an' me baby ain't nuthin' but mammals...'

    Or something. This isn't what you meant by a BYKH blog, huh?! x
  • Caducean Whisks
    by Caducean Whisks 2 years ago
    Andy, before you muck about with Number Two, can you please knock out Number One as a paperback? Some of us like to do our pleasure reading cosy in bed and not sitting on a hard chair in front of a computer, wishing we were horizontal.
    Egads, how long does it take to run it through Lulu?
    Get on with it, boy. Your public awaits.
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    John, I'm waiting for Skylark to tempt me. For tempt me she surely shall!

    And nothing's new. It's all in the way you tell it! I love different books that weave between the same characters, sometimes headliners, other times bit parters...like a literary rep company. (Yes, very Bret Easton Ellis influenced)
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 2 years ago
    Aaaah, I've got Trading Tatiana on my bedside table....and I've got a book-shaped hole (chasm!) to fill.....

    Andrew, I can't wait to read it, I really can't. I'm first in the queue in my sleeping bag already.

    And Debi, thanks for the 'when' rather than 'if' - I can but hope.... :-D
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    Whisks, won't be long. Have been making inroads into that venture today, actually, But the next week or so is a bit chocka with a possibly soon to be new day job. Gissa break, and before you know it, paperbacks will be available. And T-shirts. 2 T-shirts.
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 2 years ago
    Crossed with you, Andrew. I'm at the mercy of an agent and a publisher at the mo......what I do next depends very much on the feedback from both or either of those.....
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    Skylark: so no pressure then ;-)

    Book 2's a long way from being finished in its entirety. But it's rough-plotted. And part 1's so close to being done that it might be out pre Xmas. As will the paperback of BYKH
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 2 years ago
    No pressure :-) Just an impatient fan ;-) I can live with a part 1 teaser by Xmas....And my sister's requested a paper copy of BYKH for xmas so that's her pressie sorted :-)
  • MinxieAD
    by MinxieAD 2 years ago
    I could have done without this... Gawd... What to do!

    I'm half way through Harlan Coben's The Wood - which is my current bedtime story... Nobody tell Alan but a friend has let me borrow Fifty Shades of Grey, which I have been ploughing through during the day... (I know but it has to be done.)

    And I have Blow Your Kiss Hello waiting... I may have to read it first as I don't want the stories to get confused - although it could make for an interesting review...

    Whilst recommending Cloudie books - I've also read Stephen's Hawaii Five High and Wrath's Wormybrain Stinkfoot which is a compilation of 8 shorts which, although I'd already read, I enjoyed reading again!
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    Ha, ok point taken. I'll get on with it. Very happy with the paper examples I saw today so think I know the printers to use. And have discussed covers with artist already, both for the whole of book 2 and the shorts that will precede it...
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 2 years ago
    Is that the same artist that did this cover? Love it - and love it even more now I've read the book :-)
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 2 years ago
    And, just because I'm curious, did the artist read the book before painting the cover picture or did you give him a brief for what you were looking for?
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    Skylark, yes to Q 1. And to Q 2, I knew Paul (www.paullemmon.co.uk) and loved his work. I had an idea for how his pictures would work as a cover and I approached him with it. Thankfully he was as enthusiastic as I was and agreed to design the cover. We ended up adapting a completed piece because it worked. A lot of his paintings make me think of Thea! Our plan is for him to provide me with a series of covers so that our work become synonymous with each others...
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    oh, and as to him reading it - as far as I know he hasn't finished it yet!
  • John Taylor
    by John Taylor 2 years ago
    Even more interesting... Artist and writer together. My sister and I have talked about collaboration. She is a fairly uncompromising 'modern' artist, and so how that would work remains fluid, and we're both far too busy anyway, but it is a dream...
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 2 years ago
    Great idea - trying to think if there are any other author/artist collaborations but can only think of children's fiction.... julia donaldson/axel scheffler, roald dahl/quentin blake etc.

    Off to bed now....needs some zeds before its school run time again. Thanks for the chat! :-)
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    Guys, I'm off to bed, Thank you, Debi, for initiating this and thank you John for picking it up and making it happen. And Skylark, for being so vociferous in your praise for BYKH. I'm delighted and flattered beyond reason.

    More than happy to do more Q & A etc. another time. I'm proud of BYKH, but more than that I'm so pleased it's finding a satisfied readership. Thea would be delighted that people are looking out for her.
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    Oh, and Skylark - one final thought: Phelan/Whelan...not necessarily!
  • mike
    by mike 2 years ago
    Will buy paperback when it comes. I do not have a kindle and my computer does not allow dowloads - too old. I have a problem in that the waterboard has presented me with a £6000 bill. I am water metered and the bill should be well under £100. I have rung twice and been told not to worry. Well! If I don't have to pay this bill I might buy a new computer. Somebody is coming to look in a few weeks.
  • Wendy
    by Wendy 2 years ago
    Downloaded the sample and read only the very first bit before Nov 1651 and I'm out of breath and my heart is racing. Must get back to work now, but I think it is going to be a fantastic read. May give me a heart attack, but I think it'll be worth it! Thanks for the downloading tips Andrew x
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 2 years ago
    "Oh, and Skylark - one final thought: Phelan/Whelan...not necessarily!"

    EH? Are you hinting at a plot twist?!! You know, that's really not fair Mr I've-not-yet-finished-book-2! :-P

    And you're welcome - I would be shouting this loud if I didn't mean it. And it just keeps developing - wonderings about theories and characters and possibilities.... this is a story I won't be forgetting.
  • John Taylor
    by John Taylor 2 years ago
    I'm on 'page 50-something-per-cent' (for the uninitiated, Kindle doesn't do pages with numbers) and my brain is buzzing with theories and counter theories. Early night with Kindle tonight - I may not be sociable for the next day or two...
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 2 years ago
    Sorry, Skylark - just a tiny tease re book 2.

    See you when you come out of your bunker - hopefully sanity intact. I'm off to see Will Self reading from Umbrella shortly - my sanity might be stretched too, such is the size of the man's brain!
  • John Taylor
    by John Taylor 1 year ago
    After an enforced break, I have finished BYKH. This is my Amazon review, and I mean every word!

    Blow Your Kiss Hello - where to begin? Simply, Andrew James has a way with words. He shapes them, pours them, bends time with them, and makes sentences do things they have no right to do. He is a master of pace, rhythm and colour, but also of space and breathing. This simply doesn't read like a first novel - it must have been waiting and maturing, like a good wine.
    Blow Your Kiss Hello moves with its own rhythm, and whether at a mad surge or a gentle flow, the story never stopped drawing me on.
    Ah yes, the story - I haven't mentioned that, have I? This is a book to read without preconceptions - I wouldn't dare spoil another reader's fun. My only disappointment? It ended.
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    I've thanked John on Twitter. Re-reading this, mere thanks isn't enough. That you liked the story is wonderful. That you liked the way it was written means everything.
  • MarkR
    by MarkR 1 year ago
    22% in and very intrigued, very absorbed. Good pace, great tension, many fags!
    Enjoying hugely and ignoring discussion above for fear of spoilers 8-)
  • MarkR
    by MarkR 1 year ago
    Blow Your Kiss Hello by Andrew James is brilliant - a fabulous construction with fast pace, strong characters, mystery and intrigue. It seemed to have books within the book - layers of plot, style and lots to make me think as I read and afterwards. Literary rock n roll is so hard to get right - this hit precisely the spot and then added in a crime masterclass and an aching sense of loss that ripped my guts out. Gold Stars - many of them.
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    Mark: mere thanks are not enough. So glad you enjoyed it, and that you saw fit to spread the word so enthusiastically and eloquently. Thank you (he said, inadequately)
  • MarkR
    by MarkR 1 year ago
    Andrew - you don't write anything inadequately 8-)
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    Thanks again, Mark. Hope your guts are feeling better... :-)
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    Some of you have been kind enough to ask when BYKH will be out in physical form, so this is to keep you up to speed. Yesterday, after many revisions, tweaks, unforeseen events and frustrations, the files went to the printers. I should see a book proof by the end of next week. Thereafter, it's five days or so before copies can be ordered. It won't hit the shops until the New Year, but I shall be pushing it quite hard to five or six retailers in January.

    This means that it's possible that copies will be available in time for Christmas if you don't mind dealing through me. If this possibility becomes reality and you live in London, I could deliver copies as required. If not, a small postage charge may apply, or hang on until Jan.

    It's been a slower process than I"d hoped for, but I think the finished product and the distribution channels I now I have access to (Bertrams, Gardners, etc., for those in the know) will make the book as good as anything from a mainstream publisher, so ultimately worth it.

    Thanks again for your support.
    AJ
  • Debi
    by Debi 1 year ago
    Hooray! Me! Me! I'd like 4 copies please. 3 for the (long past) birthday pressies I've been promising friends and one for me.

    Congrats, Andrew. Exciting times.
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    Then 4 shall be yours from the first order! Hand delivered in all likelihood x
  • John Taylor
    by John Taylor 1 year ago
    Wheee! Three copies for me - will pay postage.
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    woo-hoo! Thank you, John!
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 1 year ago
    Me! Me! Me! I need two for now - one for ME and one for an xmas pressie - I'll pay postage. May well order more in the new year for birthdays coming up.... So exciting! :-)
  • LinsP
    by LinsP 1 year ago
    I'd like 2 copies please, let me know cover price and postage costs to Bristol :) will PM my address when you have the goods! How exciting!
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    Skylark, LinsP, thank you, thank you. So hope I can do this in time for Christmas! It's in the hands of the printer, now and everything moves slower than I want it to, but it SHOULD be ok... LinsP it's £7.99 plus whatever it costs me to post them. Personally, I can't wait to to see the proof! The covers similar to the ebook, but adapted to fit in the very nice quote from (Florence & Giles) author John Harding on the front cover...
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 1 year ago
    A copy for me too, please! (I am going to wrap it up for myself as a 'secret santa'!!) Will gladly pay postage...
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    Excellent, Squidge, thank you. Feel like i should be calling 'roll up, roll up...'!

    Anyone want their copy(ies) signed? ;-)
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 1 year ago
    Signed - of course! Then, in years to come, there'll be a whole load of cloudies clutching priceless copies of first editions...but we'd never sell!!
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    I like the idea of a 'whole load'... :-) Signed it shall be!
  • Old Fat Prop
    by Old Fat Prop 1 year ago
    I'll have one please. I'll sort PayPal and delivery with you when I get back to proper technology...
    Would like a signed and sentimented one please. One with something reflective of our unique perspectives written so you will be embarrassed and try to buy it back when yer famous... your book in print.... What's that like when you first see it?
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 1 year ago
    Yes, signed please! My other one is for my sister and she's got a birthday mid-Jan so no worries if it doesn't quite get there for Xmas as I can make it her birthday present instead :-)
  • John Taylor
    by John Taylor 1 year ago
    Signed please - you'll be out buying new pens soon! Mine are for family members and don't need a Christmas deadline. :-)
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    Thank you all, but Prop... This might be fun
  • Old Fat Prop
    by Old Fat Prop 1 year ago
    "by Andrew James 8 hours ago
    Thank you all, but Prop... This might be fun"..... Perfect... write that in mine, please...


    Just a thought and writing out loud here.... I remember you blogging about the technical and marketing side of things before and I was fascinated. Would you not be better served by pushing all of the above sales through amazon or something and thus creating a market presence and a bit of momentum as well as some history of recommendations?

    If we all buy it direct from you, you will end up with 100% margin which is great but if your web presence shows 62 reviews and recs and only 3 sales then it would look fishy to me... I have read that momentum sells...

    Just a thought. but then, of course, getting is signed would be the issue then... ~Perhaps a codicil on the recs about buying it at a book signing from you or something like that might be required.


    Ponder and advise please.

    Prop
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    Hi Prop. The few I'm planning to sell 'direct' here is simply because a few people said to me they wanted copies for Xmas presents etc and I'm hoping to oblige. It's taken far longer to get into print than I anticipated (mainly due to the trials of getting the thing formatted by a designer who wasn't the quickest - 11 proofs) and I'm not worried about sales rankings yet. That will come in the new year - the print company I'm using also (for a modest fee) includes the book in its catalogue which in turn means it gets distribution through all major book distributors worldwide. Thus if I get some momentum behind it in the coming months, retailers (all book retailers) will be able to order it in the way they do any other book, making its 'self-published' self indistinguishable from mainstream titles. I'm going to be taking some promo copies to a few stores in Jan (bookshops I know, bookshops in locations referenced in the book) and I'm hoping this will encourage them to agree to order it and stock it. Plus one or two of the stores I'm thinking of have a good relationship with the author whose gracious comment appears on the front cover (with permission) and I hope this will help too. Small beginnings and all that, but all in all easier to bring to market than the ebook. Which, by the way, has sold more than the small number of reviews on Amazon. Hope this helps.
  • Old Fat Prop
    by Old Fat Prop 1 year ago
    It does explain your strategy and well done on the e side of things. As I am still pre-kindle, I haven't looked.

    As many of us are a year or so behind you in this endeavour, it would be great if you could diary or blog your progress, successes and pitfalls, (11 proofs!) for us lesser gifted. You started one a while back but this one seems to have overtaken it.

    Obviously, time is an issue for you at this stage but as your marketing/publishing plans seems to me to be the closest fit with my own and probably several others' ambitions and limitations, we/I would find it useful.

    Perhaps even another book 'Writing,Editing, Marketing, and Self Publishing in Today's Multimedia Bookstore...blah blah blah".

    From what I have been able to establish, one book is the best advert for another one. If people like what they read, they will immediately want to buy another one by the same author. If nothing is there in the market for them to buy, then that opportunity is lost forever. With that in mind, I am hoping to get my book thing and several short anthologies all ready to go by next summer. E book and on demand paperbacks.

    One problem with bringing to market all of my crap in one hit is that I will not learn from any mistakes as they will happen across the board.

    Fascinating stuff
  • John Taylor
    by John Taylor 1 year ago
    For another marketing option - which worked on me, and I'm not one to buy on impulse - have a look at the trailer for 'Sweet Home', linked to my blog of the same name. I wasn't a fan of book trailers until I saw this accidentally, bought the book and loved it.
  • LinsP
    by LinsP 1 year ago
    Signed for me too please! Let me know how best to pay, I am happy to do bank transfer, cheque, magic beans, whatever.
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 1 year ago
    Good blog this. In time the comments become the blog, as we all know. First off I shall pay AJ the compliment of treating him like an author. I purchased the Kindle version some time ago, read it and liked it very much. So, I have no need to buy another copy. A good book, if you haven't read it, I recommend it.
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    Thanks all. And Prop, I've created a blog to...well, to say some stuff about the process (I just stopped myself from typing 'journey').
  • Jen
    by Jen 1 year ago
    Dear Santa. I know I haven't been a very good girl this year but PLEASE can I have a Kindle so I can read this rather fine book by a fellow Cloudie...

    Andrew, I will have to wait and see if my wish is granted but until then can you post and let us know when it's out in paperback? Where is the blog - I'd like to read that too. And congrats - you have acomplished something quite amazing by the responses from 'the gang' on here! x
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    Thank you, Jen. I'm sure you've been good enough for a paperback ;-) As above, hopefully in time for Christmas. I've just heard that the printers have put a proof in the post to me today, so assuming all's well, should be able to press the print button for real within a week or so. As to the blog - it's under, um, blogs. On this very site. Happy reading
  • Jen
    by Jen 1 year ago
    Gottya. Will go to blogs and hunt it out. I'll get the paperback when it comes out. I really don't think I'll get a Kindle this year (apparently something to do with lack of housework....)
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    Housework's overrated. As are Kindles. They're crap in the bath, for a start.
  • Jen
    by Jen 1 year ago
    If the truth be told I can't have a kindle. It feels so strange to hold a computor instead of a book (I've only held one in a shop.. bit like holding a strangers baby, maybe your own kindle would feel like your own kindle, but I got the general impression). Where is the smell and the weight and the texture of the pages? And thank you Andrew for agreeing with me. Housework is a waste of time. Rat infested dirty kitchens are the way forward....
  • AlanP
    by AlanP 1 year ago
    I have a Kindle and have no bath issues, I generally shower.

    Seriously, I love paper books too but if you get a case for your Kindle then it feels a bit like a book. Except it's not so easy to flip back a couple of pages to check something. And it takes up a lot less space than 50 paperbacks.
  • Jen
    by Jen 1 year ago
    Alan. You crack me up! you are so funny :) I am pleased you have no Kindle bath issues. That was a sticking point for me... I will think again in light of this new information. And back to you Andrew - congrats on your amazing book!
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    yes, yes, back to me. It's all about me.


    *not really*
  • Jen
    by Jen 1 year ago
    You are also funny AJ.

    *no really, you are*
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    "I'm here all week..."
  • Andrew James
    by Andrew James 1 year ago
    A quick heads up for those who have said they want a copy (or in some cases several copies) of Blow Your Kiss Hello. The files are at the printers: delivery to me anticipated mid next week; although Christmas could scupper that. As soon as I get notice that copies are on their way I'll message each of you individually with details... Many thanks for your continued support... AJ
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 1 year ago
    Wheeeeeee! :-)
  • Barry Walsh
    by Barry Walsh 1 year ago
    Just finished Andy's Blow Your Kiss Hello. It's a marvellously original story, told by a genuine word master. I've read one and given up on two main-stream published novels recently and they don't come close to being as good as BYKH. Thankfully, by self publishing, Andy has put a fine and deserving novel out there and, hopefully, it will now get the attention and acclaim it deserves - not least from those myopic publishing houses.
  • Squidge
    by Squidge 1 year ago
    I finished BYKH this morning...could not put it down. Great story, with an urgency that runs through the book until the final climactic moment. Amazing. Love the language - how everyday actions become beautiful and almost poetic because of how Andrew writes. Very different to anything I've ever read, but stunningly good.
  • John Taylor
    by John Taylor 1 year ago
    Just opened a parcel. Three copies of Blow Your Kiss Hello. Very excited - now I can read it again on real paper. Thank you all over again, Andy!
  • Skylark
    by Skylark 1 year ago
    Barry/Squidge - yes! Exactly! Me too! Now I'm just waiting for my parcel to arrive so I can read it all over again in paperback ....John's posties are clearly more efficient than mine.... :-)
  • SecretSpi
    by SecretSpi 1 year ago
    Better late than never, that's me. Here's the review of BYKH I put on amazon:

    EINSTEIN A GO-GO

    When I first started reading “Blow your kiss hello” I wondered if I was going to be getting into something over-intellectual or impenetrable. I needn’t have worried. The story kicked-in quickly and I was soon immersed in a strikingly original but highly readable book.

    Like a favourite rock album, this story has a pulsating, driving beat interspersed with beautiful, other-worldly ballads. The book has that rare quality of seeming to be alive, drawing you into its world, its mysteries and its strange energy. The stylised writing – employing much repetition, playing with opposites and the rhythm of the words – may not be everyone’s shot of Jack Daniels, but this could never be described as a vanilla book. There are enough of those around already.

    The portrayal of a man drawn into the deep anguish of helplessness – though not hopelessness – as he searches beyond the boundaries of the “here and now” for his missing girlfriend is excellent. The metaphysical questions raised in the story are fascinating – and spark off all manner of “what if?” questions.

    My personal feeling about the historical threads in the story is that they were introduced rather too late and so distracted rather than involved, which seemed a shame, but I appreciate it’s difficult to get the structure of a multi-layered story like this right for every reader.

    I don’t think it’s any secret that this book doesn’t come from one of the major publishers, and I’d like to comment on the overall quality, not just of the writing itself, but of the presentation, which in my view could put many of the “big publishers” to shame.
  • John Taylor
    by John Taylor 1 year ago
    That feeling of a favourite rock album nails it for me, Spi. This is prose I love to come back to and read again – it IS my shot of Jack Daniels! Again, where you say helplessness but not hopelessness, I think hope is in many ways the motor that drives the story along, and leads into questions and yet more questions. The narrative is open enough to accept all sorts of interpretations and yet visceral enough to keep the reader glued to the present experience of the protagonist.
    I would also agree about the presentation, and I love the cover painting.
    If you haven't read BYKH and come across this thread – read it!
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