Kent Barker

Smashwords Interview

What is your e-reading device of choice?
It's always been the iPad. I've tried various Kindles but always found them pretty user-unfriendly. Generally I think the whole e-book sector is a disaster. Surely the various manufacturers and publishers could have agreed on one standard format. They managed it with the internet!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Effective!!! None. I do get occasional sales through Amazon, but by and large it's word of mouth. And occasionally I dress up as a smuggler and give talks at pubs and clubs and try to flog a few books of the back of that.
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Revolution! Cuba '58
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 111,630. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Nonfiction » History » Caribbean & West Indies / Cuba
The Cuban Revolution seen through the eyes of a young English traveller who works for Mafia bosses in Havana's casinos before joining Che Guevara and Castro's rebels fighting in the mountains. A novel, a thriller and a historical romance set against the dramatic backdrop of an impoverished Caribbean island in the throes of revolution. Sun, sea, sex, salsa - and guns!
The Smuggling Life of Gabriel Tomkins
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 14,590. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2011. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography
Gabriel Tomkins was a smuggler … and a customs officer! This is his extraordinary story spanning the first half of the 18th century in which he rode with the notorious Hawkhurst gang, led the Mayfield smugglers, was shot, arrested, jailed, transported and finally hanged in Bedford in 1750.

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18th century    1958    brandy    che guevara    cuba    customs    hawkhurst gang    kent    meyer lansky    revenue    revolution    smuggler    smuggling    sussex    tea   

Smashwords book reviews by Kent Barker

  • Father Thames on June 05, 2012
    (no rating)
    This is another excellent work from Roger Williams. It's the second of his volumes of 'shorts' Not exactly short stories, more brief episodes. For me Father Thames works better than the earlier Hotel Bristol - itself well worth a read - in that the history of London's River provides a broader canvass for him than the various Hotels named Bristol around the world. As you'd expect from Roger, Father Thames is meticulously researched and is packed with fascinating historical detail. As he says: "For centuries invaders, migrants, royalty and refugees have travelled ....up Britain's liquid highway" and this is their story ... in fact 20 stories spanning the years from 500 AD up to the present day. My only (very mild) criticism is that I could have done with a little bit more on the characters themselves and a little bit less of the historical context. But that is surely a fault in the right direction. If this encourages you to read Roger's marvelous full length works "Burning Barcelona" and his undoubted masterpiece "Lunch with Elizabeth David" then it will have done great service. Personally I prefer his novels, and am eagerly awaiting the next one. In the meantime Father Thames will remain a favourite companion to return to again and again.