In case you've been intrigued by the history behind A Gift for the Sultan, this page is for you.
Inspired by the Shelfari/Amazon system of "book extras", available to anyone who has purchased the book for Kindle, I've put background material (including historical tidbits) on my own website, available to everybody — including those of you who have not yet purchased the book. You can find it here: Sultan
And here is mostly the same information on Shelfari.
More news: The Turkish translation has now been completed, and the Turkish edition of this novel is scheduled for presentation by the publisher, Nokta, at the Tüyap International Book Fair in Istanbul in November.