Thursday, March 26, 2015

Is it Worth a 2nd Chance?



2nd Chance is the second novel in the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson with Andrew Gross.  I liked the first one and wanted to see what I thought about the second one in the series.  Does it make the series worth continuing?

Synopsis:

Lindsay is enjoying some time off when she gets the call about a shooting in a San Francisco neighborhood.  She has received a promotion since we last met her in First to Die.  The clues eventually lead to the main suspect of Chimera.   Who is he?  Will Lindsay be able to find him in time?  Call in the Women’s Murder Club of Jill, Cindy, and Claire.  Can they help Lindsay piece together case before more bodies show up?

My Thoughts: 

Was it worth it?  Yes, I enjoyed the story.  I happened to listen to it.   The story was narrated by actors Melissa Leo and Jeremy Piven.  I haven’t been a fan of their work on the screen, but thoroughly enjoyed their performance in this audiobook.  There is even a special note by the author James Patterson.  

One question I always ask myself is can males write female characters well?  I found the James Patterson and Andrew Gross’s portrayal of the club convincing?  The answer is yes but I would not call it chick lit.  The genre is thriller.    I didn’t find the story so thrilling that I needed to pullover, but I did want to know what would happen next.  I wonder what the direction the series will take in the next book?

Rating: 

4/5

Please visit James Patterson on his Facebook page, Twitter, and his Website.

Please visit Andrew Gross on his Facebook page, Twitter, and his Website.    You can also visit Melissa Leo on her  Twitter  page.   Jeremy Piven on his Facebook page,  and Twitter.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

ComicCons


Next week I start my 2015 season of attending ComicCons and Fan Expos to promote my books so I thought it would be a good idea to write something about my experiences with those as the topic for this guest post.

First of all, ComicCons and Fan Expos are an amazing place to make some personal contact with a lot of different people who don't yet realise that they are fans of your books. Particularly at the bigger events with high attendance the number of potential fans out there who have no idea who you are is quite large. And having the chance to chat with them and tell them all about your books is a great and rewarding opportunity. I always look forward to meeting people and seeing their reactions to the different book series that I have written. This "instant feedback" is also incredibly valuable for me in terms of the books I write in the future as well.

Generally speaking these events will offer two types of booths or tables: the larger (and more expensive) corporate booths and smaller spaces in the so-called "Artist Alley" areas. Both of these are good options and going for the smaller/cheaper option generally won't affect the numbers of people you will have the opportunity to meet. The Artist Alley areas are just as well trafficked as the main booth areas.

That said, however, don't expect to make much money, if any at all. I've read of independent authors with only a single book out claiming to sell "a hundred books a day or more" at these events, but if you ask me the math just doesn't add up. The days are generally never longer than nine hours. One hundred books in nine hours means you have to sell one book every five and a half minutes. And take it from me... if someone does buy your book, you've already chatted with them for at least few minutes already, plus the time it takes to exchange money and sign their book (most people want their book signed, of course, so make sure to think ahead of time of some interesting things to write). Even with someone helping you a hundred books a day seems unlikely. Fifty per day is probably a more realistic goal, and even that would require an event with very high attendance.

But for an author attending these types of events you probably shouldn't view it as a chance to make money, but rather as a chance to meet potential fans and maybe sell a few books too. And in this respect these events are incredibly rewarding.

Oh... and best of all? Exhibitor Access. When you have a booth or table at these events you a booth or table at these events you automatically have what amounts to VIP access to the entire event. And anyone who's been to a ComicCon can tell you that they are just really a lot of fun.  Even if you don't sell a single book.  (Which I can hardly imagine possible – so don't worry...)


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Great Companion!



Earlier I shared the book Becoming Myself by Stasi Eldredge, and now I am sharing about the eight session study guide.  This book is the companion and study guide to the material mentioned previously.  Now it is time to apply what you have learned!

Synopsis:

There are eight sessions that correspond to the chapters in the book.  There are instructions at the beginning of the sessions to let you know which chapters in the book to follow.  She asks questions included with scripture.  Ultimately asking how this impacts you?  Your relationship with God?  How do we move forward?

My Thoughts: 

I love bible studies that create great stimulating challenge for us readers.   I feel sometimes that I was spoiled by the homework from Beth Moore.  Stasi has less homework so if you aren’t a fan of lots of work then this study guide is for you!   
I think the study has a great structure and explores the topic well!  I am becoming a fan of Stasi’s writing which I have heard about for years, but never read.  I look forward to her next book!

Rating: 

4.5/5

Please visit Stasi on her Facebook page, Twitter, and Her Website.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is the thrilling first installment in a new young adult series of adventure mystery stories by Iain Reading.




This first book of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series introduces Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot with her own De Havilland Beaver seaplane and a nose for mystery and intrigue. A cross between Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, Kitty is a quirky young heroine with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations. 

After leaving her home in the western Canadian fishing village of Tofino to spend the summer in Alaska studying humpback whales, Kitty finds herself caught up in an unforgettable adventure involving stolen gold, devious criminals, ghostly shipwrecks, and bone-chilling curses. Kitty's adventure begins with the lingering mystery of a sunken ship called the Clara Nevada. As the plot continues to unfold, this spirited story will have readers anxiously following every twist and turn as they are swept along through the history of the Klondike Gold Rush to a suspenseful final climatic chase across the rugged terrain of Canada's Yukon.

Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold is a perfect book to fire the imagination of readers of all ages. Filled with fascinating and highly Google-able locations and history this book will inspire anyone to learn and experience more for themselves. 

There are currently five books in the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series: Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold (book 1), Kitty Hawk and the Hunt for Hemingway's Ghost (book 2), Kitty Hawk and the Icelandic Intrigue (book 3), and Kitty Hawk and the Tragedy of the RMS Titanic (book 4), and Kitty Hawk and the Mystery of the Masterpieces (book 5). Each book can be read as a standalone.

“In the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series the heroine finds herself in a new geographic location in each book. The series will eventually have a total of 13 books in it (maybe more) and her flight around the world will be completed in the end,” says Iain. “The books are sequential but one could definitely read any of the later ones before reading the earlier ones.”

For more information, go to his website.  
About the Author:

Iain Reading is passionate about Root Beer, music, and writing. He is Canadian, but currently resides in the Netherlands working for the United Nations.

Iain is the author of the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency Series, The Wizards of Waterfire Series, and the dragon of the month club. To learn more, go to Amazon
Connect with Iain on Twitter and Goodreads.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Are You Ready for More Wicked Business?



It is time for another adventure with Lizzy, Diesel, Carl, and Glo.  What fun could Janet have cooked up for this group in Wicked Business?  I’m ready are you?

Synopsis: 

Lizzy continues her work at the bakery with Glo running the front of the store.  Then one night a murder takes place and Lizzy and Diesel must check it out.  The office says that there is a connection between the murder and one of the saligia stones.  As they investigate the stone reveals itself as a lust stone.  A book of sonnets is the first clue, but it falls into the custody of Wolf.  So what will become Lizzy and Diesel’s strategy to get to the stone back and find the tablet?  Glo wants to help and provides some entertainment as she attempts spells and dates.

My Thoughts: 

I was ready for the second adventure hoping that I would like it more than the first.  I don’t think that I am a fan of the Lizzy and Diesel series.   I am still a fan of Janet’s writing just not this series.  For those who read a great deal sometimes there is a part of that author’s work that is not your favorite. 

The plot was enjoyable!  I also found it mildly entertaining!  Lorelai King did an excellent job of narrating this story.  I am a fan of Lorelai’s work and look forward to hearing her again in the future!

The next book in the Lizzy and Diesel series is Wicked Charms.

Rating: 

3.5/5

Please visit Janet Evanovich on her Facebook page, Twitter, and her Website.