This Lemonade is Making Me Crazy!

I am reading an historical novel by an author I’ve never read before for which I paid 99¢ and downloaded to my Kindle. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, but I’ve read a fair amount. The story takes place in 1868, after the U.S. Civil War but before…

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Picky Reader – 24

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  My daughter bugged me and bugged and bugged me to read this book until finally I relented and bought the Kindle version and read it months later.  Is it as good as my widely read, discriminating daughter insisted it was?  Yes.  Not only is…

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What Do Readers Want?

A recent meeting with a marketing expert goes something like this: HER:  What do you feel is most important when it comes to content on your web site? Me:  (Mental response) I don’t know. Me:  (Verbal response)  Whatever will draw more readers to it and encourage them to buy my…

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Picky Reader – 23

Missing by Sharon Sala.  This book will keep you going.  It’s fairly action-packed with some unique twists and an interesting plot.  Yes, there’s a love story, but there are lots of bumps in the road getting there. Ruthless by Anne Stuart.  Anne Stuart’s books are consistently very good stories and extremely…

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Picky Reader Reads Non-Fiction – 1

I rarely read non-fiction for a couple of reasons.  First and foremost it takes me a long time to read a non-fiction book.  I can generally only manage a few pages a sitting which my pea brain must then absorb before I can go back and try to glean some…

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Picky Reader – 22

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming  by Joshilyn Jackson.  I read Gods in Alabama by this author a year or so ago.  Jackson is a subtle writer and writes with a haunting lyricism.  She never comes at you directly, never spells it out for you.  Evidently, she has enough respect for…

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Avid Reader Interview – Danielle

Today I am starting a new blog interview series featuring avid fiction readers.  Danielle agreed to be my guinea pig and aid my research in finding an answer to the question “What do readers want?” Tell me what immediately comes to mind when I ask what is your favorite book…

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What If It Fails?

Last week I began a grand experiment.  I self-published my book, Not Quite Heaven in digital format, offering it for sale on Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and in the iBookstore.  After years of pooh-poohing self-publishing, suddenly it seemed like a very appealing idea.  Why? Because I kept hearing from other authors that by…

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Picky Reader – 21

Hidden by Shelley Shepard Gray.  I think I’m noticing another trend in the “inspirational” novels I’ve read.  Not enough set-up.  Whether this is an editing or an author issue, I can’t say.  All I know is the heroine’s motivation seems weak at best much too often.  In this particular book,…

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