In typical Agatha Christie style, if its murder that you want then its murder you shall get, for D S Nelson’s “One For The Rook” is a book full of delights. Best described as a cosy crime thriller it has all the hallmarks of a classic Miss Marple Murder Mystery.
As a new author you obviously want to get as many people as possible to read your book. Given this goal, at first glance it may seem equally obvious that you want to sell your ebook on as many online ebook retailer sites as possible.
I’d like to explain why this is not necessarily the best response, and to add that my opinions are based on my own experiences.
To start with, unless you are blessed with a personal assistant, you will have to be the publicist for your own book. It’s a trade-off – each hour you spend promoting your book is an hour you spend away from writing your next book.
If I had come across this book on the shelf in the local bookshop I would probably not have bought it, and fter reading the synopsis on my Kindle it struck me that this was going to be another predictable story like so many others out there. However, it is in the Amazon top 300, which had to bode well! Having been asked to give it a review by Razberryjuice (which means a free read), I made a cup of tea, settled down and made a start…
Marked is the first book in the Two Halves series, and does a good job of setting the scene for the rest of series.
Its a very easy read, and with the emergence and popularity of fantasy/sci fi books, I am sure among the young adult readers it fits in very well with the prevailing trend. The book is a novella, which means it is shorter than a novel, but longer than a short story (110 pages in this case), and it does have the feeling, as you read it that you are reading a very long prologue! This is possibly a very clever move on the part of the author, as if you enjoy the novella and love the characters you will doubtless go back for more!
When I was given MH Sargent's book to review, I was initially sceptical, to be honest it really isn’t the kind of book I would normally pick. The story revolves about the kidnapping in Iraq of an American contractor, his subsequent death and the threats made by the kidnappers. The prologue sets the scene, as the man is beheaded and the footage beamed out across the web. After reading the prologue I was even less enthusiastic about reading the rest of the book BUT I am so glad I did, the story is fast paced enough that you don't dwell on any one single happening, the characters are very well defined and unlike far too many e-books available out there, MH Sargent can really write and the book is extremely well edited.
The Baby Trap made me laugh, made me cry, made me cringe and cross my legs! I loved it, I understood the subject, having lived much of it; but the author is able to still entertain you and ensure for every rueful tear there are more smiles to be had. You don't need to have been through infertility or that absolute need for a child to enjoy The Baby Trap, its well written, funny, poignant and clever enough to stand up as a novel on its own.