Welcome to the Friday Five Challenge
Rosie Amber’s Friday Five challenge only takes five minutes, so grab a cuppa and join in!
In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions on small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?
AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?
The Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….
1) Go to any online book supplier,
2) Randomly choose a category,
3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book,
5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,
6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
This week I’ve been determined to get started on my next novel – see this blog post, so as I’ve been immersing myself in art and painting, I decided to use painting as a search time. As I expected, there were a huge amount of search results, but it didn’t take long for this to catch my eye.
I like The Rolling Stones (in my opinion far superior to The Beatles) and ‘Ruby Tuesday’ is a fabulous song. The cover appealed too, very colourful and eye-catching.
Price: £4.99 (Kindle) in the UK and $7.57 (Kindle) in the US.
It is the summer of 1965. Annie Cradock, the only child of exacting parents who run the village school, is an imaginative girl with a head full of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Annie whiles away the school holiday with her friends: Ollie the rag-and-bone man (and more importantly his dog); the beautiful piano-playing Mrs Clitheroe who turns Beethoven into boogie-woogie (and like Annie sees music in colour); and Annie’s best friend Babette – streetwise, loyal, and Annie’s one solid link with common sense. But everything changes when the village is rocked by a series of murders and the girls know something they’ve no intention of telling the police.
In the present day, adult Annie is a successful singing coach in a stifling marriage. Her ambitious American husband, impatient with his quirky wife, is taking a job in New York – but is she staying with him? As Annie struggles with her future, she first has to come to terms with the bizarre events of 1965.
Fifteen reviews on Amazon.co.uk – eleven 5-star, two 4-star, one 3-star and a 2-star. In the US, it has been out since June, but there are no reviews which seems rather strange. The book has been published by Transworld Digital in the US (part of Random House) so you would have thought they could have got some reviews going. This seemed a bit odd. On further investigation, I realised that the Kindle version is a new edition of the book – it was originally published in 2003. The 15 reviews on Amazon.co.uk are from various dates ranging from 2003 to 2013. Anyway, the reviews are sound, praising the beauty of the writing, the humour and the skill with which the main character is drawn. Strangely, the three star reviewer feels that the author didn’t have a convincing voice as a ten-year-old, which does contradict the other reviews, and the two star reviewer found the book to be slow to get going.
Buy or Pass? BUY
I really like the sound of this and I can’t think why I haven’t heard of it before, although it does look as though it hasn’t been that well-publicised. The kindle version is a bit pricey, but there are plenty of used hardback versions available. The book is 384 pages long though, so I do think the kindle version is worth it. The reviews are solid and so enthusiastic that I think it’s definitely worth a go.
If you want to join in the Friday Five Challenge pop over to Rosie’s blog to find out more.
And take a look at these challenges:
Witches for Cathy
A fascinating historical for Shelly
and mammoths for Rosie!