The Friday Five Challenge is an interesting exercise for writers ~ it shows the little things that can put potential readers off that click-buy. We click on a book because the cover appeals to us, but can be put off a purchase by the blurb, the price, or the reviews.
Anyone with a blog can join in ~ here's what you do:
You can check out others' contributions on the #FridayFiveChallenge hashtag on Twitter, or see links at the end of this page.
Caught my eye immediately, I think it's lovely. I like the title, too
99p for 272 pages! 99p often makes me wonder - does the author not rate himself much, or has he marked it down in price to make it sell, perhaps as a lure for the rest of his books? The latter is highly understandable, in these days of a flooded market and the constant problem of visibility; I do it myself.
For some reason the author has not provided a blurb, but has put a long and laboured review in the 'product description'. Here is about a quarter of it:
Danny is a performer on London’s cabaret circuit, but his hard work isn’t doing much for his status. When he meets Veronica, who promises to make him a star, he never guesses that this might be too good to be true. Rapidly falling in love with her – or so he thinks – soon his life revolves around doing her bidding. But Veronica is a more complex individual than Danny could ever have imagined - and her forcefulness will lead them both down an unimaginable path.
Drew Thomas is to be commended, not just for imagining this path but for showcasing it with a superb exposition. The tale is told from Danny’s perspective after he has achieved fame and even notoriety. It’s clear from the start that Danny is deeply disturbed, not just fundamentally with his alter ego 'Stella' making regular appearances to question his every move, but also with something sinister that has occurred in the recent past.
Seems fairly interesting but I couldn't be bothered to do much more than skim the long chunks of description.
A 1* from someone who hadn't read it, to be ignored, and 8 x 5*. I looked at 6 of them, and 3 of them were obviously from friends (ie, they had only reviewed this book, or this book and one other item). I read in one that the proceeds were going to a charity. Reading the author bio he's obviously got his fingers in quite a few pies, and quite successfully, too; I suspect he just hasn't bothered to promote this.
BUY ~ oddly enough! I'll give it a go sometime, and have downloaded on Kindle Unlimited. I suspect it might be rather good; it was the author bio that made me give it the thumbs up, though, rather than the reviews or non-blurb. He's obviously an accomplished writer, so I'll hopefully get round to this during my next big reading session, which will take place next month, I hope :)