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"the number one book in humor for the last few months has been one of the Game of Thrones books!"
Oh, yeah...they had me rolling on the floor...
Oh, yeah...they had me rolling on the floor...
Oh dear, that's a bummer.
I've just published the print version of one of my books and decided to have a tinker with the keywords at the same time . Hope I haven't fallen into the same lost sales trap. Just wish I knew if readers actually searched for humorous fiction or funny books, comedy, light-hearted, humour, humor
Generally wouldn't a cover designer be considered a business and not an individual that I'm paying for services? I mean I'll end up paying over $600 for covers to Cormar Covers, but that's a business not an individual in the IRS's eyes right?
There is an absolutely FABULOUS ebook out there called The Complete Indie Editor.
What Kev Heritage has done is give you "search and replace" values for frequent errors (homonyms, etc.) and copy edits (search for "shook her head" or "looked" and then he gives you ideas for stronger prose choices). It has become a part of my editing process. Man... I'm not doing justice to this resource. Just check it out. Worth every penny! It really hones in on common weaknesses and gives great suggestions for how to fix them.
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| Murder at the Breakers (A Gilded Newport Mystery) by Alyssa Maxwell - $2.99|
As the nineteenth century comes to a close, the illustrious Vanderbilt family dominates Newport, Rhode Island, high society. But when murder darkens a glittering affair at the Vanderbilt summer home, reporter Emma Cross learns that sometimes the actions of the cream of society can curdle one's blood. . . Newport, Rhode Island, August 1895: She may be a less well-heeled relation, but as second cousin to millionaire patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt, twenty-one-year-old Emma Cross is on the guest list for a grand ball at the Breakers, the Vanderbilts' summer home. She also has a job to do--report on the event for the society page of the Newport Observer. But Emma observes much more than glitz and gaiety when she witnesses a murder. The victim is Cornelius Vanderbilt's financial secretary, who plunges off a balcony faster than falling stock prices. Emma's black sheep brother Brady is found in Cornelius's bedroom passed out next to a bottle of bourbon and stolen plans for a new railroad line. Brady has barely come to before the police have arrested him for the murder. But Emma is sure someone is trying to railroad her brother and resolves to find the real killer at any cost. . .
305 pages. 4.2 stars after 46 reviews
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| The Dream Hunter by Laura Kinsale - $1.99|
To love him is to face her deepest fear . . . In search of a legendary mare, Lord Winter enters the crucible of the red sands, forging unbreakable bonds of loyalty and trust with his young companion in the desert. But hidden beneath the ragged costume of a Bedouin boy is a remarkable young woman: Zenia Stanhope, daughter of the extraordinary Queen of the Desert.
Zenia wants nothing of the danger that Lord Winter lives for. She wants only to reach England, far from the blood and sand of the desert. But in one night of terror, condemned to death, their lives are irrevocably bound. Zenia escapes to an English world of elegance and comfort, leaving behind the lonely, fearless man who has changed her life and conquered her heart . . . until he returns to invade her sanctuary.
Now she must choose between safety and love, but can she find the courage to be the person she was truly born to be?
328 pages. 4.2 stars after 24 reviews
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| Can't Forgive: My 20-Year Battle with O.J. Simpson by Kim Goldman - $1.99|
<div>Don't tell her she needs to find closure. Don't ask her to forgive and forget.<BR> When Kim was just 22, her older brother, Ron Goldman, was brutally killed by O.J. Simpson. Ron and Kim were very close, and her devastation was compounded by the shocking not guilty verdict that allowed a smirking Simpson to leave as a free man.<BR> It wasn't Kim's first trauma. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she and Ron were raised by their father. Her mother kidnapped her, telling her that her father didn't love her any more. When she was 14, she was almost blinded from severe battery acid burns on her face during an automobile accident, requiring three reconstructive surgeries. But none of these early traumas compared to the loss of her brother, the painful knowledge that his killer was free, and fact that she could not even grieve privately--her grief was made painfully public. Counseled by friends, strangers, and even Oprah to "find closure," Kim chose a different route. She chose to fight.<BR> Repeatedly, Kim and her family pursued Simpson by every legal means. Foiled over and over again, they ultimately achieved a small measure of justice. Kim's story is one of tragedy, but also of humanity and, often, comedy. Living life as one of America's most famous "victims" isn't always easy, especially as a single mother in the dating market. She often had bizarre first date experiences, with one man even breaking down into tears and inconsolable with grief after realizing who she was.<BR> Ultimately Kim's story is that of an ordinary person thrown into extraordinary circumstances at a very young age, and who had the courage--despite the discouragement of so many--to ignore the conventional wisdom and never give up her fight for justice.
260 pages. 3.9 stars after 66 reviews
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This classic work of feminist science fiction finds the world reordered. Following a nuclear holocaust, women have used advanced technology to expel men from their cities, bringing them back only for purposes of loveless reproduction under the guise of powerful goddesses. When one young woman, Birana, questions her society's deception, she finds herself exiled amongst the very men she has been taught to scorn. As Birana and her reluctant male protector Arvil grow closer, their feelings for each other just might mend their fractured world--if they somehow manage to survive.
464 pages. 4.6 stars after 21 reviews
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| Permanent Record by Leslie Stella - $1.99|
Being yourself can be such a bad idea. For sixteen-year-old Badi Hessamizadeh, life is a series of humiliations. After withdrawing from public school under mysterious circumstances, Badi enters Magnificat Academy. To make things "easier," his dad has even given him a new name: Bud Hess. Grappling with his Iranian-American identity, clinical depression, bullying, and a barely bottled rage, Bud is an outcast who copes by resorting to small revenges and covert acts of defiance, but the pressures of his home life, plummeting grades, and the unrequited affection of his new friend, Nikki, prime him for a more dangerous revolution. Strange letters to the editor begin to appear in Magnificat's newspaper, hinting that some tragedy will befall the school. Suspicion falls on Bud, and he and Nikki struggle to uncover the real culprit and clear Bud's name. Permanent Record explodes with dark humor, emotional depth, and a powerful look at the ways the bullied fight back.
Q&A with Leslie Stella
How did you get inside the mind of a teenage boy?
Badi grew into a fully realized human being with each draft of the novel. I confess I never thought, "How do I get into the mind of a boy?" as much as I thought, "Who is this particular person?" The boys in my books are not typical pop-culture renditions of boys; neither are the girls. Badi is a little bit of the teenager I was and a lot of the person I wish I had been.
Is it difficult balancing the humor in the story with the more serious subject matter?
Sometimes, yes. I used to have a horror of inserting a message in my novels: "All right, boys and girls, get ready for the lesson!" Chalk it up to a certain immaturity on my part--this fear I had of being serious, perhaps of being taken seriously--because I don't take myself seriously at all. But I learned that there's a difference between taking yourself seriously and taking your work seriously. I find that now I do want to say something with my writing, and when you have complicated subjects such as the ones explored in Permanent Record, or a complicated main character, there is going to be a strange balance of humor and drama. Which is just like real life, you know? There is humor in pathos. There is comedy in sorrow. Badi's simultaneous good humor and crippling depression mirrors our messy lives.
What was the biggest challenge for you in writing this story?
The biggest challenge was reining in Badi when he became angry. Part of me wanted to let him inflict damage. But I realized that was my own problem, not his, that I struggled with disproportionate rage and elaborate revenge fantasies. He wouldn't pull pranks on people for no reason. He would not be cruel. So in a sense I had to rein myself in, too. I don't go in for the cheap thrills.
Did you let go of these characters or do you find yourself continuing their stories in your head?
I did let go of these characters. Maybe it's because I felt I told their entire stories, explored their arcs from beginning to end. For a book that can be at times a difficult read, it ends with renewed hope and strength for each character. I feel confident that they would go on to greater things, whole and positive lives, despite life's thorny twists.
Do world events such as the recent Boston bombings make you think any differently about your characters and what happened in this story?</strong> I don't feel differently about my characters, but perhaps I feel differently about the world. Is Badi really so special and unusual with his complex views of good and evil, his ability to sort out his humanity--and others' humanity--from the baser human instincts? Maybe. It's depressing, actually, to realize how often we fail to measure up to these fictional characters who are supposed to reflect us. But then again, maybe there is a Badi out there, a quiet, unassuming, put-upon boy, who, despite all the disadvantages that the world throws at him, decides not to inflict damage on the rest of us. He changes his mind and goes on about his life, and none of us know how close we came to destruction. I have to believe he is out there.
286 pages. 4.6 stars after 44 reviews