kriadydragon: (Dominic shire)
Well, I'm a dork. I totally forgot to announce that Magic's Perdition is now available for purchase, both paperback and for Kindle.

You can find it at Amazon.

You can also read excerpts from it at my author journal here (complete with artwork) and the Look Inside Feature at Amazon is active.

I have to say so far this book seems to be doing well in sales. I mean, not amazing or anything, but the fact that I've actually made a few sales for a book only just published is pretty dang good. Plus I've gotten two reviews thus far. With Toymaker it was months and months before I got any reviews.
kriadydragon: (Beast)
So the Independent Authors group I'm part of over on Goodreads is hosting a one day event in which you can dowload books by indie authors for free.

Book Blast poster 2
My book, The Toymaker, is among them. But as it says on the tin, over 40 books to choose from:D For people who'd like to tweet about this it's #SIAFBB
kriadydragon: (Dominic shire)
Have you ever picked up a book that you think is right up your alley based on the cover, the synopsis and the overall premise, only to start reading and find out that the story is the complete opposite of what you thought you were getting into? And because it wasn't what you thought it was you found you couldn't keep reading?

You all know how much I love underdog stories, and I got this book from the library that I thought for sure - based on both the synopsis and the book's cover - was going to be a literal underdog story of the kind I love, literally because the story is about a dog. I had thought the story was about a puppy who goes on to do great things. Then I start reading. Cute little helpless puppy immediately begins growing up into a strong, handsome dog with sharp teeth and a love for battle and violence.

And I immediately lose interest to the point that I don't even care to find out if the hero escapes from his current predicament.

Chances are this is probably an excellent book and were I to keep reading I would come to love it. And I might try to do that... maybe (because while I enjoy the author, he does have a love for side stories, stories within stories and digressing, and while interesting it tends to make his books ridiculously long (in fact the last half of one of his books was nothing but chapter after chapter of rehashing the previous book!) so I kind of don't want to keep reading for that reason as well). It was just interesting how quickly and immediately I stopped caring about both the story and protagonist. And I do feel there was a bit of false advertising going on, because to look at the book and to read the synopsis your immediate assumption is going to be "story about puppy who saves the world." Not "strong, capable adult dog who saves the world."

*Shrugs*

But I think there is a lesson to be learned from this - be careful what you what you put into your synopsis and on your book cover. Because if your story is about an adult dog and not a puppy, then maybe you shouldn't put a puppy on the front cover.
kriadydragon: (Dolphin)
*Flails* My book is finally on amazon!*Flail some more* Agh! I so excited! I'm so terrified. If I were standing up I'd probably be running in circles screaming!

And now I can start of focus on the arduous process of advertising this puppy. I already have a website for it, which can be found here. It has the synopsis, link to where it can be found on amazon and the first five chapters (the Amazon site doesn't have the "look inside" feature for me, yet. I need to find out if that's something you set up yourself or if they do it automatically after a certain amount of time has passed). I do plan on making it available for Kindle - at least I'm trying to but the formatting requirements are rather demanding and Word isn't being all that cooperative with me :/

And should you get the book and enjoy it, do leave a review on amazon. If you didn't like it, leave a review as well. I read a thing that said mixed reviews tend to help a story more than nothing but praise (to which I agree, at least where my own decision-making process when looking for books is concerned).

I also plan to use the website for posting a few short stories and having writerly discussions. *Sigh* And, yes, there will be a Facebook page *cringes*. I don't generally have a problem with Facebook, I'm just not a big fan of that kind of social media. but if I want my book to get noticed, then Facebook is going to have to be part of the process.

Edited to add: my user name on Wordpress is storytellermel.
kriadydragon: (Default)
What with the movie coming out and my sister having two of the books I thought I'd finally give them a try.

Read on.Some minor spoilers but nothing major )
kriadydragon: (Default)
Just finished reading it today...

In which there be Spoilers, and not much Squee )
kriadydragon: (Cheshire cat)
The Alchemaster's Apprentice by Walter Moers.

Fun, whimsical, with a touch of dark and unique is the best way to describe it. If you're looking for a fast paced read... this isn't it. But that's okay, because I was happy to take my time with it, which I find to be a rare thing with books these days. Sometimes, you just want to know what happens. But with this book, I wanted it to keep going, to see what odd, funny, creepy, interesting things popped up next. I adored the quirky recipes the alchemaster cooked up for our hero, Echo, and adored Echo himself. I"m so glad I cam across this book as it was wonderful to read and adult fantasy that wasn't the usual fair of elves, dwarves and wizards.
kriadydragon: (Danny 2)
I am so torn with this book! Even though I pretty much just skimmed the ending.

Read More )
kriadydragon: (Dolphin)
Triumff: Her Majesty's hero - a swashbuckling adventure that may seem like it takes place around the 16-1700s thereabouts, but the years is actually 2010. Great Britain is run by Alchemy and superstition, and dashing swordsman Rupert Triumff has uncovered a plot against Queen Elizabeth XXX.

Read this book. Read it! No major spoilers. )
kriadydragon: (Default)
Incarceron by Catherine Fisher.

I honestly have to say that this is the most interesting, most plotty, most imaginative and unique book that I have read in a long time. This book was crazy different, the kind of different that makes me kind of wish I'd thought of it first (so makes me a tad jealous).

read more. No spoilers. The jacket blurb gives more away than my review )
kriadydragon: (Default)
In which I have a love/hate relationship, now. No real spoilers, at least not ones that give anything away. )

And apologies for pimping my dragons on this post, but the green one refuses to grow up :P

Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
kriadydragon: (Beast)
Just read Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, which had been on my list of books to read (the waffling list, where I want to read the books but don't trust them, so take forever to get around to actually reading them). I was in dire need of something to read over vacation, so made myself buy it.

Some thoughts (with spoilers, of course)...

read on... )

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