Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge, involves taking only five minutes to choose a book cover which appeals instantly. So take a few minutes, grab yourself a coffee…..and have a browse.
In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from 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?
My 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, and any other details.
5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,
6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
Looking through the window at the wet and windy scene outside, thinking longingly of a crisp, cold Autumn day I wondered what might cheer me up if I put Autumn in the search bar. To begin with all the books were children’s stories but then look what came up on the second page!
That will do nicely 🙂 I love the cover – a gorgeous man with muscles and a wolf baying at the moon. The book description reads….
The first book in a new paranormal romance shifter series!
In a discreet government facility in Chicago, scientists are trying to unearth the truth behind a group of people who appear to have the ability to shift into the form of animals.
Ensconced among the government officials, Blake Wolfcollar hides the truth of what he is, struggling between his desire to help those he’s a part of, while remaining undercover in his position …
The last thing Autumn Anderson expects upon starting her new job is the dangerous, sexy man whose touch seems to burn. But an accident unleashes a potential she never knew she held inside her, and Autumn and Blake find themselves on the run.
As their feelings for one another grow, they must fight to preserve the secret that could see the end of them both…
The good thing is this book was released in 2013 (and is free) so the following books are also published and, if this was something I’d choose to read, I wouldn’t have to wait for the next books in the series. This would be quite a quick read at 220 pages.
As I mentioned, the kindle price is £0.00, it’s also free on Amazon US, the rest of the books in the series are just £0.99.
There are 21 reviews on Amazon UK coming in at an average of 4.5* with the majority (15) at 5*, two at 4* and only 4 at 3*and 2*. There are 87 reviews on Amazon US with an average of 4.2*
One of the reviews, from Claire Taylor, who awarded 4* states “Admittedly, the cover drew my attention to this book (it’s gorgeous) but once I started reading I realised there was so much more to it than just hot shifters (though that always helps the enjoyment factor). Family, love, friendships and loyalty all play a large part, as Autumn and Blake fight to save shifters from becoming science experiments. The book was very clear, well thought out and flowed smoothly, leaving no doubts about what was happening in the story. The characters definitely grew on me, and I’m hoping to see more of Mia & Peter and Autumn & Blake’s relationship as the series continues. Over all the book is an enjoyable reader, but lacked the passion I love that is usually found in similar books, but this opens it open to a wider age group. Looking forward to reading more of the series, and seeing where it’s all going to lead.”
Strangely, all the reviewers I checked only gave 5* and 4* ratings and yet they had reviewed lots of books. But anyway, I would have passed but as it’s free I’m going to give it a go. So…
Will I Buy or Pass? I’ll Buy. It will more than likely sit on my kindle for a good while, along with quite a few others I haven’t yet got round to, but if I like it it’ll make a nice series to follow. I haven’t read this author before, she seems to be quite popular and has fifteen novels to her credit.
If you’d like to enter next week’s challenge, and the more the merrier, check out Rosie’s blog to read about the Friday Five Challenge.
More Friday Five Challenge choices
Rosie chose a memoir about life in the Australian Outback
Shelley investigated the ‘playground mafia’
Alison searched for fireworks
Liz wants to know more about architecture
Barb searched for art and found something spectacular