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.
This fun feature is a mini workshop. We look at book covers just from their thumbnail pictures at online selling book sites and make quick fire buying decisions. We look from a READERS Point of View and this exercise is very EYE OPENING.
From the book cover we will browse the book description, price and some of the reviews BUT we only have 5 MINUTES.
WE PLAY POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS
Join in and see where it leads.
Grab a coffee and spend 5 Minutes on this exercise.
Here’s the challenge
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?
(then write a little analysis about your decision) blog about it, tweet it with #FridayFiveChallenge @rosieamber1 and I’ll help share.
A weather related search again this week after some unbelievably strong winds that I could hardly stand up against and actually blew out the window of Cafe Nero! We were up at stupid o’clock this morning chasing the recycle bins down the road, so no guesses as to what I put in the search. The cover, and very apt title, interested me. This is the kindle cover, the paperback cover is not nearly as eye-catching. I like this image, the colours and fonts, even though it doesn’t really give a definitive idea of the story it made me stop and look.
The book description….
When Gabe Beaumont was forced to choose between the Sioux tribe of his mother and the white family of his father, his choice ended up costing him everything. Settlers murdered his Indian wife and child, and now revenge is all he lives for.
Riding westward with a renegade Sioux band, he becomes Tall Bear, a warrior with a wounded soul—until a raid on a Wyoming stagecoach station brought him face-to-face with a feisty, red-haired beauty who could change his life…
Now two independent spirits will move heaven and earth to be with each other—and to fight for love against the shadows and the danger that lurks in his wild heart of the frontier.
The kindle edition is free at the moment on both Amazon UK and Amazon US. It was released a couple of weeks ago and, as yet, there are no reviews on Amazon UK. Eight reviews on Amazon US give it an average of 4.9* The one 4* reviewer had this to say This book was well written. However, it wasn’t the romance novel I was hoping it would be. I found it to be a little depressing. The two main characters didn’t have many scenes together. If you are looking for a well written historical romance (with very little romance) this won’t disappoint you. I was looking for something a little lustier than this had to offer. I had to give it four stars, though, because it was an enjoyable read. It wasn’t what I thought it would be, and yet I couldn’t put it down for long.
All but one of the 5* reviewers have reviewed multiple books so I would say they are pretty genuine. Roseanne Bittner is a new to me author although she has numerous books to her credit and seems to have a large following of fans. And actually, the fact that the story isn’t all romance appeals to me as does the Native American influence.
So, will I BUY or PASS? I’m going to PASS at the moment and add it to my list of future buys.
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 goes out of her comfort zone and chooses horror.
Shelley searched for Tequila and found suspense
Liz chooses 1950s Malaya and a ‘powerful and passionate’ story
Barb gives us a poll on different cover versions