#FridayFiveChallenge ~ Buy or Pass ~ The Cold Cold Sea by Linda Huber @LindaHuber19

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?

Rosie’s 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?

When I’m stuck for a search topic I trawl my go to category, that being Crime/Mystery/Thriller. This cover stood out. I think it depicts the title very well with the black and white image of an empty beach and an angry-looking sky, creating a forbidding and unsettling atmosphere. Continue reading

#FridayFiveChallenge ~ Imaginary Things by @AndreaLochen #Fantasy #Contemporary

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?

Rosie’s 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?

I’m deviating a bit this week for my Friday Five Challenge. I was approached by Astor+Blue Editions to put together a Spotlight post, with an excerpt, for a book called Imaginary Things by Andrea Lochen, which went out last week. The cover is intriguing and I liked it as soon as I saw it. It symbolises the title extremely well, with a misty, mystical feel to it and the suggestion of a creature outlined in pinprick lights. Continue reading

#FridayFiveChallenge ~ Ghostly Interests: Vol 1 (A Harper Harlow Mystery) Buy or Pass @rosieamber1

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?

Rosie’s 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?

Since we’re still in the middle of refurbishing the house and have no working kitchen at the moment, I put ‘kitchen’ in the search.  Loads of pages of cookery books, which I expected, and then this popped up…. Continue reading

#FridayFiveChallenge~ Buy or Pass @rosieamber1 Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris #Thriller

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?

Rosie’s 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?

I hadn’t put anything specific into the search, just aimlessly trawling. I don’t know what made me look twice at this cover but the more I did the more intrigued I became. The title in large red letters, as though to stop you going any further, and the text ‘The Perfect Marriage or the Perfect Lie’ seemed ominous. The door on the cover looks like it might have been forced by the lock. Continue reading

#FridayFiveChallenge ~ BuyorPass ~ The Maker of Swans by Paraic O’Donnell @rosieamber1

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.

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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?

Rosie’s 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?

Inspiration deserted me this week. Time was running out so I decided to check out the debut titles. This book cover caught my eye almost immediately. Continue reading

#FridayFiveChallenge ~ Buy or Pass ~ The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge @rosieamber1

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.

FFC

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.

Just as I was wondering whether to search the most anticipated releases for this weeks challenge I noticed a banner at the top of the page.. Announcing the Costa Book Award 2015 Winner.. I hadn’t noticed that before and wasn’t aware Costa did book awards. Anyway, it was worth a look and the winning book cover made an immediate impression… Continue reading

#FridayFiveChallenge ~ Tame The Wild Wind by Roseanne Bittner @rosieamber1 #histfic #romance

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.

FFC

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. Continue reading

#FridayFiveChallenge ~ Ice by Kevin Tinto #Thriller @rosieamber1

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.

FFC

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.

It’s so cold at the moment without any of the perks; no winter sun or crisp, frosty mornings – just an icy wind that cuts right through numerous layers. So with that in mind I put Ice into the search and found this…. Continue reading

Rosie Amber #RBRT Book Awards Are Open

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To Vote go to this link      http://wp.me/P2Eu3u-8wt

The books ~ how they were chosen
The books are taken only from those that have been submitted to the Rosie Amber book reviewing team #RBRT for reviewing, so it is not a far reaching selection, though we still had a few hundred to choose from.  I divided all the books that have been submitted up to the cut off point in 2015 into five general categories, and the review team members (around 30 members) each nominated up to three out of each category.  There are six in each category ~ these are the booksthat you, the reading public, may vote forYou may vote for up to two per category.

Please only vote for a book that you believe deserves an award.  We value everyone’s contribution and you are not required to vote in each category; it may be that you will…

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Friday Five Challenge ~ Buy or Pass ~ Northern Lights: The Science, Myth and Wonder of Aurora Borealis

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.

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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?

Astronomy and Cosmology was the this week’s choice, I was looking for something completely different. This cover stood out immediately with an amazing image.  Continue reading