Hey Author, what’s your book about?


So, I’ll soon be finishing up the story I’m currently reading (To see it, scroll down the sidebar on the left side of the page until you come to the CURRENTLY READING section. No, no…your left not mine!) and I’ll be wanting to read something else when I’m finished.

And I was thinking, which happens sometimes, usually right after eating leftover pizza for some strange reason (guess what I just had for lunch), and I was thinking, you know, I would really really like for the next book that I read to be yours.

And then I thought some more, well, if I’m going to read your book, how am I going to find out about it…

And then it hit me: Why, you can just tell me about it right here where we normally meet and chat from time to time.

It would certainly make it much easier and cut down on all the hassle and time it would take for me to seek out and find your book hidden amongst the verdant and pretty yet thickly tangled jungle of all the other book sites out there.

So, what do you say, Author? Can I read your book?

If so, then tell me, and by me I mean us, me and all of my reader friends who stop by on occasion for a visit.

Tell us a little bit about both your book and your writing self in the comments section. You know, a short synopsis of the story and a short Author bio. Include just enough stuff, and no more, that you think I’ll need to be compelled to tab right out of my cozy little site and rush off to find your ode to literary perfection.

And after you convince me that your book is the book that I will be reading next, I will announce it here with a post and profile it in the CURRENTLY READING section until I choose my next book to read.

Which could be a while since I’m such a slow reader…

Anyway, after I read it, I promise I will write to the best of my ability a flowing (and maybe glowing, but glowing is not guaranteed) review for it both here and at Amazon.

Oh yeah, and Goodreads, too, I guess (I don’t have much going on there but my blog feeds into it automatically…I guess I can cut and paste the review, too, so it’s all proper like).

But I will review it here and at Amazon, guaranteed!

Sound good?


So starting now go ahead and tell me all about it.

Let’s keep it loose and have fun. Because, let’s face it…

This ain’t the Paris Review, that’s for sure.

This is the Anytown Review, for the real, the tangible, the down-to-earth writers and readers.

So keep it real, okay Authors?

I’ll leave the comments open on this post until I make a decision.

My current read is a short story so it may be soon.

But I am a pretty slow reader (did I already mention that?) so…who knows for sure.

Until then, check out my current read, A Note by author JOHN NORTHCUTT YOUNG.

And while you’re at it, you should stop by John’s website and say hello.

And if you decide to buy John’s short story, which I hope you do, remember to always tip your server…meaning John.

Meaning, please write a review for him, and by him I mean all Independent Authors like him…and you…and me.

I can’t wait to read your book!

Oh yeah, for all of you out there who are not authors (or if you are an author but do not intend to tell me about your greatness because you’re one of the (stereo)typical needy and insecure type of authors too shy to trumpet your own glories, which means most of us), i.e., Readers, I ask for your help in this little thing we’re getting going here.

If I’m fortunate enough to have authors leave comments about their work, I ask that you please read through the comments and “Like” the ones that sound compelling to you.

The final decision will be mine, but, since I am also one of those (stereo)typical needy and insecure type of authors who is easily swayed by public opinion, the chances are that the majority just might rule in the selection process.

But we’ll see…

I’m literally being propelled by my leftover pizza high and thinking this up as I type, so if you have any ideas or feedback, or just want to let me know what a pretentious jerk I am because where do I get off thinking I can be a gatekeeper of finely tuned literary masterpieces then, well, please let me know…


Let’s reserve that just for the Authors.

Please give me your highly anticipated ideas and suggestions via an email through the Contact page. Or just scroll down to the bottom of the Contact page and leave your comment there.



Well, that’s that then…

What do you say we do this?

Right on?



P.s. For an idea of what the final product will look like, template-wise, you can check out my published reviews here.

(Oh yeah, and BTW, we all know there’s nothing better in the world than free beer; however, free books come in a close second, wink wink. But free is definitely not a prerequisite…only a compelling story is. But I’m just sayin’…)



UPDATE #1 – Be advised, Authors, that too many links in your comment submission will put it in the spam wait queue so you will not see it until I approve it. (Yeah, if you read my “Pro” Tip about moderating and approving comments you know how that makes me feel.) I don’t care how many links you include, I just want you to know I have to approve those first …am I getting redundant? I’ll stop now…

UPDATE #2 – Hey Readers, please help me out by taking the time to read over the Authors’ submissions and clicking the Like button for the ones you like the best. Thank you.

UPDATE #3 – Just received word that the author of my current read is having a giveaway promotion until Oct 20. You can check it out at his site or get the free story here.

UPDATE #4 – Keep an eye on my Tagline Status Update. I’m tracking my progress there.

(For more information on Tagline Status Updates, check out the “PRO” TIP: HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR WRITING RESOURCES – GUARANTEED! (QUICK TIP #1)

UPDATE #5 – I will post my Review of A NOTE by John Northcutt Young tomorrow evening at 8:00PM*, Thursday, 23 October 2014. I will suspend further commenting on this post at 11:59PM, Friday, 24 October 2014. And I will announce the selection for my next INDIE AUTHOR BOOK REVIEW at 8:00PM, Monday, 27 October 2014. Sound like a plan?


So, any Authors out there considering submitting a book, you still have a couple days to tighten up your proposals and get your submissions in.

And Readers, please continue to “Like” the submissions you like best. It’s a great help to everyone.

Good luck to all…and to me…I gots me some writin’ to do, fast like.

*All times are Eastern (NYC) USA



18 Replies to “Hey Author, what’s your book about?”

  1. I’d love for you to read my new novel, Never Turn Back. It just came out in e-book form and is Free this weekend. Go to my blog and find out all about it tomorrow (Friday). This link takes you to the page about the book: http://lornasvoice.com/never-turn-back-a-novel/ and will have links to Amazon where you can download it for free.

    This is my second book. The first was a memoir. This is historical fiction based on real events and people. I would love to know what you think of it!

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  2. I was so drawn in by your post, and the humorous, yet generous offer to read MY book (you were talking to me, right?), I just had to respond. So…onto the sales pitch.

    A few years ago, after listening to my brother (a soldier) talk about the camaraderie among his troop, and all the fun and interesting things they get up to (the jibes, the antics, the general merriment), a few good men (ha ha) began to form in my head. A team, if you will, of the best of the best. They are all ex-military, and came together to form a security agency. I’ve always loved thrillers, particularly crime thrillers, so I put them through their paces and set them free to explore the world I created for them.

    My latest release, Hands of Evil, is the second in the Morgan and Fairchild series. The team are called upon by a local murder investigation team, when a serial killer starts picking off interpreters. A particularly unpleasant person, who removes his victims hands after their death.

    It’s not as gruesome as it sounds, or certainly not as graphic!

    Thanks for the opportunity to tell you more about my work :-)

    Here’s the link:

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  3. Hey made, funny I should stumble across your blog now, as while it is far from finished, I am writing a ten-part story based on when I went into rehab… and found out a few weeks later that it was a fully blown cult. True story. I’d love to hear your thoughts! It is called the Archway Chronicles, and is opn my blog in horribly rough form but I’d love to hear your opinion. I need to get up off my backside and actually finish the damned thing!!!

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  4. I don’t know if I count. :::sniffles and looks with pleading green eyes::: I’m just starting out. I mean really, just starting. As in I just posted my second short story/flash fiction. I’m feeling all pleased, like a kindergartner whose mom just posted the hand-turkey crayon drawing on the fridge. It’s only 1000 words. It couldn’t hurt THAT much. (Well, ok, new writer, I suppose it could.) If you are so inclined, it is just a very short distance away, really, just a click: http://wtfaioafiction.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/orange-macouns/

    I would greatly appreciate anyone’s constructive criticism. I’m here to learn. If you can’t get people on the Internet to expound on just how sucky your writing is, then where CAN you?

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  5. Liberated women, snarky computers, and broke geniuses recently graduated from college, and an aristocratic villian.We have it all. “The Recruiting Matter” is a Sci Fi set in Victorian London. Millicent comes looking for down and out graduates with loads of genius and no jobs. With class-ism rampant, that isn’t hard to find. But her recruits have to be willing to leave everything – forever. Is getting a chance a success worth that? Muddying the waters is someone else who is looking for recruits who is far less honest and far less scrupulous. Can Millicent protect her world from someone who would sell it to the highest bidder?

    This is my first try at creative writing so I have not yet put anything up on Amazon or other such sites. It is a serialized novel with about two thirds currently up on the site. Feed back on any or all chapters is certainly welcome.

    In the manner of the class clown – thanks for any attention I get.

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  6. I have. 25,000 word comedic novella titled “The Captain’s Society for Happy Cannibals.” After crashing on a mysterious island, a survivor of a plane wreck preemptively resorts to cannibalism, reasoning if one would eventually have to consume human flesh, they should do so before the meat spoils. Little does he know that the fiancé of the woman he eats is the only other survivor, and his best bet for getting off the island. Contains graphic violence, sexuality and asexual baby pigs.

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  7. Hello, while mine isn’t free, at $.99 it is pretty close.

    A New Man is a hardboiled private detective novel similar to Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe.

    After three gunshots rock the St. Louis night, Private Detective Jacob Mallory leaves town in a hurry…When a young girl goes missing a father struggles with finding her…When a small time drug dealer with big plans decides to call it quits and follow his dreams of stardom his brother and leader of the drug ring wants nothing of it and stands in his way…And a Detective who finds herself caught between solving a case and protecting the people that she loves.

    Jacob Mallory rolls into the small town of Pine Bluff and ends up stranded during the worst ice storm in Missouri history. Armed with a new identity he meets Jerry, a father trying to find his missing 15 year old daughter.

    Jacob works his way through the citizens of Pine Bluff and soon realizes that drugs, sex and betrayal are not just confined to city life.

    Charles Luther is a small time drug dealer has dreams of making it big as a country rocker and His chance to make it big could be just around the corner. But will he have to lose himself to obtain his dream?

    Kelsey Lawson’s determination to protect the people in her life could have unseen consequences.

    A thrill ride with deep characterization from the explosive beginning until the explosive end.

    Thank you, and I hope you give it a read.

    ps. It is also up in serial form on my blog, but scattered about, if you really want it for free.

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  8. Wonderful idea of yours, Kurt. I can see myself similarly doing well-spaced reviews. Here is my submission for you and your readers to consider:

    Title: The Wild Horses of Hiroshima

    Author: Paul Xylinides

    Thesis: “Think of a city whose inhabitants respect more than each other and their own interests. Its destruction would not be a crime against humanity but a crime against life. They might not bomb such a city.

    “There is no moral reason for humanity to continue, if its ends are limited to itself. And this is how we must stop seeing ourselves. This is why we destroy each other. If we disregard the life around us, why should we not be equally disregarded?”

    – Mura, a young performance artist, in The Wild Horses of Hiroshima

    Author’s profile: This profile has to reach as far back as it can since, in this case, meaning begins there. No one knows my grandfather’s original name. At an undetermined age, he fled Russia’s civil wars in the early 20th century and arrived in Greece where he fashioned an identity for himself that was unique and yet of its place. Xylinides, translating as one occupied in some fashion or other with wood (ξύλο), now supplies the nom de plume for whatever I write. I owe the sentiment of this borrowed name to a man whose choices in the face of historical upheaval and existential threat ultimately provided for the existence of myself and others. He died leaving no other record than his forged identity soon after the birth of his daughter.

    Wherever we find ourselves vast historical winds have deposited us and we remain either subject to their reach or within their unrelenting grip.

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  9. “They Came From the Setting Sun”
    (Working title of a book that is in the middle of a rewrite)
    A young man with a mysterious past leaves an idyllic farming valley to discover his heritage. But when he discovers it will he accept it? Does he have the inner fortitude to overcome the challenges along the way? He and his friends will be permanently scarred as they discover a new, hostile world outside of the Valley.
    Author’s bio: I’ve dabbled in writing over the years with a few minor articles published (OK, one minor article in a local magazine). This is my first novel. I had started it years ago, back in college but gave up on it when it started to sound too cliché. But I kept the manuscript around thinking that one day I will pick it up again. 20 years later I am working a graveyard shift, and not wanting to change my sleep habits on my weekends, I dusted off the old manuscript and started to rewrite it. And what a rewrite it became. Suddenly the novel took a life of its own. Old characters dropped off and new ones emerged. The focus changed completely, new plots developed. I was on a roller coaster. I had no idea where this adventure would take me, and oh what an adventure it was. And then, in about a year, I was done. I had written the first draft. I looked at it and thought, what a wonderful skeleton. Now all I have to do is add some muscle to it, flesh it out so to speak. And that is what I have been doing ever since. I had set out goals for myself. I wanted to explore different cultures without sounding like an ethnography. I wanted to address economic/political theories without sounding like a lecture. I wanted to base it in a historical setting without it being identifiable. I wanted the world to be as real as possible in a fantasy. I wanted my characters to rely on their inner strengths without depending on external help. I wanted them to face the horrors within their souls and discover what is truly important to them. I want the book to be entertaining.
    Other than that I am just a working stiff who blogs once in a while.

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  10. Hey Kurt, you are a gem even if you do read slowly. So here is the deal. My book (Waiting on the Outside) is with a professional editor right now, but when it is done I will join the long line of authors who would LOVE to have you read their book. (You will be reading from now to doomsday if you read them all)
    My book is a non-fiction / memoir about the challenges of having a child, who not only is in federal prison, but has joined a white supremacist gang in prison. Difficult to say the least!
    By the way, thanks for following me.

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  11. Now then Mr Brindley. My nephew has written this book of poems. He is always going on at me to tell people about it, so I am doing. I have already reviewed it, here ( http://wp.me/p4pit9-p2 ) The thing is neither him or me know how to send you the ruddy book or the kindle thing without breaking his computer or his ruddy piggy bank. Any road, if you fancy having a read he says he will send you the PDF file.. (whatever that is when its all at home). Just email him at zoomburst@gmail.com. If anybody else wants one they can try emailing him too.. but dont go expecting him to open a bank account for ruddy Nigerian bankers who have clients who died without making a will or anything. Because he won’t be ruddy interested.

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  12. Short and sweet ;) You should read WE SHARE THE SAME SKY. It’s a memoir taken from my journal the summer I slipped off to Manhattan without the kids. I was at a turning point in my life and was unsure. I spent a week- wandering, reflecting on my life and growing up in the South, dining at famous and not-so-famous restaurants, visiting the sites & surrounding enclaves, investigating the importance of place on a person’s identity. It is full of history, journals and poetry. I think you would like it.

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  13. Just an update on my submission, Kurt, to say that The Wild Horses of Hiroshima is now available as an ebook through Smashwords and should shortly appear in print version on Amazon. Should you and your subordinate gods decide for it I can easily forward it to you in whatever version would be most suitable for your reading device and reading eyes.

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  14. Great idea Kurt! Thanks for the opportunity! Choosing between my novel, poetry chapbook and short stories has been interesting (!) – decided on a short story for this round (hopefully there will be more rounds in the future!).
    Title: “Above The Storm”
    Words: 11 050
    Synopsis: What energy speeds from the tops of storms? When Pete first discovers spectacular activity coming out of the top of thunder storms, his seniors at NASA refuse to accept it. His passion leads to his dismissal and excommunication from the scientific community. An offer from a stranger to carry on his research and prove his theories leads to the plane trip to end all plane trips. A story of power, greed, money, and life-or-death deals made and broken.
    Bio:A summary of my life….? Well, how about – ‘An eclectic mix of some interesting and exciting experiences!’ – ! Do I tell you about the MS? (Oooops! :) Maybe that explains my unique perspective on this crazy world – my experiences and whichever part of the brain happens to be working…or not!…at this moment! Anything can happen! Of course, I’m always ready to share my most important writing medication:- coffee, ice cream, chocolate and red wine! (on one condition please – we don’t tell my neurologist!). :)
    Link: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/427810
    Thanks again!

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