August 30, 2012
What makes a book sell? What is that “thing” that has readers swarming to the stores to buy it? What attracts them to begin with? Is it the cover? The summary of the plot? Great reviews? The price? The author?
Again this week, I’d like you, the readers, to give your opinion on this book. I’d like to know–as does the author–what works for you and what doesn’t. We’d like an honest gut reaction to everything we present to you here to make sure the author is headed in the right direction or if there are things that can be tweaked to make this book the bestseller it has the potential to be.
If you choose to supplement your poll responses with personal, honest constructive comments, you will be entered to win a book from my ever growing stash of books. Thank you in advance for your time and your honestly. I know it’s valuable and I do appreciate it.
Author: Bonnie Dee
Digital Price: $2.99
Publisher: Bonnie Dee
Danger, conspiracy, love, and redemption combine in an exciting gaslight fantasy.
Lily Nightingale’s role in life is lady-in-waiting to an impetuous princess—until she’s banished from the castle while protecting her mistress’s reputation. Her life careens off on a new course as she travels with the cause of her banishment—skirt-chasing, itinerate storyteller Kier Rohann. Yet odious as the man is, she is unaccountably drawn to his magnetic personality.
Rohann has been playing the part of a footloose performer for so long he’s almost forgotten his old life, but when he sees the man who once destroyed him, pain from his past cuts anew. Expelled from the castle with no opportunity for revenge, the storyteller instead fights a growing fascination with his traveling companion, Lily. This sensible, steadfast, loyal woman has all the qualities he’s avoided in his sexual dalliances yet he finds her unexpectedly desirable.
On the road, the reserved gentlewoman and flamboyant performer learn to value each other’s best traits while attraction simmers. Their journey takes an unexpected turn when they uncover an elaborate conspiracy to seize the kingdom. Together they must escape the clutches of Rohann’s old enemy, warn the king, and destroy the powerful invention the plotters wield. Can sheltered Lily rise to the challenge of this heroic adventure? And will Rohann, a man who’s avoided any attachments in life, sacrifice himself for the greatest challenge of all—love?
SAMPLER – Opening of THE STORYTELLER
Lily had never seen eyes that unnatural shade of blue. When the man glanced at her, even from halfway across the room, they sizzled like the burning core of gas flames. The stranger drew the focus of everyone in the great hall, as if the courtiers were cold and reaching out to warm themselves by his fire. He certainly made heat pulse through Lily’s body. She could hardly drag her gaze away from the traveling performer even when Princess Carnelia called for her attention.
“Lily, I’ve forgotten my fan on my dressing table. Please go back for it.” But before she could obey, the princess grasped her arm and whispered, “Oh my!”
Her Royal Highness thrived on the attention of attractive men. Although the stranger was not classically handsome, he was more riveting than any other man in court. He used his entire body to tell his tale, illustrating with dramatic movements of arms and hands. Unkempt blond hair flowed over his shoulders in defiance of the current short, immaculately groomed men’s styles. His jaw was clean-shaven, but a thin scar cutting across one cheek gave him a permanently disreputable appearance. Beneath his threadbare green jacket, he wore a dingy white shirt and faded scarlet waistcoat. The garish garments marked him as a showman like the minstrels of old, bringing tales, jokes, and songs to entertain the jaded court. He held his audience, including the princess and Lily, in the palm of his hand.