Am I Alone in my Thoughts on This?

Hey everyone,

Hope everyone is well and praying the storm set to ravage the East Coast will blow out to sea and stay there until it runs itself out. Yesterday’s earthquake had me a little nervous about tidal waves but that’s because I don’t know enough about the physics of waves, earthquakes, east, west, etc.

Keeping it short today: on less than four hours sleep. Was wide awake until at least 2 AM then awakened again by younger son who was up four hours later. I’d told him earlier he needed to start adjusting his sleep schedule for soon-to-start school purposes, so he set his alarm and was ready to jump into the shower at 6 AM! (Help! That’s when he listens? I meant he needed to go to bed earlier. Amazing–and food for another post on what women say and males hear but we’ll save that for another day.)

Sorry! Back to blogpost. (These things happen when you’re innately DBD–distracted by dust–and tend to intensify with increased exposure to Twitter, Facebook and various other forms of social media.)

Where was I????

Here! Recently I posted a quick summary of my thoughts on self-pubbed phenom Amanda Hocking’s paranormal YA Switched, the first installment of her Trylle Trilogy. While at her blog looking for a cover image to post alongside my write-up, I noticed a ‘pre-order’ link for that book in paperback as well as for e-copies for Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes and Noble’s Nook.

(Please note: before I continue I am compelled to provide one sentence of background: Earlier this year Ms. Hocking accepted a two-million dollar advance by St. Martin’s Press, one of the biggest names in traditional publishing. I’m guessing she sold the rights to ALL her works.)

I followed that link to a brandy-new, stunningly beautiful cover and updated (?) price to match: $7.99 for the e-book version (followed by This price was set by the publisher.) I paid $0.99 and later $2.99 for Torn (part two).

Not judging the publisher (and definitely not the author) but just saying: Is it me, or does this bother you too?

Stay safe everyone! Pray for good weather (and for lots of tennis greats to be walking the USTA’s grounds at US Open qualifying round play! 😀 Rafa won’t be there–he’ll be in Manhattan doing a meet-n-greet for Armani jeans. Such is life…)

Joanna

Looking for a Weekend Read?

Here are two books you may want to consider adding to your beach bag!

Happy Friday, friends! Despite my house being interruption-city, I’ve been dragging my heels getting posts written—or posted, sad to say. (Maybe if I move slowly enough summer won’t go away? One can hope…)

Anyway, here are my thoughts on two of my most recent  reads:

  Amanda Hocking’s Switched. (LOVE this cover art!)  Pretty much anyone who follows today’s publishing trends (traditional, indie/self) is familiar with this young author’s name. She writes well and hooked me immediately with the story of a teen who suddenly learns she is not the simple human she was raised to believe she was. Written in first person (not necessarily my favorite choice) and despite a slightly lagging middle and maybe a rather abrupt wrap-up of the story Ms. Hocking held my interest. I’ve already downloaded Torn, part two of her Trylle Trilogy and look forward to getting that and Ascend—part three—read sometime in the near future

   Christopher WillsCall Me Aphrodite was quite the read. The subject matter seemed a bit strong for categorizing the novel as a YA but shows a harrowing picture of a runaway’s experience behind closed doors onLondon’s back streets. At times, Mr. Wills’ word-pictures were so difficult to take, I had to incorporate a reading break in order to handle the situation in which Aphrodite found herself.  Definitely kept me turning the virtual pages. Again, the ending came a bit abruptly but I definitely look forward to the next phase of Aphrodite’s journey.

Would love to hear your weekend read recommendations and won’t you please click a share button below before you go?

A wonderful weekend to all and thanks for the visit!

Joanna