Month: September 2013

It’s Out There!

A little over a week ago I sent my current work in progress off to seven beta readers. It came to a point that looking at it anymore was a waste of time. I put in 3 drafts (one was a complete rewrite), and I needed fresh eyes.

This was the first time I had done a beta read. From the moment I hit send, my nerves worked over time. Was it ready to be seen by eyes other than mine? Would I receive feedback stating what a piece of crap I had sent these people and how dare I waste their time? After I got feedback, would I finally admit that my writing sucked and just stop?

The answer came just a week later when my first email came with feedback. Yes, there are issues as I expect. However, overall verdict? It doesn’t suck! I have since received two more emails with very constructive things to say. I will admit that I was afraid of the response. Being a writer means putting yourself out there. People are not shy to point out your failures. And it’s hard to NOT take it personally as the one that wrote the words.

I am anxiously awaiting the feedback from the other four (although I did give them until mid-November as I am not doing any edits until at least then).

This has been a good experience overall – nerve wracking, but exciting and rewarding!

Book Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Have you ever read a book that touched you in a way you never thought a book could? I have. And I read that book today.

I started the book Wintergirls at 5:15 this morning. I finished at 1:40 this afternoon. 

This book throws you into the life of a girl dealing with anorexia and the loss of her best friend to the disease, of which she is still struggling. Lia has lost her best friend Cassie and is haunted by her ghost. Not only is Lia anorexic, but she is also a cutter. Throughout the book, she struggles with her relationships with her dad, mom and stepmom and trying to be a big sister to her stepsister. 

By the end of this book, I was literally on the edge of my seat, bouncing my leg up and down, biting my nails and holding in the tears. I knew this character. I didn’t realize I knew this character until I read this book. I reflected back on my high school years and a friendship that I always questioned and tried hard to understand. I knew this friend was a cutter, but I realize now it was so much more than that.

This book was just incredible. I loved every moment of it. I recommend it to everyone. It is definitely a must read.

 

Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader: Book Review

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a tweet that asked for a RT and you’d be entered to win a signed copy of Escape from Eden by Elisa Nader. I thought, sure, why not? I woke up the next morning to a direct message that she would be mailing me a signed copy of her book. I was excited and added it to my Goodreads to read list.

It came in the mail and I put it aside as I was currently reading another book. After I finished the one I was reading, I picked it up and started reading.

Two days later, I was done. I would have been done sooner, but I had to shower and eat too.

I could not put this book down. I am a huge fan of quick reads with incredible pacing. This book had it all. The characters were so easy to like (the main characters!), and she brought me into a world that unfortunately, I am sure exists. Every chapter left me wanting to turn the page. This is a young adult novel and dealt with a very real and present issue facing today’s world (I am not going to disclose it – you have to read the book). The romance in the book was written in beautifully.

The only problem with this book? It’s Nader’s first novel. I need another one. Now.

This book has also been added to my favorite books list 🙂

Pick up the Hardcover here or the Kindle version here. You will NOT be disappointed.

Also, there is a giveaway on Goodreads through September 19th for a copy of the book. Enter here. She has 25 copies to give away!

The Jealousy Game has turned into a Thanking Game – thanks to you!

As I approach the end of this draft of my work in progress, I decided to offer my current book, The Jealousy Game, for free for 5 days through the Amazon Select Program. The response was incredible and I am grateful and amazed at the response.

The first few days I offered it, I managed around 200 downloads. In case you are unaware, I can view the unit sales and it separates showing the free units downloaded per the promo. I didn’t log on for about a day to check it, but I kept promoting it on Facebook and Twitter (thanks to all those on Twitter that retweeted it!). On Friday I logged on and saw it at over 800 downloads.

Eight. Hundred.

Immediately I took to Twitter thinking something was wrong. How was this possible? I don’t even have 800 followers on Twitter! A fellow author, Amy Good, had suggested I send my link to a list called Freebooksy, and it appears I made it onto their list on Friday. I watched Friday as my numbers kept increasing … and then I saw that in the Free Bestseller Thrillers for Kindle on Amazon, I cracked the top 20! By the time I went to bed, I was in the 11th spot. When I awoke Saturday morning, I broke into #10. It was short lived as I went back to #11 – but WHAT A FEELING! I did take a screenshot of that 🙂

Can I now say that my book hit a bestseller list? 🙂

The free downloaded ended Saturday night. Grand total of downloads for the week … drum roll please … over 1500! That’s 1500 individuals that now have The Jealousy Game on their Kindle. That’s 1500 individuals that will either love it or hate it. That’s 1500 possible reviews and ratings, both good and bad!

I am just ecstatic over this. The last time I offered it for free, I had about 200 total. What a difference an online presence makes! I hope everyone that took the time to download it reads it, and likes it! And also leaves a review on Amazon and on Goodreads. There are 1500 potential readers for my next book!

Thank you to EVERYONE! I am so grateful to you and as a writer, I can’t tell you what this means to me. I want my words in the hands of readers and they are there. It’s scary – there are going to be plenty of people that don’t like my book. But that’s okay. My book isn’t for everyone. It’s a quick read. It’s suspenseful. Hell, it made the TOP TEN for Kindle Free Books in Thriller at the Amazon store!

I hope you watch for my next book. I have a hopeful publication date in December, but I can’t guarantee that yet. Currently, my WIP is classified as a New Adult Erotica Thriller. However, depending on my Beta reader results, that could all change. 

Please watch my blog and follow me on Twitter @tkrimms.

And thank you to all my readers and supporters! You can still get the book for $1.99 if you didn’t get it with the free download. Also, if you like the traditional paperback, that is available as well.

Removed by S.J. Pajonas – Book Review

I received this book as an ARC. The book is Sci-Fi / New Adult Romance. I recently have started to read science fiction. In the past, I wouldn’t touch a science fiction book in fear that everything would go over my head.

If you are afraid of Science Fiction, this is the book for you! The author has done an excellent job of delivering a science fiction novel without focusing so much on the science it turns off the non-science type. She committed a lot of research to this book and it shows.

I couldn’t wait to read it, and when I started, I couldn’t put it down.

The book is set in the future, in a world built after the Environmental Decline, in which most of the population from the Earth has been wiped out. Saana works as an engineer as they prepare for colonization in the years to come. When she is pulled from her job and put on a new “assignment,” her world is turned upside down and finds her life has been a complete lie. This book is action packed. Taking place in a Japanese society, the book taught me a lot about the culture. This is part of a series, and the author ended on the perfect note. I can’t wait to read where this series goes.

For those that can’t wait, she’s currently working on book 2 🙂

Because who doesn’t like a free book?

Starting today, through the 7th, you can download my book The Jealousy Game for FREE on Kindle.

What is The Jealousy Game? Melissa Bailey agrees to go out with her best friend’s friend, even though she harbors feelings for him. She must try and manage her feelings after she is confronted by his girlfriend. She has to deal with strange things happening, all while her parent’s marriage is falling apart. Her summer vacation becomes a nightmare when she is abducted and a game of jealousy unfolds.

Download the book for FREE and please be sure to review it on Amazon. Also, if you have a Goodreads account, be sure to add it to your list!

Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Jealousy-Game-ebook/dp/B00AOG45K6/ref=sr_1_1_bnp_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1378216609&sr=8-1&keywords=tracy+krimmer

Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18139025-the-jealousy-game