Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge
Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.
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,
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)
This week my search word was “Magpie”
I’m not sure why this book was in the selection but this is what I chose from the cover.
Busman’s Honeymoon: the Savannah Martin Honeymoon Novella (Savannah Martin Mysteries)
It’s official. Margaret Anne Martin’s perfect daughter Savannah has tied the knot with her unsuitable boyfriend Rafe Collier, and they’re off on their honeymoon to sunny Florida, courtesy of Savannah’s brother Dix and sister Catherine.
However, the happy couple barely has time to enjoy a night of nuptial bliss before they find themselves face to face with the dead body of their hostess, Frenetta Wallin, the next morning. And as soon as the local sheriff’s deputy finds out about Rafe’s criminal record, Savannah’s new husband becomes suspect Numero Uno in what might not have been a natural death.
So much for a romantic honeymoon full of sun, sand, and hot sex.
Instead, Savannah must ferret out the truth about who wanted Frenetta dead, and why, before the sheriff can slap handcuffs on Rafe and slam the cell door behind him.
Price; £1.49 kindle edition due out on September 1st.
Number of pages; 104
No reviews yet, but this is a new book in a mystery series which have a few reviews on Amazon.co.uk but are more popular on Amazon.com
Would I BUY or PASS? ……Pass
It was the motorbike which caught my eye on the book cover along with the title, “A Busman’s Honeymoon”. At first I thought it was one of those travel memoirs, where someone travels across a continent. I mis-read the title as “A Busman’s Holiday”. So now I’ve got a book which isn’t what I expected, so perhaps the book cover, although eye-catching, isn’t sending the reader the right message. It is a “Busy” cover with lots going on. As a thumb -nail, I had to peer at the red ribbons and tin can and I guess the “Just Married” sign on the back of the bike. They really don’t add anything to the picture when they are so small. This is only available in Kindle to start with, but if it gets released as a paperback this book cover will work better in a larger version on a bookshelf.
The book description is basic, this is a light read mystery with a bad boy biker for just 104 pages, It will be a quick read and offers a quick burst of escapism.
Here are links to other #FridayFiveChallengers
Cathy chose a psychological thriller https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/friday-five-challenge-8/
Shelley has gone in search of Gypsies http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/08/28/buy-or-pass-looking-at-gypsy-romance-fridayfivechallenge/comment-page-1/#comment-685
Liz has found an East Indianman sea faring book https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/2015/08/28/fridayfivechallenge-3/
Barb can’t wait to be a Grandparent, but what kind will she be? http://barbtaub.com/2015/08/28/what-to-call-granny-fridayfivechallenge-from-rosieamber1/comment-page-1/#comment-138020
Wendy found a very tasty mystery http://booklovercircumspect4.com/2015/08/28/rosie-ambers-would-you-buy-or-pass-innocent-in-las-vegas-by-a-r-winters-fridayfivechallenge-mystery/comment-page-1/#comment-54