Would You BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge WHAT COULD POSSIBLE GO WRONG? By @authorjoditaylo

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

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Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes. (Use your own pic or copy mine or anything else like a clock/ stopwatch etc)

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 I searched for a “Mammoth”


Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Book Description

Join Max in the sixth instalment in the off-the-wall bestselling Chronicles of St Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor.

Max is back! New husband, new job, and a training regime that cannot fail – to go wrong!

Take one interim Chief Training Officer, add five recruits, mix with Joan of Arc, a baby mammoth, a duplicitous Father of History, a bombed rat, Stone Age hunters, a couple of passing policemen who should have better things to do, and Dick the Turd.

Stir well, bring to the boil – and wait for the bang!

Pages; 476

Number of reviews; 93 on Amazon.co.uk 86 of these are 5*

Price; £3.99 kindle

Would I BUY or PASS? ……..BUY


I got me a mammoth or two! This looks fun, I like the spiralling clock face, this is obviously a time travel story, the mad scientists sound fun and judging by the number of reviews it looks good. It’s book #6 in a series and still has lots of fans, I think I might check out book one as well as this one just to get a feel for the series. Amazon has this book under Science fiction and time travel, by the reviews it looks like a gem of a series.

Links to other bloggers taking on today’s challenge

Alison searched “Painting” https://alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com/2015/10/16/fridayfivechallenge-painting-ruby-tuesday-by-jane-yardley-rosieamber1/

Cathy found some Witches – http://betweenthelinesbookblog.com/2015/10/16/fridayfivechallenge-buyorpass/

Shelley has gone for Historical with an amazing cover – http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/10/16/buy-or-pass-historical-novels-fridayfivechallenge/comment-page-1/#comment-896

20 thoughts on “Would You BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge WHAT COULD POSSIBLE GO WRONG? By @authorjoditaylo

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  3. Ah – I remember you talking about this writer at the weekend. Having looked at this I am not sure it’s my sort of thing! The time travel element appeals, though.


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  5. Hi Rosie – I made of note of this book recently – possibly here? So it’s on my TBR list. I buy from around the blogosphere – but if I’m in a bookshop the concept has to appeal, as too the cover … and I do look at the blurb, and reviews … and then buy or pass … quite often pass! Cheers Hilary


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