Would You Buy Or Pass? #FridayFiveChallenge How To Bake by @PaulHollywood

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

Mug 1

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)

Much of Britain is gearing up for this year’s Great British Bake Off which is back on our screens on Wednesday August 5th – So excited!

Apologies to the rest of the world, but much of Britain goes a bit gaga over this programme. So what better way to choose a book?

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

Book Description

The last word in baking from the nation’s favourite expert  Umm! Is that It?

Price; I think you need a hard back cover of a cook book for the best effect £9.00 / $29.35 (Ouch!)

Reviews; 925 from Amazon Uk (700 of them 5*) 44 reviews from Amazon.com

Would I BUY or PASS? …….Buy this week because it’s very topical and who doesn’t need a new cookbook? I can always give it away as a present.

Analysis

So if you are a fan of The Great British Bake Off and Paul Hollywood then this book cover has it all, and the cakes seem to be just an added extra. Let’s face it ladies, Paul’s what we’re looking at here. It’s definitely him and the TV series selling this book because the book description just doesn’t bother trying, “The last word in baking from the nation’s favourite expert.”

I do enjoy baking and I know the nation stocks up on ingredients during the series, so what better book to have by my side? Even if it’s just to check out Paul while I wait each week for my hour long dose. From reviews it looks like it’s the UK fans buying this book, plus we are more likely to afford a copy than the overpriced version on Amazon.com.

A BUY from me this week – Anyone else a fan?

Here are links to other challengers taking part this week

Cathy chose #Histfic – https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/friday-five-challenge-5/

Liz checked out books with “Sea” in the them – https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/friday-five-challenge-7/comment-page-1/#comment-156

Shelley checked out books after an “Anniversary” search – http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/07/31/buy-or-pass-an-anniversary-post-for-the-fridayfivechallenge/comment-page-1/#comment-551

Luccia’s search led her to a gripping mystery – http://lucciagray.com/2015/07/31/buy-or-pass-the-dead-key-fridayfivechallenge-rosieamber1-thedeadkey/

Barb found a mix of Zombies and Fairy Tales and made them sound great – http://barbtaub.com/2015/07/31/zombies-fairytales-fridayfivechallenge-from-rosieamber1/comment-page-1/#comment-137443

Terry found a short WW2 book which is FREE on Amazon – http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/would-you-buy-or-pass-10.html?spref=tw

 

 

Would You BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge Runes by @ednahwalters #YA #Fantasy

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

Mug 1

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 I was inspired by the urge to read a book with Norse mythology.

I spent nearly all my 5 minutes going back a forth, exciting books covers led to book descriptions I didn’t like, or few reviews or high prices. I was being picky. In my last few seconds I chose this….

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

Book description

Seventeen-year-old Raine Cooper has enough on her plate dealing with her father’s disappearance, her mother’s erratic behavior and the possibility of her boyfriend relocating. The last thing she needs is Torin St. James—a mysterious new neighbor with a wicked smile and uncanny way of reading her.

Raine is drawn to Torin’s dark sexiness against her better judgment, until he saves her life with weird marks and she realizes he is different. But by healing her, Torin changes something inside Raine. Now she can’t stop thinking about him. Half the time, she’s not sure whether to fall into his arms or run.

Scared, she sets out to find out what Torin is. But the closer she gets to the truth the more she uncovers something sinister about him. What Torin is goes back to an ancient mythology and Raine is somehow part of it. Not only is she and her friends in danger, she must choose a side, but the wrong choice will cost Raine her life.

Number of reviews; 58 on Amazon.co.uk and 561 on Amazon.com

Number of pages 245

Price; FREE on kindle

Would I BUY or PASS?……BUY.

Analysis

In the end rather than find a satisfactory book about true Norse Mythology, I have a YA fantasy around the Norse Mythology. The book cover is enchanting, a mystical girl with wispy light catching swirls on her skin, the book title has a blue/white mystical/spiritual feel. From the book description you know it’s going to be YA fantasy and it looks like it will follow a well trodden path of successful YA storyline. This is book 1 of a series and like many YA series, book one is FREE to grab the young enthusiastic audience who are hungry for this escapism. ( I like to too and I’m no longer in the YA age range!)

58 reviews is impressive in this popular book market, 50 of them on Amazon .co.uk are 4 or 5* and on Amazon.com 561 is VERY impressive 89% are 4 or 5*. To top it all this book is FREE on kindle, so that is a big dose of persuasion to BUY this book. I’m sure the price gets many others to buy too, as long as they find the time to read and review, rather than letting the book sit and fester on their kindle.

Out of curiosity I checked out the other books in the series. Top end prices for my kindle purchasing, but doesn’t look to stop shoppers on the  Amazon.com market place.

Book 2

Amazon UK 35 reviews Price £2.47, Amazon US 303 price $3.89, no. pages 343

Book 3

Amazon UK 23 reviews Price £2.49 Amazon US 236, Prices $3.89 no. pages 286

Book 4

Amazon.UK 22 reviews Price £2.49 Amazon US 207, Price $3.89 no. pages 315

Book 5

Amazon UK 16 Amazon Price £2.49 Amazon US 143, Price $3.89 no. pages 249

Book 6

Amazon UK 17 reviews Price £2.49  Amazon US 119 Price $3.89 no. pages 362

I must add, in my search I found a box set of 14 full length fantasy novels about all sorts of mythology for FREE, but I really didn’t think I would ever read that many, plus I was put off by one review which said that many were book 1’s of a series and they left you on cliff hangers, so that was a PASS. I think a Wednesday Wing post discussion on the money, effort and marketing needed to pull off a great series is needed soon.

Links to other #FridayFiveChallengers

Cathy looked for a Summer read – https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/friday-five-challenge-4/

Terry Chose a Norwegian set book – http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/would-you-buy-or-pass-9.html

Shelley chose Chic-lit with an Italian theme – http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/07/24/buy-or-pass-will-chicklit-provide-a-fridayfivechallenge-winner/

Alison is looking for some sunshine in the rain –  https://alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com/2015/07/24/friday-five-challenge-sunshine-state-by-rosemary-whittaker-fridayfivechallenge-rosieamber1/

Luccia chose a book in the “Customer Favourites” section – http://lucciagray.com/2015/07/24/buy-or-pass-fridayfivechallenge-the-invention-of-wings/

Would You Buy Or Pass? #FridayFiveChallenge Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by @ThereseFowler

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

Mug 1

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 I wanted to be inspired by a historical female heroine, I searched the sub-heading of biographies, checked out a couple of books and found mine listed under “Customers who bought this item also bought” section.

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

Book Description

‘Sometimes’, said Scott, ‘I don’t know whether Zelda and I are real or whether we are characters from one of my own novels.’ Before F. Scott Fitzgerald was a literary darling, before he’d even begun to imagine The Great Gatsby or Benjamin Button, he was a young WWI army lieutenant who fell hard for a spirited Southern belle named Zelda Sayre. The life he and Zelda would lead together in New York, Long Island, Paris, Hollywood and the French Riviera made them legends, even in their own time. Set amidst the glamour of the Jazz Age and The Lost Generation’s vivid world abroad, Z vividly brings Zelda and Scott’s romantic, tumultuous, extraordinary journey to life. Zelda was the embodiment of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. She was vibrant, headstrong, complicated and misunderstood. Z is the irresistibly rich, romantic and tumultuous story of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, set in seductive settings. Filled with larger-than-life characters such as Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy and Gertrude Stein, we watch the evolution of this iconic woman as she lived large and ached to find her own identity in the shadow of her celebrated husband.

Price: Kindle £1.49 /$2.31

Number of reviews; 47 in the UK / 605 in the US

I checked out a couple of the reviews, lots like the book, but there are also some who didn’t think it was a true likeness of the characters real life.

With the clock ticking, would I BUY or PASS?……..BUY

Analysis

The book cover was an immediate hit, it spoke FLAPPER girl to me with just the hat. A huge Z on the cover – well that is the book title, it was spot on for the job. The book description pulled me in, I read The Great Gatsby twice, saw the film, I loved another book written about the era, (The 20’s Girl and All that Jazz by June Kearns) so I am intrigued to know more. It obviously has a huge following in America due to the characters and the setting. The price is an added bonus, I don’t like to spend too much on a kindle book, so this week I would definitely BUY this book.

A little extra, here is another book cover for the book, I like the first one best, for me the flapper girl sells it.

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Links to other #FridayFiveChallengers

Shelley chose Steampunk – http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/07/17/buy-or-pass-time-to-put-steampunk-through-the-fridayfivechallenge/

Cathy chose Travel and Holidays – https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/friday-five-challenge-a-la-mod-by-ian-moore/

Liz is checking out books about Cornwall – https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/friday-five-challenge-6/

Terry Chose to investigate “August” – http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/would-you-buy-or-pass-8.html

Barb is doing everything she can to get Wi-Fi out in rural Spain just to stay in touch – do read this it’s FUN – http://barbtaub.com/2015/07/17/the-f-bomb-cheating-and-fridayfivechallenge-from-rosieamber1/#like-6930

 

 

Would You BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge Handbags and Poobags by Alice Wright

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

Mug 1

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 I chose to search “Handbags” Ladies we all have use for a handbag….or 2..or 22.

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

Book Description

What happens when you drop a big, bouncing Boxer dog into the life of a glamorous girl about town? Alice Wright reveals all in her dog-memoir with a difference…
Alice’s busy life consists of ‘parties, premieres and private members clubs’ and she loves it! She certainly doesn’t want the responsiblity of a partner or a pooch but seems to end up with more than she bargained for in this very funny but incredibly personal memoir about modern dog ownership.
Set in the streets of Soho and the parks of North London HANDBAGS AND POOBAGS reveals why you should never wear a long cashmere scarf when poop scooping and how to hide a dog under a barstool and in the back of a taxi-cab.
A bit different from the traditional pet-memoir this warm, touching real life tale is full of embarrassing anecdotes and surprising discoveries as Alice realises that owning a dog changes not only her lifestyle but her life.

“Handbags and Poobags…. and bags of laughs too! A love story with a twist in its very waggy tail. I think Alice Wright is really Bridget Bones! Forget Hugh Grant or Colin Firth though, her dog is a much better love interest (and he’s a proper Boxer!)
If you’re contemplating settling down with a good dog, read this first and if it doesn’t put you off then you’ll be fine. Already had your heart stolen by a dog? You’ll definitely recognise the dogification of your wardrobe, the permanent damage to your flooring and especially the gritty bed linen!
What a page-turner. I Loved it.”
Beverley Cuddy, Editor DOGS TODAY MAGAZINE

“Incredibly honest, genuine and captivating… a real life take on modern day doggie living. It is brutally honest yet heart-warmingly brilliant. A must for all animal fans.”
Jessica Brown, PETS MAGAZINE

Price: £1.15/ $1.81

Number of Pages; 246

Number of reviews; 118 on Amazon.co.uk (82 of them 5*)

Would I BUY or PASS…..BUY

Analysis

My inspiration this week was the word “Handbag” and there were a huge selection of books all about the history of handbags or how to make handbags which wasn’t really my thing, until I spotted this fun book. As a Nation, Britain is mad about dogs. This book cover is bright and the cartoon picture suggests this is a fun book, even the book title looks like a “London” street sign all pointing the reader to the Soho setting for this book. A Fair price for 246 pages and that number of positive reviews means this book is a good find for dog lovers who want a fun read. Definitely a BUY.

Other posts from People taking part;

Shelley found her book on Goodreads http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/07/10/buy-or-pass-goodreads-provides-a-winner-for-fridayfivechallenge/comment-page-1/#comment-389

Cathy has found a saga based in New Zealand https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/friday-five-challenge-3/comment-page-1/#comment-2094

Liz finds a book about English Houses https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/friday-five-challenge-5/comment-page-1/#comment-131

Barb looked for a read to cool her down. http://barbtaub.com/2015/07/10/cold-cold-cold-oh-please-fridayfivechallenge-from-rosieamber1/

 

Would You BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge Australia Blues – A Scot at the Ashes by @StuartCroll

Welcome to my #FridayFiveChallenge anyone can join in, if you have a blog and want to post tag myself on Twitter @rosiamber1 or @terrytyler4, use the hashtag and we’ll help share.

Mug 1

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)

I need to get my teenage, cricket mad son reading over the school summer holidays, so I headed for his favourite subject matter CRICKET

Australia Blues: A Scot at the Ashes

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

Stuart Croll and David Alexander are Scotsmen on a mission of international importance. As life-long cricket fans they are heading Down Under to watch the Ashes and cheering for England. Will they be welcomed by the Barmy Army? How do the Scots, Irish and Welsh feel about supporting the mighty, mighty England? Five cities, five five-day matches, fifty days on the road. What begins as a childhood ambition turns into an epic voyage through a rapidly changing Australia, set against the backdrop of a legendary Ashes series. Blending travelogue, sport, psychogeography, scurrilous opinion and with laughter on every page, AUSTRALIA BLUES packs a lot in to one suitcase and a carry-on bag. Always funny, genuinely enlightening, occasionally poignant a unique book that captures the highs and low of a tour of a distant land. With cameos from some of cricket s biggest names, Australia Blues gives the fans eye view of the exhausting experience of criss-crossing a vast continent with too little money, too little sleep and too much to drink.

Number of pages; 360

Price; Kindle £1.99 $3.13

Reviews; 13 reviews

Would I BUY or PASS? ……BUY

Analysis

I need to find a book which will be a fun read for my son, he needs to be tempted to pick up this book, the book cover  says “FUN” to me, add the book description, my son is sporty and likes geography. The latest cricket Ashes is due to be played soon and I know he’ll be following it. I’m prepared to gamble on this purchase because the kindle price for 360 pages won’t put me too out of pocket if he refuses to read it. In fact I think I might sneak a read too! Outside of cricket loving nations and players I can see this book having limited appeal, but for now it’s a BUY from me, LOVE the cover.

Check out these links to other #FridayFiveChallengers

 

Cathy chose a #Thriller https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/friday-five-challenge-would-you-buy-or-pass-follow-you-home-by-mark-edwards-fridayfivechallenge/

Shelley looked at #Selfhelp http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/07/03/buy-of-pass-looking-at-self-help-and-cbt/

Terry chose OUTLAWS http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/would-you-buy-or-pass-7.html

https://alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/fridayfivechallenge-rosieamber1-its-raining-purple-bananas-other-such-stuff-by-calum-d-robertson/comment-page-1/#comment-1346

 

Would You BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge For All Our Tomorrows by Freda Lightfoot

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

Mug 1

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?

Tomorrow in the UK it’s Armed Forces Day, so I used this as my search criteria for this weeks challenge

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

Price – 59p for the kindle edition

Number of pages – 416

Number of reviews – 58 (51 x 4 or 5*’s)

Book description

From Sunday Times bestselling author, Freda Lightfoot. 1943, when hundreds of US Marines arrive at a quiet Cornish town, two lives will never be the same again.

Trapped in a small town resistant to change, Bette can’t resist handsome GI, Chad. But when reality draws in, Bette realises that their love was based on empty promises…

Meanwhile Bette’s sister Sarah, is tormented by her possessive husband, but even his jealous attempts to keep her out of temptation can’t prevent Sarah falling for officer Charlie.

Caught in the very worst of times with the turmoil and upheaval of war all around them, can these sisters find a brighter future for tomorrow?

A compelling family drama for fans for Maureen Lee and Katie Flynn.

BUY or PASS?……..BUY

Analysis

The two girls on the cover immediately tell you it’s historical fiction, around the 1940’s, add the sub-title with GI’s and you know it will be war time. I like war time family dramas so this appeals as does the very reasonable price of just 59 pence. The book description tells me enough, there will be love, losses and family troubles. The number of good reviews is also encouraging for a book which was only published in April. The author already has a good following if she has been a Sunday Times Best Seller. So a definite BUY from me.

For more posts check out #FridayFiveChallenge – feel free to join in, if you post about it tag me on @rosieamber1 or @TerryTyler4 and we’ll help share.

And these from fellow challengers

http://barbtaub.com/2015/06/26/my-work-here-is-done-fridayfivechallenge-from-rosieamber1-graduation-humor/

http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/would-you-buy-or-pass-6.html

https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/26/friday-five-challenge-would-you-pass-or-buy/

http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/06/26/buy-or-pass-teen-and-young-adult-books/

Would You BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge Stonehenge by Terence Meaden

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

Mug 1

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?

Here we go…… in two days time its the Summer Solstice so I looked at books about this subject.

Stonehenge

Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

Synopsis

A volume which draws on the evidence of goddess worship and symbolism to present an explanation that reveals Stonehenge as a temple in honour of the goddess and her eternal fruitfulness, rather than an observatory or the product of complicated mathematics.

From the Author

The annual fertility celebration of the Marriage of the Gods
The ordering of the stones signify yoni and womb of the Earth Mother and allows her midsummer fertilisation by the Sun/ Sky Father to be witnessed by everyone inside and outside of the monument.
Price; £8.00 hardback  or Paperback second hand issues from 1p + postage  – not available for Kindle
First Edition printed 1997
Number of reviews; 1 x 5*
BUY or PASS?……. Pass
Analysis
I thought I’d try a topical book and I do like the mystery which surrounds Stonehenge. My search threw up few books which were what I was looking for and this one was the cover that came close to my pre-conceived idea of a book I wanted.
Sadly the book was written a number of years ago and doesn’t look updated. I think if I was really looking for a book on the subject because I was researching it I might go for the second-hand copy option, but there wasn’t enough in the book description or the reviews to sway me to part with my money at the moment. I expect I could find more up to date information in a Google search of the internet.

Would you BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge #Urban – Wildside

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

Mug 1

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)

Here we go…this week I chose a random word first “wildside” then a category from the options offered for this word, I chose URBAN..

I found The Wolves of Craywood by V.J Banis

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

What a stunning book cover

Book description

Dark tragedy strikes the three Cray brothers: two girls have been brutally torn apart by vicious beasts, and the countryside around Cray Manor blazes with the legends of the werewolf. No one believes that a man could have caused such horror.

Gaye reluctantly answers her sister Susan’s call for help, not wanting to see the man she’d once intended to marry. When she learns that Susan blames Walter Cray for the killings at Craywood, it seems as if the world is collapsing into insanity. Nightmare follows nightmare, and soon Gaye herself is marked for death!

Can anyone stop the Wolves of Craywood?

Kindle Price; £2.23

No. Pages 296

NO Reviews.

I’ve time to take a “look inside”.

Would I BUY or PASS? ……..PASS

Analysis

So I was completely hooked by the wolves on the front cover – I watch wildlife programmes and I like wolves on the screen. But I needed to remember this was in the URBAN section, and the book description said “Werewolves”. Not a problem, I read paranormal, this sounds quite edgy, not too much in the book bio to go on.

The price is just about reasonable, under £2 would make it more appealing and less of a “risk” buy.

Then I read the rest of the info in the book description space, which told us about the author.

“V. J. BANIS is the author of 150 books, including classic gothic romances and major historical novels, many of them being reprinted or published by the Borgo Press imprint of Wildside Press. His most recent work is Longhorns (Carroll & Graf). He currently lives and works in the Blue Ridge region of West Virginia.”

Wow! 150 books, I got quite excited, was this a gem find? I had plenty of time this week as I’d quickly selected this book, so I checked out the list of books by this author on Amazon, and book after book after book had NO reviews. SERIOUSLY? Who is buying these books? Or where is he selling them? He had the odd review, but 150 books and no reviews on a major selling platform.

So for my last two minutes, I took “A look inside” I rarely do this, the opening scene wasn’t too bad, then we went on to dialogue and there were lots of He said/ she said, he asked/ she asked. Good authors have moved away from this, good editing will remove it too, for me that was the point at which my decision point came and I chose to PASS.

A shame, I was really taken by the cover, the rest slowly let me down. Authors need the backing of reviews to tempt the online buyer.

Would you BUY or PASS #FridayFiveChallenge – #Comedy – It Started With A Kiss by Lindy Dale

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

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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)

Here we go….. this week I chose COMEDY  and I found “It Started With a Kiss” by Lindy Dale

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

Book description

THIS IS A NOVELLA LENGTH TITLE
Out for a jog one Saturday afternoon, Georgie Bird is greeted by two things she never expected to see ~ a huge lump of dog doings on the sole of her shoe and her old boyfriend Nate. Nate and Georgie had been the only peas in the pod growing up and in the twelve years since they’ve seen each other, neither of them seems to have forgotten. Over a cup of coffee and a series of shared recollections, Georgie and Nate begin to rekindle the embers of the love they lost.
But can they save the relationship or will their one night of passion bring the closure they never had?
This is one romantic short story you won’t be able to put down!

“‘It Started With a Kiss’ is the latest ROMANTIC COMEDY from Lindy Dale, and everything we’ve come to expect from Aussie’s CHICK LIT QUEEN. You’ll want to clear your calendar, grab a cuppa, and curl up with this little gem, which comes complete with romance, laughter…and a smear of dog pooh!” – Lee Murray.

Book price; FREE on Kindle (at time of writing)

No. pages; 78

Number of reviews; 214 on Amazon.co.uk, 118 on Amazon.com

Would I BUY or PASS….. BUY

Analysis

Just look at that CUTE cover, who couldn’t resist those angelic looking kids?

So Dog poo… we’ve all stepped in it at one time, it’s not funny when it’s you but on someone else it’s hilarious as they try all sorts of ways to get rid of it, as long as you’re not sharing a car with them!

This book sounds a quick fun read, one you cheer you up on any afternoon. I don’t know this author, but that many reviews and mostly 4 and 5* mean readers like her. A huge bonus is the price, but the book appealed to me anyway.

I like romantic fiction and laughter, so it’s on my kindle as we speak.

 

Would you BUY or PASS? #FridayFiveChallenge – Dan Taylor is Giving Up On Women by Neal Doran

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge

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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?

Here goes… this week my category is LAD LIT

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

Did you even know this category existed?

This caught my eye because is basically CHICK LIT for men but I think women will enjoy it just at much and it looks fun

Book Price; £3.60 is pretty high for a competitive kindle price

Book Description

Dan Taylor is Giving Up on Women is witty, warm-hearted and achingly real. Neal Doran has created a love story for our times that will make you laugh, cry and fall in love with Dan Taylor. I loved it!’ – Miranda Dickinson, bestselling author of Take a Look at Me Now and I’ll Take New York

Perpetually single Dan Taylor is so terrible at meeting women his own mother suspects he might be gay. So best friends — and smug married couple — Hannah and Rob insist he needs some serious man management. Taking matters into their own hands, they decide to make him their ‘Project’ and set to work on finding him a girlfriend — one that might actually stick around long enough to meet his mother.

A new wardrobe, a better haircut and a slick online profile later and an unwitting Dan is ready to be launched on the London dating scene. But miracles don’t just happen, and when he does achieve some success with women, it’s not in the way anyone expected.

Number of pages; 268

Reviews; A mix of 37 reviews, 22 of them 5* on Amazon.co.uk, had time to skim a couple and they said it was funny.

Would I BUY or PASS?…….PASS

Analysis

Did that shock you? I like the sound of the book, I like fun books, the reviews make it sound good too, I liked the book description, but for me the price was key. The author may not have much say on price it looks like its from it got a Carina backing. If I saw it again on a price deal I would probably buy it. This book has the potential to grab the chicklit readers and younger male readers in their 20’s and early 30’s, so a double market potential.