Friday, April 20, 2012

A-Z Today we are going for R

R is for Riveting

There are no sweeter words to the ears of a writer than “I couldn’t put it down”. All those long hours of writing, editing, second guessing, and self doubt are washed away in a single phrase from one of our readers. In a word, they found the story Riveting. As I worked through what I might say in this blog, I tried to remember the last story I read that was riveting; an “I can’t put it down story”. I’ve come up with a few suggestions. But before I get to those, I am blessed to be able to say that the early reviews of my book are all about the “I can’t put it down” phrase. They say, no matter what your personality is, that you have to learn to toot your own horn if you want to sell your books. So I’m blaring the horn as loud as I can. It is a very good feeling to know that people are reading my work and are putting off other important things to see what happens next. Thanks to everyone, so far. Keep spreading the word.

All right! Here are a few books I found to be so fascinating in one shape or form that I couldn’t put it down. Forgive me if Stephen King steals the show.

1)  The Drawing of the Three—the second book in the Dark Tower series by S. King. Before there was Being John Malcovitch, King did the Drawing of the Three.

2)  Gone Baby Gone—Dennis Lehane. Writer of Mystic River. Super drama in these investigative mysteries delving into human frailties.

3)  The Long Walk--A short by Stephen King for kindle readers. Teenage boys sign up to walk till they drop-or are shot by the government. Last one walking, wins--but have already lost.

4)  Any book by Robert Crais—His Elvis Cole detective series is outstanding, fast paced with a smart-ass attitude.

If you notice, these are not deep intellectual readers, they are fast-paced fun books to read. Stephen King fast paced? Yes. Not all of his books are 700 pages. And he engrosses you in the character.

Any recommendations on your end of the world?


bwinn said...

I remember reading many authors when I was younger. After my divorce, my passion to read left with my Ex. Not sure if reading was my escape and I no longer needed it or what but the point is, I no longer enjoyed reading for pleasure. I have read some since then but not in the same way that I used to. Until your book. I am telling you that I would read at night when I went to bed and was really excited to pick it up to find out what was going to happen next. I would read well into the night because I knew that I would not get a chance to pick it up again until the next night. So, I can honestly say, your book has been the only book in the last fourteen years to keep me turning the page and excited about reading. Thanks for helping find that passion for reading again!

Rhonda Parrish said...

The only 'riveting' story from your list that I've read is The Long Walk. Perhaps I ought to look up some of the others :)

~ Rhonda Parrish

Julie said...

I've just discovered your blog through the A-Z, it's great to meet you. I'm really curious about this King story now, sounds great and I hadn't heard of it before. Love Dennis Lehane as well.