I've seen a PublishAmerica author mentioned a couple of times lately on the AAR boards. One person posted, "I found the book (Fire in the Ice) through a recommendation on B&N for Full Bloom by Janet Evanovich. I bought the book, not having a clue who this author was (Katlyn Stewart) and was blown away by this fantastic book." Another person wrote, "I was surprised by this novel so much that my mouth is dropped wide open. Not only is this an exceptional story that you will want to read again and share with friends, the editing was wonderful. Now, granted Ms. Stewart has made other messageboards because she is one of their best sellers (so they say) selling over 1000 books (small change really). But, if this book gets the promotions behind it, it will soar to the top. I am serious. It's that good. "
Books from PA often seem to get promoted this way on the boards, and I've gotten the impression that these posts are often by less-than-disinterested parties. But what caught my attention this time was that both posters dissed PublishAmerica, saying they had heard bad things about the publisher and approached the book with caution. This suggested that these posters were genuine, rather than friends of the author. There was also a long thread on the RT boards, beginning with this post: "Someone had asked earlier about this book. I've read it and loved it! The Hero is a tortured Alpha male. She is emotionally tortured as well. The story was quite exciting. The romantic scenes were very hot, very erotic, very tastefully done."
Intrigued, I checked Amazon and saw fourteen five-star reviews. Again, you often see very bad books with a long list of five-star reviews, and the fact that Amazon is promoting it with Full Bloom doesn't impress me, since I recently discovered this is a program Amazon offers-- you can be bundled with a bestselling author for a mere $750. (It seems to be working for Ms. Stewart, if she's actually sold 1000 books, so maybe I should try it. Her Amazon ranking is a lot higher than mine:-). But either way, I thought I'd check out her excerpt.
Um. I'm not a snarky person, so I won't make snarky comments, except to note that this book sells for $19.95. Feel free to check out the excerpt yourself and see what you think.
I'm starting to seriously consider that Amazon program.
UPDATE: I'd probably be a better writer if I could actually read *wry grin*. I reread the first quote and noticed it mentioned B&N, not Amazon. I checked, and lo and behold, two different readers (out of five) on B&N mentioned Fire in the Ice as "also recommended" in their reviews of Full Bloom. A much cheaper method than the Amazon program, I guess. What are the odds that two totally disinterested readers would mention that book in reviews of a Janet Evanovich title, do you suppose?