Book of the Week/Free Press Book Review 8/28/12

The Other Half of Me (Free Press, 2012) is a the debut novel by Morgan McCarthy that I found an accomplished piece of work.

The Other Half of Me follows Jonathan as he journeys through his life in an affluent well-known family. His sister, Theo, journeys with him as they interact with those who enter their lives – their unloving mother Alicia, their hugely successful grandmother Eve, and childhood friends Nick and Maria.

The novel caught my attention from the start and held it until the very last chapter. There’s a feeling of sadness throughout this book, so I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone in a depressed or sad mood to begin with. There’s actually parts that brought tears to my eyes, which doesn’t happen with many books I’ve read.

The Other Half of Me reveals family secrets the reader never saw coming (well, at least I didn’t at first), along with some tragic outcomes. This isn’t light reading; as a matter of fact, there’s many instances where the story line becomes very intense. In any case, The Other Half of Me is a beautifully written story, something rarely accomplished by debut authors.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

SEEN This Week 8/27/12

This week’s book, event, and author news:

HarperCollins Canada has launched a new imprint. Find more details in Publisher’s Weekly.

Random House will publish an enhanced Inheritance e-book. Click here to find out more.

Read a nice write up of Front Row Monthly’s Adam Hornyak by Susan Wingate.

Shiralyn Lee will be re-releasing Loving the Pink Kiss in early September 2012.

Tyner Gillies, author of the highly acclaimed novel, The Watch received another five-star review.

A fantastic young adult novel power packed with action, adventure, and suspense. Sure to please readers of all ages, Phoenix Rising is this summer’s must!

Come on over and see the new trailer for Patricia Green’s Journey Family series (NSFW due to spanking content).

Would you ever even consider reading a short story collection out of order? Alex Laybourne wouldn’t. How to Read Short Stories.

A full length novel at only $1.99? 13 ratings all averaging five stars and carries a 4.45 average out of 21 ratings on Goodreads! Have you been touched by Touch of the Gods: The Wager? by D.X. Luc?

The online launch of Tom Gillespie’s Painting by Numbers is just around the corner! Have a sneak peek here.

Find out more about author Mary Aris on Jeanette Hornby’s blog.

In this digital world, Randy Attwood is taking a great leap backward. He’s working on putting together a kick starter project that will turn one of his novellas, The Saltness of Time, into a printed book done on a letterpress in a local artist’s studio and bound at a local bindery that has been in operation since 1885. Find more details at this link.

An article from Bestseller Labs tells how our Amazon Kindle books can be far bigger than we imagined. A recommended read.

My News for the Week:

The Cruiserweight ranked the following on Amazon August 21:

#11 in Kindle Store -Kindle eBooks – Nonfiction – Sports – Individual Sports – Wrestling

#37 in Books – Sports & Outdoors – Individual Sports – Wrestling

 

Do you have news you’d like to see in a future column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

Author Profile: Morgan McCarthy

Morgan McCarthy

BIOGRAPHY:

Morgan McCarthy was born in Berkshire, UK, where she still lives, and has been writing since primary school. She read English at Reading University, graduating with First Class Honors.
When not writing, she enjoys renovating houses on a non-professional basis, walking and fostering dogs for rescues and keeping up with new bands. She has worked in a supermarket, a small independent bookstore and most recently as a media analyst.

Her debut novel, The Other Half of Me, is set for release in early September by Free Press.

 

ON THE WEB:

Simon and Schuster Profile: Morgan McCarthy

Conville and Walsh Literary Agency: Morgan McCarthy

Amazon: Books by Morgan McCarthy

Kindle Direct Publishing Launches in India

 

 

If you have distribution rights in India for books you’ve published through Kindle Direct Publishing, they are now available in the Kindle store for India (sold to customers in India on Amazon.com). The list prices for titles sold in India are currently identical to those you’ve chosen for the Amazon.com store.

Titles sold in India will appear in your Amazon.com sales reports. You can visit your sales reports here.

You also now have the option to receive royalty payments in Indian Rupees (INR) for sales on Amazon.com. If you would like to review or change your payment preferences, you can do so on your KDP Account Page.

Read the India Kindle Store press release at this link.

Book of the Week 8/20/12

Need to add something different to read on your late summer book list? ANTMAN! (Taylor Street Publishing, 2012) by Robert V. Adams has a very addicting plot that grabs readers almost from the very beginning.

ANTMAN! is not the typical murder or horror mystery; where most use poison, guns, or even knives, this is a story of a serial killer who executes her or his victims in a most unusual way – with ants!

I’m not sure how many of us want to meet our deaths by being eaten by hundreds of ravenous ants, but the characters are multi-dimensional, fascinating, and the book’s story line unfolds at a perfect pace – neither too slow nor too quickly.

I normally don’t follow horror or psychological thrillers, but books with different story ideas always catch my attention.

ANTMAN! is also easy on the Kindle budget – only 99 cents. Quality reading doesn’t always come at such a cheap price, so be sure to grab your copy soon!

SEEN This Week 8/20/12

In my part of the world, it’s almost back to school time, which means many new book releases could be on the way. Be sure to check out your favorite authors and see what they have to offer for the upcoming fall season!

This week’s book, event, and author news:

Denysé Bridger has a gift for everyone: These stories have been written over the course of the past ten years, they’re very diverse in tone and style, and even in the quality of the writing, but she don’t “rewrite” the past. She uses it as her gauge so she is able to see improvement in the crafting of her words. Yes, some need editing, but again, this is old work that she hopes you will all enjoy some part of it – and it’s a 30K volume being offered as a FREE read by a very good publishing house. Read and enjoy!

The long wait is over. Allan Krummenacker spent considerable time editing his new Vlog entry: Creating Tension in Your Story. It’s currently being re-formatted into a publishable form. Also be sure to check it out on YouTube.

Hannah Audrey Warren asks “How many visitors do you have to your blog? What is normal, a lot, insignificant?” Read her entry.

Have you checked out PD Allen’s Multiverse Tales Into the Night? If you haven’t, it’s a great site to visit.

Writing.com offers free basic membership, with premium upgrades, which cost different levels of subscriptions. Unlike many short story writing sites, there is no ‘cost’ element to posting your work, and this is a distinct advantage as visitors won’t have to shuffle their way through a host of other writers’ postings to earn enough to participate. You earn points which can be traded in for periodic upgrades to your membership, and there are other ‘rewards’ in the form of temporary upgrades dependent upon participation. Referring members can also earn additional points.

The release of Joseph Rinaldo’s new novel, A Mormon Massacre, has created quite a controversy. Some believe he is trying to destroy the Mormon Church, some believe he’s trying to take advantage of the upcoming election by releasing it now, and some think he’s just a crackpot who likes rant. What would you think?

Be sure to check out and get your copy of SPOTLIGHT by Carole Foley Bellacera, now on special sale the remainder of this month for only 99 cents.
Goodreads Book Addicts are choosing their ‘Book to read in September’ and Belfast Girls by Gerry McCullough is in the top 10. Vote for your favorites here.

ANTMAN! author Robert Adams was rushed to hospital just before his book was published, and underwent a major emergency operation to save his life. He is now slowly recovering, still having treatment, but has not been well enough to do anything about promoting his book. Please read it, friends – a book like no other that you won’t be able to put down. Here are the Amazon Kindle links: Amazon US Amazon UK.

Interested in speculative fiction? Monica Brinkman’s guest August 16 was PJ Hultstrand on It Matters Radio.

Do you have news you’d like to see in an upcoming column? Either post it on a related site or email writingmerchant@gmail.com before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

Author Profile: Robert V. Adams

BIOGRAPHY:

Robert V. Adams has worked as a gardener, hotel cellarman, waiter and later in penal institutions as prison officer and acting governor, and has held fulltime and visiting professorships at three universities in England and Scotland, before turning to having his fiction published.

He has written more than two dozen books which have sold in every continent and have been translated into Portuguese, Korean, Japanese and Chinese.

He has lived in and around Kingston upon Hull in East Yorkshire, England for almost 40 years.

 

ON THE WEB:

Amazon: Books by Robert V. Adams

Goodreads: Robert V. Adams

Twitter:@rvadams1