Cover Reveal For “Crash Into You”

One of the reasons I haven’t been blogging much is that I have been working on my new book, Crash Into You

And here’s the cover!

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Here’s the synopsis for the new book:

A plane crash in the high mountains of Montana left no survivors, according to news reports. But the news is wrong.

Aimee Baxter was traveling from Washington D.C. to Portland, Oregon to make a new life for herself, free of her former boyfriend, Seth Sabich, a dirty cop who has become involved in counterfeiting. That big pile of cash she swiped before she took off is not only fake money, it’s fake money that belongs to a big time criminal kingpin. Seth is not about to let her – or the cash — go without a fight.

As a survivor of the plane crash, Aimee is injured but makes her way down the mountain to find shelter and plan her new life. She’s discovered by Mark Spanner, a doctor who is running from secrets of his own.

Very soon, Aimee and Mark come face to face with federal authorities, her angry ex-boyfriend, and the brutal gangbangers who have been double-crossed.

Nothing in life is free, and happiness may cost more for Aimee than she can bear to pay.

Pre-Order Crash Into You today!

Destiny By Sally Beauman Is Now On Kindle!

My favorite book, Destiny by Sally Beauman, is now a Kindle book! Anyone who has read this blog for any length of time knows this book has been an obsession since I was 16 years old. It is an amazing, tragic book. I’ve now got 5 versions of it, including the Kindle version. It’s so exciting to see that Beauman’s backlist is now being republished, and I hope that this special book finds a new, modern audience. It deserves to be made into a movie.

It’s a happy day.

Sally Beauman's amazing book, Destiny

Sally Beauman’s amazing book, Destiny

Bad Reviews: When They Just Don’t Get You

Today I saw that I got a two-star review on Barnes & Noble. Bad reviews always make me unhappy, but this one was particularly puzzling:

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If you can’t see it, it says:

The story starts off great but then you have all the sex scenes
The story starts off great but then you have all the sex scenes written in. I am no prude, but the vulgar terms used don’t enhance the scenes at all. I go for the plot & the romance, not the quickie in the closet w/ four letter words describing the anatomy. Doesn’t anyone write clean romances any more? I may update my rating if I can get back to the storyline without the bleep filter going off in my head. Writer’s take note..you don’t need 4-letter words to sell the book, write a great story!

Isn’t it obvious, by the cover and the blurb text, that it is a sexy book? If that isn’t what you’re looking for, I can understand you skipping it. But to denigrate a book because it is sexy, because that is the market it is aiming for, seems a bit peculiar to me.

I’ve written bad reviews for all kinds of reasons, and certainly this person was well within the bounds of fair play to write an honest, bad review. What I can’t understand is why this book would have appealed to her (I’m assuming it is a woman) in the first place if she disliked sexy words.

My first response is that it was a failure of marketing. But on second thought, you can’t convey EVERYTHING about a book in a cover or the blurb text, so maybe it was a massive success of marketing. As in, the book burst out of the romantic suspense genre and creeped into pure political thriller. That to me is a huge success. The expectations between romantic suspense readers and political thrillers are different, so that could account for the surprise that there was so much sex in At Any Cost.

Also, it has been my experience that more men read political thrillers than women, and men – surprisingly – seem a little put off by graphic language and erotic content in books. If that is the case, it seems a little unfair to dislike a book because that’s not what you expect in your type of book (i.e., it would be unfair of me to expect romantic suspense when I open a Vince Flynn novel.)

This is all just speculation, of course. The reader could be exactly my target romantic suspense reader (and she does say she reads for plot and romance), but just doesn’t care for my use of the word “cock”. If that is the case, I guess it is a matter of taste then.

I welcome all reviews – good and bad – so please don’t think I’m in any way discouraging negative feedback. And I do hope that she gets back into the story. But if she doesn’t, that’s okay too. I know my sex scenes can be a bit graphic. I know some people don’t like them. In fact, someone else on Amazon had the same general complaint, that it was a great book except for all the sex scenes.

I’m not sure how to write romantic suspense without the sex scenes. I’m also not sure I want to.

In any case it is good for me to see these perspectives. I know that my books won’t appeal to everyone, but it can be useful to know why. Therefore, I thank anyone and everyone who has taken the time to write a comment or even just give it a star rating. It means a lot to me and I appreciate it.

Destiny by Sally Beauman : A New Archive

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Since the book Destiny by Sally Beauman is becoming quite a large category on this blog, I’m going to collect all the links to posts about the book here. I will update this post on an as-needed basis.

Destiny By Sally Beauman

The Kindest Stranger

Bookstack

Books Update

The Origins of Destiny: Early Sally Beauman

Destiny In The Wildest Places

Loving Destiny

Sally Beauman to Publish New Book

Two More Sally Beauman Books

Broken Destiny

Books Update 2

Destiny In The Wildest Places

Paul and I were poking around a tiny hamlet called Hinton Ampner. We saw an ancient Saxon church and in front was a small box of old books for 50p a piece. I made a mental note to check them on the way out. We walked inside, looked at the sad relics and plaques, and then made our way out again.

I paused at the box of books and my eyes went directly to a most amazing sight: Destiny by Sally Beauman! Furthermore it was an edition I had never even seen before. I was stunned. I left with it in my purse feeling like there really is a small transparent thread of destiny in the world and sometimes you run across it like a spider web across your face.

I love this book so much. I will buy any edition of this book in any condition, and so far, I’ve been very lucky. I’ve found it twice in two months, and both books are in good condition. Happy happy joy joy.

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Destiny

Destiny

At Any Cost Is A Bestseller!

At Any Cost is number 5 in romance, and number 8 overall on the B&N Bestseller list. I’m sort of stunned my book is doing so well. I mean, I know it is a good book. I knew it when I was writing it. People have told me that they’ve enjoyed it, and many have written great reviews for it. And yet it still feels a little surreal to be on the bestseller list with people like Cynthia Eden, whose books I admire a great deal, and Sylvia Day, whose books are just crazy-famous right now.

As my friends know, the writing of that book has a long and storied history. Now, reading it, I feel a kind of weird nostalgia: I remember that place or I remember what inspired that line or that scene. I could never write that book in any other time in my life. It remains a kind of postcard from a very specific era.

Forgive me if I go on about it. But it’s a very special moment for me. I am so thankful that so many people are enjoying the book. I hope if you’ve read it and you want to tell me your impressions you will.

Meanwhile, I took a screenshot of my book right beside Cynthia Eden’s. What an awesome day!

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At Any Cost Is A Bestseller Again

After a few weeks of falling off the bestseller charts, At Any Cost is currently number 33 on B&N! Check it out!
Additionally, yesterday I had a funny notification from Amazon. I received a newsletter enticing me to buy At Any Cost!

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Ah I’ve already got every version known to mankind, but I hope others find some use in the Amazon mailings!

My Birthday Sale & Contest

It’s my birthday on Saturday and I have a big surprise for you!

Bestselling romantic thriller At Any Cost is on sale from all retailers for $.99 for a limited time and you have a chance to be immortalized in my next book! It’s easy-peasy. Just buy the book for $.99, then email your name to me (blog.caraellison at gmail). It can be your first or last name (or both) or a name you just want to see in print. I will choose two names to use as characters in my next book, which is untitled at the moment but is Omar and Leah’s story. You can even let me know if you’d like your namesake to be a bad guy, a good guy, or a neutral guy.

Sound fun? Choose your favorite retailer: B&N | Amazon | iBookstore.

Can’t wait to hear from you!

The Paperback Version of At Any Cost

Paul brought this home this evening. He bought it like a regular customer from Amazon.

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The Similarities Between AT ANY COST & #PRISM

Wow, it was weird to see the NSA scandal play out this weekend. It all felt very familiar and creepy because essentially the plot of AT ANY COST is what was streaming before my eyes all day. AT ANY COST is the story of a young man who discovers that someone at the NSA has made it possible for everyone to be spied upon at at time, and for every secret to be sold. Fallon Hughes, the daughter of the president-elect, and her Secret Service detail, Tom Bishop, are yanked into the conspiracy when Fallon gets a phone call from a frantic young man saying the NSA is giving away the “map of the keys.” Map of the keys is made up, but it essentially describes the PRISM scandal. And like Edward Snowden, the young informer – Antoine Campbell – is in deep trouble with the US government and those who would prefer these secrets be kept secret.

Edward Snowden is currently in Hong Kong, no doubt paranoid out of his mind while he waits for CIA assassin teams to kidnap him (source: the Guardian). In AT ANY COST, the whistleblower isn’t quite so lucky – he had no time to give interviews before he’s killed. That’s not really a spoiler for the book, incidentally.

The acts that spring from the leak are terrifying – both in real life and, I hope, in the book.

Another strange coincidence was the Chechyan connection in the book. I won’t go into too much detail, but there is a character in the book that sickeningly forecasted Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber.

How utterly bizarre to see what I conceived as outrageous fiction has materialized before our eyes.

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