If you've been following my blog, you may have noticed that about once a month for the past half year I've taken a blog post to talk about a specific book recently come out in Christian publishing. I'm part of a group blogging together on this, and I don't get to choose the books, though I'm sure suggestions are welcome. The idea is to create a buzz about these books, make people aware of their existence, and to see if by this venture, we can bump the sales up a little. It may be difficult to tell exactly how much of a book's sales can be attributed to blog buzz, but it's fun to try, all the same.
It's been kind of interesting to see what kinds of books are coming out from Christian publishers these days. It's exciting to see the variety available; things have really been a'changin' in the past few years. I've had the opportunity to read most of the books that we talk about, though sometimes the books arrive in the wilds of Canada a little too late for me to read them BEFORE we blog about them. And I have to admit, not every title looks like a book I want to read, either.
This months's book, Comes a Horseman by Robert Liparulo is one such book.
Here are a couple of samples of the kind of praise (found on his website) that Robert is gleaning for his story:
"If you like thrillers that are spine chilling and just won't let go of the reader, this book is for you. "
-- Mysteries Galore
"Robert Liparulo has crafted a diabolical thrill ride of a novel that makes the roller coaster at Magic Mountain seem like a speed bump. Part serial killer procedural, part global techno-thriller, part spiritual suspense epic, Comes a Horseman has enough plot twists and action to decode Da Vinci! Highly recommended!"
--Jay Bonansinga, author of Frozen, The Killer's Game, and The Sinking of the Eastland
Um, I have to admit that I've never yet read a book that matched this description in any way, and I'm trying to decide if I'm going to be brave enough when Comes a Horseman shows up in my mailbox.. How much do I need to do in the name of market research? How much do I need to do in the name of supporting fellow new authors? Can I just let my husband read it?
The jury is still out.