I recently fell into the book depository bargain bin. They mail free to Australia so I love that I can buy a book and have it delivered to my door for a quarter of the price if I bought it at a bookstore in Australia. Sorry guys, the budget wins that argument hands down. Thanks, +The Book Depository.
So I picked up a few new titles at an average price of between $4 and $5. It costs $2 to reserve a book at my local library and Roberts’ new release paperbacks have a RRP of A$29. I am not kidding.
My reading list:
· Captivated by Nora Roberts
· Nightshade by Nora Roberts
· The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks
· Torn: Book Two in the Trylle Trilogy by Amanda Hocking
· Wake: Book One in the Watersong Series by Amanda Hocking
I have read one Nicholas Sparks book and seen a couple of his movies. I am fascinated as to why he is not categorized as a romance writer. Is it because he routinely kills people? Is it because he is not a slave to the standard HEA ending? Is it because he has a penis? It seems very odd that he has such a stranglehold on the movie tie-in. He must have a brilliant agent. I mean, Safe Haven (his latest movie version) has such a bizarre storyline that some sites have described it as ‘batsh*t crazy’. Spoilers in the article, if you haven’t seen it and want to.
I proposed a Sparks recipe after reading the Lucky One:
· Make up perfect people,
· Take an odd or quirky reason for the perfect people to meet, (a death, a photo, a bottle, a letter)
· Add kids, dogs and/or dependent parent,
· Add ugly one dimensional ex-partner, usually abusive
· Heat to generate love,
· Add a storm/flood/natural event,
· Kill someone or threaten to do so,
· Stir to mix.
I shall see if ‘Best of me’ follows the same recipe.
Nora Roberts writes a book every 45 days or some such crazy statistic and is estimated to earn $60m a year from them. She also writes detective stories as JD Robb. She's spent 16 years on the New York Times bestseller list.
I have never read any of her work and I want to scribble on it, so a library book was out of the question. I want to see if she follows a similar recipe to Sparks.
Hocking is the poster girl for self-publishers after signing a book contract for stories she had already sold in the millions as ebooks. I did read the first book in her troll series and was a little disappointed. I want to see how the others are. Wake is about mermaids and sirens; the new vampires, I hear, in YA fiction.
Pity, I like wolves, myself.