I knew Jarrett Rush and I would get along when I read the comment he left on my blog when I dissected those bad reviews of Nothing to Lose by Lee Child. Remember? I had come across about 300 nasty grams for Lee on the Barnes and Noble website and decided that my goal should be to try and resell the book to past readers. Would you believe it worked? Here is Jarrett's comments:
I love Lee Child and Jack Reacher, but this is one I couldn't get through. I just felt like he was wandering the desert between the towns too much. I need my Reacher interacting with people and he didn't do enough of that here. Sounds like I may have bailed a chapter or two too early. (And didn't he pretty much save Officer Vaughn from her life of misery by giving her some much needed lovin' and a better understanding of how to deal with her husband. )
You've got me thinking I need to go back and try to pick up where I left off.
Don't ya just love happy endings? I'm so glad my quirky little book blog and the part where I highlighted the "much needed lovin' could convince Jarrett to give this book another try. After reading his comment, the first thing I tried to do was find Jarrett on Twitter. He wasn't there. But he showed up a couple days later and signed up to follow me. Then he started tweeting about his free book Consider Us Even that you can find on Smashwords. Smashwords? What the heck is Smashwords?
Well, I'm glad you asked. Smashwords.com is an online collection of books that are published in various electronic formats so that they can be read on computers, cell phones or other electronic devices such as the Kindle or the Sony Reader. It's also a place where writers can go to publish their own work. While there might be some controversy over self publishing and going the traditional route to get a book deal, I personally, don't care how the work is published just as long as I can gain access to it. And making sure my coworkers and blog readers have access to great reads is just as important.