Sunday, March 4, 2012

When We Were Amazing by Christine London

Fourteen freaking hours in the hell that was the interior of a jet plane. He tried to read, listen to music, watch a film. Nothing. He could see nothing but her lying in a hospital bed, tubes and technology running from her, surrounding her with their manufactured sterility. She needed to be touched. He needed to touch her. Make sure she was warm, well, alive.

A nagging weight lodged in the pit of his stomach. No food, no drink, just her. She was the cure.

He slid the sunshade up. The first rays of light sliced across the horizon as they chased the day at thirty six thousand feet. He could scarcely make out the scallop of cumulus below as they drifted by. The world went on, not caring a thing for the concerns of man. His world was suspended like an insect in amber. The rest of humanity could look in at him, but he was paralyzed to act, to move, to breathe.

I once asked a best-selling author how she coped with mid-book doldrums and she said, “I think of the worst thing that can happen to my characters and, that’s what I do.”  I believe Ms. London must have met that author somewhere along the way.  I like her writing, but it gets a bit sudsy as her characters go from one tragedy to another.  Every time they get together, some tragedy creates an obligation that pulls them apart.  The timing just never seems right for them.  It doesn’t help that Carrie is much older than Bryan and he has a bit of maturing to do.  Or that she lives in California and he lives in Australia.  But even the entire Pacific Ocean can’t keep them apart forever.  Grab the Kleenex—you’ll need it, and not just at the end.  It’s a good book.

Length:  218 Pages

Price:  $5.95

You’ll notice I always include the publisher’s buy link.  That’s because authors usually receive 40% of the book price from the publisher.  Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%.  When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left.  So, if this book costs $5.50 at Secret Cravings and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.38.  If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $0.72.

Downloading the file from your computer to your Kindle is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive.  Plug the USB end of your chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from your “Downloads” box to your Kindle/Documents/Books directory.  I actually download my books using “Save As” to a “Books” file on my computer that’s sorted by my publisher, friends, and books “to review,” and then transfer them to my Kindle from there.  That way, if there’s a glitch with my Kindle, the books are on my computer.  Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the review, Rochelle. A BIG shout out for the explanation of the benefits of buying from the publisher. You rock!

    Warm best wishes,
    Christine London