Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Reading Update and a Giveaway

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Here’s what I read since my last update:

Book #21

Dates read: May 12-20
Title: Revival
Year of publication: 2014
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Horror
Series: N/A
# of Pages: 403
Paper or plastic: Hardback
How obtained: Purchased
Blurb from Book:. In a small New England town, over half a century ago, a shadow falls over a small boy playing in the yard with his toy soldiers. Jamie Morton looks up to see a striking man, the new minister. Reverend Charles Jacobs, along with his beautiful wife, will transform the local church. The men and boys are all a bit in love with Mrs. Jacobs; the women and girls feel the same about Reverend Jacobs—including Jamie’s mother and beloved sister, Claire. With Jamie, the Reverend shares a deeper bond based on a secret obsession. When tragedy strikes the Jacobs family, this charismatic preacher curses God, mocks all religious belief, and is banished from the shocked town.
    Jamie has demons of his own. Wed to his guitar from the age of thirteen, he plays in bands across the country, living the nomadic lifestyle of bar-band rock and roll while fleeing from his family’s horrific loss. In his mid-thirties—addicted to heroin, stranded, desperate—Jamie meets Charles Jacobs again, with profound consequences for both men. Their bond becomes a pact beyond even the Devil’s devising, and Jamie discovers that “revival” has many meanings.
My thoughts: This one is not one of my favorites. The story is told in first person, and when it starts I really have no idea what the book is about (because I don’t read the blurb, apparently). Half-way through the book, “revival” is first mentioned. I enjoyed reading it enough to want to figure out how it was going to end, but it does ramble on at times. Good thing I don’t mind Stephen King’s rambling, but this won’t be anything I will want to re-read.

As you can see, I’m building up my BookBub followers. Whether it does me any good… only time will tell. Same with my Amazon ads. I’m getting more sales (yay!), but losing money in the process (boo!). I’m just considering the money spent as gathering data. I need it in order to advertise efficiently. Of course, right now I’m hearing from the majority of clicks “love your cover, love your copy, but not interested.”  It’s probably not true. I could have been added to someone’s wishlist. But during this time, during this crisis, feeling depressed as it is, it’s where my mind goes. Probably a good thing I’m crocheting a lot right now. It gets my mind off of depressing things, especially when I’m watching a favorite movie doing it!

Happy Reading! And if you enter the giveaway—Good Luck!!



The Happy Whisk said...

Sorry to read about losing money at the same time. I don't know anything about selling books online but I've heard it's a process. Someday, I'll learn when I do my cookery/bake book. But for now, I'll live through those of you who've gone before me. Sorry you're depressed. Here's to better days for you ahead.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Thanks, Ivy. <3

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sorry you're losing money. I need to get back to BookBub more often. Although right now I think it's tough for everyone.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Alex - Yeah, I'm losing money (not a lot, thank goodness!), but hopefully I'll learn a lot. And more people ARE buying my books.