October Update: An Old Request and a New Opportunity


First, I’d like to apologize to my blog subscribers who are not also football fans.  A lot of my normal blog posts have been temporarily replaced by weekly NFL updates.  For what it’s worth, I do try to make them funny so they will have a wider appeal.  And lets face it, football players do a lot of stupid things.  Fans too.  Did you read about the drunk woman that stole the artificial leg?  Stuff that ridiculous is usually reserved for Carl Hiaasen novels.  But if such things still don’t capture your interest, perhaps I can appeal to your salivary glands instead.  Each NFL recap includes a new game day recipe and they’re all really good.  I encourage you to try them all.  In the meantime, in addition to those posts, I will continue to publish  occasional personal updates, interviews and other non-football content

Okay, it’s dead horse time.  Let’s talk book reviews.  Are you ready?  Married white male seeks intriguing, enticing reviews for his debut novel.  Hell, I’m not that picky.  I don’t care if the reviews and intriguing or enticing.  I just want them.  I keep asking and I keep hearing the same thing.  I’ve never written a book review before. I don’t know what to say.  Honestly, it doesn’t much matter what you say.  I promise no one will grade your work.  And that little star rating carries more significance than the review itself.  There’s nothing to it.  I’ll teach you right now.  Go to amazon.com and type A Shot at Redemption into the search box.  Mine will be the first book that comes up.  Better still, CLICK RIGHT HERE!  Scroll down to the review section and click that big button that says write a customer review.   Ignore your rapid pulse and sweaty palms.  This won’t hurt a bit.  First, rate the book on a scale of 1 to 5.  You can be honest as long as you give me at least a 4.  Next comes the review itself.  This is not difficult.  I’ll even give you a template to follow.  It comes from Michael Carman, my most recent reviewer.  He said, “A real page turner. Unpredictable and hard to put down. Suspenseful and poetic. I look forward to his next great book.” See that?  Short and sweet.  Thank you, Michael.  All that’s left is to add a headline, maybe something catchy like this didn’t suck.  I want to kick up the promotional efforts on this book and it would really help if I had a few more reviews under my belt.  There.  I’ve said my piece.  I promise I won’t ask again…    at least until next time.

And on the subject of promotional efforts, I do have some exciting news. A Shot at Redemption is now available on the Coastal 181: Reading for Racers website.  As their slogan suggests, Coastal 181 specifically targets readers interested in books about racing.  Most of the books they market are nonfiction, but my novel caught their attention enough to give it a try. A Shot at Redemption is more of a mystery/thriller than anything else, but there’s definitely a racing theme.  I did very well selling to race fans at the Oswego Speedway Labor Day weekend. This latest venture will hopefully be just as successful.  I’m thankful to Cary and the rest of the Coastal 181 staff for having faith in me.

Work on Parlor City Paradise continues and I’m still hoping to have a finished first draft of a manuscript by Christmas.  That doesn’t leave me much time so I guess I’d better get back to it.  We’ll chat again soon.


If you like what you’ve read, please subscribe to this blog or my Turn the Page book reviews blog.  You can also visit  michaelsova.com, or  find me on Facebook, and on Twitter @Micsova. Please pick up a copy of A SHOT AT REDEMPTION, my debut mystery novel.  

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