Monday, April 04, 2011

C = Chasing Beth Rider


Amazon is often portrayed as the “bad guy” in book-selling, and we could probably have a long debate about their pricing policies. However, here’s a little tale that left me in no doubt that they don’t always deserve their bad name:

 

Browsing the blogs I follow (yes I do read your blogs) I stopped on the Kindle Nation Daily because a book cover caught my eye. After checking the price (very reasonable) and the blurb I had no hesitation buying  Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider by Ellen C. Maze.

Do you adore books you can’t put down? I do and that’s why this book kept my real-life at bay for a good day and night. Her unique take on the vampire thriller genre in Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider made such an impression on me that I had to contact Ellen to express my whole-hearted appreciation. Was that cheeky of me? I don’t think so because, as an author, I’d love to hear what my readers think – good and bad. However, I was surprised when Ellen replied expressing her delight at my message. Wowza.

Ellen’s inspirational paranormal thriller is ranked number 1 at Amazon in the Kindle bookstore. And if you look at the reviews there, you’ll understand why: "Fast-paced...totally unique", “A book u will just devour”; “awesome new twist on a classic genre…”; "Maze's storytelling is fast and fun, overflowing with ideas and spiritual insight." This last quote's from NYT Bestselling Author Eric Wilson. 

Ellen is an author to watch out for because she’ll zoom into the best-sellers lists in no time and she’s already Amazon’s Best Customer- Ranked.

I intend to read the whole "Rabbit" series, but at the moment I’m reading Feckless, an anthology of supernatural, paranormal short stories for which Ellen is not only the editor but also one of the main contributors. It’s pure pleasure to dip into this book and I alternately laughed out loud, shivered, and became so spooked I turned on all the lights when I read the far-ranging tales. There are some real gems: check out Elizabeth Little’s “Friends” story, and of course it’s pure delight finding Ellen’s inimitable prose again – like finding an old friend. She has taken a new twist on the vampire genre, one I guarantee you'll not find elsewhere.

I have a feeling that this quote, which I filched from her GoodReads Author Page, just about sums Ellen up perfectly:

"You can't wait around for someone else to make you happy. Make joy in your own heart and go from there."

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Ellen will be here tomorrow on Lauracea blog to tell you about her books, her vampires, her advice for debut novelists and also some intriguing secrets about herself.

Join me tomorrow for a guest interview with Ellen C. Maze.