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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Game by Shane Scollins Book Review & Guest Post





Young Adult Thriller/Suspense
Date Published:3/1/13


No matter where you are, they’ll find you, and put you in “The GAME”.

Candice Laguna’s life is being systematically dismantled, by an unknown force, for a
reason she can’t imagine. But she is about to become the unwilling star of a reality game
competition the likes of which has never been broadcast to the world.

Just when things get darkest, a mysterious man snatches her from the grips of doom.
He is a man who is not what he seems, and not who he says. He has no name and his
motivation to help Candice is not what it seems to be.

But his selfishness has good intentions, he just wants to know who he is and where he
came from. And getting to the man orchestrating this reality game is the only way to find
the truth.

THE GAME is a mystery/thriller with an unpredictable paranormal twist. It has action
and adventure and plays up the everyday exploitation of reality television obsession gone
wrong.



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My Review:

This book is so different from anything else that I have read.  I think it would make a good movie.  It's very edge of your seat and keeps you guessing.  I also found it to be super creepy.  Imagine if someone was calling you and knew everything about you - making problems in your life until you have no choice but to participate in a sick and twisted game.  Imagine if you didn't know who you really are.  These are things two of the characters in the book are going through.  The book is pretty intense in parts.  There is a bit of romance thrown in, and a weird paranormal twist.  

The book also raises questions about reality TV and the lengths that these types of shows go to  to exploit people for the purpose of entertainment.  It also makes you take a look at how you the reader look at these shows.  

This is the first book I've read by Shane Scollins but it will not be the last.  I can't wait to see what else this guy has written!


Shane Scollins

Author Bio:
Shane Scollins is a freelance writer and author. From New Jersey, he now resides in
Upstate New York with his wife, Heather. He has worked as an automotive service
manager, a website developer and a computer network engineer. Primarily a
science fiction and paranormal novelist, Shane enjoys taking readers on surprising
and unexpected journeys that twist reality. He is currently working on his next
book.

Twitter: @shanescollins

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Guest Post
WHY BOOK COVERS ARE TO IMPORTANT

Book covers are a vitally important part of your book. They are the first thing readers will see. They are the first impression of your work. And as much as we want to believe in that old saying that you can’t judge a book by its cover, we simply know from a marketing standpoint, that’s not even close to true.  

The craziest part is that in this new publishing landscape book covers are even more important. The cover has never been more critical than it is right now. There are more books available and a greater need to distinguish yours from the pack.

Self-publishing and eReaders have put more choices in front of readers than there has ever been before. And at the same time readers are devouring books at a rate they never have. Setting your book apart from the pack is not easy, and at this stage, at the very least, you need to have a cover that will get that second look. It needs to be clean and professional.

Unless your name is King, Koontz, Patterson, Stewart or Roberts, your story is going to need a great cover. Those few big names can just put their name on the cover, some swirly sky colors next to a tree, and end up selling the lights out. Unfortunately, that won’t work for most of us.

The rest of us need a great cover that evokes the emotion of the shopper. Because lets face it, no matter how great the writing is, if the cover is horrible, no one is going to know it.

I have seen firsthand the difference a great cover can make. My publisher, Limitless Publishing, is putting out some of the best book covers on the market, period. And the cover is the window into your book. If people don’t want to look thorough the window, it won’t matter how cool the view inside is.




1 comment:

Shane Scollins said...

Thanks for hosting today. I'm glad you enjoyed THE GAME... :)

 
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