The Hotel By Pamela Kelley
Women's Fiction, RomancePaperback & ebook, 270 Pages
June 8, 2021 by Piping Plover Press
Secrets and lies...at Nantucket's most exclusive and glamorous, family-owned hotel.
The Whitley is Nantucket's most exclusive waterfront hotel--a sprawling collection of pristine white cottages and an elegant main building on a long stretch of private, white sandy beach. It's a family owned business--brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, all work there in various capacities.
Paula is happy in her back office accounting position. But changes are in store when her grandfather promotes her and fires her cousin--who then blames Paula.
Meanwhile, a blond romantic comedy superstar is hiding out at The Hotel for a few months. She meets Paula's brother, a chef--who has no idea who she is--and she likes it that way. Paula's grandfather also hires a consultant to help her settle into her new role. But she isn't sure what to think of David, who grew up on Nantucket but now lives in Manhattan. He's a brilliant consultant and will be assessing Paula's suitability for the role. He's also home for another reason, a difficult family issue that makes Manhattan seem very far away. A new family saga from the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller author of The Nantucket Inn and The Restaurant.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
The Hotel is a wonderful story with various important precepts to consider. Although somewhat predictable there were many "twists" and fast paced events, it was never boring.
This was an inspirational motivating story of positive self-talk, pushing oneself to do more than one considers possible. It is about loyalty, jealousy, forgiveness, finding ones own purpose, .dysfunctional relationships, being honest with oneself and willing to improve. It's about trust, friendship and love.
The characters are believable and well-defined. It is easy for the reader to feel aart of the story. The title and Cover image are sim[le but a great "fit".
I am looking forward to reading more works by this great writer!
I offer a Five Stars rating.
This book was gifted me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Pamela M. Kelley is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of women's fiction, family sagas, and suspense. Readers often describe her books as feel-good reads with people you'd want as friends.
She lives in a historic seaside town near Cape Cod and just south of Boston. She has always been an avid reader of women's fiction, romance, mysteries, thrillers and cook books. There's also a good chance you might get hungry when you read her books as she is a foodie, and occasionally shares a recipe or two.
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City of Deadly Dreams: Mystery by Elyse Douglas
Publisher: Broadback (May 1, 2021)
Category: Hard-Boiled Mystery, Private Investigator Mystery
Tour dates: May 31-June 30, 2021
Available in ebook, 250 pages; ISBN: B08Y86X4B3
Dane Cooper, an NYC Hell’s Kitchen private detective, is hired by a Tennessee man to find his handsome, 20-year-old son named Elvis, who has been missing for several months. Though hesitant at first, Dane takes the case because he needs the money. Dane soon learns that the case centers around a beautiful, mysterious blonde, named Darcy. Against his better judgment, he falls for her, believing she might lead him to Elvis. Her dangerous secrets trouble him, and he realizes he can’t trust her.
Dane’s investigation turns deadly when he learns that Elvis has left a trail of pregnant young girls, unhappy husbands, and vengeful women. Dane becomes a target as he struggles to find Elvis and save him from the killers who are closing in. Can Dane save Elvis and himself, or will Darcy’s secrets get them all killed?
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“Only a fool learns from his/her own mistakes. The wise person learns from the mistakes of others.” – Otto von Bismarck
What has Elyse Douglas learned from others regarding marketing? Have a good product first before you think of spending money on advertising. Make sure you’ve answered all pertinent questions before you write the book. Below are steps we suggest you take before you write a word.
1.) Create a marketing campaign before you write the book. This saves a lot of time and money on advertising down the road. If you can’t figure out how to market the book before you write it, it will be difficult to market it afterwards. Write the title, a brief description and then a longer description. If possible, create the book cover or hire someone. (It doesn’t have to be the final cover, but it will fix the book in your mind and help you market it later.)
2.) Answer these questions: Who is your primary audience? What is the genre? Why should anyone want to read your book?
3.) Send the book to a good editor.
4.) After it is edited, have it proofread by a professional
5.) Ensure the book cover is designed professionally, and that it is alluring.
“The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.” – Peter Drucker
Now you’re ready for a marketing strategy.
Will you list the book for preorder? That will determine how much you’ll budget for your overall marketing plan. It also depends on if this is your first novel, or if you have a backlist of ten books or more.
Everyone’s budget is different, but for any book to be successful, one MUST ADVERTISE and market. You MUST spend money.
If possible, you should plan a budget of not less than one to two thousand dollars.
As to marketing platforms, we primarily use Facebook, Amazon and Bookbub.
First Bookbub: We have had seven Bookbub Featured Deals, and the exposure has helped immensely both nationally and internationally. The fees for their services are listed when you apply to be selected.
Facebook is also a great source for marketing, with 2.80 billion monthly active users. Placing a book ad on Facebook takes practice for success and the budget has to be controlled, but the general rule of thumb is, expect to spend from two-to-three hundred dollars per month per book on Facebook.
Amazon can be a problem child. They are constantly changing their robots, and their dashboard cannot compare with Facebook’s. However, exposure on Amazon can produce success as long as the marketer understands how Amazon works. That takes time and research. Budgets will vary according to genre, back lists and skill with using keywords.
“If you want to understand how a lion hunts, don’t go to the zoo. Go to the jungle.” – Jim Stengel
Your budget timeline will greatly depend on how well your book is selling. It is helpful and necessary to test your marketing strategy before you commit a lot of money. If your book takes off, increase your budget and presence. If the book falters, try new ads on the portals mentioned above. If, after some time, the book struggles for sales and readership, you might want to pull your ads and save your money.
“Creativity without strategy is called art, creativity with strategy is called advertising.” – Prof. Jef L. Richards
Spend time exploring why the novel is not selling. Is it clumsy marketing? The cover? The genre? Bad editing?
All the above are the rules Elyse Douglas follows in writing, marketing and budgeting a new novel. As a suggestion, for commercial fiction writers, the following quote might be helpful, especially at this time.
“People spend money when and where they feel good.” – Walt Disney
About Elyse Douglas
Elyse Douglas is the pen name for the married writing team Elyse Parmentier and Douglas Pennington. Elyse grew up near the sea, roaming the beaches, reading and writing stories and poetry, receiving a master’s degree in English Literature. She has enjoyed careers as an English teacher, an actress and a speech-language pathologist.
Douglas has worked as a graphic designer, a corporate manager and an equities trader. He attended the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and played the piano professionally for many years.
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September To Remember by Carole Bumpus
Publisher: She Writes Press (April 27, 2021)
Category: Culinary/Travel Memoir & Non-Fiction
Available in Print and ebook, 245 pages
This culinary travel memoir is an invitation to join in on a month-long trek through Italy, all in the search of the true Italian experience. Sprinkled with unforgettable characters, you will sup on sumptuous traditional foods, sip regional wines, and enjoy vast panoramas of extraordinary beauty. You may find yourself dancing at harvest festivals, climbing through Etruscan tombs, traipsing among Roman ruins, or bathing in ancient Roman termes (hot springs).
You may also enjoy climbing to the heights of wonder in Capri or to the top of St. Peter’s Basilica. Or delight in soaking up the ancient and cultural history in Milan, Firenze (Florence), Amalfi, Pompeii, Lecce and Rome. You can bask in the sun and rugged beauty of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Adriatic Sea, or the gorgeous Amalfi Coast. Or you can chat for hours over family meals while collecting a compendium of regional and traditional recipes (cucina povera), while you capture a rare glimpse inside the secrets to the Mediterranean psyche. It is truly a trip of a lifetime.
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REVIEW by LAWonde10:
A September to Remember is a descriptive, at times humorous, memoir of a couples extended vacation through Italy. heir journey began with confusion and a devastating situation, but then continued with humor, excitement, adventure and a few personal connections.
This book enlightens the reader to the warmth, uniqueness and embracing personalities of the Italian people. After reading this couple's experiences, it would be difficult for the reader not to feel a definite endearment toward Italians. From the first couple of days in Italy, they were rewarded with the opportunity to "live" the Italian experience" rather than just Tour Italy.
I was especially intrigued to learn the unique way Easter is celebrated in Florence. It was interesting to learn that many traditions from the early Christianity era, also entwined the belief of pagan Gods into them.
When inquiring about who the Etruscans were, they discovered the Etruscans have been around since abut 900 BC. yet it is unclear where they came from. There are amazing tombs and astute highways which were built by them. much of the artistic accomplishments and other advancements Rome was credited with, actually were adapted from the Etruscan people.
Florence is very festive and extremely talented in culinary.
In visiting the countryside villages as well as well-known cities, the Bumpus's discovered each community has its individual traditions and specialties. The closeness in communities are like a strong family unit.
From humorous to harrowing experiences, 'A September to Remember' is a delightful story.
I offer a Four and a Half Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
About Carole Bumpus
Multi award winning author, Carole Bumpus is a retired family therapist, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She began writing about food and travel when she stumbled upon the amazing stories of women and war in France. Her historical novel, A Cup of Redemption, was published in October 2014, and her unique companion cookbook, Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption, was released in August 2015.
Books One and Two of her Savoring the Olde Ways series, Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table, were published in August 2019 and 2020; her third book in the series, A September to Remember: Searching for Culinary Pleasures at the Italian Table is due out April 27, 2021. All five books have been published by She Writes Press which is part of SparkPoint Studio, LLC.
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