Blog Hop: First Impressions

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Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: What draws you in more: the book’s title, the book’s cover, or the summary on the back cover?

This is an interesting and slightly shifting question – when I used to find most of my books by browsing the library, I would have seen the title first.  Most books are on the shelves so only their spines show, meaning it’s only the title that led me to pick it up and look at the cover and summary.

When I was getting most of my book reading ideas from reading book blogs, I feel like it was the summary, or what the bloggers said about the book, that drew me in.  I don’t recall focusing on titles or covers as much when I was reading blog posts.

Most recently I’ve been reading lots of books off my To Be Read list, which mostly got there because I heard about a particular book…somehow.  A lot were suggestions that weren’t ultimately chosen at my book club, some (non-fiction, mostly) were referenced by other books, some are recommended by friends or someone I know online.  So in all those cases, it’s mostly something about the plot (which would be in the summary) that led me into reading them.

Ultimately it is mostly the summary that gets me to actually read a book – even when I was browsing, I’d look at a title, then a cover, then the summary.  Though frequently I’d only read half a summary before making a decision – I really wanted it to hook me immediately!

What draws you to read a book?  The title, the cover, the summary, or even something else?

Video Presentation for Accompaniment

Since I can’t hold an in-person launch party to talk about my new book, Accompaniment (The Guardian of the Opera Book 2), I filmed a video presentation instead.  Catch the video below for a bit more about the book, an excerpt, and some Q&A!

Launch Day: Accompaniment (Guardian of the Opera 2)

I’m excited to announce that my new book is now out!  Accompaniment, Book Two in my Guardian of the Opera trilogy, released today and you can order your copy  now.

Pick your preferred format:

Hardback ($35.99)
Paperback ($14.49)
Kindle ($6.99)

I’m so happy to share this new book with you!  Stay tuned for the launch presentation video I’ll be putting up this weekend with more details.  For now, here’s just a little more about the story:

After the crash of the chandelier and the disappearance of the powerful Comte de Chagny, Erik’s refuge behind the mask of the Phantom of the Opera has grown more dangerous. Commissaire Mifroid has vowed to hunt him down, in whatever depths of the Opera Garnier he hides. Grieving the departure of Christine Daaé, Erik finds it hard to care about the policeman’s threat, and a slowly growing friendship with Meg Giry seems like only a minor distraction.

When Christine left Paris, Meg thought the hole in her life could never be filled. It only makes it worse that she’s known far too much as “Christine’s friend.” But conversations with the Phantom and flirtations with a handsome gentleman in the Dance Foyer mean the chance to seek a new role—and to stop feeling like a secondary character in her own life.

Accompaniment Count-Down: 1 Day

Accompaniment, the second book in my Guardian of the Opera trilogy, will be out tomorrow, September 4th!  I’m counting down this week with a new quote each day.

What is the Phantom’s most famous symbol but his mask?

Catch up on the story by reading Book One, Nocturne, and the special prequel short story collection, OvertureAnd get your copy of Accompaniment tomorrow!

Accompaniment Count-Down: 2 Days

Accompaniment, the second book in my Guardian of the Opera trilogy, will be out this Friday, September 4th!  I’m counting down this week with a new quote each day.

Yesterday’s quote mentioned the challenges Meg finds in talking to Erik.  He doesn’t always find their conversations straight-forward either.

Catch up on the story by reading Book One, Nocturne, and the special prequel short story collection, OvertureAnd get your copy of Accompaniment on September 4th!