Halloween Treat

Oct. 31: Today, on Kirkus Reviews, The Long Road to Paris is listed on Critic’s Picks. Front Page! You can see the spread and read their review at www.kirkusreviews.com

Oh, you don’t know what Kirkus Reviews is? Well we didn’t either until we started trying to figure out how to publicize our novel. We were told simply, “get professional reviews.”  Kirkus has been around since 1933 reviewing books. Their mission statement says, Our goal is simple: Recommend books worthy of your time. We sent them our book.

They are billed as “the toughest book critic” in the field and to get a good review from Kirkus (we learned) is not easy. One publisher that we know said she had never sent a book to Kirkus becasue they didn’t like anyone. We, on the other hand, were too naive to know this! So, you can imagine how thrilled we were when our review came back so positive. But now this! It’s even better. The book and review is right at the top and splashed all over their website. It will also appear in their magazine this week. This publication (the paper one) goes out to publishing houses, libraries, book distributors, newspaperes, bookstores and anyone connected to the book buying industry.

Right now, it is 8:45 am. We are probably the only ones that have read this. (OK, so we are still naive!) We knew it was coming, just not the scope of the promotion. We don’t know where this will go but we are enjoying the moment. More on this later.

From two smiling people,

Jan and Ed

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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3 Responses to Halloween Treat

  1. joanie Alexander says:

    Good Score, Bravo, and i am not surprised. The book has the hook all the way through.

  2. rdsieber says:

    Kongrats on the positive Kirkus! Let’s hope it takes the book sales for a great run!

    • ejhowle23 says:

      e-book sales are up! In the 4% of Amazon sales. Don’t know about the hard and soft cover. Those don’t get posted so often. 6 books stores now have the book in stores!

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