Sorry for the deception in the title but there is only one reason that Do You Solemnly Swear? audio book is late. We fell behind in the schedule. Way behind.
But now that I have your attention, what do you think of the new ad which will begin running soon in Publisher’s Weekly? This will be a full page and banner ad featured in both print and digital copies of the magazine. From my research, I learned that Publisher’s Weekly is the most influential in determining those books considered to be the best among the hundreds of thousands published each year. Deemed worthy of being categorized as a “New York Times Best Seller.” Hopefully these full page and banner ads will evoke attention.
Since the release date is currently September 5th, we will do a specific ad for the Do You Solemnly Swear audio book in two August editions of Publisher’s Weekly. Although this campaign will be the most expensive I have ever done since I began writing fiction, I have no regrets.
Gabe McAllister’s story is one which deserves a far wider read than it has so far received. Could I say that about all my books? Sure, because like any writer, I write in order to be read.
But Gabe’s story is more than a mystery, or a legal thriller. Rather it is the tale of a man co-opted by lack of foresight, poor judgement, and sympathy for a little girl. In fact, for one reviewer expecting a ‘usual legal thriller,’ the added elements of spirituality and diverse backgrounds of strong characters was so problematic that there was nothing positive to be said about the book.
A few weeks later after receiving yet another terrible review, I understand, kind of. This is a myth busting book. A few of them are:
Men accused of sexual abuse must be guilty.
Small children don’t lie.
The legal system is all about justice.
Religion and mystery fiction don’t mix.
Mark Kamish reminded me of these facts when he emailed me his ‘raw audio’ of chapters seven and eight where “I started to see your introduction of a spiritual element to this story.” And added his own delight to see faith and religion incorporated into a legal thriller.
Because the audio is unedited, he asked that I not share it. By that be meant create a marketing piece for it. But I think you might enjoy listening to Lindsey learn the reasons behind her nurse Monica’s repugnance at her new patient, Gabe McAllister. Chapters 7 and 8.