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I’m very happy to tell you that Rena Hoberman of Coverquill has won an award for her beautiful artwork on The Runaway Train! The cover perfectly captures the mystery and urgency experienced by Mouse in the story, and the blue tones bring a real sense of cold. I’m very proud of Rena, and am thrilled that her work has been recognized for the award.
From thebookdesigner.com: “A dynamic cover that has runaway appeal. Atmospheric and active, all elements are brought to bear to communicate the energy, intensity, the paranoia of the story.”
If you want to know more about Rena, be sure to check out Coverquill’s website.
Strange things are afoot at Amazon. I woke up this morning to 39 brand new reviews for The Runaway Train. Excited, I poured myself a cup of coffee and began to read them. That’s when I noticed something rather strange about the reviews. The titles of them were a dead giveaway that something was up. With titles like ‘A lovely wax heater’ and ‘Love that it has a temperature control dial’ filling the page, I panicked.
Did someone hack into my reviews?
The Runaway Train is supposed to have 33 reviews – NOT 72 reviews. Curious, I hit up KBoards for a little advice:
Woke up this morning to find that my book, The Runaway Train, accumulated 39 reviews over night. After reading the new reviews, I discovered they’re for the wrong product entirely. Checked my sales on KDP, and everything seems normal. I fired off an email to support, and am hoping Amazon won’t remove the book. Has this happened to anyone else on here before?
Oh, the new reviews seem to be for some sort of hot wax product. Very strange. 😮
Turns out that I’m not the only one this has happened to recently. Other authors are experiencing the same sort of ‘glitch’ that is combining product reviews, but it seems like Amazon is correcting the issue when notified. Speculation ensued about the Amazon strike in Italy and Germany, but one poster on KBoards suggested that it was a glitch combining paperbacks with random products.
With this in mind, I decided to check the paperback page for The Runaway Train. The page itself is quite messed up. The book description has vanished, and the page states that the author of the book is Lantique. When I clicked on the Lantique ‘author name’ it directed me to an amazon page featuring a hot wax product for sale. I’ve tried emailing Amazon, but haven’t heard a response yet. I’ve also attempted to call them on the phone, but they aren’t open on the weekends.
So, if any of you decide to download The Runaway Train within the next couple of days, please rest assured that the reviews are not representative of the book itself. They are not fake reviews, it has nothing to do with me at all, it’s simply a glitch on Amazon.
With this in mind, I’ve decided to have a little fun at the glitch’s expense. One example would be this tweet https://twitter.com/emberian/status/934529660062437376 Nothing like a hair raising mystery before a wax!
I’ve got a book going during National Novel Writing Month! Thirty days to complete a book is a very short amount of time, but it’s not impossible. There are plenty of writers out there in the program, and a several have recommended that I give it a shot. So, this is the first time for me and it’s pretty exciting. Want to know what I’m writing for my thirty days? Sure you do.
It’s a new novel following detective Kathryn Lincoln. The story is brand new, so it has little to do with The Runaway Train. Hopefully, I can hammer out the first draft by the end of the month!
Click HERE for more information about NanoWrimo.
Readers’ Favorite recently posted a review of my newest novel: The Cold, Bending Light. I thought I’d post it here to share their thoughts.
Reviewed By Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite
Review Rating: 5 Stars
The Cold, Bending Light by MW Griffith is a gripping murder mystery. Young women are disappearing, their bodies found dumped, and tests reveal that they have been injected with lethal doses of a chemical that many states use in executions – just not the state of Tennessee. Special Agent Selena Marrenger is assigned to the case and, as she edges closer to the terrify
ing truth, she stumbles over something else, something much bigger and much more sinister than a serial killer. Selena is about to find out that not everything is as it seems and sometimes complete madness is the reality. What will Selena learn in her investigation and what could be worse than the serial killer they call The Sandman?
The Cold, Bending Light by MW Griffith is one of those stories that grabs you by the throat and pulls you down into the depths. There is no letting go and this is one of the most compelling murder mysteries that I have ever read. The action starts on page one and continues through the entire book, with plenty of twists and turns that lead us down dark alleys and, sometimes, to dead ends. But every twist, every turn, has its part to play in the overall story. There are lots of clues scattered about that make you think you’ve got it, you’ve worked it out. I guarantee you won’t until the very last and this is what keeps you reading. The character development is amazing, with very realistic and identifiable characters being revealed throughout the course of the story. I guarantee that this book will go down well with all readers who love the murder mystery and thriller genres, a truly thrilling rollercoaster journey from start to finish.
For those of you who have read The Truth About Alex, there is a few deleted scenes that never made the cut. The pace of the book was rather quick, and the scenes I mentioned would have dragged it down. They were short, to be sure, but unnecessary. Every published book, I’m willing to bet, has scenes removed from the final product. It’s a time when the author has to play surgeon, and although it can be a painful affair, it teaches you to have thick skin. You want the story to be the best it can be for your readers, am I right?
It’s hard to let go. Once you’ve written your entire book, lean back with a glass of wine and enjoy your magnificent accomplishment, the last thing on your mind is the cutting room floor. No, no, no. It’s perfect just the way it is. It’s your baby. Every scene has its place and purpose, and you may be the first person in the world who has written a perfect book! If that’s the case, you need to read my First Draft Blues for an awakening. Not to damper the mood, by all means celebrate! Just know the final product might not closely resemble what you’ve just written. Set it aside for a few months. Then, go back and read it. You may find that your perfect book isn’t so perfect, and there may be some much needed tweaking.
Many writers are afraid of a blank page. The white background with that beguiling curser blinking back at you, beckoning you to paint the page with words. How do you start? The first sentence of a story or book can be pivotal to a reader; a deciding factor on whether or not they will continue your tale or begin flipping through television channels. Stephen King, in his book On Writing, states that he puts a lot of effort into the first sentences of his books. That’s because a reader shouldn’t have to struggle through back story in order to discover what’s going to happen, it should just happen. Sure, characters have a past, but there’s an old saying among authors: show don’t tell. Your story’s beginning shouldn’t be a history lesson. Some like to open with dialogue while others prefer action. You hold the cards to your characters past and personality, and if you show your hand too early everything will grind to a standstill. Nobody wants that. Your story has to move, it has to put one foot in front of the other, one word after another. So, think of the situation, the engaging moment that will draw your readers’ attention, and just start walking.
The Cold, Bending Light will be released on May 20th.
I’m excited to share a first look at the cover with you today!
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