Another Amazon Sale

Sometimes rain is so refreshing – a hard rain, yes; but also a sprinkling that coats the sidewalk with dark wetness then dissipates.

METAL MAN WALKING sales are not a deluge, but a sprinkle.

Still, each sale is as refreshing as a fine rain.

While cutting my tree…

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This Saturday, while cutting down my red cedar Christmas tree in upstate South Carolina, I sold my novel ANNIE DREAMING to a good friend of mine. She was going to order it from a local bookstore but changed her mind. [ Yes, I’d brought new copies of both ANNIE DREAMING and METAL MAN WALKING with me because another friend of mine told me, “Never go anywhere without a copy of your book to sell.” – That’s challenging, by the way since I’ve written two novels recently. ]

I discovered her friend borrowed her copy of METAL MAN WALKING to read, and loved it. She called it “an important book, although hard to read.” [ Hard to read, I gather, due to the subjects of homelessness and alcoholism. ] And now, she plans to borrow ANNIE DREAMING to read.

I hope she’ll spread the word. That’s what matters.

 

 

ANNIE DREAMING Review 5/5

Annie Dreaming–A Parallel Story
Customer rating
5.0/5.0
December 6, 2012 By J. Bickley “Music Man”

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Annie Dreaming, by Carley Eason Evans is a parallel story that goes with her first book, Metal Man Walking. Both books chronicle a segment in the lives of the Logan family. The focal point in Metal Man was Charlie, but this book centers more on Annie, his little sister, as well as his older brother, Rick. I’ll also say that both books stand alone as novels, not needing the other for understanding.By the time this book was over, I cared deeply about the characters in the book. I already cared about Charlie, because of Metal Man, but seeing the relationships between all of the members of this family made me care about them even more.

There are disturbing images in the tale, images of domestic abuse, and mindsets long outdated, that are almost chilling. The father in the story, Jim, has some serious issues that, unfortunately, translate into hardships for his children.

We also get some back story on their mother, Judith, who seems to be one who gravitates toward abusive relationships.

Annie has a supernatural way of communicating with Charlie, as he is missing from their lives after disappearing from Atlanta a number of years back. Charlie has some mental issues that result in his being dropped from his minor league baseball career. The title of the book seems to come from this communication process that Annie and Charlie share. Also included in this story are the horrors that Rick endures while a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Very chilling.

The ending of Annie Dreaming is bittersweet. All I’m going to say about it is that it leaves me wanting more. I’m not satisfied. And I guess that’s a good thing for Ms. Evans. She has done her job well.

A “Mini” Review of ANNIE DREAMING

“BTW, “Annie Dreaming” is excellent. I was detained from getting into it, but am now about half way… this is one really good write. Hoping to finish it over the next couple of days, and will submit reviews and an ad here. If one wasn’t willing to give Charlie a fair shake in MMW, they will find themselves humbled after learning of these contributing details in AD. Also, love the carry-in to Nam and Rick. Way to go, good friend!”

– Michael Sweat, friend and fellow blogger

THANKS, MICHAEL!

Just Sold 2 Books!

Sold 2 books to my neighbor down the street – she purchased ANNIE DREAMING and METAL MAN WALKING. I discounted them, calling them a “set.” Instead of $29 dollars, the “set” was $25 dollars.

Very nice to speak with her; and wonderful to sell my novels to her!

An Aside

Coming into the hospital today, I spoke with the lady at the information desk. She said, “Here.” And pulled out my novel, METAL MAN WALKING to show to me.

“Oh,” I said, “you’re reading it.”

She said, “I’ve just started it. It’s great.”

Wow.

You Know Things Are Slow When…

Tonight I noticed that I sold a copy of METAL MAN WALKING through “expanded distribution” – meaning, I gather, that a bookstore or library purchased that copy. The royalty on this is lousy, but it’s still exciting.

Also, today a colleague of mine stated, “I finished ANNIE DREAMING. I like it better than METAL MAN WALKING. It read better for me. I liked the telepathy in it.”

The whole feedback thing – the positive comments – just keeps me going, as a writer and lately as a person, too.

Thanks everyone!