To ABNA or Not to ABNA??


AFter having my first book compared to an Egg-Salad Sandwich by Vine Reviewers, I’m not so keen on Amazon’s Breakout Novel Award.

But, then again, this is a new year and a new book. I could post “Swallow the Moon” just to see if anybody is interested. I don’t have to hang out on the forums – though I could pop in. (Yeah, right!)

Maybe – maybe not.

I’d rather post the whole darn thing and make some money on it.

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5 thoughts on “To ABNA or Not to ABNA??

  1. “an Egg Salad sandwich’? Okay, now I’m intrigued.

    I’ve been waffling about these too, but I think I’m going to give it a miss this year. Maybe next year (this is what i said last year, too šŸ˜‰ )

  2. K. A. Jordan says:

    I did very well at ABNA – just to get to the review stage was thrilling. But the reviews left me scratching my head. Let’s see if I can find it.

    “Let’s Do Lunch” is a small diner owned and run by Lindsey Bennett and her family. Fresh produce is grown on the family farm of fifteen prime acres and brought in each day for preparation. Old-timers and regulars are the bulk of her business and the lunch rush keeps Lindsey and the family busy, but profitable.

    Amusing, teasing banter and detailed descriptions of the hybrid farm/restaurant help make this writing charming and appropriate for the subject. Each of the small, tightly-knit cast has their contribution such as the waitress Heather threatening a Big Mac for a teasingly mocking customer, Rose’s hope that her grandson will stay in school and avoid drugs and gangs, and mother Eleanor whose demeanor is “as if she found life an amusing challenge.”

    Lindsey is hiring a new cook and a handsome applicant meets her for the interview. Brandon Pendleton, an army veteran and an experienced cook, has a brilliant smile and neither he nor Lindsey are very good at hiding their mutual attraction. Is this the beginning of a relationship or are Brandon’s quick words and matching demeanor a sign of danger? What is Lindsey inviting into the safety of her steady security? Only the reader suspects.

    “Let’s Do Lunch” is attractively written. The homespun quality of the characters serve the writing well and the description is detailed — perhaps too much so. Other than the introduction of Pendleton, there is little left to wonder; the direction the author might take the novel could be any. In fact the opening is so generic as to be of interest to organic gardeners and restaurateurs; I wished at least for more biting repartee or other text I might sink my teeth into. “Let’s Do Lunch” is about as pleasant and innocuous as an egg salad sandwich.

  3. K. A. Jordan says:

    I have a few more days to think about it. But I doubt if I will take the chance. It will take up too much time, when Real Life is demanding a lot of attention.

    That is a rather odd closing remark – isn’t it?

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