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Monday, October 08, 2012

Top Five Ways You Know it's A Great Book!! by Charlene Sands and Robin Bielman

The Risky Release party continues...
(Play Robin's Caption Game HERE for 5 extra entries and post here too)

It’s after 2 AM, you’ve got work in the morning and you can’t put the darn book down.

I’ve done this too many times to count. One time, I stayed up until 4 AM. Before I started reading on my iPad, my hubby would wake up in the wee hours of the night and grumble at me to turn off the light already.

The author’s voice resonates with you from page one and you know you’re gonna finish the book pronto.

This happens to me when I pick up a Susan Elizabeth Phillips book, but I have come to expect that from her brilliant writing. I set aside at least 8 hours to read her book straight through. And if I can’t do that, then I settle for two 4 hour sessions. I don’t dare open the book, unless I have a LOT of time to read.

I was shocked that I got hooked so quickly on the Twilight series. I don’t read paranormal, much less vampires. But Stephenie Meyer’s words jumped out on the first pages with me and I realized I would read the entire series. The same thing happened when I read the first two paragraphs of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.

The characters in the story stay with you for days and days afterward.

You can’t get them out of your head. They wander into your thoughts at all times of the day and night. Scenes play out in your mind. You can’t seem to forget them, no matter what. If the hero is magnificent, you’re daydreaming about him. Yes, that’s happened to me. I’m not ashamed to admit it.

There’s a charm and certain magic to the book that you don’t find in all stories, with all authors.

The book is something special. You’re in love, not only with the characters or the plot or the dialogue, but the story itself pulls you in and grabs you. If it were a movie, it might be Shakespeare In Love, or my favorite all-time movie classic, It Happened One Night. Now, that’s a story that has it all. It was made in black and white, but the story comes alive with such richness you tend to think of it in color. Charm and Magic.

After you read “The End” and put the book down, you wish you’d written it.

Yes, that’s so true for writers. When we read an exceptional book, we’re floored, thrilled and filled with admiration. And as we lust for more, we pray to the story gods, that one day we could tell a story so well.

Do you agree? How do YOU know you’re reading a great book? Post a comment here and on Robin's Blog  and be entered to win Gift Cards and e-books at our Risky Release Party contest.

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Thanks so much for being a part of our celebration!

Charlene and Robin


bn100 said...

I agree. I feel like I have to finish the book right away if it's good.


Cheryl said...

Having so much fun with the release party. It's a good book for me if I can't wait to finish it but don't want it to end.

traveler said...

Definitely true. I am captivated with the book when I neglect everything else. Best wishes. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

petite said...

great list which sums it up perfectly. I become engrossed within the pages of a memorable book. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

Carol L. said...

I can't tell you how many times I got into such a fantastic read I would stand at the stove trying to cook while continuing my read. :) This happened to me with The Outlander series. There are many. With Outlander there are so many different topics I was pulled into the book itself, truly. I connect immediately with the Hero and/or the Heroine and their story. If it's an Author I love it's a given.
Carol L.

Tanya Hanson said...

Best wishes, girls, for tons of success! I think a great book is one you don't want to finish because...then it'll be over. I did that with Michener's Centennial. I left the last few pages for a few days because I couldn't bear it. Of course I did finish LOL. Love you both.

JanD said...

Finishing a book when I know I should go to sleep is my frequent sign that it's a good book.
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Cathy P said...

I know when I am reading a really good book because I don't want to put it down to make or eat meals and stay up until whatever time to finish it.

Na said...

I love when it happens that I don't just fall in love with the characters but the story as a whole as well. It's a world I do not want to leave!

I know I'm reading a good book when I cannot put it down and I think about the book when I'm not reading it.

Congratulations on the releases.


Kai said...

It's true. Great books are stories and characters you will remember for a good long time. They are also books that you will re-read over and over again. They are books that make you wonder if you can write a story similar to what you read.

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