More than ever, I’m convinced I have a genre problem. My books aren’t sophisticated with enough romance to satisfy chick-lit lovers, and the mystery element isn’t a murder to be solved from chapter one throughout, so hardcore mystery lovers may also not be satisfied, but those are the two genres available for my type of book.
Truly, I have to start a campaign for a fluffy, pink-with-a-hint-of-silliness genre. I market under Breezy Books. I promote my books as fun, easy, breezy reading with nothing to make you blush. I think there are still women who appreciate a book that is pretty squeaky clean. Tell your mothers and grandmothers about my books. They are suitable for young adults, but there is no fantasy or vampires, and I haven’t tested the YA market.
But … it was especially fun when fellow WordPress blogger, Mike Akin of sumthissumthat, decided to read my first book. Mike is working on his first novel, and I’ve recently had the pleasure of reading some of the beginning of his work, and it’s shaping up into a great story.
He is my first male reader (that I’m aware of) other than my husband. I have been tickled pink about this, and I want to share some of his email messages with you. The messages are sent to me from his phone, so there is no expectation of perfect punctuation or grammar. We just go with it and laugh.
These are all separate emails – some days with more than one. Many of the smiley faces have been removed. We smile at each other a lot. His words are in bold, and we start with this note:
9/26 – I just saw your books on my iBooks app!! That is so freaking cool!! I’m corresponding with a famous person. I’ll be buying the first one later today!! This is so exciting lol
After I assured him my books were no great works of art, but they were fun, he replied:
I’m just tickled to death lol have a great day my friend … I love that he gets “tickled,” too.
I’ll kick your butt in racquetball … Oops, not a comment about the book. We were one-upping each other in sports.
10/01 – Bought your first book 🙂 how can I get it autographed? Lol
I’m reading it and like it!!
10/02 – I love the description of play on the racquetball court in the scene where she first met mick
I replied to him: Squee!! Thank you.
He immediately wrote back: What was that sound?
I replied: That was me being excited and happy. Kind of like a pig squeal.
In reference to one of the scenes in the book: Two aces to finish a match! I did that once or twice 🙂
Love it! That meeting in the pub, the harmless flirting lol I hope I’m reading the first one, sunshine hunter is the first right? Or does it matter? I’m sure it does. Again, I guess I’m hooked 🙂
10/3 –(paraphrase from a line in the book) “He held my arms it’s a good thing cause I might have fallen down” … That’s good lol
wow I’m breezing right thru it. I think Susan needs to hook up with Darby
A side note about Susan and Darby after I showed him my two opening paragraphs for my fifth book I just started writing:
Wow Bonnie and Clyde lol GREAT
wow Darby is still around in next book I’m so looking forward to reading more
10/4 –(paraphrase) “Susan you know I love you, and would love to date you, but (removed spoiler text).” Great great
After I told him that the guy across the hall from Susan’s apartment opened his door, and the character was created just like that with no planning:
That’s cool about Darby. So he just appeared as a character and you went with it? I think I did that with Nancy’s sister Grace. Lol She will be in the story line thru out, but I don’t know how much 🙂
10/5 – Food channel is referenced a lot in your book
I promptly responded: I like to cook. And eat.
Loved reading about the matches Susan had at that club in Florida. It brings back memories
Lol that is funny! Loudermilk for a last name 🙂
10/09 – I loved the way (chapter) 9 ended! Shocker
10/11 – I really like how your story took that twist with Susan and the (spoiler text removed) character 🙂 kudos to you
He’s so deep into the book, there would be too many spoilers now, so that’s all I’m sharing, but this has been a real hoot for me that a grown manly man is reading my book and enjoying it. It’s a real morale booster, and the rest of you men out there should take note and give my book a try. Sunshine Hunter – only 99 cents at fine ebook sellers online.
And below the fold is this bit of news I promised I’d share. My 50-book sale to ONE person at Smashwords has finally been reversed. The announcement was posted on their site that there were fraudulent credit card sales and all have been reversed this month. The secret admirer angle was a little too good to be true. I have no questions to draw you in today, so we lapse into an awkward pause.
Ooh – or you can tell me what question(s) I should have asked. Or you can go over to Mike’s blog and have a look around. He has some of his wife’s art there, and he even has some manly recipes.