Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Beautiful Madness by Lee Thompson | Tour & Giveaway

Hello everyone! I'm super excited to host Lee Thompson on Book Den today! He is one of my absolute favorite authors. Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win A Beautiful Madness.

Welcome to Lee Thompson’s A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS blog tour! This blog, and the others participating, will receive a paperback copy to give to a random reader who leaves a comment and shares this post. 

Throughout the book tour, I’ll be sharing fun facts about my first Mystery/Thriller, and also offering dubious advice to novice writers because I’ve had writers and editors farther along the path than myself give me tips that have helped me tremendously. If you want to up your game, pay attention and pass what you find useful on to those in your critique groups.

If you’re here as a reader, thanks so much. You’re every author’s life source. You’re the yin to our yang. The stories we set down on paper don’t seem to exist until someone else has read them, and the more the merrier.

Building a Fan Base

I love hearing from fans, and dozens of them—after trading countless emails with me—end up becoming friends, two of which also became beta readers. I think fans give us a lot of energy. We all need someone to believe in us, someone we can vent to, someone with shared interests, someone we feel gets us, and for a professional writer we can’t spread the word ourselves.

I’d bet most of my new fans (99.9 percent) have come from readers like Jennifer, Chris, Char, Jon, Bill, Nancy, Kasia, Jason, Dave, Mark, Pierre, Anita, Ken, Les, Kimberly, Mercedes, Sandy, etc., recommending one of my novels or novellas to one of their friends (someone I never knew existed).

Aside from the quality of our writing, what stories we choose to tell, and our attitude, fans (or a lack of them) make or break us. They help us make dream into reality.

Fan mail: One of the most surreal and rewarding payoffs of being a writer is when you first receive a message from a stranger saying your story made them cry, or think, or remember, or simply stay up all night finishing your novel.

Reviews: A writers first reviews can be super thrilling or devastating, depending on what people are saying. Yet some of them can also be very instructional.

Changing stories: I’m at a point where I’m writing more realistic, gritty Crime fiction and more mainstream suspense. The big question when any writer does this is: Will fans follow that author when they switch genres?

I don’t know. I’m sure some will.

Building your audience is a never-ending process.

You’ll gain new readers in trickles and splurges.

After you write an amazing novel and you have people contacting you about it, I think the most important thing is being approachable. But be warned, if you’re anything like me, it can become cumbersome when you’re trading emails with people a couple hours a day because part of you, like me, is selfish, and time is limited, so we hit a point where we think, Man, I could be writing the next book right now instead of answering emails

Yet without our fans, we might as well write a manuscript and then burn it.

What has worked best for me is to put my writing first, before I get into interacting with people. Although sometimes I don’t have any energy left after writing, and that’s okay, readers aren’t waiting impatiently for me to reply, they have their own lives.

To build a fan base I think you have to write an exciting book (by this I’m not talking about action, but a story populated by characters that excite the reader), and then another exciting book, and another still after that.

What excites you most about your favorite novels?

Write it down. Are those same things in your novel? Can you find ways to bring them even more to the forefront while simultaneously eliminating dead wood?

One of the best things that helped me gain a surge of fans is when Jason White at the Horror Aficionados group on Goodreads made my novella When We Join Jesus in Hell one of their book-of-the-month reads. The group there is great and had awesome questions and it was a blast to hear their thoughts about that novella. I made new friends there too, although I am not much of a forum person since I spend as much time as I have energy for to create new novels.

If you’re fortunate enough to have a book discussion group read your book, interact with them, and again, be a professional. Also remember that old adage, people might not remember what you say or what you do, but they will remember you for how you make them feel

Readers talking to other readers about your novel will keep a roof over your head, food in your belly, and satisfaction in your heart.

As a reader, what most attracts you to an author? What are some of your most memorable experiences with a book or a writer?

A Texas Senator and his wife go missing… On the same day, their son is slaughtered by an enigmatic killer on the lawn of ex-Governor Edward Wood's residence. Sammy, Wood's drug dealing son, suspects his father of the crime. After all, his old man snapped once before and crippled his wife with a lead pipe. But there's something more to these events…something deeper and festering just beneath the surface…

In direct opposition to Homicide Detective Jim Thompson, Sammy begins an investigation of his own, searching for the truth in a labyrinth of lies, deception, depravity and violence that drags him deeper into darkness and mayhem with each step. And in doing so, brings them all into the sights of an elusive and horrifying killer who may not be what he seems.

A brutal killer on a rampage of carnage…a hardened detective on the brink…an antihero from the shadows…a terrifying mystery that could destroy them all…

Author bio: Lee Thompson is the author of the Suspense novels A BEAUTIFUL MADNESS (August 2014), IT’S ONLY DEATH (January 2015), and WITH FURY IN HAND (May 2015). The dominating threads weaved throughout his work are love, loss, and learning how to live again. A firm believer in the enduring power of the human spirit, Lee believes that stories, no matter their format, set us on the path of transformation. He is represented by the extraordinary Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary. Visit Lee’s website to discover more:


Enter to win a paperback copy! There will also be a grand prize at the end of the tour where one winner will receive my novel, and four other DarkFuse novels in Kindle format! 

Simply leave a comment on this blog and share the link.

Thanks to those who participate.
Happy reading~ Lee

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Monday, June 9, 2014

June 9 | Currently Reading

Summer! Summer has officially arrived for the Book Den family. School ended on Tuesday, baseball season ended on Saturday. No more homework, no more practice, no more games: hello extra reading time.

Do your reading habits change in the summer? Do you believe certain books make better "summer reads"?

This week I'm reading Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes. I mentioned last week that I'm in a non-fiction kick. A new Stephen King was definitely the thing to drag me back to fiction. It's been a while since I've wanted to stay up reading all night.

What are you guys reading this week? Be sure to let me know in the comments or leave me a link!

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Monday, May 26, 2014

May 26 | Currently Reading

To those of you traveling to BEA later this week, have a safe trip and have fun! I know you all are going to have an amazing time.

Happy Memorial Day to those of you observing the holiday today. I have the day off! (Hallelujah.) Memorial Day and Independence Day are the only days off I have this summer. Excruciating...

I've been in non-fiction mode here lately, reading mostly music and piano related books. I will probably continue reading more non-fiction through the summer. Once it starts turning colder I'll probably lose myself entirely in the fiction. Two stand out books have been Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner and Great Pianists on Piano Playing. I recommend the Kenny Werner book to anyone who plays an instrument.

The only fiction book I'm reading at the moment is Sunrise by Mike Mullin. It's the final book in the Ashfall trilogy (which I just really love). It's always hard to finish a series and let go.

I may hold off picking up anything else this week so I can dive into Stephen King's new book next week! The past couple of years Stephen King has moved back into the DROP EVERYTHING AND READ THIS NOW category.

I'd love to hear what you guys are reading this week. Be sure to let me know in the comments or leave me a link!

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Monday, March 31, 2014

March 31 | Currently Reading

Hi, everyone! You may have noticed I've been on a bit of a hiatus lately. It started out simply taking time off during my kids' spring break, but that turned into the flu and pneumonia and a whole host of not feeling up to posting on the blog.

During my time away I've finished reading The Body Book by Cameron Diaz, The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski, and The Bleeding Season by Greg Gifune:

I enjoyed the Cameron Diaz book. The Winner's Curse wasn't particularly great for me. The Bleeding Season, however, was a really great read.

Right now I'm rereading Speaks the Nightbird by Robert McCammon. I've been in the mood to read it again for quite some time and the new book in the Matthew Corbett series comes out in a couple of months.

I hope it is starting to look like spring for you guys. The pollen is coating EVERYTHING right now, but I'm loving the beautiful weather. All of our flower seeds have sprouted. I'm looking forward to moving those into the yard. Baseball season has started. We have just 3 short weeks until our first planned trip to the beach. Happy times make me happy.

Let me hear what is going on with you and especially what you are reading this week. Be sure to let me know in the comments or leave me a link!

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