R.V. Doon

First Doon Book Review: Priceless by Shannon Mayer

It’s Wednesday, December 19th 2012 and time for me to do a Doon Book Review. I’ve already addressed the wordy book reports favored by many, but not me. Please add your favorite books in the comment section.

First, I would like to describe the process of choosing Priceless before I write the review.

I went to Amazon and typed in mystery books and perused the offerings. I pulled up four books and read their sample first pages. I did not buy them. Usually, I’m not so hard to please. Two things might have made me picky. One, I’ve been editing my own book, so I was in the critical left side of brain operating mode. Second, the tragedy in Sandy Hook had depressed me. I have a daughter-in-law and a cousin who are teachers, and the story bothered me for days and still does.

I went for coffee and returned with a new mind-set. I typed in mystery and somehow Priceless appeared. It popped up as number one and I did a double take. Mayer described her book in the title as : Priceless (A Sexy Urban Fantasy Mystery). I like all three genres but I was trying to find a mystery like my own, the type I’ve coined CoRo. (Cozy mystery romance). I decided to leave my comfort zone and take a chance on something different.

In six words, Mayer caught the attention of romance readers, urban fantasy readers, and mystery readers. Excellent way to go.  She’s really rocking the PR here, and she didn’t leave one iota of doubt in her reader’s mind what type book they were buying. Her cover looked good. To me it foreshadowed the urban fantasy side the most. Next, I noted her 97 reviews the majority falling between 4-5. I was jealous (in a good way). She uploaded two months after me and she had 97 reviews. I have two. I almost hit the sample pages but instead I let something unique sucker me right into the buy. I could learn a lot from Shannon Mayer on PR. Look what she wrote under book description:

Publication Date:November 11, 2012
*Warning* If you are my mother, do not read this book. There are things like “F” bombs, sexual tension, and naughty, sexy supernatural creatures. Please don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Overview of Priceless
When children go missing without a trace, there is only one person who can find them.
Welcome to the world of Rylee Adamson, a woman with unique abilities, some wild friends and a unstoppable drive to save those who can’t save themselves.
But when the details of a missing child duplicate that of her worst case, things start to get freaky. And not in a good way.
**Priced at 2.99 for a SHORT time to celebrate its release. Get it now before it goes up to its regular price of $3.99**
Holy Smokes! That warning line, in bold print no less, made me crack up. I hit the buy button right after reading it. I’ve seen a lot of book descriptions and hers is really unforgettable. Compare hers to mine for Body Wave:
Publication Date:August 24, 2012

 Reece Carson is trying to get her fledgling business, Text-A-Nurse, off to a successful start when her beloved aunt coughs up a deathbed confession. She admits to helping cover up the murder of a young girl in her youth. Reece promises to identify the dead girl and notify her family of the unmarked grave. After all, finding missing people or things has been her forte since grade school. As she approaches friends of her aunt to nail down the truth, she encounters a charismatic fireman, a temperamental policeman, and the return of her ex-best friend who served a prison stint for drug diversion.
But she doesn’t count on a wave of bodies to throw her off track or an incoming hurricane to conceal the killer’s escape.
to make matters worse, the man she’s falling in love with may be a murderer.

Stop yawning! Like I said, I could learn a few things from Shannon Mayer on book PR. Shannon has many books on her author’s shelf, which suggests a fan base that shot Priceless right up the rankings with their reviews. Good luck, Priceless.

Ahem, now for the Doon Book Review: If you like your magic shaken and stirred, Priceless will take you on a believable escape from the daily grind. If you like a little romance tossed on the side of a main course kick ass rescue, Priceless delivers a wallop. If you like magical critters with zing, Priceless introduces you to a clingy werewolf, a blue ogre that cooks, a wimpy witch, and introduces the Crush (read the book) to dispel the smothering darkness.  Priceless is a fast read with a main character and side kicks you’ll want to revisit over and over.

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