So I’ve been getting a lot of questions the past few months about the books mentioned in The Butterfly Garden, and whether or not there’s a list of them anywhere.
Good news, now there is! There aren’t as many as there used to be, because some of the sections with named books didn’t make it through edits, but here are the books and stories that are named in the course of the story.
Edgar Allan Poe, collected poetry and prose (as in I quoted or referenced a substantial number of Poe titles that I didn’t necessarily list out)
Charles Dickens- Oliver Twist
Hans Christian Andersen- The Little Match Girl, The Steadfast Tin Soldier (both have been adapted and were also mentioned as ballets)
ETA Hoffman- The Nutcracker (also adapted by Tchaikovsky as a ballet)
Alexandre Dumas, pere- The Nutcracker (Seriously–he adapted Hoffman’s work in 1845), The Count of Monte Cristo
Fyodor Dostoevsky- The Brothers Karamazov
William Shakespeare- Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Giacomo Puccini- Madame Butterfly
I told you I’d be back with more exciting news.
So, those of you familiar with Goodreads are probably aware that they have giveaways running at all times, and there is now one open for 20 print copies of THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN.
That’s right. 20 copies.
It is US only, but still. So far it’s pretty good odds. If you have a Goodreads account, or want to sign up for one (it’s free! and awesome!) you can enter to win here. The giveaway runs through the official release date of June 1st.
May the odds be ever in your favor!
(Different book; comparable body count)
The wunderbar team at Thomas & Mercer put together another video where you can watch me be all awesome self-conscious and proud of my book. This video gives you a look at all six of May’s Kindle First selections.
On a more serious note:
If you read THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN (or, really, ANY BOOK, mine or not) please take a few minutes to leave a review on some of the major sites. It could even be the exact same review copy/pasted across sites. It seems a silly thing, especially if you’re someone who doesn’t make your purchasing decisions off of what other people are saying, but it’s astonishing how much the reviews help. They don’t simply encourage (or dissuade) people who may be on the fence about reading a particular book.
The number of reviews on an item also influence the visibility of that item. The more reviews there are, the more that book, that author, gets seen.
Maybe it sounds silly, but it’s really huge, and can make a difference not just in that one book’s sales, but also in whether or not that author is able to sell more titles in the future.
The single best thing you can do if you want more books from an author is to talk about it. Leave a review. Leave reviews across multiple sites. Tell your friends, your family, your co-workers, the creepy guy at lunch who always asks you what you’re reading in a tone that says you’re supposed to be paying attention to him instead. (Hint: you’re not, but imagine the reaction if you start gushing about certain kinds of books. I’ve done this. It’s amazing.)
Also up there on the list of very helpful things are: A) buying the book, if you can, and B) borrow the book from a friend or the library if you can’t buy it, followed by C) for the love of God, do not pirate the book. I get that it’s free (but so’s the library!) and easy (so’s the library!) and don’t involve human interaction (you can download e-books from the library online!), but piracy is a career-killer. If a book is stolen more than it’s purchased, that author is going to have a very hard time getting another contract.
Plus it’s, you know, illegal.
So if you love a book, hate a book, possess ambivalent opinions of a book, think a book makes a really fantastic coaster, talk about it. Please leave reviews, not just for me, but for all the books you read, just a few lines can help so much.
Just three more weeks to general release!
Some of you can! If you have Amazon Prime or Kindle First in the US, UK, or Australia.
BUTTERFLY GARDEN was selected for the Kindle First program, so it is one of six titles offered a month ahead of publication date for anyone with subscriptions to Prime or First, AND it’s offered at a free or reduced rate. Depending on which program you’re in, you get it for free, or for just $1.99, which is a pretty awesome price for almost any ebook.
But for one you can’t otherwise read for another month?
So check it out! And if you do read it, please consider leaving a review on Amazon a/o Goodreads; you’d be surprised at how much they help authors, especially in the first weeks of a release.
Hope you enjoy, and if you don’t get to read it now? Don’t worry! June 1st is not that far away.
Oh, God. June 1st isn’t that far away.