Out on a Limb + News

Helo Outsiders,

I am in a little bit of a whirlwind with getting ready to release my next book, OUT ON A LIMB, which comes out April 18, 2016. [pause for gasps of excitement and spontaneous applause]

I wanted to drop a quick line to keep you updated. First, behold the cover and the blurb:

Out on a Limb - High ResolutionNo looking back. That’s the motto of college senior Cameron Buckley, whether he’s kicking his latest hookup out of bed or plotting out his future as a hit screenwriter. With only a few weeks until graduation, he’s ready to put Browerton University in his rearview mirror and start the life he’s been dreaming of ever since he was a kid. But a chance meeting with a sexy stranger in a bar throws a wrench into his Hollywood plans.

For Walker Reed, no looking back is hard to do when you work minutes away from your alma mater and share child custody with your college sweetheart. Almost fifteen years after graduating from Browerton, he can’t stop wondering how he got here. He has an ex who can’t stand him, a five-year-old son he can’t connect with, and a dead-end job he can’t escape.

When Cameron and Walker first meet, they know the rules. They know their friendship has an expiration date, yet it begins changing them in ways they never expected. As graduation looms, they both know things can’t go anywhere, but they can’t keep denying the feelings pulling them closer, even as an offer from Hollywood threatens to tear them apart forever.

*chills*

Next, ch-ch-check out the front and back cover for the paperback version. Don’t you just love a guy with a wide stance? That means he’s carrying a lot of cargo.

out on a limb paperback cover

Yum. Moving on…

I’m attending GRL this year! Not only is it my first GRL, but it’s my first conference. Period. I’m ridiculously excited to meet readers and Outsiders. Comment on this post or message me on FB or email if you are going. If enough people respond yes, I may try to put together an Outsider drinks. Stay tuned.

Let’s see, let’s see…anything else?

I’ll be doing some guest posts, too at The Novel Approach and Boy Meets Boy Reviews, so watch out for those. And if you’re a real Outsider, then you may be privy to a super-secret, members-only contest happening in May. Make sure you’re signed up for updates.

Meanwhile, whenever I hear this song, it inspires me to write a kissing scene.

And that’s all she wrote. I didn’t set up pre-orders for OUT ON A LIMB, but links will be available on 4/18.  Lemme know what you think of the cover and book and GRL and life in general.

-AJ

 

4 thoughts on “Out on a Limb + News”

  1. It’s funny I should find this post. I’ve been seeing stuff in the last two days about an author that attacked, and had other fans attack and flag bad reviews on gr. This is just very unprofessional. It scares me as a blogger to think I could be attacked for a bad review. In my negative or unfavorable reviews I try to give constructive criticism, so that maybe it can help the author not make the same mistakes, and ultimately make their writing better and more enjoyable to read in the future. If there is constructive criticism, I think you should read the reviews. If you don’t read them, how will you know what to change in the future to make your books more enjoyable for your readers? Although I’m sure it’s no easy task to sift through the negative reviews to find the one or two pieces of information that will help you in the future.

    I will say, I gave Out on a Limb 5 stars, and my only constructive criticism was I really wanted an epilogue. There, now you have one less review to sift through! <3

    1. HI Tracy,

      First of all, I think it’s shameful that an author sicced his/her fanbase on a reviewer. That is petty and mean, and it’s authors like that who gives us good guys a bad name.

      I actually have read some of the early reviews on OOAL, and found some of the criticism helpful for future books. I do agree with you that there is constructive criticism in some reviews, but the keyword is some. For authors, depending on the number of reviews on their books, constructive feedback may be a needle in a haystack. Also, writers are a notoriously thin-skinned bunch, so they may shut down at the first sign of a bad review and miss helpful comments.

      But ultimately, Goodreads is a place for readers, not authors. The reviews on the site are for other readers to decide whether they would like a book. It’s a safe space for them to be honest, and authors shouldn’t get too involved on the site. I would rather an author avoid GR and miss some helpful feedback than go on and fixate on negative reviews.

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! More epilogue next time – got it!

  2. My first negative review on GR was spot on and pointed out a fatal flaw in my first Kindle-published book. I used the criticism to completely rewrite the story and extend it to a trilogy. The good reviews are nice, some are helpful, but nothing beats a review with constructive criticism.

    1. I’ve actually come around. I read some of my book’s poor reviews, and it gave great insight into how to make future books better. Nothing beats a bad review 🙂

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