You know what’s awesome about reading? The whole word of mouth thing. I’ve personally watched on GoodReads how one person is reading a book, leaves a review (doesn’t even have to be an awesome review) and seconds later another friend is snapping up the book and reading it herself. It’s an amazing process and I owe a lot of Experiment in Terror’s success to the fact that many lovely readers have tried to get their friends to read it…and in some cases…succeeded!
To say thanks for that, I’ve opened up a buddy contest where you and your EIT-loving friends could win an Into the Hollow ARC.
Now obviously it’s a little hard to regulate a contest like this because anyone could say “yeah my friends Boo Boo and Mary-Sue have read the book because of me”, so the closest thing I could come up with is using GoodReads.
To enter the referral contest, which is running until October 1st, all you have to do is leave a comment below on the blog A) linking to your GoodReads profile and B) linking to your friend’s GoodReads profile (however many friends you have gotten hooked). NOTE: if your profile or your friend’s profile is private, you will have to add me as a friend. You can delete me later. I just need to be able to see that the friends have indeed read the book (they didn’t have to like it) or are currently reading the book (and that’s ANY of the EIT books AND/OR The Devil’s Metal when it comes out).
This contest is open internationally and there will be one winner and their friends announced on October 1st. Obviously there is more than one way to win because if there is a group of you and you’ve gotten each other hooked, you can be entered as a friend…for example: Perry reads Darkhouse recommends it to Ada who reads Darkhouse and then they both recommend it to their friend Pippa who reads it. Perry could enter the contest linking to both Ada and Pippa, who both read the book per her suggestion. But Ada could ALSO enter the contest, saying she got Pippa to read it. So Ada gets two chances to win..see what I mean? So, theoretically, there could be a lot of winners here! And isn’t it fun to win stuff for your friends??
Anyway, that is the referral contest on GoodReads! Do you have an account? Have you gotten at least one other friend on Goodreads to read EIT and/or The Devil’s Metal? Then you can enter and you both have the chance to win a copy. Easy as pie (and you know how Dex feels about pie).
There MIGHT be some pretty cool EIT merch thrown in too…just saying That plus an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Into the Hollow BEFORE publication date…pretty cool, right?
Speaking of The Devil’s Metal…that segue doesn’t work, but ANYWAY we have our early reviews AND a publication date: September 21st. I’ll be back to remind you, but I thought I’d give you a heads up…THIS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21st, THE DEVIL’S METAL WILL BE AVAILABLE ON KINDLE AND SMASHWORDS. Nook, Kobo, etc to follow. AND YES paperbacks are coming too.
Oh, and about those reviews.…here they are!
I was fortune enough to be a Beta reader for this book. And I am so glad I got to read it first because I can tell you all how amazing it is! If you are a fan of EIT you will love The Devil’s Metal. I won’t give away too many details because I don’t want to spoil the awesomeness that is this story, but I will share some highlights.
First of all, holy fuck Karina Halle is brilliant. Not only are the characters so real and likable, especially Dawn, but the plot moves so well I forgot I was reading. It felt like a movie being played out in my mind. Vivid and detailed and totally intriguing.
Dawn is such a great character. Strong and determined but also a little young and impressionable. I like her dynamic with Sage and how their relationship grows and changes throughout the book. And the sex? Hoo boy! HOT! Dawn has her typical “rock band” experiences but still manages to keep her head and do her job amognst the young and sexy rock stars. A true feat in my opinion.
The 70’s vibe came through loud and clear and there were great snippets of life back then, very authentic. The author definitely did her reasearch. And the rock side of the story was fun! 70’s rock is not really my favorite genre but the depth of knowledge about the music, the bands, the feelings of that time in history were so real I felt like I was experiencing the concerts and backstage antics for myself.
The horror aspect was really good and mixed in well with the story. There were parts when I was glad all the lights were on and I was safely inside my house. This book will most likely scare your socks off.
Overall, if you are a fan of EIT you will love this book. It has incredible depth and the characters come to life in such a way you have deep feelings for all of them, whether bad or good. The horror quotient is high and the plot has enough twists to keep you wondering what will happen next. I highly recommend it!
So I was one of the editors assigned to this book. As much as I want to rate it, it would be inappropriate and a conflict of interest for me to do so. But those that know me and trust me know that I wouldn’t scam them, so I decided to write a little review without a rating. That way I can still share my thoughts because I really want to.
First thing you should know, if I could rate this book, it would have EASILY gotten 4 stars, but there’s a good chance I would have given it 5. I adored this book. The characters are ridiculously well-developed and there are a good number of characters here. Some I hated, some I loved, but most of all, they make you feel.
The plot is scary, romantic, and mesmerizing. I know this term is overused, but this book is utterly unputdownable. I’m a huge fan of Karina’s writing style. She has a way of getting her point across in a beautiful but easy to understand way. The way she writes scenes from scary to sexy will leave you wanting more.
This book is set in the 70s. And I really think she captured the atmosphere and the essence of the decade wonderfully. The boys in the band are swoonworthy, the groupies are ridiculous, the sex is hot, the fashions are outrageous, and there are mentions of great music and legendary artists. Oh, and drugs. You will truly feel like you are there on tour with the band.
But most of all, you will feel unsettled and creeped out. After all, at its core this is a horror novel. And a really fun ride at that.
I’m extremely relieved at these early reviews, even if they are of the 1st draft. There were times when I was plowing through this book (I think I wrote it in three weeks, but don’t quote me on that!) that I was like “how is this ever going to be any good?” and full of the usual self-doubt. I was worried it sounded too much like another book and when I was done worrying about that, I was worried it would never get finished and when I was done worrying about that, I was worried it would suck balls. And not good balls, BAD balls. BUT…so far, people’s reactions have surprised me. These two ladies up there aren’t the only beta readers, just the only ones who have left a review (so far), so I’m confident now that if you like to be scared (and personally I don’t think it’s scarier than any EIT book, so wimps rest assured) and you like sexy times and tension and exotic, 6’4″ tattooed rock stars and rock n’ roll and the 70’s and something really different, you’ll like The Devil’s Metal. You may even love it. I know I do