Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTION THAT COUNTS!

I had long concluded that New Year's resolutions were rather meaningless; holiday ritualistic fantasies sounding good but soon forgotten because of the difficulty in carrying them out. So as 2012 approached, I had resolved to skip making any resolutions.

I was to change my mind.

At a small holiday gathering, a book signing for my suspense thriller Of Good And Evil, I was sitting at a table with copies of my novel on display, full of enthusiasm with that enticing carnival barker facade I've found to be essential for such occasions.

An attractive, well-dressed woman in her early 30s picked up a copy of my book from the table, quickly glanced over the first page, taking no more than a few seconds, then put the book down and commented to me, "This is strictly a man's book!" With confidence in her conclusion, she then strolled off.

Watching her, my face dropped and my carnival barker facade evaporated. Then and there, out of my dismay, my New Year's resolution was born: correcting this erroneous and hastily concluded impression.

So ladies, my New Year's resolution if for you; proving that Of Good And Evil is as much a woman's story as a man's tale. To begin, the novel has a beautiful, unusual and captivating love story, as well as strong, vibrant women essential and pivotal to the story's plot and its outcome. But I'll present to you more than my word.

Shane Poeteous, author of Rasciss, GraveCaller and How Gods Bleed, said in his review: "Now I must admit that I've never been a big fan of romance in stories, but of the 100s and 100s of books that I have read in my life, the love between Amber and Ron, the main characters in Of Good And Evil, was by far the most genuine romance I have ever read about."

But let's let's hear from women , those who actually took the time to read the novel rather than just hastily glancing at the first page, not realizing what was in hand.

Backing up Shane's words, Starr Reina of Suspense Magazine, a discerning woman, said in her review of Of Good And Evil: "An absolute must read!" (for both men and women)

And here's what Camille Kelly of New York, an avid female reader, said: "Of Good And Evil definitely had me interested from the very first chapter...This novel contains everything that a good suspense novel should have...Mr. Griffin has captured the essence of each character and made his readers involved in their journey, and a wonderful journey it is. Each chapter was gripping and, as a reader, I wanted more....Every person in this story had a definite part to fulfill and Mr. Griffin accomplished that. The story was written beautifully and I felt all the emotions that each person entailed. I laughed, I cried, I was holding on, in parts, for dear life. A wonderful, wonderful novel."

From Jan Zabel's 5 star review: "Of Good And Evil is a book for readers of different tastes. It is a military story, it is a romance story (among other things)...Many adventures ensue...Before the government can terminate Ron, the Mafia takes him out. Only a woman, Amber...can save him."

From the review by Lindsay Home, presented with great enthusiasm: "Wow, there was SO MUCH GOING ON in this novel...I was most impressed by the author and his writing...I was literally on the edge of my seat with each turn of the page...I can see the provoking great discussions about philosophy among a group reading it."

And then there is the review by Tracey Alley, author of Erich's Plea and Ursula's Quest: "I believe that writers, especially those who are great writers, are born and not made. They have burning passion to put pen to paper, they're tormented by stories that need to be told and see characters as real people rather than imaginary friends. No where is this driving need or this kind of talent more important or more necessary than for the writer of contemporary fiction.

"Gerald G. Griffin is an author with just such talent. In his brilliant thriller "Of Good And Evil" he takes the reader on a wild ride with the world as his background and makes the the reader believe in his plot and characters. He's also gone that step further that separates writers from great writers....Gerald has given his audience a well-conceived story and has delivered it with the talent of a born writer...Ron Sheffield, Gerald's gifted but tormented main character (and Amber Ash, his beloved), has everything a great writer needs to engage a reader on an emotional level. This is one of the gifts of a great story-teller."

So there you have it, ladies. I rest my case...and fulfill my New Year's resolution.

Women love my novel!

14 comments:

  1. What she should have said, "This book isn't for me." But then you'd be out a great story and the inspiration to present your book as able to please anyone. ;)

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  2. Gerald, you are simply amazing! Keep up the good work.

    Chinedum Azuh,

    Author "How to Stir a Man to Marry You"
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006K1FW0G

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  3. I must say as a reader I'm shocked, but then again I don't see things as "chick flicks" or "mem movies. I'm sure your women are as wonderful and stong as my men. I'm often told I think like man and I have never understood that one! I enjoy the show last night, best of luck with Of Good and Evil!

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  4. Ah, thanks, Claudette. What's the saying: A shock a day keeps sanity away!

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  5. I understand how you felt. I'd want to grab the woman, give her a good shake, and say, "My book is for everyone!", but for making a scene at the signing. I used to write techno-thrillers based on using virtual reality to simulate crime scenes. Very "manly" books, you might think, except that the protagonist was a 40 year old female computer expert trying to prove her way as a civilian employee of a police department. She did everything to actively solve crimes including get her back carved up by a serial killer. (She also had a great romance with her police dept. liaison.) Yet at signings for those books, I'd have men approach the table, check out the jacket copy, assess the smile plastered on my face, and walk away. One even muttered, "Must have had a ghost writer." Well!

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  6. I aqppreciate your empathy, Dakota. It always bothers me when people make erroneous decisions about a book based upon a quick glance at its jacket copy. This can prevent book lovers from realizing what a great book they momentarily have in hand; and, by deciding not to read the book, prevent them from spreading the word to other readers which the book deserves, in a small way contributing to a superb novel remaining unrecognized.

    That is the real rub.

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  7. Gerald, concentrate on the good remarks and ignore the others. Maybe that woman didn't deserve to read your book. Keep writing, Joyce

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  8. Ill heed your adice and keep on writing!:)

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    1. Thanks, Martin. Yes, the movie is real, and yes, the book is is available in e-book (Kindle) on Amazon. Greatly appreciate you becoming a cherished fan!

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  10. I have yet to read your book dear Gerald but am willing to & give you a review. It is very it is a very intriguing idea to actually put blog readers into the book as characters. The first blog part I read, I did find you used too many descriptive words in too close of a approximatey of each other, there only need be a few adjectives to describe something. But I did enjoy what I read and I feel it will be great, and if I can be of help please do not hesitate to email me: norachipleybarteau@att.net <3

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  11. Nora, glad you enjoyed my posting. I'll be in touch by email.

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  12. I must admit to being a little baffled, but appreciative of what I think you were trying to do. As most of my characters are alien beings, auditioning for characters would be quite interesting. I'm never sure quite what 'blogging' is all about? My internet skills are minimal to say the least, but I do my best! An interesting piece and an odd idea! I like odd!

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  13. Thanks, Barry. I hope your comfort with blogging continues to increase. Let's drink to the odd!

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