Jul 092014
 

Hello folks.  Today I am bringing you a review of a new book that has just been released.  For those who have been around a while, you may have heard me talk about a little site called the Creative Copy Challenge.  Well, it was through participation in the weekly challenges that this book, Foreign Identity, was spawned.

I was writing away with my own story (that really should be a book too if I wasn’t so lazy about it) when I started reading the other submissions.  One that caught me up in the story was Foreign Identity by Becca Campbell.  I got caught up in the story and became internet friends with Becca and was more than a little bummed when life got in the way and she didn’t finish the story.

Little did I know then, that she was working hard to make this story a novel.  And it is good.  Becca sent me a review copy of Foreign Identity (for free FTC, I know you are listening) and asked me to read it.  I was excited to really find out what happened to the main characters, Jax and Kel.  But more about that in a minute.

I don’t think that anyone knows (becasue I have never told anyone) that I actually cut and copied the entries from the CCC into a Word file so that I could either read it again or just finish what I missed.  At the last count in Word, Foreign Identity was 36,700 words long.  Not too shabby, but not a novel.  Now it is fleshed out and it is fun to see wha thas been added and what finishes the story.

Now for the review.  The book, I loved it.  The marketing and publishing through The Consortium (Oklahoma City based with some other people you have heard me talk about, Aaron Pogue, Courtney Cantrell, (I love to be able to actually name drop)) is just independent genius.  It gives me hope for my novels if I ever get them finished.

Ok, the book.

Foreign Identity starts with a mystery.  That mystery gets solved as a good mystery will do, but, I’ll admit, I didn’t figure it out entirely, even reading the CCC rough draft.  This book was very readable and I really wanted to not stop.  The action was consistent through the book and I didn’t ever feel like it slowed down.  There were some great twists and I really enjoyed not being able to figure out the end.  The characters find themselves in one of those “how in the heck could they ever possibly get out of this” situations and, well, you will have to read the book to see if they do or not.

Like I said, I really enjoyed this book.  I would recommend it to anyone who likes a good story, and isn’t that most of us who are reading this?  Becca can be found at beccajcampbell.com where she is giving away copies of the book or you can just go an buy it through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

As a side note, this is my first Blog Tour that I have been a part of!  this has been fun to see the behind the scenes marketing and distribution for this book.  Go ahead and buy it already, Becca wants to sell a ton!

Have a Great Memorial Day….go remember those who have passed before us.

-Justin

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