Faith by John Love is on sale for $1.99 – and a quick note about sales posts

Faith-coverI’ve done a few of these sales posts lately, and I promise it won’t become a habit (see below for more thoughts on this) but this one is simply too good to pass up. Last week I reviewed John Love’s second novel Evensong (review, excerpt), frequently referring to his excellent debut Faith… and now Faith is on sale for $1.99 on Kindle!  This is a great opportunity to pick up one of the most criminally overlooked novels of 2012.

So, with all that being said, here’s a quick note about sales posts. I don’t want Far Beyond Reality to turn into a blog full of “great deal – buy this NOW!” posts. There are plenty of them, they’re easy to find, and I wouldn’t really contribute anything new to the world by doing the same thing. My focus has always been on reviews, with a side of interviews, excerpts, and news, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon.

On the other hand, a post like this one may lead someone to discover a novel they otherwise wouldn’t buy, and that’s not a bad thing.  

So here’s what I plan to do: I’ll only announce a sale if it’s for a book I’ve personally read, reviewed, and rated at least 4 stars out of 5 on Goodreads. No endless lists of “books $2.99 and under” here, no daily deal — just the occasional pointer that a great novel I highly recommend can temporarily be purchased for less than usual. Given how stingy I am when rating novels, this should happen rarely enough that it (hopefully) won’t annoy anyone.

(And a final note on the Amazon links: on the first few posts like this I’ve done, I received helpful comments that the books in question were also on sale at B&N, Kobo, and so on. I am short on time and patience, and I’m sure my readers will check with their preferred retailer anyway, so I don’t check every online bookstore and set up links to them every time.)

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6 Responses to Faith by John Love is on sale for $1.99 – and a quick note about sales posts

  1. Paul Weimer says:

    I generally don’t highlight ebooks that I’ve not yet read (I didn’t say anything about Sharps yesterday, or Faith today, for that reason)

  2. Larry says:

    In other words, you aren’t going to become another Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist 😉

  3. I’ve done a few posts like this (always for books I have read and loved). It’s hard to *not* share when great books are priced so cheap. I think your policy/plan sounds like a good one,

  4. Laura says:

    I don’t mind this at all. I had already seen this was on sale, but was going to pass it up. Since you are personally recommending it, I’m going to give it another look now. Thanks.

  5. Thanks for the heads up. I picked up this one, because I really enjoyed Evensong.

  6. Thanks for the kind words, everyone. (And for your “commentaire”, Larry 🙂 )

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