Thursday, February 3, 2022

Reading and #Reviews (Gaughran, Gallant)

I'm an author, but I'm also a reader. I love to share with you reviews of present and past reads. My available time to read is limited because I write, but I love to curl up with a paperback or an eBook at night for the last hour of my day.

I tend to read what I write, but not exclusively. Besides Romantic Suspense, I read crime and law novels, once in a while a true story, WWII historicals, mysteries, and mainstream character driven books.

Here are some of the books I've read recently or in the not-too-distant past. Maybe you'll discover a new book or author.

Amazon Decoded by David Gaughran

Blurb: Want to sell more books on the world’s biggest retailer? Fancy Amazon doing the selling for you instead? Amazon Decoded: A Marketing Guide to the Kindle Store will show you how.

•Learn what Visibility Marketing is and how understanding Amazon’s philosophy can boost your sales.
•Discover the algorithms that really go into Sales Rank and dispel some remarkably common myths.
•Decode the ways Amazon recommends millions of books to readers every single day.
•Implement proven marketing plans, optimized for maximum Amazon visibility.

Whether you are exclusive to Amazon and chasing those page reads, or a wide author trying to survive the onslaught of Kindle Unlimited titles, Amazon Decoded will share the secrets of the Kindle Store and how you can sell more books.


My Review: This book was an absolute eye-opener. I’m a complete newbie when it comes to advertising. Amazon is a maze to try to figure out on my own. Mr. Gaughran even made algorithms easy to understand. I loved the history of how it all got started. He made what could be a very dry book to read, interesting.

A Deadly Love by Jannine Gallant

Blurb: In the heart of the redwoods, a madman waits . . .

Recovering from a broken engagement, Brooke Wakefield escapes to her grandmother’s home deep in the redwood forest, determined to start over. Not an easy task when her teenage crush lives next door. The last thing she needs is another man to break her heart, but Dillon’s sexy smile still sends her heat level soaring.

Dillon Tremayne isn’t looking for a relationship. With a young son, an eccentric grandfather, and a logging company running him ragged, he can’t afford any romantic entanglements. Too bad Brooke’s humor and strength—not to mention her kisses—are so hard to resist.

When a woman from his past is brutally murdered and another disappears, Dillon is heartsick—and terrified the killer will target Brooke next. Can Brooke and Dillon find love in the heart of the forest? Or will a madman’s twisted fantasy destroy their chance at happiness?


My Review: A Deadly Love was so entertaining. Ms. Gallant’s blurb doesn’t do the book justice if you’re a lover of character driven novels. Let me tell you, the characters in this book take front and center stage. Brooke and Dillon come alive on the pages. But the secondary characters like the grandfather really round out this book. The suspense is intense. The story is well rounded. Another good story from Jannine Gallant.


  1. Thank you so much for the review. This was one of my earlier books, and I'm so glad it's stood the test of time! I hope Amazon Decoded gives you the key you need to sell your books more efficiently. Let me know if you discovered any worthy secrets!

    1. I love going back and reading early books by authors. It was obvious you were on a great path! Gaughran's book opened my eyes to quite a few things history wise and just what Amazon is up to.