Every day, someone tweets or emails or otherwise messages me to let me know that they’ve read my novel GUESTLIST. It’s an amazing feeling, to know that something I’ve written has affected another human being in so strongly a way that they must reach out to me to let me know their opinion.
I’ve heard it all – people love Juliet and Swann, others hate Ava with the intensity of a thousand white suns. For some, it presents a New York City that is authentic and wholly familiar; for others, it’s like visiting the city for the first time and experiencing a world they’ve never before encountered. I’ve had people tell me my characters have motivated them, and I’ve had people question whether certain characters are based on them. I’ve had people dream about my characters. Hell, I’ve even had someone tell me they think Ava is the good guy of the whole damn thing!
The point I’m trying to make is, everyone who’s read GUESTLIST has a strong opinion of the novel. That’s a good thing. I want people to talk about it, to love it or hate it.
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I’ve got to say, I’ve been blown away by the response my novel GUESTLIST has gotten since its release. People are enjoying the book, posting rave reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, and hitting me up on Facebook to let me know how much they liked it. It truly means a great deal to me, and I thank each and every one of you.
However, one thing I didn’t expect was my readers’ longing for a sequel. It’s somewhat surprising to me that folks want one because I’d always felt like the story was told in its entirety. Then again, when people connect with the characters in a novel, they don’t want the story to end. They want to continue to follow the characters’ journeys, wherever they may lead.
The erotic short piece Black Silk Blindfold by Vanessa Wu is a coming-of-age tale in which a young woman plots sexual conquest over her younger colleague over the course of a short holiday.
Our unnamed narrator works for a prominent law firm, and she often finds herself flirting with the new associate Benedict Knowles. Fresh out of law school, and freshly dumped by his girlfriend, Benedict is the very definition of naïve. His innocence arouses our narrator tremendously; despite Benedict later revealing he’s found a new girlfriend, the two end up going to Helsinki, staying in the same hotel room to ostensibly save money. As the sun doesn’t set in Helsinki during the summer, our narrator declares that she will be unable to sleep without the titular silk blindfold. And so the sexual games begin.
According to GalleyCat, HarperCollins is offering ebooks from bestselling novelist Paulo Coelho for a mere 99-cents in the United States and Canada. The prices are now in effect at Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble. The only book not included in this sale is The Alchemist.
Coelho said on his blog that he wanted to make his digital books cost as much as a song in iTunes. Further, he went on to say that purchasing all his discounted books would cost $10.89 as opposed to $74.19 at regular prices.
He says, “For years I have been advocating that free content is not a threat to the book business. In lowering the price of a book and equaling it to the price of a song in iTunes, the reader will be encouraged to pay for it, instead of downloading it for free.”
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Over the weekend, popular music industry website AllHipHop featured my novel GUESTLIST in a post entitled A Breakdown of the Latest Urban Reads.
The article, written by Senior Staff Writer Biba Adams, says of GUESTLIST:
The standout debut is at the top of this list, and soon to be at the top of many others. The book is a funny and intriguing behind-the-scenes glimpse into inner workings of New York City nightlife among the Black, upwardly mobile crowd with lots of new money to burn. “Guestlist” is a page-turner from beginning to end, and one of the best independent books I’ve read in a long time.
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Tagged AllHipHop, Amazon, GoodReads, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers
Before my debut novel GUESTLIST was actually a tangible object that people could purchase and read, I told everyone that it would be available at all the usual online book retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s. (Hey, Powell’s, what the hell?)
But people asked, “Well, will it be available at [insert local bookstore]?”
“Oh, sure,” I said. “I’ve spoken with them, they pretty much said they’ll be ready when I’m ready.”
Turns out that hasn’t been the case.
You see, despite my being a local Brooklyn author and the claims of my neighborhood bookstores’ desires to support and showcase the work of local authors, I’ve been getting the run-around from damn near everyone.
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Tagged Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Bed Stuy, Book Court, Brooklyn, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Greenlight Bookstore, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Hanson Dry, Hue-Man Bookstore, Jay Fingers, Powell's, Word Brooklyn, You've Got Mail