I was hoping that after the unfortunate success of the bloodless Twilight series, that the vampire genre was slowly receding and waiting to be replaced by another genre of the moment book.
I was wrong.
As I wrote last Sunday, I was given VM Gautier’s new book, Blood Diva at the Brooklyn Book Fair. I’m glad I did not have to pay for it, it is not worth the paper it is printed on.
1847, Marie Duplessis is Paris’s most famous and celebrated courtesan. She is also dying from consumption. VM Gautier imagines that instead of dying a natural death, Marie is reborn as a vampire. In present day New York City, she calls herself Alphonsine. She has fallen in love with with a young man who she believes to be the reincarnation of her lost love. Marie/Alphonsine finds herself torn between her Vampiric past and the future she may have with this mortal man.
This book is Anne Rice meets Twilight meets Fifty Shades Of Grey. If I felt like I was being kind to the author, I would say I was underwhelmed. If I felt like I was being blunt, I would say that the book is not very good. I don’t mind a sex scene in a book, but it has to be appropriate to the character and it can’t be every other chapter, which is what the author does. This book may be someone’s cup of tea, but it’s not mine.
I do not recommend this book.
There are a lot of new books out there and many methods, both traditional and non traditional to market the books and get them into the hands of the reading public.
I was the Brooklyn Book Fair earlier today. To temporarily digress and explain, the Brooklyn Book Fair is held every fall in Downtown Brooklyn. The tables contain publishing houses, literary guilds, magazines relating to books and publishing, etc. It’s bookworm heaven. Regardless of whether or not you live in New York City or your visiting, this is a nice way to spend a Sunday.
I was talking with a friend and this lady comes up to us, asking about our reading habits. We told her what we generally read. She explains that she is handing out free copies of a book called Blood Diva by VM Gautier. She offers us copies to read for free. The only stipulation is that if we do not like the book, we give it to someone else who might enjoy it.
My book is nowhere near ready to be published, but when it is, that might be an interesting way to market it.