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astonwest
October 15th, 2008, 10:24 PM
Trying to reach that elusive bestseller status, one reader at a time...enjoy this excerpt from Heroes Die Young:

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“I’m in,” I announced to Jeanie.

“Be careful.”

Inside, I broke into a sweat from both the physical exertion and the climate controls aboard the freighter. Rulusians were from an extremely warm and humid jungle planet, and liked to make their ships feel like home. My heavy jacket didn’t help matters. Lines of sweat made their way down my face as I stepped away from the airlock hatch.

I turned my gaze to the entry corridor and saw carnage I wouldn’t soon forget. Rulusian bodies lay on either side of the hallway. Burn marks from energy weapons shone as black patches on a background of dark green skin. The putrid scent of scorched flesh was in the air. I passed an open doorway on my left and looked inside at crew quarters. More Rulusian corpses lay amidst sparks and clouds of smoke.

I lifted my sleeve again. “You’re sure there isn’t anyone on this ship?”

“Affirmative. All scans show nothing but you.”

“This damage is too recent for my liking.”

“Did the crew abandon ship?”

I grimaced. “Doesn’t look like it.”

I continued toward the bridge. Dark blast marks lined the floor and frame around a blown access hatch. Smoke particles lingered in the air, and I detected a faint chemical odor as my eyes watered. I took slow, cautious steps through the opening and became witness to even more carnage. Ten more Rulusians were collapsed against the wall or slumped over consoles, all roasted by weapons fire. I definitely didn’t need to meet up with the people who had done this. I didn’t get into the scavenging business to be a hero. Everyone loves heroes, but heroes have a tendency to die young.

***

Be sure to check out the full first chapter excerpt over at AstonWest.com (http://astonwest.com). Copies of Heroes Die Young are currently on sale (discounted, even) over at the Champagne site, in both print (http://www.champagnebooks.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=211) and e-book (http://www.champagnebooks.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=13&products_id=210) versions.

CharmedGirl
October 15th, 2008, 10:34 PM
Great excerpt.

hollie
October 16th, 2008, 04:46 AM
It's a great book Bec you will love it

astonwest
October 21st, 2008, 08:32 PM
And just discovered this evening that it's available up on Fictionwise (http://www.fictionwise.com/eBooks/eBook74975.htm?cache) as well...

I've heard that I'm now going to be a huge ratings addict, keeping close eye on where HDY is at...hopefully not, I have too many other books to write. :)

CharmedGirl
October 22nd, 2008, 02:13 AM
It's a great book Bec you will love it

I'll make sure to check the book out then!

astonwest
October 22nd, 2008, 08:03 PM
I'll make sure to check the book out then!
Thank you kindly! :)

CharmedGirl
October 24th, 2008, 05:22 PM
Do you know what? I have this book on my computer. I'll have to find time to read it.

astonwest
October 24th, 2008, 08:53 PM
Do you know what? I have this book on my computer. I'll have to find time to read it.
Enjoy it! It's a fun read!

CharmedGirl
October 25th, 2008, 12:23 AM
Well at the moment I'm reading two books. One paperback and one ebook. I'm going backwards and forwards between the two books. LOL

astonwest
October 25th, 2008, 12:47 PM
As long as you don't confuse HDY with a BDSM comedy, while reading both at the same time...

:)

sabby07
October 25th, 2008, 04:08 PM
this sounds great!

astonwest
October 25th, 2008, 07:21 PM
this sounds great!
Thanks! I'd like to think it is.

:biggrin:

astonwest
October 27th, 2008, 10:20 PM
But obviously, not everyone agrees. Noticed a "poor" rating over at Fictionwise.

Oops.

Are there posted reviews after one logs in, or just the ratings?

ellen
October 28th, 2008, 01:30 AM
I wouldn't worry about that. Some people like that sense of 'power' they get when they rate something, so naturally, they rate things poorly to get the best effect.

For what it's worth, Heroes Die Young is selling like hotcakes over on Fictionwise. One sad, lonely bad rating isn't affecting a thing.

Ellen



But obviously, not everyone agrees. Noticed a "poor" rating over at Fictionwise.

Oops.

Are there posted reviews after one logs in, or just the ratings?

hollie
October 28th, 2008, 05:46 PM
one bad rating amongst good ones will get people asking why and reading the book to find the answer so it might help.

astonwest
October 28th, 2008, 07:55 PM
One sad, lonely bad rating isn't affecting a thing.
Except now they're reproducing... ;)

It doesn't bother me too much, because I've heard enough positive comments about it from people I don't know to negate the negative. Just curious if there were written comments or just the ratings on FW.

astonwest
October 28th, 2008, 07:57 PM
one bad rating amongst good ones will get people asking why and reading the book to find the answer so it might help.

Good to know! :)

With my Book Roast slated for 10/29 (tomorrow), I'm hoping that many people have that sense of wonder.

hollie
October 28th, 2008, 08:00 PM
well i liked it and i tell everyone when i like a book but not everyone likes the same things or wants the same things from a book

astonwest
October 28th, 2008, 08:02 PM
True, which is why written comments would help. :)

hollie
October 28th, 2008, 08:07 PM
it just has the reader rating i can't find any comments send them your CTR review that should help (are you allowed to do that?)

astonwest
October 28th, 2008, 09:22 PM
it just has the reader rating i can't find any comments send them your CTR review that should help (are you allowed to do that?)
Another friend of mine, more in the know, told me that they don't do written reviews.

Not sure if professional reviews are able to be added...that would be more a question for the boss lady.

:)

hollie
October 29th, 2008, 07:36 AM
sorry i can't be more help i don't use fictionwise so i really don't know how it works but if they don't do written comments at all as a reader i wouldn't take their reader rating seriously at all (just my opinion) but i would want to know why someone said a book wasn't good or was for that matter without that you might as well just read a blurb you know just as much

astonwest
October 29th, 2008, 09:26 AM
Mostly curiosity on my part...one shouldn't dwell on those things.

Besides, I have a Book Roast (http://bookroast.blogspot.com) party to enjoy!

ellen
October 29th, 2008, 03:01 PM
one shouldn't dwell on those things.



No, one shouldn't!
Just smile and enjoy the ride.

Ellen

astonwest
October 29th, 2008, 03:55 PM
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