Monday, October 8, 2007

Spotlight Review - BLOOD MAGIC at Katie's Reading

And now, a new feature! Since I cannot possibly cover all debuts, I'm going to try to do some spotlight reviews, where I point my readers over to my fellow blogger's debut coverage.

Katie, over at Katie's Reading, is a very prolific reader who reads a lot of dark fantasy and horror. She also reads a lot of debuts. She has really enjoyed Matthew Cook's Blood Magic. Here's an excerpt from her review:

Blood Magic is Matthew Cook’s debut and I have to admit that for a first book I am more than a little impressed. Once I started reading I found myself unable to put the book down as Kirin’s past and present rushed toward each other in a story that simply demands to be read. Not only does Cook tell a strong story, he gives us a strong convincing female protagonist, something not all male writers can pull off.

Read the rest here.

But wait! There's more! She's also interviewed Matthew Cook. Here's another excerpt:

What started you writing?

MC: I’ve been scribbling stories for almost as long as I can remember, actually. I remember showing some sort of Scooby Doo-esque monster whodunit to my grandfather when I was in grade school one time. He told me that he could see me being a writer one day and encouraged me to keep at it. He’s who I wrote Blood Magic's Dedication for (thanks again, Pops).

Read the rest of the interview here.

4 comments:

Chris, The Book Swede said...

I like Katie's site a lot, and I like your new idea to feature other blogs.

I need to do something, maybe get guest reviewers occasionally, too, cause I'm getting too many to read myself. I think it would be good to give a new blogger, like we were, a chance to get some attention to their blog by "doing the rounds", as it were. It's something I'd have found useful back in July when I started =D

Best,
~Chris
The Book Swede

Tia said...

Thanks. I have some other spotlights planned. It's difficult to get guest reviewers; I put up three calls for reviewers over the months until someone volunteered last week. A new blogger might be more willing to guest review in order to increase their own visibility.

I found that people appreciate it when you do shout-outs of their blogs, and they often reciprocate. In fact, Katie had blogged about one of my posts on Wind Follower last week, so when I saw that she reviewed Blood Magic, I wanted to return the favor.

Katie said...

Thank you so much Tia!!! I am so honored!!! :) I pulled your page up and I was like 'holy cow! look it's me!' :) thank you!

Tia said...

You are welcome! I'm glad you liked it.