So today I’m being featured along with CARGO on this cool site called Celebrate With A Book. The blog owner asks the same question of all her author guests: “What makes you write what you write?” Click here for my answer and to find out which genre I chose for my first-ever book (hint: it’s sort of like fantasy…)
Archives for January 2016
Through January 28th, all books in both the Kate Jones and the Leine Basso thriller series are ON SALE for 25-75% off. If you haven’t had the chance to pick up these award-winning, bestselling thrillers, there’s still time
**US $ or equivalent, depending on country**
Kate Jones Thrillers:
The Kate Jones Thriller series, Vol. 1 (#1-4) – $2.99
Cruising for Death (#5) – $2.99
Yucatán Dead (#6) – $2.99
A One Way Ticket to Dead (#7) – $2.99
Leine Basso Crime Thrillers:
Serial Date (#1) – $2.99
Bad Traffick (#2) – $2.99
The Body Market (#3) – ONLY $0.99
Cargo (#4) – $2.99
So I’m reading away on the first in series of a new-to-me thriller author, enjoying the story line and the protagonist (tortured male assassin–one of my favorite kind of characters. Cliché, I know, but I still love ’em) and I come to the line “The smell of cordite hung heavy in the air” (or something like that). As I’m sure you can tell by the title of this post, there just might be something wrong with that.
Back when I was a newbie to the crime genre, I read as many crime novels as I could find, and it didn’t matter what year they were published. Often, I’d come across the cordite reference and I wondered, “what the heck is cordite?” So I looked it up. Turns out, cordite was a propellant much like gunpowder, used mainly in the UK.
Notice the past tense.
That’s because cordite is no longer around and it hasn’t been used since WWII. Now, I’m not trying to be all snarky about accuracy in books, since I’ve made mistakes in my own fiction (like using the word clip for magazine. Got called on that one a couple of times.) But the author claims to have several experts read their work for accuracy and it makes me wonder how “expert” those folks really are. This author is independently published, but I’ve read a few books by traditionally published, well-known thriller authors who used the same reference in fairly recent books. Aren’t they supposed to have fact-checkers? Or at least a good editor?
I’ve also read books where the character flipped the safety off on a Glock. A Glock doesn’t have an external safety . After reading the most recent book with that reference I gave the author the benefit of the doubt since guns weren’t their forte, and because it didn’t throw me too far out of the story. I do that with most of the books I read. Being an author myself, I realize how hard it is to make sure unfamiliar subjects are accurate, and the best you can do is research and try very hard to get it right. If the rest of the book is compelling, then a mistake here and there isn’t a deal breaker, at least for me.
The one thing that does make me throw the book across the room, though, and I’ve touched on this before, is when a male writer tries to write a female and either makes her a one-dimensional, convenient character, or puts lipstick on a dude and calls it good.
But, then again, being female is one subject where I have plenty of experience 🙂
How about you? Do you give authors the benefit of the doubt when you notice a mistake, or do you throw the book across the room? Better yet, do you tell them?
A must read from David Gaughran’s site:
Holy schmoley! Excitemente! and all that! This morning I woke up to not 1, not 2, but 3 awesomely fabulous reviews for Cargo 🙂 Now, if that isn’t a GREAT way to start a new year I don’t know what is. If you’re interested, the links are below. (Feel like leaving a comment? You’ll be entered to win a $10 GC from either the ‘zon or B&N. See? I share 😀 )
I was going to post a photograph of some fireworks or something new-year-ish but this little guy (re: slender mongoose) was featured on the front page of WikiMedia and he pretty much nails how I’m feeling right now…
**Note: I just updated this post to mention Cargo instead of The Body Market. Apparently I didn’t have enough coffee this morning 😛