“Lures” is reviewed by Kirkus Reviews

“Lures” was reviewed favorably by Kirkus Reviews.

A male character in “The Perils of Believing in Santa Claus” belittles his 9-year-old son for still believing in myths and learns a powerful lesson in faith from his wife. Although most stories are told from a male point of view, a few convincingly take up a woman’s perspective—and in both cases, the women seem to know more than the men. In one sci-fi-tinged story, for example, a sister finally understands her brother’s grief because she knows what her brother wanted to hear—something that their late father never said.

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Hire an artist for your book cover art

For my first novel, American Zeroes, I licensed an image from Shutterstock and used it as the cover art.  The image perfectly matched the idea I had for the cover:  an image of the american flag that was composed of ones and zeroes.  This captured the major theme of the book, of how our thinking about laws and our dealings with fellow citizens has become binary, that politicians are trying to paint everything in black and white for their own divisive agendas.  I felt the image was a bargain at $15, and I was very happy about the way the cover turned out.

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Today, my wife received an email from a mutual friend who forwarded her a link to a BBC article that used the same image (Personal details of nearly 200 million US citizens exposed).  My initial reaction was one of validation, that because someone at the BBC used the same image it proved that the image was good.  But after thinking on it a bit, that initial feeling gave way to one dominated by a more pragmatic concern.  A book cover should be unique.  It represents a book more than anything else, like a company’s brand.

Even before this happened, I had decided to hire an artist to create original cover art for my next novel, Traffic Girl Wars.  Now, I am convinced this was the right call.  True, you can find many excellent images on sites like Shuttershock, and they’re really inexpensive, but I think it’s worth it to shell out the extra money and market your novel with a truly original cover.

Within the absurd, common ground

A review of “Lures,” by Jeremy Chacon

“You were lucky that wasn’t perfume”

We live in a divided world. The progress of our modern age has meant that a “viewpoint” – not race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion – is the new divisive force that pulls us apart at our collective seams. Populist politicians, technology, economic disparity, and social media soap boxes are the preferred points of self-segregated coffee shop discussion… IF, this is truly the case, then what Mr. DiFelice has offered us with ‘LURES’ – his collection of short stories – is perhaps the one redemptive quality that can bring our disparate society together: Humanity’s touch of the Absurd.

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A review of “Lures” by Andrei Winograd

Andrei Winograd is a Brazilian translator and author who is as self-deprecating as he is intelligent (as you’ll see in the review).  He is the author of several books that range from finance to observational humor, and if I were his agent I would tell him to combine the two.  He has twice been a guest on Programa do Jô, the Brazilian equivalent of Late Night With David Letterman.

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