Category: Camaro

Make Them Sorry, by Sam HawkenOn Amazon there’s something authors in the know call “the 90-day cliff.”  This is in reference to the unconfirmed, but clearly obvious, tendency of the Amazon algorithm to stop promoting books after three months.  This is reminiscent of how stores like Barnes & Noble remove books older than twenty-one days from their shelves unless they’ve sold well enough to become part of their “model,” or automatic restock.  Very few books merit automatic restock.  Mostly titles by established bestsellers like my collaborator, James Patterson.  Some lurk on the shelves for a while, but as soon as room is needed?  Poof, they’re gone.

Anyway, Amazon has only so many books it can push, I guess, so after ninety days the level of promotion drops off considerably.  It’s just the way things go.  It affects everyone, too, unless a publisher is paying fees to Amazon to keep their books visible.  Money like that is generally only spent on the big names.  Despite being multi-billion-dollar corporations, Big Five publishers never seem to have very much cash to go around.  I guess they gave it all to JK Rowling (link).

So this is the end of the line, more or less, for Make Them Sorry (link).  It will continue to be sold, of course, but the intensive marketing period is over.  Such is the nature of the business.  And truth to tell, Make Them Sorry (link) has done very well, and I’m happy with the way things have turned out.  Work on Far From Home (link) is underway, and I plan on turning in the manuscript sometime at the end of January or early February.  I’ll keep you posted after that point about when you’ll see the book on shelves, virtual or otherwise.

Thanks again to everyone who supported Make Them Sorry (link) and Camaro Espinoza (link) in general.  Your continuing enthusiasm is a delight.

Get your copy of Make Them Sorry, the latest Camaro Espinoza thriller, from your favorite bookseller. (link)

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Make Them Sorry (UK)Just when I think I’ve read the most positive review I’m ever going to read for Make Them Sorry (link), someone sends me one that tops it.  Previously the record was held by Kristin Centorcelli at Criminal Element (link), who made me blush with her high praise.  Now comes Paul Burke at Nudge, and his words make me want to hide under my chair in embarrassment.  I don’t do well with effusive compliments, is what I’m saying.

The full review in Nudge (link) is worth your time, so please check it out, but here are a few choice tidbits to whet your appetite:

[A] top notch blend of domestic nightmare, drug running, money laundering and even a touch of paramilitary politics.  Hawken is a consummate story teller and this is a silky smooth read. You won’t want to put it down until you finish. The plot is beautifully crafted, there’s enough action to satisfy the most bloodthirsty reader and it will stimulate the grey matter at the same time.

If I’m ever in a tight corner I want Camaro Espinoza by my side.

Her reticence to be a hero makes her all the more appealing as a character.  Hawken is particularly good at portraying the victims of crime with dignity, of building their story and making it seem real.

I left out a lot of good stuff there.  I encourage you to read more.

In other entries on this blog, I’ve made it pretty clear I don’t think I’m any great shakes as an author.  I think I do my job well, but not with any particular flair.  Clearly some disagree.  I’m certainly not going to argue the point.  I’ll simply say thank you and keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully this will continue to keep people satisfied.

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Make Them Sorry, by Sam HawkenOccasionally someone will send me a review from a critic who really gets it, who understands Camaro Espinoza (link), and grasps exactly what this series is and what it’s about.  Camaro is, admittedly, a tough pill to swallow sometimes, but that’s kind of the point, and if I can get past the expectations of readers who want female characters to be either bright and sunny and cheerful all day, or broken-down addicts who can’t convince anyone they witnessed a crime, then I feel like I’ve succeeded.  Camaro is a challenge to women’s roles in action thrillers, not a capitulation.

Kristin Centorcelli at Criminal Element (link) has read all the Camaro books, it seems, and is absolutely on board with our heroine.  While I’m not much for reviews in general, I do enjoy reading one which so perfectly nails what I’m getting at.  It’s the sort of review that gives you hope for reviewers again.

I invite you to read the entire thing (link), but here are a couple of highlights.

If you like a heroine who can more than take care of herself (and just about everyone else) and literally takes no crap from anyone, then this is the book (and series) for you. The action is nonstop—this book virtually crackles with energy—and the body count is considerable, but it’s Camaro’s existential need to protect those who cannot protect themselves that is the real driving force. And she really is a force for good, even if she has to go to some dark places to achieve justice.

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Camaro is a lean, mean, fighting machine and a woman of very few words. But that’s ok because she says plenty with her fists. It helps to have read the first two novels in this series, if only to get a better handle on what drives Camaro, but new readers shouldn’t be afraid to jump in here if they want.

Kristin absolutely made my day with this review, and thank you to the reader who sent it along.

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