Do you have a Kindle?
You don’t need one!
I get comments every day from people who tell me they can’t read my latest release, Broken Pieces, because they don’t have a Kindle.
Wait, what? No.
Maybe it’s my own perception bias because I’ve participated in this online world for five+ years, but…really? No!
Amazon has free apps for anyone with a computer, smartphone, tablet, or cloud. Even Nook owners can download the free apps to their various and sundry electronics. ‘The best reading experience on your Android phone or tablet, iPad, iPhone, Mac, Windows 8 PC or tablet, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone.’
That about covers most everyone at this point — even kids have iPads and mostly everyone (okay, not EVERYONE but if you’re reading this…) in our civilized world has at the very least a computer. Get on the bus, my friends.
On another note:
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Here’s a 5-star review from Dr. Bojan Tunguz, Top 10 Amazon Hall of Fame reviewer:
We all have many painful and even traumatic experiences in our lives, many of which come to shape us in ways that we are only partially aware of. They end up influencing our relationships and interactions, and can significantly shape our entire outlook on the world. Most of us don’t have the courage or desire to speak about them even to people that we are closest to. Going out of our way to actually write about them and make them available to the wide audience takes a particular kind of inner strength. And in “Broken Pieces” Rachel Thompson does just that – she brings out some of the darkest and most traumatic experiences of her life and lays them out for the World to see.
As the title of this book suggests, the personal experiences explored in “Broken Pieces” and their impact on Rachel’s life are fragmented and disjointed. There are certain themes that join them, such as trust, intimacy and sexuality, but overall there is no overwhelming sense of what impact one experience may bare on the others – if any. Rachel is baring her soul out, for all of us to see, and letting each one of us take away our own lessons that we find in these incidents. This book avoids being preachy and patronizing, which in itself is remarkable since these kinds of traumatic experiences are precisely the ones that are most often taken as the basis for some greater agenda. There is no hidden agenda in “Broken Pieces,” but a wealth of valuable life lessons that most of us will be fortunate enough not to have to go through ourselves.
The book is written as a series of fragmentary essays. The “narrative” (if it can be called that) jumps from one experience to another, often going back and forth in order to reinforce certain points. Thompson is a wonderful stylist, and the whole book is written in a very lyrical and poignant prose. This is not a book for leisure reading, but a powerful testament to the resilience and the indomitable nature of human spirit. Regardless of your own life path, there is a lot in this book that will inspire you and give you encouragement to come to terms with your own dark places.
I’m also featured in today’s BookBub newsletter. This is cool because they normally don’t take books that have been out only three months. So why did they take mine to feature (besides me badgering them lol)? Well, they liked that the book has received almost 90 reviews, the majority overwhelmingly positive — including a 5-star from several top Hall of Fame Amazon reviewers (like Dr. Bojan above), as well as the Midwest Book Review! I’m truly honored so many people are enjoying my work.
I hope you take a chance on Broken Pieces and share your thoughts.