Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge
(Original idea from Rosie Amber at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/)

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To join in read the rules at the bottom.

Having enjoyed The Viper and the Urchin so much, I decided to look at some more titles listed as steampunk by Amazon.

At first none attracted me as they seemed to be more Urban Fantasy.  I was intrigued by these two books,

Steampunk Lego
Steampunk Lego
Steampunk Coloring Book
Steampunk Coloring Book

but I finally selected a book which caught my eye mainly for its title.


The female Pharaoh, Hatshepsut, who began her 22 year reign in 1478 BC, has always intrigued me so I looked at the

Book Description

Viscount Nathaniel Lyons is a man of numerous secrets, but there is one in particular that threatens his fledgling relationship with Cara. Stunned by Nate’s revelation, and before she can absorb the ramifications of his actions, he is arrested, charged with treason and imprisoned in the grim Tower of London. He stole something the mad queen wants, and only has days to deliver, before his date with the executioner.

Although sorely tempted, Cara can’t let him die on Tower Green, not when their connection means she would share his fate.

Only together can Cara and Nate figure out how to wrestle Hatshepsut’s Collar from around the queen’s neck, before she plunges Britain into a world war. The search for answers sends Cara to the opulent Winter Palace of St Petersburg and the frozen depths of Siberia, with every step shadowed by an enemy with his own dark plans.

So the tale is set in an alternative London and Russia.  The picture is rather confusing.  Writing about the author A W Exley the publisher says, “Anita writes fantasy historical novels with a steampunk twist.”

There are only six 4 and 5 star reviews which reveal that the heroine finds herself hatching Dragons on a pirate airship and that it is the second book of a series.

The plot sounds varied and eventful but Shall I BUY or will I PASS? I’m going to PASS.

What have others chosen this week?

Shelley is seeking happiness  http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/09/11/buy-or-pass-looking-for-happy-books-fridayfivechallenge/

Cathy has chosen sex and comedy 


Alison has found a birthday that is not as she expected


So now it’s your turn.

Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?

AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?

Rosie’s Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….

1) Go to any online book supplier,

2) Randomly choose a category,

3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,

4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.

5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,

6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?

Published by lizannelloyd

Love history, reading, researching and writing. Articles published in My Family History and other genealogy magazines.

14 thoughts on “#FridayFiveChallenge

  1. I would have said BUY (Siberia gets me every time) until I saw the dragons bit – if it’s even starting to go that way I’m not into it!… but then again….

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