212 = 99
Nope, the math part of my brain has not imploded. 212 is the third novel in the Ellie Hatcher series, and you can now download the e-book at the low, low price of 99 cents. This special edition includes not only 212, but also the first 30 pages of NEVER TELL.
“With her usual tenacity, Ellie pursues leads that put both her career and her life at risk. Burke expertly weaves real-life headlines into her plot—particularly the Craig’s List Killer and the slew of recent political scandals—without ever sacrificing originality.” – Publisher’s Weekly (on 212)
I rarely talk business here, because talking about books and dogs and TV and shoes is way more fun. But I’ll let you in on a secret. A lot of readers missed 212. That’s a nice way of saying it didn’t sell so hot. Which is a nice way of saying that if you own a copy, I really, really love you.
At the time, I wrung my hands, trying to figure out the problem. The March publication date? The quirky title? (212 is the Manhattan area code, by the way, and the book is in many ways a tribute to the city I now call home.) Or maybe I wore the wrong socks or something. I saw the end of a career. Or starting over under a pseudonym (I had a name picked out and everything).
Two years later, all that fretting feels silly, and yet…212 is one of my best books, in my humble opinion, and I wish more people had read it.
So the 99 cent thing is a sort of a present to me from my publisher, a chance for one of my favorite Ellie books to help find my girl a new audience. If you missed it, I hope you enjoy it. If you read it, I hope you’ll tell a friend or two or three, or download it just for the early read of the first 30 pages of NEVER TELL.
In any event, there are worse ways to spend a buck, as evidenced by this hilarious blog post: “The Ten Dumbest Things to Buy at a Dollar Store.” (Seriously, it’s worth the click-through.)